UK: Selfridges (Stores) has said it will ban the sale of exotic animal skins such as alligator, crocodile and python.


WAV Comment – Not perfect; but a start which can be worked on.


Selfridges bans sale of exotic skins.

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Selfridges has said it will ban the sale of exotic animal skins such as alligator, crocodile and python.

From February 2020, the luxury London department store will only sell leather from agricultural livestock.

The Humane Society International said the move was the “natural next step for a responsible retailer” and would save “countless” crocodiles and snakes.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has urged rival stores, such as Harvey Nichols, to follow suit.

Yvonne Taylor, director of corporate projects at Peta, told BBC News: “Hats off to Selfridges – which had already banned fur, angora, and foie gras after persuasive talks with Peta – for now ending the sale of wild animals’ ‘exotic’ skins.”

The industry is not only “heartless”, but “extremely wasteful”, Peta claims, saying it can take the skins of four crocodiles to make a single bag.

The BBC understands that the ban will mainly affect sales of very high end, expensive accessories, particularly shoes and handbags.

The move follows an announcement from designer Victoria Beckham that she would stop using exotic skins in her designs from her autumn/winter 2019 collection onwards.

Beckham joins Vivienne Westwood, Diane von Furstenberg and Chanel in the ban – alongside high street brands such as Topshop, H&M and Adidas.

In December, Chanel became the first luxury fashion house in the world to stop using exotic animal skins.

The company’s head of fashion, Bruno Pavlovksy, said it had become harder to source such skins ethically.

Meanwhile, British designer Stella McCartney’s “vegetarian brand” has never used leather, skin, fur or feathers.

The brand uses leather alternatives such as recycled polyester instead of Brazilian calf leather – which it claims has a high environmental impact.

Selfridges, which banned the sale of fur in 2005, said banning exotic skins was part of a “long-standing commitment to place ethics and sustainability at the heart of commercial decisions”.

Selfridges’ buying director Sebastian Manes said the brand was fixed on being at “the very forefront of future thinking retail”.

He added: “For us, that’s a future where luxury is defined by craftsmanship and material innovation.”

In 2015, the store removed single-use plastic water bottles from sale and made its signature yellow paper bags from recycled coffee cups.

Since the beginning of this year, all clothes bags have been made with used plastic bottles.


In the charity sector, the British Heart Foundation will not accept real fur or fur-trimmed items, or anything made from ivory.

Oxfam told the BBC it does not sell products made from crocodile or alligator skin, angora wool or fur.

It also checks legal regulations for items made of snakeskin, tortoiseshell and coral, and will only sell ivory if it can be proven that the product was made before 1947.

Peta’s Ms Tayor said conscientious and informed consumers “absolutely reject the exotic skins trade, which invariably torments and kills crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and other sentient, beautiful animals in appalling ways for fashion”.

She added: “Peta urges other department stores, like Harvey Nichols, and brands such as Louis Vuitton to follow Selfridges’ business-savvy example.”

A spokesperson for Harvey Nichols told the BBC: “Harvey Nichols requires any brand that uses fur or exotic skins to adhere to the Animal Sourcing Principles as set out by the Responsible Luxury Initiative (ReLi)”.

The ReLi claims to have set “high level principles” for the sourcing of leather, fur and exotic skins, but Peta maintains that there are “few laws” to protect reptiles from abuse.

According to Peta the illegal trade in exotic skins is “rampant” – with an estimated US $1bn worth of python skins imported into Europe illegally each year.

The group also claims that many of the millions of reptiles whose skins are exported from Southeast Asia each year belong to endangered species, whose numbers in the wild are “drastically dwindling”.

Department store John Lewis told the BBC that it does not sell any products with exotic animal skins.


USA: Trump Doing His Usual; Money Talks and Sod the Rest – Opening Up the (Alaska) Arctic Refuge for Oil and Gas Drilling.


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Imagine the deafening sound of dozens of 90,000-pound “thumper” trucks shooting violent tremors through the ground.

Now, imagine them barreling over the dens of mother polar bears and straight through the birthing grounds of wild Porcupine caribou.

This will be the terrible fate of Alaska’s serene Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the very last unspoiled wild places left on our planet, if we allow President Trump and Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to throw open this sanctuary to oil and gas drilling.

NRDC is mounting a powerful counteroffensive using all of the tools at our disposal — and step one is raising a public outcry so loud that we can’t be ignored.



Add your voice now: Tell President Trump and Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that the Arctic Refuge is NOT for sale.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to polar bears, caribou, wolves, and migratory birds from all 50 states, and vital to the culture and survival of the native Gwich’in people, who have depended on this land for thousands of years.

And with temperatures in the Arctic rising at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, the Refuge’s fragile habitat is ground zero for global warming.

But even with so much at stake, industry allies in Congress voted for the first time ever to open up the Arctic Refuge for oil and gas drilling — and the Trump administration is now fast-tracking plans to auction off the land to the highest bidder.

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The Interior Department could slow or reconsider these plans, but Acting Administrator David Bernhardt — a former oil lobbyist — has made his priorities clear: Drive up profits for his fossil fuel allies, even if it means destroying the Arctic Refuge forever.

The Senate will soon vote on Bernhardt’s nomination to become the official Interior Secretary. And if confirmed — which is likely — his and President Trump’s attacks on wild places like the Arctic Refuge will continue unabated.

And if the Trump administration isn’t stopped, lease sales for drilling in the Refuge’s pristine coastal plain could begin this year, resulting in an industrial wasteland of rigs, roads, pipelines, and toxic waste pits.

We must make our voices heard. Demand that President Trump and Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt stop their destructive plans to sell off the Arctic Refuge.

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Protect the Arctic Refuge

Mark, this is the fight of our lifetimes — once the Arctic Refuge is handed over to Big Oil, there’s no turning back. With your support, we’re fighting on multiple fronts: Mobilizing massive public opposition, arming the national media with the facts, battling in Washington, and getting ready for court.

This land cannot defend itself. Mark, the reason the Arctic Refuge still exists as a protected wildlife sanctuary is because NRDC, our allies, and supporters like you have raised our voices together and fought for decades to keep it that way.

This is the closest Big Oil has ever gotten to invading the Arctic Refuge — and we need as many people as possible to stand strong and speak out in its defense.

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It’s now or never: Tell Trump and Bernhardt that you strongly oppose destroying the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

We need you standing with us.


Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

Paris: Horror documentation from the lab


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The monkeys were used for experiments on the brain, for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The video shows macaque monkeys in sterile cages, the irreverent handling of the staff with them and preparations for brain experiments.
The French organization “Animal Testing” took pictures with a hidden camera in the basement of a hospital in Paris. The suffering of the animals in animal experiments is immense.

The laboratories are massively scrapping and doing their utmost to ensure that the horror does not reach the public. Authentic images are extremely hard to come by and only possible through such undercover actions as shown here. Animal experiments are cruel and unnecessary!

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The monkeys live for years in cages of about one cubic meter.

They only come out for the experiments
They do not see daylight
They are made artificially ill and live with implants in their skullcap.
These pictures in the Video were filmed in the basement of a Paris hospital.

To develop Parkinson’s disease, monkeys are poisoned with the Nerve poisont MPTP.
Unable to feed themselves, they must be stuffed.
A researcher calls this “just about to die”.

They are kept in individual cages and poisoned.

A monkey is blind for unknown reasons.
He sits dejectedly in his cage, and is no longer used for research.
He spends his life in this cage without getting out.
The researcher believes that “this will end badly”

(Translation of the Video- dialogues between the laboratory technicians in the laboratory):

“The problem with the MPTP is that they can not eat anymore.
Therefore, you are forced to cram them.
If you look at them, they are about to die.
They are completely stretched down.

-Yes! this one has big problems
-Is that the one who sees nothing anymore?
-Yes exactly! This morning an ophthalmologist came..
-To take care of his eyesight?

-Well, yes .. not to treat him, but to determine what he has.
-But then he does not work anymore?
-No no.
-He does not do anything anymore?
-Yes, I think that will end badly.
-Yes, that’s for sure!”

Some monkeys refuse to participate in the experiments.
A researcher calls a monkey the last dirt

(laborant): “The females are really poison gnomes. These are already 11 years. And this is really the last thing.
He could easily do the job (!!!)
Only that he does not feel like it. It looks like he’s doing 4-5 tries, and the moment you say, “Let’s do it, you’re kidding us, we’ll stop,” and Hopp! He makes 3-4 attempts again, he stops again, starts again, stops again”…

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The monkeys get used to them by denying them water and food.
This is the phase of mental breakup of the animal.
This may take a week or more, until the monkey accepts to put its head out of the chair and be fixated on the neck.

(laborant): ” Here .. I had a lot of problems with him, he was very unruly.
When you open that part of the chair, the animal voluntarily sticks its head out. The first time they do it, and then you close.
They have then focussed the head outside, and are not free in their movement.

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The first time they are so fooled, after a few weeks you can not do it anymore, because they know what happens to them.
And it’s right when you break, it is just right to break the monkey!


Yet (a monkey) took a week to do that. He did not eat for a week.

( Laboratory assistant ):  -Its hard! And there is only this possibility ? …
-Yes! there are only these”!

This is how the daily life of monkeys in the Parisian laboratory is depicted.
The monkeys suffer in this lab for an average of 10 years!


Trepanation or craniotomy is a surgical procedure in which a circular hole is drilled in the skull to approach the brain. At all the monkeys you will see, a trepanation has been made.

rhesusaffe-tuebingen“At her, the implant was used shortly before the holidays.
This animal is still very young, so he just arrived. He has already been implanted.
There is also a little boy who has arrived recently.
This is one of mine, but unfortunately he has lost his impantation.
This one was on yesterday, so it is isolated.
Unfortunately, a craniotomy was performed on him, you can see that he has his fixation implant, it’s the one in front.”

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Experiments on eyesight

A monkey is moored in a fixation chair: hands, feet and neck are fixed.
He has to respond to signals on a screen in a box, and receives water as a reward.
The researchers observe his behavior on a screen.

But on that day, the 11-year-old monkey refuses to submit to the experiment.
He closes his eyes, the researchers laugh.
They say a “war of nerves” with the animal is waiting for them.

(laughter in labor)

-Do you notice that the monkey mocks you?
-Exactly! Because he does nothing?
-He gets that on the screen. That makes 27 attempts in 2400..that makes 20 minutes..ah … sorry .. it’s 40 minutes So 27 attempts in 40 minutes, he should normally have done in 340 minutes ..300 / 400 attempts.
And here you see that he just closes his eyes. He shows: “I’m annoying you”!
-Yes! now he starts to move to his chair and ..
-Yes! he gets nervous.
That’s the phase of the confrontation. Nothing happens anymore. A nervous was.
Exactly, it was a nerve, that’s it.
And then you have an 11 years old monkey. In my opinion, you are not bringing anything new to an old monkey”!!

This Parisian institute still carries out its experiments.

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Witness call – PLEASE SHARE!
Students, researchers, zookeepers, veterinarians, laboratory workers: you are witness to abuse, suffering, or difficult experiments. Report to us!

Further Information:

#ÄrztegegenTierversuche #gegenTierversuche #Tierquälerei #Tierrecht #Tierschutz

My comment: the witness call the organization “doctors against animal testing” is very innovative and an excellent idea. Hopefully, this idea will be followed by other organizations around the world.
We need civil courage. We all have to have that.
Especially in this area only courageous laboratory contributors can make this torture public when they report it.
Do not hesitate, have courage, contact the organization, report about the crimes of the psychopats!!

My best regards, Venus




India: March Rescues From Animal Aid Unlimited. Please Donate If You Can.


