Un Democratic Hypocrites -Many Political Parties In the UK Now.

 

Today (19 / 10) has shown that in the UK Parliament; specific parties want to simply demolish democracy – by NOT allowing us to leave the EU.

 

Those hypocritical parties are:

 

The Liberal Democrats – who claim wrongly to take animal welfare ‘very seriously’. They have MEPs, and they do nothing serious.

 

The SNP – who appear to support the export of week old live Scottish calves down to Ramsgate, England; for further export on to Spain for further fattening. They never speak against it – unlike their full mouths on Brexit.

 

The Labour Party – all talk and no action when it comes to animal welfare – hunting legislation failures in the UK introduced by them has shown us that.

By breaking away from the EU, the UK would have been able to introduce legislation to stop live animal transport. By continuing as an EU member state, we are not allowed to stop it; – does that not really speak volumes about the EU and animal welfare ?   The plans today to stop the trade in live animals by a UK Party led by Mr Johnson have now been scuppered at the moment only by the political parties mess above. Now we call for a General Election in the UK to put the wrongs of the above right.

In correspondence to us directly, the Lib Dems have failed to address our evidence and concerns when it has been presented to them, especially regarding the box trailers and their signage – or lack of:    https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/08/england-sealed-box-type-animal-trailers-how-the-industry-dodges-identifying-what-they-transport-and-the-eu-oks-it/ ..

 

All these parties above wish to do is remain and live in the farce which is called the EU; and adhere to the lack of regulation implementation that goes with it. In correspondence today we have pleaded with them to go away and live in the EU if they think it is so good – can we suggest Romania for them – great animal abuses for sheep to the Middle east; just as they would still see under EU ‘legislation’ which the EU is incapable of enforcing anyway.

If you are British, please never vote again for the above parties again; they are those who ‘talk’ big animal welfare concerns, when really they do not give a toss; as long as they can stay in Europe, then all is fine.  Sod EU regulations enforcement on animal welfare – they are not interested.

 

Is that so ? – how about this:

 

https://youtu.be/MSmAEPD86KM

 

https://youtu.be/we1xeip5P6I

 

https://youtu.be/iJEzFzBtOZ8

 

https://youtu.be/PL-jNdNmu_s

 

Lib Dems, Labour and the SNP – parties that appear support the abuse of animals in live transport; and who DO NOT respond to the evidence we supply to them. They want us to stay in the EU, where the abuse happens; and we cannot stop it legally by being an EU member state; an independent state free from the EU; yes we could (and would) stop it.

Re 70,000 live sheep exported from Romania to the Middle East in conditions of extreme heat.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/18/remember-the-al-shuwaikh-and-the-romania-sheep-now-it-is-trying-to-take-sa-sheep-read-the-latest-from-animals-australia-and-the-rspca/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/06/england-wav-now-write-to-europe-regarding-romanian-sheep-and-animal-carrying-box-trailers/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/04/nightmare-comes-true-for-romanian-sheep-exported-to-the-gulf/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/10/romania-exporting-over-100000-sheep-to-iran-per-month-after-al-shuwaikh-we-are-interested-in-the-current-situation/

 

Summary – below declares:

 

The Commission does not plan to introduce a ban on live animal exports as it considers trade of live animals an integral part of agricultural activity.

As regards animal welfare violations on transports of animals starting in the EU, it is the responsibility of Member States not to authorise transports in violation of Regulation No 1/2005. If necessary, a Member State has to refuse authorisation of a particular export.

 

 

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27 August 2019
E-002302/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission  
Question reference: E-002302/2019  

 

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2019-002302-ASW_EN.html

 

The Commission plans to carry out an audit in Romania shortly. The audit will provide the necessary information for the Commission to decide on further actions.

The Commission, as indicated in its reply to Parliament’s resolution on the implementation of Council Regulation No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport within and outside the EU(1), is examining the request in paragraph 11 of the resolution to draw up and publish a list of operators who have perpetrated repeated and serious breaches of the regulation in light of applicable European and national legislation.. A list of sea transporters with repeated and serious breaches of the regulation has not yet been compiled.

The Commission cannot impose a general ban on export of live animals to non-EU countries on the basis of animal welfare violations in the non-EU country.

As the Commission pointed out in its replies to written questions P-004562/2018 and E-005366/2018the setting of animal welfare rules in non-EU countries and their enforcement is under the competence of the respective national competent authorities. An export ban on live animal transports to non-EU countries would also need very careful examination under World Trade Organisation rules, which are binding upon the Union and its Member States’.

The Commission does not plan to introduce a ban on live animal exports as it considers trade of live animals an integral part of agricultural activity.

As regards animal welfare violations on transports of animals starting in the EU, it is the responsibility of Member States not to authorise transports in violation of Regulation No 1/2005. If necessary, a Member State has to refuse authorisation of a particular export.

(1) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-8-2019-0057_EN.html

 

We have had 2 responses now from SE England MEPs; along with a response from a UK MP who is not really associated with the issues in the EU.   But he has at least replied to our questions, which is more than can be said for most of the MEPs who allegedly represent us !

What do we as an organisation conclude from all this:

We asked about the issue of lack of signage on box trailers, and presented a report we did on the subject at least 5 years ago. Here is the link:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/06/england-wav-now-write-to-europe-regarding-romanian-sheep-and-animal-carrying-box-trailers/

 

The responses given by those who did reply to us start:

 

“Thank you for your email. As an MEP I take animal welfare very seriously,”

 

“Dear Mr Johnson,

Thank you for your email. Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this reply.

Firstly, I would like to assure you that the Liberal Democrats take issues of animal welfare very seriously, and it is very much our thing. We have a proud history of raising animal welfare rights and want to continue doing that going forward.”

 

Both responses are from politicians representing the Liberal Democrat Party in the UK, who today voted to stay in the EU, and thus continue supporting live animal export abuses. This is a party which is completely EU supportive and will not hear a bad word spoken about it. They claim to us in their responses that ‘they take animal welfare very seriously’. We would like to be clear that with both responses; NOTHING was said about the report and evidence, and suggestions, that we gave / made with regard box trailers being used to carry live animals across the EU. Our evidence was simply dismissed with the weasel words claim from them that ‘‘they take animal welfare very seriously’ – we say but not seriously enough to do anything about it eh ? – stay in the EU, stay with the abuses !

With regard questions that we raised about the Romanian sheep incidents; we were simply directed to the EU response shown above; ie:

‘As regards animal welfare violations on transports of animals starting in the EU, it is the responsibility of Member States not to authorise transports in violation of Regulation No 1/2005. If necessary, a Member State has to refuse authorisation of a particular export’.

In other words, pass the Commission buck back to individual member states of the EU such as Romania, which as a member state of the EU,  IGNORED requests by the EU Commissioner to stop the export of the sheep in the first place ! –

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/02/2-8-19-copy-of-the-letter-from-the-eu-do-nothing-commissioner-to-the-animal-welfare-ignorant-romanian-minister/

So where are we now ? – the EU tells us it is up to member states NOT to authorise transports in violation of Reg 1/2005; whist at the same time, Romania IGNORES requests from the EU to stop shipments due to the extreme heat.

Confused and in La La Land ? – we are.

“If necessary, a Member State has to refuse authorisation of a particular export’ – what chance with Romania doing this when it ignores all requests from other EU organisations to do this ?

and the box trailer issue; nobody, as we have experienced from all EU circles over the past 5+ years, wants to address the issues we raise about unsatisfactory conditions for the animals and the lack of signage on vehicles. The EU and all its politicians, just want to WASH THEIR HANDS OF RESPONSIBILITY and let things remain as they are – which is utterly useless.

Today (19/10) in the UK special debate in the Commons, we hear the Lib Dem leader (Jo Swinson) whinging on about how wonderful the EU is and how the UK must remain in it.

Who really lives in La La Land ? – can we politely suggest the Liberal Democrat Party and their leader; Jo Swinson.

 

we never give up …

 

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With this video we take a moment to share our vision: A world where ALL animals are respected and protected.
Our vision is a world without suffering and without pain, a world with the right to life, freedom and happiness for animals.

We fight to make our vision a reality!
A nice video from Animal Equality

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Lib Dems, Labour and the SNP – Animal ‘Welfare’ if we stay in Europe ? – Doubt It. Watch the Videos and Decide for Yourself.

 

Today has shown that in the UK Parliament; specific parties want to demolish democracy – for the UK to leave the EU.

 

Those parties are:

 

The Liberal Democrats – who claim wrongly to take animal welfare ‘very seriously’.

 

The SNP – who support the export of week old live Scottish calves down to Ramsgate, England; for further export on to Spain for further fattening.

 

The Labour Party – all talk and no action when it comes to animal welfare – bad hunting legislation from the start has shown us that.

 

By breaking away from the EU, the UK would have been able to introduce legislation to stop live animal transport. The Party led by Mr Johnson have now been scuppered at the moment only by the political mess above. Now we call for a General Election in the UK to put the wrongs of the above right.

 

In correspondence, the Lib Dems have failed to address our evidence and concerns when it has been presented to them.. All they want to do is remain and live in the farce which is called the EU.  In correspondence today we have pleaded with them to go away and live in the EU if they think it is so good – can we suggest Romania – great animal abuses for sheep to the Middle East; just as they would still see under EU ‘legislation’ which the EU is incapable of enforcing anyway.

 

If you are British, please never vote again for the above parties; those who ‘talk’ big animal welfare concerns when really they do not give a toss; as long as they can stay in Europe, then all is fine.

 

If all EU animal welfare is fine as they claim – how about this

 

 

 

SNP Policy ?

 

 

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/04/nightmare-comes-true-for-romanian-sheep-exported-to-the-gulf/ 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/18/germany-lpt-labor-concentration-camp-for-animals/ 

 

Welcome to the wonderful Lib Dem world of EU Europe:

 

 

 

Lib Dems, Labour and the SNP – parties that continue to support the abuse of animals in EU in their beloved EU; and who DO NOT respond to the evidence we supply to them.

 

Please send to Jo Swinson – Leader; Liberal Democratic Party – England.  Her wonderful vision of the EU.

Germany, LPT labor: concentration camp for animals

 

The animal rights organizations SOKO Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International have published disturbing video recordings from the inside of the animal laboratory LPT (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology GmbH & Co. KG) in Mienenbüttel near Hamburg (Germany).

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We have already reported about that: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/12/germany-and-the-death-lab-lpt-in-hamburg: but now there is a new, complete video from this “Guantanamo”

The pictures show bleeding dogs that are left to their fate and die miserably. The cages of the animals are sometimes much too small. Individual employees are filmed in sadistic behavior. An activist was smuggled in via a job ad and was able to report undercover from the lab for a long time. He made extensive video footage.

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In hardly any other European country are so many animal experiments made, as in Germany – and many laboratories and their employees do not follow the rules. The now shows an undercover research of SOKO animal protection from the LPT laboratory in Mienenbüttel (Hamburg).

The images show, among other things, the monkey attitude of the laboratory. Brisant: An animal had a different number according to a tattoo than on the cage. Several co-workers reported that this monkey was replaced.
The old animal had died, according to their statement.
According to the announcement of SOKO Animal Welfare, this death seems to be due to the failure of the laboratory staff.

These were then instructed to conceal the new monkey’s number and continue using the old monkey’s number. Until the killing of the exchange monkey, this practice was maintained. The employees later reportedly commented that the number after the section simply exchange again. The fact that this procedure falsified the study simply because the animal was exchanged did not seem to bother anyone.
It shows how much we can rely on the results of our lab tests, and on which filthy hands and sick brains our health lies.

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If the acute suspicion confirms that a huge primate study has been manipulated in this way in the LPT, that all questions, and the laboratory must immediately be revoked the operating permit. This not only means torment for animals, but also a drug for people whose development is based on misappropriated data and a falsified course of studies.

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The founder of SOKO Animal Protection Friedrich Mülln said:

“If the acute suspicion confirms that a huge primate study has been manipulated in this way in the LPT, that all questions, and the laboratory must immediately be revoked the operating permit.
This not only means torment for animals, but also a drug for people whose development is based on misappropriated data and a falsified course of studies.

The organization has meanwhile filed a complaint.

https://deutsch.rt.com/inland/93628-heimlich-gefilmt-tierschutzer-veroffentlichen-verstorende/

 

My comment: “A pharmaceutical company from South Korea has monkeys tortured in Lower Saxony, dogs are brought from the United States to Mienenbüttel in Lower Saxony to suffer a cruel death there from severe bleeding and giving illegaly medication”

Friedrich Mülln, SOKO Animal Protection

That means: It is not only about the situation of the animals in the experiments, but also about the fact that a foreign company may carry out experiments in German laboratories. Friedrich Mülln criticizes, the orders came from all over the world, the animals too.

This absurd and at the same time criminal situation poses some questions:

-Who is behind it?
-In whose order do such crimes happen?
-Under what law is it foreign companies conducting experiments in German laboratories?

