we will never betray the animals.


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We work every day to make animal rights finally more acceptable to our society.

With the documentation and presentation of animal suffering, due to human ignorance and economic interest, we are trying to create a better, fairer world for animals.

We fight for a world in which animals and humans live together in peace and freedom.
We will never stop fighting for this vision, we will never betray the animals.


My best regards and a good night from Venus

Hey Vegans – Don’t Miss Out On Your B12.

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Of all the nutrients that vegans must pay attention to, Vitamin B12 is at the very top of the list.

It is essential for nervous system health, so every vegan needs to take this nutrient seriously. People with B12 deficiency risk developing numerous conditions ranging from worrisome to horrific.

Only animal-based foods, or supplemented vegan foods, contain Vitamin B12. Unfortified vegan foods contain virtually none of this nutrient. Deficiencies may take several years to arise though. That’s because the liver often stores comparatively large amounts of B12. It’s dangerous to be complacent about finding a reliable source of B12 because deficiency can creep up over time, silently doing damage before symptoms arise.


Article reproduced without change from https://www.vegan.com/b12/


Do Vegans Need to Take Vitamin B12?

One of the great annoyances of being vegan is that you will sometimes encounter other vegans who insist that there’s no need to take a B12 supplement. Generally speaking these people will say something like, “I’ve been vegan for eight years, never take B12 supplements, and I’m in perfect health,” but meanwhile they’re all twitchy and something just isn’t right. In many cases these people will experience a health crisis, return to eating meat, and then tell the world that a vegan diet leads to failed health. Unfortunately, having a productive dialog with these folks is generally futile, just like there’s no reasoning with the Vegan Police.

Why are there so many vegans who take pride in spurning B12 supplements? It’s because back in the 1980s and 1990s several prominent vegan advocacy books came out that downplayed the need for vegans to take B12. Because these books referred to early and unreliable research, B12 misinformation got a big head start on the truth.

Why Supplements Make Sense

There are all sorts of ludicrous arguments asserting that vegans don’t need B12. Some people contend it’s produced by your intestines (it’s not, at least in a way that your body absorbs). Others claim algae or seaweed are good sources (no again, even though some inaccurate tests yield positive results). And still other people proclaim you can satisfy your B12 requirements by not washing your vegetables (that’s just silly.)

In at least a couple cases, the vegan authors contributing to B12 complacency went back to eating animal products. But the damage these books have done have produced ripple effects continuing to today.

Meeting Your B12 Needs

Vegans can easily meet their B12 needs through supplements or by regularly eating B12 fortified foods. Some of these supplements contain non-vegan ingredients, but all of the supplements featured on this page are vegan.

When swallowed as a pill, B12 is absorbed poorly. You’ll get better absorption from B12 lozenges or ‘sublingual tablets’, which are different words for the same thing. You let these tablets dissolve under your tongue, thereby enabling B12 absorption through the capillaries in your mouth. A sensible dosage is a 1000 to 2000 microgram tablet taken a few times a week. Note that many brands of B12 contain methylcobalamin, but research indicates cyanocobalamin can satisfy your body’s needs with much smaller doses.

Foods commonly fortified with B12 include non-dairy milks, cereals, meat substitutes, energy bars, and nutritional yeast. Check the food’s nutrition label to see its level of B12. Many of these foods contain this nutrient in surprisingly small amounts. Note that B12 fortified foods are dosed with the very same B12 that is put into supplements. This means that obtaining your B12 through fortified vegan foods is in no way more “natural” than purchasing supplements. Additionally, it may be difficult to meet your B12 needs through fortified foods, since comparatively few products are fortified, and B12 fortification of foods is often at low levels.

The Best Vegan B12 Supplement

For most vegans, it’s therefore much easier and more reliable to simply buy a bottle of vegan B12 lozenges. Sublingual B12 supplements are easy to find online or at any natural foods store. Of the dozens of B12 supplements Amazon stocks, probably the best buy is Now Foods’ 2000 microgram cyanocobalamin lozenges. A bottle comes in under $10, and gives you a large dose of B-12, that includes the cyanocobalamin molecule.

Unless you like burning money, avoid sprays or other high-priced B12 products. While sprays may perhaps be better absorbed than lozenges, they also cost vastly more. The one thing you should care about when choosing a vegan B12 brand is bang for the buck. Strive to get the most micrograms of cyanocobalamin per bottle at the lowest cost. And don’t buy tablets intended to be swallowed—instead, choose “sublingual” tablets or lozenges. There’s no good reason to buy expensive brands of B12 . The purchase price of expensive supplements goes primarily to buy slick advertising.

Dealing with Poor B12 Absorption

Ability to absorb vitamin B12 decreases with age, and some people cannot absorb sufficient B12 orally. Luckily, determining your B12 levels is one of the cheapest blood work tests available, and it’s standard on every basic nutrient panel.

If your levels are low despite regular use of sublinguals, injections may be warranted. Since injections go straight into the muscle, they guarantee that high levels of B12 will be absorbed. These injections require a prescription in the United States. But in Mexico and many other countries, you can buy hypodermic needles pre-loaded with B12 at any pharmacy without a prescription. Obviously, only people with proper medical qualifications should administer injections.

For more information about nutrients of special interest to vegans, see our Vitamin and Supplement Guide. Also be sure to check out our Vegan Nutrition Guide.



China: Petition – Don’t Torture and Cook Live Animals. Please Sign; Link Below.



Initiate a petition in the fight against animal cruelty in China


Addressed to: People’s Republic of China, Communist Party of China, National People’s Congress

Because it is unacceptable to be a human being, torture and cook a live animal! These people must be arrested and punished to the full extent of the law! All cruelty to a living being must be severely punished, since animals are helpless and those cowards who do not care about the suffering and pain of animals deserve punishment!

Thank you,

Sosvox.org’s team


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Petition Link –


Serbia: Letter No. 2 to Send to Serbian Embassies Worldwide Re Dog Murder. Please Copy and Send.

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Here now is the second letter that we ask you to send – this time to all those in Serbian embassies located around the world. If ‘your’ embassy is not listed below, then use this link to find more – but be careful – only go for Serbian embassies; others are also shown:



This letter follows on from our letter draft (for you to copy and send) to the CRC in Switzerland.


Here is the link to that (first letter) post.




We hope the content of the letter is self explanatory – it asks the CRC to intervene in the killing of the dogs in Serbia using very dangerous chemicals.

This letter (No 2) is more directly aimed at Serbia, and its embassies; asking questions about the use of such nerve agents on the streets of Serbia. Again, we hope it is self explanatory. Please copy and sent this letter far and wide if you can – Thanks.

Embassies in Serbia:
Nethrelands: bel@minbuza.nl
Germany: https://belgrad.diplo.de/action/rs-sr/2011078/action/-
Italy: segreteria.belgrado@esteri.it
Spain: ambasada.madrid@mfa.rs
France: https://rs.ambafrance.org/Kontakt-Odeljenja-za-saradnju
Russia: rusembserbia@mid.ru
Australia: embassy.canberra@serbia.org.au
Canada: diplomat@serbianembassy.ca
Amerika: belgradeacs@state.gov
UK: Belgrade.PPD@fco.gov.uk

if you dont find your Country on this list, please use google and type: “name of your country ” + Embassy in Serbia , then find contact page.

E-mail blocks: for easy sending:
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Sir / Madam;


You and those involved with the endless murder of animals never seem to learn, do you ?


For over 2 months now there have been mass poisoning of dogs and other animals in over 50 cities located within Serbia.

The murders have been undertaken using the poison Carbofuran. This is one of the most toxic carbonate pesticides; and exhibits toxicity mediated by the same mechanism as that of the notorious V series nerve agents and presents a risk to human health – fatalities occur with exposure to tens of milligram quantities via inhalation or absorption through skin; It is more potent than Sarin; another nerve agent with a similar mechanism of action. On such exposure, these agents severely disrupt the body’s signaling between the nervous and muscular systems; leading to a prolonged neuromuscular blockade; causing paralysis of all the muscles in the body including the diaphragm, and leading to death by asphyxiation, or a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body.

Carbofuran usage has increased in recent years because it is one of the few insecticides effective on soybean aphids; but as a nerve agent it presents a risk to human health. It is classified as an extremely hazardous substance in the United States; and it usage and storage are rigorously monitored and controlled.

Further, Carbofuran is forbidden by International Act of the Chemical Review Committee- banned in Canada and the European Union. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a ban on Carbofuran because reports showed that this chemical compound killed more wildlife and animals overall than any other poison.

Are the shinters and local authorities who allow / use this aware of the destruction it can do to humans ? – are you prepared for claims and financial compensation that may be directed at you by individuals ? It can kill dogs and wildlife in a terrible way; but also humans.

If the Serbian public knew that you were undertaking the usage of this nerve agent and putting them at a health risk; or even the possibility of death; would you allow its use to continue ? As you are currently a ‘Candidate Country’ for EU membership; would the EU view your actions as good for human safety ? – I doubt very much; but regardless; they must be informed of your actions using nerve agents.

Ways in which you are undertaking the elimination of dogs is barbaric; especially as there are no kill options available, including a national sterilisation policy. But for some, adopting this strategy would mean an end to the corruption that I / we know exists in your system at present.

Poisoned dogs, cats and other animals are dying on the streets and in the parks of Serbia; children also play in parks – remember that.

Who is in direct control; and has overall responsibility for this operation and the use of nerve agents ? – the Republic Public Prosecutor and the Police Directorate do not appear to want to respond, despite having been approached about this.


As a concerned citizen I feel it is my responsibility to go ‘global’ with this and inform the world about what is being done to living things in Serbia.


Stop all killings now; and adopt a sterilisation, no kill policy.


Yours in disgust


Name –

Nationality –







Joaquin Phoenix and the liberation of Liberty and Indigo



BREAKING: A day after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor—and subsequently making a headlining acceptance speech in which he spoke to the plight of mother cows and their babies used in animal agriculture—Joaquin Phoenix helped to liberate a cow and her newborn calf from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse and bring them to Farm Sanctuary, where they will live out the rest of their lives in peace. Phoenix named the mother Liberty and her daughter Indigo.

Phoenix said, “I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony [President/CEO of the slaughterhouse] and opening my heart to him, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences. Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise.”

Phoenix was joined at the slaughterhouse by his fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both his and Mara’s mothers, Earthlings Director Shaun Monson, Los Angeles Animal Save Founder Amy Jean Davis, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. The group worked with employees onsite to rescue Liberty—who had recently given birth at the slaughterhouse—and her newborn calf Indigo.

Phoenix added, “My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us.”

It’s hard to imagine an experience more terrifying for a mother—or for her baby—than to give birth at a slaughterhouse. Witnessing the birth tugged at the heartstrings of the slaughterhouse owner—and not for the first time. This is the fifth mother-child bovine rescue secured by Los Angeles Animal Save from Manning Beef.

Phoenix concluded by saying, “Although we will continue to fight for the liberation of all animals who suffer in these oppressive systems, we must take pause to acknowledge and celebrate the victories, and the people who helped achieve them. Shaun Monson, Amy Jean Davis, and the entire LA Animal Save community, have taken their pain of bearing witness and turned it into effective, diplomatic advocacy for the voiceless. As a result, Liberty and Indigo will never experience cruelty or the touch of a rough hand.”

Special thanks to documentary filmmaker Shaun Monson for producing and directing this beautiful video.


And we want to give Joaquin Phoenix an other Oscar for his support and active participation in the fight for animal rights.


My best regards to all, Venus

The story of Bandit- a love story


Bandit, the disabled dog that nobody adopted … until the right person arrived.




Bandit lived in a Dog Rescue Center: Gwinnett Jail Dogs, in Georgia, United States, as La Stampa says. He is a sweet and affectionate dog, but he is disabled. His life in a cart always scared potential adopters.

Bandit es dulce y cariñoso, pero lo rechazaban por discapacitado. Bandit is sweet and affectionate, but they rejected him as disabled.


Despite this, over the years four families decided to take him home. A few days later they returned it. The disability problem caused them to back down. In the Center they believed that Bandit would never have a home.

But a couple saw on Facebook the story of Bandit and understood that they were adequate to give him the love and attention he needed. Darrell and Sue Rider are the couple who were not afraid of the special care Bandit needs.

Darrell y Sue Rider al conocer a Bandit. Darrell and Sue Rider meeting Bandit.


There were no more doubts from either party: Bandit was the right dog in the right family.

And since he arrived at his new home Bandit adapted as if he had lived there all his life. Only now Bandit knows that he found his place in the world. Where they love and understand it. And Darrell knows he has the dog he always wanted. Who understands and loves him as he is.

Bandit encontró su lugar en el mundo. Donde lo aman y lo entienden. Y Darrell sabe que tiene el perro que siempre quiso. Que lo comprende y lo ama como es. “We knew what Bandit needed. And we also feel a much deeper connection than anyone else would have with him. “


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And I mean…There is a saying that says: “A pain shared is a pain halved”.

The two will definitely be inseparable for a lifetime in luck and pain, and thus they will show everyone that the weak, the disabled, the helpless in our society deserve an opportunity to be loved and treated equally.

My best regards to all, Venus

Serbia: Mass Animal Poisonings – Letter (1 of 2) to Copy and Send to the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) In Switzerland; Asking Them to Intervene.

