Bulgaria: Close the Lovech Zoo!

#Close Cruel Cages: Six bears in concrete pits at Lovech Zoo!

Six bears, two tigers, and two lions are kept under terrible conditions at the Lovech Zoo in Bulgaria.

Image: Four Paws

The concrete and outdated enclosures are neither suitable for keeping animals in a species-appropriate manner nor for accommodating other animals.
The zoo must prevent the animals from reproducing and must not accept new bears.

Nevertheless, the brown bears continue to reproduce, the last cub was born in January 2020.

During a visit in January 2021, a FOUR PAWS team got a picture on site. We were particularly shocked by the concrete enclosure of three bears. It had no natural vegetation, no places to retreat or hide.

At the time of our visit, the floor was covered with feces.

Image: Four Paws

The enclosures for the bears, lions, and tigers as well as those for some of the other animal species in the zoo are far removed from species-appropriate housing conditions and we see no possibility of converting them into suitable enclosures.

We, therefore, demand an end to breeding and the relocation of animals for which no suitable facilities can be made available.

Image: Four Paws

Support our work for a better life for animals in Bulgarian zoos and sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/cages-bulgaria
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

Additional information: The lion cubs Simba and Kossara are the youngest victims to be born in a cruel cage, this time in a small and aging public institution in the town of Blagoevgrad in southwestern Bulgaria.
Her birth in early July, which allegedly was the result of inbreeding, was kept secret, but a few days later the media found out about it and reported on the little weakened pups.

In response to public pressure, the local authorities in Blagoevgrad organized the puppies to be taken to a veterinary clinic in the capital Sofia.

FOUR PAWS offered advice from experienced game rangers and rescuers for the puppies to give them the best possible care and medical care they urgently needed.

But the responsible authorities avoided meeting FOUR PAWS and at the end of August arranged that the pups should be secretly taken to an equally horrific facility in Bulgaria.

As a result, Kossara and Simba have ended up in a cruel cage in Varna, in a similarly unsuitable and hopeless situation as they were when they were born.

It is the fourth time in three years that lion cubs have been born in Bulgaria under appalling conditions and with bleak prospects.

For years, the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water has legalized unsuitable facilities where various species of wildlife are kept by granting them a zoo permit without ensuring that they meet standards of husbandry and education.
Even the still illegal facilities have been allowed to continue to keep and breed wildlife.

This suffering has to stop. We need your help to save Simba, Kossara, and other wildlife like them from living in these cruel cages, and we urge the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the European Commissioner for the Environment to see Bulgaria end the legalization of inappropriate wildlife management!
#CloseCruelCages

We have to try.
At the moment we cannot offer these victims any other alternative besides the petition and the mobilization of the media.
Therefore: Sign the petition and share

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Abject Suffering and Cruelty Required In Dairy – DxE Investigates – Watch the Video.

WAV Comment – with thnks to Stacey as always; regards Mark.

Watch the video on ‘Our Compass’ here:

Abject suffering & cruelty required in dairy | Our Compass (our-compass.org)

Source Direct Action Everywhere Instagram

In 2017, I entered a Land O’ Lakes dairy farm in California with a team of DxE investigators and the horrors I saw sent me on an unexpected journey. Was this farm just an anomaly, or was this routine treatment of dairy cows and their babies? I couldn’t understand how the dairy industry gets away with such cruelty – especially a company like Land O’ Lakes that boasts about following strict animal welfare guidelines. 

I have now gone into 14 Land O’ Lakes farms in California and Wisconsin, the nation’s top dairy-producing states. With the help of more than 20 grassroots investigators, we now have footage proving that this company routinely violates its own welfare standards, as well as animal cruelty laws.  

We have a 2 minute video proving that Land O’Lakes is going out of its way to mislead customers. Please watch and share on Facebook or Instagram (or above).

We’re reporting this cruelty, reaching out to company representatives, and sharing our findings with journalists. The Fresno Bee just published a story about our investigation findings which you can read and share here (or see below).  

Don’t be fooled by false advertising about “happy cows” and “pure milk.” There is nothing happy nor pure about the dairy industry, and when we take direct action, we can expose that.

Many thanks to everyone who helped with this investigation on the ground, and to all of you supporting online. Together, we are shattering the “humane” myth and making real progress for animal rights. If you can support this work financially, please chip in here

Alexandra

Source The Fresno Bee

By Joshua Tehee

The animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere is leveling claims of animal abuse at several Land O’Lakes dairy operations in the central San Joaquin Valley, including Zonneveld Dairy near Laton in Fresno County.

On Wednesday, Berkeley-based group released the findings of a three-year investigation it did at 14 of the company’s farms both in Wisconsin and in California.

Among the facilities were Zonneveld Dairy in Laton; Kasbergen Dairy, Curtimade Dairy, FernJo Farms, and Mancebo Holsteins in Tulare; Fern Oaks Dairy in Porterville; Giacomazzi Dairy and Grimmius Calf Ranch in Hanford; and Tony A Nunes in Visalia.

The investigation found dozens of violations of both Land O’Lakes company animal welfare policy and California law, according to the group, which said it has video footage showing newborn calves being dragged by their hind legs and dumped from a backhoe, among other things.

The group said it will file criminal complaints against the farms on Wednesday with letters of support from a veterinarian and a former federal prosecutor, both of whom have seen the videos, the group said.

A Land O’Lakes representative said the company was not aware of the allegations as of Tuesday afternoon, but that animal care is a top priority for the company and its member-owners.

“Participation in the National Milk Producers Federation’s National Dairy FARM Program is a mandatory condition of Land O’Lakes, Inc. dairy membership and we are committed to maintaining compliance with all aspects of the program and the science that guides its development,” the representative said in an email statement.

This is not the first time Direct Action Everywhere has taken action against a Land O’Lakes operation.

Members of the group, including former “Baywatch” actress Alexandra Paul, protested alleged abuse at Zonneveld Dairy farm in 2017. The group also removed a calf from the ranch, in what it called a night-time rescue operation.

It’s also not the first time the group has had sights on Valley farms.

In 2018, three women were arrested at a ranch north of Oakdale while trying to remove an apparently dying calf from the property.

And last month, the group protested outside Harris Ranch in Coalinga, after asking the Fresno County District Attorney’s office to investigate the company’s beef processing facility in Selma. Direct Action Everywhere claimed to have hidden camera video footage showing excessive suffering of animals at the slaughterhouse.

Joshua Tehee covers breaking news for The Fresno Bee, with a focus on entertainment and a heavy emphasis on the Central Valley music scene. You can see him share the area’s top entertainment options Friday mornings on KMPH’s “Great Day” and read more of his work here.

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The film ‘The Scam’- poultry industry in Israel

Documentation of the disposal of laying hens – worldwide
As the chickens’ egg-laying yield decreases, the poultry industry rushes to dispose of them at a young age
The method used in Israel and around the world is to use an electric vehicle and to kill the animals with an electric shock.

In this video is the case in the Czech Republic

You can see workers simply filling trash cans in the barn with animals.
Most of them suffocate and from there spill into a large container.
This method is illegal in Israel

However, a few years ago we were able to document this violation twice.
In two different chicken coops in the Sharon area and most likely – according to the undercover worker video that nobody knows – it is proven that in most cases this method is also used here in Israel.
The industry wants to accelerate the destruction process.

It is very difficult to take over and dispose of a basket of hundreds of thousands of laying hens.
And if you take them out one by one, it can take days and that costs money and time, this cruel method saves both.
The tortured chickens pay the price to maximize profits

With cruelty and slow death, they will suffocate in the can along with the rest of their sisters.

You can find more information about the poultry industry in Israel in the film ‘The Scam’:

https://youtu.be/oLv64GyST

Glass Walls

And I mean…The video is of course linguistically inaccessible to most of us
But still, after the first five minutes, you have the feeling that you know these pictures. That this or similar pictures have been seen.

That is why this video speaks a universal language.

Every country in the world practices this fascist system of exploitation of the “other” animals.
Animals suffer from the violence of those who have rights, of people.
And that all over the world.

Even the very best animal protection law does not grant animals any rights, but only restricts the power of disposition of humans against animals.
The best that can happen to them is mercy or pity, and we know how slim those prospects are.
Every special video actually has the function of unveiling the injustice and making the invisible visible.
Because the animal industry relies on isolation and total secrecy.

There are many ways to give voice to the other species and to make their pain public and express it.
We have cleared up to their lawyers.

No method is better or worse than the other, each has its special moment when it can develop its power and effect.

Realizing this is the really more important basis of animal rights defense.

My best regards to all, Venus

US State of Winconsin: Hunters massacre 216 wolves

It took- for trigger-happy hunters in the US state of Wisconsin- exactly three days to slaughter around 20 percent of the wolf population.

216 animals were killed in the bloodbath that took place at the end of February. Experts estimate that there were between 1,000 and 1,200 wolves in Wisconsin before the hunt.

The reason for the permit for the three-day hunt was ultimately an oversight by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Wisconsin is the only US state in which the regulation of the wolf population is normally carried out by officials of the authority –
a shooting quota is set annually, which is based on standards for sustainability and the protection of the wolf population.

Jäger richten fürchterliches Massaker unter Wölfen an

Observations about the development of packs play a role. As a rule, only very old or sick animals or a few problem specimens that were noticeable through livestock cracks are shot down – the quota rarely exceeded 100.

However, since the Trump administration abolished numerous protections for wolves last year, hunter lobby groups and some Republican MPs have called for open wolf hunting.

The state of Wisconsin also wanted to hold one hunting, but only in the fall and not in the spring – because they were still waiting for new data on the population development and then wanted to incorporate this into the determination of the shooting rate.

But then the supervisory authority was taken by surprise by a lawsuit filed by the powerful hunting lobby group “Hunter Nation Incorporated” from the state of Kansas, which is 1,000 kilometers away.

According to the change in the law by Trump, the court ordered the supervisory authority to immediately permit hunting and allow applications for hunting permits.

The supervisory authority had no choice but to obey the court order – they simply had not recognized the legal situation in time and thus lost valuable time, for example, to develop control mechanisms.

More than 2,000 applications for hunting permits were received, and almost all of them had to be approved overnight, without careful scrutiny.

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Elephant Actions – Please Support, Thank You.

Fifty year old elephant Betty has lived a lifetime of suffering.

Captured from her home in Thailand at the age of just three years old, she was sold into the George Carden International Circus in 1986 where she has been forced to perform cruel circus tricks and to give rides ever since.

The Carden family continues to force Betty to perform despite the fact that she is chronically lame. She does not bend her left front ankle, which is evident when she walks or give rides. Betty also continually drags her trunk along the ground as she walks. It appears that she is using her trunk as a crutch to remain balanced or to hold her upright. Her impairment could pose a serious public health hazard should her lameness result in a fall while she was performing or giving rides.

In performance after performance, CompassionWorks International has found Betty exhibiting these clear signs of suffering, yet the Carden family and the USDA do nothing to help her.

Presently the Carden family has rented Betty out to Garden Bros Circus, where she is provoked to give rides and do tricks by Larry Carden. Garden Bros performs up to three times per day, which means that Betty is giving up tothree hours of rides and three performances per day.Afterward, she is loaded on a truck anddriven hundreds of miles only to do it all again.

Another Carden family elephant named Jenny lived a similar life of performance and tricks despite having health issues, and the USDA did nothing to help her. Jenny died. 

Isn’t it time the USDA DID THEIR JOB and took action for animals used and abused in traveling circuses?

Please join CWI in calling on the USDA to do their job: confiscate Betty and transfer her to a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries-certified sanctuary where she can live out the remainder of her days without the stress and pain of circus performance.

248,000+ have signed this – add your name also.

Petition link:

Petition · Bernadette Juarez: Send Betty to Sanctuary Now! · Change.org

 

 

Dumba, the elephant hidden by a circus in a rubbish dump in Gard

It was after 10 pm on 1 January 2021 when we heard: at the end of a dirt track in a remote corner of the Gard countryside a single elephant constantly rocks back and forth in a tent, in the middle of a rubbish dump – a few square metres to move around in. Immediately despatched to the spot, our investigators are shocked to discover thatit has snowed, that the thermometer registers well below zero and that the elephant is shut in the trailer of the wagon opposite the tent. Dumba breathes heavily, sniffing the air with her trunk, which pokes out of a tiny half-open window in the roof. She has injuries on both sides of her head. We have submitted a complaint about her situation as a matter of urgency.

Dumba is over forty and her feet are so painful that she twists and turns even in front of strangers in an attempt to obtain relief.  The forced immobility and solitude to which she is subjected daily cause muscle wasting, musculo-skeletal pain and stereotypic movements.

Just like other elephants held in captivity by circuses, she was snatched from her family while she was a baby.  She has never been seen in the company of another elephant since.  Just like Baby, she is kept in solitary confinement by her trainer and rented out to the highest bidder for videos and performances.  Forced to have her photo taken with members of the public (which is illegal), in particular in the Cirque de Paris, she crossed paths with Jon, Patty, Marli, Céleste and Hannah before we obtained their release.  We had hoped to find her in March 2020 when we followed the Cirque de Paris.  On its usual site:  Baby.  She hadn’t been seen again in France since the end of 2018.  In Spain, where we are working in solidarity on her behalf with FAADA (Fundación para el Asesoramiento y Acción en Defensa de los Animales – Foundation for Advice and Action in Defence of Animals), she had been off the radar since the end of September 2020.

But one of our sympathizers came across her while out for a New Year walk, in an area that literally looks like a rubbish dump.

France, this refuge for trainers prosecuted for mistreatment. Her trainer had fled Spain with her in order to avoid court proceedings.  It would have been very easy for him to flee once again in order to hide Dumba elsewhere.  It was therefore essential that we act speedily.  Within a few hours we had despatched our investigators.

Foot problems are the main cause of death in elephants.  Dumba’s feet and her whole body are suffused with acute pain;  she is the very incarnation of suffering.  Elephants live in groups and continually communicate with one another in a very sophisticated way.  They help and support one another until they die.  Dumba is alone in her agony.  What sort of advanced country is it that still authorizes the abysmal mistreatment of these vulnerable giants?  I love elephants, I love my country, and I am ashamed.

Muriel Arnal, President and Founder of One Voice

The opinion of the expert on elephants to whom we sent the images was irrefutable:  skeletal problems, possible tuberculosis … injuries.  “The physical condition of this obviously elderly Asian elephant is very poor.

«There are clear indications that this elephant is suffering from pain in her front legs, as shown by her alternating lifting of these legs and the fact that she brings her rear legs far cranial under her body.»

«The elephant keeps her mouth open for a much longer period than is expected and normal, which often is an expression of pain experience.»

«Keeping an elephant solitary for a prolonged period is an act against the welfare of the animal and as such illegal. When continued for several months and longer it inevitably changes the mental health permanently and irreversibly, expressed as stereotypic behaviour.»

Willem Schaftenaar, DVM
Retired zoo veterinarian of Rotterdam Zoo
Current competences and activities: Veterinary Advisor to the European elephant TAG (EAZA), Associate researcher of Elephant Care International

We have submitted a complaint of ill-treatment and neglect by a professional (an offence) to the court in Alès. Added to that is illegally operating an establishment keeping non-domestic animals. The seizure of Dumba must be organized as quickly as possible; a place in a sanctuary already awaits her. Sign the petition and let us join together to appeal to the relevant minister, Barbara Pompili, because we shall never abandon those whose suffering is scandalously hidden from view: circus animals!