And nobody wants to know anything about it!
As LPT is confronted with the subject of animal cruelty, it said … the Veterinary Office had nothing to complain about !! Although it is confirmed that the veterinary authority has not helped the suffering animals.

They are the ones who claim that “we were just following orders”.

Josef Mengele would be proud of his countryman’s!!

Could not we have taken our useless politicians for that?

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Please sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/stoppt-tierversuche-schlie%C3%9Ft-das-lpt-laboratory-of-pharmacology-and-toxicology-hamburg-juliakloeckner-bgv-hh

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

UK: Television Star Pete Wicks cries over caged cubs raised for slaughter in chilling fur trade expose from Finland Investigation.

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Towie’s Pete Wicks cries over caged cubs raised for slaughter in chilling fur trade expose

 

 

watch the video

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/towies-pete-wicks-cries-over-20639477

 

 

Reality TV star and animal lover Pete Wicks has taken part in an undercover investigation into Finland’s fur farms

Towie star Pete Wicks has teamed up with the Humane Society International to expose the cruelty of the fur trade

The reality TV star and animal lover took part in an undercover investigation into Finland’s fur farms in conjunction with HSI and Finnish animal protection organisation Oikeutta Elaimille.

He visited several sites and shared sickening footage with fans, telling them he witnessed the suffering of mink and foxes stuffed into tiny metal cages.

In the video, Pete is seen wiping away tears as he stood next to cages of crying fox cubs.

He says of the experience: “Despite having seen lots of fur farm footage, nothing could have prepared me for the suffering I saw when I investigated fur farms in Finland with HSI/UK.

“It was sickening, I really don’t believe that anyone who has seen the state of these poor animals – terrified and trapped in tiny cages – would ever wear fur again.

“It is great that the UK banned fur farming, but it doesn’t make sense that we’re still selling fur from farms like the ones I visited in Finland.

“So I hope this new footage will help HSI/UK’s #FurFreeBritain campaign persuade politicians that fur cruelty should be banned from UK shop shelves.”

Fur farming was banned in Britain in 2000, but animal products worth more than £800 million continue to be imported from overseas countries including Finalnd.

The Humane Society International is now calling on the UK to ban fur sales alltogether.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK, who investigated the fur farms, said: “We saw a few hundred of the millions of foxes and mink trapped in miles of battery cages in Finland.

“These poor young animals exist only as vessels for their fur, as broken and tormented souls.

“We saw weeping eye infections, infected wounds, dead cubs and cannibalism; all of this suffering to provide a frivolous product that the fashion industry does not need

“It’s important for consumers, designers and politicians to see that awful reality laid bare, that despite what the fur trade tries to portray on catwalks there is nothing glamorous about fur.

“As long as the UK allows British businesses to trade in fur, we are complicit in the cruelty.

“Britain was the first country in the world to ban fur farming, now it’s time for us to finish the job and become the first country in the world to ban fur sales too.”

 

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Indonesia:We Need to Exceed the Amount Raised for BOS Foundation – Please Give If You Can.

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WAV Comment – just because the target has been exceeded; it does not mean it is time to stop giving to this fantastic organisation. Orangutans are having their habitat wiped out due to the Palm Oil industry – and babies are being taken from their killed mothers to be sold on the black market. We need to do everything we can to stop this now. Please continue to give if you can – thanks Mark.

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/16/crisis-for-orangutans-please-donate-to-bos-today-if-you-can/

 

 

 

Dear Mark

We were blown away by your generosity on #GivingDayforApes.

With your incredible support, we exceeded our goal and managed to raise $21,567!

This amount includes the matching donation from our generous partner, a private Swiss donor, for gifts up to $5,000, and a hard-earned prize for the «Most Dollars Raised in Asia in a Single Hour».

A huge THANK YOU to you, Mark, for supporting us. With your help, we can now give mother Jubaedah and baby Jubaedi, as well as Titon, the gift of freedom!

We are incredibly honoured to have you standing with us in the fight to help these remarkable creatures.

Best wishes,
Dr. Jamartin Sihite 
CEO of BOS Foundation

 

https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Bosfoundation

Electric fishing kills 57% of the seabed’s population, study reveals – But the Dutch Still Want It !

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Many Dutch trawlers catch bottom-dwelling fish with bursts of low-voltage electricity, sparking fears from other fishing nations and some environmental groups.

Ton Koene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

 

Electric fishing kills 57% of the seabed’s population, study reveals

 

https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/electric-fishing-kills-57-of-the-seabeds-population-study-reveals/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1571320280

 

 17 Oct 2019

 

Other articles – read https://www.sciencemag.org/category/environment

 

The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is due to publish a study according to which pulse trawling, also known as electric fishing, kills off more than half of the seabed species, while traditional fishing methods only impact 21%. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement reports.

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) compared two British fishing areas of similar size, ecosystem and sediment composition, and analysed the quantity and condition of the fish species.

The only difference between the two fishing areas is that only one of them has electric beam trawlers operating in it.

“This is the standard methodology for studying the impact of fishing gear on ecosystems. It is the same protocol that Cefas followed when it documented the impacts of the classic otter trawl,” noted Didier Gascuel, a professor of fisheries ecology at Agro Campus Ouest.

 

57% of benthic species have disappeared

The study showed that the area in which electric fishing had been practised had much less biodiversity, as the zone lost 57% of its species. Conversely, in the other fishing area, which did not have pulse trawlers operating, only 21% of the species had gone extinct.

“This study is important because it is the first of its kind to assess impacts in the field,” according to Didier Gascuel.

By sending electric shocks into sediments, beam trawlers caught flatfish more easily. But in the process, this destroyed half of the organisms which lived at the lowest level of the body of water, also known as ‘benthic species’.

 

Soles also disappeared

The researchers said that 17 benthic species observed in the reference area have vanished from the area where pulse trawlers had been active. And all the species present were strongly affected.

There were 2.6 times less common soles, while half the thornback rays had disappeared. This might be explained by the inability of electric trawlers to fill their sole fish quota last year.

 

An entire ecosystem at risk

On the other hand, this area is home to a growing number of fragile brittle stars, similar to starfish, as well as hermit crabs, a scavenger species.

“This shows that benthic species are highly impacted. The invasion of these [scavenger] species is a sign that the entire ecosystem, which is losing biodiversity and resilience, is more generally at risk,” Gascuel explained.

 

A total ban for July 2021

Banned in Europe by the Regulation of 30 March 1998, electric fishing still benefits from derogations granted “on an experimental basis” to 5% of every member state’s fleet of pulse trawlers.

This gap was mainly filled by the Netherlands (84 vessels in 2018), but also by Germany (which also has six Dutch-owned sole-fishing ships), the United Kingdom and Belgium.

And all their fleets operate in the southern parts of North Sea.

Last February, the EU took a stricter stance by finally banning this fishing practice in all European waters from 1 July 2021 onwards. This was in part thanks to the mobilisation of Bloom, an environmental NGO.

However, the Netherlands decided to challenge this ban before the European Court of Justice on 9 October.

Many Dutch trawlers catch bottom-dwelling fish with bursts of low-voltage electricity, sparking fears from other fishing nations and some environmental groups.

Ton Koene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Tensions flare over electric fishing in European waters

By Erik StokstadJan.

In a surprise outcome, the European Parliament voted today to ban a type of electric fishing that has demonstrated environmental benefits, as part of legislation to reform Europe’s fisheries.

The proposed end to “pulse trawling”—in which short bursts of electricity get flatfish out of the sediment and into nets—is a major disappointment to Dutch fishing companies, which have invested heavily in the technology; they claim it’s less damaging to marine ecosystems than traditional bottom trawling and saves energy. But some environmental groups applaud the parliament’s decision.

Many observers had predicted European Parliament would only recommend scaling back pulse trawling. “I’m baffled, to be honest,” says Marloes Kraan, an anthropologist at Wageningen Marine Research in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. “We had prepared ourselves for a bad outcome, but a ban was totally unexpected,” says Pim Visser, director of VisNed, a trawling trade group in Urk, the Netherlands.

group in Paris that has led a campaign to stop pulse trawling, declared the vote “a tremendous victory for the ocean, for artisanal fishers and Europe.” BLOOM worries that pulse trawling harms nontarget marine life; fishing groups in other EU countries, meanwhile, are increasingly angry about competition from the Dutch pulse trawlers. Other nongovernmental organizations, however, including Greenpeace Netherlands, say pulse trawling has promise to increase sustainability and that ending it now would penalize the fishing industry for innovating. “We call upon the fishermen not to be discouraged to embrace further innovation,” the North Sea Foundation said in a statement about the “unfortunate” outcome.

The vote is just the first step in negotiations with the European Commission and member states over the large package of fisheries reforms.

We call upon the fishermen not to be discouraged to embrace further innovation.

North Sea Foundation

Most bottom trawlers drag a net, held open by a wide metal beam, across the bottom to catch shrimp or fish. Trawlers targeting flatfish, such as sole or plaice, also use dangling iron chains to scare them out of the sediment. The beam and chains disturb or kill many bottom-dwelling organisms, the nets catch unwanted species, and all the tugging requires a lot of diesel.

Pulse trawlers, by contrast, barely touch the bottom because they use bursts of low-voltage electricity to catch flatfish, particularly Dover sole. After the current briefly cramps their muscles, they try to flee, and many end up in the net. Because sole are more susceptible to electricity than other species, pulse trawling reduces bycatch. And the gear is lighter and can be towed slower, so the boats burn half as much fuel and impact less area. “We catch with a lesser environmental impact and greater economic returns,” Visser says. He credits the gear with saving many fishing companies from bankruptcy.

Sea bed A charged approachMany Dutch fishing vessels have adopted electric pulse trawling, but competitors and some environmentalgroups object. In pulse trawling, a wingshaped beam glides above the sea bed trailing strings ofelectrodes that are located above the mouth of the net. Electricitycauses flatfishto leave thesediment. Net doesn’ttouch the seabed, causingless damage.

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Encouraged by initial studies, the Dutch government in 2006 successfully lobbied the European Commission to allow 5% of each country’s fleet to use pulse trawling, exempting them from the European Union’s 1988 general ban on electrical fishing. By 2009, Dutch companies had embraced the opportunity. As demand grew, they received additional licenses for reducing bycatch or research with the condition that they provide detailed data on their catches. Now, 75 vessels, about 28% of Dutch trawlers, use pulse gear. Fishing companies outside the Netherlands fish for sole, too, but don’t specialize in it; as a result, few have invested in the expensive technology.

BLOOM argues that the research and bycatch licenses are illegal and a guise for commercial fishing, and that pulse trawling puts small-scale fishing at an even bigger disadvantage than conventional trawling does. BLOOM advocates catching flatfish with gillnets, stationary curtains of netting that have a much lower bycatch rate than either kind of trawling and do less damage to the sea floor. “There shouldn’t be any use of electric current,” says Director Claire Nouvian. “We’ve got enough evidence to know this is nonsense.”

Scientists have so far found little evidence that the electrical currents cause serious harm. Last year, a working group with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) highlighted harm to large cod and whiting as the only known irreversible effect. Although not many cod are accidentally caught by pulse trawlers, about 10% of them suffer vertebral fractures and hemorrhages when their muscles overcontract from the shocks. Initial laboratory research on other organisms has not shown lasting, serious effects, but the ICES group says questions remain, for instance about the effects on sharks and rays.

Nevertheless, “We know enough to continue with pulse trawling in the present context,” says Adriaan Rijnsdorp, a fisheries biologist at Wageningen Marine Research and a co-chair of the ICES working group. But he says a decision on the future of pulse trawling should wait until 2019, when a 4-year, EU-funded research program on ecological impacts, which he coordinates, is due to wrap up.

There shouldn’t be any use of electric current. We’ve got enough evidence to know this is nonsense.

Claire Nouvian, BLOOM Association

Any decision will have to be agreed on by the European Parliament, the commission, and member states, in this case represented by their fisheries ministers. The commission has proposed removing the cap on licenses in the southern North Sea, where pulse trawling now occurs; other areas could follow after further studies. The ministers, by contrast, would de facto remove licenses beyond the 5% limit of a country’s fleet, which would force most Dutch vessels to give up pulse trawling.

A compromise in which the technique is greatly curtailed is the most likely outcome, says Irene Kingma, director of the Dutch Elasmobranch Society in Amsterdam, which promotes the study and conservation of sharks and rays. “There might be carnage within the Dutch fishing sector,” Kingma says. “And if they change back to beam trawling, we have all the environmental problems from that.”

 

 

Death fight in Arena: one to zero for the bull

 

The horns hit the artery in the left thigh: In Madrid, a bull seriously injured a bullfighter. The man had to be operated on in the arena.

 

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A well-known bullfighter was fatally injured in a bullfight in Madrid on the Spanish national holiday. A bull met the 27-year-old Gonzalo Caballero with his horns on his left thigh, said the organizers on Saturday by tweet. The femoral artery had been severed.