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Regarding the issue that we know ‘Carbofuran’ poison is being used to poison dogs and other wildlife throughout Serbia; we have serious concerns. Here is why; just a basic summary that we uncovered today via research:

The poison Carbofuran is one of the most toxic carbonate pesticides; and exhibits toxicity mediated by the same mechanism as that of the notorious V series nerve agents and presents a risk to human health – fatalities occur with exposure to tens of milligram quantities via inhalation or absorption through skin; It is more potent than Sarin; another nerve agent with a similar mechanism of action. On such exposure, these agents severely disrupt the body’s signaling between the nervous and muscular systems; leading to a prolonged neuromuscular blockade; causing paralysis of all the muscles in the body including the diaphragm, and leading to death by asphyxiation, or a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body.


As this is a nerve agent which can be deadly to both animal and human species; should it be put into parks or on the street where humans are; especially young children ? – we will produce our Sample Letter to the Serbian authorities tomorrow – it is done in draft form but we need to get checks undertaken.

In the meantime, Slavica has produced a letter (below) which you can copy and send to the CRC in Switzerland; expressing concerns.


The Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
Rotterdam Convention

United National Environment Programme (UNEP)
Avenue de la Paix 8-14
1211 Genève 10, Switzerland

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy

EMAIL: pic@fao.org , brs@brsmeas.org 


Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention – UNEP

Office address: 11-13, Chemin des Anémones – 1219 Châtelaine, Switzerland

Postal address: Avenue de la Paix 8-14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 (0)22 917 8271 – Fax: +41 (0)22 917 8098

Email: brs@brsmeas.org




Letter (to copy and send):


We are reporting about mass poisoning on streets of Serbia.

We reported about it to Serbian Government, Police and Sectors for control of chemicals, but no one has reacted in response.

Through our investigation of poisons it is confirmed that chemicals found on the scene (streets) are two banned components but still they are spreading uncontrollably on the streets and are continuously killing both wildlife and domesticated animals.

Named chemicals are;

The technical or chemical name of FURADAN, Carbofuran is 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate, and its CAS Number is 1563-66-2.


Mass poisoning cases of dogs, cats and birds that happened from January to February 2020 and current counts of at least 350 cases are found and reports of poisoned animals are incoming while we are just reporting to you about this case..

We are appalled at this and are asking for regulatory bodies of Rotterdam convention to intervene please.

Our report is reflecting the NOTE requested by Rotterdam convention committee.

According to the criteria for listing banned or severely restricted chemicals in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention, Annex II, paragraph (c)(iv), indicates that the Chemical Review Committee should consider whether there is evidence of ongoing international trade in the chemicals it reviews.

In line with the process for collecting information on ongoing international trade adopted by the Chemical Review Committee at its first meeting, countries and other interested parties are invited to submit information on ongoing trade and use of the above-listed chemicals.

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The Chemical Review Committee,

Recalling paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 7 of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
I am very concerned about this situation, I will recall my visit to Serbia until this alarming situation of mass poisoning of animals is stopped. I am very appalled with the Government of Serbia because they are not taking any responsibility for what is being put into the public domain, and are not taking any action to stop this horrific situation. Additionally, they are NOT replying nor taking action on complaints that citizens of Serbia sent to them.

I am informed that there are more than 10 protests on the streets by concerned Serbian citizens and the government is playing deaf to their pleas which is shameful and should not be the case in Europe 2020 or from a ‘Candidate Country’ wishing to join the EU as a Member State in the near future.

Please send a warning note to the Serbian Government to stop the mass poisoning of animals, which could also affect humans; and please make an intervention that is guaranteed by Rotterdam Convention..

Thank you.



Contact email:



More Serbia – Info on the Current Mass Poisonings.

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Here is a message we have had today (21/2/20) regarding mass poisoning of animals throughout Serbia.

It is self explanatory.   We are currently awaiting contact e mail addresses for those involved at authority / government level; and we will publish these; possibly with a sample letter which you can copy and send, in addition when we know more.


In the meantime, here is the message which arrived with us today:


Hi Mark – For two months now we have had mass poisoning of dogs and other animals in over 50 cities in Serbia. We think the shinters and local authorities operate in collaboration with  republic authorities to do that; but at this moment we do not have specific evidence.

We are reporting about mass poisonings of animals in Serbia, the situation is alarming and we need your help… in less than 2 months more than 250 animals are poisoned on streets of Serbia, the government is not reacting even though we sent numerous pleas to them to investigate, by law, and to stop this madness.
Please send a letter of concern and ask International regulatory bodies to intervene and to send a demand that the Serbian government to stop these mass poisonings.
By these unlawful acts Serbia is violating the International Rotterdam Convention that states that use of Carbofuran is prohibited, also this is a violation of Criminal Law of Serbia, violation of (Serbian) Animal Welfare Laws, violation of Wildlife Protection Acts and also Nature Protection Acts.
The government is not reacting on our demands to investigate and stop this mass poisoning
Carbofuran is forbidden by the International Act of Chemical Review Committee– banned in Canada and the European Union, in 2008. the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a ban on carbofuran because reports showed that this chemical compound killed more wildlife and animals overall than any other poison.

Poisoned dogs , cats  and other animals die in streets and parks across Serbia, and no poisoners have been identified by police – this is very suspicious, which leads us to suspect an organized poisoning directive.

Is this derived from the Belgrade Executive Center?

Who conducts this criminal operation?

We have filed a criminal complaint with the Republic Public Prosecutor and the Police Directorate – with no results so far.

Someone is spreading poisons by nature in Serbia and the police and others are not responding adequately.

Is anyone outside Serbia interested in the spread of dangerous poisons by nature in this part of the Balkans? I doubt.

Thanks. Regards,


Serbia – Dogcatchers are on the streets in Svilajnac !

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Serbia – Dogcatchers are on the streets in Svilajnac !






Information supplied by Goran:


19/2/20 – Serbia, Svilajnac, horrible situation dogcatchers from Avenue MB catch dogs and them will be killed! STOP KILLIG DOGS!

OIE Just now Serbia, town Svilajnac dogcatchers catch dogs and them will be killed on the private pound Avenue MB on the village Novo Selo! STOP KILLING DOGS IN SERBIA !!!





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Check out our other ‘sister’ site – ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) to see a lot more about issues for strays in Serbia and the Balkans:




Information about Serbian animals, the laws etc:



A bit about us and past work:



Global animal organisations direct web links – find out what they do:



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What if the Amazon rainforest burned down?


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Joaquin Phoenix, Amazon Watch & Extinction Rebellion: ‘Guardians of Life’

We partnered with Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and Extinction Rebellion for a short film urging action on the climate and ecological emergency!

Phoenix is joined in the film, entitled Guardians of Life, by an array of Hollywood stars including Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, Q’orianka Kilcher, Oona Chaplin, Adria Arjona, and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes.

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Right now, indigenous peoples and their lands are increasingly under threat from vast economic exploitation across the Amazon — a rainforest vital for the health of our planet. The Amazon removes about 5% of total emissions caused by human activity. Without the Amazon, the planet would be warming faster than scientists already observe.


But, the Amazon rainforest is at RISK.

Just last year, over 11.2 M hectares in the Brazilian and Bolivian Amazon burned. New analysis of extensive satellite imagery revealed that many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.


In Brazil, the threats are escalating: Bolsonaro’s Administration recently announced plans to hand out indigenous lands to the very industries responsible for deforestation. In the Brazilian Amazon, those industries are land speculation, mining, and agribusiness, specifically soy and cattle. Companies in these industries are bankrolled by global financial institutions like BlackRock, JP Morgan Chase, HBSC, BNP Paribas and Vanguard. They too, are responsible for the Amazon’s destruction.

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But it doesn’t have to be this way. According to scientific studies, indigenous lands are “currently the most important barrier to Amazon deforestation.” Indigenous peoples are the best protectors of the Amazon rainforest, so protecting indigenous rights is instrumental.

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The Amazon Rainforest is known to be a home to millions of different species, from plants, to animals, to even some indigenous tribes. It’s been referred to as the Earth’s lungs, because it produces 20% of the oxygen in it’s atmosphere.

About half the size of the United States of America, the Amazon Rainforest has a huge impact on slowing down global warming, and the world as a whole.

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 But recently, wildfires have gotten so out of control, cities have been completely blacked out, with smoke from the fires covering their skies. It seems as of now, the Brazilian government and president Bolsonaro isn’t stepping in to slow down the fires, and up until quite recently, news stations weren’t covering the story either.

In hopes of raising awareness about how important the Amazon Rainforest really is, we decided to answer the question: What If The Amazon Rainforest Burned Down?

Very easily: we`re killing ourselfes



My Comment: While the fire in Amazonas destroyed the lives of animals and humans, Bolsonaro specifically advised all presidents not to interfere in the internal affairs of his country.

“My country, my forest,” he said demonstratively against his critics.

It is by no means “his forest”, not even that of his corrupt party.
There are also many people in Brazil who are interested in the conservation of the rainforest.

It is the forest of the Brazilians and above all of the aborigines and animals that have protected areas there and whose livelihood is being illegally destroyed in favor of some private profit bandits.

But above all is the human forest, which is based on this “green lung” and thus ensures our survival.

There, animal and plant species are irrevocably eradicated. These are missing from now on and will never come back. Part of our common heritage is lost just because some powerful fascists want to enrich themselves.

The rainforest in the Amazon region has also been cleared in the past, but never to the same extent as under the fascist and traitor Bolsonaro.

Humanity has nothing more than adaptation anyway, and it is feared that we can no longer save anything from now on, it is simply too late.

We just have to try to live with the damage we have caused ourselves and that will make our lives and the lives of the next generations hell.

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My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Groups to Host Screening of Documentary Film that Exposes the Shadowy World of Wildlife Killing Contests.


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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2020

Groups to Host Screening of Documentary Film that Exposes the Shadowy World of Wildlife Killing Contests

First Gentleman of Colorado Marlon Reis will give remarks

DENVER, CO – The Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Sturm College of Law, and DU Media, Film & Journalism Studies, in partnership with Project Coyote, will host Banning Wildlife Killing Contests in Colorado on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Denver. This free event will raise awareness about wildlife killing contests in Colorado — where participants compete to kill wild animals, including coyotes and prairie dogs, for entertainment and prizes. For information and to RSVP, click here.

The event is part of the 2nd Human-Animal Coexistence Catalyst Series Event and will feature a screening of Project Coyote’s award-winning documentary KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs. The event will include remarks by First Gentleman of Colorado Marlon Reis and a discussion session with Project Coyote Executive Director (and KILLING GAMES Director) Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member and Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Marc Bekoff.

Thousands of wild animals are killed in wildlife killing contests every year throughout the nation. There have been at least 18 contests in Colorado over the last five years, primarily targeting coyotes, bobcats and prairie dogs. Public scrutiny has caused many contest organizers to take their events underground, so the actual number of contests may be much higher. In Pueblo this year, teams paid $100 to enter the High Desert Coyote Classic. Teams who killed the “biggest,” “littlest,” and “ugliest dogs” won prizes.

“Given the myriad benefits of wild animals and their habitats to our beautiful State, I am excited to highlight the need for reforms to wildlife killing contests,” said Marlon Reis, First Gentleman of Colorado. “We can and must do better for the humane treatment of wildlife throughout the nation.”

In 2019, a coalition of organizations — including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, Project Coyote, and WildEarth Guardians — submitted a citizen petition asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider revising current regulations to ban wildlife killing contests for small game and furbearing animals. Colorado’s current regulations allow each contest participant to kill up to five animals per species over the course of one contest. The Commission may hear that petition at its next meeting in March. If the Commission decides to advance the petition, CPW staff will begin to develop proposed regulations, which will be open for public comment.

“Not only do wildlife killing contests undermine the moral fabric of our society, they are ecologically destructive,” said Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and member of Colorado’s Governor’s Coalition for Animal Protection. “In short, there is no credible evidence that wildlife killing contests serve any beneficial wildlife management purpose.”

Contest organizers frequently claim that killing contests reduce coyote population numbers long-term, increase the abundance of species like deer, and protect livestock from coyotes. The best available science does not support these claims. Indiscriminate lethal control of wildlife including coyotes and prairie dogs is harmful to ecosystems. Randomly killing coyotes can even increase their numbers and increase conflicts with livestock.

“Project Coyote produced KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs to shine a light on this bloodsport,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote and director of the film. “We’re working with our coalition partners, ranchers, hunters, Native American tribal leaders, and community members to relegate these brutal events to the history books, just as advocates did with dogfighting and cockfighting.”

Wildlife killing contests have been outlawed in five states. Arizona and Massachusetts banned killing contests for predatory and furbearing species in 2019; New Mexico and Vermont abolished coyote killing contests in 2019 and 2018, respectively; and California prohibited the awarding of prizes for killing nongame and furbearing animals in 2014.

KILLING GAMES will also be shown at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival on Feb. 22 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Purchase tickets here.


To learn more about wildlife killing contests, visit the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests website here and read this Op-Ed in The Colorado Sun here.

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Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows.



Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows

Posted by Jane Wolfe | February 8, 2020

Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows


Following years of protest against one of Indonesia’s cruelest forms of “entertainment,” the country’s traveling dolphin circuses are officially banned via the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The mobile shows force wild dolphins to perform for the “pleasure” of the public by starving them and making the poor creatures carry out unnatural routines to earn small morsels of fish.

The dolphins perform these routines over and over again in tiny pools of water so highly chlorinated that the splashes can sting the eyes of audience members. With music blaring in the background, the frightened animals jump through hoops blazing with fire.

After the shows are over, the innocent dolphins are locked in what animal welfare group Dolphin Project describes as “coffin-like boxes” for days and transported in trucks from event to event throughout the country.

In a major victory for these beautiful creatures, on February 5, the ministry decided not to renew permits for any traveling dolphin circus shows, putting them out of business for good.

