USA: Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’.

Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’

Hundreds were marooned in the downpour as the climate crisis increases the likelihood of extreme weather

Recent severe rains in Death Valley that flushed debris across roadways, damaged infrastructure and carried away cars are being described by meteorologists and park officials as a once-in 1,000-year event.

The arid valley was pelted with roughly an inch and a half of rain on Friday, near the park’s rainfall record for a single day.

The storm poured an amount of water equal to roughly 75% of the average annual total in just three hours, according to experts at Nasa’s Earth observatory. Hundreds visiting and working in Death Valley national park were marooned and all roads continue to be impassable, according to park officials.

The waters have receded, leaving behind thick layers of mud and gravel, but those who were stranded were able to exit the park earlier this week, aided by park service personnel.

Daniel Berc, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Las Vegas, described the deluge as a historic “1,000-year event”, with a 0.1% likelihood during a given year.

But events like this one, once thought to be exceedingly rare, are on the rise. Scientists are finding that weather extremes, fuelled by the climate crisis, are becoming more likely in the American west, which continues to be mired in drought. Periods of dryness are expected to be broken with strong, destructive storms as the world continues to warm.

Described as “a land of extremes”, the desert basin is the driest place in North America and is known for temperatures that have climbed higher than any other place on Earth.

No injuries have been reported but aerial searches are being conducted by the California highway patrol and naval aircraft, the National Park Service said in a statement, to confirm that vehicles are not still stranded in remote areas of the park.

In a statement, the park superintendent, Mike Reynolds, said it would “take time to rebuild” and noted that officials were still working to assess destruction from the storm across the roughly 3.4m acres and more than 1,000 miles of roads in the park.

While the storm did not break Death Valley’s all-time record for daily rainfall, it did break records for this time of year, as August generally produces just a tenth of an inch of rain.

Nasa satellites were able to capture the storm’s effects, showing a belt of blue across the typically brown terrain.

“This week’s 1,000-year flood is another example of this extreme environment,” Reynolds said. “With climate change models predicting more frequent and more intense storms, this is a place where you can see climate change in action.”

Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’ | California | The Guardian

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England: What Is More Important – Stopping the Spread of Avian Flu, Or Giving Hunting Parties Their Fun ? – It Seems The Latter !

Pheasant – Getty Images.

‘Immediate ban’ needed on annual release of 50 million pheasants amid bird flu outbreak, says RSPB (msn.com)

‘Immediate ban’ needed on annual release of 50 million pheasants amid bird flu outbreak, says RSPB

An immediate moratorium on the release of tens of millions of birds for shooting is needed to limit the “catastrophic spread” of bird flu, the RSPB has said.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has devastated seabird populations around the UK’s coast this year, leaving hundreds of thousands of birds dead since it arrived last winter in the Solway Firth in the north west.

The RSPB has now said the annual release of around 55 million pheasants and red-legged partridges, and 2.6 million mallard ducks, all of which are reared in captivity to be shot for sport, represents a serious risk to wildlife.

The organisation said large numbers of these gamebirds are imported from across Europe, then held in pens to mature prior to release.

The volume of birds released into the UK each year now represents more than the total biomass of all UK native birds.

Pheasants in the UK have previously tested positive for HPAI – first in Lincolnshire in 2018 and a further 13 times since, on three premises with commercial breeding game for release.

In a statement the RSPB said it believed “that to limit the catastrophic impacts of this outbreak on our wild birds, the deliberate release of captive birds into the countryside must be stopped for this year”.

Jeff Knott, the RSPB’s director of policy, said: “In recent months we have witnessed an unfolding catastrophe taking place on our wild birds.

“It has been emotionally tough to witness, but we are not helpless and there are many positive actions that we can take to help them weather this storm and reduce the risk of exacerbating this crisis.

“This disease originated in poultry in Asia before passing into wild birds. It is another human pressure on beleaguered wildlife across the world and in the UK specifically. We must all now take responsibility and do everything we can to limit the impact in the immediate term, and to implement and fund species conservation programmes to build resilience in our wildlife for the future.”

The RSPB said that although spread from pheasants to wild birds has not yet been confirmed scientifically, this route of transmission has not yet been fully investigated.

“Given the current scale of the outbreak in wild birds, ongoing losses of wildlife from other human pressures and the context of the wider nature and climate emergency, it is necessary to employ a precautionary approach to all possible vectors of this deadly new virus to our wildlife populations,” the organisation said.

The disease has already taken a heavy toll on great skuas, gannets and terns, but numerous other species are also affected, including puffins, white-tailed eagles, red kites, guillemots and black-headed gulls.

The RSPB said last week it was calling on Defra to put together a task force of experts including vets, virologists, ecologists and policy makers, just as occurred in 2005 when the first spike in bird flu occurred.

This would allow appropriate testing to understand what is happening and inform how to deal with it.

The RSPB’s Martin Fowlie told The Independent: “Over the last five months we’ve just seen an escalation in terms of the numbers and in terms of the geographic spread. Initially it was all concentrated up in north east Scotland and then we’ve seen cases spread south.”

The disease has now reached south west Wales, home to globally important populations of seabirds such as gannets and puffins.

Regards Mark

Animal Equality: What Are We Doing To Stop The Transport Of Live Animals?

Many of you know that live animal transport (exports) are one of our main issues. 

Here are some stories and links, and videos, from ‘Animal Equality’.  There is a lot to take on, and so at the end I have given a link for you to complete the reading.

The top right ‘wire globe’ (in the link) allows you to convert translation into several languages if you desire.

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What are we doing to stop the transport of live animals?

The transport of live animals is one of the topics on which our team of researchers has focused the most in the last 10 years of research.

After a miserable life on a farm, every animal destined for human consumption ends up in the slaughterhouse.

But first, he is forced to endure another intolerable injustice: the transport phase.

A suffering that can last for days, weeks, months: an absurd journey towards death.

How many times have you traveled next to a truck from which you could glimpse, through small slits, animals crowded inside?

If you’ve ever encountered their eyes, you know what it means to see a living being suffer and not be able to do anything to ease their pain.

Because that is our job, what we have been doing tirelessly for more than 15 years around the world: we fight to end the suffering of animals raised for food.

To combat the transport of live animals, we are moving on several fronts: research is not enough, we need a precise strategy and that the institutions perceive us as authorised partners.

Here’s what we’re doing to counter the transport of live animals:

We have filed a complaint with the Directorate-General for Health of Agricultural Production;

We have filed a complaint that “is valid for an entire country”;

We have denounced and sanctioned non-compliant carriers whenever possible;

We have conducted 10 investigations in 10 years;

Thanks to our research work and political pressure, the Committee of Inquiry into the Transport of Live Animals (ANIT) was set up in the European Parliament;

We are working with ENPA and the Ministry of Health to increase roadside inspections.

THE LAWSUIT FOR IRREGULARITIES IN THE TRANSPORT OF LAMBS TO SAUDI ARABIA


Thanks to the images obtained during the shipment of lambs in the Port of Cartagena bound for Saudi Arabia that revealed acts of mistreatment, we were able to file a lawsuit with the General Directorate of Health of Agricultural Production.

The workers resorted to violence to force the lambs to move.

These practices are in breach of the European Union Regulation on the protection of animals during transport.

In addition to this demand, we also initiated a petition addressed to the European Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries demanding the end of long-distance transport that has already been signed by more than 46,000 people.

THE COMPLAINT AGAINST SPAIN


THE CASE OF DRIFTING BOATS

The case that has led us to the decision to file a complaint with the European Commission against Spain is the one that affects the ships Elbeik and Karim Allah, which left the Spanish ports of Tarragona and Cartagena, respectively, in the spring of 2021.

On board these ships were hundreds of thousands of animals, specifically 895 cattle in the Karim Allah and 1789 calves in the Elbeik. The animals were to be sold in Tripoli (Libya), but once they were denied disembarkation due to an alleged animal disease, the boats were leftadrift and remained so for more than two months.

During these very long weeks, the animals traveled locked in pens in chilling hygienic conditions, going back and forth from one country to another, without the possibility of being unloaded in a port or even being able to rest or feed.

TheSpanish authorities – which would be responsible for enforcing EC Regulation 1/2005 regulating the protection of live animals during transport – did not take any measures to put an immediate end to the extreme suffering of animals on board.

All this despite the fact that the authorities were aware of the situation.

Already on February 18, 2021, when the karim Allah ship was near the port of Cagliari, Animal Equality – in collaboration with ENPA and the Foundation for Animal Welfare – sent a petition to the Italian Ministry of Health requesting an immediate inspection of the ship and livestock on board.

Following our request, the Ministry had scheduled an official inspection, but the ship left Italian territorial waters before it could be done.

In addition to this report, Animal Equality, again in collaboration with ENPA, sent two petitions to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture requesting urgent action to safeguard the health of animals still alive in karim Allah.

However, the Spanish Ministry did not react with the speed required by the case and did not immediately force the animals to be docked and unloaded, despite the fact that EC Regulation 1/2005 considers that it is a perfectly legitimate measure in case of infringement.

This decision came much later: the Karim Allah was forced to dock in the port of Cartagena after weeks of travel and the Elbeik, also in the same port, after three months of its departure.

In both cases, all the surviving animals were sacrificed, while others, in both the Karim Allah and the Elbeik, died on board. Some animals were also torn to pieces and thrown into the sea, according to the sources.

The condition of the animals was terrible: the cattle were injured, hungry, in obvious pain and dehydrated; some were in a state of stupor, unable to open their eyes or respond to stimuli.

Equally shocking were the conditions of the boats: the pens were overcrowded, in sanitary conditions so extremely inadequate that the animals could not even lie down; the pens were built with iron pipes with rusty and broken areas; the drinking troughs were closed and fodder and straw were totally absent, with numerous rodents present on the decks.

THE COMPLAINT

Animal Equality, in collaboration with ENPA, filed a complaint with the European Commission against Spain, pointing out the incorrect procedures and omissions carried out by the authorities of the ports of Tarragona and Cartagena, which should have controlled compliance with the minimum standards of protection of animals on board the ships Elbeik and Karim Allah.

We have asked the European Commission for an audit on the correct application of the Regulation on the protection of animal welfare during transport by the Spanish authorities and the possible opening of a procedure for infringement of European legislation.

In addition to bringing these testimonies to light, we have done much more:

We protest against the Spanish and port authorities, even filing a complaint with the European authorities against Spain for incorrect procedures and omissions on the part of the port authorities, which should have monitored compliance with the minimum animal protection standards. These practices are widely in breach of the EU regulation on the protection of animals during transport, which explicitly prohibits excessively long journeys without adequate veterinary care, food and water;

We have also submitted a petition to the European Parliament, asking MEPs to take the measures they deem appropriate to ensure compliance with EU legislation on the protection of animals during transport, with particular reference to their export by sea from Spain, and other affected Member States, to third countries.

UPDATE: THE COMMISSION HAS RESPONDED TO US!

A year has passed since our complaint against Spain to the European Commission and the sending of the petition to the European Parliament, which followed the case of the ships Elbeik and Karim Allah, left adrift for months by the omissions and incorrect procedures applied by the competent authorities.

A news that has confirmed, for the umpteenth time, the serious violations that the Spanish authorities continue to commit of European legislation on the welfare of live animals transported.

The Commission has finally responded to the comments we included in the petition to the European Parliament, specifying some measures it has taken or intends to take.

The European Commission has informed us that:

It will carry out 4 new audits, i.e. in-depth assessments, during 2022, including one in Spain;

The Commission has carried out audits in the Member States responsible for the authorisations granted to the Elbeik and Karim Allah vessels, namely Romania and Croatia, in order to clarify possible shortcomings related to the approval of the two vessels. What is clear from these findings is that these two vessels are not currently authorised to transport live animals;

The Commission is developing rules to step up official controls on cattle ships and at exit points from EU ports.

The Commission also gave us important news about Spain’s intentions:

“Spain has submitted to the Commission a series of corrective measures, including its protocol on the protection of animals during the export of livestock by ship, its new national legislation on the welfare of animals during transport and its working agreement with the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine of the Ministry of Transport to help the competent authority to carry out official controls for the granting of authorisations to ships.”

We are sincerely pleased that our request has been accepted and that Parliament has asked the Commission for explanations: although on this occasion the demands of animals have been taken into account, our work does not end there.

In fact, we have requested a copy of this document to know the deadlines and to be able to verify that these actions are really executed by Spain.

PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANT CARRIERS


The work of denouncing that we have carried out over the years has been crucial not only in paving the way for inspections by the authorities and obtaining sanctions, but also in supporting political and media pressure, in denouncing those responsible for animal offences and – very importantly – also in calling on the European Parliament to shed light on infringements of transport legislation.

What are we doing to stop the transport of live animals? | Animal Equality (igualdadanimal.org)

THE FIRST COMPLAINT

With our latest investigation at the Slovenian border to document animals destined for Italian slaughterhouses, we managed to denounce and fine two transporters.

After constant surveillance to intercept suspicious vehicles, our investigation team discovered a truck from Hungary, chased it and quickly reported it to the traffic police.

And the following irregularities were found:

The drinking fountain system did not work and lost water, but not only that, the system was prepared for pigs and not for sheep;

The temperature control system inside the vehicle was damaged;

The space for the lambs was insufficient: the animals could not even stand;

The carrier was sanctioned for the first two points with a total fine of more than 3000 euros.

In addition to those “officially” recognized by veterinarians called by the police, there were many other problems:

There were animals of different species and ages in the same transport;

The vehicle had metal parts and internal obstacles, a possible risk to the animals transported;

The lambs were in an obvious state of stress.

We have a duty to show and document everything, even what escapes inspection and what is not taken into account by the authorities, because every detail represents real suffering for these animals.

THE SECOND COMPLAINT

Continue reading at  What are we doing to stop the transport of live animals? | Animal Equality (igualdadanimal.org) 

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9/8/22 News.

All the wording links below in BLUE take you on to another area where you will get more information about the particular issue in question; Mark

News;

With thanks to our friends at ‘The Guardian’, London.

Europe’s mega farms and pollution crisis

The heavy concentration of mega farms, and millions of pigs, cattle and chickens in a small number of areas across Europe, has created a pollution nightmare, according to a new Guardian investigation.

In the UK, a hotspot for chicken farming is Herefordshire, with a major deal to supply chicken to Tesco now being linked to the pollution of one of the UK’s favourite rivers, the Wye.

In Germany, the “pig belt”, a hotspot of meat production in the northwest state of Lower Saxony, has been blamed for excess ammonia emissions and nitrates in groundwater.

There is frustration in Canada over plans to reduce fertiliser use to combat the climate crisis. The government wants a 30% reduction in emissions, and farm producer groups say that cutting nitrous oxide emissions can’t be done without reducing fertiliser use.

Meanwhile, Ireland has committed to a 25% cut in greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by 2030 after a bitter political battle between farmers, business groups and environmentalists.

IMPORTANT –  Indonesia is dealing with its first major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in almost 40 years. Since May, more than 300,000 cases have been recorded across 21 provinces, prompting the Indonesian government to roll out a vaccine programme to inoculate healthy cattle.

French health authorities have confirmed a link between nitrates added to processed meat and colon cancer, dealing a blow to the country’s prized ham and cured sausage industry. The national food safety body, Anses, said its study of data published on the subject supported similar conclusions in 2015 from the World Health Organization.

A major US chicken company, Mountaire Farms, is reportedly asking its contract farmers to oppose a Biden administration proposal aimed at improving their conditions because the company says it would ultimately reduce farmer pay.

In Australia, eggs have become the latest food caught up in supply chain woes. Reduced production on a number of farms affected the supply of locally produced eggs in some regions, a major retailer admitted.

China has seen a significant decrease in pork imports after its own meat production rose by 8.2% to 29.4m tonnes compared to the same period last year.

UK news

More than a million meat chickens are dying every week in the UK before reaching slaughter weight, according to a new report. An analysis of government figures by the animal welfare charity Open Cages reveals that about 64 million chickens die prematurely each year in the UK.

Poultry farmers should prepare for bird flu numbers to remain high over the winter and prepare accordingly, according to UK animal health officials. “We cannot drop our guard,” said Ian Brown, head of virology at the Animal and Plant Health Agency. “Prospects for the immediate future are not great.”

Bird flu has managed to do what animal rights activists have been trying to achieve for decades – with a little help from Brexit.