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Dear Mark, 

We are deeply honoured that Animal Aid Unlimited was featured in Psychology Today, when world-renowned scientist Dr Marc Bekoff used our recent rescue video Anguished mother dog wails for wounded baby. Sweetest Reunion! to highlight the profundity of animals’ emotions. Marc Bekoff is famous for his contributions to the science of animal behavior, animal psychology and to deepening our awareness of the complexity of animals’ emotions and has collaborated extensively with Jane Goodall. Bekoff said our video “could form the foundation for an entire course on the emotional lives of dogs and other animals. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and my impression after watching this video more than 15 times is that it’s worth countless words, and also could form the basis for an entire book.”

Friends of Animal Aid know how deeply animals feel, how clearly they can think, how intensely they can worry and love. It’s so wonderful to know that Marc Bekoff’s work helps the general public realize that much more keenly the truth about animals’ emotions. You can read the whole story here.


Cuddles: Rescuing a cutie pie in pain

The saddest little sweetheart sat frozen in the road, her pain so intense she couldn’t even drag herself to her mother. We brought her to our hospital expecting a fracture, but were delighted to discover that although her wound was really painful, her hip was sprained, not broken. A few days of rest, tasty food and lots of affection were just what the doctor ordered, and this love bug couldn’t wait to be back on her feet so that she could start playing again. Meet Cuddles now. Please donate today for happy new beginnings.


Surgery saved Maxine when her
lung was perforated and exposed

Air billowed out of the wound with every breath she took, and she cowered in a thicket, hiding and confused by pain. With a de-gloving wound over her ribs and a punctured lung, we didn’t know if this old girl could survive such a trauma. We rushed her into emergency surgery, inserting a tube to re-establish negative pressure, thoroughly flushed the wound and began the several layers of sutures that we hoped would save her. We would wait for several days before we knew if she would make it. But her extraordinary will to live was even bigger than her wound. Watch beautiful Maxine today.

And to help the sweetest older dogs who are out there now, please donate today.


Rescue of adorable puppy with crushed leg  

Cherry’s leg amputation isn’t what this story is really about. It’s about how astoundingly sweet and almost you can say “gracious” this little one was through a shattering experience. We got the call that a puppy had been hit by a car and her leg was injured. But we’d never seen anything like this–her leg completely crushed and her face–so bewildered, so utterly vulnerable, engulfed by pain and yet trying it seemed to be just the best little patient she could possibly be. She had lost so much blood that we needed to give her 24 hours of IV fluid to build her strength enough to–we hoped–survive surgery and save her life. Cherry’s loving nature inspired everyone around her–to love.

Please donate. Because you can save a beautiful little life today.


Shocking rescue of dog impaled by steel rod (with happiest ending!)

You have to see this to believe the horror for a dog who got impaled by a steel rod at the base of an electrical pole, upside down, dangling and pinned by the rod which pushed right through her abdomen, almost out her back. She must have jumped from a ledge in the dark and landed on the rod, where she trembled in unthinkable pain until our rescue team, horrified at this ghastly sight, literally slid her backwards and up off the foot long rod to free her, in fear that she would die any moment. 

You will believe in miracles when you see this astounding rescue and within a month of medical care, Queen’s complete recovery.  Help us get there for those who have no time to lose. Please donate.  


At first we couldn’t see how massive his wound was

From a distance, this sweetheart’s wound looked like caked mud covering his backside. But when we examined him in the hospital we found to our horror that maggots had bored tunnels around his tail in a massive wound the size of a frying pan–and the pain this boy had endured was beyond imagining. Even cleaning the wound took hours but from the moment we started flushing with saline, the healing had begun. Meet Chipper now!

Sometimes love begins with “I can help.” Please donate.  


Some amazing rescues and recoveries;

Please donate if you can;

Regards Mark.

USA: America’s Biggest Food Companies Are Moving to Meatless.



America’s Biggest Food Companies Are Moving to Meatless

Many of us have made the decision to go vegan. Whether this is for health reasons, compassion for animals, a desire to reduce planetary footprint, or all of the above, choosing to be meat-free is good for the world. What’s even better than an individual going vegan? An entire company making that commitment. And recently a few big companies have done just that, moving toward a more plant-based planet.

America’s Biggest Food Companies Are Moving to Meatless

MorningStar Farms, a subsidiary of Kellogg, will go completely vegan by 2021. Though the brand has been around for years, their decision to go 100% animal-product free comes with a growing market for vegan food. Shoppers care about the welfare of animals and are savvy enough to notice if a product is vegan or just vegetarian. MorningStar Farms wants to stand out among other veggie meat options on the grocery store shelves.

Beyond Meat will release a completely vegan ground beef this year. Made from pea, mung bean, and rice proteins, the “beef” will be located next to animal meat in the grocery store. Created to embrace the versatility of ground beef, the plant-based product can be molded and cooked in a variety of ways: to make burgers, meatballs, tacos, and more.

Another perspective on going meat-free, WeWork, the coworking and office space company made an astounding call to become a meat-free organization. They will no longer serve meat at meetings or functions, all meat was removed from on-site food kiosks, and they even went so far as to stop reimbursing employees for meat consumed on business trips. The company wanted to reduce its impact on the planet and set a new standard for sustainability.

If you live in Los Angeles or another big city, vegan restaurant options are fairly easy to find. But in most of the country, classics like pizza can be hard to find without animal products. But Pieology just became the first national pizza chain to offer plant-based proteins. Though the chain is not vegan or even vegetarian, having vegan options creates a more inclusive environment and normalizes the choice to decline animal products. Other companies could also go further toward a plant-based planet. Boca recently released a 100% vegan ‘Turk’y’ Burger, but has yet to eliminate cows’ milk from all of its products.

Why go meat-free?

Studies have shown our meat-eating habits are contributing to pollution, poverty, and climate change. Moving toward a plant-based planet could help feed the hungry, end the suffering of millions of animals, and help to clean up our water and air. Eliminating meat is a start, but going from vegetarian to vegan can make an even bigger impact. MorningStar Farms says by going vegan, 300 million egg whites will not be used in their products. This puts an end to the suffering of thousands of laying hens as well as eliminating the use of a lot of water and land.

Going meat-free may be good for business as well. Data has shown that demand for plant-based meat went up 24% last year. And the longtime vegan staple, Tofurkey, has received a loan of $7 million to expand production. More and more grocery stores are putting meat-free options on their shelves and marketing them next to meat. When consumers push for plant-based options and businesses deliver, people, animals, and the planet all win.


Regards Mark.





Apes – Our Intelligent, Endangered, Relative.

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They’re our closest living relatives of the animal world, some sharing almost 99% of our DNA. They are far more intelligent than scientists once realized, with elaborate social structures and family networks. They make sophisticated use of tools. And they are among the most endangered mammals on the planet. These are the apes, a group of animals about whom we still have much to learn despite decades of scientific research.

The ape most famous for close genetic ties to humans is the chimpanzee, one of the “great apes.” Chimpanzees live only in tropical forests of Central Africa, the continent where modern humans first evolved some 100,000 years ago. Despite this long history of chimps and humans living in close proximity, the scientific community knew little about their behavior in the wild until the 1960s, when primatologist Jane Goodall began studying chimps at Gombe Stream in Tanzania. By carefully and patiently observing them in their natural habitat, Goodall became the first scientist to witness chimpanzees making tools, hunting and eating meat, and displaying complex social behaviors, among many other discoveries.

Today we know chimpanzees live in loosely connected social groups of as many as a few hundred individuals, divided into more closely knit subgroups. Mother chimps spend years caring for their offspring and family ties can remain important even once chimps reach maturity. Chimpanzees use a wide array of vocalizations and facial expressions to communicate. Scientists have even observed cultural differences between chimpanzees over different parts of their range, with groups in some areas practicing behaviours that are never seen in other chimpanzee communities.


It is now widely known among even the general public that chimpanzees share almost 99% of humans’ DNA. However, in the last few years evidence has emerged that another ape species may be as or even more closely related to us. This is the bonobo, formerly known as the “pygmy chimpanzee.” Genetic studies suggest it’s a toss-up whether chimpanzees or bonobos actually deserve the title of closest living human relative. But studies of human, chimpanzee, and bonobo muscular systems show bonobos appear to be more physically similar to us.

Whereas as chimpanzee societies are male-dominated, bonobos are matriarchal. They are also known for being less prone to social conflict than chimpanzees, and for using sex to maintain social bonds. Bonobos eat mainly fruit, other vegetation, and insects, and unlike chimpanzees they hunt meat only occasionally. From a conservation standpoint, another important fact about bonobos is they are restricted to only a single country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



Only slightly less closely related to us than chimpanzees and bonobos are gorillas. There are actually two species, the eastern and western gorillas. Eastern gorillas are divided into two subspecies: the eastern lowland gorilla and mountain gorilla. The western species is likewise divided into the western lowland and Cross River gorillas. Like other African great apes gorillas are social, but their networks are smaller than those of chimpanzees. Gorillas travel in groups related by family ties, consisting of as few as five or as many fifty individuals. Groups are dominated by an older male known as the silverback.

The only great apes found outside of Africa are orangutans. They differ from African great apes in several important respects, including their habits. While gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos are all social, orangutans are solitary with adults normally coming together only to mate. They are also the only great apes to spend most of their time in the trees. This makes orangutans the largest truly arboreal, or tree-dwelling animals in the world.

Orangutans are found only on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and for many years scientists recognized two species, each confined to one of the islands. However, in 2017 a third species was announced. Known as the Tapanuli orangutan, this species lives in northern Sumatra and was previously thought to be simply a population of the Sumatran orangutan. Tapanuli orangutans are the most recently-described great ape species–and with only 800 individuals are also the most endangered.

More than a dozen additional ape species live in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. These are the gibbons, or “lesser apes.” They get this name not because they are somehow less important than great apes, but simply because they are much smaller. Like orangutans, gibbons are mainly arboreal. They are famed for swinging hand-over-hand through the tree branches at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour,

Sadly, all or most apes are at risk of extinction due to factors like deforestation and hunting for the meat and pet trades. Although Tapanuli orangutans have the smallest population of any great ape, all the others are classified as endangered or critically endangered. In Africa threats like logging, poaching, and armed human conflict threaten great apes. Gorillas have also been seriously affected by the spread of the Ebola virus, which is deadly to them just as it is to humans. While the outlook for Africa’s great apes is grim, there are rays of hope. For example, thanks to conservation efforts mountain gorillas has seen a modest population increase recently.

In Borneo and Sumatra the single largest threat to orangutans–and gibbons found on the islands–is the conversion of rainforests into palm oil plantations. Used both as biofuel and an ingredient in everything from peanut butter to shampoo, palm oil production has skyrocketed as demand for these products increases worldwide. Limiting this industry’s expansion represents the best hope for Borneo and Sumatra’s apes. Fortunately, consumer-driven campaigns led by groups like Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network have had success pressuring some U.S. food companies–including Kellogg’s, Mars, and General Mills–to adopt policies limiting their use of palm oil that is not sustainably grown. More public pressure is needed to persuade additional companies to cut ties with palm oil deforestation.

Most people know iconic great apes like the mountain gorilla are endangered. However, the apes at greatest risk of imminent extinction are gibbons. With only about two dozen individuals in existence, the Hainan crested gibbon has the smallest population of any primate species. They live only in a single forest on the island of Hainan in the South-China Sea and have lost 99% of their habitat. Only slightly better off is the world’s second-rarest primate, the Cao-Vit gibbon. Only 100 members of this species survive in a forest in Northeast Vietnam. Though not quite as rare as these two, most other gibbon species are also at severe risk. Habitat loss is the most serious threat, but gibbons are also hunted for meat, with babies sometimes being sold into a life of captivity in the pet trade.

