EU Commission take drastic action against disinforming and decides what the truth is

The EU Commission wants to intensify the fight against disinformation with a “European Action Plan for Democracy”.
Last but not least, the coronavirus pandemic has shown how much misinformation can shape public opinion, explained Věra Jourová, Vice President of the EU Commission for Values and Transparency, on Wednesday.
The Commission now wants to counter this with an action plan.

from the Greek press

New guidelines planned

In 2018, social networks and search engines such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter agreed to the commission to sign a code of conduct against disinformation.
Now the commission wants to “go over to co-regulation”, announced Jourová. To this end, new guidelines are to be created by spring 2021 that can be enforced by national regulatory authorities.

The planned Digital Services Act would create “horizontal rules” for the platforms, explained the Commissioner. These would then have to specifically reduce the risk of spreading disinformation.
It is not about having controversial content deleted from the right or left, but there must be clear guidelines for everyone.

Jourová advocated observing actors over a longer period of time in order to find those who spread systematic disinformation.

The perpetrators could be charged costs, for example by advertisers no longer placing banners on some portals. Sanctions against “malicious actors”, for example in Russia or China, based on the “Cyber ​​Diplomacy Toolbox” model, would also come into question. Such actors could also be publicly denounced.

Fight against manipulation

“Our societies must not be manipulated through organized activities,” said the Commissioner. It must be possible, for example, to use vaccines efficiently against the coronavirus pandemic.
They have already notified Google and Facebook that “we want to promote vaccination strategies” (!!!)

The platforms would also have to take stronger action against manipulation by social bots and fake accounts and make their algorithms more transparent, especially for news feeds. It is also important to cooperate better and more systematically with fact-checkers and to take stronger action against hate speech.

For the coming year, the Commission also announced revised rules on the transparency of political advertising and party funding.
The EU no longer wants to tolerate “dirty methods” as in the cases of Cambridge Analytica and the Brexit referendum (!!!)

Political marketing should no longer abuse privileged access, for example by researchers, to private data. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU citizens are somewhat better protected (!!!)
The required consent is a comparatively weak instrument.

“Overall social task”

Achim Berg, President of the IT industry association Bitkom, described the fight against disinformation on the Internet as “a task for society as a whole”.
Educational institutions, the media, governments, civil society “and of course online platforms are responsible”.

Politicians have to act with “a particularly good sense of proportion”: “In many cases, there is no clear right or wrong, and what is still valid today may be untrue tomorrow”.
Interventions in social media posts, for example, should “be restricted to particularly serious cases”.

https://www.heise.de/news/EU-Kommission-will-Desinformierer-bestrafen-4979691.html

 

And I mean…At the time of the translation of this article (which, by the way, has appeared on conventional media), there have been 334 comments.
Of course, I couldn’t read all of them.
I particularly liked some of them, and I’ll add them here:

It is time to accept that the EU is a thoroughbred dictatorship

… There is no more to be said.

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“And above the entrance, it says: Truth sets you free (Explanation: Above the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp it says: “Work makes you free”)

Well finally! Then it may not be long before the headline reads: EU Commission wants to train disinformers

It is best to spend the disinformers in a place where they can better “concentrate” on the training content, ie the truth, and are not as distracted as in normal life.
Germany has a certain amount of expertise when it comes to warehouse management, transport logistics, and location selection, and above the entrance, it says: Truth sets you free”!

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“Who decides what the truth is?
Quote from the article:
“Anyone who systematically spreads false information, for example about elections or Covid-19, should be pilloried and sanctioned.”

Has anyone noticed that it is nowhere mentioned WHO is allowed to tag information as “wrong”?
So I think these regulations are excellent if I am allowed to be that person. I’m really good at it too.

I’ve ALWAYS been right in my entire life until now !! Honest!!

Then I think the pillory is ok too. And when people have gotten used to the pillory, we can then also introduce the shooting and a few years later legal shooting.
Uhmmm, didn’t we have all of this before …..?”

My comment now! By the way, we are sliding from the hygiene dictatorship to the digital dictatorship.
And all of this, says the EU, just for our protection!

Instead of developing surveillance systems to eliminate other opinions, the EU should rather deal with surveillance in slaughterhouses, animal transports, and animal farms.

And finally getting active there where it is urgently needed.

My best regards to all, Venus

Happy Birthday Captain Hammarstedt!

Sea Shepherd Germany

Today we congratulate Captain Peter Hammarstedt on his 36th birthday.

He has spent almost half of his life onboard our ships. Today, as Sea Shepherd’s campaign director, he leads our missions against illegal, unregulated, and undocumented fishing. And if his time permits, he leads the BOB BARKER as captain.

We wish Peter good luck, health, and strength so that he can continue to fight so passionately for our oceans. ⚓💙

Today, leave your congratulations to Peter Hammarstedt in the comments.

 

We wish Captain Peter Hammarstedt many more healthy years.
And we are sure, the inhabitants of the sea too

Delfin und Co: soziale Großhirne wie wir - wissenschaft.de

Regards and good night, Venus

Mexico: 26 Reptiles smuggled from Mexico found at German airport stitched inside dolls. 10 Dead Due to Suffocation.

Reptiles smuggled from Mexico found at German airport stitched inside dolls

German airport customs officers have found 26 rare reptiles – 10 of them dead – smuggled inside parcels of toys and sweets from Mexico.

Some of the dead animals had suffocated as they had been stitched inside cloth dolls, a statement from Cologne Bonn airport customs said.

The endangered horned lizards, alligator lizards and box turtles were destined for private buyers in Germany.

They are among many species that the global Cites accord seeks to protect.

Seized toys and sweets from Mexico

German officials are now trying to trace the origin of the reptiles, using DNA samples.

It is not yet clear if they came from the wild or from captive breeding programmes. They were in two packages seized on 30 October and 8 November.

The customs service is collaborating with Mexican authorities and with zoologists at the Alexander Koenig Research Museum (ZFMK) in Bonn. The smugglers could be fined, if the police can identify them.

The 16 surviving reptiles might be returned to their Mexican habitat.

ZFMK’s work with customs mostly focuses on illegal goods made from poached endangered species, such as snakeskin handbags or furs.

The 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) has been signed by 182 states and the EU, and covers about 6,000 animal species and 30,000 plant types.

Reptiles smuggled from Mexico found at German airport stitched inside dolls – BBC News

Help stop neo-colonialist and capitalist expansion into the Kavango Conservation Area.

Nature, wildlife, and scarce water supplies in a unique corner of southern Africa are being endangered by a rush to drill for oil. A Canadian company is pushing to explore for oil in the Kavango Basin, an environmentally sensitive area.

Please support the fight against a fossil fuel project that will drive the climate crisis.

Aerial View of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

“The oil needs to stay in the ground”, says Ina Shikongo.

The Fridays for Future (FFF) activist in Namibia’s capital city Windhoek is fighting a project to exploit untapped oil and gas reserves in the northeast of the country.

“The exploitation would be a catastrophe – not only for the global climate but also for wildlife, water resources and the livelihoods of local people”.

The project Ina rejects so fiercely – together with further FFF activists and a citizens’ coalition – is run by ReconAfrica, a firm based in Canada.

The company claims to have discovered an immense deep sedimentary basin. It obtained a license for oil and gas exploration in the Kavango delta, bought a second-hand oil rig in the US, and shipped it across the Atlantic.

If the drilling of the first three test boreholes – slated for December 2020 – is successful, the company plans to extract two billion barrels of oil before drilling into deeper layers of rock.

Environmentalists fear the company will use fracking despite public statements to the contrary, as its marketing materials refer to “unconventional” methodsan industry euphemism for fracking.

The ecological impacts of the projects are likely to be devastating.

It would not only threaten bodies of water in the dry savannas of Namibia, but also Botswana’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta, with its unique biodiversity and huge populations of elephants, hippos, rhinos, and birds.

Tourism, an important source of income, is in danger while other livelihood strategies of indigenous San and local people also hang in the balance.

We need to stop ReconAfrica’s project for the sake of the climate, biodiversity, water, and the livelihoods of the local people.

Please support our demands with your signature.

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1231/keep-the-oil-industry-out-of-africas-natural-treasures

And I mean…the head of the farmers’ association Kavango-Ost, Adolf Muremi, says: “Recon Africa says they informed the people here – but we are not aware of anything about this. You can already expect malformations in babies and other diseases that this type of industry leads to agriculture will be just as affected as the groundwater, it will have negative consequences for life for everyone here “

The multinational sells the project as an “exciting future” – for whom?

1) Oil and gas extraction is a menace to wildlife. Loud noises, human movement, and vehicle traffic from drilling operations can disrupt avian species’ communication, breeding, and nesting.

2) The ecosystem will be destroyed by a criminal Canadian Company that harvests 90% of the profits. The state of Namibia is only entitled to ten percent – a hunger share.

3) The construction of roads, facilities, and drilling sites known as well pads requires the use of heavy equipment and can destroy big chunks of pristine wilderness.

4) The underground water will not only be polluted but also depleted. How can the inhabitants giving an overseas company unbridled access to their most precious resource?

There will only be damages to humans and animals, and this harm is irreversible.

Please sign the Petition: https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1231/keep-the-oil-industry-out-of-africas-natural-treasures

My best regards to all, Venus

Brazil: The GPA company goes Cage-Free

Animal Equality, November 30, 2020

After four years of campaigning and negotiations, South America’s biggest grocery chain has finally committed to going 100% cage-free in Brazil by 2028. The company, called GPA, also committed to ban gestation crates for pigs by 2028 and to improve conditions for chicken and cows raised for meat sold in the stores.

MILLIONS OF CHICKENS IMPACTED: GPA is the second-largest retailer in Brazil, so this new policy is a great step in the right direction for farmed animals. We estimate with 5.7 million hens will be impacted by this policy, which was achieved in part by a variety of tactics, including mobile billboards and grassroots actions at 45 different GPA store locations.

“This commitment is the result of a lot of work by animal protection organizations, but it is also the result of the mobilization of consumers who joined us to demand more responsible behavior from Grupo Pão de Açúcar.”, Says Carla Lettieri, new Executive Director of Animal Equality Brazil.

“We hope that GPA’s attitude will inspire other companies because there are still millions of chickens suffering in cages around the world.”

Image: Animal Equality

 

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Chickens are sensitive animals who are able to feel emotions and pain, but unfortunately many of them still live confined and crowded into tiny wire cages where they spend their whole lives without ever stepping on the floor or being able to open their wings.

This confinement is not only physically harmful, but is also psychological torture for the birds, and often leads to self-mutilation and even cannibalism.

It is worth remembering that free from cages does not mean free from cruelty. The egg industry is inherently cruel and denies animals everything that’s natural and important to them, and the best way to help hens is by simply avoiding eggs.

However, banning cages is an important step to reduce the suffering of animals and deserves to be celebrated.

YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE: This milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the work and support of thousands of volunteers across Brazil. You can help animals with campaigns in the United States, too, by signing petitions, taking action on social media, and at in-person demonstrations.

Join The Animal Protectors, our online group of volunteers, and assist our corporate outreach team in making changes to our broken food system.

Brazil’s Second Largest Food Retailer to go Cage-Free

And I mean…It’s a huge industry!
Brazil ranks second among the largest poultry producing countries behind the USA and is the most important force in the international poultry trade.

In 2016, 5.86 billion chickens were slaughtered there. Brazil exports meat to over 160 countries.

And another number: eleven percent of water consumption in Brazil is accounted for by animal breeding.

For the European Union, Brazil is the most important country of origin of imported chicken.

Brazilian chickens make up about 60 percent of imports, of which 76.2 percent are processed and salted poultry. The majority of deliveries in the EU go to Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain.

However, these European countries are not necessarily the countries where chicken meat is ultimately sold and consumed.

The Brazilian poultry industry is dominated locally by two multinational corporations: BRF and JBS.
BRF is the largest poultry company in the country, with 105,000 employees, and is largely owned by a mutual fund.
JBS is a Brazilian public company, the largest company in the country, but also the largest meat producer in the world.

In March 2017 there was the so-called rotten meat scandal: the Brazilian federal police uncovered hygiene violations in 21 industrial plants for the slaughter of cattle, pigs, and chickens.

According to the police, the investigation found that corrupt health officials and inspectors from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture covered the sale of rotten meat in some slaughterhouses.
The largest poultry exporting companies BRF and JBS were also involved in the scandal.

However, just a few weeks after the allegations became known, most of the major import markets – including the European Union – had resumed trading with the Brazilian poultry industry.

When you consider these meat production conditions in the country, it is really a big step that GPA abolishes the cages.
Even in 7 years, better later than never.

My best regards to all, Venus

France: British Expat Shot Dead By Hunter Who ‘Mistook’ Him For A Wild Boar !

 

British expat, 25, shot dead outside his home by French hunter, 33, who mistook him for a boar – as ‘mortified’ gunman is arrested for manslaughter

  • Morgan Keane is thought to have died instantly when he was shot in La Garrigue 
  • 33-year-old huntsman, who has not been named, was later taken into custody 
  • Both of Mr Keane’s parents died, leaving him and younger brother in the house 
  • Their father believed to have died recently and sons were looking after affairs 

Read the full story, with photos, at:

ttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9015185/British-expat-shot-dead-French-hunter-mistook-boar.html?ito=push-notification&ci=57183&si=17774922

France: Undercover footage at French farm shows ‘deplorable’ conditions for pigs.

Video footage of pig cannibalism, dead animals in pens, and pigs in overcrowded conditions
Video footage released by French animal welfare group L214 appears to show pig cannibalism, dead animals in pens, and pigs in overcrowded conditions. Photograph: Courtesy of L214

 

Undercover footage at French farm shows ‘deplorable’ conditions for pigs

The animals are supplied to frankfurter brand Herta and sold in supermarkets including Waitrose, which has pulled the products pending investigation

Undercover footage at French farm shows ‘deplorable’ conditions for pigs | Animal welfare | The Guardian

Undercover footage published on Thursday appears to show pig cannibalism and other serious issues at a supplier for a Nestlé-owned brand of frankfurter sold by most major supermarkets.

Waitrose has suspended the pork products by bestselling French brand Herta while it investigates.