Dozens of pheasant and partridge shoots have been called off ahead of the shooting season after an unprecedented outbreak of avian flu in France left gamekeepers in the UK with few birds to rear.

Lamb, pork and beef production in Britain is returning to pre-Covid levels, according to the latest figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. With the impact of the pandemic subsiding, prime lamb slaughterings for each of the first five months of 2022 were higher than the previous year.

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A veterinarian inspects a cow for foot-and-mouth disease ahead of Eid al-Adha. Indonesia is dealing with its first large-scale outbreak of the disease in almost 40 years. Photograph: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images


USA: Superbug Cases Are Exploding; And Factory Farm Use In Animals Is Pertly To Blame. Petition to Stop It Now.

More than half of all antibiotics sold and used in the United States do not go to treating people. Instead, they go to animal agriculture — where overuse of these drugs is now contributing to a huge upsurge in antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Factory farmers regularly dole out antibiotics in livestock’s water and food supplies, as part of a general mission to prevent infections and death among their pig, foul, cow, and other animal populations. Preventing infections is a huge concern, because factory farmers lock these animals in filthy, feces-covered, overcrowded conditions where diseases can easily run rampant. While corporate farmers could solve this problem by improving facility conditions, they’d rather continue to pack animals as tight as possible to keep profits high. So instead they pump the animals full of antibiotics. This has already had disastrous consequences for human health.

The more our bodies and bacteria get used to the presence of antibiotics, the more those bacteria evolve and mutate to fight off our antibiotic medical treatments. And that means we have fewer and fewer ways to protect ourselves when we get sick. As a result, the number and intensity of superbugs in humans is exploding. MRSA, CRE, candida auris, strep, and others are plaguing more and more people — even young, healthy patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this superbug explosion has become even more dire. And these patients aren’t just becoming incredibly sick. Many of them are dying as these overused medicines become less and less effective.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried to help reduce antibiotic use in agriculture, but with limited success. That’s partially because it hasn’t set many hard, enforceable rules. Recently, it began requiring farmers to work with veterinarians to administer certain antibiotics that it deems “medically important” for human use. But as long as a vet is willing to sign off on the treatment, there’s not much enforcement in place to stop misuse.

Other, over-the-counter antibiotics don’t even require this cursory veterinary involvement — even though they can also contribute to superbug development! Animal agriculture is already killing captive, defenseless creatures. It’s killing the planet with horrendous greenhouse gas contributions. And now it’s killing humans, too, through incessant antibiotic use. The U.S. government must finally regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock, and stop our worsening superbug crisis. Sign the petition to protect our health!

Please sign the petition now to stop this:

petition: Superbug Cases Are Exploding, and Factory Farms Are Partially to Blame (thepetitionsite.com)

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EU: Citizens Initiative – Animal Cosmetic Testing – EU Citizens ONLY. Please Sign and Pass on; Completion Date End August 2022.

It is essential that we obtain over 1 million signatures for this from EU citizens only as possible.

The target has not yet quite been reached –

Please sign, share and pass on, thank you.

https://eci.ec.europa.eu/019/public/#/screen/home

Deadline: 31/08/2022

Objectives

With the EU ban on cosmetics tests on animals came the promise of a Europe in which animals no longer suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics. That promise has been broken. Authorities still demand animal tests on ingredients used in cosmetics, which goes against the expectations and wishes of the public and the intention of legislators.

Yet, never have we had such powerful non-animal tools for assuring safety or such a golden opportunity to revolutionise human and environmental protection. The European Commission must uphold and strengthen the ban and transition to animal-free safety assessment.

We call on the European Commission to do the following:

1. Protect and strengthen the cosmetics animal testing ban.
Initiate legislative change to achieve consumer, worker, and environmental protection for all cosmetics ingredients without testing on animals for any purpose at any time.

2. Transform EU chemicals regulation.
Ensure human health and the environment are protected by managing chemicals without the addition of new animal testing requirements.

3. Modernise science in the EU.
Commit to a legislative proposal plotting a roadmap to phase-out all animal testing in the EU before the end of the current legislative term.

Start of the collection period

31/08/2021

EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE – Central online collection system

SAVE CRUELTY FREE COSMETICS – COMMIT TO A EUROPE WITHOUT ANIMAL TESTING

Info about (Progress of) Initiative:

https://europa.eu/citizens-initiative/initiatives/details/2021/000006_en

With thanks to Di for getting this;

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France: ‘Immoral and archaic’: Animal rights activists eye bill to ban bullfighting in France.


'Immoral and archaic': Animal rights activists eye bill to ban bullfighting in France

French matador El Rafi performs a muleta pass on a fighting bull in the arena of Arles, southern France, on June 6, 2021 (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP)

‘Immoral and archaic’: Animal rights activists eye bill to ban bullfighting in France

As thousands of bullfighting aficionados gather across southern France for traditional summer ferias, opponents of the practice are reviving their fight for an outright ban, confident that public opinion is finally on their side.

‘Immoral and archaic’: Animal rights activists eye bill to ban bullfighting in France (thelocal.fr)

“I think the majority of French people share the view that bullfights are immoral, a spectacle that no longer has its place in the 21st century,” said Aymeric Caron, a popular former TV journalist and animal rights activist who was recently elected to parliament as part of the hard-left France Unbowed party.

For years, critics have sought a final legal blow against what they call a cruel and archaic ritual, but none of the draft bills presented have ever been approved for debate by National Assembly lawmakers.

French courts have also routinely rejected lawsuits lodged by animal rights activists, most recently in July 2021 in Nimes, home to one of France’s most famous bullfighting events.

But Caron, based in Paris, told AFP that the time was ripe for a new proposal given growing concerns about animal welfare, with a draft bill to be submitted this week.

“I do indeed hope this bill will be debated in parliament in November… it would be a first,” he said.

The prospect seems all the more likely after France Unbowed won dozens of new seats in recent elections, helping to strip President Emmanuel Macron of his centrist majority in parliament.

The goal is to modify an animal welfare law that allows exceptions for bullfights — as well as cock fighting — when it can be shown that they are “uninterrupted local traditions.”

Such exceptions are granted to cities including Bayonne and the mediaeval jewel of Mont-de-Marsan in southwest France near Spain, where the practice has its origins, and along the Mediterranean coast including Arles, Beziers and Nimes.

‘Respecting the animal’

For Caron, “it’s not a French tradition, it’s a Spanish custom that was imported to France in the 19th century to please the wife of Napoleon III, who was from Andalusia,” the countess Eugenie de Montijo.

That argument is unlikely to convince the jostling crowds who packed the streets of Bayonne for the bullfighting feria that ended Sunday, a sea of fans clad all in white except for bright red bandanas or sashes.

“The people who want to ban it don’t understand it. Bullfighting is a drama that brings you closer to death… You’re afraid, but that’s a part of life,” said Jean-Luc Ambert, who came with friends from the central Auvergne region.

Like many other fans, his friend Francoise insisted that bullfighting is an art as much as a sport, where “a man puts his life on the line, while respecting the animal.”

“We’re not trying to convert anyone — I just want the people against it to leave us alone,” she told AFP.

The guest star of the Bayonne feria, Spanish matador Alejandro Talavante, did indeed find an appreciative audience, with the crowd demanding the award of the bull’s ear for his performance.

It’s a conflict that echoes the widening rift in France between rural dwellers steeped in deep agriculture traditions, and Parisians and other urban residents accused of trampling on the country’s cultural heritage — often derided as “the Taliban of Paristan.”

Widespread support?

Andre Viard, president of the national bullfighting association, shrugged off the threat of a ban.

“This comes up in every parliamentary session,” Viard told AFP of Caron’s efforts to find allies for the France Unbowed initiative.

“We tell the other parties: Why do you want to be associated with a bill that attacks a cultural freedom protected by the Constitution, and territorial identity?”

The debate echoes similar opposition in other countries with bullfighting histories, including Spain and Portugal as well as Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.

In June, a judge in Mexico City ordered an indefinite suspension of bullfighting in the capital’s historic bullring, the largest in the world.

Caron is banking on support from across the political spectrum, including top members of Macron’s party such as the head of his parliamentary group Aurore Berge, who was among 36 lawmakers who called for a bullfighting ban last year.

An Ifop poll earlier this year found that 77 percent of respondents approved of a ban, up from 50 percent in 2007.

“More and more people are concerned about animal suffering, including in bullfights,” Claire Starozinski of the Anti-Bullfighting Alliance told AFP, adding that many people don’t realise that the bulls are actually killed.

“I know there are MPs from other parties who will support me, and have said so,” Caron said — though he admitted that more mainstream lawmakers such as Berge might be reluctant to join his leftish campaign.

“Is she going to remain true to her convictions, or make a political calculation that prevents her from supporting me? That’s what will be at stake in the talks over the coming weeks and months.”

Regards Mark

USA: Animal sanctuary owner charged for refusing to return cows to beef farm.

Tracy Murphy – Refused to return animals destined for slaughter.

Animal sanctuary owner charged for refusing to return cows to beef farm

Animal sanctuary owner charged for refusing to return cows to beef farm (msn.com)

New York animal sanctuary boss was arrested after she allegedly refused to return some missing cows to their owner.

Tracy Murphy of Asha’s Farm Sanctuary could face up to seven years in prison if convicted after a missing steer and heifer escaped from a nearby farm and ended up on her property.

New York State Police say that troopers visited the sanctuary in Niagara County, New York, on July 25 to retrieve the animals and return them to the farm.

But when they arrived at the sanctuary, Ms Murphy allegedly would not return them to the farmer.

So troopers with a search warrant seized the animals and returned them to the owner of McKee Farms,Scott Gregson, and took Ms Murphy into custody.

The 59-year-old appeared in court shackled and pleaded not guilty to third-degree grand larceny charge. She was then freed from Niagara County Jail.

“I don’t know how they got over there,” said Mr Gregson.

“My fence was secure, the electric was on, and the gates were all closed and there were no hoof prints or droppings so I don’t know how they got over there.”

He says that he initially called Ms Murphy and made arrangements to visit her and collect the animals. But he says when she refused to comply he called the State Police.

“All I wanted was for me to get my cattle back. Obviously, I made a complaint with the state police and they are pressing charges against her. I guess it’s up to the courts at this point,” he added.

Before her arrest, Ms Murphy had offered to pay for the animals and keep them at the sanctuary.

“Where do you think a Sanctuary would release the animals back to slaughter when they found their way here,” Murphy told WKBW. “We’re willing to waive any bordering, and we’re willing to give them top dollar for these animals.”

The incident has attracted the attention of Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix, a vocal animal rights activist, who told The Independent that he hoped Ms Murphy would be treated fairly and praised her “kindness.”

“There was an opportunity here to show compassion and mercy. To allow these peaceful creatures to remain without fear or anticipation of harm for the rest of their lives,” he said in a statement.

“What this merciful opportunity was met with was such a shame. I applaud Tracy for standing her ground in the name of animal liberation.

“To so harshly punish a woman who was simply showing kindness to two individuals who had wandered onto her property is astounding.”

Regards Mark

Pakistan: PETA, has offered to help Pakistan implement humane practices in veterinary and medical schools and end animal testing in Pakistan through a series of reforms.

ISLAMABAD: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a US-based animal rights non-profit organisation, has offered to help Pakistan implement humane practices in veterinary and medical schools and end animal testing in Pakistan through a series of reforms.

The offer was made during a zoom meeting between the prime minister’s strategic reforms adviser, Salman Sufi, and PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, Chief of the Science Advancement and Outreach Division Dr Katherine Roe and Vice President of International Laboratory Methods Shalin Gala on July 22, 2022.

PETA had approached Mr Sufi, after a viral video footage revealed veterinary students in at least three institutions in Pakistan were involved in inhumane practices on animals, such as operating on animals without anaesthetics and denying them post-operative care despite excruciating pain.

On June 30, Salman Sufi announced an initial set of historic strategic reforms that included barring animals from being used for live testing in any veterinary college or industrial complex in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

“This is a great start and we fully support this measure, and we agreed that more can and should be done since many of the veterinary schools are geographically outside of ICT and are not obligated to follow this new reform policy,” said PETA in a response.

It underscored Pakistan should issue a circular or a regulatory reform that explicitly embraced humane simulation training models for veterinary education and ban training methods that were not medically necessary and did not directly benefit animals involved at the federal level or through the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council.

PETA cited numerous simulation models for both basic and advanced veterinary and zoology training, such as SynDaver Surgical Canine model, the Critical Care Jerry and Critical Care Fluffy models, the Virtual Animal Anatomy, and Biosphera softwares, to avoid harming animals during the training.

“As such, we are proposing a new collaboration with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Salman Sufi to help provide advanced simulation models so that universities in Pakistan can transition to harm-free and humane veterinary education. We are currently working with Salman Sufi to gather information and do an assessment of the universities’ needs with respect to acquiring simulation models so we can best plan how to assist them,” Ms Gala said.

In response to questions on areas of collaboration with Pakistan, PETA shared more topics that it was addressing with Mr Sufi, such as modernising medical training.

Shalin Gala said before the current Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) came into being, PETA was in communication with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to advise them on various reforms for their undergraduate medical (or MBBS) curriculum to replace the use of animals nationwide with non-animal methods.

According to Ms Gala, PETA had advised them to adopt its proposed curriculum reform language stating, “no animals or animal parts shall be used for any aspect of the MBBS curriculum including but not limited to practical labs, learning objectives, contents, teaching/learning strategy, teaching aids and assessments. Only non-animal teaching, learning, demonstration and assessment methods shall be used such as didactic methods, interactive computer-aided learning (CAL), human patient simulators (HPS), human cadavers, supervised clinical practice or other non-animal models”.

This reform, if enacted, would mirror similar reforms adopted internationally as well, she added.

“We would like for Pakistan’s MBBS curriculum to have the same non-animal training standard and use modern simulation technology. We hope to work with Salman Sufi to move this strategic reform forward, which will put Pakistan’s medical education system in sync with the US, Canada, India and others that no longer use animals for undergraduate medical training,” Ms Gala said.

In 2014, following discussions with PETA India, the University Grants Commission in India issued a notification ending dissection and experimentation, for training purposes, in university and college zoology and life sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses, sparing 19 million animals in that country alone from being killed and cut apart for dissection every year.

PETA asserted its scientists were eager to work with Mr Sufi on setting up a national database in Pakistan for approved non-animal biomedical research and training methods, and drafting regulatory language that the use of animals for such purposes must be replaced by approved non-animal methods that appear in the database.

It also intended to assist conduct scientific reviews of the efficacy of animal use to identify additional areas in which such use had failed to advance human health, or in which non-animal methods were now available, and could be ended quickly.

While technical skills were important, it was also of the utmost importance to instill a culture of care in veterinary training. Creating a dichotomy between the animals used for training and the animal companions seen in an examination room did not benefit the veterinary profession, according to PETA.

“We are currently exploring ways to create materials relevant to Pakistani society and potentially incorporating this compassion-building programme into current school curricula,” the animal rights organisation said.

In response to a question on trafficking of animals, PETA said Mr Sufi mentioned his proposed reform to seize wildlife held in unsuitable living conditions and repatriate them to relevant countries for rehabilitation.

Rights body ready to help end animal testing in medical schools – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

Regards Mark

Iran: Dog shelter worker cries over dead animal after Iranian regime ‘raids property and slaughters 1,700 canines taken in as strays’.

‘This was the most vulnerable & obedient one,’ the inconsolable volunteer cried, before the camera panned to show several canine corpses strewn across the roadside and a nearby valley.

Dog shelter worker cries over dead animal after Iranian regime ‘raids property and slaughters 1,700 canines taken in as strays’

  • Authorities allegedly massacred up to 1,700 dogs at a shelter this weekend
  • Heart-wrenching footage showed a volunteer crying as she held the dogs 
  • Ebrahim Raisi’s regime is looking at a law which would ban pet ownership
  • The bill initially proposed in December would also see fines dished out for the ‘import, purchase and sale, transportation and keeping’ of many common pets
  • Bill authors see the practice of keeping pets as a ‘destructive social problem’

Iranian regime ‘raids property and slaughters 1,700 canines taken in as strays’  | Daily Mail Online

Dog shelter workers are protesting President Ebrahim Raisi’s regime in Iran after authorities allegedly stormed their compound and slaughtered up to 1,700 dogs.

Heart-wrenching footage shared on social media showed one volunteer in floods of tears as she clasped one of the dead hounds in her arms.