If our ape relatives survive into the latter part of the twenty-first century, it will be because of the caring actions of people all over the world. Whether by writing to major food brands and encouraging them to adopt sustainable palm oil policies, or supporting conservation groups working to protect great apes and gibbons from poaching and habitat loss, you can take action wherever you live. If you travel to Central Africa or Southeast Asia, consider patronizing eco-tourist organizations that help local communities profit from conservation.

With their intelligence, complex societies, and human-like expressions, apes are a reminder that humans are not as separated from our animal ancestry as we sometimes like to think.

By saving these remarkable primates from extinction, we are also preserving links to our own rich evolutionary heritage.


Regards Mark.

Who has a spider in his home, should be lucky!


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The fear of spiders is quite common. Most people disgust themselves and grab a vacuum cleaner or paper towel when they find one in their home. They must be killed immediately or disposed of, so that one can feel well again. And even those who are not afraid of the eight-legged, they do not want to have them in the house. Because cobwebs always look like a messy and not clean home.


The 14th of March is National “Save a Spider” Day, a day when arachnids everywhere relax and let their spinnerets down!! While spiders can be terrifying to some, they actually provide incredible services to humans and our ecosystem.
Spiders survive on insects like fleas, flies, and mosquitoes annually up to two kilograms of insects.

spinnen-nutzen-tMost people are afraid of the creepy-crawlies and kill the beast because they do not know how to help each other better. But one thing you should definitely know: The so threatening acting spider does not want you any harm. She is more afraid of you than you are of her and she is not poisonous at all.

  • Fans of Spyder roadsters, did you know that spiders extend their limbs using hydraulic pressure?
  • Spiders eat a lot of the insects whom people aren’t always so fond of, such as mosquitoes, flies, ants, and aphids.
  • Spider webs are similar in strength to nylon, but they’re much more elastic and less prone to breaking or losing their shape.
  • Spiders were used in some ancient artwork to symbolize patience.
  • One species of spider is actually vegetarian. (Spiders for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?)


If you really can not stand this spider at home, in your garage, or wherever, try to catch it and bring it out instead of killing it. She will be looking for a new place and both parties will be pleased with this outcome. We should better learn to live with these roommates rather than kill them, because in the end they are well-disposed to us … at least most of them!

And don`t forget:  spiders are usually harmless!
We are a much bigger danger to them than they are to us.

My best regards, Venus

Dead Philippines whale had 40kg of plastic in stomach.



Dead Philippines whale had 40kg of plastic in stomach

A dead whale that washed up in the Philippines had 40kg (88lbs) of plastic bags inside its stomach, researchers have said.

Workers at D’Bone Collector Museum recovered the Cuvier’s beaked whale east of Davao City earlier in March.

In a Facebook post, the museum said the animal was filled with “the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale”.

There were 16 rice sacks in its stomach, as well as “multiple shopping bags”.

The museum will post a full list of the items found in the whale over the next few days.

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“I was not prepared for the amount of plastic,” the museum’s founder and president, Darrell Blatchley, told broadcaster CNN. “It was so big, the plastic was beginning calcification.”

The use of throwaway plastic is a particular problem in some South East Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Five Asian nations – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for up to 60% of the plastic waste that ends up in oceans, according to a 2015 report by environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

In June last year, a pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags.

Its death came shortly after a report for the UK government revealed the level of plastic in the ocean could triple in a decade unless steps are taken to curb litter.


The following pictures are NOT associated with this article – including the Whale – WAV.

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Cheers Jean “Clown” Juncker!!


When the media deal with Juncker, they do it for two good reasons: either because of his sciatica or because of his drinking. He, however, has officially stated that shaking at him only comes from sciatica.

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Since the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Juncker has called “a stout smoker and drinker”, the explanation with sciatica does not work gut, sways strong, like him….

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We have only one reason to give Jean “Clown” Juncker a small price: because it is considered the perfect symbol of the EU: frivolous, rundown and dement.

Juncker küsst eine GlazepgLet’s shake each other’s hair and sing Beethoven’s  9 Symphony!!


It is an open secret in EU circles that the Commission chief likes to drink gin and sparkling wine. “Whenever an assistant brings a glass of water to the head of commission, everyone knows it’s gin, the French EU correspondent Jean Quatremer recently quoted in the British magazine “The Spectator.”

Juncker betrunken mit BodygardsIn the following video you can easily see what luck it is to have such sweet guys in the EU. This is how EU looks like!

And after this video, we could not hesitate for a minute to award Juncker the prize for the best jerk. You can easily see, he is ” blue” and sees stars, and snaps off anyone, whether he likes it or not ….

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…Merkel mentally ill, Andriukaitis meat mafia lobbyist, Juncker alkoohliker … a great company this EU!

Juncker und MerkelgThey kiss each other like old communists. Or like mafia bosses.


At the NATO summit and just before the Torkel Tour began, the boss was seen in the wheelchair. According to Mainstream Media, this was a sciatica attack. For this kind of “back pain” in Italy, Police take away your driving license …But  the EU leaders smile and kiss drunk Juncker. Tolerance is part of the business!

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But just imagine, only imagine!

Trump will appear in front of cameras and constantly drunk in Parliament, in front of more than 300 million people in the US and makes his work drunk, and harasses in front of the camera every employee who can NOT defend himself!

Imagine! Imagine that you show it the Greens in Germany, various German journalists, Merkel, the feminists.. and they SAY NOTHING AGAINST TRUMP??


Does not work, we know.

The double morality in the Western world is really scary, what we Germans should know best!

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After all, the sex change of the alcohol in Ischia gives us all a great idea. Now we finally know what we can say to our partner when we come late at home with blue stars on the eyes..

We see only one benefit from Juncker’s Jin influence: at least attacks on him are very unlikely. Moving targets that still wobble, sway, and cause strange contortions are hard to grasp!

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Cheers Jean “Clown” Juncker, and we wish no longer see you after the elections!

Best regards to all, Venus and Mark


UK: The Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting. Read More; See More; Learn More …..




The campaign to ban trophy hunting.


It’s time to END trophy hunting.

Killing animals for pleasure is cruel, unnecessary, and has no place in a civilised society.

Humans have no right to take the life of an animal for recreation. Animals experience suffering and pain when they are hunted for trophies. Killing endangered wildlife for pleasure only helps push them even further towards extinction.


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The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting calls for:

  1. Governments to ban trophy hunting and the import and export of hunting trophies
  2. Effective enforcement of existing national and international laws against trophy hunting, with tough penalties for offenders
  3. An immediate halt to the trade in trophies of vulnerable, threatened or endangered species
  4. Trophy hunting exemptions to be removed from existing international conservation agreements
  5. Negotiations to commence on a comprehensive global agreement banning trophy hunting

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Pepsi’s Business Partner Indofood Has Been Kicked Off The Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil – Send A Message To The Forest Abusers.


Pepsi has nowhere to hide now: its business partner Indofood has been kicked out of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest sustainable palm oil authority, for mistreating workers on its environment-wrecking plantations.

Over 100,000 SumOfUs members like you have already told PepsiCo to cut ties with this palm oil villain, but the snack food giant has resisted so far, hiding behind those RSPO certificates. Nowthough, Pepsi’s surely going to drop Indofood like a hot Cheeto… right?

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Wrong. Pepsi’s still cashing obscene profits from its partnership with Indofood, and reacted to the RSPO decision only with “We are very disappointed”.

“Disappointed”, Pepsi?! Indofood isn’t a misbehaving toddler — it’s a corporation that destroys rainforests, mistreats female staff, uses illegal child labour, and exposes its workers to hazardous pesticides.

Tell Pepsi: Stop disappointing us and cut ALL your ties with toxic palm oil company Indofood!

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Indofood’s abuses were always an open secret. But in 2016, our partners at Rainforest Action Network exposed Indofood and filed an official complaint with the RSPO. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure last summer and get the RSPO to first sanction — and now kick out entirely — the palm oil giant.

Now it’s official: Indofood’s palm oil cannot be called sustainable, even by the subpar RSPO standards. Meaning that if Pepsi’s ‘sustainable’ palm oil policy is to retain any scrap of credibility, it must end its joint venture partnership with the corporation — NOW.

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

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

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

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

Let’s tell Pepsi’s CEO there’s no excuse for inaction on exploitation and rainforest destruction — it’s time to drop Indofood.

 Sign the petition 

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

Governments and hunters: a brotherhood




After years of drought and recent bush fires, conditions have never been more dire for native waterbirds. Rather than follow the advice of expert scientists, Premier Dan Andrews instead has again allowed another duck shooting season to go ahead this year — albeit a shortened one, with restrictions on how many ducks can be shot.

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But that didn’t help this beautiful Caspian Stern. So clearly not a ‘game bird’ but shot in the head and left to rot by shooters anyway.

This happened at one of 1000 locations where shooting can take place. Our friends at the Coalition Against Duck Shooting do their best to monitor wetlands, because they know — as does Premier Andrews — that enforcement of laws is impossible during duck shooting season. He knows that even when legal complaints are made, prosecutions rarely follow.

And yet he continues to defend this blood sport as ‘safe, humane and sustainable'(!)

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Is it ‘safe’ to allow access to those wielding shotguns, who think it’s fun to slaughter defenseless wildlife, into 1000 mostly unmonitored locations across the state?

Is it ‘humane’ to allow waterbirds to be sprayed with shotgun pellets?

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For these terrified and wounded animals to be pursued through the water, and then swung around by their necks until they die?

Is it ‘sustainable’ to allow hundreds of thousands of native waterbirds that are already struggling to survive, that are not breeding, that are in decline, to be blasted out of the sky for fun? The only way to protect our precious native waterbirds, is to ban this brutality permanently. Speak up here

Petition, please sign:

My comment: The hunters have a strong lobby, not in the population, but in the government of their country.
We are rather governed by the lobbyists, is there an area that has not been lobby contaminated? As a voter, you can vote for all holy times, but the rest of the time the lobbyists say so.

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In this case, the prime minister and the hunters sold the murder of innocent beings as a safe, humane and sustainable solution!!
That’s what I mean by fascism!

My best regards, Venus




South Korea: Newsletter 16/3/2019.

South Kores

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Koreandogs newsletter 16/3/2019.

Lots of actions to take.

To view please click on the following link:!&utm_medium=email


Please follow up some of the actions if you can; Thanks;

Regards Mark.




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European elections to select new Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) are taking place between Thursday 23 May and Sunday 26 May 2019.

Venus and I; both as Europeans; will be presenting posts onto this site relating to the animal welfare situation within the EU. We hope that by using our posts; which will be informative; along with your obvious concerns for the welfare of animals; you will be better equipped on this issue prior to going out to vote in May.

Regarding the UK and European elections; what will happen in May is currently unknown due to Brexit. If there is a request by the UK government to extend Article 50; then it is possible that the UK will have to have candidates for the elections. If the UK can finalise with Europe in the next few weeks, then EU elections will not be required in the UK, as it will no longer be an EU member state later in the year.

We have already produced a few posts which relate to intensive farming in the EU:

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And Salmon –

… and we will be connecting with national animal welfare campaign organisations to inform more in the lead up to the May elections.

Here below is an article which recently appeared in the respected ‘Guardian’ newspaper from the UK.




Abuse of animals rife on farms across Europe, auditors warn

Europe-wide investigation says intensive farming systems increase the risks of poor animal welfare

Farm animal abuses are widespread in the European Union, with pig tail docking, long-distance transport and slaughterhouse stunning all areas of immediate concern, according to a report out this week.

Intensive farms are particularly problematic, the report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals, with economic interests often trumping welfare rules. “Our audit and other reports show it’s difficult to introduce improvements on intensive farms and enforce laws,” Janusz Wojciechowski, the ECA member responsible for the report, told the Guardian.

