Slavery is still here

 

“Slavery is still here for those who can’t speak ‘Human’.” (Glass Walls)

Human rights are universal, individual, egalitarian rights to which every human being is equally entitled “because of his humanity”.
Chief among these are the right to life and the right to physical and mental integrity. But also the right to freedom, protection from discrimination, torture and much more.
Practically all countries in the world recognize human rights in principle!
Human rights violations are punished in most countries, sometimes with severe penalties.
Human rights do not have to be demanded. They exist!

Although animal rights and human rights are often mentioned in the same breath, it comes from animal rights activists and almost never from human rights activists.
Speaking of animals: There are no animal rights anywhere in the world. Not a single animal, from the clam to the chimpanzee, has a single right.
Nowhere!

An animal protection law (even the very best) grants no rights to animals, it only restricts man’s powers of disposal.
“Human rights” result solely from belonging to the human species – that is how it is justified.
No matter how this human being is constituted, he has this right per se. Because he is a human being.
So it is de facto only a self-imposed special right of the dominant species due to a gigantic discrimination of all other species that are denied this right.

Hence such pictures; these are the consequences of the lawlessness with which we treat other animals under the recognized rights of the human species.

We are for the basic rights of all animals because they are capable of suffering. Nobody may be disadvantaged or preferred because of their species affiliation.

My best regards to all, Venus

About Us – New Category (As Requested).

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About Us.

In the following we are providing a little insight about ourselves; what drives us; and some of our past animal experiences / campaign work.

This section of the site has been compiled partly due to the request and support of our Patron Mr Philip Wollen:  14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group. – World Animals Voice

 

MARK – England.

I despise the suffering of any animal at all levels. As such, from my early teenage years I entered into the maelstrom of events which is known as the animal rights movement, doing what I could, when I could, to act and speak in the defence of the suffering voiceless, and you know what, to this day I have never left or had the slightest feeling of ever wanting to.

I have campaigned over many years about endless animal issues – you can see several of them on this site.  The transport of live animals is now, and has really always been my ‘top thing’ on the campaign front; and I personally have spent (to date; now 2022) over 33 years obtaining information and presenting reports and formal complaints to the EU and other ‘political beings’ on this very subject.  Over all these years, I took part in endless campaigns at South East England ports in attempts to try and stop the live trade.  I have acted as the EU Correspondent for anti live transport organisations here in SE England in the past; have been an investigator for a couple of English animal welfare organisations into live farm animal exports (particularly concentrating on horses as special ‘projects’) and have also worked with (Kent) – my home county Trading Standards, to bring successful prosecutions against live animal transporters who have broken the regulations associated with live animal transport; namely Regulation 1/2005 on the supposed ‘protection’ of animals during transport – please see more on it at  EUR-Lex – 32005R0001 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu) .  Also, I have worked with welfare group campaigner friends based in the Netherlands when investigating. 

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

 

 

After witnessing the endless suffering of live animals undergoing transportation, and also spending some time gathering info on ‘what happens’ to dairy industry animals at dairy farms in North Eastern USA during the 90’s, I turned my back on meat and dairy at an early age; although I was never really much of meat eater at all, even as a young kid anyway.  My beliefs were then, as they still are now – babies (of any species) belong with their mothers, and after witnessing the suffering of young (baby) calves being shipped to foreign lands from the UK and Ireland; without ever seeing or being fed by their mothers again; I decided all those years ago that it was time for action; time to try and change the ‘way’.

Here in England, during 2021 and after the UK getting away from the pathetic shackles of what is the EU  (and I say that wearing my ex EU animal correspondent hat); which (as an EU members state) makes live animal exports mandatory as part of membership, we (UK – as a nation) were finally given the opportunity by the British government to take back national control and stop the live trade in farm animals going for slaughter and further fattening.  (as of January 2022) – this legislation is currently working its way through both chambers of UK Parliament which will see live exports from the UK being stopped officially by law; something we have worked so hard to achieve over so many, many years.  Hopefully this legislation will drop into place in UK law in early 2022.

 

A Netted Seal Pup – Russia.

Another very major campaign that I became involved in was the slaughter of baby seal pups within the Russian federation.  Working with Robert who was a great friend; finally, after a long and often difficult campaign, and taking our fight to both Downing St in London; and the EU in Brussels, we eventually stopped the massacre of Russian seal pups for their white coats.  Campaigning against the fur trade has always been an important issue as it involves so much cruelty, which is undertaken primarily for sad humans and their vanity reasons. 

Top man Robert campaigning.

 

Campaigning at EU Brussels with ‘political (supportive) men in suits’ – I am back right in baseball cap.

Catching Strays – Serbia.

Stray animals get a bad time wherever they exist.  There are around 500 million of them trying to survive worldwide.  In 2005 I started an organisation (SAV) specifically concentrating on stray dogs and cats within Serbia. I had no funding and it was difficult; especially regarding communication aka languages; but you battle on if you feel that your views are right no matter what others say; and I wanted to at least be a voice for strays.  You can read more about it here – About Serbian Animals. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)  – we (Some Serbian campaigners and I) battled with the Serbian government for years; and despite the threats made by the authorities to Serbian animal shelter campaigners, especially when we exposed live animals being exported – Serbia: It Now Appears The Sheep Exported Live To Israel WERE From Serbia; Despite The Threats. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)  – we continued to be a powerful voice; much to their annoyance  and attempts to close us down.  The Serbian site continues to this day, Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) | a voice for the voiceless  has now moved away from specific Serbian issues (campaigners there continue) to just repeating many of the posts which feature on this (WAV) site, which is now the primary, but SAV is still regularly visited by many.

Sheep Being Exported from Serbia – Despite Dismissal by the Government.
Does anything need to be said ?

I detest bear bile farming, it is big obscene; and have more than the greatest respect and admiration for Jill Robinson who founded ‘Animals Asia’ after her experiences of visiting and witnessing the suffering at a bear bile farm.  They are one of the great welfare organisations today; aiming to rescue all the bile bears from Viet Nam in the next year or so.

 

Brilliant Jill – Animals Asia.

Personally and professionally I have always worked in military aerospace; am qualified in electronic engineering and aerospace technology; and after 25 years going down this road I decided to stop walking and divert; to put even more time into my role as an advocate for animals and animal rights.  “It is never too late to change the road you are on” – as said by Led Zepp; ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

When I have spare time (is there any ?); I enjoy looking after a number of bonsai trees that I have in my own collection.  I do not really do television, but instead devote time to listening to music, which I find very inspirational and also something which can be used as an escape valve if the need arises.  I dabble in wildlife photography and have always been passionate about photographing foxes

I am a passionate vegan but never try to force my views on people – if they ask why; then I tell them.  I think that I have seen, heard, witnessed; read and watched enough animal cruelty ‘things’ over my lifetime that is probably enough to last several lifetimes.  But animal rights and animal welfare gets in your blood as many of you will know; and having the pleasure of getting to know and communicate different experiences and campaigns with fellow campaigners all over the world makes it something that you can never wish, or want, to get away from.

 

The brilliant crew at AAU India.

For example, over the last few years I have been in very regular contact with animal friends / founders at ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ who operate in India cut to the stray animals thing.  They undertake some fantastic rescues and often bring animals back to good from very ‘near death’ experiences.  As a group they have my full respect for everything they undertake; you can see a lot of their super videos of rescues and recovery by visiting Search Results for “animal aid unlimited” – World Animals Voice – please check them out !

You can see a bit more about me and investigate my campaign stories more by visiting About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)  – sorry there is some military aircraft stuff also; but that’s what 25 of military jets does to you !

Well; this hopefully is a little about me.  To all you animal campaigners out there being a voice; you are very much doing the right thing; you always will; be yourself no matter what ‘they’ say; and keep on fighting the fight. 

If you feel you are acting in the defence of animals, then go on doing it ! – be the voice for the voiceless.

 

 

Regards Mark

 

Venus Reichenbach – Germany

“All the more proud you can be of yourself today that you gave up such a shit upbringing and became a good animal rights activist,” a friend told me years ago.
It may be, but I’ve wasted a lot of time. I’ve spent most of my adult life in small towns in southern Germany.
And the milieu that I had during my studies (and later in my professional environment) was perhaps politically but not progressive in terms of animal welfare.

Lidl GB gets the label “cruelty free”

Cruelty Free International

Today we are delighted to announce that Lidl GB has become the latest addition to our Leaping Bunny approved family! 🎉
All Lidl GB own brand household and cosmetic products now have our gold standard stamp of approval 🐰

Our CEO, Michelle Thew, said:
“Lidl is a much-loved high street brand, known for its affordable products which don’t compromise on quality.
So, we’re thrilled to be able to grant the Lidl GB ’s household and cosmetics ranges Leaping Bunny approval, making cruelty free Veganuary swaps this January both affordable and accessible across the country.

“Leaping Bunny approval is rigorous and take many months, and it’s no mean feat to do this for both cosmetics and household products at the same time!
Congratulations to Lidl GB and welcome to the growing Leaping Bunny family.”
Find your next “cruelty free” favourite via our quick and easy Leaping Bunny Search tool. https://bit.ly/3ngxJH7

https://crueltyfreeinternational.org/leapingbunny

And I mean…While the news is encouraging, it must be treated with caution.

They’re two separate things: The term “cruelty-free” has long been associated with ending animal testing. So the Leaping Bunny logo and approval means that these are products which are not tested on animals.

However, that does not mean that the products are vegan, meaning that they do not contain any animal ingredients.

Of course, for some it is incomprehensible how a product can be presented as cruelty free if it contains parts of an animal or its products (like milk, honey…)

Furthermore, Cruelty Free International hasn’t enjoyed the same level of trust it once did for a long time, and with good reason:

For example, they have Garnier listed on their website as one of their trusted brands even though they are owned by L’Oreal. They also declare Body Shop as one of their Trusted Brands, which was one of the first vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics companies, but on March 17, 2006 was sold on L’Oreal, a deal that many animal rights activists saw as a betrayal by the company to customers and animals and a breach of trust.

Because L’Oreal certainly conducts animal testing.

For several years, Cruelty Free International has dropped the standards. This is wrong not only for animal welfare, but for all the amazing companies that have been “cruelty free” for years and have done the right thing.

Conclusion: A vegan product is not automatically cruelty-free and vice versa. If you’re vegan then your best bet is to find products that are certified cruelty-free and vegan.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: the city of Rodgau bans all animals in the circus – thank you!

As the first municipality in Germany, Rodgau will no longer allocate urban areas to circuses or organizers who display animals of any kind.
In December, the city council had approved a motion by the parliamentary group of the Animal Welfare Party by a majority.


In a letter to Mayor Jürgen Hoffmann and the factions of the local council, PETA thanked them for this forward-looking and animal-friendly decision.
Because even domesticated animals such as horses, alpacas or goats suffer from the much too small cages and enclosures, the constant transport and the unnatural tricks that they are forced to do in the presence of bright headlights and loud music.

The animal rights organization hopes more cities and towns will follow suit, and is also campaigning at the federal level with a petition for a regulation that includes all animal species.

“With this groundbreaking decision, Rodgau paves the way for a society in which the needs of animals are respected and they are no longer locked up to entertain paying visitors and involuntarily have to serve as circus clowns,” says biologist Dr. Yvonne Würz, PETA’s specialist for animals in the entertainment industry.

“A nationwide ban, at least on wild animals, is long overdue. Ultimately, all animal training must be banned in order to end animal suffering in the manege and circus wagons.”

Poor animal husbandry in the circus

A species-appropriate accommodation of animals in circuses is not possible due to the system.

In 2016, the Federal Council called for wild animals such as elephants, giraffes and hippos to be banned from circuses.
In his motion for a resolution, he reasoned that these animal species are subject to considerable suffering, regardless of the circus company.
Animal welfare violations are also common in farms that do not keep wild animals.

Again and again, PETA has to ask the veterinary authorities to enforce the applicable guidelines there as well.
The animal rights organization calls for a general ban on animals in circuses.
The accommodation in small enclosures and an often inadequate supply, the constant transport and the training characterized by violence and coercion also lead to behavioral disorders, illnesses and often to an early death in animals such as camels, horses or ponies.

Germany should follow the example of other countries in this regard: Greece, Malta and Cyprus have already completely banned the keeping of animals in circuses.
According to a representative opinion poll, the majority of Germans (62 percent) are of the opinion that animals should not be kept and presented in mobile circuses at all.

“With this groundbreaking decision, Rodgau paves the way for a society in which the needs of animals are respected and they are no longer locked up to entertain paying visitors and involuntarily have to serve as circus clowns,” says biologist Dr. Yvonne Würz, PETA’s specialist for animals in the entertainment industry.
“A nationwide ban, at least on wild animals, is long overdue. Ultimately, all animal training must be banned in order to end animal suffering in the manege and circus wagons.”

Future without animal training

Successful circus greats prove that animal-free shows inspire spectators: Circus Roncalli, for example, said goodbye to wild animal training in the 1990s, took horses out of the program in 2018 and is now completely animal-free.
The company’s concept and future-oriented hologram technology are popular around the world.

PETA’s motto, in part, is: Animals aren’t there to entertain us.

TEXT: PETA

And I mean…The circus association wants to sue!!
The chairman of the Association of German Circus Companies, Ralf Huppertz, considers this ban to be unjustified and announces legal action.
According to Huppertz, daily training is healthy for the animals, body and mind are challenged. This also increases the general well-being of the animals.
According to Huppertz, lawsuits have already been successfully filed against many municipal bans on wild animals. This ban has no chance of enduring, he said.

Shall we bet, Mr. Hupertz?
That this time at least one German town, that of Rodgau does not give in to the pressure of the circus jugglers and circus animal tormentors?

My best regards to all, Venus

In memory of Jill Phipps

15th January 1964 -1st February 1995

January 15th would have been Jill’s birthday, and February 1st will be the 27th anniversary of her murder while trying to save animals. She died fighting for the rights of the oppressed. If you’ve not watched the film about her life do take a look-

A brief history

On that day there were only 33 protestors, yet there were 100 police officers.
Jill had no intention of deliberately putting herself in danger, she and the others had assumed that the police and the lorry driver would have a little more respect for human life than they had for animals lives.
This was not the case, the police were determined to keep the vehicles moving.
They had instructed the driver Stephen Yates only minutes before to keep going and not to stop, he only did so after Jill had been fatally injured beneath the wheels.

The cattle truck belonged a company called Phoenix Aviation and had already begun flying calves from Coventry Airport to Amsterdam in November 1994.  
The owner, Christopher Barrett-Jolley, was a known gunrunner who had flown arms to vulnerable developing countries including South Yemen and Sierra Leone, and was later jailed for smuggling 270 kg of cocaine into Southend.
He was a man completely without scruples who would seize any opportunity to make money regardless of the suffering and loss of life it caused.

​After Jills’ death, the veal flights continued for just 3 more months.
In the following weeks the tragedy became a huge focus of media attention.
Furthermore it acted as a catalyst throughout the country to further motivate and unite people to end this brutal trade wherever it was happening.

27 years after her tragic death, the struggle to end live animal exports continues and we are determined that she will never be forgotten.

regards, Venus

Additional info on this: more on B-J

Regards Mark

England: There Is More To The Jill Story When You Have the Facts. – World Animals Voice

England: There Is A Lot More Behind The Death of Jill – Read On. – World Animals Voice

The time of the “good fascists”

Hong Kong: About 2000 small animals, including hamsters, will be killed after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a Hong Kong pet store where an employee was also infected.