Exploited under the big top, rented out to the highest bidder, kept in isolation in a wagon in the depths of winter – that’s what Dumba’s life is like as a circus animal. @barbarapompili this suffering must stop! #FreeDumba #CirquesSansAnimaux

Petition link:

Dumba – Baby et Dumba, éléphantes de cirque (elephantes-de-cirque.fr)

Please support these;

Thanks; Regards

Mark

England / Scotland: From CIWF London – Investigation Exposing the Truth About Scottish Salmon Suffering On Scottish Fish Farms.

WAV Comment: Great work as always from friends Phil and all the crew; exposing the real truth about what lies beneath the surface. More Intensive farming under the waves; out of sight, out of mind ?

From Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), London.

Murky depths of the Scottish salmon industry exposed in new undercover investigation | Compassion in World Farming (ciwf.org.uk)

Our new investigation into the Scottish salmon industry, released today (23rd March), uncovers the hidden suffering of salmon on an industry-wide and endemic scale, breaches in animal welfare legislation and shocking mortality rates.

Warning: Some viewers may find the following footage distressing.

UNCOVERING UNDERWATER CAGES

Our undercover investigation – supported by a global network of 30 organisations – and accompanying report ‘Underwater Cages, Parasites & Dead Fish: Why a Moratorium on Scottish Salmon Farming Expansion is Imperative’  highlights the grim reality for many fish raised in sea cages to produce world-famous Scottish salmon.

Scottish salmon is big business. Every year, 24 to 56 million of these fish are shipped to over 50 countries – making Scotland the world’s third-largest exporter. Worryingly the Scottish government supports plans for massive industry expansion by 2030. But while the industry expands, animals pay the price.

APPALLING FINDINGS

We investigated 22 farms between September and November 2020, using both drone technology and, at 6 farms, underwater divers. On several of these farms, investigators found severe sea lice infestations and high levels of mortalities. They also found fish crammed in barren underwater cages, where these natural migrators have nothing to do but swim aimlessly for up to 2 years. These animals suffer to such an extent that as many as a quarter will die before they even make it to slaughter.

The appalling findings were documented on farms owned by all five of Scotland’s largest salmon producers (Cooke Aquaculture, Grieg Seafood, Mowi, Scottish Sea Farms and The Scottish Salmon Company), which together account for over 96% of the industry.

SALMON SUFFERING BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE

“Salmon are silently suffering, out of sight, in cruel underwater factory farms across Scotland. Even the experienced investigators were shocked at what they found,” said Sophie Peutrill, our Global Campaign Manager for fish welfare. “The footage reveals salmon with deformities and disease, missing eyes and large chunks of flesh and skin being eaten away by sea lice. This is completely unacceptable.

“Salmon are sentient beings – they should not be subjected to such awful misery. There is an industry-wide failure to protect these animals, and this must change. We need an immediate halt on the continued expansion of Scottish salmon farming”

PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE PLANET

Not only is salmon farming bad for animal welfare, but it is also damaging the environment. Organic and chemical waste from Scottish salmon farms is changing the chemistry of sediments and killing marine life on the seabed. Waste from farms can lead to poor water quality and harmful algal blooms. Millions of tonnes of wild-caught fish are reduced to fishmeal and fish oil in order to feed fish in intensive farms, and the list goes on.

“Given the numerous welfare and environmental issues within the Scottish salmon industry, plans to expand are completely irresponsible”, said Dr Krzysztof Wojtas, our Head of Fish Policy.

“We are calling on the Scottish Government for a moratorium on the expansion of the Scottish Salmon industry. Confining carnivorous species in underwater cages and depleting our oceans of wild fish in order to feed them, is pure madness. Ultimately, we directly challenge whether farming essentially wild, migratory fish, such as salmon, has any place in a sustainable food system.”

CALL TO HALT TROUBLED WATERS

The Scottish salmon farming industry is rife with fish welfare issues and serious environmental problems. At current production levels sea lice infestation and disease are out of control, causing fish suffering on an alarming scale and threatening wild fish populations. 

To address the issues brought to the surface by our investigation we have launched an open letter to the Scottish government, urgently calling for a moratorium on the expansion of the industry, with a view to phasing out intensive salmon farming.

ACT NOW TO STOP SALMON SUFFERING

Please sign our open letter to the Scottish Government, demanding a moratorium to stop the runaway growth of Scottish salmon farming.

Regards Mark

Spain-Close the horror laboratory of Vivotecnia

AnimaNaturalis will take legal action against Vivotecnia laboratory, because of the continued abuse of animals

AnimaNaturalis and Acción Legal Animalista announce legal action
for the alleged crime of animal abuse with prison sentences of up to 18 months for those responsible and a professional disqualification of up to 4 years.

Given the evidence that appeared in different media of the existence of a systematic practice of mistreatment, torture, and death of animals subjected to experimentation in the laboratory of the Vivotecnia company, based in the town of Tres Cantos in Madrid, AnimaNaturalis announces that they are going to take legal action by filing a criminal complaint for a continuing crime of animal abuse in article 337 of the penal code, sections 1 to 3, which includes prison sentences of up to 18 months and professional disqualification of up to 4 years.

Likewise, AnimaNaturalis will verify if any alteration or falsity has been committed in the documentary records or controls so that these degrading and inappropriate practices of civilized society have been able to escape the control of public verifiers or auditors.

We trust that the Vivotecnia laboratory and its administrators, no matter how much they hide behind a corporate network, must answer to the judicial authority for their actions.

“It is time to seriously question the system of inspections and audits in animal experimentation laboratories” explains Aïda Gascón, director of AnimaNaturalis in Spain. “The terrible images, obtained for two years in a covert way, show that they are not isolated cases.”


The case has been uncovered by the NGO Cruelty-Free International (CFI) which shows acts of animal cruelty in the Madrid laboratory Vivotecnia, an organization dedicated to contract research (CRO) for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

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England: Elon Musk, ‘Medical’ Animal Testing and Real (Non Animal Testing) Progress. A View From Mark, WAV Co Founder.

WAV Comment – as some of you may know, I, Me, Mark, have had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 21 years.  Despite some problems I have daily with my illness, I will NEVER support the use of live animals in ‘scientific’ research to achieve the goal of ‘finding MS cures’.  To me, the activities of Elon Musk and Neuralink is purely aimed at a goal of making yet more money at the expense of other living beings.

Unfortunately, I know that there are still places where animals are still used for MS research – to find the ‘golden fleece’ of a cure.  Well, in my humble opinion, using animals for the ‘cure’ will never bring results.  I would like to inform you that being in the ‘MS camp’ all these years, I have looked into the issue a bit  – the main finding in the early days of my personal diagnosis was that: animal species do NOT suffer from MS; so, what is MS ?

The cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is still unknown. It’s considered an autoimmune disease in which the (individual concerned) owns body’s immune system attacks its own bodily tissues. It ‘sees’ a natural bodily daily function (of repairing tissue myelin) instead as the naturally produced myelin being an invader into the bodily system; so basically it (wrongly) attacks it.  In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction (the immune system gets the wrong message) thus attacks and destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects all nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord (called myelin).  The de myelination in various locations around bodily nerve fibres causes scarring (the ‘sclerosis’) which them interrupts or stops messages being sent from the brain to the specific area of the body where the de myelination has occurred; for example the spinal cord may be affected and so messages don’t get through to the legs= a person cannot then walk as a result.  All your leg muscles may be fully functional and in the right place; but as the message from the brain to the leg muscles (via the myelin) does not go through ‘good’ functioning myelin, there is no message to the leg muscles; so the legs do not work.

MS causeur is un known, but basically it can affect anyone during their life.  Some people in their teens; others in mid life; others later in life.

My argument – if animals do not get MS; then there is a reason in their body process / structure which is different to humans.  Positive MS research to me would be to find out why animals don’t get MS and yet humans do; why the difference; and this can be achieved through non death research rather than the current system of ‘creating’ MS in a non affected animal, and then trying to find the cure for humans ! – it makes no sense; to me; having a lifetime in aerospace, it is a bit like putting an F1 car tyre on a Boeing 777 to achieve better results;  

I find personally that a good plant based vegan diet helps me with my situation a lot.  So do neurologists I have had in the past.  Cut out all the bad meat stuff; and go for the healthy fruit and plants based food and drink options.  As a result, my energy levels are really good.  I think my brain still works ok; as I can do the computer work needed to run this site every day with Venus.

I have always hated animal abuse in whatever form; I still do and always will.  I will fight in defence for them until I go to my grave.  Things like the Elon Musk case really bum me off; I support medical research, but only when it does not involve using live animals of any kind.

Here are good non animal research programmes; to me; this is the way forward for positive medical results.

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/alternatives-animal-testing

https://www.humanimaltrust.org.uk/what-we-do/areas-medicine

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/science/sya-iccvam/index.cfm

https://www.livescience.com/65401-animal-testing-alternatives.html

Regards Mark

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Think of the hedgehog

If you see me in your garden, please put some food and water for me.

Please do not use insecticides.

I am harmless and an ally for your garden because I feed on insects that damage your garden.

We hedgehogs are getting fewer and fewer so help me stay alive.

We have no natural enemies, only humans are the most dangerous

I would be an excellent and very discreet roommate since I only go out at night.

Thanks in advance.

(Source: Elizabeth Caballero)

My best regards to all, Venus

Good news today

From the Blog of Animal Liberation Press Office.

Received anonymously: 6 Hunting Towers Destroyed, Wildlife Enclosure Opened (Germany) 

Their audacity to build park benches next to hunter’s towers and wildlife enclosure seemed too much of a good thing.
The action had to follow.

6 towers destroyed and a wildlife enclosure opened.

Freedom is so much nicer than bullets and barbed wire.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/04/08/6-hunting-towers-destroyed-wildlife-enclosure-opened-germany-2

Yes, that is! Freedom for everyone, no barbed wire, neither for people nor for animals.
The German “brown” times are over.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animal Equality denounces Spain to the European Commission

Animal Equality has filed a complaint with the European Commission against Spain, pointing out the incorrect procedures and omissions made by the authorities of the ports of Tarragona and Cartagena, which should have controlled the respect of the minimum standards for the protection of animals on board of the ships Elbeik and Karim Allah.

Das Schiff «Karim Allah» mit rund tausend Rindern an Bord dockt Ende Februar im Hafen Escombreras im spanischen Cartagena an.The ship “Karim Allah” with around a thousand cattle on board docks in the port of Escombreras in Cartagena, Spain, at the end of February.

Animal Equality together with ENPA (Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali) demands that the European Commission verify the correct application of the Regulation on the Protection of Animal Welfare during Transport by the Spanish authorities and, where appropriate, open an infringement procedure if it is found that European legislation has been breached.

At the same time as the complaint, a petition has also been submitted to the European Parliament, in which MEPs are asked to take the measures they deem appropriate to ensure compliance with European legislation on the protection of animals during transport, with special reference to its export by sea from Spain.

If the petition is considered admissible by the corresponding Commission, any European citizen may support it through the online petitions portal of the European Parliament.
The odyssey of the ships in the Mediterranean that could be avoided

Rinder auf dem Schiff «Karim Allah», aufgenommen am 24. Februar.Cattle on the ship “Karim Allah”, taken on February 24th.

Hundreds of thousands of animals were forced to board these boats, specifically 895 calves on the Karim Allah and 1789 on the Elbeik. The animals were to be sold in Tripoli, but once they were denied landing due to an alleged disease in the animals, the ships were left adrift and thus remained for more than 2 and 3 months.

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Climate change: 4C temperature increase could risk major collapse of ice surrounding Antarctica, scientists say.

Climate change: 4C temperature increase could risk major collapse of ice surrounding Antarctica, scientists say

Scientists at the University of Reading found that a third of ice sheets around the Antarctic could melt if temperatures increase.

https://news.sky.com/story/ice-around-antarctica-could-collapse-if-global-temperatures-rise-by-4c-12269451

Ice surrounding Antarctica could be at risk of collapsing if global temperatures increase by 4C, experts warn.

Research from the University of Reading found that more than a third of the Antarctic ice shelf area could collapse and release “unimaginable amounts” of water into the sea.

The scientists said that limiting the temperature rise to 2C could potentially halve the area at risk and avoid a drastic rise in sea level.

The findings suggest that 4C warming could leave 34% of the area of all Antarctic ice shelves – around half a million square kilometres – at risk of collapse.

Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a landmass and most ice shelves surround the coast of Antarctica.

Dr Ella Gilbert from the University of Reading said: “Ice shelves are important buffers, preventing glaciers on land from flowing freely into the ocean and contributing to sea-level rise.

“When they collapse, it’s like a giant cork being removed from a bottle, allowing unimaginable amounts of water from glaciers to pour into the sea.

“We know that, when melted ice accumulates on the surface of ice shelves, it can make them fracture and collapse spectacularly.

“Previous research has given us the bigger picture in terms of predicting Antarctic ice shelf decline, but our new study uses the latest modelling techniques to fill in the finer detail and provide more precise projections.”

Dr Gilbert added the research highlights the importance of limiting the global temperature increases as set out in the Paris Agreement, by limiting global warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

As part of their modelling study, the researchers also identified that Larsen C – the largest remaining ice shelf on the peninsula – would be particularly at risk in a warmer climate.

They said other ice shelves facing this threat include Shackleton, Pine Island and Wilkins.

Dr Gilbert added: “If temperatures continue to rise at current rates, we may lose more Antarctic ice shelves in the coming decades.

“Limiting warming will not just be good for Antarctica – preserving ice shelves means less global sea-level rise, and that’s good for us all.”

Separate research conducted by Durham University has found that melting ice sheets have caused enormous sea-level rises.

The study found that melting ice caps have pushed oceans around the world higher by up to 18 metres.

In February, an iceberg the size of Bedfordshire has broken off from Antarctica, near a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station.

The 1,270km2, 150 metre-thick chunk of frozen water separated from the Brunt Ice Shelf.

Denmark: Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands. Petition, Please Support.

WAV Comment:  This is a difficult one to crack. 30 years ago Joanne, myself and Trev took to the streets to get supermarkets in England to stop buying fish from the Faroes because of this slaughter (see photo below).  Shoppers were made aware of the slaughter, but Denmark / Faroes refused to move on the subject.  So here we are all these years later and the killing still goes on.  The mass mink murderers are also getting satisfaction out of whale slaughter.  So much for the EU being animal welfare supportive ! – allowing a member state to continue this.

Tesco terrors

Campaigning on the streets against this murder, 30 years ago !

You can see a picture of our action on the streets above, plus many pictures of the whale murders by visiting About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – scroll down until you come to the bloody photos.

I don’t know what else to say about this really, the petition wording explains more.  All we can do is keep putting on the pressure and this action is yet another way of doing it.

Regarding the issue of the Danish mink murder and our letter to the Danish ambassador in London – England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice  and  Denmark: Still No Response From The Danes Regarding Our Letter of 12/11/20. That’s Life – Or Death, If You Are Danish Mink ! – World Animals Voice

I can confirm that as of today, 9/4/21, we still have never had a written reply from the Danes to our letter.  That’s politics !