‘This was the most vulnerable and obedient one,’ she cried, before the camera panned to show several canine corpses strewn across the roadside and a nearby valley.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist who shared the footage, said of the slaughter: ‘The ruthless rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran spare no-one’

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist who shared the footage, said of the slaughter: ‘The ruthless rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran spare no-one. 

‘In addition to repressing women, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQs, they also annually kill countless stray dogs. Animal rights activists in Iran need your attention.’

The massacre comes with Iranian lawmakers set to pass a bill which would restrict pet ownership without possession of a special permit.

It would also see considerable fines dished out for the ‘import, purchase and sale, transportation and keeping’ of many common pets, which some parliamentarians believe is a symbol of decadence which could ‘replace’ healthy family relationships.

The bill, initially proposed in December, pits growing numbers of people with pets against those who consider the practice a symbol of decadence and hold that, under Islamic law, dogs and other animals are unclean.

Authors of the bill condemn the practice of humans living under one roof with domesticated animals as a ‘destructive social problem’.

Heart-wrenching footage circulating on social media showed one volunteer in floods of tears as she clasped one of the dead hounds in her arms.

Dogs are a common animal in Iran and have been kept in rural areas for centuries, but more urban dwellers began to develop an affinity for raising pets in the 20th century.

The middle eastern nation was once one of the most tolerant with respect to pets, passing animal welfare laws as early as 1948 and pushing for the development of animal rights. 

But the 1979 Islamic Revolution drastically altered daily life for millions of Iranians, and dogs are now held in contempt by ultraconservative lawmakers.

The bill proposed late last year aims to rid Iranian society of the practice of keeping pets.

Anti-pet lawmakers say the practice could ‘gradually change the Iranian and Islamic way of life’ by ‘replacing human and family relationships with feelings and emotional relationships towards animals’.

Their proposed law would prohibit ‘importing, raising, assisting in the breeding of, breeding, buying or selling, transporting, driving or walking, and keeping in the home wild, exotic, harmful and dangerous animals’.

It lists the animals to be banned as ‘crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, cats, mice, rabbits, dogs and other unclean animals as well as monkeys’.

Offenders would risk a fine equivalent to 10 to 30 times the ‘minimum monthly working wage’ of about £80 and the ‘confiscation’ of the animal – though it is highly likely the animal would simply be killed.

However, there have already been reports in Iran of police officers making arrests on those walking their dogs or carrying pets in public.  

Tehran’s police chief General Hossein Rahimi announced on July 8 that entering the parks with dogs will be forbidden and police will consider and deal with it as illegal action.

Regards Mark

England: The Prettiest Star !

I liberated a wasp this morning.  It was in the bird bath and would not have survived had it not been fished out of the water.

This afternoon (4/8/22), and it has kind of broken me at the moment; I have had to have my prettiest star, Sally the cat, put to sleep. She was 22 years old, which makes her around 110+ in human years (if we have to do a comparison).  She was my one shining light on many depressing days and dark corners, and believe me, there are many now days.  She wanted nothing but affection, love and (plenty of) food, which she enjoyed a great deal; simply giving back love and enjoyment, entertainment, in return.  She had love and affection, and comforting voices right up to the very end, the moment she passed.  Most animals in the current ‘systems’ do not experience this.

What about the millions of male chicks that are thrown alive into the crusher and turned into mincemeat every day because they are considered a waste product in farming  – Chick Culling Laws – Global Map. – World Animals Voice .  What about the animals in intensive farming systems (cage systems) across the world – England: Caged Conditions We Found in the EU Were Nothing Short of Hellish. Ban the Cage Age Now. – World Animals Voice;

What about the bile bears that spend their entire lives crammed into tiny cages, and milked for their bile every single day ? – Search Results for “bile bears” – World Animals Voice ;

What about all the millions of animals that are reared to be blasted by shooting parties ‘enjoying’ a day out ?. 

What about all the animals who are live crammed into transport trucks or death ships as they are hauled all over the globe for a few pennies more ? – Live Transport – World Animals Voice

What about all the animals in the labs that are abused and injected with god knows what; having their skulls sliced off in the name of something which has gone on for decades and yet, never really brings anything in the way of medical advancement or progress ?. 

What about the badgers who are being culled by the tens of thousands in the UK to simply win votes from the farming community ? – Search Results for “badger culling” – World Animals Voice.  What about the Krebbs report which said that culling badgers was unnecessary ?. 

What about the dogs and horses that are bred to be raced against each other so that humas can win a tenner on a bet ?. 

What about all the animals abused and tormented in slaughterhouses ? – Search Results for “slaughterhouse” – World Animals Voice

What about the day old dairy calves taken from their mothers in order that humans can consume a glass of milk – My Story – Please Do Not Do Dairy. – World Animals Voice

What about the dogs held in Korean cages for their meat; what about the animals who are farmed (the poor bitches)and skinned alive for their fur to adorn the body of some fur hag who is sometimes known as a rich bitch ? – Search Results for “fur” – World Animals Voice

Lots of ‘what abouts’; and by no doubt I have missed many other subjects who deserve just as much.

Yup; all issues constantly and thankfully getting a lot of campaign attention by the mob that goes under the umbrella of animal rights.  If that pigeonholes you as part of the mob, then am glad, no very glad, to have been part of the mob for 45+ years.

Sally was fortunate; she had a loving environment.  Many animals as shown above suffer nothing but abuse from the moment of birth through to the moment of death.  They never experience a kind hand, only abusive ones.

For Sally:

Remember when you were young?
You shone like the sun
Shine on, you crazy diamond

Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on, you crazy diamond

Pile on many more layers
And I’ll be joining you there
Shine on, you crazy diamond

Then we’ll bask in the shadow
Of yesterday’s triumph

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Pink Floyd

You will be my rest and peace child
I moved up to take a place, near you
The prettiest star
One day though it might as well be someday
You and I will rise up all the way
All because of what you are
The prettiest star
One day though it might as well be someday
You and I will rise up all the way
All because of what you are
The prettiest star

The Prettiest Star

 By David Bowie

Shine on you animal saving diamonds !

Be yourself, no matter what they say.

Regards Mark

Sally

China: Hoopla Stall Where Sick Punters Throw Hoops at a Strapped-Down Live GOOSE.

Hoopla stall where punters throw hoops at a strapped-down GOOSE is condemned by PETA (msn.com)

A fairground game in which people aim to throw hoops around the neck of a goose tied down to a stool has been condemned by animal rights campaigners.

Bizarre footage from the funfair in Yantai in eastern China‘s Shandong province shows a white goose strapped down to a stool precariously balanced on plastic crates.

Punters are encouraged to throw plastic hoops at the helpless bird, with prizes on offer should they manage to get one of the hoops its neck.

The footage recorded at the funfair last month shows fairgoers launching ring after ring at the animal, which ducks and moves its head frantically to avoid being hit by the oncoming objects.  

Elisa Allen, a programme director at the animal welfare organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) strongly condemned the incident.

‘These videos of fairgoers throwing objects at helpless geese show that, regrettably, there are still people who see animals as commodities whose fears and feelings are of no consequence.’

She added: ‘Geese are intelligent, sensitive birds who deserve to be respected as individuals, not as the sum of their body parts or as amusement.

‘PETA Asia is pushing for stronger animal welfare legislation in China while working to change public attitudes towards our fellow animals.

‘We remind everyone that the best way to help animals is by never eating or wearing them and always speaking out whenever you see them being abused.’

Click here to see all the pictures:

Hoopla stall where punters throw hoops at a strapped-down GOOSE is condemned by PETA  | Daily Mail Online

Regards Mark

England: Introducing Viva ! – For Animals and Humans.

Viva! is the UK’s leading vegan campaigning charity, specialising in undercover investigations and high-profile animal campaigns. Founded in 1994 by Juliet Gellatley, we have spent almost 30 years creating a kinder, more sustainable world for humans and animals alike.

Diet is linked to the diseases that kill most people in the affluent West – ‘degenerative’ diseases. Researchers at Viva! Health keep up to date with the latest science to show you why a varied vegan diet cuts your disease risk, and can improve your health.

And let’s not forget our magnificent Vegan Recipe Club which has hundreds of healthy, delicious and colourful recipes, helping people go and stay vegan.

Please, consider joining Viva! today so we can continue educating the public about the benefits of living vegan.

Join or renew:

Donate or join us | Viva! The Vegan Charity

If you can, please give £5 or more a month and become a Viva! Friend. You’ll receive Viva!life magazine PLUS an exclusive I’m a Viva! Friend mug, keyring, sticker pen and bookmark.

You’ll also receive some handy guides, wallcharts, and a free Films For Change 60 day trial where you can enjoy any film on their site – including an expansive collection of vegan documentaries! 

Yours for the animals,

Juliet Gellatley
Founder and Director

Regards Mark

EU: New EU reports show continued difficulties in replacing the use of animals despite availability of alternative methods.

New EU reports show continued difficulties in replacing the use of animals despite availability of alternative methods

2 August 2022

The European Commission has released the latest annual statistical report on the use of animals for scientific purposes in European Union Member States and Norway in 2019.

The objective of the annual reports is to structure the data for an improved understanding of where and how animals are still used in science today. This way of reporting is expected to help identify areas where animals are used on which efforts for the development and validation of alternative approaches can be focused.

However, the many efforts of the European Commission and Member States to advance science without the use of animals are still not delivering concrete and sustainable reductions on the use of animals in science.

The newly released report found that 10.4 million animals were used in research, testing and education in 2019 – a decrease of 1.5% from 2018. However, the total number of uses of animals in EU-28 increased 2% in 2019. 

Additionally, 1.2 million animals were reported to be used for the creation and maintenance of groups of genetically altered (GA) animals. Although this represents a 20% decrease from the numbers reported in 2018, the continuous fluctuations of this number is attributed to a continuous inaccurate reporting from the users of animals.

Many students in the EU still get used to practising a myriad of procedures on animals, where alternative teaching and training methods are available, reinforcing a culture that accepts the use of animals as mere tools. Rodents, cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, cows, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and cephalopods were used for the main purpose of education and training in 2019. In total, 163,047 animals were used and 10% of these animals were genetically modified.

Increases in the use of certain species and purposes are also worrying. The use of cats increased by 40%.

The numbers reported under the category “Other rodents” increased by 70%.

The use of cephalopods increased by 398%, and the uses of animals for preservation of species and protection of the natural environment increased approximately 170%.

The use of dogs, however, decreased 26%.

In 2017 and 2018, for the first time, ten non-human primates were used for the creation of new genetically altered animal lines. In 2019, this increased to 43 non-human primates. These animals are being bred in Germany. Although they have not yet been used in research projects, the creation of this new genetically altered group is intended to be used for basic research, such as to explore biological processes, without having a clearly defined potential applied benefit for humans’ or other animals’ health, or for the environment.

In 2019, as in previous years and of particular concern, animals continued to be used in areas where alternative, non-animal methods are already available. Six Member States still report having used the mouse ascites method for the production of monoclonal antibodies, mainly in France

Overall, the report found that 9% of all uses of animals (1.054.535 uses) inflicted severe suffering.

Regards Mark

Comment from Jack – thanks Jack.

Humans are the worst species on the planet. A parasite.

Leave the nonhuman life alone!!!!!!!

England: The Viva! Vegan Podcast, Talks To Ronnie Lee – Founder of the Animal Liberation Front, Hunt Saboteur and Vegan Activist.

Ronnie Lee | Viva! Vegan Podcast

The Viva! Vegan Podcast, August

Episode #70: Ronnie Lee – Founder of the Animal Liberation Front, hunt saboteur and vegan activist

Born in 1951, Ronnie stopped eating meat aged 19 when his sister’s vegetarian boyfriend convinced him that it is wrong to eat animals. Two years later, he became vegan and got active with the Hunt Saboteurs Association to disrupt hunting activities and save lives.

In his pursuit to carry out direct action against all forms of animal oppression, the Animal Liberation Front was born.

In this interview, Viva!’s head of investigations, Lex Rigby, gets to ask Ronnie what it was like being vegan in the 70s, what happened to the rescued guinea pigs he stuffed up his jumper and whether he really thought a gallon of petrol was going to burn down an animal research laboratory.

Following the interview, Lex is joined by Viva!’s head of comms, Faye Lewis, to discuss Ronnie’s uncompromising commitment to the animal rights cause.

Regards Mark

Ukraine: 640,000kg of pet food distributed in Ukraine by UPAW. Donation Link Included.

640,000kg of pet food distributed in Ukraine by UPAW

1 August 2022

Four Paws

Image – UPAW.

UPAW (Ukrainian Pet Association Worldwide) was created on the first day of the war in Ukraine, in partnership with Animals ID, Dogs Trust Worldwide and Four Paws. It is a logistical platform that unites and coordinates the efforts of 18 Ukrainian animal welfare organisations.

In the past four months the organisation has distributed 640,000kg of pet food, taking care of the challenging logistics in Ukraine.

This platform serves the purpose of redistribution of the pet’s food all over the country, addressing the needs of animals. To this end, the volunteers taking care of unowned animals, breeding kennels, individual pet owners and shelters can apply and receive help thanks to UPAW, whose recognise that “In this tragic situation all pets are equal and hungry in the same way”.

In the future, UPAW is hoping that its purpose will be threefold:

  1. Drive systemic changes in Ukraine, which will benefit animals, in cooperation with NGOs and veterinarians.
  2. Implement international best practices for the development of local animal welfare organisations.
  3. Help national authorities create a policy on animal welfare and good veterinary practice in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the war is imposing different priorities and the whole team of UPAW is focused on reaching red zones of humanitarian catastrophe and front lines in order to feed as many animals as possible. The estimated amount of necessary pet food is 1,300 tons per month.

Image

Organizations that need help

Animals in Ukraine need help | UPAW

Regards Mark

All Photos – UPAW

EU: Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU – Legislation That ‘Protects’ Animals Used In Research.

WAV Comment: Lets hope that this EU legislation provides better protection for research animals than the farce named (EU) Regulation 1/2005 which is supposed to ‘protect’ live animals during transport. That certainly does not work and never has. Bets on this being any better please !

Regards Mark

Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU

Directive 2010/63/EU is the European Union legislation that protects animals being used in research. Directive 2010/63/EU is the European Union (EU) legislation “on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes” and is one of the most stringent ethical and welfare standards worldwide. The Directive repealed Directive 86/609/EEC.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/eudr/2010/63

The present report provides recommendations that can improve Member States’ reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU.

A better and more harmonised reporting by Member States will further increase transparency and openness, and will enable the assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU among all Member States.

Our recommendations are based on the new reporting requirements set out in the sections of Annex II of Commission Implementing Decision 2020/569/EU, and on best practices among the replies of the Member States to the EC 2018 survey on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU.

Check the individual EU member state reports here:

This report provides recommendations that can improve member states reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU.

Czechia – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Denmark – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Finland – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

France – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Germany – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Hungary – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Ireland – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Italy – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Poland- Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Spain – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Sweden – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

The Netherlands – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

General – Improving the Reporting on the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU | Eurogroup for Animals

Regards Mark

India: Little Georgie Is So Sweet – Watch His Life Saving Rescue and ‘Fix’ Here. July AAU Rescues.

28/7/22 – Dear all; here are the latest collection of wonderful rescues sent to us by Erika and the team at Animal Aid Unlimited.

I hope you will enjoy watching these rescues and recoveries; and then please consider giving a donation and / or buying from the shop – the link which is given towards the end.

Little Georgie and the story of his rescue just in time, along with the draining of a huge cyst, just goes to show that if you show animals kindness and help, they will give love and affection in return.  A lot in return for giving of little.  Please consider giving after watching his rescue story.

Thank you and regards

Mark.

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Dear Mark,

Our Cat Area for many years hosted very few patients, and in fact 7 years ago we didn’t even have a cat area. In the past few years, however, the number of cat rescues have steadily increased, and now our hospital serves (because what human isn’t the servant of their cats?!) an average of 15-20 cats on any given day. 

Many are tame enough to pet and play with, suggesting that they’ve had exposure to humans as kittens but some are feral.

We are not sure as to why the number of cat rescues went up – whether because of their growing population, or perhaps due to the increased awareness on the part of the community.

In the very few parts of India where the dog population in under control thanks to spay and neuter – such as several areas of Mumbai – the cat population has increased to the point that some sterilization programs focus on cats rather than dogs. Amazingly, they have also learned how to live together: if you walk in the street of Mumbai, you will easily spot dogs and cats hanging out side by side!