Hong Kong will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. The pet shop employee tested positive for the Delta variant on Monday, and several hamsters imported from the Netherlands at the store tested positive as well.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, animals do not appear to play a significant role in spreading the coronavirus. But Hong Kong authorities said they were not ruling out transmission between animals and humans.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that the shopkeeper was in fact actually infected from the hamsters,” said Edwin Tsui, a controller at the Centre for Health Protection.

“If you own a hamster, you should keep your hamsters at home, do not take them out,” department director Leung Siu-fai said at a news conference. “All pet owners should observe good personal hygiene, and after you have been in contact with animals and their food, you should wash your hands.

“Do not kiss your pets,” he added.

As a precautionary measure, customers who bought hamsters from the store after January 7 would be traced and be subject to mandatory quarantine and must hand over their hamsters to authorities to be put down, officials said.

They said all pet stores in Hong Kong must stop selling hamsters and that about 2000 small mammals, including hamsters and chinchillas, would be killed in a “humane manner” (!!)

humane disposal” of the Minks in Denmark because of Corona

Customers who bought hamsters in Hong Kong from December 22 would be subject to mandatory testing and were urged not contact others until they recorded negatives tests. If their hamsters test positive, they will be subject to quarantine.

Hong Kong has been grappling with a local omicron outbreak traced to several Cathay Pacific crew members who dined at bars and restaurants across the city before testing positive for the Omicron variant.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/hong-kong-to-kill-2000-animals-after-hamsters-get-covid-19-20220118-p59pbs.html

And I mean…We suffer from mass hysteria and from a dictatorship.

We don’t need to look to Hong Kong, it’s a global dictatorship.
It’s no longer about the Corona virus, it’s about total control, about supremacy.

The dream of a few is to accumulate enough power to rule and exploit the rest of humanity.
An Omicron wave is very welcome there.

Because according to the will of leading billionaires and heads of government, this Corona dictatorship can be extended for years under the guise of pandemics.
Once people are conditioned like mice and rats, they’re just manipulative toys in the hands of those in power, whether it’s business or politics.
But the fact that defenseless animals are innocently dragged into this spiral of violence raises the suspicion of psychopathy.

By now, our entire “Banana Republic” has also become accustomed to the idea of ​​a second, third, fifth or nth wave of the COVID-19 mutations.
The thing can only work if scaremongering is created from above to keep the subjects in line, and then there is no way out of fascism or totalitarianism.

“When fascism returns it will not tell us: “Good morning, I am the Fascism”. He will tell us: “I am the new pandemic”, said a friend of mine.
I think he is right.

My best regards to all, Venus

Sri Lanka: Elephants are Feeding On An Open Dump and Many Are Dying After Ingesting Plastic Waste.

Click on the following to see the distressing video footage:

Sri Lanka: elephants feeding in garbage dumps (msn.com)

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/watch/sri-lanka-elephants-feeding-in-garbage-dumps/vp-AASMVtJ?ocid=msedgdhp

In eastern Sri Lanka, elephants are feeding on an open dump and many are dying after ingesting plastic waste.

Regards Mark

‘World’s First’ Vegan Violin Crafted By Musician Using Wild Berries And Spring Water.

The violin sidesteps traditional materials and contains plant-based products instead. Credit: Vegan Violins / PBN

Traditional violin making can include products derived from the skin and bones of animals

 For the first time ever, a violin has received certification from The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. The creator of the musical instrument – traditionally crafted with animal products – maintains that the item is more ethical and acoustically speaking, an improvement.

Irish musician Padraig O’Dubhlaoidh is behind the creation, which took years of research to complete. The violin maker’s instruments have been played at high-profile venues, including Buckingham Palace, the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Violin makers have historically used non-vegan materials in their designs, such as animal hide glue, derived from the skin, bones, and tendons of animals. It is typically sourced from horses but rabbits, fish, and other species can be used too.

Further, violin strings and bows can contain ivory, horse tail hair, and animal intestines, among other animal-derived products. 

But O’Dubhlaoidh is insistent that animal body parts are not needed to create the instrument. The musician stayed true to the traditional tools and methods used in violin production, but with some modern twists of his own.

For instance, to develop the purfling decoration that wraps around the instrument’s edges, he used wild berries and spring water sourced from beneath the granite of the Malvern Hills in the UK, where O’Dubhlaoidh lives.

Although animal-free strings and bows do exist, they are not currently registered with the Vegan Trademark.

For ‘ethical musicians’

O’Dubhlaoidh explained the process in a statement sent to PBN.

“I learned a lot about my craft during years of research and ultimately, it was the science of conservation that brought about a series of breakthroughs leading to success. During my experiments, I also discovered that there are unforeseen advantages to a vegan violin.

“Apart from the benefit to animals, society, and our environment, it has become very clear that animal-based glues have harmful effects on violins, inducing powerful tensions on wooden components. The adhesive used in my vegan violins however, has no such effect. Irrespective of ethics, this is an acoustic improvement.

“With our planet facing crises on almost every front, the collective voice of people wanting a fairer future grows stronger every day. Ethical musicians are part of this movement and have long wished for a violin that is fully vegan yet retains all the qualities of the classic instrument.”

The Vegan Society’s marketing manager, Ericka Durgahee, applauded the launch.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have the world’s first vegan violin registered with the Vegan Trademark. This will be music to the ears of so many violinists who have longed for a high-quality instrument that is free from animal products,” they said in a statement.

“Every violin is also completely bespoke with the sound and feel tailored to the player’s individual style and preference. Padraig has done a fantastic job and we’re extremely proud of what he has produced.”

To learn more about the vegan violin, see O’Dubhlaoidh’s website

‘World’s First’ Vegan Violin Crafted By Musician Using Wild Berries And Spring Water – Plant Based News

Regards Mark

Joaquin Phoenix, Stephen Fry, And More Celebs Battle To Save Moon Bears From Extinction.

Celebrities like Ricky Gervais, Paul McCartney, and Alicia Silverstone are pushing for the end of the bear bile trade

Ahost of high-profile names are joining forces in an effort to protect the endangered Asiatic black bear (aka moon bear). The species is being pushed to the brink of extinction in Vietnam due to bear bile farming – a trade purportedly rife with animal cruelty. 

Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Slash, Russell Crowe, Ricky Gervais, Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik, William Shatner, Alan Cumming, Kesha and Joaquin Phoenix are among those pushing to rescue the remaining bears trapped in Vietnamese bile farms. 

What is bear bile farming?

Bear bile farming keeps moon bears captive in order to extract bile from their gallbladders. It began in Asia in the 1980s with the view of using it for medicinal purposes, according to animal protection charity Animals Asia. 

And it does come with benefits, the non-profit clarifies. The bile contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), which can be used to treat liver and gallbladder afflictions in humans. 

But obtaining the substance comes at a brutal cost. The trade involves keeping bears in cramped cages and often unhygienic conditions. The extraction process is invasive and results in “unimaginable physical and psychological suffering,” Animals Asia adds. 

Some bears must endure the “free drip” method, whereby a hole is created in the animal’s gallbladder and repeatedly reopened. Others undergo extraction of the bile through a four-inch needle. 

Bear bile farming was outlawed in Vietnam in 1992. But legal loopholes have allowed producers to continue their operations. Animals are frequently poached from the wild to be used for their bile, which has shaken wild moon bear populations. They are now on the endangered species list. 

In 2017, after years of rallying, the Vietnamese government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Animals Asia. The agreement assigned Animals Asia as its partner in shutting down the trade for good.

The charity is working to rescue the remaining moon bears in Vietnam – it predicts there are around 400 left on Vietnamese farms. However, around 12,000 bears are still living on bile farms across Asia, the organization states.

The rescue mission

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao is almost at full capacity, following the recent rescue of its 651st bear. Many of the rescues were young adults (five years or younger) or cubs, who were just a few months’ old. 

Now, the organization is building a second facility to accommodate the next group of rescued animals. This 12-hectare sanctuary will be located in the Bach Ma National Park in central Vietnam. The charity hopes to save all of Vietnam’s captive moon bears from bile farms by 2026. 

Celebrity support

Animals Asia launched a petition to raise awareness of the issue, which includes a pledge to “raise your paw for the moon bear.”

Broadcaster and actor, Fry, has placed his support behind the campaign. “The beautiful moon bear is at risk of becoming extinct in Vietnam if we don’t do something to save them. They have been cruelly farmed for their bile, often ripped from their mothers in the wild when they were just baby cubs,” he said in a statement sent to PBN

Actor Dench, also a signatory of the pledge, said she is “proud” to be a part of the effort, which is a “crucial step” in saving the species and “giving back the life stolen from hundreds of bears left in bile farms.”

She commented: “​​Animals Asia has pledged to rescue every last bear from every last bile farm across Vietnam. So I’m pledging my support, and I’m hoping thousands more will pledge their support as well.  Join me. Raise your paw for the moon bear, to finally end bear bile farming in Vietnam, and ensure that no bear is left behind.”

Those interested can find the petition and pledge here. 

Regards Mark

Jill Robinson Feeds Rescued Bears

‘Free Tibet’ (London) – A Time To Consider Human Rights Against Oppression.

We are an animal rights / welfare site.  But sometimes, when it is necessary, we also feel that it is right to give oppressed humans a voice.  I have been a member of ‘Free Tibet’ (London) for many years; and it is time the people of Tibet were given a voice – for you to see their suffering under Chinese rule.

The video and the graphics will explain a lot and hopefully provide answers to your questions.

“Tibet today is one of the most repressed and closed societies in the world.”

– United States Senator Robert Menendez


In 1950, China invaded the independent nation of Tibet and claimed it as its own. Ever since, it has kept Tibet under a brutal military occupation and claimed that Tibet is, and always was, part of China

Inside Tibet and across the world, Tibetans have never stopped believing Tibet is a nation.

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It has now been over 70 years since the occupation began, yet Tibetans still resist China’s rule and defy its oppression. They have never given up hope that one day they will be free.

What is life like in Tibet? Watch this video to learn more… Click ‘Watch om YouTube’

Tibet has been independently rated as the joint-worst place on Earth for political freedom and civil rights (tied with Syria). Despite this, Tibet does not get the international attention it deserves, and many are unaware of the atrocities committed in Tibet every day.

To learn, see and investigate more; please visit the Free Tibet website at:

Introduction to Tibet | Free Tibet

Regards Mark

Spanish company wants to breed octopuses in aquaculture

From 2023, 3000 tons of octopus meat could be produced annually on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria.
Science and animal welfare protest. Because octopuses are highly intelligent and sensitive

Octopuses are amazing creatures.
With their eight arms and sac-like body, they appear alien – and yet they are more similar to us humans than most vertebrates: they have an excellent memory, they plan, deceive, play.
They manage to open child-resistant screw caps.
They even have distinct personalities, being shy, curious, or reckless.
They have likes or dislikes of their own kind as well as people.

And something else makes octopuses special: they are difficult to reproduce in captivity. But that’s exactly what a Spanish company has managed to do.

According to the Nueva Pescanova Group, octopuses could be bred for several generations in their own aquaculture for the first time.
In the summer of 2022, the first animals should come onto the market.

President of the Las Palmas Port Authority port Luis Ibarra said “it was the biggest private Investment in the history of the port which will create 450 jobs and make the Las Palmas Harbour-La Luz- the world`s biggest exporter of octopus”

From 2023, 3,000 tons of octopus meat (!!) are to be produced annually on the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria, for example for popular dishes such as “Pulpo a la Gallega”.
The company is investing around 65 million euros in the project. The targeted main customer countries are Spain, Italy, Greece and Japan.

Does aquaculture relieve the marine ecosystems?

It is estimated that around 350,000 tons of octopus are caught and processed worldwide every year – about ten times as much as in 1950.
The Nueva Pescanova Group argues that the number of wild catches can be reduced by around ten percent with production in aquaculture.
Whether the pressure on wild populations caused by factory farming will actually decrease is anything but clear.

Biologists and animal rights activists warn – on the contrary – that aquaculture is increasing the pressure on marine ecosystems. Because many edible fish are – like octopuses – carnivores.
Already today, around a third of the global catches are fed to animals, around half of them in aquaculture.

According to critics, it is also certain that octopuses cannot be kept anywhere near species-appropriate in aquaculture.
Unlike fish, the intelligent octopuses in their water tanks would be aware of their hopeless situation.
And they are loners.

It seems unlikely that this elementary need of the animals is taken into account in mass aquaculture.
Especially since there are hardly any legal regulations for keeping them: Most national and EU keeping requirements relate to vertebrates.

Housing conditions and method of killing: unknown

It is also to be feared that speed is more important than avoiding stress and pain when slaughtering on assembly lines.
When asked by the British BBC, the company declined to comment on the husbandry of the octopuses, the origin of the food or the killing method.

As early as 2019, scientists had declared that breeding octopuses in captivity for food purposes was a “terrible idea”.
And not only from an environmental point of view, but also from a moral point of view.

The company is yet to reveal exactly what the octopus tanks look like, what “toys” they claim to use for stimulation and what source of food they will rely on
On paper, however, the claims are noble.
According to the authors, keeping octopuses in aquaculture with high animal welfare standards is “impossible”.

The clever cephalopods already enjoy better legal protection in the United Kingdom than in Spain.
Experts there had viewed more than 300 scientific studies – and had come to the conclusion that octopuses were “sentient beings”.
There is “strong scientific evidence” that animals can feel joy, but also pain, stress and despair.
The scientific assessment led to the inclusion of the animals in the Animal Welfare Bill.

https://www.geo.de/natur/tierwelt/unternehmen-will-kraken-in-aquakulturen-zuechten-31494072.html

And I mean…In a year when many countries have passed laws protecting species they believe are sentient beings, the news that the world’s first octopus farm has opened in the Canary Islands have understandably been met with shock, disgust and outrage around the world for every compassionate and civilized human being.

For the thousands of these animals will be bred and imprisoned in cruel, prison-like conditions.
Just like any animal in factory farming.

Known as the “Einsteins of the sea”, octopuses have large, complex brains.
In fact, they have nine: one central brain between the eyes and separate mini-brains at the base of each tentacle – meaning that each arm, quite literally, has a mind of its own.
They can navigate their way through mazes and remember the solutions.

They are solitary, territorial animals, as curious as humans, and cramming them into barren communal tanks or netted pools, with little or no stimulation – as is common of all factory farm systems – would condemn them to a miserable existence.
All agree that octopuses would suffer dreadfully in such conditions.

To make matters worse, there is currently no legislation in Spain, or elsewhere, to protect octopus welfare on farms or during their slaughter.

In reality, the farm – close to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria – means countless animals will spend their lives vulnerable to pain and suffering, and endure agonising deaths.

The solution, of course, is to stop eating octopuses – and, indeed, all animals.
Even if they’re not farmed, octopuses captured for food still suffer: they are often speared or burned with caustic chemicals to force them out of specialised traps.
Many are snared in massive, indiscriminate trawl nets.
On deck, if they’re not left to suffocate in agony, they’re clubbed, stabbed, or butchered alive.