So now we sign petitions to make a point; please support;

Thanks and regards – Mark

See our ‘postcards from Denmark’ – Postcards From Denmark. – World Animals Voice

England – London – Joint Demo Day – Protest against Faroe Islands and Taiji Japan Whale and Dolphin Slaughters. – World Animals Voice

Faroe Islands: Negligent killing of 6 whales – World Animals Voice

Faroe whale slaughter

Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands

Petition wording and link:

Petition Link:  petition: Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands (thepetitionsite.com)

Wording:

Every few months, entire pods of Pilot Whales are brutally and senselessly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands. As many as 1,000 long‐finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year.

The slaughter occurs mainly during the summer months in so‐called “traditional” communal drive hunts that locals refer to as “grindadráp” or simply, “the grind”. More accurately this practice should be called what it truly is ‐ mass slaughter. Like the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, “the grind” is a blood‐red stain on these otherwise pristine waters.

The purpose of this petition is to call on the Danish Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Rask Thygesen, as well as the South African Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela‐Hlongwane, to place pressure on the government of Denmark to stop “the grind”.

The Faroe Islands, although declared an autonomous region, still forms a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The Faroe Islands may be self‐governing, but they essentially constitute a country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Although the Nordic country does not openly support commercial whaling, same which is banned by the European Commission, it supports the right of indigenous communities in the Faroe Islands and Greenland – which, while part of the Danish Kingdom are not part of the European Union – to maintain what they call their traditional whale hunts. Denmark does this by relying on “Declaration 25”. The declaration refers to member states who have territories outside the EU – as is the case with the Faroe Islands and Greenland – and will allow Denmark not to be bound by the common position of the EU.

It should also be noted that Denmark’s justification which previously exempted it from having to comply with the EU Common Position (see Annex II of Common Position), is no longer valid, as this exemption was based on Declaration no. 25 annexed to the Final Act of the Maastricht Treaty. However, Declaration 25 is not annexed to the Lisbon Treaty, and therefore is no longer valid.

It is argued that “the grind” is done to procure food for the islanders, and forms a part of their “culture and tradition”. This seems to be inline with the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW) are contained in paragraph 13 of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling(ICRW) and allow for “aborigines,” whose cultural and nutritional need for whales and whaling. HOWEVER ‐ evidence has clearly shown that the islanders do in fact, sell the whale meat for commercial purposes. Also, many of the whales are hunted and their carcasses are left to rot in the sea, untouched by the islanders. Inference can then be drawn to support the idea that “the grind” does not fall under Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and must be opposed by the Kingdom of Denmark, the EU and the IWC.

Lastly, culture and tradition should not promote or condone cruelty. It is the 21st Century, we are aware of the biological workings of all animals. Whales and Dolphins have an increased amount of spindle cells, more so than humans do. Spindle cells, named after their long, spindle‐shaped bodies, are the cells that are credited with allowing us to feel love and to suffer emotionally.

Lori Marino in Whales and Dolphin: cognition, culture, conservation and human perceptions states:

‘Cetaceans and humans, therefore, are a striking example of evolutionary convergence in psychology among mammals. These similarities, importantly, mean that cetaceans, as humans, are vulnerable to emotional and social stresses that can lead to considerable harm. This important point is critical to guiding the ethics of how we interact with and treat cetaceans.’

We, as South Africans, are generally kind, compassionate people who do not support any form of animal abuse. Our coast lines boast the best Whale and Dolphin watching worldwide. Cape Town is an international Hot Spot for viewing of the Great White Shark. We fight the brutal poaching of our rhinos and elephants, boasting the largest game park, the Kruger National Park, in the world. We take our conservation very seriously.

It is important that ambassadors to, and of, our country show this stance and should protest against any such animal abuse, including this barbaric hunt of the Pilot Whales.

Gruesome whale hunts in Faroe Islands exposed by activists - YouTube
Some tradition should be banned: Pilot whales killing in Faroe Islands
What a way to bring up children !!!

The Community of Madrid will subsidize 18 bullfighting celebrations with 1 million euros

The government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso wants to reactivate the celebration of bullfighting celebrations within the community, subsidizing with around one million euros for the Toro de Lidia foundation, which will organize a ‘tour’ of nine bullfights and nine novilladas (bullfights with young bulls)

The president of the Community of Madrid and PP candidate for re-election, Isabel Díaz Ayuso

The president of the Community of Madrid and PP candidate for re-election, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced this Thursday that she has given a “green light” to the signing of a collaboration agreement, with the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, to put into march the bullfighting 2021-2022 and celebrate 18 bullfighting festivals in municipalities with less than 8,000 inhabitants. In addition, Ayuso has announced another endowment of 3 million euros for the fighting bull herds of the community.

Despite the fact that the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas does not currently provide any type of shows with bulls, at the Vistalegre Palace in Madrid it does seem that bullfights may be held, from May 13 to 23, predictably with a capacity reduced to 50%, although it continues to await official confirmation from the Community of Madrid.
This permit will arrive after the regional elections on May 4.

In addition, the increase in the price of tickets and season tickets is infuriating for fans: The cheapest season ticket is € 370, which is a minimum price of € 30 per celebration. From there, quotas close to € 1,300 are reached.

The Ayuso government heads the ranking of the communities that are giving the most money to the bullfighting sector, with up to 4.6 million euros in 2020 for bull herds, and now this million euros for 2021-2022 for the celebration of bullfighting festivities with death.

No to aid to bullfighting!

Autonomous governments and provincial councils are allocating extraordinary items for the rescue of bullfighting due to the effects of the coronavirus, which would already touch 7.7 million euros.

We, AnimaNaturalis we have been investigating these aids since the beginning of the pandemic, regularly updating this information.
In this article, we break down the different aids that the bullfighting sector is receiving.

More than 183,000 people have already asked the Minister of Culture not to allocate aid for the rescue of the bullfighting sector.

Faced with the COVID19 crisis, we have a unique opportunity to leave behind the privileges of the past, to build a world without bullfighting.

Without the millionaire budget items that the bullfighting sector receives, cruel animal shows will disappear.

https://www.animanaturalis.org/n/la-comunidad-de-madrid-subvencionara-con-1-millon-de-euros-18-festejos-taurinos

And I mean…Many people in Spain have to beg for food, the country has more than 2.8 million deaths due to Corona.
The Taurinos are now holding out their hands and begging like a toddler from corrupt politicians so that their “culture of the Jitanos” can continue to exist.

As the Pisa study shows, when it comes to education, Spain is at the very bottom in Europe, which is also noticeable in the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are perceived with enthusiasm, which only scares off and disgusts any other educated person.

Do the Spaniards really believe that in the current economic and health situation, there are no more important things to do with this money and want to spend the millions in such barbarism?

It’s not about being for or against bullfighting! it’s about that if you look at the Spaniards you can see that they lack a lot of money to eat or to pay for their electricity or gas!

And no, we won’t look the other way because this is a lucrative business for a bunch of idiots.
We will continue to fight to put an end to this barbarism, and we know it, the time is ticking for animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Brazil: Beef giant JBS vows to go deforestation-free — 14 years from now !

Beef giant JBS vows to go deforestation-free — 14 years from now

  • JBS, a giant company implicated in multiple cases of large-scale forest clearing in Brazil, recently made a commitment to achieve zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035. Environmentalists argue this pledge is grossly insufficient.
  • In a new Soy and Cattle Deforestation Tracker, JBS scores just a single point out of 100. Its nearest competitors, Minerva and Marfrig, have scores of 46/100 and 40/100 respectively.
  • Tagging and tracking systems to ensure transparency along the entire beef supply have long been proposed, but JBS has resisted disclosing its full list of suppliers.
  • Under present conditions, Brazil is losing forest cover at the fastest rate in more than a decade, and this deforestation is driven largely by the meatpacking industry.

JBS, the largest animal protein producer on Earth, made headlines last week with a commitment to achieve zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. The Brazilian meatpacking company congratulated itself as “the first major company in its sector to set a net-zero target.”

But to experienced industry observers, this announcement is hardly cause for celebration.

“JBS has just promised at least 14 more years of forest destruction,” said Sarah Lake in an interview. Lake is vice-president and global director for Latin America at Mighty Earth, a global NGO that runs environmental campaigns.

According to Mighty Earth’s Soy and Cattle Deforestation Tracker, the first of its kind, JBS is linked to 42,538 hectares (105,114 acres) of deforested land in the two years since March 2019, with half of that area classified as possibly illegal. (Some deforestation is legal in Brazil.)

Mighty Earth’s tracker links cases of large-scale land use conversion to major soy traders and meatpackers that have until now found it easy to evade accountability for forest destruction. In partnership with Aidenvironment, the tracker scores companies out of 100 points, with 1 being the worst and 100 being the best rating.

JBS has the distinction of having, by a wide margin, the most unfavorable rating of the 10 companies tracked: just 1/100. The next-largest beef supply companies, Minerva and Marfrig, also from Brazil, have scores of 46/100 and 40/100 respectively.

“The climate is changing now. Forests are burning today. That JBS felt the need to make this announcement shows they are feeling the pressure to act; the paltry scope of the pledge demonstrates the need for us to keep that pressure on,” said Lake, who earned a Ph.D. in economic and environmental sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a dissertation on the beef industry.

JBS was founded in 1953 in Anápolis, a small city in Brazil’s heartland, by a butcher named José Batista Sobrinho. In 1955, Juscelino Kubitschek won Brazil’s presidential election on a promise to build a brand-new modernist capital in the middle of the forest.

A few years later, Brasília began to spring up just a two-hour drive from Batista’s abattoir. Captained by Batista’s sons, JBS has grown at a staggering rate. Today the company slaughters almost 35,000 animals a day in Brazil. Its global revenues oscillate between $40 billion and $50 billion a year, with exports comprising 46% of total sales. Year after year, JBS turns profits for shareholders by channeling the appetites of hundreds of thousands diners in the United States, Europe and China into the sacking of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.


“JBS has repeatedly made false promises regarding their deforestation agenda,” Lake said.

JBS had previously captured headlines and goodwill in September 2020, by announcing a purportedly new commitment to address deforestation occasioned by its indirect suppliers in the Amazon. But the announcement merely restates a commitment from 2009, a pledge it has failed to deliver on in the intervening decade.

“While promising to maybe someday save the Amazon, JBS and the other leading beef processors seem willing to butcher [the forests] today, making mincemeat of their sustainability pledges,” Daniela Montalto of Greenpeace told Mongabay last month.

“We would like JBS to publicly disclose suppliers,” Lake, of Mighty Earth, told Mongabay.

JBS says that sharing information on its sprawling network of 50,000 suppliers would compromise its business. But industry experts say that such openness will soon be an industry norm and expected of all meatpackers. “JBS can either help usher in that transparency, or obstruct it,” Lake said.

JBS has repeatedly been implicated in what is called “cattle laundering,” an arrangement by which calves are fattened on newly deforested lands or lands within Indigenous reserves and then transferred to so-called legal ranches free of the blemish of deforestation. From these ranches they are sold to meatpackers such as JBS who can plead ignorance of the origin.

“Looking at their direct suppliers only and then claiming they don’t have illegal deforestation is like me saying there’s no deforestation at my local grocery store and so my food is totally sustainable,” explained Lake.

“One of the main challenges for monitoring the entire cattle supply chain, including indirect suppliers, is the unavailability of the information that allows tracking of all supply chain movements in Brazil,” a representative of JBS told Mongabay last year.

That opacity may be all too convenient for JBS. Campaigners have pointed out that a tagging and digital tracing system — as neighboring Uruguay implemented with success two decades ago — would make full calving-to-slaughterhouse accountability straightforward. Others have proposed a more affordable system that would use existing veterinary records known as GTAs to similarly track indirect suppliers.

If such proposals have not been implemented in Brazil, it may have something to do with the outsized role that the beef lobby plays in government. In 2017, JBS’s controlling shareholder agreed to pay $3.2 billion, one of the biggest fines in global corporate history, after admitting to bribing hundreds of politicians, including three presidents.

Deforestation is not impossible to stop. In the first decade of the new millennium, annual forest loss in Brazil declined by around 80% percent. Various factors contributed to this drop: the deployment of law enforcement, effective satellite monitoring, pressure from environmentalists, and macroeconomic trends. Importantly, this reduction of deforestation was achieved while Brazil’s economy boomed.

Under Jair Bolsonaro’s government, that trend has reversed. According to November 2020 data from INPE, Brazil’s space agency, the country is presently losing forest at the fastest clip in more than a decade. At least 11,088 square kilometers of rainforest in the Amazon basin were razed from August 2019 to July 2020, an area the size of Jamaica.

Beef giant JBS vows to go deforestation-free — 14 years from now (mongabay.com)

Regards Mark – 14 years ? – at a time when there is no Amazon forest ecosystem remaining !

Typical cattle and meat producer.; typical Bolsonaro.

Austria: injured piglets and rotting pig corpses

The “Association against animal factories” reveals: terrible conditions in Lower Austria pig breeding
Injured piglets, rotting children next to their mothers, cramped crates for lifelong pigs, fully slatted floors, and painful castration – criminal charges filed!

The “Association Against Animal Factories” (VGT)- Austria), has now uncovered a particularly cruel case of animal cruelty in Lower Austria: terrible conditions prevail on a pig fattening operation in St. Pölten.
Between 150 and 200 mother sows are kept here for life in crates and on fully slatted floors.

The agony of the pigs and piglets is unbelievable.
Dead piglets lie next to their mothers for days

Image: VgT

The little piglets show bleeding scratches and bite wounds all over their bodies. The reason for this is easy to explain: in performance breeding, pig mothers give birth to far too many piglets at once and the fight for the lower number of teats is inevitable.

Image: VgT

In the so-called “farrowing pens”, where the mothers are housed, there is no going back and forth for the pigs. They have to come to terms with the fact that their already decaying, dead children are lying next to them, who are only collected in a bucket days later.

Conditions that, according to the law, shouldn’t be:

According to the Austrian Animal Welfare Act, female sows may spend a maximum of 10 days for fertilization and only “the critical days” in the farrowing pen in the body-sized cages, the so-called crate stalls.

This law was apparently ignored in the St. Pölten company. Cobwebs show that no pig has moved freely here for a long time.

Eggs and tails off!

The male piglets are also castrated here without anesthesia. This bestial procedure is still allowed in Austria, but pain relievers must be administered.
On the video of the VGT, you can see that the piglets are being given an injection, but they don’t even think to wait until the effect occurs. They have to be given about 30 minutes before treatment to be effective.
Snap snap!

And as if that wasn’t enough? Contrary to EU law, the tails of all pigs were also cut off in order to ensure that the desperate animals do not bite each other off when the conditions are poor.

Fully slatted floors

Image: VgT

The annoying issue of fully slatted floors is of course “well implemented” here.
You won’t find straw or any other litter here. The consequences are the usual suffering of the animals on fully slatted floors: sore joints and injured claws.
Even a boar has to live on a fully slatted floor without bedding on this farm – but keeping boars like this is prohibited by law.