“In intensive farming systems the risk for animal welfare is increased. When there are 100,000 pigs it is very difficult to control. Small farms are easier places to achieve high animal welfare standards.”

Inherent system failures are equally to blame. Unnaturally high number of animals living together leads “to aberrant behaviour in laying hens such as feather pecking and cannibalism, aggression and tail biting in pigs and aggression in calves”, according to the report. To address that behaviour “it is common practice to perform painful physical alterations … in particular beak trimming, tail docking, castration and teeth clipping.”

Clear evidence of pig tail docking was found on German and Romanian farms, and has been seen in many other countries by other observers, including the UK and Italy. Docking pigs’ tails has been illegal in the EU since 2001, but it is still widespread. One Romanian farm visited by the ECA had evidence of tail docking, but was simultaneously receiving EU funding to improve animal wellbeing.

Just two countries in the EU – Finland and Sweden – have properly controlled pig tail docking and provided useful ‘enrichment materials’ to ease boredom, according to the report. Dr Joanna Swabe, public affairs director for animal lobby group Humane Society International, said proper environmental enrichment, good stockmanship and simply providing straw would all help avoid mutilations.

Slaughterhouse processes were a problem too. One abattoir in France visited by the ECA team was using the less reliable back of the neck ‘occipital stunning’ on calves rather than front of head stunning. Their aim, said the report, was to reduce bone splinters in brains sold for food. Inadequate ‘waterbath’ poultry stunning (where a hen is leg-shackled to a moving line and pulled head down through electrified water) is another risk area, auditors found, as is excessive use of non-stun killing.

Using a supposedly limited EU derogation, slaughterhouses can quicken their line speeds and process more animals by skipping stunning – the part of the slaughter process which renders the animal unconscious and therefore unable to feel the actual killing. Although there is a shortage of data, non-stun derogation overuse appears to be a problem around Europe, other than the few countries where it is currently banned.

Live animal transport was also a significant issue. The French authorities had still not carried out a 2009 promise to improve their inspection procedures, while other countries, according to campaigners, were simply ignoring rest stop recommendations altogether. As a result, say campaigners, young animals that normally feed regularly they may spend 18 hours in trucks in a ship’s hold, or even more sealed up in a truck on the road.

Achingly slow response to European guidance was a regularly cited issue. Italy, for example has taken 13 years to tackle forced moulting, where hens are starved, dehydrated and deprived of light, until they lose all their feathers. The practice is used to boost egg production but, along with the suffering involved, forced moulting has been linked to salmonella infection risks. Asked if the ill treatment was now under control, Wojciechowski said “at the time of our visit to Italy, the European commission recommendation on forced moulting was still open, which might mean that this issue was still problematic.”

A significant number of the EU’s farms are also excluded from controls because they are too small: the report estimated that as many as 40% of farms fall outside the EU’s remit. Another control loophole noted in the report is the issue of ‘landless farms’ – these are often intensive pig farms, which do not use agricultural land and therefore do not benefit from Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies, setting them free from related controls and fines.

Entitled Animal Welfare in the EU: closing the gap between ambitious goals and practical implementation, the ECA report is one of about 30 published by the auditors each year, as part of their responsibility for making sure that EU funds are correctly spent. With farm subsidies accounting for about 40% of the EU’s budget, the ECA regularly examines agriculture issues. This topic, it said, was chosen because EU citizens are increasingly concerned about farming’s effects on animal welfare, and the impact on both public and animal health. ECA reports are used by various EU select committees and the parliament as a basis for policy and legislative development.

On a broader level, Wojciechowskione said the EU lacks long term agricultural vision. Given the EU’s current CAP overhaul, due to be completed by 2020 for the 2121 to 2027 period, the next two years will be pivotal. “We need a long term vision. Not for seven years, but for 30. If that vision is of intensive farming, the risks animals will be badly treated is higher.”

Describing his feelings about the welfare risks animals face in the EU, Wojciechowski said he believed the words of Mahatma Gandhi. “That the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

I would say the greatness of the EU could also be judged on this.”

To address the failings identified, the report proposes multiple actions. These include improvements to enforcement, compliance, the animal welfare portion of EU rural development programmes, inspections and the penalty system. The European commission has accepted almost all the recommendations and the report will shortly be presented to the EU parliament and agriculture committee. From there, debates on legislative and other actions will follow.


Regards for now

Mark and Venus.


The poison from the salmon farm industry



Salmon has been bred for about 40 years in farms for mass consumption. These fish farms are mainly in Norway, Chile and Scotland. But you should also know that:

The aquaculture industry is growing faster than any other part of the agricultural industry and already accounts for half of the fish eaten.

Did you know that farmed salmon has been proven to be five times more toxic than any other food tested? Farmed salmon should even be one of the most toxic foods in the world and not just a disaster for the environment, but also for human health!

The salmon available here in Germany comes mostly from Norway, but salmon is one of the main import products from Canada, and it is now in Canada, in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), that can now be used up to 2.3 Millions of liters of a pesticide called Paramove 50 to remove sea lice from salmon in 14 salmon farms. Cermaq Norway AS is 100% owned by Cermaq Group AS, one of the world’s largest salmon and trout farms, with operations in Norway, Chile, and Canada.

The company Cermaq Group AS  has its headquarters in Oslo, Norway.


The demand for salmon is also reflected in their breeding. More and more salmon live in confined spaces in the open net cages.

Salmon farms are generally considered a major environmental problem. Due to the high fish density, parasites such as salmon lice can multiply rapidly.  With its antennae, the lice attaches to the salmon and feeds on skin, blood and body mucus.

The pesticide Paramove 50, which stuns sea lice, is used instead of antibiotic insecticides in feeds because sea lice become resistant to antibiotics worldwide.  Not only is the chemistry used in factory farming underwater a problem, but another problem facing salmon farms is the enormous feed requirement of predator fish: While some farmed fish are able to live on a diet of corn or soybeans, others need fish to survive – and plenty of them: two to five kilograms of fish must be fed to produce one kilogram of salmon. In turn, this fish food is still traditionally caught in the sea. Feeding the fish with pork and chicken excrement is much cheaper than one with standard fish food.

Fatal Result: Aquaculture contributes to the overfishing of the oceans.

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Animal rights activists also fear a threat to the wild salmon, which can be found in this region at exactly this time. Paradoxically, salmon are farmed in fish farms, so that the wild salmon does not die out, but it is just the farmed salmon that threaten the wild salmon.

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During the epic documentary film “Fillet-Oh-Fish” by director Nicolas Daniels, a study of salmon farms on the Norwegian fjords revealed a 15 meter high layer of bacteria, drugs and pesticides. Because the farms are located in the open sea, it is impossible to control the pollution.


A dramatic investigation Documentary “Fillet Oh Fish” about healthy food…or maybe not? Just what exactly is inside – the Fillet of Farmed Fish!


According to Dr. Joseph Mercola: “Today’s fisheries face a number of serious problems, from overfishing to chemical pollution and genetic mutation through toxic exposures.”


The catastrophic conditions of salmon farms are hushed up by the media.

“I do not recommend pregnant women, children or adolescents to eat farmed salmon. It is not clear how much toxins salmon contain and how these drugs affect children, adolescents and pregnant women, “said Drs. Anne-Lise Birch Monsen, biologist at Bergen University in Norway.

She adds that pollutants found in farmed salmon have a negative impact on brain development, are linked to autism and affect other organ systems in the body’s immune system and metabolism.

According to Living Tradition, eating more than one meal a month from a farmed salmon can increase the risk of developing cancer-causing chemicals and high dioxin levels. It is associated with many diseases including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

More than ever before, it is incredibly important to not only pay attention to what we eat, but also to know where it comes from and what it contains. Our health – and our lives – depend on it.

My comment: In fjords or bays in Norway, floating fish farms are crowding thousands of fish in confined spaces, just as in the animal tortured mass animal husbandry in agriculture.

More than 10 million tons of fish are already grown worldwide. These are mostly salmon species, which are fed with fishmeal, which is mainly supplied from South America.
The salmon, which are “produced” in such an attitude, can be bought in Germany partly in organic stores as salmon from organic farming!!!

As with any form of factory farming, diseases and parasites spread quickly. In fish farms, too, medicines and chemicals are added to the feed. All these substances are driven by the current in the sea and endanger there other animals and plants. On the seabed beneath fish farms, all life has died.

This salmon feed is mixed with a chemical antioxidant called ethoxyquin, which has been banned for years, for example, as a plant protection product in the EU.

It is a criminal economy branch, totally profit-oriented, with catastrophic consequences for the entire maritime ecosystem.

My best regards, Venus





USA: Petition – Stop the Slaughter of America’s wolves.



SIGN: Stop the Slaughter of America’s wolves

Posted by Carly Day

SIGN: Stop the Slaughter of America’s wolves


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Petition link –


PETITION TARGET: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In a proposal that could spell disaster for America’s fragile gray wolf populations, the Department of the Interior has announced plans to delist the majestic animals from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

If approved, wolves would be managed state by state, putting them in danger and at the mercy of trophy hunters.

In the Great Lakes region, gray wolves were delisted from 2011 to 2014. During those few years, nearly 1,500 wolves were murdered, often in horrific ways: mutilated in cable-neck snares and steel-jawed leg-hold traps, or hunted and ripped apart by hounds.

In Idaho and Montana, where wolves are not protected, more than 3,200 have been slaughtered in the last eight years.

Gray wolves have been protected by the ESA for more than 40 years. During that time, their numbers have increased to an estimated 5,600. But environmentalists and animal advocates state they are still at great risk, and removing their protections would be disastrous.

Hunting not only impacts the total numbers of wolves but also the structure of each pack and genetic diversity of the species.

In some areas, wolf populations have just started to recover, and the species is only present in five percent of their historic range.

Stripping protections from one of the United State’s most iconic species would be a national tragedy, and is nothing more than a free pass for hunters.

Sign the petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep wolves on the endangered species list, preventing the wholesale slaughter of these iconic animals.


Monsanto is Not Happy – The European Court of Justice just ordered the release of its bogus glyphosate studies to the public.

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Monsanto is fuming: The European Court of Justice just ordered the release of its bogus glyphosate studies to the public.

This is huge.

These studies are the reason the European Union re-licensed cancer-linked glyphosate for another five years back in 2017. Monsanto’s been fighting tooth and nail to keep these studies secret. 

Monsanto would do anything to get its infamous toxic weedkiller approved. But this stops now.


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But we need to be quick: we have momentum on our side with this court ruling, we need to use it to get the EU to act now and ban glyphosate once and for all. Are you in?

It’s really incredible: not even our MEPs have seen these studies.

Until now, the European Food Safety Authority refused to give anyone access — saying that it “could harm the commercial interests of companies that presented the studies”.

You and I both know what this means: Monsanto doesn’t want anyone — least of all credible scientists — to take a closer look, because it would mean the end of its toxic, cancer-linked weedkiller in Europe, and then around the world.

But the court ruling changes all this. And it has Bayer-Monsanto shaking in its boots. That’s why its lobbyists are likely fighting tooth and nail to stop the research ever seeing the light of day. And that’s why we need to be quick.

This is our chance to ban glyphosate for good — and get the EU to do a U-turn on its license of glyphosate. But we can only do it, if we have enough funds to hire a top scientist to go through the research, page by page. This could be the breakthrough we need to get Monsanto’s toxic pesticide banned for good.

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




Rabbit Farming in the EU – A Shame on EU Subsidies.

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Did you know that Rabbit farming is the No 1 farming practice in the EU ? – nations such as France, Italy and Spain.  Rabbit farming even outweighs chicken farming. Here are a selection of words and undercover video investigations from Compassion In World farming who are based in London.