In a letter to CNN Indonesia, Indra Explotasia, the head of the engineering center of the ministry, wrote that permits for all dolphin shows taking place outside of “a conservation institution or in a traveling dolphin demonstration” had expired and would not be renewed.

Despite the monumental success achieved in shutting down these shows, there is still work to be done. Harmful dolphin performances remain legal at “conservation institutions,” including zoos and safari and animal parks.


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England: Cruelty; You Can Bet On It. Take Action for Racehorses.




Dear Mark

Cheltenham Racecourse is one of Britain’s most deadly. It is home to the notorious Cheltenham Festival (10-13 March 2020).

Three horses died at last year’s Festival, and seven the previous year.

It is imperative to let the public know how dangerous this event is for horses, so please order some of our new leaflets and distribute them (outside your local train station or in your town centre) ahead of the event.

Take actionOrder leaflets to give to friends or colleagues who may bet on the Festival​​​

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Thank you,

Fiona Pereira
Campaign Manager




England: Remembering Jill.





Sticking a little with some Brits who have been killed in their belief for the rights of animals, this year on 1st February we did not publish anything on Jill as we were heavily involved with the German pig campaign. We know would have wanted us to do something current for the animals.  But now we have a bit more time; here is information on Jill who was killed at a live animal export protest in 1995.  Some of you will know about here; some overseas visitors may not.

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I remember the ‘Jill’ incident well; as I was personally involved with live calf exports around that time from the port of Dover, Kent, SE England.


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Top – me at Dover shaking a crated John Major warmly by the neck; bottom: 

the then Prime Minister John Major is shoved in a veal crate. Alongside – a liberated calf !


Jill was aged just 31; was a British animal rights activist who was crushed to death during an animal rights protest in Baginton, Warwickshire, England, while she was trying to slow down a lorry transporting live veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.

On 1 February 1995, Phipps was one of 35 protesters at Coventry Airport in Baginton, protesting at the export of live calves to Amsterdam for distribution across Europe. Ten protesters broke through police lines and were trying to bring the lorry to a halt by sitting in the road or chaining themselves to it when Phipps was crushed beneath the lorry’s wheels; her fatal injuries included a broken spine. Phipps’ death received a large amount of publicity, being brought up at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no evidence to bring any charges against the truck driver. Phipps’ family blamed the police for her death, because the police appeared determined to keep the convoy of calf carrying lorries moving despite the protest. The inquest heard that the driver may have been distracted by a protester running into the road ahead of him, who was being removed by a policeman. A verdict of accidental death was returned and Phipps’ father insisted that she did not want to die as she had a young son to live for.

Veal calf exports from Coventry Airport ended months later, when the aviation firm belonging to the pilot responsible for the veal flights, one Christopher Barrett-Jolly, went bankrupt following accusations of running guns from Slovakia to Sudan in breach of EU rules. One of the planes used to transport the calves also crashed in the UK, when returning empty from a calf delivery flight. https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-plane-crash-1994-12346964



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In 2002 Barrett-Jolly was charged with smuggling 271 kg of cocaine worth £22 Million from Jamaica into Southend airport which is located in the South East of England. He was later sentenced to twenty years in prison. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2002/dec/06/theairlineindustry.drugs

The continuing level of protest was such that several local councils and a harbour board banned live animal exports from their localities. All live exports of calves later stopped due to fears of BSE infection. In 2006 this ban was lifted, but Coventry Airport pledged that it would refuse requests to fly veal calves.

Jill paid the ultimate for her belief in saving animals. On 1st February every year since her death 25 years ago, grassroots animal rights remembrance services in the name of Jill are held all over England and the UK.

She was much to young to die the way she did in the defense of animals – she still had so many years to give to the movement. Sadly, her life was cut short on that fateful day in 95. Jill’s day will always be marled as a day of unity for animal rights campaigners across the UK.


Regards; for Jill

It still hurts and upsets me; a beautiful girl; 25 years on; all she wanted was a world of compassion;





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USA: Mercy for Animals – Vegan Latest.



Vegan News from Mercy for Animals:


KFC Expands Beyond Fried Chicken Trial


Plant-based company Beyond Meat just announced plans to test an updated version of its Beyond Fried Chicken at about 66 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants! Lucky locations include Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Kentucky. Get the details.



Yogurtland Launches Dairy-Free Flavors

Nationwide frozen treat company Yogurtland just added its first plant-based frozen yogurt flavor! Available for a limited time, the completely vegan Salted Chocolate Soufflé is made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, and salt. Get the scoop.Nationwide frozen treat company Yogurtland just added its first plant-based frozen yogurt flavor! Available for a limited time, the completely vegan Salted Chocolate Soufflé is made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, and salt. Get the scoop.




Silk Debuts Heavy Whipping Cream


Whipped into a delicious dessert topping, added to soups for creaminess, or even made into your own dairy-free ice cream or coffee creamer, this new product presents endless possibilities. Find it near you.





“In loving memory of Mike Hill”




“At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature.

He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was to nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming, softly spoken and gentle.

He lived and died for his beliefs.


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The facts

Hunt Saboteur, Mike Hill, was killed on the 9th of February 1991 at a meet of the Cheshire Beagles.
Towards the end of the day’s hunting, with no kill under his belt, the huntsman boxed up his hounds in a small blue trailer being towed by an open-top pick-up truck.

The kennel huntsman, Alan Summersgill, with another man, jumped into the pick-up and, on impulse, three sabs who were nearby, jumped onto the back of it to prevent them driving the pack to another location to continue hunting.

Summersgill drove off at high speeds down winding country roads for 5 miles with the terrified sabs clinging onto the back. It is thought that Mike, jumped from the pick-up as it slowed to take a bend.  He failed to clear the truck properly, and was caught between the truck and the trailer, which crushed him.

Mike died where he lay on the road.

Despite the thud, and the screams of the other sabs, Summersgill continued driving for a further mile. The truck only came to a halt when one of the sabs smashed the rear window of the cab.

The sab was hit with a whip as he tried to stop the truck. Once it had stopped one sab ran back to Mike’s prone body while the other ran to a nearby house to call for an ambulance. Summersgill drove off.

He later handed himself in at a police station. No charges were brought against him and in a travesty of justice, a verdict of ‚Accidental Death‘ was brought at the inquest.
When the ban on hunting came in, Summersgill was still hunting hares.

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My Comment: On April 3, 1993, Tom Worby, a 15 year old hunting saboteur, was crushed under the wheels of the Cambridgeshire Foxhound Hound Van. We reported about it: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/28/england-hunting-sabotage-against-the-fox-massacre/#comments

No action was taken against 53-year-old hunter Tony Ball, the murderer of Tom Worby.
Mike Hill’s killer, Alan Summersgill, was also acquitted. In both cases there was a ridiculous process, the verdict was: “Accidental death”!

When it comes to hunter crimes, the courts show shamelessly how cooperative they are with the hunter caste.
On the other hand, these two cases show that those who regularly shoot innocent animals lose their compassion and respect for people!

Hunting means systematic dehumanization and brutalization!
Hunters are walking time bombs for humans and animals!
This bloody pleasure for psychopaths must finally end!



My best regards to all, Venus

ALF: we have eyes everywhere




Received anonymously:

13th February in Kent south East UK

Little Oakhurst in Kent, UK, was visited once again. For a while we have been keeping an eye on the wellbeing of the dog used as a shepherd’s tool to exploit the sheep.

After hearing Tracey’s sentencing by the judge and not happy with the fact that she is still allowed to keep two dogs and a cat, we decided to pay a visit to her farm.

It was of no surprise to find the collie stuck in the mud, locked in a cage without any shelter, food or water. Another of Tracy’s victims shoved in the barn in what we assume was an attempt to continue the abuse away from prying eyes.

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Well Tracy, we have eyes everywhere. Even as you sit in prison and long after you come home we will still be watching you.

We want to see every single animal taken away from that place and go somewhere they will be respected and never neglected again. They deserve their freedom with no threat of slaughterhouses or cold muddy cages.

Seeing as the justice system failed to help this animal, just like so many others, we decided that the dog should come with us and spend the rest of their life in a safe and comfortable environment. Although it was obvious to us, it never fails to amaze that even with Tracey locked up in prison, the animals in the farm still suffer.

Luckily for that dog, they will never be used again as a tool to exploit other animals. They will never again have to endure life in a cage, mud up to their knees and no companionship. They will be able to express the love they surprisingly still have for humans however they need and they will receive love back.

Sadly we were unable to locate the second dog and the cat that were also allowed by the judge to stay under Tracey’s precarious ‘care’. No one else should suffer because of the acts of that horrible human.

There is no justice, there is just direct action.

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Thanks ALF!

My best regards and a good night, Venus


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UK: British Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes labels trophy hunters ‘Bullying Bastards’ and calls for UK import ban.





Ranulph Fiennes labels trophy hunters ‘bullying bastards’ and calls for UK import ban



Explorer says halting imports would recognise the devastating impact of colonialism on wildlife



Banning the import and export of big game hunting trophies would recognise the destructive impact European powers have had on wildlife in former African and Asian colonies, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has said.

Speaking to the Guardian, the veteran British explorer said hunting endangered species such as rhinos, elephants and lions to keep their body parts as trophies should be viewed with the same scepticism as Chinese traditional medicine in terms of the damage it does to biodiversity.

The 75-year-old explorer, who spent a large part of his childhood in South Africa, has called for trophy hunting to be “stopped country by country” and said efforts to halt the extinction of wildlife around the world were hypocritical while big game hunting was still allowed.

Reflecting on his early years in Cape Town and the influence of the British empire on trophy hunting, Fiennes said: “Just as much as the Belgians in the Congo and the French elsewhere, they unleashed the plague of persecuting animals – not like the locals did to eat, but purely for the pleasure of killing. That started the devastating damage to many, many wonderful species.”

Comparing trophy hunting with the demand for ingredients such as powdered rhino horn in traditional medicine in Asia, he added: “It’s not medically proven in any way. And yes, it goes on. China is particularly guilty, as are South Korea and many other countries in that area.

“You’ve got the empire lot and the weird medical quack lot both going on to this current day and it’s got to be stopped country by country. We can stop it in the UK at least and thereby feel slightly less guilty because of our ancestors.”

Fiennes’s comments come during a consultation by the British government on applying controls to trophy hunting, including a proposal to ban imports, that was laid out in the Queen’s speech. In the wake of the death of Cecil the lion in 2015, France, Netherlands and Australia introduced bans on the import of lion trophies.

Last year, the Guardian revealed lion bones, leopard skulls and an ottoman chair’s elephant leather were among the 74 rare animal body parts legally brought into the UK in 2018.

Under international rules overseen by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), trophies can be moved around the world if they do not affect the survival of a species.

Fiennes said: “Bearing in mind that climate change is helping to remove animals and in 50 years time probably humans as well, now is the time for us to get into a position without being hypocritical.

“We are all hoping that Boris will see that cruelty is what we’re talking about – bullying bastards are involved and people who are vain sticking lovely dead animals on their walls.”




In America, Donald Trump has previously spoken out against big-game trophy hunting despite Donald Trump Jr being a keen hunter. A week-long “dream hunt” with the US president’s son was auctioned off earlier this month at an annual trophy hunting convention organised by Safari Club International (SCI), where it went for $150,000. Another lot offered the chance to shoot an elephant on a 14-day trip to Namibia.

Supporters of trophy hunting such as SCI argue that the practise supports conservation efforts for endangered wildlife. The organisation said it had written to the governments of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in relation to the proposed trophy hunting import ban in the UK.

When contacted by the Guardian about the trophy hunting consultation that ends on 25 February, a Defra spokesperson said: “Following the pre-election and Christmas periods, we are extending the trophy hunting consultation by one month to ensure all interested parties are able to have their say.”

Find more age of extinction coverage here, and follow biodiversity reporters Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield on Twitter for all the latest news and features




Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE (born 7 March 1944), commonly known as Ranulph Fiennes (/ˈrænʌlf ˈfaɪnz/), and sometimes as Ran Fiennes, is a British explorer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a writer, poet and co-creator of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum.

Fiennes served in the British Army for eight years, including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the Army of the Sultanate of Oman. He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world’s greatest living explorer. Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists.


Germany: Executions of wolves approved


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After more than 150 years we have free wolves in the Federal Republic again! The wolf, which was exterminated in Germany and persecuted for centuries, was allowed to return.
If we leave the animals in peace, they will stay with us and will be of great benefit to us.

However, the hunters have a huge lobby, are represented in large numbers in the German Parliament and are best fraternized with the agricultural lobby. Both hunters and animal farm keepers demand that the wolf be shot.
And they did it! Farmers and hunters were able to prevail again.

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Last week, the Federal Council approved the law, with passed by the german parliament in December 2019 from the Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD, Social Democratic Party).
According to this law, wolves can be shot in the future if “serious damage” has been caused to livestock farmers, and even if it is not found lets which wolf attacked or killed the “farm animal”.
The wolf should be included in hunting law.

Even in the future, it will be permitted to shoot wolves in the affected area until attacks on herds or individual animals stop – even if an entire rudder thus eliminated.

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The extinction of this species is only a matter of time, because the protection of an endangered species is sacrificed for the economic interests of farmers, herd owners and hunters.

But the nicest thing is coming:
Lower Saxony’s state hunting community welcomes the new shooting rules for wolves decided by the Federal Council. “They are a step towards simplifying the removal of these animals”, said President Helmut Dammann!

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“There is finally legal certainty for hunters who shoot a wolf from a problematic pack”, Dammann said.

