-What I understood is that the longer you work the longer I will live
regards and good night, Venus
-What I understood is that the longer you work the longer I will live
regards and good night, Venus
Songbirds as a delicacy: The consumption of songbirds is an “old tradition” in many Mediterranean countries. For this reason alone, millions of larks, thrushes, robins, and warblers are shot and caught every year.
In Spain they are eaten as paella (with rice), in Cyprus, they are grilled and in Italy, they are served with polenta (corn porridge).
The picture shows robins – freshly caught, plucked, and served with polenta.
Selling the birds is banned anywhere in the EU, but resourceful chefs and criminal gangs have established a well-functioning system to allow the authorities to conduct their business unhindered.
On the island of Cyprus alone, government employees estimate the amount to be over 10 million euros annually!
Hundreds of poachers are caught every year during the bird protection camps run by the Committee against Bird Murder, but butcher shops and restaurants are also regularly checked.
We are quite successful in this, because in many countries hardly any restaurant owner dares to offer songbirds to the public.
Today, the majority of trade takes place on the black market and is therefore no longer too extensive, as it was a few decades ago.
And I mean...In no other country in the European Union is bird trapping booming as it is in Cyprus.
Bird trapping in Cyprus has grown into a controversy that encompasses crime, culture, politics, and science. The practice was made illegal more than 40 years ago — but that simply forced it underground. Today, trappers routinely cut wide corridors through vegetation and string fine ‘mist nets’ from poles to catch the birds, which are sent to local restaurants and quietly served.
A platter of a dozen birds sells for €40–80 (US$44–87), and the trade with songbirds is responsible for an estimated annual market of €15 million. The delicacy is so prized and lucrative that it is suspected to be linked to organized crime, and those trying to stop it have been subject to intimidation and violence.
While bird conservationists and authorities have managed to master poaching elsewhere, it is hardly controllable in the Greek-speaking part of the Mediterranean island.
High-profit margins and a low risk of getting caught make bird trapping a lucrative source of income for many poachers.
Because the “connoisseurs” are ready to shell out more than 40 euros for the meager meal! The catchers themselves receive around 4 euros per bird.
The tender bird bones become soft during the preparation and are eaten along with them.
The police are already talking about the “caviar of the 21st century” because of the profit margins and are now afraid of professional poachers.
They do not shy away from violence if they see their lucrative business endangered.
Committee employees have also felt this at the bird protection camps, where they were assaulted more than once.
Poachers are shooting at activists’ cars with shotguns, they are throwing stones at them and spraying them with swine piss.
In France, there are even whole villages that hunt activists.
Therefore: Our greatest task for the future is to educate future generations about nature and animal welfare.
My best regards to all, Venus
Meanwhile, consumers are setting an example: the corona pandemic has led to a significant change in consumer behavior. A recent study by the US group ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) showed that 56 percent of consumers worldwide are consuming more food and beverages based on plants instead of animals.
In Germany alone, almost 40 percent more meat substitute products were sold in the first quarter of 2020 than in the previous year.
The sausage manufacturer Rügenwalder Mühle made more sales last year for the first time with vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives than with meat products.
Multinational corporations such as Nestlé, Danone, and Unilever invest large sums in animal-free trend products such as nuggets, burgers, and plant-based yogurts.
You can read more about this in the Links below: current meat atlas and in the Handelsblatt.
And I mean...Has the “Fridays for the Future” climate movement brought additional dynamism to young consumers and contributed to changing their consumption habits?
Was it the Animal Save Movement that accompanied the animals to their terminus – the slaughterhouse – and demonstrated there peacefully?
Or Anonymous for the Voiceless with the representation of the slaughterhouse hell on the screen and the lively street discussions?
Or the brave actions of the DAE organization in slaughterhouses?
And many other organizations that have tirelessly done great things for animal rights during the pandemic?
Maybe all together, we don’t know.
Perhaps we have all taken a big step together, no matter where we have demonstrated or informed people.
As long as we stay united and active, we can make big changes for animal rights.
We are dedicated to our mission and we will not stop until we live in a world where animals have their basic rights back.
My best regards to all, Venus
Survey: 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur
21 January 2021
Survey: 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur | Eurogroup for Animals
According to a survey by the polling company Taloustutkimus, 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur.
The figure has increased by two percentage points from 2019. The figures show a growing opposition to, and disapproval of, the fur industry in Finland.
Opposition to fur farming has emerged also in other surveys published this Autumn. According to surveys commissioned by NGOs Animalia and Oikeutta eläimille, 76 % of Finns do not accept subsidies to fur farming. 73 % want to either ban farming altogether or think that the law should require considerably more space for the animals and offer better opportunities for the animals’ species-specific behavioural needs.
There has also been a tightening of attitudes towards fur farming in the Finnish Parliament. In August, the Social Democratic Party, which is the party of the Prime Minister, adopted an anti-fur position. The National Coalition Party, currently in the opposition, now calls on the decree on the protection of fur animals to be revised to meet “standards of a civilized state”.
The year 2020 has been catastrophic for fur farming in Europe, with Poland and France deciding on fur farming bans. The Netherlands decided to put an end to mink farming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Denmark banned mink farming temporarily for the same reason. The Sars-CoV-2 virus has been found on fur farms in many other countries as well, and pressure is increasing for a Europe-wide ban on mink farming.
In Finland, the fur industry has received more than five million euros in subsidies during 2020 and no new restrictions on fur farming are in sight. In 2021, a new animal welfare law as well as a new decree on the protection of fur animals are to be decided on. It is possible to set new restrictions on fur farming through these legislative processes. Fur farming could be prohibited in the animal welfare law, and new restrictions on fur farming could be set in the decree on the protection of fur animals.
Animalia advocates for a ban on fur farming after a phase-out period.
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“The problem is that humans have sacrificed animals to such an extent that they are not even considered victims.
They are not taken into account at all.
They are nothing. They don’t count; they don’t matter;
They are goods like televisions and cell phones.
We actually turned animals into inanimate objects – sandwiches and shoes” – Gary Yourofsky
regards and good night, Venus
The beneficiaries are six bullfighting associations, which will organize children’s activities such as bullfighting workshops, bullfighting painting contests, and literary contests, even magazine publications, colloquium talks, and even bullfights with death.
Six bullfighting associations are going to receive 44,000 euros from the government of the Region of Murcia to develop dissemination activities and support for bullfighting during 2021.
The activities they will carry out range from a contest for bullfighters without picadors to bullfighting workshops for children, children’s bullfighting painting contests, magazine publications, colloquium talks, or literary contests.
The beneficiaries are the Torre-Pacheco Bullfighting Club Association, the Peña Taurina Yeclana, the Lorca Bullfighting Club, the Cehegín Bullfighting Club, the Murcia Bullfighting Club, and the Calasparra Bullfighting Club.
The objective of this measure is to increase the dissemination of bullfighting, promote it and bring it closer to society through different actions of both a recreational and cultural nature.
The Director-General of Local Administration, Francisco Abril, stressed that “currently there are certain sectors opposed to the visibility and dissemination of bullfighting as what it has always been: a fundamental expression of the traditional culture of the Spanish people. That is why it was essential to start these grants, to promote the sector and increase knowledge about the festival, especially among young people ”.
From AnimaNaturalis we believe that it is a scandal that in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis due to Covid19, a government decides to allocate public money to the promotion of an activity that the majority of Spaniards reject, and also neighbors of Murcia.
And I mean…Public money again for the indoctrination of Spanish children into the torture of defenseless animals…
Bullfighting and bull festivals violate any ethics of modern civilized countries and societies and value a “culture” of primitive people
Education and the future of Spanish children are not worth a cent in and for Spain.
One notices that every single day.
As the Pisa study shows, in terms of education, Spain is at the bottom of the list in Europe, which is also noticeable in the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are followed with enthusiasm.
One must be very primitive to be able to believe that in modern Europe one can get away with this kind of cruelty to animals in the long term.
Time is ticking for the animals and we know it will end.
My best regards to all, Venus
Online Public Consultation on Sustainable Use of Pesticides launched
Public Consultation link – Pesticides – sustainable use (updated EU rules) (europa.eu)
Feedback period 18 January 2021 – 12 April 2021 (midnight Brussels time)
Topic – Food safety
You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire as per the above link..
If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact using the email address below.
Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.
For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.
As part of the Better Regulation Evaluation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD) and the impact assessment of its planned revision, DG SANTE launched, on 18 January 2021, an online public consultation asking stakeholders and members of the public to have their say on the sustainable use of pesticides.
This online consultation will remain open for responses until 12 April 2021
Stakeholders are being consulted on the achievements of the SUD, implementation, enforcement and application problems and their underlying causes and on possible ways forward and their impacts. The consultation aims to provide the stakeholders involved in the application of the SUD and the wider public with the opportunity to share their experiences. It allows respondents to express their views on possible ways to make the Directive work more efficiently or better achieve its objectives.
The SUD aims to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides in the EU by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques, such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides.
Like dogs: The company initially wants employee collars for corona distance protection in France!
The Beatles’ line of the song “And I’ve been working like a dog” takes on a whole new meaning: A Swedish company wants to equip its French employees with a band that triggers an alarm if they are too close to another employee.
For the time being, however, only the Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT) trade union, which wants to take action against the planned measure, is alarmed.
Essity is a publicly-traded manufacturer of tissue paper. The group’s headquarters are in Stockholm.
In Germany, Essity Germany has plants in Mannheim, Mainz-Kostheim, Neuss, Witzenhausen, and Ismaning, which is also the company’s German headquarters.
The AFP news agency reported on January 13th about the company’s plans for its approximately 2,500 French employees.
The CFDT union, however, is outraged.
The collar is comparable to the straps that “are supposed to keep dogs from barking,” the union said in a statement.
Specifically, the company’s management had suggested using tapes that would trigger an alarm if they were too close to another employee.
This band can be worn either around the neck or around the waist, as the French daily “Le Monde” reported.
According to the CFDT, the collars would emit a sound of 85 decibels as soon as the social distance is no longer maintained.
“It’s about disciplining the employees and calling them to order,” denounced CFDT union delegate Christine Duguet, who also emphasized that there was no contamination between the employees at Essity.
The union also speaks of an “attack on individual freedoms” that employees would not accept.
“[These tapes] will end up in the trash cans or in the lockers, that’s nonsense,” warned Duguet.
The management defended the project. One wants to “strengthen the security of the employees”(!!!)
“This device does not contain a geolocation system and is not associated with any personal information,” said Essity.
It is also inactive in the sanitary facilities, in the company restaurant, or in the hospital ward. It could help to react faster.
The plan is to introduce the utensil at several of the Group’s European locations.
A social and economic committee (CSE) will meet next week, where the management has to specify their project, explained CFDT.
And I mean…Hopefully, our Minister of Health Spahn won’t read RT-online, that’s my only comment on it.
But I would like to add another comment, which I find very good, on this subject:
I am not surprised. The overwhelming majority of the people keep their mouths shut and keep a mask in front of the mask. Two are better than one.
It can be locked up at will.
Nobody takes the few resistance people seriously anyway.
And the men and women continue to test the expansion of their measures.
As Jean-Claude Junker once said a few years ago publicly in the press: “We are putting the people to the test with our measures. We see how far we can go to make appropriate adjustments next time.”
Oops. Who cares, freedom, peace, joy, etc.
These are all myths from the distant past, if at all.
Humans have always been predestined for slavery. To this day, history is teeming with slavery. Freedom is something for wimps, they just talk and just can’t adapt.
Peace, order, and conformity with the state, these are the primary duties of the citizen.
Dears, it’s very simple. 😉
My best regards to all, Venus
“we strive to regain our normal life
so that we can continue to destroy the lives of others”
….and worst of all, we firmly believe we have a right to it
regards and good night, Venus
As a leisure activity, hunters across Germany kill up to half a million foxes in the cruelest way every year – many of the animals are “only” shot or downright crushed and mutilated in traps.
