England: Coronavirus: the danger of live animal export.

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https://theecologist.org/2020/may/27/coronavirus-danger-live-animal-export

 

Coronavirus: the danger of live animal export

Abigail Penny

 

27th May 2020

As society shifted from liberty to lockdown, life as we know it changed. This global crisis warrants a global response and that’s what we’re giving it… or are we?

We’ve seen schools close and pop-up hospitals open. As planes sat idle, airlines sought bailouts. Anti-bac became our everyday elixir. We’re now living a life full of hand-sewn face-masks, never-ending Zoom calls and supermarket home-deliveries.

In France police patrol the streets checking people’s permits to stroll outside. In Spain some residents resorted to walking toy dogs in an attempt to dodge imposed restrictions. And finally, after two long months of strict lockdown measures, Italy has taken a collective deep breath of fresh air.

So, as we battle this deadly pandemic, it’s only right that ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ became our quarantine mantra.

 

Journeys

As many of us keep safe inside, farmed animals continue to roam — though they too are not free. With a one-way ticket to an international destination of the industry’s choice, they are shipped great distances for ‘fattening’ and butchery.

Earlier this month Animal Equality’s team in Spain released heart-breaking scenes of disorientated young lambs and sheep crammed into trucks and ships.

Forced to travel many miles from where they were born, footage showed them in small metal pens, their hooves caught between the bars and their journeys lasting for days or even weeks. Some are pregnant or become injured along the way; most endure extreme temperatures with little food, water or rest; all are unaware of the chilling fate that awaits them.

Last month animal protection organisations, Eyes on Animals and L214, released undercover footage of calves from Ireland transported on long journeys to France for veal, where they were callously kicked and beaten with sticks.

And just a fortnight ago coverage of a newly published European Commission report highlighted that the welfare of millions of animals exported from the EU is being put at risk by failings, “including heat stress, bad planning and a lack of information from the destination country”.

Here in the UK thousands of live sheep, calves, pigs and even horses continue to be exported to countries in the EU and beyond. The cliffs of Dover are witness to lambs on their way to slaughter.

 

Disease

So, why one rule for the animal agriculture industry and another for the rest of us?

A particularly poignant question at a time when researchers are suggesting that the consumption of animal products may be linked to the coronavirus crisis and when science tells us that 75 percent of new and emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.

Forcing animals to live in intensive conditions, travel great lengths in restless confinement and suffer a merciless death leaves us in a more precarious position than ever before.

Vets and epidemiologists keep sounding the alarm that live animal export significantly increases the likelihood of diseases to spread; coronavirus knows no borders. The animal agriculture industry is making a mockery of everyone’s social distancing efforts and putting us all in grave danger.

Live export is certainly not necessary on animal welfare grounds, nor for reasons of public safety, so why exactly is this practice still permitted in the current health crisis?

As I write, animals are struggling in overcrowded lorries and ships, stuck in even longer queues than usual as COVID-19 further disrupts transport links. We cast-off these blameless animals with no controls in place for how they are to live or die: once they depart British soil, they may as well already be dead to us.

 

 

Profits

Workers too are in imminent danger. Truckers, vessel crews, animal handlers and others are all in close proximity with these frightened animals and will be amongst the first to catch any deadly pathogens that lurk. No one should be forced to be at risk just to make a living.

Though can we really be all that surprised that the meat industry is prioritising profits over people?

Weeks ago we saw workers stage a walkout of a poultry plant operated by Moy Park — one of the UK’s largest chicken producers, responsible for raising and slaughtering over 312 million birds here each year — due to fears over lack of PPE and inadequate measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

And stories from slaughterhouses and meat packing facilities continue to dominate our screens, with coronavirus cases especially prevalent in abattoirs throughout the US and Ireland. This from an industry that prides itself on ever-increasing ‘kill line’ speeds, where workers are typically in close proximity and made to work as quickly as possible, all to maximise profits.

 

 

Inaction

Worldwide, an estimated two billion live animals are transported long distances each year. Since we went into lockdown in the UK on 23rd March, over 350 million live animals have been exported around the world. The numbers are staggering… the risk to us all equally so.

Boris himself has spoken out in the past in favour of a ban, claiming that by “abolishing the cruel live shipment of animals” the UK can demonstrate that “we will be able to do things differently” post-Brexit.

Despite this, no legislation has been put in place. Animal Equality is among many animal protection groups calling for action, including Compassion in World Farming, Eurogroup for Animals, KAALE and more.

The export of live animals poses a serious threat to humans and animals and now, more than ever before, we cannot afford the further spread of disease. The Government must end live animal exports.

 

 

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Abigail Penny is executive director for Animal Equality. Animal Equality will be joining Compassion in World Farming’s global twitterstorm on 14 June 2020 to raise awareness of this issue and to signal to policymakers that this cruel practice must end now. Learn more from its website.

 

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We have to let ALL animals out of our plates.

The criterion for letting animals out of our plates is not whether an animal is wild or domesticated, virus carrier, or harmless.

It is also absurd and unacceptable to consider wild animals as the wrong ones and all other farm animals as the right ones for our consumption.

My best regards to all, Venus

Confessions of a rhino poacher

Much has been written about the decimation of rhino populations in Africa due to poaching. Due to COVID-19, the problem has worsened as gangs in Mozambique take advantage of the lack of tourists and guards in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, killing nine rhino already.

 

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Since lockdown, six rhino in Botswana has been slaughtered for their horn.

Why do the poachers do it? In all the coverage of the rhino disaster — about the demand from China, the gangs who control the racket and the horrific on-the-ground images — the people who commit the actual murder of the animal have largely remained silent, until now.

In 2016, award-winning journalist Godknows Nare spent six months in the epicenter of rhino poaching, around the perimeter of Kruger National Park, interviewing poachers and their families.

 

Shortly after he returned, I talked with Nare about his time with the poachers. (Nare, who had received death threats for several years due to his work exposing the inhumane prison system in Zimbabwe as well as his investigations into corruption in South Africa, was shot and killed outside his home by Johannesburg Metropolitan Police in 2017. Three officers were arrested and put on trial for murder, later to be acquitted.)

“At first I thought [poachers] were just cruel criminals,” Nare told me. “But then you engage with the people, you live with the people … There are villages just around the Kruger National Park, [where people] live on social grants because there is no more land to farm … You just need to fill up your stomach. Then you can think about other things.”

Continue reading “Confessions of a rhino poacher”

USA: Nationwide Slaughter Free City Discussions – Get Involved 28/5/20 – See Below.

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Dear Friends,                                                                                

I want to urge you to register ASAP for this important webinar tomorrow, Thursday 5/28. There are over 80 slaughterhouses in NYC but they exist in every major city in the US and Canada. As a result of the pandemic of Covid-19, the WHO has urged the closing of all wet markets and there is a nationwide SlaughterFreeCity movement in response. You are sure to find this webinar of great interest…and it is open to all; so please share with associates and on social media!

All the best,

Zelda

 

 

Dear Friends,

My name is Tamara Bedic. I am the co-Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild (NYC) and Chair of its Animal Rights committee.

Although our Animal Rights committee used to meet in person, COVID-19 changed all that, and we’re now meeting online and inviting all activists and interested parties to join us.

I hosted our first online meeting in April called: ‘Wuhan, Wet Markets & Wildlife’. Our speaker was renowned Sino-American wildlife expert and animal activist Prof. Peter Li of Houston University. We concluded that webinar with comments by Assemblymember Rosenthal, who subsequently went on to draft a bill to close New York’s 80+ slaughterhouses, an essential step in ridding our neighborhoods of these disease-ridden, inhumane, wet-markets.

The poll that immediately followed April’s webinar asked attendees to choose a follow-up topic of preferred interest. “New York’s slaughterhouses” was by far the issue on every one’s mind; it won the poll by a landslide.

Bill A10399 / S08291 came into being around May 4th, but the clock is ticking on the session calendar.  Meanwhile, the slaughterhouses are operating as ‘essential businesses’, despite having accumulated (in some cases) dozens of violations (as our FOIA requests bear witness). 

So as you see, lots to analyze and discuss at the next meeting. Helping us along are:

•Prof. Ethan Taylor of Univ. of North Carolina, researcher in emerging zoonotic viral infections;   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ethan_Taylor2

•Gail Eisnitz, Chief Investigator and author of “Slaughterhouse.”  https://unboundproject.org/gail-eisnitz/

•Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Sponsor of New York’s A10399; and

•New York State Senator Luis Sepúlveda, Sponsor of parallel bill, S08291.

I welcome you to join our webinar on Thursday, May 28th, at noon, (Eastern time).

The invite link is below.

Cheers and thank you!

Tamara

 

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England: Trophy Hunters Exposed – Inside the Big Game Industry. Lifting the Lid On Psycho Animal Hunters.

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https://worldanimalsvoice.com/?s=trophy+hunter 

 

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“If this book doesn’t get trophy hunting banned I don’t know what will. This is an incredible investigation that reveals everything the industry would rather you didn’t know.” – JUDI DENCH

“A society which allows sentient creatures to be killed for entertainment has serious questions to answer. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ asks those questions and then answers them in devastating fashion.” PETER EGAN

“If there’s one book to buy about animals this year, this is it. Trophy hunting is legalised animal abuse on an industrial scale. ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’ tells us why we must abolish it. Now.” – JOANNA LUMLEY

 

Thousands of animals threatened with extinction were shot by trophy hunters last year. Attempts to protect dwindling lion and elephant populations have been thwarted by hunters. They are now allowed to shoot twice as many critically endangered black rhinos. How has this happened?

‘TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry’ is an explosive investigation into the trophy hunting industry, its key players and donors, and how it is stripping endangered animals of the protections they need.

It reveals how a top fundraiser for Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, the head of a paramilitary death-squad and a former WWF Director have shot record-breaking lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards.

It exposes the identities of over 500 hunters who have won industry awards for shooting all the ‘African Big Five’; the leading figures in the UK industry including a salesman who helps hunters shoot juvenile lions in enclosures; and the extraordinary kill tallies and trophy collections of hunters around the world.

It also lifts the lid on how household brands – and our taxes – are funding lobbyists, how the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army in the US are helping the industry recruit a new generation of child hunters, how lobbyists are posing as ‘conservation’ groups … and how the industry boasts it ploughs more money into US elections than some of the world’s biggest corporations.

Read how psychologists and criminologists fear trophy hunting could be fuelling violent crime, and how the industry could spark devastating outbreaks of diseases in local communities …

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eduardo Goncalves is an award-winning campaigner, journalist and conservationist. He has been a consultant to WWF and CEO of a national animal welfare charity. In 2018, he founded the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, which is today supported by some of the world’s biggest names in music, sport, film and TV. In 2019, the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting persuaded the UK government to support a ban on imports of hunting trophies.

Eduardo was awarded the Animal Heroes Award for services to wildlife in 2019. A short film about Eduardo’s work – with endorsements from Kevin Pietersen, Stanley Johnson, Lorraine Kelly, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips – can be viewed HERE.

Proceeds from the sale of ‘TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry’ will be donated to the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

 

BOOK REVIEW

by Charlie Moores, War on Wildlife

The Daily Mail has described Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH) as “Britain’s most prominent anti-hunting activist”. Whether they mean that as a compliment is difficult to tell, but it does show just how busy Eduardo has been given that he only set up CBTH two years ago. Prior to that he was chief-executive of the League Against Cruel Sports of course (which, not that disclaimers are needed, is where I first met him), but Eduardo – it seems – has indeed become one of the most recognisable faces and voices in a movement arrowing in on one of the most cruel, wasteful, and disturbing examples of humanity’s war on wildlife.

In a remarkably short time Eduardo (who is seemingly everywhere and knows everyone) has brought together a broad coalition of supporters and researchers, become an almost permanent fixture in the media, and – it turns out – has also somehow found time to write a book. Or at least, written the sort of minutely-detailed, reference-packed work that an organisation like Ethical Consumer might produce if they were to write a book. Stripped of anything superfluous, of anything subjective or gratuitous (there are no images – can you imagine the hunters writing their manual without including selfies of dentists with dead lions?), “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” slams into trophy hunting with the force of a meteorite.

Published today and presented in three parts, ‘THE’ precisely dissects the Industry (“one of the world’s most powerful political lobbies”), dispassionately lists the worst of the world’s self-glorifying hunters, before finally detailing exactly why these apparently sexually inadequate, delusional, ‘freedom fighters’ only feel alive when they’re killing something (in the name of ‘conservation’ of course). It’s all done so forensically. Fact after fact delivered like charges in an indictment. Page after page of condemnation of an industry that shouldn’t exist, that is built from an alt-right shopping list of God, money, gun rights, and machismo, a skewed eighteenth-century vision of white men sorting out the wilderness, and a biblical ‘dominion’ belief that animals are just there for us to do what we want with.

Eduardo doesn’t go in for such rhetorical flourish though, and ‘THE’ is all the better for it. There is a noticeable absence of opinion or personal pronouns. It is in essence a distillation of factual material, minutely researched and referenced, that brings together absolutely every good argument against trophy hunting. Trophy hunting’s proponents will seize on that last point as the book is unconcerned with presenting any of what they would see as the good arguments for trophy hunting. But, I would hazard a guess, that was never the intention. Eduardo’s response might be to point out that the industry has had years to lobby, obfuscate, blur, and lie, so why should he give their arguments (which revolve almost entirely around land-use) another airing, but I think it’s more likely that he simply neither respects nor agrees with any of them.

And why should he? Anything trophy hunters might trot out about respect for wildlife, local people, or conservation is undermined by their own words and actions. While ‘THE’ is not filled with what Eduardo thinks, feels, or has experienced, it does collate the most apposite quotations of others. There are damning lines picked from, for example, hunting forums, from unguarded discussions at hunting shows, and from the tone-deaf posturings of hunters on social media. There is an enormous amount of material in the public domain. Much of it no doubt resonates with fellow psychopaths, but to the rest of us it is just revealing. From glorifying trophy rooms (external representations of an individual’s total lack of empathy with the natural world) to organ-swelling gun porn (“…[the gazelle] swayed back and forth a bit and then turned and I saw the blood pouring out of his nose”), the appalling world of treating sentient life as the urinal wall in a pissing contest is laid bare.

Will ‘THE’ end trophy hunting? For all its gimlet-eyed focus on this ego-stroking ‘sport’, the answer is no, of course not. As the book details, heads of industry, the uber-wealthy, and sons of presidents and royalty fill voids in their lives by blasting holes in animals. Hunting has shored itself up with vast bank accounts, infiltrated legislature and conservation organsations, and is now chasing children to ensure the flow of emotionally-stunted gunmen doesn’t dry up. It sells itself as freedom, and uses an image of masculinity that appeals to a primal desire to slaughter that many of us acknowledge but have turned away from in disgust. More than all of that, it is about making profit. Corrupt officials have made absolute fortunes selling wildlife to the vainglorious. Trophy hunting will not simply lie down and go away, but much like how Dr Mark Avery’s ‘Inglorious’ stripped away the veneer of tradition and glamour that the grouse industry had wrapped itself in, “Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside the Big Game Industry” does exactly what it sets out to do: expose, strip bare, shine a light that trophy hunting will at first sneer at but – as the evidence piles up – will ultimately be desperate to shrink away from.

