German Riems High-security laboratory: viruses, corpses, and pathogens

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It is considered the most dangerous island in Germany: Riems has been researching animal diseases that can also threaten humans for more than 100 years. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) high-security laboratory is located on the island, which lies in a foothill of the Baltic Sea, the Greifswalder Bodden, between Rügen and the mainland.

Researchers only enter high-security areas with overpressure suits


An employee of the Friedrich Löffler Institute checks the keeping of a calf in the research center of security level L4 on the island of Riems.


Nowhere in Europe are there similar laboratories and stables with the highest biosecurity level 4, in which large animals can be used to research pathogens that are highly dangerous for animals and humans.
The “Schweriner Volks Zeitung” (Local Newspaper) writes that comparable animal disease research facilities can only be found in Winnipeg in Canada and Geelong in Australia.

The scientists on Riems are investigating Crimean-Congo fever, Ebola, Sars, bird flu, and swine fever, for example.
“The work of the FLI focuses on the health and well-being of farm animals and the protection of humans from zoonoses. H. infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans, ” says the website of the Federal Institute.
For example, vaccines are also developed in laboratories (!!!)

In 2013, a new research complex was inaugurated on the island, which is connected to the mainland by a dam, which consists of 89 laboratories and 163 housing units.

At that time, the federal government invested around 300 million euros in the construction of the buildings.

The laboratories and research stables for cattle, pigs, or goats are equipped with self-sufficient ventilation and disposal systems. The specially trained researchers and zookeepers can only access the high-security areas with pressurized suits and locks.


The area is monitored by video

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USA / Canada: 2 (US) Pigs Saved From Factory Farm In the Name of (Canadian) Activist Regan Russell.




Two Adorable Piglets Saved from Factory Farm in Honor of Killed Activist Regan Russell



Two beautiful piglets are on their way to a safe home after being rescued from a factory farm in Iowa in honor of animal rights activist Regan Russell. Russell was tragically hit and killed by a pig transport truck in June during a peaceful protest outside of a Toronto slaughterhouse.


Stirred by Russell’s death, animal rights organization PETA persuaded a farmer to compassionately release two piglets in recognition of the kind, elegant, strong, and courageous person who lost her life so needlessly.



This video shows the adorable piglets – named Regan and Russell – being transported to their new home at Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary in New York.


They’re now freely running around in their spacious new home, playing with toys, and even cuddling and nuzzling their human friends.


This is a far cry from the inhumane, overcrowded and dire conditions of the factory farm they would have lived in until their brutal slaughter. It is great news that Regan and Russell have been saved, but many animals are still suffering in the cruel animal agricultural industry. You can help stop their suffering by choosing plant-based options instead of meat, eggs and dairy.


Chinese tourist beats a sleeping seal ‘to wake up the animal’. Uneducated Dickhead !



WAV Comment:  Good to see that so many Chinese people reacted with ‘outrage and disgust’ at the actions of this idiot.  What else can you say really about this ? – he is a un educated dickhead, full stop.


The man is seen smacking a baby seal multiple times with a slipper while the animal is resting


A woman can be heard in the background laughing and saying: ‘Your mum is calling you to wake up!

The video allegedly shows a male Chinese tourist hitting the baby South African fur seal a dozen of times with a slipper before the animal suddenly sits up and scrambles to escape


Chinese tourist beats a sleeping seal ‘to wake up the animal’

  • Shocking footage shows a man repeatedly hitting a baby seal resting on a beach
  • Another woman is heard laughing as the animal desperately escapes to the sea
  • Millions of Chinese web users reacted to the viral video with outrage and disgust


Read the story here and see the video footage:

Vegan Mince Made From Oats – With As Much Protein As Beef – Launches In UK.

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The mince is made from pulled oats (Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)


Vegan Mince Made From Oats – With As Much Protein As Beef – Launches In UK


‘Pulled Oats does not try to mimic anything, it is a real plant-based alternative that stands on its own’


JUL 6, 2020

A new vegan protein made from oats has launched in the U.K.

Pulled Oats®, created by Finnish brand Gold&Green, is available from all Planet Organic stores and

The protein comes in the format of mince, and is available in two flavors; Pulled Oats Natural Mince and Pulled Oats Tomato Mince.

Protein alternatives

According to Gold&Green, the product is aimed at vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, flexitarians, and meat-eaters.

It is made from five ingredients: oats, yellow peas, faba beans, rapeseed oil, and salt, and contains as much protein as beef (approx. 30g/100g), and all nine essential amino acids.

Gold&Green says because of the ‘mechanical process of pulling the oat-fibers with legume proteins’, the product has a ‘unique, fibrous texture which absorbs flavors well’.


The protein comes in two flavours; Pulled Oats Natural Mince and Pulled Oats Tomato Mince.


‘On a mission’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Sanna Antola, exploration manager at Gold&Green, said: “We are on a mission to provide people with healthy and sustainable food without compromising taste.

“Since launching in 2015 our products have made a lot of people happy in homes throughout Finland and the Netherlands, they love that Pulled Oats is such a versatile protein that can be used in normal cooking without having to learn new dishes.

“We hope UK consumers will love our product too. Pulled Oats does not try to mimic anything, it is a real plant-based alternative that stands on its own. Oats are a true superfood with many proven health effects and minimal environmental impact.” ​




Kelloggs – Please Make It Vegan -Petition.



Thanks Stacey !

Regards Mark


Please sign petition HERE


Or go to


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Whilst Kellogg’s does have a number of vegan cereals and products, they could expand this range extensively by simply switching the vitamin D used in their cereals to a plant-based version.

The vitamin D currently used in most of Kellogg’s products is an animal-derived version of vitamin D3. This comes from a substance called lanolin, which is found in sheep’s wool.

Vegans avoid wool and products made from wool for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is an inherent link between the wool industry and the meat industry. Additionally, undercover investigations into the wool industry have shown abuse and horrific treatment of gentle sheep during the sheering process.

Plant-based vitamin D can be in the form of vitamin D2 or a plant-derived D3.

Last year, Animal Aid announced that supermarket giant Asda has swapped the vitamin D in a number of their cereals to a plant-based version, making a number of their own-brand cereals vegan.

This simple swap does nothing to alter the taste or quality of the product, but it does open it up to a huge and ever-growing vegan market.

Please join us in urging Kellogg’s to swap the vitamin D3 in their cereals for a vegan version.


Please sign petition HERE


Or go to


Click HERE to go Dairy-Free

Take the Dairy-Free Challenge HERE

Learn about eggs HERE

Download Your FREE Vegan PDF HERE

Order a FREE vegan kit: HERE

Bacon alternatives HERE

Take PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide along with you next time you head to the store! The handy guide will help you find humane products at a glance. Order a FREE copy HERE

Searching for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, Personal-Care Products, Vegan Products, or more?
Click HERE to search.

Click HERE to find out How to Wear Vegan!

Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend:


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Have questions? Click HERE

America’s hen slaves get bigger prisons

July 1, 2020, Animal Equality

The state becomes fifth in the U.S. to impose minimum space requirements for hens and ban the sale of cage-produced eggs.

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DENVER, CO.Today, Colorado joined the growing ranks of U.S. states to enact legislation ending the cruel practice of caging hens raised for eggs.

In a bill-signing ceremony live-streamed on Facebook earlier today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis inked his name on H.B. 20-1343, making the Centennial State the seventh in the nation to enact such protections.

Five of those states’ laws—including Colorado’s—also ban the sale of eggs from caged hens.

WHAT THE LAW DOES: The new law’s primary feature is its minimum-space guarantees for hens raised in commercial egg operations, as well as banning the use of cages.

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Currently, the industry standard is just 0.67 square feet per bird—roughly the size of a piece of notebook paper. At that density, chickens cannot even fully stretch their wings, let alone engage in natural behaviors essential to their welfare. By contrast, Colorado’s new mandates that hens have a minimum of 1.0 to 1.5 square feet per bird, depending on the type of housing system used.

The law will also require egg producers to provide hens with enrichments that allow them to exhibit more natural behaviors, including, at a minimum, “scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust bathing areas.” These features are critical to hens’ psychological well-being, according to chicken welfare experts worldwide.

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And chickens aren’t the only birds to benefit from Colorado’s new law. Female turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl raised for the purpose of commercial egg production will receive the same legal protections, though their numbers are far lower than the state’s 5.5 million chickens in commercial egg production.

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SALES BAN: In addition to providing hens with minimum space and enrichments, H.B. 20-1343 also bans the sale of eggs in the state that do not conform to these minimum standards. Coloradans have made it clear: They do not want these products of cruel confinement within their borders.

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WHAT THE LAW DOES NOT DO: The law does not apply to small egg producers (those with flocks of 3,000 or fewer hens) or too small retailers (those who sell fewer than 750 dozen eggs per week).

It also does not apply to hens during transport, hens used in medical research or hens exhibited at state fairs or in 4-H programs.

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little animal moments

This is how we want to see animals and not otherwise!

Is there anything nicer than sharing life with happy animals?
Who love you, are loyal to you and never betray you?
And live with each other in peace and respect?

Maybe we should learn a bit from their dignity, cleverness, loyalty; that would make the life of human animals more valuable and happier.

It is deeply shameful that we, as the only animal species, still do so much violence to the “other” animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Africa: Evala Dog Meat Festival In Togo.

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With thanks to Violette for sending this info to us:


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Evala is a two week festival where thousands of men gorge on dog meat for two weeks. Thousands of dogs are also slaughtered so wrestlers at the festival can rub dog fat on their body before entering the competition arena. For thousands of men eating dog meat is considered their secret weapon to gain the essential attributes of each dog they eat, such as: loyalty, courage, intelligence, endurance, cunning, faithfulness, strength, etc. It is falsely believed eating dog meat will transfer the dog’s attributes to the dog eater, giving them supernatural powers over their opponent.

Evala festival takes place each year from the last week in June to the end of the first week of July. Competing in Evala is a mandatory three year initiation ceremony to prove themselves as fully fledged members of the community. It’s  a ritual passage for men over 18 years old to pass from boyhood to manhood., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat


To refuse participation in initiation ceremonies means being driven out by your family, elders and the entire community at large. It is a crucial step in what forges the young man to take on adult responsibilities.

