First think, then ask!

We hear that so often:
“Why don’t you take care of the poor, starving children in the developing world before you worry about the ‘cattle’?”

In short:
Especially the people who do not do anything for others, neither for the animals nor for the people, tend to accuse others of forgetting the people in need because of all their commitment to the animals!

Around 690 MILLION people worldwide are currently suffering from hunger! Source:…/un-report…/221914

Every 10 seconds a child dies of hunger!
Whoever does not consume meat and other animal products such as milk, eggs … is doing something against world hunger.

Why is that?
Example: To ‘produce’ 1 kg of beef, 16 kg of grain and soy are fed to animals.
Giant amounts of grain and soy are necessary to fatten these animals.
Instead of using it to feed the hungry of this world, we take the food from them to feed tortured animals.

If this grain were directly available for human nutrition, the WORLD HUNGER PROBLEM would be solved!

Up to 7 kilograms of feed and 15,300 liters of water are required to “produce” just 1 kilogram of beef. Including drinking water for the animals and water for cleaning the stables, this results in an unbelievable sum of 15,500 liters of water for just 1 kilogram of beef!
The tragic thing is: 2.1 billion people have no access to clean and available drinking water.

So … eating meat is a crime, for humanity and for animals.
But the carnivores allow it.

Just because the eyes of the starving children cannot be seen on the packaged meat in the supermarket.

My best regards to all, Venus

Nestlé, the water mafia

The authorities have allowed one million cubic meters per year!!! Nestlé pumps this amount of water out of the ground in Vittel every year – and slowly but surely dries up the small community in eastern France.
The groundwater level cannot regenerate and drops dramatically by 30 centimeters every year. Once it was 10 meters higher than it is today.
The villagers are running out of drinking water.

At the public fountain they are allowed to fill “a maximum of 6 bottles per day”, and in summer the water is even brought into the village by tanker. Now a 12-kilometer pipeline is planned – for up to 50 million euros in tax money.

Nestlé fills the groundwater in bottles and earns hundreds of millions of euros with it.

The trade-in water is far more than a local problem: A large part of the mineral water is filled in plastic bottles, the production of which devours resources, which of course also applies to returnable bottles.

The bottles are then brought to the customer over long distances.
From Vittel to Sassnitz: 1,141 kilometers, from Vittel to Berchtesgaden: 701 kilometers.
The dimensions are more extreme in Canada, for example.
It is 3,147 kilometers from Nestlé’s Aberfoyle filling station to St. John’s.
Other popular types of water are still transported further.

So water from the Fijis itself can be had in Berlin!!!

But the residents do not give up without a fight: Vittel’s residents have come together as “Collectif Eau 88” to stand up to the large corporation. And you asked the “SumOfUs” community for help in their fight against Nestlé.

Continue reading “Nestlé, the water mafia”

USA: NEW VIDEO: These Chickens Are So Calcium Deficient They Lay Eggs Without Shells !

A Mercy For Animals investigator went undercover at a U.S. egg factory and found live hens kept in tiny cages with decomposing birds, animals with open wounds, and chickens so calcium deficient they laid eggs without shells.

The investigator describes appalling conditions in dark, windowless sheds, which can be as long as a football field. Here, hundreds of thousands of chickens are forced to live for more than a year—nearly the entirety of their short lives. They are kept in cages so small that they cannot even spread their wings or move without stepping on other birds. In the United States, the vast majority of egg-laying hens are kept in tiny cages just like the ones in this video.

Hens like these have been bred to lay far more eggs than their wild ancestors ever would, laying one egg nearly every day. In fact, the average commercial egg-laying chicken in the United States lays 294 eggs a year, while their direct ancestors, the red junglefowl, lays just 10 to 15 a year.

Laying so many eggs depletes the hens’ bodies of calcium, needed to form eggshells. As a result, their bones often become brittle, and some birds have so little calcium left in their bodies they lay eggs without shells. The investigator said, “I witnessed many hens with broken bones or open wounds but saw none of them receive individual veterinary care.”

Many chickens do not survive the horrific conditions. Those who die are left to rot in the tiny cages, and live hens are forced to stand on or against the decomposing bodies.

At the end of their short lives, the birds are violently removed from their cages, carried upside down by their legs, and stuffed into cages for transport to slaughter. Chickens are sensitive, complex individuals capable of empathizing with their peers and creating strong friendships. Despite this, hens in factory farms are treated like unfeeling objects.

In addition to extreme neglect, disease prevention in the egg factory was not taken seriously. One of the most basic biosecurity measures in agriculture is to step through a tray of disinfectant before entering a building with live animals, yet the investigator “observed workers routinely bypassing the disinfectant tray.”

To make matters worse, the U.S. government recently announced it would stop requiring full-time government inspectors in plants that process egg products, meaning inspectors will visit a plant only once per shift. This decrease in oversight could pose serious risks to food safety.

We can all make a difference in the lives of chickens by eating more plant-based foods. Check out these 10 delicious egg-less egg recipes to get started, and download our FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide for more tips and tricks.

Regards Mark

USA: CBD ‘Saving Life on Earth’ Webinar. More, and Register Here.

  Hi Mark,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s misleadingly named Wildlife Services program kills more than a million wild animals every year, typically at the request of Big Ag. Scattering public lands with cruel traps and indiscriminate poisons, the program targets carnivores like coyotes, bears, beavers, otters and foxes. Even rare species like grizzlies and wolves are caught in the crosshairs.

We’ve been working for years to shine a light on the feds’ wildlife-killing and have succeeded in gaining protections for wildlife in several states.

Join me on Thursday, Oct. 1, for the Center’s next Saving Life on Earth webinar to learn more about this work, as well as our other efforts to protect carnivores.

The presentation will feature our Carnivore Conservation Director Collette Adkins and Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney in our Northern Rockies office.

In addition to talking about Wildlife Services, we’ll discuss the latest news on grizzly bears and wolves, including the expected loss of wolf protections nationally and the importance of state-level wolf work if that does occur.

The hour-long webinar starts at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.

Register here and check your email for the link to join.
Brytnee Laurette
Saving Life on Earth Campaigner
Center for Biological Diversity

USA: Petition – The Dickhead Dreadhead Cowboy.

WAV Comment:  Think he should be called the ‘Dickhead Cowboy’; as that is what he is.  Please sign and support the petition.

Petition Link:

Adam Hollingsworth, Chicago’s so-called “Dreadhead Cowboy,” used a 20-year-old horse as a prop while staging a protest on the Dan Ryan Expressway during rush hour. The stunt, which went on for seven miles, left the senior horse so exhausted that she collapsed. Hollingsworth is facing felony animal cruelty charges because his horse, NuNu, was injured badly enough during the incident that it was initially believed that she would have to be euthanized.

This stunt is unacceptable and Hollingsworth needs to pay for the pain and suffering that he inflicted on this horse!

Please sign this petition asking for Adam Hollingsworth to receive the maximum sentence for his felony aggravated animal cruelty charge!


Adam Hollingsworth chose to ride the 20-year-old horse, without oroper shoes, for seven agonizing miles on the expressway. By the time the publicity stunt was over, NuNu had collapsed on the pavement in utter exhaustion. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Deboni described the horse’s condition in a Fox 32 News piece, stating that she was, “overheated, dehydrated, bleeding from the hooves, and with eyes so dilated they resembled ‘cartoon eyes.'”

Cook County prosecutors equated what Hollingsworth did to NuNu to forcing an 80-year-old woman run a full marathon.

Hollingsworth could have chosen a humane way to protest. He could have walked the Expressway on his own feet, but instead, he put an ill-fitting saddle on an old horse who wasn’t fitted with proper shoes. Witnesses have stated that he whipped NuNu when she was too tired to go on, and he continued riding her until she fell to the ground in utter exhaustion.

Animal Care workers initially believed that the ailing horse would not survive, but she is still alive and has been moved to an Illinois horse farm where she is recovering from the incident. Though she is reported to be out of critical condition, it has been stated that she was injured badly enough that she can never be ridden again.

Hollingsworth’s behaviour is unacceptable. Please sign the petition asking for maximum punishment for the felony aggravated animal cruelty charge, and an order for Hollingsworth to be prohibited from owning horses!


ABC 7 Chicago

Fox 32 Chicago


Regards Mark

England: Farm animals and pandemics: Nine diseases that changed the world.

Above – A sickly young woman sits covered up on a balcony; death (a ghostly skeleton clutching a scythe and an hourglass) is standing next to her; representing tuberculosis. Watercolour by R. Cooper, ca. 1912. Credit: Wellcome Collection

As always; the ‘Guardian’ (UK national press) produces some superb articles about animals and environmental issues.

The only way we can really reproduce the article on farm animal pandemics is to provide the link and then to let you click and read for yourself.

Regards Mark

Article Link:

Bulgaria: Animal markets like from the previous century

Report of the organization against animal transports Animals` Angels

Animals ‘Angels are in Bulgaria at the weekly markets in Haskovo and Raskovski.

In addition to all sorts of things, cattle, horses and donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits, and poultry are sold here.

Image: Animals`Angels


We have already complained several times to the Bulgarian authorities about the way the animals are treated, housed, and transported here – and about their poor state of health.

The ministry then presented us with a comprehensive plan to improve the situation in the markets. We now want to review the implementation of this plan – and we will be bitterly disappointed. Nothing has improved for the animals.

Once again, the Bulgarian official veterinarians have made empty promises.

Image: Animals`Angels


Calves are sold from the trunk of a car with their legs tied together. Emaciated sheep with respiratory problems are hoisted onto closed delivery vans without lights or ventilation.

Nervous foals are tied to vehicles and dealers beat horses and cattle who do not know how to get on vehicles without ramps.

Image: Animals`Angels


We particularly notice the emaciated mares, Iliana and Rosalia. Iliana is covered with abrasions and old injuries on her swollen legs.

We can clearly see the pain in Rosalia. She doesn’t know how to stand to relieve her pain.

There is an open wound on her left flank.
As expected, we are not welcome in the markets. In both places we are quickly thrown out by the market management, saying that we would bring nothing but trouble.

But we will not be put off and will continue to work for the animals in the markets and propose to the veterinary authorities a joint on-site inspection.

More about our work for animals in Bulgaria at…/tiermaerkte/bulgarien.html

My comment: “…Most of the trade takes place illegally in front of the marketplace, where the animals are traded directly from the cars. The handling of the sheep that are traded directly in front of the market entrance is particularly bad. They are tied by three legs, the fourth is used for pulling and carrying” (Eyes on Animals)

There are still around ten markets in Bulgaria where animals are offered for sale every week.
Cattle, sheep, goats, Equidae, rabbits, and birds are sold here.
Young pigs and piglets are also offered in illegal markets.

The conditions in the animal markets in Bulgaria do not in the least correspond to the requirements of the EU (No. 1/2005) and are reminiscent of relics of the past century. Animal welfare does not play a role here.

But we still point the finger at China …

My best regards to all, Venus

Good news! Badger Cull website hacked!

Read at the “animal liberation press office”

When we first read about the Carcase Management System (CMS) website back in February after a leak from the NFU, we knew the secrets it held would be priceless to the anti-cull movement.

All of the cage trappers, free shooters, and assorted badger cull helpers all log, all of their badger killing information onto a single website.

Locations searched for badger setts are logged, like kill, who did the killing, what time… etc, etc.

Thanks to some obvious clues in metadata it was only minutes before we discovered the URL:

Since that discovery back in February we have been gaining regular access to the site, pushing deeper and further into huge piles of data including crime reports, shooters identities, locations of kills, and email addresses of those involved.

On Tuesday, the NFU IT people finally spotted us and have since made some minor adjustments to try and protect the site.

But unfortunately for them, it is too little, too late, we are in the system and will continue to edit and scrape data, we were also changing records (including crime reports) as they come in.

This year’s data on kills sent to Natural England will be based on our false reports, making the continuation of the cull completely pointless.


And I mean...Good to know who our neighbor is.
What does he do when he’s not in church or caring for his children in the playground.