Herta is being sued by campaigners for animal mistreatment and misleading consumers. The brand, which is sold in UK supermarkets, is 60% owned by Spanish food company Casa Tarradellas and 40% by Nestlé.

The video footage published by French animal welfare group, L214, appears to show pig cannibalism, dead animals lying in pens, and pigs in overcrowded pens climbing over one other. In one section a sow, which appears to be struggling to stand in a narrow farrowing crate with no bedding, slips and squashes at least one piglet.

L214 has now begun legal action against Herta in France, based on the undercover videos which it said it filmed in June and September this year. The case, according to L214, will centre on Herta’s animal mistreatment and the way it misled the consumer with promises of better welfare.

In its press release L214 said: “Contrary to the commitments made by the brand, the images show deplorable conditions for the pigs that do not comply with regulatory requirements. L214 is filing a complaint for mistreatment of the animals against Herta, the most purchased brand in France, and for misleading the consumer.”

More than 20 pharmaceutical products are shown in the video, including a “last resort” antibiotic called colistin. Colistin is widely used in the pig industry, often to prevent or treat a piglet sickness known as post-weaning diarrhoea.

Waitrose has said it does not permit suppliers to use colistin. It told the Guardian: “We pride ourselves on our high animal welfare standards and our standards around the use of antibiotics. We have therefore taken the decision to suspend all pork products from this brand while we urgently investigate the video footage.”

The World Health Organization has recommended that colistin’s preventive use in healthy animals be halted to preserve the antibiotic as one of the “essential … last-resort treatments for multidrug-resistant infections in humans”.

EU funding from the common agricultural policy for the Herta pig supplier farm, which grows crops and keeps other livestock, totalled about €150,000 (£135,000) in 2018 and 2019, according to the French government website, Telepac.

The pigs in the video appear to have had their tails docked, a practice outlawed in the EU, other than in exceptional circumstances. No straw or other bedding is seen and the sheds do not appear to have any natural light. The pigs and piglets appear to be covered in faeces. Additional footage by L214 seen by the Guardian appears to show a pig chewing after biting a dead pig’s stomach.

EU law governing pig welfare stipulates they “must have permanent access to” rooting materials “such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such … ”

A worker loading the pigs for slaughter appears to use an electrical prod and to hit pigs’ backs with a plastic panel. One half-escaped sow is trapped by her hips in the bars of her crate. A piglet appears to have its foot trapped in the slatted floor.

In an email, L214 co-founder Sébastien Arsac accused Herta of “lying” to consumers about pig welfare, and described the pig housing conditions as “squalid … [where] animals spend a life of suffering”.

In an email to the Guardian a spokesperson for Herta said almost 350 French breeders hold a filière préférence contract that commits them to “a continuous improvement process based on animal welfare criteria such as the use of antibiotics, animals restraining conditions or better housing conditions”.

It also said: “Herta has a rigorous purchasing policy with its 40 meat suppliers in Europe. These partners are regularly audited by the company. These companies are, themselves, in contractual links with various groups of European breeders who have the obligation to respect European legislation.”

In 2019, it said: “More than 120 farm audits were carried out by Herta teams in France. A Herta farm audit includes 42 control points and 17 are specifically dedicated to animal welfare.”

Casa Tarradellas referred the Guardian to Nestlé for comment. Nestlé said: “We strongly condemn any mistreatment of farm animals. Consumers trust us to hold our suppliers to high standards. Nestlé is a minority shareholder in the Herta joint venture.” The company stated that an audit has been carried out which found no issues at the farm in question. This confirmed the findings from a previous audit earlier in the year. “Herta will now send additional investigators to the farm and continue to follow up these allegations to determine if the images were taken there.”

Nestlé added: “We will ensure Herta reviews its audit process to identify necessary improvements. Nestlé is strongly committed to improving animal welfare in its supply chain.”

The Guardian approached one of the owners of the farm but he did not wish to comment.

• Footnote added 3 December 2020. On 3 December 2020, after this article was published, Nestlé announced that supply from the farm to Herta had been suspended pending an investigation to determine the appropriate next steps.

Undercover footage at French farm shows ‘deplorable’ conditions for pigs | Animal welfare | The Guardian

Guardian, London – Brilliant as always !

England: Full Info on the UK Ban Live Exports Consultation. Finishes End of Jan 2021.

Sorry – it’s long but ……………

Defra (consultation) wording:

 

Overview

The current rules aimed at protecting animal welfare in transport are derived from directly applicable EU law, Council Regulation No 1/2005. The Regulation sets out the requirements that anyone transporting animals in connection with an economic activity must comply with. There are growing concerns that the current requirements for the transport of animals do not reflect the latest scientific evidence on how best to protect animal welfare during transport.

We are consulting in England and Wales on ending live animal exports for slaughter and fattening that begin in or transit through England or Wales, and further improvements to animal welfare in transport.

Why we are consulting

The Government is committed to the welfare of all animals and to making further improvements to animal welfare in transport and has a manifesto commitment to end excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening. Now that the UK has left the EU, the Government can explore alternative options to better protect animal welfare during transport. As part of changing the current regulatory regime that sets the standards for animals in transport, it is right that we should gather the views of all interested parties.

The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC, now known as the Animal Welfare Committee) have reported to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the welfare of animals during transport. This report took into account the responses to the 2018 Call for Evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter and improving animal welfare during transport, and the scientific systematic review conducted by the Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh on the welfare of animals during transport and at markets.

The Government has reviewed the FAWC report and is now consulting to seek views on ending the export of livestock and horses (this will not apply to poultry) for slaughter and fattening in England and Wales, where the journeys begin in or transit through either country, in addition to introducing further improvements to animal welfare in transport more generally.

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WAV Comment:

Take part in the online consultation by clicking on the following link:

Note – we are currently unsure if (only) UK residents can undertake this; but we encourage folk outside of the UK, who are anti live export, to try ! – apologies if you are unable; as we say; may be UK residents only.

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/transforming-farm-animal-health-and-welfare-team/improvements-to-animal-welfare-in-transport/consultation/intro/

These are the consultation questions which you will need to respond to.  Hopefully; this advanced insight will give you a feeling of what (the questions asked) is required.

IMPORTANT – We (WAV) do not expect everyone to provide answers to every question. 

Some questions are really directed at transport operators – livestock hauliers etc – Questions 19 – 19 for example.  You do not have to respond to anything like this – only the questions for which you can do a response.  Your input to the consultation will still be considered even if you doo not answer everything.   The main point to remember is that you are on the animals side and want to get live exports stopped regardless of the animal species.  This is what needs to be reflected (included) in your responses when you do them.  This is the real point – we need to make it clear that we want this sordid trade stopped from the UK.

Best wishes with your responses; the fact that you are taking part is a big bonus.

And remember – you have until the end of January 2021 to respond.  Note that you can complete part of the consultation; save; and then return at a later date.  It does not all have to be done in one session.  Please see the consultation pages to enable you to save and return later.

Personally; this is a big thing for me and many other campaigners – brilliant Jane; brilliant Liza, wonderful Trudi; and all the others who a too many to mention – just brill !.  Many who have now passed and are not here to hear the news of this. I personally have done live export campaigns and investigations from the UK for the last 30 years.  Been there, seen it; heard it and smelled it you could say; horses, pigs, calves, sheep and more.  They do not deserve to be treated as they currently are during transport – it is time for it to stop.

PMAF Inv 7
Above – A Dutch ‘Wetering’ horse transporter exits the port – Photo Mark

I did a big investigation report (5 undercover trails) with several other EU investigation groups on the trade back in 2010; presented to the EU and UK parliament, (with regard the EU) who threw it back in our faces and basically trashed the whole 120 page thing.  You can read one of the 5 undercover trail reports by going to About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)   and scrolling down to all the livestock transporter / calf pictures are where you will find a link to the report.  Alternatively, go direct to Microsoft Word – JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROL POST at F-HEAUVILLE.doc (wordpress.com) to read just one of the five investigations into live calves being shipped from Ireland to France. It makes bad reading. The failures to comply with rest times etc (as defined in EU ‘legislation’ !) for example justifies why we need to get this disgusting trade stopped asap.  Your involvement in the consultation can help this.

Well that’s it from me;

Do what you can; for those in transport;

Regards Mark (WAV)

Kent; England.

In memory of great campaigner friends now departed – including the great Mike from London – we shared some fantastic times:

And John from CIWF:

England: Another Terrible Loss – John Callaghan. – World Animals Voice

The following is the basic outline of all the questions which are asked in the consultation.

(Your) Name and e mail.

Organisation if you represent one.  Note – individual citizens can also take part – you DO NOT have to represent an organisation.

Live Animal Exports

4. Do you agree that livestock and horse export journeys for slaughter and fattening are unnecessary? Please explain your views.

5. Do you agree that in order to prohibit livestock and horse export journeys for fattening where the animal will be slaughtered soon after arrival, these export journeys where animals are slaughtered within 6 months of arrival should be prohibited? Please explain your views.

6. Do you agree that the only exceptions to prohibiting live export journeys should be for poultry live exports, and animals going for breeding or production that will not be slaughtered within 6 months of arrival? Please explain your views.

7. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of no longer being able to export livestock or horses for slaughter or fattening? Please explain any impacts provided.

8. What alternatives would your business or organisation explore if it was not able to export livestock or horses for slaughter or fattening?

Maximum Journey Times

9. Do you agree with the proposed maximum journey times as outlined in Table 1? Please explain your views and highlight any potential regional impacts that your business or organisation might experience.

10. Do you see a need for any exceptions to the maximum journey times and, if so, why? Please provide evidence.

11. In the case of such exceptions, what requirements should be put in place to ensure animal welfare is protected?

12. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation due to new maximum journey times being implemented? Please explain any impacts provided.

13. Including loading, unloading and stops, how long is your average journey for the livestock, poultry or horses that your business or organisation manage?

14. Do you agree that a new journey should not start until a minimum of 48 hours have elapsed after the previous journey? Please explain your views.

15. Do you agree that there should be a minimum 7-day rest period for cattle? Please explain your views.

Thermal Conditions and Ventilation

16. Do you agree that we should prohibit both short and long poultry journeys when the external temperature is outside of a temperature range of 5-25oC, unless the vehicle is able to regulate the internal temperature within this range for the duration of the journey by means of a thermo-regulation system, and that this temperature range should be 5-25oC? Please explain your views.

17. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting both short and long poultry journeys when the external temperature range is outside of 5-25oC? Please explain any impacts provided.

18. Do you agree that we should prohibit both short and long livestock and horse journeys when the external temperature is outside of a temperature range of 5-30oC, unless the vehicle is able to regulate the internal temperature within this range for the duration of the journey by means of a thermo-regulation system, and that this temperature range should be 5-30oC? Please explain your views.

19. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting both short and long livestock and horse journeys when the external temperature range is outside of 5-30oC? Please explain any impacts provided.

20. Do you think that there are other species that should be considered as vulnerable and have a smaller external temperature range applied, outside of which journeys cannot take place? Please provide evidence.

21. What proportion of your current transportation vehicles have the facility to regulate temperature and provide ventilation?

22. For your vehicles which do not have the facility to regulate temperature and provide ventilation, what would be the cost of retrofitting to enable them to regulate temperature and provide ventilation?

23. Are there any other steps that can be taken to ensure animal welfare can be maintained in extreme weather? Please provide evidence.

Space Allowances

24. Do you agree that we should use allometric principles as a basis for future space allowance calculations? Please explain your views.

25. Do you think that reforms to space allowances based on allometric principles should apply to both short and long journeys? Please explain your views.

Headroom Allowances

26. Do you agree with the proposed species-specific headroom requirements?

27. Do you think that the proposed species-specific headroom requirements should apply to both short and long journeys? Please explain your views.

28. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of the proposed headroom requirements for both short and long journeys? Please explain any impacts provided.

Sea Transport

29. Do you agree that we should prevent animals from being transported in rough weather at sea and that animals should not be transported during Beaufort Wind Force 6 or above? Please explain your views.

30. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting transport during Beaufort Wind Force of 6 or above

Exceptions

31. Do you think that there should be any exceptions to the previously mentioned proposals alongside the specific exceptions already outlined, excluding the proposal to prohibit live exports for slaughter and fattening? Please provide evidence.

32. What conditions should be met in order to ensure animal welfare is protected in the case of other exceptions?

33. Do you think that it should be possible to obtain permission to use an exception on an ongoing basis to avoid the need for transporters to apply before every applicable journey? 

This completes the consultation.  Submit your answers in accordance with the site instructions.

Research in India’s chicken farms

Animal Equality India has released a new investigation into the country’s chicken production industry, detailing numerous animal welfare and food safety violations.

THE DETAILS: Animal Equality investigated several chicken farms and meat markets from February 2019 to October 2020 in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana—states in India which are known for their chicken production.

What we found was shocking.

In India, It’s standard practice to give feed laden with antibiotics to grow the bodies of chickens unnaturally fast. As a result, their legs become crippled because of the unnatural weight gain. In our investigation, we found birds who could not walk or reach food or water.

We also found many chickens severely ill and dying of starvation, heart attacks, and respiratory infections. The carcasses of the dead birds were left to rot next to live chickens.

THE HORRORS OF PRODUCTION: Once these chickens reach their maximum weight, they’re crammed into overcrowded transport trucks. The birds are then sent on a rigorous journey that lasts for hours, sometimes days, without food or water. Many will die along the way, while those that remain are barely alive.

At the meat markets, the chickens are crammed into small cages for hours—often days—again without food or water.

Many chickens waiting for slaughter develop various infections and diseases, and aside from the absence of veterinary care, there is no health inspection conducted on the birds who will soon become food.

When the chickens are slaughtered, their throats are slit and they are thrown into drain bins where they languish in pain for several minutes before they die. The meat from these poor birds is then prepared in filthy, unhygienic conditions.

Without food or water at the meat shop

PAST WORK IN INDIA: This is Animal Equality’s second investigation into Indian chicken farms. After exposing the cruel and illegal practices on these farms in 2017, we presented our findings to the Indian government, along with a list of recommendations to reduce the suffering of chickens. Some of these recommendations are included in the Law Commission’s proposed rules for the welfare of chickens.

