Reality slaughterhouse: Kicked, tormented, torn alive.

 

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In Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is one of the largest cattle slaughterhouses in Germany. Its name: Standard-Fleisch GmbH & Co. KG.

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The german animal welfare office has collected around 600 hours of video footage taken with a hidden camera. (To see the video please click on the link):

https://www.tierschutzbuero.de/realitaet-schlachthof/

And what you see there makes everyone shudder.
The resulting videos show how a large number of cattle and disused dairy cows were insufficiently and improperly stunned, and although they were apparently conscious, were still stung alive and killed.
The animals are kicked in the slaughterhouse, tortured and torn alive.

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In addition, the animals were treated with electric shock gun up to 28 times unlawfully abused, with driving spurs or forcibly forced out of their pit and unnecessarily exposed to injury hazards.

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An excerpt from this horror scenario in the slaughterhouse Oldenburg was broadcast on 06.11.2018 at 17:00 and at 19:00 clock on ZDF (Central German Television).

Jan Peifer, chairman of the board of the German Animal Welfare Office proves with videos that many animals still live as they are tapped. A video surveillance in slaughterhouses, preferably already in the animal transports, would be absolutely necessary.

The states, of course, has the German animal welfare office immediately reported to the relevant prosecutor! Now it is up to the competent authorities to close this horror slaughterhouse immediately! Otherwise, in the future, unbelievably many animals will suffer from the conditions in Oldenburg. Because the slaughterhouse is not one from many, but belongs to the ten largest cattle slaughterhouses in Germany (2016: Rank 8)! According to their own data, the annual slaughter rate is over 90,000 cattle. The slaughterhouse has also BIO certification!!

The uncovered conditions in Oldenburg are another case in a series of extreme scandals in German slaughterhouses in recent months. To date, five slaughterhouses have been closed temporarily or permanently for animal cruelty and other violations of the law after animal rights activists have carried out undercover research.

Please sign the petition for closing of this slaughterhouse:

http://www.tierschutzbuero.de/realitaet-schlachthof/petition/?fbclid=

 

My comment: if you look at the video … a hell on earth!

Screams of death – and the animal still moves its head vertically and horizontally and wriggles in circular movements.

More horror can not exist. How is it possible that the majority of people accept this?

Finally, the case came on the biggest German channel, I wonder: what did the people feel when they saw that? And what else do the Meat-eaters want to see, so they stop torturing defenseless animals with their second-hand consumption?

The hope for an end to such crematoria is the pressure on corrupt politicians who are inactive against such serious crimes. Animal rights must become a political issue.

https://www.change.org/p/schlachthof-oldenburg-sofort-schlie%C3%9Fen-realit%C3%A4tschlachthof?

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

 

Canada: Petition for Whales and Dolphins. USA: BLM Drops Cruel Sterilization Experiments on America’s Wild Horses.

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SIGN: Pass Bill to Finally End Cruel Captivity of Whales and Dolphins

PETITION TARGET: Bardish Chagger, Canada’s House Leader and Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

The lives of captive whales and dolphins hang in the balance as, after three years of an uphill battle, the Canadian senate has passed Bill S-203: the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. The bill is now going to the House of Commons. We must urge them to pass this bill, which would finally end the unimaginable cruelty inflicted on intelligent, social animals forced to live in aquariums for human entertainment.

The bill was introduced by senator Wilfred Moore in 2015, but was attacked by conservative politicians for years. This is a paradigm-shifting bill  that reflects the will of the public, who no longer want to see animals tortured for profit.

These whales and dolphins are forcefully stolen from their families to live lonely, purposeless lives for our amusement. They are physically and psychologically molded to be compliant and obedient, causing tremendous damage that greatly shortens their lives. Their natural instincts are stifled as they live with a sense of isolation that few of us could comprehend.

Should this act be passed, Canada’s captive marine mammals will be sent to live in a seaside sanctuary — finally free of the stress of their current confinement.

Sign this petition to urge Canada’s house leader, as well as the president, to fully support this bill and make it a top priority to pass it into law. It’s time to take a stand to make cruel marine mammal captivity a thing of the past.

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-ban-cruel-captivity-whales-dolphins-canada/

 

 

 

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VICTORY! BLM Drops Cruel Sterilization Experiments on America’s Wild Horses

Posted by Carly Day | November 12, 2018

After months of fighting, campaigning, and finally, a court case filed by a coalition of animal welfare groups, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced they will cancel their plans to conduct shockingly inhumane sterilization experiments on a herd of wild horses in Oregon.

The planned surgeries for Oregon’s Warm Springs herd — known as ovariectomy via colpotomy — are highly invasive procedures with great risk of complications such as prolonged bleeding, infection and premature birth or abortion.

The decision comes mere days after a US District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction to stop the controversial research — due to begin on November 5th — pending the outcome of the court case, which he predicted would go in favor of the coalition.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), The Cloud Foundation, and wildlife photographer Carol Walker were all plaintiffs in the case against the BLM.

LFT also strongly opposed the barbaric research, covering the issue as it progressed and hosting a petition which garnered over 18,000 signatures.

In their lawsuit, the coalition argued that the BLM was in violation of the US Constitution and three federal laws, stating that the experiments were cruel and dangerous and that the BLM hadn’t given enough consideration to more humane population control methods.

This is the second time the BLM has been forced to back out of plans to surgically remove the ovaries of wild mares. Two years ago, AWHC and TCF also successfully sued in order to get the experiments halted.

“We are gratified that the BLM has nixed these cruel experiments on federally protected horses, but it should not take two lawsuits over two years to convince a federal agency that America’s beloved wild horses deserve humane approaches to population management,” said Joanna Grossman, Ph.D., equine program manager for AWI.

 

 

EU: A Little EU Experience On A Few Of Our Issues Of Concern.

 

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The UK voted 2 years ago to get out of the EU and take back control of its own future.

With the possibility of a deal now on the table (13/11/18) I though it may be a good time to look a little more at ‘EU departments’ and to question if the EU citizen is really getting a good deal for what (their) nation contributes to the EU.

Here is a formal list of the biggest to smallest contributors to the EU:

 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/316691/european-union-eu-budget-share-of-contributions/

 

UK – 13.5% – compared to Germany 19% and France 16.6%.  The 3 biggest contributors.

Move down to the other end and we see Luxembourg 0.25%, Bulgaria 0.34% and Romania 1.15%.  All percentages can be seen on the above link.

So, what do we get for this ?

We (as an organisation) have over 27 years worth of experience in live animals being transported around the EU and via our sister organisation ‘Serbian Animals Voice’  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/  around 14 years of experience dealing with stray animal welfare in Serbia – not currently an EU member state, but a ‘Candidate Country’ to join.

With our experience we have written and produced a large amount of letters and questions to the EU over the years; especially (for live transport) the Health and Food Safety Commission (DG SANTE)  and for Serbia animal welfare, the EU Enlargement Commission to express our concerns before the EU door is opened up to Serbia.

DG has bothered to contact us at the odd interval; but the Enlargement Commission has never really bothered despite all our evidence abut non compliance with the EU’s very own ‘Rule of Law’ (Copenhagen agreement).

 

So, anyway, here is a formal listing of the EU Departments and Executive Agencies which ‘control’ the day to day operations at EU HQ.

Link – https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments_en   – this is from ‘Europa’; the formal site of the EU.

We see they list no less than 53 agencies and departments.  So lets go a little deeper regarding live animal transport and Serbia.  Live animals transport comes under ‘Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) – and here is the link to their site from the above listing:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/health-and-food-safety_en

From the link you can see the leadership and organisation; but then go a little deeper.  Below Martin Seychell you can download the organisation chart of just this Commission  – here is the link:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/organisation_charts/organisation-chart-dg-sante_en.pdf

7 main departments (A to G); each with a head; and then each department being sub divided into different organisations – approximately 34 at our count; each having ?? number of employees.  On its own site, the FVO  http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/how_en.print.htm ; part of the Health and Consumers Directorate-General; says that it has at least 170 employees.  The FVO and the DG SANTE are really responsible for undertaking EU legislation compliance with EU regulations in all member states.  They do not and it does not work.

Moving on to Serbia and its application to join the EU; this is undertaken via the  European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations which are headed by Commissioner Hahn – Link:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/european-neighbourhood-policy-and-enlargement-negotiations_en

Here is a link to all the major persons (but not all staff) associated with this Commission – https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/european-neighbourhood-policy-and-enlargement-negotiations_en#leadership

 

And here is an organisational chart of the structure:  https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/near-org-chart.pdf

42 departments or more; each with staff and people working for them.

 

So by giving a little insight into just 2 of the 53 EU Departments and Executive Agencies that combine to produce the mighty EU machine; one would think that this; which does not even start to include MEP’s  – http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20130610IPR11414/elections-2014-share-out-of-meps-seats-among-28-eu-countries   – one would think that issues such as live animal transport and stray animal management could be undertaken by such a huge amount of staff.

Experience in both theatres of live transport and Serbian animal welfare show us there is NO REAL CONCERN at EU level.  Surely, paying all this money to the EU as taxpayers (UK – Mark) and (Germany – Venus); are we not right to ask exactly what the 2 sections of 53 are doing for issues that concern us ?

No; the EU does not want to know; instead it works to punish the UK for voting to leave the club and taking back control.  Other member states all seem happy to continue contributing finances as shown above; for getting what exactly in return ?

The EU system does not work.  It employs thousands and has a great website, but the reality is it does very little; if anything; to address the concerns of EU citizens over such important issues as live animal transport enforcement.

 

Still want to be an EU member state ?  the facts are above – you decide if it is financially worth it for very little return.

Regards Mark.

 

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Cuping in Germany: an illegal mass mutilation!

 

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There was an audit of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) between 12 and 21 February 2018. The aim of the audit, was to assess the suitability and effectiveness of existing ones measures for preventing tail biting and avoiding the routine culling of tails in pigs”.

Who is DG SANTE?

It is the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the Commission and responsible for monitoring the implementation of the relevant legislation. It is headed by Mr. Andriukaitis, who is known to us as “the do nothing man”.

A kind of police is DG SANTE, we can say, which controls (with its many sub-directorates) , whether agreed measures for the health of humans and animals are observed.

These directorates in Brussels are (May 2011):
Directorate A: General Affairs (6 departments)
Directorate B: Consumer Affairs (6 Departments)
Directorate C: Public Health (4 departments)
Directorate D: Health System and Products (5 Departments)
Directorate E: Food Production Safety (6 Departments)
Directorate F: Food and Veterinary Office (7 departments)
Directorate G: Veterinary and International Affairs (8 Departments)
 

These are further subdivided into related departments (see below on the link), so we ended up with a huge apparatus  that costs for us much money and usually without having a useful effectiveness.

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The current situation in Germany

By crop we mean the cutting off of the tail of a pig. The purpose is: pigs are omnivores, they even nibble each other. The “specialists” call this “caudophagia”: tail biting.