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The horns hit the artery in the left thigh: In Madrid, a bull seriously injured a bullfighter.
The injured man under general anesthesia was operated on site, and then taken to hospital. Madrid’s bullring has two operating rooms where injured bullfighters can be treated.

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The Spanish press had already reported in May that Caballero had suffered a severe injury to his left thigh there. It is also said that Caballero is in a relationship with Victoria Federica, a niece of Spain’s King Felipe VI.

https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/spanien-torero-bei-stierkampf-lebensgefaehrlich-verletzt-a-1291341.html

Yes !!! It seems that the budding murderer will not grow old!
On the other hand, he is fortunate enough to get a potentially powerful uncle, which means he can always get another, decent job.
But he has to hurry, because after his failure – and especially on the Spanish national holiday – can lose not only his leg, but also his royal bride.

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I’m sorry, but I just defended myself, he hurt me again and again

My best regards to all, Venus

Vietnam: Emergency Bear Rescue (of Tuan) from an Illegal Farm in Tam Duong.

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Emergency Bear Rescue from an Illegal Farm in Tam Duong

16 October 2019

At about 2pm Vietnam time Tuesday, we received an urgent telephone call from local police alerting us to the imminent confiscation of a bear from an illegal farm in Tam Duong just under 20km from our Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park. 

Our team sprung into action for what was to be the 210th bear rescued by our Vietnam team and brought to our sanctuary. Upon loading up the trucks, the team was swiftly on their way to the farm. What they found there was heartbreaking.

In a tiny cage whose floor was covered in faeces, we found a portly bear who had for the last 15 years — what amounts to almost his entire life — never set foot on the ground, only walking on the bars of the cage that was his prison. He had no visible food or water and was surrounded by the sounds of loud squealing pigs from the pig farm where he was held. The team on the ground decided to call the bear Tuan in honor of our fearless and pioneering Vietnam  Director Tuan Bendixsen, especially given the fact that for the first time ever Tuan could not join the rescue. Tuan also means ‘handsome’ and this big bear is certainly a handsome boy.

The farmer said that he didn’t know that the bear needed to be microchipped and so he was handing him over to the authorities who were confiscating the bear. Due to our hard work over the decades, funded by supporters around the world, we have built a great working relationship and trust with the local authorities and police which is why we were able to act so swiftly in responding to this urgent rescue.

 

Donate – https://help.animalsasia.org/page/50050/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=tuanrescue-news1-en&supporter.country=GB

 

Our Vietnam Vet and Bear Team Director Heidi Quine reported:

“The farmer has had Tuan for fifteen years, since he was a five kilo cub which is very young. That’s a bear that should have been with his mother in the wild.”

After Veterinary Nurse Kat Donaldson used honey on a stick to calm and distract Tuan, our Senior Veterinary Surgeon Shaun Thomson anaesthetised him, making it safe for the team to use bolt cutters to remove the lock on the farm cage and remove Tuan for an initial health inspection.

The brief health check  indicated that Tuan was in a fit state to be transferred to the sanctuary with the main areas of concern being his very soft paws and his excessive weight, probably brought on by being fed the same feed as the pigs on the farm.

Senior Veterinary Surgeon Shaun Thomson said:

“The anaesthetic for him when it finally set in went very smoothly. The health concerns we’ve found for him are mainly his weight and his pads on his feet, which are very soft from standing on cage bars for so long. They’re probably going to get a little bit sore and may crack before they get better as they dry out and he starts to use them, but with all the medications and equipment in the rescue centre we can manage that no problem.”

Soon after the health check, Tuan was transferred to the transport cage and the team was on the road again.

Slowed only by a herd of local cattle in the roadway, Tuan arrived back at the sanctuary just after sunset at around 6pm. He was placed in quarantine where he will be treated to a 45-day programme of enrichment to stimulate his body and mind after 15 years of cruel, damaging confinement. Although he is a big bear he is not strong so building his muscle mass will be a top priority for the team.

Our Vietnam Vet and Bear Team Director Heidi Quine, who was there throughout the rescue, said:

“Now that he’s back at the sanctuary, his quarantine begins and really a lifetime of care. And we need your help to do that. It takes a lot of resources, a lot of time, a lot of love and a lot of money to rescue these bears and make them better. It can be up to 30 years of care. We can’t do it without you and I really want to thank you. Thank you for supporting our work and thank you for anything you can generously give to help Tuan and his rehabilitation. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.”

Over the next few months we’ll be keeping a close eye on Tuan and giving him all of the necessary health checks and treatment as well as a carefully balanced diet to help him to recover from his ordeal that has come to an end, thanks to our Vietnam team and all of our supporters across the world.

Shaun added:

“He’ll get a full health check in the next couple of months. It’s been such a privilege bringing him here today. Thanks for helping us do the job we do and getting Tuan home.”

Our new bear’s namesake our Vietnam Director Tuan Benedixsen had the final word:

“My colleagues on the ground chose to name this gentle giant, our 210th rescued bear in Vietnam, after me. I am of course, humbled  to share my name with such a special bear.

“This is just the beginning. Tuan is deeply traumatised. After all, he’s known nothing but misery and abuse his entire life. I’m so grateful to the local authorities who have entrusted us with this bear, to the Vietnamese government for working with us hand in hand to end bear bile farming by 2022, and to you for supporting us in our work to give these bears the fresh start they so dearly deserve.”

Donate – https://help.animalsasia.org/page/50050/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=tuanrescue-news1-en&supporter.country=GB

 

 

Australia: Pizza Hut Australia Launches Full Vegan Menu.

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Pizza Hut Australia Launches Full Vegan Menu 

 

The new vegan options include four vegan pizzas, cheesy garlic bread, and dessert.

by Nicole Axworthy

Global pizza chain Pizza Hut recently launched a full vegan menu in all locations across Australia.

The menu features four pizzas: Vegan Mediterranean, Vegan Deluxe, Vegan Cheese Lovers, and Vegan Margherita.

The restaurant also offers vegan cheesy garlic bread, which joins its existing vegan-friendly garlic bread and Spud Bites. A vegan ice cream cone has also been added to the dessert menu.

The new vegan options come a year after the company first tested vegan options in the country. In May 2018, Pizza Hut trialled vegan cheese—made by local vegan company Dairy Free Down Under—as an option for its pizzas at two locations in New South Wales, Australia.

Earlier this year, the chain debuted a dedicated vegan menu in 253 locations in the United Kingdom.

Finland: Finland’s Oldest and Largest University Ditches Beef to Help Fight the Climate Crisis.

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WAV Comment – Congratulations to the UoH for making bold and decisive steps to fight the climate crisis.

 

Finland’s Oldest and Largest University Ditches Beef

 

The University of Helsinki will stop serving beef in February to fight the climate crisis. 

by Anna Starostinetskaya

Starting February 2020, the University of Helsinki—the oldest and largest university in Finland—will no longer serve beef for lunch.

The school’s food provider UniCafe—which serves approximately 1,000 lunches daily—made the decision to remove beef from the menu in a bid to fight the climate crisis and revealed that the move would reduce its carbon footprint by 11 percent annually.

“The idea came from the staff as we were thinking about our next responsibility action,” Leena Pihlajamäki, the chief operating officer at UniCafe, told local media outlet YLE. “We realised that this is a way to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions significantly.

Studies show that it’s one of the most effective ways. The goal is ambitious but far from impossible.” The University of Helsinki follows the University of Coimbra (Portugal’s oldest university), University of Cambridge, and Goldsmiths college which have all pledged to remove beef from on-campus dining facilities in recent months for environmental purposes.

https://vegnews.com/2019/10/finlands-oldest-and-largest-university-ditches-beef

 

The Activist Using Her Camera Lens to Find Animals Homes.

 

Rachele Totaro is a unique kind of activist. The 37-year-old animal lover and vegan uses her camera lens to tell the stories of animals, helping them to find homes and above all, showing the public that each animal is “someone, not something.”

Totaro was led to a plant-based diet by her fondness for animals. “I’ve always loved and felt connected to them,” she told LIVEKINDLY in an email. The photographer pointed out that although many animals are viewed as food, each is an individual.

“Every animal is someone, not something. Feeling, loving, and fearing with a unique personality, relationships, and, mostly, with the right to live,” she said. “Once you see it, you can’t unsee.”

Totaro uses her photography skills to help others make the link, too. The activist is a volunteer photographer for an Italian charity called La Collina dei Conigli, which rescues and rehabilitates retired lab animals. For six years, Totaro has traveled to the sanctuary to take pictures of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats who were once used in experiments. The images are used in a fundraising calendar.

“After realizing some story-inspired pictures (‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Little Prince,’ etc), which were very helpful to raise awareness about some very despised critters like rats and mice, I decided to show the most magical story of all because, in some blissful cases, reality can be more enchanting than fiction,” the photographer explained.

“I decided to show the reactions of the little rescues seeing what was outside of their cages for the first time,” Totaro said.

Even once the animals are released from the labs, they typically spent their time inside cages waiting to be adopted. “Most of them never see what’s outside of a plexiglass cube,” added Totaro.

And so she took them outside and captured their first moments in the natural world. “The warmth of the sun, the smell of fresh grass, the first steps on the ground, and at the same time to show the close relationship between non-human animals and their human rescuers,” the photographer explained. This concept is a moving one given the animals’ experiences with people up until that point. “Human hands were no more a source of pain or fear. They became a safe nest,” she said.

Totaro describes the experience as emotional – for herself, the volunteers, and the animals. She believes the end result was effective since the shoot took place nearly two years ago and the images are still circling the internet.

The ‘Huge Power’ of Photography Activism

Totaro’s photography is also used to help shelter animals find homes. She is a volunteer photographer for HeARTs Speak, a non-profit organization that unites artists from around the world to help “increase the visibility of shelter animals” (Totaro notes, “seen = saved”). The activist explains that a quality photo can mean the difference between “spending a life in a cage and finding a family.”

In that way, photography holds “huge power.” She believes she can use the medium to pull beauty out from unexpected places and hold a magnifying glass to it. She explains, “Photography, for me, means connection – between the subject and the observers, like temporarily borrowing my eyes.”

Every animal Totaro encounters has their own story and she feels it’s important to honor each with the right set of photos. She mentioned an old dog she recently met and photographed. The dog was thin, had terminal liver cancer, and was abandoned when she fell ill. Totaro met her in a shelter’s vet room, lying down and struggling to breathe. With her photography, Totaro was able to showcase the dog as a “unique, precious being, not an old broken toy as her previous owner probably saw her.”

“Maybe it can seem useless or foolish, and of course it won’t change her past, but the fact that now she is recognized as someone, someone who is at center stage, pictured ‘as a model’ to show everyone her beauty – the one that goes beyond the surface,” Totaro said. “Well, it’s my way to say that she is important, that someone cares, and that the real losers are those who never understood this.”

“I took some amazing portraits of her in the last light of the day, my favorite, while she was held by a caring volunteer. She was loved and beautiful and everyone will see it,” the artist added.

Totaro’s passion for lending a lens to animals in need motivated her to start her own project, Progetto gOldies. Through it, she tells the stories of “old pets and their humans.” Totaro explains, “There are so many great love stories out there and so many are at risk of getting lost in time, just because no one can tell them.”

She hopes Progetto gOldies will also promote the adoption of senior pets. Totaro says one of the best feelings is to receive that phone call telling her that an animal she has photographed has found a home. “I cannot think to a bigger reward,” the creative said.

 

By Jemima Webber – see some photos at   – https://www.livekindly.co/photographer-lab-animals/

 

Welcome to A Serbian Governments Approach to Animal Welfare.

 

We don’t need to say anything except – we did not realise that there was so much concrete in the African Savannah – see the videos for conditions in the zoos !

 

http://www.esdaw.eu/

 

http://www.esdaw.eu/society-and-animal-welfare—serbia.html

 

 

https://youtu.be/5rV5hu-uVJI

 

https://youtu.be/_HYNCf3969Y

 

 

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

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The EU is waiting to welcome you.

 

Wolves: the victims of psychopaths

 

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The protected status of the wolf is determined by the EU. Yet, EU countries determined what this status practically implies by including the species in different Annexes of the Flora and Fauna Habitats Directive. Therefore, countries like France and Slovakia, as well as regions of Spain can still legally cull wolves to a certain level. Yet, even Spain stopped the wolf culling activities last season. In the meantime, illegal killing of wolves continues to happen in many other countries. Here are a few highlights that need international attention.

Norway

 

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The Norwegian regional Large Carnivores Committee recently made the decision to kill three wolf packs in the so-called wolf zones this winter. The wolf-zones are actually areas where wolves should be able to live, instead of being shot. This means that Norwegian hunters will try to kill another 17 wolves. Many Norwegian organisations have appealed to the Ministry of Environment to call stop the killing. The Ministry will decide on the situation in November.