To allow the world’s very first octopus factory farm to open, when we know and understand the impact it would have on these intelligent, feeling beings, would be a monstrous act and a shame on the Canary Islands government.

We must act quickly to prevent this farm from being built.
As soon as we have a petition about this, we will inform you further.

—Updated—Petition: https://www.peta.de/aktiv/krakenfarm-gran-canaria-petition/

My best regards to all, Venus

Scotland: Butchers Encourages Shoppers To ‘End The Violence’ Against Plants By Eating Meat.

The sign takes aim at vegetarians, joking that they “kill’ plants. Credit: Jakub Dragon / Facebook

A butchers in the UK has caused a stir online after stating that vegetarians kill thousands of “innocent plants”

Amarketing strategy implemented by a butchers shop in Edinburgh in the UK has raised eyebrows, with some branding it as “ignorant.”

W.M Christie, a family butchers established in 1889, placed a chalkboard sign in its store in Bruntsfield that took aim at vegetarians. 

“Everyday thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians,” the sign read. “Help end the violence. Eat meat.”

An amused shopper posted a photo of the sign online, causing a stir among animal rights advocates. 

“Jeez, the ignorance is astonishing. Plants are not sentient and exist in synergy with humans and animals as a food source,” Kevin Thomson commented, per Edinburgh Live

“You just can’t say I murdered a carrot. People will cling to all sorts of nonsense to justify murdering animals… animals that have exactly the same fundamental wishes as us – to be happy, safe, and free from suffering.”

Other social media users pointed out that animals bred for human consumption also require the “killing” of crops. 

In fact, only around half (55 percent) of the world’s crop calories feed people directly. And for some crops, a vast majority is fed to livestock, not people. For instance, 77 percent of the world’s soy is fed to livestock. 

Furthermore, calorically speaking, the system could be considered inefficient, given that it takes 100 calories of grain to produce just 12 calories of chicken. The conversion is even more dire for other animal-based foods; 100 calories of crops produce just three calories of beef. 

‘A simple joke’

Willie Christie, who runs the butchers alongside his brother, defended the advertisement. “As it’s Veganuary, isn’t it fitting it could be Meatanuary too? It wasn’t malicious in any way, just a simple joke and banter,” he said to Edinburgh Live.

“People have taken it wrongly. we are surrounded with people telling us to go vegan and vegetarian, yet my business is a butchers. We sell meat and I’m promoting my business.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect that, I’m just expressing mine. And it seems to have worked, given the attention my butchers has now received.”

Pro-meat campaigning

W.M Christie isn’t the only meat-centered company poking fun at the Veganuary campaign – the month-long pledge to go vegan for January. 

This month, a coalition of animal agriculturalists are pushing their own take on Veganuary. The Regenuary campaign encourages shoppers to seek out meat and dairy produced by regenerative farming methods.

The campaign notes that vegans and vegetarians can still participate by being more mindful about where their food is sourced. However, the Ethical Butcher website notes that Regenuary was launched as “a response to Veganuary,” and was borne out of “frustration” at the “misleading messages around veganism and its effect on the environment.”

Tangentially, in November, an anti-vegan lifestyle brand launched to allow meat-eaters to declare they are “proud to not be a vegan.”

The company sells tongue-in-cheek merchandise, such as mugs with the statement: “Doubled my meat intake to cancel out someone who turned vegan.”

“We’re here to stand up for the vast majority of people who eat meat,” the brand, called Not Vegan Friendly, says on its website.

“If you’ll excuse the pun, but a lot of people are fed up with vegans ramming their beliefs down our throats so it’s time to speak out in favour of our different and perfectly valid choice to eat meat.”Butchers Encourages Shoppers To ‘End The Violence’ Against Plants By Eating Meat

Regards Mark

Butchers Encourages Shoppers To ‘End The Violence’ Against Plants By Eating Meat – Plant Based News

USA: Hunters Slaughter 20 Gray Wolves At Yellowstone National Park.

20 gray wolves killed in Yellowstone National Park by hunters
Hunters use bait to lure the wolves into traps Credit: Adobe

The woodland stretches into Montana where hunting is legal and officials fear more killings are to come

Hunters killed 20 gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park, US, making it the bloodiest season yet.

According to reports, the illegal killings took place over a period of three months this winter. The deaths mark the most since the animals were reintroduced to the region more than two decades ago.

One pack is now considered “eliminated,” The Washington Post reports. Now, less than one hundred remain in the 3,500 square mile park, which spans across Wyoming and into Montana and Idaho.

Hunting is prohibited at Yellowstone, yet park officials fear more bouts are to come as there are months to go in Montana’s hunting season

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Wolves killed by hunters in Yellowstone National Park

Further to the story, The Washington Post reveals that the park’s superintendent is concerned about wolves being killed.

Cam Sholly reportedly said that an “extraordinary number” of Yellowstone wolves had already been killed. And, that Montana’s governor Greg Gianforte should do more to prevent it.

But Gianforte stated that any wolf entering the Montana state lines may be “harvested” under law, the news outlet adds.

Here, hunting is legal and poachers can use bait to lure animals into leghold traps.

A spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, Morgan Warthin, told The Washington Post: “Allowances for trapping and especially baiting are a major concern, especially if these tactics lure wolves out of the park.”

Regards Mark

Hunters Slaughter 20 Gray Wolves At Yellowstone National Park (plantbasednews.org)

EU: Time is running out to end the European Union’s shark fin trade.

17 January 2022

EU citizens have until 31 January 2022 to collect the final 100,000 votes out of the 1 million needed for a successful EU Citizens’ Initiative to demand the end of the shark fin trade in the EU.

Shark finning refers to cutting off the fins of live sharks on board a fishing boat and throwing the shark overboard to die in the water.

While shark finning is prohibited on EU vessels and in EU waters, and sharks must be caught with fins attached to their bodies, the EU is one of the world’s largest exporters of fins and a significant transit area for the global fin trade.

The EU exports approximately 3,500 tonnes of fins per year, with a total value of around 52 million euros. 73 million sharks are slaughtered each year for this purpose.

So far, 900,000 EU citizens call to “end the trade of fins in the EU including the import, export and transit of fins other than if naturally attached to the animal’s body”. Should they reach 1 million by 31 January, the European Commission could then decide to propose a new regulation to achieve this goal.

Sign the European Citizens’ Initiative here.

Regards Mark

Sanderson Farms- a nightmare scenario for chickens.

Following our lawsuit in 2020, Sanderson Farms scrubbed its false and misleading advertising and labels.
But the underlying problems remain — terrible suffering for over 1 million animals who they kill every day.

Now the company is set to merge with Wayne Farms, another chicken flesh-selling company with its own history of animal abuse.
We must speak up now!

Chickens in Sanderson’s industrial plants are held captive in filthy, overcrowded, inhumane conditions.

When slaughter time comes, the industry standard is that they are violently hung upside down in metal shackles;

dunked in a tank of electrified water (which often fails to render them unconscious); have their throats cut (this step too is performed at a breakneck pace and the birds often survive it);

lastly, they are dunked in boiling water to defeather them.

https://fb.watch/aBxnDxKtx3/

Tragically, over 500,000 birds reach the water alive each year and are drowned in boiling water while still conscious.
According to a former slaughterhouse worker, when chickens are scalded alive, they “flop, scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads.
They often come out of the other end with broken bones and disfigured and missing body parts because they’ve struggled so much in the tank.”

As if that weren’t enough, chicks who hatch later than expected have been documented being born alone in barren plastic creates, gasping for air and the warmth and comfort of their absent mother.
The corpses of dying and dead chicks end up scattered around, including near the living. The final stage of the process for unwanted chicks is the metal macerator, which grinds them up.
Truly it is a nightmare scenario.

Enough is enough. Chickens are sentient creatures, capable of feeling love and happiness, as well as suffering and feeling fear and terror.
It is inexcusable to treat them as if they are inert matter, as is currently being done by Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms.

Two petitions, Please take aktion: https://www.idausa.org/campaign/farmed-animal/latest-news/sanderson-farms-animal-welfare/

https://actnow.thehumaneleague.org/live-shackle-slaughter/

And I mean…There were more than half a million chickens drowned alive in scalding water tanks last year, according to the USDA.
That’s 1,400 birds boiled alive each and every day right on US soil!!
Why don’t more people know about this?

Sanderson Farms and other meat industry giants in the US like National Chicken Council, Tyson Foods, Foster Farms, Koch Foods, who are collectively responsible for slaughtering 70-80% of birds each year—need to end this animal cruelty now and have to understand that consumers demand real changes for chickens.

It’s time for these corporations to transition away from the cruel, outdated practices of factory farming, adopt much stronger animal welfare policies, and ultimately focus their energy on expanding their plant-based alternatives in order to improve the treatment of animals and workers suffering within their supply chains.

These meat industry giants have a unique power—and responsibility—to make these changes that will impact billions of animals every year. By phasing out live-shackle slaughter in their supply chains, countless chickens will be spared from one of the greatest causes of suffering in slaughterhouses today.
Because even one bird boiled alive is too many.

For too long, the meat industry has put profits before people and animals, with devastating consequences.
But now, pressure is mounting, more than 180 major food companies have already adopted the Better Chicken Commitment.

With these two petitions we refuse to support, with our taxes, an industry that is unable to find humane and effective solutions, an industry that persists in its mistakes, without respect for animal welfare or long-term human health.
We demand that governments – national, European and international – take their responsibilities and stop perpetuating this dangerously failing system.
Please sign and share

My best regards to all, Venus

Times change…

Parabéns!!
ao Supermercado Baggio, no Passo de Torres, pela iniciativa de colocar esse tipo de carrinho de compras, onde podemos levar nosso pet, a Mel, para fazermos compras, sem causar qualquer incômodo.
Iniciativas assim poderiam ser copiadas.


(Translation) Congratulations!
to the Baggio Supermarket, in Passo de Torres, for the initiative of placing this type of shopping cart, where we can take our pet, Mel, to shop, without causing any inconvenience.
Initiatives like this could be copied.

TORRES-SC STEP “A PASSIONATE PLACE” -by Tania Furtado 

And I mean…When you take your baby to the supermarket in the special baby buggy, people accept it and take it for granted.
Why complain about pets, who are usually cuter, more groomed and well behaved than small children?
Congratulations also from us to the innovative supermarket.
Times change, people evolve

My best regards to all, Venus

Kaufland Commits To End The Sale Of Live Carp In Slovakia

14 January 2022

Humánny Pokrok

On 23 December 2021, German retailer Kaufland made a commitment to end the sale of live carp in Slovakia, taking effect in January 2022. The commitment was made following a dialogue with our member, Humánny Pokrok.

The sale of live carp is part of the Christmas tradition for some people in Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. This includes a bathtub ritual, whereby the Christmas carp is taken home alive in a plastic bag and then put in the family bathtub for at least one or two days before being killed, often by a repeated blow to the head with a blunt object or by cutting off the head with a knife. 

A recent survey showed that 20% of Slovaks buy live carp to kill at home at Christmas, 15% buy live carp to be killed on the spot, 21% buy processed carp and 44% do not buy carp at Christmas.

Humánny Pokrok launched the campaign ‘Carp Hell’ in December 2021 to demand an end to the sale of live carp in Slovakia, gathering 7,500 signatures in a petition so far. The organisation is highlighting the sentience of carp and calling for both retailers and policymakers to put an end to this cruel practice. 

In light of the latest scientific knowledge, the holidays of peace are difficult to associate with suffocating in a plastic bag or cutting off heads in full consciousness. The sale of live carp, from the beginning of the transport to the killing at home in the kitchen, is a real hell for carp

Martin Smrek from Humánny Pokrok

In neighbouring Poland, retailers Kaufland, Tesco and Lidl have already made the commitment to stop selling live carp.  

This is a crucial step in the fight against atrocities committed every year. We are very pleased that Kaufland has once again shown that it is a market leader who is becoming more sustainable through its commitments and listening to its customers who care about animal protection. I think it is also an inspiration for other companies in Slovakia, which with their standards should also take the side of carp and improve their living conditions, as Kaufland has done today.

Miroslava Roháčová from Humánny Pokrok.

Read more at source

Carp Hell website

Regards Mark

USA: Workers Drilled Into Dogs’ Skulls and Injected Distemper Virus Directly Into Their Brains.

What a PETA eyewitness documented at Liberty Research, Inc.—a New York–based facility that conducts experiments on animals for pharmaceutical giants such as Bayer and Merck and churns out thousands of animals for use in other deadly tests—is horrifying.

Video and further action link:

https://youtu.be/zyaWEMrwclQ

In one experiment, workers used a drill to bore holes into the skulls of 30 beaglesso that distemper virus could be injected directly into their brains. Some dogs blinked and even whimpered during the painful procedure, and they woke up moaning. In the days that followed, they banged their heads against the walls of the cages, causing blood to spurt from their wounds.

Following PETA’s exposé of the suffering that dogs and cats endured at Liberty, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state officials cited the company for failing to provide some of the approximately 3,000 animals in its “care” with adequate veterinary care. The laboratory was also suspended from experimenting on animals for three months after its renewal application was denied.

But despite evidence of rampant cruelty and a laundry list of citations, pharmaceutical companies and universities are still commissioning tests and ordering live animals from Liberty—and the animals locked inside its windowless buildings need your help.



Take action today by telling Liberty’s customers to reconsider their ties with this despicable laboratory!

Regards Mark

Gabon- National Park: Fatal attack by chimpanzees on gorillas

Actually, the two live peacefully side by side (??) But now a group of chimpanzees has shown themselves surprisingly aggressive towards the larger apes.
Researchers have observed for the first time how they attack gorillas and even killed two.

Two adult male chimpanzees in Loango National Park in Gabon.

Chimpanzees have long been considered peaceful fellows.
But at least since the 1970s we have known that they can do things differently – when Jane Goodall documented extremely brutal and bloody attacks by the great apes.
They usually go after rival conspecifics in territorial disputes.
In addition, chimpanzees prey on smaller animals, including other species of monkeys.
However, it was not previously known that they also attack other hominids.
But researchers observed two deadly attacks by chimpanzees on gorillas in 2019.

“Interactions between chimpanzees and gorillas were previously considered relaxed,” says behavioral biologist Simone Pika from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, describing the relationship between the primates in a press release:

“We have regularly observed both species peacefully in foraging trees, and our Congolese colleagues have even witnessed chimps and gorillas playing together”.

In the Loango National Park in Gabon, Africa, the monkeys lived happily side by side until the brutal attacks took place.

Since 2005, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the University of Osnabrück have been researching the behavior of around 45 chimpanzees in relation to their social relationships, interactions with other groups, their hunting behavior, their tool use and their communication.

In the journal Scientific Reports they describe the disturbing incidents and remember the first one in February 2019:
“At first we only heard screams from the chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between neighboring chimpanzee communities.
But then we heard chest drumming, a display behavior characteristic of gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas.”

Silverback on chest drums.

A total of 18 chimpanzees attacked a silverback, three adult females and a baby for 52 minutes.
The second time, in December 2019, 27 chimpanzees attacked seven gorillas, including one adult male and three females, one cub and two children, for 79 minutes.

In both attacks, the gorillas tried to defend themselves and fought back. However, they had no chance against the majority of the chimpanzees.
The adult animals were able to escape, but two gorilla babies were killed, one of them even being eaten by the chimpanzees.
Only three of the attackers were injured.