David Richter, the VGT pig expert, said: “Stables like these show, on the one hand, the legally permitted brutality against individuals capable of suffering, and on the other hand, it was possible to demonstrate how the already weak animal protection regulations in Austria are shamelessly ignored.
We demand effective measures to alleviate the unbearable suffering of the animals concerned. “

Here you can differentiate the petition against the fully slatted floors! https://vgt.at/actionalert/spaltenboden2019/

https://www.heute.at/s/schmeckt-dir-dein-schnitzel-100136331

And I mean… It is time for Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, who is responsible for the criminal abuses in the animal industry, to step down.
The best thing would be for the entire People’s Party to resign, a party of liars that has long tolerated and supported this illegal situation in animal farms.

My best regards to all, Venus

International: Whale Wars. An Insight Into ‘Sea Shepherd’ and What They Will Do To Protect Whales. Videos to Enjoy !

After chasing it for months, The Sea Shepherds Attack The Yushin Maru For The First Time.

Now it’s time to kick them out of the ocean.

You can watch several Sea Shepherd videos from this one; wait until the end, and then select the next video as instructed. and again, and so on.

‘Research’ my arse !

Regards Mark

An undercover investigation about “happy cows”

Report from the blog of DirectActionEverywhere

In 2017, I entered a Land O’ Lakes dairy farm in California with a team of DxE investigators and the horrors I saw sent me on an unexpected journey. Was this farm just an anomaly, or was this routine treatment of dairy cows and their babies?

I couldn’t understand how the dairy industry gets away with such cruelty – especially a company like Land O’ Lakes that boasts about following strict animal welfare guidelines.

I have now gone into 14 Land O’ Lakes farms in California and Wisconsin, the nation’s top dairy-producing states.

With the help of more than 20 grassroots investigators, we now have footage proving that this company routinely violates its own welfare standards, as well as animal cruelty laws.

(It was only today that I realized that the video couldn’t be seen. The meat producers didn’t like it.
Through this link, you can go to the group’s Facebook page and watch the video).

https://www.facebook.com/directactioneverywhere/

We have a 2-minute video proving that Land O’Lakes is going out of its way to mislead customers. Please watch and share on Facebook or Instagram.

We’re reporting this cruelty, reaching out to company representatives, and sharing our findings with journalists.
The Fresno Bee just published a story about our investigation findings which you can read and share here.

Don’t be fooled by false advertising about “happy cows” and “pure milk.” There is nothing happy nor pure about the dairy industry, and when we take direct action, we can expose that.

Many thanks to everyone who helped with this investigation on the ground, and to all of you supporting online.

Together, we are shattering the “humane” myth and making real progress for animal rights. If you can support this work financially, please chip in here.

Alexandra Paul (DxE)

And I mean…In order to understand that we are dealing with animal cruelty inherent in the system and that the NOT documented suffering is much, much worse, one would actually only have to add one and one together.

There is no animal welfare in the system of animal exploitation because the sentient being is degraded to a commodity.
But there can still be thousands of such videos, the meat-eater simply rationalizes this further as “blatant exception” and “individual misconduct” rightly.

And even if you point out crystal clear misunderstandings and errors to consumers, they’ll come back with their “free choice” the next time.

So, even after videos like this, doesn’t a meat-eater need to give reasons why not to be vegan?

So there is no need to provide an explanation of why animals are being forced to impregnate, imprisoned, deprived of their children, exploited and killed when they are not productive?

Then we are dealing with a moral declaration of bankruptcy.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Introducing ‘The Mission’, A New Video Series on the Transformation Work of ‘Mercy for Animals’.

Introducing The Mission, a new video series that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at Mercy For Animals’ life-changing work! The series showcases the impact that Mercy For Animals staff, volunteers, and investigators—and you—have in moving the needle for farmed animals and creating a world in which animals are respected, protected, and free.

Mercy For Animals works to eradicate our cruel food system and replace it with one that is not just kind to animals but essential for the future of our planet and all who share it. Each quarter, we will release a new video on a different topic related to this journey. You can keep up with the exciting series by visiting our website.

Our first episode features the Halley family, who—with the help of Mercy For Animals’ Transfarmation Project—transitioned their family farm in northeast Texas from raising chickens to growing hemp.

An increasing number of farmers want out of animal agriculture. Through Transfarmation, Mercy For Animals is able to support these farmers in switching from raising animals to growing crops. Halley family member Devvy Deany described her decision:

A couple years ago I decided to move back and help out the family with trying to find another way to make an income. Let’s see, you know, what else we could do besides factory farming and get away from that terrible practice of killing animals. And we were fortunate that we found a project through Mercy For Animals called the Transfarmation Project.

When Devvy returned home to her family’s farm, she made a pact with the family to transition the farm from raising chickens to growing a sustainable crop. She also opened her own dog sanctuary, Let Love Live. The Halley family plans to create a line of CBD oil to help rescued animals with anxiety, pain, and even hunger issues.

Mercy For Animals supporters enable us to encourage family farmers like the Halleys to help reform our food system from the inside. We will continue to bring you inspiring behind-the-scenes stories of this work through The Mission series, so stay tuned! Together, we will create a compassionate, sustainable food system.

If you’re not already a supporter, join us and start making a difference for animals (and humans!) today.

Introducing The Mission, a New Behind-the-Scenes Video Series (mercyforanimals.org)

Regards Mark

England: Vegan Butcher Faux ‘Blown Away’ By Demand As Huge Queues Gather – Sells Out of Stock On 3 Consecutive Days !

Check out pictures at Faux Butcher (@fauxbutcher) • Instagram photos and videos

Vegan Butcher Faux ‘Blown Away’ By Demand As Huge Queues Gather

For three consecutive days, Faux Butcher has witnessedd ‘overwhelming’ support and completely sold out of stock…

by Liam Giliver

vegan butcher says it is ‘blown away’ by the demand for its plant-based meats.

Last week, Faux Butcher became the first of its kind to open in the UK city of Nottingham.

‘Overwhelming’ support

For three consecutive days, Faux has witnessed ‘overwhelming’ support and has sold out of stock – which includes plant-based alternatives to meats such as ribs, chicken thighs, salami, brisket, and more.

“We’re absolutely blown away by the response today,” the business wrote on Instagram.

“We are officially clean out of everything. If you’re in the queue already then we have already accounted for your custom…

“Thank you to everyone who has stuck by the queues, we’re doing our absolute best to speed up the service, naturally COVID restrictions and our brand new premises mean we’re still finding our feet…

Faux Vegan Butcher

Owners Ritchie Stainsby and Lauren Nally told Nottingham Live its plant-based meat tastes, looks, and smells like the real thing. 

The idea behind their vegan butcher’s is to sell plant-based alternatives by size and weight, which will provide an ‘authentic’ experience.

Lauren said: “Die-hard vegans, vegetarians, or anyone without specific dietary requirements can eat and enjoy our products. Maybe people want to go meat-free on Mondays or reduce their red meat consumption.

“This will be a nice way of not completely changing the food you like to cook and enjoy, with the added health benefits.”

England: Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket sleeve for a snooze. And Now, A Book For Fox Rescue As A Result.

WAV Comment – I want to share this great little story with you

Regards Mark

All pictures via the Metro, London.

From the Metro in London:

Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket for a snooze | Metro News

Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket sleeve for a snooze

Ben the fox at 10 days old in Les Hemstock's sleeve
The perfect spot for a nap (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

baby fox ben asleep in the sleve
Ben the fox was brought into an animal sanctuary (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

A man has adopted an adorable orphaned fox after it crawled into his jacket sleeve for a nap.

Music producer Les Hemstock was visiting a wildlife sanctuary when he met some baby fox cubs, who were brought in by a member of the public. The babies were starving, freezing, covered with ticks and in desperate need of medical attention. One cub crept over to Les and made a bed for himself inside his sleeve jacket – a spot the animal decided was perfect for a little snooze.

Ben the fox at 28 days old.
Ben likes to be comfy (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

Les decided to take the furry creature home, where he nursed him back to health with hourly feeds of dog food and regular cups of Yorkshire Tea. Now called Ben, the sweet little fox has formed a special connection with his rescuer. 

Les, from Doncaster, said: ‘We bonded straight away after he walked straight over to me and we never looked back. ‘I looked after him as he recovered and I earned his trust – and the amount of love they give you once you’ve earned that trust is magical. ‘He would jump on my back, and run up to me to greet me as well as making foxy cries to show his affection.

‘People say derogatory things about foxes and I had done all my research – but once you have a bond with a fox, it’s magical. ‘He’s so much fun and so loving to be around – and seeing Ben’s cute little face makes my day no matter how bad I’m feeling.’

Ben the fox
He’s now a big boy (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

Ben now lives back at the sanctuary, but still visits Les on the weekends, where he has his own bedroom with toys, a playhouse and a climbing frame. Les added: ‘He still comes to stay with me on the weekends, like he’s my son. ‘Ben is so cheeky, we’d even play games together – he’d steal and hide things around the house and play chase with me.

‘Foxes are far cleverer than people give them credit for.’ Ben also has a female fox roommate, named Addie, at the sanctuary – so has company when he’s not with Les. Les added: ‘At the end of every weekend at home with me, Ben sulks like a stroppy teenager when I have to take him back to the sanctuary. ‘But as soon as he gets back there and sees Addie, he bolts to greet her and is happy to be back – so I think he has the best of both worlds.’

Animal lover Les has now written a book dedicated to his furry companion called Ben’s Magic Tail. It’s currently in the process of being published and proceeds are set to go to charity Fox Angels.

Les said: ‘I want to do my bit to support some incredible charities that help Ben and other animals like him – and Ben is one of thousands that are rescued every year. ‘Without fox sanctuaries like Fox Angels, I’d never have met my best friend.’

Les Hemstock with Ben the fox

Best pals (Picture: Angela Sadler / SWNS.COM)

Les Hemstock with Ben the fox
Les Hemstock with Ben the fox

Ben now sees Les at weekends (Picture: Angela Sadler / SWNS.COM)

In Memory of Dr. Elliot Katz, D.V.M. Animal Rights Activist / Campaigner.

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Dear Fellow Animal Guardians & Advocates,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing of In Defense of Animals Founder and President Emeritus Dr. Elliot Katz, D.V.M. Amid declining health, he peacefully passed away late last month at the age of 86.

I first met Dr. Katz in 2002. Upon telling him about Bernard, my beloved but sickly Yorkshire Terrier puppy bought from a pet store for me as a gift, he educated me on the horrors of puppy mills. He told me about the Guardian Credo, which explains how animals are our fellow beings who deserve to be thought of as individuals with their own autonomy and interests. His boundless compassion helped me to realize that animals are not our property, and we are not their owners.

Born in New York on May 30, 1934, Elliot Katz was a trailblazer and among the founders of the animal rights movement. A vegan for more than 30 years, he established In Defense of Animals in 1983. He was arrested 37 times for civil disobedience while protecting animals from their abusers and demonstrating against the horrors of vivisection. Dr. Katz led the organization to many victories, including securing the transfer of 30 primates and victims of U.C. Berkeley’s maternal deprivation experiments to a sanctuary, filing a lawsuit that successfully prevented the U.S. Army from breaking the legs of 120 retired racing greyhounds, closing down the infamous Coulston Foundation — the world’s largest chimpanzee lab which conducted tests for drugs and medical devices on hundreds of chimpanzees, monkeys, and many more. Some of you may have even participated with him in these groundbreaking animal rights victories.

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In the anatomy lab at Cornell Vet School, he vehemently refused to perform practice surgeries on live dogs and came close to being kicked out, later confessing: “In veterinary school, I first became aware of how different I was — challenging the core foundations of the veterinary profession — and society at large!”

His soaring passion for animal rights ignited my own. Essentially strangers at the time, I felt his deep compassion. Now 18 years later, and still inspired by that day, I forever will hold his spirit close within my heart.

Dr. Katz would want us to use this moment to honor him by helping animals. Please join me in paying tribute to his warrior’s heart and his strong determination to defend the innocent, the disadvantaged, and the vulnerable by acting in defense of animals.

Here are a few ways to honor him right now:

  • Go Vegan! Animals raised for food and clothing are among the least-protected animals across the globe. They are denied the same legal protection from cruelty as dogs or cats, despite sharing the same capacity to suffer. If you need some help and encouragement you can download a copy of our free Vegan Guide containing everything you need to jumpstart your new vegan lifestyle, including nutrition facts, shopping and restaurant guides, recipes, meal inspiration, and more!
  • Sign the Guardian Pledge and affirm that animals are sentient beings deserving of compassion, understanding, respect and rights. It may seem like a small thing to do, but it has such a meaningful impact for animals when you truly take the message to heart and elevates them from being thought of as objects to living beings who merit consideration and basic rights.
  • Use Cruelty-Free Products that prevent animals suffering in cruel experiments.
  • Act Now In Defense of Animals by signing our urgent alerts for animals in need.

Please join me and In Defense of Animals to celebrate Dr. Katz’s historic life.

Register to join our virtual memorial on Saturday April 24th.

I invite you to share your memories and tributes using this form.

Thank you for participating to honor Dr. Katz and to help us create a living legacy of his work at In Defense of Animals and to memorialize someone who inspired many thousands of people to make the world a kinder place for our fellow beings.

Solemn condolences sent to all species — alive in body and/or spirit,

Marilyn Kroplick, M.D.
President, In Defense of Animals

WAV Comment – If there were a lot more like Dr. Katz, then the world would be a much better place. I never met him but I think if I had, our conversations would have been deep, much learning for me, and much to the benefit of animals !

Regards Mark

great news-world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended!

Sea Shepherd Germany

“We probably weren’t their preferred rescuer, but sometimes you don’t get to decide who rescues you.” – Capt. Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

A 110-day Sea Shepherd chase of the world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended in dramatic and deliberate scuttling in a remote area near the equator.

https://fb.watch/4Jojh6aKOq/

On April 6, the infamous Patagonian toothfish poaching vessel, the Thunder, sank in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome, under what can best be described as “incredibly strange” and suspicious circumstances.

The alleged stateless pirate ship had been tailed by Sea Shepherd ship the Bob Barker for nearly 4 months, while the organization’s sister ship, the Sam Simon, collected incriminating evidence as part of Sea Shepherd’s non-violent intervention mission, Operation Icefish.

The Sea Shepherd 2014-2015 Southern Ocean defense campaign Operation Icefish was launched to expose and shut down six illegal fishing vessels (the Bandit 6) exploiting vulnerable species and ecosystems in remote areas of the Antarctic.

Interpol estimates the Thunder made over $76 million in illegal catches since being blacklisted in 2006. The poaching vessel is also expected to play a significant hand in human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Continue reading “great news-world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended!”

EU: Animal welfare: Publication of the Evaluation of EU’s Strategy. When Do They Enter ‘Real World’ ?

WAV Comment – as we have said in the past, the EU is very good at making itself try to look very good; publishing endless reports and evaluations, but on the other hand, failing drastically to move on basic issues such as live animal transport.  What exactly did we see in the first part of this year when hundreds of live animals were shipped around the Mediterranean Sea for over 3 months ?-  Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Changing live transport across the EU, in accordance with the wishes of vast numbers of EU citizens; should be a fundamental strategy of the Union.  Instead, they ok Irish producers to export live animals to Libya, where they are ritually slaughtered, and the EU itself, as the biggest live exporting syndicate in the world, also export endless live animals to 3rd nations such as Turkey.