And good to know that killing defenseless animals alone is not enough to satisfy one’s cravings for violence and death.
He wants to make it known, he is reward-controlled, the accomplices should know how many corpses he can deliver per day.
A pastime for psychopaths.

These people are among us.
They are military officials, veterinarians, gynecologists, dentists, or lead scout groups. A number of factors such as genes, family relationships, upbringing, intelligence, and opportunities shape these psychopaths.

Many thanks to the hackers ❤️!

My best regards to all, Venus

Malta: the worst killing fields for birds of prey in Europe

Malta. The “Committee Against Bird Slaughter” (CABS) has released further video evidence of the indiscriminate killing of protected migratory birds in Has-Saptan valley (Birzebbugia).

The footage published on YouTube shows a European Honey Buzzard and a Blue Roller being shot down in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

Blue Rollers are a type of international nature conservation problem that is experiencing rapid population decline in large parts of its European range and is extremely endangered.

Blue Roller

“Our teams deployed in the Birzebbugia area observe and report severe wildlife crimes on a daily basis yet the police needed more than an hour to arrive after our team reported the Roller being killed yesterday”, CABS spokesperson Karl Heinz Kreutzer said adding that this delay gives plenty of ample time for the poachers to hide their illegal prey and escape with impunity.

Apart from these two recent incidents, CABS teams have observed more than a dozen other protected birds being shot down in Has Saptan valley since last Sunday (20 Sept).

“As our eyes and video cameras can only monitor a very small part of this valley, we assume that hundreds more protected birds have been shot there in the last week alone”, CABS spokesperson Karl-Heinz Kreutzer said.

CABS which has labeled the valley as “the worst killing fields for birds of prey in Europe” urges the government to take immediate action by suspending the hunting season in this part of the island and establishing a permanent police presence to monitor the ban.

The NGO said that the primary motivation behind the shooting of protected birds is private collections and illegal taxidermy.

Honey Buzzard

“There is a huge black market for stuffed birds with some collectors paying thousands of Euros for rare specimens such as Blue Rollers, Storks or Flamingos. Since examinations and tagging of private trophy collections have dwindled during the past five years, poachers find it easier to shoot and launder illegally acquired specimens”, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said.

She also stated that since responsibility for the administration of wild birds’ regulations was handed over to the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) controls and tagging of private collections were stopped.

“The history of the WBRU is a history of massive failures and biased decisions which only serve the interests of the poachers at the cost the lives of thousands of rare protected birds. It is high time that the government hands over the responsibility for the protection of wild birds to a technically competent regulatory institution”, Burrows concluded.

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V.


And I mean…At least 50 internationally protected birds died from hunting in Malta in 2019.

In Malta, people shoot pretty much anything that moves in the sky.

Hunting in Malta is pure bird hunting and a popular sport. Allowed in 34 species but exercised on an extremely larger list of birds.

In the case of Malta, the problem is exacerbated because the island is at the heart of the central European migration route. Millions of birds have to go over there – and their killers lurk.

With gigantic trapping facilities of over 5,000 square meters, birds are caught in many places on the island. Gigantic facilities, some of which are several hectares in size, can be found directly on coastal cliffs or on hills in the interior of the island.

An incident reported by “Birdlife” activist Geoffrey Saliba shows how natural hunting is in Malta: “A hunter shot down a marsh harrier – over a schoolyard. Nobody took much notice of it”, he says.

The hunters rarely shoot the birds for pots and pans, but mostly out of pure lust for murder – or to stuff them.
Even legally murdered birds like song thrushes are mostly left to die in the field.

The fact that bird hunting remains possible and legal in the middle of Europe is the surrender of civil society to a criminal elite.

My best regards to all, Venus

Malta: Petition – Prevent Perverted Animal Sex Tourism In Malta.

SIGN: Ban Bestiality to Prevent ‘Animal Sex Tourism’ in Malta

WAV Comment – Perverted or what ? – not only do they kill thousands of birds each year on migratory routes; they also have such warped minds that they want to have sex with animals ! – we have to get tis stopped – please pass on to all your contacts and bombard with support; thank you.

PETITION TARGET: Maltese Ambassador to the United States Keith Azzopardi

Animals in Malta are at an increased risk of sexual assault from humans, as the island nation does not have an explicit ban on bestiality.

As one of only a few remaining countries to legally allow sex with animals, Malta could become a perverse tourist destination for people who seek to engage in bestiality, Etienne Savona, Ph.D., a lawyer who wrote a proposal to ban the sickening practice, told Lovin MaltaDogs, horses, cats are reportedly the species most at risk.

Recently, a Maltese sheep farmer caught a man having sexual relations with his flock after they “showed signs of being terrified,” according to TVM. The man was charged with gaining illegal entry into private property, but his horrifying act of cruelty toward the sheep is completely legal.

In addition to the gross abuse toward animals, bestiality carries the risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.

Malta must update its outdated laws and criminalize sexual activities with animals.

Sign this petition urging Maltese Ambassador to the United States Keith Azzopardi to push for his country to ban bestiality, protecting helpless animals from suffering and abuse.

Petition Link:

Germany: Symposium and Workshop: Replacing Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) in Research & Testing.

Symposium and Workshop: Replacing Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) in Research & Testing

21 September 2020

Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is used as an additive for cell and tissue culture media in biomedical research and testing to enhance cell growth.

However, there is massive underlying animal suffering in FBS production: To obtain the serum blood of unborn calves is collected by syringe from the beating heart of fetal calves without anaesthesia, even though there are clear indications that calf fetuses are already capable of suffering. In addition to the ethical dilemma, scientific reasons speak against the use of FBS as well: The exact composition of the serum is unknown and there is the risk of contaminations from pathogens potentially present in animal sera. This can compromise cell cultures performance and subsequent experiments.

Thus, switching to FBS-free medium is both an ethical and a scientific necessity. Alternatives to FBS exist and are already used in many cell cultures. Our symposium at the TranslaTUM in Munich aims to draw the attention on this topic and to increase the acceptance of alternative media already existing. Our subsequent satellite workshop at the Academy for Animal Welfare in Neubiberg will present techniques how cells can be easily switched to FBS-free media.

Symposium on November 3rd, 2020:

International experts from universities, industry, regulatory authorities and animal welfare will discuss the current status on the use of fetal bovine serum (FBS) and present ethical and scientific advantages of FBS-free alternatives. Lectures and discussions will be held in English. The one-day symposium takes place in the large auditorium at the TranslaTUM in Munich. Due to social distancing regulations to restrain the COVID-19 pandemic, participation is currently limited to 50 – 100 participants. Target Group Symposium: Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in the fields of biology, medicine, veterinary medicine and related fields of study, post-docs, working group leaders.

Speakers Symposium:

  • Dr. Jan van der Valk (3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences)
  • Dr. Karen Bieback (Heidelberg University; German Red Cross Blood Service BadenWürttemberg – Hessen gGmbH)
  • Dr. Aline Chary (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Dr. Sandra Coecke (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)
  • Dr. Joachim Wiest (cellasys GmbH) · Tilo Weber (Animal Welfare Academy; Office for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Education)

Location Symposium: TranslaTUM Großes Auditorium Einsteinstr. 25 81675 Munich, Germany
Date: November 3rd, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. (registration from 8:00 a.m.) to approx. 5:00 p.m.

Workshop on November 4th, 2020:

In the practical section of the satellite workshop, the suitability of serum-free medium for cell cultures will be demonstrated by Dr. Joachim Wiest (cellasys GmbH). Participants will be trained how to perform a switch of cells from serum-containing to serum-free medium using the cellasys #8 protocol. The suitability and the possible effects on the cells will be assessed based on the results of the demonstration.

The theoretical section of the workshop consists of lectures on the scientific risks of FBS and the availability of alternative media (Dr. Jan van der Valk, 3Rs-Center Utrecht Life Sciences) and information on further laboratory reagents of animal origin, such as polyclonal antibodies, gelatine, collagen, trypsin, Matrigel etc. (Tilo Weber, Academy for Animal Welfare). Lectures and demonstrations will be held in English.

The one-day satellite workshop will take place at the cell culture lab of the Academy for Animal Welfare (Akademie für Tierschutz) in Neubiberg. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Meals are included. For workshop participants that are not resident in Munich or the vicinity, accommodation is included as well. Participation at the Symposium is required. Target Group Workshop: MTA, BTA, PhD students, post-docs.

Location Workshop: Akademie für Tierschutz (Academy for Animal Welfare) Cell Culture Lab Spechtstr. 1 85579 Neubiberg, Germany
Date: November 4 th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to approx. 5:00 p.m.

Read more with details at

Regards Mark

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Cyprus: brutal attack of hunters to activists

Cyprus: Attack on committee volunteers.

Yesterday morning two participants of the committee bird protection camp- not far from the city of Agia Napa / Cyprus– were attacked by armed poachers.
The two perpetrators had posted illegal liming rods on bushes around their hunting grounds and provided them with an electronic decoy.
When our members – a young man and a young woman – tried to sneak up to the trapping site to investigate the situation for a game warden, they surprised the hunters, who attacked without warning.

They pushed both bird conservationists to the ground, threatened to kill them, strangled the young man, and destroyed his cell phone. Before the game guards arrived, the perpetrators fled.

The brutal attack was preceded by a newspaper article launched by the Cypriot hunters, in which the committee against bird murder was vilified and xenophobic sentiment against us was stoked.

We filed a complaint against the attackers, the limes were collected. Both of our members got away with bruises and a real shock.
The picture comes from the archive – it shows the fishing method with liming rods, birds caught with them. Also in Cyprus!

According to my information…In the committee’s bird protection camp in Cyprus, committee activists are confronted with such “finds” every day.
If they find the animals early enough, they can usually free them safely. If the birds hang around for hours in the Mediterranean autumn sun, they have little chance of survival.

Bird hunting with liming rods and fishing nets have been banned in Cyprus since 1974.
But illegal bird trapping is big business, involving gangs that are also involved in drugs and prostitution.

“There are many indications that this is an organized crime”.
In fact, networks are now available almost for free on Internet portals. Liming rods also cost nothing.

Bird protection organizations have calculated that a hunter catches up to a hundred birds per net and night in the high season, which he can sell for four euros each. In total, the songbird trade is expected to bring in 15 million euros annually for the 3,000 Cypriot poachers.

“There’s a mafia behind it, and the police are playing along”.
Once the hunters have been reported, they can be left alone for money.

Since the mission in Cyprus began two weeks ago, the committee has already rendered 642 of the brutal limestones harmless and displaced 10 poachers.

They were able to clean the black cap in the photo with a lot of effort and patience and release it after a night in the hotel.

We bow to the activists of the “Committee Against Bird Murder”.

My best regards to all, Venus

House of Lords (UK) Votes to Ban Low Standard Imports – protecting British farming from ‘vile’ American animal welfare standards.

House of Lords (UK) Votes to Ban Low Standard Imports – protecting British farming from ‘vile’ American animal welfare standards.

The House of Lords voted on 22 September with a significant majority (307/212) in favour of an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that, in the event of a UK/US trade deal, would ban imports of food that would be illegal to produce in the UK such as pork dosed with the muscle-builder

Ractopamine, beef injected with growth hormones and chicken washed in chlorine.

The result is a significant response by the Lords that reflects both their personal values and those of the public in supporting real food and farming in the UK.

Who said what? Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, a Green Party peer, said the amendment was essential to protect British farming against “vile” American animal welfare standards.

But opposing Tory peer, Baroness Noakes said, “The government’s policy is clear, they are committed to higher food and welfare standards […] We do not need to write into law what the government is committed to.” A suggestion as to how to hold the government accountable to these commitments in the race for a trade deal outside of the EU, was not given by the Baroness.

So What Next ?

The Agriculture Bill now returns to the House of Commons where, after previous readings, almost all Conservative MPs voted against amendments to protect our farmers by restricting low standard imports, “primarily down to the political sensitivity around trade deals and their links to Brexit”. This vote by the Lords can be overturned by the Conservatives due to their vast majority, so we must keep up the pressure by lobbying Conservative MPs.