Another question might be, where does ‘Trophy Hunting Exposed’ sit in our post-Covid world? Is it a perfect post-Covid book, arriving bang on time as we seek to re-examine our relationship with the environment and with nature? I don’t think so. Not because ‘THE’ is not an invaluable resource or primer par excellence (it definitely is), but because none of what ‘THE’ exposes is made worse by global pandemic. We already knew that habitat and biodiversity loss was destroying nature, that we’re emptying the planet of large mammals (especially large carnivores), and that unregulated trophy hunting (and Eduardo has plenty to say about CITES incidentally) is slashing-and-burning its way through whole populations of supposedly protected wildlife. Trophy hunting was horrible and self-serving long before the virus emerged, and the seeds of this book were surely planted almost as soon as Eduardo began gathering his facts and statistics for the launch of CBTH. There was simply so much damning material that it had to go somewhere, and a book that all of us can use as a reference or guide to silence or infuriate trophy hunters is the logical format.

Like all campaigns that tackle such complex issues it will take a huge, multi-agency effort to end trophy hunting, but those of us that love wildlife should be incredibly grateful that there are campaigners like Eduardo Goncalves prepared to stand so visibly on the front line. Genial and all smiles on the surface, he is like a human cruise missile, powered by cold fury and laser-locked on the appalling trophy hunting industry. I suspect the industry hates him. Which is perhaps reason enough to own ‘Trophy Hunters Exposed’, but more importantly it’s all the information you need to marshal your thoughts, talk persuasively to your family and friends about trophy hunting, and to rebut the claims of pro hunters that they do no harm, love animals, and are true conservationists. It’s important to note, too, that any profits from ‘THE’ will go straight back into funding the work of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.

As stated above, no single book, no single effort, can stop something as embedded and well-financed as trophy hunting. But have no doubt that each barbed fact, each truth, each honest analysis will unpick the threads holding this disgusting edifice together and convince more and more of us that it is dishonest, untruthful, and bereft of legitimacy. And that – in the end – is how it will be brought down.

Charlie Moores – May 25, 2020

 

The video of Gorney, a retired energy company executive, is believed to have been recorded in Zimbabwe in 2011

In the video, Gorney fires one shot, and awakens the unsuspecting lion to meet its demise

In a 2015 interview, Gorney addressed violent reactions to trophy hunting by pointing out he can defend himself. Gorney is pictured with a hippopotamus that he killed

In the interview from 2015 with CBS, Gorney showed no remorse for his 'hunting' habit, which at that time included killing 70 big game animals, such as elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Gorney is pictured with a rhino that he killed

'The "why" is just the – I call it the adventure of it. Same reason Teddy Roosevelt did it,' Gorney said. 'I really like hunting elephants. They’re difficult to track down. They’re incredibly dangerous. The first elephant I got, I walked over 120 miles tracking elephants before I actually caught up to him and found him'

The hunter also appears to enjoy searching for prey - including moose and bear - closer to home, in North America, as well as the African bush where he bagged a sleeping lion

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South Africa: 27/5/20 – Live Exports Update. Live Sheep to Kuwait.

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Dear Mark,

So much has happened since the last time I wrote to you about the live export of sheep to Kuwait, in the Middle East.

 

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We headed to the High Court in February 2020 where our case was unfortunately struck off the roll due to procedural issues – the merits of the case had not been argued, and we believe that we still have a strong case to be made.

The Ship Arrives, March 2020

In March 2020, the Al Messilah vessel arrived in South Africa and the NSPCA had teams ready at both the feedlot in Berlin, and the East London Harbour to monitor the loading of these sentient creatures.
It was a gruelling week for the NSPCA who worked tirelessly to protect the sheep that were eventually loaded onto the vessel which was destined for Kuwait and Oman.

It was an uphill battle from beginning to end – court proceedings, protesters, challenges gaining access to the harbour, and our inspectors being treated with contempt by the employees, agents, and associates of Al Mawashi, and the Page Farming Trust – in spite of all these challenges, as well as knowing what the devastating end for these creatures would be, our team stood tall for the voiceless.

We are unsure of the final number of animals loaded on board as the employees and crew were completely uncooperative and hindered our team at every given opportunity, but an estimated 54 500 animals were loaded.

In spite of the NSPCA having an order from the court to inspect the vessel at the end of loading, our Senior Inspectors and Veterinarian were instructed to leave the ship before our inspection was complete, after an injured animal was pointed out. It was impossible to intervene under the circumstances, and Al Mawashi acted in contempt of the Magistrate’s order.

Due to our team being rushed off the ship, a thorough inspection was not possible. In spite of Al Mawashi insisting to the public and the courts that welfare was paramount to their business, and that they had employed an “independent” veterinarian who would travel with the animals on board the vessel, no veterinarian was on board.

Al Mawashi, also known as KLTT, now has a consistent reputation in South Africa for disrespecting South African laws.

 

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The South African Government stops exports during the Middle Eastern Summer months

Like Australian animal welfare groups, notably Animals Australia, who lobbied to the Australian government, the NSPCA has continuously engaged with The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in order to end this abhorrent trade. The NSPCA has been advised by the DALRRD that they have advised the Eastern Cape Veterinary Services against any live animal exportation to the Middle East from May to September 2020. The Eastern Cape Veterinary Services have confirmed that they have no intentions of going against the decision from DALRRD.

The NSPCA commends the South African Government for taking a stance against shipments during the Middle Eastern Summer months based on the exacerbated risks during this period.

The route and climatic conditions of the voyage from South Africa to the Middle East are horrendous at this time of the year. The temperatures in the Persian Gulf are already climbing towards the 50 degree Celsius mark.

These enclosed vessels do not have air conditioning as claimed. The hot air outside is simply pumped into the pens, the warmer seawater heats up the hull from below and the hot sun beats down on to these metal boxes, all contributing to the already hot and humid environment caused by the tens of thousands of sheep radiating heat from their own bodies, in an attempt to cool themselves.

Evidence has shown that during voyages, particularly between May to September, the combined heat and humidity literally “cooks” animals alive. Many will die and those that survive will endure unimaginable suffering.

IN SPITE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION, AL MAWASHI HAVE ACCUMULATED APPROXIMATELY 72 000 SHEEP IN THEIR FEEDLOT IN BERLIN

In light of the amassed sheep at the Feedlot – we have tried to ascertain from Al Mawashi whether a shipment is intended in the near future and have been left to draw our own conclusions.

Our legal team wrote to Al Mawashi on 24 May 2020 to inform them that in light of their silence, and lack of cooperation, they have left us with no choice but to begin preparing an application to the High Court – this is to be set down for hearing on Tuesday, 2 June 2020.

Although the climatic conditions between May and September are severe in the Middle East – we are determined to have the transport of livestock by sea declared unlawful throughout the year.

We thank you for your continued support – we will not give up and we are grateful that we have you on our team.
Thank you for being the difference.

Sincerely
Marcelle Meredith
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: Covid 19 Crew; Special Exemptions for Sailing Sheep In Extreme Summer Heat; Possible Covid Spread To Another Nation – What A Desperate Government and Live Export Business !!!

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So now the possibility of ‘an exemption’ to allow animals to be exported when they should not. In addition, the ship (Al-Kuwait) with crewmembers suffering from Covid 19, possibly sailing to foreign shores and taking the disease there with them ! – wow; this just sums up how bloody desperate the Australian government and live export industry are to keep their trade going. Prepared to take the risk of human health in another country by potentially allowing this vessel to sail.

Seems like they care just as little for human life as they do for the animals they transport. Sick, all of them – literally !

We totally support Lyn and the crew (and all other folk fighting this trade) at Animals Australia and wish them the best for success in getting this stopped. As for the government and the exporters; they are bastards; simple as that; putting money before the welfare of animals and now humans. Lets hope the trade goes to the wall and that in the near future the Australian people vote in a government that does give a shit about the environment and compassion to all living beings.

 

Hi Mark,

You may have seen reports in the media of a COVID-19 outbreak onboard a live export ship, the Al-Kuwait, which is docked in Fremantle. This situation is still unfolding, with predictions that further crew members could be diagnosed with the virus.

Back in March, we wrote to the Department of Agriculture expressing concerns about the heightened risks that the global coronavirus pandemic posed to crew members and animals. As you know, seafarers live and work in close and unhygienic conditions and have no access to medical care. Risks of shipment rejections increased dramatically as a result of COVID-19 implications.

The sheep who were supposed to be loaded onto the Al-Kuwait remain in an export feedlot while their fate is determined. In theory, this delay should mean a reprieve from live export for these animals as new regulations prohibiting voyages during the Northern summer come into effect next week.

However, we’ve read concerning media reports that indicate an exemption could be granted to the exporter to allow a shipment in June.

We have expressed our opposition to this in the strongest possible terms to the Department of Agriculture today and will again tomorrow during a teleconference.

Any exemption would obviously be totally unacceptable given the well-known heat stress risks that these animals would face.

I will be in touch again when we know more, and we will of course let you know if we need you to amplify our efforts on behalf of these animals. But for now, I wanted you to know that we are are doing all we can to ensure that the welfare of these sheep is prioritised.

Warm regards,
Lyn

Animals Australia.

 

https://www.animalsaustralia.org/

 

 

Amazon Frontlines – A Voice for The Indigenous People of the Amazon Saving Ecosystems.

 

https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/oilspill/#audios 

 

Dear Mark,

Today is an important day in the fight for justice in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Victims of a major oil spill, which occurred last month and has wreaked havoc on local ecosystems and the health of indigenous communities, will testify in a virtual hearing before a judge.

This hearing will give the Amazon Frontlines team and our partners an official venue to make a strong case in our lawsuit against the government and oil companies. Although we can’t pack an actual courtroom today in solidarity, we want to make sure the voices of indigenous communities harmed by this disaster resonate across the world.

We have recorded their “virtual testimonies” for you, and now we need your help amplifying their stories.

Please listen and share these audio testimonies to ensure that justice is served!

 

Around 120,000 people living along the Coca and Napo Rivers have been impacted by the spill, a tragedy that could have been avoided if the State and oil companies had heeded warnings from experts months before the pipelines broke.
In Kichwa indigenous communities along the river, mothers and fathers have been documenting mysterious rashes and irritation on their children’s skin since the spill. Massive flooding has sent the oil into creeks and gardens where families grow food, making it nearly impossible to avoid contact with the contamination. Emergency supplies dropped off by the oil companies have been woefully insufficient, so we have been organizing alongside our indigenous partners to deliver humanitarian aid.

Share these first-hand accounts from the plaintiffs to hold the government and oil companies accountable today.

Hear plaintiff Carlos Jipa, President of the regional Kichwa peoples’ indigenous federation, FCUNAE, describe the impact of the oil spill on the river and his people, as well as Monsignor Adalberto Jímenez, a Catholic bishop who joined the lawsuit to defend the rights of affected indigenous peoples and rural communities.

You will also hear Amazon Frontlines’ head lawyer for the case, Maria Espinosa, describe our simple and clear demands: that the government conduct environmental remediation, provide relief to impacted communities, and take steps to ensure this never happens again.

Please stand with indigenous communities today in their fight for justice.

Thank you,

Brian Parker
Senior Attorney, Rights Defenders
Amazon Frontlines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spain: The bullfighting industry is broke

Bullfighting celebrations are not the second show in this country by a number of spectators, as they claim from the bullfighting sector, but the tenth, behind football, cinema, monuments and sites, museums, current music concerts, and classical music, exhibitions, theater and art galleries.

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The bullfighting sector is the show that gets the lowest mark in relation to the interest it arouses among citizens.

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On May 22, the spokesperson for the Toro de Lidia Foundation, Chapu Apaolaza, assured during a debate on the program “La Mañana” on TV1, that bullfighting is the second mass spectacle below football. And so they have been proclaiming for years, the different representatives of the bullfighting world.

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Only 8% of Spaniards went to a bullring in 2019, according to the “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain.

The cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after soccer, was attended by 57.8 percent of those surveyed.

It is followed by monuments (49.3%), museums (40.5%), current music concerts (30.1%), art exhibitions (29.8%), theater (24.5%), archaeological sites (21.8%), and classical music concerts (9.4%), which outperform bull shows for the first time in public.

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Bullfighting, in tenth place, next to ballet

The “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain 2018 – 2019 is a sample investigation directed at a sample of 16 thousand people aged 15 years and over residing in Spain, and the 2018-2019 results indicate that 57.8 percent of respondents went to the cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after football.

The tenth place would be in attendance ballet/dance and bulls, with 8 percent.

Only the opera and the zarzuela would be behind, with 3.3 and 1.5%, the archives consultation (7.1%), or the circus (7.3%).

In addition, the study’s authors found that interest in bullfighting decreased from 2.5 to 2.3 compared to 2015.
It is the lowest grade of all cultural activities as it is the only one that generates strong social rejection.

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And I mean…Unfortunately, these statistics do not tell us how many Spaniards are against bullfighting.
If one does not attend bullfighting, it does not necessarily mean that he is also against it.

There are also many people who don’t go to the theater, but most of them (at least in Germany) agree that theater should be subsidized with public money.

When the bullfighting was recognized as a national cultural heritage on November 7, 2013, the bull mafia was delighted.
Because that would mean subsidizing taxpayers’ money.
But business has been going bad for years and now is worse in the Corona Krisis.

The bullfighting industry expects a loss of 200 million euros.
Now would be the right time to end the matter once and for all.

Nevertheless, even the left-wing government of PSOE and Podemos, (the latter declared itself to be the enemies of this spectacle), have so far not dared to put an end to the bloody spectacle. Behind it are a strong lobby and powerful industry.

My best regards to all, Venus

Leading Cardiologist Says Saturated Fat Should Be ‘Off The Menu’ For Causing Heart Disease.

 

 

https://www.plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/cardiologist-says-saturated-fat-causes-heart-disease

 

Leading Cardiologist Says Saturated Fat Should Be ‘Off The Menu’ For Causing Heart Disease

 

The study ‘demonstrated unequivocally that reducing dietary saturated fat lowered the risk of combined CVD events by 21 percent’

Plant Based News

May 24, 2020

 

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Leading cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD has announced saturated fat should be ‘off the menu’ as it causes heart disease.

The medical expert penned an Op-Ed for The Beet titled ‘The Big Fat War is Over’ – following a recent paper published by the Cochrane Library analyzing the relationship between dietary saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

‘It’s huge’

“The Cochrane Review demonstrated unequivocally that reducing dietary saturated fat lowered the risk of combined CVD events by 21 percent. That may not sound like a lot, but in scientific terms it’s huge,” Kahn wrote.

“Further analysis showed that the greater the reduction in dietary saturated fat, the greater the drop in the risk of CVD events. This was true both for people who had no prior history of heart events, and those who had. In fact the reduction in sat far was even more powerful for those who did have known heart disease.”