How did the attacks come about?

The researchers don’t know for sure. Attacks and killings between different animal species usually occur because of hunting for prey or competition for food.

“It could be that the coexistence of chimpanzees, gorillas and forest elephants in Gabon’s Loango National Park has led to greatly increased competition for food, which in extreme cases erupts in deadly conflicts between the two great ape species,” explains co-study author and primatologist Tobias Deschner from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Climate change may also have contributed, as it makes food and other resources increasingly scarce.

The researchers have several possible explanations for the observed aggression.

“Interspecies kills can be interpreted as either foraging behavior or competition for food. We are only beginning to understand the impact of food competition on the interactions between the two great ape species,” says Simone Pika.

“Our study shows that there is still a great deal to explore and discover about our closest living relatives and that Loango National Park, with its unique mosaic habitat, is a unique place to do so”.

https://www.welt.de/kmpkt/article232779377/Schimpansen-greifen-Gorillas-an-und-toeten-sie.html

And I mean..Here the following must be said: The two species have never lived side by side peacefully because they don’t usually meet in the wild.

The human species is expanding, and its fellow animal inhabitants are left with less and less living space.

It`s about distribution struggle for increasingly scarce resources, obviously that’s man-made, man has a decisive part to play in it.

The term “murder” does not apply to killings within the animal kingdom because it comes from the human world of consciousness and animals are not capable of the complexity of categorical thinking.

They give themselves no moral and ethical account of why they do or don’t do something.
Precisely this characteristic of conscience is also part of the qualification of a homicide: whoever kills insidiously and with full calculation is a murderer.
The characteristic cannot be applied to animals. And chimpanzees belong in the animal world.

My best regards to all, Venus

Sweden: Medieval witch hunt against the wolf

The current 2022 hunt is even more gruesome than usual as various local county governments work together to eradicate entire families of wolves from their territory and habitat.

Norway (a non-EU country where the hunt for 54 wolves can continue until May 31) and Sweden are cooperating in this grotesque eradication effort and creating a wolf holocaust.

Almost 2,000 hunters have signed up on the Swedish side to kill 27 wolves.
Finland has also launched a hunt for 20 wolves.
Thus, in Scandinavia in 2022 more than 100 wolves will be slaughtered in the most gruesome ways.

The intentional killing of predators goes against the spirit and spirit of the EU’s Habitats Directive protecting endangered species.

NGOs in Sweden, Norway and Finland have called for the hunt to stop. Not in line with modern nature conservation: Sweden has been involved in the cruel business of trophy hunting for brown bears, lynx and wolves since 2010.

Wolves and other predators were nearly wiped out by human persecution in the late 19th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, the love of nature and the movement of people to urban areas contributed to a renewed appreciation for a diverse range of animals. The Hunters’ Association also contributed to the protection of certain species.

Unfortunately, in the late 1930s the Hunters’ Association was entrusted with the management of wild animals by the state and received enormous economic resources, linking the state and hunting interests, on a model then used in authoritarian Germany.

This model is still valid and gives them a budget of about $5.6 million each year.

This created an institution that would exercise control over wildlife and act as a lobbying force infiltrating government and the hunting political agenda at all levels. And this despite the fact that hunters make up less than 3% of the population.

Why is there a trophy hunt in a developed country like Sweden?

Wolves were fully protected starting in 1966 to save the species.

But as we can see, that has changed, even though Sweden has been subject to EU safeguards since joining the EU in 1995.
Since 2010, licensed hunting has expanded trophy hunting in Sweden as hunters are now allowed to kill bears, lynx and wolves. Foreign hunters are also welcome.

Continue reading “Sweden: Medieval witch hunt against the wolf”

UK: UK Charities Condemn Pathetic Government ‘Betrayal’ of Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide In Sugar Beet Crops.

WAV Comment – As if the UK government is not in enough deep water with their Covid drinks parties ! – another issue to anger the general public and to head them deeper down to road to election loss next time round. Pathetic by ignoring scientific advice – but then they, the fools, have always thought of themselves as better. The people will decide.

The government has ignored the advice of its scientific advisers to allow sugar beet farmers to deploy a banned bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide in 2022.

British Sugar has successfully applied for an exemption to permit the banned pesticide, known as Cruiser SB, to be used in England this year because of the threat to sugar beet posed by a virus transmitted by aphids.

The decision by the environment secretary, George Eustice, to allow the “emergency” use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam came despite the Health and Safety Executive and the government’s expert committee on pesticides concluding that the requirements for an emergency authorisation had not been met, and that pollution from the pesticide would damage river life.

Announcing the decision, the environment secretary said that farmers would be forbidden from growing flowering plants for 32 months after the sugar beet crop to reduce the risk to bees, but admitted: “It was not possible to rule out completely a degree of risk to bees (and this is the case even with a 32-month exclusion) from flowering plants in or near the field in the years after neonicotinoid use.”

Environmental charities condemned the move as “shameful” and “a betrayal”.

Sandra Bell, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Allowing a bee-harming pesticide back into our fields is totally at odds with ministers’ so-called green ambitions, not to mention directly against the recommendation of their own scientists. This decision comes just two months after the government enshrined in law a target to halt species loss by 2030.”

Stephanie Morren, senior policy officer for the RSPB, said: “As we tackle the nature and climate emergency on our doorsteps we need decision-makers to support our farmers in delivering sustainable farming. This means upholding the ban on highly toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids, and instead working to support our farmers in reducing their reliance on these harmful chemicals.”

Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Buglife, said: “Neonicotinoids approved under the current pesticide approval process devastated populations of wild bees and heavily polluted rivers. It is shameful that no action has been taken to ensure that bee and wildlife destroying pesticides are properly assessed as being pollinator safe before they are approved or derogated for use.”

Neonicotinoids were banned for agricultural use across the EU and Britain in 2018 due to their devastating impact on bee populations. Tiny traces of these toxic chemicals in crop pollen or wildflowers damage bees’ ability to forage and navigate. A recent scientific study found that even a single exposure to a neonicotinoid insecticide could significantly damage future generations’ ability to reproduce.

The exemption for Cruiser SB was also granted in 2021 but was not needed by sugar beet farmers because modelling indicated that the yellows virus carried by aphids would pose no threat. In 2020, according to the government, the virus destroyed a quarter of the national crop.

Defra spokesperson said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on robust scientific assessment. We evaluate the risks very carefully and only grant temporary emergency authorisations for restricted pesticides in special circumstances when strict requirements are met.

WAV Comment – ‘evaluate risks carefully’ = Defra bullshit.

“Last year the threshold was not met so the authorisation was never exercised. Strict criteria remain in place meaning this authorisation will only be used if necessary.”

UK charities condemn ‘betrayal’ of allowing bee-killing pesticide in sugar beet crops (msn.com)

Regards Mark

Additional:

Bees will die as ministers approve toxic banned pesticide for second time, warn experts (msn.com)

Bees will die as ministers approve toxic banned pesticide for second time, warn experts

A third of the UK bees have disappeared in 10 years  - AFP via Getty Images
© AFP via Getty Images – A third of the UK bees have disappeared in 10 years

Ministers have given the go-ahead for farmers to use a banned bee-harming pesticide in England for the second year running.The government went against the advice of its own scientific advisers, who said they did not see the justification for applying the neonicotinoid to sugar beet this year.

A single teaspoon of thiamethoxam is toxic enough to kill 1.25 billion bees, according to biology professor and insect expert Dave Goulson, and wildlife chiefs warned the decision could devastate already-struggling bee populations.

Environment officials announced they will permit the use of the pesticide to try to combat a virus transmitted by aphids.

They say the UK’s sugar harvest could otherwise be at risk this year and that “its exceptional temporary use will be tightly controlled and only permitted in very specific circumstances when strict requirements are met”.

Neonicotinoids are considered so harmful that they were banned by the UK and the EU in 2018, but since then 12 countries, including France, Denmark and Spain, have also granted emergency permits for neonicotinoid treatments to go ahead.

This time last year there was an outcry when ministers first gave beet farmers the green light to apply the pesticide, although eventually it was not used because a cold winter killed off the aphids.

Wildlife experts warned the decision “sounds a death knell for millions of bees and other insects” and flies in the face of government pledges to halt biodiversity loss.

The Pesticide Collaboration, which encompasses environmental organisations the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Buglife and the Wildlife Trusts, said the would harm of wildlife and that the government should increase protection for bees and other wildlife from the harm caused by pesticides.

Minutes from a meeting of the Expert Committee on Pesticides say members agreed that the requirements for emergency authorisation had not been met and that pesticide water pollution caused by the decision would harm river life.

Even minute traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in crop pollen or wild flowers “play havoc with bees’ ability to forage and navigate, with catastrophic consequences for the survival of their colony”, according to the RSPB.

recent study showed that even one instance of exposure of a “neonic” insecticide significantly harmed bees’ ability to produce offspring.

A third of the UK bee population is thought to have vanished in a decade, yet up to three-quarters of crop species are pollinated by bees, studies show.

Thiamethoxam is a seed treatment, taken up by the whole plant, including the flower, pollen and juices from the plant insects forage on, wildlife experts say.

Sandra Bell, of Friends of the Earth, said: “Allowing a bee-harming pesticide back into our fields is totally at odds with ministers’ so-called green ambitions.”

Joan Edwards, of The Wildlife Trusts, said the decision was “a clear betrayal of promises made to protect the natural world and comes at a time when nature declines are worse than ever”, adding: “Less than two months ago the government adopted a legally binding commitment to halt the decline of wildlife by 2030 within its flagship Environment Act – the authorisation of this neonicotinoid flies in the face of this commitment and sounds a death knell for millions of bees and other insects.”

A Defra spokesperson said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on robust scientific assessment. We evaluate the risks very carefully and only grant temporary emergency authorisations for restricted pesticides in special circumstances when strict requirements are met.

“Strict criteria remain in place meaning this authorisation will only be used if necessary.”

The government also says work on gene editing will help develop crops that are more resistant to aphids.

WAV Comment – I (Mark) am so angry about this; we are trying so hard to encourage bee reproduction and increase numbers with our ‘Bee Hotels’; and yet here we have a dickhead government that simply appears to give the green light to the deaths of millions more. Dickhead government by name, dickhead government by nature.

Here below you can see a few pictures of our bee hotel once we had made it. The little chambers in each log act as breeding tunnels for new bees to develop and then go into the wild as pollinators.

Maryland -USA: Pig heart transplant in human body

According to media reports, at the University of Maryland in the USA, a pig heart was transplanted for the first time in a patient with severe heart disease.
That sounds like a medical miracle.
But only if you don’t look at the medical facts, as the nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments points out.

In xenotransplantation, an organ from an animal is transplanted into another species. Even a transplantation within a species leads to massive acute and chronic rejection reactions of the body, which can only be kept in check by lifelong administration of drugs that suppress the immune system.

In the case of transmission from one animal species to another, this defensive reaction is far more severe.
One tries to control this rejection by “humanizing” the donor animal.
Human genetic material is introduced into pigs and genes responsible for rejection reactions are switched off. This is what happened in the current case, in which the heart of a genetically modified pig was implanted in a man in the USA.

The organs of these genetically modified animals should not be recognized by the recipient’s immune system.
“A feared hyperacute reaction has apparently been prevented in the current case,” says Dr. Gaby Neumann, research associate at Doctors Against Animal Experimentation.

Bartley P. Griffith, MD and patient, David Bennett © University of Maryland School of Medicine

“But one has to assume that there will also be delayed rejection reactions.

Therefore, the organ recipient will definitely have to take immuno-lowering drugs that go far beyond the levels known from human heart transplantation.”
This human experiment has been preceded by animal experiments for years, in which pig hearts are planted in monkeys – mostly baboons.

The primates are exposed to a veritable cocktail of drugs that would hardly be feasible for use in humans.

Among other things, the animals receive painkillers, cortisone and a variety of other drugs and antibodies to lower blood pressure or support the circulatory system, to suppress a rejection reaction, to prevent thrombosis, to suppress inflammation, bacterial and viral infections and to form red blood cells.
All drugs have a wide range of serious side effects.

Nevertheless, most monkeys die from organ failure within hours or a few days.
In Germany, too, such xenotransplantation experiments have been carried out for decades at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Another problem is the potential risk of uncontrolled spread of previously unknown diseases.
Viruses that are harmless to pigs but potentially dangerous to the human recipient of the organ can hide in the pig’s genome.
And not only for him.
Because at the latest through Corona, we know that animal pathogens can change and spread to humans.
In the late 1990s, foreign organ research almost came to a standstill when it was discovered that porcine retroviruses (PERV) can infect human cells in the test tube.

Even if the enormous hurdles in rejection are to be overcome, it remains unknown how a pig organ reacts to human lifestyle.
The much higher cholesterol levels in humans than in pigs can lead to blood vessel blockage.
To date, nobody knows whether animal organs can be regulated by human hormones at all.

It is also unknown to what extent the much shorter life span of the pig affects the transplanted organ.

“Especially for the benefit of patients, the solution to the acute shortage of organs cannot lie in completely incalculable xenotransplantation,” says Neumann.

“Much more important is the increased focus on improving preventive measures and the development of new therapy options with the help of sensible, human-relevant high-tech methods that do not use animals.”

http://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/news/aktuelle-news/2810

And I mean…“There are simply not enough donor human hearts available to meet the long list of potential recipients,” explained Bartley P. Griffith, who transplanted the pig heart, adding that though the scientists were “proceeding cautiously” with their research, they are “optimistic that this first-in-the-world surgery will provide an important new option for patients in the future”

Of course! Donating human organs requires the donor’s consent.
Animals are bred at will, genetically manipulated, and in the end they are slaughtered and what is needed is taken from them.
They don’t have to be asked, they are “only” animals and those without rights are not respected

I’m still waiting for the FIRST PIG that gets a human heart.

My best regards to all, Venus

U.S: Fauci tries to make male monkeys transgender!

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) gave $205,000 to researchers for HIV study

US corona czar Dr. Anthony Fauci’s agency awarded over $200,000 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to an experiment injecting male monkeys with female hormones, in a bid to find out why trans women have higher rates of HIV.

Fauci’s department, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, awarded $205,562 in funding to Scripps Research last month to inject male monkeys with female hormones.
Scientists plan to monitor how the hormones impact the males’ immune systems, testing the hypothesis that feminizing hormones negatively affect trans women’s immune systems and thus increase their likelihood of becoming HIV positive.

The project received NIAID funding last year but began a year earlier, in December 2020.
Fauci has been linked to research injecting monkeys with HIV dating back to the mid-1980s.

His agency has contracted to acquire some 500 of the animals annually from an island in South Carolina where they are bred specifically for US government research at an annual cost of millions, according to government documents published by campaign group White Coat Waste.

No parallel research injecting female monkeys with male hormones is being conducted – and accordingly, trans men are entirely missing from the Centers for Disease Control’s HIV factsheet, an odd oversight but one that has been justified by pointing out the low rate of infection among that population.
Trans men contract HIV at almost the same rate as biological women – 3% vs 4%, respectively – while 19% of trans women are HIV-positive.