And what are we seeing and hearing about all the reports and investigations which are supposed to have been undertaken by member state Romania, with regard the capsize of the ‘Queen Hind’ after leaving Midia ? – Search Results for “romania queen hind” – World Animals Voice – where is the EU when it comes to member states not coming clean with animal welfare incidents ? – Nowhere, that’s where.

Here below is a new PR from the EU which has been sent to us today (7/4/21). We have followed this ‘Strategy’ with the ‘Evaluation of the EU strategy on Animal Welfare’ information; which you can further investigate (via links on the site) should you wish.

EU revealed to be world’s biggest live animal exporter. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Secret decks found on ship that capsized killing thousands of sheep |  Romania | The Guardian

Animal welfare: Publication of the Evaluation of EU’s Strategy

The European Commission has published an evaluation of the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. The report, which covers the years 2012-18, notably assesses how effective, efficient, and beneficial the strategy has been. It notes that compliance across Member States, which are in charge of implementing the Animal Welfare legislation, remains a challenge, in particular in risk areas such as animal transport, routine tail docking of pigs and stunning. The study also flags the need to improve coherence not only with the CAP, but also with fisheries, trade, environmental and transport policies, in line with the goals of the Farm to Fork strategy. The evaluation also pointed towards the strategic use of consumer information, international cooperation and CAP as relevant tools to improve animal welfare standards both in the EU and on a global level. The findings of the study will now feed into the on-going evaluation of the animal welfare legislation and inform any potential future initiatives in the context of Farm to Fork. The forthcoming review of the animal welfare legislation will therefore look at the legislative gaps identified in 2012 and at any new gaps that could emerge from the ongoing evaluation of the rules in force. Launched almost 50 years ago, the Animal Welfare policy of the EU concerns millions of animals. The EU has a substantial population of livestock including, at present, 88 million bovine animals, 148 million pigs, and around 100 million sheep and goats, as well as an estimated 4.5 billion chickens, egg-laying hens and turkeys.

Extra Decks Found on Capsized Livestock Carrier

Evaluation of the EU strategy on Animal Welfare

Following a recommendation from the European Court of Auditors (i.e. Special report No 31/2018 on Animal welfare in the EU), the Commission has started an evaluation of the EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals (2012-2015).

The outcome of the evaluation is published in the form of a Staff Working Document here:

This evaluation assessed the extent to which the strategy delivered on its objectives and whether they are relevant and consistent today. It looked at efficiency and whether the strategy usefully complemented national efforts in this field.

The evaluation found that the strategy contributed to setting common priorities that led to improvements on animal welfare across the EU. It also contributed to improve knowledge and sharing of best practices, as well as to enforcement of EU legislation in specific areas.

However, none of the strategy’s objectives has been fully achieved. The forthcoming evaluation and review of the animal welfare legislation will look at the legislative gaps identified in and after 2012 and will seek to make the animal welfare acquis more fit for purpose. As regards enforcement, special attention will be given to compliance risk areas identified by this evaluation.

This evaluation draws from a study carried out by an external contractor, which applied a mixed-method approach to address the evaluation questions. The methods used included desk research, an online public consultation of 13 weeks, targeted surveys and semi-structured interviews to ensure broader coverage of stakeholders. In addition, eight case studies were carried out to further support the analysis.

The study report is published here:

Fur farming in Belgium will end soon – first Flemish farms close

In Flanders, eleven of the 16 fur manufacturers want to close earlier, and the only producer of foie gras in Flanders is also going out of business.

From the end of 2023, such establishments will be banned in Flanders.

Those who close earlier receive a bonus. A special commission will determine the value of the company and the premium will be calculated on this basis.

In order for the businesses to close as early as possible, the premium will decrease over time.
“Fur-farming is still profitable, but animal welfare comes first,” says the Flemish Minister for Animal Welfare, Ben Weyts (N-VA).

Fur farming has been banned in Wallonia since 2015, but at that time there were no longer any farms.

Foie gras can still be produced in Wallonia.

https://brf.be/national/1473788/

And I mean… From a legal point of view, fur animals are either not protected at all or completely inadequately, and this applies worldwide.

In 1999 the Council of Europe adopted a “Recommendation” on fur animals on farms.

However, this was completely inadequate, as cage management remains permissible in a confined space.


Wire mesh floors live, the animals spend their entire lives in narrow mesh cages living on wire mesh floors, without a sheltered place to sleep, without opportunities to retreat from their own species, without opportunities to move around, and without variety.
In many EU countries, there are no further regulations for fur farms, and in order to continue to earn money with animal cruelty, the mink breeders even ignore the minimal requirements of the legal situation.

While the fur farms in Europe are gradually becoming fewer, the Chinese fur farmers benefit from the non-falling demand and therefore the low supply of European farms is lucrative for them.

Since their biggest competitor Denmark is currently “paralyzed”, prices and products on the Chinese market are rising.

The Chinese government banned the trade in wild animals at the beginning of the corona pandemic, but by reclassifying mink, fox, and raccoon from wild animals to “special farm animals” in April, these animals can still be traded and killed for the fur industry.

The list of countries that pave the way for a fur-free future continues to grow: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain, Japan, Croatia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Norway, Austria, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic …

In September 2020, France announced a mink farm ban with a five-year transition period.

Strictly speaking, the commercial breeding and killing of fur animals are not prohibited in Germany.
However, from 2022 onwards, the minimum requirements for keeping animals have been tightened to such an extent that keeping fur animals is no longer economically viable.

Coronavirus kursiert erneut in Pelzfarm - HeuteTierisch - heute.at

One can only hope that the economic losses in the fur industry caused by Corona will turn things around.

My best regards to all, Venus

Poland, Romania, Italy: New investigation on the transport of lambs for Easter: Animal Equality, Animal Welfare Foundation and ENPA denounce unacceptable situation.

Easter investigation together with Members of the European Parliament: Inspection of lamb transports – YouTube

Easter investigation together with Members of the European Parliament: Inspection of lamb transports

“Well, if you tell me that these are still rather good conditions, then I don’t want to know what the bad conditions look like,” says Tilly Metz, MEP for the Greens. With her parliamentary colleagues Caroline Roose and Thomas Waitz, she and our in Easter investigation together with Members of the European Parliament:

New investigation on the transport of lambs for Easter: Animal Equality, Animal Welfare Foundation and ENPA denounce unacceptable situation | Eurogroup for Animals

Tilly Metz, Caroline Roose and Thomas Waitz during the investigation

Tilly Metz, Caroline Roose and Thomas Waitz during the investigation – © Animal Welfare Foundation

New investigation on the transport of lambs for Easter: Animal Equality, Animal Welfare Foundation and ENPA denounce unacceptable situation

1 April 2021

AWF

The transport of lambs for Easter continues this year, three trucks from Poland and Romania identified in illegal conditions, stopped by the police and sanctioned

New images collected by the investigators of Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and the Zoophile Guards of ENPA, and released in collaboration with Animal Equality, show once again the transport of live animals drama, in particular for lambs on the holidays occasion.

In the last few days, close to the Easter period, AWF and ENPA, in collaboration with Animal Equality, have followed three trucks coming from Poland and Romania carrying thousands of lambs between two to four months old.

Three Members of the European Parliament joined the investigations: Tilly Metz, Caroline Roose and Thomas Waitz, also members of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT), went to Italy to verify the real problems these animals face during transport.

The images clearly show:

  • Overcrowding, with animals heads pressed to the trucks roofs 
  • A lamb having a leg stuck between the metal bars of the truck sidewall (the lamb was never controlled by the driver, who should instead periodically check the internal situation)
  • Inadequate, malpositioned and insufficient drinkers 
  • Animals dehydrated and exhausted by travel length and conditions 
  • Lack of appropriate litter 

One of the trucks coming from Poland was stopped by the police and the driver was fined over 1,300 € for poor transport conditions, while another driver admitted that he did not provide the animals with water for the all duration of the trip.

All three trucks traveled over distances up to 1,700 km, reaching almost 30 hours of travel in terrible conditions, without providing adequate care for the animals. 

The trucks were directed to the ILCO slaughterhouse in Acquapendente, Palo del Colle, and to the town of Badia Tedalda, in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany.

Every year in Italy more than 2 million lambs are slaughtered, of which 300,000 during the Easter period. To date, most of them are imported on the routes of Eastern Europe, thus involving a journey full of suffering for these young animals in inadequate transporters, built for other species. Very often unweaned animals are loaded. 

“This is not the first time we denounce a similar situation, quite the contrary. We have been monitoring this travel route for several years now: it entails enormous suffering for the lambs”, the associations declare.

“As recommended by scientific bodies and researchers, these animals should not be transported for welfare and health reasons. Additionally, the fact that neither sanctions nor NGOs’ official complaints to the relevant Member States and to the European Commission have led to significant improvements, shows that there is a general problem with the implementation and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005. We hope the upcoming revision of this Regulation will put an end to these transports”, they conclude.

The Animal Welfare Foundation e.V. is an independent, non-profit, and internationally active animal welfare organisation. With our own investigation teams and animal welfare projects, we are committed to improving the lives of so-called farm animals.

Animal Equality is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. Our teams in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, and India consist of highly qualified professionals with years of experience in undercover investigations, corporate campaigns, legal advocacy, and the development of large-scale education programs. Using these values to launch innovative projects and strategic campaigns, we work to expose and abolish the cruel practices of the animal agriculture industry.

Regards Mark

The EU Commission’s new farce: Farm-to-Fork strategy

A “SOKO animal welfare” comment:

EU plan for the massive feeding of animals to animals!
The EU intends to radically soften the rules on feeding animal protein to livestock.

The main goal is to create a new kind of animal exploitation.
Insects are intended to replace soybeans and to be produced industrially for factory farming of pigs and chickens. Here, of course, it is pointed out again that insects would feel less or different pain.

This derogatory argument is also known from fish and marine invertebrates.
The goal is maximum exploitation with minimal consideration for living beings that we barely understand and whose sensory perceptions we have absolutely no idea.

The factory farming groups are already looking forward to it.
Can they sell themselves as sustainable at the expense of countless living beings?

The motto remains the same: They are different, they are alien to us, so they may be killed en masse just to slaughter more animals for a senseless and cruel industry.

Values ​​EU: One does not break this fatal and deadly cycle if one exploits and kills a further trillion animals.
Here you can write your opinion to the EU.

Make it factual, otherwise, they won’t take it seriously.

https://www.facebook.com/sokotierschutz.ev/

https://ec.europa.eu/…/have…/initiatives/11640-Ani%5B…%5Disation-to-feed-poultry-with-meat-from-farmed-insects-and-pigs

About this initiative- Summary

Since the enforcement of a total feed ban, in 2001, the epidemiological situation regarding BSE has considerably improved in the EU with no classical BSE case since 2016 and 24 Member States having a negligible BSE-risk status.

In addition, the Farm-to-Fork strategy aims at making better use of the protein and other feed material produced in Europe. With a view to addressing this dual context, the proposal mainly allows the use of insect protein and non-ruminant protein in poultry and pig feed.
The Commission would like to hear your views.

This draft act is open for feedback for 4 weeks. Feedback will be taken into account for finalizing this initiative.

Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

https://ec.europa.eu/…/have…/initiatives/11640-Ani%5B…%5Disation-to-feed-poultry-with-meat-from-farmed-insects-and-pigs

And I mean...If we have understood correctly, should another factory farming be created for factory farming?

What will “insect breeding” ultimately feed on?

And all of this to keep meat production running.
Obviously, it was not enough for the EU that almost a third of the Amazon was destroyed for animal feed, it was not enough that insects are destroyed with poisons approved by the EU … now the meat producers want to feed animals with animals

Instead of really tackling the global problem of CO2 emissions at the root, abolishing factory farming, and creating a different awareness of life, the EU Commission continues to abuse and use animals for consumption and even add another species.

Ergo: even more CO2 emissions … because such mass production systems will certainly not be environmentally friendly and CO2 neutral …

Once more we can see how much power meat producers wield over the EU.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: A.L.F renovated shooting range!

Animal rights activists ”are committed to the latest arson attack (Translation of the old article from the “Naturally Hunting” blog.
To avoid misunderstandings: All translated wording comes from the author of this article, which is in the link, below)

Photo: Thomas Hohendahl

After a cowardly arson attack on a shooting range in Lower Saxony (we reported) there is a letter of confession.
Again the sender is the “Animal Liberation Front” (ALF).

The spelling and style match the letters confessing responsibility after arson attacks on sleeping facilities in Hildesheim (we reported) and Göttingen.
The subject of the letter is hard to beat in audacity and arrogance.

The self-proclaimed “animal rights activists” headlines: A.L.F renovated shooting range “.
Again, the criminals do not shy away from personal threats and advise the association “to continue operating the shooting range if there is interest in renovations in the private sector”.

Photo: Thomas Hohendahl

To the background:
During the night from Friday to Saturday (in May 2016), several perpetrators left a trail of devastation on the shooting range in Banteln (Lower Saxony)

The 100-meter run was completely destroyed by incendiary devices, and the technology on the “running wedge” shooting range also has to be completely renewed.
In addition, the perpetrators glued locks destroyed a lawnmower, and clogged the chimney with construction foam.
The damage is estimated at a good 150,000 euros.

The club intends to resume regular operations in mid-June. Not only hunters from the area train at the shooting range, special police units (SEK and MEK) also practice there regularly.

Photo: Thomas Hohendahl

You can read the letter of confession from A.L.F, which can hardly be surpassed in audacity and complacency, below:

“alf renovated shooting range

after visiting two training facilities in Hildesheim and göttingen in the past few months, we renovated the shooting range on the oberg in banteln (Lower Saxony) free of charge during the night from friday to saturday.
after all, the hunters should be able to really feel at home with practice shooting on the following saturday.

We advise the operating club to continue operating the shooting range if there is interest in renovations in the private sector.

After observing the property in need of renovation for several weeks, we could finally get started.
We hope that glued locks, a lawn tractor that has been converted to a foot drive, and the use of the shooting lanes as a campfire were able to give the hunters a warm welcome so that they can spend an eventful day on this beautiful shooting range with friends and acquaintances (the club’s website). were able to practice real driven hunt situations and prepare perfectly for the hunting season ”(the club’s website).

Excursus: driven hunt

driven hunt is a great activity for anyone who finds it entertaining to drive hundreds of individuals into a corner with the help of so-called hunting dogs and then to murder them.
in addition to the hundreds of deaths, it is also an exciting event for the survivors.

Finally, the own reference group is clearer again and the orphaned children are also happy that they are finally on their own.

At this point, a big thank you, from us to you, for all your efforts! and please be careful not to blow each other over.
we would be really very sad if we couldn’t continue to support you with this great fun.

we will continue to look after the members of the club closely if the shooting range should continue to operate.
because we, too, would like to continue to practice hunting individuals so that the next real murder goes as planned, regardless of the senseless and unacceptable motivation

weidmanns heil (common greeting among German hunters)

your alf-“

https://www.natuerlich-jagd.de/news/tierrechtler-bekennen-sich-zu-neuestem-brandanschlag.html

driven hunt-Germany

And I mean…It is interesting that the shooting range is used not only by several hunters in the region but also by various police units.