Thank you for your generous support allowing us to help the cats of Udaipur who have been injured by dog bites, accidents, falls, and illnesses.

Would Mitchell be able to walk after his head injury? 

Neighbors saw a dog collapse after being hit by a car and immediately called our helpline. We advised them not to move him, and we’re so glad they didn’t because with the first touch, this completely disoriented dog bolted in confusion from the head trauma, which could have caused him even more injury.

Within hours, he began to show signs of slight improvement and his eyes seemed to grant us permission to gently touch him. But the biggest surge of hope we experienced in those first hours was his ability to coordinate his head movement enough to eat by himself. For several days we needed to watch him around the clock. And within a few days of light physiotherapy, Mitchell managed to stand on his own. There’s an old saying: “the rest is history.” For Mitchell, “the rest is a future.”

From near-dead, to beaming life: Please donate today

Georgie’s rays of sunshine will light up the corners of your heart.

Whatever size the package is, love is huge, isn’t it? This gorgeous puppy was almost buried under an enormous pocket of fluid that had collected around an infection. We drained the fluid and treated him with antibiotics. We believe that we rescued him just in time – meet Georgie now!

A little life. So much love. Please donate today

Ever-loving Joey can’t believe he snapped and growled during his rescue!

Neighbors were shocked to find a local street dog hiding in pain. But what was wrong? There was no blood, no sign of trauma. When our rescue team arrived the poor boy growled and even threatened to bite. We now know the reason was his tremendous pain and fear: something had injured his spine. But though it would take 4 weeks to heal, within hours, his fears were replaced by continuous smiles.

Our protocol for spine injury calls for bedrest along with other medication and care. For a young dog especially, this confinement is really tough. But receiving loving visits, watching the activities of the people and other dogs all around him, meant that Joey’s emotional life was cheerful as he waited patiently for his bruised spine to heal. Meet Joey today–better than ever.

Healing can come from a complicated surgery or a place to rest, be fed and be loved.Please donate today

Thank you Rachel!

Deep thanks to Rachel, returning volunteer and kind friend to animals and all of us. Rachel, an air-traffic controller from the UK, once again brought lots of wonderful supplies, donated funds she herself gave and raised from others; gave energy and appreciation to staff and other volunteers, and best of all, gave non-stop love for the animals. 

Give a simply spectacular gift:

Animal Rescue.



All items are donated and 100% of proceeds used for animal help.

Go shopping here:

Jewelry – Animal Aid Unlimited

Founding family Erika, Claire and Jim, and the Animal Aid Unlimited team.

USA: How one US senator’s dramatic U-turn finally gives Biden a chance to confront the climate crisis.

By Oliver Milman

First of all – apologies for the delay to this week’s newsletter. You can blame Joe Manchin for that.

The disintegration of President Biden’s climate agenda was playing out almost perfectly in sync with new, graphic reminders of why such an agenda is necessary, with extreme heat and wildfires scorching the US, UK, France, Spain and several other countries.

Biden had vowed he “won’t back down” in tackling the climate crisis, even though in the past month the conservative-leaning US supreme court restricted his administration’s options to do so and a sweeping renewable energy bill appeared to suffer a protracted, inglorious death in Congress.

Then, suddenly, unexpected hope. On Wednesday night Manchin, the West Virginia senator who also happens to own a coal trading company, decided, after all, he was going to support a $369bn package to boost renewable energy rollout, proliferate electric vehicles and aid the direct victims of fossil fuel pollution.

The U-turn by Manchin, a crucial swing vote in an evenly divided US senate and until now a nemesis of Biden’s agenda, provoked both shock and jubilation. Al Gore said it could prove an “historic turning point”. The US, after decades of denial, delay and dysfunction, may finally have policies in place to deal with the climate crisis, giving the world a chance to avoid truly disastrous heatwaves, droughts, floods and other climate impacts.

There are major caveats. Manchin is in favour of expanded oil and gas drilling, citing fears over inflation, and so new leases on public land will be pushed by the bill, giving it a rather contradictory status as a lifeline that also locks in fossil fuel production for decades to come.

But it at least provides a glimmer of hope of addressing a crisis that is unfolding in real time. Temperatures have soared to 46C (115F) in parts of the US over the past week, placing about a third of the population under dangerous heat conditions. At least 20 people have died due to the heat, while so many livestock have died that farmers have resorted to shoving them into landfills.

Wildfires, now a year-round threat in the US west, have chewed up land with such ferocity the federal government has scrambled emergency interventions to save California’s sequoias, the largest trees on Earth, from burning. A fifth of these enormous trees, previously seen as virtually indestructible, have been lost to fire in just the past two years, with officials setting up a system of sprinklers in desperate bid to save Grizzly Giant, a fabled tree that dates back to the time of Jesus and stands more than 200ft tall.

Many climate activists want Biden to do more, urging him to declare a climate emergency that would unlock new presidential powers, as well as ban new oil and gas drilling on public lands. Even with the prospect of long-overdue legislation, these calls will only grow as the climate crisis takes a worsening toll on America.

Regards Mark

Netherlands: Proefdiervrij launched a campaign and petition calling for non-animal science solutions to the human organ shortage.

 Not normal – Animals shouldn’t have to suffer due to organ shortage

28 July 2022

Proefdiervrij

 

Proefdiervrij launched a campaign and petition calling for non-animal science solutions to the human organ shortage.

There is an ongoing chronic shortage of suitable human organs for life-saving transplantation. Animal to human transplantation, known as xenotransplantation, has been heralded as the solution to save patients’ lives. Earlier this year, a US man became the world’s first person to get a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig. Unfortunately, the patient died two months after the transplant.

Proefdiervrij are countering this movement to regard animals as spare parts for humans with their online campaign Niet. Gewoon. (Not. Normal.). The foundation that strives for a future without animal testing thinks it is not normal to make animals suffer for the sake of people and wants to make people think more about this controversial subject.

Proefdiervrij wants to move away from outdated methods that cause pain suffering and distress to animals and is focused on human-oriented methods to solve the donor shortage, including a growing investment in disease prevention, the improvement of the still ineffective system of organs donations, and on furthering the technologies that are already providing solutions for some transplantation needs.

For example, at the end of 2021, researchers at UMC Utrecht implanted a complete artificial heart for the first time in the Netherlands. The outside of the heart is made of plastic and the inside is lined with biological material. At the time of this transplant, this was still animal material, but in the future this could hopefully also be human tissue. 

Culturing human organoids is also a step towards cultivating organs. Researchers in America have already developed a 3D biological structure for organs that will hopefully one day allow us to grow fully functional human organs in the lab.

Organ regeneration is the body’s ability to repair damaged tissue itself. UMC Utrecht has a department that focuses entirely on regeneration. This department investigates, for example, the regeneration of cardiovascular tissue. 

Biomimicry uses synthetic materials and grows tissues from the patients’ own stem cells, which also carries less risk of organ rejection than using animal organs. 

In the Netherlands, animal organ transplantation is prohibited.

And it should stay that way. Using animals to solve human problems is a step back in time and we want to prevent donor animals from becoming the new generation of laboratory animals.

Debby Weijers, director of Stichting Proefdiervrij

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Proefdiervrij

Regards Mark

EU: New study highlights need to shift towards the use of non-animal ingredients in in vitro methods,

New study highlights need to shift towards the use of non-animal ingredients in in vitro methods

25 July 2022

The European Commission, academia and animal protection organisations co-authored a study to identify challenges and put forward proposals to promote the use of non-animal ingredients in in vitro methods.

Non-animal methods are increasingly used in research and testing, but some of these methods still use animal-derived components. Cell- and tissue-based models routinely use, for example, coating materials, growth factors and antibodies that are derived from non-human animals. These animals can experience severe pain depending on the procedures they are subjected to. Besides the ethical concerns, the use and production of animal-derived components also raises many scientific issues, generally associated with the presence of undefined components and batch-to-batch variability, which may compromise the trustworthiness of the experimental results. However, non-animal components are becoming increasingly available, and their use is encouraged in EU legislation and in guidelines of the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Non-animal components include, for example, human cells, alternatives to animal sera or non-animal recombinant antibodies.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Oltre la Sperimentazione Animale, the Centre for Predictive Human Model Systems, Atal Incubation Centre-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, the Animal Welfare Academy of the German Animal Welfare Federation, and Eurogroup for Animals carried out a study that maps the current state of use of animal-derived ingredients across different sectors and identifies challenges hampering the large implementation and use of non-animal derived alternatives. In particular, the new article provides ideas to: increase awareness about non-animal products/ingredients; improve accessibility of reagents and protocols; and increase funding for the replacement of animal-derived components.

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A worldwide survey on the use of animal-derived materials and reagents in scien…

Regards Mark

EU: The European Fur Industry May Now Be Facing the Same Fate as the Animals It Has Farmed: Restricted Conditions Followed By Certain Death. Bring It On, and Quickly !

Photo – Konrad Lozivfski – What a Beautiful Sight – A closed and rotting fur farm !

Skinning the fur industry

27 July 2022

The fur industry in Europe may now be facing the same fate as the animals it farms: restricted conditions followed by certain death. Twelve EU Member States have established a full ban on fur farming, three a partial ban, while a further five are considering a ban.

The laggards include Finland and Poland, the EU countries with the highest number of fur farms. Unfortunately, they will likely only be prodded into managing the closure of these businesses by a full ban instituted at EU level across all 27 Member States. Which is why that’s our goal!

Farms on their back paws

Meanwhile in Denmark, following the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak on several hundred mink farms, the Danish government moved to offset the danger to people and other wild animals by instituting a temporary ban on farming and ordering a controversial cull of millions of animals. 

The WHO recently confirmed that the infection and spread of SARS-CoV-2 in animal populations could lead to the emergence of new variants that are then passed back to humans. Despite this warning and the Danish public health institute in May highlighting the continued risk of mink farms as potential virus reservoirs, the ban in the country is only due to last until the end of the year. 

Fortunately, the vast majority of Danish mink farmers have decided against restarting their operations: 1,243 chose the government compensation on offer for shutting down completely, while only 15 opted for a temporary suspension. 

This overwhelming choice strongly indicates that the fur industry has lost a lot of its enthusiasm for what is increasingly seen as an abjectly cruel business that forces inherently wild species to spend their lives in cramped cages, unable to enjoy any natural behaviour.

But, even if Denmark is playing a much smaller role in EU exports of mink and fox skins, these still amounted last year to 4,557 tonnes, with a value of €696,586,228. These numbers are thankfully way down from 2019, when the EU exported over 8,000 tonnes worth nearly a billion. The figures for 2022 will no doubt be even lower, but we are looking forward to 0 tonnes and €0. 

In 2019, there were 2,900 mink farms in the EU. Now, there are well under 800. The fur industry is definitely in decline, but we need to bring it to a definitive end. 

Scraping the fur off European shelves 

Farming is, however, only one side of the fur industry; the other is products including fur from beyond Europe, which are, astonishingly, still on sale in every Member State. This is why our European Citizens’ Initiative Fur Free Europe is not just seeking a ban on keeping and killing animals on fur farms, but also pushing for legislation to make it illegal for any farmed fur to be sold throughout the EU. 

From an animal welfare point of view it makes little difference where an animal is bred for fur, as intensive farming of fur species in wire mesh cages is similar worldwide. This part of the business is also on the decline: EU imports of mink fur amounted to over 800 tonnes in 2019 but decreased to just 200 tonnes in 2021. But again, we’d like to see those numbers drop to zero.

Banning the fur trade in the EU would make Europe a worldwide role model alongside a growing number of American cities and states that have put an end to fur sales. 

So join us in making a global difference by adding your signature to the campaign. Let’s bring relief to countless animals whose suffering cannot be quantified.

You could say it is a very, very welcome, FUR OUT; hopefully forever.

Check out our other recent post on this issue – :

England: Friend or Foe ? – Fur or Faux Fur. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Fur is what you wear: click ‘watch on You Tube’ to view

EU: Pioneering conference on animal welfare in Invasive Alien Species management.

Pioneering conference on animal welfare in Invasive Alien Species management

22 July 2022

We are closing the bridge between animal welfare and conservation. The “Conference on the management of vertebrate Invasive Alien Species (IAS) of Union concern – incorporating animal welfare” was held on 12 July 2022 in Brussels and gathered 150 experts in wildlife management from across Europe to discuss how to improve animal welfare in IAS management.

The Conference is the final milestone of a project assessing the animal welfare implications of management methods for IAS on the Union list. The manual detailing the assessment will be published by the end of the year. Based on these outcomes, wildlife management practitioners will be able to select the most humane methods, while also taking into consideration the cost-benefit analysis to maximise efficiency. This Pilot Project is funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of academics, conservation and animal welfare organisations, including Eurogroup for Animals. 

The participants to the Conference represented a wide range of wildlife management stakeholders including field practitioners, academia, civil society and competent authorities. They could discover the content of the manual presented by the consortium, learn from case studies across Europe on the management of various species and exchange on the gaps, best practices and ways forward for the management of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish species of the Union list.

During the Conference, Eurogroup for Animals and its members highlighted the necessity to raise awareness and find solutions to

  1. Better prevent the introduction of IAS in Europe,
  2. Develop innovative methods that minimise animal suffering when management is needed to protect biodiversity.

In this context, it is essential to explore the possibilities of fertility control and similar non-lethal management methods for the species of the Union list. Such solutions could enable a better implementation of the IAS regulation. The latter indeed provides the use of methods that do not cause avoidable pain, distress or suffering.

Based on the research conducted and the outcomes of this productive Conference, Eurogroup for Animals calls on the EU to build on this momentum, conducting further research needed to develop humane management methods for the IAS of the Union list. Additionally, following this important project, Eurogroup for Animals calls for the inclusion of welfare in management to be legally binding, as well as the publication of a list of prohibited management methods which fail to meet high welfare standards.

Regards Mark

Malta: Animal Organisations Put Spotlight On Deaths of 3 Dolphins in 1 Month at Maltese Dolphinarium.

Animal organisations put spotlight on deaths of 3 dolphins in 1 month at Maltese dolphinarium

26 July 2022

Animal Liberation Malta (ALM) has revealed that that between August and September of 2021 three female dolphins died at the Mediterraneo Marine Park at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Malta.

The news was never made public nor was it registered in the non-profit cetacean register Ceta-Base, as is common practice in other international wildlife parks.

Two of the female dolphins that died, named Onda and Mar, were believed to be around 20 and 25 years old respectively, had been caught in the wild in Cuba and kept at Mediterraneo since 2000, the group said.

The third dolphin, Melita, was just seven years old and was born in the park in 2014. She never swam in the open sea.

ALM also called upon authorities to investigate why Mediterraneo is allowed to operate under a zoo licence, when their dolphin shows acted as a “permanent aquatic circus”. The law, they said, defined circuses as places where animals are introduced for the purpose of performance and shows, which Mediterraneo’s dolphin shows offer as a form of entertainment.

Circuses with animal performers have been banned in Malta since 2014.

ALM called on the government as well as the park owners to shut down Mediterraneo and transform it into a rehabilitation center for aquatic animals.

“The location of the park is perfect as it is very close to the coastal shores and Malta would have the opportunity and be the pioneer of not only dolphin care but also of other marine creatures. The remaining dolphins should have the opportunity to be rehoused in sea pens, to live a natural life and end performing displays to the public.” 

The Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina has opened an inquiry to understand how the investigation was conducted by the government veterinary department.

I was very concerned when first advised of the disappearance of the 3 dolphins from Mediterraneo. A member of the public was told by the park that the dolphins had been moved to a facility in Spain, and contacted us to investigate further on the export. Having contacted authorities in both Spain and Malta, we were advised that the dolphins had not gone to another park but had, in fact, died at Mediterraneo. We continue to work alongside Maltese authorities to discover why the park were not been forthcoming with this information and an investigation is now vital to learn how these animals died, and the true situation at the facility.

Margaux Dodds, Director of UK based NGO Marine Connection

Regards Mark

Italy: Roadside Checks Document Transport of Live Animals in Temperatures Over 36°C Without Water.

Roadside checks document transport of live animals in temperatures over 36°C without water

25 July 2022

Essere Animali

Roadside checks by Essere Animali investigators document trucks parked in the sun with pigs inside, gasping, visibly out of breath. These are dramatic scenes, but they do not constitute any violation of law, thanks to “an absolutely inadequate EU regulatory system in terms of concretely protecting animals” the organisation states.

