India: cockfight ends fatally- for the cock owner!

In India, a man was killed by his fighting cock.
The 45-year-old was holding the animal in his arms shortly before an illegal cockfight when the bird began to squirm, as the newspaper “India Today” reports.

The man had already tied blades to the claws of his rooster to make it more dangerous to the opposing bird.
But that was his own undoing: The rooster caught the man with the sharp, seven-centimeter-long blade in the groin area.

Gamecock’s owner bled to death on the way to the hospital!!

The incident occurred on February 22nd in the center of the country in Jagital (around 1,400 kilometers south of New Delhi).
According to the current status of the investigation, the rooster is said to have tried to tear itself away.

An approximately three-inch blade is tied to the cocks leg so that they fatally injure the enemy bird. The people around bet on the outcome of the fight.
While trying to break free, the rooster stabbed its owner in the groin with the blade.
Part of the main artery also runs there.

When his owner tried to recapture him, he was fatally wounded.
The 45-year-old started bleeding so badly that he couldn’t even make it to the hospital.
He died of massive blood loss on the way to the clinic.

The rooster, which apparently had no desire to fight with a conspecific, was caught and is now in police custody.
Not because it is to be tried, but because it is an important piece of evidence in the investigation into the death of its owner.
Hahn is now guarded by the police

According to theNew Indian Express”, the fighting cock stayed at the local police station for a day, then was taken to a nearby chicken farm.
An officer was posted to check that the feathered witness was being treated well.
The rooster is to be guarded until the procedure is completed.

The police are now investigating 15 suspects who are said to have organized or participated in the illegal cockfight.
They now face charges of negligent homicide, illegal betting, and illegal cockfighting.
Such events are actually forbidden in India.
In rural areas, however, it happens again and again that this is violated.

https://www.rtl.de/cms/bei-illegalem-hahnenkampf-in-indien-mann-wird-von-seinem-eigenen-kampfhahn-getoetet-4713323.html

And I mean…Yes!! And that’s not a Hollywood invention, it is reality!

Usually, it is planned that the roosters die brutally and in rows during cockfights, this time a slave owner was caught.
A curious situation that happened there…

Many would speak of karma.
But actually, this is called an occupational risk.

Whatever- that brings us in a good mood!

My best regards to all, Venus

Toronto Pig Save: together we can stop Tru Harvest!

2. März 2021 —

Toronto Pig Save

Toronto’s most infamous slaughterhouse reopened on March 1st under new management.

Sign our new petition to STOP Tru Harvest!

Ryding Regency Meat Packers was ordered to permanently close due to e-corona contamination in December 2019. But yesterday, with the same general manager, Tru Harvest opened its doors at the same location to kill 83,200 cows and baby calves per year.

The majority of the mother cows are pregnant at the time of slaughter.

Activists from Toronto Pig Save and Toronto Cow Save held joint actions yesterday outside the CFIA offices in Toronto at midday and held a cow vigil outside Tru Harvest Meats from 1:30 pm to 3 pm to protest this egregious atrocity and demand the license for Tru Harvest be withdrawn.

Bearing witness at an Animal Save Movement vigil.

“Slaughterhouses across Canada have been the site of many of the country’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, and it’s indefensible that the provincial and federal governments would be allowing this business to re-open,” says Jenny McQueen, an activist with Toronto Pig Save.

“Dairy is a leading cause of environmental degradation, as well as being directly linked to negative health outcomes. We’re calling on the federal government to cease subsidies that are going towards propping up a collapsing cow milk industry that kills mother cows once their dairy production slows and ‘veal’ calves under 12 months old who have not been given the chance for life.

We also call on the federal government and the CFIA to withdraw the license for Tru Harvest Meats and shut them down.”

Anita Krajnc, founder of Toronto Pig Save, and Joaquin Phoenix to attend a protest, September 2019-photo by Joanne McArthur

If you live in Toronto, join us for our weekly cow vigils, Tuesday mornings 10 am – 12 pm at St. Helen’s slaughterhouse, 1-3 Glen Scarlett Rd (opposite the proposed site of the new slaughterhouse).
Toronto Pig Save has launched a petition to close down Tru Harvest. Please sign and share widely.

Together we can STOP Tru Harvest!

Petition 1: https://torontopigsave.org/

Petition 2: https://www.drove.com/campaign/6037e54388fec3ecba0e52a6

And I mean…We must not give up, the fight for animal liberation goes on, and not least because some activists have even given their lives for animal rights

Regan Russell, 65, was violently beaten and killed by a pig truck outside Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse on Friday, June 19, 2020.

She was with six other activists at a vigil in Toronto to give water to pigs on one of the hottest days of the year. She attended vigils regularly, and that day Regan was there to oppose Ontario’s “ag-gag” Bill 156, which had been passed two days earlier.

 

She is gone, but not forgotten, she will always be remembered.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany is Absurdistan!

A few days ago is an article in the German newspaper “Tagesspiegel” appeared “When animal welfare becomes a problem: why this farmer has to kill his pigs …” Against this article is written a very accurate criticism from the blog “Pig Live”.
Here’s the criticism:

“200 new victims? Oh, they’re just pigs …
As is well known, African swine fever (ASF) reached Germany in September 2020.
The outbreak so far affects the east part of our (banana) Republic and the victims are all wild boars.
Until now.

On March 12th In all likelihood, around 200 domestic pigs will have to go under the number of victims.
Animals that are not sick at all.
But: they live with one of the few farmers in this country who keeps pigs free.

That alone is a rarity because Germany packs millions of pigs into the tightest concrete stables.
Stables that would never do justice to the word. Because they are industrial plants.