According to the chairman of the association, Thomas Hohendahl, “all members and users of the shooting range are particularly shocked because the association “Schießstand Oberg” is very socially committed and repeatedly supports variously charitable (!!!) projects in the region”.

So far, however, there has been no suspicion of who might have committed the act, and the activists remain, luckily, unknown to this day.

Although the association offered a reward of 5000 euros for “useful information”.
Obviously, the association is not so popular as its chairman Hohendahl thought, otherwise the many denouncers in the village would have done a “charitable act”- because of such a reward- and would have whistled the activists.

A big Thank you, alf!

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: “I Remember Their Eyelashes”: Why I Chose to Stop Consuming Dairy.

With thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ as always.  Regards Mark.

Our Compass | Because compassion directs us … (our-compass.org)

“I Remember Their Eyelashes”: Why I Chose to Stop Consuming Dairy

By Natalie Blanton

Natalie Blanton, Author at Sentient Media

I remember their eyelashes. Big, dark, doe-eyes, encased by long, wispy, soft, curled lashes on their innocent black and white bovine faces. Newborn calves were kept in a teeny, tiny individual fenced-in pen alone. As a young child, I was fascinated by these baby creatures. I thought it was quaint that they had their own little space, their very own tiny house with a front yard.  

I grew up in rural Utah and had friends who lived on idyllic “dairy farms,” you know, the kind found beaming across every carton of milk. Sure, I knew cows lived there and I knew “milk” and  “cheese” came from them. However, the exact mechanics of ​how​ eluded me. As I matured, and after enough games of hide-and-go-seek among these rows of sheds housing tiny young calves,  I started to piece together a more sinister cycle taking place. It was a gradual tugging on threads of understanding, an unraveling of a dark truth behind those happy cows on those happy milk cartons.   

As the winter melted away and spring emerged, new baby cows could be found hobbling about the farms. Taking their first steps only moments after being born, under the guidance of their mothers. My excitement turned sour as I got older and began to notice spiked nose rings piercing through these day-old calves. Hungry for their mother’s milk, the spikes stabbed her udders, leaving them unable to feed and bond. A human-induced rift, a divide, a playing of God,  separating a mother from her child. After a few days of this process, the calves were stripped from their mothers entirely. I will never forget the screams from the distressed, grieving mothers, and the cries from the terrified babies in response, now held across the farm, shackled to what I began to understand as “veal crates,” though I didn’t know yet what “veal” meant.  

In my early teen years, I became a Rodeo Queen. A rural rite of passage for gritty, yet glamorous young cowgirls. Among other royal responsibilities of a newly minted Rodeo Queen, I was tasked with judging 4H cattle at the annual county fair. I watched in awe as pre-teen kids paraded their beloved animal across the arena, radiating with pride, no doubt a genuine connection between the two. They adoringly hugged their animals, naming them endearing pet names like “Daisy” or “Buddy,” only to be auctioned off later in the night, at the going rate, pound for pound of their flesh. I then watched as these same children, while loading their pets onto the slaughter truck, broke down in sobs, viscerally connecting the dots between their beloved animal and the agriculture industry. After learning of the profound bond that can come from raising and coexisting so closely with another mammal, I met the dark underbelly of animal husbandry as we now practice it in this late capitalist system. I had to ask why these cows, with  their soft, brown and black fur without spots, were the “meat cows” sent for slaughter at such a  tender age—while the Holsteins, the ones with the Black and White iconic spots, those found on  those quaint dairy farms I spent so many hours exploring, were allowed to live and have offspring and a herd to grow and play with. I asked a nearby rancher there at the fair, and he scoffed saying, “Spots or not, they all end up at a feedlot.” 

The final straw in my relationship with dairy was when I was in my later teen years, and I was helping round up some of my friends’ cattle herd at the end of the grazing season. I saw a mysterious contraption in their barn that looked like some medieval torture device—little did I realize, that is exactly what that was—known within the industry as the “rape rack.” Bold of the dairy industry to acknowledge a machine for exactly what it was. All of these moments culminated right then and there, when I, a recent survivor of sexual assault myself, found that this industry was systematically and repeatedly normalizing the raping of these innocent creatures, all in the name of profit. I thought, Please. Someone. Make this make sense. 

The sexual division, male vs female Holsteins experience is upsetting, to say the least. It was always the male calves, who had no value in the dairy industry, were often kept in tiny veal crates, only to be sent to slaughter at barely a few weeks old, while the females were allowed to grow up—only to meet the same fate as their mothers: kept perpetually pregnant, in repeated distress from losing their children, only to be raped again—enduring this brutal cycle, repeatedly. I find it reminiscent of a dystopian sci-fi novel, or perhaps even The Handmaid’s Tale? But because they are animals and not humans, I was certainly being very dramatic now, wasn’t I? 

The pit forming in my stomach was almost fully grown, this pit of truth, knowing that what had happened to me, was not okay—and should never happen to anyone, ever. As a woman, and a budding feminist, I was learning the urgency and vitality of bodily autonomy, and consent. I couldn’t compute that this industry wholly revolves around the commodification and exploitation of a mammal’s reproductive system. Because, lest we forget, we are merely mammals ourselves. 

These vignettes in my memories are not the norm. These illustrations of Old MacDonald’s loving barnyard have been bought and sold, by Big Agriculture, since the industrial revolution. These scenes of black and white cows, leisurely grazing green pastures are a product of propaganda. And the current dairy system likens much more to a full-metal apocalyptic factory farm (industrial milking carousels). If such a place as these dairy farms still exist, they are more than likely not the source of the cow’s milk ending up in your cup. These images are tales of make-believe, and one that I fear we chose to envision to self-congratulate, or self-soothe, and absolve us of feeling the dread that factory farming imagery can bring to us—if we were only able to open our eyes. 

Industrial animal agriculture is a corrupt, abusive, exploitative system that wastes all lives, human, animal, and planet alike. Now, as an intersectional feminist, I can’t help but ask why not extend the tenets of reproductive justice across all spectrums of race, class, ethnicity, gender, ability, religion, creed, and dare I say, species. As a woman, I cannot ignore the inextricable ties to reproductive labor that is inherent in the dairy industry. And what angers me the most? Is that people continue to romanticize and idealize this relationship we have with “dairy cows.” Dairy is often the last dietary frontier. Dairy products are often a person’s last culinary holdout, but this is simply people fooling themselves into thinking that we have this gentle, reciprocal, loving “animal husbandry” relationship with the animals that are forced to produce the raw product—this misguided idea that cows naturally and endlessly lactate, continuously producing this magic “essential” fluid just for us, and all they need is for humans to tease that milk out of their udders, or else they may explode. Wrong! All mammals lactate for the same reason, for their offspring, not for anyone else. 

I fully acknowledge the damaging comparisons that have been made in earlier vegan feminist discourse, that likens these systems and structures to the abuse and disempowerment that is enacted upon female bodies. Mainstream feminism often centers and uplifts cis-gender white women and those with reproductive potential. I hope that we are collectively moving toward feminism that centers and celebrates equality for every woman. I dream of a world where mainstream feminist discourse does not exclude non-human animals. I am not at all attempting to compare the experience of women, Trans or femmes, to that of farmed animals—but what I am saying is all beings deserve respect and dignity. And these sacred bonds of fertility, conception, birthing, and lactation are what make us incredible beings, human or otherwise. I hope we can identify and celebrate these parallels across species, the immaculate ability to produce life. The most basic of bonds we create with our newborn infants are no different than a mother cow and her calf. The desire to protect, feed, and sacrifice, for our young and family ties. Expanding feminism to include non-human animals isn’t degrading our feminist movement, rather, I argue, it’s what’s required for the sake of compassion, empathy, and a more just future, for all. 

The ditch dairy argument is a tough concept to swallow, I should know. I held on, eating cheese and yogurt for years before finally ditching dairy. I too was heard saying, “I just cannot live without cheese.” To my defense, cheese sets off the same dopamine receptors as cocaine in human brains. Alas, we are but addicted lab rats (in a capitalist maze, one designed not to make us healthier, but the exact opposite). But, what I wish people would learn to recognize is that dairy is the reason so many of us are getting sick—we have sky-high rates of lactose intolerance, not to mention that dairy has been linked to many forms of cancer, and hormonal imbalances (human female youth are beginning puberty at younger and younger ages due to the increased levels of estrogen found in mammal breast milk being consumed daily). 

I read something once, in a distant theory class, that humans are superior to animals because our anatomy allows us to look up, skyward—and that these “beasts of burden” are lowly, conversely keeping their sights to the earth. I wondered if we had that all wrong, and should recognize that the creatures who center the earth, in all that they do, might just be the ones we might learn from instead.

I share this story in the hopes of expanding our circle of compassion. This is an urgent plea I ask you to consider. This is not meant to shame anyone, merely a telling of my story of why I made the choice to stop consuming dairy. These industrial food systems are decimating our planet, disrupting indigenous and natural symbiotic communion with our earth, and to put it bluntly, this is food apartheid. 

It is time to seriously consider weaning ourselves off of the teats of the dairy industry. Divest our diet and dollars away from antiquated systems of torture and destruction. If you have the privilege and access to choose what you eat, I hope you choose to reduce suffering, with every meal. I am only interested in a future of expansive and inclusive feminism, one that centers on all beings and celebrates autonomous reproductive capacity and sovereign motherhood. To this day, I can still remember their eyelashes. 

Natalie Blanton (she/they pronouns), MS is an activist and Sociology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. They work, research, and teach within the veins of social, environmental, and reproductive justice. Natalie understands our world-society to be built upon the backs of oppressed and marginalized communities and actively seeks to advocate, educate, and rabble-rouse to overturn that norm. In their past life, Natalie has been a rodeo queen, turned full-time animal rights activist, worked for multiple farmed animal sanctuaries, and as a community educator for Planned Parenthood. Now, at the university level, they teach undergraduate Sociology of Gender and Sexuality and Environmental Sociology. Their dissertation is at the nexus of Environmental and Reproductive Justice in the Intermountain West Region of the United States.

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A.L.F. -the ultimate act of compassion

by Joseph Buddenberg from the Blog of Animal Liberation Press Office

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/03/16/the-liberation-of-a-bobcat/

And I mean…It is a glorious thing that we live in a world where individuals regularly demonstrate the ultimate act of compassion – risking their freedom for the freedom of others.

Eventually, we will owe a historic achievement to the people who freed the prisoner at Frazier Fur Farm: because with that they achieved, possibly, doubling the wild lynx population in Montana.

And of course the end of an excruciating imprisonment

Thank you A.L.F

My best regards to all, Venus

We like Brigitte Bardot

“I chose solitude to defend myself.
I protect myself from the humanity around me, from this noisy and invading humanity.
I live surrounded by animals, trees, flowers.
I have horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons. Then, of course, dogs and cats. I don’t even know how many there are …!
I feel much closer to nature and animals than to humans.
I admit that I hate most of the human species. I espoused the cause of animals to finally make sense of my existence here.
I try to explain to people that the cruelties inflicted on animals are unworthy, unacceptable, inhuman precisely …!

I don’t care that the world remembers the divine B. B., which divine was not at all. ” (Brigitte Bardot)

Bravo Madame!

regards and good night, Venus

Japan harpooned again

Several whale-hunting vessels have taken to the waters from Japanese ports with the official start of the commercial whaling season. They plan to catch 120 minke whales in the coming months.

On Saturday, four ships – two in Miyagi Prefecture on the east coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu and two in Aomori Prefecture in its north – departed from ports to coastal Pacific waters. A fifth vessel will join them later, leaving from Hokkaido, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

We would like to provide fresh and delicious whales for everyone who is waiting,” Nobuyuki Ito, president of a whaling company in Miyagi Prefecture told the agency.

During this third season of commercial whaling, which controversially relaunched after a decades-long ban, hunters expect to catch 120 minke whales. The species is a principal target of the whaling industry.

Some 25,000 of the mammals are estimated to be living in the Northwest Pacific ocean.

Japan has previously pulled out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), a body dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals, and resumed its whale-hunting operations in July 2019.

Commercial whaling has been banned by the IWC for over three decades. Very few nations around the world allow the controversial practice, with Japan and Norway being among the most criticized states for permitting the killing of the huge mammals.

Earlier this year, Norway’s government gave the green light to kill over 1,200 minke whales this year, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity (WDC).

Last year, more than 500 whales were killed in its waters, WDC said, adding that, despite falling demand for whale meat, local officials “strongly promote” its consumption.

On Saturday, a petition to the Norwegian government and the European Commission was launched, demanding “to end the whale slaughter and to… close ports to Norwegian whale meat shipments.” Nearly three million people have supported the initiative so far.

https://www.rt.com/news/520047-japan-commercial-whaling-launch/

And I mean…Whale meat is not popular in Japan at all. Comparing with many other kinds of seafood, the taste of whale meat is not that great either.

In addition: The Japanese government is coming under increasing pressure because of the high subsidies for whaling.

In the 2020 fiscal year, it made 5.1 billion yen available (around 40 million euros).
But because of complaints from the local fishing industry, which feels disadvantaged, the whaling subsidies are to be phased out by 2023.

As early as 2021, a third of the subsidy will no longer be a gift of money, but only a loan for the already ailing industry. In addition, the old industrial ship Nisshin Maru, on which some of the captured whales are still being processed at sea, is about to be scrapped.

Sea Shepherd Global
A new building would cost millions and millions. And funding is shakier than ever with the reduction in whaling subsidies.

Scientists have calculated in this tempo there will be no fish anymore in 2050.

Many people think it’s their right to eat meat, but not killing animals and not eating animals is an expression of rationality and common sense, letting animals live is an expression of humanism.
Like it or not.

My best regards to all, Venus

In the NY World’s Fair on 1963 …

“You are looking at the most dangerous animal in the world. It alone of all the animals that have ever lived can exterminate (and has) entire species of animals. Now it has achieved the power to wipe out all life on earth.” Great Apes House, Bronx Zoo (NYC), 1963.

The exhibit behind the caged bars was a mirror!!

“No animal ever torments just to torment; but this is what man does, and this is what constitutes the diabolical character, which is far worse than the merely animal”!
‘Arthur Schopenhauer’

Schopenhauer’s words explain why the slogan is correct

regards and good night, Venus

An Englishman Free From Meat; Dairy, and Animal Cruelty.

Shreveport Olympian Credits Vegan Diet for Weightlifting Success

Shreveport Olympian Credits Vegan Diet for Weightlifting Success (710keel.com)

Famed Anthropologist Jane Goodall Releases Vegan Cookbook

Jane Goodall just released her very first cookbook—and it is completely plant-based! Known for her work studying the behaviors of wild chimpanzees, Jane Goodall is a passionate advocate for animals, the environment, and human rights. Her new vegan cookbook, #EATMEATLESS: Good for Animals, the Earth & All, offers around 80 animal-free recipes that are healthy, delicious, and inspiring.