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Our investigators documented appalling suffering, with rabbits confined in tiny cages of bare wire, causing injuries and stress, and leaving them unable to express their natural behaviours of hopping, moving freely, digging or hiding.

In many farms the cages were coated in the fur of rabbits long gone, and in some cases dead rabbits had been left to rot outside sheds in digger trucks, in the walkways between cage rows, on top of the cages or in the cages with other young rabbits.



Underneath the cages, there were mounds of faeces that in some farms generated horrifically overpowering ammonia smells and made it hard to breathe. In one farm our investigator had to wade through the waste just to check on the rabbits’ welfare, so long had it been since a clean out.

Some of the farms visited were heavily reliant on antibiotics to treat the animals and prevent disease spreading like wildfire through the cramped cages. One farm was spending €25,000 per year on treatment alone to keep the production line alive long enough to reach the slaughterhouse. Other farms didn’t even attempt to treat the sick and injured rabbits – and there were many falling victim to eye and fungal infections and respiratory conditions.

End the Cage !


The sick justice world




A perpetrator-friendly justice in Florida tells us of the new that crimes against animals are deliberately and systematically trivialized. If they are committed by criminals of good social status, then we can immediately forget justice and law!


By Samuel Hillanimal liberation pressoffice, March 5, 2019

A Florida commercial and charter fisherman has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and faces 10 days in jail over a video that shows him dragging a shark behind his boat at a high speed. The video went viral in the summer of 2017.

In the video, the men are seen pointing and laughing at the shark, which they shot before tying it to the back of the boat. The shark is seen visibly struggling as it bounces through the boat’s wake, at one point prompting one of the men to comment that the shark looked “almost dead.”

“Get it again! Get it again!” Heintz yelled, and all the men laughed, according to the affidavit.
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The shark ended up dying from its ordeal.
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The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is investigating the contents of a video that shows a hooked shark being dragged at high speeds behind an outboard-powered boat. Screenshots from video acquired by FWC.


Michael Wenzel, 22, entered a guilty plea on Feb. 28 while appearing in front of a Hillsborough County judge, accepting an offer from the state that will reduce one of his felony counts to a first-degree misdemeanor charge and drop a second felony charge.

Wenzel was sentenced to 11 months of probation and 10 days in the Hillsborough County jail. He will serve on weekends starting March 8 and will be released on Sundays. He must also complete 100 hours of community service — half of which must be served at an animal shelter (!!!). His commercial fishing license will be suspended for five years.

Robert Benac, 29, is the son of Manatee County Commission chair Betsy Benac,  professes the Jewish faith, and was known as the Bear Jew on Instagram before deleting his account. He is the other suspect who was facing felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty, rejected the state’s offer to reduce one of the two felony charges to a misdemeanor if he served 10 days in jail (!!!). Benac instead chose to go to trial on June 24.

He is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years if found guilty on the felony charges he’s facing.

Charges against Spencer Heintz, 23, the third man on the boat at the time of the incident, were dropped in May 2018. Heintz’s father, Steven, is an attorney with the Heintz & Becker law firm that has offices in Bradenton and Sarasota.

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The video footage of the incident went viral on Instagram in July 2017 after it was shared from Michael Wenzel to Mark Quartiano (called “The Shark”) , a famous sport fisherman specializing in shark fishing based in Miami, Florida. He also sent a picture of the aftermath of the abuse that shows the shark torn to pieces.


Quartiano says Wenzel messaged him the video looking to earn his praise, however he was disgusted by the video.

“I’ve never seen a more horrific video as far as an animal is concerned in fifty years of shark fishing,” said Mark “The Shark” Quartiano.

“This is no way to treat a helpless, innocent animal,” said Quartiano. “And then he called me a “hater” and that’s when I posted the video to my Instagram to see what kind of feedback I would get.”


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Michael Robert Wenzel (born June 7, 1996) is a resident of Palmetto, Florida. In July, 2017 Michael Wenzel along with friends Robert Lee “Bo” Benac, Spencer Heintz, and Nicholas Burns Easterling became infamous after dragging a shark behind a boat at high speed. In December 2017 Wenzel, Benac, and Heintz were arrested and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty.  In May 2018 all charges were dropped against Heintz.

His father Robert Wenzel is a planning manager for Manatee County, Florida.

Michael Wenzel has violated multiple Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hunting and fishing laws. The Facebook page save the tarpon publicly exposed these crimes as early as May, 2015.

Animal rights activists in the state are reportedly unsatisfied with the punishment.

“This is a privileged kid,” Marie Galbraith, a member of Florida Voices for Animals, told the Tampa Bay Times. “This is a slap on the wrist.”

“They did this for no other purpose than a strange amusement, which gives captains and fishers who respect waterways and the ecosystem a bad name.”

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, a vegan and animal rights activist from Saudi Arabia and the World Animal News have offered a $10,000 rewardfor the arrest and conviction of Michael Wenzel and his friends.

WTF Floridastarted a petition with over 43,000 signatures to sentence Michael and his friends to community service and jail for the shark cruelty incident.

As for the charges, Florida law officials feel they are more than fair!!

Petition, please sign:



My comment: Earlier, the opinion was that children from poor and problematic relationships tend to violence.

Now the First Class of society is killing, which got everything in the cradle blown free: money, security, recognition, luxury.
Of course, the judiciary will make an exception for this clientele.
After all, they are their friends and helpers in corruption and fraud.
My best regards, Venus

A message of friedship


Today we got a very nice, sensitive message of friendship.

We would like to make this news public and say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts.



It’s nice to know that in our fight for the rights of animals we have compassionate readers and supporters by our side.

That gives us strength and courage to keep going.

We endeavor to enlighten and to inform about the suffering and misery of our animal comrades correctly.

We do everything to remain politically correct and objective because we believe that this struggle has become more political than ever.

We continue, everyone as he can and ALL together.

Because without us the tormentors would have had it much easier.

Best regards to all, Mark and Venus


Dearest friends Venus and Mark, true friends to the animals. I had written a little message to you here when this posting first arrived, but I was unable to get it to post.. my error in not knowing what I was doing. I wanted to thank you both for the great good works you are doing… and to let you know that my husband and I stand in strong solidarity with you on behalf of the animals. It is a continuous hell for the animals with all that man’kind’ inflicts upon them, and few are the voices and hearts that speak up for them. Thank you both for the tremendous work you are doing and for being a compassionate and powerful voice for the animals. Always for the animals’ liberation, Carol…

England: Saturday 6th April 2019 – National Demonstrations Against Foie Gras Imports. Read Below for More Info.



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From Animal Equality (UK):

On Saturday 6th April, we’ll be taking to the streets to demand a ban on foie gras imports! 

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We’ll be holding a peaceful protest outside a restaurant which serves foie gras in central London, and events will be happening in towns and cities across the country in solidarity.

If you’re interested in joining us, just click the link below and respond to our Facebook event to receive more information in the coming weeks.

Despite foie gras being illegal to produce in the UK due to the cruel force-feeding involved, we still import around 200 tonnes of it every year. Although feedback from the government about the possibility of a ban has been positive, we have yet to receive a firm commitment.

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Now is the time to up the pressure and ensure the import of this barbaric product is banned as soon as possible!

Events are taking place in Bath, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Grimsby, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Worthing, as well as the protest in London.

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Activists will be gathering petition signatures and encouraging people to send postcards to Michael Gove to show their support for a foie gras-free Great Britain.

If you’d like to organise an event near you, just email us and we’ll provide you with everything you need to make it a success!

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Thank you for your support,

Dr Toni Shephard

Executive Director – UK


A PETA ad:

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Best Regards – Mark.






Great News x2 From Belgium. Flemish Parliament approves ban on fur farming and force feeding (Foie Gras).



Press Release from our animal friends at GAIA in Belgium.


Flemish Parliament approves ban on fur farming and force feeding


Thursday, March 14, 2019 — Brussels, 14 March 2019 

“It’s a great day for hundreds of thousands of minks who suffer each year in Flanders and are gassed for their fur. Flanders will also end the cruel practice of foie gras production.”

Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA) applauds yesterdays unanimous decision by the Flemish parliament to ban fur farming and force feeding for fois gras production. The members of the Flemish parliament unanimously agreed the decision proposed earlier by the Flemish government on the initiative of Flemish animal welfare minister Ben Weyts (N-VA). GAIA president Michel Vandenbosch, who was involved 30 years ago in founding the very first anti-fur association in Belgium ‘Comité Anti Fourrure’, witnessed this reward after more than a quarter of a century of actions and campaigning against the suffering and abuse of hundreds of thousands of minks and ducks. Michel Vandenbosch: “Yesterdays agreement to forbid the practice in Flanders follows bans in Wallonia (in 2015) and the Brussels Region (in 2017) and means that the entire country will be free of fur farming by 2023 at the latest. Moreover, by banning force feeding, Flanders also joins the European top when it comes to animal welfare.”

By 1 December 2023 at the latest, the last of the 17 remaining fur farms and the only company in Flanders still to force feed ducks for the production of foie gras will have disappeared. The companies concerned will receive degressive compensation from the Flemish government.  The sooner they stop, the higher the compensation will be. The government is to provide a total of 10 million euros for this purpose.

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Wallonia and Brussels already banned mink farming in their regions back in 2015 and 2017 respectively. In Flanders there are still 17 active mink farms holding an annual combined total of around 200,000 minks (mothers and young) in captivity. The animals live for 7 to 8 months in a tiny cage before being gassed and ending up as a garment or accessory in the shops. These are wild animals and display highly neurotic behaviour in captivity (incessantly jumping up and down, self-mutilation, etc.). “It pays to persist. Breeding and killing animals for their fur alone is completely outdated”, stresses GAIA president Michel Vandenbosch. “A great majority of the Flemish people shares this opinion.”

The fact there is no social support for fur production is repeatedly demonstrated in surveys. The last survey, conducted by Ipsos in 2015 on behalf of GAIA, showed that 85% of the Flemish people agreed to the ban on the breeding and killing of animals for fur.

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GAIA stepped up its fight against mink farming in Flanders over the years with numerous campaigns. In 2011, the organisation teamed up with Jean-Claude Van Damme to launch the campaign ‘The Victims’. At the end of December 2017, none other than Pamela Anderson wrote a letter to the Flemish minister Ben Weyts calling him to take urgent action on the ban.

So far a ban has been enforced in eleven other European countries: the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Croatia, Slovenia, the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg. Big fashion labels like Gucci, Armani, Hugo Boss, etc. are also excluding fur from their collections. The list keeps growing. “Fashion and ethics go increasingly hand in hand. We are delighted that Flanders will now contribute to a fur-free world”, says Vandenbosch.

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The ban on force feeding calls a halt to a cruel form of animal abuse in Flanders which remained in only one West-Flemish company. The Brussels Region already enforced a ban on force feeding for the production of foie gras in 2017. Resistance to force feeding is also growing across Europe: 12 European countries have already launched a formal ban or interpret the law for the protection of animals in such a way as to condemn the practice. Only 5 EU countries are still producing foie gras (France, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belgium). “We are committed to continue our campaigning in Wallonia, where 9 producers continue the use of force-feeding methods.”

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Regards Mark






The industry of bad fairy tales




The second largest bear population on the European continent (after Russia) lives in the Romanian forests.
It is estimated that this is about 6,000 brown bears, but a scientifically sound census of the brown bear population has not yet taken place.

Nevertheless, since July 2018, the hunt for bears is again permitted, and approved by the government. The previous months had been preceded by media reports of increasing bear attacks on people, settlements and farm animals in some regions of Romania. The World Animal Society criticizes this decision: Instead of releasing the brown bears for shooting, must be set at the true causes of human-bear conflicts.