Which is why we still need signatures to support our campaign; Say No To Trump’s Toxic Trade Deal. We are focusing on high street fast food outlets that have not yet committed to not using substandard American pork. Greggs is one of them. Please sign and share the petition asking Greggs to commit to not using cruelly-raised factory farmed US pork.

It’s All Linked

David Attenborough’s recent film Extinction; The Facts explains that new pandemic diseases are emerging because industrialised crop monocultures, animal factories and expanding cities, have encroached onto the last areas of wilderness where bacteria and viruses that are harmless to wild animals, are deadly to immuno-compromised factory farmed animals – not least the city and factory bound human species!

Pictures Speak 1,000 Words

See the pictures in our (WAV) recent post:

Yangxiang’s high-rise pig buildings

This 12-story pig factory in China with over 1,000 pigs on each floor, complete with an elevator for transporting pigs between the floors, is being touted as ‘biosecure’. Really? Or is this just the typical ‘big is beautiful and more efficient’ myth? Dr Michael Gregor explains how factory farming makes pandemics more likely.

Young pigs at Yangxiang’s Yaji farm

Farmers are victims, forced to compete in a global market; get big or get out of farming by industrialising, is the status-quo mantra. As a result farming has become cruel, monotonous, polluting and badly paid, with massive external costs paid for in taxes, our health and mass extinction. The average age of traditional farmers in the UK is 62, and young people who want to farm cannot afford to buy or rent land or invest in machinery and livestock. A network of small scale mixed farming systems, abattoirs, processors and retail outlets would boost rural employment, keep money in the local community, be more resilient to shocks and feed more people with less transport costs and fraud. So, trade agreements should be framed to take food and farming out of the global economy, and instead facilitate the re-localisation of real farming – as advocated and voted for by our nature-friendly Lords.

Tracy Worcester, Director

Regards Mark

Germany: a paradise for the meat mafia

The meat industry can rely on its faithful servants in politics!!

The Federal Council has decided to carry out fewer controls in meat processing plants, and slaughterhouses will also have to control significantly less in the future.
What sounds like a bad joke is unfortunately a reality.

Even so-called risk companies will have to inspect the consumer protection agencies less often than the previous regulation would like.
Companies from the sausage factory category, for example: So far, 12 mandatory inspections per year, in future only four.

For companies in which the authorities expect the highest health risk in the event of poor hygiene – the largest meat companies, for example – even 200 mandatory checks per year can now be omitted because instead of daily, are only mandatory weekly checks in the regulation ..Reason: Lack of staff!!

It’s like dismantling the speed cameras if too many cars are caught violating the speed limit – and in the end, the authorities are probably proud to say that there are now fewer speeders …


And I mean…After the corona outbreaks at the exploitative slaughterhouse company Tönnies, one would have expected that the responsible politicians would be ashamed and would pay more attention to the welfare of workers and keep an eye on the health of consumers, who have to be protected from poisoned and contaminated meat!

Instead, the slaughterhouses get even less control!! So the operators of the so-called “meat industry” officially and mercilessly exploit everything and everyone. With the blessing of the state!

I would say to the Federal Council: Go into the slaughterhouses and stay with the animals until they are chopped up.
Stay there and feel their fear of death, see how they defecate their bladders in fear, see how they try to escape, how they are beaten up, how the “staff” laughs.

Hear their screams for help, the screams in the gas chamber, the screams in the scalding bath, the fidgeting with a slit throat and hear their last breath and watch them being dismembered, how almost finished babies are cut from their bodies!

Then you will find that you are the ones causing this misery.
And because you don’t even have the courage to commit suicide, the least you can do is to abolish these places.

My best regards to all, Venus

Indonesia: Two endangered Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesian park.

Two endangered Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesian park

21 September 2020

Two extremely rare Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted in an Indonesian national park, boosting hopes for the future of one of the world’s most endangered mammals.

The rhino calves—a female named Helen and male called Luther—were seen with their mothers in footage taken from nearly 100 camera traps installed in Ujung Kulon national park between March and August, authorities said in a statement on Sunday.

On the westernmost tip of Java in Banten province, Ujung Kulon is the last remaining wild habitat for Javan rhinos.

After years of population decline, the arrival of the new calves brings the total number of the rare mammals to 74.

The sanctuary comprises some 5,100 hectares (12,600 acres) of lush rainforest and freshwater streams.

The Indonesian government has been surveying other areas across Java and Sumatra islands to relocate the rhinos from the danger of Mount Krakatau, an active volcano not far from the national park.

“These births bring a big hope for the continuation of the life of the critically endangered special Javan rhino,” said Wiratno, a senior official at the environment ministry.

Read more at source


the criminal business of the Pharma Mafia

“The vaccine against Covid-19 is being tested on rhesus monkeys”


“The current Corona crisis shows very clearly what a big mistake it was in the past not to adequately promote animal-free, human-based research methods such as human 3D lung models and multi-organ chips” (Dr. Gaby Neumann, spokeswoman for the association “Doctors Against Animal Experiments”.

Human animals never learn from their mistakes as other, non-human animals do.

Because in contrast to animals, humans want to secure their power and profit maximization.

However, only a few belong to this category, such as B.Gates for example.
He recognized that profit maximization can be achieved much better in the pharmaceutical sector than in the military-industrial complex.
What he’s doing there is lobbying at the top level for the Pharma Mafia, which for us, the human guinea pig, means being vaccinated, chipped, and allowed to live under total control in the future.

As for the laboratory animals, the cruel tests continue even though they do not get corona.

This is how the criminal logic of capitalism works.

And you can’t stop its devastating inventiveness

Whoever has the money has the power

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Amazing News: The Scottish Government has Halted Live Calf Exports. A Major Massive Victory for the Campaigners.


Breaking news in from Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) – London.

Dear Mark,

Amazing news: the Scottish Government has halted live calf exports.

After our gruelling, six-month legal battle, the Scottish Government has now accepted that live calf exports that breach maximum permitted journey times – a regular occurrence since April 2019 – can no longer be tolerated.

It has therefore instructed that no further applications for unweaned calf exports that breach these rules should be approved – effectively halting the current trade.

This is a huge victory for calves – and it’s all thanks to the support of people like you.

We are pleased to announce that, after a gruelling legal battle, the Scottish Government has finally stopped live calf exports.

Having spent six months defending the inhumane export of unweaned calves to Europe, they have conceded that this trade was being conducted in breach of the legislation on the protection of animals during transport.

With backing from our dedicated supporters, we launched Judicial Review proceedings to challenge the lawfulness of this practice back in February. Both the Scottish and UK Governments resisted for several months – wasting taxpayers’ money – shamefully defending a trade which can see calves go for 23 hours without food and often water.

In a major U-turn, the Scottish Government has now instructed the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which is responsible for approving export journeys, to not approve any further applications for unweaned calf exports that breach the time limits in the regulations.

“The Scottish Government’s conduct during this dispute has often fallen far short of that expected from a responsible authority,” said Peter Stevenson, our Chief Policy Advisor. “They have neglected to disclose key information, run misleading arguments, and despite export journeys exceeding the maximum permitted travelling time since at least April 2019, that these journeys were exceeding the maximum permitted travelling time, they failed to act and did not issue an instruction to halt the trade until over a year later. Above all, they have vigorously defended this cruel and unnecessary trade.”

Over several decades, millions of British calves have been forced to endure long, inhumane journeys to Europe for slaughter and fattening. We have fought this all the way. The ending of calf exports from Britain represents a turning point in the battle to stop this horrific trade.

“We welcome this decision that means thousands of calves will be spared such gruelling journeys every year,” said Natasha Smith, our Senior Campaigns Manager. “However, it is outrageous that it took legal action and years of argument to bring the Scottish Government to this point.”

Whilst this is a major victory for the welfare of Scottish calves, the policy must now be secured by legislation. The Scottish Government has promised a public consultation on banning journeys over 9 hours for calves, and the UK Government has previously committed to a separate consultation on live exports. Similar consultations in the past have yet to yield results.

“More consultations and empty promises are not enough,” Natasha continued. “We need new legislation to protect animals from this cruel and unnecessary practice once and for all.”

Now, our fight continues far beyond the courtroom. We will not stop until there is a complete ban on live exports from the UK for slaughter and fattening.

You have helped achieve justice for calves. A huge thanks to every person who has donated, emailed politicians, or even joined Kent Action Against Live Exports to protest the sailings in person.

Read more about our Judicial Review proceedings here.

Regards Mark

Austria: Prince hunter arrested!

The Welf Prince Ernst August von Hannover, 66, was arrested in Austria on Monday evening (September 7th).

This was confirmed by the Wels regional court.
Reason: There should be reports against the nobleman for coercion, threats, and property damage.
A spokesman had told the “Bild” newspaper after the incident that all points should be charged together.

Prince Ernst August would then have threatened up to three years in prison.
The Wels public prosecutor had ordered the arrest of the prince, which was then carried out on Monday (September 7th).

The scandal prince was kept in custody for two days.

Now he’s out, but he has to adhere to the judge’s requirements.
One of his employees has reported against the Guelph Prince.

Ernst August von Hannover is said to have threatened her and her husband with hounding a group of thugs and smashed a window with a traffic sign. The police moved out on Monday because of “suspicion of coercion”. …

Since the 66-year-old had already attacked a police officer in July, the officers carried body cameras to record the arrest.

The German nobleman caused a stir several times in the past few months. After the attack on the police, Ernst August von Hannover was briefly admitted to a psychiatric ward. Just a week later, it hit the headlines again.

Armed with a baseball bat, he allegedly drove to the police station and threatened officers there to kill them(!!!)

And I mean…“Hunting is a subsidiary form of human mental illness,” said Theodor Heuss!
And obviously, someone who massacres animals in the forest develops himself into one who loses empathy and compassion for his fellow human beings.

My best regards to all, Venus

Live Exports – KLTT sells twin-tiered live export ship.

AL_SHUWAIKH another 4

KLTT sells twin-tiered live export ship

Aidan Smith19 Sep 2020

KUWAIT Livestock Transport and Trading (KLTT) – Australia’s largest buyer of live sheep – has sold its twin-tier livestock vessel the Al Shuwaikh for an undisclosed amount.

KLTT’s Western Australian subsidiary, Rural Export and Trading WA managing director Mike Gordon said a Jordanian company, Al Delta Company, purchased the vessel about two weeks ago.

The Al Shuwaikh was due to be phased out from the Australian trade because of new marine orders that prohibited twin-tier vessels from operating in Australia beyond January 1, 2020, without an exemption.

Until now the vessel did have an exemption but it was only used for sheep.

A clause in the paperwork was discovered only when it was pointed out to the company by agriculture department officials, that denied them the ability to load cattle on deck five, costing KLTT $1million per voyage from WA.

Mr Gordon said the 34-year-old Al Shuwaikh was “due to be retired”.

He said the company would continue to service Australia “for the foreseeable future” with its two remaining vessels, the Al Messilah and the newly-purchased Al Kuwait, the world’s largest livestock carrier.

Mr Gordon said the vessels would be spaced to run back-to-back trips from September 16 to May 30, 2021, until the northern hemisphere summer moratorium prohibited trade to the Middle East (June 1 to September 15).

The company would also divert the vessels to South Africa when needed.

Two other twin-tier vessels had been servicing the Australian market – the Maysora and the Bader III.

Livestock Shipping Services, which owns these vessels, had cut the upper deck from the Bader III but decided to utilise the vessel in other markets.

Farm Weekly understands that the company has applied for an exemption for the Maysora to continue to service Australia in the short-term, however it’s last known position was off the coast of north-west Africa.

Just a few of our (WAV) past posts related to the AS:

Regards Mark

Australia: Tragic – Mass Whale Deaths After Stranding Off Coast. Valiant Rescue Attempt Made by Many.

380 whales have died after becoming stranded off Australian coast

Officials believe that the new group of the whales found stranded are mostly dead, and cannot be rescued.

