Australia: great news!

 

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From 1 July 2020, Australia will have a de facto ban on new animal testing for chemicals solely used in cosmetics.

 

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Whilst the ban does not actually apply to animal testing as such, it targets the use of data from animal testing to prove that chemicals manufactured in or imported to Australia are safe to humans and the environment and is therefore, for all intents and purposes, a ban. Under the new legislation, industrial chemicals for sole use in cosmetics can be imported or manufactured only if they provide safety data that do not rely on new animal testing. This provides a disincentive for companies to conduct toxicity (safety) testing on animals, because such data will not be acceptable under the new legislation.

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The new legislation

The Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 became legislation on 12 March 2019. It is part of a package of Acts and establishes a legislative framework for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). It replaces the previous scheme, the Australian Government’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

From 1 July 2020, AICIS will regulate the introduction (importation and manufacture) of industrial chemicals. This will ensure that chemicals used in consumer products are safe for consumers and the environment.

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Under the new Act, industrial chemicals do not include chemicals used for agricultural, veterinary or therapeutic purposes, or in food or feed. These are regulated by other legislation. Cosmetic products are considered industrial chemicals, and they will be regulated under AICIS.

The new legislation does not apply to historical animal test data. The restrictions only apply to data obtained by a test on animals conducted after 1 July 2020.

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Ministerial Rules

The Act gives power to the Minister to make rules that guide the implementation of the Act. The Act provides an overarching framework, and Ministerial Rules will add much of the detail of how the scheme will operate. This is where Minister McKenzie’s 11 commitments made to Humane Society International (HSI) and the #BeCrueltyFree Australia Campaign will come into play.

The Minister’s commitments

Despite the fact that most ingredients for cosmetics have multiple end uses, we are encouraged that the Government has promised to look at the possibility of extending the ban to include multi-use cosmetics ingredients.

This promise is one of Minister McKenzie’s 11 commitments to HSI, which had lobbied for additional measures to strengthen the ban.

The 11 commitments, if adopted as Ministerial Rules, will reduce animal testing of cosmetics ingredients further, and will perhaps signpost the way towards a broader ban on animal testing of chemicals and drugs.

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Animal testing can and must be banned when better, cruelty-free methods are available. Such  human-relevant, non-animal test methods are already available and are being used in other countries, for example in the European Union. But we need more of these methods, and government support is essential for further progress in this area.

So it is reassuring that Minister McKenzie has made a commitment to explore whether it is possible to make a portion of existing funding available to support the development and uptake of new animal-free testing methods that will be acceptable under the new legislation.

Other Ministerial commitments refer to encouraging the cosmetics industry not to use animal test data even if the legislation allows them to do so, to publish statistics on the use of animal test data, and generally consult with all stakeholders. For example, she committed to “Include representatives from HSI and other relevant stakeholders, in a governance arrangement to guide the implementation of its policy to ban cosmetic testing on animals”.

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The new legislation is indeed good news. Although no animal testing of cosmetics has occurred in Australia for years, the new Act will ensure that we don’t slip backwards. The Minister has acknowledged the “general international trend away from reliance on the use of animals to determine the hazards and risks associated with the use of industrial chemicals”. Together with the Minister’s  11 commitments, this gives us hope for further progress on the slow road towards phasing out all animal research and testing, which will be replaced with better methods that are relevant to humans.

Our colleagues at HSI have worked tirelessly to negotiate and achieve commitments in addition to the Act, and we commend them on their hard work.

http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/interview/a-breakdown-of-the-cosmetics-legislation

My comment: There was every reason to celebrate in 2013 : A ban on animal testing for cosmetics entered into force in the EU.

However, under certain circumstances, the authorities still require that cosmetic ingredients be tested on animals – under the guise of the REACH Regulation.

REACH is a regulation for Registration  Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction and  of Chemicals. That this continues to require animal testing is a clear violation of REACH itself and of the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

An EU court ruled that only tests without human animals should be used to meet the requirements for the safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients.

This means, that animal testing in the cosmetics industry with the aim of still testing ingredients that are allegedly harmful are insignificant.

Nevertheless! Even today, animals suffer and die in such experiments in EU countries.

We hope that Australia will act more consistently and honestly than the EU with the ban on animal testing.

PETA has an official list for animal-free cosmetics, it is unfortunately in German. If anyone is interested, I can post it.
I find cosmetics very important in our everyday lives.
And we all can not imagine living without soap, shampoo or toothpaste.
But just today we have NO excuse to use cosmetics that has been tested on animals.

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We have information, knowledge, alternatives.
We just have to use it consistently.

My best regards, Venus

 

England: ‘Food’ for Thought. Use The Calculator And Think About Your Impact.

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Venus and I are both writing posts for the site which we hope make a tiny difference.  How they appear is by pure chance of who gets done first – there is no preference of posts; but please scroll down a little through the site to see if you have missed anything. We are WAV and so will try to cover as many international topics as time allows us.

 

The following is from Stacey at ‘Our Compass’.  Thanks Stacey.

https://our-compass.org/2019/05/20/vegan-calculator/

I am having to show you this as it very dramatically shows the difference you can make by changing to a Vegan lifestyle. If you are a vegan already, then you can complete the sections and see what a difference you have already made.

https://vegancalculator.com/

 

For example; using myself as an example – I have followed a plant based diet for the last 25 years or so. When I put this data into the calculator, I get the following results:

9,131 animals NOT EATEN

186,000 pounds of CO2 saved

274,000 square feet of forest SAVED

411,000 pounds of grain SAVED

10,044,161 Gallons of WATER SAVED.

 

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A photo of an overweight man sitting on an old couch with a very large unhealthy meal on his lap and a pint of beer in his hand. Obesity is a major cause of diabetes.

Vegan and Vegetarian calculators are available. You simply punch in how long you have followed the diet; in months or years. Results are immediately published. I think you will find them rather amazing.

Just imagine the savings to our now very fragile earth if everyone adopted a plant based diet – either Veggie or vegan. Then we could see a real difference and start to make amends for immense damage we have impacted on this wonderful planet within what ? , the last 100 years or so – recently; very recently. Animal species are now being wiped out or threatened with extinction like never before; and we have a duty to them to make changes right now, before it is too late.

The recent big climate change demos here in London recently had massive support from the public. Many people were inconvenienced by what was going on; but they accepted that this was a real issue that cannot be put on hold for several more years. There were a few on the tv who naturally had a real gripe that their day was being ruined by the protests; that it was delaying them getting to a meeting or something. I though that they made be delayed; but continue to ignore the problem and in the next decade or so, you may need to bring your swimming trunks to get to the meeting rather than take the taxi today !

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Ignorance or what about their future; your future; my future ?

Please give the calculator a go. For me personally, knowing that over 9,000 animals have been saved from slaughter because I choose to eat a healthier way is satisfaction enough; even before I start to look at the CO2, Water and forestation saved by what are really simple changes to your lifestyle.

10, 15 years ago; Vegans and Veggies had a bit of a problem in getting in food products to satisfy their needs. Today it is not like that at all; supermarkets and producers are falling over themselves to get the massive change to plant based that we are now seeing. People will feel physically better in themselves also – when did you last see an obese Vegan ? – sadly; a lot of the entire UK national health system budget goes into helping sufferers with diabetes. Let me give you some current facts to support this:

The cost of diabetes to the (UK) NHS alone is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales. This equates to over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute.

Absorb that – £25,000 being spent by the NHS on diabetes every MINUTE.

This is often caused by people becoming obese in the first place and then continuing with what is basically a wrong diet. If they changed to plant based; just think of the savings that would be made all round that could be invested into other things.

At the end of the day each person makes their individual choices. I am not here to preach a Vegan or veggie diet, but I will support and publicise it given the chance.

Use the calculator and see what a difference you can make for animals and for a better planet.

Regards Mark

Finally; the most important thing for me:  he does not want to die for my ‘gastronomic’  tastebuds.  I do NOT forget him and what being a carnivore would mean for him.  HIS END.

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This planet needs you to GIVE A SHIT !

Iditarod: lucrative business for psychopaths

 

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During the 2018 Iditarod, a total of 350 dogs were pulled off the trail, likely because of exhaustion, illness, or injury. One of those dogs, Blonde, later died from aspiration pneumonia—probably as a result of inhaling his own vomit. More than 150 dogs have died in the race’s historynot counting those who were killed because they lacked the speed and stamina to make the cut.

But a handful of companies are still sponsoring this death race, including Chrysler, Donlin Gold and its parent companies—Barrick Gold Corporation and NOVAGOLD Resources, Inc.— GCI, and Matson.

After the 2017 race, a whistleblower came forward with disturbing photographs and video footage that reveal apparently dying puppies and injured, sick dogs at a kennel reportedly owned by Dallas Seavey, the four-time Iditarod champion who was implicated in a dog-doping scandal last year. According to the whistleblower, operators at the Willow, Alaska, kennel allowed severely injured and ailing dogs to suffer—sometimes fatally—without veterinary care.

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Dogs in the Iditarod are forced to run nearly 1,000 milesroughly the distance from Orlando, Florida, to New York Cityin under two weeks. On average, they must run 100 miles a day, with only a few brief periods of rest.

They’re subjected to biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Their feet become bruised, bloodied, cut by ice, and just plain worn out because of the vast distances that they cover. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or are afflicted with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or pneumonia.

Up to half the dogs who start the race don’t finish.

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This follows a veteran musher’s revelation that she believes that some trainers—including those at Seavey’s kennels—have killed “hundreds on top of hundreds or more dogs” because they were deemed slow or otherwise unfit for races. She wrote, “Sadly, this has been going on in the family ‘dynasty’ for decades.

These reasons why the Iditarod Race should be terminated will leave you outraged:

1. Dog deaths at the Iditarod are so routine that the official rules blithely state that some “may be considered unpreventable.”

The Iditarod has killed more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. Five died in 2017 alone.

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2. If the dogs don’t die on the trail, they’re still left permanently scarred.

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3. There’s no retirement plan.

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4. Dogs pull mushers’ sleds up to 100 miles a day.

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5. As many as half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish.

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6. No dog would choose to run in this arctic nightmare.

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7. Thousands of dogs are bred each year for sled racing.

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8. Dogs at sled-dog breeding compounds have died of numerous ailments.

Mitch-Seavey-chained-dog-in-snowDog residing at a kennel run by 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey.

Some have frozen to death, while others have died of complications from eating rocks—presumably a result of the intense frustration of spending years on a chain.

Dogs deserve far better than a lifetime of isolation, cruelty, suffering, and death on the Iditarod Trail. Dogs should never be interchangeable sports accessories. They belong in the warm, as members of a family. We demand that this dangerous and deadly race be finally abolished.

Please urge the Iditarod Trail Committee and the mayors of Anchorage and Nome—the start and finish points—to celebrate Alaskan huskies and protect them from suffering and death by replacing them with willing human cyclists, cross-country skiers, or snowmobilers.

Report with petition, please sign: https://headlines.peta.org/iditarod-race-will-leave-you-outraged/#takeaction

 

My comment: The dog sled drivers – the so-called mushers – come from the USA, Canada and Norway. Many also from Germany.
Because they probably lead a totally boring life behind an office all year round, these sled cowboys want to experience adventure at the animals’ expense.
Torture, squeezing and suffering is the solution for bored non-users and a common human specialty.
But our protests (and most of all those from PETA) have spilled on some sponsors in recent years, most recently the heavyweight financier Wells Fargo – the money is running out for the Alaska Cowboys.