For the first week thousands of young men go into isolation to gorge on dog meat for seven days. They continue to eat dog for the second week as they compete against each other in mandatory wrestling. Just before each competitor enters the wrestling arena a dog is killed for it’s body fat to be rubbed onto the wrestler to make his body slippery, so his opponent cannot seize him., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat


Rabies is a serious problem across Africa and dogs at Evala are not health checked prior to slaughter or consumption. [No accurate data is available on the number of people who may have died of rabies in connection to Evala.

Tribes from hundreds of miles come to Evala to compete against each other. As more tribes take part, more dogs are brutally slaughtered for dog meat and dog fat.

Huge crowds gather around the favored wrestlers cheering them on to the tune of drums, flutes and other instruments. The show of strength is to mimic how the man would defend his community if needed. Because Evala is a sport, the loser is also on show to prove his dignity in defeat.

The ultimate winner of Evala receives the equivalent of the keys of the community – Togo style. Showered in admiration his new found privileges are vast. Evala expert Blanzoua says:

“He wins the right to consult a witch doctor about a loved ones sickness. He wins the right to take up arms to protect the community in case of attack. He is allowed to get married and raise a family. When he dies he will be buried in an adult’s tomb instead of a child’s tomb. One is not born an Evalon (the singular for Evala), one becomes it. To do so, one has to go through the initiation process.”, pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat


Evala is becoming a lucrative marketing network for businesses and tourism to make money from. It started off in nine Kabye districts quickly spread across Kozah province borders. The Yaka district in the Doufelgou province also practices it and at least 13 other districts: Lama, Pya, Tchitchao, Yad, Bohou, Kouma, Sarakawa, Landa, Djamd, Yaka, Tchar, Soumdina and Lassa.

Video: Evala Festival in Kara, Togo, West Africa. [Not graphic]


Fight Dog Meat will keep exposing what is taking place to these animals. Collectively we all have to keep yelling to let the governments know that we KNOW what is happening! Turning away or sitting quietly does not end the trade. We’re helping local volunteers have a louder voice on a world platform. Ultimately it’s the voice of the country’s own people whom their government will eventually be forced to listen to, for positive change for animals. With your help and support Fight Dog Meat will continue to pressure governments from the sidelines. We will not be quiet and will not back down. Animal protection laws are needed!

Fight Dog Meat will continue to bring you reports from dog and cat meat countries and the wonderful work their rescuers are doing despite no animal protection laws.

Thank you for reading,

Michele Brown
Fight Dog Meat.

Fight Dog Meat is a Registered Charity. We work with a number of animal rescue teams in dog and cat meat countries, including Vietnam and China. Due to Covid-19 flight cancellations Fight Dog Meat has a number of rescued meat dogs in hospital and in rehabilitation in Vietnam. Until international flights start up again we’re under great financial strain to maintain our rescued animals. FDM is still accepting critically injured meat dogs; if we don’t they will die! Many of our dogs have some of the worst injuries in the meat trade. Please consider helping us during this special time.

If you would like to help the animals and rescuers we work with in dog and cat meat countries, please consider a small donation.

U.S.A: Stop Murray’s monkeys tortures

She saws open her victims’ skulls then injects toxins to burn brain cells, or suctions out parts of the brain. She sews them back up then places them in a small cage that probably reeks of the previous victim’s fear.

She then deliberately provokes their worst fears, just to see how they’ll react.

When she’s through with them, she kills them.

She’s Elisabeth Murray, and she calls herself a scientist.

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Her victims are monkeys. She gets millions of your tax dollars to keep repeating this horror.


PETA has obtained 43 hours of never-before-seen video of Murray’s twisted “emotional responsiveness” tests on dozens of monkeys at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland.

The videos were recorded between February 2016 and November 2017.

Blood money and lots of it, for nothing.

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Meat production: organized and institutionalized criminality

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A year later – a conclusion

A year ago, the agony of the cattle came to the public in the mega-dairy farm in the Allgäu, Germany.

-Animals that were dragged, beaten, kicked, slowly died with head wounds, thirst, hunger, sight, violence, suffering.

(we had already reported on a similar case:

The operation “Allgäu” is unchanged 12 months later.
-The tons of milk a day go into cheese, drinking milk, or yogurt.
-The animals are still handed over to the same perpetrators.
-Factory farming continues successfully.
-The new state-owned Bavarian Food Safety and Veterinary Control Authority act under the guise of secrecy and there are considerable doubts about its effectiveness.
-The responsible veterinarians were able to successfully evade prosecution.

Soko Allgäu 2_nSmall farms with dire conditions were partly taken over by the mega farmers after the celebrated closure and their cattle empires were growing.

The structural area-wide problems of exploitation for cow’s milk which lead to massive animal suffering have remained untouched.

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Problems such as slatted floors, claw problems, mastitis (udder inflammation), calf disposal, tethering, consideration, spatial confinement, mutilation of the cows, animal transport, long-distance animal transport and dealing with decay and Downer cows caused by husbandry remain.

It is a good thing that the police actions have deterred and the authorities have been sensitized, and there is still hope for a public trial.
But it is also clear that our joint action will only work if the authorities are unable to master this gruesome system.

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This is only possible if we finally stop consuming the milk of a different animal type as an adult, weaned people.

Otherwise, the cycle of exploitation, violence, illness, and death simply continues forever.


And I mean…Here in Germany, we have a humorous so-called “animal protection law”. It says:
“Nobody should cause pain, suffering, or harm to an animal for no reasonable reason.”
For no reasonable reason !!
But because the meat industry wants to make millions with it, then is pain and suffering considered as a reasonable reason.
And we claim that we are a lot further, in terms of animal welfare than the Chinese.

No public trials against the animal torturers from the meat mafia.

Termination of proceedings against officials and civil servants.

Criminal charges are filed, unscrupulous veterinarians join the business.
Trust zero.

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My best regards to all, Venus

Greece: the misery of Santorini’s donkeys

On the Greek island of Santorini, donkeys and mules are used as taxis to carry tourists up and down more than 600 steps to the old town of Firá several times a day.

Despite international outrage when an eyewitness report published by PETA in 2018 revealed that the animals were denied water and shade and many had painful wounds, a new PETA video exposé reveals that the suffering and abuse continue.


Santorini officials refused to run adverts from PETA which highlight the suffering of donkeys and mules used as “taxis” on the Greek island.

Massive ad campaign fights to stop cruel donkey rides in SantoriniImage: PETA


PETA Germany has refused to be silenced and has bombarded neighboring ports, ferries, taxis, buses, billboards, and cargo bikes with a powerful campaign.

Over 100 adverts reading “Help stop cruelty: please don’t ride the donkeys and mules!” are now visible in the popular Greek coastal towns of Rafina and Piraeus.

The campaign follows a recent PETA eyewitness exposé revealing that handlers drag animals down steps and whip and hit them with sticks to make them continue walking.

Open Sores and Bloody Injuries

Donkeys and mules were observed suffering from open sores, raw skin, and bloody injuries caused by their ill-fitting and makeshift saddles. Some animals were forced to wear tight muzzles with sharp wire ends that could easily injure them as well as humans.

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Under these laws, animals must have access to water and protection from the weather, but many of those used for rides are tied to a wall or rail for hours in the blistering summer sun with no access to water whatsoever. Some try desperately to find shade.

These conditions are illegal but apparently tolerated by the authorities.

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Brazil: Amazon fires at 13-year high for June.



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Click on the following link to see a disturbing video of a reporter flying over the devastation:

Amazon fires at 13-year high for June


Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose by almost 20% in June – a 13-year high for the month, according to government data.

With such an increase at the start of the dry season, there are concerns that this year’s fires could surpass 2019’s disastrous blazes.

Activists say the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the problem.

They believe arson is likely to be even less monitored while authorities are stretched.

Many forest fires in the country are started deliberately by illegal loggers and farmers wanting to quickly clear ground.

Brazil has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, after the US, and there are also concerns that increased smoke could have a damaging effect on the breathing of virus patients.



In June, the country’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) recorded 2,248 fires using satellite imagery, as opposed to 1,880 fires in June 2019.

The burning usually increases throughout July, August and September.

“We cannot allow the 2019 situation to repeat itself,” Mauricio Voivodic, executive director of the World Wildlife Fund NGO in Brazil, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, accusing the government of inaction.

Last year’s fires peaked in August, with 30,901 – threefold the number for the same period the previous year.

The 2019 fires led to protests domestically and internationally, with threats of financial penalties from foreign governments, and broad condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies.

The president has been criticised for slashing the Ministry of the Environment’s funding, and encouraging business over conservation.


BBC analysis in 2019 showed that a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations during his administration had coincided with the increase in fires.


However, the president has consistently rejected criticism from abroad. “Certain countries, instead of helping … behaved in a disrespectful manner and with a colonialist spirit,” he said in September, rejecting the “misconception” that the Amazon is the lungs of the world.

The Amazon – which spans multiple South American countries but is 60% in Brazil – is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.



It is home to about three million species of plants and animals, as well as some one million indigenous people.


Last year, the BBC reported how an area of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football pitch is now being lost every single minute, according to satellite data.


Scientists say it could be close to “the tipping point“, when its nature completely changes.

This will happen when total deforestation reaches between 20% and 25% – which could be in the next 20 or 30 years.


India, Nagaland: end of dog meat trade

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In a groundbreaking decision, the Indian government of Nagaland ended the brutal dog meat trade.

The decision announced today by the cabinet will end the import, trade, and sale of live dogs and dog meat.

Animal welfare organizations have been campaigning for years to end the Indian dog meat trade and welcome this decision as an important turning point in ending the cruelty of the Indian trade in hidden dog meat.

It is estimated that around 30,000 dogs are smuggled into Nagaland annually, where they are sold in living markets and beaten to death with wooden clubs.

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The animal rights activists’ campaign to end the dog meat trade started in 2016 with an investigation that revealed shocking video footage of dogmeat death pits in Nagaland.