Foxes are a living target for hunters; there is no reason for the massive hunting of predators, neither from a wildlife biological nor from a health point of view. Politics must finally act and put an end to the senseless killing of useful animals.
Pain and suffering – what hunting means to wild animals. Shot … and dead!
Fox with stomach injuries-Image: pelli
In many cases, this is not the case. Studies in Great Britain have shown this, among other things. The accuracy is poor, every second fox is only wounded by a gunshot wound but not dead. Two-thirds of wild boars were shot dead after a driven hunt: in the back, in the stomach, or in the legs. Approx. 60% of the female animals in the deer were shot in the stomach.
According to the Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare, up to 70 percent of wild animals do not die immediately, especially during driven hunts, but rather suffer excruciating jaw, stomach, and barrel shots.
Lower jaw shot away: This young wild boar starved and died of thirst
Most foxes are hunted during the winter months. The snow makes hunting easier and the otherwise vigilant animals are careless because now is the mating season for foxes. For many fox pups who see the light of day from March, this means that they will grow up without the fox father. But it has a very important function in their rearing due to the procurement of food.
As a result, the young foxes are often physically weakened, their ability to survive is much lower than that of fox pups that were raised with a provider.
Little is known to the public that trapping is still allowed in Germany.
Both manslaughter traps and live traps can cause extreme animal suffering.
Most of the animals try to get the bait out with their paws. Then the safety stirrup slams shut and the leg is crushed.
Many foxes and cats will pull at it until they can escape with limbs half severed.
Fox mothers, who know their young are hungry in the burrow, even bite off their paws to escape.
Numerous studies now show that fox hunting does not “regulate” the fox population, nor does it contain wild diseases (e.g. distemper, mange, fox tapeworm), or makes a meaningful, sustainable contribution to the preservation of threatened species. Fox populations regulate themselves based on social fabric, food availability, and disease.
Fox hunting is prohibited in Luxembourg and other countries and regions – there are no problems with overpopulation there.
Please sign the Petition: https://www.peta.de/kampagnen/fuchsjagd-stoppen/
And I mean…Every year in January and February foxes are hunted even more intensely and ruthlessly in Germany than they already are.
The so-called “fox weeks” are held right in the middle of the mating season – now even a whole fox month, preferably during the full moon weeks in January and February.
During a defined period of time, as many hunters as possible take part, often across territories, to shot on the fox. As a result, the “loden jackets” enjoy (!) a few dozen dead foxes.
In almost every place cross-territory fox hunts are organized, to which territorial hunters and young hunters are invited in order to kill as many foxes as possible. After the hunt, the animals are lined up in a line and the killings are celebrated by the hunters.
According to Section 17 of the Animal Welfare Act, it is forbidden to kill or harm an animal without good cause.
Nothing else happens when hunting foxes.
Animal protection has been anchored in the Basic Law since 2002 and is to be regarded as a binding asset with constitutional status.
The state protection goal of “animal protection” has the status of a fundamental right – but not hunting.
Thus the hunting law is subordinate to animal welfare.
Unfortunately, the hunter’s lobby is well networked in government circles and politics. In Luxembourg, on the other hand, the government was not impressed by the lies and slogans of the hunters and in April 2015 enforced a fox hunting ban that continues to this day.
The result: “No major problems”. The Luxembourg hunting association “Fédération Saint-Hubert” nevertheless tried to take legal action against the hunting ban – without success.
In 2016, the administrative court upheld the ban on fox hunting and the hunters’ flimsy arguments were clearly dismissed by the judge.
Hunting in Germany is an unlawful area.
According to their own statements, 380,000 hunters kill around 5 million wild animals in Germany every year.
The truth probably looks even worse: Wildtierschutz Deutschland e.V. estimates that a total of over 9 million animals are killed by hunting in Germany every year.
The hunters carry out these executions with legal government assistance.
“Hunters and the state go hand-to-hand in the forest”, where the murderers, heavily armed to the teeth, kill defenseless animals
A civilized country is not understood as such if it brutally massacres 500,000 foxes annually and proudly presents itself in the media as a potent -execution- gang.
A civilized country is understood as such when it feels and practices respect, compassion, and protection for every species of animal.
And it is therefore a shame for our society, by silence and passivity to give a minority of 0.45% the right to decide about life and death to defenseless animals.
My best regards to all, Venus
A new campaign highlights there is no legal obligation to label flake – a common term for shark meat – by species or where it’s from
Australian consumers will be encouraged not to purchase flake when they shop for seafood and to instead try sustainable alternatives in a new campaign that aims to put a spotlight on laws that permit the harvest of endangered sharks.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is asking consumers to “give flake a break” because there is no legal obligation in Australia for retailers to label flake – a common term used for shark meat – by its species or where it’s from.
Guardian Australia reported last year that a loophole in Australia’s national environmental laws allows for the continued commercial harvest of endangered sharks such as the school shark or hammerhead, meaning their meat can be routinely sold in shops, restaurants or exported overseas.
Leonardo Guida, a shark scientist with the AMCS, said the organisation was launching its campaign to try to make consumers more aware of the need for shark conservation.
He said sustainable alternatives to flake included King George whiting, farmed barramundi, mullet, wild caught Australian salmon and luderick.
Research by the AMCS found there was an average $2 difference between these options and the cost of flake. In some cases the sustainable alternatives were cheaper.
“Australia legally permits the harvest of endangered sharks, which can end up on people’s plates and they wouldn’t even know it because it’s often called flake,” Guida said.
“There’s no legal requirement to call a shark for what it is.”
Guida said the system was broken “somewhere between the boat and the plate” because fishers routinely recorded what species they caught but by the time the meat ended up with a consumer that information could be lost or difficult to obtain.
Guida surveyed 10 fish and chips shops in each state and territory and found less than a third of the shark meat on sale referred to a specific species.
He said promisingly, however, at least 40% of retailers offered a sustainable alternative.
Consumers can use GoodFish, a website and app developed by AMCS, to research sustainable seafood options, or ask their fishmonger or retailer.
The loophole in Australia’s environment laws applies to certain marine species that are given a special status known as “conservation dependent” that allows for their continued commercial harvest.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, marine species that are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered are classified as “no take” species, meaning they cannot be sold or exported.
But the eight marine species listed as conservation dependent – including the blue warehou, eastern gemfish, the scalloped hammerhead and the school shark – do not receive this protection.
Marine conservationists have long argued for the removal of this category from Australia’s national environment laws where it applies to threatened species but its existence continues to fly beneath the radar of most seafood consumers.
During last year’s review of the EPBC Act, led by the former competition watchdog head Graeme Samuel, the AMCS called for the species listed as conservation dependent to be given the threatened status they were eligible for.
The Humane Society International is the main organisation in Australia that nominates species for a listing under national environmental laws. It put forward several of the marine animals that were ultimately listed as conservation dependent.
One of those was the scalloped hammerhead, which qualified for an endangered listing but was given a conservation dependent status in 2018 after a six-year effort by the HSI to have it listed for protection.
“What we ask is that species be put in their rightful category because species that are endangered or critically endangered should be listed as that and protected from commercial utilisation,” said Nicola Beynon, the HSI’s Australian head of campaigns.
Samuel’s interim report, handed down last July, found Australia’s environment was in unsustainable decline. The report made several recommendations, but none in relation to the conservation dependent category.
He delivered his final report to the Morrison government at the end of October last year but it has not yet been released. The government is required to release the report sometime in February.
A spokesperson for the environment minister, Sussan Ley, would not say when the government planned to release the report but it would be within the statutory timeframe.
The spokesman said sharks were listed as conservation dependent based on advice from the threatened species scientific committee.
“Species listed as conservation dependent are subject to a scientifically determined and annually reviewed rebuilding strategy,” the spokesperson said.
In a submission to the Samuel review last year, the scientific committee said the conservation dependent category needed urgent reform and this was partly because it masked the actual conservation status of species.
Please watch the video given in this post – you dont need to understand the language; the pictures say it all !
Austrian public broadcaster sheds light on live transport at prime time
18 January 2021
Cattle crammed into trucks, brutally loaded onto ships, slaughtered while fully conscious – disturbing images of animals being transported to the Middle East, including those of Austrian cattle in Lebanon, as well as interviews with Eurogroup for Animals’ members Four Paws and Animals International are featured in a new documentary which was broadcasted at prime time on Austrian television.
The documentary feature called “Animal transports – cheap meat at any price?” took a critical look at this much-discussed topic last Wednesday, 13 January 2021. The documentary looks at the crucial questions of how and why these animals from Austria are transported thousands of kilometres, also addressing the crux of why domestic calves are exported at all, while most of the veal for Austrian gastronomy is imported. In the past, these questions have triggered not only a public but also a political debate in Austria.
Every year about 45,000 calves are exported from Austria to countries such as Italy or Spain, while about 100,000 animals are imported to Austria to end up on the plates of local restaurants.
In Vienna, 60 per cent of the Wiener Schnitzel consists of imported veal. Most of it comes from the Netherlands and is produced under conditions that would not be permitted in Austria. This, however, is not comprehensible to the consumer as most menus are not transparent. A schnitzel from Austrian veal would cost 50 cents more, and 20 cents more for pork.
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“We are living in difficult times, suffering confinements, unable to enjoy our families. Many people feel overwhelmed, despair, anxious, stress …
All this, has made you think about how the animals used in the fur industry feel?
All these animals feel the same as you, and they suffer from birth to death.
They live locked up in these cages exposed to inclement weather, hunger, thirst, and loneliness, all their lives, all the time.
Don’t get dressed with their lives”!
Text: Animal Equality
And I would say… that we haven’t learned anything from the Corona catastrophe.
Because we don’t have the same level of suffering as the other animals.
Despite restrictions, we still live on the sunny side of capitalism and decide – as before -about the cruel life and death of millions of other animals.
We are habitual criminals.
Regards and good night, Venus
There are a million pigs in German stables that are to be slaughtered!!!
The overhang of pigs that have not been slaughtered in Germany is becoming more and more threatening.
The pig farmers’ stables are bursting at the seams. There is a lack of slaughter capacities.
Due to the failure of large German slaughterhouses due to the Corona crisis, due to the lack of workers, and due to stricter hygiene rules, the entire system is about to collapse !!
The sows throw new piglets every day, while the farmers don’t get rid of their pigs when they are ready for slaughter.
Another problem: the animals are getting heavier. The optimal slaughter weight is around 92 to 105 kilograms per animal.
If the pigs are heavier, the price goes down. And the additional feed costs extra.
The Agriculture Minister of Lower Saxony, Otte-Kinast, pointed out the psychological strain on the farmers (!!!) affected by the pig jam:
“The desperation is huge,” she says.
In one week alone, 165,000 fewer pigs are slaughtered than in the previous year. These animals must continue to be fed and they also do not make room for piglets that are also accumulating.
Pig congestion is still the main problem for the pig market in Germany, with around 680,000 pigs recently – and this also has a very negative effect on the particularly closely linked markets in the Netherlands and Belgium.
“We can’t get the compartments cleared fast enough. That’s why we’re currently on a collision course with animal welfare,” says a farmer.
This is a consequence of the corona pandemic (???).
The slaughterhouses have cut their production significantly for months. At Tönnies, for example, the number of battles fell to around 70 percent of the pre-pandemic era.
Since then one speaks of a “pig congestion”.
And I mean…“The economic consequences for the pig farmers are catastrophic”.
If it is not possible to murder, then that is «threatening».
Only the economic consequences for the animal exploiter are important, the fellow-creature is totally unimportant.
The farmers complained months ago that they are sitting on 500,000 pigs that urgently need to be slaughtered.
If you know that the average time a pig mother is carried is 114 days, why not pull the ripcord at 500,000 pigs?
Why was insemination continued and thus piglets “produced”?
These intelligent, pain-sensitive, social creatures are entitled to an average of six months before they are sent to death by suffocation.
Consumer goods can certainly be produced in advance, but Not living beings!