WHAT WE’RE DOING NEXT: Animal Equality has also requested the Indian government to:

Stop the slaughter of chickens at meat shops, markets, etc., and implement the slaughter provisions in the country’s Food Safety and Standards regulations, as well as those in India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rules.
Introduce in-Ovo sex determination technology to avoid the killing of male chicks.
Form a central committee to monitor the welfare of farmed animals and appoint a subcommittee at every district and regional level.

Pile of dead birds

WHAT YOU CAN DO: No matter what country we are in, our investigations have shown that chickens are suffering by the hundreds of millions on farms and in slaughterhouses all over the world. Their pain and exploitation are seemingly neverending and it is up to people like you—people who care about the welfare of all animals—to stand up and use your voice and purchasing power to change the future for the abused birds.

Please, share our investigations with your networks, and if you haven’t already, make the switch to plant-based. Together, we can create a society where all animals are respected and protected.

INVESTIGATION: Indian Chicken Production Violates Animal Welfare and Food Safety Standards

Comparison to German practices…About 50,000,000 laying hens live in Germany! That’s quite a lot, considering that there are around 83,000,000 inhabitants.
In Germany, 97 percent of the chickens live in conventional barn farming.
Nowadays, facilities with over 200,000 animals are no longer uncommon.

Battery packs have been banned in Germany for several years. As a result, the meat industry came up with “small group farming”.

Chickens of a so-called meat breed in a German fattening farm.

These are also cages, but this time larger ones, in which up to 60 hens are crammed. For the hens also cruelty, each chicken has the area of ​​a 3/4 A-4 page available. Just that the chicken has room to lie down.
Apart from eating and laying eggs, a chicken cannot do any of the things it would like to do.

The most common poultry diseases are intestinal parasites, skin parasites, vitamin deficiency diseases, ball abscesses, laying deficiency, poisoning, goiter constipation – information from Zurich Animal Welfare.

The following can also occur blackhead disease (diarrhea), round and tapeworms, avian cholera, avian tuberculosis, botulism, foot ulcers, conjunctivitis, leg weakness syndrome, neck pouch, skeletal anomalies.

Until the time of slaughter, the chest and thigh muscles are enormously enlarged and together makeup to 66% of the body weight.

Conventional chicken producers only fatten hybrid animals.

Käfig- und Bodenhaltung: Schockierende Einblicke in die deutsche EierindustrieHigh-performance hen, Germany

The focus of the breeding of high-performance broilers is a high amount of meat, efficient feed conversion, and the shortest possible fattening time due to large daily weight gains
Today’s mast hybrids reach this weight within 30 days or less.

Four globally active companies control the breeding of these mast hybrids: the Erich Wesjohann Group (EW Group), Hendrix Genetics, Groupe Grimaud, and Tyson.

The video was shot on an organic farm in Germany.
But you can see a lot of similarities to the video from India, except for the open cruel slaughter on the street and the transports.
India is known for having the worst animal transports, and not just related to poultry.

Nevertheless! No farm cruelty is justified just because there are worse ones elsewhere.
We don’t compete in cruelty.
We fight for these practices to be abolished no matter where in the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Live Exports (Ban) Consultation.

Hi all;

3/12 — I am currently working on the UK live export ban issue today; as it is the first day and we need to action troops.

Later today, on this site, I will give all the info and links needed if you wish to take part in the consultation.

We have until the end of January 2021, so there is no immediate rush.

But I hope to get all the info and links out here today.

A golden chance to do something about live animal exports – we must take it !

Regards Mark

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55150910

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record

The Earth continued to endure a period of significant heating in 2020 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Its provisional assessment suggests this year will be one of the three hottest, just behind 2016 and 2019.

The warmest six years in global records dating back to 1850 have now all occurred since 2015.

The most notable warmth was in the Siberian Arctic, where temperatures were 5C above average.

How do we know the temperature for 2020 when the year isn’t over yet?

To work out the annual rise in temperatures for their State of the Climate report, the WMO uses information from five different global datasets.

They then compare modern readings to temperatures taken between 1850-1900. This baseline figure is sometimes referred to as pre-industrial levels.

With data available from January to October this year, the WMO says 2020 is set to be around 1.2C above the baseline, but with a margin of error of 0.1C.

All five datasets currently have 2020 as the second warmest, behind 2016 and ahead of 2019, based on comparisons with similar periods in previous years.

However the expectation from scientists is that the temperature data from November and December will likely see enough cooling to push 2020 into third spot.

That’s because a La Niña weather event has developed in the Pacific Ocean and this normally depresses temperatures.

Despite this, the WMO is certain that 2020 will remain one of the warmest three.

“Record warm years have usually coincided with a strong El Niño event, as was the case in 2016,” said Prof Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General.

“We are now experiencing a La Niña, which has a cooling effect on global temperatures, but has not been sufficient to put a brake on this year’s heat.”

Are these small temperature differences important?

These relatively similar global temperature figure recorded over the past few years hide considerable differences at local level.

In 2020, Siberia saw temperatures around 5C above average, which culminated in a reading of 38C at Verkhoyansk on the 20th June, which is provisionally the highest known temperature recorded anywhere north of the Arctic Circle.

January to October was also the warmest such period on record in Europe.

But some places were below average including parts of Canada, Brazil, India and Australia.

Overall though the 2020 figure reinforces the view that climate warming, driven by human activities is persisting. The decade from 2011 to 2020 is the warmest yet recorded.

Where 2020’s heat went

The majority of the excess heat generated from warming gases in the atmosphere ends up in the oceans.

This is putting added strain on the seas, with around 80% of global waters experiencing at least one marine heatwave this year. These events, similar to heatwaves on land, see prolonged exposure to high temperatures which can have devastating impacts on marine creatures and ecosystems.

A long-running heatwave off the coast of California, known as “the blob”, was said to have killed up to a million seabirds in 2015-16.

Researchers say that these events have become more than 20 times more frequent over the past 40 years.

“About 90% of the heat accumulating within the climate system from anthropogenic climate change is stored in the ocean,” said Prof John Church from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

“This latest update from WMO clearly shows the oceans are continuing to warm, and at an accelerating rate, contributing to sea-level rise. This means climate change has significant momentum committing us to further change over the coming decades.”

Ongoing warming

The WMO says that warming continues to drive melting in many parts of the world, including Greenland where around 152 billion tonnes of ice was lost from the ice sheet in the year to August 2020.

There were 30 named storms during the North Atlantic hurricane season, breaking the record for the number of such events. As well as record numbers, new evidence suggested that hurricanes get stronger when they hit land because of rising temperatures.

Other impacts noted by the WMO this year included wildfires in Siberia, Australia and along the US West Coast and South America, which saw plumes of smoke circumnavigate the globe.

Floods in Africa and South East Asia displaced large numbers of people and undermined food security for millions.

What has been the reaction to this report?

The findings of the WMO report won’t come as a surprise to most observers.

“The state of the global climate? Parlous,” said Prof Dave Reay from University of Edinburgh, UK.

“These annual updates of deteriorating planetary health always make for bleak reading; this year’s is a full red alert. Surging heat, intensifying droughts and rampant wildfires all speak of the acute impacts of climate change in 2020. They also warn of the chronic undermining of global carbon sinks – the oceans, trees and soils around the world – that is underway.

“Throw yet more emissions and warming at them and they will rip the Paris climate goals from our grasp forever. The year ahead will be defined by our recovery from Covid-19, the centuries ahead will be defined by how green that recovery actually is.”

Environmental campaigners say the report adds urgency to calls for the recovery, post-Covid, to focus on climate change and the environment.

“Although the pandemic will have been the biggest concern to many people in the developed world in 2020, for millions in climate vulnerable places the climate emergency remains the biggest threat and sadly there is no simple vaccine to fix the climate. But keeping fossil fuels in the ground would be a good start,” said Dr Kat Kramer, from Christian Aid.

“These findings show just how important it is to ensure the government’s economic recovery measures don’t entrench the fossil fuel economy but act to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon world.”

Impact on nature

According to a new report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), climate change is now the biggest threat to the most important world heritage sites.

The IUCN says that 83 such sites are now threatened by rising temperatures, including the Great Barrier Reef where ocean warming, acidification and extreme weather have all contributed to a dramatic decline.

It has been rated as having a “critical” outlook for the first time.

The everyday cruelty to animals

Guest commentary by Daniela Schneider: (She is the campaign manager for animal transports at the animal rights organization Four paws Germany” based in Hamburg).

“Eyes wide open in panic, cattle shivering with exhaustion, huddled together and carted for days without a break in high-risk states such as Uzbekistan, Morocco, or Algeria under animal welfare law: Everyday torment of animals – even on German roads.

But instead of ending this ordeal, Agriculture Minister Germany`s Klöckner is not only inactive in this country.

It also misses the chance of the German EU Council Presidency to stop cruel animal transports across the EU.
If animal transports are dispatched from Germany to these third countries, this is almost always done in disregard of the applicable animal protection regulations.
“Four Paws”  has therefore filed 21 criminal charges against those responsible on suspicion of aiding and abetting animal cruelty. Although almost all federal states have ensured that far fewer third-country exports are approved, transporters unscrupulously circumvent the applicable requirements.
The animals are first brought to other EU countries such as Hungary and then shipped on to third countries.

Instead of leaving the federal states alone as before, the minister should create nationwide uniform legislation that ensures that animals can no longer enter third countries. That would be an important first step and a strong signal in the direction of the EU.

Because the problem is a European one.

Only through an EU-wide ban on third-country exports and a limitation of transports to eight hours will the cruel animal transports actually end.

Together with us, 150,000 citizens are calling for this in a letter of protest to the minister.

Alternatives to the senseless death drives must become standard. If at all, only meat and breeding seeds should be transported instead of living animals.
Against the background of blatant animal welfare problems and a worsening climate crisis, the question arises why animals are “produced” on a massive scale and transported across the world like goods”.

http://archive.is/HlMhX#selection-393.0-417.391

And I mean…Around 3.8 million animals are transported every day in the EU alone. That’s 1.4 billion animals a year.
As in all branches of the economy, animal transport is all about money: animals are transported to where the highest profits await. In the agricultural industry, work steps are separated: breeding, keeping, and fattening are concentrated where feed and wage costs are low.
For example, animals are born in Denmark, fattened in Germany, and finally slaughtered in Italy.

An EU animal welfare transport regulation EC 1/2005 applies throughout the EU.

Why animal transport laws don’t protect animals?

First and foremost because there is no time limit for animal transport. The animals are often on the move for days, sometimes even weeks, because there is no time limit for the transports.

On the other hand, because the EU regulation contains a large number of imprecise provisions that are always interpreted to the detriment of animals in practice.
Not even the few regulations that exist are observed: Serious deficiencies are found in around a third of the controlled transports.

Basically, food, litter, and drinking water are saved, because additional weight means higher transport costs.

And there is also a third reason for the meat industry and its lobbyists in Brussels to stick to live animal transports: The transport of live animals is still cheaper than transporting meat, which has to be permanently refrigerated.

And that is why the cruelty to animals on Europe’s roads never ends.
For a decisive change in the problem, one can forget about the EU.

Only civil society can change something – and it is developing into a new historical subject that even functions without a party program.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Farm animals antibiotics data raises post-Brexit trade fears – Use of antibiotics on farms in US and Canada about five times the UK level, says report.

Farmed pigs

Photo – Getty Images.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/01/farm-animals-antibiotics-data-raises-post-brexit-trade-fears

Farm animals antibiotics data raises post-Brexit trade fears

Use of antibiotics on farms in US and Canada about five times the UK level, says report

The overuse of antibiotics on farm animals is rife in some of the key countries with which the UK is hoping to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, a new report shows, raising fears that future deals will jeopardise public health and British farming.

The US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada all allow farmers to feed antibiotics routinely to livestock to make them grow faster, and in the US and Canada farm antibiotic use is about five times the level in the UK, data compiled by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics shows.

Meat produced in this way is cheaper, because the animals grow faster and can be kept in overcrowded conditions. But the meat is soon to be banned in the EU, for safety and public health reasons.

Antibiotic use in cattle in the US is about seven times that in the UK, and in pigs twice as high, according to the report. In Australia, the use of antibiotics in poultry is more than 16 times higher than in the UK, and use in pigs about three times higher.

Farm antibiotic use has risen in the US, Canada and New Zealand in recent years, and in Australia was rising in 2010, the latest year for which full data was available. Some of the drugs used are also problematic: the growth promoter bacitracin is used in the US, despite scientific evidence that it increases resistance to an antibiotic of last resort called colistin, used to treat life-threatening infections in people.

Cóilín Nunan, scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, said: “Antibiotic resistance is a global problem, and we need to raise standards around the world to prevent it increasing. These free-trade agreements need to take that into account.”

Overusing antibiotics on farm animals gives rise to resistant forms of bacteria, known as superbugs, which can have devastating consequences for human health. Meat infected with resistant bacteria can directly cause infections in people, and can also contribute to a more general rise in people’s resistance to antibiotic treatments.

British farmers also face the prospect of being undercut by imports of cheaply produced antibiotic-treated meat, which could reduce welfare standards in the UK, as farmers will be forced to stock their animals more densely to cut costs and compete with floods of cheap imports.

“UK producers will be forced to compete by reducing costs, which means larger numbers of animals in worse conditions, which means an increase in the use of antibiotics,” said Nunan. “Any new trade deals must not undermine British standards and threaten public health by allowing cheap meat and dairy produced with antibiotic growth promoters into the UK.”

Medical experts are increasingly worried about the rapid rise of antibiotic resistance around the world, which could leave us defenceless against common diseases, and make routine operations such as caesarean sections or hip replacements potentially fatal. Antibiotics are used far more on animals than on people around the world, but moves to curb their use have been rejected by the powerful farming lobbies in many countries.

Antibiotic use is more tightly controlled in the EU than elsewhere, and the use of the drugs as a growth promoter has been banned since 2006. In the UK, the use of antibiotics in farming has been broadly falling in the last half decade, to about half the levels of 2014, though there was a slight uptick last year.