Bologna, 21 June 2022 – In these days of extreme heat, the organisation Essere Animali carried out monitoring activities along the A1 motorway, between Lodi and Bologna, to document the conditions of the animals transported for food production.

The organisation’s investigators monitored trucks used for the transport of live animals, intercepting them en route and following them until they arrived at the slaughterhouse. The temperatures were detected through the use of a heat gun, with which it was possible to ascertain the exact temperature inside the compartment of the truck in which the animals were transported.

We have documented trucks that travelled with external temperatures of 36°-38°C and that, upon arrival at the slaughterhouse, stopped for 30 minutes in the sun before unloading the animals. In these cases, it was possible to verify that the pigs were forced to remain in the truck with internal temperatures above 40°C. Unfortunately, the current regulations do not provide for temperature limits inside or outside the vehicle for journeys with a duration equal to or less than 8 hours, merely requiring that the means of transport should be able to protect animals from ‘extreme temperatures’, and prohibiting them from being transported in conditions that expose them to ‘unnecessary injury or suffering’. The lack of objective parameters of reference therefore creates a vast unregulated grey area, which does not facilitate appropriate intervention when the welfare of the animals is not respected.

President of Essere Animali, Simone Montuschi

Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport does not place any limit on journeys that last up to 8 hours (or 12 hours if an exemption is granted) with regards to either the temperature inside or outside the vehicle, or the possibility of accessing water; provisions are only in place for long journeys of more than 8-12 hours. In this case, it is specified that the ventilation systems on the means of transport must be designed, constructed, and maintained in such a way that, at any moment in the journey, regardless of whether the means of transport is stationary or in transit, they can maintain a temperature between 5°C and 30°C inside the vehicle, with a tolerance range of +/- 5°C depending on the external temperature.

In a note issued at the beginning of June addressed to the Direction of the Traffic Police and to the trade associations of lorry drivers and veterinarians, the Ministry of Health requires that the transport of live animals must not be carried out with atmospheric temperatures above 30 degrees at the start of or during the journey. However, the reality documented by the investigators of Essere Animali shows that these provisions are not effective in practice, and there is an urgent need for greater legislative protection during transport operations.

If we allow transport for several hours when the outside temperature touches or exceeds 30°C, the pigs inside the trucks, due to crowding and the body heat produced, will be forced to withstand temperatures around 40°C. But the scientific literature indicates that for adult pigs, the thermoneutral zone – that is the range of temperatures within which the animal is able to maintain its normal body temperature – is approximately between 8°C and 25°C. The animals transported in these days of high temperatures were therefore subjected to stress and suffering.

Simone Montuschi adds.

Essere Animali believes that new European laws are needed as soon as possible to better protect animals, as the current ones are too generic, and do not take into account various species-specific requirements and with serious shortcomings, such as the lack of regulatory protection for animals during trips lasting up to 8 hours.

Through the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission has set itself the goal of carrying out a complete review of the legislation on animal welfare, including transport and slaughter of animals raised for food, by autumn 2023.

Through the No Animal Left Behind campaign, coordinated by Eurogroup for Animals and supported by dozens of NGOs from all over Europe, Essere Animali calls for the transport of live animals over long distances (longer than 8 hours) to be prohibited. Furthermore, they request the introduction of a range of acceptable external temperatures between 5°C and 25°C, outside of which any transport is prohibited. Finally, fundamental parameters must be clearly defined, such as species-specific and categories-specific conditions for the suitability for transporting animals, as well as the availability of space and method for water administration.

Allowing the transport of live animals when the measured external temperature is 30°C or more, and not providing access to water, is equivalent to not guaranteeing the welfare of the animals. It is clear that the current European laws for the protection of animals are incomplete and inadequate, so we ask the European Union and the Italian government to align the new legislative proposal with current scientific and ethological knowledge.

Simone Montuschi concludes.

The transport conditions documented by Essere Animali are disturbing, and bring to light a reality completely ignored in Italy. A country which, not by chance, was not among the thirteen member states that — on the occasion of the Agrifish Council, among the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries on 18 July — came out in favour of an ambitious revision of the regulation on the transport of live animals, which is planned to be presented by the European Commission in 2023. The deafening silence of Minister Patuanelli on such an important issue as animal welfare is unacceptable. Italy once again shows total indifference towards this issue and, on the contrary, unconditional support for a food system based on profit at all costs, as well as on intensive and industrial farming practices that not only exploit other sentient beings as if they were commodities, but also destroy forests, pollute soil and water, increase greenhouse gas emissions, and bankrupt small farmers. This is an unsustainable model for the entire planet, so it is urgent to reverse course without wasting any more precious time.

Eleonora Evi MEP, member of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT)

Regards Mark

USA: ‘Yellowstone Bear World’ Investigation Reveals Traumatized Cubs Desperate for Their Mothers in Public Feeding “Encounters”, and Pain Medication Denied to a Cub With a Fractured Leg. Video and Action Link.

A bear named Bean (shown) fractured his leg, but a supervisor told workers to withhold his prescription pain medication.

From Peta;

A breaking PETA undercover investigation into Yellowstone Bear World, a bear-breeding operation in Rexburg, Idaho, found that workers used traumatized cubs desperate for their mothers in public feeding “encounters,” threatened to beat bears with a stick, denied pain medication to a cub with a fractured leg, and more.

Seeking comfort, this cub tried to suckle while being held in an unnatural position and forced to endure touching and handling by a crowd of visitors at an event at Yellowstone Bear World. (Photo taken by a member of the public in April 2022).

Frantic cubs—who, according to guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are too big, too fast, and too strong to be handled by the public—routinely bit, scratched, and bruised workers. PETA’s investigator witnessed a supervisor lash out when a cub named Tootsie bit her, threatening to “throw” Tootsie across the room and rip out her teeth “one by one.”

After they become too large to use in profit-driven public encounters, cubs are moved to a drive-through enclosure. There, visitors in tour trucks toss them bread, which is not good for them in excess. They often have nothing to do but beg for food and pace back and forth, a sign of psychological distress.

When the bears are no longer used for public “encounters,” they are confined to a drive-through enclosure where they have nothing to do but beg for scraps of unhealthy bread visitors toss to them from tour trucks.

Help end this exploitation now.

Please ask Yellowstone Bear World to stop tearing families apart and end its cruel breeding operation and stressful public “encounters” now.

Take action for the bears now:

Watch the video and take action link below.

Watch the video:

Yellowstone Bear World Exploits Cubs in Public Encounters | PETA

Thanks for everything that you do to help animals.

Sincerely,

Debbie Metzler, M.S.
Director of Captive Animal Welfare
PETA Foundation

Regards Mark

EU: Animal Welfare Included in Geographical Indications (GI) Revision Proposal.

21 July 2022

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on the revision of the geographical indications scheme for agricultural products, which identified that consumer concerns about animal welfare and sustainability are not adequately protected at present.

In March, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on revising the EU geographical indications (GIs) scheme and quality schemes for agricultural products. This followed a commitment in the Farm to Fork strategy to revise the framework to improve its contribution to sustainable production and to strengthen the position of farmers and producers.

Eurogroup for Animals provided feedback on the proposed revision during a recent public consultation, in which we welcomed the proposal’s identification of the lack of sustainability and animal welfare considerations in the existing framework. This is an important recognition, as the current GI scheme’s exclusion of animal welfare standards means it does not cohere with the EU’s animal welfare or sustainability ambitions. 

The proposal aims to lay down requirements on animal welfare and environmental concerns in light of the growing integration of these issues in GI value chains, validating those producers who have already integrated sustainability actions into their product specifications. As the GI system has been promoted globally through EU trade policy, this could also lead to GI producers around the world incorporating animal welfare dimensions.

Increased attention to animal welfare can also help to protect the quality of GI products. Although GIs are commonly viewed as high quality by consumers, many producers do not even respect the EU minimum animal welfare standards.

Indeed, investigations into GI products have uncovered illegal practices, such as brutal violence on farms breeding pigs for Parma Ham (Essere Animali, 2018 investigation), cows farmed to produce Parmigiano Reggiano unable to graze on pasture (Compassion in World Farming, 2017 investigation), and dead calves and serious hygienic/sanitary neglect on farms producing Grana Padano (Essere Animali, 2021 investigation). 

Going forward, the references to animal welfare in the Commission proposal must remain. This includes a mention in the introduction and in the preamble, as well as the statement in Article 12 that producer groups can choose to adhere to sustainability undertakings higher than EU requirements. Crucially, the delegated acts that will have to be adopted to define the sustainability standards must include animal welfare requirements based on appropriate animal welfare schemes.

At a minimum, this should include enriched indoor conditions, no cages or restrictions, access to fresh air, lower than standard stocking densities, and an end to mutilations and forced early weaning. Where GIs do adopt animal welfare criteria, pressure must be applied to ensure that they are respected, and assistance should be provided to farmers to support this transition.

Regards Mark

England: Friend or Foe ? – Fur or Faux Fur.

Cats tread softly and gently. They can steal up on you without a sound. Before you know it, your feline friend is on your lap – wonderful. However, you may well not have noticed that sometimes it’s their fur which could be keeping your head or neck warm as hat, collar or hood trimmings, creeping up on the unwary consumer without the slightest hint of a meow. It is much less friendly.

Now, anything containing real cat or dog fur is already banned in the EU, or maybe it is better to say ‘officially it should be’. If you say ‘it is’ there will always be proof somewhere that ‘it is not’; so I tend to shy away from such statements usually. But regardless, products with fur from farmed mink, foxes, chinchillas and raccoon dogs are still ON the market. These additions are not necessarily advertised as such. Instead, they can be used by manufacturers to give low-cost garments a ‘high-end’ feel.

Please remember – It takes up to 40 dumb animals to die in making of a fur coat; but only one even dumber one to wear it for the sake of vanity.

Faux fur can be faking it

As activists and campaigners, you no doubt wouldn’t choose anything made of animal fur; it belongs on their back, not yours. But, while the price tag of a coat clearly indicates whether it’s a mink or a fink, it may well not alert you that the decoration on the bobble hat or hooded coat you’re looking at is not faux fur, but real fur.

This is why Fur Free Europe is not just seeking a ban on keeping and killing animals on fur farms, but also pushing for legislation to make it illegal for any farmed fur to be sold throughout the EU. That way, whenever a product takes your fancy, you’ll be sure it won’t contain anything that looked a lot fancier and in the right place – on its original owner. 

You will also be sure that you won’t be inadvertently supporting the abjectly cruel practice of forcing inherently wild species to spend their lives in cramped battery cages, unable to enjoy any natural behaviours. 

But there are also other issues which could arise from this .  If Europe does the bans, then for sure, we can see the Chinese attempting to flood the euro market with fur products which are produced using real fur and which have been produced under the most disgusting actions.  The importation of real fur from outside the EU, to be sold as faux within the EU is one issue that really has to be observed and monitored very closely.  Years ago I personally became involved with the EU when Russian seal pup fur was illegally making its way into the EU – dressed up and coloured to make the consumer think that it may not be ‘real fur’ that they were purchasing; but it was; fur of baby seals slaughtered in Russia.  (But the good news is after a lot of work, we stopped the Russian seal pup slaughter  – so, job done).

A seal pup ‘farm’ in Russia – fortunately, no longer used. (WAV)

A netted Russian seal pup destined for the farms – no longer – archive photo.
Bringing the Russian seal issue to Downing St, London. Mark (WAV) dressed as Sealer – on left.

Think what we say about China fur cruelty is over the top ? – then watch this

Click on ‘Watch on You Tube’ for both below.

Now want more ?

Herding the EU cats

Despite widespread ethical concerns – a sensible majority of people in every EU country consider breeding animals for fur unacceptable, let alone the associated public health risks, many Member States still allow fur farming to continue. This time last year, twelve Member States called on the European Commission “to undertake appropriate action leading to the end of fur farming in Europe”. There has been some progress, but far more is needed.  You could say a global ban on fur production is needed; this probably will not happen (when we talk China), but real fur product imports from China for example into the EU under the guise of fake fur can be tested, controlled, and closely monitored before they even get here.  This is where ‘eurolegislators’ need to come out of their cages, AND ACT.  The Chinese need to be held to account for their abuses in the fur trade.

The European Citizens’ Initiative Fur Free Europe is working hard to obtain the backing of a million EU citizens. If this goal is reached, the European Commission will be obliged to respond and take action.

If you too want to “Leave Fur Behind” and see a ban on fur farms and farmed fur products, then add your signature to the campaign. 

Let’s make sure there is only ever friendly faux fur on that hat or hood. No doubt the cat will purr too.

Regards Mark

EU: Finally, Decades Too Late, Have The Old Fossils At The EU Woken Up and Decided That Live Animal Transport Really Does Need A Major Overhaul ?

Photo – Mark (WAV)

Battleground Dover around 1990 – Photo – Mark (WAV)

WAV Comment:  Masses of EU and British animal welfare organisations, including us, have been calling for the introduction of a one off maximum 8 hour journey time for decades.  In our specific case, 35+ years. As part of this requirement, they also demanded that the industry change as much as possible to a (dead) meat and carcass only trade.  So why, only now, is the fossil called the EU just getting round to taking this issue seriously ?

EU citizens (and non EU citizens from the UK) are on the ball and want major change.  It is only the EU Commissions and their lobbyists who appear to want to stick with the status quo.  These days are now gone and people want, or demand change.  The EU should get a clear message of what will happen if it ignores the wishes of its own citizens.  MEP’s have woken up to the fact that they will be deselected if there is no change; so it is essential that they keep constant pressure applied on this issue, or they face the consequences.

We watch from the UK side lines now (having done Brexit and thus being allowed to change the live transport laws ourselves) to see if the EU fossil actually steps up to the plate and meets the demands of the EU citizens.  God forbid the EU if nothing changes !

AGRIFISH Council – Member States step up their game for animals

18 July 2022

Press Release

Today’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed two key dossiers for animals, specifically live animal transport and aquaculture: 13 Member States call for an ambitious revision of the Transport Regulation including maximum journey times as well as a shift to a meat and carcass trade. Now it’s time for the European Commission to incorporate these views in the revision which is due at the end of 2023.

Eurogroup for Animals is pleased to see concrete demands from Member States that can effectively have an impact on the welfare of animals. Indeed, the Belgian, Danish, Dutch, German and Swedish delegations (Vught Alliance) presented an information paper which received the support of 8 other Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Malta, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Slovenia). 

The paper calls for a maximum of 8 hours for animals transported for slaughter, restricted journey times for unweaned animals, a ban on certain long journey exports, temperature intervals tailored for each species, specific rules for fish, amphibians, reptiles, dogs, cats, as well as transitioning to transporting meat, carcasses and genetic materials

Trucking Hell – Part of the CIWF campaign to stop live animal exports.

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Eurogroup welcome the introduction of species-specific maximum journey times and requirements for all animals, including cats and dogs, fish, and other vertebrate animals, 8 hour journey time for animals for slaughter as well as the acknowledgement that “it would be much more advantageous to transport meat, carcasses and breeding materials instead.” Clearly citizens expect even more ambitious changes but the paper is a step in the right direction

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals.

Despite the fact that the wording on certain key topics, such as live export and the transport of breeding animals, could have been much stronger, and while the specific needs of animals used for scientific purposes could have been better specified, Eurogroup for Animals believes this ministerial proposal is an important step towards the refinement, reduction and replacement of live animals transport. 

In January 2021, Eurogroup for Animals published a White Paper on the revision of the Transport Regulation, in which species- and category-specific provisions for the transport of terrestrial and aquatic farm animals, equids, cats and dogs, as well as animals used in science are presented. Eurogroup trust that the European Commission (EC) will take Eurogroup for Animals’ position into consideration for the preparation of the draft legislative proposal.

Eurogroup are pleased to see the support the Paper obtained at the Agri-Fish Council, this encouraging result should provide the EC with a green light to proceed in line with these recommendations and ensure that the revised Transport Regulation will deliver towards its objective: the protection of animals during transport, and that it will be coherent with the EU sustainability ambitions.

Photo – PMAF *France).

On fish welfare in aquaculture, Eurogroup welcome the Council supporting the objectives that the EC has established for Member States and for itself, including developing best practice guidelines and validated indicators for fish welfare in aquaculture, and providing training to operators and competent authorities. To meet these objectives, the EC needs to leverage its own resources, including the European Food Safety Authority, and to create an EU Animal Welfare Reference Centre for fish, while Member States need to prioritise these fish welfare objectives in their national aquaculture plans and distribution of EU fishery subsidies.