‘Ammunition’

Speaking to Klaus Mitchell, Founder of Plant Based News, Kahn discussed how this study could affect future dietary guidelines.

“Now we have ammunition to go to the USDA and ask them can we incorporate [sic] – there are already recommendations that you limit saturated fat in the diet,” he said.

“They have a comment in the current guidelines in the US – ‘as little cholesterol as possible’ – and I believe it’s less than seven percent of the calories in the diet should be from saturated fat.

‘Tighter’ recommendations

“Now with this new big Cochrane database study we need to go back to when there are hearings and an opportunity for appearances at Congress to call for even tighter recommended reductions.

“Because that does translate to school meals and intuitional meals and dollars that are spent in this country. And more beans will be bought and less beef; and more water will be bought and less full-fat dairy; and there’ll be more salads and less cheese because that’s how the dollars are spent based on the guidelines. So we need to get politically active.”

 

 

You can read the paper here

 

 

 

Children and animals

 

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Every human born vegan, with heart full of compassion and love, but sadly customs, traditions and teaching of the family and society misguide us .

We learn violence, hatred and greed from society.

In a few years, this little person may be someone who orders a dead animal from McDonalds at the counter. Or someone who fights wholeheartedly for animal rights.

Teaching children respect and love for animals is our responsibility.

Regards and a good night from Venus

The hero of the slaughter

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And we do not forget the animal victims of the country.
And the mass murder of the farm animals, which the psychotic president finances because of Corona.

It is always the psychopaths and political criminals around the world who support the meat industry and feed it with billions from our tax money..

We ALL must finally stop eating animals and be miserable accomplices of this fascist system of animal exploitation.

My best regards to all, Venus

The Vegan Guide to Temperate and Tropical Fruits.

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https://www.vegan.com/fruit/

 

Fruits come in countless varieties, offer solid nutrition, and can make an important contribution to a vegan diet. There are so many delicious varieties of fruit that there is always something new to discover. So let’s take a look at all the delicious possibilities, in order to acquaint you with the most delicious types of fruit in existence.

Common Varieties of Fruit

The first thing you should know about fruits is that the variety grown in the tropics is entirely different than what you can find in colder climates.

Here are the most common fruits grown in temperate climates, in roughly the order they come into season:

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines
  • Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Melons
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Persimmons

 

And here are some of the most popular tropical fruits:

  • Papayas
  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Avocados
  • Mangoes
  • Passionfruit
  • Starfruit

 

If you love fruit, the tropics are an incomparable place to live. The above list of tropical fruits only scratches the surface of what’s available, since several of the most delicious tropical fruits can’t stand up to shipping and are rarely exported. These include starfruit, soursops, egg fruit, and jackfruit. What’s more, the bananas, pineapples, and mangoes sold in the tropics are far tastier than the exported varieties.

A good mango has my vote as being the tastiest of all tropical fruits, but the flavor totally depends on the variety—of which there are dozens. Smaller long and thin orange or yellow mangoes like the Ataulfo are among the most consistently delicious mangoes. Be sure to avoid Tommy Atkins mangoes, which are justifiably compared to the godawful Red Delicious apple.

Savory Fruits

While most tree-grown fruits are sweet, two notable and delicious exceptions are avocados and breadfruit.

Avocados thrive in both tropical and warmer temperate climates. They come in numerous varieties. Hass avocados are widely available and I think by far the tastiest variety. You can find avocados almost everywhere, since they are exported from Mexico to every part of the world.

Breadfruit has a flavor and texture like potatoes and it is magnificent sliced and sauteed with some garlic. Unfortunately, breadfruit bruises easily and rots quickly, so it’s rarely exported. In many parts of the tropics, breadfruit is among the very cheapest foods since the trees yield a massive amount of fruit.

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Nightshades

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant are all nightshades. This family of fruits is widely cultivated in Italy, and all varieties grow on poisonous vines. Nightshades are planted in the spring, as soon after the first frost as possible, and they die in autumn with the first frost. Every sort of nightshade is delicious when combined into an Italian sauce.

Eggplant is also a staple of Middle Eastern cooking, and is the key ingredient for a classic dish called baba ghanouj.  Made traditionally, the eggplant for baba ghanouj is baked in a wood-fired oven, where it gains a smoky flavor and a wonderfully rich texture.

Purchasing Fruit

Since every fruit starts out as a flower, it’s no surprise that many fruits are naturally fragrant. In fact, often the best way to judge the ripeness of your fruit is not by sight but by smell. You’ll often encounter gorgeous, flawless-looking fruits that are practically tasteless. Giving your fruit a sniff before purchasing is often the only way to determine whether it has good flavor.

When shopping for produce, remember that smaller fruits tend to have more complex and intense flavors. That goes for bananas, tomatoes, blueberries, and especially strawberries. Larger fruits may seem more eye-catching, but often their size seems to dilute their flavor.

You’ll get the most delicious and the cheapest fruit if you buy at peak of season. You’ll get strawberries in the spring. In early summer cherries are the first tree fruit to ripen. By mid-summer, peaches, plums, and nectarines reach peak of season, along with raspberries and blackberries.

In early autumn, blueberries start coming in. The further north (or south, in the southern hemisphere), the later the blueberries ripen and the better they’ll taste. The fruit season closes out in late autumn with apples and persimmons. Persimmons may be the most delicious fruit of all—when perfectly ripe their flesh has a texture like pudding.

No fruit comes into season during the winter, but you can get freshly-picked apples and persimmons through late fall. Since apples can hold up well in cold storage for a couple months, they’re probably the best fresh fruit to eat over the winter. By the time spring rolls around, you should switch from apples to freshly-harvested spring produce.

Frozen Fruits

Every supermarket and natural foods store sells inexpensive frozen fruit year-round. The most common varieties include peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and mangoes. All of these fruits are especially good for vegan smoothies. Just use the vegan milk of your choice—it makes sense to choose an unsweetened variety for smoothies since your fruit will add plenty of natural sugars.

Frozen fruits provide a wonderful boost for eating well during the winter. And nutritionally speaking, they’re a much better option than canned fruits, since there’s no sugar-sweetened syrup. Plus, since frozen fruits haven’t undergone the cooking that’s part of the canning practice, you are eating something that’s much closer to tasting freshly-picked.

You should also consider washing, slicing, bagging, and freezing your own fruit during peak of season. The best produce you can buy locally is likely to be far superior than bagged frozen produce, and quite possibly less expensive. Any market will sell double-sealed freezer bags in sizes ranging from quarts to gallons.

When freezing most fruit, arrange your berries or sliced fruit on a single layer of a tray, then freeze until solid. Once the fruit is frozen hard, transfer it to freezer bags. This method is called “individual quick freeze” (IQF) and keeps your fruit from clumping together into an unappetizing frozen brick.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruit are a wonderful option during the cold months. Raisins are probably the most widely-eaten dried fruit, but that’s just the start of your options. No matter what kind of dried fruit you buy, sulfites whenever possible.

Nearly every fruit is wonderful dried. Just like frozen fruit, dried fruit can easily last through the winter. If you have an abundance of fruit in the summer—especially if you have your own fruit trees—why not consider purchasing a food dehydrator? That’ll enable you to feast on delicious dried fruit during the lean months of autumn and winter. Dehydrators were once outrageously expensive, but today you can buy a good one for less than the price of a rice cooker or bread machine.

My favorite dried fruit is apricots, but not just any apricot. They’ve got to be unsulfured Blenheim “slab” apricots. If you seek this variety of dried apricot out, I can’t imagine you’ll be disappointed.

Finally, don’t forget about figs and dates. Much of the world’s fig and date crops are grown in Turkey, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries. Both these foods are commonly dried, especially for export. I think the most delicious varieties are medjool dates and calimyrna figs. I actually prefer dried figs to fresh, since the texture improves and the flavors are much more concentrated. But avoid black mission figs. They’re terrible, and should be summarily rejected by anyone of discriminating tastes, just like red delicious apples and Tommy Atkins mangoes.

For further reading: please see our vegan cooking guide, our vegan nutrition guide, and our guide to vegan foods.

 

China: Wild animal trafficker is jailed for smuggling 107 endangered turtles by freezing them in his refrigerated van.

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The picture is believed to have shown the wild animal trader, Shen, standing next to the turtles with another resident who was caught selling four of the animals to Shen on October 18, 2018

 

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8341049/Chinese-wild-animal-trafficker-caught-100-frozen-protected-turtles.html

 

Wild animal trafficker is jailed for smuggling 107 endangered turtles by freezing them in his refrigerated van

 

Shen was arrested by police who found his lorry packed with 107 frozen turtles

 

The wildlife trafficker was given a nearly 13-year sentence for his illegal trade

 

Officials said the seized animals were estimated to be worth over £345,000

 

The case was reported by local court to raise awareness for wildlife protection

 

A Chinese wildlife trafficker has been jailed after being caught by police transporting 107 protected sea turtles with his refrigerated truck.

 

The resident, known by his surname Shen, was tracked down by police after the officers seized found his lorry packed with frozen turtles in the woods in Zhoushan city, Zhejiang province of eastern China.

 

Mr Shen was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison and handed a fine of 150,000 yuan (£17,287). Two other residents who sold four of the sea turtles to Mr Shen were also imprisoned.

The crime case took place in 2018 and was revealed this week by a local court in Zhejiang to warn the public against wild animal trafficking.

 

Read the rest of the story by clicking on the above link.

 

 

England: Why Being Vegan Is The Wrong Choice – According to Meat and Dairy Farmers.

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The Farmers Weekly is exactly what it says – and is familiar to us (England) in the old days of live animal exports, which they naturally supported.

Here is their latest article on 8 reasons why becoming a vegan is in their opinion, ‘the wrong choice’. Could the reality be that many people are now being much better informed on how meat and dairy is produced ?; and as a result of not liking what they see and hear; people are turning veggie and vegan in their droves.

 

These pictures do not reflect British farming – but GLOBAL farming issues.

 

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The farming industry is in crisis; and they have to turn and put down anything that goes against ‘their’ business; and that includes meat and dairy production.

So lets look at what they are saying: here is the link, which we show in full below.

 

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We simply say, browse through our posts relating to ‘farm animals’ alone – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/category/farm-animals/ to see what the farmers are doing to animals. Sure, it is not just British farmers against British vegans only; it is a global issue; and with many of the current situations involving farming in the USA; or German intensive pig farming; or China; well yes China !! – at this present time; ‘farmers’, from wherever, are all being put under the same umbrella.

You could well say that the farming community views vegans and veggies in the same way; grouping the whole lot together whilst not really listening to the different arguments made by the many regarding piglet castration, tail docking, battery everything, cows never seeing a grass filed, let alone walk on it,

There are no ‘winners’ in this game; each side has its own specific views of the ‘other side’; but we let the market speak for itself; and the current market says veganism is way out in front.

 

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So here it is; 8 reasons why being vegan is so ‘bad’ for us all:

 

Source:

https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/fw-opinion-8-reasons-why-becoming-vegan-is-the-wrong-choice

 

Opinion: 8 reasons why becoming vegan is the wrong choice

 

If the current global crisis has been a time to think about food and those who produce it, it should also be a time for some of us to rethink how we can really help.

For some, changing to a vegan diet may seem like an obvious choice to save the planet or animals. But it’s the wrong choice – and here are eight reasons why.

  1. Mutuality. Man has always lived in a mutually beneficial relationship with animals. It’s a contract – we provide for them, they provide for us. Someone who cares deeply for an animal and then puts it in the food chain for our benefit is not a monster. People who think we’re beyond that because we live in the rich, overfed world insult those who don’t agree.
  2. The survival of huge numbers of people in the world depends on animals – for food, clothing, fuel and transport. Their economies and cultures are based on it. We are not superior to them. What’s more, importing their commodities gives us a lifestyle that is a luxury by their standard and is not defensible.
  3. Our consumption of the world’s resources and our environmental footprint are massive, compared with the people I’ve been talking about. Unless we really live off the grid, everything we do contributes. Eating soya instead of meat doesn’t change that – quite the opposite.
  4. We are what we eat. How can it be wrong to eat something produced where we can see it, raised on grass, water and sunshine, and right to eat something highly processed and flavoured, made from imported products? Do we know how it was grown, its carbon footprint or how good for us it is?
  5. Health. What we eat now isn’t unhealthy, we just eat too much and we don’t eat a balanced diet. Meat is part of a balanced diet, as is fish and dairy. Switching to a plant-based diet is not the answer. If we are concerned about where our food comes from, let’s buy local and eat seasonal. We won’t get fooled, either.
  6. We think we’re standing up for ourselves and the planet, but we’re being taken for a ride. Supermarkets, advertisers, fitness gurus, trendy restaurants and cookery book writers love what we are doing. We’re the new market, and they will take every penny we have. As for helping the environment…
  7. The countryside we love is not maintained by people with mowers and shears – it is grazed by animals. We couldn’t grow anything but grass on two-thirds of it. Why not take a free resource and use it to feed people and store carbon, while looking after the landscapes, habitats and species we value so much? Not to mention what’s under our feet…
  8. Now that we’ve seen the results of years of large-scale arable cropping, we want to get animals back on the land. It’s not just about grass; the soil under animals’ hooves benefits hugely from all those micro-processes involved in grazing, treading, and recycling of nutrients that billions of flora and fauna depend on. Livestock are life.

If we feel better for being vegan, fine. But we’re not saving the world. We have no right to preach. And no justification for doing atrocious things to people who have just proved their worth to us in this crisis.

 

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US, “Heroes” act: compensation for mass murder

 

The “HEROES” Act disregards animal welfare groups’ asks regarding depopulation and slaughter line speeds.

 

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Two weeks after President Trump moved to protect meat industry profits by designating meat processing facilities as “critical infrastructure,” apparently it is now Congress’s turn to do the industry’s bidding.

In the latest coronavirus relief package, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday, lawmakers have disregarded both of the major issues animal protection groups have been bringing to their attention: increased slaughter line-speeds, and the mass killing (“depopulation”) of millions of pigs and chickens across the country.

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WASTE, BUT WANT NOT: The latest relief bill – the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solution (“HEROES”) Actwould reimburse meat producers for 85 percent of the financial losses they incur as a result of killing whole barnfuls of chickens, pigs, or other farmed animals.

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These mass killings are the result of supply-chain disruptions, as slaughterhouses across the U.S. have temporarily halted operations due to widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers. Without anywhere to send “market-ready” pigs and chickens, producers are simply killing their herds and flocks to make room for the next batch of animals already in the pipeline.

The bodies of these culled animals are not sold for human consumption. Most will simply be composted (also at taxpayer expense).

EVEN WORSE THAN SLAUGHTER: The methods producers use to carry out these mass killings are exceptionally cruel, ranging from suffocating the animals with foam or gas, to manually slamming them against the ground, to simply turning off the ventilation system in the barns and allowing the animals packed inside to slowly die of overheating.

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At a certain point, it simply becomes less expensive for producers to kill off their herds than to continue feeding the animals past market weight. And now, under the latest relief bill, producers will be compensated for those mass-killing costs as well.