The decision follows many killings and demonstrations against it in Norway and across the world. Last year, Norway planned to kill half of its entire wolf population even. The Scandinavian wolf population is severely suffering from these impacts. There is less genetic exchange between populations, due to the fact that many migrating wolves die along the way. And the so-called genetic inbreeding is used as an argument to reduce the wolf population size again. Yet, scientific evidence shows that the Scandinavian wolf population can recover, if people let it. On the 26th of October, people will go to the streets to demonstrate against this decision as well.

Denmark

 

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Denmark saw the return of the wolf happening in 2012 after almost 200 years. However, last year a hunter shot one of the few wolves in Denmark. The hunter was captured on video and arrested. The court decided in August last year that the hunter got a sentence of just 40 days probation. In addition, the hunter lost his hunting license now too. But the story of Danish wolves does not stop there. According to reporting, at least 7 wolves have gone ‘missing’ in Denmark since 2012. What is left is an estimated number of 4 adults and 6 cubs.

If the Danish authorities treat such felonies of killing strictly protected animals so mildly, it is only a matter of time before the re-extinction of wolves in Denmark.

Belgium

 

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The latest news is from Belgium, which welcomed the wolf back after more than 100 years of absence. The she-wolf named Naya found a male partner August in the Belgian forests. Earlier this year, camera traps photographed her as she showed signs of being pregnant. However, since 4.5 months there has been no sign of her or the pups. August still roams the woods, but the official news came out this weeks that hunters most likely have killed Naya.

Although clear evidence is still lacking, experts state it is very unlikely that the wolf died of other causes. The official research still has to provide proof of what happened to the Belgian wolf, however.

Human-wolf coexistence

Killing wolves is not the solution for the problems that hunters and farmers are facing. Effective livestock protection measures are more effectively contributing to human-wolf coexistence than killing wolves. Practical examples from many different countries and regions prove that it can work. It is up to the people to decide whether they accept that the wolf returned.

https://wilderness-society.org/brutal-wolf-killing-continues-across-europe/

 

My comment: First of all, we have to make one thing clear: the goal of the hunt is the executions!

After the reintroduction of the wolves in Germany it is forbidden (officially) to shoot a wolf.
The wolf enjoys a high protection status as a endangered species in Germany and at the same time is still protected by European and international law.
This is on paper.
But hunters have always hated wolves.
The murders against wolves have accumulated in recent years in Germany but they were never enlightened.
So how can a hunter eliminate a wolf without being punished?
He sends his hunting dogs, the hunter’s best manipulated!
It is about a miserable minority of 0.45% of the german population practicing undisturbed every day terror against defenseless animals in the forest.

The peasants claiming that their animals are being ripped off by wolves. They can build fences. For this they get the EU subsidies.
Also, if one or two animals are ripped off by the wolf they will get compensation.
The farmers do not mention that in Germany every year one million sheep are brutally slaughtered and often without anesthesia! that’s what they call business, fun food for a society that does not need it.

Hunters claim that they regulate nature.
They do not regulate anything, they massacre on murder lust.
Hunters are habitual offenders who deliberately kill defenseless animals.

karikatur mit ermordeten Wolfnthis is one of the most dangerous animals on our planet.
Year after year, it is responsible for multiple suffering and millions of deaths. Left beside it hangs a murdered wolf.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Santa Fe – November Named as Vegan Awareness Month by Mayor Webber.

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As a Brit, I have (in the past) had some great times in New Mexico – wonderful people, beautiful towns, great history; not a cloud in the sky !  and a rather hot series of Balloon festivals !

Thanks to Mayor Webber for his outstanding initiative for animals and for the environment and bettering human health.     Regards Mark (WAV).

 

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Exciting news for Santa Fe, New Mexico residents and the vegan community as the city’s mayor Alan Webber recently named November Vegan Awareness Month. Mayor Webber hopes this action will encourage residents to explore the many delicious vegan options available in their city and by doing so, make a positive impact on the environment, their health, and animal welfare.

The proclamation highlights the many benefits of a plant-based diet, including that every day it “saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested lands, the equivalent of 20 pounds of CO2, and one animal’s life.”

Through this initiative, Webber says he hopes to continue Santa Fe’s legacy as “a leader in water conservation and earth-friendly practices, [. . .] support[ing] people who choose a vegan diet for whatever reason” and encouraging others to “learn about plant-based eating during November and beyond.”

The Mayo Clinic and the American Dietetic Association tout the multiple health perks of adopting a plant-based diet. The ADA states that plant-based diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases” and are appropriate for any age. Consuming solely fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes helps lower and manage blood pressure and cholesterol and makes developing chronic heart disease less likely. Additionally, research shows that this diet “reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

In addition to the powerful impact a plant-based diet can have your health and the environment, eliminating animal products means no longer contributing to the rampant cruelty farm animals endure in the meat, egg dairy industries. Animals are frequently beaten, thrown, kicked, and discarded like trash.

Male chicks in the egg industry are sometimes ground alive as they do not produce eggs and therefore are seen as unimportant. Pigs are confined to such small quarters that they are unable to move or stand. These are only a few examples of the awful conditions in which these animals must live.

We applaud Mayor Webber for this initiative and hope it will inspire more civic leaders to follow suit.

 

USA: California – Victories for Bobcats !

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http://www.projectcoyote.org/ 

 

Great news out of Sacramento! On Saturday, October 12, Governor Newsom signed AB 44 (banning the sale and production of new fur products) and AB 1254 (bobcat trophy hunting) into law. This momentous legislation will spare countless wild animals from the cruel and unnecessary fur trade and bobcats from the horrors of trophy hunting.

Thanks to your support, California has set yet another standard for the nation on the humane treatment of wildlife—after becoming the first state in the country to ban commercial and recreational trapping in September. With AB 44 on the books, California is now the first state in the nation to ban the sale and production of new fur products!

Animals raised for the fur trade languish in tiny cages on factory farms and are cruelly killed by gassing or electrocution. Wildlife including foxes, coyotes, beaver, and otter are also trapped in their native habitat and their skins sold at auction. These two laws send a message to the fur industry that consumers no longer want animals skinned for fashion clothing and accessories.

The ban on bobcat hunting will spare countless bobcats and other nontarget species from being sport-hunted—following up on California’s precedent-setting ban on bobcat trapping in 2015. It will also help preserve the species, which faces a range of threats including human encroachment on their habitat and consequences from climate change.

Join us in thanking Governor Newsom and the bill sponsors—Asm. Laura Friedman (who introduced the fur ban bill) and Asm. Sydney Kamlager-Dove (who championed the bobcat bill)—for taking a stand against these inhumane practices. Please shoot them a quick email—contact information is at the links provided.

We are deeply grateful to all of you who supported these bills and spoke out for the voiceless animals.

For the Wild Ones,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

 

 

 

USA: Disturbing Footage Reveals Salmon Being Stomped On, Thrown, and Suffocated at U.S. Hatchery.

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In the first-ever undercover investigation into a fish hatchery in the United States, an investigator from animal advocacy nonprofit Compassion Over Killing worked at Cooke Aquaculture in Bingham, Maine. This hatchery raises millions of salmon each year and supplies Martha Stewart’s True North Seafood line. The investigator documented horrific treatment of salmon, including fish being thrown, stomped on, suffocated in barrels, stuck with needles, and left to die.

 

 

For salmon at the hatchery, life begins in giant metal tanks stuffed with thousands of tiny pink eggs. The dirty conditions are perfect for fungi and parasites, which grow in clumps on many of the eggs. Some babies hatch with severe deformities, while others develop them after being handled, as one worker explains: “Spinal deformity. Happens when they’re babies in B building. If you’re too rough with them, you’ll break their back and they’ll grow back like that.”

 

 

During vaccination procedures, many salmon are not properly anesthetized and thrash as workers inject them with needles. One worker says, “Once the needle’s in them and they flop, that tears a f**king huge hole in them.” Another worker describes the psychological effects of the process:

The vaccinating stresses them out, takes its toll on them. Some of them die off. Once you vaccinate them, it takes them like a week before they start eating again.

 

 

Salmon considered unprofitable are thrown away like trash. The video shows a worker tossing a fish into a giant barrel and raising his arms in triumph. Once in the barrels, salmon are left to slowly suffocate or are crushed by the weight of other fish. One worker seems to acknowledge the brutality of this treatment. “They just suffocate,” he says. “It’s so rough. Over the years you kinda get desensitized.”

 

 

Some of the fish die from infections with parasites and fungi that thrive in the filthy environment. A worker says, “They get, like, lesions and stuff from the fungus, and it kinda eats away at them and they start bleeding from that.” The undercover investigator captured footage of salmon whose faces were partially eaten away.

 

The fish who manage to survive are kept in overcrowded, stressful conditions and often underfed, which can have tragic consequences. “If the fish aren’t fed enough, they’ll actually think the little pupil on the other fish is food, and they’ll come after it and they’ll peck the eye out,” one worker explains. “You happen to see some missing eyeballs, that’s the reason.”

 

After going through all this horror, adolescent salmon are usually transported to cages in the ocean to be fattened up for slaughter. In these cages, salmon often suffer sea lice infestations and are fed a diet that includes ingredients from wild-caught fish, who are taken from increasingly depleted oceans. And because these cages are stationary, the salmon cannot flee certain dangers. Harmful algal blooms can suffocate and kill millions of fish at a time.

 

Although the aquaculture industry treats these animals like unfeeling objects, fish are complex, sensitive beings, many of whom use tools and recognize themselves in mirrors and all of whom feel pain.

 

You can make a difference for fish and other animals by choosing more plant-based meals.

 

Get started by ordering your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide today.

https://mercyforanimals.org/disturbing-footage-reveals-salmon-being-stomped

 

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Crisis For Orangutans – Please Donate to BOS Today If You Can.

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I don’t really want to have to put this on now above the Eurogroup article by Venus; but it is crisis time and days are getting short for donations.  I have just donated to this wonderful organisation helping to be a strong voice for Orangutans.

Please give today if you can – thank you – Mark – WAV.

The deadline for our #GivingDayforApes match is approaching fast, so I’ll keep this short.

We’re 73% of the way to our ambitious $18,000 goal — and RIGHT NOW your gift can be matched for the gift of freedom.

Will you help us change the lives of mother Jubaedah & baby Jubaedi and male Titons forever?

Your gift today will help do this and more. Rush your gift of $25 or more now:

To Donate: https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Bosfoundation

watch the video

https://youtu.be/fCdkJ00fIMI?t=3 

Thank you for taking action this Giving Day for Apes.

Best,

Dr. Jamartin Sihite 
CEO of BOS Foundation

 

A message to Eurogroup for animals

from Venus

The EU Commission’s right-hand man is the Eurogroup for Animals.
On their website states: We create a favorable political environment!
and further … “it is of the utmost importance to show that as a membership organization we keep our promises”.

The 8hour campaign (1.2 million votes) in 2012 failed because of the rejection of the then corrupt Commissioner John Dali.

Has the Eurogroup contemplated how to honor its promises to EU-Citisens if the Commission now ignores the 1.5 million votes in the “End of Cage Age” Campaign?
The “case John Dalli” may have forgotten the employees of the Eurogroup, they like to suppress sad defeats.

This case should always be a warning sign of how easy it is to betray the animals and those who want a better world for them.
But in this game are also involved those who make big promises, even though they know that they have no power to make big changes in animal suffering under the EU Commission. And by that I mean the Eurogroup for Animals!

The 36 employees of Eurogroup working for the Commission for good money should be sparing with their promises and nice words. The Eurogroup can not make any promise, because they do not take any decision.
They preach visions and missions into their web site but the thing is very simple: if the commission (even now like under Dalli back then) does not abolish caging, in spite of 1.5 million votes, then they should not give us lectures on trust or active animal welfare, but they have only to answer one simple question: what is their right of existence?

Those who participate in the moral and political EU format are cheated and betrayed,  so like the animals are.
The Eurogroup is just as weak as we are, the citizens of the EU, the Groupe is powerless, as we are, with the only difference that they are paid to sell illusions, campaigns, visions and hopes in an area, this of animal welfare, which the EU does not care at all.

“We exist because European citizens believe animals deserve a voice” says the groupe.

Indeed! there are demonstrably 1.5 million EU citizens who want to give the voiceless, the suffering, the enslaved beings a voice, a better world.
But no one believes that this can be done with the Eurogroup.
With the employer of the Eurogroup anyway not.

I got this message from Compassion in World Farming today:

Our ground-breaking European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) achieved over 1.5 million signatures calling for a total EU ban on keeping farm animals in cages.

170 organisations, united by Compassion in World Farming, came together to make this happen. An unprecedented pan-European movement for farm animal welfare!

So what’s next? The UK Parliament (with 389,057 signatures ) is now expected to debate a ban on farm cages. And, to force the European Commission to act, at least 1 million ECI signatures must be validated.