Now the farmers are complaining again because they lose a lot of money for each pig that is fed too long and no longer corresponds to the normal slaughter weight!
If the “business” doesn’t pay off anymore, get out, and plant potatoes, or do some agriculture.
There are now organizations that even help to get out.
That would mean a revolutionary change in the world
My best regards to all, Venus
Hi all; here are a few petitions which need your support if possible – Thanks and regards – Mark:
Target: Gizat Nurdauletov, Kazakhstan Prosecutor General
Goal: Give person who reportedly dragged dog behind moving car the toughest sentence punishable by law.
A dog was allegedly tied to the back of a car and forcibly dragged as its driver sped down the road. Kazakhstan police have not named the suspect involved. However, he was detained and is now being questioned by authorities. This person needs to be put behind bars for the maximum amount of time if it is found he committed this unthinkable act of animal cruelty.
Video footage appears to show the dog being dragged behind a moving car with a trail of blood following his injured body. A witness told police that they honked their horn until the driver finally stopped. After the witness asked the motorist why they were mistreating the animal, he allegedly picked up the dog and threw the animal inside his boot before leaving the scene.
The dog was swiftly taken to a veterinary clinic to receive treatment after the suspect was detained. The animal reportedly needs to take pain killers to sustain any quality of life. Sign this petition to demand the person allegedly responsible for this blatant act of animal cruelty be given the longest prison sentence possible.
Dear Prosecutor General Nurdauletov,
An unnamed suspect was recently detained for tying a dog to the back of his car and then speeding down the road, dragging the helpless animal behind him. He needs to be given the strictest sentence under the law if it is found he committed this horrific crime.
The alleged incident was captured on dash camera. The driver was allegedly going so fast that it would have been impossible for the animal to run behind the car. Instead, the poor dog was dragged and badly injured. Witnesses described a trail of blood left in his wake.
The dog fortunately lived and was treated for his injuries. However, the wounds were reportedly so bad that the dog will experience prolonged pain and suffering. We therefore demand you suggest the person allegedly responsible receive the most stringent sentence allowed by law if it is found he committed this heartless act of animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
PETITION TARGET: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar
India’s Ganges River turned red with blood as a group of attackers beat a critically endangered and protected Gangetic dolphin to death with wooden rods and an axe.
Disturbing video footage captured by a witness shows one of the men yelling, “Hit it now, hit it now” and the attackers then holding the dolphin’s head underwater until he drowned. A local official later found the dolphin floating dead, with multiple lacerations and other wounds to its body, The Guardian reported.
The highly threatened Gangetic dolphin population is now an estimated 1,800 or less, and they are moving alarmingly closer to extinction.
Police in Uttar Pradesh arrested three suspects in connection with this horrifying act of cruelty. Several others who may have been involved in the senseless killing are reportedly still free.
Anyone who assisted in bludgeoning and suffocating this defenseless dolphin must answer for their actions.
Sign this petition urging Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to push authorities to thoroughly investigate this appalling crime, use all available resources to find and charge any yet-unidentified suspects, and prosecute all perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
Korean cat and dog meat
|Above Photo: Dogs are frozen to death in South Korea’s dog meat farms. Korea Animal Welfare Association(KAWA)..|
Despite the fact that dog and cat meat consumption is an everyday occurrence and is being carried out all over South Korea, it is NOT LEGAL in that country. Their Government does nothing to stop this illegal practice and they seem happy to ignore it; many Korean citizens are just as apathetic and must also be held accountable.
This is the 21st Century, and it is high time that all South Koreans, leaders and general public alike, stand up and take responsibility to enforce their own country’s laws. South Korea and South Koreans cannot continue to ignore these brutal and unethical trades, so let us campaign to urge each of South Korea’s cities to enforce their laws and to put an immediate end to these illegal dog and cat meat trades.
The e-People petition is the South Korean government’s official petition site and your petition will receive a response from the Korean government. Anyone from all countries can file a petition using the e-People petition. It’s quite simple to file e-People petitions, but you can find help on (1) how to file e-People petition and (2) how to check the status of your e-People petitions on our website.
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We are in regular contact with Erika at AAU; and are always amazed at the work that is done by the AAU crew to help suffering animals. Here are a few of the latest videos that have been sent to us. We wish them growing success, and may all their fantastic work continue – one day soon it will be across ALL India !
You’ve probably heard the song that goes, “What the world, needs now, is love sweet love”? It was written in the 1960s but it’s certainly still true. While the world battles the pandemic and plenty of political chaos, the animals here have, every moment, reminded us that the most enduring, stabilizing and beautiful fact is that love works. It supports, soothes, heals and energizes all of us.
No surprise that chickens, too, thrive with love, when it is expressed as a safe place, plentiful food, fresh air, and friends. Happy New Year from our rescued rooster Rockstar, who joins us all in thanking you for your love, sweet love, which the world needs now, and which you give us every day.
Butterfly’s eyes seem to speak as her healing begins.
Someone noticed a donkey in a field whosebone was exposed from a devastating friction wound, made worse by maggots. Our rescuers found that she flinched when approached, telling us that she didn’t trust people.During her first treatment, she lay perfectly still, her expression fearful and defeated.
Her eyes conveyed so much, it is hard to summarize in just a word. They held anguish, resignation, fatigue. But they also radiated kindness, announcing her profound sweetness. As soon as we eased her pain with medicine, stabilizing bandages and a splint, her glow of life brightened–you could just see it. Watch this girl, so inward and dejected at the start, unfurl her beautiful wings and beam with life as she heals.
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Every loving moment we shared with animals in 2020 refreshed our hearts and gave us so much strength. The animals awakened our humor, and filled us with energy to do our best each day. Even though the pandemic made it a difficult year, the animals and your extraordinary help through thick and thin, kept us going strong.
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A paralysed dog growled and barked, but patience brought the sweetest reward.
We don’t know what caused this sweetheart’s injury.His spine was hurt and he could not stand. His legs were limp, and someone had loosely tied them together; we don’t know why. It seemed he had a story to tell. At first, rigid with pain, he merely endured his initial assessment, but ate with so much relaxed enthusiasm that we named him Comfy.
Some time later, though, feeling a bit better, he let us know that perhaps we had named him “Comfy” too soon. He told us we were not welcome to touch him. He growled. He barked. And he kept it up for a while. We knew that without physiotherapy he might never walk again, but how could we manage it if he wouldn’t let us touch him?
Watch Comfy’s transition from paralysed and frustrated to becoming fully mobile, happy and finally…a comfy bundle of love.
Kindness changes outcomes.
|Spotlight on the team One of the gems in our midst is Deepak Nath. |
He joined the team as a care-giver a year ago and doesn’t pass by an animal without giving a cuddle. You know someone is incredibly special when on their days off from work they bring injured animals they’ve found to Animal Aid for treatment.
One of the gems in our midst is Deepak Nath. He joined the team as a care-giver a year ago and doesn’t pass by an animal without giving a cuddle.
You know someone is incredibly special when on their days off from work they bring injured animals they’ve found to Animal Aid for treatment
Most of the people we hire for the role of care-giver have never before worked with animals.
While this can pose a challenge for us it also gives us hope when we see how people from all different backgrounds can take on animal protection as a way of life. Click here for latest positions from Emergency Call Attendant to Veterinary Doctor for residents of India.
A man came this morning to check some internet.
I thought that his van was pretty cool; and I asked him if could take some photos.
Sure he said, ‘but it is dirty’ ! – ‘yes, I like my Cheetah also’.
So here they are:
Update – UL Live Export Consultation.
Last night, 17/1, I completed and submitted to the UK government our responses regarding the proposed ban on live animal exports from the UK. Almost immediately I was informed that our submission had been accepted by the Ministry and would join others for the final review.
Our response, once completed, comprised of 41 written pages of written text; without any photos but with video footage and also links to past media coverage on specific issues.
I am not going to show our responses here on this site; as some of the data relates to specific investigative operations undertaken in the past, which we do not want to make them public. In the information provided to the government we have requested that our information be kept private and confidential; only to be reviewed by the government; and not openly presented to wider audiences as it could have been. Again, we have had confirmation of this request.
As you probably know by now; live animal transport is my major ‘hate’ in this animal abuse world. It has taken me personally 32 years of activism to get to the situation we are now at – and with stories from 32 years stored away (in my still functioning head I think ?) there is a lot of info to look back at and select as important. Saying that, the aim of the response to the government is to get a ban on live animal transport this year; and I feel confident / hopeful that in the end we will succeed. I know that several other personal contacts in the ‘animal rights world’ are also making submissions at this time; so hopefully we can look for change in the near future.
As a member state of the EU; and despite the vast majority wishes of most UK citizens for a ban to be introduced for many years; the British government was banned (by the EU) from introducing a ban on live animal exports. As the UK broke away from the EU completely at the end of last year (2020); it can now take back its own control and have its own laws on issues – and the potential ban on live transport is one of them.
This does not mean that we now forget the tens of thousands of animals in transport across the EU; and the fact that many of them are evading EU regulations to end up being ritually slaughtered (against EU legislation) in places such as Lebanon and Libya. We will continue to work as always with our EU friends to ensure that combined, we get the very best we can for the animals.
Review some of our past posts on the subject here – Search Results for “live animal transport” – World Animals Voice
I am now glad that task is completed and I can get onto to other things.
Here are just a small selection of photos I have taken on this disgusting business over the years:
Below – exposing French calves being imported into the UK (a scam) to obtain compensation payouts by the UK government which should have only been made to British industry only ! – things turned real nasty after I took this photo; we caught them and they did not take kindly – but then few things in life are ever perfect !
Above – British calves being exported by the Dutch to the ‘crate’ systems.
Below – Mrs ‘Plod’ makes sure I behave !
Above – Protesting against the calf trade with Ellie and Liza
Above – and below – Crated calves in the EU
Above – A transporter driver sends us his best regards !
Below – great export mate ‘Mike’; now passed.
Above – You bet they are worth fighting for !
Fight for the better ways !
Basic rights for all feeling, thinking individuals.
Nobody may be disadvantaged or preferred because of their species.
regards and good night, Venus
It’s the reminder no one needed: SeaWorld is beyond out of touch. The abusement park company took to social media on January 11 to flex its speciesist muscles, posting a sonogram depicting the unborn baby of Luna, a beluga whale who has been confined at SeaWorld San Antonio for more than two decades.
The publicity stunt is seemingly a vain attempt to attract new visitors to its park in Texas (where Luna resides in a cramped tank), making it clear that SeaWorld has forgotten (or perhaps just doesn’t care) that no one wants to buy tickets to a place that dooms newborns to a lifetime of exploitation.
Such cringe-worthy abuse is not new to Luna. In order for her to conceive her first calf, workers sexually abused her by forcibly impregnating her with the sperm of Nanuq.
Despite rejecting her calf, Alta (who was one of the first belugas conceived through artificial insemination), Luna gave birth to two more babies—and now she’s been impregnated again, possibly by forced insemination.
Torn away from his family and Canadian home waters when he was just 6 years old, Nanuq was held captive and then made to participate in an intensive, experimental artificial insemination program at SeaWorld: He was shipped around Canada and the U.S. repeatedly and removed from the water roughly 42 times so that workers could collect his sperm.
He fathered 13 babies (including one with Luna), but six died at birth or shortly thereafter. Nanuq died in 2015 while being treated by SeaWorld staff for an infection from a jaw injury that he had sustained while interacting with another animal.
SeaWorld continues to masturbate male dolphins forcibly and rape female dolphins by tearing them out of the water and sometimes drugging them so they can’t fight back while staff shove tubes filled with semen into their uteruses.
Some animals endure this process repeatedly, only for their babies to die or be shipped off to other SeaWorld parks.
SeaWorld Needs to Empty Its Tanks
When not ripped from their natural habitats or born into captivity at places like SeaWorld, beluga whales enjoy exploring thousands of miles of ocean every year.