Those who choose to keep their animals alive will not receive the relief funds (!!!)

FULL SPEED AHEAD: One would think that, at a time when millions of farmed animals are literally being thrown in the trash and workers are getting sick due to crowded conditions at slaughterhouses, it would be wise to slow down the speeds at which these plants can operate.

This is precisely what Animal Equality and other groups asked legislators to do by including a provision in the 1,815-page-long HEROES Act (!!)

In our May 4th letter to congressional leaders, we stated: “We urge you to include language in the fourth coronavirus relief package directing FSIS to retract approvals for all plants currently operating at higher line speeds, cease issuing new approvals, and take additional steps to ensure social distancing. … The suspension of these dangerous systems will help protect workers from further injury, as well as protect animal welfare and food safety.”

These industrial systems of animal exploitation should be stopped (as several federal lawmakers, including Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, have recently proposed)—not propped up by taxpayer money.

And not only is protecting this harmful industry unethical and irresponsible (both fiscally and from a public health standpoint), some of the government’s attempts to do so are unlawful as well.

This unlawfulness is the basis of our ongoing lawsuit against USDA for its new rule allowing slaughter plants to kill pigs at unlimited speeds.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: To quote Jonathan Safran Foer, “Your next meal is the moment to withdraw your support from the most cruel and destructive industry in America.”

Foer’s recent article in the Washington Post reiterates all the reasons the HEROES Act’s support of the industry is so backwards.

You can let your federal representatives know you feel the same, by sending them a message expressing your frustration with Section 60102 of the bill (H.R. 6800). Unlike meat production, your participation is essential.

URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO OPPOSE THE HEROES ACT AS WRITTEN

https://animalequality.org/blog/2020/05/13/heroes-act-meat-industry/

 

And I mean…We are experiencing a renaissance of fascist practices in the animal sector … As in the Nazi era.

In 1941 Hitler’s will was to implement a final solution to the “Jewish question”.
This has caused the mass murder of millions of Jews and other people.

Today, every corrupt government wants to mass murder animals who are in no way to blame for the pandemic and the economic corona bankruptcy. They call it ” depopulation” .

We remember…
everything Hitler did back then was legal, and he had even come to power with democratic elections. Like Trump.

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My best regards to all, Venus

EU: end the cage age now!

 

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What is the fate of a petition if that petition reaches 1 million signatures in Europe?

We can find the answer in the EU statute, as part of the “European Citizens’ Initiative” which was introduced with the Lisbon Treaty, and came into force in April 2012:

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“For initiatives that have collected at least one million signatures, achieving the minimum number required in at least seven Member States, the EU – Commission will have three months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it. It will meet the organizers so they can explain the issues raised in their initiative in more depth.

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The organizers also want to have the opportunity to present their initiative at a public hearing organized at the European Parliament.
The Commission will then adopt a Communication explaining its conclusions on the initiative, what action it intends to take, if any, and its reasoning.

Conclusion: Within three months, the Commission will inform the organizers about its legal and political conclusions on the initiative, as well as what to do next, or not to do so, and the reasons why.
This information is made available to the public.

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The “End The Cage Age” campaign had 1,5 million votes and was closed on September 11th 2019.
Since then we are waiting for an answer, and we have received no information on how to proceed.
Instead, we get a “Green Deal” in double packaging to “farm-to-fork”, where the massive overproduction of meat in industrial livestock farming with catastrophic effects on animals, humans and the climate is not addressed in the “Green Deal”.

Although the strategy commits to considering options for animal welfare labelling, there is no mention of method-of-production labelling.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/05/21/eu-green-deal-puts-animal-welfare-back-on-the-eus-agenda/

Nevertheless: Reineke Hameleers, CEO of the Eurogroup for Animals, speaks of a “historical document that opens the door to a potentially better world for farm animals in the EU and other parts of the world” (!)

And he is firmly convinced that the EU’s green plans “also open up the possibility to meet the latest ECI ” End The Cage Age “, which calls for an end to the use of cages in animal husbandry systems, and to include specific animal welfare regulations for species such as cattle” .

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He seems to have forgotten the 1.5 million votes, who have already decided against it.
We have not.
He does not seem to be concerned that the abolition of factory farming does not fall within the “green plans” of his employers.

We will never tire of complaining about the fraud and disrespect of the EU Commission, we cannot accept that in this way our civil right to participation is trampled on.

Obviously, The Eurogroup for Animals has understood that the “End the Cage Age” campaign will not work.
Therefore they ask for help at the end.

“The finalised strategies will now be rolled out, with the European Parliament adopting a resolution on the content later this year. At Eurogroup for Animals, our next opportunity will be to influence the European Parliament’s response to the two strategies, so our members will start to mobilise citizens in the days ahead to contact their MEPs and make their voices – and our recommendations – heard”.

No, dear people from the Eurogroup!
I will no longer sign anything, nor will I send any letters to the MEPs.
Until I get an answer about the state of the “End the Cage Age” campaign.

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My best regards to all, Venus

A friend is waiting for you…

 

🐶 Around 300,000 animals end up in German animal shelters every year and are urgently looking for a loving home.
We translated what they would tell us. 👇
(Video is in English)

An animal comes to German animal shelters every 65 minutes.
They are the product of human indifference.

They are either abandoned, given away, or come to the home through official animal trapping and the veterinary office.

The shelters are full, the volunteers work overtime to provide the animals with adequate care, but unfortunately more animals are accepted than mediated.

Many leave their cat or dog in the forest and hope that a merciful hiker will find and save them.
For these animals it means that they are lucky when they end up in the shelter, where most of them stay until the end of their lonely life.

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In Germany the abandoneded animals are piling up.

We used to think that this only happens in southern countries, now it is exactly the same here.

The only difference is that we don’t see the abandoneded animals on the street because the shelters have more money to take them in.

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Give a home to an abandoned animal.

It will be thankful and loyal to you forever, and you will have a dear friend in happy and sad moments of life.

My best regards to all, Venus

China: Wuhan ‘Bans’ In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic. But Fur Farming Animals Get No Reprieve.

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https://www.foxnews.com/world/wuhan-bans-eating-hunting-wildlife-response-coronavirus-pandemic.amp

 

Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus in China, announced Wednesday that eating and hunting wild animals within the city limits has been banned, declaring Wuhan a “wildlife sanctuary,” according to a report.

Local authorities in the city of over 11 million have said exotic animals are no longer allowed to be farmed, and breeders will be offered a one-time cash payment as part of a wider national scheme to end exotic animal breeding, CBS News reported Wednesday. This is the first national plan in China to stop the breeding.

Two provinces have reportedly agreed to the plan just one month after China also reclassified dogs from “livestock” to “pets.”

 

CHINA FINALLY CHANGES STATUS OF DOGS FROM ‘LIVESTOCK’ TO ‘PETS’

Chinese officials had already banned the sale and consumption of wild animals during the coronavirus pandemic, which some officials believed originated in a wet market in Wuhan. Some also believe the virus first spread from bats to humans, though other wild animals have been considered as the virus’ origin.

Government-sanctioned hunting is still reportedly permitted for “scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances.”

The province of Hunan announced its plan to establish a compensation scheme to encourage breeders to farm other livestock. Hunan authorities will evaluate each farm for compensation based on the exotic animals they reared.

 

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The neighbouring province of Jiangxi has crafted a similar plan, but officials have estimated that there are more than 2,300 licensed breeders and their stock could be worth upward of 1.6 billion yuan, or $225 million, sources told The Week.

According to the Human Society International (HSI), the wildlife consumption trade in China is “worth 125 billion yuan, roughly $18 billion.” But wildlife consumption is not the biggest industry in the country.

“The largest proportion of China’s wildlife farming [is] the fur industry, worth 389 billion yuan ($55 billion) annually,” the society said.

The HSI believes there are already plans being made to have “millions of raccoon dogs, foxes and mink farmed for fur” retitled from “wildlife” to “livestock” as a way to continue to farm these animals.

 

USA: Scared and sick, U.S. meat workers crowd into reopened plants.

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Pig carcasses hang from an overhead conveyor at a Smithfield Foods Inc. pork processing facility in Milan, Mo., on April 12, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker. / The Washington Post

Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker.

 

 

Check out our following article; and listen to the evidence in the videos; before you further read what is reported here.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/05/22/england-how-much-more-proof-does-the-world-need-factory-farms-are-mega-shit-for-animals-and-dangerous-for-humans-not-rocket-science/

 

 

 

Scared and sick, U.S. meat workers crowd into reopened plants

 

Source – copy of article:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Scared-and-sick-U-S-meat-workers-crowd-into-15288528.php

 

It’s been three weeks since President Donald Trump’s executive order to keep meat plants running in the pandemic and the government began preparing fresh guidance on how to keep their employees safe. Infections are still on the rise as workers say they’re being forced to put themselves in harm’s way in the name of food security.

Based on 13 interviews with employees, labor representatives and a U.S. government inspector at meat plants in states including Arkansas, Virginia, Nebraska, North Carolina and Texas, employees are still standing elbow-to-elbow along production lines. There are some plastic barriers, but employees haven’t been spaced out in parts of the plants. People with symptoms are still coming in for shifts, afraid of losing income if they call in sick. Protective gear in some cases is of low quality — thin masks are breaking. With not enough distance between people, the combination could be ripe for the spread of disease.

Companies have taken measures such as increasing hand-washing stations, distributing face shields, doing temperature checks and staggering breaks. But experts warn that in the end, nothing can make up for a lack of physical distance. And some are starting to question whether it’s even possible to run these plants safely during the pandemic, given the nature of how production is handled.

“They’re still working shoulder to shoulder, and these partitions are not even proven to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Magaly Licolli, executive director at Springdale, Arkansas-based Venceremos, an organization focused on human rights of poultry workers. Companies have “basically refused to restructure workstations, since that would decrease production. But that’s what they need to do to prevent an outbreak.”

Some of America’s largest meat suppliers, JBS, Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and Cargill, reopened plants recently, working to increase meat output after closures sparked some shortages and higher prices. That means maintaining high speeds on processing lines — something that makes physical distancing nearly impossible. Even protocols developed jointly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration seem to acknowledge this. The guidance recommends reconfiguring work spaces to allow for 6 feet of distancing “if feasible,” but sets no hard rules.

More than a dozen major meatpacking facilities reopened in May after Trump’s order. Since then, the coronavirus has continued to spread at almost twice the national rate in counties that are home to these types of plants. In the two months since infections started among meat workers, at least 30 have died and more than 10,000 have been infected, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. Virus rates among workers have topped 50% at some plants.

The outbreaks have exposed vulnerabilities in the meat supply chain — and the human cost of keeping Americans fed amid a pandemic. Restaurants including Wendy’s Co. have reported meat shortages. But wholesale beef and pork prices, which had doubled since early April, are starting to ease as plants reopen.

Meat-industry advocates have said that high infection rates are partly due to aggressive testing of their workers. The North American Meat Institute, the trade association that represents processors, says “that companies are constantly looking for and implementing new ways to protect workers under the careful oversight of state and local authorities” including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CDC and OSHA.

“The safety of the men and women who work in their facilities is the first priority for the meat and poultry industry,” Sarah Little, a spokeswoman for the group, said by email.

Still, Trump’s order sparked outrage from union leaders and worker advocates who argue that maintaining and ramping up production in spite of the outbreaks will lead to more illness.

“Many aren’t coming to work — they’re sick or afraid. And if they do go in, they have to work faster” to make up for absenteeism since line speeds haven’t slowed, Licolli said.

Interviews with employees from JBS, Tyson, Smithfield and Cargill, along with labor leaders, show that social distancing is difficult to maintain — both on production lines and in other areas. Even when traffic is directed, it can still get crowded. Some plant workers said colleagues have come into work coughing, sneezing and, in a few cases, vomiting.

“We are doing everything we can to keep this virus out of our facilities,” JBS USA said in an emailed statement. “That said, our plants were not designed to stop the spread of a virus. Throughout this process, we have had to fundamentally alter the way we do business because of Covid-19.”

JBS said it doesn’t want “sick team members coming to work,” and that “no one is punished for being absent for health reasons.” If an employee “is fearful of coming to work they can call the company and inform us, and they will receive unpaid leave without any consequence to their employment,” the company said.

Some of the line speeds at JBS have slowed because members of vulnerable populations are being asked to stay home, with pay. Employees are required to wear a mask on company property, everyone is given a face shield and the company said it has hired hundreds of people for a team that oversee its efforts to keep employees healthy.

Cargill said it is “consulting health experts and implementing new protocols as they are identified” to protect employees.

“Standards are evolving as this virus progresses, and we are continuously learning about new ways to protect employees,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We are proactively putting into place the latest available safety protocols appropriate for the contexts in which we operate. We care deeply about our co-workers and the communities where we live and work.”

“We take seriously our responsibility to feed the world,” Cargill said.

Smithfield said it has taken “aggressive measures to protect the health and safety of our employees during this pandemic.”

On its website, Smithfield lists safeguards taken including boosting use of protective gear to include masks and face shields, making free voluntary Covid-19 testing available to employees, explicitly instructing employees not to report to work if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms and increasing social distancing, wherever possible.

Tyson said it has implemented a range of social distancing measures, including installing physical barriers between workstations and in break rooms, providing more breakroom space, erecting outdoor tents where possible for additional space for breaks, among other steps.

“We only want people to come to work if they’re healthy,” Tyson said in an emailed statement. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities.”

The company said it’s addressing line speed on a case-by-case basis, and has slowed lines in some locations based on labor availability and to allow for social distancing. It’s also staggering start times to avoid large gatherings and has designated social-distance monitors stationed throughout each facility. Tyson said the measures being taken are based on guidance from CDC, OSHA and local health officials.

Many employees acknowledge that companies are making some improvements, but they point to line speeds as part of the underlying problem for distancing.

There are a lot of areas where workers are complaining they’re “right on top of each other,” said Kim Cordova, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 union, which represents workers at a JBS USA plant in Greeley, Colorado.

Data from the USDA on slaughterhouse production underscore the rapid increase in output in the past few weeks. As of May 18, government estimates for daily hog slaughter rose 6.2% from a week earlier, and the cattle kill was up 9.3%. Capacity is back to about 80% of normal, after falling to roughly 60% to 70% last month.

To allow for proper social distancing, production should be running at a much lower rate, possibly just one third of normal, according to Sanchoy Das, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where his research focuses primarily on supply chain modelling and analysis.

Instead of slowing things down, some companies have been adding weekend shifts to further boost production.

“Usually we don’t work Saturdays until the middle of August. Right now, because of coronavirus, we will work from now up until the end of February 2021” to meet rising demand, said Dennis Medbourn, a union steward at the Tyson pork plant in Logansport, Indiana, where he’s worked for 12 years.

Tyson said it has “historically worked Saturday shifts through April and May at the Logansport facility,” adding “this isn’t a new initiative.”

The national UFCW union has also pointed to a lack of rapid testing as part of the challenges facing producers.

And there are issues with protective gear.