Regards Mark

There are live sheep (yes !) in this box trailer.

Spain: New Investigation Exposes the Harsh Reality of the Spanish Aquaculture Sector. Disturbing Video.

19 July 2022

Investigation

The Franz Weber Foundation has released footage from an investigation carried out between 2020 and 2022 in 12 Spanish fish farms. Using a hidden camera and drones, images were taken at fish farms of the most commonly produced fish species in Spain: sea bream, sea bass, trout and turbot.

Suffocating in ice for an hour and a half, pressed hard in the stomach to extract their eggs, bled to death while still conscious, or sucked out of water by an industrial pump. 
This is the what thousands of fish on Spanish fish farms are exposed to every day. 

Spain is the EU’s second largest farmed fish producer and the EU’s top aquaculture producer by volume, with over 175.5 million finfish bred in hatcheries in 2019. 

The investigative footage shows slaughtering on ice, a widespread practice in most Spanish fish farms (and in other European and Mediterranean countries), which is undergone without prior stunning. It consists of immersing live fish in a mixture of ice and water, or in ice directly, which results in the slow death of the animals by hypothermia or asphyxia. When asked how long it takes for fish to die from ice slaughter, one of the workers at a trout farm in Granada replied that it takes an hour and a half.

The video also shows the overcrowding of fish in the tanks, premature deaths due to poor production conditions and inadequate handling of the fish by the fish farm staff. At one farm, a worker reported that 1,823 trout had died that day alone, and the previous day there had been 1,300 casualties.

Another practice shown in the investigative report is the process of forced spawning, where, every seven months, the animal is anaesthetised and its stomach is pressed hard to extract the eggs. The manager of one of the farms filmed explains that the spawning process can lead to injury or even death of the fish.

A very disturbing video – WAV.

Regards Mark

Bulgaria: Horrific Conditions Revealed On Mink Farm In Bulgaria.

13 July 2022

Anima International released a new investigation from the biggest mink farm in Bulgaria, carried out between the autumn and winter of 2021. The footage reveals filthy and inadequate conditions, mink escaped from their cages, and animals suffering from serious untreated wounds.

The farm investigated is located in Madzehito, a small town on the outskirts of the town of Stara Zagora in central Bulgaria. It is the biggest mink farm in Bulgaria and houses over 100,000 animals.

Farm representatives also reported that the facility has been certified by Welfur, a certification programme which claims to ensure that farms provide adequate welfare standards for animals farmed for their skins.

The investigators documented animals in horrible conditions with wounds that seemingly have never been treated on their tails and backs. It seems as if no one inspected the animal health sufficiently, to provide proper treatment for animals in need. Some animals were found dead in their cages, their companions not being separated from them, nor their bodies removed by farm workers. What can be observed in the footage is a general state of neglect: broken cages with leftover food on them, cobwebs and filth below and above the cages, some animals running freely around the perimeter of the farm.

Anima International

On 1 June, the Bulgarian Minister of Environment and Water Borislav Sandov announced a ban on breeding or importing American Mink in Bulgaria, following concerns over threats to native biodiversity from escaped animals.

The investigation clearly revealed mink had escaped from their cages and were freely roaming the facility, illustrating the very real threat of animals escaping from the farm and damaging surrounding ecosystems.

Whilst this is a positive step forward in addressing the issues uncovered in the investigation, farms all over Europe continue to farm mink in poor conditions. The European Citizens’ Initiative Fur Free Europe is calling for a ban on fur farming across the European Union, as well as a ban on farmed fur products. 

Note – This action is for EU member state citizens only

Help us achieve a Fur Free Europe by adding your name now.

Regards Mark

Global: 136 NGOs Around the World Call for a BAN on Hunting Trophy Imports.

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Hi all;

Have been dealing with specific animal issues over the last few days, but here now there is some good news for you all to read about.  I will put each story on as an individual post in order that you can read and copy link if you wish.

6 July 2022

Press Release

In a joint position paper, 136 conservation and animal protection organisations from all around the world, including 45 NGOs from African countries, speak out against trophy hunting and urge policy-makers to ban imports.

Dr Mona Schweizer of Pro Wildlife said: “Trophy hunting stands out among the worst forms of wildlife exploitation and is neither ethical nor sustainable. In the face of the man-made global biodiversity crisis, it is inacceptable that exploitation of wildlife simply for acquiring a hunting trophy is still permitted and that trophies can still be legally imported. It is high time that governments end this detrimental practice.” 

Trophy hunting can adversely affect the survival of species Between 2014 and 2018 almost 125,000 trophies of CITES protected species were imported globally, with the US and the EU featuring as the biggest importers.

and undermine conservation efforts. Trophy hunters often target rare and imperilled species or animals with impressive physical traits and remove individuals who are essential for reproduction and stabilising social groups. By targeting such animals, trophy hunters directly and indirectly contribute to population declines, disrupted social structure, and reduced resilience. The industry drives demand for parts and products of endangered species and incentivises and prioritises their killing through award schemes and other promotions.

Furthermore, shooting animals of protected and endangered species is often a privilege of foreign hunters, while access to wildlife and land is often restricted for locals. This disenfranchisement of local communities coupled with the social destabilising effects of trophy hunting on many species can fuel human-animal conflict rather than mitigate it. Such situations are further exacerbated by the fact that the trophy hunting industry fails to deliver meaningful economic benefits to local communities, contrary to what is claimed by the pro trophy hunting narrative. In fact, as most hunts are conducted on private land and the hunting sector is plagued with corruption, trophy hunting revenues usually end up in the pockets of hunting operators, private farm owners and local elites.   

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Dr Mark Jones, Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation commented, “Trophy hunting causes immense animal suffering while doing little or nothing for wildlife conservation or local communities. Indeed, in many cases trophy hunters remove key individual animals from fragile populations, damaging their social and genetic integrity. It’s time to bring trophy hunting to a permanent end, while seeking alternative, more effective and humane ways of resourcing wildlife protection and local community development.”

In addition to hampering conservation efforts and minimal economic benefits, the practice of trophy hunting also raises ethical and animal welfare concerns. Shooting animals for fun simply to obtain a trophy as a status symbol is ethically unjustifiable, disregards their intrinsic value by reducing them to commodities and puts a ‘price tag’ on death reflecting the amount foreign hunters are willing to pay for the kill. Moreover, trophy hunters frequently employ and incentivise hunting methods that increase the suffering of the animal, such as the use of bows and arrows, muzzle loaders, handguns or dogs chasing animals for hours to exhaustion.

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“Economic benefit – which is minimal at best in the trophy hunting industry – is no excuse to allow the inhumane killing of animals for entertainment or to make up for the often irreversible biological and ecological damages it causes to protected species when there are alternative, more lucrative revenue streams available for development and conservation efforts,” said Dr Joanna Swabe, senior director of public affairs at Humane Society International/Europe. “As the largest importers of hunting trophies in the world, the US and EU have a moral obligation to stop contributing to this harmful industry through hunting trophy imports and to institute policies that support ethical forms of foreign aid, tourism and industry”, added Swabe.

In many countries around the world, citizens oppose trophy hunting and the import of hunting trophies. Surveys in the EU, Switzerland and the U.S. confirm that between 75 and 96 percent of respondents oppose trophy hunting and support import bans for trophies. In South Africa, the major African exporter of hunting trophies of protected species, a majority of 64 percent disapproves of trophy hunting.

With the unethical practice of trophy hunting harming species conservation and the economy for decades, a policy shift is long overdue. Together, with a united voice of 136 NGOs from all around the world, we call on governments to take responsibility towards the protection of species and biodiversity, and to ban the import of hunting trophies.

Reineke Hameleers – Eurogroup.

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Joint position on trophy hunting

Press contacts 

Agnese Marcon, Communications Manager, Eurogroup for Animals 

Dr Mona Schweizer, Pro Wildlife

Dr Mark Jones, Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation 

Adeline Fischer, Senior Communications Manager Europe, Humane Society International/Europe

 
Eurogroup for Animals represents over eighty animal protection organisations across the EU, UK, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway, and Australia. Since its foundation in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the EU to adopt higher legal standards for animal protection. Eurogroup of Animals reflects public opinion through its members and has both the scientific and technical expertise to provide authoritative advice on issues relating to animal protection. Eurogroup for Animals is a founding member of the World Federation for Animals which unites the animal protection movement at the global level. 

Pro Wildlife is a non-profit organisation that works internationally to protect wildlife and its habitats with the aim to preserve biodiversity and to save animals. Thus, the survival of species in their habitat, but also the protection of the individual animal is of key importance. Pro Wildlife advocates for better laws and effective protection measures for wildlife. In various countries, the organisation supports aid projects for animals in need, helps to preserve habitats and works to ensure coexistence between people and wildlife.

Born Free is a UK-based international wildlife protection charity. We promote compassionate conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. As a leading wildlife charity, we oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong – in the wild.

Advancing the welfare of animals in more than 50 countries, Humane Society International works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all its forms.

Joint position on trophy hunting

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Regards Mark

Yes Please !

France: Amazingly Brilliant News: In a Campaign That Started Back In 1996, Air France Now (2022) Announces It Will Put an End to Future New Primate Shipment Contracts to Laboratories. Brilliant !!

Doing Our Bit for the Primates In London (Mauritius Embassey) – Photo: Mark (WAV).

Hi all;

Have been dealing with specific animal issues over the last few days, but here now there is some good news for you all to read about.  I will put each story on as an individual post in order that you can read and copy link if you wish.

Lets start with some amazing news, and huge congratulations to each and everyone involved with this campaign, for their tenacity and continuation of the fight for the primates.  Since 1996; wow; I knew it was a long campaign as we have followed and done our bit here in England over the years; but I did not quite realise it was that long.  Excellent and so very well deserved – well done all !!

London Mauritanian Embassey Demo. – Photo – Mark (WAV).
Sad Primate destined for the labs – Paradise Lost. Photo – Mark (WAV).

Click here to see us doing our bit in the past (37 years ago actually) in London for Mauritius caught primates:

UK / Mauritius: ‘Paradise Lost’ – 35 Years On (for us) and Mauritius Still Supplies Primates to the UK for Research. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Air France puts an end to primate shipments to laboratories

1 July 2022

On Thursday 30 June 2022, Air France publicly announced that it would stop carrying primates for animal experimentation. After years of hard fighting, One Voice has succeeded in getting Air France to stop transporting primates.

France is one of the countries in Europe that continues to experiment on primates, experiments in which the suffering inflicted on our cousins is particularly severe. Since 1996, we have been asking Air France to stop taking part in this torture inflicted on primates. We are extremely happy with this decision, even if it comes late in relation to the issue and other companies.”

Muriel Arnal, President of One Voice

Air France was one of the last major national airlines to continue to take part in the cruel trade in animals for use by laboratories, and in particular monkeys, most of which come from the Republic of Mauritius, where they are violently captured in the wild and destined for reproduction. Many of them are sent abroad, turning France into the hub of this trade, which is certainly legal, but dreadful. 

This decision comes against the backdrop of the collection of one million signatures for the Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics European Citizens’ Initiative to stop animal testing for cosmetics and the unanimous vote by MEPs to phase out animal testing in the EU by September 2021, and the effective implementation by the end of the year of the ban on the use of F1 primates(first generation primates born in captivity from wild-caught parents), with many other national and cargo companies having ceased these activities.

We have a thought for the macaques from Indonesia, Cambodia, Mauritius, transiting via the Silabe platform (in connection with the University of Strasbourg), for those still transported by other companies (Wamos Air, Egyptair or AirBridgeCargo), but also via Russia or the United States.

The decision will not be effective immediately but at the end of Air France’s current contracts with research laboratories.

Read more at source

One Voice

USA: Seaworld – Stand With Joan Jett and Demand the USDA-APHIS Shut Down SeaWorld Once and For All! – Please Sign the Petition.

In June of 2022, SeaWorld’s annual shareholders meeting was shaken up by beloved punk musician Joan Jett, who delivered a statement shedding light on yet another one of SeaWorld’s horrific crimes against the animals who are held captive there. It is no secret that SeaWorld treats their animals terribly — and the park is no stranger to a bad reputation. But Joan Jett’s statement is a reminder that we cannot take the pressure off of our governing agencies, and we must demand this glorified sea creature prison be shut down once and for all!

Sign the petition to stand with Joan Jett and demand the USDA-APHIS shut down SeaWorld once and for all!

In Jett’s statement, she called out the park for its alleged sexual abuse of dolphins and whales. These iconic, wild sea mammals are forced to undergo horrific forced breeding in which females are literally drugged so that they cannot fight back against the humans who are forcing them to be inseminated.

SeaWorld is clearly in violation of a whole slew of animal welfare policies, and it is time the department do what the public has been urging them to do for so many years: shut the institution down for good.

Sign the petition now to tell the USDA-APHIS: close down SeaWorld now!

Regards Mark

South Korea: An art piece displaying slowly dying goldfish was removed from a museum after complaints of animal cruelty. That Is Animal Abuse; but There Is Also Proper Art.

WAV Comment – lets be honest and truthful; there is nothing ‘art piece’ about a cheap ‘artist’ such as Buck.  This is not art – simple, any pratt knows that.  He is just someone who obviously gets a kick out of killing animals and then calling it ‘art’.  Why don’t you get yourself down to the local slaughterhouse Mr Buck; where you can revel in animal deaths all day long.

A bad case of human.

On the other hand, many of you will only know of Ronnie Wood as a guitarist with the Rolling Stones and the Faces.  But there is another side to Ronnie; he is a real artist who uses paint brushes to produce some fantastic artworks.  Check some out:

Ronnie Wood paintings – Bing images

That’s art – not like the goldfish in a bag shit you get from Buck.

Here is Ronnie playing guitar with Rod Stewart.  Enjoy.

An art piece displaying slowly dying goldfish was removed from a museum after complaints of animal cruelty

  • An art piece containing 15 goldfish in plastic bags was removed from a South Korea museum Tuesday.
  • Local animal rights groups were concerned about the fish in the display, one-third of which died.
  • “Now that the fish are gone, it lost its meaning as a work of art,” Yu Buck told the Korea Times.

An artist who uses dead or dying creatures in his artwork had his installation — filled with 15 goldfish in IV bags — removed from a museum in South Korea on Tuesday.

Yu Buck’s art piece, which is named “Fish” and located in the Jeonnam Museum of Art in Gwangyang, South Korea, was considered by some to be animal cruelty, according to Artnet.

“The slow deaths of the goldfish were meant to be a part of my piece. Now that the fish are gone, it lost its meaning as a work of art,” Yu told the Korea Times. “While this may cause discomfort to general audiences, the artist thinks and expresses differently from members of the public.”

Buck’s piece, part of an exhibition called “Mourning: In the Wake of Loss, A Curatorial Essay” that opened on June 30, caused concern from visitors and local animal rights groups over the goldfish displayed in the piece, Korea Times reported. The article did not specify which groups voiced their concerns.

Five of the 15 fish died after the exhibit opened, but the museum removed the rest on Tuesday.

“Art museums are designed to serve as open plazas as well as platforms for discussion,” a museum official told the Korea Times. “As we value the visitors’ feedback and the animal rights groups’ stance, we removed the goldfish after consulting with the artist.”

Similarly, an installation by artist Damien Hirst at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg museum in Germany was dismantled earlier this month for its controversial implementation of living and dead flies, Insider previously reported.

The Jeonnam Museum of Art did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Read the original article on Insider

Regards Mark

England: Hot Dogs; Hot Cats, Hot Wildlife and the Rest. Tips for Keeping Animals Well In the Heat.

 

PetsKeep paws off pavements (and don’t shave your dog)

It’s not just people who are going to have a hard time coping with the heat – pets also experience extreme discomfort. If their owners aren’t careful, heatstroke or burnt paws are very possible.

A lot of the guidance (you can read the Guardian’s here) is the same you’d follow for yourself: make sure your pet is in the shade and hydrated, only go for walks in the coolest parts of the day and avoid being barefoot on pavements.

Veterinarians, perhaps counterintuitively, also discourage shaving your pet’s fur as it actually helps keep them cool. There are even pet-safe sunscreen options that will keep your fur babies safe from the sun and prevent sunburn.