They are social animals who communicate with each other using a language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. SeaWorld robs victims like Luna and Nanuq of the opportunity to do any of this, and now Luna’s baby, not even born yet, is doomed, too—unless SeaWorld acts, now and fast.
We and countless others have been urging it to empty its tanks for years.
Most recently, after the company ended its wretched orca-breeding program and its demeaning “dolphin surfing” shows (only after succumbing to successful PETA campaigns), we’ve increased our calls for the company to stop breeding other dolphins and whales.
SeaWorld failed Nanuq and so many others, but we hope it will now do the right thing and transfer Luna and her baby to a seaside sanctuary to live as close to a normal life as they can.
SeaWorld should take a page from SEA LIFE Trust and Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s book—in August, the pair proved to the world that seaside sanctuaries are a sure thing when Little Grey and Little White (two female beluga whales) were moved from a marine park in China and released into a seaside sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay in Iceland.
Now it’s time for SeaWorld to end its use of animals, stop breeding all dolphins and whales, and relocate them to seaside sanctuaries, where they could live in large areas of the ocean while still benefiting from human care for as long as they might need.
Please urge SeaWorld to establish a firm and rapid plan to end its use of animals, stop breeding all dolphins and whales, and relocate them to seaside sanctuaries.
And I mean…At least 166 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).
– 129 of these orcas are now dead.
-At least 166 orcas have died in captivity, not including 30 miscarried or still-born calves.
-SeaWorld holds 20 orcas in its three parks in the United States.
At least forty-nine orcas have died at SeaWorld.
A growing catalogue of ‘accidents’, illnesses, failed pregnancies and premature deaths has helped to show up this industry for the cruel circus that it really is.
Orcas can live anywhere between 50 to 80 years, but in captivity, they are lucky if they can make it to twenty-five.
They are incredible fast swimmers, and get up to 48 km/h in the ocean, and will eat about five-hundred pounds of food a day. Females don’t start breeding until they are close to fifteen years old, and once they start breeding they might produce a new calf every 3 to 10 years, and gestation last 17 months.
Nature has intended them to live free, exempt from domination, but the human species, with its self-proclaimed fascist right to exploit other animals, has predetermined a pathetic fate for many of these animals.
The right to life, freedom, integrity and protection must be given to all species.
Only then is it a right and not a privilege of the ruler.
My best regards to all, Venus
This tragic photo was taken by Lennart Nilsson * in the 1940s in Spitzbergen / Norway.
Even then, it showed the brutality and horror of trophy hunting and the capture of wild animals.
The little bear’s mother was killed.
The baby bear stayed in this position all day and all night, crying sadly for his mommy.
He didn’t want to eat or drink anything.
With this sad photo, which unfortunately mercilessly and honestly reflected reality, Nilsson wanted to show us in an uncompromising way that it is not the bear that is the beast, but the trophy hunter who killed it.
* Lennart Nilsson (1922 – 2017), photographer and science filmmaker, born in Sweden, is known for his pioneering work in the imaging of embryos and microscopic images of human body tissue, bacteria and viruses.
In 1947, this photo was one of its first published and was used to illustrate an article called “White Bear Hunting”.
Nilsson commented on the content of this article at the time with the words:
“Man is the cruelest predator on the planet …”!
And I mean..Trophy hunting, like any other type of hunting, is an unethical and terrible result of the sadistic abyss of human actions and a product of today’s affluent society.
It is cowardly animal murder of living, loving, pain-sensitive beings. Many animals are threatened with extinction.
Nevertheless, they are killed out of sheer lust for murder.
A few affluent hunters obviously have a lot of fun doing harm to other living beings and disturbing the natural balance.
This hunt is all about the trophies as bed rugs or wall decorations over the fireplace of a hunting room.
The United Nations assumes that a high percentage of all animal species that are extinct are caused by the help of pathological hunters. It has been proven that hunters reduce biodiversity.
Grizzly bear killed by trophy hunters.
Germany also still allows the import of hunting trophies and not only that! the government also supports it with development aid.
This type of hunt, which is extremely ill in character, must be stopped globally.
My best regards to all, Venus
It was a slaughterhouse visit on behalf of a customer that radically changed his life.
Top banker Philip Wollen (68) later describes this visit as the “most shocking experience of his life”.
That was almost 30 years ago – the Australian is now vegan and one of the most important animals and human rights activists.
That is why, on his 40th birthday, he decided to use all of his fortunes to make his contribution as an animal rights activist and philanthropist against crimes against animals, people, and the environment.
Together with his wife Trix, he founded the “Winsome Constance Kindness Trust”, which supports projects in five categories worldwide: children, animals, the environment, the terminally ill, and aspiring young people.
Among other things, the foundation supports schools, orphanages, clinics, nature reserves, castration programs for street animals, vegan mobile restaurants, and much more – meanwhile more than 500 projects in 40 countries.
Wollen is also known as a supporter of the international marine protection organization “Sea Shepard”.
For his work against animal suffering, he received the Peter Singer Prize last year.
Philip Wollen describes the commitment to animal rights as the most important task in creating social justice since the abolition of slavery.
His engagement became known with the speech “Animals should be off the menu”, which he gave in 2012.
Here is his full speech in English with German subtitles:
In it, he addresses the effects of meat consumption:
“When I travel around the world, I see poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And the West feeds this grain to its livestock. Just so we can have a steak?
Am I the only one who can see that this is a crime? Believe me, every piece of meat we eat is a slap in the tearful face of a hungry child.
When I took this child in the eye, how can I be silent?
The earth can produce enough food to satisfy the needs of all people, but not the greed of all people. “
He wants to be a role model and encourage other people to work as activists towards a societal renunciation of meat and to stand up for a compassionate world in which all living beings are treated and protected with respect and courageously.
Regards and good night, Venus
Incredible: An illegal puppy trade was discovered – and that in the middle of the Graz settlement area, in Austria.
Nine puppies, some of whom were sick and who had probably been injected with sedatives, were carted from Serbia to Styria, Austria.
Shameful: People even came from other federal states to buy them.
The poor puppies are nursed up in the Noah’s Ark animal shelter in Graz (Photo: Christian Jauschowetz)
The fact that the illegal puppy trade on the street was exposed at all is thanks to an attentive passer-by, who started the rescue chain for the poor puppies with his report to the active animal welfare organization.
Charly Forstner von der Grazer Arche Noah (Bild: Christian Jauschowetz)
Chef Charly Forstner is horrified: “The puppies were hypothermic and completely apathetic, later you found injections and sedatives in the car from Serbia. It turned out that they got away from their mother much too young, some had fevers, worms, skin diseases, undesirable developments due to insufficient supply. Even pneumonia. “
Almost unbelievable: People even came from other federal states to buy the cheap puppies in Graz!
“Anyone who buys or sells in this way is liable to prosecution,” says Alexandra Gruber, head of the Graz Veterinary Office, who courageously intervened.
And the expert clears up myths: “A cheap puppy can become expensive due to diseases and veterinary costs. In addition, it is irresponsible to buy an animal out of the trunk – please check beforehand where an animal comes from! “
Whoever acts like this supports suffering: “Animal factories in which boy for a boy are “produced” are shameful. Buyers support that. “
And I mean…Such abnormalities exist as long as there are no stricter controls and no high fines for traders who should go up to 30,000 euros.
Why wasn’t the seller stopped at the border?
Because our good-for-nothing leaders in high politics have no plan for anything and are not even able to get illegal trade with animals under control.
And last but not least: because there are mindless buyers who support this business with pride and ignorance!
My best regards to all, Venus
By Mark – When I was a young lad (16 /17’ ish), I was ‘into’ mountaineering in a big way. Then, I can remember reading and enjoying ‘Everest the Hard Way’ by British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_British_Mount_Everest_Southwest_Face_expedition
– a beautiful book detailing the 1975 British Mount Everest Southwest Face expedition, which was the first to successfully climb Mount Everest by ascending the South West face. For me, being young and influential I guess you could say; this was a trip into the unknown – the High Himalaya; mystery, danger, Rhododendron forests; the big unknown – all the things that gripped me and let my imagination do overtime.
If you ever get the chance, then read it – superb !
Decades later it was still ‘a thing’ with me; and finally, I made it to the big walls of El Cap and Half Dome in the incredible ‘Yosemite Valley’ in California.
Below – El Cap
and Half Dome
This morning (16/1/21) on the BBC; I watched a news story about how Everest was being turned into the highest rubbish tip on the planet. My dreams of the magic of the few reaching the summit of the worlds highest mountain was well and truly shattered in learning that each year nowdays, around 900 – 1,000 people make it to the summit during the March – May period when they are only allowed to climb because of weather extremes at other times.
But even worse than ‘making the summit’ just being another ‘bragging’ item to be boasted about at the local; or at least I now view it in the modern non magical days, it was most sad for me to see that microplastics and human waste (literally), in the form of both rubbish, plastic bottles and shit; were now contaminating an enchanted, most sacred place that should still be the place of dreams for the very few that it was in the past.
Again, as always in my opinion, the wrecker called ‘man’ has managed to destroy the natural and majestic beauty of the Himalaya by leaving his personal calling card in a place that should be left in isolation, as what it was to me as a lad; that place of desolation and wonder; (then) untouched by the human being (fortunately) and a place of superfluous natural wonder and amazement.
So today, 16/1/21, I decided to look into the destruction a little more; and here below is what I found. You can check it out a lot more if you want to. Summary – Destruction by mankind as always with everything; it now seems that Everest is not the ‘Hard Way’ that it was in the 70’s; but yet another dumping ground made by the ‘many hundreds’. Take a look;
Below – bags and bags of human excrement (literally) on the mountain.
It’s being described as the ‘world’s highest rubbish dump’. That’s because Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, has a problem with climbers leaving their waste on the slopes – both rubbish and poo. The mountain is home to three tonnes of climbers’ rubbish, left by adventurers visiting the mountain.
The mountain is home to three tonnes of climbers’ rubbish, left by adventurers visiting the mountain. The waste includes tents and equipment left behind, as well as human waste from mountaineers who need to go to the loo while they’re up there.
As the climbing season comes to a close for another year, Nepal Army helicopters are being used to lift some of the waste off the mountain.
The problem is that the rubbish is not only bad for the environment, but it could also spread disease for other climbers on the mountain.
People living at Base Camp use melted snow for drinking water, which could be contaminated with germs if other climbers aren’t getting rid of their waste properly.
Some climbers carry disposable travel toilet bags to use in the higher camps, while at Base Camp, there are toilet tents which have special drums where human waste goes. These can be taken away from the mountain and emptied safely.
But the camps further up, between the base and the top of the mountain, don’t have loos, which is why waste is often left behind.
Climbers can only go up Mount Everest during a specific period of the year, which begins in March and ends in May. Throughout the rest of the year, the weather is too bad.
This means that it is more difficult to clear away any rubbish left on the mountain at the end of the climbing period.
It is impossible to know exactly how much litter is spread across Everest because it only becomes visible when the snow melts.
Speaking in the Himalayan Times, Dandu Raj Ghimire – director general for the Nepal Department of Tourism – said: “The clean-up campaign will be continued in the coming seasons to make the world’s tallest mountain clean. It is our responsibility to keep our mountains clean.”
What are the rules about rubbish on Everest?
Nepal’s government hasn’t made rules about dealing with poo up the mountain yet. However, it is trying to stop the amount of rubbish that is left on the slopes.
The government is working on a plan to scan and tag climbers’ equipment and gear.
All climbers would have to pay a deposit of $4,000 (£3,100) before they go up the mountain and might not get their money back if they return without their items.
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Humans now known to have polluted Earth from deepest ocean to highest peak
Microplastic pollution has been discovered in snow close to the peak of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. With plastic debris revealed in 2018 at the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench, it is now clear that humanity’s litter has polluted the entire planet.