Every four weeks, when the new piglets are there, the farmer comes and cuts off their tails, more precisely: the last third of the tail. He presses their tail tip against the glowing hot cutter. The top falls, the heat fuses the wound, the farmer puts the pig back into the bay.

That is nothing but a painful mutilation, an amputation.

Actually, what every farmer does is illegal. The German animal protection law, paragraph 6, prohibits the amputation of body parts in vertebrates.
The EU Directive 2008/120 / EC even clarifies the prohibition for pigs: “A cropping must not be carried out routinely.” Exceptions are allowed with veterinary approval.

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But the exception has long been the rule in Germany. Experts appreciatethat up to 99 percent of the piglets from conventional farming are cropped.
A ringlet tail pigs have almost only in pictures.
Farmers talk about practicing animal welfare, and claim that without cupping pigs would bite each other and cause bloody acute injuries, bad abscesses, inflammation in the entire back area.

Cause of the (illegal) routine cropping.

The intelligent animals live there in a monotonous stable on full slatted floors and have no employment. They have no freedom of movement, no employment opportunity and no retreat. Due to boredom or stress they start to bite into the tails of other animals.
They suffer from the loss of their natural behavior and can not live up to their needs.     
In boars, however, tail biting is unknown.

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But what is the pig industry doing? It does not change the keeping conditions, but one adapts the animals to the Farma conditions, to make as much money out of them as possible! No cropped pigs, no one wants!

The result of the audit from 21. February 2018
They did not find a practicable solution for doing without cropping!!

The report concludes that the federal and state authorities’ strategies for reducing tail biting and avoiding the routine curbing of tails in pigs have not produced any concrete results, and are still routinely cropping tails in Germany, despite considerable sums of money spent on research and disseminated the respective results.

Certificates of established veterinarians justifying the need for cropping are not based on sufficient evidence that other measures have been taken to avoid tail biting. This and the lack of verification of these certificates during official controls lead to routine tail docking.

The competent authorities agreed that the initiatives of the Action Plan had not yet fully realized, but made it clear that this is a long-term project and that they assume that the continuous involvement of stakeholders and the establishment of new working groups will result in a appropriate effect will be achieved.

With other, simple words: they have controlled, and nothing has changed. They made suggestions but they did not punish anyone.

The pigs will continue to be chopped up with hot iron, and we will continue to give money to the peasants, so that they may respond to the suggestions of the audit and perhaps practice them.
Until then, it remains legal, which is illegal.

This is also a way to do a job.
However, it is the most ineffective and most sloppy way of all.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/organisation_charts/organisation-chart-dg-sante_en.pdf

My best regards, Venus

 

 

EU Commission: never again use the word “moral”!

 

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MEP Stefan Eck: “Everything must now be done to put an end to this miserable, legalized animal cruelty!”

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On 08.11.2018, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Law (ENVI) held the first debate on the “Report on the implementation of the Regulation on the protection of animals during transport inside and outside the EU (EC 1/2005 )” instead of.

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EU: ‘Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)’ – Ever Been There and Used Its Information ? – Have a Look.

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Over the last few days Venus and I have been looking further into EU live animal transport.  With years of investigation experience, I want to provide you with a section of the EU that is available to all; and yet seems to keep a low profile on its work with regard live animal issues.  Why is this ? – could it be like us, they also have no faith in the mighty EU actually taking any action against non compliant member states ? – Is it all just a job producing, money making, paper producing exercise that actually does very little, if anything, to improve animal welfare.

Venus will be producing a post soon re pig tail docking in Germany.  His is associated with an FVO audit report undertaken in Germany very recently.

The section of the EU is called the ‘Food and Veterinary Office’; or FVO for short.  Some of you may have come across this in the past; some not.  I will try to give a quick and simple summary of what the FVO is about and how you can access some (why not all ?) of its investigation reports; which I am sure, will be of interest to many of you.

Audits are continually undertaken by the FVO across EU member states; although not necessarily in the same year.  In their words:

In its function as “eyes and ears” of the Commission, the FVO verifies on the spot that applicable requirements in the areas of food safety, animal health and welfare and plant health are properly implemented and enforced by Member States and also by third countries. By contributing to the improvement of national control systems, the effective enforcement of requirements in the EU and third countries is enhanced. This, in turn, helps to ensure that:

  • Consumers can be confident that the safety of their food is protected by strict enforcement of controls.
  • Trade can take place under conditions of uniform and high safety levels, which allow markets to focus on price, quality and consumer preferences.
  • Exporters can harness the advantages of a single EU market, with high and uniform levels of safety enforcement, to promote their position on world markets.
  • The key role of food safety in wider EU policies, including obligations towards trade partners and developing countries, is supported by effective, non-discriminatory and transparent enforcement.
  • EU policies on safety, including their wider policy implications, are informed by the lessons from on-the-ground audit findings.

In its reports the FVO makes recommendations to the competent authority of the country concerned to deal with any shortcomings revealed during the audits. The competent authority is requested to present an action plan to the FVO on how it intends to address shortcomings. Verification of the completion and effectiveness of corrective actions through a number of follow up activities is an integral part of FVO activity. 

 

To find out more about the specific accessible reports produced by the FVO in its visit to any EU member state; you can click on the following link:

 

http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/audit_map/index.cfm

 

Move the cursor over any (EU) country to see the number of audits, click on any country to see a list of audits which have been undertaken; and what they are about.

Lets pick Romania at random as an example.  If we move the mouse pointer over Romania on the EU map; we can see that no less than 8 inspections were undertaken by the FVO in 2018.  Then we are provided with a series of boxes; each relating to (only some) published audit reports undertaken.

For example; we can access report 2018-6477 which specifically deals with classic swine fever.  The report is available in a series of languages; each presented in pdf format.

Accessing the English pdf version, we can see that the report details the following:

FINAL REPORT OF AN AUDIT CARRIED OUT IN

ROMANIA FROM 25 JANUARY 2018 TO 02 FEBRUARY 2018

IN ORDER TO

EVALUATE THE APPLICATION OF ANIMAL HEALTH CONTROL MEASURES

RELATING TO CLASSICAL SWINE FEVER

 

So this for example, provides a lot of information into FVO investigations into swine fever application measures when they visited Romania during January and February 2018.  The specific report makes very interesting reading on the issue for animal welfare campaigners.

This is just one example relating to just one issue in one EU member state regarding animal welfare.  All issues cannot be covered by us in a month of Sundays, but we leave it to you to use the EU map and to go exploring different nations to see the issues of the current and past years.

The aim for us by giving this info ? – for activists to become more informed on what issues have specifically been investigated by the FVO in any EU member state.  Knowledge is news and information which can be taken further; and the FVO reports can then be used to do follow up reports; or to write to the national ministries involved; to ask them some (sometimes) embarrassing questions on what actions they have taken regarding the original FVO audits.  There are always follow up actions after an audit report; but do the nations actually take the actions on board ?

It is time to check other audits for all the member nations; but with Bulgaria for example; we see that there was an audit report done (2018-6571) on the ‘Import Controls for Food and Live Animals’.  As Bulgaria is the main route out for live animals exported from the EU to Turkey; it may well be worth a read to see exactly what the audit report says and to ask what, if anything, has been done as a follow up by the Bulgarian authorities ?

Some of the reports; as per this above case, are NOT yet published.  They are listed but are not yet accessi8ble; We wonder why ?

But we do know the dates and numbers of the reports; so asking questions and obtaining further information could be followed up with national MEP’s if required by you.

Further links and information:

 

https://ec.europa.eu/food/audits_analysis_en

 

Country Profiles – http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/country_profiles/index.cfm

 

Videos – https://ec.europa.eu/food/audits_analysis/videos_en

 

Further information on the organisation and implementation of Member State controls in the areas of food and feed safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health may be found in the websites of national control agencies.

Although not an EU obligation, some Member States publish their Multi-annual National Control Plans and Annual Reports on the implementation of these plans. In these cases links to these documents are included.

Link to MANCP (Article 41 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004)
Member State links

 

Have a hunt around – you may come across a lot more info than you realised;

Regards Mark

First class corrupt governments!

Germany: Federal parliament rejects stop of long-distance transports!

 

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“It is a scandal that animals continue to be transported under terrible conditions to third countries. The outcry after the 37 degree reportage “secret thing animal transports” was once very large – but now you continue just as before, “said Dr. Rusche of the German Animal Welfare Association.

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In their application, the Greens called for a suspension of transports – as long as the requirements of the EU regulation on live animal transports in third countries are genuinely met – as well as limited transport times. The FDP (free democrats)  demanded the suppression of transports, if they do not meet the European minimum standards, as well as compliance with the EU Regulation with appropriate controls, reports the German Animal Welfare Association.

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This Remembrance Day, We Must Not Forget The Animals Lost In War.

 

This Remembrance Day, We Must Not Forget The Animals Lost In War

Not them, nor anyone or anything else that has made unimaginable sacrifices for every single one of us alive today.

 

·         Marc Abraham Vet, animal welfare campaigner, PupAid founder

Very few of us find this weekend lacking in emotion. Perhaps from our own personal experiences or just hearing stories and memories of war from older relatives, we all make a point of honouring the dead by wearing a poppy, respecting the two-minute silence, as well as attending our local Remembrance Parades too. All of these actions help us reflect deeply about how lucky we are as a nation; and how it’s all due to those brave heroes that fought, and still continue to fight, for our freedom in every bloody battle, conflict, and terrible war.

But as well as the millions of human heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice, please also spare a thought this weekend for all the poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind, and employing all manner of skills, that both served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns. On the Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane, there’s an inscription that simply reads “They had no choice.”

Famously of course, horses always formed the cavalry, able to draw heavy artillery and providing an incredibly useful all-purpose and reliable method of transportation. We’re all aware of Michael Morpurgo story ‘Warhorse’, but tragically eight million warhorses lost their lives during the Great War. Most died from disease, starvation, or exposure; one of mankind’s most noble and loyal servants reduced to shivering bags of skin and bones, some even resorting to chewing on their own rugs for food.

In the deserts, mountains, and tropics, with much tougher terrain, camels and elephants were better suited to help our soldiers, playing a crucial role in warfare; just like those oxen, mules, and donkeys that carried supplies, arms, as well as our dead and wounded. Mules serving in the dense jungles of Burma even had their vocal cords severed, ensuring their loud braying would not betray Allied positions to the enemy.

Unsurprisingly dogs also suffered high casualty rates as they were used to relay messages between soldiers in the trenches. Furthermore their excellent sensitivity to smell meant that they were employed to search for mines and trip-wires, commonly leading to in injury or death from resulting explosions. Some would rip their paws to shreds scrabbling through the rubble of bombed-out buildings in UK cities attacked in the Blitz, looking for survivors or bodies.

In contrast nowadays it’s rare for a mine detection dog to be killed or injured, as these dogs are trained not to step on the mines, and the way they are worked is very strictly controlled. Usually once a mine is detected the dog is trained to sit beside it as a sign to the handler that it’s found something. Furthermore dogs are often not heavy enough to set off anti-tank or anti-personnel mines. Serving teams of all nationalities, these explosive-detecting dogs are extremely well looked after, and deeply loved by their handlers; not really surprising since the handler’s life and often their unit’s moral is often determined on the close bond they share with their faithful four-legged pals when working under extremely stressful conditions.