Brown Bear Hunt – Status Quo

Between 1989 and 2016, several hundred brown bears per year were killed in Romania – plus a high level of unreported killings by poachers. Strong public protest eventually led to the fact that in October 2016, the Romanian Ministry of the Environment suspended the hunting rate for brown bears.


Since then, the media have been reporting an increasing number of attacks from bears to humans. A Romanian local politician argues for Harghita County – located in the northeast of the Transylvania region – to double bear attacks on people, settlements and farm animals to a total of 263 cases within one year!!.

As a primary solution, the Romanian government now plans to launch the brown bears and in July 2018 recognized the brown bear hunt as a permissible measure by approving the National Action Plan. How, when and where this should be implemented is not clear from the National Action Plan. But how is that to be rated from an animal welfare point of view?

Conflicts between man and bear

First of all, it must be stated: Humans do not belong in the prey scheme of a bear. However, when animals approach human settlements, or bears in the wild feel threatened by humans or want to protect their young, conflicts can occasionally occur. The main cause of bear attacks is the man-made habitat loss of the bear.

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Habitat loss of the bears

Brown bears are increasingly losing their natural habitat and shelter in Romania. Infrastructural measures, such as road construction, dismantle the habitats populated by bears. On the other hand, illegal exploitation of Romanian forests, such as forest clearing and building permits in national parks, destroys the livelihood of the bears. For example, the Austrian timber company Schweighofer was heavily criticized in 2015 for systematically selling illegally harvested timber for years;
Sanctions and fines for illegal logging were either reduced or abolished by the Romanian government.

The brown bears are consequently expelled from their territories and have to look for other food sources. As a result, the bear continues to advance into areas inhabited by humans, farmers fear for their animals, and refuse bins on the outskirts of villages, which are located near the forest areas, also attract foraging bears.

The resulting conflicts are used as a pretext to justify the shooting or capture of the animals, rather than to address the causes of habitat loss.

The brown bears have been read from their territories and have looked at other sources of food. As a result, the bear continues to fear for their animals, and refuse bins on the outskirts of villages, which are located near the forest areas, so attract foraging bears.

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According to a report by “Spiegel” from 16.12.2017 ( ) in recent months, primeval forests in protected national parks have been destroyed several times through utilization, forest clearance and illegal building permits.

Estimation instead of counting the brown bear population

Another reason for the hunt is stated that the domestic forest of its size exclusively provides habitat for 4,000 brown bears.
However, a comprehensive, official bear count has not been used to capture the actual size of the brown bear population.
Instead, the number of 6,000 brown bears is based solely on the estimates of hunting associations. In the past, the regional hunting associations received a launch rate, which was then sold through auctions to private hunting companies worldwide (!!!).
These in turn allowed trophy hunters from all over the world – including Germany – to shoot down bears in Romania.

Should a hunting quota be set by the Romanian Ministry of the Environment in the future, many foreign hunters will return to Romania to hunt for brown bears, probably also many trophy hunters from Germany.

My Comment: When it comes to legalizing the killing of wildlife, the media deliberately confuses effect with cause. Wrong numbers, panic machismo and horror scenarios reach the public.

For many years, the forest in Romania has been ruthlessly cut down. Not only from the indigenous wood mafia, but also from other wood -mafia countries of Europe ( see above the report about the Austrian Holz Mafia “Schweighofer”).

The wooden mafia cleverly exploits leeway and gaps in the law, and corrupt politicians and government officials are covering it. So more and more forest is disappearing and the habitat of the bears and many other animals as well.


And as soon as the animals are forced to search for food in residential areas, the machinery of death begins for them:
the hunters demand higher firing quota, the government approves it because it brings, as hunting trophies, the hunting associations the most money. And every government in this world works hand in hand with hunters.  The main thing is that our European parliamentarians  just keep their butts on the chair and they do not want to do anything about environmental crimes or control the protection of endangered wildlife.

Result of the story: the “problem” with the bears in Romania, and not only there, is a man-made problem.

In the comments, I read that the Germans are angry with the “corrupt” Romania, because the government has approved the official launch.

Yes , Yes…
… and we shoot the newly arrived wolves out of panic … because they could be dangerous in our walk in the woods!! Other countries need to protect the wildlife, while we’ve flattened everything that lives in the forest here.

My best regards, Venus

USA: New Proposed California ‘No Deforestation Policy’ Could Save Thousands of Animals from Extinction.





New California ‘No Deforestation Policy’ Could Save Thousands of Animals from Extinction

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New California ‘No Deforestation Policy’ Could Save Thousands of Animals from Extinction

Posted by Carly Day | March 11, 2019

Californian Assembly member Ash Kalra has introduced a new bill tackling habitat destruction and deforestation.

The bill — entitled the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (AB-572) — is co-sponsored by Peace 4 Animals, Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), and Friends of the Earth.

If successful, AB 572 would require all contractors in the state who are sourcing products considered to be “forest-risk commodities” to certify that these products have not played a part in the destruction of tropical rainforests, or illegal land conversion. Contractors would “have to develop and maintain a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy (NDPE).”

The legislation will apply to products such as wood, paper, palm oil, soy, beef, leather, coffee, cocoa, rubber and more — all of which are produced in rapidly dwindling rainforest areas throughout the world. If passed, the new regulations would come into effect on January 1, 2021.

Bill AB-572 acknowledges that California — along with the entire planet — is at risk due to climate change, and notes that as the fifth-largest economy in the world, the state has the power to reduce deforestation significantly through its supply chains.

With earth’s rainforests now only covering seven percent of the planet’s surface, they still hold an astounding 50 percent of the earth’s species. A staggering 18,000,000 acres of tropical forests are being razed every year. If we can’t cease this destruction, the rainforests will be gone within 100 years, along with the thousands of species within them.

The importance of this piece of legislation should not be underestimated; it has the potential to save critically endangered animals such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers — all at risk of extinction due to land clearing in Indonesia, primarily for the palm oil, paper, and pulp industries.

“When a species is wiped out, it’s forever,” says Katie Cleary, founder of Peace 4 Animals. “With this important bill, California has the chance to stop contributing to this global epidemic, encourage ethical purchasing, and help restore a healthier planet that includes the protection and preservation of our world’s most iconic animals.”

We commend the authors, co-authors, and co-sponsors of this crucial bill for their commitment to protecting tropical ecosystems, and will continue to follow the progress of AB-572 through the Senate.


WAV Comment:

We respect and send our congratulations to Californian Assembly member Ash Kalra on the introduction of a new bill tackling habitat destruction and deforestation.

Unlike Trump; California appears to recognise the problems that exist on this planet; and as a result are trying to change things for the better.

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I (Mark) have had so many good times in America’s South West – California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado etc; and as an English alien; I am amazed and dumbstruck that your current President (or that’s what he calls himself) is going out guns blazing to destroy the beautiful wild animals and natural habitat that you have in such states. All because he thinks of money and nothing else – his head is blank and devoid of absorbing specialist advice and thinking of positive solutions to environmental issues.

I send greetings to the folk of California for taking a stand to make good environmental change by state legislation;  – your policies and legacies will (fortunately) be around a lot longer than the muppet you have at ‘the top’ at present.

Regards Mark

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The schizophrenia of the meat “cult”!

In Thuringia, an East German state, lies Germany’s only battle hotel. The guests pay here to see how the knife swings in slaughter!




The day at the “Hotel zum Eichsfelder Fleischer” begins with death, punctually at eight o’clock. That’s no surprise! So it was announced, as the first program point, after all, the guests arrive here to be present when a pig is slaughtered!!

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The first shock is on both sides. In the sow, because she meets ten strangers in a white tiled room. In the guests, because the animal reaches them with its 290 kilos to the hip and it runs so suddenly through the metal door, that must be avoided.

Then everything goes fast. Marco Fritsch packs with the electric tongs, the pig sank within just a second, just falls over, his groan is amazingly deep. The reflexes make the animal fidget briefly in the air, like a dog dreaming of running. Then Fritsch sets the throat cut to bleed the sow.

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Participation in a live slaughter with Marco Fritsch costs about 100 Euro. Including overnight stay in a double room, breakfast plate, beer and gentian flower, and a bag full of sausage specialties: smoked Eichsfeld sausage, sausage ring, liver sausage, sausage jelly in the glass.


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The Eichsfelder Butcher in Thuringia is Germany’s only battle hotel: with this idea, the Fritsch family won the Thuringian Prize “Founder’s Prize for Innovative Ideas”.

Many guests take hundreds of kilometers to get there, the slaughter weekends are fully booked until the end of 2020. “If you are planning a birthday with us, the next year will be nothing, even for 2025 are already family celebrations in the calendar,” says Fritsch to the question of how the business is running.

The cultivated  handling with meat has become increasingly bad over the years, says Fritz. The Eichsfeld is one of the few regions where – contrary to the usual hygiene requirements – meat can still be sold warm from slaughter, with special permission from the EU and out of respect for tradition!!

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My comment: There is no “cultured” handling of the meat, and animals are not “flesh” but living beings.
Battles are never “culture”.
There is only crime and criminals here.

Much worse: … a garbage heap of psychopaths!

“The human being, as a species, is no progress compared to another animal” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

My best regards, Venus

Argentina: Petition – Teach empathy, respect and care of animals at school. Please Support.


That they teach empathy, respect and care of animals at school

WAV Comment – Please give your support to Jose Carlos Lorenzo asking the Ministry:

That they teach empathy, respect and care of animals at school

Addressed to: Ministry of Education (Argentina)

The new generations have to learn that it is wrong to mistreat an animal, that they feel pain and love just as we do. We can not allow our children to grow up seeing how an animal is mistreated and to say that it is okay depending on what animal it is, because it seems that a dog is not the same as an animal that they allow to hunt like a deer. If we did to the dogs what they do to the deer or birds that hunt, surely we would have the repudiation of the society, or at least of a part of it, but then why with hunting everything is fine and with the dog it is mistreatment , if both are animals that feel the same?

How do we explain to our children that one thing is good and the other is wrong, because they in their immense innocence can not distinguish. For this we need our children to learn to care for animals, to respect them and to treat them as living beings as we do.

I ask the Ministry of Education to put a subject in the primary and secondary schools where the children are taught empathy, respect and care of the animals.

Thank you and I hope you support my request.


China Proposes Ban on Pangolins in Traditional Medicine.


WAV Comment – Great News – good on the People’s National Congress.  we are sure that Chinese citizens will find medicinal alternatives to Pangolins without the need for animal and environmental destruction.  We are certain that alternatives already exist for bear bile products.  It just needs people to wake up and seek out cruelty free alternatives.  Photos below are not associated with the article.

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China Proposes Ban on Pangolins in Traditional Medicine

  • Published: Monday, 11 March 2019 16:31
  • Written by Lucy Papachristou

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Members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, announced a proposal to ban the use of pangolin products, the world’s most trafficked animal, in traditional Chinese medicine.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), a pro-Beijing conservative political party, released a series of 24 proposals for this year to be presented at the annual NPC sessions in March, which included the pangolin ban.

In addition to outright banning the use of those animals in traditional medicine, lawmakers are advocating for increasing “investment in the research and development of pangolin tablets substitutes” and “promoting the protection of pangolin resources.”

“The position taken by China’s lawmakers proposing a ban on the use of pangolins in TCM is an encouraging sign,” said Chris Hamley, Senior Pangolin Campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency, a UK-based NGO.

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Pangolins, often referred to as “the scaly anteater,” are the only mammals entirely covered in scales. All eight species of pangolin—four are found in Africa and four in Asia—were granted protection under international law in early 2017, according to WildAid, a US-based environmental NGO.