Famed Anthropologist Jane Goodall Releases Vegan Cookbook (chooseveg.com)

Entirely plant-based Mexican restaurant, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, to open April 6

Entirely plant-based Mexican restaurant, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, to open April 6 • the Hi-lo (lbpost.com)

The TryVeg Guide to Vegan Sports Equipment

The TryVeg Guide to Vegan Sports Equipment – TryVeg

4 Awesome Vegan Seafood Options

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3 EASY WAYS TO HAVE THE PERFECT VEGAN EASTER

3 Easy Ways to Have the Perfect Vegan Easter | VegNews

Viva! Vegan recipe club

Mini Egg Cookie Traybake, Strawberry Fraisier, Sweet Potato Dhal, Keralan Scramble, Macarons Competition (mailchi.mp)

Regards Mark

Be yourself no matter what they say !

In memory of Tom Worby

3rd of April

“April 1993, about 40 hunt saboteurs were present at the closing meeting of the Cambridgeshire Foxhounds (CFH) at Low Farm near Gravesley in Cambridgeshire.

With the group of saboteurs was Tom Worby, a 15 year old from Milton Keynes, on his first day out sabbing.

His girlfriend had seen the hunt sab information stall in the city center some days before and expressed an interest to join us. She then came with her boyfriend for their first day out sabbing.

When we saw the hunt, they had just started drawing in a wood neighboring Low Farm. We all went into the fields outside the wood and called the hounds. Some came out, followed by an irate Joint Master, Geoffrey Fox.

After shouting some abuse at sabs, Mr. Fox went back into the wood. Sabs stayed put and kept calling with similar success.

So, the whole hunting field came out, including huntsman and the hounds, and just gathered in the fields adjacent to the sabs. Some lively discussions went on between hunters and sabs and it soon became pretty obvious that the hunters had just called police and were waiting for their arrival.

After a while, one policeman arrived.

He went into the fields and spoke for a long time with the hunters. Then he came over to the sabs and announced that he felt we were trespassing and should be leaving. Sabs told him that this was not his business and that they were just sitting around in the sun and not really breaking any laws.

Continue reading “In memory of Tom Worby”

Glastallica: Julien Temple’s short film

METALLICA’s Playful Video Response To Animal-Rights Activists Opens ‘Sensational’ GLASTONBURY Set
Glastonbury Festival, June 29, 2014

METALLICA’s appearance Saturday night (June 28) at the Glastonbury festival marked the first time in the U.K.s event’s 44-year history that a metal act has topped the bill.

The heavy metal giants faced much controversy when they were first announced as headliners — drawing criticism for frontman James Hetfield’s apparent support of bear hunting and with many arguing that the band had no place at Glastonbury, a very laid-back type of festival, with more of a hippie/indie vibe than most.

Indirectly responding to a petition— which came in the form of a now-deleted Facebook page — launched last month calling for METALLICA’s removal from the festival, due to Hetfield hosting a new series about bear hunting on the History channel, METALLICA took to the stage last night to a Julien Temple-directed intro video showing a traditional British fox hunt where all four band members played hunt saboteurs, disguised bears, and killing hunters.

The eight-minute video, which can be seen below, was soundtracked by SWEET’s glam rock classic “Fox On The Run” and included a clip of the classic film “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”, in tribute to actor Eli Wallach, who died this week.

Watch the video below.

And I mean…This film was funny and clever and they did an amazing performance at Glastonbury leaving everyone pleased. To imitate a good example!

My best regards to all, Venus

the perfidious crimes against animals

The Awassi Express sailed from Australia’s winter to the Middle Eastern summer in the lead up to the annual Muslim festival of sacrifice. But something went “wrong”. Approximately 2,400 sheep didn’t make it to port.

They died of heat stress, some trapped in a bog of excrement, and someone on board filmed it.

This hell for the animals continues to this day.
One mass murder chases the next.

Decaying animals that lie in the ship for days and weeks, and not even a responsible person who would have to be released for violating the law, cruel conditions in mobile coffins with exotic names such as “Al Shuwaikh,” “Karim Allah”, “Elbeik”… the list could go on and on and everyone is horrified for a few days, everyone calls for more “animal welfare” and “respect for animal laws” but – as always – nothing changes.

And we can be sure that what we learn through videos is only a small part of what is really happening, and most importantly, we can be sure that such crimes happen much more often than we know.

And every time we write petitions to politicians, ministers, commissions, that means to bodies that treat their grandmother’s old console better and more carefully than do with animals.

Hypocrisy, ignorance, indifference to cruelty, mass murders, violations of protective laws and agreements – these are the main characteristics of everyone who benefits from animal corpses

Rights and dignity are reserved exclusively for humans and are often completely denied to non-human animals.
The machinery draws its energy from the large power stations of business, press, religion, and politics, but the energy itself is extracted in the deep, dark pits of human stupidity.

We don’t have to wait for politicians or laws.
We can always start to create real animal welfare by denying the animal profiteers our money.

Where there is no demand, there is no production and where there is no production, there are no “failures” and not even “unfortunate individual cases”.

My best regards to all, Venus

Pakistan: A MASS CULLING OF STRAYS IN PAKISTAN: 25,000 DOGS EXPECTED TO BE KILLED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

WAV Comment – from our animal friends at OIPA in Milan, Italy.  You can send a letter as per the draft at the end of this post, or modify it to say what you want.  E mail addresses are also given.  Thanks.

A MASS CULLING OF STRAYS IN PAKISTAN: 25,000 DOGS EXPECTED TO BE KILLED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. OIPA INTERNATIONAL WRITES TO THE PRIME MINISTER

The list of countries that brutally and cruelly kill street dogs and cats rather than using ethical methods to keep under control strays’ population is getting longer day after day.

The Pakistani government has been recently planning to cull 25,000 stray dogs within the next 60 days. The mass killing has started in the tehsils of Lodhran, Kehror Pakka and Dunyapur under the special directive of Commissioner Javed Akhtar Mahmood.

Many people across the world might not know it, but this is not a method recently introduced in the country. More than 50,000 dogs die every year on the streets of Pakistan and it is the government itself to order the mass killing and poisoning of the animals in almost every city of the country. They are shot or poisoned and then their dead bodies are collected by municipal workers, loaded and piled onto trucks for disposal. Karachi and Lahore have the highest rate of dog killings each year with over 20,000 dogs killed in these two cities alone. For smaller cities, the average rate per year is between 3,000 and 6,000 dogs

Citizens still believe this cruel and inhumane method is the only solution and many take part in the killings by hanging or poisoning stray dogs on the streets.

As affirmed by Sonia Saher, who runs a sanctuary for rescued street dogs in Pakistan called Stray Animals Safety and Control Authority Pakistan (SASCAP) : “The government of Pakistan has no animal protection laws, no law on criminal offenses against animal abusers and an open policy of killing stray dogs on an annual basis.”

Pakistan being a signatory member of the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) should ensure the five basic freedoms for animals

  • Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition by ready access to fresh water and food
  • Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
  • Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind

We have decided to write to the Prime Minister Imran Khan and to the Minister of the Attorney General asking the following:

  • stop the legalized mass culling of innocent animals;
  • replace this inhumane practise with an ethical TNVR (trap-neuter/spay-vaccination- release) programme;
  • work on community awareness;
  • establish a cooperation with local and international NGOs that can provide expertise in stray dogs’ management.

Read the letter to the Prime Minister 👉 click here

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE CULLING OF STRAY DOGS IN PAKISTAN?

✍️ Write a letter to the PM spm@pmo.gov.pk– info@pmo.gov.pk

You can copy or modify the text below but remember to be always polite! Our objective is to save dogs

“Dear Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan,

I appeal to your kind attention asking to stop the legalized mass culling of stray dogs in your country. It is not acceptable that Pakistan, actively engaged in the United Nation, still uses in 2021 such a cruel and barbaric method against innocent sentient beings, involving in the killings its own citizens instead of educating the community to a pacific coexistence with animals. Please, replace this inhumane practise with an ethical TNVR (trap-neuter/spay-vaccination- release) programme, work to increase community awareness, cooperate with local and international organizations that can provide expertise in stray dogs’ management,  build shelters properly managed in order to keep under control the overpopulation of stray dogs and prevent diseases such as rabies. Follow the recommendations of OIPA and other organizations. Bring a positive change for your actual
and coming generations. Don’t hurt animals anymore.”

Refarm’d: Turning Dairy Farms Into Animal Sanctuaries – Read On.

Refarm’d – Beta – About

We have this crazy idea!

We want to turn all dairy farms into animal sanctuaries and we need your help to convince these farmers to join the movement.

We are a new plant-based drink subscription service, sourced lovingly from ex-dairy farmers.

We work with farmers to make the transition from cows’ milk to the production of plant based drinks, and at the same time convert their farmland into animal sanctuaries.

We’re offering a viable new opportunity for the farmers’ businesses to uniting with the farmers and providing them with the tools they need to move away from the dairy trade.

We will assist the ex-dairy farms to sustainably and locally source the ingredients in order to produce plant based drinks on their farms. Their land will be converted into an animal sanctuary for their cattle that are no longer being used for dairy farming.

Show your interest (no payment, no commitment) in buying fresh plant-based drinks from them and let us do the rest.

Regards Mark

Austria: “”God protect us from poisonous farmers”!

From the Facebook page of the Austrian animal rights activist Martin Balluch

“Incomprehensible!
A “citizens ‘initiative against animal factories” has put up a poster that reads:

“God protect us from poisonous farmers! No germs and antibiotics on our families’ plates.

Content of the poster: “God protect us from poisonous farmers!
No germs and antibiotics on our families’ plates “!

A criticism of pesticides without specifically addressing anyone.
The farmers’ union felt addressed and sued for revocation and omission, although the union is not even mentioned.

As a result, a judge whose husband works in a company that is 100% owned by Raiffeisen * Markt actually ruled that:

– the farmers’ union was meant and therefore may complain
– it is a statement of facts and not an opinion
– these facts are incorrect.

Therefore, the citizens ‘initiative must revoke the statement as untrue, publish the revocation in the “Kleine Zeitung” (small Newspaper) and on a poster for a fee, and pay the farmers’ union money(!!!)

It is hard to believe what kind of judges there are. We had it very often in animal welfare.
It is to be hoped that this disgrace will be reversed in the instance.”

* Raiffeisen: is the brand or name part of more than 330,000 companies that deal with agricultural products in the upstream and downstream sectors as well as general financial services worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/tierrechtedemokratie/

And I mean…The farmers’ association, which is of course known to play the victim, said: “Our local farmers don’t deserve to be denigrated like that, because they produce high-quality food 356 days a year !!!

Since when have environmental polluters been portrayed as victims?

The farmers think it is completely okay to put pigs in cages for 4 months in which they cannot turn around, mothers take their children away, kill excess piglets and when they have exploited cows enough, they let them kill the last money close. And that is subsidized!

If I am not an animal abuser, then I do not use them for my economic interests either.

Animal breeding alone is torture because the animals are bred for maximum performance and have physical problems (especially with poultry).

Where’s the animal owner’s love in this business?

And now there is something else: How much groundwater is contaminated by the liquid manure? We afford the luxury of destroying our environment so that we can worship our daily flesh. And thus give the animals a torturous life.

I think it would be very fair if the farmer paid for the removal of the nitrates from the water; after all, he caused it.

A vile and despicable judgment, the lobby at its worst.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Over Half Of Brits To Buy Vegan Easter Treats This Year, Says Survey.

Over Half Of Brits To Buy Vegan Easter Treats This Year, Says Survey

Over Half Of Brits To Buy Vegan Easter Treats This Year, Says Survey

The top plant-based alternatives that people will be seeking out to replace are dairy chocolate, meat, and cheese

More than half of Brits will buy vegan Easter treats this year, according to a new survey. 

The 1,000-person poll was conducted by Mexicana Vegan, the plant-based alternative to the UK’s number once spicy cheese.

It found that 54.8 percent of respondents are ‘likely to buy vegan alternative products to traditional Easter food this year’. 

The top plant-based alternatives that people will be seeking out to replace are dairy chocolate (48.4 percent), meat (36.4 percent), and cheese (32.3 percent).Moreover, 22.6 percent of people polled are planning to cook vegan alternatives to the usual Easter Sunday dishes this year. A whopping 47.2 percent cited the desire to be ‘healthier’ as the main reason for going vegan this Easter.

‘We’ve seen demand soar’

Lisa Harrison is the Senior Brand Manager for Mexicana Vegan. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “So much of our Easter traditions focus on food, whether it’s gifting Easter eggs to friends or family, or indulging ourselves over the long Easter weekend; the highlight being Easter Sunday lunch.

“And with lockdown measures being lifted from 29 March to allow outdoor gatherings of either six people or 2 households, people will be planning their Easter food experiences and what they will be giving to friends and family this Easter. 

“It’s great to see that people are strongly considering going vegan this Easter. We’ve seen the demand for our plant-based cheezes soar over lockdown as people seek out healthier alternatives and the need to pursue a healthy diet and lifestyle has never been so paramount as it has been over the last year.”

Vegan Easter eggs

Major supermarket Tesco recently unveiled its biggest free-from Easter range, featuring vegan Easter eggs and chocolate.

The launch features three Free From Easter Eggs: Cluckie The Chocolate Chick, Caramel Easter Egg, and White Chocolate Egg With Strawberry Pieces. All are free from gluten, wheat, and animal products.

Also on offer is the Free From Bunnies and Chickens Adventure Hunt. It includes ten vegan chocolate bunnies and chicks.

You can check out our article on the best 5 vegan Easter eggs you need to try this year

Over Half Of Brits To Buy Vegan Easter Treats This Year, Says Survey | Plant Based News

Great cruelty free news !

Regards Mark

Floral Vegan White Chocolate Rabbit

Floral Vegan White Chocolate Rabbit image 2

Floral Vegan White Chocolate Rabbit image 5

Let the Easter lambs live

The beautiful picture of the little lambs is not only elicited by children.
Many adults also shout at this sight: “How cute! How cute! ”

But the cruel truth is: All these little lambs will soon end up under the butcher’s knife – punctually for Easter, they end up on the plate as roast lamb.
Because for many people who celebrate the “Festival of Life”, children’s corpses are part of the traditional Easter banquet.

In Germany, sheep have long ceased to be kept for their wool, as world market prices for wool are below production costs.
Today sheep are used almost exclusively for meat production: 98 percent of the sheep farmers’ income is generated from meat sales. One to two million sheep – almost exclusively lambs – are slaughtered in Germany every year.

A particular specialty at Easter is milk lambs – infants who still drink from their mother and have never eaten grass, between 8 weeks and six months old.

Because of this, they have very white meat that is called!
“As soft as butter, with delicate fibers and low in fat” applies – just baby meat.

Milk lambs, which – as the name suggests – are still infants, usually only reach an age of 2-6 months – fattening lambs an age of 6-12 months before they are snatched from their mothers – and not infrequently at just 8 Weeks to be cruelly slaughtered!

The babies tormented and murdered, the mother animals disturbed and deeply traumatized – in the name of Christian tradition, for the Easter “palate tickle”.

Since the local sheep farming and lamb production rarely yields the desired financial return, the animal children are also imported en masse from abroad in order to satisfy the annual greed for Easter lamb.