After discussions with PETA USA, numerous sponsors, including Nestlé, Panasonic and Pizza Hut, have stopped sponsoring the “Iditarod”. To stop further economic support, PETA is calling on all animal lovers to participate in the online protest.

Hopefully! We are doing everything to put an end to this cruel fun for money-hungry psychopaths.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Malaysia: Twisted poachers laugh as they show off corpse of rare clouded leopard.

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Twisted poachers laugh as they show off corpse of rare clouded leopard

WARNING – DISTRESSING IMAGES The group of men – all seen smiling – were posing with the dead animal in Tampin, Malaysia

Reports suggest these men were from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.  Other men in blue suits can be seen in the background.

 

 

Read the full article at:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/twisted-poachers-laugh-show-corpse-16153863?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

Zambia: Sick slaughter of 2,000 hippos as Zambia accused of cashing in on cull. Trophy Hunters ?

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Sick slaughter of 2,000 hippos as Zambia accused of cashing in on cull

EXCLUSIVE Locals say the hippo population in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is under threat with claims government ‘cull’ is actually a trophy hunting package deal money-spinner

Read the full article from a UK newspaper at:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/river-runs-red-bloodthirsty-trophy-16163202

 

Bayer / Monsanto: An empire is in trouble

 

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Pharmacies in France boycott products from #Bayer/Monsanto!

 

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On Friday, 17th of May 2019, anti-GMO activists invaded a Bayer/Monsanto factory in Trèbes, France. They attached a banner with the text: “Contamination in progress – 20,000 hectares in France with # GMO rape!”

Yesterday also the “yellow vests”  participated in the worldwide “March against Bayer/Monsanto“!

After it became known that Monsanto has led critical lists of critics, the protest is also increasing in France, and not only in France.

The Bayer Group announced that the US company Monsanto has led controversial lists of critics not only in France but also in Germany. At the same time, Bayer / Monsanto has again lost a lawsuit in the US (we have  already reported that: ( https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2019/05/14/the-criminal-works-of-monsanto/ )

The group has to pay more than $ 2 billion in compensation to a couple with cancer. The two had sued Monsanto for blaming Roundup’s weedkiller for their cancer.
The pressure on Bayer is growing.

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On Monday, May 13, 2019, the head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Bayer, Matthias Berninger, announced that it is very likely that such lists have also been drawn up in Germany and other European countries!!

Because the contract with the participating communication agency FleishmanHillard has extended to the whole of Europe.

The Bayer Group then apologized publicly in the media. As early as Sunday, Bayer announced it would commission an outside firm to investigate Monsanto’s behavior and “secret lists”.

But ultimately it is important that all three trials against Monsanto and its Roundup in the USA have now been won. Another 13,400 lawsuits will follow and there may be even more.

https://www.facebook.com/Netzfrauen/

 

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My comment: A war in the form of “David versus Goliath” does not always work out well for Goliath!
The protest in the US will not come to a halt so quickly, because there are always new fires.

Now the small business enterprises in Europe are mobilizing against Monsanto, the example with the pharmacy in France gives courage and hope. The Americans who have sued and won against Monsanto, have also shown us that the fight against the stronger often ends well for David!

What do we learn from this?
Whoever fights can lose.
Who does not fight has already lost.

My best regards, Venus

 

Japan: Plaintiffs ask Wakayama court to halt permits for Taiji dolphin hunts, citing Japan’s animal cruelty laws.

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Plaintiffs ask Wakayama court to halt permits for Taiji dolphin hunts, citing Japan’s animal cruelty laws.

 

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The Wakayama District Court began hearing arguments Friday over whether dolphin hunting violates animal cruelty laws.

The plaintiffs are asking the court to stop the permits from being issued.

Wakayama Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka issues the permits for the town of Taiji, where the hunts have drawn protests. Taiji is also known for its centuries-old whaling traditions.

The 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” showed the town’s hunts, where dolphins were chased into a cove and bludgeoned to death, turning the waters blood red. In recent years, they changed their hunting method to suffocation.

The plaintiffs, a former Taiji resident and activist Ren Yabuki, and supporters of the case, say the killings remain traumatic and painful, despite the new method.

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Wakayama conservation official Takashi Uede declined comment on the case but stressed that the prefecture believes the hunts follow the law.

The case does not demand monetary damages but could set a precedent in contesting the legality of the killings, according to Takashi Takano, the lawyer for the plaintiffs. “If these people can’t contest the permit, then who can,” he said.

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Taiji officials and fishermen have defended the hunt as tradition and say eating dolphin meat is no different from eating beef or chicken. However, the hunts are also lucrative in that some dolphins are sold into captivity at aquariums and marine shows.

The government stands behind commercial whaling and is pulling out of the International Whaling Commission. Whalers are making plans to resume commercial hunting in July, for the first time in three decades.

Taiji is expected to be one of the Pacific coastal towns joining the whaling fleet.

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Source – https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/17/national/crime-legal/plaintiffs-ask-wakayama-court-halt-permits-taiji-dolphin-hunts-citing-japans-animal-cruelty-laws#.XOEdDHdFz4g

 

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Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism – A ‘must read’ Report.

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I ask the men how baby elephants born in captivity are broken and trained.

When a baby is about two years old, they say, mahouts tie its mother to a tree and slowly drag the baby away. Once separated, the baby is confined. Using a bullhook on its ear, they teach the baby to move: left, right, turn, stop.

To teach an elephant to sit, Sala-ngam says, “we tie up the front legs. One mahout will use a bullhook at the back. The other will pull a rope on the front legs.” He adds: “To train the elephant, you need to use the bullhook so the elephant will know.”

 

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Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism

Captive wild animal encounters are hugely popular, thanks partly to social media.

But our investigation shows many creatures lead dismal lives.

 

A must read – click on the following for an excellent report, with many pictures.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/06/global-wildlife-tourism-social-media-causes-animal-suffering/

 

 

Animals save without prejudice

 

Snakes are the most hunted animals in private life.
Most people are afraid of snakes, most of us fight against them because we automatically feel threatened by them.

Since childhood, we’ve learned to compare sneakiness and malice with the behavior of a snake: “poisonous as a snake” or “he acts evil like a snake …”

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I had a snake in my garden, she came every night and got leftovers from the cat food. I could hear she before I saw she and we were friends even though I did not even know if the animal was a she or a he …
That was not important, the friendship was important.
She explored the whole world with her tongue, often she touched from time to time my hand with it, and I knew that was a love sign.

One night she did not come anymore. And since then I have not seen her.

I can only guess that she was killed by someone who learned at school or at home that snakes are evil and devious.

The beautiful video is a little help against prejudice.

My best regards, Venus

Germany: how soldiers learn surgery

 

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The federal army carries out so-calledlive tissue training every year – yes! read correctly! these are training sessions on live animals, in the case of the federal army on pigs. In these surgical courses, also called trauma training, operations of war wounds are practiced – for example, injuries with severe bleeding.

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Although nearly 80% of NATO member states use non-veterinary training methods in the medical training of their military, the German Federal Armed Forces continue to stick to so-called live tissue trainings with pigs.

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In order to simulate war wounds, live pigs should be subjected to severe puncture and cut injuries under severe anesthesia.
Soldiers and paramedics should then train the wound care on the defenseless animals.  The pigs are cut open and mutilated, in the end they let them die.

Help us convince Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen not to abuse animals in military training anymore!

Here the text of the online petition

Please refrain from using animals in the training courses of the Federal Armed Forces

Dear Ms Federal Minister von der Leyen,

The Federal Armed Forces continues to use live pigs in the medical training of surgeons as part of so-called live tissue training.

Pigs are highly intelligent, very social creatures who, like us, feel anxiety and pain. We consider it ethically unacceptable to wantonly inflict injuries on pigs and abuse them as living practice objects.

Nearly 80% of NATO member states do not rely on animals in their military medical training. We ask you once again to reconsider and stop the mutilation of pigs. Many medical interventions can now be practiced on simulators of human patients who correctly and lifelike readjust the anatomical situation.
Non-animal methods are not only didactically superior but also more economical.

Please show compassion for all living things and decide for the end of these cruel exercises!
Regards…

( please sign all: https://www.peta.de/bundeswehr-op-kurse-petition)

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My comment: In 2013, this message came to the media:: “In accordance with the German Animal Welfare Act, the Federal Armed Forces relies on advanced, animal-free testing methods,” says an official confirmation by Captain Waldemar Boczek.
“During training projects, the soldiers are trained on very good models and the physicians do not need animal experiments.

 The German animal protection law requires the use of animal-free teaching methods, if they are available. In addition to Germany, 21 other NATO countries work exclusively with simulation exercises”.

Now, in 2019, we read that the training methods on pigs continue to be performed in the federal army!
If we did not have the investigative work of some organizations, we would continue to sleep with a quiet head that the federal army not only with France new killing systems developed, but also performs an innovative animal experiment-free trauma training!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

Made in Germany: the media machinery of distraction

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“Krefeld: Farewell to a monkey personality: Gorilla female Tumba has surprisingly died at the age of 45 years. Their deaths are particularly hard on the housemates in their seniors’ monkey flat in the Krefeld Zoo”.
With this outrageous message the german media announce the death of Tumba to the public.

And it goes on…
“At the age of 45, Tumba was one of the old gorillas in Krefeld Zoo. In 1975 she moved into the monkey house and lived there together with silverback Massa (48) and another gorilla lady: Boma (46). The three were in the 1980s / 1990s, a successful breeding group: Tumba and Massa were 1985 and 1995 offspring. Daughter Kira now lives in the Moscow Zoo and already has children herself”.

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The strategy of distraction is to divert public attention from important issues. One way is to flood a message with trivial details. That requires sentimentality.
The goal is to distract people from concentrating on the essentials and to direct their thoughts and feelings to the unimportant. So they should not wonder if Tumba was illegally snatched from her mother as a baby and illegally dragged from her home in Africa to the Krefeld Zoo “open air prison”, where she led a miserable life. They should not ask why the media does not talk about the miserable life of zoo animals and hide the real issues.

“And in the Facebook comments express several zoo visitors from their sympathy: “She always radiates a kind of superior boredom! just as if she was above things, “writes one user. Another reader adds, “Rest in peace, big girl, we wish you a good last trip. My granddaughter will miss you. “

“But especially mourn Massa and Boma for their mate, with whom they shared the enclosure for years. They could no longer say goodbye to her: Deceased members of the group are usually left in the enclosure for some time, so that all animals can convince themselves of their deaths.

In the tropical temperatures in the monkey house but that was not possible, reports the zoo.

 Everyone now hopes that he and Boma females will cope with the death of Tumba in the circumstances”.

The more the media wants to manipulate the public, the more they will talk to the public as if they were exclusively children. Then sugar sweet arguments, signs, and intonations are used, as if people were too weak or immature to handle the truth.

The goal is to produce a submissive, docile response, to prevent critical thinking.

The media knows that and therefore addresses the emotions of the public. So here they try to keep people from thinking of the core problem, namely: why Tumba and their conspecifics have lived in captivity for 45 years – almost her entire life. That with the misery and the slavery of these personalities a zoo merchant has felt his cash. And that anyone who visits the zoo to show his children what it means to have fun with animals is a stupid accomplice.

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Now Tumba is gone.
The same prisons remain in Krefeld and all over the world, reminding us that the only animal on this planet that captures other animals for fun is the human species!

What the human species can never be ashamed of enough.

https://rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/krefeld/zoo/ueberraschender-tod-krefelder-zoo-trauert-um-gorilla-tumba_aid-38795961

My best regards to all, Venus

 

USA: 900,000 Voices Demand Continued Wolf Protections.