Did you know that ‘Para-dogs’ were once dropped behind enemy lines to assist with covert operations? And in the Soviet Army, dogs even had explosives strapped to their backs to be used as anti-tank weapons, trained by placing food directly under tanks. The idea was that these apparently starved dogs would learn to associate tanks with meals, and would then proceed to run under any German tanks they saw to find their dinner. Unfortunately the Soviets vastly underestimated their dogs’ intelligence, as the first time they were used, instead of attacking the German tanks the hungry dogs recognised the Russian tanks used in training, running straight back under them instead. After this catastrophic misjudgment the use of anti-tank dogs was very quickly abandoned.

Unbelievably war isn’t just about man against man, often supported by these brave animals. Were you aware that during wartime some animals were even pitted against other animals? For example British carrier pigeons delivering crucial messages to Front line troops in both First and Second World Wars would suffer multiple attempts to prevent them reaching their destinations; German hawks were waiting to attack our unwitting winged messengers at the Pas de Calais. Between the hawks, the bullets, and Mother Nature herself, a staggering 100,000 pigeons were killed between 1914 and 1918, with many of these remaining avian survivors limping home with oil-clogged feathers, shot-away wings, and ripped-open necks. The difference made by these birds was absolutely crucial.

Then there were the cats such as ‘Frankenstein’ on warship HMS Belfast, who had his own hammock and was kept on board to protect the food stores from the many rats and mice. Canaries were also employed in wartime to alert sappers to gas; and last, but by no means least, the glow worms, by whose soft light World War I soldiers would read their maps in their last moments before going over the top. Even in modern wartime dolphins and sea lions are deployed to help detect naval mines.

We must never forget. Not them, nor anyone or anything else that has made unimaginable sacrifices for every single one of us alive today.

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http://www.animalsinwar.org.uk/index.cfm?asset_id=1374

 

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Horses, Mules and Donkeys

Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died in the First World War. They were used to transport ammunition and supplies to the front and many died, not only from the horrors of shellfire but also in terrible weather and appalling conditions. Mules were found to have tremendous stamina in extreme climates and over the most difficult terrain, serving courageously in the freezing mud on the Western Front and later at Monte Cassino in World War II. Equally they toiled unflinchingly in the oppressive heat of Burma, Eritrea and Tunisia. There are many inspiring and often tragic stories of the great devotion and loyalty shown between horses, mules and donkeys and their masters during some of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century, as can be read in Jilly Cooper’s moving book Animals in War, published by Corgi.

 

Dogs

The dog’s innate qualities of intelligence and devotion were valued and used by the forces in conflicts throughout the century. Among their many duties, these faithful animals ran messages, laid telegraph wires, detected mines, dug out bomb victims and acted as guard or patrol dogs. Many battled on despite horrific wounds and in terrifying circumstances to the limit of their endurance, showing indomitable courage and supreme loyalty to their handlers.

Pigeons

More than 100,000 pigeons served Britain in the First World War and 200,000 in World War II. They performed heroically and saved thousands of lives by carrying vital messages, sometimes over long distances, when other methods of communication were impossible. Flying at the rate of a mile a minute from the front line, from behind enemy lines or from ships or aeroplanes, these gallant birds would struggle on through all weathers, even when severely wounded and exhausted, in order to carry their vital messages home.

Other Animals

Elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, canaries, even glow worms — all these creatures, great and small, contributed their strength, their energy and their lives in times of war and conflict to the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces during the 20th century.

This Memorial is a fitting and lasting tribute to them all.

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http://www.animalsinwar.org.uk/index.cfm?asset_id=1375

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/28604874

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/15-animals-that-went-to-war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA: Federal Judge BLOCKS Construction On Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.

 

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Dear Mark,

I have HUGE NEWS!

A federal judge just blocked construction on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review of the reckless project.

The judge ruled that the Trump administration violated bedrock environmental laws when approving the proposed pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty, climate-busting tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland. Among other things, the judge found that the administration’s environmental impact statement glaringly ignored the pipeline’s obvious impact on climate change, and the high risk of dangerous, hard to clean oil spills.

This court ruling is a major win for NRDC, our partners, Indigenous communities, and environmental activists like you who have been fighting tirelessly to stop this dangerous pipeline for over a decade.

And this news came just hours after 150,000 individuals from across the country — including tens of thousands of NRDC activists — submitted public comments to the State Department opposing its faulty, hastily-produced draft environmental impact statement for Keystone XL.

Read more about this momentous victory on NRDC.org and The New York Times, and then share the good news with friends and family.

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It has been three years since the Obama administration stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward. Under President Obama, the State Department, which has jurisdiction because the pipeline crosses the U.S./Canada border, concluded that the pipeline was just too dangerous — to our environment and wildlife, to our global climate and drinking water, and to local communities and tribes.

President Trump, backed by the tar sands oil industry, then revived the project by executive order just days after taking office, and he has been doing everything in his power ever since to ensure this destructive pipeline gets built.

But this court order, the result of a lawsuit by NRDC and our allies, sent a message loud and clear: the pipeline is a disaster for our climate, communities, and wildlife, and should be shelved forever.

Of course, the fight’s far from over. We must stay vigilant — the Trump administration is sure to keep pushing the Keystone XL pipeline forward. It might appeal the judge’s ruling, or the State Department may go back and amend their environmental impact statement yet again. But one thing is certain: NRDC, with your support, will keep working — in and out of court — to ensure this climate-wrecking pipeline never sees the light of day.

I hope I can count on you to stand with us in the weeks and months ahead. But today, please join me in celebrating this important victory.

Thanks for joining us in this fight.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

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Hanoi is a good example!

 

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Hanoi, Vietnam, will officially ban the dog meat trade by 2021, Southeast Asia Globe reports.

The announcement follows a statement released in mid-September by the Hanoi People’s Committee, which urges residents of the Vietnamese capital to stop eating dog meat. According to officials, the popularity of dog meat makes the city less favorable to tourists and can lead to the spread of diseases, including rabies and leptospirosis. Additionally, the committee hopes its efforts will encourage locals to “see value in treating animals humanely.”

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Shortly after the announcement, Ngoc Son Nguyen, director of the city’s Department of Health, issued a statement saying that officials would gradually phase out the dog meat trade, adding that it will no longer be available in the city center by 2021. Official statistics indicate that 1,000 shops within Hanoi still sell dog meat.

The decision was praised by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), a nonprofit organization that campaigns for the fair treatment of animals in East Asia. “This is not a cultural issue. We do not discuss whether people eat or do not eat dog meat,” said AAF chief representative, Tuan Bendixsen, in a statement. “The problem to be discussed here is that the AAF has a lot of evidence proving the cruelty in the entire process of killing dogs for meat, from transporting, confining to slaughtering them.”

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“It is not right to treat dogs as farm animals like chickens, pigs or cows. And what’s more is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a dog raised in a farm for meat from those stolen from a family,” Bendixsen continued. Data from the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) estimates that 20,000 dogs become victim to the trade each year, many of which are family pets who have been stolen from their homes.

Though cat meat is less popular, the committee asked citizens to stop eating cat meat as well, highlighting the cruel nature of the industry. The city government hopes that the Hanoi cat meat trade can also eventually be phased out.

https://www.livekindly.co/hanoi-becomes-vietnams-first-city-ban-dog-meat-trade/

My comment: WE , the Europeans criticize other countries because they are massacring and eating animals, who WE regard as pets.

WE execute pigs, cows, lambs, rabbits, ducks, chickens too … in the Dachau Farms, here, every day in millions.

These are also animals!
If we degrade useful animals to edible, because they belong to no one, and qualify the pets to non-edible, just because they are not farma animals and have a home, then we support the eternal suffering of the farma animals and abolish the suffering of the home animals.

Therefore, the fight against dog and cat consumption should not be conducted separately and not species-related, but as part of the overall fight against animal exploitation, animal slavery and disgrace for all the animals and all over the world!

 

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Best regards, Venus

 

 

Remembering Animals Who Gave Their Lives In War.

 

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London – November 2018.

Quite rightly; those who gave their lives to defend their homeland should always be remembered.  There are many national events happening in the UK this week to mark the centenary of the end of the First world war – one of, if not the, biggest takers of life of all time.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-best-pictures-of-tower-of-londons-stunning-armistice-memorial-lights-a3981516.html

https://news.sky.com/video/10000-lit-torches-in-tower-of-londons-moat-11545197

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/nov/05/ten-thousand-torches-light-up-tower-of-london-in-armistice-memorial-video

The Tower of London was illuminated on Sunday evening by thousands of torches, which were lit in its dry moat to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.

A Beefeater began the ceremony by bringing a flame down from the tower to the moat, which had been filled with smoke. Representatives of the armed forces and volunteers used the flame to ignite about 10,000 torches scattered at the foot of the tower’s walls

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We always remember the fallen humans; but what about the animals that have given their lives in conflict ?

London has many memorials dedicated to the service provided by animals during the great wars.  Every year, whilst the memorial to the fallen soldiers is taking place in London; many people visit the animals memorial to lay wreaths and to thanks the forgotten heroes who were such a force in the war.

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Horses, donkeys and mules fought like heroes in WW1, side by side with millions of soldiers. Over eight million equines fell during the war and without them the outcome could have been very different. 

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On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy Brooke was determined to find the surviving ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces. These brave and noble horses were sold into a life of hard labour in Cairo when conflict ended.

Searching for them throughout Cairo, Dorothy was appalled to find hundreds of emaciated and worn-out animals desperately in need of help. She wrote a letter to the Morning Post (which later became the Daily Telegraph – London newspaper) exposing their plight.

Read more and visit the Brooke website – a leading animal charity today – https://www.thebrooke.org/about-brooke/history-brooke

 

Rather than the traditional red poppy, Purple Poppies are warm to remember animals in conflict.

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Civil courage helps save lives!

 

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When a woman searched for her missing dog, she had no idea that she would eventually save nearly 200 stolen dogs from a brutal death.

On Sunday, November 4, Chengdu police in China raided an illegal dog slaughterhouse and handed over all 171 dogs to the Sichuan Qiming nursery for health care and recovery.

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Media reported that the slaughterhouse had been discovered when a local woman was searching for her disappeared Belgian Malinois.

Ms. Peng, as she is known in the media, traveled to Jianyang City, where she was told about a slaughterhouse in Kuixing Town.

When she entered the slaughterhouse, her dog immediately recognized her and started to jump.

Continue reading “Civil courage helps save lives!”

A real animal is someone, not some thing!

 

All of you who have children should show this video to them. It describes the reality in laboratories in a real way, only without real animals. And be well prepared when the kids ask questions. We are responsible for transmitting the truth to the next generations.
Perhaps, this generation will be the one who ends the suffering of the animals in each sector.
And for that it has to know the truth.