Dogs were beaten to death in front of each other and beaten several times in protracted and painful deaths.

Alokparna Sengupta, Managing Director of Humane Society International, India, said: “The suffering of dogs in Nagaland has long cast India in a dark shadow, and this news marks an important turning point in ending the cruelty of the Indian dog meat trade.
Our own investigation in Nagaland found that terrified dogs have suffered horrific deaths in some of the worst inhumanities to animals HSI / India has ever seen. And the dogs we saved from this trade over the years had to learn to trust people again after the cruel treatment they endured. “

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Dog meat is banned in India by the 2011 Food Products Standard and Additives.

However, this is insufficiently enforced, and in the states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh thousands of dogs are used every year illegally captured from the street or stolen from houses and cruelly transported from neighboring states in burlap to be brutally slaughtered for consumption to be beaten to death.

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The ugly truth about “wonder weapon” botox

Video of the undercover investigation by the British animal rights organization Cruelty-Free International at the Wickham Laboratory, Hampshire.

“The BUAV (today = Cruelty-Free International) has carried out an undercover investigation inside a major UK animal laboratory and discovered the ugly truth about botox animal testing.

Our investigator found that at a lab in Hampshire around 74,000 mice a year are being subjected to cruel poisoning tests for botox. “

The Sloan Pharma company has its Botox preparation Neurobloc tested on 46,800 mice!

Protest directly at the company. We have prepared sample letters.

Botox is the trade name of one of the preparations from the neurotoxin botulinum toxin. The poison is used for medical, but mainly for cosmetic purposes.


A small injection and the wrinkles on the face have disappeared for a few months!!
But the price for youthful looks is still paid by thousands of mice – Europe alone at least 400,000 a year!

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Sloan Pharma alone received LD50 tests on 46,800 mice in 2019. The painful animal experiments are carried out at the Hamburg laboratory LPT, Germany  (We have often reported on LPT

Botulinum toxin is the most potent poison. Because of its dangerousness, each production unit is tested in painful animal tests, the so-called LD50 test on mice, before it goes on sale.

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With our campaign launched in 2007, we have achieved that the public is aware of these terrible animal experiments and that more and more manufacturers are switching to methods that do not use animal experiments.


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Thailand: Major Retailers Drop Thai Coconut Brands After PETA Monkey-Abuse Exposé




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Breaking and very welcome news:

Major Retailers Drop Thai Coconut Brands After PETA Monkey-Abuse Exposé


disturbing PETA exposé reveals that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, trained using abusive methods, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used for coconut milk, oil, and other products.

And now, more than 16,000 stores around the world have committed to never stocking products sourced from monkey labour after speaking with PETA and its affiliates. See our list below to help make sure that your coconut products don’t come from suppliers that use monkey labour.

Thousands of people are joining PETA’s campaign to stop this cruel industry, including Carrie Symonds and environment minister Lord Zac Goldsmith. Join them by adding your name:



Retailers Drop Thai Coconut Brands After PETA Monkey-Abuse Exposé

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Asda has dropped the brand Chaokoh. A spokesperson for the supermarket said, “We expect our suppliers to uphold the highest production standards at all times and we will not tolerate any forms of animal abuse in our supply chain. We are removing the products from sale whilst we investigate these allegations with our suppliers.”

Walgreens Boots Alliance (operator of Boots) has pledged not to stock Aroy-D or Chaokoh and not to knowingly sell any own-brand coconut food and drink products of Thai origin in its stores in the UK, US, and Thailand.

Waitrose has made a commitment to protecting monkeys: “Waitrose & Partners supports PETA’s goal to end the use of monkey labour in the coconut industry,” says John Gregson, partner and communications manager for CSR, health, and agriculture at Waitrose & Partners. “As part of our animal welfare policy we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labour.”

Morrisons has suspended its supply of Chaokoh products, pending an investigation.

Ocado and Co-op have committed to never knowingly stocking any products from suppliers that use monkey labour.

Tesco has done the same, stating, “We don’t tolerate these practices and would remove any product from sale that is known to have used monkey labour during its production.” The supermarket has delisted Chaokoh products in its UK stores and is investigating its international supply lines.

Sainsbury’s is investigating the issue as a priority.


The following brands sold in the UK have policies of never sourcing coconuts from farms that use monkeys:

  • Ayam
  • Biona
  • Ceres Organics
  • Coconut Merchant
  • Coconuts Organic
  • Essential Trading
  • Koko Dairy Free
  • Lucy Bee
  • The Coconut Collaborative
  • Tiana


In the US, Bed Bath and Beyond’s Cost Plus World Market has stopped buying coconut products from Chaokoh.

Ahold Delhaize and its brands (including Giant Food, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, and Hannaford in the US as well as Albert Heijn in the Netherlands) have also committed to not knowingly stocking or selling any products sourced from suppliers that use monkey labour.

Help Monkeys

Please make sure that your coconut products don’t come from suppliers that use monkey labour. Avoid the brands Aroy-D and Chaokoh and all coconut products from Thailand. In general, coconut products originating in Brazil, Colombia, Hawaii, India, and the Philippines are supplied by companies that don’t use monkey labour.

Aroy-D and Chaokoh are still exploiting monkeys. Send a message urging them to stop supporting this cruel industry.



Be on the side of justice

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“In all the ways that matter morally human and non-human animals share the same characteristics to deserve consideration and respect.

We’re equal in our capacity to experience life in a subjective matter and the desire to have positive experiences.

Unlearn the concepts that make you a victimizer and the needless cause of suffering for thousands of other beings during your lifetime”.

Be on the side of justice, be vegan!

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And I mean…The sooner we learn that morality is indivisible, the sooner we will stop cooperating with the fascist system of exploitation, slavery, and the extermination of “other” animals.

My best regards to all, Venus




Mark (WAV) and Phil (CIWF) campaigned together for many years regarding the live export of animals from English ports.  They are still friends and communicate on current animal issues when necessary.  Although (I am) not religious; I find this article by Phil interesting – and feel that it should be included in our posts.  I have included the link below should you wish to see the pictures, and have also included the un amended article also..

Regards Mark.


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Philip Lymbery is the Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and Chair of Eurogroup for Animals. He is author of the books Farmageddon and Dead Zone.

Here he describes how Covid-19 demonstrates why we must ban wildlife markets and improve farming standards if we are to prevent the next pandemic or Farmageddon.


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In early April whilst most of the world was coming to terms with the horror of the Covid-19 pandemic, Compassion in World Farming, along with some 200 other organisations, signed an Open Letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We called upon the WHO to take actions including recommending that governments worldwide institute a permanent ban on live wildlife markets, drawing an unequivocal link between these markets and their proven threats to human health.

Covid-19 is just the latest example of an infection that has made the leap from animals into humans – and when infections do this, they can be particularly deadly. Three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases in people came from wild animals, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola, MERS and HIV.

The risk of transmission of new and deadly diseases is heightened by the ways in which wild animals are typically farmed or captured and exacerbated by the inhumane and unhygienic conditions in wildlife markets, where close proximity provides the perfect opportunity for pathogens to spread between humans and animals.

Whilst our call for action has received widespread support, it has also received criticism on the grounds that wildlife trade bans might risk increased illegal trade, increased involvement of organised crime and be detrimental to livelihoods. Frankly I’m astonished by such arguments. I could not agree more with Jill Robinson, Founder and Chief Executive of Animals Asia, who has spent over three decades investigating the wildlife trade and wildlife markets. Responding to criticisms of the Open Letter to WHO, Jill commented, “The trade is already controlled by organised crime. Far better to spend millions or even billions on defeating and ending this crime and ending the trade now, rather than the trillions in the next pandemic caused by the very same dysfunctional and largely corrupt components of the wildlife trade”.

During my own investigations around the world, and particularly in Asia, I’ve seen the suffering of wild animals, caged and confined in markets. I’ve been forced to watch as they’ve been treated with no more regard than would be afforded vegetables or tin cans.

In the 1970s Peter Roberts, Compassion in World Farming’s founder, feared that by adopting a violent attitude to Nature, man would find himself “threatened on all sides by disease, hunger and pests”. Today the world faces an onslaught of health issues, often linked to the abuse of animals, both wild and farmed.  The Coronavirus tragedy, like SARS before it, is demonstrating to the world how treating animals as mere commodities is like playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ health.



Reconnecting with our Humanity to Animals

A key component of reducing the risk of devastating diseases tomorrow is to reconnect with our humanity for animals today. Our cruel abuse of animals, both wild and farmed, is damaging our health and will continue do to so unless we fundamentally reassess our relationship with animals and recognise our ethical obligations to treat them with respect.

As a first step, I’d like to see governments around the world acting to ban wildlife markets and instituting the other measures called for in the Open Letter to WHO, as a matter of urgency.  There are many examples of successful bans that have been combined with measures that address cultural practices and provide alternative livelihoods for those in need, for example the ban on dancing bears in India.

As we move away from wet markets and the use of wildlife for food, some will call for these food sources to be replaced by factory farming. But this too is a hot house of disease linked to the emergence of deadly diseases, including highly pathogenic Avian and Swine flu strains. Indeed, I fear that factory farms may be the source of the next global pandemic.

Everyday we understand more and more how the health of animals and people are closely intertwined. As Albert Schweitzer once said, “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, Man will not himself find peace”.



Factory Farming – A Health Crisis for the Future

With the world gripped by the worst pandemic in a lifetime, questions are starting to be asked about how our treatment of animals is storing up health crises for the future.

Whilst Covid-19 is thought to have its roots in wildlife, future pandemics may be triggered by the way animals are factory farmed. The sad fact is that factory farming is not only extremely cruel, but also a major public health risk. Keeping animals packed into cages and confined provides the perfect breeding ground for disease.  Factory farms are a ticking time-bomb for future pandemics.

Hundreds of coronaviruses are in circulation, most of them amongst animals including pigs, camels, bats and cats. Sometimes those viruses jump to humans – called a spill-over event – and can cause disease. When SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) emerged from China in 2002, it swept across the globe – largely through air travel – causing deadly illness. More than 8,000 people fell ill and 774 died, numbers surpassed by Covid-19 within two months. The 2009 Swine flu pandemic was linked to the factory farming of pigs in Mexico. Within a year, according to the WHO, the virus was linked to over 18,000 deaths worldwide.