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900,000 Voices Demand Continued Wolf Protections

Wow. We just delivered nearly a million comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposing Trump’s plan to end federal protections for almost all gray wolves in the lower 48.

This is the most comments the feds have ever received on an Endangered Species Act issue in the law’s 45-year history. They include 35,000 handwritten notes delivered in person to the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. The Center for Biological Diversity says thank you to everyone who submitted a comment, shared a social post about our wolf campaigns, canvassed their neighbourhood for comments, or in any other way raised their voice for the voiceless.

And we’re not done yet. At the last minute the Interior Department extended its comment deadline to July 15, so we and our allies have a new goal: 1.5 million voices raised for wolves.

Learn how you can help in our upcoming call. And consider supporting our campaign to save wolves with a donation to our Predator Defense Fund.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/ 

 

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Switzerland: the wild animal killer

 

A great article by the Swiss community IG Wild beim Wild”, which specializes in the legal aspects of wildlife conservation.

“Virtually everything that is cruel, unnecessary and heartless is sponsored by the Hunting Association Switzerland.

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The Swiss Hunting Association primarily cultivates irreverence and a culture of violence – exactly the opposite, according to which a cultured person should strive in our society.

Hobby hunters even threaten a civil war, if, for example, the fox hunt should be stopped.

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The main propagator of the fox tapeworm is not the fox, but it is mainly the mouse. And these spread diligently, also thanks to the fox hunt gorgeous and infected every fox tapeworm-spreading animal – so also dogs and cats, which are not dewormed regularly!
In fox hunting-free areas, as well as in Luxembourg, Canton Geneva, national parks, etc., there was no increase in this disease. Foxes can easily be vaccinated by bait if necessary – is already done in many urban areas long ago. Hobby hunters spread according to studies with their shabby recreational activities even diseases!

Members of the association Hunt Switzerland have relations with representatives of the power in general. Furthermore, they use force or other means of intimidation (fear, lies, propaganda, etc.) to influence politics, the media, public administration, the judiciary or the economy.

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Again and again, members of the Hunting Club Executive Committee try to sabotage our community “IG Wild beim Wild”  by demanding, under the threat of criminal prosecution, the deletion of entire articles revealing the cruel activities of hobby-hunters.

The state gamekeepers,  as in the Geneva model, do not practice cruel hunting methods such as building, bustle, drifting hunts, etc. because they have no reason for it.

There would be no abused hunting dogs.
No unnecessary hunts on wild animals like the fox.

An alcohol ban in wildlife management would be established, etc.

Sanitary or therapeutic killings practiced by game wardens are not the same as an regulatory hunt based on the hunter lie or misunderstood experience of nature!

These people of Hunt Switzerland hunt, terrorize, injure and kill defenseless animals – often just for fun or boredom. However, hunters can not tolerate hunting criticism.

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It is the task of the IG Wild beim Wild”, to give the wild animals a voice, because otherwise they can not defend themselves from cowardly snipers.

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A few weeks ago, the Swiss Hunting Association again filed an arbitrary complaint against IG Wild am Wild” – more on that later in another documentary article.

The undemocratic approach of the Swiss Hunting Association also contradicts the right of press freedom. In Switzerland, this is still governed by the freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is precisely what is repeatedly disregarded in the lawsuits by Swiss Hunting Association against IG Wild bei Wild”.

The society has a public interest and right to know about these players from the environment of the sector like association Hunting Switzerland.

As a normal citizen you lose the composure when you experience the endless mischief on the part of hobby hunters. And you can not really blame anyone for that.
In addition, you personally do not benefit from it, but we just do animal welfare, and give those a voice that have none and are suffering. Because of these hobby hunters, wild animals in Switzerland suffer.

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Just because the victims of the brutal activities of hobby hunters are not 100% human in nature, “IG Wild beim Wild” does not mean that their deeds are less abhorrent.

Wild animals have no voice and can not join in supposedly democratic decisions.
We, the “IG Wild at the Wild”, as wildlife advocates and game keepers,  give the needy a voice. Consistent with scientific and wild-biological findings.

Wild animals also have feelings and emotions. They can suffer, grieve and feel joy. They live like us humans in family associations and social structures, which destroy the today’s hobby hunters mostly for the fun”.

https://wildbeimwild.com/2019/01/27/die-wildtierkiller

My comment: In their blog, this great group has posted a flyer, whth the title:

Five cartridges for five truths.

Cartridge 1- Swiss hunting is An association whose members are involved in law violations year after year in the four-digit range.

Cartridge 2- Culture If hunting is culture, cannibalism is gastronomy.The hunt has caused many problems in Switzerland but still no one problem solved sustainably.

Cartridge 3- Wild life The hunt has caused many problems in Switzerland but still no one problem solved sustainably.

Cartridge 4- Ethics What Hunter considers “good” has nothing to do with truth, science, decency, ethics, etc …

Cartridge 5- Politics Hunter slogans are sham and empty words

I mean, they are right!

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My best regards to all, Venus

England: Viva ! City – May Newsletter.

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England: Viva ! City – May Newsletter

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivacity-may?e=26c03356b8

 

Includes:

Moo Free May

First Vegan You Tube Ad

End the Cage Age

Veganism 25 years on –

Viva’s ! 25 Anniversary

https://www.viva.org.uk/?utm_source=Viva%21+Vegan+Charity+-+Email+List&utm_campaign=b1add7fe69-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_VIVACITY_MAY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc176d21d2-b1add7fe69-50196206&mc_cid=b1add7fe69&mc_eid=26c03356b8 

Armenia: Free the Restaurant Bears – Petition; Please Sign.

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ANIMAL EXPLOITATION: SURRENDER THREE SUFFERING BEARS CAGED AT A RESTAURANT

 

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Free the Bears – Petition link –

https://www.change.org/p/surrender-three-caged-bears?recruiter=350017660&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=79e3ddd0-32ee-11e5-9cdd-efd8ee0adfea&share_bandit_exp=initial-15501876-en-GB&share_bandit_var=v1

These three caged bears are used by the owner of Ashtaraki Dzor restaurant in Armenia to attract visitors and tourists to the venue.

In spite of complaints from local animal lovers, he refuses to let us rescue them . He is fighting hard to hold on to the bears who have been robbed of their dignity, their freedom and their ability to express all natural wild bear behaviour. They should be roaming in the Armenian mountains, not locked in a cage so that visitors to the restaurant can laugh and poke fun at them.

Our petition aims to raise awareness of the miserable plight of these poor animals and put pressure on the owner to surrender them. Your signature really will make a difference.

Please help us set these helpless bears free. They are suffering mentally and physically from their imprisonment. The sight of their misery is heart-breaking. But once we have the go-ahead to rescue them, we can move them to our purpose-built rescue centre where they will be treated with compassion and respect. The expert team at our centre has a wealth of experience in the rehabilitation of rescued bears and will give them all the treatment and care they need to recover from their years in captivity.

These three beautiful bears are relying on the kindness of animal lovers like you to stand up and fight for them. Please don’t let them down.

Please sign the petition urging the owner of Ashtaraki Dzor Restaurant to surrender the bears to International Animal Rescue.

Thank you

International Animal Rescue launched its Great Bear Rescue campaign in November 2017 and has since rescued 23 caged bears from lives of mind-numbing boredom and frustration behind bars. Some of these bears will be candidates for reintroduction into protected areas of the Armenian countryside, while those that can no longer fend for themselves will be given lifelong care.

Support our Great Bear Rescue campaign here.

Australia: Federal Elections 2019 – Saturday 18 May. Live Animal Exports A Big Issue

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https://www.animalsaustralia.org/ 

The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019

Hi Mark,

I wanted to take this opportunity to convey a very personal and heartfelt thank you. It’s because of you: your compassion, your commitment, your resilience, your heart-fuelled dedication to giving a voice to the millions of victims of the live sheep trade, that its end is now in sight this election.

Our work to end the entire live export trade is far from over. But ending the sheep trade will not only save millions of sheep from the cruelty of live export, it will represent a historic shift in political thinking towards dismantling the regulatory system that underpins all legalised animal cruelty.

While I have great hope that we’ll have reason to celebrate on behalf of animals after the weekend, I know that our greater journey together will also continue. That, regardless of the outcome of the election, we won’t stop until we have an end to all animal cruelty; that we all share an unquenchable thirst for a kinder world and an unshakeable belief in our capacity to make it so.

Thank you so much for your magnificent advocacy on behalf of all animals and for leading the way to a kinder world.

I feel absolutely honoured to be sharing this journey with you.

For the animals,

Lyn
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P.S. Here is a heartfelt video message to you from my team in appreciation of your dedication, Mark.

Lyn White AM
Director of Strategy

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Remembering Jill, and what she died for:

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Regards Mark.

USA: Good News! Minnesota Moves to Ban Recreational Wolf Hunting.

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More great news from the USA – Mark.

 

Good News! Minnesota Moves to Ban Recreational Wolf Hunting

Posted by Carly Day | May 5, 2019

Good News! Minnesota Moves to Ban Recreational Wolf Hunting

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The Minnesota House of Representatives has voted in support of a bill that would ban the cruel sport of recreational wolf hunting in the state.

Although the bill narrowly pushed through with a 66-65 vote, the victory was unexpected in this largely pro-wolf hunting region.

Representative Peter Fischer introduced the amendment to an environmental bill, stating that wolves are an important species for Native American tribes and should not be hunted for sport.

Since 2014, federal law has banned wolf hunting in Minnesota (and most other states). However, a recent proposal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act could change that. If wolves are delisted, each state would manage their own populations, and hunters could be allowed to needlessly slaughter these graceful animals as early as 2020.

Most areas of the United States classify gray wolves as endangered; however, Minnesota, which has an estimated gray wolf population of 2,650, lists them as threatened.

While gray wolf populations are gradually recovering, they are still only present in about five percent of their historic range, and conservationists say that it’s far too early to consider removing protections.

Although the bill still needs to progress through the Senate, it is a promising first step in ensuring one of the United States’ most iconic species continues to be protected from trophy hunters.

 

NRDC

Update – pm 15/5/19  from the NRDC:

https://www.nrdc.org/ 

Dear Mark,

In most of the range where gray wolves once lived, played, and roamed, no one has heard a wolf howl in decades.

Once driven to the brink of extinction, only about 6,000 remain in the lower-48 states. Yet the Trump administration has proposed to strip wolves of their vital Endangered Species Act protections.

Help NRDC ensure beloved species like the gray wolf receive the full protection they deserve under the law: Become a Monthly Partner by May 17, and your first three gifts will be MATCHED, up to $150,000.

Gray wolves could once be found across the country — until the mid-20th century, when a massive government-sponsored program eradicated almost every gray wolf in the lower-48 states.

When the Endangered Species Act passed in the 1970s, the unmitigated slaughter of gray wolves ended, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was charged with their recovery.

Help NRDC ensure beloved species like the gray wolf receive the full protection they deserve under the law: Become a Monthly Partner by May 17, and your first three gifts will be MATCHED, up to $150,000.

Gray wolves could once be found across the country — until the mid-20th century, when a massive government-sponsored program eradicated almost every gray wolf in the lower-48 states.

When the Endangered Species Act passed in the 1970s, the unmitigated slaughter of gray wolves ended, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was charged with their recovery.

Although wolves have made progress in some areas, they are still missing from significant parts of their historical range. But instead of helping wolves fully recover, the Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to cut them loose for the better part of a decade — and now, the Trump administration plans to let that happen.