In just over a year’s time, from January 2022, stricter EU rules will ban the import of meat treated routinely with antibiotics as a growth promoter, and ban all preventive antibiotic mass medication of livestock. The UK is unlikely to sign up to this ban.

The government has repeatedly said that chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef would continue to be banned from the UK after Brexit, after widespread concern about food standards in future trade deals. However, food and farming experts have pointed out that this still leaves the door open to hundreds of other forms of food and agricultural products that are currently restricted under EU safety rules, and under current processes many of these could be quietly signed into legal acceptance without public scrutiny.

Nunan called the forthcoming EU regulations “a huge step forward” and called on ministers to adopt them in the UK. “The UK government should commit to implementing the same ban [on preventive mass medication], as relying on voluntary action is not a sustainable approach for the long term. It should also ensure that trade deals set high standards for imports to protect human health and avoid undercutting British standards.”

A government spokesperson said: “This government has been clear that we will not compromise on our world-leading environmental protections, animal welfare and food standards.

The UK already prohibits the use of artificial growth hormones in both domestic production and imported products – and this will continue after the transition period. We will also continue to operate robust controls on the medicines that can be used for all animals, including food-producing ones, to protect animal and human health and the environment.

 

USA: Pamela Anderson Urges Danish Prime Minister To ‘Protect’ Public Health And Ban Fur.

Pamela Anderson Urges Danish Prime Minister To ‘Protect’ Public Health And Ban Fur

‘I hope you’ll respond by banning fur farms in Denmark, which would protect public health and spare countless animals miserable lives and violent deaths’

Celebrity actor and vegan advocate Pamela Anderson is urging the Danish Prime Minister to ban fur. 

The Baywatch star’s demand follows multiple COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms across Europe and the States. Moreover, the COVID-19 mink variant found on a Danish fur far could spark a new coronavirus pandemic, experts warn.

Anderson’s letter

Anderson has therefore written Mette Frederiksen a letter, saying ‘now is the time for action’. 

She wrote: “Like many people around the globe, I was alarmed to hear that a new, mutated strain of the novel coronavirus—one that could have ‘devastating consequences worldwide’ as you rightly pointed out—has been found in minks on Danish fur farms and that this strain has infected several humans.

“I hope you’ll respond by banning fur farms in Denmark, which would protect public health and spare countless animals miserable lives and violent deaths.”

‘Out of favor’

Anderson continues, describing fur as ‘out of favor’ even before the current pandemic. She says most designers and retailers such as Prada, Gucci and Ralph Lauren have already banned mink fur.

“Now is the time for action,” the star added. “Please, for everyone’s sake, ban [these] cruel, dangerous fur farms.”

Pamela Anderson Urges Danish Prime Minister To Ban Fur (plantbasednews.org)

You can read the full letter here

WAV Comment – we have still not had a reply from the Danish Ambassador in London when we wrote to him on the same issue recently.

Here is the link to our letter info:

England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice

UK: Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Unveil Brexit BAN on ‘barbaric’ Live Animal Exports on Thursday 3/12/20.

BAA BAA BREXIT 

Boris Johnson to unveil Brexit ban on ‘barbaric’ live animal exports on Thursday 3/12/20.

MINISTERS will begin the abolition of cruel live animal shipments tomorrow — a ban only made possible by Brexit.

Under strict European Union Single Market rules that guarantee free movement of goods, no member state can ban livestock being transported across borders alive.

But with Britain finally cutting ties with Brussels in 29 days time, the controversial process will be outlawed to the delight of campaigners.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed to use the “the opportunity of Brexit” to “champion animal welfare” and will unveil plans for new legislation on Thursday.

In 2018 Mr Johnson hit out: “I cannot believe that this barbaric trade is still going on — but it is. Every year this country sends thousands of live calves overseas for slaughter, and some of them are enduring nightmare journeys as far as North Africa.

“They are jammed together in the dark. They are terrified. They slip and slide in their own excrement as the boats buck in the swell.”

Then a backbencher, he wrote in The Sun: “They travel for more than 100 hours in conditions of such extreme discomfort that campaigners have been protesting for decades.

“The animals know they are going to die — and they are going to die far from home.”

HERE COMES THE BAN

The Sun can reveal the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs are to reveal the ban plan to the farming industry, launching a formal consultation on Thursday.

Last night a No 10 source said: “The Prime Minster has always been a passionate supporter of animal welfare, and as part of his plans to build back better and fairer, he is determined to make sure that the UK continues its proud tradition of protecting animals.

The insider added: “Free from EU red tape, we can now do away with the cruel practice of exporting live animals for slaughter and fattening – setting an example to other countries with our world-leading standards.”

Yesterday talks between the EU and the UK over a post-Brexit trade deal continued.

Boris Johnson to unveil Brexit ban on ‘barbaric’ live animal exports on Thursday (thesun.co.uk)

EU: Animal protection organisations and cosmetics brands defend animal testing bans.

Animal protection organisations and cosmetics brands defend animal testing bans

2 December 2020

This morning, close to 500 brands and animal protection organisations sent an open letter to the EU Parliament, Commission and Council calling on them to uphold the cosmetics regulation bans.

The animal testing and marketing bans included in the EU Cosmetics Regulation have been used as the gold standard around the world: setting the precedent for products and ingredients to be sold without subjecting animals to cruel tests. These bans have now been dealt a devastating blow following a series of decisions taken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), with support from the European Commission and the ECHA Board of Appeal. 

ECHA’s decision totally contradicts the European Parliament’s call in May 2018 for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals by 2023. ECHA is now requiring some widely used cosmetics ingredients to be tested on thousands of animals to be in line with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation (REACH). This undermines the purpose and value of the EU Cosmetics Regulation, and it could also impact non-EU countries, potentially compromising the legislative development of  their own animal testing bans.

One of the principal objectives of the Cosmetics Regulation is the protection of human health, with the intention that this be safeguarded in all situations. The ingredients at the centre of ECHA’s decisions have a long history of safe use by consumers and have been handled safely in factories for many years. It is perfectly possible to use exposure-based weight-of-evidence assessments, employing a variety of non-animal data, to fill any perceived critical information gaps.

The EU ambitions for chemical safety cannot be addressed with more animal testing. The Commission’s future policy for chemicals regulation – the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – is set to greatly expand testing requirements for cosmetics and other chemicals. Animal-free safety assessment approaches will be an absolute necessity to guarantee the safety of humans, animals and the environment under the goals of the EU Green Deal.

“At a time where we clearly need concerted actions and strategies to move towards more effective and humane science, it is disappointing to see the only historical  ban on animal tests being shredded. We hope the Commission, the Parliament, and the Council do everything in their power to uphold the will of the public and enforce the animal testing ban for cosmetics. Moreover, it is high time for the Commission to lead the way towards human-relevant science and formulate a strategy to phase out the use of animals for other testing purposes, research and education in all scientific areas” commented  Reineke Hamelleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals.

The open letter and list of signatories can be downloaded here.

Letter and signatories:

To: David Maria Sassoli, President, European Parliament
Charles Michel, President, European Council
Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban Effectively Shredded
The EU Cosmetics Regulation animal testing and marketing bans have been used as the gold
standard around the world – setting the precedent for cosmetics products and ingredients to be
used safely without subjecting animals to cruel and unnecessary tests. These bans have now been
dealt a devastating blow following a series of regulatory decisions made by the European
Chemicals Agency (ECHA), with support from the European Commission and ECHA’s own
Board of Appeal.
ECHA is now requiring some widely used cosmetics ingredients (and ingredients used in many
other types of consumer products) to be tested on thousands of animals under the guise of the
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. As a
direct result of these decisions, the use of thousands of rats and rabbits in tests is required, some
of whom will be force-fed a cosmetics ingredient throughout pregnancy before they and their
unborn offspring are killed and dissected. REACH must not be used to circumvent the Cosmetics
Regulation and render the cosmetics testing and marketing bans meaningless.
The approach of ECHA and the Commission is at odds with the European Parliament’s call in
May 2018 for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals by 2023. It undermines the
purpose and value of the Cosmetics Regulation, which many of us have worked determinedly
over many years to shape, implement, and leverage with non-EU countries in developing their
own cosmetics legislation. The approach also has consequences for citizens around the globe
who want to purchase cruelty-free products: 84% of respondents to a recent global survey said
they would not buy a cosmetics product if they knew it (or one of its ingredients) had been tested
on animals.
1
The bans are further threatened by the Commission’s future policy for chemicals regulation – the
Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – which is set to expand testing requirements for
substances including cosmetics ingredients, at the cost of potentially thousands of animals’ lives.
One of the principal objectives of the Cosmetics Regulation is the protection of human health,
with the intention that this be safeguarded in all situations. The ingredients at the centre of
ECHA’s decisions have a long history of safe use by consumers and have been handled safely in
factories for many years. It is perfectly possible to use exposure-based weight-of-evidence
assessments, using a variety of non-animal data, to fill any perceived critical information gaps in
order to be assured of the safety of these ingredients.
Indeed, as clarified by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the 2016 European
Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients case, new safety-assessment data for cosmetics substances
imported into the EU must rely only on non-animal assessment methods. Logically, precisely the
same approach must be adopted for testing within the EU, whether under REACH or any other
EU legislation.
We, the undersigned, call for the EU cosmetics animal testing ban to be upheld as intended, with
no new tests on animals allowed.

1 Frame. Fact or fiction? Mapping perceptions of animal testing. https://frame.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/FRAME-report_final.pdf. Published June 2020. Accessed 13 November 2020.

Can they ignore this ?


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Green Beaver Company
HAER Limited
HAKA Kunz
Hanaei Beauty Company
Happy Carrot Skincare Ltd
Hashtag Brothers
Here We Flo
Heroine
Hibisco cosmetica natural
Home and Body Company
Homethings
Hourglass Cosmetics
HOWND
I AM Cosmetic
i+m NATURKOSMETIK
BERLIN
IC Scandinavia AS
Ihana Skincare
Ikeda Group Pte Ltd
iLevel Lab
Imperial Bioscience Ltd
Inari Skincare Ltd.
Inlight Beauty & Wellness
InnoNature
InovAir Ltd (“Pairfum”)
Insphy
Institut Claude Bell
Internet Café-BG Ltd.
IRÉN
J Bloom Cosmetics
Java Cosmetics
Jax Wax
Jessica Laura Organics Ltd.
JL Cosmetica Natural
Jolie Vegan
Julie Clarke Candles
Kaia Naturals
Kalentin
Kama Soap
Karma Organic Spa
Kate Somerville
Kativa
Katmandu
Kiss the Moon Ltd
Kit and Kin
Koh Australia Pty Ltd
Kokoro Beauty and Lashes
Korah Tools
Kri Skincare Ltd
KUXTAL
Kylies
La petite main
Lab Phyto
Laber Organic Cosmetics
Laboratoire Hippocrate
La-Eva
Lano
Lanolips
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Laura Sanchez Makeup
Laviish
Leac de un Veac
Les Happy Curiennes
Li Cosmetic AG
LI Pigments
Lipstains Gold
Lisa Nail Lacquer
Lissea Limited
Little Danube Limited
Little Soap Company
Living Proof
LivOliv Cosmetics
Liz Earle
LLB Skin
Lock Stock & Barrel
Grooming Co Ltd
London Copywright
Look Fabulous Forever
Loopy Products Limited
Love Beauty & Planet
Love Henri Ltd
Love Home & Planet
Lovely Pop
Lucy Bee Ltd
Lukasz Romuk Wodoracki t/a
1stDrop
Luna Bronze
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M32 Natural
Ma Sista Stuff
Made for Life Organics
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Magic Lips
Maison de Navar
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ManCave Ltd.
Marie Hunter Beauty
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Marks & Spencer PLC
Mary Jean Limited
Matana Skincare
Mawena
Maysama Ltd
Medeau
Mediterranean Tan
Melchior & Balthazar
Mervue Natural Skincare
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MOB Beauty
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Molton Brown Limited
Mommy Makeup
Moss & Adams
Motherlylove Limited
MuLondon Ltd
Murad LLC
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Naissance
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Orbit Pad
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ORGANii
Ouidad
Pachamamai
Pai Skincare Ltd.
Paima Beauty
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Passion Cosmetics Paris
Patricia Deleon Cosmetics
Paula’s Choice
Paws Beauty
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Perfect Girl
Persona Cosmetics
Pet Revolution Ltd
PHB Ethical Beauty Ltd
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Ltd
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Pluscosmetica Duo
Poppy’s Natural Skincare
Popwhite
Power Health Products
Power Health Products Ltd
Power Pets Brands
Previa S.p.A.
PRIIA Cosmetics
Primal Essence
Procarton
Pure Argan Co Ltd
Pure Chemistry S.A.S.
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Raen
Rawgaia
Releaf
Ren Clean Skincare
Renpure
Reviv Serums
Rhug Organic & Natural Ltd
Rhug Wild Beauty
Romilly Wilde
Rosenserien
Royal Tara Giftware Limited
rue Santé
Safe Nails
SAHARA International Group
Salt of the Earth
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Sampure Minerals
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Sanjeevita
Sanoll Biokosmetik GmbH
Santaverde GmbH
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Schmidt’s Naturals
Secrets Cosmetiques
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Silvan Skincare
Simple
Simple Alchemy
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Sister & Co. Skin Food
six gldn
Skin Sapiens Ltd.
Skinny Sprinkles
SKN-RG Ltd.
Sky Organics
Smith England
Smol Ltd
Sno Eternelle
Soaper Delights
Sonia Orts
Spiezia Organics Ltd
Splosh Limited
St Ives
Starbrands S.A.C.
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Suave
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teethlovers
The 7 Virtues
The Aftercare Company
The Barberia
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The Bio-D Company Ltd
The Body & Face Place
The Body Shop
The Co-Operative Group
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Company
The Good Garden
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The Green People Company
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Ltd
The London Oil Refining
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The Natural Barber Co.
The Perfume Laboratory
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Think Beecause
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TYH London
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Visage Pro
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Zyderma

Gang of poachers in Cyprus convicted

The police in Cyprus put one of the most notorious poaching gangs on the island to a halt in November.

Equipped with house search warrants, they found three people with a total of five nets and 366 dead protected songbirds – mostly warblers.
The total fine for the criminal bird catcher known for many years is € 11,660.