Three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals, including Swine flu, Avian flu, HIV, Ebola, MERS and SARS. They are known as zoonotic diseases. The Wuhan coronavirus is the latest example of an infection that has jumped from animals into humans – and when infections do this, they can be particularly deadly.



Breeding Grounds for New Pandemics

The caged, crammed and confined conditions of factory farms provide the ideal breeding ground for new and more deadly strains of virus. Swine flu and highly pathogenic Avian flu being just two examples. When faced with a disease crisis involving farmed animals, the industry’s reaction is to fall back on locking animals inside. After all, if they are confined indoors then they are surely protected in ‘biosecure’ units that can keep out vectors of disease transmission.

What is overlooked is that those very same ‘biosecure’ intensive farm buildings are the cause of the problem. The perfect breeding ground for disease. The hothouse where new and more dangerous strains of disease emerge, often with devastating consequences for both animals and people alike.



Playing Russian Roulette with our Earth

Keeping too many animals in too small a space, often in darkened, filthy and crowded conditions, provides viruses like Avian Influenza the conditions they need to spread rapidly. As they replicate at speed, mutations can occur in the virus’ DNA, causing new strains to emerge. This allows new and deadlier strains to form and spread quickly. So, contrary to the myth levied by the industrial farming industry, keeping animals indoors simply increases the risk of disease.

The coronavirus tragedy, and Swine flu a decade earlier, have shown that treating animals as mere commodities – be they domesticated or wild – is like playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ health.



One Health, One Welfare

What I’ve come to see is that a key component of reducing the risk of devastating diseases tomorrow, is to reconnect with our humanity for animals today. The coronavirus epidemic is not a warning, but a potent demonstration of what is going wrong, what life could become. A global lifestyle that just months ago seemed invincible, suddenly seems extremely fragile. The way that the wellbeing of people, animals and the environment are interlinked have become increasingly clear. Factory farming is a public health disaster waiting to happen and it is clear that future generations will be well served by its abandonment.

Your help is vital. Thank you for your support in our movement to end factory farming. For animals, people and the planet, let’s take action today.


Vietnam: Breaking Great News ! Animals Asia Rescues A Bear Named Cotton Blossom That Was Held Captive In A Barren Cage For Over 14 Years.

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All images – Supplied by Animals Asia.


See our (WAV) other recent post on this:

Breaking! Animals Asia Rescues A Bear Named Cotton Blossom That Was Held Captive In A Barren Cage For Over 14 Years In Vietnam



For over 14 years, a bear that Animals Asia has named Cotton Blossom was held captive in a barren cage, robbed of her freedom and dignity in the Gia Lai province in Vietnam.

The poor bear has been within hours of rescue before restrictions caused by the coronavirus sabotaged the first attempt. Frustrated by the delay, the team at Animals Asia’s sanctuary planted a cotton blossom tree on the grounds of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center as a promise to this bear that they would never forget about her or leave her behind. Now, three months later, Animals Asia kept that promise and has returned to rescue her.


With Animals Asia’s rescue team in action, this is the very start of a new life for this poor bear. New tastes, new sensations, new experiences, new environments, and new friendships all await her now. Hopefully with enough love and time, all of the suffering, pain, and fear will fade into distant memories.

Coronavirus has created fear, panic, loss, and heartbreak around the world. The sense of isolation and helplessness can be overwhelming. But we all take strength from the glimmers of hope and the snippets of kindness that remind us that we can get through this trying time –  with courage and tenacity.

This amazing rescue by Animals Asia is Cotton Blossom’s saving grace for her courage and tenacity that has helped her survive. Please donate today to support her rescue which took Animals Asia’s team to a remote location; a military outpost on the Cambodian border. The rescue is only the beginning for Cotton Blossom, when she finally arrives at the sanctuary, she will need ongoing support and love to overcome nearly a decade and a half of neglect and confinement.


At her new home at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in Tam Dao National Park, preparations are being made for her arrival. A nutritious and varied feast is being prepared and the team are carefully devising an enrichment plan that will begin her rehabilitation.

For 14 years, Cotton Blossom has endured a dark winter, but now Animals Asia welcomes her to her new home, and looks forward to seeing her bloom, like a cotton blossom in spring.

Please help Animals Asia continue to care and rescue more bears from a life of captivity by donating HERE!


A fantastic victory – celebrate – Regards Mark


4/7/20 – Additional footage just in of the Vietnam sanctuary – and bears doing what they should do away from pitiful bile farming.

Germany: shameless and obvious animal law violation

The Federal Council today approved an amendment to the Animal Welfare and Livestock Ordinance, which means that the cruel box keeping of breeding sows can take place for another eight years.

banane rep deutschlandpgMost of the Greens involved in the government in eleven federal states justify this step by saying that after this transition period there will be a change in the system to keeping sows in groups.

In order to achieve this long-term goal, the Greens agreed to a “compromise” (!!) that legalized the sows’ previously illegal keeping conditions.

For the next eight years, the animal no longer even has the right prescribed by law to be allowed to stretch out unhindered when lying down.


But what the Greens are now celebrating as “the beginning of getting out of crate keeping” is assessed by the association “Veterinarians for Responsible Agriculture” as a “dirty compromise”, the animal protection law is trampled on:

“Like the old regulation, the new regulation counteracts and undermines the Animal Welfare Act and is still a violation of the law,” says veterinarian Dr. Ines Advena. “It is shamelessly and unashamedly violated.”!

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Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Animal Welfare Act clearly regulate that ” an animal must be accommodated in a behavioral manner and that pain, suffering, and damage must not be caused to it without a reasonable reason”.
An often weeks-long fixation of sows in narrow metal cages is undoubtedly not behavioral. 

You don’t need to be an expert to see that. But according to the “new” law, it stays that way!!

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“The box crate principle is the basis of industrial pig production. It has made the development into systems with 200, 300, 500, 1000, 5000 and more sows possible, and as a result, has massive displacement and concentration problems in piglet production, and on the other hand, has led to animal welfare and ecological problems, ” wrote numerous animal welfare organizations in a joint open letter to the federal states.

“Once again we are experiencing that the competitiveness of German pig production is at stake – a disregard for the citizens’ will, who voted against with 600,000 votes, it cannot be worse. Most Greens in federal and state fractions are just opportunistic tacticians. To be able to participate, they sell their souls.”, comments veterinarian Dr. Ines Advena.

The consumer protection organization Foodwatch also criticizes that the decision passed by the Federal Council “has absolutely nothing” to do with animal protection.

“The political parties, including the Greens, support the meat companies – from Tönnies to Westfleisch – to continue to produce cheap meat for the world market. With fatal consequences, always on the animals, who have to pay with massive physical and mental agony. “

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And I mean: The corrupt Agriculture Minister of Germany Julia Klöckner has thus successfully legalized an illegal condition.

The Higher Administrative Court ruled: “The ordinance stipulates that sows kept in a crate must be able to take a reclining position in the crate at both sides, where their limbs do not encounter obstacles.”

The regulation has existed since 2001 and has been violated for almost 20 years. Illegal is Illegal is it so difficult to abolish it?

Here it becomes clear how strong the lobbyists of the meat mafia are among German politicians.

The Greens are making every effort to reinterpret their sale to animals as progress.
They cheer the dirty “compromise” as “getting out of the crate”, and by that, they mean that they managed to shorten the fixation in the farrowing area to five days. But even that only comes into force after 17 years.

Let’s be honest: you don’t have to be Chinese to operate such a shit policy against animals; Germans can do it too.

My best  regards to all, Venus

Thailand: the slave monkeys of the coconut industry

A disturbing PETA exposé reveals that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, driven insane, abusively trained, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used to make coconut water, milk, oil, and other products that are sold around the world, including in Australia.

For the Thai coconut industry, many monkeys are reportedly illegally abducted from their families and homes in nature when they’re just babies. They’re fitted with rigid metal collars and kept chained or tethered until they’re no longer useful to farmers.

Coconut monkeyThe terrified young monkeys are forced to perform frustrating and difficult tasks, such as twisting heavy coconuts until they fall off the trees from a great height. An investigator learned that if monkeys try to defend themselves, their canine teeth may be pulled out.

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Take Action

Please make sure that your coconut products don’t come from suppliers that use monkey labor. Avoid the brands Aroy-D and Chaokoh – also sold as TCC in Australia – and all coconut products from Thailand.

In general, coconut products originating in Brazil, Colombia, Hawaii, India, and the Philippines are supplied by companies that don’t use monkey labor.

Sign below to urge Aroy-D and Chaokoh to stop supporting this cruel industry by obtaining their coconuts from companies that don’t exploit monkeys.


My Comment and Information: The next time you use coconut milk when cooking, check out the packaging. If it comes from Thailand, the nuts were probably picked by tortured monkeys, southern pig monkeys. Don`t buy it!

In the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand’s largest coconut palm growing region, they work as slaves eight hours a day, six days a week – as the Thai labor law also stipulates for people as maximum working hours.

They take a break at noon only when their slave owners also take a break, and all of that also on rainy and Sunday. When they are not working, they are chained to tree stumps. They often fall fainting from exhaustion.

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The male primates can harvest up to 1,600 coconuts a day, the female about 600. Humans could harvest just 80 pieces under the same conditions. And above all, they would have to work!!

They see the animals as free workers and let them work as they please. The primates do not demand higher wages and are not corrupt. They don’t need social or accident insurance. So that’s why they are used as “living machines”!

There are no rewards. Loafers are flogged according to old slave manners.

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Pig monkeys are protected under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act of 1992 and must not be caught.

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Pig monkeys are one of 61 animal species that can be bred. They may only be sold by farms that are registered on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation (DNP).

If the breeder issues a document that identifies the monkey as from his farm, the buyer shows it to the (DNP)  which checks the animal’s new home for suitability and then issues a license.