The tiny plastic fibres were found within a few hundred metres of the top of the 8,850-metre mountain, at a spot known as the balcony. Microplastics were found in all the snow samples collected from 11 locations on Everest, ranging from 5,300 metres to 8,440 metres high.
The highest concentrations of microplastics were found around Base Camp, where climbers and trekkers spend the most time. The fibres were most likely to have come from the clothing, tents and ropes used by mountaineers, the scientists said. Other recent discoveries of microplastic pollution in remote parts of the Swiss Alps and French Pyrenees indicate the particles can also be carried by the wind from further afield.
“It really surprised me to find microplastics in every single snow sample I analysed,” said Imogen Napper, at the University of Plymouth, who led the new research. “Mount Everest is somewhere I have always considered remote and pristine. To know we are polluting near the top of the tallest mountain is a real eye-opener.”
Below – Majestic Everest
“With microplastics so ubiquitous in our environment, it’s time to focus on appropriate environmental solutions,” she said. “We need to protect and care for our planet.”
Reducing, reusing and recycling larger items of plastic waste is important, Napper said, as they can be broken down into microplastics when discarded into the environment. But many microplastics are shed from clothing made from synthetic fabrics, and she said a focus on better fabrics was needed, as well as using natural fibres such as cotton when possible.
Millions of tonnes of plastic are lost into the environment every year. It can contain toxic additives and carry harmful microbes and is known to injure wildlife that mistake it for food.
There have been longstanding concerns about litter on Everest, which was climbed by at least 880 people in 2019. But the new study is the first to assess microplastic pollution, which is less than 5mm in size and therefore too small to be picked up.
The study, published in the journal One Earth, analysed samples collected by a National Geographic expedition in 2019. The scientists found an average of 30 microplastic particles per litre of water in the snow samples and 119 particles per litre in the most contaminated sample. They also assessed stream water samples from eight locations, but only three had microplastics, perhaps as the streams were able to wash away contamination.
In her previous work, Napper has found that each cycle of a washing machine can release 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres, and that plastic bags that claim to be biodegradable were still intact after three years in the natural environment.
WAV Comment – the act of a desperado in the last few days of wanting the worlds attention.
Trump’s outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith just signed an agreement to work with the NRA to recruit and train more Americans to shoot wild animals.
The world has turned on Trump to show what this being is really about. So he tries to get revenge by allowing the Fish and Wildlife Service; the ‘protectors’ of the USA; to do a deal with the National Rifle Association to go out and kill wildlife – the very animals that they are supposed to be protecting.
This says it all really and you have to question the mental state of this existing President. Fortunately; by the middle of next week Trump will be out; searching the world for people who like him; and Mr Biden will take over; quickly and hopefully overturning these madman actions that we now witness as ‘the revenge at any cost’ by this very sad individual.
Please take action against Trump by using the link below; thanks.
Trump’s outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith just signed an agreement to work with the NRA to recruit and train more Americans to shoot wild animals.
This partnership will allow more animals to be shot — paid for by the agency tasked with protecting wildlife while funneling taxpayer dollars to a far-right gun-industry mouthpiece.
Throughout its anti-wildlife term, the Trump administration has moved to expand trophy hunting. It created an illegal wildlife council rigged with trophy hunters and issued permits to import body parts of threatened leopards and lions.
The administration moved to increase hunting of bobcats, mountain lions and foxes in more national wildlife refuges across the country and now wants to arm and train more people to gun down animals.
With wolves across the lower 48 no longer federally protected, more states could hold wolf trophy hunts this year.
This last attack runs directly counter to the purpose of the Service. In no way should it use its position as wildlife’s protector to enlist more Americans to hunt and kill wildlife.
The agreement between the Department of Interior and the NRA should be torn up and cancelled immediately.
We have taken action on this – will you ? – please click on the above link to be involved.
The world only changes for animals when we give them back their natural rights, which we, human tyrants, deny them.
The other species deserve basic rights no less than how we claim them for ourselves, and their lives have the same value as ours.
Our fascist attitude towards animals does not change in a few years, because the mechanisms that make it possible to turn us all into perpetrators go very deep.
But the least we should do for the animals is not to eat them!
regards and good night, Venus
Terrifying: 111 million mice and rats annually for animal testing in the USA
Rodents, fish, and birds are not considered animals there
Mice and rats, the most common animals used in the laboratory, are not covered by the United States Animal Welfare Act and therefore do not appear in the official statistics of animals used for scientific purposes. A new analysis estimates that around 111 million mice and rats are subjected to animal testing annually in the United States.
The nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments calls for better transparency of the animal experiment figures in the USA and in this country.
Most mice, rats, fish, and birds are not defined as “animals” in the American Animal Welfare Act since 1970.
Because of this, the numbers of these animals do not appear in the country’s official animal experimentation statistics, although mice and rats are the most commonly used in animal experiments.
“The United States plans to end all animal testing for regulatory purposes such as toxicity testing by 2035, which we clearly welcome. In order to be able to estimate at all whether the country is getting closer to this goal, one must at least know how many animals are used for experiments each year, ” says Dr. Dilyana Filipova, a research assistant at Doctors Against Animal Experiments.
A recent study at the University of California San Francisco looked at this problem and found that over 111 million mice and rats suffer annually in American laboratories, in addition to the 780,070 animals from the official statistics.
This includes dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, pigs, and sheep. The study author asked for information about the mice and rats used in experiments at 16 of the 30 best-funded research institutions using the Freedom of Information Act. In comparison to the approx. 39,000 “animals” defined in the Animal Welfare Act, around 5.6 million mice, and rats were used at these 16 institutes alone, which corresponds to 99.3% of all animals.
An extrapolation of this data using the animal numbers published in the annual statistics resulted in the staggering number of 111 million mice and rats.
According to the study, over 44 million of them were subjected to painful attempts that would be classified as “moderate” and “severe” in Germany.
Previous projections of global animal consumption for the research came to a total of 17.3 million for the US in 2005 and 14.6 million for 2015, based on the number of publications in relation to countries with known animal numbers such as the EU.
Worldwide, these studies came to 115.2 (2005) and 192.1 million (2015) animals, including those killed for organ and tissue removal.
“When the current study shows the figure of 5.6 million rats and mice in 16 American institutes alone, it becomes clear that the older projections are far too low,” says Filipova.
In Germany, 78% of the total number of 2.9 million animals recorded are rats and mice, while the American study assumes a proportion of 99.3%.
“It is not surprising when the life and death of animals that are not subject to the Animal Welfare Act and therefore not subject to official controls are dealt with much more laxly and there is greater ‘wear and tears’”, the biologist concludes.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that in the USA with at least 900 research institutions over 99% of all animals used for experiments fall through the cracks. The ability of rodents to experience pain and suffering has not been disputed in the scientific community for a long time, ” continued Filipova.
According to the official statistics of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, 2.9 million animals were recorded in Germany in 2019.
2.3 million of them fell victim to animal experiments and about 700,000 animals were killed for tissue and organ removal.
But here, too, there is a large number of unreported animals that suffer and die invisibly in German laboratories: almost all invertebrates, all animals bred in advance, and animals that are not used in experiments due to their age, sex, and genetic characteristics.
An estimate by Doctors Against Animal Experiments comes to about 4.35 million vertebrates that are killed annually unused in German laboratories without appearing in the official statistics.
Doctors Against Animal Experiments are calling for all animal species used for research to be included in the American Animal Welfare Act and Statistics as a minimal first step. In Germany, the number of “committee animals” must be recorded.
The association also demands from the federal government a well-founded plan to exit the “animal experimentation” system with specific milestones and deadlines as well as massive support for innovative, human-based, animal experiment-free research methods.
And I mean… humanity has not yet overcome fascism!
Rats are burned, pigs are suffocated. Mice have to swim for their lives to the point of exhaustion, dogs are broken bones, monkeys are poisoned.
In order to obtain single multiple transgenic animals, which is quite common in current practice, up to 54 animals have to die because they do not have the desired genotype – they are disposed of like garbage.
This “committee” quote underscores how disrespectful and undignified animals are treated and how they are merely degraded to disposable items.
Animals would have to endure all of this suffering under the “guise of research”, although animal experiments do not provide security, but rather resemble a lottery.
Only various branches of the economy benefited from these experiments, but not science and certainly not the patients.
95 percent of the results from the experiments are not transferable to humans.
One wonders how far a person must have sunk in order to inflict such damage on animals in any laboratory.
And these beasts live among us.
The politicians tolerate and support these criminals, who, by the way, should be punished, because the killing of the unwanted animals by the experimenter is a criminal disregard of the established animal welfare, which demands a “reasonable” reason for it.
“Vivisection is the greatest and meanest cultural disgrace of the present day, morally and intellectually it is to be equated with the delusional delusion of witch trials, and no people who tolerate it have the right to call themselves a people of culture.”
Manfred Kyber (German writer, 1880-1933)
My best regards to all, Venus
The link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases presented in new Euro Parliament report
15 January 2021
In December 2020, the European Parliament published a new report on the link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases. The report, requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, aims at informing EU policy makers and introducing policy options to reduce risks originating from wildlife trade.
Although the document does not represent the official position of the EU Parliament, it introduces encouraging policy options including the following: a trade ban on live animals at wet markets as proposed by the United Nations ; adequate regulatory and enforcement mechanisms at national and international levels to prevent hunting and commercial trade of some species ; a revision of the illegal wildlife trade action in the EU and at EU borders.
The wildlife trade – illegal and legal – drastically increases the risk of zoonotic diseases spreading by pushing humans and wildlife o closer than ever before. In his speech at the One Planet Summit on 11 January 2021, European Council President Charles Michel reminded that illegal and commercial wildlife trade are important factors of zoonosis development in nature and among humans, stating that there currently are 1,6 million non-detected viruses in nature.
The European Union must act fast against the threats of future pandemics in the coming years. In June 2020, Eurogroup for Animals, and our 70 Member Organisations in 25 EU Member States, launched the ‘Stop Pandemics Start Here’ campaign, calling MEPs to undertake concrete actions to regulate wildlife trade in the EU to prevent the spread of further zoonotic diseases, as part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. Eurogroup for Animals is also calling for a clear commitment by the European Commission to step up efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade and to adopt a full EU-wide ban on the trade in ivory, as well as for the EU and Member States’ financial support to wildlife rescue centres and sanctuaries.
COVID-19: Why the EU must end mink farming
11 January 2021
Mink farms not only cause immense animal suffering, these coronavirus reservoirs put human lives at risk, say animal welfare groups
By FOUR PAWS, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance
A year ago, no one would have imagined that the coronavirus pandemic would hit the world, affecting more than 91 million people, and killing more than 1.9 million. People are looking forward to a better 2021 for their countries, their families and themselves. However, worries about the long-term impact of COVID-19 persist.
In 2021, urgent action must be taken to halt the spread and to eliminate potential sources of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Farms where mink (Neovison vison) are bred for fur production, beside causing immense suffering to animals, are coronavirus reservoirs.
Risk to humans and animals
Farmed mink are highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. They catch it from humans, pass it on to each other and spread it back to humans.
“The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals In unnatural close proximity facilitate the spread of the disease.”
The first cases were identified in the Netherlands in April 2020. Since then, more than 390 mink farms have been infected by the virus in Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Italy, France and, most recently, new infections have been identified in Poland and Lithuania. More mink farms are affected in the U.S. and Canada.
The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals in unnatural close proximity, facilitate the spread of the disease.
“Clearly, this issue causes significant danger for humans and terrible suffering for animals. On fur farms, mink are crammed into tiny cages. Specifically, 0.255 square meters are available for each animal,” said Thomas Pietsch, fur expert at FOUR PAWS. “Stressed or weakened animals, crammed closely together with thousands of conspecifics, provide the ideal breeding ground for infectious diseases.”
Affected countries have taken drastic measures. The Netherlands moved up its ban on fur farming to 2021 from 2024 and has culled all its mink. Ireland decided to cull its farmed mink population pre-emptively, likely ending the industry in the country. Hungary also announced a ban on mink and other species farming as a precautionary measure.