This process could take three months, and then we’ll submit the petition.

We’ll keep you fully updated on progress and new ways you can get involved!”

After this message, I had the same bitter feeling as back then in the 8hours campaign.
Unfortunately, the bad sides of history are always repeating themselves.
The Dallis, the corrupt commissars and their naive servants.

Venus

 

 

Serbian Investigations – An ‘EU Candidate Country’. Do we Expect This from EU Member States ?

 

I want to pick up again on some of our (SAV) past work in Serbia; not for any specific reason; just that it fits well into the recent post by Venus which deals with stray animals within the EU -here is the link: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/14/stray-animals-abandoned-friends/   – I have also added some links and video footage at the end of this post.

Firstly, welcome to everyone and anyone who visits the site from around the globe – it is good to see you and I hope you and I hope you find our articles of interest.

Secondly, and very importantly; never judge the way of a nation by the actions of just a few folk that live there. Serbia has some brilliant animal campaigners, and it has been my pleasure over the last 15+ years to work with many of them – people who have my full respect and people that I can call friends. There are some great little private, individual shelters where people are doing everything they can for animals – check out this SAV Facebook site of ours to see what I mean: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/

 

I threw together some information about Serbian animal welfare legislation some years back – visit here for more of the same: https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/

Today I want to track back to an issue we dealt with many years ago – that of the welfare of animals on some Serbian farms. Please remember, Serbia is currently a nation which is a ‘Candidate Country’ to join the EU. To become a member state, it will supposedly enforce all the legislation required of it under EU rules. But we know these don’t work anyway, and the EU never enforces its own legislation; as we have proven so many times with animal transport breaches over the years regarding Regulation 1/2005.

So, the (EU) rules say that all farm animals must be kept to certain standards – which is a joke really considering how many times we have helped to expose EU wrong doings in the past:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/19/england-breaking-news-viva-win-against-hogwood-after-years-of-showing-pig-animal-abuse-tesco-stores-ban-meat-from-supplier-after-expose-of-conditions-and-animal-abuse/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/02/eu-and-germany-the-champions-of-propaganda/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/10/germany-the-export-champion-of-the-eu/

 

Going back; we looked into specific farm animal welfare in the past. As part of the CIWF investigation / campaign team in the past; https://www.ciwf.org.uk/ I was able to call on their extensive experience to help me with regard a few things about EU / Serbian farm animal welfare legislation. Phil helped me a lot and contributed to one of the articles I did on SAV.

Have a look at these pictures that we published at the time – taken on a Serbian farm:

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If you are / have been a meat eater in the past; would you want to eat meat that has been raised in this way ? – this is footage that was taken undercover on a Serbian farm a few years back. It is totally non compliant with EU standards; as detailed in the following links:

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http://rs.n1info.com/Vesti/a232606/Farma-krava-u-Ruskom-Krsturu.html

 

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/11/23/serbia-november-2010-conditions-ok-at-a-farm-according-to-serbian-veterinary-ministry-and-complaining-campaigners-dont-pressure-us/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/03/08/serbia-terrible-animal-suffering-on-farm-but-serbian-agricultural-ministry-say-all-is-ok/https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/03/08/serbia-terrible-animal-suffering-on-farm-but-serbian-agricultural-ministry-say-all-is-ok/

 

Remember, Serbia is now a Candidate Country to become an official EU member state.

We provided our evidence and photographs to the EU Commissioner for Enlargement – Commissioner Hahn; several years ago; as a result, we were ignored; as many animal welfare groups are when they show up the EU for the non enforcement of its own EU standards. We accept that our evidence will be ignored; whilst we hear great words regarding standards coming from EU ‘mouths’.

We also provided photographic evidence of dead pigs which had literally been dumped on the roadside. See the pictures here. Why had they died ?; of what ?; and why were their bodies not disposed of in accordance with proper legislation requirements ?

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/12/11/serbia-dead-farm-animal-bodies-just-dumped-near-the-highway-a-perfect-food-source-for-stray-animals-a-perfect-method-of-spreading-disease-and-a-perfect-way-for-corrupt-politicians-to-keep-catchin/ 

 

Stray animals (Dogs) are a big issue in Serbia as we have recently pointed out. Do farm animal carcasses such as these pigs strewn over the roadside not act as a source of attraction for hungry and desolate stray dogs ? – the whole system fails for animals, whilst at the same time the EU opens its arms to new member states; with the ‘EU Utopia’ prophecy in which there is nothing wrong !

 

Finally, we also took the issue of Serbian live animal transport to the authorities; who were adamant that sheep exported to Israel for slaughter had not been sent live from Serbia. Some Serbian shelters were also targeted with closure if we carried on with our expose.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/26/further-news-about-exports-to-israel/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/18/serbia-breaking-news-serbia-exports-live-sheep-to-israel/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/21/england-sav-now-write-to-eu-commissioner-hahn-regarding-serbia-israeli-live-animal-transport/

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Now you know why we hate live animal exports !

 

In the end, the Serbian authorities had to come clean and confirm that the sheep had been shipped live from Serbia. And just for the record, all the shelters threatened with closure by the authorities as part of this expose were left to carry on with their excellent work.

 

Remember – Serbia is a EUROPEAN NATION – we expect better animal welfare standards of it.

 

Still to come – out expose of Serbian Zoos and the terrible conditions which animals have to endure – fighting to survive daily whilst the authorities ignore meeting their legal requirements to undertake inspections.

 

Best regards to all;

For the animals – Mark.

 

 

Albania: hope for the protection of wildlife

 

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Great milestone for #SaddestBears in Albania!

Numerous demands and campaigns from several national and international NGOs, including FOUR PAWS, have forced Albania to tighten its action against environmental crime!

The Criminal Code of the Albanian Law ⚖️ has just been supplemented with a list of offenses falling into the field of environmental crime. This means that serious offenses such as killing, poaching or trafficking in protected animals can now be punished with several years in prison. So far, such crimes have been punished only with a low fine.

In addition, the “Law on the Protection and Conservation of Wild Animals” was added. As a result, a “Wildlife National Council” will be set up whose main task is to oversee and support the implementation of the new law.

We sincerely hope that these legal changes will have a positive impact on Albanian flora and fauna, including the wild bear population🐻.

A great success, considering how the bears live in Albania.

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In March 2016, FOUR PAWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Albanian Ministry of Environment with the aim of working together to create a sustainable and animal welfare-friendly solution for the many, in catastrophic posture lived Albanian bears.

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Since 2016 FOUR PAWS and other animal welfare organizations have rescued more than 30 bears from pathetic captivity in Albania, and transferred to foreign wildlife camps in cooperation with the Albanian authorities and other animal welfare organizations. Most of them were taken illegally out of the wild as young animals.

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Ten of these bears now live in the FOUR PAWS bear conservation centers and partner projects in Kosovo, Switzerland, Germany and Bulgaria.

Carsten Hertwig from Four Paws, said: ‘We are happy that the Albanian Ministry of Environment is getting actively involved now”.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/656781/chained-exploited-saddest-bears-in-work-albania

My comment: As long as there are brainless people who take selfies with wild animals as a holiday experience and even pay for it, then animals will be abused, enslaved, tortured.
There is very little hope to change this society in its perversity and indifference. Therefore, the solution must come from above, with laws and penalties.
If bear dancing and bear shows are banned, then finally, every stupid tourist will realize that the selfies with suffering animals from the last holiday belong in the garbage and in the history of Middle Ages.

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My best regards to all, Venus

Stray animals: abandoned friends

 

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In many European countries brutal mass murders are used against the high number of abandoned stray dogs. Through state subsidies and the establishment of killing stations, the killing of dogs has become a lucrative business that has to be stopped as soon as possible!

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For each animal caught, the dog catchers commissioned by the towns receive a certain amount – to earn as much as possible, however beastly any means are right: The stray dogs are pursued and hunted, poisoned and abused, tortured and killed in a cruel manner. Just before major international events, such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup, tens of thousands of dogs are killed to clean up the streets of large cities.

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With our petition we demand a ban on legal dog kills in Europe and the financial support of nationwide castrations by the countries.
Killing stations are to be closed and abolished. No stray animals should be killed anymore for an international sports event.
All collected signatures will be submitted to the European Parliament.

Please sign now, because your voice saves the dogs life!

Read the petition letter here >>

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My comment: Stray animals were once family members. They were faithful, happy, thankful for giving them a home.
Brainless people, without moral education, without any responsibility for the fate of the weaker ones, have put them on the street.
In Spain every 6 minutes an animal is abandoned on the street.
Then they starve, they suffer.

The accession of many southern European countries to the EU has brought no benefits for the animals.
On the contrary! The introduction of state animal shelters has become a hell for the strays, and these homes in many EU countries are being commercialized and operators are getting money per day and per dog. The more dogs they catch and the less they spend on care, the more lucrative this business is.

In the streets they are poisoned, shot, burned, beaten to death, almost no one cares about the stray animals. In most southern countries, the strays dare not on the road during the day; they wait for the night, they run through the empty street emaciated, sick, injured, hungry and look for a piece of bread in each garbage container.
Only a consistent castration campaign across Europe could get the problem under control, at least so that it does not get bigger.

Many abandoned friends are waiting in the animal shelters.
And they demand nothing more than a little food, a little caring, and loyalty.
There is certainly enough love in the heart of a feeling person for a new friendship.

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

By Mark:

I want to pick up more about what Venus is saying here. I founded SAV back in 2005 in order to try and help the stray dogs (and cats) of Serbia. As Venus says, For each animal caught, the dog catchers commissioned by the towns receive a certain amount – to earn as much as possible, however beastly any means are right: The stray dogs are pursued and hunted, poisoned and abused, tortured and killed in a cruel manner.

Stray dog abuse in Serbia is rife – and we campaigned about improving the situation for many years. People in government and in the regional municipalities are getting very rich on the back of animal killing – money from central government funds being paid out for every animal killed. We campaigned for the ‘kill’ money to be invested into a campaign of national sterilisation for strays; our efforts were met with ridicule by the (very rich as we are thanks) officials. Killing strays made them money, so killing strays is what they continue to do.

You can check out all the information with regard Serbian strays at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ – the ‘Did you Know’ pyramids show just how many strays can be produced by a pair of dogs or cats over a series of years. It is mind blowing to realise that so called intelligent people who are at the heart of government and local municipalities put their own financial interests ahead of a national plan to reduce the numbers of stray animals roaming the streets.

Its simple; remember; a sterilised animal will never produce any more young; so why not the national sterilisation campaign in Serbia ? – sadly, officials put their own financial status way above the welfare of animals – the killing machine is what they encourage; and sadly; no sterilisation provides them with an endless supply of dogs and cats to round up and slaughter – getting rich as a result thanks very much.

Here are a few more links to our past work in Serbia. Remember, this is just one nation in Europe where this killing frenzy happens. Until the EU does something; the slaughter of innocents will continue. Very sadly; pigs and chickens make money for nations in international EU trade – stray animals do not. Things need to change.

 

Regards Mark.

 

Serbian links to our work for strays in Serbia:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/serbia-central-serbia-capital-belgrade-and-serbiavojvodina-capital-novi-sad/

 

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The ‘Shinters’ – Dog Catchers. Contains some disturbing video footage.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/shinters-dog-catchers/

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Illegal activities – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/04/20/serbia-the-illegal-activities-of-the-dogcatchers-of-avenija-mb/

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https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/04/01/serbia-campaigners-know-the-law-it-seems-the-serbian-government-regional-authorities-and-possibly-eu-enlargement-commission-dont-why/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/03/04/32514/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/12/21/serbia-211210-subotica-city-officials-try-to-take-700-stray-dogs-at-epar-shelter-to-kill-them-please-watch-video-below-of-todays-events/

 

OVCA – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/ovca/

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In the following video link you can see a (Serbian) stray dog which has been sterilised by animal welfare organisations – checked and given treatment for disease and illness; and fitted with a red ear tag to show that it has been sterilised. This means nothing to the authorities, as you can see in the footage; the poor dog is darted ready for collection (and death) by the shinters who can be seen balaclava clad waiting across the street to move in and take the dog. This dog is innocent and has been sterilised; it will produce no more strays. The red tag means nothing to the authorities; their aim – to just kill, kill and kill.

 

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https://youtu.be/DMVlIWV_Jl8

 

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/02/08/serbia-time-to-make-the-press-accountable-your-assistance-required/

 

 

 

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Above – Dogs drowned and then hung from trees !

 

Don’t tell me the EU is anything good – it is crap ! – Mark.

 

England: Are you nuts or what ? – the top 9 nuts to eat for better health.

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Are you nuts or what ? – the top 9 nuts to eat for better health.

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts#section10

 

In general, nuts are good sources of fat, fibre and protein.

 

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Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat.

Nuts also pack a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.

Many studies have investigated the health benefits of increased nut intake.