It was the biggest blow to organized poaching in Cyprus in years. The police action was preceded by months of research by the Committee against Bird Murder and its partner BirdLife Cyprus, which led to the submission of numerous pieces of evidence.


We are very happy about this successful action against a gang that up to now seemed “untouchable” and despite numerous previous reports, was always able to avoid punishment.

 

One of the comments was the question that would also be mine: “How will we know if they really pay the fine”?

And the answer from the committee: They will because it´s an administrative fine, they can’t refuse”.

One really must have a sick personality construct to catch the most harmless of the animals, to kill them, and to be proud of it.

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands: Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms.

Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms

Old news from 23 November 2020

Mink were pulled from cages by their tails or hind legs and hurled into mobile gas chambers on fur farms in the Netherlands, video footage has revealed. The rough handling of the animals breaks EU animal-welfare regulations.

Animal rights campaigners said the video shows a behind-the-scenes view of the cruelty of the Dutch industry, which is closing next year. It also highlights the need for the UK to stop sales of real fur, they added.

The footage, secretly shot on two farms last week by Dutch group Animal Rights, shows the animals being pulled roughly from cages and thrown one after the other towards mobile gas chambers, sometimes from a great distance.

In one clip, the mink are heard screeching with alarm or pain.  

And workers are seen with their anti-coronavirus masks below their noses.

Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK said: “Live mink are seen being yanked from their cage by the tail or hind leg, in clear breach of EU regulations, and tossed like trash into the mobile gas chamber one after the other in quick succession.  

The speed with which these sentient animals are thrown in together means they will almost certainly be dying in front of each other, again in breach of the rules.”

Read more at source

Independent

Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms | The Independent

Regards Mark

Tchibo bans alpaca wool from its range – Super!

Germany, Stuttgart, November 30, 2020 –

After PETA published an undercover disclosure about the alpaca industry at the end of May, Tchibo, Columbia Sportswear, and the Ascena Retail Group have now announced, after talks with PETA and their international partner organizations, that they will discontinue the animal quality product.

PETA USA’s research on Mallkini, the world’s largest privately-owned Peruvian alpaca farm, revealed workers holding desperate screaming alpacas by the ears while roughly shaving the animals.
The material shows some alpacas spitting in fear.

Workers smashed the animals, some of them pregnant, onto tables and fixed them in devices that looked like the Middle Ages – pulling them so hard that their legs almost dislocated.

“We are very pleased that Tchibo has decided this year not to use alpaca wool in the future. Many alpacas are spared the agony of wool production and slaughter, ” says Frank Schmidt, Head of Corporate Affairs at PETA Germany.
“We appeal to all fashion and textile companies to follow this groundbreaking example and, for the sake of animals and the environment, to discontinue alpaca wool and to switch to vegan, sustainable fibers.”

The Ascena Retail Group will no longer use alpaca wool from the winter season of 2021.
Columbia Sportswear also announced in October after talks with PETA USA that it would no longer buy alpaca wool.

The fashion giants Uniqlo, Esprit, Tom Tailor, Valentino, and Marks & Spencer had previously decided to phase out the use of the material.

Gap Inc and the H&M Group with its eight brands have also already broken off all business relationships with Mallkini’s parent company – the Michell Group.
PETA points out that the production of alpaca wool causes extreme animal suffering and is also harmful to the environment.

In the “Higg Materials Sustainability Index”, alpaca wool is the second most harmful material for the environment, just behind the silk.

Alpaca wool is six times as harmful as polyester and more than four times as harmful as modal, viscose, rayon, lyocell, and other vegan materials.

PETA’s motto is in part: Animals are not there to be attracted to them or to be exploited in any other way. The organization works against speciesism – a worldview that classifies humans as superior to all other living beings.

https://www.peta.de/tchibo-verbannt-alpakawolle-nach-gespraechen-mit-peta-aus-dem-sortiment

And I mean…Do you remember our report on the cruel production of alpaca in Mallkini, the world’s largest privately-owned alpaca farm, near Muñani, Peru?
https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/02/alpaca-fleece-of-the-gods-with-the-torture-of-animals/
The same video showed the horror conditions in the alpaca farms in Peru.

Perhaps we will soon no longer have to post this video, the list of companies that refrain from this product- and consequently from this cruelty to animals- is getting longer with every year.
We are very happy about it!

If the consumer can no longer find alpaca, fur, or leather in shops, then he’ll just buy something without animal suffering.
It’s that simple!

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Be A Man – Eat Beef.

As a Vegan Englishman; I am glad we got away from all this EU junk at the beginning of this year. I find it a little odd that vegetarians are not allowed to use words like ‘milk’, but as part of this meat eating drive by the EU, people who eat Beef can be called ‘Beefatarians’. Are we soon going to see new EU legislation that says you cannot call someone who undertakes a plant based diet a ‘Vegetarian’ – as this infringes on the name ‘Beefatarian’ which now seems to be the ‘thing’ for beef eaters ! No doubt the EU will attack the plant eaters in every way they can; whilst supporting ‘he men’ who look the part by having a steak for lunch. And an additional beef eating thought – the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the strongest evidence for an association with eating red meat is for colorectal cancer. However, there is also evidence of links with pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Nuff said

Regards Mark

  

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EU Backs Campaign Encouraging Public To Become ‘Beefatarians’

The EU has financed more than €3.5 million to help the Proud of European Beef initiative to run for three years

 

Acampaign encouraging the public to become a ‘beefatarian’ has been backed by the EU.

The Proud of European Beef initiative is spearheaded by corporations Provacuno and APAQ-W. It is a three-year-long campaign that aims to makes consumers ‘confident’ about their decision to eat red meat.

The campaign is set to cost €4.5 million (approximately $5.39 million) – with ads running across countries such as France, Belgium and Spain. It will receive 80 percent (€3.6 million) of its funding from the European Commission.

‘A refusal to eat meat’

“The scope of the project is not only to highlighting the benefits of the product but to make the consumer feel identified and supported in its choice regarding it,” the campaign’s site states.

“Consumer behavior may lead to a refusal to eat meat due to the multiple types of information presented nowadays.

“But even so, those consumers who choose to eat red meat should feel at ease should they wish to reaffirm their choice for this product.”

And from the NON animal eating side; there is this video:

Should the EU promote red meat?

Despite the campaign, The World Health Organization classifies red meat as a Group 2A carcinogen.

This means products such as pork, beef, and lamb ‘probably cause cancer’.

Moreover, the WHO says the strongest evidence for an association with eating red meat is for colorectal cancer. However, there is also evidence of links with pancreatic and prostate cancer.


EU Backs ‘Bizzare’ Campaign Urging Public To Become ‘Beefatarians’ (plantbasednews.org)

Hey, become a Beefatarian:

https://youtu.be/SkPy-GmKrAg

These Vegan athletes below look so ‘wimpy’ – looks like they need a good steak to put on some muscle !!

 

Vegan Athletes Set World Records and Win Huge Medal Haul

Vegan Bodybuilding: Diet, Tips & Famous Bodybuilders | VeganFriendly.org.uk

VEGAN Vs MEAT BASED BODYBUILDING - YouTube

The Largest Collection of Vegan Muscle Europe Has Ever Seen Gathers in  London this Weekend

Food and Thought !

Regards Mark

England: PETITION – Please Sign: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre.

SIGN: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre
Image Credit: Stephen and Carol Clamp

WAV Comment – This should not be allowed to happen in ‘animal friendly England’. Please support – we need to find the big shits that did this; and then punish hard.

Petition Link – PETITION: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre (ladyfreethinker.org)

PETITION TARGET: Derbyshire Police

In the “worst case of animal cruelty” one top cop has ever seen, a flock of defenseless sheep had their throats slashed in South Derbyshire, England. Five of the innocent animals survived the attack despite their stab wounds, but 12 bled to death, according to Derbyshire Live.

Stephen and Carol Clamp’s 10-year-old, disabled grandson found the sheeps’ lifeless bodies butchered in the shed. Not realizing what had happened, he thought they were just sleeping.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage but then released while the investigation continues.

The family is devastated and heartbroken, and whoever is responsible for this horrifying attack must answer for their crimes.

Sign this petition urging the Derbyshire Police to use all available resources to fully investigate this case, finding and charging the person(s) responsible for this senseless slaughter.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Derbyshire police quoting the reference 20*583541 by calling 101, calling Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555111, or reaching out via Facebook or Twitter. The name of the officer on this case is PC Leanne Bull. 

The biggest scam that you’ve never even heard of (how one industry lied to the world).

Surge Activism is based in London, England.

SURGE | Our Mission (surgeactivism.org)

The biggest scam that you’ve never even heard of (how one industry lied to the world).  

Supplied by Stacey at Our Compass – with thanks – Mark.

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We’re told that milk is important for a strong healthy body, and if you stop consuming dairy most people will turn around and say, “wait, how are you going to get your calcium?” But everything we’ve been led to believe about dairy is a product of marketing, advertising, and government collusion.

This is how the dairy industry lied to the world. Download my free 122 page e-book: http://earthlinged.org/ebook Make the switch to vegan & get all of the support you need: http://switchtovegan.co.uk (Please note that “non-dairy” is different from “dairy free” labels and can indicate a small amount of milk byproducts in foods.)

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Trophy hunting: corruption and fraud

Trophy hunting is a particularly gruesome pastime that countless living beings pay with their death. In search of a special thrill, hobby hunters travel to distant lands to kill exotic and rare animals.

Apparently, it is not enough for German hunters to kill millions of native wild animals every year. Thousands of Germans travel abroad every year to hunt big game.

The providers of hunting trips leave nothing to be desired because even shooting permits for endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, or polar bears can be purchased for a lot of money.
And species native to Europe such as brown bears, wolves, and lynxes are also on the trophy collectors’ hit lists.

Hunted, killed, and mutilated
As a result of frequently missed shots and cruel hunting practices, many of the animals do not die immediately, but rather slowly and painfully.
The animals are often shot and flee with bloody wounds. As they run for their lives in fear of death, the animals continue to be shot at by the hunters and chased through the wilderness – lead bullets or steel arrows pierce their bodies until they collapse, exhausted.
Hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow is prohibited in Germany for reasons of animal welfare, but it is a common hunting practice in many countries for trophy hunting.

Trophäenjagd Löwe

The suffering of lions for the hunt in South Africa

In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred on so-called canned hunting farms so that they are later not naturally afraid of humans and thus of the hobby hunter. On many farms, the animals are even lured with bait or medicated to make the hunt a success even for inexperienced shooters.

Continue reading “Trophy hunting: corruption and fraud”

Pakistan: FROM THE LONELIEST TO THE LUCKIEST ELEPHANT: KAAVAN TAKES OFF FOR CAMBODIA.

Photo – Four Paws

 

FROM THE LONELIEST TO THE LUCKIEST ELEPHANT: KAAVAN TAKES OFF FOR CAMBODIA

30 November 2020

For the first time FOUR PAWS moves an elephant by air

A Russian cargo plane, a four-tonne transport crate able to hold 200 litres of urine and a negatie Covid-19 test for a wild animal: these are just some of the things global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS had to organise for the departure of the world’s loneliest elephant.

After months of preparation and more than 35 years of captivity, elephant Kaavan has started his journey from Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in Siem Reap on 30th November.

There Kaavan will live a species-appropriate life with other elephants. The historic wildlife transfer is implemented by FOUR PAWS in cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, American businessman Eric S. Margolis and the NGO Free The Wild, co-funded by Cher. Kaavan, together with the FOUR PAWS team, is expected to land in Siem Reap in the afternoon of 30th November.

The release to his new enclosure is planned for 1st December.

Read more at source

Four Paws

Past WAV posts on this:

Pakistan: Good News – Committee proposes relocation of Islamabad Zoo elephant to Cambodia after years of providing rides to children. – World Animals Voice

Pakistan: A Happy Ending After 35 Years ! – Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary. – World Animals Voice

“Information war” against anti-vaxx content online – report

With a significant number of Britons skeptical of a Covid vaccine, the army has reportedly deployed an “information warfare” unit to stamp out anti-vax propaganda online. Offline, citizens still protest lockdowns in the streets.

The British government is expected to greenlight a coronavirus vaccine and begin its distribution next month. In addition to the logistical challenge of getting millions of doses to the public, the government also faces the hurdle of convincing them to take it.

According to a recent poll by the British Academy and the Royal Society, more than a third of people in Britain say they’re either uncertain or very unlikely to take the vaccine.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, ministers are preparing to launch a massive public information campaign to convince people to take the jab. Behind the scenes, however, the Times reported that the British Army has mobilized the 77th Brigade’s Defence Cultural Specialist Unit to monitor and counter “online propaganda against vaccines.”

The unit was formed in 2010 and worked alongside psychological operations teams in Afghanistan, studying the behavior of the civilian population and giving cultural and linguistic advice to ground troops, according to the brigade’s own website.

However, according to a number of media reports, the unit counts at least one Twitter executive among its ranks and is said to create and manage fake social media profiles to shape public opinion.

The media discovered that the 77th Brigade’s specialty, according to a plaque on the wall of its Berkshire base, is creating “behavioral change.”

With the rollout of a vaccine imminent, the unit is “already monitoring cyberspace for Covid-19 content and analyzing how British citizens are being targeted online,” according to the Times.

The Times’ report does not detail exactly how the unit will fight back against anti-vax content, or even what kind of content will be targeted. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told the Times that the brigade’s efforts are “not being directed at the UK population,” and leaked documents reportedly suggest that its strategy includes “gathering evidence of vaccine disinformation from hostile states, including Russia.”

Despite the apparent focus on Moscow as a hub of vaccine misinformation, Russia was the first country in the world to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, and a second Russian-made jab will be made available to the public next month.

Meanwhile, on the streets of London, crowds gathered on Saturday to protest the government’s lockdown measures, as a system of tiered restrictions will come into force on Wednesday.