In some places, plastic sheeting is used to create barriers between workers. That ends up creating a capsule where cleaning chemicals become trapped next to people’s faces, making it difficult to according to Licolli of Venceremos.

Joe Enriquez Henry, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Iowa, said the combination of fast line speeds while wearing protective gear also creates breathing problems, likening it to jogging while wearing full head gear.

Face shields become impractical because of the nature of the job: Inevitably, blood splatters on shields — forcing employees to then wipe them off in order to see properly, potentially exposing them to whatever particles had gathered.

“These plants are what I would describe as wet plants, for the people who work there, there’s fluid flying everywhere,” said Das of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “Everybody is wet, the floor is wet, so it is a conducive environment for disease transmission.”

In the early days of the pandemic, there was little information about how workers should defend themselves against the virus. The CDC didn’t issue guidance for “critical infrastructure” workers, including food industry staff, until April 3. There was pandemic guidance on file from OSHA, written in 2009 as a result of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, but it wasn’t widely distributed this time around. OSHA and the CDC didn’t issue covid-19 specific guidance for meat and poultry workers until late April, after more than a dozen industry employees had died from the virus. The guidance was last reviewed May 12, according to the CDC website.

Even now, unions say federal guidelines aren’t strong enough. The language is full of phrases like “if possible” and “if feasible,” allowing for plenty of wiggle room.

“These recommendations, they have no enforceable piece to them and that’s the real challenge,” said Jake Bailey, packing house and food processing director for UFCW 1473 in Milwaukee.

The “USDA works with plant owners to keep them operating safely in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidance. State and local health departments are heavily involved,” the CDC said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

“It’s important to remember that CDC is a non-regulatory agency, and its recommendations are discretionary and not mandated,” the agency said. “However, guidance and recommendations issued by CDC are often used by other agencies responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.”

OSHA said its guidance “allows for flexibility in responding to the rapidly changing conditions and understanding of the virus,” while adding it’s important that employers “seek to adhere to this guidance.”

The agency said it has “a number of enforcement tools that apply to protect these workers,” including standards on protective gear and sanitation. It is working with its federal partners to continue monitoring the situation at meat plants and will make changes as needed to its standards and requirements, OSHA said in an emailed statement.

The USDA said it has directed meat and poultry processing plants to operate in accordance with the CDC/OSHA guidance. Facilities should “utilize the recommendations highlighted in the guidance document, recognizing that how they are implemented may differ given the unique circumstances of establishments and processing facilities nationwide,” the agency said in an emailed statement.

“USDA will continue to work with our federal partners and state, local, and tribal officials to meet resource needs to keep food and agriculture employees safe and maintain the continuity of food supply chain operations.”

Bailey of the Milwaukee group has toured many of the 20 food and meat processing plants the union represents in recent weeks. It’s not all bad news, he points out. In some facilities, things have changed “drastically” — there is duct tape on the ground telling people where to stand as they get their temperature taken, and every 5 to 15 feet there’s a sanitizing station. Workers have been moved apart, but there are a few places where the distance has actually reached the recommended 6-foot threshold, he said, adding that that’s where companies are trying to put barriers in place.

“Physical distancing is the number one way we currently know to prevent transmission,” said Celeste Monforton, a lecturer in public health at Texas State University. “You can put out as much hand sanitizer as you want, as many checkpoints for temperatures, all of those things are complementary, but extremely limited in terms of preventing transmission of disease compared to physical distancing.”

 

 

China is making a good decision

👍 China wants to severely punish illegal hunting and wildlife trafficking.

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Reuters Staff, 22. Mai 2020

This emerges from the government’s working report published on Friday for the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.

This is intended to implement a ban that was imposed in January as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The novel virus had spread to a market in Wuhan at the end of 2019, selling wild animals such as bats and pangolins. The virus could have spread from such animals to humans.

Wuhan, Shanghai and other major cities have already banned the consumption of wild animals. Several provinces have also adopted plans to contain hunting, breeding and trade. ”

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And I mean…Criticism is already booming on Facebook:” you shouldn’t believe the Chinese, they won’t stick to it”.

Why should one believe the Chinese a little less than the German government?

In Germany, improvements in animal protection have been announced many times and nothing has happened. Or it got worse.

The keeping of pigs in illegal boxes, for example, has been extended for 17 years.
Shredding male chicks continues as before.
Lawsuits against veterinarians, who idly watched when slaughterhouse workers tormented a cow 80 times on the anus and head with the stun gun, were terminated!

Justification: “We cannot prosecute the veterinarians because they would not be able to stop such animal suffering in the slaughterhouse anyway. They lack the opportunity to intervene directly” !!!

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Before criticizing other countries, we should fight to ensure that OUR Animal Welfare Act (we claim we have the best in Europe!) is finally properly complied with in OUR own stables.

My best regards to all, Venus

human supremacy is violence

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Humans have no more of a right to be on this planet than other animals. Years of tradition and a social belief of human supremacy has led us to believe that humans, out of all other animals, have a right to pillage, destroy, and kill other beings.

Well, the time will come for the world to realize that we share this planet with many other animals.

Animals who have voices, fears, and desires. The time has come to realize that we are ALL earthlings, with the right to life and freedom.

Regards from Venus

USA: Petition – Demand Justice for Little Beagle Beaten, Muzzle Zip Tied and then Drowned In Pond. Demand Maximum Penalty for Abuser.

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A Beagle was found tragically drowned in a pond, beaten and with his snout zip-tied shut, allegedly at the hands of his owner. Demand justice for this poor animal.

Petition Link :

https://animalpetitions.org/864835/justice-for-beagle-found-beaten-and-drowned-in-pond/

 

Target: Scarlett A. Wilson, Berkeley County Solicitor, Berkeley County, S.C.

Goal: Punish man who allegedly abused and drowned his pet Beagle.

A Beagle was found drowned in a pond, his muzzle zip-tied and his body battered.

Sign the petition to demand that the man allegedly responsible for this horrific crime face the severest penalty the law allows.

Jeremy Bush is facing a felony charge of mistreatment of animals after his pet Beagle was found drowned in a pond. Authorities allege that Bush murdered the dog on purpose, beating the animal and then zip-tying his muzzle before disposing of the body. This reported attack was caught on video.

No animal should ever have to endure such cruelty and mistreatment. Sign the petition to demand that Bush be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

 

 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Solicitor Wilson,

An innocent Beagle was found drowned in a pond, allegedly beaten and disposed of by Jeremy Bush. The poor animal was reported to have been battered for 15 minutes before his muzzle was zip-tied and his body was thrown into a nearby pond.

Bush is facing felony charges for these alleged crimes. I demand that you prosecute him to the fullest extent the law allows. Do not let this cruelty go unpunished.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Trent Roche

 

 

 

 

 

Morrissey – This bloke is a massive animal rights advocate from England – Enjoy !

 

 

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Corona: a well-cultivated virus for billionaires

 

From the blog of “Doctors Against Animal Experiments”, 19.05.2020

It feels like a time machine: genetic information was successfully decoded in a very short time, first trials on monkeys were promising, and soon the vaccine will be tested on humans.
Sounds familiar – in fact it is a report on SARS from 2003.

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The article in the “German medical magazine” reported on the progress of vaccine development against SARS-CoV, the “first” coronavirus.

The virus family of Coronaviridae includes the currently rampant SARS-CoV-2 and the SARS-CoV-1, which was created in China in 2002.
At the time, this virus triggered a pandemic that killed nearly 800 people worldwide.

Here too, research was intensively carried out on therapy and, above all, vaccination.

If you take a closer look at the earlier data, this has a more than revealing effect: In 2010 (7 years after the outbreak of the pandemic) a vaccine was tested on mice, among other things. The animals showed only limited immunity, which even completely disappeared after 18 weeks.

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In 2012, almost 10 years after the outbreak, vaccinated mice showed an antibody formation, but after infection with the virus also an autoimmune reaction of the lungs, i.e. the defense system was directed against its own tissue.

Research on a vaccine was discontinued shortly thereafter.
Reason: the virus no longer occurs. This makes us suspicious, because at this point the pandemic had been over for almost 10 years and all animal tests that had taken place shortly before were unsuccessful.
Was it perhaps more because the (animal-based) research simply did not progress and then an apology was sought to secretly drop the whole thing under the table?

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Christian Drosten, currently the best known virologist in Germany, wrote a report in 2003 that reads that the SARS virus, even if it disappears, can withdraw into animal reservoirs and from that reservoir … “in due course, an epidemic can arise … “

This also contradicts the credibility of the above statement – especially since MERS appeared in 2012, also a type of corona virus, for which no vaccination for humans exists to this day.

Logically speaking, research should have continued from there at the latest.

The report also says that a vaccine can be expected in 1 to 2 years at the earliest, and that it is “encouraging” that the virus is well cultivated (!!!) and that there are already vaccines against animal corona viruses, that infect birds or dogs, for example.

This clearly shows that animal experiments do not make any sense in research – because a vaccine for humans against the first SARS virus still does not exist today, 17 years later.

Now it is pretended that animal experiments are inevitable to find a vaccine, and as in the past, the world is promised full rescue.

With all of this, in addition to the massive and unacceptable ineffectiveness, another problem is revealed: animal experiments are time and thus (tax) money wasters.

At the same time, there are promising insights from human-focused research: using human cells, mini-organs (organoids) can be grown in the laboratory, on which both the route of infection and the effects of possible medicines can be traced – which costs only a fraction of the time and money that is sunk into the animal testing system.

The importance of this human-based research is demonstrated, for example, by the fact that the respected Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin describes its lung organoids as an “ideal test system”.

Promising, fast, cheap and human-relevant results compared to non-transferable, expensive, lengthy and painful animal experiments: we should learn from the past and
put the focus on the research methods of the future.

https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/neuigkeiten/3174-corona-impfstoff-zurueck-in-die-zukunft

 

My comment: Just today I read in an article that the full approval process for vaccines usually takes more than a decade, and even the most optimistic experts – including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become the public face of US Covid-19 policy- has said that a shot will only be completed in another year, and even up to 18 months.

When a vaccine is launched in the middle of a pandemic, extensive safety reviews need to be sacrificed for efficiency – a compromise that can be catastrophic, like the 2009 Pandemrix swine flu vaccine, which caused permanent brain damage in over 1,000 British patients.

The parallels between Covid-19 and that epidemic are ominous – wildly inflated death predictions had spooked the UK government into approving Pandemrix without sufficient safety data – and it surely won’t help Americans’ trust in this vaccine that Trump’s “vaccine czar” Moncef Slaoui ran GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division during the swine flu debacle.

Slaoui earned $3 million on Monday alone from Moderna, which is still considered the leading candidate in the vaccine race, even though the drug company has never brought a vaccine to market.

After hyping up what were essentially meaningless preliminary results, Moderna’s stock shot up 25 percent, bringing his holdings to over $10 million.

A vaccine produced at Oxford University hasn’t fared much better, with all six rhesus monkeys who received the shot becoming infected anyway – despite a preliminary report that tried to spin the failure as representing “some” success.

I cannot understand why anyone can be in favor of the next COVID-19 untested, unsafe vaccinations under those circumstances unless they want to die and don’t care what’s actually in the vaccination.

My best regard to all, Venus

England: How Much More Proof Does the World Need ? – Factory Farms are Mega Shit for Animals and Dangerous for Humans. Not Rocket Science !

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We are presently inundating you with information because COVID-19 has coincided with the new Agriculture Bill and we need you to call the alarm. To take a quote from our interviewee, Michael Greger; “In this new age of emerging diseases we now have billions of feathered and curly tail test tubes, for viruses to incubate and mutate within. Billion more spins at pandemic roulette. Maybe COVID-19 is the dry run we needed, the fire drill, to wake us up out of our complacency to reform the food system before it’s too late.”

We have interviewed several people from the scientific community who have spoken out about factory farming and the stress they inflict on animals and risk this poses to public health.

 

Author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and leading nutritionist, Dr Michael Greger accounts past pandemics and their roots in the industrialisation of livestock production. He advises “along with human culpability comes hope and, if changes in human behaviour can cause new plagues, maybe changes in human behaviour may prevent them in the future.”

 

 

 

Dr Lizzie Rowe, senior researcher at the Sustainable Food Trust, and a research associate at the University of Bristol tells us how poor welfare and squalid conditions in factory farms causes stress & disease in animals that have the potential to unleash viruses to human populations. She strongly believes that high welfare farming should not be a luxury, it should be an imperative.

 

 

News of 3 coronavirus deaths linked to a meat packing plant in West Yorkshire is the first report of this catastrophe on English soil. It reminds us that giant meat plants are intrinsically volatile due to insufficient care of the largely immigrant workers, crammed together with inadequate PPE and poor assurance of pay if they want to stay home to self-isolate from the risk of COVID-19. In the US, due to the closure or slow down at giant meat plants, up to 10 million market hogs will be inhumanly euthanised between the weeks ending on 25 April and 19 September 2020, despite unprecedented demand at food banks. We should question the import of pork from this system, and the increasing industrialisation of our food system at home, in terms of both production, processing and retailing. A network of small scale farms, abattoirs, processing plants and markets is the most resilient way to feed the nation.

Therefore, we are bitterly disappointed with the news last week (13th May) that a majority of MP’s rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill that would have enforced into law the protection of UK farmers from low welfare imports. To compete, UK farmers will have to join the downward spiral of ever lower animal welfare and worker health standards. The fascinating House of Commons debate shows the polarisation in both parties with short speeches from those MP’s that want to protect our farmers from cheap imports and those that chase damaging trade deals. Our hope lies in a majority in the House of Lords voting for the amendments. Look out for news next week of how to engage in this important bill as it moves through the House of Lords and then back for the 3rd reading in the House of Commons… In the meantime we can inform ourselves on the issue; let’s not drop the ball on this one, it could shape British farming for years to come.

Best wishes,

Tracy Worcester, Director
farmsnotfactories.org


 

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USA: Millions of US farm animals to be culled by suffocation, drowning and shooting.

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WAV – With thanks to the ‘Guardian’ (London) for this excellent report.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/19/millions-of-us-farm-animals-to-be-culled-by-suffocation-drowning-and-shooting-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Millions of US farm animals to be culled by suffocation, drowning and shooting

 

Closure of meat plants due to coronavirus means ‘depopulation’ of hens and pigs with methods experts say are inhumane, despite unprecedented demand at food banks

More than 10 million hens are estimated to have been culled due to Covid-19 related slaughterhouse shutdowns. The majority will have been smothered by a water-based foam, similar to fire-fighting foam, a method that animal welfare groups are calling “inhumane”.

The pork industry has warned that more than 10 million pigs could be culled by September for the same reason. The techniques used to cull pigs include gassing, shooting, anaesthetic overdose, or “blunt force trauma”.

In “constrained circumstances”, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), techniques [pdf] might also include a combination of shutting down pig barn ventilator systems with the addition of CO2 so the animals suffocate.

The ‘depopulation’ comes despite food banks across the US reporting unprecedented demand and widespread hunger during the pandemic, with six-mile-long queues for aid forming at some newly set up distribution centres.