One meta-analysis of 33 studies found that diets high in nuts do not significantly affect weight gain or weight loss. Yet, despite having little effect on weight, many studies have shown that people who eat nuts live longer than those who don’t. This may be due to their ability to help prevent a number of chronic diseases.

 

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For example, nuts may reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In fact, one study in over 1,200 people found that eating a Mediterranean diet plus 30 grams of nuts per day decreased the prevalence of metabolic syndrome more than a low-fat diet or a Mediterranean diet with olive oil.

Furthermore, nuts may reduce your risk of other chronic diseases. For example, eating nuts may improve blood sugar levels and lower your risk of certain cancers.

Summary Eating nuts may help reduce risk factors for many chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

But recent research shows that eating nuts daily offers a bounty of benefits. Here’s why you should aim for a handful a day. Really! People who ate at least 20 grams of nuts per day (about a handful) were 22 percent less likely to die prematurely, according to a 2016 review article published in BMC Medicine.

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Further reading for you zany nuts !

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-nuts

 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-nuts

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/nuts/art-20046635

 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323042.php

 

 

 

 

Serbia: Cute or What ? – In Need of a Forever Home.

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This little guy is looking for a forever home where it will be safe and loved.

We still run SAV Facebook in addition to the other sites – you can check it out via this link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/?ref=group_header 

Loads of wonderful animals looking for safe and loving homes – can you help them in any way ? – please visit the site above and see what animals require your help.

Regards Mark.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ 

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ 

 

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Greece: the dogs of Corfu

Dogs are brutally killed in Corfu! Slain, poisoned or buried alive. There is nothing that “humans” would not be able to do. Nothing but brutal animal cruelty! If they are left helpless, then they may still have a small chance of survival. But in dog shelter is a blood fight for survival. With living conditions that may have been copied from Romania.

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Greece: the dogs of Corfu (Video)

 

My comment: The fight against animal cruelty in Greece has long been necessary – and from the EU side!
And? Nothing was done and will be nothing. Because these abandoned, helpless creatures do not make a profit.
Greece has now reached an incredible level of brutality and fascism against animals.
It is supported by a cowardly, indifferent society, which is largely responsible for the misery of stray animals, but/and also by corrupt and work-shy officials who do not even know the animal welfare law and if so, they ignore it.

The few active animal rights activists have turned their homes into shelters and try day and night to improve this situation. And, as a rule, they are warred, offended and despised by those who are primarily responsible for this misery.
Corfu is otherwise a very beautiful island, but who hears, sees and experiences the animal cruelty around it, can not enjoy a holiday there.

Best regards to all, Venus

My Dream – Lets Act Together for Success !

 

 

I can remember making my way through ol’ London Town in England when I was 17 or so – a long time ago; to see Motorhead in concert.  Lemmy has gone now – RIP Lemmy; along with the brilliant David Bowie.   ‘Heroes’ has been the soundtrack music to many issues in the animal rights world – and anyone who fights for the rights of animals, in my little world, is a real Hero; the best of the best !.

We see a lot of the Bowie version of ‘Heroes’ – and superb it is.  The closing track to ‘The Cove’ film re the Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji.  Here is a Motorhead tribute to Bowie; and in my opinion a really hard rock enjoyable tribute.  Bringing back memories of good nights spent in London town.

Enjoy – Mark – with thanks to all you global animal Heroes the world over !

 

 

 

 

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Cyprus: how the bird catcher mafia works.

 

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Commission against bird slaughter (CABS) PRESS RELEASE – 12/10/2019

Today marks the 46th day of bird trapping by the biggest and most organised criminal trapper in Cyprus, in the area of Maroni, state CABS (Commission against bird slaughter) the trapping in Cyprus.
Considering that the trapping site was first confirmed as active on the 24th of August and considering that an average of 300 birds are killed in this compound each day according to the evidence collected by the RSPB; we can reasonably conclude that 13,800 birds have been killed in this single trapping compound in just the last 7 weeks.

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Furthermore, the site is known to everybody – including the authorities – and it has not been properly challenged or investigated for at least the last 2 years.

Despite the activity throughout the whole autumn season, the law enforcement agencies seldomly investigate this site and prosecute the owner. The Game and Fauna Service refuse to approach the place, whereas the anti-poaching unit has never managed in the last year to make a proper prosecution on this site. Even when they agree to make an operation there, this usually takes weeks of planning and the results are often minimal. This is basically allowing the trapper to continue the killing of thousands of birds, unperturbed during the peak period of the autumn migration season.

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There is clearly something wrong with the Cyprus Police in relation to the biggest trapping site in Cyprus. CABS and the RSPB have observed several suspects trapping on full bore with more than 7 nets, electronic caller lures and catching hundreds of birds every night.

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On the, 16th and 17th September, RSPB observed set nets and filmed the group trapping. The police was called and did not attend until the following day where they found nothing.

 

 

On the 19th September again the trapping site was observed by CABS active and in full swing!! Despite 4 operations made by the police so far only 1 net and 1 bird has been found.

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“We believe that the operations of the police are conducted in the wrong way or we suspect that information is being routinely leaked to the trapper” states Alexander Heyd, Director of CABS.

In another statement, Alexander Heyd says “CABS and other NGOs have been trying for three weeks to get in touch with the highest level of the Cypriot Police force to arrange a meeting about this situation. Despite our efforts, they have so far been unable to meet and discuss our findings. It seems that they are avoiding us and are not interested in stopping this criminal or in finding out more about the suspected leak in the unit”.

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The last time the biggest trapper in Cyprus was properly targeted by police was in 2017, but the enforcement officer that coordinated the raid was subsequently moved from the unit.

CABS is always happy to cooperate with the Cyprus Police. They achieved great results against illegal bird poaching in the past, but recent events show inactiveness and an unprofessional approach, to say the least. The Cypriot police is clearly not stepping up against bird trapping and is knowingly letting this happen without retribution.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/investigations/posts/illegal-bird-trapping-in-cyprus

 

My comment: No one has ever been imprisoned in Cyprus for illegal bird catching.

Tapped poachers are usually fined 600 euros. With a merit of up to 20,000 euros per season, a poacher can easily get over this loss.
The Cypriot bird mafia often uses a particularly insidious and highly sustainable fishing method for illegal bird catching.
In the past, they planted many acacias on the dry island that are not native to Cyprus.
Trees that the migratory birds like to use as a welcome approach station. And between these trees, the criminal poachers now tie their nets. According to experts, around 2.3 million wild birds are killed each year in Cyprus by illegal hunting.

Killed songbirds are sold via the black market to restaurants in the Republic of Cyprus, so that guests can eat the popular Cypriot specialty “Ampelopoulia”.

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Criminal gangs earn hundreds of thousands of euros from this illegal activity.
A perfidious, unscrupulous, simply disgusting human parasite that owes its existence to the corrupt country politicians.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Petition – Punish Girls Who Tortured and Killed Emma.

This girls tortured and killed little Emma, we want justice!

 

Punishment for this trio of damn and sick-minded girls, who had nothing to do, other than mistreat and cruelly kill an animal.
This girls tortured and killed little Emma
Addressed to: Chilean Investigative Police, Carabineros

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Petition link:

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/this-girls-tortured-and-killed-little-emma-we-want-justice.html?utm_source=highlight&utm_medium=title&utm_campaign=campaign-p121019

 

Petition wording:

I faithfully believe that a sick mind is extremely dangerous for any living being in any society. Therefore, I ask for a very heavy punishment, for this trio of cursed and ill-minded girls, who had nothing to do, other than mistreat and cruelly kill a defenseless animal.

I consider it vitally important to leave a strong punishment as soon as possible, and for the competent authorities to join promptly, to strongly punish these three girls, who do know what they do.

No person eats shit, therefore, they knew what they were doing.

I consider after applying the punishment, burn their hands to live skin, be fulfilled, and then submit them to intern for life in a mental health asylum.

These types of subjects, whether they be adolescent girls, are pseudo psychiatrically ill minds, and are a terrible threat to any living being, be it a human being or an animal.

 

Yom Kippur: a bloodbath in the name of religion

 

This week saw the annual event of Kaporos take place in cities around the world. Kaporos is a customary atonement ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur.

 

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Each year thousands of chickens are sent onto city streets from factory farms. Many of these individuals are kept confined in small crates without food or water for as long as 4 days before the ceremony.

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During the event a chicken around is swung around a person’s head three times while saying a prayer to transfer their sins to the bird, before giving the chicken to a butcher, who then slaughters it.

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This event happens on the streets of cities and towns, and it is estimated that up to 50,000 chickens are killed in Brooklyn alone. Despite claims that the corpses are given to the poor, many are often found in trash bags in the days following the event.

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When the chickens who survive the transport arrive at their destination, the ritual participants swing their legs and wings through the air, then cut their throats and place them in traffic cones as they bleed to death.

In the following video you can clearly see how participants of this “festival” tear off the heads of the chickens and then stuff them – still conscious – into garbage bags.


Why should they have to suffer for our sins? No matter the tradition, the custom or the culture, there is no excuse for the treatment and exploitation these individuals face.

Those who wish to celebrate Kaporos in the coming years can still do so, swapping the sentient being for money, as done by many Jews who disagree with the practice.

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My comment: Here I also see another illogical and immoral business with God, namely: I sacrifice the innocent so that my guilt will be forgiven!

Well-known deal at all geographic locations! On this basis has always and every religion worked.

Without blind,  stupid and fanatical God’s servants no religion would have survived!

Innocents in the name of God are always tortured, murdered and massacred by people who preach love to God and their fellow human beings.

“You can only have peace if you give it”, Ebner-Eschenbach has said.
That is the reason, why any religion will have never peace.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Brazil: Amazon deforestation has almost doubled this year.

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Amazon deforestation has almost doubled this year

 

The destruction of the world’s largest rainforest has grown for the fifth month in a row, revealed new government data. So far this year, an area twice the size of Greater London has been destroyed – an estimated 3,032 square miles – as loggers grow increasingly emboldened under right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Brazil’s leader has pushed for the Amazon to be developed and threatens to scale back the powers of environmental agency Ibama, said environmentalists on Friday. Tasso Azevedo, coordinator for the deforestation mapping initiative MapBiomas, has blamed the alarming figures on Bolsonaro. He told Reuters: ‘Deforestation is continuing at a pace that is double that of years past. ‘I think this is because of the messages the president continues to send.’

 

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Bolsonaro and environment minister, Ricardo Salles, blamed ‘previous governments’ for the rise in deforestation. They said budget cuts had been made to agencies such as Ibama before they took office on January 1. The human-caused devastation is all the more troubling given the region was struck by the worst forest-fires this decade, which torched through the Amazon in August. Brazil’s response to the fires provoked global outcry and left many world leaders questioning why the South American nation did not do more to protect the rainforest.

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Scientists believe fires are linked to deforestation, with people often clearing timber and then setting the remains alight to clear land for ranching or farming. The rate of deforestation is expected to recede with the onset of the wet season, which traditionally begins in October. Paulo Barreto, a researcher affiliated with the non-governmental organisation Imazon said: ‘The big question now is what will be done to prevent this next year.’

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Metro London – https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/12/amazon-deforestation-almost-doubled-year-10906508/

 

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USA: Victory – The California Fur Ban Is Now Law.

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Hi Mark,

5 years ago, I started organizing small fur protests every winter and at that time, I thought that in 5 years we would have 1000 people protesting with us. But I was wrong. Because 5 years later, we don’t even need to protest fur in California anymore. This morning, the Governor of California signed the first statewide fur ban in the country into law!

People said I was dreaming too big, but I wasn’t dreaming big enough. Animal rights history is happening before our very eyes because people around the world are working together. So I want to give you a huge thank you for making this victory happen! And I would like to ask for your continued support. Right now, all new monthly donors are earning DxE a bonus $100 from a matching donor.

Will you become a monthly donor today to help us take on factory farming next? 

The fur industry is just the first to fall in California, and we have our sights set on Big Ag next. As trials begin for myself and other animal rescuers in the coming months, we’re hoping to establish the legal right to rescue animals from farms and slaughterhouses. People might say we’re dreaming too big, but we’ve heard that before.

Priya

 

… and more good news ….

 

Bratislava: Last week, the National Council of Slovak Republic (Slovak parliament) discussed in the first reading the proposal to ban fur farming in the country. It has passed the first reading with overwhelming support of 120 votes out of all 150 MPs, which means that 80 % of all MPs supported the proposal in its first big step in the legislative process.

The ban was proposed by Eva Antošová (SNS – Slovak national party) after the country has seen the second-largest online campaign in the history called Ide o chlp and conducted by an NGO Humánny pokrok, which has collected more than 76,000 signatures in under 6 months. The campaign followed publishing of investigation footage from a fur farm in northern Slovakia, which had exposed horrible conditions of minks without proper access to water, with open wounds, repetitive behaviour and signs of cannibalism. The public had responded with outrage and after a couple of months, the first ban proposal was introduced to the parliament.