How to spot a too hot dog – and other pet care tips for a heatwave

Get ready for sweltering weather by learning what to do if you notice signs of heatstroke

Athird of people do not know what to do if their dog has heatstroke, research has found, and the RSPCA says it could be “a matter of life or death” if owners do not take extreme caution with their pets this weekend.

The pet charity has appealed to owners to take every possible precaution to keep their animals safe during the intense heat, including familiarising themselves with the signs of heatstroke in animals and swotting up on how to make frozen treats.

Esme Wheeler, a dog welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: “The hot weather has gone from glorious to extreme, and we can’t stress enough how vital it is that pet owners take the situation seriously. We’re urging anyone with a pet – whether it’s a dog or cat, a rabbit or guinea pig, and even chickens, horses and exotic animals – to put aside some time today to read up and make plans.”

Dogs

The signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, unusual breathing noise, lethargy or change in behaviour, stumbling, and a blue/grey tinge to the gums or tongue. Owners should contact their vet immediately if they spot any of these signs.

Move the dog into the shade or a cool space and offer water, although only in small amounts. Lie them in cool but not very cold water and/or pour water over them. A soaked, cool towel could be placed over the dog’s side, and replaced if it becomes warm.

To avoid getting to that stage, skip walks and travel, keep dogs indoors out of the heat and leave water available at all times. Owners could also consider making frozen treats to encourage their pets to keep hydrated.

If you must exercise your dog, aim to keep to gentle, slow walks on the lead, and do this in the very early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. If in doubt, don’t go out.

Cats, small furries, snakes, fish and pet chickens

The RSPCA has a video on how to keep cats cool in hot weather, with tips such as laying down a cool damp towel in case your cat chooses to lie on it, and using pet-safe suncream on ears and other exposed areas if necessary.

Small animals, poultry and other pets should be checked twice a day for flystrike (when flies lay their eggs on another animal, which then hatch into maggots). Guinea pigs can be kept cool and hydrated by making them a fresh vegetable treat.

“Ensure rabbits and guinea pigs have constant access to shade and fresh drinking water at all times, and remember that as the sun moves during the day so too does the shade,” said Wheeler. “Somewhere that was shaded in the morning could be in full sun by the afternoon.”

Owners could also freeze a semi-full plastic bottle of water and wrap it in a towel so their pets can lie against it. People with pet chickens can encourage them to stay in shaded areas by hanging up a homemade vegetable garland. Fish tanks should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Snake owners have been advised to be extra vigilant as hot weather can make the reptiles very active and more likely to scale their tank and escape, the RSPCA said.

The charity’s scientific officer, Evie Button, said: “Snakes are excellent escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door or a loose-fitting lid to make a break for it.

“We would urge all pet snake owners to be extra vigilant at this time of year, invest in an enclosure suitable for the particular species and make sure that enclosure is kept secure – and locked if necessary – when unattended.”

Horses and farm animals

Owners need to know the signs of dehydration in horses so they can contact a vet if needed.

Farm animals need their water troughs checked regularly to make sure they are working properly and any algae or debris has been removed.

With exercise and travel planned for either end of the day when temperatures are lower, horses stabled during the day might appreciate a “boredom buster” treat.

A non-toxic fly repellent spray and a fly mask can help keep horses protected from bugs, and pet-safe sunscreen can be used on horses’ muzzles if necessary.

Make sure pigs have plenty of wet mud to wallow in, as well as shade.

Wildlife

Leave a bowl of fresh drinking water in your garden for birds and other wildlife. Top up water levels of ponds, and keep an eye out for wildlife when using lawnmowers or strimmers.

Regards Mark

With thanks to our friends at ‘The Guardian’, London.

 

Thailand: Vets Perform CPR On Mother Elephant As She Faints Protecting Baby Calf.

Rescue team perform CPR on mother elephant after she faints protecting trapped calf

Photo – Independent – London.

Two veterinarians performed CPR on a large mother elephant who fainted during the rescue of her trapped calf in Thailand.

By standing on the elephant’s chest, the vets used their weight to put pressure on the jumbo to wake her up.

The mother was protecting her one-year-old calf after it had fallen into a drain hole but became trapped during a panic when rescuers arrived to help.

After lifting her body out of the drain, doctors frantically massaged her with their hands and their feet to help her regain consciousness.

Both were later returned to the wild.

Watch the amazing rescue video here:

Rescue team perform CPR on mother elephant after she faints protecting trapped calf (msn.com)

Regards Mark

England: Birds, Cockney and Cages. Oh, and ACTIONS !

England 17/7.  It is hot here today, and has been for most of the last week.  Tomorrow and Tuesday, the Met Office has put out Red alerts – the very highest heat conditions which could be expected – like 40+ C for England ! – come on man; no its true, conditions which have never reached these temperatures before are expected in the next few days.

Southern Europe, Spain, Portugal and France have experienced even higher temperatures.  Everyone is saying it is global waring causing this, but the other question is ‘anything being done abut it really ?’

I went out this morning and put fresh water into all the water compartments that we have in the garden – currently about 7; in conditions like this especially everyone must ensure that animals have lots of fresh cool water to drink and bathe in.  I took these pictures of all the birds enjoying their morning bath earlier, cleaning their feathers down and ridding themselves of all the dust, whilst having a good drink at the same time.

A lot of people from overseas would probably not associate London and the South east of England with Parakeets; but there are thousands of them flying freely in and around the area.  Animal buddy Pauline sent me thee pictures of London area Parakeets – they don’t squark Cockney yet but I guess it is just a matter of time.

Talking of Cockney me old China’s, have a butchers at this and learn:

Joking aside, it is conditions like this, temperatures like this, which especially bring home the suffering that must be endured by crated animals all across Europe.  It is now time to break the cages and liberate all the animals – you can do this (if you live in an EU member state) by adding your name to the citizens charter to free all the caged animals.  Here is a link which provides all the details – watch the video and then take action:

England: Caged Conditions We Found in the EU Were Nothing Short of Hellish. Ban the Cage Age Now. – World Animals Voice

The birds in the garden are free; they can bathe and wash down in stifling conditions like we are currently experiencing.  Animals in cages do not have that pleasure; such is the want of man.  Speak for them, break the cages and set them all free now.  Please sign the petition (EU citizens) or pass to others that can.

Regards Mark

England: Little Fox Drops In On His Rounds.

So there we were; it was Friday (15/&7) afternoon and very hot (unusually for England – I think they call it ‘Global Warming’ Mr Trump).  The lounge doors which go to the back garden were open to get a breeze through.  We came in from another room when I was greeted with “Mark, there is a fox in your office !”.

Sure enough, there was; a little cub who I think I had photographed with his mum in the garden a few weeks ago.  If it was him, hen he is now out on his own searching round and getting to know places.  He must have entered through the open doors at the rear, and then wandered into the office.

Luckily; he was in a fox friend zone which is totally anti hunt; so we laid a trail of fox biscuits indoors for him to eat, and which led back to the garden.  He showed no signs of being scared of us in any way (a bit worrying if he meets the ‘wrong’ types); he was brazen and really chilled out; lying on the office floor for a while before making his way back outside.

I quickly grabbed a couple of shots of him both indoors and then outdoors when he was back in the garden.  We threw him some extra food, which he took in his mouth and then headed off into the bushes.  His mum would have been proud of him if he returned with all that food, but then again, maybe he scoffed it all himself !

He was beautiful and a real delight to see so close up.  I have this thing with foxes coming into the building; at our previous place, a wild local fox used to come in, climb the stairs and then chill on the window sill for a while, whilst I was on the computer – you can see him here.

Chill out fox sits on the office window sill.

But, they are wild animals, not pets; and so must be treated that way.  No touching or stroking; just watching and enjoying.  Then they go and return to the wild where they belong.

Enjoy,

Regards Mark

England: Caged Conditions We Found in the EU Were Nothing Short of Hellish. Ban the Cage Age Now.

WAV Comment – Stick the EU Commissioners and ‘Euro’ politicians into sow cages in Spain, being confined in a cage shut into a shed, suffering conditions and temperatures as they currently have, 44 degrees; lying in their own excrement unable to even turn round;  then load them onto a livestock trailer and haul them across Europe, defecating and urinating all over each other for days;

THEN SEE SUDDENLY HOW QUICKLY THE LAWS WOULD BE CHANGED.

Mark.

Do you expect all mother pigs farmed in countries which claim to be world leaders in animal welfare to be able to move freely and express their natural behaviours? To be free from pain and suffering?

Nothing could be further from the truth. We went undercover on pig farms across four EU countries, including suppliers for world-renowned products like Parma and Bayonne Ham. The caged conditions we found were nothing short of hellish.

This new investigation is yet more strong evidence that there is poor welfare in a cage and no animal should be imprisoned behind bars.

Please take action today and call on EU Ministers to End the Cage Age.

In 2019, we exposed the grim reality for thousands of sows in the UK who were forced to give birth and rear their young in farrowing crates. Today’s findings show this same suffering endured by animals across Europe. And, in the EU, many sows are also trapped in cramped stalls for four weeks of pregnancy.

Last year, the European Commission committed to introduce legislation to phase out caged farming. But they’ve been lobbied hard by opponents of a ban, and the support of all EU member states is vital if we really are to free over 300 million animals from cages. Britain is no longer in the EU, but suffering knows no boundaries so we must urge Ministers across the continent to End the Cage Age.

Ending caged farming in the EU is also crucial to set a precedent for other parts of the world. Not least for the UK, where the Government has promised action but so far not even launched consultations on cages for sows and hens.

Please speak out today to help lead the EU, and the world, out of the Cage Age.

It’s bad enough that, trapped in a space little bigger than their own bodies, caged sows can barely move. But our investigation also exposed other appalling suffering mother pigs can endure in cages. We saw:
Sows forced to lie in their own urine and faeces
Sows performing abnormal behaviours such as repetitively biting the cage bars and chewing without food in their mouth
Painful and preventable injuries
Sows unable to interact normally with their piglets

The European Union is closer than ever to becoming the first cage-free region if the Commission’s legislative proposal is implemented. Every year, hundreds of millions of animals – sows, hens, rabbits, calves, quail, ducks, and geese – could have better lives. But we must act now to defeat the powerful factory farm lobbyists who don’t want to End the Cage Age.

Please email the EU Ministers today. Together, we can achieve a world in which no farmed animal will suffer in a cage.

On behalf of the 300 million caged animals across the European Union you are giving voice to, thank you.

Mandy Carter

Global Head of Campaigns

SEND THIS MESSAGE TO THE EU AGRICULTURE MINISTERS* – URGE THEM TO LEAD THE WORLD AND END THE CAGE AGE!

Every year, caged farming systems cause needless suffering to around 300 million animals in the EU. From sows kept in stalls or crates so small they cannot even turn around, to rabbits unable to perform a single hop, caged animals are forced to endure cruel confinement in a system that does not respect their natural, behavioural needs.

There is no doubt that cages are cruel. An abundance of robust scientific evidence supports this fact and, as a result, over 140 influential scientists backed the End the Cage Age European Citizens Initiative (ECI). Compassion in World Farming’s recent undercover investigation* is yet more shocking evidence that caged farming cannot meet the welfare needs of sentient beings.

As you know, on 30th June 2021, the European Commission pledged to present a legislative proposal by 2023 to phase out cages progressively and definitively throughout the EU, possibly commencing in 2027.† This came as a response to the largest-ever ECI for animals, which collected a record 1.4 million certified signatures and was supported by more than 170 animal, environmental and consumer protection organisations. 

As a resident of the UK, I welcome the Commission’s historic decision, and am pleased that the EU is closer than ever to becoming the world’s first cage-free region for farmed animals. I urge you to support this commitment to phase out cages, and to set an example for the UK Government and governments globally. The cruelty of caged farming cannot continue.

Regards Mark

TIME TO EVOLVE

Take Action for Tortises Now.

The most mind-blowing photos you will ever see of the universe (msn.com)

Take actions for Tortoise.  Be the hare now.

Staying one step ahead of the illegal tortoise trade 

These tortoises are tinier than most – no bigger than a small loaf of bread. They inhabit the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, spending their days ambling over the grassy foothills, barely visible amongst the vegetation they graze on.  

But despite their small size, steppe tortoises are hugely sought after.  

And this demand is killing them.  

These treasured tortoises are being stolen from the wild to keep up with the rampant illegal pet trade in nearby countries, as well as demand for their eggs for use in traditional medicines.

They’re being smuggled out, and are so small that it’s disturbingly easy for them to be hidden among produce like cabbages and tomatoes.  

Recent surveys by FFI have shown an alarming decrease in the number of steppe tortoises – in 1962 there were around 30 individuals per hectare; there are now only one or two. 

For a species with a relatively low reproduction rate, this is extremely worrying. Whilst a few juvenile tortoises are being found, it is probably not enough to sufficiently maintain the population in the future.  

And for the lucky few that manage to remain hidden from the collectors, it’s still not safe. 

Habitat destruction is rife – new roads are ripping through the country and intensive development is smothering the once-lush land. Extensive livestock grazing and competition for food is having a devastating effect.

We must help these captivating creatures, before it is too late.  

With your donations, we can increase investigations into the illegal tortoise trade and work with the government to raise awareness of the problem. We are also looking to begin a significant new project working with sniffer dogs to detect smuggled tortoises.  

Please, give today and help us give this vanishing species a second chance. Their future depends on the help of people like you – with your support we can stop them disappearing forever.

Conserving Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan – Fauna & Flora International (fauna-flora.org)  

AND:

A Giant Tortoise Was Thought to Be Extinct. One Was Just Found Alive on the Galapagos Islands.

For more than a century, scientists have thought that a rare species of giant tortoise was extinct. But a lone tortoise was found on an Ecuadorian island, and just a few weeks ago lab results proved that the two specimens are related — meaning the species could live on and come back from presumed extinction after all!  

Sign now to tell the Ecuadorian government to invest in research and conservation efforts to help recover this iconic turtle species!

The Galápagos Islands are crucial hotspots of biodiversity, and studying the conservation of this turtle will inevitably protect other species bound up in the area’s ecosystem, too. We must tell the Ecuadorian government: invest funds into the research and conservation of this species of tortoise immediately!

We have a unique opportunity to bring this incredible species back — sign the petition to help make it happen!

P.S. Tragically, all 14 different species of giant Galápagos tortoise are listed on the IUCN Red List as either vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered or extinct. Sign to help!

Regards Mark

With thanks to our friends at ‘The Guardian’ newspaper – London.

Brazil: Brazil’s Meat Plants Could be Putting Pregnant Workers at Risk, Health Experts Have Claimed.

Employees prepare jerked beef at a plant of JBS SA, the world’s largest beef producer, in Santana de Parnaíba, Brazil. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Poultry production at JBS in Paraná state, Brazil, March 2017. Repetitive tasks and bacteria in meat are among the risks to pregnant women. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

Brazil’s meat plants could be putting pregnant workers at risk, health experts have claimed, with rates of maternal disorders appearing higher than in any other employment sector.

Between 2016 and 2019, more than 2,600 pregnant women working in meat plants were reported as suffering maternal disorders.

Rates of maternal disorders appear higher than in any other employment sector, with thousands of women suffering as meat exports hit record highs.

At five months pregnant, Ivone* was cutting poultry on a conveyor belt when she started feeling ill.

“I went to the locker room and took some painkillers. That’s when I started to have some strange loss of fluid,” she says. She was rushed to a hospital where she was diagnosed with an infection, and had to go on leave.

Ivone, who works for the world’s biggest meat company, JBS, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, is in her third pregnancy and says she was losing weight because she was unable to eat properly while she was at work. For hygiene reasons, she was not allowed to eat on the meatpacking plant’s premises, not even in the locker room.

“If you count it, you have a 10-minute break – you won’t be able to take off all the clothes you have to wear and go outside to eat, and then come back. It’s impossible,” she says.

Processing sausages at a German plant

Between 2016 and 2019, more than 2,600 pregnant women working in meat plants were reported as suffering maternal disorders, including infections, bleeding and excessive vomiting, according to Brazil’s National Institute of Social Security (INSS).

The excess risk of maternal disorders for the pig and poultry sectors, where most women work, was at least twice as high compared with all other employment sectors in Brazil between 2000 and 2016, according to data collated by labour prosecutors, who are now arguing for safer working conditions.

There are about 220,000 women working in country’s meat sector.

Potential risks for pregnant women may include small leakages of ammonia (a gas used in the refrigeration system), inappropriate postures at work stations, exposure to low temperatures and viruses or bacteria present in animal meat, says Dr Roberto Ruiz, a health consultant at Contac, a federation of food workers’ unions.