My best regards, Venus

Baby Goat Born With No Front Legs Still Loves to Bounce and Run.

VIDEO: Baby Goat Born With No Front Legs Still Loves to Bounce and Run

Posted by Katie Valentine | November 7, 2018

 

This little goat, Miracle, was born without front legs, but she doesn’t let that stop her from loving life!

Sarah, the woman who took Miracle in, runs a non-profit wildlife rescue. One day, a farmer came to her house for help – while Miracle was being born, something went wrong, causing her to lose both her front legs.

At first, Sarah wasn’t sure if Miracle was going to survive, but she quickly sprang to life and was named accordingly. Within a week of being born, she was zooming around in her own custom-built wheelchair.

When Miracle grew up, she was fitted with a pair of prosthetic limbs.

Miracle has found a way to “give back,” and participates in animal therapy programs for disabled adults and children.

Her inspirational journey reminds us that when things seem less than ideal or even bad, life is a gift and worth living to the fullest.

 

 

 

Wales looks set to follow England in backing Lucy’s Law fight to end puppy farm suffering.

 

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Wales looks set to follow England in backing Lucy’s Law fight to end puppy farm suffering

 

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Here’s a fantastic double dose of great news in our fight to end the horrors of mass commercial puppy farming.

(England) Environment Secretary Michael Gove has already declared that the sale of puppies by pet shops, online dealers and other third party traders will be banned in England, cutting the route to market used by cruel breeders.

Now a senior figure in the Welsh Assembly has said it will launch a consultation into introducing the same Lucy’s Law ban in the New Year.

Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths declared : “I know there are growing concerns about the welfare standards at some large scale breeding premises and I have asked my officials to investigate how a ban on third party sales could address these concerns.”

Animal welfare is a devolved power, so the ban in England would not apply in Wales, where there is the biggest concentration of large scale commercial puppy breeders in the UK.

“This is a great result for grassroots campaigning,” said a spokeswoman for campaign group CARIAD – it’s Welsh for “beloved” and stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs.

“We will be ensuring that the Welsh Government is fully equipped with indisputable evidence that supports a ban on the selling of puppies by pet shops and other commercial third party sellers including those operating from residential premises and importing puppies.”

The Mirror has been supporting the Lucy’s Law campaign to ban third party puppy sales, named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescued following years trapped as a breeding bitch.

 

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Welsh Labour leadership contender Eluned Morgan tweeted: “Congratulations to all of the incredible people who have fought so hard to make this possible – I am proud to be part of such an inspiring campaign!”

Other good news came from the welfare group Friends of Animals Wales , which is reporting a surge in dogs being abandoned by puppy farmers who are winding-down their operations, knowing that soon they will not be able to sell in England.

Today the group is due to collect ten adult breeding dogs no longer wanted by one mass breeder.

“We are dreading the state they’ll be in and are ready for huge vet’s bills,” said its Eileen Jones.

“But we will cope. In response to a plea we got 38 new applications from people wanting to foster a dog in the last 24 hours.

“The long term is looking fantastic, even though the short term is going to be really difficult, but this is absolutely what we want, it’s what we’ve been fighting for years.”

Eileen was at the latest rally in Cardiff by dog lovers demanding Lucy’s Law, as was Carol, one of the former breeding bitches taken in by Friends of Animals Wales and who sums up all that is wrong with puppy farming.

At the time she had an enormous mammary tumour.

“It was absolutely horrific, it was so big it touched the ground,” said Eileen.

“We had it removed and she’s made a good recovery.

“Physically Carol is fantastic, but mentally dreadfully scarred.

“She will not walk on a lead and will run away if you go to touch her.

“What’s really heartbreaking is that she must have been in that dreadful condition for months.

“The puppy breeder just kept her, not seeking help from a vet, squeezing the last drop of money from her by breeding more litters, until finally dumping her.”

Now we just need Scotland to come on board to ensure that puppy farmers have no outlets in the UK, but as things stand the Scottish Parliament plans to still allow to third party dealers to sell puppies and kittens.

Many of these puppies are imported through Stranraer from Ireland where they are bred, just like Carol, in the most atrocious conditions, hidden away in a puppy farm in the middle of nowhere, forced to produce litter after litter of puppies.

So long as puppy farmers can sell through pet shops and other third party dealers in Scotland, this suffering will continue.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/wales-looks-set-follow-england-13553320

 

 

New Retirement Home Off Iceland For Beluga Whales Used In ‘Entertainment’ Park In China.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/979893/whales-china-news-entertainment-park-beluga-sanctuary

WATCH: Whales airlifted from Chinese park to cold water sanctuary off Iceland

TWO ghostly white whales are being airlifted from a Chinese entertainments park to live out their days at the world’s first beluga sanctuary.

By Stuart Winter

The whales called Little Grey and Little White will be flown 6,000 miles to the cold waters off Iceland in what is being described as a ground-breaking project to herald the eventual end of whale and dolphin shows.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation have teamed up with the Sea Life Trust to create the open water sanctuary and the two 12 year old beluga are being slowly prepared for their new natural life in a secluded bay off Heimay, one of Iceland’s remote Westman Islands.

Because both female beluga, originally from Russia, but have been captive for so long, they can never be returned fully to the wild Arctic waters of their ancestors.

A team of cetacean experts and vets have designed a training programme for the two beluga to prepare them for their journey and for life in their 32,000 square metre sanctuary. Beluga live up to 50 years.

Besides introducing the 12-foot long beluga to the specialist stretchers that will ferry them by land, sea and air to the reserve, trainers are also teaching them how to hold their breath for diving as well as building up strength so they can cope with the tides and currents of open water.

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This is a complex and logistically challenging rehoming project of two well-loved beluga whales

A rich diet of herring and capelin will ensure they have extra blubber to insulate them in Iceland’s colder waters.

The belugas’ new lives in the North Atlantic is the result of Merlin Entertainments taking over China’s Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, with its philosophy of not keeping whales or dolphins in captivity.

Merlin Entertainments are donating towards the creation of the sanctuary with its stunning backdrop in Klettsvik Bay and which will also have a care facility as well as a visitor centre when it is completed next year.

There will be limited, discrete public viewing allowed but this will be carefully controlled to ensure the beluga are not disturbed in the natural surroundings.

Rob Hicks, director of Merlin’s animal and welfare department, said: “This is a complex and logistically challenging rehoming project of two well-loved beluga whales.

“Little Grey and Little White are highly intelligent marine mammals and are fast learners, but we are taking all precautions to protect their health and well-being.

“The aquarium team at Changfeng Ocean World have been very helpful in supporting this project and we will be helping each beluga to get ready for this landmark journey and their new environment.

“A team of vets will be with the whales at all times during transit to monitor their welfare to ensure their relocation is successful.”

Sea Life Trust is Merlin’s partner charity and is working with WDC to break new ground in marine animal welfare.

Andy Bool, head of Sea Life Trust, said: “This project has been years in the making and is a pioneering solution to how the aquarium industry can re-shape the futures of whales in captivity.

“This is a truly global effort and working with our partners, leading veterinarians and marine experts, we believe providing a more natural habitat for Little Grey and Little White to dive into cool waters and interact with the natural environment will greatly enhance their quality of life.”

Providing a new home for the two Little Grey and Little White at the Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary will hopefully lead to more captive marine mammals being rehabilitated, say conservationists.

WDC chief executive Chris Butler-Stroud said: “We have long applauded the commitment of Merlin and the Sea Life Trust to find a better, alternative future for these belugas, which is in line with our concerns about the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity around the world, and the need to find a solution for the thousands of individuals held.

“We are proud to have been a partner from the very beginning in this important project to improve beluga welfare and hope it will create a blueprint for further such sanctuaries for belugas and other captive whales and dolphins, which are desperately needed to address the risks captivity poses to whale and dolphin health and welfare.”

BBC link – including video:

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-45968245/first-retirement-home-for-showbiz-beluga-whales

First ‘retirement home’ for showbiz beluga whales

UK-based company Merlin Entertainments says it does not want to keep beluga whales in its marine parks because they suffer in captivity.

But it has been under pressure over a park in Shanghai, China, which it has owned since 2012 and where two belugas perform.

It has long promised to move the marine mammals to a more natural home. But it had been saying that there was nowhere suitable – until now, that is.

Video by Jasmine Taylor-Coleman and Jemma.

WAV Comment –  Another small sign that things are changing for the better.  Through never ending campaigning and awareness information; people are now dismissing the entertainment parks which hold these wonderful animals in barbaric conditions; and instead are now asking for all their kind the world over to be released back into much more natural surroundings.  Captive animals such as these can never really return to the wild; but they can be provided with sanctuary which represents this for them.   We welcome this project and hope that all goes well with it.

As is said quite rightly:

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Today we start with good news!

 

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Kleve- District North Rhine-Westphalia: Hunters are angry: Since the beginning of the year, many of their high seats were willfully destroyed. The hunt already suffers! (that means: they can not execute animals)!

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Alfred Nimphius is angry. The 64-year-old is chairman of the county hunters Wesel and since 40 years he is a hunter (he has to retire already).

But he has never experienced anything like that, he says. In the period from March to September 2018, more than 60 high seats in the districts of Wesel and Kleve were willfully destroyed or damaged. “That sometimes high seats are sawn, that happens again and again, it is sad but it happens. But since the beginning of the year, the incidents are extremely high, and the perpetrators are doing very professional, “says Nimphius in an interview with our editors. The high seats were therefore not only sawn and then tipped over, but completely sawed into small pieces. “Even metal pipes were cut small,” says Nimphius stunned.

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The destruction series started in a forest near Duisburg-Baerl – directly on the border to the district of Wesel. “Then it went on suddenly: The entire Lower Rhine was covered, up to the district Kleve high seats were destroyed,” says Nimphius. The most recent case has been in September in Neukirchen-Vlyun. “There, eight high seats were destroyed at the Halde Norddeutschland in a single night,” says the 64-year-old. Luckily nobody was hurt. “The rage among the hunters is great.” In the forests where high seats were destroyed, hunting is now clearly limited. But all high seats will be rebuilt. For the financial damage, the owners of the respective areas themselves. The situation is different with the forest in Wesel – the forest belongs to the country and there the taxpayer pays in the end. (That is not correct! Many high seats are illegally built where they are not allowed to stand. Nobody will pay for them)

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Meanwhile, Nimphius has collected all cases from the region and handed over to the prosecutor’s office in Duisburg. According to spokeswoman for the prosecution, Jennifer King, the police are still investigating. “It also checks which cases really belong together,” says König.

Nimphius and his colleagues simply do not want to accept the destruction: “Of course, we want to do everything we can to get those responsible”.

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https://rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/wesel/jaeger-im-kreis-wesel-kleve-mehr-als-60-hochsitze-zerstoert_aid-34316199

My comment: The hunt is nothing but the terror of a minority of 0.45% sadistic murderer against innocent and defenseless animals.
And a population of over 80,000,000 Germans makes this terror possible with their “tolerance”, their cowardice.