Critics argue that this system is simply an extension of the current national lockdown, and as the demonstrators in London chanted “freedom” and “stop controlling us,” police arrested more than 150 people, mostly for defying these lockdown restrictions.

https://www.rt.com/uk/508105-london-lockdown-protest-covid19/

Gates Foundation pours another $70mn into pushing Covid-19 vaccines on 3rd world countries as safety & efficacy questions remain

While many feel unjustly controlled by the lockdown, the government has also reportedly deployed its intelligence agencies to control public opinion online. In addition to the 77th Brigade’s efforts, GCHQ – the UK’s signals intelligence agency – has been tasked with countering online disinformation, according to the Times.

Though its exact role in this fight remains unknown, the media revealed that the agency has previously“developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information,” manipulated online polls, and covertly influenced online discussion.

According to documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the British public have been targeted by GCHQ.

Amid the online information war, there have been over 1.6 million Covid-19 cases in the UK, as well as more than 57,000 deaths. 

https://www.rt.com/uk/508163-army-information-war-vaccines/

https://www.rt.com/news/506547-bill-gates-vaccine-funding/

 

Our democracy imitates the Middle Ages, I call it a civil war!
I have no comment, but three I found excellent written and I add them:

1.”What is anti-vaxx anyway? To these goons, anti-vaxx is anyone (including a great many accomplished scientists) who query the establishment narrative or question fraudulent and biased big pharma studies. Why are our taxes and military being used to sure up multinational industries whose interests run counter to the interests and health of the folk of the nation”?

2.” Until Astra Zeneca can explain why two people in Britain and one in India and a bunch of monkeys suffered severe side effects as a result of having their vaccine, people should be very wary of taking any of this hokum.

3. so the population is now the enemy…

My best regards to all, Venus

Morality is indivisible.

We want to save dogs and eat pigs
We would have nothing against the Chinese if, like us, instead of dogs, they would eat the “right” animals, i.e. cattle, chickens, pigs.

Morality is indivisible.
We are not allowed to kill and eat animals, ALL animals – not just dogs, but also … pigs, isn’t that so?
Murder is murder.
And eating meat is murder.
Without difference

Regards and good night, Venus

Cruel corona animal experiments-business goes on

Senseless, cruel corona animal experiments

The well-known biologist, non-fiction author, and vaccination critic Clemens Arvay (“We can do it better”) recently posted on Facebook about the additional millions of cruel animal experiments for the completely senseless (the virus has already mutated 1000 times) and the highly dangerous new corona vaccination, which would directly genetically modify us humans and of which at least one human “guinea pig” has already died in Brazil (see, among others, in Heute. at https://www.heute.at/s/erster-teilnehmer-von-corona-impfstudie-gestorben-100108605):

“Locked up in cages. Vaccinated. Infected with the virus. Observed when sick. Killed after 7 days of infection, autopsied, and disposed of.

This is the fate of innumerable monkeys, brothers, and sisters.
I get sick studying all these vaccine studies. What a gruesome, by greed for money, and at the same time, hypocritical species is ours!
I will never finish my work, even if I would sometimes just turn away in disgust and move into a forest hut. (Clemens Arvay)”

And an initiative “Understanding animal experiments” installed by the pharmaceutical industry is lobbying for even more cruel animal experiments: “Without animal experiments, there is no corona vaccine” …”https://lokalo.de/artikel/214020/initiative-tierversuche-verhaben-ohne-tierversuche-kein-corona-impfstoff/ (!!!)

Therefore, please be sure to sign the “referendum for vaccination-free”, which will take place from 18.-25. January is in Austria to sign!

https://www.animal-spirit.at/news/grausame-corona-tierversuche

https://www.heute.at/s/erster-teilnehmer-von-corona-impfstudie-gestorben-100108605

And I mean…I don’t know about you, but the word corona creates anger of the highest order in me.
Because I think of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The King’s New Clothes”.
The narrative is cited today as an example to criticize gullibility and the uncritical acceptance of alleged authorities and experts.

The deception is so great that hardly anyone dares to question it:
– Who checks the vaccines for reactions?
– Are reactions checked?
– Why are our general practitioners not allowed to vaccinate?
-Why tested on animals when animals are not getting the virus?

The ridiculous initiative “https://lokalo.de/artikel/214020/initiative-tierversuche-verhaben-ohne-tierversuche-kein-corona-impfstoff/…will work “comprehensively, up-to-date and fact-based” according to its own statements.
This means: “When developing vaccines, animal experiments … examine possible side effects”.

And then comes the news: “The first participant in the corona vaccination study died”!
Now we can collectively wonder again how many of us human “guinea pigs” will survive this vaccination war.

animal experiments

The animals were the first victims to fall in vain, as always.
Because they couldn’t fight back.
Maybe we can do it better

My best regards to all, Venus

South Korea: Korean Dogs November Actions / Newsletter.

 
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”-Mahatma Gandhi 

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Korean Dogs.

Lots of actions to take – please support where you can thank you.

Hagebau ends the dirty business with reptiles

Hagebau withdraws from reptile sales after talks with PETA Germany

In 2015 and 2016, we at PETA Germany published extensive research into the sale of small animals and reptiles, which revealed serious deficiencies and terrible animal cruelty in numerous pet shops and their suppliers.
Since it was published, we have been in dialogue with a number of pet shops and hardware stores in order to promote the withdrawal from animal sales. Based on the talks, the company Hagebau announced in November 2020 that it would end the sale of reptiles from 2021.

A large number of animals do not survive the transport.

With our publications about the suffering of animals for the reptile trade, we were able to persuade the hardware store chain Hagebau to stop selling reptiles. In the past, we have pointed out several times that this is associated with immense animal suffering. The public criticism had already led to the fact that the majority of the Hagebau stores stopped selling reptiles in recent years.

In 2021, the last sales point for reptiles from Hagebau is to be closed.

We thank you for this animal-friendly decision and expressly welcome the trend-setting step taken by the Hagebau company for more animal welfare.
“Snakes, turtles, and exotic lizards can never be kept in a species-appropriate manner in living rooms. Hagebau has recognized this and is taking an important step in the direction of animal welfare by withdrawing from reptile scales,” said Jana Hoger, PETA Germany

The Borneo earless monitor lizard is traded for 8,000 euros per pair. Olexandr Topchylo / wikimedia.org

 

With the sales stop from 2021, Hagebau is taking responsibility and making an important contribution to ensuring that no more reptiles are sold in Germany in the future.

Reptile sales: animal suffering supported by hardware stores and pet shops

Our publication in August 2016 provided insights into the unscrupulous trade in reptiles for the German pet market for the first time. Image material documented masses of the dead, injured, or for years locked up in plastic boxes animals at German wholesalers and their international suppliers.

At this reptile dealer, snakes are sometimes kept in small plastic boxes for over 10 years.

A study presented by the Federal Environment Ministry in March 2020 also confirms that the trade-in of exotic wild animals is contributing to the global extinction of species.
For reasons of species and nature conservation, action must be taken accordingly. When reptiles are caught and transported alone, up to 70 percent of the animals die from stress, insufficient supplies, or injuries caused by transport.

Many of the exotic animals sold in Germany also come from Asia, Africa, and South America as so-called wild-caught animals – they were previously wrested from their natural habitat.

Due to the unknown origin of the animals, it cannot be said in such cases whether or which deadly viruses and bacteria the reptiles carry.

The majority of all zoonoses, 72 percent, can be traced back to contact with wild animals.

Continue reading “Hagebau ends the dirty business with reptiles”

Pakistan: A Happy Ending After 35 Years ! – Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary.

Kaavan, a 35-year-old bull elephant said to be the 'loneliest in the world' is leaving a tiny enclosure in a Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at a Cambodian sanctuary after years of campaigning by animal rights activists. Pictured: Pakistani band Khumaariyan performs at Kaavans leaving party
The plight of Kaavan, an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant, has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the woeful state of Islamabad's Marghazar Zoo

Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary

  • Overweight Kaavan the bull elephant has languished at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, for 35 years
  • Animal-lovers threw a going-away party before he leaves on Sunday after years of campaigning by activists
  • Pakistan’s only Asian elephant is set to be flown to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on the weekend

 

The world’s loneliest elephant kept in a tiny enclosure in a Pakistan horror zoo is finally leaving for a new life at a Cambodian sanctuary.

With music, treats and balloons, friends of Pakistan’s only Asian elephant threw a farewell party for the creature ahead of his relocation from Islamabad after years of campaigning by animal rights activists.

The plight of Kaavan, an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant, has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the woeful state of Marghazar Zoo.

Conditions are so bad at the zoo that a judge in May ordered all the animals to be moved.

Kaavan is set to be flown to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday, said Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of climate change.

Read the full story, with pictures, at 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8981801/Pakistans-lonely-elephant-Kaavan-packs-trunk-Cambodia.html

 

 

Romania accused of ‘silence’ over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep.

Livestock vessel Queen Hind capsized off Romania, leading to the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep.

Livestock vessel Queen Hind capsized off Romania, leading to the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. Photograph: Animals International

Read our posts on the Romanian live export situation at:

Search Results for “romania live export” – World Animals Voice

 

WAV Comment – the situation is not un expected; “Romania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep”.

We have reported on some Romanian ‘baddies’ in the past – Romania: Portrays Himself As ‘Jeckyll’, The Child Lover; But In Reality He Is ‘Hyde’ – The Mass Animal Killer. – World Animals Voice

 

But there are some great Romanian animal welfare campaigner friends fighting continuously for the animals; such as a special lady and friend; Carmen.

Remember the name – Carmen Arsene.- a wonderful lady and campaigner who never stops fighting for animals !

Romania: Animal welfare round table – YouTube

Carmen Arsene, president of the National Federation for Animal Protection in Romania, Ruud Tombrock, Europe director of World Animal Protection and Dr. Marlene Wartenberg, animal welfare strategic consultant (Four Paws) discuss the situation in Romania, where corruption and criminal activities in connection with brutality is becoming a health threat to Romanians. Interviewed by EU Reporter’s Strasbourg correspondent, Peter von Kohl (DK).

 Regards Mark

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Romania accused of ‘silence’ over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep

An investigation into the Queen Hind sinking a year ago is yet to be published and the live export trade continues to boom

Romania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep.

Rescuers who rushed to the sinking Queen Hind vessel, which left Romania’s Black Sea port of Midia a year ago, managed to save just 228 sheep out of a total 14,600, but only 180 ultimately survived the ordeal.

Romania’s prime minister Ludovic Orban vowed on television last year to end live exports in the “medium-term”. However, since the Queen Hind disaster more than 2 million live animals have been exported from Romania – mostly to north Africa and the Middle East.

Romanian authorities have claimed the vessel was 10% below capacity and that the animals were “clinically healthy and fit for transport”. But campaigners say the vessel was overloaded and this ultimately led to the thousands of sheep drowning in the Black Sea.

The only information to emerge since the sinking has been the discovery of secret compartments onboard with dead animals inside, by the company hired to remove the ship from the water.

Romania’s transport ministry told the Guardian this week that investigations are concluded and said a summary of the report will be published on the ministry’s website. They also said that the purpose of the technical investigation was to establish maritime safety issues and to prevent future accidents, and “not to establish guilt in people involved”.

EU law stipulates that investigations into maritime accidents should be reported in full within 12 months, but that if a final report is not possible in that timeframe, then “an interim report shall be published within 12 months of the date” of the event.

“They promised a cross-check investigation to find out what happened, and since then – complete silence,” said Gabriel Paun, EU director at Animals International.

The Guardian contacted MGM Marine Shipping, the management company behind the Queen Hind, and they denied any knowledge of secret decks. They said company procedures hadn’t changed since the disaster.

“Nothing has changed, I don’t want to talk any more about this vessel – I want to forget about it,” a company representative said in a telephone call before hanging up.

A European commission audit on Romania between September and October last year, which aimed to evaluate animal welfare during transport by livestock vessels to non-EU countries, raised multiple concerns, including “a general lack of records in the system of controls to ensure animal welfare during transport by sea to non-EU countries”.

“There is no evidence of checks confirming that the animals are fit to continue the journey. The absence of documented procedures, records and support to official veterinarians in checking vessels provide little assurances on the effectiveness of most controls carried out,” the report said.

“The Queen Hind was an iconic example of the intrinsic failures of the system,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Brussels-based Eurogroup for Animals, an EU umbrella group for animal advocacy organisations. “The EU likes to pride itself as a global animal welfare leader, but it still makes its hands dirty with this cruel industry.”

Guardian investigation found that livestock vessels are twice as likely to suffer a “total loss” from sinking or grounding as standard cargo vessels. Livestock ships are often old and originally built for other purposes before being converted to carry animals. The Queen Hind was 39 years old at the time of the disaster.

Mary Pana, president of the association of cattle, sheep and pig breeders and exporters in Romania, said: “EU competition with Australia and New Zealand is acute.”

“Naval accidents have happened to us and to them. But these are accidents … I trust the EC [European commission] will find an efficient way to change the current legislation so that the animals have superior welfare conditions for breeding, transport, and slaughter,” Pana said.

Campaigners have complained that since the disaster little has changed to improve animal welfare standards for live exports.

“These are not five-star cruises,” said Paun. “I’ve spent time on cargo ships and conditions cannot be improved – there are always an enormous amount of problems that occur, and there is not one single [long-haul] shipment where there are no animals dying.”

Vasile Deac, a veterinarian and owner of a live export company, said a ban on live exports would harm the livelihoods of Romanian farmers.

“The live animal export trade is very important for Romanian farmers,” Deac said. “If there was no live export market farmers wouldn’t have anywhere to sell their animals and it would be a big loss for them.”

“As an exporter it’s very important for me to see the ships that the animals are exported on,” he said. “The Queen Hind was an accident, it wasn’t done intentionally.”

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Romania accused of ‘silence’ over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep | Environment | The Guardian

Denmark: Escaped Infected Danish Mink Could Spread Covid in Wild.

View all our Danish mink articles at Search Results for “denmark mink” – World Animals Voice

WAV Comment – “Denmark’s health ministry said last week that the C5 mink variant was “very likely extinct”.   Well what else would you expect ? – time will tell over the coming weeks and months.  Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, and so we would expect nothing but an ‘all is ok, no need to worry’ from the health ministry.

By the way, we have still NOT had any response from the Danish Ambassador in London re our letter of the Danish mink cull situation.  See:

England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice

We wonder why ? – do they not have answers or are things just so jumbled and up in the air, despite what the health ministry says ?