Neuroscientist with animal rights advocacy group PETA Katherine Roe was not impressed by the experiment, arguing that monkeys cannot even contract HIV and the testing thus has no value beyond “pointless, wasteful monkey torture.”
Instead, she said, monkeys contract the milder and more survivable SIV – simian immunodeficiency virus.

The experiment has brought Fauci once again under fire from animal rights groups, who have already heavily criticized him for horrific beagle experiments his agency was found to have funded, including infecting dogs with heartworm only to euthanize them afterwards.

Please take action and tell Fauci and his NIAID to stop funding and conducting HIV/AIDS experiments on monkeys: https://support.peta.org/page/36378/action/1

https://www.rt.com/news/545863-fauci-transgender-monkeys-experiments-hiv/

And I mean…Not long ago, in August 2021, it was reported that NIAID awarded a $424,455 (taxpayer’s money) grant to the University of Georgia Research Foundation in September 2020 to test an experimental drug on beagles.

Dozens of healthy dogs were exposed to stable flies carrying a disease-causing parasite that can infect humans and expressed “vocal pain” when the scientists allowed the dogs to be bitten and infected.
They were later “euthanized for blood collection”.

We reported about it: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/10/27/americas-doctor-anthony-fauci-americas-mengele/#comments

This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.
This time, it’s trying to create transgender monkeys.
But rather than holding a proper clinical study with willing human patients that would yield relevant information, these experimenters have decided to use monkeys, who can’t become infected with HIV.

Right now, so little money is going to research on health issues for women (both cis and transgender) that throwing away more than $200,000 is unethical as well as cruel.

Monkeys don’t get HIV, and after 40 years, hundreds of thousands of dead monkeys, billions of dollars and no vaccines on the market, any rational person would think thieves and scammers are working in research

This is another senseless, wasteful monkey torture experiment, and it’s every bit as stupid as its ruthless operators.

The man should be fired on the spot.

My best regards to all, Venus

Eurogroup For Animals and the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition call for EU and Canada to Address Horse Welfare Under CETA.

12 January 2022

Press Release

The EU imports horse meat from Canada and this trade is problematic as NGO investigations and EU audits revealed massive problems with animal welfare and food safety. Eurogroup For Animals and the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition recommend using the tools offered by the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to address and improve horse welfare in Canada.

The EU is the biggest consumer of horse meat, even if consumption – and imports – have decreased over the past decade for various reasons, including the 2014 food scandal, and the subsequent ban on Mexican horse meat. Yet, since 2017, imports have been on the rise, and Canada’s share has remained constant at around 1,350 tonnes yearly. 

Even if this volume is relatively low, the horse welfare abuses detected in the production chains are highly problematic. These significant shortcomings in the sector, not only on animal welfare but also on traceability, have been underlined by recent NGO investigations. Furthermore, the EU legislation that imposes a six-month residency period, during which horses are not allowed to receive any medication, has created many additional concerns in terms of horse welfare. During this residency period, the animals are kept in horrifying conditions in open-air feedlots, without any protection from adverse weather or veterinary care for six months until they can be slaughtered.

As animal welfare issues related to farm practices do not fall under the scope of EU animal welfare requirements currently imposed on imports, in a joint letter we call on the European Commission and on the Canadian Minister for International Trade to maximise the opportunities offered by the CETA Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) to improve horse welfare.

The timing has never been better to discuss horse welfare now that it has become a priority of the Canadian government to ban live horse exports, mainly due to poor transport conditions

Sinikka Crosland, President, Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

Moving in this direction would respond to EU citizens’ expectations, as nine out of ten Europeans believe the EU should do more to promote animal welfare awareness worldwide. A petition, which has already gathered nearly 180,000 signatures, calls on the EU to suspend the imports of horse meat from countries where EU requirements on food safety and animal welfare are not respected.

If horse welfare fails to be addressed, the EU should send a clear message to its trading partners stressing that respecting the rules matters, and suspend imports where requirements are not met. In similar conditions, EU imports from Mexican horse meat were suspended in 2015

Stephanie Ghislain, Trade and Animal Welfare, Programme Leader, Eurogroup for Animals

ENDS

Notes

Briefing: Stable to Fork: EU Horse Meat Imports

Joint letter to the Canadian Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development & European Commission Chief Trade Enforcement Officer.

Regards Mark

Italy: So Probably ‘Ag Gag’ Does Exist In the EU ? – Essere Animali (Italian Animal Welfare Org.) Forced to Censor Videos of Investigations of Two Grana Padano Dairy Farms.

Photo – Essere Animali

WAV Comment – So Ag Gag DOES exist in the EU !

We know our investigations are troublesome, affecting the interests of powerful food groups, and we are aware of the legal risks we run. However, the need to improve living conditions for animals in factory farms drives us to carry out these investigations, and this is our primary goal. Attempts to intimidate us will not stop our work.

Simone Montuschi, President of Essere Animali

Well said Simone – we are fully behind you and your excellent work as animal defenders at Essere Animali.  What a pity that the court did not pay more attention to stopping the abuses rather than trying to Ag Gag EA.  Maybe then we would see some progress rather than the cover ups that they are trying to hide.

It would appear that despite the obvious abuses filmed by EA, the ‘bigger boys’ are now using a form of ag gag as their defence in order to cover up the exposed abuses. Money matters to the abusers more than anything ! – especially in the arena of animal welfare

EA you have our full support;

Mark.

13 January 2022

Essere Animali

Following the release of two investigations of two different dairy farms where Grana Padano is produced, the Consortium that protects the most consumed PDO cheese in the world has filed a civil lawsuit against Essere Animali and filed charges against their legal representative and some other members of the organisation.

As a result of the civil proceedings instigated by the Consortium, albeit in the interlocutory stage, the Court of Brescia ordered the removal of all the online videos related to the undercover investigations.

Additionally, the court prohibited the disclosure of any other footage or content from the investigations that involve Grana Padano. The only exception is the right to mention that the two farms involved are part of the Consortium.

Essere Animali appealed the Court decision, asking them to reconsider the order of removal and to allow the videos to remain online. The Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano has also pressed charges against several members of Essere Animali, for different crimes including defamation and receiving stolen goods.

We know our investigations are troublesome, affecting the interests of powerful food groups, and we are aware of the legal risks we run. However, the need to improve living conditions for animals in factory farms drives us to carry out these investigations, and this is our primary goal. Attempts to intimidate us will not stop our work.

Simone Montuschi, President of Essere Animali

What happened

Following the dissemination of the first investigation, released on 13 July 2021, the Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano replied with a video in which it distanced itself from episodes of animal abuse by referring to “isolated cases”. Subsequently, the Consortium proposed a meeting at their headquarters, during which Essere Animali were asked to remove the references to the Grana Padano trademark from the video, without making any concrete proposals regarding the requests of Essere Animali and Eurogroup for Animals’ Member Organisations.

Following the release of the second investigation on 29 September 2021, the police and official veterinarians intervened and found several animals in poor conditions. The farm, on which violations of regulations had previously been found, was sanctioned almost 10,000 euros, and was requested to adjust practices in accordance with regulations.

While the court of Brescia acknowledges that the investigations contain truthful footage, it accepted the request to blackout the investigative videos because they claimed the videos conveyed the message that “the entire production of the Grana Padano brand cheese takes place in violent ways and in the conditions reported“. 

Essere Animali maintains the right to criticise and strive for the abolishment of legal and common practices such as the separation of the newborn calf from the mother and subsequent isolation, which cause stress and suffering to the animals.

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The despised homeless of the city: city pigeons

Report by Animals United e.V.

Hardly anyone takes any notice of their suffering …

Homeless, picking garbage and sometimes with their feet tied up, they paddle through our streets.
Niches, walls and protrusions prepared with pointed spikes and nets make their nesting places inaccessible and rare.
Hungry around cafes and snack bars, they are chased away or even kicked away.

The city pigeon is a hated “pest” – the “rat of the air” and “building polluter”, whose population density – from the point of view of the cities – must be reduced by all possible means.

Did you know that city pigeons are feral “domestic animals” whose genetic predisposition makes them eternally dependent and dependent on human support and food?

Urban feeding bans turn generous pigeon friends into “criminals” as soon as they resisted because they can’t stand the sight of hungry birds.
To meet a city pigeon picking up vomit in its famine is unbearable and shameful.
Injured, sick birds and lost young animals are left to their own devices – they need our help so urgently.

The cooing beauties live among us – shape the cityscape … As fellow creatures, they are almost omnipresent.
Animal “fellow citizens” who are forced through human breeding efforts to colonize cities and seek our proximity. Yet many cities shirk their responsibility and ignore hunger and suffering.

Giving homeless birds a home: The German city of Augsburg is a concept pioneer and built twelve supervised dovecotes for its city pigeons, some of which are operated in old attics.

Dovecote in Augsburg – train station

The lofts offer adequate nesting places, feed and also reduce the unpopular populations of pigeons in town squares, as the animals spend most of their time in the dovecotes and consequently leave less droppings in undesirable places.

Targeted “birth control” can also be carried out by animal rights activists within the dovecotes, who replace the clutch with mock-ups.

Hannover, 04 10 2020 A dead pigeon lies on an asphalt surface

No more ignorance of hunger and suffering!
We demand shelter for all city pigeons in the country.
We call on all German cities and municipalities to offer city pigeons based on the “Augsburg Model” nationwide, species-appropriate, safe pigeon lofts and a constant feed supply.

City pigeons are human-bred, feral “domestic animals” whose protection and welfare is our responsibility.

Animals United e.V. For animal rights. Because pity is not enough!

And I mean…In an effort to find an animal welfare-friendly solution, a city pigeon concept was developed in Augsburg, which is essentially based on the establishment of supervised pigeon lofts.
The animals get food and water in the dovecote, are looked after by a veterinarian and have sufficient nesting opportunities.
Reproduction is regulated by exchanging the eggs for plastic eggs.

Very few cities have followed this good example.
At the same time, the shameful ban on pigeon feed applies throughout Germany.
Only in Berlin the feeding of pigeons is not forbidden, unlike in other big cities.

I was never interested in the ban.
And I find it very racist to call pigeons “rats of the air”, as if rats were the last mud.
Since the Corona time I have been feeding three large colonies in my city.
Over time I have developed methods that have saved me from getting caught – I’ve never been caught, although all three places are very central.

I think … if you are afraid to feed a few pigeons because you think you will get caught, you will not create anything else useful for the animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Listen To The APPG Webinar On The Banning Of Trophy Hunting.

On 9/1/22 we published news that a webinar was to be held by the (UK) All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting.  It took place and we can now provide you with a link that will enable you to view and hear the webinar.

Please click on the following to see our original post:

Webinar On Why Britain Should Ban Hunting Trophies – 11/1/22 at 11.00AM GMT. See Below for Details. – World Animals Voice

View the APPG webinar of 1/01/22 here:

Why Britain Should Ban Hunting Trophies ASAP – Webinar 11/01/2022 – YouTube

Regards Mark

They still exist … the good people

At the bar entrance, a sign says this:

“We ask all our customers with all our heart not to be bothered by the number of dogs (street) in the Amazon bar. We are a suitable place for pets and love. We give water and food to these sweet angels.
Sorry if it’s hard, but they’re not doing anything – they’re just coming to find food or shelter from the rain.
Thank you so much for the blessings “

(Text: Randika Madhumal)

There are a few who hear, who understand, who think and reflect, who have learned to respect the lives of “other” animals.

In principle, one could also use examples from the “few” to self-critically question one’s own morality, instead of clinging to convention and system-loyally act over and over again.
This is a very good example of acting ethically!

My best regards to all, Venus

“Time to act” for EU Parliament!

by Animals ’Angels e.V.

Your voice for the animals: Calls on the members of the EU Parliament to limit animal transports to 8 hours!

An important vote will take place in January – every vote counts! The Greens / EFA have set up a website with a sample letter for this purpose: https://act.greens-efa.eu/de/tiertransporte. Animals ‘Angels also put strong pressure on the MPs before the vote.

To the background:
The EU laws on the protection of animals are finally being revised.
The “Animal Transport” investigative committee of the EU (ANIT) has already made recommendations on this and, among other things, has spoken out in favor of limiting “slaughter” animal transports to 8 hours.
That’s good, but not good enough.

Because long animal transports are torture for all animals, not just for animals for slaughter. ‘Fattening’ and ‘breeding’ animals should – if at all – only be allowed to be transported for a limited time.

Soon, in January members of the European Parliament will vote on the recommendations of the special inquiry committee for Animal Transport (ANIT).
This is our chance to limit animal transport.
We want to include an absolute maximum time limit of eight hours for the transport of live animals – and an even shorter time limit for young animals.

This is our chance to put an end to this cruel system of dragging animals all over Europe in horrible conditions.

We’re asking for:
-A complete ban on transporting unweaned animals younger than 5 weeks
-2 hours of maximum transport time for unweaned animals older than 5 weeks
-8 hours of maximum transport time by air and road
-24 hours of maximum transport time by sea
-A ban on exporting animals to countries outside the EU which don’t respect EU animal welfare standards.

But we need to do this together.
We need you to ask MEPs from other political groups to support our demands.

Send your MEPs an email and ask them to support the maximum of 8 hours for animal transport. Use our tool to select the MEPs from your country that have not yet decided which way they will vote.
If you’re in a rush, we’ve even prepared an email for you.

More about our “Time to Act” project, with which we are campaigning in the EU for a better law to protect animals during transport, at: https://act.greens-efa.eu/animal-transport
Please sign!

The more people express their support, the louder our demands will be heard!
That is why it is important to ask your friends to sign as well.

Petition: https://act.greens-efa.eu/animal-transport

And I mean…In January 2022, the European Parliament will vote in plenary on the report and the recommendations of the ANIT committee.
We have often reported on the betrayal of the investigative committee (ANIT) to the animals (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/12/04/anit-committee-vote-an-anti-animal-welfare-work/)
The task now is to correct the bad work done by these well-paid EU officials.

The ship transports with animals, for example: they can take days or even months, and thus they do not violate EU regulations.
This was the case several times in 2021 alone, for example with the ships Karim Allah and Elbeik or with the blockade of the Suez Canal.
And yet those “responsible” for ANIT see no need in their report to limit or even stop these grueling journeys.

Road transport must generally be limited to a maximum of eight hours.
ANIT also failed there.

Through our mobilization and actions there remains one last hope, albeit a rather weak one, to convince the MEPs in the European Parliament not to turn a blind eye to the horror and cruelty to animals on the European roads any longer.

“Time to act” for EU Parliament!
The current EU regulation is out of date and inadequate in all areas: implementation, controls and consequences in the event of violations of EU regulations.

It would be a shame, after all the tragedies at sea and on the roads that have become known, to tolerate the irresponsible policy of the EU Commission in relation to animal transports.

My best regards to all, Venus

Belgium: Record Number of MEPs Demand An EU Commissioner For Animal Welfare.

10 January 2022

GAIA

Press Release

This is the most-signed thematic oral question tabled by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in this term and beyond. The Conference of Presidents is now called to decide on its scheduling in a plenary meeting for the Commission to answer within the next three months, and on its transformation into a resolution.

Over 150 MEPs and more than 140,000 citizens recently expressed their support to the #EUforAnimals campaign, promoted by over forty animal protection organisations across the EU, which demands that more relevance is given to animal welfare by making this responsibility explicit in the name of the relevant Directorate-General and the job title of the competent EU Commissioner. In the present context, the Commissioner’s responsibility would become for “Health, Food Safety and Animal Welfare”.