However, he demands that the hunters remain anonymous (!!!) This is the only way to protect them from attacks by radical animal rights activists.

If a hunter killed a wolf, “then he will pack that wolf in a vehicle and place it on the verge of a busy road, where the wolf will be found relatively quickly.”

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My comment: Shoot? I call it murder. That would be a license for every hunter to shoot wolves.
That is the aim of the hunters, to shoot the wolves free … nothing else.
They are really criminal, insane killers.

In 2018, 2,067 “livestock” animals were torn from wolves.
1,656 sheep fell victim to the wolves due to poor pasture security.
In 2018, 771 million farm animals died in our slaughterhouses.
23,257 living beings were sheep and lambs.

schönes Zitat für Osterlämmer“The greatest danger to lambs is not the wolf, but Easter”


Since sighting the first wolves in Germany, 1.1 million euros have been compensated for them.
In 2016 there was 682 million compensation for traffic accidents with game.
Is it still safe for us in our forests?
Approximately 40 deaths from hunting weapons in Germany each year.
The number of deads people by wolves in Germany is zero, since they returned in our forests.

There are no problem wolves, there are only problem people. Due to the massive increase in population expansion, the wolf’s natural habitat is being taken away.
(The “favorable state of conservation of the wolf” has not yet been reached“EU Commissioner Vella”).

And now the killers are demanding anonymity when they kill animals!

Hunters first shout that the wolf needs to be hunted, and now they’re too cowardly to show they shot the wolf? Then they can’t even boast if they shot a wolf and hang their heads on the wall as a trophy !! Then why do they want to shoot wolves at all ?!

It’s not just murder, it’s a cowardly murder!

Dear politicians, legislators and other responsible parties!  You have be send to your home, to mama or collect stamps, you are not good for more!
What disgrace is it for a nation and its inhabitans that allows the cruel picture of wolves, who are lying dead all around the street?
Poor wolfs: it’s an injustice that you don’t get the right to hunt hunters or similar people.

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My best regards to all, Venus

Check Us Out – Will You ?



Check out all you need to know regarding animal issues via the following sites:


World Animals Voice https://worldanimalsvoice.com/

WAV has recently been formed after the operation of SAV (below) for about 13 years.

This new site deals daily with international animal welfare / rights issues and the environment. It Includes video footage, petitions and actions to take for a very wide range of issues.

This site is updated daily with current news and actions.



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Serbian Animals Voice https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

SAV was formed back in 2005 specifically to concentrate on campaigning for stray street dogs and cats in the Balkans. WAV posts (from the above) are now added to this site as they are produced.

SAV is currently not updated as a site. Still very useful site which holds over 13 years of archive posts and photographs associated with the campaigns to better Serbian stray dog / cat legislation.



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Serbian Animals Voice Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/

This site specifically is daily on going and deals with shelters and animal issues in the Balkans. It provides the service of allowing some 1,300 members to post appeals and issues that are daily related to them. If you wish to find out more about these brilliant Serbian shelters and the wonderful animals and people which are living and working in them; then please visit this site.

This site is constantly updated every day by members of the group and it is an ongoing site. There are many animals seeking adoption and forever homes.

Apply to be a member if you wish and join up hundreds of other brilliant animal welfare people and be able to add your views and comments to this forever growing family.



Keep on keeping on !

Regards Mark and Venus

Founders – SAV and WAV..

China: Coronavirus – The environment creates a perfect system to spread viruses, he said: “You couldn’t do it any better if you tried.”



The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan


WAV recent posts relating to this issue:












The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan is now under scrutiny


Animal trade in spotlight as China seeks source of coronavirus


Authorities believe new strain of coronavirus came from a market in Wuhan where wildlife was sold illegally.

Officials in China are searching to uncover the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, amid heightened scrutiny of the country’s poorly regulated animal trade.

Authorities believe the new strain of coronavirus came from a seafood market in Wuhan where wildlife was sold illegally. The World Health Organization has stated that an animal appears most likely to be the primary source, with experts suggesting it may have been carried by bats, badgers, rats or snakes.

The virus is from the same family of viruses as Sars, which was passed to humans from bats by the masked pam civets, and Mers, which was carried from bats to humans by camels.

Ian Jones, professor of virology at Reading University, said it was likely that the Wuhan virus had also been transmitted in the same way – passed from bats to humans through an intermediate host. “Something in the local area will have picked up this virus and it’s this something that would have been on sale in the wet market,” said Jones.

Though the 2002-03 Sars outbreak, which killed nearly 800 people, prompted efforts to regulate the wildlife trade in China, the tradition of eating endangered wild animals, or using wildlife to produce medicines, remains popular. Conservationists and health experts warn that such animals are being sold in unhygienic and cramped markets, allowing viruses to thrive.

Media reports suggest that about 50 wild animals, including endangered pangolins, were on sale at the market in Wuhan before it was closed at the end of last year. Photographs taken before its closure show snakes, porcupines and foxes crammed into cages. The sister of a vendor infected by the virus told China Business Journal, a state-owned paper, that snakes, ducks and wild rabbits were common at the market.

“The animal welfare part of this is obvious, but much more hidden is this stashing and mixing of all these species together in a very small area, with secretions and urine mixed up together,” Christian Walzer, executive director of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, told Reuters.


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The environment creates a perfect system to spread viruses, he said: “You couldn’t do it any better if you tried.”

Research published on Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Virology, which used analysis of the protein codes favoured by the new coronavirus, suggested it may have been snakes at the market that passed the virus to humans.

Some argue that the virus is more likely to have been passed on by a mammal. “In my view it’s very unlikely to be a snake because the jump from a reptile to a person is evolutionarily quite a long way,” said Jones, who added that while snake handling is common in the region, he is not aware of any individuals contracting this kind of virus after direct handling of snakes.

Badgers and rats were both cited as possible sources by Chinese government medical adviser Zhong Nanshan. The sale of live poultry has been banned in Wuhan, where all outbound public transport has also been suspended.

Identifying the origin of the virus would not only enable officials to prevent its circulation, but could also allow scientists to understand if the virus has further evolved after infecting people.

On Wednesday, China’s national health commission vice-minister Li Bin told reporters there was evidence of respiratory transmission of the virus from patient to patient. Among those infected are 15 medical staff.




Vegan Chocolate – Uncompromising Flavour & Ethics.

Vegan Chocolate – Uncompromising Flavor & Ethics


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Not only is vegan chocolate easy to find, the best brands offer truly exceptional quality. If you’re new to eating vegan foods, vegan chocolate won’t disappoint you.

The first thing you need to know about chocolate is that most of the good stuff is vegan. In fact, most chocolate connoisseurs consider milk chocolate to be an abomination. Dark chocolate is the real stuff.

That raises the question: is dark chocolate vegan? Most of the time it is. Unfortunately, several brands of dark chocolate, including Hershey and Ghirardelli, contain whey or other milk products. So always check the ingredients.

Vegan Chocolate Varieties


When it comes to chocolate, the spectrum of quality is as wide as that of wine. Every brand of dark chocolate that aspires to being taken seriously will list its percentage of cocoa mass on the package. The higher the percentage, the stronger the chocolate flavor, but this also bring more bitterness. Once you reach 80 percent you’re heading into the territory favored by chocolate connoisseurs. Lindt and some other brands even have 90% offerings, which is only for the seriously committed, and akin to drinking Wild Turkey 101 neat.

Dark chocolate might initially seem unpleasantly bitter. If you grew up devouring Hershey Kisses and Nestle Crunch Bars, it may take you some time to acquire a taste for 80+ percent chocolate. Perhaps the best way forward is to start with vegan chocolate in the 70 percent range, and then gradually work your way up to higher percentages.

But if what you’re really craving—chocolate snobs be damned—is the mild flavor of milk chocolate, fear not; three all-vegan companies offer what you’re seeking:


Fair-Trade Dark Chocolate


Much of the world’s chocolate—even expensive gourmet vegan dark chocolate—is produced by exploited or enslaved workers. Fortunately, many vegan chocolate brands carry a fair-trade label. The best resource to learn more about fair-trade chocolate is through this regularly-updated list published by the Food Empowerment Project.

Although Amazon.com has great prices on most products, they fall short when it comes to chocolate. Many of the vegan chocolates they carry are quite overpriced. But they do have a few good deals. Here are the vegan fair-trade chocolates Amazon generally keeps in stock:


Vegan Chocolate Companies


There are plenty of companies that make both vegan chocolate and non-vegan varieties. But more than a dozen companies churn out only vegan products, and pretty much all of these companies are fair-trade as well. Here’s our list.


USA: Sanctuary Sues Wisconsin City to End Cruel “Pioneer Day Chicken Toss”.



WAV Comment – Good luck with your work Quincy; lets hope you get success.






Sanctuary Sues Wisconsin City to End Cruel “Pioneer Day Chicken Toss”





Farm Bird Sanctuary is asking the town of Ridgeland to enforce existing animal cruelty laws to prevent Pioneer Day events that see hundreds of pigs and chickens abused for entertainment each year.


Wisconsin-based Farm Bird Sanctuary is moving forward with legal action to end the cruel “Chicken Toss and Greased Pig Wrestling events at the annual Ridgeland Pioneer Day in Ridgeland, WI.

Farm Bird Sanctuary founder Quincy Markowitz filed for an emergency injunction earlier this month in an effort to prevent this year’s events on February 15, asking the town of Ridgeland to enforce the law that states animal cruelty is a criminal offense. Currently, multiple Wisconsin statutes refer to the handling and care of animals, with violations involving fines or imprisonment.

The events, which have been happening in the town of 300 for nearly 40 years, involve a greased pig chase where frightened pigs are tackled by young children, and a “chicken toss” where as many as 200 terrified chickens are thrown into the frigid winter air, one or two at a time, from a rooftop into a crowd of people below. “No one owes us their body, or their suffering, for human entertainment,” Markowitz told VegNews. “The chickens that live with us bear the emotional and physical scars from being thrown off of a roof in below-freezing temperatures.

We owe it not only to our chickens but to as many as possible to fight injustices against them as best as we are able.” The judge declined to apply the emergency injunction because of the short timeframe, however, Markowitz has been asked to refile the complaint within 30 days to continue the lawsuit. Additionally, activists and animal rescuers will continue to protest, and nearly 150,000 people have also signed a petition to end the cruel events.


Viet Nam: The Recipe For Coronavirus Mk 2 – Does Anyone Ever Listen, Watch and Learn ? – In Asia, It Appears Not.

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Two workers are skinning rodents


WAV Comment


Some of our recent posts associated with Coronavirus:










Porcupines on sale in the market


They just don’t seem to get the message do they ?

Now we move to Vietnam; animal welfare aside for a second, just look at the state of the container in which the live frogs are being kept; shit black dirt all up the sides; workers taking not one glimmer of any hygiene controls – clothing; gloves, anything. It all looks like a super recipe for Coronavirus Mk2 from where we stand – see the images from the Chinese markets in our links above – notice the commonality ?. Are the Asians attempting to kill off the entire planet or what ? – no; only killing off innocent animals which are being abused for their selfish food fetish needs.

“We also saw the mangled bodies of dead or dying frogs scattered across the market floor – frogs who managed to jump out of these tubs while being sorted ended up squashed under the feet of passers-by or under the wheels of motorbikes speeding down the hectic market corridors. It was shocking.”

‘France is the biggest consumer, eating 4,000 tons a year, but America has been catching up, and they are also popular in Asian cuisine’.

  • ‘Research shows that the mass movement of frogs for human consumption – often unregulated or mislabelled – also plays a role in ecosystem collapse and spreading disease’.



Watch the disgusting video by clicking on either of the following:



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Live frogs are being crammed together in tubs and sold in food markets in east Asia, destined for painful deaths, an investigation has found.

Thousands of the amphibians were filmed being poured into large buckets at street markets in Vietnam, where workers frantically rifle through them, then stuff them into bags for sale.

Animal-welfare experts say the trade is not just “agonising” but also increases the risk of the extinction of the species, as creatures are taken from the wild.

Studies show the practice also damages natural food chains. And scientists say piling up live frogs in such conditions risks spreading disease among the amphibians.

In a joint investigation by the Moving Animals group and The Independent, bins full of living frogs were found in the seafood section of Binh Dien market.

“They are taken from stacked delivery crates and poured into buckets, where workers frantically grab them by hand to sort them,” said one investigator. “The sorted frogs are then stuffed into a bag, ready for sale – all while still alive.

“We also saw the mangled bodies of dead or dying frogs scattered across the market floor – frogs who managed to jump out of these tubs while being sorted ended up squashed under the feet of passers-by or under the wheels of motorbikes speeding down the hectic market corridors. It was shocking.

It is estimated more than three billion frogs are eaten worldwide each year, which are mostly caught from in the wild in Indonesia, but they are also farmed. France is the biggest consumer, eating 4,000 tons a year, but America has been catching up, and they are also popular in Asian cuisine.

Fears of falling populations have long been raised, leading France to ban farming and capturing frogs in the country in 1979.

However, the EU still imports the legs of tens of thousands of the amphibians from Asia each year, to the dismay of conservationists.


Activists claim frogs are often “forgotten” in welfare laws. They are “often skinned, and have their snouts and rear legs cut off with scissors or a blade while still alive. Their torsos are then tossed aside in a pile of other bleeding frogs and they endure a slow, agonising death,” according to the Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute.

A 2011 report, Canapés to Extinction, by international animal groups, said scientists had found frogs’ pain perception was similar to mammals’ and when their legs were cut off they struggled “until they reach complete exhaustion”.