The issue has turned the corner after Danish public health authorities found new virus variants of COVID-19 originating from mink in a number of infected humans. This new variant could make vaccines less effective, as it may potentially reduce the effect of antibodies. Consequently, the Danish government decided to cull up to 17 million farmed mink and suspended mink farming until 2022.
The example of Denmark is a warning: spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to mink, and mink to humans is not a new finding and could have severe public health implications.
It has had a considerable resonance in Brussels. A few days after the mutation was detected, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) highlighted the fact that new strands of coronavirus could potentially undermine the international efforts to combat the virus. An EU Rapid Risk Assessment has been conducted by the ECDC, the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority. Moreover, EU agriculture ministers agreed that this is a European health issue, which needs a harmonized response. During the Agri Council meeting in November, the German Minister of Agriculture and former president of the Council, Julia Klöckner, questioned whether mink keeping still has a future at all.
“Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option.”
“The Commission is expected to draft a working paper on the issue of COVID-19 and mink production,” said Pierre Sultana, director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office. “We hope the Commission will adopt a precautionary approach and recognize that the issue can have severe consequences on human health. Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option .”
The Commission issued an implementing decision on December 21 2020 on protective measures in relation to reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mink and other Mustelidae and raccoon dogs. The Commission asks member states to monitor and report susceptible animals for SARS-CoV-2 infection, including mink and raccoon dogs, and acknowledges the need to take urgent, harmonized action on this issue. However, it falls short of addressing effectively the serious public health risks linked to mink farming.
Urgent and proportionate action is needed
In an open letter to the Commission published on December 15 2020, 47 Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance member organizations from all EU member countries called for an end to fur farming. We cannot afford the risk that the production of fur impedes efforts to eradicate this disease by preserving a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 or undermining the efficacy of future vaccines.
To tackle the issue effectively, the EU must adopt emergency and proportionate measures by suspending all mink farming, including breeding — and all in-country and cross-border transportation of live mink and their raw pelts, both inside and outside the European Union. As part of such a measure, the EU should play a key role in making ‘One Health’ a reality — a concept that acknowledges how tightly interknit human, animal and environmental health are — and further promote the comprehensive “One Welfare” approach.
“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans.”
Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance
First, the EU must prevent the establishment of SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs. From a public health perspective, the continued presence of mink farms in Europe would serve to maintain coronavirus reservoir within human communities. Despite enhanced biosecurity, early warning surveillance and immediate culling of animals in infected farms, experience in Denmark and the Netherlands has shown that it has been impossible to stop the transmission of the virus.
Second, the EU must avert the spread of an emerging virus in a new host which may lead to an accumulation of mutations and resistance to developed vaccines. Given the devastating impacts caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, we cannot afford to take this risk.
The upcoming meeting of the EU Agricultural Ministers on January 25 will offer the perfect opportunity to discuss COVID-19 and mink farming.
“We ask the Ministers of Agriculture of all EU Member States to call on the Commission to take effective action to suspend the breeding of mink in fur farming across the EU,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals.
“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans,” said Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance.
Fur farms cause massive animal suffering and now we know that they also pose an enormous health risk for humans. A large majority of EU citizens reject fur farms and support a ban of this outdated industry which is already illegal in a growing number of member countries.
According to the United Nations, the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 outbreak will cost at least $8.5 trillion to the world economy over the next two years and the EU needs to provide financial assistance of up to €100 billion to avoid a major economic crisis. There is hope in 2021 thanks to vaccination programs, but the battle is not over. COVID-19 in mink farms is a pressing issue: there is no better time to end fur farming.
Let’s make animal welfare count in 2021
15 January 2021
With the European Commission breaking a decade of stalemate on animal welfare legislation in 2020, 2021 looks bright and full of opportunities to create a better future for billions of animals.
Looking back on our major success stories for animals in 2020, we are looking at 2021 with a lot of excitement and determination to make the lives of billions of animals better.
Here’s a small glimpse of our major opportunities and activities for animal welfare in EU legislation and in Member States in 2021:
The Green Deal: One of our major lobby campaigns this year will be focusing on the farm animal welfare legislation and its fitness check. We will join forces with new and existing partners to pursue our long-term goal of sustainable food, agriculture and fishery sectors that respect animal welfare and are aligned with the EU Farm-to-Fork and the Biodiversity 2030 strategies.
Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing our resilience: We demand a positive list for the trade of wild animals and an EU wide ban on fur farming, measures that will increase our resilience towards future pandemics and contribute to healthy societies and economies, and the well-being of people and animals. We call on the EU to develop a strategy for human relevant science without the use of animals, building on the experiences gained in the rush for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Strengthening the EU’s role as a global actor in trade relations: We are putting animal welfare on the agenda in the context of EU-China and EU-India relations and keep working on blocking the ratification of the EU-Mercosur Trade deal.
To further improve the well-being of animals in Europe and in the world we engage on:
Our EU-wide flagship campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is aimed at eliminating species-inappropriate treatment of animals.
We are demanding species-specific rules for the transport of horses and donkeys and call for the end of long-distance transport. We ask for a harmonised mandatory identification and registration for cats and dogs. Many people have adopted companion animals during the lock-down period so that these measures are more crucial than ever.
In Thailand, orangutans are forced to box
On the outskirts of Bangkok, there is a popular tourist attraction that organizes boxing matches between orangutans.
The best known is certainly Safari World, a huge amusement park and zoo.
A swarm of crowds and tourists interested in this violent “sport” gather at Safari World to watch orangutans punch in a boxing match.
The barbaric spectacle lasts about half an hour.
Then winners and losers are brought back to their dark cages. And the next animals fight in the ring.
Orangutans, the acutely endangered species of the great apes – these precious creatures are abused in Asia for amusement in kickboxing shows.
Thailand’s government officially banned this serious violation of animal welfare in 2004.
But money is still being made with the undignified monkey fun.
The great apes are scared and intimidated.
Often they are tortured with electric shocks, ill-treated with lighted cigarettes, or beaten if they do not follow training instructions.
The orangutans are required to wear boxing gloves and shorts and are trained to hit each other for entertainment
Between the “fighting rounds”, a female orangutan enters the scene, wearing a bikini on which the number of rounds is displayed.
The rule is: There are only two ways to turn a wild animal into an attraction: with pain or hunger.
Both methods are used from an early age of the animals.
Orangutans are trained there with violence, beatings, and food deprivation.
They are disguised and made up and they perform boxing matches for stupid tourists, play the number girl or become laughing numbers in the shows.
They have to make funny faces with tourists for photos or are allowed to be fed sweets
The animals are sexualized, display unnatural behaviors, and convey a completely wrong image of wild animals.
The worst is: also for children.
Yes! this is a huge business in Asia, not just in Thailand, which would not even exist without the illegal wildlife trade.
Wildlife trade is big business.
The prohibited trade in protected animals and their products ranks fourth in the world in organized crime behind drug trafficking, human trafficking, and product piracy.
Sales are estimated to be at least $ 10 billion a year.
In theory, convicted smugglers face several years in prison. In practice, however, there must first be an indictment.
But it rarely has any chance of success.
Usually, this kind of thing comes to nothing – depending on how influential the accused is …
Against the Pata Zoo z. B. there have already been several national and international attempts to close it.
It didn’t do anything.
The zoo and its residents are still there.
It is an indictment of our society that such cruel and exploitative treatment of animals is used for the so-called “entertainment” of tourists.
And one has to be very stupid (or uncivilized) to believe that these wild animals enjoy such torture and humiliation.
My best regards to all, Venus
They belong to the ocean-not here!
An orca swims up to 100 miles per day in the wild.
However, slave keepers, businessmen, have decided that they have the right to abduct them from their natural habitat, imprison them and force them to perform profitable tricks.
This happens because infantile and callous people are willing to pay for it and fail to realize that these animals are extremely depressed because they are suffering in captivity.
Thus, and with their visit to these places, these people are practicing a false sense of entertainment at the expense of others who cannot defend themselves.
regards and good night, Venus
WAV Comment – Double wow ! – is Sidney not a special little lady !
At 13 years of age, there could be so many other things that she could be putting her win into; mobile phones, clothes, shoes, etc, etc; but how amazing that she has given this wonderful sum of money to the local cast shelter at which she volunteers.
Congratulations on your win and what a fantastic win for the animals at Ferndale Cat Shelter,
We would suggest this little lady is gonna go a long way in the world of animal welfare; she has our full support. Watch the video via the link below.
This 13-year-old just changed 2021 for a small animal shelter in Ferndale, Michigan.
Meet Sidney Hertzberg. She loves cats. In fact, she volunteers at the Ferndale Cat Shelter. She recently enter a Petco contest by writing an essay about her cat. Her survey paid off to the tune of $50,000. You can see the moment she finds out that she won in the video below from ABC 7 at about the :15 second mark.
Sidney told WXYZ,
I have an illness called POTS and so with some of the symptoms that come with the illness are dizziness, fatigue and muscle aches. My cat Mr. Mittens, I got him when he was 4 ounces and he was about a week old, so he was very, very small and he had to be bottle-fed. And I really thought I was going to help save his life, but I did not even know he would actually help save mine.
The 13-year-old then donated the entire $50,000 prize to the Ferndale Cat Shelter where she volunteers. This story could end there and it would be incredible. However, Sidney’s not finished. Not even close.
She has also created a program called Sidney’s Seniors for Seniors. The program not only places older cats with elderly humans but also pays for the cat’s food and medical bills. If this what the next generation looks like. We’re in great hands.
I found this really terribly sad when I found it yesterday. A beautiful lion cub who has had to have both eyes removed due to the scum involved with illegal wildlife trafficking. It once could see; now it cannot – blinded for life.
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PETITION TARGET: Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs
Snatched from his mother almost immediately after his birth, a helpless lion cub named Grom is now blind after smugglers forced him into a tiny box with no food or water and crammed him into the luggage compartment of a long-haul bus in Russia, according to the Sun.
Police discovered the sick and dying lion cub in deplorable conditions with severely inflamed and ruptured corneas. Several surgeries failed to save Grom’s eyesight, and he ultimately lost both his eyes, Daily Mail reported.
The baby lion is frustrated and doesn’t understand why he can’t see, said Nikolay Dovgalyuk, who initially took care of the cub after his rescue.
Grom now needs lifelong care, and his future remains uncertain. He’s also just one of the victims of the illegal animal trafficking trade that caters to a demand for exotic pets, according to officials.
This lion cub deserves justice.
Police have not yet identified the criminals who cruelly caged and transported Grom. Sign this petition urging Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to use all available resources to fully investigate this heartbreaking crime and bring Grom’s traffickers to justice before more innocent animals are harmed or killed.
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There are currently over 30,000 signatures here – lets ramp it up and get loads more.
Like seahorses, sea dragons belong to the pipefish family and are also called “small shredded fish” because of their appearance. They inhabit the seaweed and seaweed meadows off the coast of South Australia and their appearance is ideally suited to this habitat.
While catching their prey, they float through the water like a tuft of algae and approach their prey unnoticed, which they can suck in with their tube mouths in a flash.
With a size of around 46 cm, the sea dragons may not be among the largest dragons, but they are certainly among the most beautiful!
Don’t you think?
Regards and good night, Venus
Every year, 320 million rabbits are slaughtered for meat in the European Union – and there are currently no legal provisions to protect them. This means that 99% of farmed rabbits are kept in small wire cages with little more space than an A4 sheet of paper.
Animal Equality has repeatedly documented the terrible suffering of rabbits in battery cages in Spain and Italy – where 60% of all rabbit farms in the EU are located.
In Spain alone we have investigated 70 rabbit farms and 4 slaughterhouses and in each and every single one we have found evidence of extreme cruelty.
Animal Equality has released shocking, never-before-seen footage of rabbits suffering on farms in Europe as part of a campaign to urge Members of the European Parliament to vote in favor of measures that could put an end to the use of barren battery cages for rabbits.