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Since the law came into force in 1992, the government has issued such licenses twice, in 1992 and 2003. Regardless of where the animals came from.
Animal rights activists say that monkey owners are tricking the law by using one animal license for several.
“According to licenses, they have 15 monkeys, but effectively 15 to 20 more, says Edwin Wiek, founder, and director of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.

“If the authorities enforced the law according to the legal text, the attitude could become a burden for the owners. Nobody really cares about monkeys. But when it comes to tigers, bears, or elephants, everyone screams.”

The instructors use constant threats of physical punishment to force the monkeys to the coconut pieces. Monkeys do not voluntarily get on a bike and do not run on wire ropes. They don’t harvest the coconuts because they want to, but because they’re afraid of being punished.


It is estimated that there are at least 20 mini zoos under the guise of monkey training centers on Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya, but most of the monkeys are used for tourist shows because many of the tourists want to watch monkey training.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.




A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.

More than 1 in 10 pig farm workers in the new study had already been infected, according to antibody blood tests which showed exposure to the virus.  The tests also showed that as many as 4.4% of the general population also appeared to have been exposed. Pigs have been shown to be hosts or “mixing vessels” for this new virus dubbed G4. Although the virus has not caused illnesses in people, and has not yet passed from humans to humans, scientists fear that it might mutate and cause another global pandemic.

Besides a new vaccine, I fear that the preventative measures will be focussed on increased factory farm biosecurity instead of ending a flawed system. Last April we wrote about pandemics and factory farming, and interviewed Dr Michael Greger MD who explained, “the sheer number of animals, overcrowding, the stress crippling their immune systems, the ammonia from the decomposing waste burning their lungs. The lack of sunlight, lack of fresh air, put all these factors together and we have the perfect storm environment for breeding these so-called ‘super strains’ of influenza”.

London’s top public health official has said that meat processing plants are one of the areas where a second wave of COVID is most likely to emerge in the capital; “food factories are an ‘emerging area’ of concern because of the proximity of workers to each other and the low pay, meaning staff were unlikely to be able to afford to self-isolate at home if they fell sick”.. Outbreaks have been seen in meat processing plants in Wales and Yorkshire, and in Germany, France, Spain and the US. The USA reports 20,000 infections of COVID in meat packing plant workers.

This week two democrat senators are accusing Smithfields (and other meat factory companies) of manipulating the COVID crisis to force ‘deregulatory measures’, allowing them to stay open in the name of feeding the American public. Turns out sales to China were up more than ever during that time, in fact they were record breaking! Meanwhile, China has banned imports from specific US, Brazilian, UK and German packing plants with a high incidence of COVID. Was this because Chinese authorities were concerned about the possibility that the meat itself could carry the COVID virus?

Last May we made a short film about the COVID and African Swine Flu outbreaks at Smithfield Foods, the biggest player in the US pork industry. The driver of this corporate take over from family farms to massive factory farms is the development banks. For example, in the nineteen-nineties Smithfield was granted a $100m soft loan to expand into Poland where they could take advantage of cheap labour and poorly enforced worker and animal welfare standards to outcompete pig farmers across the EU – farmers must ‘get big or get out of the industry’. See the documentary about this corporate take-over in our Channel 4 film Pig Business.

If Parliament fails to add vital amendments to the Agriculture Bill, Smithfield no longer has to go to Poland to get their deeply flawed factory farmed pork onto our shelves . In response to the NFU’s 1 million-strong petition to protect UK farmers from being undercut by substandard imports, the government has set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission. But it won’t be enough to protect UK farmers as its recommendations will only be advisory and not legally binding. A dangerous position when members of Boris’s cabinet, like Liz Truss, are prepared to sacrifice our farmers on the altar of so-called free trade.

London –  As the Bill continues to be debated in the House of Lords, Lord Dundee has tabled some additional amendments to include support for rearing livestock outdoors, for agro-ecological smallholder farming and for making land available to new food growers.

So, lobby politicians to improve the Bill by sending your own version of this letter to your MP or member of the House of Lords, forward our newsletter to friends, family and networks, share Farms Not Factories posts on social media, and urge your friends and local restaurants to buy only high welfare local pork/meat products.

Please share this newsletter or just the videos/info with your friends and networks.

Best wishes,


Tracy WorcesterDirector


Regards Mark

France: the animal welfare party wins 12 seats in local elections

SENSATION! The French animal protection party “Parti Animaliste” has now won seats in an election for the first time since it was founded four years ago.

It ran the municipal elections with twelve separate lists and an additional twelve individual candidacies on lists of other parties.

The result could hardly have been better: The Parti Animaliste now has 12 seats – including in Paris, Grenoble, Montpellier, and Nantes.

Congratulations, dear fighters for justice!

So that animals, nature, and people can have a future worth living!

Incidentally, according to a current survey, 72% of the French demand that local politics should also explicitly commit to more animal protection.


This shows that all political levels have to make an effort to adequately tackle one of the greatest upcoming political future tasks: that all sentient beings are understood as individuals and that they must be actively protected against suffering and risks.

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We congratulate our fellow campaigners and thank everyone who has campaigned for this sensational result!

Our clients are getting more and more lawyers. We are very happy about the great election result!!

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands: Unweaned Live Calf Exports. EU Commission confirms that there is NO derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.



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WAV Comment:  Congrats to our good friend Lesley at EoA in the Netherlands.  Excellent work to get the confirmation.  We have already taken this info to the team at CIWF who are fighting justice for the calves transported from Scotland.

Live calf exports is an issue that has bugged me for the last 30 years – see more at  and our work with Lesley and others to get justice for the baby calves at the EU.

This is a great result for Lesley and all live export campaigners.  It can, and will be used in the courts to fight for justice.  The issue of Scottish calf exports could be one of the early uses here.

See more at:


Regards Mark


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derogation; plural noun: derogations

  1.  an exemption from or relaxation of a rule or law.

“countries assuming a derogation from EC law”


Thus ‘no derogation’ means the existing law must be enforced; read on the info from Lesley.


IMPORTANT NEWS: EU Commission confirms that there is no derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.

Animals transported on journeys including a RORO must be fed at the same frequency as ones transported solely by road.

This means the journeys of unweaned calves being trucked from farms in Ireland to Irish harbours and then ferried to Cherbourg, France should be phased out as they are in conflict with the law. These calves are going for 23 and up to 29 hours in total without being fed, whereas the EU law stipulates feeding unweaned animals after 18hours maximum.

The EU confirms that the exemption in point 1.7(a) of the EC 1/2005 specifically only refers to journey times and rest periods, and the requirement 1.3 and 1.4, such as watering and feeding intervals, must still apply to transport by sea. Point 1.7 (b) refers only to journey times and resting periods without altering the meaning of point 1.7(A) regarding watering and feeding intervals.


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Unlike weaned cattle, which are ruminants and can technically be fed on board the vehicle by placing hay inside the vehicle, unweaned animals cannot yet eat forage and are dependent on milk or milk replacer to get the nutrition they need and feeling of satiation. Because this is impossible to do on board a truck, and is not being done by any of the transporters, unweaned calves (and other unweaned animals like kids and lambs) can never be kept on board a vehicle for longer than 18hrs in total.

(Technically, even leaving them on board for longer than 9hrs is illegal, as the law stipulates that after 9 hrs unweaned animals must receive their first water break, and if necessary be fed. Although the trucks do have a water system, it is known that not all unweaned calves know how to use it or can use it. And in any case, they never can be fed either during this first break, despite it being mandatory if the calves need it.)

Please see attached the questions sent to the EU Commission and their response. I am also attaching our most recent investigation trailing unweaned calves from Ireland via Rosslare port to Cherbourg port, France via the Stena Ferry.

With best wishes, also on behalf of L214, Ethical Farming Ireland and Animal Welfare Foundation,


Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology
Director, Eyes on Animals



USA: Project Coyote PR – County Residents Urged to Oppose Killing of Wildlife in Mendocino County.



Regards Mark




For Immediate Release: July 2, 2020

County Residents Urged to Oppose Killing of Wildlife
in Mendocino County

Board of Supervisors to vote on Controversial USDA “Wildlife Services” program

Ukiah, CA – The Mendocino Non-lethal Wildlife Alliance (MNWA) and Project Coyote urge Mendocino County residents to virtually attend the July 14th County Board of Supervisors meeting via the tele-meeting option and express their strong opposition to the County’s likely renewal of their $170,000 contract with USDA Wildlife Services. Those who are unable to attend the meeting on the 14th are encouraged to urge their Supervisor to oppose the renewal of the contract.


Residents are also encouraged to sign a related petition urging the Board to end their contract with Wildlife Services at this link:


“The Public Trust Doctrine holds that wildlife is to be managed for the benefit of the public, and yet Mendocino County continues to spend tax dollars to contract with Wildlife Services to trap, shoot, and kill hundreds of bears, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions and other wildlife each year at the behest of private ranchers and other agricultural interests,” said Camilla Fox, Executive Director of Project Coyote. 

For more than a century, Wildlife Services has killed millions of wild animals annually using shockingly cruel and inhumane methods. These methods include aerial gunning, body-gripping traps, poisoning, strangulation neck snares and M-44s (mini-cyanide bombs that explode in an unsuspecting animal’s mouth, causing an excruciating death). Wildlife Services only refrains from using these barbaric killing methods when they are forced to do so by lawsuit, ballot initiative or public pressure. 

“We do not believe that public tax dollars should be used to support an agency that has no moral code and a history of brutally killing not only native wildlife but also our beloved pets who get caught in their traps,” said Carol Misseldine, MNWA Steering Committee member.

A bare majority of the County Board has signalled their interest in not only renewing their contract with this rogue agency, but in actually expanding permissible killing methods to include neck wringing, cervical dislocation and the use of CO2—all of which can cause extreme pain and suffering. The intended private beneficiaries of the public tax dollars funding these contracts are primarily ranchers and their livestock. However, the scientific research is overwhelming and clear: killing wildlife to reduce livestock predation is not only ineffective, it is often counterproductive in that livestock predation often increases as a result of predator social systems being destabilized when older or alpha members are killed.