Milk lambs, which – as the name suggests – are still infants, usually only reach an age of 2-6 months – fattening lambs an age of 6-12 months before they are snatched from their mothers – and not infrequently at just 8 Weeks to be cruelly slaughtered!


The babies tormented and murdered, the mother animals disturbed and deeply traumatized – in the name of Christian tradition, for the Easter “palate tickle”.

Since the local sheep farming and lamb production rarely yields the desired financial return, the animal children are also imported en masse from abroad in order to satisfy the annual greed for Easter lamb.

In order to prevent the suffering of the Easter lambs in the long term and to prolong their unspeakably short lives, an alternative holiday menu helps.
At Easter, do without the meat of the little sheep, which, due to a stupid tradition, have to die after a few months.

Celebrate, but lamb-and animal-free!

My best regards to all, Venus

Petition – Suez Canal Situation Highlights Atrocious Animal Trade, With 200K Animals Stuck On Ships.

Please sign and support – Thanks, Mark

AnimalVictory.org

http://www.animalvictory.org/

Here’s the full petition:

Suez Canal Situation Highlights Atrocious Animal Trade, With 200K Animals Stuck On Ships

When things go awry at sea, livestock on board ships suffer immeasurably. Animals have to stand in their own waste, for weeks on end. And if resources run out, the animals suffer dehydration and starvation; the ones who don’t survive are thrown overboard.

The atrocities these sentient beings are forced to endure are overwhelming.

Recently, a livestock ship with 1,800 head of cattle was denied port entry for THREE months! According to The Guardian, nearly 200 of the cattle died in conditions described as “hellish.”

The animals forced onboard these ships of death are already slated for death – must they suffer unnecessarily before they are slaughtered? Does anyone care for their welfare?

Your signatures and comments will be sent to the European Parliament along with our letter asking for this cruel live export transportation business to come to an end.

News:

The Guardian

Warning: Distressing content

Video from YouTube/Mercy For Animals

PETITION

Sign here:

http://www.animalvictory.org/suez_canal_situation_highlights_atrocious_animal_trade_with_200k_animals_stuck_on_ships?recruiter_id=934119

England: Why The Young Calf Export Trade Bums Me Off !

WAV Comment – Around August 2010 I was very involved with investigations undertaken on the very same issue which is detailed in Caroline’s article below – the export of young Irish calves to mainland EU via Cherbourg port which is in France.

Here is a link to our other site – ‘Serbian Animals Voice’, which provides an example of the overall issue and a specific investigation report relating to the work.  If you just wish to read the report, then here is a direct link:

Microsoft Word – JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROL POST at F-HEAUVILLE.doc (wordpress.com)

Main link with pictures to this:  About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

Working with other EU animal welfare organisations involved in these 5 investigations, I wrote a 125 (A4) page report which detailed all the work and its findings.  This was presented (as an overall one off report) to the EU, British MP’s and MEP’s (at that time the UK was still an EU member state).  As Caroline details, the ferry crossing from Ireland to Cherbourg can be long – much too long for baby calves who should be given milk from their mothers on a very regular basis.

Our work found that one targeted crossing of calves on the ferry ‘Diplomat’ lasted 23 hours.

This vessel sailed from Rosslare on 28th November 2009 at 1600hrs

The other carrier ferry which was selected to be investigated, was the ‘Celtic Link’, which sailed from Rosslare on 28th November 2009 at 1815hrs, and the actual sailing time was 17.75 hours.

Important – only the sailing times for the ferry crossings (Rosslare-Cherbourg) are given above.  These times are without the additional hours taken for transporters to journey from the original point of animal loading to Rosslare harbour, and once the ferry crossing has been made, the additional hours taken for transporters to journey to approved Control Posts in France once they had alighted the ferry at Cherbourg.  So in reality; the times the calves were on truck was longer than that given above.

Once the calves finally arrived at their control post (feeding destination), they were supposed to be unloaded and rested up for many hours in accordance with EU Regulations.  THIS DID NOT HAPPEN; and as you can read in the report link given above, exact arrival and leave times were recorded for several transporters carrying the calves.

Despite all this work and the long process of putting an overall report together, our evidence was simply dismissed by the EU; the trade in calves continued, as it does now, eleven years later, and I think I can safely say that all the rules are still being flouted.

This, and for many other export ‘things’ I have been involved with, is the simple reason why I have NO FAITH in anything that the EU preaches when it comes to legislation and the supposed welfare of animals.  Animal welfare and the EU do not fit in the same box; we have proven it and all our evidence simply dismissed.

Does it anger me ? – yes, greatly; but it gives me even more impetus to research, investigate, and report on the issue of live animal exports.  I think all the recent issues we have seen in Europe and the Suez Canal go to show what a sick and perverted bunch the politicians are who rubber stamp this mass animal abuse to happen.  I promise that I will do everything in my power to expose the abuses !

Regards Mark

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Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade (thejournal.ie)

Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade

Animal welfare campaigner Caroline Rowley outlines why she is challenging the State’s enforcement of EU law to protect farm animals exported abroad.

WE ARE CONSISTENTLY told by the State that the live export of farm animals is a highly regulated industry, with high welfare standards and care for the animals.

Yet investigations by animal welfare groups in Irish and other European countries have pointed to breaches of EU animal welfare stan

dards, as well as evidence of sickness, injury and death among cattle and calves exported to Europe and further afield.

One area of particular concern is the export of unweaned calves, thousands of which, at just 15 to 21 days, are sent on long journeys to veal farms in Europe where they are slaughtered at a few months old.

Exports have grown in recent years; largely as a result of the uncontrolled expansion of the dairy industry that is producing an increasing number of male calves that the sector has no outlet for.

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A long and difficult journey

European regulations state that animals should not be transported for more than eight hours; however, there are derogations for longer journey times so long as certain conditions are met around rest and feeding times.

In this case, unweaned calves can be transported for nine hours, after which they must be allowed to rest for one hour and be given water and feed as required. The calves can then be transported for another nine hours after which they must be unloaded and fed.

good practices guide published by the European Commission, for example, states “young calves have to be provided with feed/water after as little as 8-9 hours”.

In reality, however, welfare groups have documented cases where calves are in a truck at ports after nine hours and are still on the ferry after 19 hours.

The ferry journey alone is 18 hours and often trucks transporting the calves are at the port for four or five hours before departure time.

Journey logs released under FOI, for example, show the calves have been put in the trucks for around 30 hours before being unloaded and fed at the resting point in Cherbourg.

Negative impacts of the journey

There are also serious concerns about feeding of the calves. At 15 days old, calves are dependent on a liquid diet and need milk or milk replacer at least twice a day.

As there are around 300 in each truck over three levels, it is not possible to access all calves to dispense the milk. In essence, many weeks-old calves are going 24-30 hours with no feed.

Leaving unweaned calves for long periods with no feed can cause all kinds of health and welfare problems. They have little body fat in reserve and the stress of transport means they burn energy at a faster rate than they would on the farm.

They cannot regulate their body temperature effectively and calves that receive no feed during a long journey will be more susceptible to cold and heat stress.

Young, vulnerable calves do not have a fully developed immune system and the lack of feed has an adverse impact further compromising immunity.

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Transport is inherently stressful and it is essential that the calves be supported during the journey by receiving adequate nutrition.

To leave them without feed for up to 30 hours will compound the stress of the journey and further compromise their immune system.

Time for Europe to take action

All transporters, including ferry companies, have been authorised to transport livestock by the Department of Agriculture with certain obligations to ensure that the transport of animals is conducted in line with the requirements under EU regulations.

Based on the evidence that we have collected, together with other organisations, we have submitted a formal complaint to the EU Commission against the Department of Agriculture for what we see as failures to take appropriate action in relation to potential breaches by ferry companies whose authorisations we argue should be revoked.

There is currently a committee of inquiry underway in the European Parliament to examine long distance transport of animals, if the regulations are fit for purpose, and how well they are being enforced. The live export of unweaned Irish calves is something that we hope is high up on the agenda.

There is something inherently wrong with a system where calves are born just to be killed, and something wrong with a society that allows it to happen.

Caroline Rowley is the director of Ethical Farming Ireland that campaigns for improved conditions for farm animals, more sustainable and ethical farming methods, and opposes live exports.

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You know; with all this kind of thing every day I have to chill out for a while; and music is (amongst other things) a saviour. Sometimes I need to share some music with you as I know you get affected by it all also – you have to get away sometimes, even if for half an hour or less; so enjoy !

Mark

EU / Romania: 30/3/21 – Some 200,000 animals trapped in Suez canal likely to die.

30/3/21 – Some 200,000 animals trapped in Suez canal likely to die

By CRISTIAN GHERASIM

BUCHAREST, 30. MAR, 07:04

Due to the blockade of the Suez Canal, 200,000 animals are stuck on ships without enough water or food (Photo: Animals International)

The worst maritime animal welfare tragedy in history could, by now, be unavoidable, says Gabrile Păun, the EU director for Animals International, an NGO.

There are 16 ships taking live animals from the EU to the Persian Gulf which have been stuck for several days behind the stranded ‘Ever Given’ cargo vessel in the Suez Canal.

Even with the Ever Given now slowly moving again, the live animals inside the blistering cargo containers, which are quickly running out of feed and water, are now nearing an even more tragic end than that which awaits them in the slaughterhouses at their destination.

Even if the ships were to resume full course today, the water and food would not last until their sea journey is over.

Romania is the source for the 130,000 of the 200,000 live animals now caught in the Suez bottleneck.

Some six of the 11 ships full to the brim with the live animals from the South-Eastern European nation are in a particularly critical situation. They were supposed to reach harbours in the Persian Gulf over four days ago, but still have not left the Canal.

According to EU law, ships carrying live animals need to load 25 percent more food than planned for their trip in case of delays, but animal welfare organisations warned that this rarely happens.

Meanwhile, Păun explained to EUobserver that even with the 25 percent buffer, these ships would now run out of animal feed long before they arrive in port.

“A ship that left Romania on 16 March was scheduled to arrive in Jordan on 23 March, but instead it would now reach port on 1 April at the earliest. That is a nine-day delay. Even if the ship had the required 25 percent additional animal feed, it would only have lasted for 1.5 days”, he said.

The ‘ANSVSA’, the Romanian authority in charge of live-animal exports issued a press release two days ago saying that after reaching out to those in charge on board the ships, there is enough food and water to last a few days.

The press release added that live animal exports have been currently suspended until the situation in the Suez is dealt with.

But for Păun, those responsible for the shipment would never admit that animals are dying by the thousands on their vessels.

Meanwhile, the EU legislation does not compel an EU member state to report on animal mortality on board these ships and Romania would never release that information voluntarily because authorities know that it would lead to investigations, he added.

Romania is one of Europe’s largest live-sheep exporters and has several times been singled out by the European Commission for its bad practices regarding live-animal exports.

Last year, Romania was red-flagged by Brussels for failing to meet live-animal transport conditions after more than 14,000 sheep drowned when a cargo vessel capsized off the Black Sea coast.

A year earlier, the then EU commissioner for food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, urged Romania – to no avail – to stop the export of 70,000 live sheep to the Persian Gulf because temperatures inside the cargo vessel exceed 60 degrees Celsius.

Instead, Romanian authorities increased their live-animal exports, despite an investigation that showed animals exported to Gulf countries dying from the high temperatures, being unloaded violently off ships, squeezed into car trunks, and slaughtered by unskilled butchers.

Păun says the only chance now for some of the animals to make it to destination alive is for Egyptian authorities to move quickly and clear the ships trapped in the Suez.

“I am appalled that legislation did not offer Romania the power to command cargo ships to return back home. Romania should have used diplomatic pressure to resolve the issue,” he said.

“According to a ruling by the European Court of Justice, the EU member state exporting live animals to a third party country is responsible for their wellbeing until reaching destination”, he added.

For Păun, Romania should move toward exporting meat rather than live animals.

“It would cancel the unnecessary suffering of the animals and would be more economically profitable for Romania”, he said.

But even though other countries have agreed that exporting processed and refrigerated meat is far more profitable and less cruel, live animal exports remain unabated from Romania.

Some 200,000 animals trapped in Suez canal likely to die (euobserver.com)

Regards Mark

France: the power of the hunters

“Hunters, if you want to save lives stay at home” we can read on the posters. At the bottom of this slogan, figures revealed by the French Biodiversity Office.

During the 2019-2020 season, 114 hunting accidents occurred,11 were fatal and 30 million animals were slaughtered.

“In 20 years the hunters have killed more than 400 people”!

This hobby is the only one to cause the death of non-participants (mountain bikers, walkers, some victims were killed at home)

71% of French people do not feel safe walking in nature during hunting season.

50% of hunting accidents occur on Sunday, a day of rest and leisure for a majority of French people

78% of French people are in favor of Sunday becoming a day without hunting.

In France, according to the National Union of Hunting Game Producers, 14 million pheasants and 5 million partridges are reared each year to be released a few hours before the hunt begins.

Thus, 9 out of 10 pheasants killed in hunting come from farms.

For the Foundation Brigitte Bardot… “these grain-raised animals serve as targets for hunters who engage in a real clay trap in a henhouse!”

Frankreich: Die Macht der Jäger - Panorama - SZ.de

The situation of these farms is so absurd that the deputies Guillaume Pelletier (LR) and Pascal Brindeau (UDI) intervened with the Minister of Agriculture to request the extension of the hunting period in order to be able to organize the slaughter, by hunters, game not released during the confinement period.

This shows how hunters are not managers but gravediggers of nature, their role is not to “regulate” species but simply to kill for the sake of killing.

The French are 77% in favor of recognizing the character of being sensitive for wild animals in order to allow them to benefit from legal protection (as is the case for domestic animals) during mistreatment and acts of cruelty.

The hunt? A morbid, archaic, destructive, useless, and dangerous leisure …

Text: Laurent Baheux

And I mean … 1.3 million hunters are registered in France. Just for comparison: The German Hunting Association currently has 397,414 hunting licenses.
If you add a wife to every hunter, because hunting remains a men’s hobby, you get two and a half million French voters who need to be courted.
Emmanuel Macron understood that.

Macron’s bows to the hunters are sometimes tangible, sometimes symbolic.
He has halved the price of the hunting license from 400 to 200 euros.
And he celebrated his 40th birthday in 2017 at Chambord Castle, the former royal, now legendary hunting ground.

On the night of his birthday party, Macron joined the hunters and their freshly shot boars.
Despite asking for discretion, the hunters proudly tweeted a photo of the Halali president around the world.

In Germany every year 5 million wild animals are shot, or killed in traps.

5 million animals every year – that’s 13,700 every day, 570 an hour, almost 10 animals a minute. Every 6 seconds an animal dies at the hands of a hunter.
The most hunted animal in Germany is the fox.

The justification for the 500,000 bloodbaths with foxes, which are actually only supposed to hide one’s own desire to kill, is rabies, which has been practically eradicated in Germany since 2008.

Theodor Heuss, the 1st President of the Federal Republic of Germany, put it in a nutshell about 50 years ago:
“Hunting is a subsidiary form of human mental illness“.

Whole job done: the result of a fox hunt. There should be people who get intoxicated at such a sight. And they are even allowed to run around freely …

Heuss was right! If you see these pictures, you agree with him.

My best regards to all, Venus