Animal Equality`s investigators have seen rabbits with open wounds, painful eye infections and even rabbits whose ears have been bitten off by their stressed companions.
Due to the crowded and unnatural conditions, up to 30% of farmed rabbits die or are killed even before arriving at the slaughterhouse – that percentage is higher than with any other farmed animal.
Rabbits are after poultry the most killed land animals worldwide
They are also brutally tortured and killed for other pets such as dogs and cats ️
320 million rabbits are raised and fattened for meat every year in the European Union.
The largest producers are Spain, Italy and France.
The conditions in which the animals are kept are cruel – there are hardly any minimum standards for keeping them.
99% of rabbits kept in the EU live in tight metal cages, unable to meet even their most basic needs.
Animal Equality has conducted research on 70 Spanish rabbit farms for two years.
In this way the most comprehensive pictorial documentation of the rabbit breeding industry in Europe was created to date.
Animal Equality, also succeeded in taking pictures from Italian slaughterhouses and is launching an international campaign, in order to make public the suffering that animals endure in these breeding facilities.
“We are shocked by these images, where farm workers kill young rabbits by blunt force trauma, and sick animals are left for days crammed inside filthy cages with no veterinary treatment. We as a modern and civilised society, should not tolerate these abuses.” ~ Matteo Cupi, Head of Investigations UK
“We are glad to hear, that a respected institution such as the National Theatre has taken a stand against needless cruelty to animals, deciding to remove rabbit meat from their menu, and to break their relationship with Spanish distributors.”
“Animal Equality has already taken legal action against 70 farms and 2 slaughterhouses, will continue to shed light on the cruelties inflicted upon animals in factory farms.” ~ Laura Gough, Spokesperson.
And I mean…On March 14, 2017, the European Parliament voted 410 to 205 votes for measures to improve the welfare of farmed rabbits, including drafting legislation to end the use of battery cages.
It was the result of a long-fought initiative by German EX-EU parliamentarian Stefan Eck to protect breeding rabbits.
Compassionate celebrities like Evanna Lynch, Victoria Summer, Peter Egan, and Dave Spikey also supported the campaign.
And so we thought that this legislation would annually help over 340 million rabbits who suffer from extreme ailments in battery cages.
Among other things, this report recommends removing cages so rabbits can be on the ground and develop some of their natural social behaviors.
The new ordinance came into force on August 11, 2014.
That was a step in the right direction, but the new regulation only stipulates completely inadequate improvements in husbandry – in particular, keeping in cages should remain possible.
In addition, the owners of existing housing facilities are granted transition periods of up to 10 years for new construction and conversion measures, depending on the investment requirements, which is why it can be assumed that nothing will change for the animals in the near future.
Rabbits are used for different purposes: as a supplier of meat, fur and angora wool, as laboratory animals and as pets. Around 67.5% of the rabbit meat consumed in Germany comes from pure breed rabbits and is largely slaughtered privately and consumed for personal use or sold on a small scale.
In conventional rabbit fattening in large German herds with several thousand fattening places, cage management dominates, which is comparable to the keeping of laying hens in battery cages, which was practiced in Germany until recently.
The metal cages, which are often stacked on top of each other, can be seen from all sides and do not offer the rabbits any retreat or hiding place or any other structuring – only drinking and eating facilities are available. The grid floor (made of metal, wood or plastic) is litter-free, which often causes wounds on their legs when the animals stand and sit on the grid.
In addition, little space is given to the animals: The cages are usually 30-40 cm high and contain groups of up to 8 animals. Each individual rabbit has only approx. 800 cm² of usable space available in the finishing fattening: this corresponds to the area of approx.
One DIN A4 sheet plus five EC cards.
Currently, millions of rabbits are suffering and dying in barren battery cages on farms across the EU – in conditions that would be illegal for chickens.
Although it is the second largest farm animal in Europe, the EU regulations cannot yet guarantee species-specific legislation for the protection of rabbits.
My best regards to all, Venus
WAV Comment: How low do people go ? – and these cretins think that a dipstick like Trump should be the President ? Roll on 20/1 and someone who respects wildlife and the environment.
US wildlife authorities have launched an investigation after a manatee was discovered with the word ‘Trump’ scraped on its back.
The marine mammal was spotted on Sunday in Florida’s Homosassa River, with the US president’s surname on its body.
Officials told AP news agency that the animal does not appear to be seriously injured, and the word was scraped onto algae growing on its skin.
But a video of the West Indian manatee has led to public outcry.
Manatees, nicknamed “sea cows,” are protected under US law, and anyone found guilty of harassing them faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 (£37,000) fine.
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They’re designed to be anonymous. Tucked away in unassuming facilities in quiet communities such as Chatfield, Minnesota; Ewing, Illinois; New Sharon, Iowa; and Oxford, Michigan, not even their names—Moulton Chinchilla Ranch, Oak Hill Genetics, Ruby Fur Farm, and Oakwood Research Facility—betray the nature of their operations.
But Moulton Chinchilla, Oak Hill, Ruby Fur, Oakwood, and numerous others around the country form a vast, largely unknown network of businesses that breed and supply dogs, chinchillas, foxes, ferrets, pigs, rabbits, and other animals for experimentation laboratories. They peddle in misery. Suffering is their currency.
PETA has obtained video footage and photographs taken by federal inspectors that for the first time show the unsanitary, often putrid and abhorrent conditions of these decrepit facilities that breed, warehouse, and sell sentient beings for profit. The footage—along with federal inspection reports—shows definitively that suffering for animals destined for experimentation begins well before they arrive at the laboratories.
Maggots crawl through food. Green algae grows in water bowls. Feces piles up. Wounds fester. To these businesses, the animals are not sentient beings who feel and fear just as you and I do. They’re widgets, items produced at minimal cost and sold for maximum profit. Pain, suffering, and distress do not figure into the bottom line. They simply do not matter.
Animal Outlook’s legal team filed a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH) regarding Bravo Packing. Bravo Packing (not affiliated with Bravo Pet Foods) produces and distributes food for dogs and exotic animals. The company has a long history of troubling animal abuse allegations and food safety concerns. Yet it has failed to resolve dangerous contamination issues despite complaints, FDA warnings and at least one recall.
Past violations include exotic animal food made from horses that was contaminated with the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital as well as repeated instances of Salmonella contamination in the plant’s Performance Dog Diet food. Government inspection reports cite egregious violations of food safety protocol, threatening the health and welfare of thousands of people and animals exposed to Bravo’s tainted products.
In October 2020, Animal Outlook obtained a sample of Performance Dog Diet food from one of Bravo’s distributors in California. A laboratory test revealed evidence of Salmonella. This makes four times in as many years that Bravo products intended for animal food were found to contain dangerous contamination.
In addition to food safety issues like those discovered at Bravo Packing, many consumers are unaware that farmed animals suffer immeasurably within the loosely regulated pet food industry. One study found the DNA of eight different species of animals present in a selection of commercial pet foods, including cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, geese and turkeys. Many of these animals—often sick, injured, or unable to walk—were deemed unfit for human consumption and their bodies, including “blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, and stomach and rumen contents” make their way into pet food.
For years, Bravo has used the bodies of horses and cows to produce food in filthy, squalid conditions with utter disregard for the safety of humans and animals alike. Animal Outlook’s complaint urges the FDA and the NJDH to penalize Bravo to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal charges, fines and a permanent suspension of operations. The agencies must act swiftly to protect consumers and their cherished animal family members from Bravo’s reckless disregard for health and safety.
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Animal killed with what appeared to be exploding harpoon, after one ‘half-hearted’ attempt to free it
Animal welfare campaigners have condemned the killing of a trapped minke whale off the coast of Taiji, a town in Japan best known for its annual dolphin cull.
The young whale, which had been trapped inside nets since 24 December, was killed early on Monday morning before being taken ashore wrapped in blue tarpaulin, according to the Humane Society International (HSI).
Ren Yabuki, an animal rights activist who filmed the whale throughout its 19-day ordeal, said fishermen tied a rope around its tail fin and forced its head beneath the water, where it took around 20 minutes to die.
Death in such situations usually occurs because the whale clamps its blowhole shut and suffocates.
https://08a329b999cc698168698249c8f9dd9c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html “Oh, no! The fishermen have killed the minke whale now,” Yabuki can be heard saying as he continued to film. “I’m so sorry … oh, no.”
HSI said it was “devastated” and “horrified” by the whale’s death, days after it and other animal welfare groups had called for its release.
“We feel saddened by this dreadful outcome. It is soul-destroying to think that by merely lifting the net three weeks ago, this poor animal could have been swimming free instead of being trapped in prolonged distress only to be harpooned and butchered for commercial sale in local markets,” HSI’s animal welfare programme manager, Georgie Dolphin, said in a statement.
The local fishing cooperative said last week it would attempt to free the whale, which measured about four or five metres in length, but added that the animal’s size and strong tidal currents could make that impossible.
Yabuki, the director of the Japanese NGO Life Investigation Agency, said he had witnessed fishers make only one half-hearted attempt to free the animal soon after it became trapped.
Japan abandoned its “scientific” whaling programme in the Antarctic after years of international pressure, but resumed commercial whaling in its own waters in July 2019. This year Japanese whalers will be permitted to catch up to 383 large whales, including 171 minkes, HSI said.
“While we mourn the tragic passing of this animal, we know that a similar brutal end comes to many more whales off the coast of Japan every year. They are the silent victims of Japan’s continued commercial whaling” Dolphin said. “What was rare was for it to be witnessed.”
Taiji, located in a remote part of the Pacific coast, attracted global attention after the 2009 release of the award-winning documentary The Cove, which followed fishers as they pursued dolphins in the town’s annual “drive hunts”.
Some of the animals are spared and sold to aquariums and marine parks for huge sums, while others are slaughtered for their meat.
Great article by The Guardian as always !
Sometimes it doesn’t work out so easily with human rights
I wish everyone good luck with the bed space and a good night,
Virunga National Park, Africa’s most biodiverse protected area, exists to protect 1/3 of the world’s wild mountain gorillas, over one thousand species of mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian, and provide a brighter future to more than four million people affected by conflict.
It is with immense sadness that Virunga National Park confirms the deaths of 6 Park Rangers in an attack by armed assailants on the morning of Sunday 10th January 2021. 1 other Ranger was seriously wounded in the assault.
The Ranger has been evacuated to a hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.
At approximately 07.30am local time, the Rangers were ambushed while on foot patrol inside the Park. The attack took place near Kabuendo, which is located near the border of the Park, in the Central sector, between Nyamilima and Niamitwitwi.
Virunga Park-Ranger and his friend-gorilla
Preliminary investigations indicate that the Rangers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves and that those responsible for the attack are local Mai-Mai groups.
The identities of the Rangers who lost their lives are:
-BURHANI ABDOU Surumwe, aged 30 years
-KAMATE MUNDUNAENDA Alexis, aged 25 years
-MANENO KATAGHALIRWA Reagan, aged 27 years
-KIBANJA BASHEKERE Eric, aged 28 years
-PALUKU BUDOYI Innocent, aged 28 years
-NZABONIMPA NTAMAKIRIRO Prince, aged 27 years
Virunga National Park deeply regrets the tragic loss of life among its Rangers, who work tirelessly and with the dedication to protect both the Park and the neighboring communities from the tyranny of armed groups.
Their sacrifice will not be forgotten nor be in vain.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Virunga National Park are with the families and friends of all the victims, as well as the injured Ranger.
The Rangers of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature are agents of the Congolese State. They do not have military status and their actions do not fall under the law of conflict. All efforts will be undertaken to bring the perpetrators to justice and sustain the rule of law within the Park.
Virunga National Park remains committed to delivering development initiatives that benefit local people and the wider region, and to working in partnership with local communities to bring peace and prosperity to many millions of people whose lives have for too long been blighted by conflict and the activities of armed groups.