Other witnesses have reported that in many cases only the hind legs are used for food, with the body thrown away.

Worldwide, amphibians are already suffering “catastrophic population declines” from interacting pathogens, scientists say. Fungal disease chytridiomycosis is thought to have caused the extinction of 90 species and marked declines of at least 491 others. Globalisation and the wildlife trade have been given most of the blame for the pandemic.  

Research shows that the mass movement of frogs for human consumption – often unregulated or mislabelled – also plays a role in ecosystem collapse and spreading disease.

Wiping out frogs leaves snakes starving and allows disease-carrying mosquitoes to multiply, new research has found.

Until 1987, India was the world’s primary exporter of wild-caught frogs, leaving populations heavily depleted and farmers dependent on large quantities of pesticides to control pests and mosquitoes. Ecologists fear that Indonesia, now the source of more than two-thirds of frogs’ legs in supermarkets worldwide, is heading the same way.

And keeping frogs in such cramped conditions, without water, allows them to succumb to viruses.

Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at Nottingham University, said although the risk to humans was probably very small, there was certainly the risk of spreading disease among frogs.

The 2011 report said: “Due to the mounting evidence that the chytrid fungus and ranaviruses are distributed through frogs traded live, in 2009 the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), specified conditions for handling processed and live frogs (eg health certificates and risk mitigation measures) in its Aquatic Animal Health Code.”

A spokeswoman for Peta Asia said: “Not only is this cruelty and suffering abhorrent, but eating animals – whether it’s frogs or chickens – fuels the demand for live animal markets. The typically filthy conditions of these markets are hotbeds for deadly viruses to multiply and spread. For the good of all living, feeling beings – including humans – they must all be shut down immediately.”




USA: Automakers Must Stand for Clean Car Standards – Take Action Here.




Dear Mark,

We’re hearing that the Trump administration will soon issue its final rule to roll back lifesaving clean car standards — which, if left in place, would help save drivers billions at the pump and eliminate billions of tons of carbon emissions.

Americans overwhelmingly support stronger vehicle emissions standards. Yet, three major automakers — GM, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler — recently sided with the Trump administration’s attacks on clean car standards.

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We are facing a climate crisis, and transportation is the single largest source of climate-wrecking carbon pollution in the United States. Send a message to GM, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler, telling them that you won’t let them derail our climate progress.

NRDC and our allies are fighting back against these car companies’ attack on state safeguards — working hard to convince them to reverse course and support what’s best for our planet and our health, not their short-term profits.

NRDC’s attorneys are fighting this attempt to block state efforts — and stand ready to file a lawsuit against the broader rollback. Public pressure will help. The CEOs of GM, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler need to hear from you that their actions are unacceptable.

Act now: Help us reach our goal of generating 100,000 letters calling on these three automakers to support clean car standards.

Thanks for standing with us in this crucial fight.


John Cross
Campaign Manager, NRDC

Pet stores: big business with hidden suffering


Animals neglected, abused, and killed at Colorado Pet Store. This is what you support when you buy animals.

And not just in Colorado, but all over the world!!

The demand for purebred puppies is causing people to misuse animals as parturients.

They are offered as puppies from a private source or from a loving breed, but in fact many of the animal babies advertised on the Internet come from dubious “breeding stations” from Eastern Europe and are brought and sold Europe-wide and also to Germany.

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Usually much cheaper than by “breeders”, but there are also exceptions and puppies are sold for a lot of money. The problem is that the puppies are snatched from their mother far too early. The result is that the puppies are often behaviorally disturbed. What is also bad: the puppies are not sufficiently medically cared for and are often already sick when they are handed over to the buyer.

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It is not uncommon for them to die after a short time.

Trunk puppies, puppy rooms, hobby breeders, reputable breeders … What for? The animal shelters are full of wonderful animals waiting for a new home❤


With so much information about this criminal trade with racy animals, there should be no excuse for anyone buying a pet from a pet shop or from breeders.
Some don’t care that the shelters are full because there are many who are convinced that shelter animals have diseases or are problematic.

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They are the ones who want to get a “pure” product with the purchase.
And with their purchase they kill the hope of an other animal that hopes for years for love, its own house and freedom in a home with its own family.


Don’t buy! never buy living beings, you wouldn’t do it with a human being either, right?
Adopt! save a life, make an animal happy and at the same time you act against the puppy mafia.

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My best regards to all, Venus

The dirty mandarins of the EU

EU mafia: How crime bosses have abused the Brussels project to make billions!


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THE European Union has allowed Mafia crime families to flourish by taking advantage of the bloc’s single market and lavish cash subsidies, an Italian MEP has claimed.

Sabrina Pignedoli, of the Five Star Movement, said crime bosses had capitalised on the EU’s expansion to Eastern Europe where they have invested vast sums of illicit cash in legitimate businesses.

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During periods of economic crisis, Italian mafia-style groups – the Cosa Nostra, Camorra and Ndrangheta – have maintained a low profile in their home country while investing billions of euros into struggling firms across the Continent. They use the legitimate business to launder cash from their large-scale drug trafficking, counterfeiting and toxic waste management enterprises.

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Ms Pignedoli is calling for Brussels to adopt a bloc-wide approach to tackling the Mafia’s presence in Europe.
In Italy, specific laws have been introduced to tackle mobsters’ illicit and often violent activities after decades of crime syndicates profiting from lax rules.
The legislation clearly defines the activities of crime families – illegal or legal – and allows for their assets to be seized and confiscated.
It has allowed Italian authorities to target associates of organised crime gangs even if they have not broken the law themselves.

This crackdown has led to the Mafia searching out new businesses opportunities elsewhere in Europe, Ms Pignedoli said.

She added: The fact that there are no barriers in Europe it makes it easier for the Mafia circulate goods and money.”

“The real problem is when they are money laundering they use banks, they use the legal economy, they buy restaurants and shopping malls – so they are invisible.

“They’re giving money to the economy and helping the economy but this money is being laundered from the profits of drug trafficking.”

Ms Pignedoli said the Mafia’s presence is often undetected, or even a blind eye turned to it, because of the growth in the struggling economies that are targeted by crime bosses.

The Ndrangheta, an Italian crime family from Calabria, was named in the investigation into the murder of Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak in 2018.

He and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, both 27, were found shot dead at close range at their home in the village of Vel’ka Macs outside the capital, Bratislava.

His story unearthed a series of Italian businesses, with ties to the Ndrangheta, that had obtained access to hefty EU subsidies from the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy, amounting to around £58 million over a 14-year stretch between 2004 and 2018.

The Ndrangheta crime gang also has ties to the UK, with corrupt allies in the City of London helping them to launder their cash, accounting for a surge in growth in the illicit industry that the National Crime Agency, in 2017, said was worth “hundreds of billions” of pounds a year.

And with the EU’s proposed enlargement into North Macedonia and Albania, Ms Pignedoli believes now is the time for Brussels to find a “one definition for the Mafia and organised crime”.

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She said: “Now is the right time to reinforce anti-Mafia legislation in Europe.
We must have the law to fight the mafia and then we can open up towards other member states without problems”.

Express.co.uk has contacted the European Commission for comment.



My comment: As if we didn’t know! There’s no accounting for the money. Nobody knows what happens to it once we’ve paid it. It goes “into the system” and much of it vanishes without a trace via schemes and back handers and grants and loans etc. all lost in an accounting tangle that works like a bottomless pit, a scandal that has been going on for years.

Looks like the EU have become a Mafia as well, it’s become a partnership… ‘The Ndrangheta crime family was siphoning off billions in EU agricultural subsidies’!!

How could that happen without the EU knowing about it?

Or is that also part of the “family”?

The same old story – the EU chiefs have no interest in stopping this illegal activity because they are all on the payroll. Secondly, they are responsible for running the greatest protection racket that world has ever seen, all done in plain sight.

My best regards to all, Venus

Korean Dogs – Newsletter – February 15, 2020.




Korean Dogs – Newsletter – February 15, 2020

To view the newsletter in your browser please click here:




Here are just some of the articles on the site:

New Sister/Friendship City Campaigns
to Help Stop the Dog Meat Cruelty in South Korea

Sister and Friendship City Agreements are formed between two cities with the aim of being mutually beneficial (for trade, cultural exchanges, business links etc., and to foster friendship), and many cities throughout the United States and around the world have such ‘twin cities’ all over South Korea. We can bring the unacceptable practices of South Korea’s dog meat trades to the attention of the relevant City Mayors and their Offices, and to urge them, in the spirit of friendship and for the good of the Korean people, to reach out to their counterparts in South Korea, asking them to enforce their laws and to put an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trades. Click below buttons to take actions today.

Click HERE for Sister City Campaign Center (US).

Click HERE for Sister City Campaign Center (Non-US).


The Zurich mayor’s office kindly responded to our petition and informed us that they do not have plans now or in the future to form a Friendship City relationship with Seoul, Korea. Upon further review, we learned that it was the Canton of Zurich (where the city of Zurich is located) that had formed the Friendship city agreement with Seoul in 2018.


We corrected our campaign page and petition accordingly and also sent a thank you letter to the Mayor’s office for informing us. Please take action today. Thank you!!


Sharing for Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE).


Last Christmas Eve, a dog escaped, with bad burns, from a slaughterhouse in Siheung, Korea. Shortly after that, the same site of atrocities was ambushed by CARE, and 70 dogs were rescued from death row.


We are CARE – the animal rights group with a history of exposing illegal dog slaughters and cruelty against animals in Korea.


What we found in that slaughterhouse that day were burnt floors and torches, used to burn dogs to death. There were about 80 dogs that resembled Yumi, the first escapee that was found.


We set about saving the remaining dogs, but during the period of segregation to protect the dogs from the owner and perpetrator of these horrendous acts, the dogs were kidnapped by this person and sold to other dog slaughterhouses.


Have you ever seen how these dogs are transported? 5 to 6 of dogs are squashed into small metal cages, some of them crushed to death in the process. All suffer from broken limbs and/or pneumonia from the harsh weather. The transporting process is the cruelest aspect of the dog consumption industry in this country.


It has been said that these dogs die from complications within 5 days, even if they are not slaughtered because the way they are treated and transported is despicably cruel.

On 30th December, we tracked down the kidnapped dogs and by pressuring the slaughterhouse owners, the dogs were returned.


However, just in two days, 35 of them had already been killed. The perpetrators gave us other dogs to fill the number, and in total, we are now protecting 65 dogs.


However, after being on the death truck for hours and back, the dogs suffered hardship in breathing and with the cold air, all of them have caught pneumonia. Some of these dogs are bleeding, requiring transfusion. A lot of them have fractures and bits of bones are found in their x-rays. Some are diagnosed with blood poisoning. They are terrified of humans even more than they were before.


The veterinary bill amounts to nearly $130,000, and we must find homes for them as well.


We won’t give up on these lives, although the money and the realities weigh heavily on us. We want to show the world the harsh realities of the death truck, and save the lives of these dogs, the survivors of the death truck.



















15/2 Is World Pangolin Day – Learn More About These Wonderful Animals – Now Critically Endangered Due To Man.

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Yesterday, 15/2 was World Pangolin Day.


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Here we want to share a little more about these wonderful animals who, thanks to man; are either listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.


World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa.

The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife. There is no evidence to support claims regarding medicinal properties of pangolin scales or any other part of the pangolin.

Connect, get updates and share ideas for #worldpangolinday at facebook.com/WorldPangolinDay

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The following is with thanks to Wikipedia:

Pangolins or scaly anteaters[2] are mammals of the order Pholidota (from the Greek word φολῐ́ς, “horny scale”). The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, which comprises four species living in Asia; Phataginus, which comprises two species living in Africa; and Smutsia, which comprises two species also living in Africa.[3] These species range in size from 30 to 100 cm (12 to 39 in). A number of extinct pangolin species are also known.

Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this feature. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites, which they capture using their long tongues. They tend to be solitary animals, meeting only to mate and produce a litter of one to three offspring, which are raised for about two years.

Pangolins are threatened by poaching (for their meat and scales) and heavy deforestation of their natural habitats, and are the most trafficked mammals in the world.[4] As of January 2020[update], of the eight species of pangolin, three (Manis culionensis, M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered, three (Phataginus tricuspis, Manis crassicaudata and Smutsia gigantea) are listed as endangered and two (Phataginus tetradactyla and Smutsia temminckii) are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.


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The physical appearance of a pangolin is marked by large hardened overlapping plate-like scales, which are soft on newborn pangolins, but harden as the animal matures. They are made of keratin, the same material from which human fingernails and tetrapod claws are made, and are structurally and compositionally very different from the scales of reptiles. The pangolin’s scaled body is comparable in appearance to a pine cone. It can curl up into a ball when threatened, with its overlapping scales acting as armor, while it protects its face by tucking it under its tail. The scales are sharp, providing extra defense from predators.

Pangolins can emit a noxious-smelling chemical from glands near the anus, similar to the spray of a skunk. They have short legs, with sharp claws which they use for burrowing into ant and termite mounds and for climbing.

The tongues of pangolins are extremely long and – like those of the giant anteater and the tube-lipped nectar bat – the root of the tongue is not attached to the hyoid bone, but is in the thorax between the sternum and the trachea. Large pangolins can extend their tongues as much as 40 cm (16 in), with a diameter of only 0.5 cm (0.20 inches.

Most pangolins are nocturnal animals which use their well-developed sense of smell to find insects. The long-tailed pangolin is also active by day, while other species of pangolins spend most of the daytime sleeping, curled up into a ball.

Arboreal pangolins live in hollow trees, whereas the ground-dwelling species dig tunnels to a depth of 3.5 m (11 ft).