Today MEPs have made history again by putting together – in impressive numbers – the foundations for a European Union that cares more consistently and constantly for animal welfare, as its citizens are demanding, by establishing an EU Commissioner explicitly in charge of Animal Welfare. The EU institutions should not miss this opportunity to ensure that their efforts will not be thwarted by a different attitude in future EU Commissions.

Michel Vandenbosch, President, GAIA

We thank enormously Mr Fuglsang and the other MEPs who tabled the oral question, which represents a milestone in the work for animal welfare in the EU. The acceptance of this proposal by the European Commission would be a natural complement to its present efforts, and we would be delighted to see Ms Kyriakides become the first EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

A survey conducted in June by Ipsos shows that 70% of Europeans think there should be an EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare. While animal welfare is very close to the heart of European citizens, who constantly support initiatives aimed to improve the way animals are treated, the attention it has received within Brussels has fluctuated depending on the priorities of the Commission in office at the time.

We are fortunate to have a committed Commission at present, which has initiated a review of the existing legislation relating to animal welfare and has repeatedly announced its intention to prepare ambitious improvements for the years to come. However, previous Commissions’ actions on this front had been nearly absent, and this could be again the case when the next Commission starts operating in late 2024.

A new period of inaction on animal welfare should and can be prevented, and the way forward is clear: an EU Commissioner explicitly in charge of it.

ENDS

Notes

Text of the oral question:

Art 13 TFEU recognises animals as sentient beings. European citizens care about animals as testified by the Eurobarometer responses and would like to see their welfare improved through clear legislation, effective policies and the commitment of adequate resources. 

EU legislation on animal welfare has been elaborated since 1974, but the approach of the EU institutions has been inconsistent, contributing to the problem of poor enforcement on various fronts. 

The Commissioner responsible for animal welfare should receive more influence and powers in the EU institutions on this topic whose importance has been clearly acknowledged by this Commission. 

Over 125,000 EU citizens and over 120 MEPs from all political groups have already joined the #EUforAnimals campaign to demand that more relevance is given to animal welfare by making this responsibility explicit in the name of the relevant Directorate-General and the job title of the competent EU Commissioner. 

Presently, the Commissioner’s responsibility would become for “Health, Food Safety and Animal Welfare”, thus greatly supporting both legislative progress and proper enforcement. 

This would be a significant political decision leading to more accountability of the EU institutions for animal welfare and would therefore increase the consistency, effectiveness and impact of policy making in this field. 

One of the immediate effects of this proposal would be to establish a specific Directorate on animal welfare within DG SANTE, thus adequately recognising its specific relevance. 

  • Is the Commission planning to respond positively to this proposal? 
  • If so, what procedures aimed to implement it have been activated?

The oral question was promoted by Niels Fuglsang MEP (S&D, DK), with the co-promotion of MEPs Sylwia Spurek (Greens/EFA, PL), Petras Auštrevičius (Renew, LT), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL, FR), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), Michal Wiezik (Renew, SK), Emmanouíl Fragkos (ECR, GR), Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, NL), Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, BE), Emma Wiesner (Renew, SE), Maria Noichl (S&D, DE) and Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA, PT).

Citizens who want to support this campaign can sign the online petition.

The full survey results can be found here

Regards Mark

EU: Avian Influenza Emergency – Are We Headed Towards the Next Pandemic ?

11 January 2022

News

As Europe struggles with its largest avian influenza outbreak to date, the need to introduce a vaccination strategy is more prominent than ever.

Highly contagious and prone to mutations, the avian influenza virus is wreaking havoc in the European poultry sector. Both animal advocates and the poultry industry agree that a vaccination strategy is by now  indispensable to limit the spread of this deadly disease.

In their report published on 23 December 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stressed that current biosecurity measures appear insufficient in stopping the spread of the disease and stated that, aside from reinforcing biosecurity, the “reduction of the density of commercial poultry farms and possible appropriate vaccination strategies, should be implemented.” Indeed, in the absence of a vaccine, housing orders and the culling of millions of birds every year remain the only solutions available to Member States to try and curb this disease. 

It is by now recognised that the extreme industrialisation of poultry farming in the EU amplifies and is co-responsible for the devastating effects of outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). 

The geographical concentration of millions of domestic poultry kept in intensive systems is the main culprit for the outbreaks we are witnessing every year, with devastating consequences not only for kept poultry but also for wild birds (who are now also dying in large numbers). 

Prof. Thijs Kuiken, professor of comparative pathology at the Erasmus MC hospital in the Netherlands, recently stressed that the current strain of HPAI originated in 1996 among domestic geese in China, from where it further spread to domestic poultry in Asia. That outbreak could not be kept under control and in 2005 the virus infected wild birds in the region of Qinghai Meer in China. Since then, wild birds have become vectors of the disease during their seasonal migrations. 

Millions of animals are currently suffering from the effects of illness and mass killing for disease control, and considering that vaccinations are highly likely to curb the spread of the virus, idleness in implementing a comprehensive vaccination strategy aggravates the situation.

Developing a vaccine becomes even more urgent if we consider that, between 1997, when the first human case was identified, and 2015, 907 people were infected with HPAI H5N1 globally. The most recent human case occurred in the UK only a week ago. So far there is no proof of human-to-human transmission and the risk of infection for the general population remains low. However, due to its specificities, this virus is considered a public health threat and its genetic changes are monitored accordingly.

The current situation proves yet again that for reasons of disease control, sustainability and animal welfare, the EU must set a course away from intensive farming. 

The reduction of numbers of reared animals is imperative to achieve these goals and the time to act is long overdue: two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, one does not have to look far to see the effects of human negligence concerning zoonotic diseases.

Regards Mark

French zoo shot four wolves after the wolf pack escaped

In December of 2021, nine wolves tried to escape their small enclosures at Trois Vallées zoo. They didn’t pose any immediate threat to humans nearby, but simply destroyed safety hatches and climbed a fence.

In fact, they never even left the zoo. But four were almost immediately shot dead for “dangerous behavior” by park workers. This is what happens when you run a zoo without animal welfare or safety concerns in mind — innocent animals end up dead.

This isn’t the first time Trois Vallées zoo has come under public scrutiny.

In fact, just over a year ago, the zoo was ordered to close over animal, staff, and visitor safety concerns due to “security breaches,” but a court order allowed it to reopen.
There is little evidence the zoo has taken any steps to improve the safety or wellbeing of the animals living at the zoo.
Following the incident, the zoo is temporarily closed, but supposed to reopen in less than a month, according to its social media page.
Now is the time for the Minister of the Ecological Transition to step up and shut down this dangerous zoo — which repeatedly shows a lack of concern for animal life and wellbeing – for good.

The blood of four dead wolves is on the hands of the zoo, and ultimately, Barbara Pompili if she does not act to stop this murderous institution from reopening.

Sign now to demand Barbara Pompili (French Ecological Transition Minister) permanently shut down the Trois Vallées zoo!
Sign now if you agree!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/377/165/264/a-french-zoo-caused-the-death-of-four-wolves.-its-time-it-gets-shut-down-for-good.

And I mean...The park’s owner Sauveur Ferrara told that the wolves, whow were newly arrived at the attraction, escaped after destroying security installations but never went outside the zoo itself.

“Due to the abnormal and dangerous behaviour of some of them, four wolves were sadly killed by the park personnel,” he added, emphasising that members of the public had immediately been evacuated from the park.

Due to urgent work, the zoo is closed from December 23 to mid-January 2022”, the director promised a “reopening under the best conditions” (!!)

But the story has an air of déjà vu for the Trois Vallées Zoo which, on October 22, 2020, was already hit by an administrative closure measure, on the order of the Minister for Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili.

At issue: “Serious breaches” endangering the safety of some 600 animals of 70 different species on the premises, but also that of staff and visitors”.

Starving animals, unsanitary enclosures: I asked the Tarn prefect to immediately close the 3 valleys zoo. The animals will be transferred to suitable establishments. I will have no tolerance: when we welcome wild animals, we respect the rules. pic.twitter.com/mFFlxUQ2TZ

– Barbara Pompili (@barbarapompili) October 23, 2020

Terrified, the owner of the Three Valleys, Sauveur Ferrara, had then denounced a “Relentlessness” authorities against him, even speaking of “conspiracy” near the Dépêche du Midi.

The prefectural decree was suspended on the following November 2 by the Toulouse administrative court, “because of the serious and clearly illegal infringement of the right to property, the freedom to conduct business and the freedom of trade and commerce industry ”, for lack of prior notice, according to a press release from the TA.

Unfortunately the zoo was finally able to conserve its animals.

The right of ownership was put above the welfare of the animals! zoo should have been closed forever the first time it was violated.

But it is not the sole fault of the owner of the zoo and of every zoo.

A large part of this misery is caused by all visitors who want to spend a nice day at the zoo and parents who visit these open-air prisons with their children so that children can “learn” something about nature and animals and and aditionally support this nonsense with their ticket.

Please sign the petition; there is a good chance that this prison station will finally be closed.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: You Have Done It ! – Money Raised To Show Viva Vegan Advert on UK Television.

WAV Comment:  we are really pleased to have donated twice towards the reaching the target amount required to show this advert on UK television and make many non vegans get a grip into understanding that meat comes from live animals.

Regards Mark

You have helped us exceed our £40,000 target, which means over 16 million Channel 4 viewers will get to see it!

Thank you so much to every single one of you who has donated, shared, or spread the word about this campaign. You’ve helped to make this Viva!’s biggest crowdfunder to date. But we’re not finished yet… we still have 8 hours before the campaign officially ends and we want to give it one final push.

The more money we raise, the longer we will be able to air our ad, and the more people we will reach with our vegan message.

This is the biggest opportunity Viva! has ever had to reach the UK public on such a massive scale.

If you haven’t already, please donate today because this really is the final countdown!

£ 40,644 raised (and increasing) towards the goal of £40,000.

You have helped us exceed our £40,000 target, which means over 16 million Channel 4 viewers will get to see it!

Thank you so much to every single one of you who has donated, shared, or spread the word about this campaign. You’ve helped to make this Viva!’s biggest crowdfunder to date. But we’re not finished yet… we still have 8 hours before the campaign officially ends and we want to give it one final push.

The more money we raise, the longer we will be able to air our ad, and the more people we will reach with our vegan message.

This is the biggest opportunity Viva! has ever had to reach the UK public on such a massive scale.

If you haven’t already, please donate today because this really is the final countdown!

Yours for the animals,

Juliet Gellatley
Founder and Director

Webinar On Why Britain Should Ban Hunting Trophies – 11/1/22 at 11.00AM GMT. See Below for Details.

Hello Mark!

I know it’s short notice, but TUESDAY, January 11th at 11:00AM GMT is Ban Trophy Hunting’s webinar…  Jane Goodall and the former Pres. of Botswana (who banned trophy hunting) are both listed as speakers)

(20+) Why Britain should Ban Hunting Trophies ASAP | Facebook

Event by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

The UK Government has pledged to ban hunting trophies – but isn’t able to say when.

A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting (APPG) reveals that British imports of hunting trophies from protected species may be going up – and that official figures may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The APPG is calling on the government to name a date for the introduction of its bill, or to instead adopt the Hunting Trophy Import (Prohibition) Bill promoted by backbencher John Spellar MP which has won cross-party support and is scheduled for debate on Friday, 14 January.

On Tuesday 11 January, the APPG launches its new report ‘Shooting up – Are Britain’s Trophy Imports & Hunting Companies Booming?’ in a webinar open to the public, and challenges the government to bring a swift end to imports of hunting trophies into Britain.

Panelists include world-famous conservationist Dr Jane Goodall; Lt Gen Serestse Khama, former President of Botswana; Professor Phyllis Lee of the Amboseli Trust; Sir Roger Gale MP (Con); Baroness Sue Hayman (Lab); Dave Doogan MP (SNP); Lord Chris Rennard (Lib Dems); Hywel Williams MP.

Join us on:

Zoom –
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87432433558

Facebook Live – Link to be posted on the day of the event.
YouTube – Link to be posted on the day of the event. 

Regards Mark

Drought in Africa

Drought in Africa-By Martin BuschmannMEP

The rain doesn’t come any more. It has not rained in eastern Kenya for over a year.
Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia are also affected. The ground has dried up, nothing grows anymore.
Millions of people in East Africa are at risk of starvation.

The animals are also affected. Giraffes die of thirst in the wildlife parks, the wildebeest and zebras never migrate.
Without water, nothing grows along their migration corridors.

First it hit the hippos, which need large amounts of water and mud to live.
60 carcasses could be counted.
40 bodies of Grevy’s zebras were also found. They became infected with anthrax, the spores of which remain in the dry soil for decades.
All herbivorous animals struggle to survive during the drought.

Monkeys band together and attack water tankers or food vans along the streets.
Because of man-made climate change, the rain cycle is permanently disrupted.
And if it does rain a bit, the rock-hard ground cannot absorb the water.
Disastrous floods are the result.

Large parts of the country are becoming uninhabitable and people can no longer make a living.
Disaster seems inevitable.

https://www.facebook.com/Tierschutzabgeordneter/

And I mean... drought in Kenya, tornadoes in the USA … Europe / Germany will be soon the next one.
Germany produces more Co2 than the entire continent of Africa.

Such droughts are undeniably caused by climate change; therefore we MUST understand such reports not as NATIONAL, but as INTERNATIONAL disasters.

But every time people find a different excuse that someone else is to blame and that we don’t have to / can’t do anything.
That is simply wrong and only works in a conspiratorial dream world without any reference to reality.

If you think you have “nothing” to do with what is going on around you and whether it is a meter or a thousand away from you, then you are just that, one … one who pollutes the environment!

It’s time to pull the emergency brake.
Otherwise, potentially catastrophic climate change and the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity can no longer be prevented

My best regards to all, Venus

Will the dairy industry be out soon?

A number of dairy farmers in the US are already turning their backs on the industry.

Among them, California’s oldest dairy farm, Giacomazzi, which has existed for 125 years, is closing down.
It gets rid of the cows and will instead grow almonds.

He is not alone.
A number of dairy farmers are turning their backs on the industry.
His colleague Cornell Kasbergen told ABC: “It is better if you invest your money in trees…. Almonds, pistachios, grapes… ”. There are many alternatives that produce a higher yield than milking cows. “

On the other side of the pond, in the UK, dairy farmers are also giving up their businesses.
According to new research, one dairy farmer leaves the industry every week.

More and more studies show that cow’s milk is good for calves, but not for us humans.


More and more consumers are therefore opting for milk alternatives such as oat, soy or almond milk.
There was already an outcry from the milk lobby and so the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided in 2017 that the designation “soy milk” is no longer permissible.
However, the names coconut milk and Leberkäs, but also peanut butter, were spared the madness.

Not only the oldest dairy farm in California has opted for an alternative to conventional milk, there is also a dairy in Germany that has recognized the nutritional trend and will also offer a plant-based milk alternative.
There are many reasons why more and more people are choosing an alternative to milk, from their own health to ethical reasons to environmental protection.