Counties throughout the country, including neighboring Marin and Sonoma, have already ended their contracts with Wildlife Services and have instead brought in non-lethal wildlife management methods and services to protect property and livestock. Such non-lethal wildlife exclusion techniques, including fencing, night corrals and Foxlights, have proven far more effective than senseless killing by Wildlife Services.

Gowan Batist, a fifth-generation Mendocino County resident and the farm manager at Fortunate Farm in Caspar, is a devout champion of using non-lethal strategies to protect her livestock. “I raise sheep, which are extremely vulnerable to predation; some say that lambs are basically nature’s tater tots.  But since implementing non-lethal control methods on my farm six years ago, I have not had a single loss to a coyote. The only loss I’ve had in those six years was to a mountain lion, and that was by a hungry teenage lion in the immediate aftermath of its mother being killed by a neighbor or Wildlife Services, which goes to what the science tells us: killing predators only increases livestock predation,” she said.

Maureen Mulheren and Mari Rodin are running for the County Supervisor seat currently held by John McCowen. McCowen, a strong proponent for the continuation of Wildlife Services’ killing program, is retiring at the end of his current term in January 2021.

Mulheren agrees that the County should not be spending public dollars on behalf of private interests. “The lethal predator control methods that the USDA Wildlife Service employs are ineffective and outdated. As Supervisor, I will vote to terminate the County’s contract with Wildlife Services and instead use that $170,000 in tax dollars on education about and implementation of non-lethal techniques.”

Rodin said, “I base my decisions on sound scientific data and in this instance the science indicates that the methods used by USDA Wildlife Service are both ineffective and counterproductive. Moreover, they appear to be unethical. As Supervisor, I will vote to terminate our contract with Wildlife Services and instead support the use of non-lethal methods to manage human conflicts with wildlife by a local entity.”

Due to the Covid-19 health emergency, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is conducting all business virtually. To provide public comment, individuals must fill out the “comment request form” at the link below no later than 8:00 am on the day of the meeting. Once the form has been received and reviewed, instructions will be sent for how to call into the Zoom meeting and provide public comment.

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Australia: Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050, report finds.



WAV Comment ; How the Australian people elect and put up with such a dick PM is beyond belief. Koalas, live export; what planet is this blob from to allow all this to continue ?



Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050, report finds

  • 30 June 2020


Koalas will be extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) by 2050 unless there is urgent action, an inquiry has found.

The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by habitat loss, disease and climatic events in recent years.

About 5,000 koalas are thought to have died in devastating recent bushfires, the report to state parliament said.

It urged lawmakers to ensure that remaining populations did not perish in rapidly diminishing habitats.

The inquiry, by a cross-party committee, found pre-bushfire estimates that koalas numbered 36,000 in NSW were now outdated.

In the past year, blazes which scorched more than five million hectares statewide had affected 24% of koala habitats, it said.


The logging and fracturing of other koala areas has also been detrimental to their survival, according to the year-long investigation.

The committee said climate change posed an ongoing threat by exacerbating bushfires and drought, and by reducing the quality of the animal’s eucalyptus leaf diet.


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Basically, I could not give a shit – coal anytime !


“At every turn we were handed evidence that showed our current laws are inadequate and facilitating the clearing of core koala habitat,” said chairwoman Cate Faehrmann.

“The strategies and policies currently in place to protect the koala aren’t working.”

The committee made 42 recommendations, including establishing new national parks in identified areas and reducing land clearing.

The state government welcomed the report but did not immediately confirm which recommendations it would adopt.

“Koalas are an iconic Australian animal recognised the world over and a national treasure which we will do everything we can to protect for future generations,” state Environment Minster Matt Kean.

Koalas are also found in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory but their numbers are on the decline nationally, according to conservation groups.

Last year, the Australian Koala Foundation estimated there were “no more than 80,000” left in Australia – though others say it is difficult to know for sure.

Their principal threats – habitat loss, diseases such as chlamydia, and the impacts of climate change – are a concern nationwide.

Happy birthday, Pamela Anderson!

An activist with a heart of gold.

In 2012 she was in Germany to assist Captain Paul Watson while he was detained in Germany at the request of the governments of Costa Rica and Japan to be extradited. The world-famous actress and animal rights activist is also a member of the board of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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And I mean…When Julian Assange hid in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Pamela Andersons visited him several times. Now she even went to prison for him. She also visited the WikiLeaks founder in detention in London.

In an interview in the German magazine “Der Spiegel”, she said: I visited him because he is my friend. I wanted to support him. I wanted to hug him. I think he and WikiLeaks have made important information available to the world; on US Army were crimes in Iraq and other evils by powerful people.
It’s just not right to throw him in a maximum-security prison for publishing important documents. ”

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We wish you many, many years dear Pamela.

For animal rights and human rights

My best regards to all, Venus

France: A Poem From A French Activist. I could never forget you. I could never forgive them.

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Hi all;

Today 1/7/20, we were contacted by an activist in France regarding a picture posted in an article recently by Venus.

Here is the photo.



They were very moved by the picture and the activist has written a beautiful poem as a result.

We publish it here; as we know she will not mind.


Regards Mark and Venus.


Here is the message and poem.  She kindly says:


Thank you very much for your information. You’re right, this photo is terrible. We sometimes write poems/speeches when we face certain kind of pic. This one is one of them.


It inspired me, this one I wrote  :


Do not look away, here is the real horror face of captivity.

There is no drop of blood, no cry of pain but my heart is torn apart by the distress of this little abandoned being.

Tight throat, shortness of breath, my tears flow for this innocent victim of merciless torturers.

I cry for this stolen life, broken, torn from the heat of the arms of his home, subdued by the chain.

I cry because head lowered, curled up, terrorized, clenched fist, he is waiting , trembling,  for the next humiliations without ever being able to refuse.

Is he hungry? Is he thirsty?  You know the answer…

Reduced as an object in the service of humans, how can we mistreat a being endowed with such sensitivity?

To all these jailers, thieves of freedom: you are nothing but miserable less than nothing without any dignity.

Your feeling of omnipotence towards your animal captives is none other than a reflection of your insignificance within society.

Wherever you are, my adorable prisoner friend, your image of suffering will never be able to leave me.

Each of my tears of rage will strengthen our relentless fight against captivity in whatever form!


I could never forget you. I could never forgive them.


Thanks for all your hard work and fight for those you can’t speak up.

With my best Regards,

An Activist – France.


La Ligue des Animaux




The zoo in Magdalena Peninsula must be closed immediately!

IMAGES of a seal that has been so neglected it has become covered in seaweed has led to calls for the zoo keeping it to be closed.
Animal rights activists want the small zoo in the Magdalena Peninsula, in Santander, Spain, closed immediately and have condemned it as a “throwback to the bad old days”.


Images of unhappy animals at the zoo have been circulating on Spanish social media sites and have led to a petition for its closure.
The animal rights group AnimaNaturalis says more than 6,000 have signed its letter of protest to Santander council.

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The charity’s leader Aïda Gascón said that the seal covered in green algae “seems to be letting itself die” (!!!).
But opposition parties unsuccessfully tabled a motion before the city council demanding to shut the zoo.

A petition has been signed to close the zoo, in Santander zoo
The council which runs the zoo says the seal had not been mistreatedCredit: AnimaNaturalis

Local councilor Daniel Fernández: “Those pictures convey an image of inconceivable and disgraceful treatment of animals when we see things like the sea lion pen with no water.
“This would be unacceptable anywhere in the world, but it is even more surprising in a city that wants to position itself as a tourist attraction.”

The seals have had no water generally from the sea, they can only swim in standing water, the consistency of which is already greenish and obviously dirty.

But animal rights groups disagree

One woman even noticed that they were swimming a dead or sick seal on the water filled with grass and moss.

After the complaint, the Santander City Council assured that the dead animals had died naturally and that there were no animals that had been abused or lived under unfortunate conditions as they were all well looked after by veterinarians.

However, the videos leave their own and strangers speechless.

More than 27,000 people have signed an online petition on to close the Magdalena mini-zoo which was built in the 1980s.

Petition (and Video) please sign: (

Continue reading “The zoo in Magdalena Peninsula must be closed immediately!”

Worrying; Very !!



Hi Mark,

With the coronavirus, we’ve learned how fast a new organism can spread. Imagine genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to inherit their genes at a very fast pace, jeopardise the food chain, and wipe out their natural siblings by making them infertile. [1]

According to scientists, there is a risk the so-called “gene drive” could even spread from mosquitoes to butterflies, killing pollinators en masse, risking crops, plants and entire ecosystems. [2]

Nobody pushing this new technology has a solution that would successfully mitigate these risks, but even so, plans are proceeding to make gene drives a reality. 

Most of the funding to make this happen is being provided by the US military and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [3]

With your help, we can start the process to put a moratorium on it. Next week, experts and government officials will come together to discuss this new and risky technology. Our partners have secured two seats at this private online meeting and will represent our voices.

If thousands of us sign the petition calling for a moratorium, what our partners say will count much more. Add your name to ensure we don’t release any genetically engineered organism without properly assessing its severe risks.


Sign the petition at:

The billionaire Bill Gates is excited about the potential of this new technology. [4] He hopes to get rid of mosquitos that pass on diseases, but until now no scientist has been able to assess the risk. [5] We don’t want to solve one problem only to create another bigger one. [6]

Imagine we eradicate one species of mosquitoes, but what happens to frogs, birds and fish feeding on mosquitoes and their eggs? How will the behaviour of other animals change when mosquitoes disappear? Deer may not hide in the mountains to protect themselves against their bites, instead staying in valleys and feeding differently.

The biggest imaginable risk is the collapse of whole ecosystems happening with the release of even a handful of gene drive mosquitoes. With what we know about gene drives now, their effects cannot be predicted, stopped, or reversed. We want to support the great system that is nature and understand it before we mess with it. A moratorium will give us the time to work out what we need to do next to protect nature and life.

The upcoming meeting of experts is to inform EU and global decision makers about the risks. This is the moment we need to be heard. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet who will participate and we cannot address them directly, but only two of us will join the meeting – and we need them to be powerful.


Sign the petition at:

Our signatures show people power from all over Europe. We have shown time and time again how, starting with a simple petition, we can achieve big wins: just a few weeks ago we shared how together we stopped barley, brewing, and ultimately all beer production from being patented. It started with a simple petition.