Around 380 whales have died after becoming stranded in an inlet off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania, according to officials.

In the remote town of Strahan, rescuers had been scrambling to save the survivors among what was thought to be 270 pilot whales on Monday, from a beach and two sandbanks.

Read it all at:

Tackling respiratory diseases with advanced NON-ANIMAL models.

Respiratory System: Facts, Function and Diseases | Live Science

Tackling respiratory diseases with advanced non-animal models

21 September 2020

A new JRC study describes almost 300 non-animal models used for research on respiratory diseases and the development of new drugs and therapies.

Respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer are the most common of all diseases and causes of death worldwide.

However, over 90% of new candidate drugs fail to make it through clinical trials and gain market approval. Although there are several reasons for this, limitations of animal models to capture critical aspects of human physiology and disease are being increasingly cited as a critical issue.

Attention is shifting therefore to non-animal models and methods based on human relevant tools and thinking to advance our understanding of respiratory diseases and offer new hope to patients.  

The study, coordinated by the JRC’s EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM), has produced a unique knowledge base that contains detailed descriptions of nearly 300 non-animal models being used for respiratory disease research.

The knowledge base is in an easy-to-use spreadsheet format and is freely available to download from the EURL ECVAM Collection in the JRC Data Catalogue.

In building the knowledge base, over 21,000 abstracts from the scientific literature were screened and from these, a total of 284 publications were selected that described the most representative and innovative models.

“To our knowledge this is the first time that such advanced non-animal models used in biomedical sciences have been systematically collected and analysed”, comments JRC scientist Laura Gribaldo. “It’s been a real challenge to put all the information together in a structured and easily accessible format since there is a huge amount of heterogeneous data out there spread over a plethora of different scientific journals and electronic resources.”

To our knowledge this is the first time that such advanced non-animal models used in biomedical sciences have been systematically collected and analysed.

Laura Gribaldo, JRC scientist

Regards Mark

Environmental crime? The EU regulates it!

The UN has presented an alarming report on biodiversity. Never in human history has the loss of biodiversity been worse – and the downward spiral continues.

The experts are urgently calling for a change of course in the way we live and do business.

The Fifth Global Report on the State of Biological Diversity leaves no doubt as to the extent of the crisis. Ten years ago almost 200 countries set themselves goals to combat the destruction of habitats and the extinction of species – but the international community has failed and has not achieved any of the goals.

“The extent of biodiversity loss is unprecedented in human history and the pressure is mounting. Life on earth as a whole is at risk, ” says Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Chair of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

“The states are undermining their livelihoods. Humanity is at a crossroads.”

Preserving biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change and enabling long-term food security and health.

“It’s not about luxury, but about existential issues,” says Anne Larigauderie, Chair of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES. The organization warned in a 2019 report that a million species could become extinct within a few decades.

However, a change of direction is possible.

“Extremely important is to measurably reduce the use of pesticides, effectively preserve forests, and prevent pollution with plastic and heavy metals,” says Anne Larigauderie.

The overfishing of the seas and the destruction of habitats must also come to an end.

The experts are calling on Germany and the EU to remove environmentally harmful subsidies, for example for industrial agriculture.

“It is about many hundreds of billions of dollars that directly serve the destruction of nature plus hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels,” says Larigauderie. In contrast, only around 80 billion dollars are available for nature conservation.

The UN also points to the link between environmental degradation and pandemics like Covid-19.

Anne Larigauderie says: “It is scientifically clear that a large proportion of infectious diseases have spread from animals to humans – and in many cases, this is preceded by forest destruction, road construction and the fragmentation of habitats, especially in the tropics.”

Paraguay, Chaco

The positive developments contained in Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 are far from being enough. The fact that the deforestation rate has decreased by a third and protected area now covers 15 percent instead of 10 percent of the land area is not enough.

A special UN summit on biodiversity will take place in New York on September 30th, which Chancellor Angela Merkel will also attend. There she can prove that Germany is serious (!!) about preserving biodiversity.

Please sign our petition:


And I mean…“Don’t dare to go to New York”, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had warned the heads of state and government months ago, “if you do not bring substantial offers for higher climate protection measures”.
It is to be feared that Merkel and her government will have to offer climate protection in homeopathic doses that remind us of the days in Paris four years ago.
The German government has so far stuck to the EU-Mercosur treaty for a policy in favor of the car lobby.

After there was criticism of the right-wing extremist President of Brazil Bolsonaro at the G7 summit in Paris because of the fires in the Amazon, we hoped that the EU-Mercosur free trade pact would be on the brink, and may still be prevented because the national parliaments would still have to approve.

We are all aware of the damage that this shameful treaty will cause to people, nature, and animals.

Nevertheless, and until then we must continue to be poisoned by Bayer/Monsanto’s glyphosate, which is what EU law wants.
Business obviously takes precedence over the health of people and nature.

“A total ban on the active ingredient glyphosate in pesticides clearly violates current EU law,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, former EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, when he was still in office.

It was also he, who advocated the renewed approval of the herbicide glyphosate for another 10 years in the EU until December 15, 2022.

We are firmly caught in the claws of a world dictatorship.

My best regards to all, Venus

New Zealand: Live Export – It Is Not Worth the Suffering, or A Bad Name for New Zealand.

From our live export campaigner friends at SAFE in New Zealand:

Kia ora Mark

Tens of thousands of animals have died in live export disasters over the last decade.

Animals are exported alive from New Zealand for breeding due to a loophole in our law. These animals are transported in dangerous conditions on open sea voyages or by air. When they reach their destination, they are likely kept and slaughtered in ways that are illegal in New Zealand.

Live export is not worth the suffering. 
SAFE has launched an ambitious international campaign to put pressure on Labour leader Jacinda Ardern to impose a complete ban on all live export.

This advertisement is running in the Guardian online and will be seen by hundreds of thousands of readers across the UK and Europe.

Jacinda Ardern is known around the world for being a good leader and in Aotearoa New Zealand for putting kindness at the forefront of her values. Sadly, that kindness does not extend to animals.
The appalling human and animal suffering that happened when the Gulf Livestock 1 sank cannot happen again.
Jacinda Ardern needs to know just how many people care about animal welfare, and that the world’s attention is on how New Zealand handles this disaster. Our international reputation depends on it.

SAFE has run an advertisement in the Guardian newspaper so that people around the world can ask Jacinda Ardern to extend her kindness to animals and ban live export once and for all. You can help by sharing this advertisement with your friends and family via email and social media.

Share the advertisement now:

This year, approximately 65,000 cows have left our shores. There are significant risks to the welfare of farmed animals transported by ship, especially over long distances. The Pacific Ocean is renowned for rough seas that can cause the cows to suffer seasickness and be thrown around and injured. The rough seas, unnatural diet, high stocking densities and heat stress all have a negative effect on these animals, with some suffering injuries and others dying on board.

Once the journey is over, they may well end up confined in concrete factory farms for the rest of their lives, never to set foot on grass again. Then, when no longer deemed profitable, these cows will be killed, most likely by methods so cruel they are illegal in New Zealand.
We need to keep up the opposition to this cruel trade, and we can’t do it without you. Please make a gift today towards SAFE’s international campaign so we can continue to shine a spotlight on New Zealand’s cruel live export trade.

Animals need us to all work together to end their suffering.
Let’s ban live export – once and for all.  

Debra Ashton
Chief Executive Officer

Donate and give a gift to the campaign:

Show Jacinda that live export harms New Zealand’s reputation:

Regards Mark

Spain: the murder of Forajido in Esquivias

Bullfight in Esquivias endangers public health!
This summer we have not stopped working for animals.
In addition to holding street protests in the main cities of Spain, we have infiltrated the bullfights that continue to be organized, despite the health crisis.

We were witnesses of savagery in Salamanca and denounced.

And now we bring to light these images of the bullfight on August 21 in Esquivias (Toledo).
We have placed the corresponding complaints in the hands of the authorities.

It broke our hearts to witness the Forajido killed in the square.

There is no greater pain than seeing a helpless and bewildered being suffer, unsuccessfully seeking the help of those who applaud every time he bleeds.

We believe that it is important to make these images known, no matter how harsh, so that his death is not in vain.
We live days of uncertainty in a country in crisis and some prefer to continue torturing animals to death instead of working for better normalcy.

Did you know that extraordinary items are still being allocated to rescue bullfighting?

They touch 7.3 million euros and Madrid leads the ranking of the communities that will give the most money to the sector, with up to 4.5 million euros.

It is outrageous!
We are working so that bullfighting is condemned by society and its rejection increases.

Only by joining forces can we ensure that it continues to decline and achieve its abolition once and for all.

Only with you, we are stronger! We need your help now more than ever to confront the powerful bullfighting lobby in Spain.


And I mean… “If bullfighting is an “art form,” then so are ritualistic cult killings.
If bullfighting is “authentic religious drama,” so too is war and genocide.
If the matador is ennobled, let us praise every mass murderer” (Steven Best)

The European Union does not pay extra agricultural subsidies for bullfighting. But part of their annual 30 billion euros in direct aid for agricultural land in the EU Member States also goes to farms that breed fighting bulls.
This is known as “agricultural subsidies”!
Official figures are not available. The Greens estimate that annual subsidies of 130 million euros go to bullfighting.

This is subsidized animal cruelty – nothing less.

Perhaps someone will soon come up with the idea of ​​reviving the witch burnings, which were well attended in the Middle Ages and very popular by bored audiences.
This was also a sad culture in Spain!

Except for a few mentally weak proletarian Germans and a few brain-sick Europeans, this form of “culture” really doesn’t even resonate with the dumbest of the very dumb.

We can be sure that every day there are more and more animal lovers and animal rights activists (= antitaurinos) who see this massacre as a disgrace for their country and want to abolish it.

Time is ticking for the animals and we know, it will end.

My best regards to all,  Venus

The screams of the fish-we hear them

Fish don’t audibly scream when they’re impaled on hooks or grimace when the hooks are ripped from their mouths, but their behavior offers evidence of their suffering—if we’re willing to look.

Biologist Victoria Braithwaite says that “there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals.”

For example, when Braithwaite and her colleagues exposed fish to irritating chemicals, the animals behaved as any of us might: They lost their appetite, their gills beat faster, and they rubbed the affected areas against the side of the tank.

It is hard to imagine that swallowing a bait with a fish hook in it does not feel extremely painful.
The fish also shows a terrible fidget in the video in response.

Neurobiologists have long recognized that fish have nervous systems that comprehend and respond to pain.

Even though fish don’t have the same brain structures that humans do—fish do not have a neocortex, for example—Dr. Ian Duncan reminds us that we “have to look at behavior and physiology,” not just anatomy. “It’s possible for a brain to evolve in different ways,” he says.

Continue reading “The screams of the fish-we hear them”

Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches (38 cm) to global sea level rise by 2100.

Polar bears should not be kept in zoos at all,′ says the German Animal  Welfare Association | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from  Germany | DW | 07.03.2017

Watch the video here:

Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100

By Chelsea Gohd 2 days ago

If humans continue emitting greenhouse gases at the current pace, global sea levels could rise more than 15 inches (38 centimeters) by 2100, scientists found in a new study. 

Greenhouse gases emitted by human activity, such as carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to climate change and warming temperatures on planet Earth, studies continue to show. As things heat up, ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica melt. A new study by an international team of more than 60 ice, ocean and atmospheric scientists estimates just how much these melting ice sheets will contribute to global sea levels. 

“One of the biggest uncertainties when it comes to how much sea level will rise in the future is how much the ice sheets will contribute,” project leader and ice scientist Sophie Nowicki, now at the University at Buffalo and formerly at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement. “And how much the ice sheets contribute is really dependent on what the climate will do.”

The results of this study show that, if human greenhouse gas emissions continue at the pace they’re currently at, Greenland and Antarctica’s melting ice sheets will contribute over 15 inches (28 centimeters) to global sea levels. This new study is part of the Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6), which is led by NASA Goddard. 