We also say ‘Karma’ – Denmark is now reaping what it sowed years ago by becoming involved with the fur trade.  We have no sympathy.

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Escaped infected Danish mink could spread Covid in wild

Scientists fear fur farm animals in wild could create ‘lasting’ Covid reservoir that could then spread back to humans

Escaped mink carrying the virus that causes Covid-19 could potentially infect Denmark’s wild animals, raising fears of a permanent Sars-CoV-2 reservoir from which new virus variants could be reintroduced to humans.

Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, announced in early November that it would cull the country’s farmed mink after discovering a mutated version of the virus that could have jeopardised the efficacy of future vaccines.

Around 10 million mink have been killed to date. Fur industry sources expect the fur from the remaining 5 million to 7 million mink will be sold.

A number of Covid mink variants were identified by Denmark’s state-owned research body the Statens Serum Institut, but only one, known as C5, raised vaccine efficacy concerns. However, Denmark’s health ministry said last week that the C5 mink variant was “very likely extinct”.

Mink are known to regularly escape fur farms and the risk that infected mink are now in the wild was confirmed on Thursday.

“Every year, a few thousand mink escape. We know that because they are an invasive species and every year hunters and trappers kill a few thousand wild mink. The population of escaped mink is quite stable,” said Sten Mortensen, veterinary research manager at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

This year, Mortensen said, there was a risk that about 5% of the minks that escaped from farms were infected with Covid-19.

The risk of the escapees infecting other animals was low, he said, because mink were “very solitary creatures”. But, if they did, the animals most likely to catch the virus would include wild animals such as ferrets and raccoon dogs and “susceptible domestic animals” such as cats.

The most likely transmission route, he said, would be by an animal eating an infected mink or via their faeces.

Mink do not normally die from Covid-19, he added. “Once a mink has had Covid it usually recovers well. Some might have a few days of respiratory difficulty, but most recover and develop immunity.”

The risk of Sars-CoV-2 moving into wild populations has drawn concern from other scientists. Prof Joanne Santini, a microbiologist at University College London, said that, once in the wild, “it will become extremely difficult to control its further spread to animals and then back to humans”.

Transmission to the wild meant “the virus could broaden its host-range [and] infect other species of animals that it wouldn’t ordinarily be able to infect”, Santini said.

Prof Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, in an email to the Guardian, said: “Sars-CoV-2 could potentially continue to circulate in large-scale farms or be introduced to escaped and wild mustelids [weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, martens, minks, and wolverines] or other wildlife” and then “in theory, as avian flu and swine influenza viruses do, continue to evolve in their animal hosts, constituting a permanent pandemic threat to humans and animals.”

In the US, there are hopes a mink vaccine will soon be ready. Dr John Easley, vet and research director at the Fur Commission USA said he hoped “one of three vaccine possibilities” would be available by spring for mink farmers in the US and beyond.

However, a mink vaccine is a contentious issue for animal welfare organisations. “Instead of dealing with the fact that the appalling conditions of high-volume, low-welfare fur farming make mink so vulnerable to disease in the first place, it’s easier to distract everyone with talk of a vaccine that could be used like a yearly sticking plaster to compensate for the consequences of those poor welfare conditions,” said Wendy Higgins of Humane Society International.

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Brilliant articles as always: Guardian, London.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/27/escaped-infected-danish-mink-could-spread-covid-in-wild

Australia / China: Chinese Fishing Plant in Torres Strait Raises Alarm for Australian Industry and Islanders.

A Chinese-flagged fishing boat
A Chinese-flagged fishing boat. Australian MP Warren Entsch and fishing groups in the Torres Strait have raised concerns about the plan for a $200m fish processing plant on Daru Island in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Artyom Ivanov/Tass

Chinese fishing plant in Torres Strait raises alarm for Australian industry and islanders

Processing plant on a Papua New Guinean island may bring more commercial pressure on fisheries in areas where regulation is uncertain

A $200m Chinese-built fishery plant planned for a Papua New Guinean island could allow Chinese-backed commercial vessels to fish legally in the Torres Strait, and has raised concerns about unregulated fishing in the same waters, potentially threatening the Australian industry and local PNG fishers.

China’s ministry of commerce this month announced a $527m kina (A$204m) deal to establish a “comprehensive multi-functional fishery industrial park” project on Daru Island, in PNG’s Western Province.

The memorandum of understanding, which offered little detail, was signed by the Fujian Zhonghong Fishery Company, PNG’s fisheries minister, Lino Tom, and the governor of Western Province, Taboi Yoto. The plant is expected to serve as a hub for fishing vessels coming into the region, and to process catches taken from the Torres Strait.

Under the Torres Strait Treaty, Australia and PNG are allowed to fish a shared area of the waters known as the protected zone, which straddles the fishing zones of the two countries.

Inside Australia’s zone, PNG boats may take 25% of the permitted tropical lobster catch and 40% of Spanish mackerel.

To date PNG has not had the capacity to commercially fish its share of these quotas, but the deal could attract Chinese funding for PNG-flagged vessels.

Warren Entsch, the MP for the north Queensland electorate of Leichhardt, said: “It’s certainly going to impact on our side of the fishery … but at the end of the day there is a treaty arrangement there.

“The biggest losers are going to be the treaty villages [of PNG’s Western Province]. They have no welfare system and bugger-all support from the PNG government. When they go out to fish to feed their families, there’s going to be nothing left.”

The Fuzhou-based Fujian Zhonghong Fishery Company, established in 2011, has a long involvement with PNG, mainly in fishing and seafood processing.

But Entsch said he held concerns over China’s track record in the region.

“You only have to look at what China has done in other places in the Pacific to ask the question of whose best interest it is in,” he said. “Is it in the best interest of the broader PNG community? I suspect not.”

Torres Strait community fisheries representative Kenny Bedford said: “There are significant implications for Australian Torres Strait fisheries.

“Under the current catch sharing arrangements, it is likely PNG will be moving in this partnership to access their full entitlement rights [under] the Torres Strait treaty,” Bedford said.

Aside from the catches allowed under the treaty, fish resources on the PNG side of the border were “seriously depleted, unmonitored and poorly managed”, Bedford said.

A map of the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea
The Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The black line is the boundary between the two countries’ fishing zones. The green line marks the protected zone where fishing is shared. Daru is the smaller of the two islands north of the shared zone, between Saibai Island and Bramble Cay. Photograph: Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

“The traditional owners of land and sea along the Western Province treaty villages have no say or control over what is being harvested or by whom.”

Tom said the plant was a “priority project” for PNG.

“Under the influence of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy, Zhonghong Fishery Company decided to invest in PNG. This large investment project will bring employment to the local area and promote the economic development of Western Province and PNG.”

China’s ambassador to PNG, Xue Bing, said the company’s investment “will definitely enhance PNG’s ability to comprehensively develop and utilise its own fishery resources”.

The Fujian Zhonghong Fishery Company did not respond to a request for comment.

Chinese fishing fleets have devastated local fish stocks in other parts of the world. In August, just off the Galapagos Islands, an armada of nearly 300 Chinese vessels logged 73,000 hours of fishing in a month, hauling in thousands of tonnes of squid and fish.

At their closest point, PNG and Australia are separated by less than 4km of water: the border communities are deeply intertwined, with free movement between islands (outside Covid restrictions) and close sharing of resources.

The Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Gur A Baradharaw Kod represents traditional inhabitants throughout the island communities. Its chair, Ned David, said the organisation was “extremely concerned” with the implications of the plan, including an increased risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

“We have raised a number of concerns over the years with Afma [the Australian Fisheries Management Authority] that we have had very little policing of the fishery,” David said.

“We already have a number of Chinese operators in some of our communities and I’ve asked that this is looked at and that some sort of due diligence be conducted around what I would categorise as a rogue element in the business.

We’d like to see the level of monitoring and restrictions the commonwealth has taken on the border for Covid continued in terms of policing and presence to ensure that nobody is pillaging and plundering our resources, on our side of the border.”

Asked whether Afma had the capacity to monitor larger, professional fishing fleets in the strait, a spokesman said the existing legal framework would remain “the basis for continued successful management”.

An Australian Border Force spokesperson told the Guardian it worked closely with its PNG counterparts: “The ABF undertakes a range of enforcement action, including boarding vessels, to respond to any threat to civil maritime security.”

A north Queensland fishing industry source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many in the industry were concerned by the proposed park on Daru, but noted the project was so far no more than a memorandum of understanding.

“[But] this is definitely a warning shot across our bow. I think China will be watching closely how we will respond.”

Chinese fishing plant in Torres Strait raises alarm for Australian industry and islanders | Torres Strait Islands | The Guardian

USA: Dog Slowly Suffered And Died On The End Of A Chain: Demand Investigation And Charges!

Dog Slowly Suffered And Died On The End Of A Chain: Demand Investigation And Charges!

This abhorrent case of neglect and cruelty dates back to 2019. Though the mayor and animal control agency were contacted, nobody felt that the situation warranted charges…because apparently nobody felt that Tazi mattered enough.

Tazi’s advocate lays out the timeline and details of what transpired:

He suffered through a hot summer, no food or water, and died in August/September 2019. I found his remains on October 17, 2019, because I smelled him.
The photo of him alive was taken in April 2019, shortly before a visit to the property by animal control. The property owner was contacted by animal control. The owner explained that the dogs were left at this empty property as guard dogs. And that was OK.

This abhorrent case of neglect and cruelty dates back to 2019. Though the mayor and animal control agency were contacted, nobody felt that the situation warranted charges…because apparently nobody felt that Tazi mattered enough.

Tazi’s advocate lays out the timeline and details of what transpired:

He suffered through a hot summer, no food or water, and died in August/September 2019. I found his remains on October 17, 2019, because I smelled him.
The photo of him alive was taken in April 2019, shortly before a visit to the property by animal control. The property owner was contacted by animal control. The owner explained that the dogs were left at this empty property as guard dogs. And that was OK.
The photo of him alive was taken by a teacher who worked at the middle school NEXT DOOR to this house. That’s right…teachers and parents drove past this dog, chained in the side yard, viewable from the street that leads to the school. Children walked past this yard on their way to school. Only one teacher spoke for him. She made numerous complaints to animal control and has written documentation of their contact with the dog owner.

The person responsible for Tazi’s death must be arrested, charged, and punished. We need your signature today to make this happen. Please join us in seeking justice for Tazi.

Target:

Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Department

Mayor Stimpson

Update 11/19/2020: Charges have been filed against Marcus Kyles, the man believed to be Tazi’s owner. Kyles is facing multiple charges, including cruelty to dog/cat, Failure to License, Failure to provide food/water or shelter, Failure to vaccinate, and Improper Disposal of a dead animal. Arraignment is scheduled for 12/16/2020.

Update 11/16/2020: We have not had a response from the Mayor’s office or Chief Lawrence Battiste’s office from the Mobile Police Department. Today Animal Victory sent a second letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste along with over 19500 signatures. Our return receipt letter and signatures will also be snail-mailed to the Mayor’s office and Chief Lawrence Battiste.

Update 11/8/2020: Read our letter to Mobile County Animal Control Advisory Board here

Update 11/4/2020: Read our letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste here

*Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.

Sign here: http://www.animalvictory.org/dog_slowly_suffered_and_died_on_the_end_of_a_chain_demand_investigation_and_charges?recruiter_id=934119




Sign here: http://www.animalvictory.org/dog_slowly_suffered_and_died_on_the_end_of_a_chain_demand_investigation_and_charges?recruiter_id=934119

England: National Trust pause trail hunting on its land following webinar police probe.

November 2020:

England:  National Trust pause trail hunting on its land following webinar police probe

The National Trust have said it will pause trail hunting on its land and will not be granting new licences this season.

The news follows a ITV News report that revealed webinars hosted by The Hunting Office, the sport’s governing body, are being examined by police officers in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service to see if any criminal offences have taken place.

In a statement shared by ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn, the National Trust said: “We have taken the decision to pause trail hunting on National Trust land and will not be granting any new licences for the remainder of the season.”

In a follow up tweet, the charity said: “We do not currently have a date when this decision will be reviewed.”

Forestry England has also moved to suspend trail hunting on its land.

Crown Estates also issued a statement advising it was “aware of the current investigation” and adding: “We do not condone any form of hunting outside of UK law and we are therefore looking into this matter.

“The majority of our rural portfolio is comprised of tenanted, working farmland. While any decision to allow hunting rests with the tenant, it must always take place in full compliance with UK law.  

United Utilities is also suspending trail hunting on its land until the investigation is complete, in a statement the company added: “At that point, we will consider what action we should take.”

 While Natural Resources Wales also confirmed it was “looking into [the investigation] to see what action, if any, we need to take.”

 A police investigation was launched after allegations were made to numerous forces about the contents of online meetings the hunting body held.

The Hunting Office say the seminars “clearly dealt with the operation and promotion of legal trail hunting and managing animal rights activism” but activists argue the seminars, organised to discuss trail hunting, raise questions about the motives of some in the sport.

Trail hunting involves laying a scent similar to that of a fox for hounds to follow.

Hunting groups maintain they follow the letter of the law but, they say, accidents happen.

When dogs follow a fake trail, it frequently leads them to a real fox instead. That is not illegal.

Animal rights activists have a long-held belief that legal exemptions like trail laying offer little protection to foxes and make illegal activities difficult to prove.

What is trail hunting and is it legal?

The police and the Crown Prosecution Service are investigating online seminars hosted by hunting’s governing body, The Hunting Office, ITV News has learned.

Traditional fox hunting – where the animal was chased and killed by dogs – was banned in England and Wales in 2005.

A number of alternative versions of hunting have continued in the wake of the ban, however, and are now the subject of controversy and fierce debate.

So what is the legal situation on the different forms of hunting and who’s who in one of the country’s most fiercely debated issues?

The variations on fox hunting

Following the ban on the chasing and killing of animals, different variations sprung up to allow the activity to still take place in modified, legal forms.

Drag hunting – a sport that existed before the ban – uses foxhounds to search for a scent laid by a drag pulled on a string.

The activity doesn’t involve an animal scent and doesn’t involve the pursuit or killing of wild animals.