If we act now, we can have a moratorium before it’s too late.

David, Jörg (Lübeck), and the entire WeMove Europe team


PS: Before we release a new technology, we need to make sure we don’t risk destroying entire ecosystems by making the world an experimental laboratory. Please sign and share widely to put a moratorium on gene drives.


[2] There is evidence from insects that a bacterium called Wolbachia can transfer genes between different insect species. So, it is theoretically possible that Wolbachia genetic transfer could take place between mosquitoes and pollinating insects.
[3] “Total funding for gene drive development is currently estimated to exceed a quarter of a billion US dollars. The largest single government funder of gene drive research is the U.S. military (DARPA).”
[5] The first disease the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to tackle is malaria. Malaria was once widespread in Europe as well and was eradicated.


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Canada: Trudea Invests In Plant Based; But He Still Allows the Murder of Baby Seals ! – Deep Down; Mr Money; NO Compassion.




WAV:  Positive, but Trudea also stopping the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby seals each year would be even more welcome.  Canada ‘Humane’ ? – not all the time the world sees it killing baby seals under the name of Trudeau.  Thus, there is no compassion in him with this policy; just the though of money making.  If killing more animals made more cash in a ‘strategy’; he would go that way.  Mr Money; nothing else.


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Pamela Anderson Offers To Be Justin Trudeau’s Vegan Mentor As He Invests Millions In Plant-Based Food


The world needs more sensible leaders like you, who are willing to embrace…clever food solutions’


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‘I would be honored to be your mentor’ Anderson told Trudeau in a letter

Pamela Anderson has written to Justin Trudeau and offered to be his ‘vegan mentor’.

The letter follows reports that the Canadian prime minister has invested $95 million in a plant-based protein facility producing protein from peas and canola.

The money was invested in the Merit Functional Foods, by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as a 10-year interest-free loan.

‘An opportunity’

Speaking about the investment, Trudeau said: “As people around the world start eating more plant-based food products, we have an opportunity to bring together innovation in Canada and Canadian crops, and a chance to create good, well-paying jobs…

“This facility will be a world leader in plant-based proteins and will create good jobs in a fast-growing field. And by using 100 percent Canadian inputs, we will also support the farmers who produce canola and yellow peas used in Merit’s products.”

‘Fiscally responsible move’

In response, veteran vegan and honorary director of animal rights charity PETA, Pamela Anderson has written to Trudeau to congratulate him on the move, and offer her help should he decide to drop animal products himself.

She wrote: “Your recent decision to invest another $100 million in our mushrooming plant-based industries fits that description – and that puts Canada on top when it comes to promoting a humane and healthy diet.

“Your fiscally responsible move not only creates good jobs for Canadians but also spares countless animals a terrible life and death. As COVID-19 has exposed serious health risks associated with factory farms and slaughterhouses, the world needs more sensible leaders like you, who are willing to embrace clean, compassionate, and clever food solutions.

“Were you to drop meat and dairy from your personal diet – which I so hope you will – I would be honored to be your mentor and to suggest some of the tasty, diverse vegan foods proudly produced in Canada.”



Botswana: 400 Elephants Dead In Months – But Not For Ivory Poaching. Waterhole Reasons ? -Possible.



It’s no secret that elephants have been dying in northern Botswana during the last few months and that samples taken from carcasses by government officials have yet to shed light on the cause of death.


Rather than add to the speculation already out there about the cause/s of death and why the sample results are not yet available, we contacted various trusted sources to compile this list of known details/observations


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  • The first reported elephant deaths were in March 2020, with higher volumes reported from May onwards;
  • The death toll has now risen to approximately 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages;
  • Most carcasses are in the NG11 area, near the village of Seronga on the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta. Read this account of the impacts of elephants on people living in the area: Life with Elephants;
  • 30% of deaths occurred in the last two weeks and 70% about one month or more ago;
  • Tusks have not been removed from the dead elephants and carcasses show no sign of having been chopped to extract the ivory;
  • Some elephants died in an upright position, suggesting a sudden death;
  • 70% of the carcasses were seen near waterholes/pans;
  • There have been no reports of similar deaths in Namibia – a short distance north of NG11;
  • Live elephants near water sources were observed to be lethargic and disoriented, and some appeared to have little control over their legs. One was seen wandering in circles;
  • A dead horse was seen in one waterhole/pan;
  • No other species carcasses have been seen in the area, and vultures feasting on the elephant carcasses appear unaffected.


“we’re just a bunch of primates out of control”

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I think the problem is that we don’t really understand what we are.
In essence, we’re just a conceited, naked ape. But in our minds we’re some sort of “divine legend”, and we see ourselves as some sort of god.

That we can walk around the earth deciding who will live and who will die and what will be destroyed and what will be saved. But the fact is we’re just a bunch of primates out of control.”.

~ Paul Watson-Seashepherd ~

Our decision: rights for animals

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Of Mice and Bees !





Well things have been busy here – just preparing new drilled logs for the ‘Bee Hotel’ to keep our bee friends happy and also so that they can pollinate all the apple trees in the orchards.

Read more about the process by looking at the very recent post that I did on the subject of the bees and the hotel – you may find the process interesting – I know I do !:


Here are a few new photos of the latest drilled logs which will replace some of the old and very used chambers in the hotel – see photo below of old logs:





Above –  Ready for delivery.




(Above) –  The box on the right is not bad carpentry ! – the little slits front and back of the floor let fresh air to circulate and any urine escape from our little friends when they want to have a pee during their hibernation / sleep cycles.


Also, as you can see from these new pictures, I have just finished the last 3 dormouse boxes for our little friends.  They are the same ones as shown in the above link, and so far they have not yet gone off to Jeskyns.

I hope this will encourage you all to become involved in drilling out some log chambers for the solitary bees.  By far they are the best pollinators and a ‘must’ for your garden.


So get cracking; ad get the bees and maybe some dormice into your patch.

Regards Mark




One of ‘our’ dormice (a boy) gets a health check and is weighed – all good !





Sweet ‘nutty’ dreams !



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(Above) –  A drilled newer log (left) at our hotel  and other older ones which we will now replace.

Note some of the chambers sealed up with mud – read the process in the top link.



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Our bee hotel before it was given a new roof recently.



Me with Denise the Head Ranger in front of our hotel.




One of my favourite English bands – ‘The Cure’ – song – ‘A Forest’ – Enjoy:





German hunting fair: The Mecca of animal killers

The “Jagd & Hund (Hunting and Dog)” fair, which takes place annually in Dortmund, Germany, is Europe’s largest hunting fair.

The organizers advertise themselves with the participation of exhibitors from over 40 nations from all continents.

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Among them are almost 180 tour operators who offer the shooting down of individuals of endangered and protected species such as various deep sea birds and songbirds, polar bears, rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, monkeys, brown bears, and wolves – quite legally.

As in colonial times, wealthy trophy hunters shoot endangered animals.

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We are currently experiencing the greatest loss of species since time immemorial.

Hunting methods are used that are prohibited in Germany for good reasons: hunting with a bow and arrow, crossbow, or revolver. A hunting license is often not even required. In some places, wild animals such as for example Lions specially bred in hunting farms to have them shot by trophy hunters in large enclosures.

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In Africa alone, 18,000 trophy hunters kill over 100,000 wild animals each year.

The shooting down of an individual animal often endangers their entire family and group system.

Continue reading “German hunting fair: The Mecca of animal killers”

Australia: the annual slaughter of kangaroos

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The Australian Government authorizes the slaughter of millions of kangaroos every single year. They are shot at night in the vast outback, away from public scrutiny. 40 percent of kangaroos are not expertly killed, they suffer wounded for hours.


Farmers have a financial interest in the mass murder:

Around half of the merino wool produced worldwide comes from Australia. The herds and the need for pasture land are correspondingly large.

Wild kangaroos take away the pastures from the flocks of sheep. This annoys the Australian farmers – they consider the national symbol like a plague and a threat to their financial income from the sale of the merino wool.

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The flesh and leather of the killed kangaroos are exported in large quantities.
Germany is one of the main sales markets for kangaroo products.


And I mean…It is the largest annual massacre of wildland animals on the planet. And one of the most brutal.

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Shame on Australia for murdering their iconic kangaroos to make meaningless purses, wallets, jackets, shoes, or sporting goods! The killing is a disgrace – cruel and entirely profit-motivated.

Shame on Australia, on farmers and murderous hunters who always want to protect their businesses with murder.

This corrupt government is not only to blame for the annual mass murder of the harmless kangaroos but also for the murderous business model of ship transport with sheep to Kuwait and the Arab Emirates.

The Australian government must go, Morrison must go.

My best regards to all Venus

Scottish Calf Exports – Judicial Review: First step to victory!





Related WAV posts on this issue:




Dear Mark,

Great news on our Judicial Review of British calf exports. The Scottish Government’s outrageous request for an indefinite delay has been REJECTED!

The Court of Session has, instead, chosen to double the court time available for our case – and the hearing is now expected to take place in October.


The battle against cruelty isn’t over yet, but we’ve secured a first, big victory. A huge thank you to everyone who has backed this campaign so far. If you haven’t already done so, please:

Take action – Call on the Scottish Government to drop their defence of the appalling live export trade.
Donate – 100% of your gift will support Compassion’s work in the UK.
Spread the word to fight live exports, using


Thank you! Together, we will keep up the fight for #JusticeForCalves.

With best wishes,




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Every year, thousands of unweaned calves are sent from Scotland to fattening farms in Spain. These vulnerable, young ‘by products’ of the dairy industry suffer journeys that are both horrific and, we believe, illegal.

Animal transport law states that unweaned calves cannot travel for more than 8 hours – unless, after a maximum of 9 hours’ transport, they are rested, given water and, “if necessary”, fed.

In reality, the ‘rest’ usually just means the lorry stops moving for an hour. And, because milk substitute can’t in practice be provided on the trucks, calves may go as long as 23 hours without food. They must be stressed, exhausted, and desperately hungry.