The American meat supply chain has been hit hard by the closure of slaughterhouses, due to Covid-19 infection rates among workers. 30 to 40 plants have closed, which means that in the highly consolidated US system beef and pork slaughtering capacity has been cut by 25% and 40% respectively, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

The closures have meant that animals cannot be killed for food and many must instead be culled, or “depopulated” at home.

More pigs to be ‘depopulated’

As it is comparatively easier to keep cattle on farms, cow culls do not appear to be an issue as yet, and the chicken cull may have peaked, said Adam Speck, an agribusiness analyst with IHS Markit.

[Cattle] could stay on ranches another six months if necessary. The peak of the chicken cull has passed for now. North of about 10 million chickens were depopulated, either at the chick or egg stage,” Speck said.

At the hen stage, Leah Garcés, president of US welfare organisation Mercy for Animals, said it is hard to be sure of the numbers. But, “what we know with certainty is that 2 million meat chickens [and] 61,000 laying hens”, have been killed on farms.

Compared with poultry, said Garcés, stopping or slowing the production cycle of pigs is harder, mainly because pig growing periods are about six months compared to six weeks for hens. “Pregnancies had already been set in motion when the slaughterhouse closures occurred,” she said, and pigs were already in the system.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has estimated that: “up to 10,069,000 market hogs will need to be euthanised between the weeks ending on 25 April and 19 September 2020, resulting in a severe emotional and financial toll on hog farmers”.

For pig culls, AVMA “preferred methods” include injectable anaesthetic overdose, gassing, shooting with guns or bolts, electrocution and manual blunt force trauma. AVMA methods “permitted in constrained circumstances” include ventilator shutdown (VSD), potentially combined with carbon dioxide gassing, and sodium nitrite which would be ingested by pigs.

Speaking more graphically, Garcés said manual blunt force trauma can mean slamming piglets against the ground while VSD would “essentially cook the pigs alive”.

Asked to estimate numbers of pigs that have already been culled, Speck said producers are very reluctant to depopulate. “About two million might have been culled so far due to the Covid-19 pandemic, over the last six or so weeks.”

Speck added that with slaughterhouses likely to return to 85% capacity by the end of May, the NPPC’s depopulation estimate of 10 million pigs could be significantly reduced.

Speck said breeders are thinning herds and slowing growth to reduce pig supply. “They are sending breeding sows to slaughter, aborting pregnant sows on a small scale and [keeping market-bound pigs] on maintenance style rations with less protein. Coming into the summer months the pigs will also gain weight more slowly as the weather heats up.”

Methods are ‘inhumane’

Asked about growth slowdown, Garcés said it posed other welfare risks. “One method to slow down growth is to turn the heat up inside of the warehouses beyond the pigs ‘comfort zone’ because pigs eat less when they are too hot,” she said.

The combination of feed restrictions and higher barn temperatures, she said, mean pigs are “hungry and hot, increasing their overall discomfort, which is already high in a factory farm setting”.

In what appears to be an attempt by the industry to reduce any negative depopulation impact, a blog managed by the National Pork Board called Real Pig Farming offers social media sharing tips for farmers. The blog suggests farmers: “Think twice before engaging with posts that show what may be happening on farms right now.”

It said: “Most people do not understand the complexity of raising pigs and getting pork from the farm to their table. That means, “[a] good rule of thumb is to speak to a level a third grader [eight to 10 years old] would understand to ensure that things are not taken out of context.”

NPPC spokesperson Jim Monroe said that as of the week ending on 15 May, less than 25% of overall slaughter capacity was idled and the situation was improving. Monroe, added that the “tragic need to euthanise animals is to prevent animal suffering.”

For poultry, culling options are no easier. Filling sheds with carbon dioxide gas is one method, said Kim Sturla, director of welfare organisation Animal Place. Another cull method, she said, is to smother hens with water-based foam, similar to firefighting foam. Water-based foaming is categorised as the “preferred” method by the AVMA.

Previously asked about water-based foaming and other cull methods such VSD, an AVMA spokesperson said depopulation decisions were difficult and “and contingent upon several factors, such as the species and number of animals involved, available means of animal restraint, safety of personnel, and other considerations such as availability of equipment, agents and personnel”.

European campaigners said firefighting foam causes prolonged suffering. Although risks of similar livestock culls appear low in Europe so far, welfare group, Compassion in World Farming advised using foam that contains nitrogen gas because death is faster.

A 2019 European Food Safety Authority journal report said it did not find water-based or firefighting foam acceptable because “death due to drowning in fluids or suffocation by occlusion of the airways” is not seen as “a humane method for killing animals, including poultry”.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/19/millions-of-us-farm-animals-to-be-culled-by-suffocation-drowning-and-shooting-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

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Thanks, But NO Tanks. In just a few weeks, Little Grey and Little White will enter their new sanctuary home; where they can live a proper life.

 

 

Our past posts on this amazing, wonderful story to freedom !:

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/02/21/very-close-now-to-moving-little-grey-and-little-white-to-their-sanctuary-home-in-iceland/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/05/beluga-whales-little-grey-and-little-white-moved-to-the-worlds-first-beluga-sanctuary-in-april-2019-confirmed/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/19/little-grey-and-little-white-have-now-begun-their-journey-to-their-new-sea-sanctuary/

 

https://uk.whales.org/2020/05/06/beluga-whales-prepare-for-june-release-into-the-worlds-first-open-water-sanctuary/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May%20ENL%20-%20beluga%20move%20next%20month%20Iceland%20minke%20whale%20hunts%20end%2026%20raffle%20NZ%20dolphins%20and%20coronavirus%20whales%20and%20climate%20Russia%20orcas&utm_content=May%20ENL%20-%20beluga%20move%20next%20month%20Iceland%20minke%20whale%20hunts%20end%2026%20raffle%20NZ%20dolphins%20and%20coronavirus%20whales%20and%20climate%20Russia%20orcas+CID_7217aef28e4e1a7ad87ca1af976961d1&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20WDC&utm_term=READ%20ALL%20ABOUT%20IT

 

We’re nearly there ! In just a few weeks, Little Grey and Little White will enter their new sanctuary home.

We’re so excited – it’s the moment we’ve all worked so hard for. After years of planning and overcoming obstacles, their big day is nearly here – we hope to move these two amazing beluga whales from the care pool to the sanctuary bay in June. Little Grey and Little White will once again experience the rhythms of the ocean and the freedom to choose how to spend their days.

In partnership with the SEALIFE Trust we have created the world’s first whale sanctuary and we couldn’t be prouder – thank you for supporting and believing in us.

 

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We are pleased to announce that  two former captive Beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey will return home to the ocean when they are released into the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales in Iceland this June.

The two whales are in their final stages of preparation and ready to be moved from their temporary landside care facility to the large sanctuary in a natural bay just off the island Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands, located off the south coast of Iceland.

The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary, has been created in partnership with WDC and was built with the support of a generous donation from Merlin Entertainments.

It is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection in decades.

For the past 12 months, Little Grey and Little White’s health and well-being has been closely monitored by a team of experts and veterinarians following their epic 6,000 mile relocation by air, land and sea from an aquarium in China to start a new life in Iceland.

Since their safe arrival on the island, the whales have been acclimatising and preparing for their return to a more natural habitat. This has included adding more blubber ready for the cool sub-Arctic water, as well as being introduced to the different flora and fauna they will experience in the bay and ensuring they are comfortable with the logistical methods needed for the move.

Andy Bool, Head of SEA LIFE Trust, said:’This is a complex marine welfare project and our care team of world-leading experts have always been led by the individual needs of Little Grey and Little White. With current lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic due to be eased in the coming weeks across Iceland, it’s right that we make the best decision for Little Grey and Little White and move them into their new home.

‘We’ll continue to carefully monitor their health and well-being, as well as the ongoing situation and Icelandic weather closely, ahead of the planned move in June.’

Cathy Williamson, Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s End Captivity Programme policy manager said: ‘Having been originally involved in discussions about a sanctuary with SEA LIFE 20 years ago, and having helped with this beluga whale project from the beginning, WDC is naturally very excited to be part of the project.

‘The world’s first whale sanctuary represents a pathway to the end of the keeping of whales and dolphins confined for entertainment, and show the world that there is an alternative to whale and dolphin captivity.’

The move from their landside care facility on the island of Heimaey to the secluded Klettsvik Bay which measures approximately 32,000 sqm with a depth of up to 10m, marks the final chapter in Little Grey and Little White amazing journey back to the ocean. The full story of their journey from China over the last year will be told by  John Bishop  in an exclusive, new ITV documentary, produced by Plimsoll Productions to be shown later this year.

John Bishop said: ‘This has been one of the best experiences of my life. Meeting Little White and Little Grey in Shanghai last April and following their journey, which has been far from straightforward, has been a real eye opener.

‘This is a film about hope, despair, disappointment, tenacity, realism and dreams and as I write this I still don’t know truly how it will end.’

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Support this amazing new home for Little White and Little Grey

 

Donation link – https://uk.whales.org/support/support-the-worlds-first-beluga-sanctuary/?don=referrer_fixed&ref=WM-BELU-19-04-00-DON

 

The world’s first beluga sanctuary in Iceland is the biggest development in captive whale and dolphin care in decades. WDC has been instrumental in establishing Little Grey and Little White’s amazing new home, working alongside the SEA LIFE Trust. Ensuring the sanctuary’s long-term future is a priority as it will provide a safe environment for Little White and Little Grey for the rest of their lives, as well as for the whales who come here in the future.

More than 3,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are held in captivity around the world. To end captivity, we need more sanctuaries where they can live the rest of their lives in a large ocean bay without having to perform tricks, or be rehabilitated for return to the wild – we need your support.

Will you help us today with a donation?

We could do so much with your donation:
• £15 helps provide one hour’s support from the team caring for Little White and Little Grey.
• £45 provides food for Little White for one day.
• £45 provides food for Little Grey for one day.
• £50 can help us share our expertise in establishing sanctuaries to enable more captive whales and dolphins to be moved to natural settings, or back to the wild, if possible
• £100 can help us investigate conditions in captive facilities and make a case to governments that they should phase out this practice

We will feedback on our progress, but we can only continue our work with the help of supporters like you. Every pound will help.

If you give £30 or more, as a thank you, we will send you our award-winning magazine, Whale & Dolphin four times a year.

Thank you

 

 

Nature: Bumblebees’ ‘clever trick’ fools plants into flowering.

 

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Nature: Bumblebees’ ‘clever trick’ fools plants into flowering

 

Scientists have discovered a new behaviour among bumblebees that tricks plants into flowering early.

Researchers found that when deprived of pollen, bumblebees will nibble on the leaves of flowerless plants.

The damage done seems to fool the plant into flowering, sometimes up to 30 days earlier than normal.

Writing in the journal Science, the scientists say they have struggled to replicate the bees’ trick in the laboratory.

With their fuzzy appearance and distinctive drone, bumblebees are hard to miss in gardens all over the world.

Their dense, hairy bodies make them excellent pollinators for crops like tomatoes and blueberries.

They are among the first bees to emerge each year and work a long season. Some colonies remain active through the winter in southern and urban areas of the UK.

But despite their key role, bumblebees, like many other pollinators have seen their numbers tumble in recent decades.

One recent study pointed to climate change, reporting that an increasing number of hot days in Europe and North America was boosting local extinction rates.

But researchers have now made a discovery about bumblebees that could have relevance to their long-term survival.

Scientists in Switzerland found that when the bees were deprived of pollen, they started to nibble on the leaves of plants that hadn’t yet flowered.

The bees used their proboscises and mandibles (mouthparts) to cut distinctively-shaped holes in the leaves.

But the creatures didn’t eat the material or use it in their nests.

The damaged plants responded by blooming earlier than normal – in some cases up to 30 days ahead of schedule.

“I think everything that we’ve found is consistent with the idea that the bees are damaging the plants and that that’s an adaptation that brings flowers online earlier and that benefits the bees,” said Dr Mark Mescher, one of the authors from ETH Zurich, told BBC News.

 

The bee-damaged plants flowered 30 days earlier than undamaged plants and 25 days earlier than ones damaged by the scientists.

The research team believes there may be something else going on here apart from nibbles.

“We really tried to replicate with the best of our ability,” said Prof Consuelo De Moraes, also from ETH Zurich.

“It’s possible that the bees also have some cue that they are providing to the plants that is specific to the bee.”

“And that could be secretions that we don’t know about but it’s something that we plan to investigate.”

The researchers say the damage has a particular pattern that the scientists have learned to recognise, even in the most unlikely places.

“You see these semi-circular sort of incisions, often in the leaf,” said Dr Mescher.

“One of the students was saying that they were eating a salad the other day, and they saw that kind of damage on the leaf that was probably from a bumblebee.”

The researchers say that when pollen is available the bees don’t damage plants. They’ve also found this behaviour is in wild bees.

 

However the team are keeping an open mind on whether the plants might be the ones in the driving seat.

It is vital for plants that depend on pollination to have their flowers on display when the pollinators are buzzing around.

It could be that some plants have evolved a strategy to push out their flowers when they recognise the bee doing damage to their leaves.

Ultimately, though, knowing more about the relationship between bumblebees and flowering might have implications for the resilience of these creatures in the face of a changing environment.

“I think it’s fascinating how much we still don’t know about organisms that we think we know really well,” said Prof De Moraes.

“It absolutely increases our sense of wonder at the cleverness of nature in all its many forms.”

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52759804

 

 

There are many forms of animal cruelty…

… one of them is to put a bird behind bars and claim that you have a sweet pet that sings for you.

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Flying is part of life for birds, as is breathing for us.

A bird never belongs to a cage, it belongs to nature.
If you really love birds, don’t lock them up, but watch them in the wild – where they belong.
Nobody wants to be locked up.

Regards from Venus

Germany: the death laboratory LPT is now history.

Four months of undercover research by the SOKO association and a short, powerful campaign, supported by the power of the images, brought a historical change.

The laboratory is now history, the authorities have withdrawn their operating license, and most of the animals were saved.

Almost 50 years of fighting were going on against LPT, it seemed hopeless to close it, and furthermore the laboratory was expanded, e.g. in primate husbandry.

Former LPT employees accuse the Hamburg-based company of falsifying studies and torturing animals.

Thanks to the “SOKO animal protection” as well as a large demonstration and increasing pressure, the laboratory is now closed!

We have often reported about this: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/18/germany-lpt-labor-concentration-camp-for-animals/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/10/after-60-years-of-cruelty-the-lpt-lab-is-over/

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Perhaps we should erect a memorial in front of the Hamburg laboratory in the name of the victims, like this one in Munich in Dachau, to remind us where millions of beings have lost their lives under fascism.

A very nice contribution by the Austrian philosopher and animal ethicist, Helmut. F. Kaplan on the subject:

“Animal testing is wrong regardless of whether it is useful for humans. The legitimate question is not: “What is the maximum amount of health we can produce?” But: “How much health can we generate in an ethically acceptable way?”