Karina Calife, a professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo, says: “Pregnant women are more sensitive to almost everything.” As well as the discomfort caused by very low temperatures, the constant noise may worsen nausea and dizziness, she says. Spending a lot of time standing can also lead to thrombosis and embolisms.

Another issue is a risk of urinary infections, says Calife. Pregnant women feel the urge to urinate more often, as the expanding uterus puts pressure on the bladder. But a potential lack of toilets close to work stations and the required use of multiple protective clothing may discourage women from using them.

“One of the main causes of preterm birth and neonatal ICU care is urinary infections,” she adds.

Until a few weeks before her “scare”, Ivone and other pregnant women had been on leave from their jobs at the production lines of two JBS factories.

A court had granted an injunction to their union in late March, ordering that pregnant employees without full vaccination against Covid-19, or working in jobs subject to harmful agents, be put on leave.

JBS appealed against the decision and, due to a change in ministry of health protocols, the women returned to work in April. “But the part that says that pregnant women can’t work in a place with harmful, dangerous and painful agents was upheld,” says Samuel Remor, a lawyer for the union.

Remor says pregnant women should avoid activities that demand intensive repetitive movements, such as the poultry thigh cutting belt. That is where Ivone was when she felt sick. “It’s a cold place, with noise above the [recommended] limit,” he says. Calife agrees: “Ideally, these women should spend their pregnancy period in administrative environments.”

Historically, meat companies have argued their activities should not be classified as “unhealthy”. “They want to avoid extra costs [such as hazard pay],” says labour prosecutor Lincoln Cordeiro.

Cordeiro, who heads a group of prosecutors specialising in meatpacking plants, wants a reduction in the working week – currently 44 hours – to stem what he describes as “alarming rates of illness due to repetitive movements”.

This applies particularly to pregnant employees. “Shorter work days would drastically reduce exposure to any risk inherent in work, thus providing more safety to employees and unborn children, but also to employers,” he says.

JBS says it does not comment on ongoing lawsuits, “but reinforces that all pregnant employees who returned to work at the Forquilhinha and Nova Veneza units and who previously worked in environments with temperature variations, for example, were reassigned to other activities”.

The company also says it has invested more than £50m “in health and safety measures, systems and processes in all its facilities”.

The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), which represents the poultry and pig industries, disputes the possible correlation between maternal disorders and the environment in abattoirs.

Abiec, the Brazilian beef exporters association, declined to comment on the “internal procedures” of companies.

Brazil is producing increasing amounts of meat – exports were worth a record $17bn (£14bn) in 2020, with chicken exports alone worth $900m in May – but there are concerns about deforestation and working conditions.

Names have been changed to protect identities

Regards Mark

With thanks to our friends at ‘The Guardian’ newspaper – London.

England: News Shorts – 12/7/22.

In memory of dear friend and feral cat rescue champion Liz F who’s death I was informed about today. Over the years this lady has rescued literally hundreds of feral cats and kittens from various sites around North Kent. Liz, there sure is a place in animal heaven for you, having crossed the bridge I know you will be re united with all the animals you have dedicated your life to; a simple lady who hated the limelight, but who did wonders for animals. Mark x

With thanks to our friends at ‘The Guardian’ newspaper – London.

Microplastic contamination has been reported in beef and pork for the first time, as well as in the blood of cows and pigs on farms.

Scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands found the particles in three-quarters of meat and milk products tested and every blood sample in their pilot study.

WAV Comment – Very tasty (allegedly) in real sausages produced from a dead pig. As Macron shows, real men eat sausage.

When is a sausage ? –

Vegan Sausages – or should we say ‘them long round tastier than meat things !

WAV Comment:  Oh my god, how will we sleep safe tonight knowing that the words sausage or bacon cannot be applied to plant based foods.  Planks who are paid by the industry to dream up details like this need to do one thing – geta decent job.

Now that a vegan sausage is not to be called a sausage; I will have to go back to eating real sausages (I don’t think); and who says that the term ‘sausage’ is something that can only apply to something that carnivores want ?

France will become the first country to ban words such as “steak”, “sausage” and “bacon” being applied to plant-based food. It is the largest producer of beef in the EU and the ban, announced in 2020, will come into force from October.

Extreme heat and humidity killed thousands of cattle in Kansas in mid-June, the state said, as rising temperatures continue to threaten livestock. The Kansas state health and environment department confirmed that at least 2,000 cattle died.

WAV Comment:  Ex (one time) President Trump tells us that global warming is a fallacy.   Ask the cattle, as they probably have a lot more brain power.

So long Mr EX President.

Pork production in the EU is in decline, according to analysis by the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The industry totalled 2m tonnes in March, representing a decline of 7% compared with the previous year. The most significant declines were recorded in Germany (12%), Poland (12%) and Belgium (9%).

A salmon farming company has bought a Boeing 757 in a race to get its fresh fish on to the plates of diners in Manhattan in less than 24 hours. The Faroese firm Bakkafrost argues that it can cut its carbon footprint by flying its own jet across the Atlantic and minimise waste by getting its fish to its US customers faster.

WAV Comment – Search Results for “faroe islands” – World Animals Voice

Sort out your priorities. We never accept scum like you.

A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving species inIndonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a report by the German environmental group ProWildlife.

Europe imports as many as 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, contributing to a serious depletion of native species elsewhere.

One of the UK’s biggest dairy firms, Dairy Crest, was fined £1.5m for repeatedly polluting a river near its Cornwall factory and causing local residents to suffer years of noxious smells. The site, the UK’s largest dairy-processing facility, makes Cathedral City cheese, Clover spread and Country Life butter.

WAV Comment – ‘Country Life’; or ‘Polluting Life’ ?

UK – Animal welfare campaigners are calling on UK supermarkets to stop selling premium ham, including Parma, produced in “sow stalls” on EU farms.

An undercover investigation by Compassion in World Farming found that sows spend many weeks in cages so small they can only stand up or lie down.

Some British supermarket pork has been infected with a potentially fatal superbug. Tests discovered that more than 10% of sampled pork products, including joints, chops and mince, were infected with bacteria that showed resistance to a “last resort” antibiotic used to treat serious illnesses in humans.

Tens of millions of farm animals in the US are dying before they can be slaughtered, exposing the deadly conditions under which animals are transported around the country.

Approximately 20 million chickens, 330,000 pigs and 166,000 cattle are dead on arrival, or soon after, at abattoirs every year.

Regards Mark

Germany: Hunter Shoots and Kills Domestic Cat Trapped In Live Trap Several Times Using A Pistol – Disturbing Footage.

1140GMT – 12/7/22.  UPDATE

I asked the question (to our contact ‘D’) if the cat was caught in the trap which could have been used normally to trap foxes instead.  The answer came back –  ‘NO – It was intentional’. 

Our informant continued:



In some German states it is legal to kill pets (more than others) – dogs and cats “on the prowl”. That is the hunters’ official excuse, but it is usually 300 meters from the last building, in rural areas, where that is allowed.


In this case the huntress in question argued that on this day there had been pheasants released for their hunting party, and the cat had gone after them.
Rubbish.

Happens quite a lot, it seems. Then the hunters apply what is called the three S, “schiessen – schaufeln – Schnauze halten” / “shoot – dig – shut up”.

Pets being shot is not popular, of course, so they usually get rid of the bodies and say nothing.

Trio of 3 hunters in Bavaria, near Augsburg, catch and shoot pet cat (with collar, and so someone’s beloved pet). The person doing it is a woman hunter: twice in the face, once in the body (discussing if they should shoot the cat again).


PETA Germany has reported this after receiving the video from a whistleblower, and the district court of Augsburg has issued a penalty order. The case is not closed yet.
This apparently happened around Xmas 2020, but PETA only got wind of it this year.




D.

Peta Germany via our contact.

This has been forwarded from a contact/activist friend in Germany.

Video: Hunter shoots cat in cold blood in live trap with pistol

Original article from January 3, 2021

A whistleblower of PETA played us videos of incomprehensible animal cruelty: In it, a hunter brutally kills a cat with several shots from a pistol. The cat is literally tortured to death. Previously, the animal, which according to the information wore a collar and probably had a loving home, had been caught in a so-called live trap. We file a criminal complaint with the Augsburg Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Huntress shoots several times at defenseless cat in live trap – she suffers agony

This was what happened: Probably shortly before Christmas 2020, a group of hunters in a forest area west of Augsburg filmed themselves brutally torturing and killing a trapped cat: The video shows a black and white cat that has fallen into a live trap. It is not known how long the animal had been trapped without food, heat and water at that time.

Instead of releasing the frightened and visibly stressed animal or taking it to a shelter, a hunter starts killing the cat with a pistol while still trapped. After three shots to the animal’s head at close range, the panicked cat is seriously injured in agony, but is still conscious. The agony this cat must have endured is unimaginable.

Watch the distressing video here:

Video: Hunter shoots cat in cold blood in live trap (peta.de)

We at PETA Germany file a criminal complaint against the animal abusers

This cruel cruelty to animals must not go unpunished and must be punished severely by law.

We also demand that the hunting license of the persons present be withdrawn immediately. In addition, we call for a nationwide ban on the shooting of dogs and cats, so that such and many similarly brutal death scenes, which often take place in the context of hunting, do not continue.

Regards Mark

Visitor friends comments – you can view them all on the right hand side under ‘COMMENTS’.

Stacey:

Evil, absolute human trash, a waste of oxygen & space, when she goes to hell, she’ll be the one hunted for eternity, her endless suffering in return for her psychopathy and apathy of others. POS

Spain: Its ‘Tradition’ You Know; Other Nations See Sense, Stop Its Abuses and Move On.

Visitor friends comments – you can view them all on the right hand side under ‘COMMENTS’.

Jack:

Enough of these “Traditions” animals are always abused and murdered because of religious traditions and others. Human beings are the most savage and low on the scale of evolution.

Spain’s Pamplona bull run returns in full force after 2-year COVID hiatus

7 Jul 2022 Sporting white clothing with red neckerchiefs, hundreds of brain dead don’t give a shit about much at all ‘thrill-seekers’ / animal abusers were chased through the narrow city-centre streets by raging, specially-bred fighting bulls to Pamplona’s bullring where the 800-metre course ends and the animals are then further abused and killed for the pleasure of these tossers.

Thursday’s run of the bulls lasted 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Three runners were taken to hospital due to injuries caused by falls, but unfortunately, nobody was gored, emergency services reported. The first bull run festival in the Spanish city kicked off following a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions

Regards Mark

South Africa: “Hunter Hunted. There is Party in Animal Heaven”. Trophy Hunter Who Killed Lions and Elephants For Fun Is Executed In Cold Blood Murder.

Trophy hunter, 55, who killed lions & elephants found shot dead in his truck in ‘cold blood’ execution-style murder | The Sun

Trophy hunter who killed lions and elephants shot dead by robbers who ambushed him in South Africa | Daily Mail Online

Wildlife trophy hunter killed in ‘execution-style’ murder after being gunned down next to car (msn.com)

Reacting to the news, one social media user wrote: “Hunter hunted. There is party in animal heaven.

Read more – Trophy Hunter Killed – Bing News

Regards Mark

“I kill innocents because they never said ‘no’…”

Although I have recently put up a post relating to ‘Earthling Ed’ and veganism,

England: This Is Vegan Propaganda – ‘Earthling Ed’ Talks About Changing From Meat To Veganism, The New Book, Animal Rights, and Lots More. – World Animals Voice

I feel it is necessary to show this which has been sent over from Stacey – you know that I always publish her articles when they are sent.

It does relate to Earthling Ed as per the above post, but shows his discussions with a student and strict carnivore at UC Berkley.


Ed says, “In today’s debate I end up in a heated discussion with a UC Berkeley student who defiantly tells me that he won’t give up eating chicken. The debate takes a series of strange and unusual turns and is filled with some very interesting arguments. How do you think it went?”

From Stacey at ‘Our Compass’;  Our Compass | Because compassion directs us … (our-compass.org)

Going to lay down a few facts not exactly related to EE, but that are important to write.

Veganism is for non-human animals. Just animals, trillions of whom are violently killed YEARLY. Animals are the victims of human supremacy, humans are not the victims of human supremacy. There are thousands of groups, organizations, and movements for humans that EXCLUDE non-human animals, so people wanting to include humans in the ONE movement for animals confuse me:

Advocating for animal liberation, is animal liberation FROM HUMANS.

I’m vegan for animals. Who is vegan for humans?

Most vegans I know also advocate on behalf of humans, note keyword of “direct”, such as “active” below, although veganism has tangential benefits to humans (environment, health), since the focus is animals, these benefits are not required:

Vegans can directly limit human suffering (actively participate in human-focused causes, goals, movements).

Vegans can also NOT directly limit human suffering (not actively participate in human-focused causes, goals, movements).

Vegans canNOT, however, NOT directly limit animal suffering (as vegans, we consume pbd – plant based diets – and reject products tested on animals, entertainment using animals, clothing including animals, etc., and if you do not do these, you’re not vegan).

In other words, ANIMALS ARE THE FOCUS OF VEGANISM. Not humans.

I’m baffled that people want to include humans in the ONE movement that seeks to liberate animals from humans.

As to EE’s video above, at some point humans have to decide to be the intellectual giants they claim to be or continue being the absolutely foolish, greedy, violent killers they are. If we were not talking about the mass, incalculable suffering, and violent death required to violate and kill trillions of animals yearly, this would be parody. It’s embarrassing that humans devolve into comatose comedians when asked to apply ethics to the ones who deserve it the most. SL

Source Earthling Ed, YouTube

In today’s debate I end up in a heated discussion with a UC Berkeley student who defiantly tells me that he won’t give up eating chicken. The debate takes a series of strange and unusual turns and is filled with some very interesting arguments. How do you think it went?

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Regards Mark

Australia: Not Exactly the Tops When It Comes To Animal Welfare – Savage Shearing Exposed; Mulesing, Live Exports, Useless Trade Deals; Do We Go On ?

WAV Comment:  Lets face it, we always hear promises from all the Australian governments about how things are going to get better.  Australian sheep have a bad time from the minute they are born until they have been live exported to and barbarically slaughtered in the dregs that are other parts of the world.  And lets not forget the mulesing which takes place in the Australian farms; – hacking off chunks of flesh without any form of anaesthetic.  And now the UK says it is setting up a trade deal with them ! – for example:

Pesticide limits in Australia are 200 times higher than the UK’s. Australia also have 144 licensed pesticides, whereas the UK only licenses 73 of these substances. 

Mulesing.

England: Response From UK Government Over Our Letter Of Animal Welfare Concerns In UK – Australia FTA. – World Animals Voice

UK – Australia: UK Trade Deal with Australia Amounts to ‘Offshoring’ Pesticide Use, (UK) Members of Parliament Say. – World Animals Voice

Australia: The Link Between Leather and Live Export – Graphic Footage. – World Animals Voice

Shame on the UK government for being such dim wits and eternal shame on Australian animal abusing farmers.

Watch the video here via the following link, or, via the ‘shocking new footage’ link just below in the text.

Sheep Left Bloody After Savage Shearing in Victoria – News – PETA Australia

Dear Mark,

I’m writing to share shocking new footage filmed inside a Victorian shearing shed earlier this year. The video shows a ewe – injured during shearing and badly bleeding – being held between the knees of a shearer, who is crudely stitching up her gaping wound without administering any pain relief. The shearer then mops up her blood with her own fleece.

This is far from the first time cruelty has been documented at an Australian wool operation.

Hours of eyewitness footage compiled by PETA over the years shows shearers hitting sheep with closed fists and electric clippers, kneeling on their necks with their full weight, and slamming them into the floor.

Sheep deserve better, and Australians deserve to know the truth about wool jumpers. Will you please help us speak up for sheep by sharing this exposé far and wide?

Once people know better, they can do better. Sharing information is the first step towards creating a kinder world for animals.

Want to know more about wool? The wealthy wool industry loudly and consistently extolls the virtues of the material, so it can be hard to sort fact from fiction. That’s why we’ve launched a new website, WoolFacts.com, to help consumers and designers develop a deeper understanding of the impact wool production has on animals and the planet.

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Learn more:  How Much Do You Know About Sheep and Their Wool? | Wool Facts

For animals

Laura Weyman-Jones
PETA Australia

Regards Mark

Australian sheep suffer going to their deaths on live exports ships.A