Trail hunting uses an animal-based scent for the hunt to follow and is the form many hunts have switched to following the 2005 ban.

Groups on each side of the debate differ as to whether the scent is laid using a material laced with something like urine or whether body parts or carcasses are used.

Following the Hunting Act 2004, banning traditional hunts, the practice of trail hunting has been widely adopted.

Continue reading “England: National Trust pause trail hunting on its land following webinar police probe.”

EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters; but they will still kill !

Photo – Magda2Geneve

EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters

27 November 2020

Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year

Lead shot is to be banned from all wetlands in the European Union, in a decision that is expected to pave the way for phasing out all toxic ammunition.

The European parliament voted against objections lodged by far-right parties, allowing the European commission to introduce the new regulations by the end of the year.

The ban will ensure that any wildfowl or waterbirds are shot with non-toxic steel ammunition after scientific studies found that 1 million waterbirds are killed by lead poisoning each year. Millions more wild birds, including raptors, are poisoned but do not die, with 40% of whooper swans found to have elevated blood lead levels.

If the regulations come into force before the end of the Brexit transition period, they will become UK law. This would compel some grouse shoots to use non-toxic ammunition because certain grouse moors are peatlands and are classified as wetlands according to the EU definition.

“It’s absolutely fantastic news,” said Prof Debbie Pain, an independent ecological toxicologist and honorary research fellow at the University of Cambridge who has studied the effects of lead shot for nearly 40 years. “Lead shot kills 1 million waterbirds each year, it contaminates the environment and it’s a cumulative poison, so the problem is getting worse and worse.

“This ban is going to make a huge difference to the health of wetlands and the health of waterbirds across the EU. It’s absolutely the right thing to do and non-toxic alternatives have been available for a long time.”

Although Denmark outlawed lead shot in 1996, most other EU nations continue to use it. In Britain, a coalition of shooting groups earlier this year pledged to move to non-toxic alternatives within the next five years. Waitrose has banned the sale of game shot with lead.

In England, the use of lead shot is banned for the shooting of all ducks and geese and on foreshores and other sensitive sites, but campaigners say compliance is poor. Research has found that more than 70% of ducks are still shot with lead.

If the ban does not come into force before the Brexit transition period ends, Britain will not be compelled to adopt it, but government sources say it supports the principle of addressing the impact of lead shot.

Countries will have 24 months to bring in the ban, which will result in shooters only being able to use non-toxic steel ammunition across vast swathes of northern European countries, where a lot of land meets the EU definition of wetland.

The European Chemicals Agency is now developing restrictions on the use of all lead ammunition and the use of lead in fishing weights in preparation for a full ban on lead ammunition.

Ruth Cromie of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said lead poisoning caused lowered immune systems in wild birds, potentially facilitating the spread of diseases such as avian flu.

“Progressive hunters have known for a long time that lead ammunition has to go. This is a clear sign that the policy is finally catching up with this no-brainer. We’ve got all the evidence and we’ve got a practical solution – non-toxic ammunition.”

Read more at source

The Guardian  London – Brilliant as always !

Regards Mark

South Africa: Live Exports – The Journey So Far. Further Information and Donation Links.

https://nspca.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/nspca-live-export.mp4?_=1

THEY NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER

It has been a long and trying year as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel.
We have lost battles and we have won some, but the war is far from over ….

On 06 August 2020, the National Council of SPCAs was back in the Grahamstown High Court fighting to interdict the impending export of live animals by sea to the Middle East. On 25 August 2020 Acting Judge Dukada handed down an order, allowing the Kuwaiti exporters, Al Mawashi and KLTT, to export no more than 56,000 sheep over the equator on the Al Messilah vessel in the hottest month of the year.


Acting Judge Dukada also ordered the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to monitor the loading process and provide reports to the court – this is the same Department that the NSPCA has laid animal cruelty charges against in previous shipments.
The Al Messilah, filled with some 51000 sheep, left South Africa on the 05 September 2020. A further two criminal dockets were opened against the exporters and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.


In October 2020 written reasons for Acting Judge Dukada’s order was received from the Grahamstown High Court. The application was not dismissed nor granted, it seems to have been an impractical compromise. Furthermore, in his judgement, Acting Judge Dukada stated that the NSPCA had ignored the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, published by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) – Specifically, chapter 7.2 of the OIE Standards Transport of Animals by Sea. These guidelines are not even recognized as international law by the very body who developed them. These guidelines are in place as bare, minimum “recommendations” for countries which do not have adequate legislation for the protection of animals.

The Acting Judge further stated that Al Mawashi and LTTC would be expected to adhere to this ‘law during the loading and transportation of the animals aboard their vessel. This, however, was not the case as these basic guidelines were still observed to be disregarded by members of Al Mawashi and LTTC. It is interesting to note that the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) who opposed the NSPCAs application has now launched a contempt of court application against the South African Government for not following the Acting Judge Dukada’s directives.


The NSPCAs’ legal team launched an application for leave to appeal Acting Judge Dukada’s order which was heard on 06 November 2020 and then declined by the Acting Judge Dukada On 17 October 2020. The NSPCA is left with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.


It has been a long and trying year for the NSPCA as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel. The undeniable suffering that these animals experience during these journeys to the Middle East is both unnecessary and unacceptable.

Unfortunately, this appeal process is a very costly battle as we continue to pursue the ban of live export.

We need YOUR help to protect these animals from unnecessary suffering.

YOUR support can help us win this fight and leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren for a much kinder world!

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The NSPCA’s Battle Against the Live Export of Animals to the Middle East

Get Personally Involved: Survey on Experimental Models in Research; Take Part Link Below.

Survey on Experimental Models in Research

26 November 2020

This survey is centered on European research, and is an instrument to be made available freely to interested stakeholders to shape the public discourse on biomedical research.

It will be used to map the reality of the European biomedical research models – animal or non animal, tracing as accurately as possible the state, perspectives, needs, and expectations of those that made research their call.

An ever growing number of stakeholders, from within and outside research practice, participate in the shaping and definition of key research policies, each with specific agendas and values. A credible depiction of the reality, articulation, and complexity of European research will be a meaningful instrument to help the public dialogue remain focused on the effective needs of research itself, embedding outside considerations but not suffering undue influence.

The survey includes multiple questions on the use of animals in research. 

To take part – Click on the word ‘here’; or follow the EU Survey link given below.

Take the survey here.

EUSurvey – Survey (europa.eu)

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Germany: Positive News – Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials.

Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials

26 November 2020

Germany:

At Helmholtz Zentrum München, the research group of Dr. Tobias Stöger, in collaboration with partners from the SmartNanoTox EU project, gathered insights on the toxicity of nanoparticles and managed to predict the spectrum of lung inflammation using only in vitro measurement and in silico modeling.

Our lungs are exposed to a multitude of hazardous airborne particles on a daily basis. Nanoparticles, due to their small size, may reach the sensitive alveolar region of the human lung and trigger inflammation even after a single inhalation leading to severe diseases such as heart disease, brain damage and lung cancer for prolonged exposure.

In manufacturing, toxic nanoparticles may be released into the environment during the production, processing, degradation or combustion of materials. Despite advances in models for nanotoxicology, currently neither in vitro nor in silico testing tools can reliably predict adverse outcomes or replace in vivo testing. In order to facilitate the introduction of safer materials into our lives, novel testing strategies are needed to predict the potential toxicity of industrial nanoparticles before and during the manufacturing process. 

Currently, safety testing relies heavily on animal studies.

While animal experimentation is still indispensable for mechanistic and chronic toxicological studies, they are less suited for predictive tests within a safe-by-design production of new materials. This study introduces an alternative animal-free testing strategy, capable for high-throughput testing and connectable with in silico modelling.

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First Cases of COVID-19 in Polish Mink.

First cases of COVID-19 in Polish mink

26 November 2020

Polish scientists have identifies the first cases of coronavirus in mink at a farm in the north of the country.

The Medical University of Gdansk said that eight animals were found to be infected at a breeding farm in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. 

Poland, a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed mink and workers this month after a mutation of the virus was found in Denmark. 

Veterinary and sanitary authorities in Poland said last week that 18 coronavirus cases had been identifies among mink farmworkers since the start of the pandemic, but it was unlikely that to have been spread by the animals.

“The obtained results indicate the possibility of transmission of the virus from humans to minks,” the Medical University of Gdansk said in a statement. 

Poland is the world’s third-largest fur producer after China and Denmark, according to animal rights groups that are campaigning for an end to breeding animals like mink for fur. 

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WAV Past posts on Polish fur:

Poland: The Price of A Fur Coat. Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm. – World Animals Voice

Some Very Recent Positive News From Poland Regarding Fur Farming and Animals In Entertainment. – World Animals Voice

England: This Is Huge ! Respect for Animals – Fighting the Fur Trade – Poland Close to Historic Fur Farming Ban. – – World Animals Voice

Poland: Mecca of the fur industry – World Animals Voice

Poland: The blood business with fur – World Animals Voice

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19. But No Ban on Chinchilla Fur Production.

Fox fur farming has been banned in Hungary

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19

The announcement follows a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms across the globe

Hungary has announced a ban on mink fur farming due to ‘public health concerns of zoonotic diseases’.

The ban also includes the farming of foxes, polecats/ferrets, and coypu. However, it does not include chinchilla.

The news follows COVID-19 outbreaks on slew of mink fur farms across the globe. Reports now suggest the COVID-19 variant found on a Danish mink fur farm could spark a new coronavirus pandemic.

‘A good outcome for human health’

Dr. Joanna Swabe is the senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News she ‘applaued’ the Hungarian government for enacting the ban.

Swabe said: Although these species are not currently farmed for fur in the country… This ban is more than just symbol politics. There’s a very real and present danger that fur farmers from elsewhere in Europe may attempt to move their operations to Hungary.

“This is a precautionary measure that shuts the door to that happening. [It] is a good outcome for human health and animal welfare.”

‘Make fur farming history’

Moreover, Swabe points out the ban ‘fails’ to include chinchila, who ‘could also be susceptible to viruses’.

She added: “As long as the animal exploitation of fur farming is tolerated, the potential for reservoirs of animal to human pathogens will persist….

“HSI hopes that the Hungarian government will also consider strengthening its ban by shutting down the country’s chinchilla fur farms too, and make fur farming history in Hungary.”

Petition: Stop Sunshine Coast Council from Destroying Beloved Sarge. Immediate Action Required.

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We are in a fight to save our beautiful family dog Sarge from being killed by Sunshine Coast Regional Council in Queensland.

Sarge has been a part of my family for 8 years, and it’s been nothing but pure love since I picked him up at 8 weeks old. Sarge had a very normal life interacting with all kinds of dogs at off-leash beaches and off-leash parks where he had no issues. He has lived happily with babies, children, a rabbit, cats, guinea pigs, and other dogs. He went to puppy pre-school and passed everything and was always well-behaved.

Unfortunately, in 2016 at age 6, Sarge was declared a dangerous dog following an incident where a small dog was killed. There were no visible injuries to the small dog; we were all incredibly devastated as we knew this is not what Sarge had intended to happen, he was just trying to help his pack member who he thought was in trouble. This declaration was imposed by Noosa Council with no objection from me as his owner. There were no further incidents or problems when we lived in the Noosa council area.

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Fur Industry Faces Uncertain Future Due to Covid.

Fur industry faces uncertain future due to Covid

By Adrienne Murray
Business reporter, Copenhagen

Europe’s fur industry is back in the spotlight after Denmark’s mass culling of millions of mink following an outbreak of coronavirus at farms in the country.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that all mink would be slaughtered. Denmark is the world’s biggest mink producer, farming up to 17 million of the animals, and Covid has swept through a quarter of its 1,000 mink farms.

Officials say this “reservoir” of disease poses a significant health risk for humans, and worry that mutations detected in mink-related strains of the virus might compromise a future vaccine.

But images of mink mass graves and farmers in tears were followed by outcry after the government admitted its order had no legal basis. The agriculture minister has since resigned. On Saturday hundreds of tractors drove into central Copenhagen to protest about the handling of the crisis. There have also been protests in the cities of Aalborg and Aarhus.

The proposed ban on mink farming until 2022 now has parliamentary backing but negotiations over compensation are dragging out.

Authorities say all 288 infected herds have been killed and they have put down approximately 10 million animals. It is believed the majority of remaining mink on farms where no infection was detected have also been killed. In a short while, Denmark’s fur industry has almost been wiped out. Around 6,000 jobs are at risk.

“It is a de facto permanent closure and liquidation of the fur industry,” said Danish Mink Breeders Association chairman Tage Pedersen in a statement. “This affects not only the mink breeders, but entire communities.”

Mink farmer Per Thyrrestrup doubts business will ever come back: “To have the same quality of the skins, to have the same colour – it’s going to be 15 to 20 years before that’s possible.”

The world’s largest fur auction house, Kopenhagen Fur, has also announced a “controlled shutdown” over two to three years until this season’s pelts and older stockpiles are sold.

Thousands of buyers, mostly from China, once flocked to auctions held in the Danish capital. It has been a giant in the business, trading 25 million Danish and foreign furs last year.

But even before the pandemic struck, there were signs it was struggling.

A decade ago trade boomed, fuelled by an appetite for luxury goods as Chinese incomes grew. In 2013, Kopenhagen Fur sold about $2bn (£1.5bn) of furs, with global mink production worth $4.3bn.

Mink pelts then cost over $90 (£69) each, but the bubble burst and last year skins fetched only a third of that. Local farmers have struggled to make money – and it is a pattern seen elsewhere. China is by far the biggest fur importer, but it is a major producer too.

Else Skjold, head of fashion at the Royal Danish Academy, says this competition has driven prices down: “A lot of new farmers went into the market and so there was simply an overflow of fur.”

There’s also significant fur farming across Europe. In 2018 there were 4,350 fur farms in 24 European countries, says industry group Fur Europe. Poland, the Netherlands, Finland, Lithuania and Greece are the biggest producers after Denmark – though the US, Canada and Russia also operate farms.

Since the cull began prices have shot up. “People were concerned that there might be a shortage,” says Mark Oaten, chief executive of the International Fur Federation (IFF). Denmark accounts for at least a quarter of the global mink trade.

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