It’s heartbreaking to think we might have saved the gray wolf from extinction just to wind up here. The Trump administration is doing the bare minimum for gray wolves before yanking away the critical protections they need to fully recover.

NRDC has fought in court to protect gray wolves before — and we’ve won. And we’re prepared to file suit again to give wolves the chance at recovery that they deserve.

But Mark, we’re currently embroiled in dozens of other active cases against the Trump administration, too — and we urgently need your help to ensure we can respond swiftly and forcefully as soon as protections for gray wolves are stripped away.

For only a few more days, you can DOUBLE your impact to protect endangered species from the Trump administration’s cruel, deadly attacks. Please become a Monthly Partner now — this is urgent.

For the last few years, we’ve beat back a record number of threats against endangered species, from rusty patched bumble bees and giraffes to elephants and North Atlantic right whales. Responding to these mounting attacks requires unprecedented resources — but we can’t slow down. Not when so much is at stake.

Today, you can do twice as much to help make sure we stand strong, no matter what. Thank you for helping safeguard the earth — its animals, its plants, and its people.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sylvia Fallon
Senior Director for Wildlife, NRDC

 

I have given today to protect endangered species in the USA.

Can you do the same ?- please help.

Dear Mark,

Thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to support NRDC and our campaign to save endangered species from extinction. We have processed your donation, and the transaction information is below. We appreciate your generous gift at this critical time.

To do even more to protect wildlife, please encourage your family and friends to join you in supporting this critical campaign.

You can read about the new alarming United Nations report — and what it means for our ecosystem and its millions of wildlife species — in this blog post on NRDC.org.

Sincerely,
NRDC

No goods or services were provided to the donor, and thereby the entire gift is 100% deductible for federal income tax purposes.

 

 

 

USA:Victory! Washington Ends Cage Confinement of Hens Used for Eggs.

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Victory! Washington Ends Cage Confinement of Hens Used for Eggs.

 

By Rachel Krantz May 8, 2019

In some hopeful news for farmed animals, Washington governor Jay Inslee signed a new law this week that will end all cage confinement of hens in the state by 2023.

This historic win is the strongest protection for farmed animals that any state legislature has passed to date. Banning the production and sale of eggs from hens in cages will benefit about 8 million hens each year once it takes effect.

While hens used for eggs in factory farms suffer immensely, cage confinement is particularly cruel. In cage facilities, each bird is forced to spend her life on floor space smaller than an iPad, leaving her without room to even spread her wings. Washington’s new law will address this torture by prohibiting cages and requiring more space per bird, as well as mandating that hens be given some opportunity to exhibit more natural behaviors, with perches and areas for nesting, scratching, and dustbathing.

The new law was passed in large part due to the advocacy of The Humane Society of the United States, which collaborated with both Democratic and Republican legislators and key stakeholders in the agricultural sector. It’s a hopeful sign and builds on the work that the HSUS and other groups, including Mercy For Animals, have done to pass ballot measures in California and Massachusetts banning the production and sale of products from animals kept in the cruelest confinement systems.

Hopefully, this victory in Washington is an indicator that more forward-thinking state legislatures will be open to passing similar laws.

If you’d like to be part of this progress, there are two simple but effective steps you can take right now. The first is to join Mercy For Animals’ Hen Heroes so you can receive easy call-to-action emails for all our campaigns, complete with links to tweet, sign petitions, or send emails. (I do the action every day—it literally takes less than a minute, but it never fails to make me feel a little more hopeful and productive for animals!)

The second is to join our campaign asking McDonald’s to agree to less inhumane welfare standards for chickens raised for meat in its supply chain. Sign the petition here, and find out how you can get more involved here. (If you join Hen Heroes, you’ll receive more ways to add your voice to this campaign.)

 

Mercyforanimals – https://mercyforanimals.org/victory-washington-ends-cage-confinement?utm_source=mercyforanimals.org&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=?utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=asias-richest-man-backs-vegan-start-up-venture&utm_content=footer&utm_content=blogroll

 

 

 

China: Cruel Cashmere Industry Exposed – The Terrible Suffering of Goats.

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H&M announces it will stop using cashmere

One giant leap for animal welfare.

H&M is taking a stand against the unethical animal practices still prevalent within the production of clothing.

According to a recent investigation conducted by PETA Asia, this brutality – in the name of fashion – has become even more evident.

From this investigation, a disturbing video has surfaced which appears to expose the cruel realities of cashmere production in China and Mongolia – the world’s two largest cashmere exporters (they supply 90 per cent of it).

The video – showcasing the violent makings of the cashmere jumper – seems to reveal the vile mistreatment of animals, showing goats screaming in pain as workers proceed to tear out their hair with sharp metal combs. More explicit footage appears to capture the inhumane practices within slaughterhouses, where the goats’ throats are slashed in front of the others, while those who are deemed unprofitable are hit in the head with a hammer.

Following PETA’s release of this research, fast-fashion giant H&M has announced that it will be boycotting conventional cashmere and will cease placing orders on the material by the end of 2020. On the brand’s site, you’ll find an outline of H&M’s 2030 goal, which promises ‘to only use sustainability-sourced materials’, with an immediate plan ‘to gradually phase out conventional cashmere’.

Just last year, ASOS updated its animal welfare policy, banning materials like fur, silk, mohair and also cashmere – a move prompted by a discussion with PETA.

It’s time for more fashion brands to follow suit.

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A new PETA Asia investigation into the cashmere industry in China and Mongolia – the world’s top cashmere exporters – reveals extreme cruelty to and violent killing of cashmere goats.

The video exposé shows goats screaming in pain and fear as workers tear their hair out. Later, their throats are slit at abattoirs and they’re left to die in agony. Goats suffered on every farm in China and Mongolia visited by the eyewitnesses.

Together, China and Mongolia produce 90 per cent of the world’s cashmere.

Workers Stepped on Terrified Goats and Twisted Their Limbs

Eyewitnesses saw workers hold down and step on frightened goats, bending their legs into unnatural positions as they tore out their hair using sharp metal combs.

Combing in the cashmere industry is not as innocent as it sounds.

 

 

No Veterinary Care Provided

Goats left with bloody cuts from the hair-removal process received no pain relief or veterinary care. One worker simply poured rice wine into an animal’s wound.

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Goats Hit With Hammers and Killed When No Longer Profitable

Cashmere goats deemed no longer profitable endure slow, agonising deaths. At an abattoir in China, eyewitnesses saw workers hit animals in the head with a hammer in an attempt to stun them. In Mongolia, workers were seen dragging goats by one leg onto the abattoir floor before slitting their throats in full view of other goats. They were left to bleed out on the filthy kill floor, and some were seen still moving a full two minutes later.

Goat hit with a hammer in the cashmere industry.

Their flesh is then sold as cheap meat.

Ninety Per Cent of All Cashmere Comes From China and Mongolia

Nearly all cashmere is produced in China and Mongolia, so if you buy a cashmere item, it probably came from goats who were abused in one of those countries.

One goat produces, on average, only 250 grams of hair that can be used for cashmere each year. This is so little that in order to produce just one cashmere jacket, the hair of six goats is required.

Environmental Devastation

Cashmere also has the most destructive environmental impact of any animal-derived fibre. Because cashmere goats must consume 10 per cent of their body weight in food each day and they eat the roots of grasses, which prevents regrowth, the industry is a significant contributor to soil degradation followed by desertification.

Already, 65 per cent of Mongolia’s grasslands are degraded and 90 per cent of the country is in danger of desertification, which has resulted in some of the world’s worst dust storms on record and air pollution dense enough to reach North America.

 

TAKE ACTION

https://secure.peta.org.au/page/41627/action/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

England: Martin Clunes Dropped as BFF Patron for Undertaking Elephant Ride.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48268174

https://news.sky.com/story/animal-charity-born-free-drops-martin-clunes-for-riding-elephant-on-itv-11719561

https://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2019051473029/martin-clunes-dropped-animal-charity-controversy/

 

England – this is a really sad story; for all involved.

British citizens especially will be so fully aware of the superb contribution Martin (and his famous ears) has made for the welfare of so many different animal species.

 

 

So really saddened today to see that Martin has been dropped by the Born Free Foundation (BFF) as their celebrity Patron. On several flights I remember watching Martin doing a fundraising video for BFF; asking fliers to give all the spare foreign change to a BFF collection which was being undertaken on the plane.

First and foremost, this guy is a massive ‘animal’ person – and I have always liked him for that.

So it has been sad to read that he has now been dropped by the BFF for taking an elephant ride whilst making a tv program in Nepal. Not something he would have done by choice, but was it required of him by the producers of the series ?

As a patron for BFF and an animal person; yes, there is no way he should have gone anywhere near taking an elephant ride. I personally do not support this kind of abuse for tv, the circus, whatever. At the time, Martin was an idiot and is now paying the price for that. The BFF organisation will also lose out on the massive publicity that Martin always gave them whenever he could. He was a real patron and I admired him for what he did.

There are no winners in this situation, but several losers. As an animal person, Martin did wrong big time by doing what he did in the making of this program. BFF have lost a dedicated patron and campaigner for their work. As for the elephant; I guess it will continue to be used to give rides to tourists as it has done in the past. There are no winners here at all; only losers all round. Martin should have known better – Fact; and it was an ideal opportunity (for him) to speak out about the use of elephants for tourist rides. Would that ‘speak out’ against the rides have been recorded and broadcast by the Tv makers ? – we will never know.

This ‘sacking’ by the BFF does send a clear message to anyone who becomes a patron of an animal welfare charity. As I say, all round losers and no winners in this situation. I wish Martin well and know he will continue to be an ‘animals voice’; despite this one off act of an idiot; which is very much unlike him.

Regards Mark.

The homeless

These were not just the primeval forests that were destroyed for palm oil.
These were their houses.
Now they are homeless, delivered to the poachers and hunters,
delivered to hunger and misery..

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The demagogic electoral slogan for the EU elections has, as its main theme,  family protection, minimum wages and affordable housing for all.
Politicians and political systems always prefer, and at best, the human species.
People have rights, all other species have NO rights.
Before the elections, is like after elections for the animals, nothing changes. Not in Europe, not in the whole world.

Anyone who places people in his political convictions before animals, he already makes propaganda against animals.
But we are for the animals.
We fight to stop losing their homes, their families, their existence, their freedom.
Maybe it’s utopia.
But it’s better than EUtopia.

My best regards to all, Venus

The criminal works of Monsanto

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German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is hiring an outside law firm to review claims circulating in the French media that its seed firm, Monsanto, compiled illegal lists of influential journalists and lawmakers.

Bayer, who acquired the controversial agrochemical business last year, said on Sunday that the decision to commission the independent review came after its own internal investigation into the matter. It added that it understood the concerns raised over the week.

“This is not the way Bayer seeks dialogue with society and stakeholders. We apologize for this behavior,” the company said. However, it maintained that in the company’s eyes, there was nothing illicit about the way such lists were compiled.

 

The complaint that Monsanto had illegally compiled a dossier of influential journalists, media publications, and politicians was initially made by the French daily, Le Monde”. The paper said one of its journalists was among 200 names on the dossier, who would then be targeted by Monsanto lobbyists in a bid to sway their views on glyphosate-based herbicides. A complaint was then made to French police under the charge that the list of personal information was made “by fraudulent, unfair or illicit means.”

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The French investigation is the latest in a string of legal woes inherited by Bayer”, who have seen their share value plummet by almost 40 percent since taking over Monsanto.