Germany is one of the world’s leading milk producers and can look forward to ample subsidies.
So much milk is being produced that it has resulted in an enormous surplus.
“Milk made in Germany” has long been landing in Africa, India, Latin America and China.
Around 33 million tons of milk are produced in Germany each year.
The turbo cows make it possible.

Everyone should be familiar with the grievances in factory farming by now.

Incidentally, the production of a glass of milk leads to almost three times the greenhouse gas emissions compared to non-dairy products, according to a study by the University of Oxford.

According to a study, it takes 5 liters of water to make 1 liter of milk and 650 square meters of land are required to produce one glass of milk a day. That corresponds to two tennis courts.

According to a study by the University of Oxford, the production of one glass of milk leads to almost three times the greenhouse gas emissions of non-dairy products.

Germany is one of the largest milk producers in the world. Around 33 million tons of milk are produced in Germany every year! Animal suffering is subsidized with taxpayers’ money.

A lot of money is involved, as the sales of the largest dairies show.

For example, the largest dairies come from France. Before Danone with a turnover of 18 billion euros, the French dairy Lactalis is even bigger with an annual turnover of 20 billion euros.

The largest dairy in the world is Nestlé. The group generates over 24 billion euros.
https://netzfrauen.org/2019/11/07/dairy-3/

And I mean…In reality, nothing is true about the image of the idyllic dairy farming, which has been romantically transfigured to this day.
Instead, the milk business has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry, which ensures that milk consumption is constantly increasing all over the world.
And the suffering of the animals that produce the milk too.

And this despite the fact that almost two thirds of all adults worldwide are lactose intolerant.
A huge branch of industry has developed, the dairy industry is even the largest in the German food industry.
And for a few years now, the lactose intolerance business has also been flourishing
The new, lucrative trend towards lactose-free dairy products, however, serves less health than the manufacturers’ wallet.

But what is really behind the milk production?
How did the cows become suppliers for a high-tech dairy industry?
How are they suffering?
Who are the people behind it?
What effects does milk have on our health?

The dairy industry goes to great lengths to keep its secrets.
But thanks to the numerous undercover investigations in recent years, the reality and truth about this industry are becoming more and more public.

Regardless of whether in Europe, Asia or Africa – through this continued milk consumption we keep the infant in a permanent state. By nature, it is not intended that we can still process milk as adults.
Humans are the only mammals that will continue to consume milk in adult life.
And many people feel this in their lactose intolerance.

Therefore, myths and other long-established fairy tales of “oh so healthy milk” should each of us banish from our adult lives.

My best regards to all, Venus

Protest in arena against the #corrida- we thank the brave activists!

Protest against the #corrida, September 28, 2021

(click on the picture)

Congratulations to these volunteers who threw themselves into the arena to save the lives of the bulls.
Thanks for your courage !!
Animals are not objects for our enjoyment but living beings to be respected.
Boycott anything involving the use of animals.

 Credit: @rob__banks

And I mean…In November 2013, bullfighting in Spain was declared an “intangible cultural heritage” and the bloody slaughter was protected by law.
Til today.
At the time, this decision could only be justified by the fact that the highly corrupt Spanish People’s Party ( PP ) (under the then Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy) tried to save the dying business of the bullfighting industry from collapse
It must be said that this has made it possible to promote the struggles with public money to this day.

According to a Spanish MP, around 130 million euros flow from the EU to Spanish fighting bull breeders every year.
Around 31 million euros of this came from Germany.

According to ANOET, the umbrella organization for bullfighting events, sales rose to over 3.5 billion euros in 2014; an estimated 200,000 people are directly employed by the organizers and the arenas.

Bullfighting is therefore much more than an “intangible cultural heritage” – it has been an industry that has been functioning well for years and makes billions in profits every year.

Where there is blood, pain, and torture, there will never be art, valor, and culture.

According to recent surveys, around 70 percent of Spaniards are against bullfighting. In fact, the majority of the audience is now reduced to retirees, visitors over the age of 60 and tourists.

We are now thousands, and thousands upon thousands, who want to abolish the bloody spectacle.
We are fighting to finally put an end to the corridas. The brave activists should know that they are not alone.
More and more anti-corrida people are standing behind them.

We thank you!
There is no other way to put it, people like you will make history!

My best regards to all, Venus

Trophy Hunters – Exposed, and A Psychological Perspective – Books.

TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry by Eduardo Goncalves

Thousands of animals threatened with extinction were shot by trophy hunters last year. Attempts to protect dwindling lion and elephant populations have been thwarted by hunters. They are now allowed to shoot twice as many critically endangered black rhinos. How has this happened?‘

Inside the Big Game Industry’ is an explosive investigation into the trophy hunting industry, its key players and donors, and how it is stripping endangered animals of the protections they need.  It reveals how a top fundraiser for Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, the head of a paramilitary death-squad and a former WWF Director have shot record-breaking lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards.  It exposes the identities of over 500 hunters who have won industry awards for shooting all the ‘African Big Five’; the leading figures in the UK industry including a salesman who helps hunters shoot juvenile lions in enclosures; and the extraordinary kill tallies and trophy collections of hunters around the world.  It also lifts the lid on how household brands – and our taxes – are funding lobbyists, how the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army in the US are helping the industry recruit a new generation of child hunters, how lobbyists are posing as ‘conservation’ groups … and how the industry boasts it ploughs more money into US elections than some of the world’s biggest corporations.  Read how psychologists and criminologists fear trophy hunting could be fuelling violent crime, and how the industry could spark devastating outbreaks of diseases in local communities …The author, Eduardo Goncalves, is an award-winning campaigner, journalist and conservationist. He has been a consultant to WWF and CEO of a national animal welfare charity. In 2018, he founded the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH) which is today supported by some of the world’s biggest names in music, sport, film and TV. In 2019, CBTH persuaded the UK government to support a ban on imports of hunting trophies. 

Proceeds from the sale of ‘TROPHY HUNTERS EXPOSED – Inside the Big Game Industry’ will be donated to the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting http://www.bantrophyhunting.org

Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective by Geoffrey Beattie

Explores the psychology of trophy hunting from a critical perspective and considers the reasons why some people engage in the controversial activity of killing often endangered animals for (so called) sport.

This book explores the psychology of trophy hunting from a critical perspective and considers the reasons why some people engage in the controversial activity of killing often endangered animals for sport.

Recent highly charged debate, reaching a peak with the killing of Cecil the lion in 2015, has brought trophy hunting under unprecedented public scrutiny, and yet the psychology of trophy hunting crucially remains under-explored. Considering all related issues from the evolutionary perspective and ‘inclusive fitness’, to personality and individual factors like narcissism, empathy, and the Duchenne smiles of hunters posing with their prey, Professor Beattie makes connections between a variety of indicators of prestige and dominance, showing how trophy hunting is inherently linked to a desire for status. He argues that we need to identify, analyse and deconstruct the factors that hold the behaviour of trophy hunting in place if we are to understand why it continues, and indeed why it flourishes, in an age of collapsing ecosystems and dwindling species populations.

The first book of its kind to examine current research critically to determine whether there really is an evolutionary argument for trophy hunting, and what range of motivations and personality traits may be linked to this activity. This is essential reading for students and academics in psychology, geography, business, environmental studies, animal welfare as well as policy makers and charities in these and related areas. It is of major relevance for anyone who cares about the future of our planet and the species that inhabit it.

Additional Links –

Safari Club International

About Us – Safari Club

Dallas Safari Club

Home – Dallas Safari Club (biggame.org)

National Rifle Association

Home of the NRA | National Rifle Association

Regards Mark

Trophy Hunting – Time For Global Action To Stop It NOW !

The photos and many of the words are taken directly from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting site which can be visited at:

About – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

WHAT IS TROPHY HUNTING?

The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting defines it as “as a ‘sport’ by those who practice it. It consists of killing an animal for recreation, and then displaying its body as an expression of a hunter’s ‘prowess’. It is distinct from the control or management of wildlife populations, which should be carried out humanely by trained professionals.”

WHAT ARE ‘HUNTING TROPHIES’?

Trophies include whole bodies of animals, their heads or skulls, skins, tails, feet and even genitalia.

In the case of elephants they can include trunks and ears too.

CANNED’ LIONS

There are over 300 Lion ‘Factory Farms’ breeding thousands of lion cubs for trophy hunters to shoot in enclosures.

They are also killed for their bones to make ‘lion wine’ and ‘lion cake’ for wealthy Asian businessmen.

SICK PRIZES

In recent years, over 800 Trophy Hunters have won prizes for having shot lions, elephants, leopards AND rhinos.

The hunting industry hands out special awards every year to hunters who kill over 125 different species of animal.

HUNTING HOLIDAYS

There are thousands of hunting companies, mainly in South Africa and the US.

Some make millions of dollars a year.

Some offer Black Friday deals and even ‘free’ animals for hunters to shoot, such as monkeys.

EXOTIC CREATURES

Many Trophy hunters like to shoot kangaroos, camels, seals, beavers, wild cats, reindeer, and sheep.

In the US, there are estates which import and breed animals such as zebras – so hunters don’t have to fly to Africa to shoot their favourite animal.

In some places, hunters can drive around in tanks, take young children hunting, and even shoot animals from helicopters using a machine gun.

SUFFERING

Studies suggest at least 50% of animals shot by Trophy Hunters are not killed instantly and instead die slow, painful deaths.

Evidence presented to the UK Parliament

Witness(es): Dr Mark Jones, Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation; Eduardo Goncalves, Founder, Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting; Dr Audrey Delsink, Wildlife Director, Humane Society International UK

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Tuesday 2 November 2021 

Watch the committee presented with evidence from the above by clicking on the following link:

Parliamentlive.tv – Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Visit the (UK) campaign to ban trophy hunting working to expose and end trophy hunting all over the world; see lots more at:

Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

KILLING ANIMALS FOR PLEASURE IS CRUEL, UNNECESSARY, AND HAS NO PLACE IN A CIVILISED SOCIETY.

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

The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting calls for:

-Governments to ban trophy hunting and the import and export of hunting trophies

-Effective enforcement of existing national and international laws against trophy hunting, with tough penalties for offenders

-An immediate halt to the trade in trophies of vulnerable, threatened or endangered species

-Trophy hunting exemptions to be removed from existing international conservation agreements

-Negotiations to commence on a comprehensive global agreement banning trophy hunting

News – News – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

View the huge range of well known supporters calling for a ban – Supporters – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Actions – Including Petitions:  Action – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Donations to help the fighting fund – Donate – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Investigations – Investigations – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Why its time to ban trophy hunting – Opinion – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Shop for merchandise – SHOP – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Regards Mark

Elephant riding is not a holiday experience -it is animal cruelty

Elephants are being abused for tourist rides at Amber Fort, India

In his first guest blog, Shubhobroto Ghosh, our Wildlife Projects Manager in India, writes about elephant abuse witnessed at Amber Fort, the popular tourist attraction in Rajasthan
Unfortunately, the scale of the elephants’ abuse and the hidden suffering behind these rides is lost on many.

Captured from the wild, often as babies, these animals undergo a brutal training process called ‘the crush’ whereby they are beaten and starved into submission by their handlers.

They are next brought into these venues such as Amber Fort, to carry humans on their backs and become props in an entertainment display.

An Amber Fort elephant, with damaged feet from carrying tourists, kneels on a concrete floor

Studies have shown that the elephants at Amber Fort in Jaipur – numbering in excess of 100 – show multiple health problems. These include foot injuries, damaged eyes and general fatigue caused by their unnatural activity.

The elephants’ diet is often nutritionally inadequate, barely fueling them for the steep slope they are forced to climb. They are forced to walk over concrete surfaces which cause them pain and distress.
Bearing in mind this immense cruelty – that is often promoted by travel and tour operators – a petition has been filed to the Supreme Court of India to stop this suffering and improve elephant welfare.

The petition has been led by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (an NGO), in a bid to stop these elephant rides.

The elephant is India’s National Heritage Animal, but the way they are treated shows complete lack of concern for a wild animal that is extremely social, sentient and walks across a range of over 20 km in the wild every day.
We are working with travel companies to urge them to remove elephant rides and shows from their itineraries, and promote animal friendly tourism.

We are also looking into a sustainable solution for these elephants in Rajasthan, so that they can experience some dignity after a lifetime of abuse.

The elephant has a rich history in India, worshipped and revered in culture and then ironically killed for ivory and illegally traded as objects of entertainment.
World Animal Protection strongly urges people to treat this majestic animal with respect so that as a wild animal, the elephant stays in the wild and does not become a cog in the relentless wheel of entertainment.

https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/blogs/elephants-are-being-abused-tourist-rides-amber-fort-india

https://www.peta.de/aktiv/elefantenreiten-indien-petition/#petition

And I mean…In 13 Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodiascha, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) still live between 44,000 and 49,000 wild elephants (CITES, 2017).
At the same time, according to official figures, at least 15,000 elephants are kept in captivity in these countries, most of them in Myanmar.

The actual number of animals caught is probably significantly higher because not all individuals are officially registered (CITES, 2016). The information on animals in captivity as well as in the wild also differ greatly depending on the source.

Originally, elephants were mainly used as work animals.
The elephants now in captivity are mainly used in tourism.

Like all wild animals, elephants never give up their nature.

A wild elephant would never let a human ride on its back.

In order to achieve that elephants submit to humans, allow direct contact and obey orders, they are broken by force.

The use of elephants for work or entertainment is enforced and based on the concept of negative reinforcement. Physical and mental punishment as well as the deprivation of vital things such as water, food and sleep are supposed to break the will of the elephant.

It is no coincidence that the method used for this is called “breaking” and is reminiscent of methods used in torture prisons.
The herd animals are isolated and starved, and water is often withheld from them until they are ready to do what their mahout says.
Sometimes young animals are also torn from their mothers and made compliant with fire.
According to the Pro Wildlife organization, the black market value of an elephant calf in Thailand is 24,500 euros.

The mahout mostly uses metal hooks that are stuck into the sensitive ears or trunk areas.
The blows often in the face and eyes leave painful wounds.

After the “crush” procedure (breaking of will) the suffering of the animals is far from over: Even during their further life in captivity, the animals are continuously abused physically and mentally.

The wooden frames in which the holidaymakers usually sit are also a torture for the animals.
In some cases, metal chains with pointed hooks are tied around the elephants’ feet, with the help of which the “mahout” forces the elephant to move in the direction of travel.

Cruelty to animals for the business with the holidaymakers, who then quite routinely rate the show program on the Internet with “the elephant ride was very nice”.

There can be no show, no favor, no football game with the free will of a wild animal.
Even the dumbest tourist should finally get that.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Veganuary Vegan Bites.

The following tasty treats have come to us through liaison with the Viva! Vegan recipe club.

Why not give them a try (for Veganuary) when you have some time.

 

Speedy One Pot Kale, Bean & Lemon Stew

This is a lovely, hearty, healthy stew which is very quick to make – perfect for busy evenings or for taking to work in a thermos for the office lunch.

Click here for the full recipe details:

Speedy One Pot Kale, Bean & Lemon Stew – Vegan Recipe Club

Golden ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies 

These seasonal pies are mmmnn delicious! You can choose whether to make 1 large pie, 6 medium-sized (using pie cases or ramekins) or 12 little pies (using a muffin tin).