But… some disagree and actively defend the rights of the defenseless. Against the green plague in the forest.
And if we consider that a hunting license can be purchased within 6 days, then we can also imagine how big the hit quota in the hunt is.
At least from this murder seats no animal will be shot down, that’s for sure.
The hunt is and will continue to be murder!

With best regards, Venus

 

China: Unbelievably, China WILL ALLOW Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products.

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Unbelievably, China Will Allow Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products

Posted by Kristen Arnim | November 5, 2018

 SIGN: Stop China’s Devastating Plan to Legalize Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns

Reversing a ban from the 1990s, China will begin allowing trade in endangered rhino and tiger products. Many conservation groups are in uproar, saying the reversal will encourage poaching and compromise both species.

Rhino horns and tiger bones are often used in China in traditional remedies for ailments ranging from insomnia to fever to meningitis. Though none of the medicinal benefits have been proven, the animal parts are highly sought after and valuable.

“Special circumstances” is the phrase used by the Chinese government in justifying this blatant disregard for the well being of these two endangered species. The claim is the trade will be allowed under special circumstances and strictly controlled, limited to products from farmed animals and for healing purposes only. However, any allowance for trade will be opening the opportunity for illegal activity. And tempting those who can profit will increase illegal poaching and trafficking.

Even legal use under the relaxed regulations does harm to animals. Lady Freethinker recently reported on cruel tiger farms throughout Asia. Exploited as tourist attractions, the animals live in cramped and sometimes drugged conditions. Eventually they are killed, with body parts sold off for decoration or medicine.

Conservationists and organizations like The Humane Society International immediately responded to China’s decision, alarmed at the relaxed regulations. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that the reversal could have “devastating consequences” in protecting these animals. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said China’s decision is a “brazen and regressive move which drastically undermines international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation.”

Unbelievably, China Will Allow Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products

China made a tremendous move to stop the poaching of elephants when they decided to ban all domestic ivory trade this year. To back off on conservation efforts of tigers and rhinos is baffling and disheartening.

With less than 3,900 wild tigers and 30,000 wild rhinos remaining in the world, one wonders how reversing this allowance could possibly be worth it.

 

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Petition – SIGN: Stop China’s Devastating Plan to Legalize Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns

https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-stop-chinas-devastating-plan-legalize-tiger-bones-rhino-horns/

 

 

Japan: Petition – Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars.

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SIGN: Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars

 

 SIGN: Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-free-miyako-elephant-lonely-chews-metal-bars/ 

 

PETITION TARGET: Japanese Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa

Imagine spending 24 hours every day in a barren concrete cell with no friends, nothing to do, and no escape from the endless boredom and frustration.

Now imagine enduring this lonely misery for 45 years.

This is the heartbreaking reality for Asian elephant Miyako, who lives in the Utsunomiya Zoo in Japan.

Snatched from her homeland of Thailand at just six months old, Miyako has never seen another elephant since.

She spends her days pacing her tiny cement pen, desperately trying to interact with zoo visitors for some stimulation, and biting the steel bars of her cage in frustration.

Her outdated and bare enclosure is surrounded by a dangerous moat, which could cause serious injury if she fell; she often tiptoes on the edge trying desperately to reach zoo visitors with her trunk.

A life of solitary confinement is nothing short of torture to an elephant. These deeply social animals naturally live in large family groups and form intense emotional bonds with one another.

Sign this petition urging Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa to free Miyako from this hellish life and send her to a sanctuary where she can live the rest of her years with freedom, dignity and companionship.

 

USA: Trophy Hunted Giraffe Used As Bible Covers. All Gods Creatures And All That ….

 

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Trophy-Hunted Giraffe Body Parts Are Being Legally Sold In The U.S.

Posted by Dobi Finley | November 5, 2018

 Trophy-Hunted Giraffe Body Parts Are Being Legally Sold In The U.S.

An investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has uncovered a thriving U.S. market for trophy-hunted giraffe parts.

According to the findings, nearly 4,000 giraffes killed by trophy hunters were imported into the United States over the last decade.

These giraffe body parts were then used to make knife handles, Western boots, furniture, taxidermy, and even bible covers.

The investigation found various giraffe body parts for sale by at least 52 different dealers in the United States. The shocking findings revealed that giraffe parts and products are widely available around the country, in wholesale and retail stores and online. The most common parts being sold are Western boots made from giraffe leather and specialty knives made with giraffe bone handles. The products range in prices from $8,000 for a partial giraffe taxidermy trophy to $10 for tail-hair bracelets.

 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, wild giraffe numbers have declined by 40 percent since the 1980s, and with less than 100,000 remaining in the wild, this unique animal is in serious jeopardy. While part of this steep decline has been driven by habitat loss and civil unrest in the nations where giraffes live, the trade in giraffe trophies and parts poses an additional danger to this species. It seems that the beauty of giraffes has made them a ‘new exotic’ and sparked a market in giraffe leather, bone, and trophies. This unregulated new market is now expanding as other wildlife products, such as elephant ivory, have seen tighter regulations.

The investigation also uncovered disturbing connections between the American trophy hunting industry and the giraffe products trade. American trophy hunters import more than one giraffe trophy into the United States every day, and the hunting outfitters that help to arrange their hunts often generate further profits by selling the remaining giraffe parts.

“Our investigation indicates that trophy hunting outfitters in Africa are capitalizing on every last bit of these beautiful animals,” said Adam Peyman, manager of wildlife programs and operations for the Humane Society International. “They are selling them to taxidermists, animal product manufacturers and dealers, who in turn market them to sellers in the US. As this is completely unregulated, it is an easy alternative for products from other, more protected species like elephants and lions, but may still have the similar macabre allure. The prices of these products vary widely, but it is clear that outfitters and dealers try to squeeze every last dollar out of the carcasses of these animals.”

 

The sale of these products is legal in the United States, but the organization such as the HSUS argue that more restrictions are needed. Now a lawsuit has been launched by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The lawsuit seeks Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes, with the hopes that new added protections would help curb imports of giraffe bones, hides, and other body parts.

“As giraffe populations plummet, the Trump administration won’t even take the first step toward protecting these beautiful animals,” said Tanya Sanerib, international program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Africa now has fewer giraffes than elephants, but the administration refuses to throw these imperiled creatures a lifeline. That has to change, before it’s too late.”

 https://ladyfreethinker.org/trophy-hunted-giraffe-body-parts-legally-sold-u-s/  

 

WAV Comment – If money making is involved and nothing else is a concern; then skin covered bibles are obviously approved by the following in his prayers to the god of cash:

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Trumps holiday pictures !  :

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England: Captive Reindeer Used For Christmas Events ‘Kicked and Abused ‘In Undercover Filming By Animal Welfare Group.

 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46108203

Captive reindeer are seen being kicked and abused at a centre in Kent in undercover filming carried out by animal rights activists.

Animal Aid set up cameras at The Reindeer Centre near Ashford and said what it found was “shocking”.

Twice, a staff member was caught deliberately booting the animals.

The centre said the employee had been “dismissed as unsuitable”. Animal Aid also raised concerns for deer in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “It is never acceptable to kick an animal as seen in this footage and when we were alerted to it we sent an officer to the scene.”

Shocking suffering

The Kent footage was shot between November 2017 and spring 2018, and the centre was reported to the RSPCA in May. The film was released publicly by the group on Monday to raise awareness ahead of the festive season.

Campaign manager Tor Bailey said: “Our investigations have revealed the shocking suffering of these gentle animals.

“Reindeer are sensitive wild animals, not props to be paraded around and used for human entertainment.

“I would urge the general public not to support events which feature live captive animals, and find other more animal-friendly ways to enjoy the festive period.”

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption Reindeer at the Kent Reindeer Centre were found with “raw, exposed skin”

A spokeswoman for the reindeer centre said all its animals were “much loved and well cared for”, and added: “The person involved was one of several new part-time staff that we took on to help out. He was dismissed as unsuitable after a short period of time.

“These matters were discussed in full with the RSPCA and our vet back in the summer.

“We understand people’s concerns and distress and I can only confirm we as a family care passionately about our animals.”

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption In Staffordshire, one deer was found with what Animal Aid said was “severe fur loss and skeletal abnormalities”

Animal Aid alerted Kent Trading Standards officers in May, but Ashford Borough Council was already investigating the centre. It had “concerns about animal cruelty” so referred the centre to Kent Police. The force said it had no record of the report.

When Trading Standards officers returned to inspect the centre later in the year they found “no particular concerns at that time; one of the older animals was thin but not to the point of malnourishment, just age”.

At Blithbury Reindeer Lodge in Rugeley, Staffordshire, an animal was found with what the activists described as “severe fur loss and skeletal abnormalities”.

However, owner Stephen Swinnerton said the deer he kept were all “happy and healthy”.

The deer pictured, he said, was 17-year-old Forest, whom he delivered as a calf but who had developed arthritis causing him to appear “bow-legged”. Forest had to be put down, to the “great distress of Mr Swinnerton and his staff”, shortly after the picture was taken.

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption Deer at Cheshire Reindeer Lodge were found “in barren conditions with no food”

At the Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, now permanently closed, some of the deer were said by campaigners to be malnourished and kept in a barren yard which had nothing in the way of grazing.

More than 570 reindeer were imported to the UK between 2014 and 2017 from countries including Sweden, Finland and Norway, government figures show.

The RSPCA said: “We are really concerned that every year, reindeer are used across the country at festive events and exposed to a busy environment, surrounded by crowds, noise and lights, and this can cause these semi-wild animals a great deal of stress.”

Animal Aid is a national group, set up in 1977, to protect animals. Its work has let to a number of convictions and successful campaigns, including #MarkItVegan for supermarkets to appropriately label their products.

More:

Animal Aid including video footage

https://www.animalaid.org.uk/a-christmas-wish-from-rudolphfor-his-captive-reindeer-friends/ 

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/reindeer-centre-accused-of-abusing-animals-192873/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/reindeer-santa-grotto-uk-christmas-lights-switch-on-sleigh-abuse-kent-blithbury-lodge-a8603751.html

USA: Pepsi Business Partner Has Its Palm Oil Mill and Estates ‘Sustainability Certificate’ Taken Away. More Follow Up Action Needed.

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Mark,

We did it!

Last Friday Pepsi’s business partner Indofood had its palm oil mill and estates’ “sustainability certificate” taken away.

Over 240,000 SumOfUs members signed the petition demanding the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) take action against the industry laggard, for exploiting its workers and destroying Indonesia’s rainforest.

Thousands more tweeted and shared a campaign video paid for by SumOfUs members. Together, we pressured the world’s leading palm oil certification body to respond. That’s something to celebrate!

Now’s our chance to get Pepsi to finally cut ties with Indofood.

Pepsi still cashes in obscene profits from a joint venture partnership with the company, and Pepsi has a new CEO who hasn’t heard from SumOfUs members yet.

ACTION –  Can you help make this victory count by telling Pepsi to distance itself from the toxic palm oil company for good?