Slovakia is one of the countries in Central Europe which still has no fur farming ban in effect. There is one operational mink farm with a capacity of up to 5000 animals and 8 farms breeding rabbits for fur. The proposal introduces a ban on farming and killing of all animals farmed exclusively or primarily for fur, with exception for rabbits farmed for fur by individuals for their personal use. The ban would go into effect immediately and would ban establishing of new fur farms in the country while providing a 3 year phase-out period for the existing ones.

Slovakia has seen fur farming ban campaigns in the past but without success. In the meantime, their neighbouring countries have seen a lot of progress, including fur farming ban in Austria and recently in the Czech Republic, and with vivid ongoing campaigns and political discussions in Poland and Ukraine. “The time has come for Slovakia to stop lagging behind the rest of Europe and to deal with this cruel and obsolete industry. The public is clearly requesting a quick and effective solution and we aim to deliver it in the upcoming months. Politicians shouldn’t ignore the call of more than 76 000 citizens to end this excessive and unnecessary cruelty and we are happy to see the first important steps taken in parliament on the path to the end of fur farming in Slovakia”, added Martin Smrek from Humánny pokrok.

In the upcoming months, the proposal should be discussed by parliamentary committees and approved by the European Commission. Afterwards, the second reading is planned and the final vote should take place during the last session of the current parliament, expected to take place at the beginning of 2020. The last step will be signing of the law by the president, who already voiced her support for the fur farming ban shortly after the launch of the campaign. After that, Slovakia would become the 14th European country passing a ban on fur farming.

http://www.respectforanimals.org/slovakia-is-heading-towards-fur-farming-ban/ 

 

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USA: Animal Abuse Link to Domestic Violence Highlighted As Cruelty Cases Rise in Michigan.

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Animal Abuse Link to Domestic Violence Highlighted As Cruelty Cases Rise in Michigan

Animal Abuse Link to Domestic Violence Highlighted As Cruelty Cases Rise in Michigan

Coinciding with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Michigan State Police (MSP) have released data showing a huge rise in the number of animal abuse reports in the state.

Incidents of reported animal cruelty in Michigan soared from 93 in 2016, to 202 in 2017 and 297 in 2018 — an increase of a staggering 301% in just three years. In addition, animal abuse crimes rose by about 100 cases annually in the same time period, according to MSP’s Michigan Incident Crime Report, “Crime at A Glance.”

These rising figures are worrying in themselves, but there is further concern because animal abuse has been linked to domestic violence, with individuals who hurt animals being far more likely to carry out domestic violence offenses as well as other violent crimes.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says there is a clear link between these two areas of crime, it explains that individuals who abuse their partners frequently have a history of animal abuse that precedes their domestic violence offenses. It also highlights the fact that “abusers demonstrate power and control over the family by threatening, harming or killing animals.”

In its “Pets And Domestic Violence” report, the organization states that 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence, and a massive 71% of pet owners who enter a shelter say their abuser had previously threatened, hurt or murdered a family pet. In addition, the investigation of reported animal cruelty within a household often leads to social services discovering hidden domestic abuse in that household.

If you need help regarding animal cruelty or domestic abuse, you can contact the American Humane Association on 303-792-9900 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1-800-799-SAFE.

 

 

USA: Petition – Justice for Echo, Dog Who Lost His Eye After Being Brutally Beaten with A Log.

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SIGN: Justice for Echo, Dog Who Lost His Eye After Being Brutally Beaten with A Log

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SIGN: Justice for Echo, Dog Who Lost His Eye After Being Brutally Beaten with A Log

 

PETITION TARGET: Porter County District Attorney Gary Germann

Sweet dachshund and beagle mix Echo of Valparaiso, Indiana lost his right eye after his family’s neighbor reportedly brutally beat him in the face with a log, fracturing the helpless dog’s skull.

Even emergency surgery could not save poor Echo’s eye after the vicious attack.

Police arrested Ronald Johnson Valparaiso for this act of abuse — but despite the horrific nature of the attack, Johnson soon bonded out for a mere $1,500.

According to Echo’s guardian, Courtney Gutowski, this wasn’t the suspect’s first attack on the innocent dog. Earlier this year, Johnson repeatedly and aggressively struck Echo with large ice pellets, but due to a lack of physical evidence, this crime went unpunished, says Gutowski. It is troubling that after two reported cases of abuse, Johnson is roaming free and officials have not taken stronger and more immediate action.

It is essential that the court treat this case with the severity it deserves, to ensure Echo’s safety and the safety of the community.

Sign this petition to urge Porter County’s District Attorney Gary Germann to prosecute Johnson to the fullest extent of the law. The court must make it clear that animal abuse will not be tolerated, to save dogs like Echo from suffering at the hands of people who believe they can harm animals without consequence.

 

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dog-who-lost-his-eye-after-being-brutally-beaten-with-log/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

 

 

France: finish medieval bear shows!

 

❌Urgend: We urgently need your support to enforce a ban on the cruel medieval bear shows in #France

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Like many other bears in France, 🐻Valentin has to serve torture shows all over the country.

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He and many others of his kind must spend hours performing silly tricks in front of gaping spectators, like running on a ball or jumping over hurdles.

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Together with Aves France and Fondation Brigitte Bardot, we are campaigning for a legal ban on these medieval bear shows. Help us, sign our petition:

https://help.four-paws.org/de-DE/hilf-frankreichs-traurigsten-b%C3%A4ren?fbclid=IwAR38Mmc_N3UcWYFw6xeMHKzZhmnPIJ7tBHUmiq-Uvo08k2x0J_klHIgoPsQ

➡️ http://bit.ly/TraurigsteBärenFrance
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My comment:This is a kind of fascism, as well as any enslavement and exploitation of defenseless animals.

And this kind of fascism is even celebrated in public … in the markets … at events and folk festivals and nobody is indignant, who stands by it … on the contrary! it is still clapping and laughing ..

What a primitive idiot must be one, to have fun and enjoyment in the middle of a civilized country, France, when a bear is treated in chains like a piece of shit by a tormentor….

 

tanzendes Bär

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Germany and the death lab LPT in Hamburg

 

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The monkeys run backwards in a circle in their small cells. One always makes a somersault. Others run from left to right, from right to left. The animals are housed in bare cages, in which a monkey does not even have a cubic meter of space. This is much less than the law requires when animals stay in cells for longer periods of time.

That’s in Germany, not in China!

The images are from inside the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, LPT for short.
It is considered one of the larger private laboratories in the country and employs 175 people. In the rooms tests for the approval of drugs are carried out. The photos were submitted by the animal rights organizations SOKO Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the “ARD Fakt magazine”.

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An animal rights activist has been working as a caregiver in the lab for several months and has recorded scenes showing that some of the monkeys are housed in tiny cages. They show dogs that bleed heavily, captive monkeys who seem to be resisting fixation, and cats whose blood is taken by force. The pictures also show how roughly employees deal with animals.

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“This leads to such absurd situations that a pharmaceutical company from South Korea causes monkeys in Lower Saxony to be tormented, or dogs from the USA are taken to Hamburg for a laboratory to suffer a cruel death from severe bleeding for medication” so Mülln.

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At the request of “FAKT” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”  the lab LPT stated that the company was conducting preclinical studies before substances would be tested on humans. So far, there have been no complaints from the authorities on animal husbandry (!!!).

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The Veterinary Office Harburg has instituted proceedings against the LPT laboratory (Laboratory Pharmacology and Toxicology) for violations of animal welfare law.
After “FAKT” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” have submitted to the authority pictures that have been created in the institution.

The federal government is under pressure. Since the summer of 2018, a so-called infringement procedure against Germany is ongoing.
Germany has to improve the anchoring of animal welfare in the law, so the accusation from Brussels.
20 points are on the list of deficiencies. It is objected, among other things, that the expertise of researchers sharing in animal experiments need not be proven.

https://www.mdr.de/nachrichten/panorama/deutschland-muss-gesetzgebung-zu-tierversuchen-nachbessern-100.html

 

My comment: As soon as undercover investigations reveal an illegal barbarity and animal cruelty in the name of the research, then the authority determines.
Until then, the authorities have tolerated it hand in hand with the lab.

The veterinarians know that, but nobody wants to know anything about it, until a search forces everyone to confess that  all they cooperated in such crimes, even though they knew it.

According to the Federal Government, 2.8 million animals were used in animal experiments in 2017. 80 percent of them were rodents, such as mice or rats. Also listed in the balance sheet are 3,500 monkeys and half-monkeys. The numbers from 2018 are not yet available.

Surely the statistics would look different if this corrupt coalition government had implemented the EU’s intrinsic standards in dealing with animal experiments.

The deadline for this was 2012 (!!!)
On the one hand, the rules should limit the experiments with animals to the essentials and on the other hand promote alternative research methods.

Germany is practically the EU, and if the EU Commission since 2012 demands that Germany finally fulfills its obligations in animal testing lines, then even the stupidest can understand who has the power here.
Added to this is the ridiculous infringement procedure, which runs for over a year.
Here Brussels can count on success only by a miracle.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Respect for Animals launches online database detailing the use of fur on university fashion courses.

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Respect for Animals launches online database detailing the use of fur on university fashion courses

 

We are delighted to launch our new campaign to kick fur off campus by unveiling a database of UK fashion college policies towards the use of fur.

Using Freedom of Information requests, Respect for Animals has contacted every university in the country running fashion courses, regarding the use of real fur and what, if any, policies are in place on the subject. This includes both the use of fur as a material by students and any co-operation agreements with sections of the fur trade.

The responses have been collated and published on our website, with each university given a degree-style grading according to their position in the use of real fur: the best colleges (those refusing the use of real fur backed up with a formal fur-free policy) receive a ‘First’, while other institutions receive a grading accordingly: 2.1, 2.2, 3rd and the worst rating, which is a FAIL.

Many people have a moral objection to the use of fur in fashion and this resource will allow potential students to make a fully compassionate and principled decision about their education and future careers.

More information, including access to the database, can be found here: http://www.respectforanimals.org/fur-free-fashion-courses/  .

Mark Glover, Campaign Director at Respect for Animals, said:

“The morally abhorrent fur trade must be consigned to the dustbin of history. There is no need for fashion courses to continue to use this product of cruelty, or to take blood money from the fur trade. Thankfully, many university departments have told the fur trade where to go, but there are others who continue to work with this morally bankrupt industry.

The future of fashion is fur-free. The fur industry has never improved animal welfare and never will. Meanwhile, fashion that rejects real fur continues to innovate in the most exciting ways- just look at Stella McCartney’s latest collection unveiled in Paris.”

Click here for the full list:

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Read more : http://www.respectforanimals.org/respect-for-animals-launches-online-database-detailing-the-use-of-fur-on-university-fashion-courses/

 

 

 

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EU: aid to animal mass murder

 

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Animals’ Angels visits numerous local wildlife markets in the Middle East where sheep and goats are sold.

Overall, the markets are relatively neat and all animals get at least water and food. There are shadows in all paddocks and the fans are running. Most animals come from the region – but today we also find sheep from Romania!

In the past, Australian sheep were sold here instead. But since this year, Australia has at least during the hot summer months, an export ban in the Middle East pronounced. But what is the EU and its member states doing? Instead of following the example of Australia, EU countries – such as For example, Romania -use this “gap” and export their animals to the Middle East. Europe should be ashamed!

We are shocked by the condition of the Romanian sheep: they are extremely dirty from top to bottom, their fur is completely stuck to excrement. Some sheep cough or have nasal discharge. The heat and high humidity make them even harder to manage. Some pant with their mouths open or lie exhausted on the ground.
We do not want to imagine under what bad conditions Liviu and the other sheep were transported by ship from Romania, that they look so dirty and miserable.

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Adding to all the suffering, there is another paradox: actually, the sheep do not want anyone here. They are later sold off as “cheap meat” for the guest workers, which does not even cost a third of the price that is demand for local sheep.

We complain against the EU and its Member States, which once again failed to ban animal transport at least during the hot months. Instead, they seek profit at any cost, throwing any ethics overboard.

 

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In the EU idiots or corrupt have the say.
Disgusting and incompetent at the same time is this EU gang and its servants.
We pay these to legally and deliberately demand the crimes of the meat mafia.
And in shame they are all the same.
They insult our intelligence, our empathy, our understanding of the law, they despise us, they ignore us, they cheat us.
They take from the idea of ​​animal welfare and the legally recognized animal rights, every validity, every power.
They repeat the ridiculous farce, they can not do anything.
We mean, they do not want to, but both are a valid reason to abolish this gang.
The EU must be abolished, the EU has not improved in the least, it pulls itself into EUXIT every day.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Action – Save Arizona’s Oak Flat From Copper Mine.