2015 report by WildAid found that 70 percent of Chinese citizens surveyed believed pangolin scales could cure rheumatism, skin disorders and infections. They are also thought to cure cancer and arthritis.

China currently permits the legal use of pangolin scales in clinical treatment and in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and they are listed as an official drug in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, according to WildAid.

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The new proposal could have a significant impact on the fate of pangolins, 100,000 of whom are taken from the wild every year across Africa and Asia.

Early last month, authorities in the Malaysian province of Sabah discovered two high-volume facilities containing thousands of boxes of pangolin meat, the biggest such seizure in the country to date.

Also included in the 2019 proposals were a number of other pieces of environmental legislation: strengthening the fight against illegal fishing; banning the trade and use of rhinoceros and its products; improving the system of protected natural lands; and the “protect[ion] [of] animals to promote environmental protection.”

UK: I Animal -Do YOU Want to See The Modern Animal Farming Systems Through the Eyes of Farm Animals ? – If Yes, Read On.


We have covered this project before but feel it is worth looking at again as the 360 degree panorama made available gives un an insight directly into the world of the animal at the facility.  At the end of this post we give details on how to view in 360 degrees if you are not familiar;

Regards Mark – WAV


Dear Mark,

In 2016 we launched our virtual reality project iAnimal. This innovative project provides a unique and immersive view behind the scenes of the meat and dairy industries.

To see the world through the eyes of an animal, to feel their fear and desperation, to share their suffering – iAnimal has the potential to change our attitude towards animals permanently.

iAnimal is narrated by our famous animal-loving friends: Evanna Lynch, Amanda Abbington and Peter Egan. The modern 360° technology literally places the viewer in the world of a farmed animal. For many people it is a life-changing experience.

With the help of our generous supporters and volunteers, we take iAnimal to events, festivals, universities and other public places to raise awareness about farmed animal suffering.

Education is the first step to helping animals.

For the animals,

Dr Toni Shephard

Exec Director – UK.


WAV Comment – To Use:


Click on this link –

Click on the Yellow box – 360

Then you can hold down the LEFT button of your computer mouse, and move your mouse left, right, up or down to get a wider view of the situation.

On the left side of the screen there is a box where you can select to watch other videos if you wish.



UK: UK Government to ban wild animal circuses by January 2020.



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UK Government to ban wild animal circuses by 2020.


Note – all photos and video are not directly associated with this article; they are from WAV archive.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) congratulates the UK Government on committing to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England by January 2020. With similar bans recently passed in Ireland and Scotland, and under discussion in Wales, the UK-wide ban that the public wants, and the animals need, is finally within reach. It follows a decade of promises by the UK Government and more than 20 years of investigations and campaigning by ADI.

The announcement was made in a ‘Post Implementation Review’ of the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012, introduced as an interim measure ahead of a ban. Opposed by ADI and other animal protection groups, due to the nature of the travelling circus, a system of licensing and inspection cannot improve the environment enough to ensure animal welfare; additionally, investigations show trained inspectors are unlikely to detect husbandry problems or physical abuse.

The Defra review states The current Regulations expire on 19 January 2020. The Government does not intend to renew the Regulations as it intends to ensure that a legislative ban is introduced by then. The Regulations will then be allowed to expire”.

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A ban on wild animal circuses was first promised under a Labour Government during the passage of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Following the shocking abuse of three elephants at the Great British Circus in 2009, exposed by ADI, a public consultation on the issue was launched by Defra. The results published in 2010 showed 94.5% supported a ban on wild animal acts and resulted in a commitment from the Labour Government, before the General Election resulted in a Coalition Government.

In 2011, ADI exposed the terrible abuse of Anne the elephant at Bobby Roberts Super Circus, leading to backbench MPs demanding a ban. ADI’s shocking footage also led to a cruelty conviction for circus owner Bobby Roberts. With a commitment from the Coalition Government in 2012, legislation to ban wild animals in circuses in England was drafted the following year. However despite stating it would be a “leading protector of animals”, the Government bill has simply gathered dust. Forty three countries have stepped up to stop circus suffering to date, with 27 of the bans – including in Scotland and Ireland – introduced since the bill was published. Repeated efforts by backbench MPs to bring in a ban through Private Member’s Bills, supported by ADI, have been thwarted by just a few MPs; the latest from Conservative MP Trudy Harrison to be introduced on 6 March.

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In 2016, ADI revealed the miserable lives of Thomas Chipperfield’s lions and tigers, caged on the back of a truck and shut behind metal shutters at night and with restricted access to an outdoor exercise during the day. ADI also revealed suffering the same year at the winter quarters of Peter Jolly’s Circus. Appalling overcrowding, fighting between animals, a worker tormenting a camel, animals kept inside for days on end, and failure to comply with government regulations were documented.

Changing attitudes and awareness of animal suffering have seen the number of wild animal circuses in Britain plummet. Only two circuses perform in England with wild animals, Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus. Opinion polls consistently show that the UK public remains overwhelmingly opposed to wild animal acts, with a high proportion against all animal acts.

Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is always compromised.

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Orangutan Baby Trade: An ex-smuggler reports!


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“Every time the mother was on a tree, we felled that tree, and when she jumped on another tree, we also felled that tree. We cut down the trees until they can not go anywhere else. Tens of thousands of dollars are paid to buyers from Asia and the Middle East for an orangutan baby”.

A former orangutan smuggler now working as an informer tells how babies are torn by their mothers. At least three orangutan babies are to be taken out of the jungle every week and transported mainly through Thailand to third countries, especially in the Middle East, where owning an exotic rainforest animal is a great status symbol. Demand is always there, and what these babies experience is cruel.


The illegal trade in monkeys is a billion dollar business. Orangutan – they are hunted, even prostituted and brutally executed, or they kill their mothers and smuggle the babies to Thailand, as in a recent case. Orangutans, which only live in the wild on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, suffer from the illegal trade. There are even orangutan brothels, we reported:

Three alleged Indonesian traders were arrested by customs officials on the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi in late September 2018 in an attempt to transport small orangutans and other animals to Thailand. It was not the first time this year that smugglers were caught trying to cross Orang Utan across the border.

Journalists from Australia have gone in search of clues and found an informant who had also worked as a smuggler for orangutans. Reliable sources told Australian journalists that the police know who the perpetrators are, where they live, and there is evidence, but no arrests were made.

The informant reports how gangs steal baby orangutans to sell them as pets or status symbols, almost completely eradicating an endangered species.

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The informant also said that smugglers often use commercial flights and paid corrupt officials – information from other sources confirms that.

“The demand is always there, they always want orangutans,” said the former smuggler.
“Every week, I’ve got at least three orangutans and given them to two women and one man. This demand was there every week. ”
A hunter receives about $ 50 to take a baby away from his mother, who is usually shot or beaten to death. He talked about how the babies are hidden in their luggage and how they got hugs as a substitute for their mothers’ pillow.

The former smuggler claimed that a recent brutal murder had persuaded him to stop trading orangutans.

“I looked at myself and I imagined that it would have happened to me to be separated from my child,” he said

“After swearing an oath, I felt I had dealt with people.”

“When I see baby orangutans now, I think about my baby.”

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 In a police raid in Bangkok, two Sumatran baby orangutans were saved and they made headlines just before Christmas 2016, when Nobita and Shizuka found themselves in a box in a taxi. They were probably drugged after their mothers were shot or beaten.

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The two orangutan babies Nobita and Shizuka, who were found in the taxi, are in a state rescue center south of Bangkok a year later, far from their jungle. The taxi driver was arrested but quickly released. Nobody was punished.

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It is a well-lubricated, well-organized criminal gang. Behind her stands the “Mafia,” said Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand.

Wiek operates several conservation projects and programs throughout Southeast Asia. The native Dutchman is a pioneer in the protection of wild animals.

The return of babies to Sumatra is his ultimate goal, but the rehabilitation of orangutans is laborious and costly. Even if they are released into the wilderness one day, he worries about their fate.

“Unfortunately, we have recently found that some of the orangutans returned to Indonesia from illegal captivity have landed in a zoo in Indonesia, where they are bred without any system, for commercial purposes only,” he said.

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“These government officials in Indonesia know very well what is going on,” said Wiek. “They know who the hunters are, they know who the traders are, and without the help of the authorities, they would not take these animals out of the country.”

My comment: World trade in wildlife is evolving as the world of drug trafficking. Where they have money, they are covert … the profits are so high and the risks are so low that this business is an invitation to corruption!

The misery of our world arises from the corrupt oligarchy of the rulers, and the next misery is a discouraged, wordless and cowardly society with indifference and zero empathy, which only observes how the ruling mafia gradually obliterates all life.

And this society is the one that always wants to say us, that humans are more important than animals, it wants to tell us how we have to behave and that we cannot save this world because it is as it is.

My best regards, Venus

Japan: Japanese scientists take ‘significant step’ towards bringing the woolly mammoth back to life.


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Japanese scientists take ‘significant step’ towards bringing the woolly mammoth back to life


With their enormous shaggy torsos and long curved tusks, the imposing creatures last walked on earth during the Ice Age.

Fast forward thousands of years and the woolly mammoth may once again make an appearance on this planet – after Japanese scientists claim to have taken a “significant step” towards bringing the long-extinct animals back to life.

Researchers extracted bone marrow and muscle tissue from the remains of a mammoth named Yuka, who has lain frozen in Siberian permafrost for more than 28,000 years.

As a first step, the team, from Kindai University in Osaka, confirmed the authenticity of Yuka’s extracted tissue samples using whole-genome sequencing techniques.

Scientists then injected cell nuclei from the extinct woolly mammoth’s muscle tissue into mouse cell eggs – resulting in signs of biological activities, according to the study, published by Nature’s on-line journal Scientific Reports.

The biological activity detected in the mouse cell eggs included a type of structural formation that reportedly precedes cell division.

Kei Miyamoto, one of the authors, told the Nikkei that the findings marked a “significant step towards bringing mammoths back from the dead”.

Highlighting that they “still have a long way to go” before the species returns to existence, he added: “We want to move our study forward to the stage of cell division.”

Woolly mammoths last roamed the planet during the last Ice Age, before widely dying out in the face of rising temperatures, evolving food supplies and human hunting.

The Japanese team is also reportedly collaborating with Russian scientists who are attempting to clone the extinct woolly mammoth using a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer.

“Our work provides a platform to evaluate the biological activities of nuclei in extinct animal species,” the report read. “Ancient species carry invaluable information about the genetic basis of adaptive evolution and factors related to extinction.”

USA: Petition – Shut Down Race Track that’s Killed 21 Horses in Just 2 Months.


SIGN: Shut Down Race Track that’s Killed 21 Horses in Just 2 Months

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SIGN: Shut Down Race Track that’s Killed 21 Horses in Just 2 Months

Posted by Katie Valentine


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Petition Link –


PETITION TARGET: Arcadia, California Mayor Sho Tay

In the past two months, 21 horses have needlessly died at the Santa Anita Park horseracing track in Arcadia, California.

These horses are being worked to death, forced to race with fractures and broken bones. One even suffered a heart attack.

The most recent victim was a 4-year-old filly Eskenforadrink, who was tragically put down from an ankle injury.

This isn’t the first time a suspicious number of horses died in a short amount of time at the Santa Anita Park race track. Last year, ten horses died over a period of just ten weeks.

Rather than do the morally responsible thing and shut down the track for good, racing activities have merely been suspended. The cruel races could resume any day, putting even more horses’ lives in danger.

It’s time to shut down this track of horrors for good.

Sign this petition urging Mayor Sho Tay to do everything in his power to put the facility out of business, and place the lives of these innocent horses before profit.