Whilst they’re on British farms, these young animals must legally be fed twice a day. Yet the transporters think it’s not ‘necessary’ to feed them until they’re first unloaded in Northern France!



WAV Further Comment:


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During 2010 – Yes, 10 years ago !


Mark worked with the Dutch investigator friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ , as well as with ‘Animals’ Angels’ (Germany),en_ORG.html  and PMAF (France)  to produce a 125 page official investigation report for the EU Legal Affairs team in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) and UK Parliamentarians (MP’s) – a report which specifically investigated live animal (calves) transport between certain, specific (EU) member states.

We have always known that live calf transport does not adhere to the EU rules which allegedly ‘protects’ animals in transport.


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You can read and see a lot more in relation to this by visiting, and scrolling down at: 


Or,  If you care to click on the following link below you will see a written summary of just 1 of the 5 trails which was undertaken and clearly proved that Irish calves were not being given adequate food and rest at an approved Staging Post facility after they had made the crossing from Ireland to France.

Remember, this (link below) is just 1 of the 5 investigation reports that we produced in our ‘overall’ document of 2010;

and it also lists all the non compliances with the EU Regulation 1/2005 for this specific trail / investigation are given at the end of this specific investigation report.  Remember also that these investigations and reports do not just appear by magic.  Many people, their time, money and several vehicles are often involved – they all take effort and time to record all the exact details which you can see detailed in the report.

Thus, it can be annoying in the least when all this work is undertaken, compiled and presented to the EU, and then they do nothing about it ! – something is wrong somewhere; hence our gripes as detailed in many current posts re live animal transport and the EU ignorance.  This is typical of the work involved to ‘do the trail / investigation job’ properly; and when you do and then get completely ignored at EU level you begin to ask questions about those same people and the EU ‘organisation’ who are supposed to be ‘enforcing’ the ‘animal welfare’ regulations.


Click on the following link to read a very small part (1 of 5 investigation reports) of the overall trail / investigation report:




For the Calves –  Regards Mark

What is the basic evil of the meat industry?


Hundreds of new corona cases were registered this week in a slaughterhouse of the Tönnies company in Germany.


At the Tönnies headquarters in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, around 5,300 employees will have to be tested in the next few days.
As a result, all schools and daycare centers in the Gütersloh district were closed again. Around 7,000 people are now in quarantine around the company.

Federal Labor Minister of Germany Hubertus Heil called the situation “shocking”.

For him, one of the main problems in the industry is that work in slaughterhouses is increasingly done with employment contracts and subcontractors, so that workers, most of whom are from Eastern Europe, are “not treated fairly”.

He now wants to end this “basic evil”, said Heil in the state television channel ARD.
But is that it?
The meat industry has other problem areas:

1. Too much manure

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More animals also mean more animal excretions.

But where to put the manure? A large part of it ends up in the meadows and fields of farmers – and thus contaminates soil and groundwater with nitrogen.
Agriculture is responsible for around 57 percent of the nitrogen that is released into the environment in Germany, according to the Federal Environment Agency.

Continue reading “What is the basic evil of the meat industry?”

Vietnam: 29/6/20 – Breaking News – Bile Bear ‘Cotton Blossom’ To Be Rescued by Animals Asia – Team On the Road.

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Breaking News – Animals Asia – 29/6/20

Vietnam – Bear ‘Cotton Blossom’ Will be rescued tomorrow from her terrible suffering life of bile farming.

Rescue team are finally on their way after earlier preventions due to Covid.


We are hoping to set up a live link to the rescue very soon – and will give details when we can.


Regards Mark (WAV). 


Dear Mark,

We’ve finally received the go-ahead to rescue a lonely moon bear in desperate need of love and care. Our emergency response team are on their way right now.

We were first alerted to her plight back in March. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak causing widespread travel restrictions in Vietnam, and this poor bear being held in the border region of Gia Lai province, over 700 miles away from our sanctuary, we couldn’t reach her.

But we didn’t forget. And we’ve been preparing for her arrival ever since. Her house has been cleaned, her bed made and a delicious feast is being prepared for arrival. But that’s not all…

Back in March, the spring sunshine was warming the air, and the magnificent red cotton blossoms were blooming. Though we couldn’t rush to her aid there and then, we remained hopeful that her many years of darkness were coming to an end and she would soon blossom at our life-saving sanctuary. To mark her eventual arrival we planted a Cotton Blossom tree. And in honour of the bear you’ll help us rescue, we’ve named her Cotton Blossom.

Currently, we know precious little about her. What we do know is that she’s been forced to endure painful bile extraction and we can almost be sure that she’ll have serious health issues as a consequence.

She’ll need special ongoing care and treatment for the rest of her life. Which we hope could be another 15 years or more. Hopefully, with enough love and time, all of the pain, anger and fear she feels will fade into distant memories.

In these dark times, will you be the ray of sunshine she’s been waiting for? You can help this sweet girl on the road to recovery and beyond by making a donation today.

Our rescue team plans to arrive tomorrow morning. In the meantime, we’ll do our very best to keep you updated, and I hope to bring you more information soon. For live updates, and to see your kindness in action, please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for Asia’s animals when they need you most.

With bear hugs of gratitude and of hope,




Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD
Founder and CEO, Animals Asia

PS It takes a lifetime of care to help rebuild a broken bear.


Please will you help Cotton Blossom begin her long road to recovery with a healing gift today?


Thank you so much for caring.



Mikki, her calf Fitz, and companion Punch have to go in the sanctuary.



Louisville Zoo, Kuntacky, USA, continues to hold three elephants captive in a cramped exhibit. A mother elephant, her young calf, and their one companion named Punch — all held in a cramped enclosure in order to generate profits from paying customers.

Louisville Zoo debuts African elephant Mikki's calf

Elephants are naturally evolved to live within close-knit herds and to enjoy endless space in which to roam. Louisville Zoo is falling short when it comes to giving these elephants the lives they deserve.

Please urge Louisville Zoo to send these three elephants to an accredited sanctuary now!

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After seven years of repeated and failed artificial insemination attempts by Louisville Zoo staff, 35-year-old African elephant Mikki finally gave birth to a calf this year.

Baby Fitz is the Louisville Zoo’s second elephant birth in its fifty-year history. In 2010, Mikki’s calf named Scotty died at age three from colic.

Like his mother, Mikki, and cell-mate Punch—who were both taken from the wild—Fitz will be robbed of the relationships he would naturally form with other elephants including other family members near his own age.

Continue reading “Mikki, her calf Fitz, and companion Punch have to go in the sanctuary.”

Animal experiments offer to suffer, no security!


In this document, report the victims of the TGN1412 human test report.

TGN1412 led to a drug scandal by many in 2006.

TGN1412, which is used to treat I .a. Leukemia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis led to permanent damage such as multi-organ failure and amputations for six subjects in the phase I trial.

Only a few minutes after the award, the subjects reported symptoms such as headache, severe hot flashes, and fever, followed by vomiting, severe pain, and symptoms of a severe inflammatory reaction. The subjects reported a feeling of “burning all over their bodies”.

They received only 1/500 of the dose that was found to be harmless in animal experiments (macaques).

This example shows that in human experiments after animal experiments we always start from zero.
That is why we call for animal-free and human-based research, e.g. with the multi-organ chip and a phase 0!

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And I mean…Animals are used for experiments because they cannot defend themselves in an organized manner and therefore they are on humans delivered.

That is the ethical basis for all animal experiments.

The life of a human being is no higher than that of an animal. There is no evidence or reason for this.
Anyone who claims that animals in captivity and experiments do not suffer is either clueless or makes money from it.

The main difference between humans and animals is that humans are able to feel pity. The person who does not have this quality towards animals is de facto an asshole.

The alone fact that experimenters are able to keep and torture animals at will, is a crime against any moral base.
Anyone who knows and has studied the history of the Nazi-Era knows how the animal experimenters tick. Their actions correspond 100% to the mass murderers of the time.
In every detail.
Even Zyklon B is still used to kill experimental animals.

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It is not possible to keep behaviorally disordered people out of this area; therefore names, addresses, photos, and the crimes of the “researchers” must be made public.

My best regards to all, Venus

Romania: Welcome To Our Romanian Visitor and Campaigner Friends.




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Romania is still one of the beautiful, wild places in Europe.  It has a lot of citizens who support the policy of keeping the wild for the wild and letting nature and the animals that live within exist as they should, without persecution from man.


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But like all nations; Romania also has a dark side when it comes to animals; especially issues relating to stray dogs, and also live exports of sheep.

As some of you will be aware, we at WAV last year tracked and reported on a consignment of live sheep throughout the journey between Romania and Iran.

It was not only this shipment that has caused us concern. We were also informed at the time that Romania was planning on exporting around 200,000 live sheep to the middle east every month for the next 6 months or so.

“It is clear that sheep have suffered terribly throughout this entire journey, and that’s before we even mention the routine abuse and fully conscious slaughter they are subjected to when they arrive at their destinations,” said Gabriel Paun. “These sheep come from the green meadows and high mountains of the Romanian countryside, and the contrast in how they are treated in the live export trade is unimaginable.”

The Netherlands (Dutch) MEP Anja Hazekamp called on the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Romania, after the country authorised the mass transport of 70.000 sheep from the Port of Midia to the Persian Gulf while temperatures rose above 45 °C.




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Midia, Romania – Nov 2019

A live export vessel loaded with live sheep for export overturned within hours of leaving the Romanian port of Midia   The Romanian government called off the rescue efforts to save over 14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized live export ship — despite claims that sounds can be heard indicating that animals are still alive.

In the end, despite many thousands of sheep drowning in the capsize; some (very few) of the survivors which were rescued were eventually provided with sanctuary. 






Welcome tour Romanian visitors today – we have noticed a lot of attendance to the site from Romania over the last few days; and we very much welcome you coming to pay us a visit.. 

So here following we are giving most of our past Romanian links with the hope they will be of use to our visitors if they are working on campaign issues.  We ask them to especially work on the issues of stray dogs and cats; and also on the live export business which involves so many tens of thousands of live sheep.


In memory of all the suffering animals in Romania – past and present.


Regards Mark and Venus (WAV).


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