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https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

Stunning Oak Flat in central Arizona’s Tonto National Forest is sacred land to Western Apache tribes and provides habitat for imperiled species including the Arizona hedgehog cactus, yellow-billed cuckoo and narrow-headed garter snake. And thanks to its beautiful rock formations, it’s world renowned for rock climbing.

But this precious natural resource is threatened by a massive copper mine. Will you speak up for Oak Flat?

The Rio Tinto mining company wants to excavate a massive underground mine that would leave a crater more than 2 miles wide and 1,000 feet deep, destroying sacred sites and recreation areas.

The company’s insatiable groundwater pumping would drain the regional aquifer and dry up nearby Ga’an Canyon, another sacred site that’s also critically important to the region’s wildlife.

The Tonto National Forest is taking comments from the public on the environmental impact statement for the mine. Now’s the time to raise your voice to protect sacred sites and public lands that will be destroyed by this colossal boondoggle.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service: Oak Flat cannot be sacrificed.

 

Take Action:

https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/5RrmitYwMUyy60QnfC8NVg2?sourceid=1005295&utm_source=action&utm_medium=email&emci=765da693-54e9-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&emdi=d48a7247-16ec-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68&ceid=736440&contactdata=8w4J64VdHmUvfiVahxfUkvwWQH0IgxXAYikvjsMSanH46N%2br2tofjGrbHCL4%2fsIRX%2fHVFznmT7HX1TqVNerTYdlR6%2bSCg%2bhxq10jpP81%2beHgbYn0w1MXISPOTXLTPVHZ

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England: VivaHealth October Newsletter.

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https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivahealth-october19-newsletter?e=26c03356b8

 

Find out more

Vitamin B3 – are you getting enough?

Vitamin B3 was the third B vitamin to be discovered – hence the name! It is also known as niacin and there are two forms: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, and both are found in food.

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Do vegans have a higher risk of stroke?

The BBC seem hell-bent on pointing out the dangers of a plant-based diet, even though we are living in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic largely caused by poor diets containing meat and dairy foods.

Read our response
Antioxidants – should we splash out?

Antioxidants protect our health but you don’t have to spend lots of money on expensive supplements or exotic fruit extracts. There are plenty of powerful antioxidants hiding in a fruit and veg shop near you!

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The sunshine vitamin 

Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of calcium levels in the blood and is needed for healthy bones as it helps your body absorb calcium.

 

See our A-Z of Nutrients for the answers to all your questions about essential nutrients.

 

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How to go dairy-free

Going dairy-free is a smart move not just for ethical reasons, but also because it will very likely improve your health in several ways. We’ve found the best alternatives, whether you’re a cheese lover or a custard fiend!

 

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Envirocidal report

This ground-breaking report reveals the devastating impact livestock farming has on our planet. It investigates all aspects of climate change from global warming, loss of biodiversity, land and water use, to soya and palm oil production. Want to know what you can do to help avert disaster? This report reveals all.

 

Order yours here!

 

Bite-size fact

Anthocyanins are responsible for the bright red, blue and purple colour of many fruits, vegetables and flowers. They have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and have been linked to lower risk of heart disease and even cancer. They tend to be concentrated in the skin of fruits but berries that have brightly coloured flesh such as strawberries, blackberries or raspberries, contain more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habeas Corpus for Sandra, she comes free!

 

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An orangutan female must be moved from the former Buenos Aires Zoo to an apes rescue center in the United States. The court awarded the animal the rights of a “non-human person”, the release is mandatory.

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At the request of the Argentine judiciary, orangutan lady Sandra moves to the United States.
A court in Buenos Aires awarded the animal the rights of a “non-human person”, so their release is mandatory. The animal was already taken to Dallas by direct flight – but not as a passenger, but in the cargo hold.

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Sandra had made it famous. She was born in 1986 in the Rostock Zoo and brought to Argentina in 1994. Animal rights activists fought for their release in 2014 because the monkey lady suffered an “unjustified imprisonment” at the zoo in Buenos Aires.

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Although it is not biologically identical with humans, it would be psychologically just like people under captivity. Orangutan Lady Sandra was the first “animal” to be awarded the “habeas corpus right”. In freedom, she would be happier, argued the animal rights activists – and got right. The judgment allowed the monkey with the rights of a “nonhuman person” to become known worldwide from one day to the next.

After Sandra was awarded human rights in 2014, she was a headline worth all the media, but what became of her, unfortunately, only very few interested. It had been promised to take her to a protected area in Brazil, where the 33-year-old orangutan lady born in a German zoo was to spend her old age.

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But although the “case” Sandra became known worldwide, no one was interested in her fate, let alone her release.
Many came to the zoo to see her, but she lived in a small enclosure, chewed on a blade of grass given to her, and waited for her end.

She did not move much afterwards, she did not feel well at the Buenos Aires Zoo. This was eventually converted by the authorities into an eco-park.
Fortunate for Sandra: Experts from the University of Buenos Aires then explained that the changed living conditions posed a threat to the orangutan lady and that she needed to be housed in a more spacious enclosure.
Again, the judges have agreed in this case, too.

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Since the 53-pound monkey lady is unable to adapt to life in the wild, she should live in the future in the outdoor enclosure of the Center for Great Apes in Florida. There are already 21 other orangutans and 31 chimpanzees.

Before entering Florida, however, Sandra still has to endure a 40-day quarantine at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/orang-utan-111.html

 

My comment: The fact that they want to finally release the lady after a total of 33 years of imprisonment into freedom is the only right step and hopefully others will follow this example.

On the other hand, after such a long time “Guantanamo” will not be easy for Sandra to get along with freedom and a totally foreign environment.
Animals indeed have abilities that we humans do not have, or have never had, and they always find a way to live with one another, but 33 years in prison have certainly ruined her adaptability and natural behavior.

After all, it’s worth a try, and we wish Sandra all the best.

My best regards to all, Venus

Australia: Veggie and Vegan ‘Down Under’.

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Now, it has been revealed that the total number of Aussies committed to a plant-based diet has reached an impressive 2.1 million people- roughly 8.7% of the population. Stores selling vegan meats and dairy-free cheese have reported “massive” increases in demand in Australia, as much as 50%.

 

The number of Australian families opting for vegan Christmas meals has reached an “all-time high” this year, as a “record number” of consumers have chosen cruelty-free feasts, according to the Daily Mail.

It has previously been reported that Australia has the third-fastest growing vegan population worldwide. Now, it has been revealed that the total number of Aussies committed to a plant-based diet has reached an impressive 2.1 million people- roughly 8.7% of the population.

Stores selling vegan meats and dairy-free cheese have reported “massive” increases in demand in Australia, as much as 50%. Vegetarian Butcher Suzy Spoon spoke of the “seemingly endless stream of orders” coming through this holiday period.

Jessica Bailey, founder of Cruelty Free Shop explained: “People are increasingly becoming aware of the terrible suffering involved in the production of meat and changing their habits accordingly”. Consumers are also ditching meat and dairy for health and environmental concerns.

Suzy Spoon added: “Going vegan is a repercussion of having information we’re interested in at our fingertips, it’s difficult to ignore when you have access to that information.”

Those on a plant-based diet told the Daily Mail it is “an absolute breeze” to fill the “dining table with delicious cruelty free treats”. They added, “Vegans don’t miss out on anything anymore because there are just so many options”.

Interestingly, the cruelty-free lifestyle may have its economic benefits as well. In terms of festive meals, it was pointed out that many plant-based alternatives had cost buyers just $2 a serving.

Growths in the vegan market have continued to increase around the globe. Arguably, the ever-growing popularity of the lifestyle has shown no signs of slowing down.

https://www.livekindly.co/record-vegan-australians/

 

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More Australians taking up vegan and vegetarian diets

The number of new food products launched in Australia with vegan labelling has almost tripled in the past five years as veganism continues to rise in Australia.

 

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/more-australians-taking-up-vegan-and-vegetarian-diet/news-story/0676836c8695a0e53c24aac4d47d9106

 

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Eating veggie and vegan whilst travelling in Australia.

https://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog/2019/01/eating-vegetarian-vegan-while-travelling-australia/

 

 

 

South Africa: LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST THE DEATH SHIP.

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LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST THE DEATH SHIP

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On Friday, 4 October 2019, sorrow and anguish filled the harbour as Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) and SPCAs watched the last sheep being loaded onto the Al-Shuwaikh vessel, along with an estimated 57 000 other sheep destined for the Middle East for inhumane slaughter. There were inspectors monitoring the loading at the feedlot and on the harbour for the entire process.

Inspectors on the feedlot and the harbour worked tirelessly from the early morning until late at night monitoring the loading of these sheep on 1 and 2 October 2019, finally working a 27 hour shift on 3 October 2019 until the morning of 4 October 2019 when the last sheep was loaded.

“We were standing on the harbour after a final inspection of the vessel was undertaken, the atmosphere and sheer devastation was suffocating, we all knew what it meant for the sheep on board. However, the evidence collected over the last four days will protect millions of animals from ever being loaded onto these death ships in the future” said Meg Wilson of the NSPCA.

Dr Molefe, the Director of Veterinary Public Health of the Department of Agriculture, accompanied the NSPCA’s veterinarian and a Senior Inspector on an inspection of the vessel on 3 October 2019. Dr Molefe appeared to be horrified at the conditions on board the ship, including dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the decks, parasitic conditions including faeces in food and water troughs, among other serious concerns, this was only on day 2.5 of the loading – the sheep still have to endure these worsening conditions for their entire journey. Curiously, later that day, two veterinarians from the provincial government department undertook an inspection and advised our inspectors that nothing was wrong.

At the insistence of Al Mawashi, the loading process continued throughout the night of 3 October 2019. The NSPCA appealed to the provincial government representatives to put a stop to the loading as animals were being manhandled as a result of exhausted handlers and the dark conditions but the intransigent government officials stood by and did nothing.

The NSPCA called upon Dr Shawn Morris, an experienced veterinarian and feedlot expert in South Africa, to attend an inspection of the loading site on the harbour, as well as the vessel itself following the NSPCA’s horrific findings on board the vessel and during the loading process.

“Having had an opportunity to attend the unloading on the Al-Shuwaikh on Thursday evening and having been granted access to the vessel itself, it was evident that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s (DALRRD) lack of concern and more importantly, their absence at the loading point as well as on the vessel (save for short periods of time) is of serious concern”, said Dr Morris, “I would describe the role of DALRRD as nothing more than window dressing”.

The NSPCA asked Dr Morris to describe this shipment, and others like it, using one word, his response was “disaster”.

The only authority in attendance during the entire loading operation at both the feedlot and on the harbour was the NSPCA, with the assistance of Eastern Cape SPCAs, whose personnel, including their veterinarian worked around the clock to ensure that no sick, injured or lame animals were loaded, clearly a role that should have been fulfilled by DALRRD veterinarians – especially if welfare was a primary concern.

“Our authorities, in my opinion, have not given enough thought and consideration to the problem at hand and have certainly not applied their minds when it comes to the welfare of the animals” explained Dr Morris, “the authorities, in this instance, DALRRD, who have the powers vested on them should do the right thing and not simply turn a blind eye when it comes to animal welfare.”

The NSPCA will be laying charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 against the South African Government, including the Provincial Government, as well as animal cruelty charges, assault charges and multiple charges of obstruction against the personnel that handled the animals inhumanely, those that assaulted and hindered NSPCA Inspectors from fulfilling their duties, and personnel of Al Mawashi who have a registered company in South Africa.

Furthermore, the NSPCA will take the necessary legal action to ensure that there is an end to the unacceptable and unnecessary cruelty involved in the live export trade.

“Seeing the suffering of these sheep even before their departure, and watching the Al-Shuwaikh depart has been heart breaking, but it has also affirmed our determination.  We may have lost this battle – but we have not lost the war. We will do everything in our power to ensure that no animal is ever loaded on board these death ships again” said Wilson.

 

 

https://nspca.co.za/news/legal-battle-against-the-death-ship/

 

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USA: East Fork Farms near Brownstown, Indiana. Video shows piglets dying slowly in crates, out of reach of their distraught mothers.

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A new eyewitness video reveals pigs’ agony and slow death amid filth at East Fork Farms near Brownstown, Indiana.

The farm supplies JBS USA, the nation’s second-largest pig slaughterer, which sells pig flesh branded Swift Premium and La Herencia. The company is a subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., the world’s largest slaughterer of farmed animals.
The video shows piglets dying slowly in crates, out of reach of their distraught mothers, while others rot just a few feet away.

There is routine and rampant cruelty in the pork industry.

Please spare pigs enormous pain and suffering by choosing to stop eating them.

You can make a tremendous difference today for the intelligent, sensitive pigs who are suffering right now at East Fork Farms—and bring millions more pigs closer to a day free of unrelenting stress, fear, misery, and agony—by lending them your powerful voice.

 

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Thank you for all that you do for animals.

Sincerely,

Daniel Paden
Vice President of Evidence Analysis
Cruelty Investigations Department
PETA