The ISMIP6 team investigated how sea levels will rise between 2015 and 2100, exploring how sea levels will change in a variety of carbon-emission scenarios

They found that, with high emissions (like we see now) extending throughout this time period, Greenland’s melting ice sheet will contribute about 3.5 in (9 cm) to global sea level rise. With lower emissions, they estimate that number to be about 1.3 in (3 cm). 

Ice sheet loss in Antarctica is a little more difficult to predict, because, while ice shelves will continue to erode on the western side of the continent, East Antarctica could actually gain mass as temperatures rise because of increasing snowfall. Because of this, the team found a larger range of possible ice sheet loss here.

The team determined that ice-sheet loss in Antarctica could boost sea levels up to 12 in (30 cm), with West Antarctica causing up to 7.1 in (18 cm) of sea level rise by 2100 with the highest predicted emissions. 

However, to be clear: These increases in global sea levels are just predictions for the years 2015 to 2100, so they don’t account for the significant ice sheet loss that has already taken place between the pre-industrial era and modern day. 

“The Amundsen Sea region in West Antarctica and Wilkes Land in East Antarctica are the two regions most sensitive to warming ocean temperatures and changing currents, and will continue to lose large amounts of ice,” Helene Seroussi, an ice scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, who led the Antarctic ice sheet modeling in the ISMIP6 project, said in the same statement. 

“With these new results, we can focus our efforts in the correct direction and know what needs to be worked on to continue improving the projections,” Seroussi said.

These results are in line with estimates made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose 2019 Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere showed that melting ice sheets would contribute to about one-third of the total global sea level rise. 

According to the 2019 IPCC report, melting ice sheets in Greenland will contribute 3.1 to 10.6 inches (8 to 27 cm) to global sea level rise between the years 2000 and 2100. For Antarctica, the report estimates that melting ice sheets will add 1.2 to 11 inches (3 to 28 cm). 

The results from this new work will help to inform the next IPCC report, the sixth overall, which is set to be released in 2022, according to the same statement. 

“The strength of ISMIP6 was to bring together most of the ice sheet modeling groups around the world, and then connect with other communities of ocean and atmospheric modelers as well, to better understand what could happen to the ice sheets,” Heiko Goelzer, a scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands who is now at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre in Norway, said in the same statement. 

Environment: The North Pole in peril - WELT

“It took over six years of workshops and teleconferences with scientists from around the world working on ice sheet, atmosphere, and ocean modeling to build a community that was able to ultimately improve our sea level rise projections,” added Nowicki, who led the Greenland ice sheet ISMIP6 project. “The reason it worked is because the polar community is small, and we’re all very keen on getting this problem of future sea level right. We need to know these numbers.”

This work was published Sept. 17 in a special issue of the journal The Cryosphere.

Regards Mark

China: A 12-storey pig farm. Animal Abuse At Best.

A seven-storey pig building at Yaji mountain
 A seven-storey pig building at Yaji mountain. A 12-storey building is planned. Photograph: Reuters
Yangxiang’s high-rise pig buildings
Yangxiang’s high-rise pig buildings at Yaji mountain. Photograph: Reuters

A 12-storey pig farm: has China found the way to tackle animal disease?

21 September 2020

Biosecure farms complete with staff quarantine and chutes for dead pigs are seen as progress, but may carry their own risks.

The buildings do not even look like farms. They are huge grey concrete blocks, many storeys high, which stand side by side in the middle of what might look like a quarry, a “hole” of red earth dug in the heart of a mountain.

We are on the Yaji mountain, which in Chinese means “sacred”, a few kilometres south of the city of Guigang in southern China. What we are looking at is the tallest pig farm in the world; units up to nine storeys high housing thousands of pigs, with construction of a 12-storey pig unit under way.

Young pigs at Yangxiang’s Yaji farm
Pigs at Yaji farm are confined to one floor to avoid transmission of disease. Photograph: Dominique Patton/Reuters

On each floor we can breed 1,270 pigs,” says Yuanfei Gao, vice-president of Yangxiang, the company that built the farm. “But in the future with the design of the new buildings we plan to have 1,300 pigs per floor.”

Yangxiang is one of the Chinese giants of the pork industry, producing about 2 million pigs a year in a dozen farms throughout China. The Yaji mountain site is its largest and most advanced multistorey farming system, and will have the capacity to produce around 840,000 pigs a year when construction is finished.

Read much more regarding this facility at

The Guardian

Regards Mark

USA: The Priority – Reducing Covid or Getting Votes ? – Seems Getting Votes Win.

WAV Comment:  We always thought that Trump had lost his marbles way before he was elected as the ‘President’ of the United States; but as money and the making of is his sole intention and concern; here we see that New York; with one of the largest Covid casebooks in the US, is now opening up its wet market doors because of Yom Kippur.

One really has to ask where the priorities of the US lay – trying to beat the Covid virus or simply as the article blow states:

“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; his Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi; and his Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, allow this mass ritual slaughter to take place, in spite of the health code violations and risks to public health, because NYC’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities represent a powerful voting bloc that can make or break elections in NYC and NY State”.

Now we know; to hell with the deaths and families affected; as per the Trump mentality; votes and money are the thing than mean more than anything else.

If the American public understand and believe this; then vote him in once again and put money before everything else.  We have exposed the links to Covid deaths and the meat industries in many posts; if you ignore the evidence and go with the money; then that is your choice.  We suggest that US citizens really taken this issue on board and start asking some hard, deep down questions about the New York policy – what is most important ? – deaths or votes.

The choice, voters of the USA, is down to you.

Link – New York Times 22/9/20:

At least 5 new coronavirus deaths and 575 new cases were reported in New York on Sept. 21. Over the past week, there have been an average of 790 cases per day, an increase of 5 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Tuesday morning, there have been at least 455,187 cases and 32,691 deaths in New York since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database.

And yet……

Money Really Does Lead to a More Satisfying Life - The New York Times


Kaporos, Largest Live Animal Wet Market in the United States, Opens Ahead of Yom Kippur

In the days leading up to Yom Kippur, tens of thousands of Hasidim in Brooklyn will purchase and physically handle live chickens in a wet market setting. Wearing little to no PPE, they will swing the chickens around their heads as part of an annual atonement ritual called Kaporos. The chickens will be killed in approximately 30 makeshift slaughterhouses erected without permits on public streets in residential neighborhoods in violation of eight New York City health codes.

The body parts, blood and feces of thousands of animals will contaminate the streets of South Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park for several days.

Kaporos is, in effect, the largest live animal wet market in the country and the only one in which the customers handle the animals before the animals are killed. Many of the animals have compromised immune systems and show signs of respiratory disease.

The chickens make each other sick, and they also infect some of the people who handle them with e. Coli and campylobacter. If the viruses that these animals carry commingle and mutate into a more dangerous strain that could be spread among humans, then these Kaporos wet markets could be the source of the another zoonotic disease outbreak. According to a toxicologist who studied fecal and blood samples taken during Kaporos, the ritual “constitutes a dangerous condition” and “poses a significant public health hazard.”

In addition to putting all of us at risk of another zoonotic disease pandemic, Kaporos, which attracts hordes of people in small areas, could be a COVID “super spreader” event because Hasidic communities have been observed not wearing masks or engaging in social distancing.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; his Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi; and his Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, allow this mass ritual slaughter to take place, in spite of the health code violations and risks to public health, because NYC’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities represent a powerful voting bloc that can make or break elections in NYC and NY State.

Money Really Does Lead to a More Satisfying Life - The New York Times

In fact, taxpayers help to underwrite the cost because the NYPD provides barricades, floodlights and a large police presence at many of the Kaporos sites. Given the risks and the disruption and death we have already endured already with pandemic, how can the Mayor and his health deputies allow Kaporos to take place?

For the past several years, animal rights and public health advocates have pled with Mayor de Blasio and his revolving door of health commissioners (Dr. Mary Bassett, Dr. Oxiris Barbot and now Dr. Dave Chokshi) to shut down Kaporos, given the health code violations and the risks to the public health.

Both in court and in the media, city attorneys and spokespeople for the NYC Department of Health have defended Kaporos and argued that the City has discretion over which laws to enforce. Throughout the month of September, the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos plastered 300 posters around New York City to sound the alarm about Kaporos.

What can you say ? – but

Regards Mark

We call things by their name


“A good vocabulary is like a hand grenade thrown in the right place”.

We call things by their name
We do not choose a vocabulary that suits the system stabilization.
We are there for the animals, to end their slavery

There are many ways to end this slavery, one of which is direct animal liberation.
We use the right language to describe the actions, we do not take over that of the system, i.e. the perpetrators who trie to disguise the injustice and make it invisible.

We call things by their name, at least we don’t let the language take away from us.
Language is our main weapon.

Have a good night, Venus

Germany’s factory farming: animal suffering as the rule

Report from the “German Animal Welfare Office”:

The second undercover research reveals how pigs are again tortured for Tönnies!

We recently published scandalous video material from a Tönnies supplier in North Rhine-Westphalia and reported the conditions there.
The public prosecutor’s office then took up the investigation and Tönnies, the group that slaughters around 20 million pigs annually and thus makes over six billion euros in sales, was forced to react.

Now we have again proof of the terrible way pigs suffer and die for the Tönnies Group.

We now have terrifying images from the largest pig fattening in Lower Saxony. The video recordings show how densely packed animals have to stand in their own droppings.

Many of the animals show some very serious injuries that did not occur overnight.
Untreated, bloody injuries, huge tumors, and abscesses can be seen. Most of the animals can only hobble.

Dead pigs can also be seen among the live ones. A statutory sickbay cannot be seen on the recordings.

Obviously, the farm operator is not fulfilling his duty of care and simply making the pigs suffer.

Particularly frightening: During the two documented nights, the drinking water was consciously turned off by the operator.

Continue reading “Germany’s factory farming: animal suffering as the rule”

England: World’s top banks must stop funding factory farming to prevent future pandemics.

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World’s top banks must stop funding factory farming to prevent future pandemics, say campaigners

Jane Goodall and nearly 100 other experts call on IMF and other financial giants to halt lending hundreds of billions of pounds to industrial agriculture businesses

Nearly 100 environmentalists, including the (UK) prime minister’s father, are calling on banks and the International Monetary Fund to stop investing in factory farming to cut the risk of future pandemics.

In a letter to 22 leading financial institutions worldwide, the signatories, who include Jane Goodall, warn that industrial livestock production increases the potential for further disease outbreaks, and contributes to dangerous antibiotic resistance.

Industrial farming also undermines food security, and contributes to climate changebiodiversity loss, including the loss of pollinators, deforestation and water pollution, the letter says.

It was sent to banking giants including JP Morgan Chase, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and NatWest, as well as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

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The 94 signatories also include television cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University London, actor Joanna Lumley and environmentalist Stanley Johnson.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases.   

Eco activists have long argued that global financiers should not bankroll livestock corporations that risk environmental damage.

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In the past five years, meat and dairy companies worldwide received at least $478bn (£370bn) in backing from more than 2,500 investment firms, banks, and pension funds, according to a report this year by Feedback, a UK group lobbying for changes to the food system.

High street banks provide billions in loans to the firms behind US chlorinated chicken, it said.  

And over the past decade, the World Bank’s private investment arm has channelled more than $1.8bn into major livestock and factory farming operations around the world, according to research by Mongabay and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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about:blank about:blank javascript:void(0) Urging them to end their support for or funding of industrial livestock systems, the new letter says: “As the world seeks to ‘build back better’ after Covid-19, it is widely recognised that we need to rethink our relationship with the natural world and to treat it, and the creatures within it, with more respect. This will involve reshaping the way in which we feed ourselves.”

The document highlights studies showing that the crowded, stressful conditions of industrial livestock production “contribute to the emergence, spread and amplification of pathogens, some of which are zoonotic”

Sean Gifford, of Compassion in World Farming, which coordinated the letter, said: “It’s vital that global financial institutions stop funding industrial livestock production and instead support regenerative forms of agriculture that are not only better for human health but also kinder to animals and the planet.

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“We are at a turning point in history and we need major financial institutions and intergovernmental organisations to act now. The need has never been more pressing.”