Brazil: an “accident” from the hands of criminals




In Brazil, once again, the dam of an iron ore mine is broken. On 25th January 2019, about 12 million tons of contaminated waste were dumped at the village of Brumadinho in the mountains from Minas Gerais valley downwards.

The mudslide caused at least 186 people to die, and another 122 people are still missing. The mining complex, housing estates, rivers and tropical vegetation are covered with toxic mud up to 15 meters high.

The dam failure was not an accident, but a serious crime against humans, nature and animals.

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The operator of the iron ore mine is the Brazilian group Vale, the largest iron ore producer in the world.

With an annual production of over 430 million (2016) tons of iron ore, Brazil is the second most important global iron ore producer after Australia.

The Brazilian Vale Group – with its international headquarters in Switzerland* – is the second-largest mining group and the largest iron ore exporter in the world, with more than $ 34 billion in sales in 2017.

Those responsible for the disaster are not only in Brazil, but also in Germany.

The TÜV Süd, headquartered in Munich, Germany, had certified the dam of the sedimentation basin as safe in September 2018.

We source a good 26 million tons of iron ore – about 58 percent of our imports – from Brazil each year. Corporations such as ThyssenKrupp, AcelorMittal and Salzgitter AG make steel from which German industry produces millions of cars, machinery, construction steel and many other consumer goods for us and for export to all over the world.


We can no longer ignore this: the federal government and the German economy must take responsibility for the supply chains. Both must ensure that environmental and safety standards as well as labor and human rights are respected in the production of raw materials.

Voluntary corporate commitments are not enough, we need binding regulations and laws. Please support the petition:

Activists attend a protest in front of the Brazilian mining company Vale SA headquarters in Rio de JaneiroImage: Pilar Olivares / Reuters


Activists are also protesting on January 28, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro against the mining company “Vale”.

A black-clad woman appeared as a dead, more demonstrators revealed posters and described the walls with slogans such as “It was not an accident, it was a crime,” “murderer” and “justice for Brumadinho”.

About thirty activists have also demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the mining group Vale in Saint-Prex, Switzerland .

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The demonstrators denounced the “catastrophic ecological and human consequences of the corporate greed”. They carried a muddy banner with the ironic inscription “Thank you for choosing Switzerland”!

My comment: * First, a correction in the text of the newspaper:  The headquarters of the company is located in Brazil. So it is a Brazilian company with a branch in Switzerland. How and if Vale handles its entire tax revenue through Switzerland is still not  researched and another dirty story.

We experience it every day, with almost every message: a gangster group gives the hand to the other gangster group. Governments and industry are a bunch of corrupt psychopaths who stop at nothing. Humans, nature and animals are the raw materials with which the billions are made.

But we all join it in our own way.
With our consumption, our indifference, our voluntary apathy, our indirect collaboration with systems and their allies.
We live in a time when every act, every decision, every participation is a political one, because over our heads there is a powerful system that is kept alive by us.
Animal welfare is also a political issue, we have to be vigilant.

Remember the petition:

My best regards to all, Venus

EU and the moral view of its servants!


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The organization FOUR PAWS warns of “unprecedented scandal“:

Vytenis Andriukaitis acts completely alone!

Vienna: FOUR PAWS sounds the alarm: At present, a single-handed approach by EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare Vytenis Andriukaitis is causing a stir in Europe’s animal welfare scene.

Andriukaitis wants to consolidate fur farming practically.

With a so-called “animal welfare reference center”, the standards for the attitude of mink, raccoon dog, fox, etc. should be laid down. Therefore FOUR PAWS, together with the umbrella organization of European animal welfare organizations Eurogroup for Animals, is launching a petition to prevent this plan.

According to the Commissioner, an animal welfare reference center should officially provide technical assistance to EU countries in their animal welfare inspections (!!).
The EU’s intention is also to establish standards and good practice examples in animal welfare. However, this would mean the same regulation of keeping conditions in wildlife as in other species – an absolute no-go for animal rights activists.
“Wildlife is, as the name implies, nature and never captive,” says Heli Dungler, founder and president of FOUR PAWS. “In addition, animal welfare and fur farming are mutually exclusive.

“There is no ethically or animal friendly produced fur. “

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The life of fur animals is hellish, but the European Commission wants its second EU Reference Centre for Animal Welfare, which covers poultry and rabbits, to also focus on fur animals – an absurdity!! No amount of welfare can improve the lives of wild animals forced into conditions that are the antithesis of their natural needs and environment, and 8 out of 28 Member States have already gone fur free.

The role of EU Commissioner Andriukaitis is extremely dubious in this case. “The Commissioner responsible for animal welfare is vehemently, almost rabbid, against any criticism from animal welfare organizations. He simply denies the animal welfare organizations the dialogue. It’s unclear what drives him here, “says Dungler.
“It seems he wants to pull this project absolutely, which is against any animal welfare idea”!
While more and more EU member states recognize the spirit of the time and prohibit fur farming, the EU Commissioner goes exactly in the other direction.


The irony: Almost a year ago, EU Commissioner Andriukaitis was guest and speaker at the 1st International Animal Welfare Summit organized by FOUR PAWS in Vienna. At that time he said verbatim:

“Animal welfare is a very important part of my responsibility and indeed one of my personal priorities as Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. We should not take our foot off the pedal, not slow down our animal welfare activities. There are still many issues that need to be resolved and we need to continue to proactively make EU animal welfare policies a reality. “

A number of Member States, such as Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia and the United Kingdom have banned the keeping of fur animals by law.
There are no longer any fur farms there, or this practice will expire after a transitional period.
Similar arrangements have been announced for Poland, Ireland, Lithuania and Estonia, or are under consideration.
In Denmark the keeping of foxes on fur farms is prohibited. In Austria, the last fur farm closed its doors in 1998.

Other EU Member States, notably Germany, Italy and Sweden, have adopted stricter animal husbandry requirements which are likely to lead to a short-term outbreak of this practice. A closure of the last German mink farm is expected by mid-2022 at the latest.

My comment: The Dachau’s fur farms in all countries are worse than anyone can imagine from the outside.


Buyers have to see what happens in fur farms. If we are honest, without consumers there are no such crematoriums anymore.

Consumers, however, are kept away from the shocking reality of fur farms by the media and advertising, so that their buying decisions are not compromised.

On the other hand, on such corrupt politicians, says Andriukaitis, the fur mafia sets now new hope that the bloody business will be resumed. And this new form of fur farming restoration is called in the “Moral vocabulary” of Andriukaitis with the code name “Reference Center for Animal Welfare”!

“Moral” they do not know … the MEP`s… “Empathy” is missing by them completely … Corruption is the norm in circles of the EU!

Please, sign the petition:

Best regards, Venus


Mexico says: “Yes for Jalisco without cruelty”!




Animal Equality has launched Jalisco Without Cruelty, a new campaign to change animal protection laws in Jalisco, Mexico, and asks lawmakers to pass legislation that would make cruelty against farmed animals in the state a crime.

THE DETAILS: In February of 2019, an initiative was proposed to the Jalisco congress on behalf of Animal Equality by Deputy Salvador Caro Cabrera that would protect more than 200 million farmed animals each year. Deputy Caro also presented a video showing cruelty on farms in Jalisco and asked the legislative body to approve the initiative.

HOW WE GOT HERE: From 2016 to 2017, Animal Equality entered 31 slaughterhouses in 7 states of Mexico, including the state of Jalisco, where most animals are raised and killed for food in the country. Our investigators found that animals are killed while they are still conscious and die in agony, and discovered that there is no way to prosecute those who acted against the regulations that prohibit it.

WHAT WE’RE SAYING: “More than 200 million animals would be protected by this proposed law,” explained Animal Equality’s Executive Director of Mexico, Dulce Ramírez. “I am urging lawmakers to vote Yes for Jalisco Without Cruelty and make this initiative a reality.”

WHAT COMES NEXT: We want to make sure that the mistreatment of farmed animals is exposed and that for the first time in Mexico, cruelty against farmed animals would be considered a crime. We are urging Jalisco’s congressmen to vote “yes” to Jalisco Without Cruelty and are actively lobbying those in government to make this a reality.

We need your help as well – please share this campaign with your friends and family in Mexico and urge them to contact their congressmen.


Note: the petition is in Spanish, because it is addressed to the Congress of Jalisco. By the video, it’s clear what it’s about, so I did not translate.

My comment: Taking into account that in Mexico (almost) only meat is eaten, this initiative is all the more courageous and commendable and we absolutely must support it.
One thing only amazes me: that this petition has been launched for three weeks, and not even has 10,000 signatures.
We must finally understand that without solidarity and agreement, our fight for the rights of animals will become ever weaker, and those that cause or support suffering and misery in the farms will become ever stronger.

Active and in solidarity with the animals, that must be our leitmotif!


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My best regards, Venus


Turkey: Comparing Slaughterhouses – ‘Eyes on Animals’ Investigation.



From good friend Lesley at ‘Eyes on Animals’ – The Netherlands.

Working in Turkish slaughterhouses is always frustrating. It is crucial that we are there, because the animals suffer horrendously and need help. It is also not hopeless; numerous improvements are now in place and a shift in thinking has begun. However, after hundreds of years of bad habits, religious traditions and a lack of information on new, more humane slaughter techniques in the Turkish language, change is slow and unpredictable… Never before was that so evident as last week.

Read the full article from Lesley at:


Bulgaria: Battle to get to Snowbound Shelter for the Dogs. 6 Travellers Arrive In the UK.



Battle to get to Snowbound Shelter for the Dogs… Plus more puppies than ever and our 6 travellers arrive! 


Read the complete information at:

We are thrilled to update you all that thanks to all your donations, our 6 travellers from Mimi’s sanctuary have now arrived with us in the UK!

They will now begin the long process of slowly being adjusted from the isolated life in a mountain top shelter with only Mimi for human company to the hustle and bustle of western life, adjusting to traffic and walks on a lead on a pavement as well as the gradual introduction to social gatherings of groups of people, and many other social activities that are common place for dogs with their families in the west.


UPDATE: 100 Animals to Be Released from Russia’s ‘Whale Prison’.

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UPDATE: 100 Animals to Be Released from Russia’s ‘Whale Prison’

Posted by Katie Valentine | March 5, 2019


UPDATE: 100 Animals to Be Released from Russia’s ‘Whale Prison’

Russian authorities have ordered the release of nearly 100 captive beluga and orca whales, following months of public outrage and activism.

The public first gained access to photographs of the cruel, cramped conditions at the ‘whale prison’ last November when drone footage of the facility made headlines. At the time, 90 beluga whales and 12 orca whales were confined to the jail’s tiny cages — and most are still there.

In an interview with the Associated Press, activist Nina Zyryanova described the cramped confines the whales have been forced to endure, adding: “Although these animals are native to the Arctic, they must move, [a] hundred kilometers a day, to stay warm.”

Animal rights advocates worked tirelessly to convince Russian authorities to free the whales. Lady Freethinker was a voice in the protest. Our petition to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak garnered over 20,000 signatures:

Celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Pamela Anderson used their influence to support the cause. On February 24, Anderson posted an open letter to President Vladimir Putin on her website, urging him to release the whales.

The widespread efforts caught the attention of the president, and Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov reported that Putin personally intervened.

Four companies were charged by Russian officials for violating a worldwide ban on commercial whale hunting that has been in effect since 1982, which only allows the capture of whales for certain scientific and educational purposes. The companies are suspected to have caught the whales for sale to China’s growing amusement park industry, where one whale sells for up to $6 million.

Authorities are currently determining the safest way to release the whales. Representatives from Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources recently met to discuss the matter and agreed the whales should be returned to their natural environment.


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