German pharmaceutical firm Bayer lost 6.8 percent on share value in trading Tuesday after a US jury awarded a couple from California $2.055 billion in punitive damages for failure to warn of cancer risks of its Roundup herbicide.

According to Monday’s ruling, Roundup weed killer was liable for causing cancer, while US agrochemical firm Monsanto, acquired by Bayer last June, failed to inform consumers about the potential risks. Glyphosate, the basic component in Roundup, was found to be the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in both Alva and Alberta Pilliod.

The jury awarded $18 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to Pilliod, while his wife will get another $37 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages. The couple has reportedly used the herbicide since the 1970s.

The case marks the third verdict delivered against Roundup since August 2018. Since acquiring Monsanto in a $63 billion deal, Bayer has inherited thausand of lawsuits over the weed killer. The corporation has repeatedly defended the controversial product, claiming that scientific evidence supports Monsanto’s position that glyphosate-based herbicides are not carcinogenic.

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The 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson was the first to win the trial. He was diagnosed with end-stage lymphoma and has accused Monsanto of concealing the risks of his weed killer. The jury agreed.

Dewayne Johnson was the first cancer victim to take the company to court. The San Francisco groundskeeper was awarded $289 million, as the court ruled that the popular herbicide was responsible for his lymphoma. While the award was reduced to $78 million on appeal, it opened the floodgates for thousands of similar cases, and there are more than 11,200 such lawsuits currently pending against the German agrochemical conglomerate.

Bayer’s spokesman called the latest decision “excessive and unjustifiable,” saying that the company would appeal the verdict.

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“Monsanto? One floor lower…”

https://www.rt.com/business/459296-bayer-stock-lowest-california-ruling/

My comment: Fuck you Monsanto !!!!! The only thing you have ever been able to give this planet is death, destruction, suffering for humans and animals.

I hope those who serve you will find a miserable death, and because it is so beautiful in hell, take away the corrupt politicians with you!

My best regards, Venus

 

 

England: Puppy and kitten farming to be banned under ‘Lucy’s law’.

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Puppy and kitten farming to be banned under ‘Lucy’s law’

Legislation will mean pet shops or commercial dealers can only sell animals they have bred

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/13/puppy-kitten-farming-banned-new-lucys-law

 

A law banning puppy and kitten farming, which campaigners hope will end the practice by some unscrupulous breeders of keeping animals constantly pregnant and often in dirty and cramped conditions, is to be laid by the government.

The change, expected to come into force in April 2020, will mean young cats and dogs can no longer be sold by a pet shop or commercial dealer unless they have bred them.

Would-be pet owners will need to deal directly with breeders or rehoming centres, though some campaigners have called for the law, to be laid on Monday, to go further and clamp down on the practices of animal sanctuaries.

The unethical practice of puppy and kitten farming is said to lead to the animals being taken from their mothers after only a few weeks, which puts them at risk of disease and behavioural issues.

The campaign has been backed by celebrities and charities including the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan, an animal rights campaigner who has promoted the law, called it “the most exciting change in animal welfare legislation for years”.

The legislation is being named after a Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Lucy, who died in 2016 after being forced to repeatedly give birth in terrible conditions on a Welsh puppy farm.

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The environment secretary, Michael Gove, said he wanted to ensure no other animal suffers the same fate. He said the law would put an end to the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers.

“I would like to thank the tireless campaigners and animal lovers who have helped to bring about this positive change,” Gove said. “This is all part of our plan to make this country the best place in the world for the protection and care of animals.”

Marc Abraham, the founder of Pup Aid, which campaigned for the law change, said: “‘Lucy’s law’ is named after one of the sweetest, bravest dogs I’ve ever known, and is a fitting tribute to all the victims of the cruel third-party puppy trade, both past and present.”

The decision to ban commercial third-party sales was announced in December and follows years of campaigning. More than 95% of responses to the government’s public consultation expressed support for a ban.

The legislation will come into force on 6 April 2020, which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said would give the pet industry and consumers time to prepare for the change.

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Holland: Solidarity and thanks to the activists

 

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“A live video camera from a slaughterhouse would be enough to make the whole world change its mind”

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More than 200 activists have occupied a Dutch pig breeding facility for several hours – in peaceful protest against the painful breeding, keeping and killing of sentient beings.
Another 100 or more activists stayed outside the facility.

 

With video and photo shoots, the brave people document the suffering of the animals and publish the pictures on social media around the world – so that people can see under what torturous conditions the animals whose body parts they want to eat as a burger and Schnitzel, really had to live; how they suffered; how they had to lie in their own excrement, because there was no escape, how they were locked up, could not move.

This is the truth that hides the meat industry behind the windowless huge halls in front of consumers.

https://www.facebook.com/toni.dipianduni

 

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We thank the brave activists for the action.
The animal rights movement has never been as active as it is now.
That’s why Germany’s Minister of the Environment, Julia Klöckner, wants to criminalize the activists who make secret documentation in slaughterhouses, laboratories, and animal farming.
We will continue to fight for the rights of animals on all levels.

Best regards, Venus

Lobsters are also sensitive animals

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For a long time, it was a foregone conclusion that crustaceans did not feel any pain. Underdeveloped is their nervous system, the animals are only capable of reflexes. It would be nice if this assumption were true, considering how lobsters are boiled alive in hot water.

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However, research has already produced results that point in a very different direction. For example, in experiments, the probes of shrimp were irritated with acid, whereupon the animals began to rub them. If the sensors were previously anesthetized, there was no reaction. Even with a painful injection, crabs began to rub the affected part of the body on the floor.

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Most meaningful, however, was an attempt with common beach crabs. The animals were placed in the center of an enlightened aquarium, whereupon they sought shelter on the darkened sides. They did this to instinctively secure the best possible protection against predators like gulls. In the experiment, however, the animals were given surges as soon as they were in the dark areas. After two test runs, the animals had learned that the dark faced a surge and despite the strong urge to protect themselves from predators, the beach crabs remained in the light. Obviously, they found the impulse so unpleasant that they favored fear in the light. Their behavior was similar to that of vertebrates.

As invertebrates, however, lobster, crawfish and crabshave no rights whatsoever. Animal welfare regulations do not apply to them. As knowledge progresses, however, man’s attitude towards crustaceans is also changing. In Switzerland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, it is now mandatory to stun lobster before cooking.

How far the animals go to avoid the pain is illustrated by a video that went viral in June 2018: a small crayfish cut off its own pair of scissors to escape the cooking pot.

Since the potential for suffering is obvious, the handling of crustaceans in the food industry needs to be reconsidered. Catch, storage, transport and killing are by no means species-appropriate. For lobsters alone, 250 million animals are caught every year, all in all they care about billions of crustaceans.

https://www.tierschutzpartei.de/das-stille-leiden-der-hummer/

 

My comment:  Why do we still have to discuss today, in the 21st century, whether we are allowed to throw a living being with feeding organs into the boiling water?

Did the cavemen not do the same thing with other animals because they were simply underdeveloped at the time, and this was the only way to deal with animals that corresponded to their culture at the time?

So the question is not whether a lobster feels pain or not, but how far that information is relevant to our current ethics and gives us the right to treat animals like lifeless objects.

My best regards, Venus

 

 

England: 12/5/19 – Mark’s Garden Visitors.

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I want to share with you some photographs I took yesterday evening (12/5/19) of a few visitors who come into the front garden every evening. They are coming round for some food, which I always supply; but just as importantly, and being an ex volunteer fox rescuer for the ‘Fox Project’ which is based here in Kent –

http://foxproject.org.uk/

– please check out their website; I make sure I can do a very regular health check on them to make sure there are no problems; especially Mange.

So here they are; pictures from yesterday, taken from my front door. I never encourage foxes to come too close; as not everyone is like me regarding Vulpines; but if you have some in your area; they have a very sweet tooth; and love jam sandwiches, some cake, bsiscuits, sausage rolls; or any dog or cat food which is left over. I always mix this up with some really broken digestive biscuits to just ‘bulk up’ what they get.

Enjoy

Regards Mark

 

Additional link – the National Fox Welfare Society – NFWS – (England). Along with the Fox Project; both dedicated to saving, helping, and improving the lives of foxes.

http://www.nfws.org.uk/

 

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Below (2 photos) – I like these; just lucky to catch the ‘eyes’ in the photos – Mark.

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So; where’s the ‘Scoff’ ? – You always give me some !

 

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Above – A good healthy tail (Brush) is always a ‘Mange Free’ sign

 

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Below – A video from the NFWS showing the rescue and treatment of a fox with Mange – Before and After:

 

Update 13/5/19 – Some additional shots I took this evening – how can any tosser kill or injure these ? – they have a big problem in the voids that are called their heads ! – for me it is a real pleasure to welcome these guys into the garden each night :

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France: Torture of calves in Tollevast

 

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The calves in video should be transported from Ireland to Holland. Before and after the long transport, they are dumped near of Tollevast, France, to be fed and rest. But what the activists of l214.com filmed there is cruel!

They were beaten, hit in the face, and were entered by workers, in a rest area, in France, where they were supposed to rest, according to secret records.

Some were kicked and hit so hard that they collapsed in the shocking scenes, as you can see during a secret investigation into the treatment of living exports.

It is the first time that brutal and illegal violence against animals sent to Europe is covered by hidden cameras.

The images show that a worker near Cherbourg, in Tollevast,  casually beat calves with a pole on the face and then forcibly hit another side. Many animals – not weaned and still need breast milk – are grabbed by the ears and dragged to the feeders.

While the animals are drinking, the worker is beating them unnecessarily on the back.

When a calf tries to move among the others, the worker drags it away and knocks it to the ground. Another is roughly pulled out of a feeder, beaten and pushed back violently.

But the most terrible scenes show the worker jumping and stomping on a calf.

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Another animal is so badly injured that it was filmed, dragging along only its forelegs. Later, when it was helpless, it was kicked by a worker. Investigators said the men screamed as they fell on their calves.

The resting place is certified by the EU as “high quality” and has received grants for renovations!!!

Eyes on Animals activists and French L214 groups who revealed the “terrible” abuse said the young animals were already exhausted, suffered from fatigue, thirsty and lack of food from trips over 18 hours from Rosslare to Cherbourg, when they were unloaded near Tollevast.

At least 2,500 calves are unloaded at the center every 12 hours before being reloaded for trips to Dutch veal farms, activists say.

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According to the investigators, dealing with the calves is “violent and shocking,” and neither other employees nor the manager interfered.

Contacted on Thursday, the site manager ensures “to have remained speechless before the video”. “It’s just amazing, if the young man had not resigned two weeks ago, he would have been fired immediately,” he swears. According to the investigators, neither other employees nor the manager interfered.

French media have reported that a man was arrested for cruelty.

Eyes on Animals, together with CIWF, TSB | AWF and L214, controlled 23 truckloads of animals over the past month. They said calves were routinely driven from the port of Rosslare (IR) to the port of Cherbourg (FR). The transport time was a total of 56 hours and 35 minutes (!!!), 13 hours more than the EU Transport Regulation allowed.
In addition, one must mention the inadequate hydration systems.

Nicola Glen of Eyes on Animals said: “The calves suffered from upset stomach, especially from diarrhea, and were already very weak, suffering from fatigue, lack of food, lack of water and rest due to overcrowding.”

Ireland’s live exports are rising and MEPs are pushing for further increases. Last year, the country sent 246,000 cattle, including 160,000 calves, abroad, an increase of 30 percent compared to 2017, which also represents an increase of 30 percent compared to 2016.