A spokeswoman for UK Finance, which represents banks and the finance industry, said: “The banking and finance industry can play a central role in delivering a post-Covid economic recovery that is aligned not only to the government’s net-zero target but also to be approached in a fair, just and inclusive way. 

“Banking and finance firms already play an important part in supporting local networks comprising of corporates, SMEs, local authorities, universities and other sources of expertise including agriculture. Lenders take their agricultural policies very seriously and regularly assess clients on their commitment to sustainable business practices.”

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Regards Mark

England: If Anyone Says It Is Easy; I Would Personally Call Them A Liar !

WAV Comment – Below you will find an article written just a few days ago by David Attenborough.

We have a saying that goes – ‘you can please some of the people some of the time, but you cant please all of the people all of the time’.

We don’t all agree 100% with the thousands of comments made by everyone about everything; there has to be and you have to accept a certain amount of flexibility with regard what some say and their own personal views.  We did not make the programme which was shown by David Attenborough recently:  and if we were the producers of it then we would not have definitely included some of the comments made by some scientists.  But on the campaign front you have to look at the whole programme and the positives or negatives it portrayed – and in our opinion; there were more positives than negatives.

Sure; as Vegans we would have not shown a scientist who supported ‘moderation’ in the consumption of meat and dairy – but then we also know that there are some who will always eat meat and drink dairy regardless of what they are given as evidence to the contrary.  The entire world will not stop eating meat and drinking dairy because we want it; and so in that context; by asking those continuing meat eaters to reduce and moderate their meat consumption could be viewed as an approach to further inform and educate.  Education of the damage being done to the environment and the worlds animals are the most important factors; and if the programme educates (the uninformed ?) about the damage being done by meat production and dairy production around the world; then we support the education rather than an attack on just one scientist in a programme because he talks of ‘moderation’.

Sadly, animals will probably always be farmed to some degree for meat and dairy.  That is a simple fact.  Through education we hope; as per our approach with this site; we can show the facts of the meat / dairy industries and educate people to turn away from them.  I personally write from England; and can honestly say that over the last year or two, there has been a massive if not astronomical change in British people who wish to support going meat free and dairy free.  As a whole; people here in UK care about the environment, and especially animals and their welfare; so we have to continue to educate, inform and provide the evidence when necessary.  We would love to in the business of putting ourselves out of business; because then all ‘our’ issues and problems would be solved.  But it aint quite that easy.

People are massively / globally changing their attitudes to meat and dairy consumption because of what they are being shown and told – they are being educated about the damage to the environment farming animals for meat and for example, what happens to ‘by product’ male dairy calves which are of no use to the industry.

People now are saying ‘No’ to the animal abuses of the meat and dairy industries.  It is up to us and thousands of other campaigners to continue to provide the facts and show the footage that we as campaigners don’t want to see.  We abhor the footage of the fur farms and the fur industry; but hey; look at the humungous changes which are happening there – cruelty is gradually not being accepted – people power wins.

But we have to fight on and be the animals voice – that’s why we are winning in so many ways !

Regards Mark



Published 19 September 2020

Our planet is facing an unprecedented challenge. As I warned last week, we are living in the shadow of a disaster – and it is one of our own making. 

Just like the people who lived by the doomed nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, we are on the verge of destruction.

By regarding the Earth as our planet, run by humankind for humankind, we have already wrought untold damage. 

We are polluting our air, draining our rivers, warming the oceans and making them more acidic. We have depleted the ozone layer and brought about potentially disastrous climate change.

Humankind, in other words, has set a course for a devastating future, not just for the natural world but for itself. And if we continue, we will, like the people who once lived in the shadow of Chernobyl, risk sleepwalking into global catastrophe.

What faces us today is nothing less than the collapse of the living world. Yet there is still time to change course, to find a better way of living. 

We can, and must, begin to put things right. And at the heart of this global effort must lie respect for biodiversity – the very thing we are destroying.

It is no accident that the stability of our planet’s climate is wavering at the very moment the extraordinary richness of life on our fragile planet is in sharp decline. The two things are bound together.

Restoring biodiversity on Earth is the only way out of the crisis we have created. And that, in turn, means ‘rewilding’ the world, re-establishing the balance between the human world and the rest of nature, step by step, as I set out below. 

I don’t pretend it will be easy, yet this blueprint for survival is not merely possible but essential if we are to have any hope of saving our civilisation.

Prioritise people and the planet over profit

What has brought us to this moment of desperation? I believe it is our hunger for perpetual economic growth. 

This one goal has dominated social, economic and political institutions for the past 70 years. And the result is that we are enslaved to crude measurements of our gross domestic product (GDP).

Yet the price paid by the living world is not accounted for.

There are those who hope for a future in which humankind focuses upon a new, sustainable measure of success. 

The Happy Planet Index, created by the New Economics Foundation, attempts to do just that, combining a nation’s ecological footprint with elements of human wellbeing, such as life expectancy, average levels of happiness and a measure of equality.

In 2019, New Zealand made the bold step of formally dropping GDP as its primary measure of economic success and created its own index based upon its most pressing national concerns.

In this single act, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shifted the priorities of her whole country away from pure growth and towards something that better reflects the aspirations many of us have.

Ditch oil and embrace renewable energy

In 2019, fossil fuels provided 85 per cent of our global energy, but the carbon they release into the atmosphere warms the Earth and increases the acidity of the oceans, with disastrous consequences.

Now we need to make the transition to renewable energy at lightning speed.

A carbon tax penalising all emitters would radically speed up the process. The Swedish government introduced such a tax in the 1990s and it worked. 

As the new, clean, carbon-free world comes online, people everywhere will start to feel the benefits. Life will be less noisy. Our air and water will be cleaner, with fewer premature deaths from poor air quality.

At least three nations – Iceland, Albania and Paraguay – already generate all their electricity without fossil fuels. A further eight use coal, oil and gas for less than ten per cent of their electricity. Of these nations, five are African and three are in Latin America.

Profound change can happen in a short period of time. This is starting to happen with fossil fuels.

We may yet pull off a miracle and move to a clean energy world by the middle of this century.

Rewild the Oceans with huge no-fishing zones

The ocean covers two-thirds of the surface of the planet, which means there is a special role for it in our revolution to rewild the world.

By helping the marine world to recover, we can simultaneously capture carbon, raise biodiversity and supply more food.

It starts with the industry that is causing most damage to the ocean – fishing. Ninety per cent of fish populations are either over-fished or fished to capacity.

But this can be fixed with a global effort to create a network of no-fishing zones throughout coastal waters where fish can grow older and produce more offspring. They then repopulate neighbouring waters.

We need no-fishing zones to encompass at least a third of our ocean to enable fish stocks to recover.

International waters – the high seas – are owned by no one, so all states are free to fish as much as they wish. The worst-offending nations pay billions of dollars in subsidies to keep their fleets fishing, even when there are too few fish left for it to be profitable. 

But if all international waters were designated a no-fishing zone, we would transform the open ocean from a place exhausted by our relentless pursuit to a flourishing wilderness that would seed our coastal waters with more fish and help us all in our efforts to capture carbon.

The high seas would become the world’s greatest wildlife reserve.

Commercial fish farming, which often pollutes the seas, must be made moresustainable.

More radically, we can reforest the ocean. Kelp is the fastest-growing seaweed, forming vast submerged forests that boast remarkable levels of biodiversity. But even this wonder plant needs healthy seas. The forests are prone to attacks from sea urchins and, where we have eliminated animals such as sea otters that eat the urchins, entire kelp forests have been devoured.

Learn to get more food from less land

The conversion of wild habitat to farmland has been the single greatest direct cause of biodiversity loss during our time on Earth.

In 1700, we farmed about one billion hectares. Today, our farms cover just under five billion hectares, more than half of all the habitable land on the planet. +

If we are to farm less land, we must eat much less meat, especially red meat, and especially beef, which, when including the grain fed to cows, consumes 60 per cent of our farmland

To gain those extra four billion hectares, we have torn down seasonal forests, rainforests, woodland and scrub, drained wetlands and fenced in grasslands, destroying biodiversity and releasing carbon stored in their plants and soils. Removing the wild has cost us dearly.

How can we cease the expansion of industrial farmland while feeding our growing populations?

In short, can we get more food from less land – as we must do?

There are some inspiring farmers in the Netherlands who have turned away from fertilisers, machinery, pesticides and herbicides and erected wind turbines.

They have dug geothermal wells to heat their greenhouses with renewable energy, collected rainwater from their own greenhouse roofs and planted their crops not in soil but in gutters filled with nutrient-rich water to minimise input and loss. They use home-grown bee colonies to pollinate crops. These innovative farms are now among the highest-yielding and lowest-impact food producers on Earth.

For smaller-scale and subsistence farmers, there is an inexpensive low-tech approach: regenerative farming. Herbicide and pesticide use are reduced, crops are rotated to rest soils, and organic matter rich in carbon is brought back into the topsoil, storing carbon.

But these improvements will only get us so far. If we are to farm less land, we must eat much less meat, especially red meat, and especially beef, which, when including the grain fed to cows, consumes 60 per cent of our farmland. 

Instead, we must change to a diet that is largely plant-based, which will reduce the space we need for farming and reduce greenhouse gases.

Estimates suggest that by changing our habits, humankind could feed itself on just half of the land that we currently farm.

Save our forests and rewild the Land

Much of the developed world cut down its forests long ago, putting most of the current deforestation pressure on the poorer parts of the world, especially in the tropics. 

There the rich tree cover is still being destroyed to provide the beef, palm oil and hardwood that wealthier nations consume.

And it is the deepest, darkest and wildest forests of all – the tropical rainforests – that are disappearing. If this continues, the loss of carbon to the air, and species to the history books, would be catastrophic for the whole world. We must halt all deforestation now.

By directing our trade and investment, we can support those nations to reap the benefits of these resources without losing them.

We must find ways to make wilderness valuable to those who own and live in it, without reducing its biodiversity or its ability to capture carbon.

Reduce family size and slow population growth

When I was born, there were fewer than two billion people on the planet. Today there are almost four times that number.

When I was born, there were fewer than two billion people on the planet. Today there are almost four times that number

The world’s population is continuing to grow, albeit at a slower pace than at any time since 1950.

At current UN projections, there will be between 9.4 and 12.7 billion people by 2100. Largely due to the demand from wealthy countries, our consumption is exceeding the Earth’s capacity to regenerate its resources. 

We want everyone on Earth to have a fair share, and that means we need to both lower consumption and find ways to stabilise our population growth.

The fairest way to stabilise the global population is to help poorer nations to develop. When this happens, diet and healthcare improve, child mortality decreases and families have fewer children.

It is also true that wherever women have the vote, wherever girls stay in school for longer and wherever women are free to follow their aspirations, the birth rate falls.

Raising people out of poverty and empowering women is the fairest way to bring this period of rapid population growth to an end.

Live sustainably to revive the natural world

Before farming began, a few million humans across the globe were living as hunter-gatherers, working in balance with the natural world. With the advent of farming, our relationship with nature changed.

We came to regard the wild world as something to tame, to subdue and use. We moved from being a part of nature to being apart from nature.

All these years later, we need to reverse that transition.

But there are now billions of us. We can’t possibly return to our hunter-gatherer ways. Nor would we want to. But there is plenty that we can and must do.

We must halt and reverse the conversion of wild spaces to farmland, plantations and other developments. We must end our overuse of fertilisers. We must reduce our use of freshwater. We must immediately halt and preferably start to reverse climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

If we do all those things, biodiversity loss will begin to slow to a halt, and then start itself to reverse.

Our greatest opportunity is now

We humans have come as far as we have because we are the cleverest creatures to have ever lived on Earth.

But if we are to continue to exist, we will require more than intelligence. We will require wisdom.

Homo sapiens, the wise human being, must now learn from its mistakes and live up to its name. We who are alive today have the formidable task of making sure that our species does so. We must not give up hope.

We can yet make amends, change direction and once again become a species in harmony with nature. All we require is the will.