Click here for the full recipe details:

Golden ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies – Vegan Recipe Club

Quick & Creamy Black Eyed Bean Curry

This curry is healthy, delicious, easy to make and certainly not lacking in flavour. Add to the list of weekly staples 🙂

Click here for the full recipe details:

Quick & Creamy Black Eyed Bean Curry – Vegan Recipe Club

Guest Chef Specials:

Krimsey Lilleth was born in Baton Rouge, LA and raised in the rich, celebratory culture of the deep south. She spent a good deal of her childhood in the great outdoors and swampy, magical forest teeming with all sorts of critters she came to love and respect.

Krimsey’s mission is to inspire others to care for themselves, animals and the environment through food. She is the founder of the late-and-great Los Angeles restaurant, Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen, the world’s first vegan Cajun restaurant! 

We can’t wait to try Krimsey’s incredible recipes – perfect for a post-Christmas pick-me-up. 

Deep South Pasta Casserole

Click here for the full recipe details:

Deep South Pasta Casserole – Vegan Recipe Club

Cinnamon S’mores French Toast Roll-ups

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Cinnamon S’mores French Toast Roll-ups – Vegan Recipe Club

Sign up to the Vegan recipe club by clicking here:

Delicious Vegan Recipes | Vegan Recipe Club

Download the Vegan recipe club app by clicking here;

Vegan Recipe Club App – Vegan Recipe Club

Some Veganuary specials for you to try – just click here:

Advance recipe search – Vegan Recipe Club

Happy Munching !

Regards Mark

Tennessee in 1916- the execution of Mary, the elephant

Today we commemorate the grizzly death of Mary the elephant.
Mary was a member of Sparks Bro. Circus, paying a visit to East Tennessee in 1916, when she attacked and killed her handler.

It was September 13, 1916, when the world that existed in tiny little Erwin, Tenn., changed forever.
It was a peaceful time on Main Street in Erwin.
The world was at war, but America wasn’t.

People were watching silent films, and King Lear was one of the most popular films of the year. Talking pictures were almost a decade away, and most people were seeking entertainment where they could find it.
It was a good time for the circus to come to town.

The Sparks Brothers Circus came to the area and brought with it all the wonders of any circus. This included entertaining sea lions, clowns, a man who walked on his head and of course, elephants.

These five-ton creatures were the stars of the circus, and Sparks Brothers was proud to have five of them.
Mary was the star among stars as she was billed to be the largest land animal in the world.
Sparks Brothers even said that she was larger by two inches than Jumbo, a giant elephant owned by P.T. Barnum and his circus.

To drum up business, Sparks Brothers billed Mary as one of the most dangerous animals in the world, having killed from two to 20 men.

No doubt this part of the story is pure myth, and it is highly doubtful that Mary had ever killed anyone before.
On September 11, 1916, Sparks Brothers made it to Kingsport, Tenn., and set up camp.
Drifter Red Eldridge was traveling with them and worked as a janitor and an elephant handler.

He had no formal training as an elephant handler and had just gotten this job to pass the time and make a few dollars before he hopped on a train and moved on to the next town on the line.

The story goes that Eldridge was told to take all five of the elephants to a large ditch that ran down the town to let them splash in the water.

On the way back, Eldridge drove her by using a stick.

Here is where the story takes on some controversy.

One version has Mary reaching over for a watermelon rind, and Eldridge jerked her chain to make her keep moving. It is said Mary picked Eldridge up with her trunk and threw him against a drink stand.
She then walked over to the already lifeless body and stepped on his head, mashing the poor man’s head flat.
Another version has Mary throwing Eldridge 10 feet in the air, slamming him to the ground, running her tusks through him and then stepping on his head.
Still another version says she swiped her tail at Eldridge. Her tail struck him in his head killing him instantly.

The final version says she had two abscessed teeth and was in extreme pain. When Eldridge pulled on her chain or struck her with the stick, she got mad and went for Eldridge, eventually killing him.

Regardless of the reason, Mary had killed a man, and she was going to have to pay a price.
As valuable as Mary was, she had to go.

The problem was how do they execute her?
No one had a gun large enough to execute her quickly and humanely. A local blacksmith shot her with his 32-20 rifle, and it had little effect. A local sheriff shot her with his .45 handgun and only “knocked chips out of her.”

They thought about electrocuting her, but that seemed too cruel.
Then someone had an idea that they would hang her. The result was one of most famous events in east Tennessee history and an event that put one quiet little community on the map.

Mary didn’t perform for the matinee performance the day she died. She was chained outside the circus tent, and folks say she spent the entire performance time swaying nervously.

The crowd’s dissatisfaction with her absence was mollified by the announcement that Mary would be hung in the Clinchfield Railyards later in the afternoon — with no additional charge for admission.

Despite the close emotional bond, the two had shared for years, Sparks severed the relationship in a way that would at least save his business’ life: he staged a public execution.

More than 2,500 people gathered to watch Mary swing near the turn-table and powerhouse on that drizzly afternoon; perhaps the number of eyewitnesses, as well as the unforgettable, sad spectacle of the event, explains the consensus on this part of the story.

The next day, Sparks World Famous Shows entered the town of Erwin, ready to hang their star pupil from a 100-ton crane located on the railroad tracks.

Followed by four other elephants, walking trunk-to-tail as they did in countless shows, Mary entered the “gallows,” where circus employees fitted a chain around her neck.

The chain, which was attached to a crane, would hoist her into the air.

As with the bullets, the first chain failed to work on Mary. After lifting her five feet, the chain snapped, sending the elephant falling to the ground and breaking her hip in the process.

Circus employees had the time getting the chain around her neck. Then they hooked the boom to the neck chain, and when they began to lift her up, one could hear the bones and ligaments cracking in her foot.

They lifted her once more, where she shrieked and thrashed about until going limp.. this way they did that.

A remaining elephant who had worked with Mary for years escaped his pen later that night, running toward the railway yard where Mary took her last, pained breaths.

Perhaps it is mimicking the behavior of wild elephants back bone of fallen members of the family for many years. Or maybe it was just looking for Mary.

This elephant, too, was captured and returned to the circus which killed his companion.

https://www.elizabethton.com/2020/05/05/east-tennessee-history-murderous-mary/

We’re not blaming Mary for what happened.
We blame those who have put her against their will in the circus for years and made her docile through torture.
It’s their fault.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: The Upcoming Trial Of Matt Exposing Pig Farming Animal Cruelty Could Be The National Opportunity To Challenge The Constitutionality Of Ag-Gag Laws.

USA: Pigs To The Slaughter – What Man Will Do To Intelligent, Sentient Beings. – World Animals Voice

“I’m heading to Iowa later this week to visit my family for possibly the last time in a while. Later this month, I start a felony trial where I’m facing up to 8 years in prison for investigating Iowa’s largest “pork” producer and rescuing a sick piglet named Gilly.

It happened in the spring of last year amid widespread COVID outbreaks at slaughterhouses nationwide. An employee whistleblower tipped us off about Iowa Select Farms — unable to send pigs to slaughter — using a gruesome mass kill method called “ventilation shutdown” or VSD. Thousands of pigs were loaded into a shed, the vents were sealed off, and heat and steam were pumped inside to kill them in an agonizing, slow death. With a team of investigators, I helped capture the horrific process on camera and sent it to the media.

The exposé garnered support from millions of people, but the authorities in Iowa decided to prosecute me instead of the animal-abusing company. And Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stood by the factory farms too. Less than 2 weeks after the investigation was publicized, Governor Reynolds signed Iowa’s third ag-gag law, creating a new crime called “food operation trespass” which I was later charged under.

But you know what? I consider it a blessing in disguise.

My trial now has the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of ag-gag laws and establish a precedent for a new wave of anti-ag-gag legislation.

Imagine if instead of covering up animal cruelty, our laws gave ordinary people the right to see inside these places, and even the right to rescue sick and suffering animals. That’s what is at stake in this trial.

And that’s why I want to ask you…

Will you join me in Iowa for this groundbreaking trial?

Sign up here to register for court support during my trial and get important updates about the event.
Whether you’re supporting in person or online, stay tuned for more updates and ways you can help.

Thank you for your support.

Matt”

Further links to read on this case:

After Pork Giant’s Cruel Killings Exposed, FBI Pursued Critics (theintercept.com)

Breaking: Gruesome Footage Shows Pigs Roasted Alive At Iowa’s Leading Pork Supplier Amid Coronavirus Crisis (directactioneverywhere.com)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewmlouYweqeszzTywfv2sqoH6s9_3Fy2Uw97wjRu_-PyqTDw/viewform

(9) Matt Johnson (@DxE_Matt) / Twitter

(20+) Watch | Facebook

Matt Johnson & DxE Protest Smithfield Foods Planning Commission Meeting – Sh*tt*ist Company Awards – YouTube

Direct Action Everywhere – Wikipedia

Animal Rights Extremists Take Their Cause to the Courtroom | Pork Business

Pigs to the Slaughter – Tablet Magazine

USA: DxE investigator Matt Johnson was just arrested in Iowa. He’s in jail right now charged with three felonies for documenting factory farms roasting pigs alive. – World Animals Voice

USA: Full Solidarity From Us (at WAV) To Matt – Re Iowa Factory Farms Roasting Pigs Alive. – World Animals Voice

USA: After pork giant was exposed for cruel killings, the FBI pursued its critics. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Finland proceeds with plans to kill wolves.

Photo – Act

6 January 2022

Susiryhmä

In December, the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced a proposal to kill 20 wolves from 4 packs outside the reindeer herding area this winter, with the supposed purpose of “regulating the growth of the wolf population, preventing damage and promoting the acceptability of the wolf”.

This proposal goes against Finland’s legal obligation to prohibit the deliberate killing of wolves as specimens of a strictly protected species listed under the Annex IV(a) of the Habitats Directive.

Members of the European Parliament from the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals recently sent a letter to Minister Jari Leppä, calling for withdrawal of the Ministry’s proposal.

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Our member organisation Luonto-Liiton Susiryhmä also took action to stand against the plans, highlighting the fragility of Finland’s endangered wolf population, and the public’s support for the protection of wolves.

Despite these efforts, the Finnish Ministry has not withdrawn the plans.

The actions from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry under Minister Jari Leppä are promoting wolf persecution and conflict. The decision from the Ministry to kill 20 wolves next winter goes against EU legislation which Finland has the legal obligation to comply with. The wolf is a highly endangered and strictly protected species in Finland and according to the rulings of the CJEU, this protection applies not only in its natural habitat but also near human settlements. In this time of crisis for nature, Finland should be a role model for protecting it´s endangered species according to the law instead of focusing on finding the legal “loopholes” to make it easier to kill these animals. Quota-based wolf hunting is not a measure that promotes tolerance or coexistence with wolves, but quite the opposite. Preventing conflicts with large carnivores is possible – as shown in many European countries with much bigger wolf populations – by the effective use of preventive measures. Killing a wolf should always be an exceptional and last resort, used when no other option exists and after all other alternative means have been exhausted.

Francisco Sánchez Molina, Luonto-Liiton Susiryhmä

Eurogroup for Animals, along with Luonto-Liiton Susiryhmä, strongly condemns this action and encourages humane alternatives to be employed in order to encourage successful coexistence with large carnivores, and to protect this highly endangered species. 

Read more at source

http://www.luontoliitto.fi/susiryhma/in-english

Luonto-Liiton lausunto maa- ja metsätalousministeriön luonnokseen koskien suden…

Regards Mark

EU: The new Common Agricultural Policy: One small step for agriculture policy, one giant leap for animal welfare.

WAV Comment: Phil Hogan is Irish; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Hogan and has, although not legally permitted in his position as EU Commissioner, been a very vocal supporter of the Irish agriculture industry. This should not be permitted by the EU of ‘their’ Commissioners; but hey, we all know the EU and how it operates. Phil Hogan has been a big voice for Irish Agriculture and probably not much else – full stop !

5 January 2022

On 2 December, the Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure and the President of the European Parliament formally signed into law three new regulations that, taken together, form the basis of the new Common Agricultural Policy for 2023 — 2027 (and possibly beyond).

This new CAP has been derided, disparaged and denigrated by environmental groups and agricultural producers alike, and not without good cause from the former. At a time when Europe aspires to lead the world in a green revolution, we have a policy that, whilst a big improvement on the current CAP, still fails to live up to the lofty ambition of the von der Leyen Commission’s Green Deal.

In a large part, this can be blamed on the fact that the proposals were not born of the current Commission at all, but were legacies of the Juncker Commission, and in particular of an Agriculture Commissioner (Phil Hogan) who was more interested in agricultural orthodoxy than environmental originality. Blame should also be levelled at the doors of Member States. In order for any legislative package to be adopted, it needed support from a minimum of 15 countries, representing 65% of the Union’s total population. Politics is still, ultimately, the art of the possible, and sometimes there is no point in reaching for the stars when you can only get as far as the moon.

EU Ag Commissioner Phil Hogan – A Promotional Voice for Irish Agriculture.

And so to the detail. Ultimately we needed a CAP that rewards a new set of environmental and animal welfare provisions: cleaner water, better soil quality, higher biodiversity, better grazing and housing standards. Farmers are custodians of our landscape; more of them need to be encouraged to follow best practice and behave as such. We needed a shift to rewarding the outcome, not the activity. Did we get this?

Yes, and no. Voluntary coupled support, which allows Member States to target ‘aid’ to a specific agricultural sector, survives. Although capped at 13% of the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (otherwise known as the “first pillar”) — i.e. those funds that go straight to farms to support their incomes — this remains to be a remnant of the original CAP that is neither just nor justifiable. The use of voluntary coupled support in 2018, for instance, totalled €3.99 billion, of which 40% went to support beef production and a further 21% to support milk production. Furthermore, new “good agricultural and environmental conditions” (known as GAECs) — standards for environmental protection which directly impact on habitat protection — were watered down by Member States and MEPs.

However, it’s also not all bad. A full 25% of the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund will, for the first time, be composed of new incentives for farmers, obliging them to deliver outcomes that go above and beyond minimum requirements. Crucially, thanks to our efforts and collaboration with both European Parliamentarians and Member State diplomats, these new ‘eco-schemes’ also include measures to drive improvements in animal welfare. On top of this, the wholly discretionary European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development — the so-called “pillar II” — also remains available to improve animal welfare.

We should not underestimate the impact that these eco-schemes can have for millions of animals. For the first time in the history of the CAP, animal welfare can now be incentivised through direct payments, providing farmers with a pot of money worth over €10 billion per annum. Eco-schemes, which ultimately must be used, have already been identified as a key mechanism to enable farmers, for instance, to transition to cage-free systems. Several Member States have already identified their use to support pasture-based grazing for their cattle herds.

Indeed, under the new CAP, it is now over to Member States to make the best use of this new funding, and to ensure that animal welfare is prioritised. However, governments can no longer point fingers at Brussels and complain about a lack of funding for higher animal welfare. The money is there. Now it must be used.

The new CAP, taken as a whole, is certainly not perfect. The challenges for the next reform will be to do away with coupled support entirely, to ensure eco-schemes form the backbone of the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, and to oblige all Member States to use some of the funds available to drive animal welfare forward.

However, this CAP still has the power to improve the lives of millions of animals across our European Union. It’s a big step in the right direction. We are not where we need to be yet, but we are, at least, on the right path. 

Regards Mark

Photo – Mark (WAV)