Northern Ireland exports an estimated 25 percent of male calves to veal factories, mainly in the Netherlands.

Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told MEPs: “I will continue to work for exporters on this issue,” adding, “What I will not do, however … is to facilitate the export of living beings through breaches of the rules.”

L214 and Eyes on Animals call on the EU to ban all animal transports.

https://www.nach-welt.com/unterhaltung/kalber-die-fur-niederlandisches-kalbfleisch-brutal-geschlagen-wurden-sprangen-auf-und-schlugen-sich-ins-gesicht-verdeckte-kameras-enthullen-2/

 

My comment: The driver informed the activist that he had indicated his rides book to the Abbeville control center and that this had been approved by the Irish authority.
The violations will be forwarded to the authorities in southern Ireland and the Netherlands.

In its report, the organization asked for an explanation of why travel books were approved, even though they are clearly in violation of the European Pet Transport Regulation 1/2005.
That’s what they said.

And if they do not receive a satisfactory explanation for this violation, they will send an official complaint to the European Commission.
Ireland is an EU member.
France is an EU member.
Obviously, neither country has any respect for the EU transport law and no fear of sanctions.
Because EU never punishes her loyal servants.
In Germany, less than one percent of animal transports are controlled.
The law is only on paper, there is virtually no control.

My best regards, Venus

 

For the mother day

 

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Who does not know it? We all know the lovely advertising signs: “Our mother is the best”. The love of the mother is considered one of the strongest feelings ever.
But it is always forgotten that nonhuman mothers are not allowed to experience this feeling.

And I think today especially of them.

I remember the chickens who are locked up to lay eggs until their bodies are completely exhausted. I think of their male children, who never knew their mothers, because they are gassed or shredded shortly after their birth and after the first “beep”.

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I commemorate the pig-mothers who are pressed into crates or farrowing rods as living birth-machines. I remember the newborn piglets looking for maternal warmth, and the only thing they can find is a trapped mother behind bars, who often crushes her own children.

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I remember all the animal mothers, such as cows, goats or sheep, whose children are taken away shortly after birth and, because of human consumption and they never can give them their milk – year after year.

For today’s Mother’s Day torments me again the fatal question why we allow this nightmare of all non-human mothers?

They do not want to be locked up, not even a bit, but not at all. They do not want to be exploited, not even a bit, but not at all.
Also, they do not want to be in pain, not even a bit, but not at all.
And they also do not want to be killed, not even “lovingly”, but not at all.
Everyone has the right to integrity, freedom, live, including nonhuman animals, whether we like it or not.

And the fact that the exploitation of all animal beings is a basic principle of our moral system, not an exception,  is definitely the most despicable point in the genealogy of the human race, for which one can never be sufficiently ashamed.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Australia: Live Exports – Sheep were put near oil fuel heaters aboard live export ship in summer.

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Sheep were put near oil fuel heaters aboard live export ship in summer

Six hundred sheep died on voyage of Kuwait-flagged vessel from Australia to Middle East last year, report says

Sheep on a live export shipment during the high-risk northern summer months were made to stand in pens next to oil fuel heaters and some died due to smothering when crowding around air vents, a report released by the federal agriculture department says.

Six hundred sheep died on the voyage of the Kuwait-flagged ship Al Shuwaikh from Australia to the Middle East in May and June last year.

A summary of the report written by the independent observer was published on the department’s website on Thursday. The RSPCA has questioned why the report was not released for 11 months, despite containing information about heat stress that may have influenced the design of new live export rules.

It said the report was “a major indictment” on the decision of the government to continue the live export trade between May and June this year, despite calls from animal welfare groups, the West Australian government, and Labor and the Greens to stop it. Labor has promised to ban the trade if elected.

 

Live exports: government refuses to release video showing heat stress

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“This report was in the department’s possession in June 2018 – to withhold its release until after the regulations for this northern summer period were made is very concerning indeed,” RSPCA senior policy officer Dr Jed Goodfellow said. “It shows, yet again, that the Department of Agriculture cannot be trusted to effectively regulate live exports and that a truly independent regulator is urgently required.”

The Al Shuwaikh left Fremantle on 15 May, two days before agriculture minister David Littleproud released a review into the management of heat stress on live export ships.

About 0.88% of the 69,117 sheep on board died — just above the average for a live export shipment — but all 263 cattle survived.

The observer’s own report, released in heavily redacted form under freedom of information laws to the RSPCA in January, said that poor communication between crew members “resulted in some pens being without water overnight on numerous occasions”.

But that observation was not included in the department’s public summary report, which said the watering system was “efficient and well maintained”.

The version released under FOI also mentioned the “training, or lack of it” among the crew, which the final report omitted, saying instead that all crew had “up to 10 years experience” and were “kind when handling livestock”.

Both versions of the report said that the closed decks of the ship were hotter and more humid than the open decks and attributed that to a fuel heater, which was turned off when the ship reached the equator.

Both also said that sheep on deck nine had elevated respiratory rates because the steel roof above them was painted a dark colour and absorbed the heat. Elevated respiratory rates and panting are signs of heat stress.

The department’s report said sheep were “open mouth breathing and attempting to gain position around the ventilation vents on all open and closed decks” on eight days of the voyage, adding that “in these instances, death by smothering was an observed outcome”.

But it said the voyage complied with the Australian standards for the export of livestock.

The department defended the delay in releasing the report and the discrepancies between the report as released under FOI and the public summary.

“This summary report accurately reflects the key observations made by the independent observer,” a department spokesman said. “It was fact-checked and agreed to by the independent observer prior to publication.”

The department said it published reports “as soon as practicable” and that timeframe could vary “depending on a number of factors”.

Asked why the detail about animals being left without water overnight was not included in the summary, the department said: “The [independent observer] reported no adverse animal welfare outcomes as a result of this incident.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/12/sheep-were-put-near-oil-fuel-heaters-aboard-live-export-ship-in-summer?CMP=share_btn_tw

China: This Little Piggy Bit Back. Incurable African Swine Fever Found Near To Chinese Border. Karma For The Way They Are Treated ?

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We, as an NGO, have very serious concerns about the welfare of the animals involved with this incident.

Lets go back to 2011 and an incident in South Korea. I remembering covering it at the time with SAV, and it disgusted me then, as it still does today.  Thousands of pigs BURIED ALIVE !

Lets face it and be truthful; I am not afraid to say; the Far East (China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan etc) do not really give a damn when it comes to the welfare of animals. They claim to be modern and very ‘hip’ with their mobile phone technology; but with other issues such as the treatment of sentient beings; they still live in the dark ages.

I will be trying to get more info on exactly how these animals were culled and by what means. I will be publishing it as a separate post if and when I get answers. In the meantime have a look at what I covered way back in 2011. Have things changed ? – I have concerns that they have not. With the way that they intensively rear pigs, sadly I look at these nations as simple folk who will do the easiest and cheapest method of anything when it comes to keeping them and their welfare.

I don’t apologise for anything I say – to me, they are all heathens. I do see it as a kind of ‘Karma’ – the pig bites back; this is what happens when you cause them immense suffering in their pitiful; suffering ‘lives’; and treat them with the utmost disrespect.

Such is the Far east and animal ‘welfare’.

Regards Mark.

 

Old post links from SAV 2011:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/13/south-korea-latest-animal-killing-statistics-update-on-foot-and-mouth-not-good-reading-tens-of-thousands-buried-alive/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/08/south-korea-counselled-distraught-farm-wives-compare-burying-piglets-alive-to-killing-their-own-children-and-still-the-government-makes-excuses/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/14/south-korea-foot-and-mouth-please-take-action-for-animals-who-have-been-buried-alive-sample-letter-included/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/03/03/south-korea-live-pig-burials-cnn-take-up-the-story-today-3311-and-still-after-all-the-video-footage-the-dimwit-agriculture-minister-denies-problems/

 

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Hong Kong culls 6,000 pigs after African swine fever found

Incurable virus detected in a pig imported from Guangdong province in mainland China

Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after its first ever case of African swine fever was found in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with mainland China.

 

African swine fever hits Chinese pork industry in run-up to New Year

Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, said the incurable virus was found in a pig imported from a farm in Guangdong province on the mainland where an outbreak has devastated herds.

Pork is China’s staple meat and its price and availability is considered a matter of national concern. Shortfalls in supply have increased demand for pork from producers in the US, with whom China is locked in a tariff battle.

Chan said the culling was necessary so that thorough cleansing and disinfection could be conducted. Operations at the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse would be suspended until the disinfection work was completed, she said. “We will enhance the surveillance and also testing of pigs, and currently we collect samples from pigs with ASF symptoms for testing, and in the future we will step up the sampling of other pigs for testing.”

The territory’s fresh pork supply would be reduced in the near future but there would still be a limited supply of live pigs available from another slaughterhouse, she said.

Unlike swine flu, African swine fever cannot be transmitted to humans and Chan said well-cooked pork remained safe for consumption.

Concerns about the spread of African swine fever to the US recently led organisers to cancel the World Pork Expo scheduled for June in the state of Iowa. Denmark has begun erecting a 70km fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of the fever, which could jeopardise the country’s valuable pork industry. Russia has been hit hard and some have speculated the Chinese outbreak may have originated from there.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/11/hong-kong-culls-6000-pigs-after-african-swine-fever-found

 

Germany: Elephants are still tormented in the Hannover Zoo

 

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In the spring of 2017, PETA published images that showed how baby elephants in the Hannover Adventure Zoo have been beaten and tormented so that they can perform circus-like tricks for visitors. The zookeepers use the elephant hook – a stick with a pointed metal hook – to make the animals docile. PETA subsequently filed criminal charges.

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During the ongoing investigation, an eyewitness told us about further maltreatment of elephants at the Hannover Zoo. She also watched the elephants being beaten arbitrarily and violently by the zookeepers. Here is an excerpt from her report:

“The orderlies entered the enclosure and immediately there was stress among the animals. What I saw then still makes me very angry and incredibly sad today. […] I saw a zoo keeper directly approach an elephant and forcefully (he hit his arm) rammed the hook into his skin. “

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Peta has forwarded the eyewitness’s observations to the relevant prosecutor and filed a criminal complaint.

What happened after that?

August 2017: preliminary investigation is closed

The public prosecutor’s office had appointed three highly biased experts from zoo-close circles as experts.

First report:In the situations shown on the video sequences, however, it should be recognized that the animals would have suffered considerable pain, suffering and damage, although here are no signs of rawness recognizable.
The infliction of considerable pain or suffering, however, was repeated as evidenced by the evidence provided. “

Second report:Although it comes in some sequences to an exaggerated and inappropriate use of the elephant hook, the evidence for a very strict and hard training at the Zoo Hannover documented; the film scenes are too short overall to be able to make a comprehensive assessment. In addition, it was not conclusively shown to what extent it actually came to a significant physical impairment of an elephant”.

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Conclusion
Even these statements and indicia were considered inadequate to bring charges against the elephant torments. In addition, the prosecution argues: Neither images nor on video sequences concrete injuries were recognizable.”

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October 2017: PETA submits new expert opinion.
We laid the long-standing elephant curator and zoo vet of the Cologne zoo, Dr. med. Olaf Behlert, video recordings for review.

Dr. Olaf Behlert spent more than 25 years curating elephants and 30 years as a zoo veterinarian in the Cologne Zoo before retiring in 2016 due to age.