Yes – I’ll sign to tell Pepsi to cut ties with conflict palm oil company Indofood

Our allies at Rainforest Action Network first revealed Indofood’s abuses two years ago. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure this summer and achieve these sanctions.

Now’s our chance to get Pepsi to finally cut ties with Indofood. Pepsi still cashes in obscene profits from a joint venture partnership with the company, and Pepsi has a new CEO who hasn’t heard from SumOfUs members yet.

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Can you help make this victory count by telling Pepsi to distance itself from the toxic palm oil company for good?

Yes – I’ll sign to tell Pepsi to cut ties with conflict palm oil company Indofood

Our allies at Rainforest Action Network first revealed Indofood’s abuses two years ago. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure this summer and achieve these sanctions.

And we did it!

Friday’s report on Indofood from the RSPO confirmed:

  • Female workers are paid less than men, do not receive equal job benefits as men, and are not entitled to maternity leave.
  • Overly high quotas are enforced, that put pressure on harvesters to bring in their family, including children, or face penalties
  • Indofood breaks Indonesian labour laws by over relying on casual workers, who are paid less than minimum wage and denied health insurance and pensions.

The decision to finally punish Indofood is a critical step towards justice for workers who face dangerous, oppressive, and illegal working conditions. The RSPO is suspending Indofood’s “sustainability” certificates of the mill and estates where the abuses were documented and is requiring a corrective action plan.

While we’re still pushing for the RSPO to suspend certification for all Indofood’s operations, these sanctions are clear evidence that Pepsi must end its joint venture partnership with Indofood — if its ‘sustainable’ palm oil policy is to retain any scrap of credibility.

Please sign the petition and help force Pepsi to terminate its business deal with Indofood once and for all

We know our people-powered campaigning can push big brands into action. Last month, after sustained pressure from SumOfUs members, Nestlé ended its own 13 year old business partnership with Indofood. Showing that if PepsiCo really wanted to, it could too.

And when 150,000 SumOfUs members put pressure on Pepsi’s departing CEO last month, Pepsi responded and stopped sourcing palm oil from Indofood — but failed to cut ties completely, keeping its business partnership in Indonesia.

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Unless we use this moment to double down on our campaign, with the threats of reputation damage, negative media coverage, and lost customers, Pepsi may hope to weather out the storm until the sanctions end. So we need to act fast.

Please sign the petition telling Pepsi to cut ties with Indofood now. Let’s tell Pepsi’s new CEO there’s simply no excuse for inaction on exploitation and rainforest destruction:

 Sign the Petition 

Thanks for all that you do,
Rebecca, Fatah and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Palm Oil Giant Indofood Sanctioned Over Labor Rights Violations, Rainforest Action Network, 5 November 2018
Complaints Panel final decision letter (scroll down page for link), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, 2 November 2018
The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil, Rainforest Action Network, June 2016

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The murderers of tomorrow!

 

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A DAD takes his daughter, a girl 6 years old on fox hunts admitting most people won’t agree with it – but says she’s emotionally ready.

Lexie Kelly watches on as her firearms expert father Graeme spots the creatures using night-vision equipment before firing the fatal shot.

Vater Jäger mit MädchenGraeme Kelly and his six-year-old daughter Lexie who he takes out hunting foxes in Scotland

Continue reading “The murderers of tomorrow!”

The “soft gold” of Tibet…

These animals are dying out.

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And all because the lady loves Shahtoos!!

The exceptionally fine subcutaneous tissue of the Tibetan antelope isolates it against the harsh climate of the Tibetan plateau.

Unfortunately, this coat, known as Shahtoosh, also makes the Tibetan antelope a target for illegal hunters. Last week, two Chinese “tourists” were arrested for smuggling the fur of this endangered Tibetan antelope at Delhi airport, for which they could have earned a “nice” price at home! Estimated value of “Shahtoosh scarves”: 574,000 US dollars!!  They now face a prison sentence of 7 years!!

Trading in “Shahtoosh scarves” is strictly prohibited by international law, but it can be quite profitable on the black market. Customs officials confiscated 15 scarves, valued at $ 574,000, from women’s checked baggage.

The men weaving the coveted Shahtoosh take months to make a single cloth. After that they need a long time to restore their eyesight. The scarf is a typical symbol of wealth in the world: wool is more valuable than gold or platinum. While it costs the eyes of the weaver, the rich in Europe are willing to pay thousands of euros to own a Shahtoosh scarf.

The sale and possession of Shahtoosh scarves is prohibited in India and many other countries

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The incident prompted the Chinese embassy in New Delhi to exhort Chinese visitors to the country to obey the laws of the country and not purchase Shahtoosh scarves.

The Tibetan antelope, also known as Chiru, has long been hunted for its undercoat, known for its quality and traditionally transported to Srinagar, where it is made into an extremely fine fabric for scarves. Three to five skins are needed to make a single cloth. Since the wool can not be sheared or combed, the animals must be killed.

The Tibetan antelope is now extinct in Nepal and only about 75,000 – 100,000 live on the border between China and India in the Himalayas.

Since 1975, Shahtoosh trade has been prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). High prices are therefore achieved on the black market. Every year, up to 20,000 Tibetan antelopes are killed to meet the demand for Shahtoosh cloth among wealthy buyers outside of India.

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The ultimate reason for the drastic decline of antelope is human greed.

Poachers kill the animals for skins because the exceptionally fine and soft undercoat can be woven into a luxury scarf – Shahtoosh. Illegal poachers smuggle the fur, called “soft gold”, usually to Nepal and India and finally to countries like Italy and France. In addition, the pitch-black antlers of male antelopes are used for Chinese healing arts. Their heads serve as a trophy, making antelope a target for illegal hunters and smugglers.

Chiru are often caught and slaughtered in Tibet. Their hair is then smuggled to North India by Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Production then takes place in regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, where many local craft and textile communities rely on the home industry.

https://netzfrauen.org/2018/11/04/shahtoosh/

Murder as a sign of prosperity ..
Murder as a status symbol.
Murder as possession of a natural rarity that costs the lives of a thousand defenseless animals.

Cruelty, criminal energy and barbarism are the modern basic instincts of our society.

My best regards, Venus

EU Naval Force: Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast.

 

Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast

Posted by Carly Day | November 3, 2018

 Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast

Image Credit: EU NAVFOR

An illegal whaling ship was apprehended and neutralized off the coast of Somalia this week by military personnel from the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).

The discovery of the pirate whaling ship followed a reported pirate attack on another vessel in the area earlier this month. After deploying anti-pirate forces — including aircraft and ships — to further investigate, officials confirmed that the whalers were active, not only slaughtering these marine giants illegally but posing a direct threat to legitimate vessels in the area.

The crew of ESPS Castilla tracked this illegal vessel to a small bay, where they seized it, removed the crew, and towed it out to sea to be destroyed.

“Using the resources of Op Atalanta we were able to identify, track and destroy the equipment of a Pirate Action Group making it harder for them to attack maritime shipping in the future,” said Admiral Nanclares of EU NAVFOR. “We will continue to deter and prevent acts of piracy with every chance we get in order to ensure vulnerable shipping and their crews remain safe while they transit the Western Indian Ocean”.

Operation Atalanta is a European counter-piracy military initiative aimed at fighting the massive problem of piracy around the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. In addition to this, they monitor illegal fishing activity in the area.

The Gulf of Aden was once teeming with marine life, home to a wide variety of whales and dolphins. Now, only a handful remain, thanks to decades of overhunting by countries like Japan and the Soviet Union.

Commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, but Iceland and Norway continue the process in objection to the mandate, while Japan exploits the loophole of “scientific whaling,” slaughtering hundreds of whales every year under the guise of research.

While both commercial and illegal whale hunting are barbaric, at least there’s one fewer ship roaming the oceans, thanks to Operation Atalanta.

 

 

Indonesia: Officially Opened – Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary – the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary.

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Dear Mark

We are delighted to announce that we, together with government and private sector partners, have officially opened Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary – the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary, complete with natural forest vegetation!

We also saw the transfer of the first six «unreleaseable» orangutans to call the island their new home. Read the full success story here.

This achievement gives us much hope for future orangutan conservation efforts.

We are so grateful for your support. Thank You!
With gratitude,
Dr. Jamartin Sihite 
CEO of BOS Foundation

[PRESS RELEASE] Orangutan Sanctuary Island Opened by BOS Foundation with Indonesian Government and Private Sector Partners

November 5, 2018

 

BOS Foundation together with government and private sector partners, has officially opened Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary, located on one of the islands in the Salat Nusa island cluster, in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. The official opening of Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary—the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary complete with natural forest vegetation— and saw the transfer of the first six unreleaseable orangutans that will call Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary their new home.

Pulang Pisau, November 5, 2018: Rehabilitated orangutans must meet certain criteria before they can be reintroduced to the wild: They must be of suitable age, be in good health, possess the appropriate survival skills, and exhibit natural, wild behaviours. At the BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, there are a number of orangutans who, despite being of suitable age and in good health, lack the skills and behaviours required to be released to the wild. The under-development in these orangutans, who are categorised as ‘unreleasables’, is the direct result of being kept in captivity for too long. However, this does not mean these orangutans are destined for a life behind bars; the BOS Foundation has helped secure a better future for them by working in cooperation with a number of stakeholders to prepare Badak Kecil Island as a special, orangutan sanctuary island with natural forest vegetation for ‘unreleasable’ orangutans.

Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary was officially opened, immediately followed by the transfer of six ‘unreleasable’ orangutans to the new sanctuary. By Law, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia should ensure that all protected wildlife can live freely and prosperously in their respective habitats. Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary is a haven for orangutans that was carefully prepared through cooperation between the BOS Foundation, the Indonesian Government, and PT. Sawit Sumber Mas Sarana (SSMS) Tbk., with support from BOS Foundation’s international partner organisations and WAP. Being ‘unreleasable’ does not mean that we should give up on these orangutans. On the contrary, we should be locating safe environments for them to thrive in.

Badak Kecil Island is a 104-hectare, forest-covered island in the Salat Nusa Island cluster, which covers a total area of ​​2,089 hectares. It is jointly managed by the BOS Foundation and PT. SSMS, with the aim of creating semi-natural island facilities for the final stage of the orangutan rehabilitation process (pre-release islands), and creating a sanctuary for orangutans that cannot be released to the wild. The area chosen has a large carrying capacity and well-maintained vegetation; is isolated by river waterways throughout the year; does not have an existing wild orangutan population; and can facilitate orangutan adaptation and socialisation.

Vallauthan Subraminam, President Director of PT. Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk., added; “Through this collaboration, the BOS Foundation has implemented best practices in terms of orangutan rehabilitation and sanctuary management. Meanwhile, PT. SSMS has the role of providing thousands of hectares of land and infrastructure for conservation activities, including platforms, buildings, and canals to separate the islands.”

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, MSc., CEO of the BOS Foundation said; “We have been planning to use Badak Kecil Island as a sanctuary for unreleasable orangutans since 2016, and now we will finally get to see the first group of unreleasables moved there.