The Virunga National Park (Parc National des Virunga), in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, is 7,800-square-kilometres (3,000 sq mi) stretching from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
The park was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979.
In recent years poaching and the Congo Civil War have seriously damaged its wildlife population.
Virunga National Park-Rangers
The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and its partner the Virunga Foundation.
The Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) is a Congolese governmental partner tasked with the protection and conservation of the Virunga National Park and Kahuzi-Biega National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of the ICCN are charged with the overall protection of the parks and the endangered Mountain Gorilla.
And I mean…“Every day when the patrols set out, we know that they may come under fire. We know we may lose someone or we may be killed ourselves. This is not an easy profession. Losing your friends and colleagues is very painful. But we chose to do this, and we know the risks,” said Innocent Mburanumwe, the deputy director of Virunga national park.
Getting a job as a ranger in the Virunga National Park is not easy.
First are the challenges of brute force: running several miles while carrying a heavy pack, and climbing 14,000-foot mountains in less than a day.
There are tests of survival skills and orienteering through one of the densest forests on the planet.
Then come the more nuanced abilities: marksmanship, spotting small camouflaged objects through binoculars, and an exam to identify and describe various animals and plants.
And finally, there’s the interview, where the selection panel tries to get to the root of the most important question: how much do you really care?
Is this just a job to you, or something more, something for which you’re willing to risk your life?
When spending time with the animals, the battle-tested, elite Virunga rangers soften, smiling reflexively beneath the surgical masks required to minimize the chances of disease transmission.
“These animals are so amazing,” one ranger says. “It was a switch in my mind – after seeing them, I knew I had to do everything possible to protect them.”
Virunga National Park has always been dangerous!
On December 27, 1985, a staff member found Dian Fossey’s half-naked body in her cabin in Virunga National Park.
The murder was never solved.
It is a shame for humanity that armed guards are needed to protect the last specimens of the mountain gorillas.
We mourn the death of the gangers very much. It is a crime of the worst kind that must be punished as severely as possible
My best regards to all, Venus
New Viva! Research: 9 in 10 Britons want intensive farming methods BANNED
Our new poll reveals that an astounding 85 percent of people want to introduce an immediate ban on intensive factory farming.
We also found that some 31 percent of Britons are set to slash their meat consumption or go vegan in 2021 amid Covid-19 concerns. Londoners are set to make the biggest change to their diets – with around 44 percent vowing to avoid animal products.
Open letter to UK government – please sign:
It’s time to go vegan
As you know, 3 in 4 of the world’s new or emerging infectious diseases such as coronavirus come from animals – mainly from factory farming and the trade in wildlife. This means that 57 zoonotic diseases were responsible for an estimated 2.6 billion cases of human illness and 4.4 million deaths in 2020.
But the good news is, experts agree a vegan diet can help people lose weight, reverse diabetes, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing their risk of severe Covid-19
We must go vegan now to prevent future pandemics!
Flat house factory video investigation:
WAV Comment – Other sites founded by us in the past.
Please check them out if you have time.
SAV Facebook – shows tons relating to rescued animals in need of homes and veterinary care.
SAV – founded in 2005 for Serbian stray animal protection.
Learn a lot here about Serbian Stray animals.
Click on the following for the site:
Check them out if you have time.
How to push a sheep!
These sheep in video need help.
If a sheep lies on its back in the pasture…then it needs your help
It can no longer get back on its own.
If nobody helps it, it will die relatively quickly
Reason: gases collect in the stomach and the animal bursts internally
Quick help is required, as follows:
1) regardless of whether the sheep is kicking or lying motionless … go to the pasture and check the situation
2) if the sheep is alive, stand behind its back and …
reaches into his wool with courage
3) roll it back to its feet with momentum
The sheep will not harm you and you cannot do anything wrong
By the way, you save not just one life … but usually two
Many of the sheep are pregnant or suckling lambs
And I can say: I did it too, and very often, because I live in the Black Forest and am surrounded by “farm”- animals.
It’s very easy.
The only thing to overcome is the feeling that you might hurt the sheep a bit if you pull its wool.
No problem! Sheep have a lot of space under their wool.
But even if it does … it will soon forget that as soon as it returns to its comrades.
regards and have a good night, Venus
OIPA is an Italian animal welfare organisation. See link below.
It is always a pleasure when we have to announce a new OIPA delegation, especially when the love and commitment for animals comes from countries that, despite the heavy difficulties faced daily by the local population, are still willing to dedicate precious time to the care and protection of animals.
Our International Representative organized a 3 Days Volunteers Recruitment Training session from 22 to 24 of December 2020 to involve people and manage at the end to engage 8 enthusiastic volunteers. The first day of the training was focused on the theme: “The Rights and Protection of Animals “; the second day, held in Kenema city, concerned on “How to Advocate for Animals Protection and Rights” and the third one was based on the topic “The Importance of Animals in Society“.
After the three days of the Volunteer Recruitment session, the team was already on site carrying on a three days session to raise community awareness on animal protection and rights in five communities of Kenema city, one of these was Nyadiama community, covering several households.
The first reaction of dwellers was at first suspicious and hesitant but they gradually became assertive and interested in the awareness process. The topic discussed was “Stop the Cruelty against Animals and Care for them” aimed to educate over the proper treatments and care of animals.
During the awareness sessions, the entire team has been directly involved in rescue operations as many homeless and street animals were found roaming around the communities and some of them clearly in need of help.
A dog, but it was not the only one as the volunteers have met many others along the way, and a sheep has been found homeless looking for food in the spoiled wasted garbage.
The team rescued them and found a home where good-hearted people decided to foster and take care of these lonely animals and thankfully the same has happened for a cat and a dog both with disabilities that were rescued by volunteers finding finally a new home.
Moreover, some other projects of the delegation include:
Challenges for OIPA Sierra Leone’s team are many and tough, but volunteers have a great desire to operate on behalf of animal care and protection.
OIPA SIERRA LEONE IS READY TO WRITE A NEW CHAPTER FOR ANIMALS,
but the team needs your help and support.
EVERY SMALL HELP CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS
If you want to make a donation, you can specify “OIPA Sierra Leone”
WAV Comment – The USA has never been more divided than under Trump. A final attempt now by the loser that the world hates – “I am going to take my stumps home and sulk” as we say in UK; ‘stumps’ being cricket stumps; to attempt to ruin everyone’s game when you do not get exactly what you want; and sod everyone else.
This president (very soon not to be) is a loser and has spent millions trying to keep himself as the ‘Caligula’ that dominated ancient Rome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula – “There are few surviving sources about the reign of Caligula, though he is described as a noble and moderate emperor during the first six months of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversion, presenting him as an insane tyrant“
Now, as he always has done in his endless deranged approach to environmental issues; NRDC inform us that he is making a last ditch attempt with environmental attacks; or taking his stumps home yet again !
Please use the ‘Take Action’ link below to add your name to putting this soon to be ex president where he belongs – far away in the deepest wild on his own; so that he can think back to why he lost the second term. Maybe animal welfare and the environment just has a little bit to do with this ?
Stop Trump’s Last-Ditch Environmental Attacks
In the final stretch of his presidency, Donald Trump and his administration are working furiously to sell off our public lands and waters, wreaking havoc on the climate and communities across the country. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Tongass National Forest, and thousands of acres of wildlands have all been put on the auction block for the highest bidder to dig, drill, and mine, which would extensively damage the environment and displace countless Indigenous communities. Demand that Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt immediately halt these desperate, reckless attacks on our planet.
Take Action Wording:
In the final days of his presidency, Donald Trump is still wreaking havoc on our environment and communities — opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling for the first time in history, removing protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, allowing more logging and drilling in National Forests, opening hundreds of thousands of acres of land across the west for oil and gas drilling, gutting essential safeguards for millions of birds, and more.
Tell Trump and Interior Secretary Bernhardt that you oppose their final desperate attempts to allow their big polluter allies to pillage public lands and waters and wipe out imperiled wildlife with impunity — and that you support President-elect Biden’s commitments to undo Trump’s reckless actions as soon as he’s sworn in.
Please sign the petition to shut this madmans actions up.
ARIWA – Animal Rights Watch e.V.-Report
Disturbing images from the end of November 2020 show how hundreds of pigs, with their extremely sensitive noses, sleep, eat, drink and die in a pathetically smelly mixture of their own feces and urine.
They stand and lie inches deep in their own droppings
The explosive: The conditions have been known to the veterinary office since November and still exist because the technical problems that caused them have not yet been resolved (!!!)
The operation continues as normal without the animals concerned having at least been housed elsewhere.
It is unbelievable and yet everyday life in German “animal production”.
The veterinary office knows about the conditions and has been on-site several times. Even so, it doesn’t even order the animals to be housed elsewhere.
As almost always in pig fattening, the animals suffer from necrosis due to bitten tails, open wounds, umbilical hernias, and eye infections.
The omnipresent excrement makes the infections worse.
In one corridor of the plant, there is even no cover for the slurry basin: Apparently, nobody cares that pigs can fall into it and drown in agony.
The head injuries of many animals in the carcass house also suggest that sick pigs are regularly killed here with a bolt shot in the head – which ARIWA has already documented many times in other companies.
These pictures show once more: Even the absurdly low statutory minimum standards are not enforced in the animal industry. The only solution to end this millionfold suffering is a consistent move away from animal products.
And I mean… “The only solution to end this millionfold suffering is a consistent move away from animal products”…
This is a solution that will take hundreds of years to become a reality. The world will never go totally vegan and is not willing to end this millionfold suffering in the immediate future.
But until then, the guilty must be punished.
We also don’t forgive a murderer because we wait for all people to understand that murder is not good.
And the slogan … but that’s the animal industry, it happens everywhere … it doesn’t help the animals and neither does us. Wherever it happens, it is a crime and must be punished.
And if the veterinary office doesn’t do it, then we gather in front of the fattening facility and demand that it be closed.
Of course, factory farming is excruciating in every form of keeping.
But until this society has understood it and ceases to support this system, criminals in animal production and their state lobbyists must be shown and punished according to the law.
My best regards to all, Venus
6 January 2021 NewsResearchers at The University of Western Australia have found COVID-19 has had little impact on the online illicit wildlife trade market with traders and consumers continuing to do business despite the current global pandemic.
Read more at source
Taxonomy Regulation: industrial livestock farming must be declared unsustainable
20 January 2021
In a series of social media actions, Eurogroup for Animals is asking the European Commission to amend the current version of the draft Delegated Act under the Taxonomy Regulation (Regulation EU 2020/852) as regards livestock farming. The text currently contains no language suggesting that industrial livestock production is unsustainable.
The Taxonomy Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 June 2020 and entered into force on 12 July 2020. It establishes the framework for the EU taxonomy by setting out four overarching conditions that an economic activity has to meet in order to qualify as environmentally sustainable. It will influence not just how financial institutions regard industrial livestock farming but how this industry is viewed in the overall sustainability and climate debates.
The draft delegated act does not in any way acknowledge that industrial livestock production harms the Regulation’s objectives on water, pollution and biodiversity. This is because the delegated act does not take into account the indirect environmental degradation caused by the production of cereals for animal feed destined to industrially reared livestock. This production is nearly always carried out intensively with monocultures relying on the massive use of agro-chemicals, leading to soil degradation, biodiversity loss, overuse and pollution of water, and air pollution. It is currently very difficult to ensure the “sustainable procurement of animal feed” because the existing certification schemes for soy have so far largely failed to halt the expansion of soy into pristine habitats and cereals are not generally covered by certification schemes.
Eurogroup for Animals takes the view that the delegated act’s section on livestock is out of step with the European Green Deal, including the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, and Council Conclusions on these, of July 2020.
Eurogroup for Animals is asking the Commission to amend the draft delegated act to make it clear that industrial livestock productioncauses significant harm to several of the Regulation’s environmental objectives and socannot be regarded as a sustainable activity. Additionally, the delegated act’s livestock section should include the transition to a circular economy.