The – real or perceived – usefulness of animal testing is not an ethical argument at all: there are many things that would be useful but are still immoral and prohibited, for example human testing.

The only reason why animal experiments have not been frowned upon and banned for a long time is simply because animals cannot defend themselves. They are helpless delivered to us.

But of course this is not a moral justification, just a cynical exercise of power.

Animal experiments are and remain crimes against defenseless beings” (Helmut Kaplan, Animal ethicist)

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Green Deal puts animal welfare back on the EU’s agenda.

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WAV Comment – this is an un edited copy of the PR from Eurogroup.  We would love to see action on live animal exports.  Make of this what you will.  

Talk is one thing; action is another – especially where the EU is involved.

 

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Green Deal puts animal welfare back on the EU’s agenda

20 May 2020

EurogroupforAnimals

Press Release

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/news/green-deal-puts-animal-welfare-back-eus-agenda

 

The day has finally arrived: the Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity to 2030 strategies of the European Union’s Green Deal have been adopted. Both contain positive points that suggest the Commission is ready to take action for animals – but will these strategies deliver the concrete changes the EU needs to move away from intensive farming and the exploitation of wild animals and their habitats?

Last week, an open letter from Eurogroup for Animals and its member organisations asked the European Commission to take our recommendations for both strategies on board, and our members also mobilised to drum up support at national level as part of our “Stop Pandemics – Start Here” campaign.

Indeed, during the preparation of the strategies, the COVID-19 pandemic offered a particularly timely reminder that devastating results can come out of the way we trade, farm and keep animals. Wild and domestic animals have carried viruses and bacteria for millennia, but what has changed is the way we humans interact with them. The legal and illegal wildlife trade, urbanisation and the destruction of wildlife’s natural habitats for agricultural purposes, especially for the intensification of animal farming, are combining to push humans, wildlife and other animals closer than ever before – and heightening the risk of pandemics like the one we’re suffering now.

With the presentation of the finalised texts today, it seems that the Commission has indeed taken most of this to heart.

The Biodiversity to 2030 Strategy takes many of our recommendations on board, committing to keep existing environmental policies strong and stimulating the enforcement of the Birds and Habitats Directives, with ambitious goals for protecting European species. It also makes a commitment to legally protect a minimum of 30% each of the EU’s land and sea areas, and says that at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land must be organically farmed by 2030.

The Commission will propose a further tightening of the rules of EU ivory trade in 2020, and by 2021, it will revise the Action Plan against wildlife trafficking to step up efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade. It states that the EU will enhance its support to global efforts aimed at applying the ‘One Health’ approach, by promoting better protection of natural ecosystems coupled with efforts to reduce wildlife trade and consumption, to improve resilience to possible future diseases and pandemics.

However, to ensure that the strategy is implemented effectively, the Commission should also regulate the legal wildlife trade, which impacts global biodiversity and animal welfare, and poses health risks to EU citizens. An EU-wide ‘Positive List’ for exotic pets, specifying which animal species are suitable and safe to be kept as pets, would offer a much-needed precautionary approach, given the continuous shifts in species and numbers of animals in trade, and would be coherent with the ‘Do No Harm’ principle promoted in the strategy.

“The document is ambitious,” says Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals. “However, we will be pushing for implementing actions to regulate the exotic pet trade to protect EU consumers, animal welfare and biodiversity. Going by the strategy’s acknowledgment of the ‘Do No Harm’ principle and the fact that any product on the market should comply with EU and international commitments, we hope they’ll be open to the idea. We also urgently need a full ban on the ivory trade, stricter regulation of the legal trade in wildlife, and a EU-wide Positive List.”

As for the Farm-to-Fork Strategy, happily the Commission makes it clear that animal welfare legislation will be revised and broadened, and the revision will have to provide higher welfare standards than existing ones. This is an opportunity for all existing animal welfare laws to be revised, particularly the Transport and Slaughter regulations, but also others such as the Broiler and Pig Directives. This also opens the opportunity   to deliver on the recent ECI “End The Cage Age”, calling for an end to the use of cages in livestock systems, and to include specific animal welfare provisions for species such as cattle. As the strategy makes the link  between legislative change for animal welfare and the aquaculture sector, this is the opportunity to introduce the first species-specific provisions for farmed fish, too.

However, in other respects the strategy is less ambitious. While the Commission accepts that moving to more plant-based diets and less meat consumption is good for health and the environment alike, earlier versions of the strategy proposed an end to promotional measures for meat. The finalised text now says only that the Commission will undertake a review of EU promotional support for agrifood products with a view to enhancing its “contribution to sustainable production and consumption”. We expect this review to lead to a transparent conclusion that meat should not be promoted, and we regret that the language has become so weak in the final version.

The strategy announces the creation of a framework for a sustainable food system, but remarkably a reflection on the role of the intensive livestock industry in the spread of zoonotic diseases is missing. Eurogroup for Animals believes the new framework law should lead to a profound system change including a phase-out of intensive animal farming practices. Although the strategy commits to considering options for animal welfare labelling, there is no mention of method-of-production labelling, which would provide an objective and harmonised framework to support the transition towards higher welfare and sustainable livestock systems.

The strategy also recognises the detrimental impact imported products can have on the environment in producing countries, calling to avoid the externalising or export of unsustainable practices. The call for EU trade policy to contribute to enhancing cooperation, and particularly to obtaining commitments from third countries on animal welfare, is very welcome.

“This document is historical in so many ways, opening the door to a potential better world for farm animals in the EU and other parts of the globe. It shows the Commission’s willingness to strengthen animal welfare legislation after years of stagnancy, and that they’re listening to the voices of millions of EU citizens,” says Reineke Hameleers. “Nevertheless, we need systemic change and that needs a lot of determination, as well as resources. The Commission’s plan for a sustainable food system is laudable, but will they also provide additional support to farmers in the transition towards higher animal welfare systems and regenerative agriculture?”

Both strategies recognise that the wildlife trade and intensive farming together add up to more than the sum of their parts, and not just where zoonoses such as COVID-19 are concerned. The Biodiversity to 2030 Strategy states several times that it will work in tandem with the new Farm-to-Fork Strategy and the revised Common Agricultural Policy, and that the Commission will ensure that the CAP’s strategic plans lead to the use of sustainable practices such as organic farming, agro-ecology, and stricter animal welfare standards. Similarly, the Farm-to-Fork Strategy asserts that “the Commission will ensure the implementation of this strategy in close coherence with the other elements of the Green Deal, particularly the Biodiversity strategy”.

The finalised strategies will now be rolled out, with the European Parliament adopting a resolution on the content later this year. At Eurogroup for Animals, our next opportunity will be to influence the European Parliament’s response to the two strategies, so our members will start to mobilise citizens in the days ahead to contact their MEPs and make their voices – and our recommendations – heard.

 

 

 

 

We start the day with good news

From the Animal Liberation Press Office: “Received anonymously: 3 hunting towers destroyed in Poland”

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“3 hunting towers destroyed. Government has banned blocking hunting so we have no choice.”

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And I mean…From an ethical point of view, hunting is and remains murder.
Therefore, it is not wrong to destroy towers and it is not forbidden to be happy about them.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

China: Wuhan BANS eating wild animals: Five-year rule brought in after global coronavirus pandemic was linked to city’s wet markets.

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Read the full article, complete with pictures and video at:

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8340725/Wuhan-BANS-eating-wild-animals-five-years.html

 

Wuhan BANS eating wild animals: Five-year rule brought in after global coronavirus pandemic was linked to city’s wet markets

 

The government of China's Wuhan city has banned the eating of wild animal species, including those bred and raised by people, for five years. The file photo taken on January 17 shows the Huanan Seafood Whole Market, which is believed to be the origin of the coronavirus outbreak

 

  • New rules forbid the consumption of wildlife, including those bred by farms
  • Experts believe the coronavirus outbreak was caused by the practice in China
  • The virus likely jumped to humans from animals sold at a wet market in Wuhan 
  • The law also bans people from producing, processing and trading wild animals 
  • Beijing in February issued a temporary ban on the trading and eating of wildlife

 

Experts in China said in January that the virus had likely jumped onto humans from wild animals sold as food at a wet market in the city of 11million.

Apart from seafood, the market’s offerings included live wild animals, such as foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, porcupines, koalas and game meats, according to a previous report .

The Chinese province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital city, in March passed a law to ban the eating of wild animals completely, including those bred or raised by people.

 

 

Viral footage purports to show a fashionable Chinese young woman biting one of the wings of a cooked bat at a fancy restaurant. The deadly coronavirus could come from the animal

 

Viral footage purports to show a fashionable Chinese young woman biting one of the wings of a cooked bat at a fancy restaurant

Pictures emerging on Twitter shows soup cooked with a bat

 

Pictures emerging on Twitter shows soup cooked with a bat. Bats are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a series of illness, including coughing, malaria and gonorrhea

 

WAV Comment – Bat soup, to ‘treat a series of illness’; But we assume Coronavirus is not one of them ?

 

Welcome Friends From Cambodia – For Your Information.

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Our ‘Clustrmap’; https://clustrmaps.com/site/1a9kn   or world map showing visitors to the site, can be a pretty useful thing. It tells us where our daily visitors are from around the world, and it tells us of the number of visitors.

 

So, by pure chance, I was looking today and noticed that we have some visitor friends from Cambodia. So, it was time to delve a little deeper and find out more about Cambodian animal rights. A simple Google search on the engine took me to ‘Animal Rescue Cambodia’.

 

Here is a link to their site:

https://www.ar-cambodia.com/

 

https://www.ar-cambodia.com/about/

 

I then hooked it over to ‘World Animal Net’; which is a site we use to find welfare organisations in any part of the world – this is really useful if you are in the area and need help or assistance, as many links to the organisations are given.

So I typed in a search for ‘Cambodia’; and was given the following:

 

http://worldanimal.net/component/wandirs/results?geo=true&fanda=0&get=true&continent=2&country=35&cn=Cambodia%20&cnt=Asia

 

Our visitor friends from Cambodia may well be familiar with all of these organisations, but maybe they are not – so if we can help by giving national groups that may be of help to animals in need then we are happy to do it.

Here is the WAN link – http://worldanimal.net/ – then go to the ‘Directory’ tab at the top of the page, select your global area and search for helping organisations.

As I say, a really useful tool and I have used it a lot in the past when needing requests for help from Serbia. On our other site SAV – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/   – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/

 

If nothing else; these may help people in need to get further assistance for animals in need.

 

Regards Mark

 

India: Latest Greats From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’. Please Donate if You Can.

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Dear Mark,

 

How vast is a mother’s love! When you watch this rescue video below, you’ll remember the umbrella of love your own mother held over you most of the days of your life, and you’ll probably recognize yourself as the kid begging his mom to play. We can see so easily that in cows, just like in our own species, the mother-child bond is physical, practical, and highly emotional. All mothers try to protect their children. Animal mothers teach their children how to keep clean, how to play, how to stay safe, how to find food. Animal mothers even clean wounds in their young as best they can. But sometimes Mother can’t do it all, and we have the chance to help. Thank you for helping us to be a mother’s helper when a baby is in danger.

 

 

Mother cow lavishes love on her wounded baby.

A serious wound covered in flies caused this baby intense distress. We brought both the calf (Moon) and his mother (Jupiter) to Animal Aid for his several weeks of treatment. As soon as his wound was cleaned and bandaged, his mood lightened incredibly, and he constantly invited his mom to play. It was as if he felt so secure with her always by his side that he was the perfect little patient, and she was the perfect loving angel always in the wings.

 

 

In most dairies, including the backyard dairies in villages, when a baby is only a couple of days old, they are taken from their anguished mother cows or tied apart from her to prevent the baby from nursing or having any physical contact. Watching Jupiter and Moon, it’s very clear that snuggling, grooming and touching is as important as sunlight and air.

 

But Jupiter couldn’t clean and bandage Moon’s wound. That’s where you come in. Please donate.

 

 

Ramu’s crusted skin was like gravel but he became soft as a rose petal when he healed.

 

 

The crusting from advanced mange was encasing this older dog as if he was growing gravel instead of skin. Though mange is curable, he was made so frail by this terrible skin disease that we knew he could lose his life in his battle. He touched our hearts with his quiet, understated determination. But though he was subtle, his nature was so incredibly sweet that everyone loved him as soon as they looked into his innocent eyes. And when he was healed, he was as beautiful on the outside as he was, all along, on the inside. Meet Ramu today.

 

You can help a downcast dog lift his head again. In hope. Please donate.

 

 

Kali is a street dog with a loving family. Their love helped save her life.

 

We share so many stories where there has been negligence or cruelty: ropes tied and forgotten, animals hit by cars and to die by the side of the road, mange far too advanced before someone calls us for help. But many animals in India are deeply loved.

 

 

Kali is one such lucky “community” dog. The guardianship of her neighbors may not look like typical “pet ownership.” She isn’t kept inside a house. But she is loved, and lives with utter freedom with the other street dogs in her neighborhood, traipsing here and there. When Kali was hit by a bike and couldn’t stand, her guardians immediately called us to help.

 

We thought initially that Kali might have a spine injury because she couldn’t bear weight on any of her legs. But Kali would not give up, maybe because she couldn’t wait to get back to her neighborhood filled with love. Kali’s reunion with her beloved friends is beautiful.

 

Happiness is… getting someone home soon. Donate today.

 

 

The short and sweet story of Little Jet and his biscuits!

 

 

Little Jet is a street boy who probably hadn’t had too many desserts in his life, but it took him no time at all, even in his darkest hour, to find he has a sweet tooth!

 

 

Celebrate the Staff: Aditi Dixit

Coordinating volunteers requires deep and immediate understanding of individual animals and equal insight into the character of people. Having moved to Udaipur from Bangalore last year just to work here, Aditi possesses this rare gift. During lockdown, with our volunteer program closed, Aditi has stepped in to manage the animal care in our Dog Hospital. She is a life-saver for animals and for her colleagues, an inspiration for her versatility and sweetness.

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We love all animals, big and small

Today is World Bee Day 🐝🐝

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A dear animal rights activist found an exhausted WASP just today, and had to help her, that was not planned for World Bee Day 😅!
It wobbled and kept falling over.
The animal quickly recovered with a little sugar water.
After strengthening, the wasp cleaned itself quickly ..
and then it flew away 🐝

That’s how nature is – always good for a surprise!

Thanks to everyone who loves even the smallest animals.

Regards from Venus

England: Stadium confirms end of greyhound racing in Peterborough after 75 years.

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Stadium confirms end of greyhound racing in Peterborough after 75 years

The final lap of greyhound racing has been completed after the city’s stadium confirmed there would be no more racing there – even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

 

The stadium owners confirmed the decision today, due to the financial pressures partially caused by the current pandemic.

In a statement, a spokesman for the stadium said: ““After much careful thought and consideration, and after 75 years, the Perkins family have decided to cease trading as a greyhound racing stadium with immediate effect.