Some pangolins walk with their front claws bent under the foot pad, although they use the entire foot pad on their rear limbs. Furthermore, some exhibit a bipedal stance for some behaviour and may walk a few steps bipedally. Pangolins are also good swimmers.


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Pangolins are insectivorous. Most of their diet consists of various species of ants and termites and may be supplemented by other insects, especially larvae. They are somewhat particular and tend to consume only one or two species of insects, even when many species are available to them. A pangolin can consume 140 to 200 g (4.9 to 7.1 oz) of insects per day. Pangolins are an important regulator of termite populations in their natural habitats.

Pangolins have very poor vision, so they rely heavily on smell and hearing. Pangolins also lack teeth; therefore they have evolved other physical characteristics to help them eat ants and termites. Their skeletal structure is sturdy and they have strong front legs that are useful for tearing into termite mounds. They use their powerful front claws to dig into trees, ground, and vegetation to find prey, then proceed to use their long tongues to probe inside the insect tunnels and to retrieve their prey.

The structure of their tongue and stomach is key to aiding pangolins in obtaining and digesting insects. Their saliva is sticky, causing ants and termites to stick to their long tongues when they are hunting through insect tunnels. Without teeth, pangolins also lack the ability to chew; however, while foraging, they ingest small stones (gastroliths) which accumulate in their stomachs to help to grind up ants. This part of their stomach is called the gizzard, and it is also covered in keratinous spines. These spines further aid in the grinding up and digestion of the pangolin’s prey.

Some species, such as the tree pangolin, use their strong, prehensile tails to hang from tree branches and strip away bark from the trunk, exposing insect nests inside.


Threats to this wonderful little animal

Pangolins are in high demand for Chinese traditional medicine in southern China and Vietnam because their scales are Pangolins are in high demand for Chinese traditional medicine in southern China and Vietnam because their scales are believed to have medicinal properties. Their meat is also considered a delicacy. 100,000 are estimated to be trafficked a year to China and Vietnam, amounting to over one million over the past decade. This makes it the most trafficked animal in the world.  This, coupled with deforestation, has led to a large decrease in the numbers of pangolins. Some species, such as Manis pentadactyla have become commercially extinct in certain ranges as a result of overhunting In November 2010, pangolins were added to the Zoological Society of London‘s list of evolutionarily distinct and endangered mammals.  All eight species of pangolin are assessed as threatened by the IUCN, while three are classified as critically endangered. All pangolin species are currently listed under Appendix I of CITES which prohibits international trade, except when the product is intended for non-commercial purposes and a permit has been granted.

Pangolins are also hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa and are one of the more popular types of bush meat, while local healers use the pangolin as a source of traditional medicine.


Though pangolins are protected by an international ban on their trade, populations have suffered from illegal trafficking due to beliefs in East Asia that their ground-up scales can stimulate lactation or cure cancer or asthma. In the past decade, numerous seizures of illegally trafficked pangolin and pangolin meat have taken place in Asia.  In one such incident in April 2013, 10,000 kg (11 short tons) of pangolin meat were seized from a Chinese vessel that ran aground in the Philippines. In another case in August 2016, an Indonesian man was arrested after police raided his home and found over 650 pangolins in freezers on his property. The same threat is reported in many countries in Africa, especially Nigeria, where the animal is on the verge of extinction due to overexploitation. The overexploitation comes from hunting pangolins for game meat and the reduction of their forest habitats due to deforestation caused by timber harvesting. The pangolin are hunted as game meat for both medicinal purposes and food consumption.


Man, as with everything; the ‘intelligent’ destroyer of everything that lives in this world !



England: ‘Heroes’ – To All the Animal Activists Out There !



You know, sometimes all this bad animal news kind of gets to you a bit – the stuff I put on the site today re Serbian strays – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/02/15/the-very-good-people-and-the-sickly-bad-people-for-dogs-in-serbia/ all those defenseless, helpless little dogs has just re ignited the anger in me for all that fighting that we did on SAV for all those years – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/ – the videos and the photos sum up the situation that we have only been involved with since 2005; and it goes back more than that !

The mass catching’s and abuses are still there today – I don’t really know what the answer is apart from what we have always fought for – a NO KILL policy – sterilisation, vaccination, identification (an ear tag) and a close down of all the private shinter outfits. The government and authorities need a drastic review of their policies, and to have an ounce of compassion; as do the Chinese and others.

So, you have to chill sometimes as a result – and for me, one big way is loud music; even if for 10 minutes or so; it is a break.

‘Heroes’ was written by the late, great David Bowie; and it has become a kind of anthem in the AR movement. It also features in the closing of ‘The Cove’ movie; dolphin slaughter.

Here is a video of one London 2016 protest against Taiji dolphin hunting very, very shortly after David died – the video is a kind of tribute to his involvement to the fight:





I also really like the ‘Heroes’ version by ‘Mororhead’. Watch it and enjoy it here.




Play it LOUD !

Regards Mark.


RIP Lem.

Important news today – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/02/14/germany-the-horror-of-the-pig-boxes-remains-for-the-time/


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England: ‘Februdairy’ – A Desperate Attempt to Promote A Declining Dairy Industry.



Februdairy – A desperate attempt to promote the declining dairy industry

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What on earth is Februdairy?

As public opinion continues to shift, increasing numbers of people are falling out of love with dairy products.

Recent years have seen a significant shift in consumer attitude towards dairy, as more people understand the environmental, health and animal welfare issues associated with the industry. The UK is now drinking 50 per cent less milk than they were in 1974, according to a report by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) released on Tuesday 6 February.

Viva! have investigated countless British dairy farms and exposed the brutal reality of the industry – helping many people make the switch to dairy-free.

An increasing number of dairy-alternatives are widely available including cheeses, yoghurts, milks and chocolates. Supermarket giants ASDA, Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s now all have their own ranges of vegan food – proving these products are big business. Although the milk market is much bigger, valued at over £3bn, demand for cow’s milk is declining and plant-alternatives sales have surged 10 per cent over the past two years. It’s undeniable, dairy-free sales are booming and show no signs of slowing down. Considering these factors, it comes as no surprise that the dairy industry is desperately trying to claw its way back into public favour.

So what is Februdairy?

Februdairy is a social media campaign created by the dairy industry in a desperate attempt to boost sales and portray dairy in a more favourable light. This is the industry’s third annual campaign and is pitched as a direct response to Veganuary, a campaign which encourages consumers to try vegan for one month. This year Veganuary announced a record number of sign-ups with a whopping 400,000 people going vegan for a month. Milk producers, pro-dairy consumers and industry experts are encouraged to create and share pro-dairy content during the month of February on social media using the hashtag #Februdairy.

When the campaign launched in February 2017, the vegan community commandeered the hashtag to highlight the darker side of the dairy industry, where pain and suffering is an everyday occurrence. Social media has played an instrumental role in the rise of veganism and vegans are well versed in using it as a platform to educate and inform others. Animal rights advocates and groups including Viva!, Animal Equality and Animal Aid use Februdairy as an opportunity to expose the cold-hard facts surrounding dairy production – which doesn’t go down well with the dairy industry.

A surprising number of people are still unaware that cows must be made pregnant to produce milk. To do this they are artificially inseminated and give birth to a calf, which is taken away shortly after. – There is no time for maternal bonding when profits are priority. If the calf is female she will face the same fate as her mother, if he is male he will be raised for veal or more likely be shot shortly after birth as an unwanted by-product of the dairy industry. These are all facts that the dairy industry chooses not to shout about – not surprising is it?

In addition to these abhorrent practices, the livestock industry is having a detrimental effect on our planet and many people are choosing to go vegan as a result. Dairy is the second biggest greenhouse gas emitter in the food production industry due to the huge amounts of soya needed to feed dairy cows and the methane they release. According to a recent article in The Guardian, all plant-based milks are better for the environment (3), with oat and hemp milks having the smallest environmental impact.

A recent Farmer’s Weekly article interviews a dairy farmer and marketing consultant, Andy Venables, who called for an overhaul in the way milk is promoted – describing it as “a complete mess”. The article concludes ”The dairy industry could learn a lot from the vegan movement, which had attracted huge media coverage despite accounting for just 1.16% of the UK population”, said Mr Venables.

Although the industry admits it needs a re-brand, they seem to be in denial about why people are ditching dairy for plant-based alternatives. Until they understand this, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more Februdairy-style campaigns from the industry as veganism continues to grow globally.

This Mother’s Day Viva! are organising a national Day of Action to raise awareness about the plight of dairy cows, Britain’s hardest working mothers, and encouraging them to go dairy-free. Visit https://scarydairy.org.uk/campaigns/mothers-day-action for more information.

For more information on the health, environmental, health and animal welfare issues caused by the dairy industry please visit www.scarydairy.org.uk .





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The Very Good people and the sickly bad people for dogs in Serbia.

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I do not want to spend all the time dealing with the situation for stray dogs in Serbia; as there is a lot in other parts of the world to try and cover; but the reality is that many good folk in other parts of the world do not think the capture and treatment of strays by the Shinters (dog catchers) is as bad as what it actually is.

I need to show them the reality.

Therefore, I have put together some videos showing both the good people and the bad people of Serbia with regard dogs; along with a series of photos who campaigner friends have supplied over the years – I know they will not object to me using them to inform the world.

Many good folk are doing what they can to help the dogs; but as we have said on many SAV posts before, it is a very corrupt system with government and regional authorities; where national animal welfare laws are simply ignored.

So please watch the videos which show the good and the bad – rage, repent but most of all, spread the word about the situation. Pass on the link to this post if it helps with your campaigning.

Best regards – Mark





The Good people and the bad people for dogs in Serbia.

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


We don’t need to say anything – just watch below for yourselves the atrocities undertaken against stray dogs in a European nation. The photographs we include are random prints from our extensive archive of situations all over Serbia which have been compiled with the help of great animal campaigners; we especially thank them for their strength to fight this abuse.

For all my stray campaigner friends around Europe – Stay strong !






With regards the videos below; you don’t need to know what is being said – the footage is enough to understand !








































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Australia: Psychopaths at work


Many Australians are unaware of the disgraceful way in which wild pigs are being killed throughout New South Wales and Queensland

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Pig dogging is a shamefully cruel and barbaric practice in which dogs are forced to hunt wild pigs. While hunters boast grotesquely of the adrenaline rush they experience, their treatment of the victims of this “sport” – both pigs and dogs – is deplorable.

The dogs are encouraged to chase and tire out the pigs and then hold them by the ears until a human arrives to kill them. Pigs who are chased, trapped, and killed in this way experience intense fear and distress.

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Usually, hunters kill pigs by “sticking” them – stabbing them in the stomach or chest to puncture the heart – before leaving them to bleed out in a prolonged and painful death.

Because these hunts cover large areas and it’s difficult for hunters to maintain contact with their dogs, pigs are often mauled for long periods and even killed before the humans arrive on the scene. In many cases, hunters actually encourage their dogs to maul the pigs.

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The dogs are usually large mixed-breed ones who’ve been “blooded” to make them especially aggressive. They may be beaten, starved, and psychologically abused in order to “train” them not to retreat from a pig 10 times their size.

After enduring this trauma, they’re then exposed to extreme danger during the hunt. Even though they may be “armoured” – wearing protective throat collars, breastplates, and vests – they’re often injured, mutilated, and killed.


Legislation relating to pig dogging differs from state to state, but it’s virtually impossible to take part in this blood sport without seriously compromising the intentions and regulations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and the Companion Animals Act 1998.

Write to the New South Wales and Queensland state governments and ask that they take action on this important issue.

Please sign the petition:https://secure.peta.org.au/page/48616/action/1

Here is another petition on the subject, please sign: https://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/stop-pig-dogging/


And I mean...The same thing happens with the “training” of dogs against foxes in Germany.
In Spain the galgos are also trained to death either for hunting the rabbits or for competition.
And in Eastern countries, dogfighting is booming, as we recently reported.

Everything takes place with the support or tolerance of corrupt politicians.
From psychopaths who sit in important positions and decide about lucrative business with animals.
But it is not an argument not to publish any criminal acts because they happen everywhere.
Wherever they happen, we will publicize them and ask for help.
Because the animals have just us.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: The horror of the pig boxes remains for the time..


Today the Federal Council should talk about the illegal box stall

We have reported about it, do you remember? https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/02/04/germany-4-2-20-update-the-german-pig-campaign/


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That these metal prisons are still allowed at all seems impossible in a country like Germany, which has – at least in theory – anchored animal welfare as a state goal in the Basic Law.

In the previous version of the Animal Welfare Livestock Ordinance (1), Section 5 states §24 (4)
“Box stands must be designed in such a way that…

1) the pigs cannot injure themselves and
2) each pig can stand up freely, lie down and stretch its head and side limbs”

But now the Federal Government, together with Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU), wants to simply delete the part of the regulation that stipulates that the sows in the crates should at least be able to stretch their limbs and head in the lying position.

Instead of ensuring that at least existing laws and corresponding legal judgments are complied with, the economic interest of farmers is increased and animal cruelty is legalized once again. Julia Klöckner wants to extend the illegal boxes for another 17 years!!!

The issue was originally supposed to be decided on Friday (February 14th, 20) by the Federal Council – but was removed from the agenda at short notice. The ordinance said the topic could be discussed at a next meeting at the request of a state or the federal government.

This could happen on March 13 at the earliest.


The pain of the pigs remains


Peta’s information is a bit different: Update February 2020

On February 14, 2020, the Federal Council actually wanted to vote on the draft ordinance from the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, to amend the animal welfare livestock ordinance and thus to subsequently legalize the cruel crates for animals!!!