The next few decades represent a final chance to build a stable home for ourselves and restore the rich, healthy and wonderful world that we inherited from our distant ancestors. Our future on the planet is at stake.

© David Attenborough, 2020

Crimes of humanity

In the photo, you can see Patrick from Virunga National Park.
Until his murder, he was one of the rangers looking after the mountain gorillas.

Next to him sits a gorilla who lost his mother to hunters.

Due to the constant threat from armed groups, the Virunga National Park Rangers even have to complete military-like training.
But there is another danger, oil.

The gorillas sit on oil and the French oil giant TOTAL is producing shit-oil in their area.

There is a lot of oil at stake, namely deals worth billions of dollars and the gorillas in the middle, because Virunga is not spared either. Uganda has given the oil companies in Virunga the green light.

The first oil exploration licenses have been signed by European oil companies.

Despite global protests, Uganda signed an agreement with the French oil company Total on the 1,443-kilometer East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in September 2020.

Three journalists and six environmental activists were arrested for criticizing the project.

Oil giant TOTAL is planning the world’s largest heated oil pipeline through Uganda and Tanzania and will destroy some of the world’s most important reserves that protect countless elephants, lions, and chimpanzees and displace tens of thousands of families.

Another environmental crime.
Caused by highly criminal elites.

But governments and the media keep us busy with the horror corona statistics so that the process of making stupid can be accelerated, and we get afraid of losing a life that will soon be impossible to living.

Regards and a good night from Venus

FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite statement on the pandemic risk of swine influenza.


FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite statement on the pandemic risk of swine influenza

15 September 2020

A recent report on the circulation of A(H1N1) subtype influenza viruses in the swine population in China with evidence of zoonotic potential has alerted the world to the pandemic risk associated with swine influenza viruses.

“Although there is limited data assessing human infections and circulation of these viruses in pigs, awareness and vigilance is strongly advised for a number of reasons” says Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer of the FAO. “The viruses analysed in the recent report from China show characteristics associated with increased ability for zoonotic transmission – the potential ability to infect humans. The viruses have some genetic markers to suggest human infection is possible; they can replicate in human airway cells, and viruses can be spread via respiratory droplets passed between ferrets.”

It is important that new and updated swine influenza surveillance data collected by countries are rapidly analysed and risk-assessed on a global scale to enable tracking how endemic and novel viruses are spreading. With the aim to facilitate and support this, OFFLU (OIE-FAO Network of Expertise on Animal Influenza) advocates timely sharing of swine surveillance data from all regions to ensure that a One Health approach is applied to emerging influenza A viruses and that diagnostic tools are regularly updated to detect a wide range of influenza viruses, including emergent strains.

It is recommended that laboratories continue to conduct tests for swine influenza according to OIE International Standards. Further testing information, protocols, and guidance for surveillance in animals and in humans are given on the OIE, FAO and WHO websites.

A number of countries have reported sporadic human infections with novel influenza viruses including strains of swine-origin, under the WHO International Health Regulations in the past decades. Cases of human infections with swine influenza A viruses from the 1C genetic clade have been reported from Eurasia in recent years.

The viruses analysed in the recent report from China show characteristics associated with increased ability for zoonotic transmission – the potential ability to infect humans. The viruses have some genetic markers to suggest human infection is possible; they can replicate in human airway cells, and viruses can be spread via respiratory droplets passed between ferrets.

Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer of the FAO

“The timely release of genetic sequence data and sharing of virus isolates of emerging influenza viruses with GISRS (Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System has allowed both public and animal health specialists to rapidly assess associated risks” informs Ann Moen, Chief Influenza Preparedness and Response Unit, WHO. “Such timely action is critical to inform effective mitigation measures and prepare for a potential pandemic.”

Over the past four decades instances of sporadic transmission of influenza viruses between animals and humans have occurred. These sporadic zoonotic infections remind us that the threat of an influenza pandemic is persistent. While avian influenza has been the focus of surveillance and pandemic preparedness, swine influenza should not be neglected. The 2009 H1N1 pandemic was caused by a strain of swine influenza A virus which was introduced into humans and spread worldwide. Since then humans have re-introduced these viruses back into pigs, where they continue to evolve. It is important to identify emerging influenza viruses in swine populations and investigate their potential to infect humans.

The Tripartite contributes to this through supporting the understanding of the complexity and diversity of human-animal interfaces in different regions and significant differences in capacities of animal and human health national surveillance between countries and across geographic regions.

“Influenza in swine is not an OIE listed disease and thus does not require reporting to the OIE by the veterinary authorities. However, due to the pandemic risk associated with animal influenza viruses, there is a need for continued surveillance and risk assessment of emerging strains in swine populations” says Dr Matthew Stone, Deputy Director General (International Standards and Science), OIE.

“Through the international partnership between OIE, FAO, WHO and contributing laboratories, emerging influenza variants, that may be of public or animal health concern, can be identified and flagged for further attention. We continuously monitor changes in circulating influenza virus strains in animal populations worldwide.”

The development of zoonotic influenza A candidate vaccine viruses, coordinated by WHO, remains an essential component of the global strategy for pandemic preparedness. Such readiness is dependent on continued monitoring through surveillance in animals including swine populations and timely reporting of human infections under International Health Regulations. The WHO Collaborating Center at China CDC has previously reported human infections by other 1C A(H1N1) variant viruses, including two recent viruses with a similar 1C.2.3 genotype. A candidate vaccine virus from a similar 1C.2.3. (Eurasian avianlike) A(H1N1) virus has been developed by the WHO Collaborating Center at China CDC, available for development of human vaccines for pandemic preparedness purposes.

Knowledge gained from international One Health cooperation, highlighted in the Tripartite’s Commitment (2017) and WHO Global Influenza Strategy, allows animal and human health experts to conduct timely risk assessment, update diagnostic tests and diagnostic reagents, anticipate vaccine component requirements, and develop response plans for current or future events.

Read more at source   OIE/FAO/W

Regards Mark

Germany: Pigs mutilate as military training

The following scenario is so cruel that it is probably beyond your imagination: Against your will, you are fixed on an operating table, as if for an operation. But in truth, they have to serve as an exercise object. Surgeons stab them to cause severe, bleeding wounds and poke their stomachs.

Then they kill them. – A horror movie? Unfortunately not.

This unimaginable fate is still a cruel reality for pigs in the german military today.

In so-called live tissue training, also known as trauma training, the german military uses live pigs to replace people with war injuries. Even though there are already animal-free methods such as simulation models that depict human anatomy in a lifelike manner.
Mutilating pigs is of no use.

Each year, the German military mutilates live pigs in gruesome and deadly trauma training exercises for surgeons, even though studies confirm the superiority of human-patient simulators and regulators have blocked attempts by the U.S. Army and contractors to conduct this self-described live tissue training (LTT) in Germany.

During LTT, the German armed forces use pigs as stand-ins for troops wounded in combat, and military medical personnel practice surgeries on the live, bleeding animals. Not only is this inhumane, but these animals also have drastically different anatomy and physiology from that of humans, which makes maiming pigs irrelevant to human battlefield medicine.

Globally, LTT is the exception, not the rule.

In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard, following a PETA eyewitness investigation and extensive discussions with us, ended what the agency’s leader at the time called “abhorrent” trauma training on animals in favor of advanced human-simulation technology.
A landmark study published by PETA and military medical experts in the journal Military Medicine also found that nearly three-quarters of NATO member states don’t use animals in their military medical pieces of training.

As part of a campaign against the abuse of animals in trauma training courses in NATO countries, PETA USA approached the German Armed Forces in 2010.
At that time, our partner organization was informed that the military worked with modern models, not with animals.
But a 2016 publication showed that animals are still being abused.

In 2020, PETA and our German affiliate fired off a letter to Germany’s defense minister calling for an end to all trauma training drills on animals, citing the widespread availability of anatomically accurate human-patient simulators and other realistic non-animal methods that can mimic severe bleeding, breathing difficulty, responses to medication, and even death in humans.

Things have long been different: after campaigns by PETA and its international partner organizations, the Polish military has already confirmed that it will no longer use animals for trauma training.
Poland has thus joined the almost three-quarters of the NATO countries that do not torture or kill animals in military exercises.
So all these countries see themselves in a position to work with modern simulators instead of suffering animals – then the German army can do that too.

Continue reading “Germany: Pigs mutilate as military training”

India: September Rescues From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ (AAU).

Dear Mark,

Healing is often quicker at home than in the hospital, even when home is in the street. When animals with minor conditions are treated in their own neighborhoods, they usually feel much more calmthan if they are in a new place with strangers. People witness our Street Treatment team and participatemore in their care, and we avoid exposing animals to viruses. In the video below, we show you one of the 40 cases we treat on the street each day. We’re deeply grateful for your help. We couldn’t do it without you.

Healing little Jeelu’s massive wound.

Jeeluwas hiding as many animals do when they are suffering acute pain. Normally cheerful and always charming, this young teenage puppy must have had her skin snagged by a passing vehicle and the wound was so wide that stitching it closed was not an option. She needed several weeks of daily wound care, antibiotics and painkillers, flushing, re-bandaging and rest in order to stabilize.

The final stage of healing could take place outside the hospital.With a kind and caring family in her home neighborhood, we knew it would be safer to return her where human and animal friends would welcome her, and avert the danger of exposure to the viruses other hospital patients can carry.

Checking up on her every week, we watched Jeelu flourish, and you can too.

For small animals with big wounds: Please donate.

Tender-hearted Samson’s neck was wounded ear-to-ear.

Lacerated and infected with bacteria and maggots, themassive wound encircled this little donkey like a hideous necklace of pain. This injury was caused by the friction of a rope bound far too tight. At first the gentle victim was terrified of being touched, but as days turned to weeks in his beautiful healing process, this sweet little guy gained trust.

We’ve named him Samson, after the famous story of Samson’s great strength to right wrongs. Someday with your help animal cruelty will stop.

For all the meek and mild, let your love give strength. Please donate.

Regards Mark

What a pleasure to know a story like this!

Joao, the world’s oldest chimpanzee, group 2’s elder, and former alpha and still going strong.

Born between 1943 – 1948, starting his journey in Mozambique as a circus act, only to be given to a local zoo in Maputo with his companion when they were still young. Sadly, Joao’s companion passed away 😔

Soon after war broke out and subsequently Joao ended up living in isolation for many years.

Kind locals fed Joao before he eventually arrived at the sanctuary in 2006 🌳

Joao is a kind, wise old man and has lived one heck of a life. Now between 72 – 77 years old, Joao lives the rest of his days in peace with a loving family.

Great Ape Project


Have a good night, Venus

Swiss: Poaching of gamekeepers in Valais!

The Valais is a canton in the southwest of Switzerland.
In terms of area, the Valais is the third largest canton in Switzerland and lies entirely within the Alps.

There are practically no lynxes in the south of Valais. Although the living conditions are ideal, last year not a single animal fell into one of the more than 130 photo traps set up by the Kora Foundation.

The suspicion: poachers kill the protected animals as soon as they enter the mountain canton. Five years ago, researchers at the University of Bern discovered a total of 17 snare traps that had been set up on the border with Vaud.

Three Valais rangers are accused of illegally hunting lynxes and wolves.

This puts the cantonal authorities in a dubious light shortly before the vote on the new hunting law in Switzerland.

Even then, the researchers were wondering whether the Valais authorities are adequately combating poaching – or whether the canton is even holding its protective hand over the poachers.

This now seems to be confirmed: BLICK Magazin has spoken to several witnesses who report exactly that.
According to their report, the problem is far more serious.

They claim: several game rangers – state employeeshave illegally hunted lynxes and wolves themselves!

A total of five people were willing to give BLICK Magazin information personally. They accuse an active and two former Wallis rangers of poaching.

In particular, game warden Pierre D. *, who is still on duty, is not a blank slate.
Several criminal proceedings are currently ongoing against the Valaisan. He is accused of having two eagles imprisoned at his home and illegally shooting a deer in a no-hunting area while on a trophy hunt.