“We are an evening greyhound racing venue and rely heavily on income from customers attending the venue to eat, drink, and bet (on our Tote) to survive. Without the substantial number of visitors we have experienced in the run up to the current Coronavirus outbreak, and the prospect of this not being achieved in even the longer term as social distancing measures remain in place, the long- term viability of continuing to trade from the site as a greyhound racing stadium is unsustainable.

“This is a decision that has not been taken lightly and has been taken in conjunction with and on the advice of our accountants. Long term, we are advised that the site cannot make a sufficient return to continue operating profitably as a greyhound racing stadium.

“So, it is with a heavy heart that the Perkins family would like to thank all greyhound owners and trainers, past and present, who have been attached to the stadium over the years for their support. We would also like to thank all those patrons who have visited and enjoyed a night`s racing with us over the years.

“The company remains active, and we are looking at other opportunities.”

Mark Bird, managing director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) said; “We are extremely saddened to hear the news that Peterborough Greyhound Stadium is to close.

“It is a long established, family run track run by the Perkins Family since 1945 that has served its community throughout all that time and holds incredible, long lasting memories for racing fans throughout the country.

“The news clearly makes it a bittersweet week for our sport, as we have welcomed a safe return to trialling at many of our tracks and turned a corner since the start of this pandemic.

“We have also, of course, had the announcement that greyhound racing will shortly be returning to Towcester which is such a positive signal for the future of our sport.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are obviously with all those associated with the stadium at this incredibly difficult time. The ongoing situation with coronavirus is taking a significant toll on all sport, hospitality and leisure businesses which rely on spectators for their income.

“At GBGB, we will continue to provide whatever support we can, in particular to those trainers and owners affected. We will shortly be contacting all Peterborough attached trainers to check on their position moving forward.”

 

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/business/stadium-confirms-end-greyhound-racing-peterborough-after-75-years-2858152

 

South Africa: SIGN: Stop Horrifying Proposal to List Elephants As ‘Meat’.

SIGN: Stop Horrifying Proposal to List Elephants As ‘Meat’

 

SIGN: Stop Horrifying Proposal to List Elephants As ‘Meat’

Posted by Jane Wolfe

 

 

Petition link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-south-africa-from-classifying-elephants-rhinos-and-other-endangered-species-as-meat/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

PETITION TARGET: Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Angela Thoko Didiza

In a devastating setback for animal conservation, elephants, rhinos and other endangered animals on the brink of extinction could be list as “meat” in a proposed legislative amendment in South Africa.

These animals, along with giraffes, hippos, zebras, and even the critically endangered white antelope, could soon be added to the Meat Safety Act. A vast array of wildlife would be viewed as food rather than the majestic, sentient creatures they are.

“South Africa is preparing to expand and intensify captive breeding of wild species and sell their meat in the food markets,” according to the African Conservation Foundation. “The proposal is to expand the number of non-domestic but edible species ‘that can be slaughtered as food for humans or for animal consumption.’”

Killing and eating wild, endangered and threatened animals isn’t just cruel and reckless — it poses a serious risk to human health, as the coronavirus pandemic clearly demonstrates. Wild animals carry a host of zoonotic diseases that can — and do — jump to humans and spread rapidly throughout our own populations. Elephants alone can spread tuberculosis, anthrax and salmonella, potentially sickening and killing any humans they come in contact with.

We must send a clear message to the government of South Africa: endangered animals are NOT food.

Sign this petition urging the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Angela Thoko Didiza, to halt this terrible amendment, preventing the slaughter and consumption of some of South Africa’s most rare and wonderful animals and potentially saving humans from another global tragedy.

 

the happy life of Ferdinand

Do you remember Ferdinand?
It was the young bull who managed to jump out of his killing box on the way to the slaughterhouse and escape into the forest.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/04/18/ferdinand-the-bull-who-wanted-to-live/

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Erdlingshof employees bought the animal and started a two-week fishing campaign with two bait cattle.
Ferdinand is in this wonderful courtyard today and here is the current video and report about his new life:

 

“Ferdinand has been on the “Erdlingshof ”  for 2.5 weeks now. And he already has so much trust in us that we wonder how it can be after everything he has already gone through.

🐮😢 We are overjoyed that he gives us his love and trust and even lies on the floor with Johannes as if it were the most normal thing in the world. 😲
❤ Ferdinand, we are so happy that you managed to escape death in the slaughterhouse and hope that your story will open many hearts! 🙏”

 

I think...There is nothing better than watching happy animals!

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: stop the executions of galgos

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Watch this video and share as much as possible … the world needs to know that this is still happening.

Abuse and killing of galgos must stop !!

Spain is one of the few countries where it is legal to hunt with greyhounds. At the end of the hunting season, many dogs are eliminated or abandoned.

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Lax laws allow this practice to be maintained.

After the hunting season, galgos and podencos are still slain, hung up, thrown into wells, tied up somewhere where they starve, thrown alive in crevices or disposed of in some other bestial way.

It’s the damn hunters who use these practices.

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The most common method of killing animals is hanging from trees; this type of killing is called “playing the piano”.

The name refers to the dogs’ desperate attempts to stay alive when hung so that their hind feet still lightly touch the ground (this is to maximize animal suffering).

It can take hours for the animals to die painfully.

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An obvious new way to get rid of their “beloved” dogs, mostly hunting dogs, is this: the animals are tied to the tracks to be killed by a train!

Dozens of carcasses still attached to the tracks have been found in Seville, or in the villages!

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Some were smashed by the train. Some of the dead dogs are even marked with a chip.

(The documentation in the video is from February 2018).

A terrible sight! the discoverers of the mass grave were horrified when they discovered the 30 partially preserved, decayed or skeletonized galgos that lay in a hidden trench in Tarancón (Cuenca- Castilla region)

The dogs were all hunting dogs, mostly galgos. After initial investigations, the Seprona confirmed that due to the state of decay, some of the carcasses have been in this mass grave for a long time, others only recently.
The officials also assume that some of the animals were certainly thrown into the pit alive so that they suffer a slow and painful death, there is no escape from the trench!

Many of the galgos have been shipped, and one is confident that the animal torturers can be identified.

http://www.sos-galgos.net/

 

And I mean…It is important to know that every Spanish autonomy has its own animal protection laws.

Other regions may also come up with the idea of excluding hunting dogs from animal welfare, just as bullfighting -as a tradition- is also excluded from animal welfare at EU level. (On November 7, 2013, bullfighting was declared as cultural heritage in Spain, thus legally protecting this bloody slaughter).

Hunting is a hobby for psychopaths that is run by the circles of governments, judges, lawyers, doctors and other financially well-protected sadists and moves millions of euros annually.

But Spain also has many animal welfare organizations and animal rights activists who save as many dogs as possible each year.

We would like to thank them from here for their great work and we wish them a lot of strength in their tough fight.

Spanish writer Chesús Yuste delivered a moving speech about this tragedy in Madrid in 2018.

He complains of animal abuse, speaks of shelters that collapse due to the large number of abandoned dogs, and above all he complains about the impunity of hunters who abuse their animals and a society that ignores these crimes.

Excerpt from Chesús Yuste’s speech:

“The government must act immediately. The Galgos tragedy must be history. And when that day comes, it will come thanks to the work of many people in many communities who do things big and small.
Organizing demonstrations by activists who use it to expose the crimes of hunting, document them in films, spread the message and provide them on social networks, the people who offer rescue and home for these dogs and do a thousand other things.
On behalf of the animals, let me thank them for that.

Friends, friends! As Víctor Hugo said: “There is nothing stronger than an idea whose time has come”. Have no doubt. If the 19th century was the end of human slavery and the 20th century was equal rights for women, we are absolutely convinced that the 21st century will be the recognition of animal rights.
We are working to achieve this. We will all make it together.

We’ll all make it together “.

My best regards to all, Venus

We have to close the zoo prisons

The Pata Zoo is located above a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand and is one of the saddest places in the world.

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PETA Asia’s latest investigation shows that the caged animals are in bare, dark cages. Enrichment, e.g. through employment material, there is little or no. The animals are obviously doing badly – such as the orangutan (www.peta.de/orang-utan-sandra-…)

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Kat, who has almost nothing available for mental stimulation and who is never even close enough can move.

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Or Bua Noi, a gorilla lady who is all alone and has been behind bars since 1983.

 

In November 2019, activists from PETA Asia held a colorful protest (www.petaasia.com/news/colorful…) in front of the shopping center.

This led to a meeting with the owner of the zoo to discuss the conditions in the zoo and the possibility of taking the animals to a recognized sanctuary.
PETA Asia has offered to transfer all animals to a sanctuary, where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll, and many other animals to play with.

Although the owner has promised open communication to further discuss this matter, PETA Asia has received no response since then. …

 

Please sign the petition: https://www.peta.de/pata-zoo-bangkok

 

My comment: Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals’ habitats.
Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, like running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind.

Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.

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Zoos often kill the animals when there are “too many” of a particular species.

There are hundreds of cases where animals are starved to near death. Zoo animals are treated like prisoners.

Zoo use animals to make some money out of it.

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It is an ugly lie to tell people zoos are educational for the kids or any age person.

We can learn everything about any animal online, we can watch videos, read articles, books and so.

Just like we all know much about dinosaurs even if we never seen them in real.
There is no need to make animals suffer in the name of education or any other reason.

The best education is to teach your kids never to visit a zoo.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU Commission: Association against animal welfare

Pro-Brexit supporters burn an EU flag during a UKIP demonstration in central London

The EU Commission with its 27 members (after Brexit) is a supranational body and has the executive’s tasks in the political system.
In other words: it is the “police” of the EU area.
It is called the “guardian of the treaties” and makes sure that all EU countries abide by the law.

As soon as a violation in animal transport is sufficiently proven (and there are not only sufficient videos of it, but also shocking), it can turn the EU Court of Justice against a member state.
This means that the Commission must intervene in the event of suspected violations of European law.

One thing has to be said about this: the members of the EU Commission are not elected by the EU citizens, but by the EU Parliament.
The same applies to the head of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Of course, the majority of the EU Parliament is necessary for the EU Commission election (members and presidents), but if we take into account that EU is = Germany, we know who is voting for whom!

The EU tolerates constant breaches of contract, and one of them is their shameless inaction against the video-documented manure stands during animal transport.

And not only!

– The EU Commission finally dropped the 8hours campaign (under the then health commissioner John Dalli, who was removed due to corruption), despite the 1.2 million signatures.

-The EU Commission refuses to ban animal transports to third world countries.

-To date, the EU Commission has ignored the end the cage age campaign with 1.1 million votes. In Portugal and Spain, the alternative forms of keeping hardly play a role. Cage systems dominate there with over 90% of hens. Poland also primarily relies on cage systems (88.5%)

– About 13 million pigs end up in animal carcass annually because they die on the farm or have to be killed. Germany’s Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has extended the (illegal) pig box for another 17 years.

– Every year around 7 billion male chicks are killed-gassed or ground- as soon as they hatch just because they are male. The German parliament decided in 2016 not to ban the practice. It was feared that a ban would weaken German agriculture.

The EU Commission is not taking any action.

All of this, and is just a few examples, takes place with the subsidies and support of the largest agricultural lobby, the EU Commission.

The animal rights activists, but also the enlightened citizens of Europe are fed up with the fact that in Brussels a caste of oligarchs, shamelessly and without respect for agreed laws, acts practically against the animals.

Eurogroup for Animals writes: “We trust that the Commission’s assessment – and the accompanying consultation – will lead to concrete measures aimed at improving existing legislation and introducing new legislation to adequately protect other species”.

It takes a great deal of naivety to speak of “trust” if we have only experienced ignorance, inaction and indifference from the EU Commission in the past.

My best regards to all, Venus

‘Happy Cows’ and ‘Humane Dairy’ Ruled Unacceptable.

A calf straining against a chain from his veal crate. Canada, 2014.

 

 

With thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ for sending this data over – Mark.

 

https://our-compass.org/2020/05/18/happy-cows-and-humane-dairy-ruled-unacceptable/

 

Source Medium

 

We, the complainants (Fairbrother, Kemp, others) welcome the decision made by the Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) Appeal Committee regarding the ruling Fair Cape Dairies vs Kemp, Fairbrother, others on 30 April 2020.

The conclusion in the appeal decision makes the order:

 

22.1 The use of the phrases/words “#HappyCows” and “humane” by Fair
Cape in its advertising is in breach of clause 4.1 and 4.2.1 of the Code [of Advertising Practice].

22.2 Fair Cape is instructed to withdraw the phrases/words “#HappyCows” and “humane” from its advertising in accordance with clause 15.3 and 15.5 of the Procedural Guide.

 

We are in agreement with the statement by the ARB Appeal Committee that

 

”In our view, humane treatment means more than freedom from violence, pain and disease; it means treatment characterised by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy. It does not include many of the practices complained of, such as the forced impregnation of cows, the forced separation of calves from their mothers immediately after birth, and the slaughter of male calves thereafter.

It follows then, in our view, that the cows cannot be described as happy, or as humanely treated.”

 

We would like to thank the Advertising Regulator Board for their commitment to fairness and transparency during the course of our complaint and appeal. We also applaud their commitment to responsible and honest advertising. In addition, we would like to thank Animal Law Reform South Africa for their assistance with this matter, including the provision of research, compilation of information and points of issue and review of the Code and documents submitted.

Consumers care about their food choices and many care deeply about animals. For these reasons consumers are increasingly demanding transparency from these industries. To meet these demands it is unfortunate that green-washing and humane-washing advertising techniques are extremely common and heavily on the increase. These advertising techniques are designed to purposely manipulate and exploit the good faith of well meaning consumers.

Fair Cape Dairies has a history of misleading consumers with so-called ‘free-range’ claims and their use of the terms ‘humane’ and ‘#happycows’ in their advertising is no exception. Fair Cape Dairies do not only directly misinform consumers, but they actively conceal many of their practices while creating an illusion of transparency.

Unfortunately, the majority of people in South Africa are not aware of the many horrific standard practices in the dairy industry. The dairy industry thrives in obfuscation. They have an interest in omitting and obscuring the facts about dairy, and it is done through ‘omission and silence and in the presentation of an incomplete and idealised picture’ (¹).

We encourage all those who value truth and justice and who abhor cruelty to animals to investigate the dairy industry and to inform yourselves. This cruelty is not an anomaly, but is standard practice inherent in the industry. To be informed, is to be empowered. When we are informed we can make consumer choices that are authentic and genuinely in line with our values.

We believe we have extensively covered many of these standard practices in our appeal (Section d. Facts and Research). In our appeal we also address many of the claims made by Fair Cape Dairies, we provide multiple facts on the dairy industry, and we provide information on consumer awareness of dairy practices in in South Africa.

While our original complaint was dismissed by the ARB, we felt confident that the ruling had grounds to be challenged and we subsequently submitted an appeal. Our complaint then found itself in front of the ARB Appeals Committee which ruled in our favour.

In our commitment to transparency we have provided all documents relating to the initial complaint, appeal, supporting documents and final rulings, ordered by date below.

 

ARB Ruling Documents

Appeal Documents

Final Ruling Document

Written by Joanne Fairbrother on behalf of the com

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