However, the decision was postponed indefinitely.



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Under “indefinitely” we can also imagine 17 years.

My best regards to all, Venus

UPDATE: Man Arrested After Starving Dog to Death in Wire Cage UPDATE: Man Arrested After Starving Dog to Death in Wire Cage.



SIGN: Justice for Dog Abandoned in Wire Cage to Die

UPDATE: Man Arrested After Starving Dog to Death in Wire Cage

Posted by Jane Wolfe | February 13, 2020


Following an extensive investigation, Butler County police have arrested a man accused of deserting a three-year-old dog in a wire cage, leaving the poor animal to slowly die of starvation.

When a postal worker found the skeletal remains of the Cane Corso puppy in an abandoned motel parking lot in Liberty Township, Ohio, he instantly knew the dog had been severely neglected, leading to the innocent creature’s painful and needless death.

“From looking at the animal, you can literally see every bone in [his] body,” lead dog warden Kurt Merbs told WLWT.

Sheriff Richard K Jones says that a tip has now led to the apprehension of Clarence Thomas Jr., who has been charged with abandoning animals and prohibitions concerning companion animals. The accused is being held in the Butler County Jail.

“We posted this case on social media to get the word out that not only were we looking for the subject responsible for this heinous act,” Jones said in a release, “but to let offenders know, you can run, but you cannot hide.”

The arrest follows a Lady Freethinker petition urging authorities to find the suspect. Huge thanks to all of you who have signed — and thank you, law enforcement, for finding this dog’s killer.  Now, we must keep speaking out to ensure this case ends in justice.

If you haven’t, please sign to ensure the guilty party is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including a life-long ban on having animals.


WAV Comment:  Petition link if you still wish to sign:




China: Petition – They Throw Their Pets From Buildings !



WAV Comment:

So the Chinese government are basically refusing to take responsibility for contaminating the world just because they are useless at making laws !

If the livestock animals markets where the virus had originated had been controlled with decent, effective animal welfare legislation, then we would not have seen the tragic pictures of rats being skinned on tiled floors; with blood everywhere. 

Look at it here:


Two workers are skinning rodents


Now more than ever, the Chinese government needs to step up to the plate and accept responsibility that what has happened now is a direct result of themselves NOT having any national legislation to protect animals in markets and more, such as the original market facility where this all started.

Do we have sympathy for them ? – no; we see this as a payback for the ignorance that the Chinese government has shown regarding lack of animal welfare legislation since time started.

The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan is now under scrutiny


This is not a companion animal issue; yet here we are below supporting a petition which asks people not to throw their cats and dogs and other companion animals out of their ‘home’ windows to their deaths !

Porcupines on sale in the market


Mark has just spoken with Animals Asia regarding the Chinese government and animal welfare legislation; basically saying that if they do not learn from this, what will they ever learn ?

We give our support to Animals Asia with all their work, as we know they are trying to help people with getting food into domestic pets.

It is time for change in China – big animal welfare legislation; and we want it now.




They throw their pets from buildings to fight the Coronavirus


They throw their pets from buildings to fight the Coronavirus


This Chinese government madness has ordered China to its citizens to get rid of their pets before the outbreak of Coronavirus that is killing so many people.


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They throw their pets from buildings!


Addressed to: President Xi Jimping, Chinese Government

This madness has ordered China to its citizens to get rid of their pets before the outbreak of Coronavirus that is killing so many people. I believe it is a punishment from God for all that they do to animals for hundreds of years.

Thank you,

Sosvox.org’s team







China: Crisis Time for the AA Bear Sanctuary Located In the Worst Hit Region. Supplies and Food Are Short; Transport Links In Shutdown. Please Donate NOW To Keep the Bears and Staff Healthy.



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While others try to leave, our brave and selfless staff are rushing back to the danger zone. I couldn’t be prouder… please show them your support as they battle food and medication shortages… all to keep the bears healthy.

This is a crisis like no other…
I’m asking for your urgent help

Dear Mark,

The impact of the coronavirus is already hitting hard here at our China bear sanctuary.

Medications, face masks and disinfectant are all getting harder to find… even deliveries of food and water are under threat. And prices are going up by the day.
Please help us through this devastating crisis…
The implications for the bears, and other animals who rely on us for help, are truly frightening. Please give what you can to our Crisis Action Fund and help us – and the animals – through this devastating time.

Your gift today will help us pay for urgent veterinary supplies… face masks, antiseptic soap, syringes, swabs, surgical gloves… and most importantly, the bears’ medicines.
The worst thing is the uncertainty. We just don’t know how long this deadly virus will last. But we do know the impact will last for months, not weeks. And we know that this crisis is worsening day by day.
To make a donation to support the bears and the AA team in this crisis; please go to:




Our greatest fear is that transport restrictions and panic buying will mean we can’t get enough basic food, water and medicines for both staff and bears. Even locally sourced supplies like fruit and vegetables are drying up.

Our hearts go out to those directly affected by this devastating virus. As I write this, tens of thousands of people are confirmed as positive and hundreds have died…
By the time you’re reading this, the situation will be even worse.
… most of these cases are in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus. And unfortunately, we’re almost next door. Sichuan province, the home of our China sanctuary, and our Nanning rescue site are close to Hubei. So we’re directly affected by the new regulations in place to contain the virus. Lockdowns and transport restrictions are taking a heavy toll.

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But among this devastation are stories of courage and kindness that go to the core of what this big Animals Asia family means to us all.

Our embattled China team is giving all that they have to ensure our rescued bears (and other animals too) have the care that they need.
This is bravery in action. And I’ll share some of these
inspiring stories with you soon…

Like millions across China, our staff and volunteers are facing high prices and shortages of food, water and medical supplies, mostly because of panic buying and onerous (but necessary) transport restrictions. And of course there’s the constant danger of infection.

We’ve increased our already rigorous bio-security measures at our rescue sites. And we’re planning ahead for any contingency that could arise as the situation rapidly deteriorates.
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But most of all we need your help. Will you support the bravest bear team in China?
We’ve already started sending in basic vet equipment from afar to keep our staff and bears safe. But this is very expensive. Your kind gift today will help us secure much-needed supplies like face masks, surgical gloves, disinfectant soap, food and, crucially, medications for the bears.

The truth is that without you, we’re simply not going to get through this. Please, please… give what you can today.

With hope and gratitude,

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

PS Our mainland China and Hong Kong offices are closed and our community outreach activities are suspended throughout the country. But all our staff are working harder than ever from home or in the field.

PPS Follow events with us as they unfold on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



We have helped the bears today with support – can you please ? – this is a very major crisis – WAV


Dear Mark,

On behalf of our courageous staff and volunteers on the ground in China, thank you so much.

This is a frightening time, filled with uncertainty. But your kind support gives us immense strength and hope as we prepare for what the next few months might bring.

Your generous donation will soon be put to work helping us source food, water and vital medical equipment, which will help to keep the bears and our dedicated staff safe.

In the meantime, please will you help us reach more people by sharing our appeal on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already?

Below is a summary of your generous gift for your records:


Date: 2020-02-14

We promise to keep you updated as things progress. Thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart, for standing with us when we need you most.

With all my gratitude,

Jill Robinson,
Founder & CEO

PS By sharing this appeal with your friends on Facebook and Twitter you can help us reach more kind and caring people, like you. You’ll also be helping to ensure that our China team has enough supplies to keep the bears well cared for in the coming months. Big bear hugs of thanks for all that you do.

Japan: Entire Pod of Whales Slaughtered by Hunters – and Taiji Dolphin Hunt Again Exposed in New Footage.





Horrifying photo shows entire pod of whales slaughtered by hunters.


Whales are hauled behind a boat after they are slaughtered by Japanese hunters. Source: Dolphin Project


An entire pod of whales has been killed by Japanese hunters according to a report from a prominent animal welfare charity who witnessed the event.

Dolphin Project shared horrifying photographs of 35 small melon-headed whales huddled together before their deaths.

In an accompanying post to social media, the group detailed the pod’s last moments as they were forced into what is known as the “killing cove” in Taiji, Japan on Tuesday.

“For sentient, self-aware, intelligent and intensely social animals, the level of suffering involved in the entire drive and slaughter process is unimaginable,” they said.

The pod of melon-headed whales huddled together before they were slaughtered. Source: Dolphin Project

“No lives were spared.”

The activists then captured the aftermath of the hunt, sharing images online of slaughtered dolphins with their tails tied together.

Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry told Yahoo News Australia he hopes the horrifying images will create change in Japan.

“(The hunt is) depressing, sadistic, but most of all unnecessary,” he said.

“This dolphin slaughter will end when the Japanese people rise up against it.

“Today’s exceptionally cruel event in Taiji is a good example of why it’s imperative to keep live streaming, why it’s important to keep a light on Taiji during the entire six months of the annual dolphin slaughter.”

Ric O’Barry is calling on tourists to stop visiting dolphin parks. Source: Dolphin Project


Japanese opposition to whale killing season

A growing number of Japanese nationals have been protesting against the hunt, and there has been a decline in the popularity of dolphin and whale meat.

At the beginning of the season each year, the dolphin hunt receives global attention, but as it continues on that coverage fades.

Mr O’Barry blames the continuation of the slaughter on the dolphin park industry, noting that many of them send trainers to the region to buy wild caught dolphins.

This year the dolphin drive quota is 1749, which includes 298 bottlenose dolphins and 200 melon-headed whales.

Once the trainers select the most prized dolphins for their theme parks the others are killed.

Few are released.

This year Dolphin Project volunteers have filmed the slaughter using both cameras and drones, live streaming it on social media to raise awareness.

The activists say they will continue their work in Taiji, sharing news from the Cove each day until the season ends in March.

Serbia: Part 2 – The Illegal Killing of Stray Animals by Government and Regional Authorities.

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Please note – The EPAR letters to the OIE are still to be included.  At present they are not included in the text; we have to transfer them onto the system asap.


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From 2005 through the rest of the decade; the issue of Serbian strays; along with my live export investigation work, was a paramount issue. SAV https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/ was getting more visitors on a daily basis; and the world was beginning to learn about the attrocities in a European nation named ‘Serbia’. My idea of trying to be a voice for the animals of Serbia; with lots of hard work and input also from Slavica, a Serbian campaigner; was starting to get the message across. https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/    There was no time for ‘wheel watching’ – but there were desks to bang !


Were we crazy ? – probably; Diana; a German girl and friend of mine, joined up also and together we made an effective little team. Language was a big problem, but gradually we got things sorted and with our mutual aim of wanting to help the animals, we moved on.

Fortunately, Diana was a brilliant English speaker and writer; much like Venus; and we discussed methods of promoting the Serbian strays issue. In 2008 we decided that one way to do this was to compile a report and present it to the ‘International Court of Justice for Animal Rights’ – Fondation Franz Weber; located in Montreaux 1, Switzerland.

We compiled a comprehensive report, with many photographs, providing detailed information on how Serbian stray animals were being abused.

We called it ‘The Case for Serbia’s Strays’; and you can see the front page of the report here:


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Please note – both myself and Diana had to give our addresses and contact information; along with lots of other info specific to the report. We still do not want to show this; hence this is why only the front page is shown.


We worked with Slavica also; who made fantastic contributions at a time when she was having major health issues.


In 2009 we also produced a report for 3 EU parliamentarians -Mr Alain Hunchinson MEP; Mr David Hammerstein; and Mr Neil Parish; who were producing a written declaration at the EU on the welfare of pets and stray animals. The declaration called for harsh punishments for abandoning and mutilating both pets and Europe’s stray animals. It was hoped that this proposal of new EU wide legislation would see the EU lading thee way forward in establishing both new and more stringent animal welfare standards for both existing EU member states and also for future accession states, which would include Serbia.


A copy of both the front page of our report to Mr Hutchinson, along with one page from our Summary in the report are given below.

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Sadly for the animals of the EU; and as we have shown many times regarding EU ignorance relating to the transport of live farm animals across the EU, there was no progress or adoption of legislation which would cover better stray animal welfare legislation in all EU member states. It is still the same today, 2020.


These are just 2 of the reasons why we personally hate the EU institution and target their lack of compassion whenever we have the opportunity. We undertake a lot in both time and money to present evidence and information; as do many other European welfare groups; and you simply get shot down by EU legislators who think they are more important than the issue. We all hate the EU and what it does NOT do for the welfare of animals – enough said !


So, now we move on back into 2020 and all the things we have outlined in our recent post https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/02/13/serbia-puppies-drowned-and-their-bodies-hung-from-trees-the-terrible-suffering-of-stray-animals-due-to-a-corrupt-and-illegal-regional-authority-system/


Here are a few videos which show the ‘shinters’ at work catching dogs at various location around Serbia. This is the main issue that is being contested in our other post, as the actions are illegal with existing Serbian animal welfare legislation. It is all outlined in the other post (link above). We also enclose a video of a recent protest (9.2.2020) which took place to protest against all the killings outlined in the other post. It is great to see many people now attending the demos, and getting information about what is happening illegally with the stray dogs. We send our support to all the protesters who have recently started to campaign against the abuse, and we are sure that the public involvement will grow and grow.

Videos still to be downloaded.


Public demonstration link – Serbia:




Shinter teams at work in Serbia:

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There are tons more that we could write here about all this – a book literally of the campaign work; but we simply ask people to look at the SAV Archives which are on the left hand side of the site https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/ to read and see more of our past work.