«Ein guter Luchs ist ein toter Luchs» – Diese Devise soll lange Zeit in der kantonalen Dienststelle für Jagd, Fischerei und Wildtiere geherrscht haben. “A good lynx is a dead lynx” – this motto is said to have prevailed for a long time in the cantonal office for hunting, fishing and wild animals.


Now the air is getting even thinner for Pierre D.
BLICK has a photo in which he is holding a dead lynx in his hands – and grinning broadly into the camera. The authorities assume that the lynx got caught in a fence in an attack on sheep and was killed in the process. The gamekeeper does not seem to be saddened by the animal’s death.

The accusation of poaching against D. weighs heavily: For example, a hunter who, for fear of revenge on the part of the authorities, does not want to be named by name, says D. asked him several times directly to shoot lynxes. “He said it was our job to destroy the predators in Valais.”

In addition, the gamekeeper organized a real wolf hunt ten years ago: “When he found out that a wolf was roaming the Alps, he immediately alerted us and instructed us to shoot the animal,” says the hunter.
Later, D. appeared armed on the alp himself. “I was completely stunned”

Game rangers are usually responsible for protecting wild animals. They count the stocks and shoot sick and injured animals. Also protected, but only after an official decision of the canton in accordance with the Hunting Act Ordinance.

Continue reading “Swiss: Poaching of gamekeepers in Valais!”

England: This Is Huge ! Respect for Animals – Fighting the Fur Trade – Poland Close to Historic Fur Farming Ban. –

From ‘Respect for Animals’; Nottingham England.  Fighting the fur trade.


Poland close to historic fur farming ban

Poland close to historic fur farming ban

Over two dramatic days, the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish Parliament) has held a historic meetings advancing the legal protection of animals in Poland. It concerned the so-called “Five for animals”: a proposed bill with key changes to animal protection law. MPs voted in favour of an amendment, which includes a ban on breeding animals for fur.

The sitting of Sejm on Thursday, 17 September 2020 was saw an impressive majority backing the legislation. Politicians from across the political spectrum supported the initiative and resulting in a majority of MPs (77%) voting in favour. Now the bill has to be voted on by the Senate (the upper house of Polish parliament) and signed by the president. 

The sponsor of the Bill was the Law and Justice Party MP Grzegorz Puda, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy. He defended the project against attacks by fur industry apologists. In addition to the key issue of ethics of animal cruelty, he argued that the project had involved consultations with villagers who suffer from the stench, insect infestations, environmental and groundwater pollution as a result of fur production.

This victory over the cruel and unnecessary fur trade is a major moment in the anti-fur campaign: Poland is the third biggest fur producer in the world. Every year over 5 million animals are killed for fur in Poland. This cruelty is now close to finally coming to an end.

Respect for Animals is proud to campaign with our Fur Free Alliance colleagues Otwarte Klatki and Viva! Poland and commends their fantastic campaigning in Poland.

After many years of frustration, this legislation has progressed remarkably swiftly. Last week, we brought you news of a shocking new undercover investigation from Poland on one of the world’s biggest fur farms, which depicted horrible suffering of mink.

The footage revealed numerous cases of cannibalism, aggression, self-harming, open wounds and paralysis amongst mink on the farm. Also, it showed the lack of veterinary care on the farm and many cases of animals escaping.

After viewing the recent footage Mark Glover, Campaigns Director at Respect for Animals said:

“This is a shocking investigation. The suffering of these animals can scarcely be imagined.

I personally know what impact seeing these atrocities first hand and close up can have. As the undercover activist said in the video, some of the things he has seen will live with him forever. I still live with some of what I saw in UK fur farms more than 20 years ago and it is not easy, but is certainly one of the things that has driven me on to work to end this disgusting industry.”

Just two hours after the publication of this footage a press conference was organised by the ruling party, in which they announced the “Five for Animals” bill.

Respect for Animals has been running an open letter to the Polish Embassy calling for a fur farming ban.

You still have time to add your name, here:

European pig sector suffering from animal welfare and environmental problems, says research by European Parliament – Is That Not Obvious ?

WAV Comment:  As if we did not know ! – we have been shouting about this, and providing evidence for years !

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European pig sector suffering from animal welfare and environmental problems, says research by European Parliament

15 September 2020

The European Parliamentary Research Services recently published a comprehensive briefing on the EU pig meat sector that is meant to inform MEPs and their assistants. Animal welfare and environmental degradation feature prominently among the issues to be urgently addressed.

Pig meat production accounts for half of the total meat production of the European Union, which is also the main global exporter of pig meat products. Exports and pig meat prices increased substantially in 2019-20 due to the epidemic of African Swine Fever in Asia, which has decimated the local pig population. 

But it’s not all about the economy, and it’s definitely not all roses. In a new report, the European Parliamentary Research Service importantly stresses that the vast majority of pigs in the EU are bred, kept and slaughtered for meat within an intensive system that gives rise to numerous issues linked in particular to animal welfare and pollution.” And we are talking about 150 million animals.


The report goes into detail on the generalised lack of compliance with the Pigs Directive explaining that “Despite EU regulations prohibiting routine mutilation, most piglets in the main pig producing Member States are routinely subjected to harmful practices.”  We were pleased to see that the important activities of the Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and our campaign End Pig Pain, which collected more than 1 million signatures asking for better lives for pigs, are mentioned in the report.

Another major issue is the environmental impact of pig farming, which is responsible, according to the research services of the European Parliament, for significant water and air pollution, as well as “odour and noise, the spreading of heavy metals, pesticides, toxic substances and pathogens (including antibiotic resistant pathogens), water pollution by residues of pharmaceuticals, excessive use of groundwater”.

China and cosmetics: less animal testing in sight

In 2012, PETA was able to show that some previously animal-free companies had started to market their products in China and to have the animal tests required by the Chinese authorities carried out approvingly.

For such experiments, hundreds of thousands of animals are tortured every year in cruel, fatal poisoning tests in which substances are forcibly administered to them, chemicals are applied to their skin, or chemicals are dripped into their eyes.

The latest developments in China in animal testing for cosmetic products give hope for great animal-friendly improvements.

The Chinese government is now taking new steps and easing its requirements for cosmetic tests on animals.

In detail, it looks as if China will soon no longer require animal testing for imported cosmetics in the “Non-Special Use” category (e.g. shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, make-up) so that these products can be marketed in China.

In January of this year, a long-awaited new draft of the so-called Cosmetic Supervision and Regulation (CSAR), China’s outdated cosmetics regulation, was drawn up.

The final publication for implementation was delayed due to COVID-19, but the final draft has now been published and is currently being analyzed.
If it is passed, it would be possible in the future to market many imported cosmetic products in China that have not been tested on animals.
That would be a huge step forward and save countless animals from cruel experiments!

Unfortunately, however, it does not mean that animal testing is no longer carried out in China at all.

Companies that manufacture products in the “Special-Use” category must continue to have animal tests carried out for marketing in China, which means that animal tests are still required for these products – regardless of where the products were made.

This category includes special cosmetic products such as hair dyes, perm products, whitening products, sunscreens, or hair loss agents.

The passing of the CSAR would be a very important milestone, but the suffering of the animals would not end there and countless animals would still need our help.


And I mean… Companies that want to export cosmetics to China have to accept animal testing.
Without registration with the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration), customs clearance is not possible – and therefore no market entry.

This regulation is now to be relaxed.
In addition, the Chinese government has approved two new cruelty-free testing methods
We are really happy.

Of course, there is still no ban on testing cosmetic products on animals, but at least and with the new regulation, companies can now officially decide freely whether to use methods that do not involve animal suffering

The animal rights organization Cruelty-Free International (CFI) sees this as a very important step.
It remains to be seen whether China will abandon animal testing for cosmetics altogether.

That would eventually increase China’s sales, because the many cosmetics companies that don’t want to sell their products there, for this reason, would do it again.

My best regards to all, Venus

What a message!!!

We can’t quite believe it yet!!
Poland’s parliament has voted for a new animal welfare law that also provides for the end of the fur industry.

Rabbits are an exception. For them, the agony continues.
The owners of the fur farms have one year to close their farms.

If Poland, as the third-largest fur producer in the world, actually excludes from this torture, then it will be a gigantic success.
If Poland falls after number 4, the Netherlands, then we will also be able to free Europe from the chains of the fur industry.

This is thanks to the many great animal rights activists in Poland.

Many thanks to all people and organizations for their joint actions! Thank you for your own initiatives that you are taking so actively!
Thank you for your many years of campaigns for animal rights!

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt


We post some photos of the action, protests with local residents against mink farming.
Much of it has come together in 10 years …

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt


Thank you Otwarte Klatki
Thank you BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt
Thank you, Viva, and all the others.

My best regards to all, Venus

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction for animal welfare.

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction

18 September 2020

Otwarte Klatki

During an historic meeting for the legal protection of animals, the lower house of the Polish Parliament discussed the “Five for animals” bill which proposes key changes to the animal protection law. 77% of MPs voted in favour of an amendment which includes a ban on breeding animals for fur.

The Five for Animals bill proposed measures that include, among other things:

  • A ban on fur farming
  • The strengthening of controls on the living conditions of animals
  • A ban on the use of animals for entertainment (e.g. in circuses)
  • A ban on keeping animals permanently chained
  • The definition of minimum pen dimensions 
  • A restriction on the possibility of ritual slaughter

Otwarte Klatki started the fur ban campaign (called “Cena Futra” – price of fur) 9 years ago. Since then, they have exposed the reality of the Polish fur industry with crucial investigations.

Their last investigation exposed the suffering of minks in what is probably the biggest mink farm in the world, bringing fur farming back on the political agenda. 

Just two hours after the footage went public the Polish ruling party announced the “Five for Animals” bill during a press conference. The initiative received crossparty support resulting in a majority of MPs (77%) voting in favour. Now the bill has to be voted by the Senate (the upper house of the Polish Parliament) and signed by the president. 

Read the full story on Anima International

England: Animal Aid Require Your Help for Game Birds.

pheasants in a breeding cage

Dear Mark

Earlier this year, our undercover investigators visited a game bird farm in Suffolk, and found row upon row of pheasants and partridges, confined to cages, desperately trying to escape. The sight of dead birds littered the ground nearby. 

We filmed partridges, imprisoned in barren metal boxes, without any enrichment. The stress and anxiety that these birds must experience is unimaginable – and their trauma is visible by the way that they repeatedly fly up into their cage roofs, in a futile attempt to free themselves.

We have all experienced the heat of this summer, but it is horrific to think of being in a barren metal box in soaring temperatures, with no means of escape.

Our cameras also captured scenes of cramped cages, containing several female pheasants and one male. The females had ‘shrouds’ over their beaks – used by game bird farmers to stop the birds from attacking each other – but if anything these cruel contraptions make the birds more anxious. Many of the pheasants had painful looking bare skin from the loss of their feathers.

We are campaigning at political and public levels to ban these cages as part of our overall campaign to see an end to the killing of animals for so-called sport.

The pheasant shooting season is about to commence on 1 October – so please lend your support to our campaign by doing these two quick actions:

  1. Sign our petition
  2. Write to your MP calling for an end to the cages

Thank you,

Campaign Manager

England: ‘Extinction’ – Watch the Full Video Here. A ‘Must Watch’.

Hi all;

Finally managed to get a link to a copy of ‘Extinction’ as shown by the BBC on 14/9/20.

Hoped I would; and as I originally said, it was simply a matter of time.

Hopefully this video can now be viewed by you all wherever you are located in the world.

My original article link:

This version is a must watch and especially should be viewed by politicians and those in power who CAN make the changes; so if you can pass it on to any in your ‘patch’ then all the better.

It is the full 1 hour version as per the original programme.

Here is the video but I also show the link below.

Link –

Please watch; get angry; get annoyed. Upset, whatever; rage and repent over what is shown, but please take the message on board – the planet needs you and all others to give a shit. 

Pass the video (or link) on to whoever you consider it worthwhile.

Thanks and Regards