Complaint to the Attorney General
In his 18-page evaluation of the footage, which lasts several hours, the expert leaves no doubt that the elephants were intentionally causing considerable suffering by the staff and that “clear and serious violations of the animal protection law” exist.
PETA has lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office against the termination of the preliminary investigation and the opinion of Dr. Ing. Behlert is now submitted as additional evidence.

January 2018:  termination of preliminary investigation confirmed
Attorney General in Celle has confirmed the termination of the preliminary investigation. The reason: It was not sufficiently proven that the elephants were treated by the violent handling in the zoo Hannover “significant pain and suffering”.

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Summer 2018: Attitude without elephant hook begins
In the summer of 2018, the Zoo Hannover has begun with provisional measures to switch to “protected contact” in which the elephants are no longer beaten with the elephant hook.
However, the zoo also sent a family of five Asian elephants to the Belgian zoo, Pairi Daiza, to make way for the enclosure.
For show performances and daily riding, the zoo in Brussels trains the elephants with the elephant hook – so they are exposed to further maltreatment there.

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How do we proceed now??
We will continue to work to stop the maltreatment of elephants in German zoos! No matter what kind of housing a zoo practices, elephants can never live in an appropriate way in captivity.

You can also help us fight zoos in the zoo: Please visit no zoos and tell friends and acquaintances about the suffering lives of elephants in zoos.

https://www.peta.de/zoo-hannover-elefanten-verfahren-2017

My comment: The Hannover “Adventure” Zoo received grants worth three million euros from the city in 2010. New data on state subsidies are not available.
One thing is certain: this prison is (also) supported by the state.
The director must go – and the perpetrators must be punished. Because these do not work as a passion, they torture with enthusiasm.

To the pain of the animals comes the fear. The elephants are helplessly at the mercy of the psychopaths who torture them. The adult elephants can only watch their children being beaten. It stresses the life in the zoo anyway extremely. While hiking in freedom up to 80 kilometers a day, they are locked in these prisons in the smallest of spaces.
There are a few stupid parents who think that they can teach their children the life of the wild animals, when they visit with them the inmates and look into what a miserable life we ​​humans have condemned these animals.

The only animal that causes the captivity of other animals and still finds it great, is the human being!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Video To Enjoy – Rescued Sun Bear ‘Aurora’ Makes First-Ever Friends.

We (WAV) have been showing the rescue work of Animals Asia on this site whenever we get new and updated information.

Here is the link to one of our past posts:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/26/animals-asia-new-rescues-in-vietnam-your-help-needed-please-donate-today-thank-you-wav/

 

Well now we can bring you the first video footage of rescued bear ‘Aurora’ who was rescued back in December 2018 enjoying her new life with other friends at the AA sanctuary.

 

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This lovely video update is from animal welfare group Animals Asia, and shows one of their rescued sun bears making her first-ever friends!

The adorable bear is named Aurora, and she was rescued in December 2018. Aurora had spent the first 15 years of her life in a barren cage, held in cruel captivity as someone’s exotic “pet.” When this sun bear was first found, she was in awful shape, both physically and emotionally.

After her rescue, Aurora had to spend several months in quarantine and at the wildlife hospital recovering from her injuries after so many years of neglect. Once she made a full recovery, she was transferred to Animals Asia’s rescue center in Vietnam.

Since Aurora was most likely poached from the wild as a cub, she had not been around other bears in over 15 years — and her caretakers were unsure how she would react, or if she even knew how to socialize.

Much to everyone’s delight, this sweet bear instantly began making friends with five other sun bears at the sanctuary. Aurora is so playful and loving that she is even helping some of the shier bears come out of their shells.

Now, all of the rescued sun bears — Aurora, Goldie, Sassy, Annemarie, Murphy, and Layla — are just one big happy family! They all get to live in an outdoor enclosure filled with trees, a swimming pool, and lots of toys and climbing enrichment. They are able to express natural behaviors such as foraging, and finally live their lives the way sun bears are meant to live.

Aurora loves to wrestle with her new friends, play with them on the grass, and eat and forage next to them — and she even likes sharing sleeping baskets. These darling sun bears were able to overcome their traumatic pasts, and as you can see in the video they are now having the time of their lives.

South Korea: Dismiss Veterinary Professor – Dog Abuser.

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South Korea: Dismiss Veterinary Professor – Dog Abuser.

 

Actions – English version of May 10th now available

by clicking on the following:

Once there, please click on ‘HERE’ to take further actions and to see the videos.

http://koreandogs.org/newsletter-may-10-2019/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=PETITION_Dismiss_veterinary_professor_Lee_ByeongChun_from_SNU!_English_Translation_Available_Now&utm_medium=email

 

Dismiss SNU’s Prof Lee Byeong-Chun for cruel experiments on retired cloned detection dogs

College of Veterinary Medicine professor Lee Byeong-Chun at the Seoul National University, who hides behind his researcher’s mask, must immediately be removed from his position, and the government agency who granted Lee Byeong-Chun with government funds and the authority to do research on companion animals  needs to take responsibility! The business of cloning dogs must be stopped.

 

You can sign the petition directly at:

https://www.change.org/p/seoul-national-university-dismiss-snu-s-prof-lee-byeong-cheon-for-cruel-experiments-on-retired-cloned-detection-dog?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=PETITION_Dismiss_veterinary_professor_Lee_ByeongChun_from_SNU!_English_Translation_Available_Now&utm_medium=email

 

England: Viva! Health May 2019 Newsletter.

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Viva! Health May 2019 Newsletter.

 

Click on the following for full articles and information:

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivahealth-may19-newsletter?e=26c03356b8

 

Includes:

 

Something better change! 

New research shows that people eating red and processed meat increase their risk of bowel cancer even if the amount they eat falls within government dietary guidelines.

 

Vitamin C – are you getting enough?

Vitamin C is necessary for growth and repair. It helps make collagen, one of the basic components in skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It is also needed for wound healing, for healthy bones and teeth and helps us absorb iron from our diet.

 

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Fat lies and bad science

The pro-fat lobby are determined get butter, cheese and beef back on the menu. Bad science, poor journalism and commercial interests are at the heart of this issue which has left many people confused.

 

Feeding the planet

A new study investigates which foods are truly sustainable and can feed the growing population.

 

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Beef up without meat

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t bulk up by eating muscle (meat). Muscles develop by being used and the best diet to fuel this is a wholegrain, vegan one. This 7-day menu plan will help you gain muscle mass in the healthiest way possible.

 

Dodge dementia through diet

Can diet protect our long-term mental health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease? There have been many claims but even though important, it’s not something that often comes up in the pub or over a family dinner. I had a look at the scientific research and it turns out, it’s not that complicated! The research all points in the same direction.

 

Bite-size fact


Probably the most nutritious, health-protective foods in the world, berries are true heroes. They contain a wide range of essential nutrients and a whole lot more – a wealth of health-defending antioxidants which have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and are great for your digestive system.

Even though berries are sweet, they don’t contain much sugar because much of their volume is pumped up by water. What little sugar they provide is well-balanced by the amount of fibre in them so it’s a healthy equation. Berries won’t cause sudden blood sugar spikes and as such are a great food for diabetics.

Click on the top link to read more about all these articles.

 

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Germany: The export champion of the EU

 

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Despite numerous meat scandals, the meat industry has more than doubled in recent years in Germany.
Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world.

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Although there are over 26 million pigs in Germany, pigs are even imported and slaughtered at German slaughterhouses. And: because of overproduction, meat is also produced for the dumpster.
Did you know that the small piglets from different countries are being carted to Germany? Or that Germany exports meat to China and imports cheap meat from other countries? Everything has to be cheap!

More than 16 million pigs are imported from abroad each year to Germany. In Germany, it is already stinking “to the skies”, because Germany was transformed within a very short time to a country where animal suffering is the order of the day.

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For example: In Germany, 2000 pigs died in a fire in April – burned alive! There was a fire in a mega-farm with 60,000 pigs! (we have reported about it: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/28/2000-piglets-burned-alive/)

74,000 pigs are approved in this plant! Imagine that! 74,000 animals on a pig farm, and in addition, it came out that cruel conditions prevailed in this farm after the undercover documentaries by animal rights activists.

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The conditions in factory farming are so cruel that many pigs do not even make it to the slaughterhouse.
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In 2018, commercial slaughterhouses produced 8.0 million tonnes of meat.

56.6 million pigs, 3.4 million cattle and about 600 million broiler chickens, so many animals were slaughtered for consumption.

But millions of animals do not make it to the slaughter and already pass painful.
Instead of better animal husbandry, there are now seminars for fattening owners, how they can prevent animal torments are revealed.

The consumer should get a “good conscience” when he reaches for the “cheap meat” in the supermarkets and discounters, which was also produced cheaply. As already mentioned, “it stinks to the sky”, including rotten meat.

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Problematic livestock farming, resource consumption and excessive antibiotic treatments – there are many reasons why you should refrain from meat. Despite the meat scandals, the average German still consumes 60 kilograms of meat per year.

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But not everything that the German meat consumer uses to meat comes from Germany. While Germany is one of the world’s largest meat producers, meat is also imported from other countries, such as the USA, Latin America or Asia.

 
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China is now ordering more pork from the EU!
In 2018, China imported 1.2 million tonnes of fresh / frozen pork from Europe. In addition, 947,000 tonnes of pig innards were introduced, the latest figures from February 2019. A report from the meat industry in May 2017 confirmed that demand for pork in Germany and the EU is shrinking. Then we ask ourselves: why slaughter more pigs? The meat industry also has an answer to that: exports to third countries increased by 35 percent in pork. That’s why!

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The demand for poultry meat, in contrast to other meats, increased by 3.7% in 2018.
1.8 million tons of poultry meat (slaughter weight) consumed in Germany in 2018. In Germany, 30 million chickens die each year before slaughter due to catastrophic housing conditions.

HoganPhil Hogan (right), EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development believes that the published WHO report that meat is linked to cancer was “misinterpreted” !!. File photo: Alan Betson /

And as factory farming is increasing and more and more animal cruelty on farms is being exposed, offers he Interest Group of pig farmers in Germany e.V. (ISN) its first seminars on “Stable Collapse”. The offer is free and exclusively for members. ISN Managing Director Dr.Torsten Staack will lead the seminars and describe his experiences with stable breakages. According to the announcement, the workshops will take place in January 2019 at the end of February / beginning of March in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Animal rights activists regularly discover the cruelty of animals in mass animal husbandry in the middle of Germany, in a top-country of EU. Again and again, only the dedication of these animal rights activists reveals shocking housing conditions, agonizing practices and even flagrant violations of animal welfare guidelines.

And again and again, the horrifying extent to which official controls on livestock farms fail.

As a country deals with its animals, so it deals with its people, we have also explored it!

https://netzfrauen.org/2019/02/10/fleisch-4/?fbclid=IwAR0y7I2qhTy_wXNLdcmopukroplFwwwXppeVtEtfsbeFo2DeC_QZiu-Z6fs

 

My comment:

“Once upon a time there was a land of POETS and THINKERS
Now we are leading on export of WEAPONS and ANIMAL CADAVERS”

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My best regards to all, Venus

France: Tell Eurotunnel to stop shipping game birds for shooting.

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Dear Mark,

Pheasant chicks are being shipped through Eurotunnel, destined to be gunned down for entertainment on British shooting estates. These birds were born on factory farms in France, where their parents remain incarcerated in barren battery cages.

Every year, 35 million birds are released into the countryside for the sole purpose of being shot, of which half are imported from overseas. Many of these day-old birds will suffer and die in transport boxes from exhaustion and stress, only metres away from passengers on Eurotunnel’s trains.