We are delighted that these orangutans will get the chance to enjoy life on Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary, but we must stress that we still need more sanctuary facilities, we still need more release sites, and we need increased commitment and the participation of all stakeholders to better protect our forests to prevent orangutans from being driven away from their natural habitats in the first place.”

The six orangutans to be released in the first transfer to this sanctuary island include Moncos (a 20-year-old male), Yasmine (female, 23), Manis (female, 22), Caesar (male, 28), Mama Lasa (female, 26), and Pepsi (female, 21). All six will be protected, observed, and supplemented with food by our team of BOS Foundation technicians for the rest of their lives.

The establishment of the Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary has created economic opportunities for local communities who are providing the transportation services for the orangutan food and water, and managing the accommodation facilities (provided by PT. SSMS) for staff and visitors coming to the sanctuary and the surrounding islands in the Salat Nusa island cluster.

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Contact:

Nico Hermanu

Communications Officer

Email: nico@orangutan.or.id

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Editor’s Note:

ABOUT BOS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organisation dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.

The BOS Foundation currently cares for almost 550 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with the support of 440 highly dedicated staff members and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit www.orangutan.or.id.

ABOUT WORLD BRANDING AWARD

The World Branding Award is an annual event organised by The World Branding Forum, a registered non-profit organisation in England and Wales. Awards are only presented to the very top household names, recognised globally and in their home countries. The BOS Foundation thanks those who supported and voted for our organisation.

 

WAV Comment – What fantastic news – congratulations to all involved.

Lets hope the first of many !

Portugal: Vet is Turning Broken Washing Machines into Cozy Homes for Stray Cats; and Easier Sterilisation Also !

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This Vet is Turning Broken Washing Machines into Cozy Homes for Stray Cats

Posted by Carly Day | November 3, 2018

 This Vet is Turning Broken Washing Machines into Cozy Homes for Stray Cats

A compassionate veterinarian from Monchique in Portugal has found a novel way to turn trash into treasure, repurposing old washing machines as shelters for stray cats throughout the town.

Ann Silva came up with the idea when she was caring for two little kittens in her vet practice. The adventurous pair curled up inside a broken washing machine destined for collection in the backyard and made themselves right at home.

“I put in some blankets, and they’ve never left,” said Silva.

Silva regularly sterilizes stray cats and returns them to their colonies, but often worries about them not having shelter to rest and recover. She decided that this was the perfect solution.

After getting permission from the local council, Silva began depositing unwanted, broken washing machines around the town. The machines are decorated with art created by local students and graffiti artists to transform them into funky street art. By involving local children from the local community, Silva hopes to teach them that cats are not harmful and instill the values of compassion and empathy for the future.

There are five of these stylish cat “houses” dotted around town now — spread out through residential areas and one at a local school — but Silva is hoping to grow the initiative further and is accepting donations of old washing machines and dryers.

“The project has only just started so we are welcoming donations and soon hope to place more shelters for our cats.”

The machines make fantastic shelters for the stray cats, keeping them warm in winter and cool in the hot summer months.

The veterinarian also says it’s much easier to keep tabs on and care for the stray cat populations in the area; she was able to sterilize an impressive 50 cats in only one week this month.

 

USA: Petition:Stop Deadly VA Paralysis Experiments on Dogs.

 

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SIGN: Stop Deadly VA Paralysis Experiments on Dogs

Posted by Carly Day

 SIGN: Stop Deadly VA Paralysis Experiments on Dogs

 

Petition Link –  https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-stop-deadly-va-paralysis-experiments-dogs/

 

PETITION TARGET: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving forward with plans to torture and murder dogs in a series of horrific experiments.

In these gruesome and cruel tests right out of the dark ages, dogs are sliced open, paralyzed, traumatized and then put down once they are no longer “useful.”

Some of the shocking procedures the VA performs on dogs include:

·         Removing parts of live dogs’ brains.

·         Placing electrodes on dogs’ spinal cords and inducing coughing. Then the spinal cord is severed, and testing continues.

·         Pacemakers are implanted, then researchers purposely induce abnormal heart beats, create heart attacks and block the dogs’ arteries with latex. The nerves that assist the brain in controlling their hearts are severed. The dogs are then forced to run on treadmills to further stress their hearts.

These innocent animals suffer from immense physical pain and emotional distress. Once the research is complete, all the dogs are killed.

In spite of the controversy surrounding these gruesome experiments and continued pressure from both lawmakers and animal advocacy groups, the VA continues to subject dogs to these unethical and needless tests. We must speak out to end this travesty.

Sign this petition urging Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie to stop these experiments, and turn his focus to finding humane research methods that do not involve animal torture.

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Petition Link –  https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-stop-deadly-va-paralysis-experiments-dogs/

 

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Execution in the 21st century!

 

 

And yet: I always see mindless people with crocodile bags in their hands or crocodile shoes on the street.
What other pictures do we need to punish and end this torture? These are images that prove that today and here, on the 21st century, human brutality has reached its peak and perhaps exceeded it.
With such images (and similarly brutal are those of fur farms) should have all understood that we belong to criminals, when we buy fur, leather or wood, as well as the murderers, who lead the execution of these animals.
Have the courage to tell this truth to your friends, acquaintances, relatives. Don`t hesitate to post these pictures.
We have a duty to inform, educate, fight animal exploitation.
Do that!

My best r egards, Venus

Animal rights and the responsibility of the individual

 

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(From Helmut F. Kaplan (Austrian animal ethicist and philosopher)

“Animals are my friends … and I do not eat my friends,” said George Bernard Shaw.
Not only does it sound logical, but it is – and means nothing more than: animal lovers must become vegans!

On the other hand is often objected: It may indeed be correct in principle, no animals to eat. But if I’m going to become a single vegan now, that does not change anything, that’s not important at all. Who says that, should remember:

Every day thousands of people are killed in the world. So it would not matter if I killed one too. Nevertheless, we do not think and act that way!

The animal industry is not the only area where things pass that we condemn, without being able to directly influence them right now: the arms race, for example, was no different. What did those do who opposed it? They have demonstrated against it. To become a vegan is also a kind of demonstration: It demonstrates that it is wrong to torture and kill sentient beings for such banal purposes as our tastes. Here, veganism is not just a demonstration, but the most important and urgent one: No one can convince another of the correctness of a thing that he does not practice himself!

None of the great movements against injustice and oppression, such as against slavery, racism or sexism, would ever have been brought to life (let alone be successful) if their representatives had only fought if they were sure of their success!

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For all the great crimes of human history, the participants have subsequently justified themselves in this way: what should I have done as an individual? It was not all about me!

Of course it is all about each individual: Who does not become part of the solution, remains part of the problem! But anyone can stop participating in this slaughter of animals at any time. Anyone can immediately stop participating in this war against the innocent and the defenseless.

If you care about animals don`t eat them_n

(Translation: Venus, with best regards)

China: Petition To Government and United Nations – Prohibit Bear Bile Farms. Please Sign and Crosspost.

 

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Prohibit bear bile farms

Addressed to: Government of China and 2 more

This petition will be sent to:

Government of China
President Xi Jimping
United Nations

Yesterday I read that a mother bear escaped from her cage and drowned her baby to save her from a lifetime of suffering in a bile farm, then killed herself by banging her head against a wall. I cry and I still get goose bumps when I think about that scene and all that these bears suffer in these places where they are “milked” bile throughout their lives until they die from exhaustion or some infection from open wounds that have. Imagine living that way for more than 30 years, I would also think about committing suicide.

In many countries in Asia, such as China, there are these farms where the bears live in small cages called “crush” that are deliberately small so that the animals can not move, constantly hooked to a catheter that drains the bile while the animals live constantly drugged.

The bears that survive this constant torture of decades, unable to produce more bile, are killed and their body is sold.

It is time for all of us to fight to end these farms of torture, abuse and death.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

 

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Petition Link – Please support – https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/prohibit-bear-bile-farms.html?utm_source=highlight&utm_medium=title&utm_campaign=campaign-p031118

 

 

 

Australia: Justice for Dogs Locked in Laundry Room to Starve in Each Other’s Arms. Petition.

 

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Justice for Dogs Locked in Laundry Room to Starve in Each Other’s Arms

Posted by Carly Day

Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/justice-dogs-locked-laundry-room-starve-others-arms/

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PETITION TARGET: Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey

Locked away in the laundry room without water or food, desperately crying for help while forced to wallow in a pool of urine and feces for two weeks — we can only imagine the immense fear, pain, and trauma endured by two dogs that suffered this fate in the suburb of Albury, New South Wales, Australia.

By the time RSPCA staff discovered two-year-old Staffy cross Benji and six-month-old Ruby the Kelpie last year, it was too late: their stiff bodies clinging to each other for comfort, both animals had died from a combination of starvation and dehydration, with their guardian, 21-year-old Kimberly Thi-My Atwell, admitting she hadn’t given them food or water for 11 days.

Atwell appeared in court this week to face the consequences of this appalling abuse.

Her punishment? A fine of $144 and 80 hours of community service, along with a ban on owning animals for only five years.

This paltry sentence, handed down by Magistrate Rodney Brender at the Albury local court, is nowhere near fitting for this extent of cruelty. Such a slap on the wrist sends a dangerous message that those who torture and kill animals will face hardly any consequences at all.

Sign this petition urging  the Australian government to push for stronger laws — and stiffer enforcement — in the state of New South Wales and throughout Australia, so animals are protected from cruelty and shocking crimes like this are treated with the severity they deserve.

 

Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/justice-dogs-locked-laundry-room-starve-others-arms/

China: Petition – Do Not Overturn Rhino and Tiger Part Trade Ban.

 

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Petition Link – https://forcechange.com/517592/china-do-not-overturn-rhino-and-tiger-part-trade-ban/

 

Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Prevent China from overturning a ban on the trade of endangered tiger and rhino parts.

Rhinos and tigers could soon go extinct if a trade ban is overturned in China. The Chinese government has announced plans to reverse a 25-year-old ban on the trade of rhino and tiger parts. According to the news reports, the Cabinet cloaked their intentions in promises of “controlling the trade” and that they would merely be making exceptions for “special circumstances;” these circumstances operate on the claim that rhino horns and tiger bones are essential to medical research and practices.

The World Wildlife Fund predicts “devastating consequences globally” should this ban be removed. Not only are rhinos and tigers among the most threatened species on the planet, but there is no concrete evidence of these parts’ effectiveness in health care or medicine. Thousands of these animals have died for nothing beyond a profit; only roughly 3,000 tigers remain and 30,000 rhinos, with the latter’s numbers dropping year by year. To make matters worse, the ban has been very lax in the past, with the government only seriously cracking down in recent years.

We cannot allow China to deplete the remaining rhino and tiger population for the sake of monetary gain and a medical myth that has yet to be and may never be proven true. Sign this petition to demand China keep the ban on the trade of these animals’ parts in place.