It has not been an easy ride; and many people (including us) have been threatened in different ways for their actions in exposing the wrongdoings within Serbia – for ‘being that voice for the animals’; the very thing I set out to be when SAV was formed back in 2005 – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/


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There were threats about exposing live animal exports from Serbia; which it constantly denied – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/09/18/serbia-breaking-news-serbia-exports-live-sheep-to-israel/

An angry government (which had always denied the exports but who we proved did undertake them) then decided to try and take revenge on campaigners and animals shelters such as those run by Slavica by attempting to close them down. Like the Serbian dogs, it was a kind of ‘kill your critics’ policy by the government; they were angry at being exposed by investigations and they tried therefore to shut up all those involved with the exposes.

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The good news was that they failed. All the shelters who were threatened because of being part of the ‘truth’ team continued to operate, and still do today. As the song by Depeche Mode says; “you can run but you cannot hide” – I think this is the attitude and aim of all animal campaigners; to expose the truth whatever the threats or risks. It is a kind of global animal rights attitude / philosophy brotherhood; and at WAV / SAV we are very happy to play a tiny part in that.



“you can run but you cannot hide”


I personally want to pay tribute to Slavica and all other animal friends in the Balkans region who despite the threats and terrible things they see and hear, have the tenacity to carry on with their so very important work by exposing the truth. Well done all of them !


See also from our site:



Bosnia and Herzegovinahttps://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/bosnia-and-herzegovina-capital-sarajevo/




Shnters (Dog Catchers)https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/category/shinters-dog-catchers/


Some you win, some you lose – and as a whole, Serbia remains a loss for us; animals there still suffer terribly through the wrong attitudes of government and authorities; but we hope we have made a bit of a difference and helped campaigners out there to expose and shine a light on the suffering using our sites WAV and SAV. People across the world are now, thankfully aware of the wrongdoings in the Balkans states; and public opposition to the current approaches of governments and authorities there will change given time; which we hope will be sooner rather than later. They have to !

We are proud to be a small cog in the massive wheel of animal liberation and the aim of ending all global animal suffering. The fight goes on, as always !


For Suffering Animals;

Regards Mark


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Serbia: Puppies Drowned and Their Bodies Hung From Trees. The Terrible Suffering of Stray Animals Due To A Corrupt and Illegal Regional Authority System.

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Puppies Drowned and Their Bodies Hung From Trees.



Above – the fate of the poor Serbian strays – drowned and then hung from trees !


We give a full and detailed overview of Serbian animal welfare legislation on our sister site – ‘Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)’. – click on: https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ – and so as you can also see from the ‘Archives’ on the left of the same site; we have had a lot of past experience with illegal stray animal abuse (in Serbia) in the past.

We thus (2020) invited Serbian activists to give us some updates of the current situation for stray animals (dogs but also cats) in Serbia now; so that we can publish on this site; WAV, and also SAV. And so here is the first of the reports we have from Slavica at ‘EPAR -OIPA Serbia / Alliance for Nature Protection, the rights of animals and people’.

We need to make it clear to readers that Serbia is currently not a member state of the EU, but is a ‘Candidate Country’. As such it is given EU financial support at present. But there is no EU strategy or legislation for stray animals within EU member states anyway; something which welfare groups have been pressing the EU about, with no result, for many years.

As with most issues; especially those relating to animals, the EU simply passes the buck back to individual member states, declaring that it is their individual responsibility to undertake controls. So why do EU politicians exist we ask if they just hand issues back to member states ?

Stray animals, unlike livestock which is traded and sadly transported all over the EU constantly, do not make money for the nations in which they exist; thus they are of no real concern for EU legislators who are solely financially driven. We say what a very sad situation; as to us, all animal lives matter, be they prize bulls or stray dogs struggling to survive on the streets.

Financial contributions to the OIE – or the ‘World Organisation for Animal Health’; are made by all national member states around the world; and this includes Serbia. Thus, we would expect compliance with; or very close to, OIE strategy by member states regarding strays; sadly, Serbia does NOT follow this; irrespective of what is said.


The OIE web site can be found at: https://www.oie.int/

Here is the link to the missions of the OIE: https://www.oie.int/about-us/our-missions/


We would like to draw your attention to stray dog information published by the OIE:



Article 7.7.5 states:


In the development of a dog population control programme it is recommended that the authorities establish an advisory group, which should include veterinarians, experts in dog ecology, dog behaviour and zoonotic diseases, and representatives of relevant stakeholders (local authorities, human health services/authorities, environmental control services/authorities, NGOs and the public). The main purpose of this advisory group would be to analyse and quantify the problem, identify the causes, obtain public opinion on dogs and propose the most effective approaches to use in the short and long term.

Important considerations are as follows:

  1. Identifying the sources of stray dogs
    1. Owned dogs that roam freely;
    2. dogs that have been abandoned by their owner, including puppies resulting from uncontrolled breeding of owned dogs;
    3. unowned dogs that reproduce successfully.



  1. vaccination against rabies and other preventive measures against zoonotic diseases, as appropriate;
  2. veterinary procedures (e.g. surgical procedures);



As we have always argued from our (SAV) founding in 2005; the capture and killing of stray dogs in Serbia; despite being illegal to kill health dogs; can be a very financially profitable business for some; whilst wrongfully misleading the public; tax paying citizens; that stray dog numbers are being controlled. It is called ‘corruption and deceipt’.


The reality is that the Serbian government and regional / local authorities do NOT want to undertake veterinary procedures as suggested in Article 7.7.5 (see above) such as sterilisations of strays, which would gradually reduce their numbers; as they (the authorities) desire a constant supply of ‘new’ stray animals to capture and kill; – thus, it is not financially profitable for them to reduce stray numbers; and thus reduce their financial gains to be made by the capture and killing of strays ! That is the reality of how the Serbian stray system works; animal abuse and suffering; leading to eventual death; solely for financial profit by those involved in the process.


As far as we are (still) aware, there is no ‘advisory group’ involving either the public or NGO’s in a population control programme anywhere within Serbia. In addition, the Serbian authorities; who appear to work on their own; using contractors, or ‘shinters’, have a simple policy of ‘kill and more kill’; whilst misleading the public that they have the situation under control. As such they do not follow any of the OIE suggested procedures mentioned above, such as ‘surgical procedures’ (sterilisation) in order to reduce stray animal population numbers over time. They simply continue to want an endless supply of strays; in order to kill endless numbers of strays; and make endless money from the process.












2020 – We are currently aware that 3 private shinter firms’ – companies hired by local authorities in Serbia to ‘control’ dog numbers using illegal practices which are non-compliant with existing national animal welfare legislation, include Avenija MB – they have probably have killed up to 10,000 dogs in more than 60  Serbian cities by the means of illegal contracts with various city authorities. If NGO’s and the public were represented in these OIE suggested ‘advisory groups’ throughout the country in accordance with OIE stray management guidelines; we very much doubt that such mass killings (as the 10,000) would ever be allowed to happen. We think not very much !

Also, (2020) it has been alleged that in just one day, in more than 40 cities throughout Serbia, illegal mass poisonings have been undertaken again; most probably by shinters working under the private control and public misleading of local authorities. We understand that the illegal killings may have been undertaken using the ‘Kreozan’ poison.


Killing with Nuvan and Kreozan poisons.  These cause death by suffocation to the animal after the following prolonged effects – headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, excessive sweating, salivation, blurred vision, tightness in the chest, weakness, muscle twitching, and confusion.  Also convulsions, severe respiratory depression, unconsciousness, and eventual death. http://www.actionagainstpoisoning.com/CRY%20FOR%20HELP/serbiaT61/crySerbiaT61.html

In this post or the other still to be written and published, you will find copies of the recent letters sent by Serbian activists to the OIE. We ask you to make of the letters to the OIE what you read – and several examples of non compliances by authorities with the current Serbian animal welfare laws are given.

Finally for this post; to become a member state of the EU. The enforcement of ‘the rule of law’ is a requirement for nations wishing to join. Serbia is NOT enforcing its own laws; and as such there is currently no reason why it should be allowed to join the EU. We think in the end the EU will conveniently ignore such things as animal welfare legislation and welcome Serbia into ‘the club’ regardless of its non compliances.


As for dogs hung from trees, we will be publishing a second part to this post to provide you with more about the situation in Serbia. For animals living on the streets; trying to survive at the best of times, they require initiatives that will help them; not have authorities who just want to make money by destroying them. This is currently the way in Serbia. Change will only come from within; when Serbian taxpayers recognise where their money is being wasted on a kill policy rather than a sterilisation policy to reduce numbers forever. Money that is wasted catching and killing dogs should be put into a policy of national long term sterilisation and welfare improvements for the animals – complying with the existing laws.

Changes sometimes take long times to happen; for animals in Serbia the change cannot come soon enough !

Regards Mark








An experimenter becomes an animal rights activist




Dr. Don Barnes experimented with animals at School for Aerospace Medicine for 13-14 years.
When he was an experimenter, they conditioned him AGAINST applying ethics to animals who weren’t human.
But Dr. Don Barnes knew that using animals as laboratory equipment was wrong.
“We use the wrong models for our experiments,” he says.
He fundamentally changed his life and became an animal rights activist.


A nice video!

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: America’s First Vegan Fried Chicken Shop.



America’s First Vegan Fried Chicken Shop


This post is based on https://chooseveg.com/blog/americas-first-vegan-fried-chicken-shop/

With modifications to reflect we are now in 2020.


The United States got its very first vegan fried chicken restaurant! On November 22 last year (2019), pop-up shop and catering company Eat Love will finally open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Eat Love’s founder, Lynn Torres, chose a location in Orange County, California, just a mile away from where she grew up. Hungry customers will have their pick of seitan-based fried chicken sandwiches and bucket meals akin to Kentucky Fried Chicken’s and Chick-fil-A’s, along with delicious desserts, like chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches and fudge brownies. Lynn told VegNews:

We are better than KFC and Chick-fil-A because we want to share amazing and delicious food without harming animals and without harming our health. We actually really care about animals, the environment, social issues, your health, and the world.



Back in 2015, Lynn and her husband, Enrique, weighed a combined 610 pounds. Once they started eating plant-based, Enrique was able to reverse his Type 2 diabetes, and Lynn lost over 150 pounds! This inspired them to open Eat Love and bring delicious vegan food to their friends, their neighbours, and the world. Lynn said:

I believe that the way we can create change is by spreading love, and to me food is love. I hope that people take our food and share it with their loved ones and that this action brings up a conversation about veganism.

Plant-based fried chicken is certainly a growing trend. In August 2019, Kentucky Fried Chicken tested vegan fried chicken that combined Beyond Meat with their signature secret spices. Customers lined up around the building at the Atlanta restaurant that served the plant-based chicken. KFC is considering moving forward on either broader testing or a nationwide rollout. U.S. president and chief concept officer Kevin Hochman stated:

“KFC Beyond Fried Chicken is so delicious, our customers will find it difficult to tell that it’s plant-based. I think we’ve all heard “it tastes like chicken”—well our customers are going to be amazed and say, “it tastes like Kentucky Fried Chicken!”

Inspired to join the plant-based craze? Order a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide today, and check out our Pinterest page for thousands of recipe ideas!


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India: February Videos of Life Saving Rescues From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’. Please Donate if You Can, Thank You.

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Dear Mark,


“How big is the wound?”

“Can she stand?”

“When was the last time he ate?”


The answers to questions like these are essential in determining out of the 70-90 emergency calls we receive each day which rescues are top priorities. Even with four rescue vehicles on the road, every day is a rush to get to the next animal as fast as possible. Thousands of callers have stayed by the side of an injured or ill animal keeping them safe until our ambulance arrives. To you wonderful friends, near and far, without whom countless animals would have perished, Happy Valentine’s Day. We just love you.



She looked like an ancient one, shriveled, gnarly and fading away. But this angel was succumbing to advanced mange, which had thrust her into the grip of intense itchiness, and crusted skin which broke apart in massive cracks. Like most mange dogs she had likely run herself ragged trying to escape the maddening itchiness. Now, she was deflated and perhaps preparing to let go of life itself. She faced her regimen of medicated baths with trembling fear, but within a few days came to understand that touch did not have to mean pain; touching now meant comfort. Watch this young lady’s astounding transformation. We named her Shimmer, like dancing sunshine.


For those who have so much life left to live, please donate.



The puppy’s heart was still beating. Otherwise, he would have been mistaken for dead. Neighbors were horrified when they saw a passing car run him over, and his head injury was so severe that he didn’t really wake up for another 48 hours. When he did, he couldn’t eat or walk. But one of the first things he did after regaining consciousness was to wag his innocent, adorable tail, and he managed to communicate worlds with those first bursts of joy–joy to be alive. Meet Dil and watch him re-discover his Self: a boy who is charming, subtle, and beams with love.


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Meet the Caregivers:



Rakesh Meghwal (above) is a gentle leader in charge of large animal nursing care, introducing new staff who have never before worked with animals to a new world of service to the most vulnerable. From turning a cow on a mattress who cannot stand, or keeping a bull still while his splint gets changed, Rakesh is a teacher, not just a boss. He “leads by example” and we’re grateful to him for his example being so gentle, bright and caring.


Every day, 20-40 animals in Udaipur are rescued and treated.

Some are admitted into Animal Aid’s hospital and some are treated in their own neighbourhoods. Every bandage, every injection, every meal, every cozy tub had a donation behind it.



We’re serving animals like Sophia because of YOU. Sophia’s paw was badly wounded and to see her now, it’s hard to believe this extraordinarily cheerful girl was lost in pain a few weeks ago. Every time a transformation like this takes place, kindness scores a little victory.


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