Together, with help from our supporters, the League Against Cruel Sports has already successfully stopped ferry companies P&O, Brittany Ferries and DFDS importing chicks on their ships.

Without Eurotunnel this cruel trade would struggle to continue. We’re urging you to publicly tweet Eurotunnel today to demand the company bans transport of game birds for shooting.

Take Action: https://takeaction.league.org.uk/page/42665/tweet/1?ea.url.id=2896804&forwarded=true

Thank you for giving animals a voice,

NICK WESTON
Head of Campaigns

PS: Twitter is a great way to make a difference, as it highlights these issues in the public. However, if you do not use Twitter then you can still contact the Eurotunnel CEO Jacques Gounon via email at jacques.gounon­@eurotunnel.com

Nepal: a performance video against the mass murder in Gadhimai

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Check out this awesome Nepalese band’s anti-religion animal rights video

EXCLUSIVE: Nepalese metallers, Underside, premiere their brilliant new video for track Gadhimai

 

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Nepal isn’t known for its metal scene, but Underside have emerged nonetheless and they aren’t just playing awesomely heavy music – they are also protesting the beliefs of the country and religious doctrine they grew up with.

Their latest track and subsequent video is specifically targeting religious festival, Gadhimai, where thousands of animals are killed in the name of a god.

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“We play metal and it’s not native to where we come from. That’s why we decided to use our native instruments as well as tell story from Nepal. You could say this is us redefining our sound. Gadhimai is the beginning of new era for Underside,” the band explain.

“Gadhimai is a festival where hundreds of thousands of animals are sacrificed in the name of god. If you put that in perspective, it’s hard to imagine that it’s still happening you know.

“We see it as ignorance and a perfect example of how religious doctrines blinds you and that killing innocent animals are justified.

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“We don’t want to offend anybody’s religious faith and have no intention to make comments on that but if it involves killing of innocent animals for whatever ‘holy’ reason that you might consider, you are sick and fucked in your head.

“We want to send our message that we don’t support killing of animals and this video is rather symbolic where Gadhimai (goddess) finally wakes up and kills all her ignorant followers. The whole concept started from challenging the existing practice and us imagining would ‘God’ really want blood of these innocent animals if all the creatures were created by god as they say?”

Underside will be playing Download festival this summer. Check out the full video below!

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My comment: The Gadhimai Temple Committee in Nepal announced that there will be no more animal sacrifices at the festival in the future! During the festival, which takes place every five years in southern Nepal, tens of thousands of animals were brutally killed last year in the name of tradition.

We are incredibly pleased with the decision of the temple committees and sincerely hope that the committee will stick to its word and will not revoke the decision before the next festival. (Animal Equality)

I firmly reject such traditions that violate the rights of animals.
The butchers run as fast as they can to catch and behead an animal. They believe that if they kill many animals they prove their devotion to their religion. They do not realize that what they are doing today is a crime and a sin on the 21st century.

For my morale, all this is ridiculous and 100% superstition. In the course of time and with the progress that the world makes, we need to change ourselves and the way we think. The good sides of all religions, cultures, traditions and customs should be continued, the negative aspects, which are associated with massacre of animals, however, must be abolished.
We all hope and wish that this year the blood orgies in Gadhimai will be missed.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Further pictures of the slaughter – and links to when we campaigned about this on SAV – Regards Mark

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/07/29/nepal-29715-victory-animal-sacrifice-banned-at-nepals-gadhimai-festival-half-a-million-animals-saved/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/01/nepal-gadhimai-latest-the-issue-here-is-not-just-one-festival-but-also-the-direction-people-of-nepal-and-the-human-race-is-going/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/04/10/uk-update-recent-gadhimai-nepal-festival-slaughter-shows-animals-involved-were-reduced-by-75/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/07/28/287-very-important-breaking-news-gadhimai-temple-trust-agrees-to-cancel-all-future-animal-sacrifice/

 

 

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‘Is the microphone really on?’: watch Greta Thunberg address UK MPs

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‘Is the microphone really on?’: watch Greta Thunberg address UK MPs

Greta Thunberg (born 3 January 2003) is a school girl in Sweden who, at age 15, began protesting about the need for immediate action to combat climate change outside the Swedish parliament and has since become an outspoken climate activist.[1][2][3][4] She is known for having initiated the school strike for climate movement that formed in November 2018 and surged globally after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December the same year. Her personal activism began in August 2018, when her recurring and solitary Skolstrejk för klimatet (“School strike for the climate”) protesting outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm began attracting media coverage.

On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in the striking and protesting. Another event is scheduled for 24 May 2019.

Thunberg has received various prizes and awards for her activism. In March 2019, three members of the Norwegian parliament nominated Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She recently visited London and addressed Members of Parliament.

See her speech here:

 

USA: Arizona – Ban Wildlife Killing Contests – Take Action Now !

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Dear Mark,
If you’ve already submitted comments to the Arizona Game and Fish (AZGF) Commission in support of their proposed rule to ban wildlife killing contests in the state – thank you!

If not, there’s still time to submit your comments. The Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed rule through this Sunday, May 12th.

There is also an opportunity to speak at the Commission’s June 21st meeting in Phoenix. Details below.

Wildlife killing contests are cruel and senseless events where participants compete to kill the greatest number, the largest, the smallest, or even the youngest of the targeted animal for prizes and entertainment. Hundreds of bobcats, coyotes, cougars, foxes, rabbits, badgers and other species are killed in these contests every year in Arizona.
Please write to the Commission TODAY urging them to support the proposed rule to prohibit wildlife killing contests.

Email comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Department:
rulemaking@azgfd.gov

You may also mail written comments to:
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn.: Rules Section
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

You can simply say, “Please adopt a rule change to Article 3, R12-4-303 that bans wildlife killing contests in Arizona. As someone who cares deeply about Arizona’s wildlife, people, and pets, I strongly support this proposed rule and changes to it that will remove loopholes, enhance enforcement, and broaden protections to all unprotected animals. Thank you for considering a ban on these barbaric events.”

To be most effective, we strongly encourage you to personalize your message, expressing why abolishing wildlife killing contests is so important to you.When taking into account the public’s opinion, the Commission sorts comments by original letters and form letters – original, personalized letters will have much more impact.

If you live out of state, you may also submit written comments for the official record but it is especially important to personalize your letter. Consider discussing how you do not wish to spend tourism dollars in a state that allows wildlife killing contests.

Additional Talking Points:
● Banning wildlife killing contests will prevent a small minority of the population from recklessly slaughtering our wild animals for private gain.
● Killing contests are ethically and ecologically indefensible.
● Killing contests are a bloodsport like dogfighting and cockfighting. Killing wildlife for thrills and prizes–with no respect for their intrinsic or ecological value–is senseless violence and waste.
● Killing contests damage the reputation of responsible hunters by violating fundamental hunting ethics – threatening the future of hunting. Countless animals are injured or orphaned during killing contests.The events put non-target species (including imperiled wolves) at risk. Participants use electronic calling devices, which mimic the sounds of prey or young in distress, to lure the target animals in for an easy kill.
● The public will no longer tolerate wildlife killing contests. Six city and county governments in Arizona – Tucson, Dewey-Humboldt, Flagstaff, Coconino County, Pima County, and Yavapai County – have passed resolutions condemning wildlife killing contests. New Mexico banned coyote killing contests in April, and California and Vermont have taken similar actions in recent years.
● There is no scientific evidence that indiscriminately killing wild animals reduces their populations, increases populations of game animals like deer, or protects livestock. Randomly killing coyotes, for example, disrupts their pack structure, which can increase their populations and increase conflicts with coyotes. Preventing conflicts with the use of humane, non-lethal methods is more effective.
● Wild animals play an important ecological role in healthy ecosystems. Native carnivores control rabbit and rodent populations, keep environments free of animal carcasses, and increase biodiversity.
● We do not seek a ban on hunting. We simply call for an end to organized events where participants compete to kill animals for “fun” and prizes.

Learn more about wildlife killing contests here, the scientific reasons behind why killing coyotes doesn’t solve problems here and here, and the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests here.
Save the date!
You will have an opportunity to speak in support of the proposed rule in June at the Commission’s telephonic meeting. We encourage you to attend – your voice speaks volumes.
What: Arizona Game and Fish Commission Telephonic Meeting
Date: June 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 5000 W. Carefree Hwy., Phoenix, AZ 85086

Thank you for speaking up for the voiceless animals who need your help.

 

Barcelona and the ZOOXXI initiative

 

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The ZOOXXI Platform warns that the campaign does not end here and encourages all zoos worldwide to “cross the doors to the 21st century”

During today’s plenary session at the Barcelona City Council, the last session of this term, the ZOOXXI Citizens’ Initiative has been passed. The initiative proposes a modification of the Animal Protection, Possession and Sale Ordinance, which affects the Barcelona zoo.

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After more than 10 years of investigation, mobilization and socialization for this project, this animal rights platform, now known for launching the first Citizens’ Initiative in Barcelona, has seen the ordinance be finally passed. It will drastically change Barcelona’s current zoo model.

The proposal includes a paradigm shift that can allow the zoo “to open up to nature” and invest most of its efforts on in-situ conservation for the protection of natural habitats.

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Only animals whose reproduction can contribute to either long or short term conservation of the species, and who are meant to be reintroduced back into nature, will continue to be reproduced at the zoo.

A scientific and ethical committee with experts on each species will be in charge of deciding.

Furthermore, in few words, ZOOXXI also wants to add a technological side to the facility so that visitors can get to know the conservation programs the zoo is carrying out in situ, which they helped finance with their ticket. This will be possible through advanced immersive technologies that will allow visitors to learn about the natural behavior of animals “without causing any suffering”. ZOOXXI will also include the 3Rs center (Rescue, Recovery and Relocation) which will shelter animals that have been hurt, abandoned or seized from illegal trafficking.

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The Platform also suggests the application of Compassionate Conservation and the creation of the first Scientific Studies Center on Animal Sentience. The new zoo model will encourage an educational model based on empathy towards animals, which according to scientific studies and various pilot studies, contributes to the prevention of bullying and results in better prosocial behavior while creating a “culture of peace”.

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“Today has been a win for the planet and a loss for skepticism. Today people, empathy, ethics and freedom have won over the economic interests of animal captivity and illegal trafficking of species.

Today draws a line between what we were in the past and what we want to be now, while remembering, forgiving and acknowledging colonialist, despoiling and mercantilist thinking from the past.

We now have a planet to save, millions of animals to rescue, thousands of habitats to protect and hundreds of zoos to convince. We have not done all this work to reshape a zoo, we have worked to save habitats, to save the planet and that is why we need all zoos worldwide. From today, all zoos are invited to cross the doors to the 21st century” said Leonardo Anselmi, who coordinated the Citizens’ Initiative.

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https://zooxxi.org/en/the-zooxxi-initiative-to-reshape-the-zoo-that-will-protect-the-planets-habitats-has-been-passed/

 

My comment: An interesting initiative and certainly an improvement over most of the current zoos.
However, the prerequisite is that we consider a zoo to be necessary, ethically acceptable and justifiable.

Nowhere we have read about the rights of these individual animals imprisoned for the stupid fun of the masses.
We also have not read about keeping iconic animals because they are a public magnet, like big cats, elephants, giraffes, etc.
Nowhere have we read about the conditions and the reproduction of natural habitats.

Perhaps there is much more information than in this small part, but this report has given the impression that it is more an improvement of slavery than a radical reform.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the debate on the cage size of lab rats instead of banning the systems that capture and use them.

My best regards to all, Venus