Petition Link – https://forcechange.com/517592/china-do-not-overturn-rhino-and-tiger-part-trade-ban/

 

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PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Xi,

Your government’s plan to overturn the 1990s-era ban on the trade of rhino and tiger parts could wipe out both species entirely within just a few short years. The Cabinet has claimed they will only make exceptions and promised to “control the trade;” the main reasoning is said to be the belief that rhino horns and tiger bones are essential to medical research and practices.

You cannot allow this ban to be reversed. Too many poachers have managed to keep the trade going in spite of it, with the laws only recently tightening to stop their black market operations. The number of living rhinos is dropping every year, and only roughly 3,000 tigers remain in the world. You must keep the ban on this trade in place and protect what remains of both these species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

Petition Link – https://forcechange.com/517592/china-do-not-overturn-rhino-and-tiger-part-trade-ban/

 

 

England: 1605 – The last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions !

 

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For our non British; overseas visitors:

 

 

Like all good plots; it begins in an English pub !

 

November 5th is known in the England as ‘Bonfire Night’.

Across the land, large fires are lit and firework displays take place

to commemorate an event in London from the year 1606.

Guy Fawkes is also known as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions

– many today would still say this is very true !

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1DC2BAsXb4 

 

As the English say – “remember, remember, the 5th of November – a gunpowder treason and plot; there is no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”.

 

Why ? – to celebrate the ‘Gunpowder plot’ –  or ‘Guy Fawkes night’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.

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The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James’s nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state.

Guy Fawkes, who had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in suppression of the Dutch Revolt, was given charge of the explosives.

The plot was revealed to the authorities in an anonymous letter sent to William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, on 26 October 1605. During a search of the House of Lords at about midnight on 4 November 1605, Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder—enough to reduce the House of Lords to rubble—and arrested. Most of the conspirators fled from London as they learned of the plot’s discovery, trying to enlist support along the way. Several made a stand against the pursuing Sheriff of Worcester and his men at Holbeche House; in the ensuing battle Catesby was one of those shot and killed. At their trial on 27 January 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

 

A gruesome death

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reigns of King Henry III (1216–1272) and his successor, Edward I (1272–1307).

Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death),emasculateddisembowelledbeheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such asLondon Bridge. For reasons of public decency, women convicted of high treason were instead burned at the stake.

 

WAV Comment – many people were behind the views of Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators – he was an explosives expert for his time.  His actions were betrayed by a letter sent in secret. There is a saying in England today – “Come back Guy Fawkes; all is forgiven !”. 

With the political system as it is now, many feel the need for a major overhaul of the system.

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See the BBC video and more at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/the_gunpowder_plot

Enjoy this track from Siouxsie –  not related to 5th November but great anyway –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsPvWA9i4WM

Link – the Gunpowder plot society – http://www.gunpowder-plot.org/fawkes.asp    – lots on Guy Fawkes and more.

 

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The Guy Fawkes Mask is often worn today in animal rights campaigns across the world.

Why ? – a symbol of rejection of existing government legislation probably.

HAVE A GOOD BONFIRE NIGHT !

USA: “Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!

 

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“Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!

“Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!

Image Credit: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

The New Jersey Assembly approved “Nosey’s Law” by a landslide 71-3 vote this week. If the bill is approved by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey will become the first state in the US to ban the use of all exotic animals in traveling acts.

Sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mukerji, Andrew Zwicker and Jamel Holley, “Nosey’s Law” was named in honor of an elephant named Nosey who spent decades chained up, abused, sick and suffering as she traveled around the US in the name of entertainment.

Thanks to a 14-year battle by animal activists, Nosey is now enjoying life in a sanctuary, after undeniable evidence was produced showing her abuse and neglect at the hands of her “guardian” — including a number of painful, chronic infections, crippling arthritis, skin problems and more.

While Nosey’s heartbreaking story was the inspiration for this bill, the sponsors want to ensure that all exotic animals — not just elephants — are protected from lives of suffering in captivity.

“These are wild, endangered animals, and they should be cared for according to the highest ethical standards to ensure the survival of their species,” said Mukerji. “We cannot allow ill-equipped handlers of traveling animal acts to mistreat and exploit endangered species.”

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) praised the Assembly’s decision, describing the horrific conditions that circus animals are forced to endure.

“The elephants, tigers, monkeys and other wild animals used in performances are deprived of nearly everything that is important to them,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “They are confined to small cages, denied the opportunity to meet their physical and social needs, and subjected to endless hours in transit. Unlike human entertainers, exotic animals do not choose to join the circus, and should not be forced to endure these abusive conditions.”

The use of elephants in traveling shows is banned in certain areas of the US such as New York and Illinois, and there is a variety of different legislation throughout municipalities addressing the abuse of circus animals. However, very little action has been taken on a wider scale, until now.

“Increasingly, the tide of public opinion is turning against the archaic and outdated practice of using exotic animals in circuses,” said Liss. “New Jersey has the opportunity to establish itself as a leader on this issue, and set a strong example for other states to follow. We urge Governor Murphy to take the last step needed to put New Jersey in the forefront of efforts to end the abuse of exotic animals in traveling shows.”

And On The Theme of Animals Rescuing Others – Pigs Return Stranded Fish To The Water.

When this family of pigs noticed a fish stranded on the shoreline, they sprung into action and worked together to return the animal back to the water.

Although it seems surprising that the pigs somehow knew exactly what to do to help the fish, it probably comes as no shock to the animals’ biggest fans. Pigs are highly intelligent and social beings and have reportedly saved countless humans and other animals from danger, including fires, drowning, and intruders. They’re also known for their compassion – when a pig notices another creature suffering, it tends to start exhibiting signs of distress. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re also quick to step in and help any way they can!

This video is just one example of these amazing animals engaging in a heroic act.

England: Freedom For Animals (Formerly CAPS) – Read Latest Newsletter Here.

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England UK – Freedom for Animals (Formerly the ‘Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS)’

CAPS History – https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/history

Mission – https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/mission

Investigations – https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/investigations

https://youtu.be/TasrDTMW3T8

 

Release Winter 2018:
https://issuu.com/freedomforanimals/docs/release_winter_2018

Dear Mark,

I love writing your Release newsletter. It always delights me when I see the fantastic progress you are making for animals. 

From the Welsh Government announcing it will ban wild animal circuses; to SEA LIFE finally bowing to pressure and retiring the beluga whales to a sanctuary… you have made all of this possible!  

 

Read Release here: www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/release-newsletter

 

It has been over six months since we changed the name and look of our organisation from ‘Captive Animals’ Protection Society to ‘Freedom for Animals’. And I hope you can see that we are still fighting for animals and still making a difference in the same way. 

Making a difference for animals like Little White and Little Grey, the beluga whales who now, thanks to you, will no longer be exploited in cruel shows and will instead make it back to the ocean where they belong.

Wow! A huge, multinational company has bowed to pressure from YOU and other animal advocates. This doesn’t happen every day! 

With your help, we launched our Shine a Light campaign this year. To be able to tell the complex and always sad stories of the animals we are all fighting to free.

And I am delighted to say that it is starting to make a difference. We have been out at events with the campaign cards and have found that people are really touched by the stories as they start to see the suffering behind these industries.

Finally I am excited to share a brand new way that you can help animals: by becoming a Freedom Champion! By setting up a monthly gift to animals, you can ensure we can plan ahead and always be there for animals in the future.

 

So, check out your copy of Release. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thank you again.

 

Best wishes,

Nicola O’Brien

Campaigns Director

P.S. Thank you so much for another fantastic few months of action for animals.

Your actions are seeing results that the animals so desperately need.

 

The baron loses his throne!

 

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Hunt enemies destroy high seats and hang up brand letters

In the district of Schwandorf (Bavarian), radical hunting opponents hang out threatening letters against hunters for weeks. Six high seats have now been destroyed in the area.

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Torn up high seats, damage in four-figure height, leaflets on the trees – in the district of Schwandorf (Bavaria) again radical hunting opponents are up to mischief. Six pulpits have destroyed unknown persons in one night in the area of Maximilian Freiherr von Wiedersperg at the end of October. Presumably with a vehicle as a tractor, the seats were torn from their anchorages and overturned.

Brand letters: “Animal Killer”

Several weeks earlier, more than 20 leaflets were stacked on tree-lined footpaths in the area where hunters were labeled as “murderers” and “brutal animal abusers.” The destroyed high seats are not the first property damage to Revier facilities in the area. As early as 2014 unknown people sawed tall ladders and posts. In May last year even a residence was blown up. The baron (!!!), however, does not start from targeted actions against him. Damages were also reported from other areas, the injured party told the editors.

The police secured traces, but the evaluation would take some time, so a spokesman told the editors. The police asks for information from the population.

https://www.agrarheute.com/land-leben/jagdgegner-zerstoeren-hochsitze-haengen-brandbriefe-549096?

Aha… First of all, one thing must be clear:
For 80 years, the nobility in Germany has officially been abolished. Since then, aristocratic associations have worked to ensure that nobody notices it.
But the activists have already noticed it!
And reminded the hunter (without “baron”) that wrong titles and wrong seats have to be taken out of circulation.

My best regards, Venus

USA: Fashion Label ‘Coach’ Is To Go Fur Free During 2019.

 

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Coach Has Finally Gone Fur-Free!

Posted by Carly Day | October 31, 2018

New York-based fashion label Coach is joining the avalanche of brands who are taking a stand against fur, with a plan to phase it out in the short term before a complete ban by fall 2019.

The label, under the direction of chief executive Joshua Schulman, said that they made this humane decision based upon feedback from employees and shoppers who oppose the use of fur.

“We understood from our employee population and from our consumers that it was important to them that we take a stand on this issue,” said Schulman. “We’re doing it because we believe it’s the right thing to do.”

Although the ban will see Coach stop using furs such as mink, coyote, fox and rabbit, they will continue to use other animal products like mohair and angora — as well as leather.

Coach teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to discuss the move before the announcement, and the organization helped educate key senior executives about the cruel fur industry.

“The announcement from a brand as iconic as Coach is the latest indication that fur is just not fashionable,” said Kitty Block, CEO and president of The Humane Society. “Consumers worldwide are saying no and fashion leaders are following.”

The anti-fur movement has had some big wins this year. Notably, Los Angeles voted in favor of a ban on the manufacture and sale of fur last month, which will see it become the largest city in the world to go fur-free. Prior to that victory, in March this year, San Francisco joined West Hollywood and Berkeley in voting to enact legislation banning the sale of fur.

A slew of fashion labels over the last few years have made similar pledges, including Burberry, Gucci, Armani, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood, along with many more.

Even iconic fashion magazine InStyle has banned the promotion of any products that use fur — both within its photo spreads and advertising materials.

“The fur trade kills more than 100 million animals each year, with animals used for fur either trapped in the wild, where they remain in cruel leghold traps for days without food or water, or raised in cramped cages for their entire lives and then killed by electrocution or gassing,” said Block.

The tide is well and truly turning for the barbaric fur industry, and before long, those who continue to use it will be in the minority. We hope that continued decisions like this spell the end for the practice, consigning it to the history books forever.

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“Fur Sucks When Its Worm By Humans Instead of Animals”

 

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