Behind this is the highly industrialized pork industry, which has a big stone on the board with our politicians.

The outbreak of African swine fever caused exports to collapse.
An important pillar of an industry that has been producing and murdering more and more pigs for years, although pork consumption in Germany has been declining for decades.
In addition, there was congestion caused by Corona.
They could no longer murder the pigs “promptly” and “just in time”. Even more animal suffering and misery were and are the result.

But as long as one can make plenty of money elsewhere, as the Tönnies case shows, killing animals, this important pillar of our society must be maintained.
Pigs for China, the Philippines, and elsewhere. Cheers to our government’s agricultural policy

Farmer Staar’s 200 pigs are actually lucky.
They have at least one life that the 56 million other pigs in Germany would never have had.
Instead of 0.75m² of concrete, they can dig into the real ground and see the sun.
Enjoy the fresh air.

But now they are being murdered on the altar of the necessary pork export for no reason.
Because: Free-range farms are subject to approval in Germany and are subject to absurd regulations.
Which in the end should only ensure one thing: pigs belong in the barn. Basta!!

Continue reading “Germany is Absurdistan!”

Japan: Season Ends for Taiji’s Dolphin Drive Hunts.

See pictures and more at:

Website – https://www.dolphinproject.com/

Dolphin Project can confirm that on March 1, Taiji’s dolphin drive hunts ended for the 2020/21 season. During the entire six-month long hunting season, our collaboration with Life Investigation Agency (LIA), headed up by campaign director Ren Yabuki, ensured that an all-Japanese team was on the ground each day to document the drives and other events that took place. Never before has an all-Japanese team of dedicated activists taken up residence in Taiji, solely to document from a Japanese perspective, the suffering of dolphins that takes place annually at the Cove. As such, our educational outreach throughout Japan has never been greater.

This season, there were a total of 46 red coves (where dolphins were either slaughtered or taken captive) and 135 blue coves (where no dolphins were slaughtered or taken captive) involving six species of dolphins. We estimate 547 dolphins were slaughtered, while 140 were taken captive. Many more may have died as a result of the drives themselves, their numbers never recorded.

Dolphins, including the very young and the very old, were routinely subjected to harassment, suffering and abuse, slaughtered for their meat or taken captive to be exploited in marine parks and aquariums. Entire pods of dolphins were decimated. Several incidental deaths also took place, but thanks to the tireless documentation of the team, we were able to record the hunters’ shameless actions.

Over and over, once driven into the Cove, the team documented the prolonged suffering of dolphins. Even before the mammals are netted into the shallow water, the drives themselves often leave the pod exhausted, with visible injuries. Dolphin trainers work closely alongside dolphin hunters, choosing which mammals will be selected for “life” in captivity, and which will be slaughtered. Marine parks and aquariums often use the terms “conservation” and “education” when describing their captive dolphin displays. The reality however, lies in the bloody waters of this tiny Japanese town: demand for captive entertainment is what fuels Taiji’s drive hunts. Captive dolphin displays, including swim-with-dolphins programs aren’t educational, nor are they entertaining. They are exploitative, and often responsible for the destruction of entire wild dolphin pods.

In three separate incidences, the team also documented whales caught in the offshore fishing nets (called “set nets”). While one whale, a humpback, was released, a minke whale was deliberately drowned after being trapped for 19 days. A third whale, another humpback, was found dead. This isn’t the first time we have seen whales entangled in the sets nets off Taiji, but the number of incidences involving non-targeted species is alarming.

On a positive note, almost four years and ten months after I was deported from Japan, the decision of the Tokyo High Court to revoke the deportation order by the Ministry of Justice is now effective. In a judgement for the case of O’Barry versus Japan, the court ruled in my favor, citing that both my denial of entry (dated January 20, 2016) and deportation (dated February 5, 2016) were without legal merit. The Japanese government attempted to appeal this decision, however, the Supreme Court did not accept the appeal. When it is safe to do so, I am looking forward to visiting Japan.

Compared to the 2019/20 dolphin hunting season, while we cannot know the reason for the decrease in numbers, 37 fewer dolphins were taken captive. Thus, it’s imperative that we continue to keep the pressure on by educating the world why we need to say NO to the dolphin show.

Dolphin Project and Life Investigation Agency are grateful to each of you who lent your voices in support. While the drive season has “technically” ended, permits to hunt pilot whales are valid for several more months.

We hope you will continue to stand by Dolphin Project’s side as we continue our work across the globe, from the United States to the Solomon Islands and to Indonesia, where three dolphins are currently rehabilitating at the Umah Lumba Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, the first ever permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for captive dolphins.

All of our groundbreaking work is made possible because of your generous support. Thank you for being a dolphin defender!

Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

England: Vegan Bites 1/3/21.

Thinking tonight about all those animals in Spain – the live export system REALLY bums me off !

Spain: Live Export Latest 1/3/21 – Animals Being Unloaded for Slaughter, Probably 2/3/21. – World Animals Voice

 

You know the best thing about all this …. Not one animal is murdered to produce any of it – Result !

MCDONALD’S AND BEYOND MEAT SIGN 3-YEAR DEAL TO LAUNCH PLANT-BASED OPTIONS

Read it all at:

McDonald’s and Beyond Meat Announce 3-Year McPlant Partnership (vegnews.com)

Plant Based Planet Recipe Collection:

Plant Based Planet recipe collection | Fat Gay Vegan

Psychology and Long-Term Goals in Vegan Advocacy

Psychology and Long-Term Goals in Vegan Advocacy (freefromharm.org)

Top 6 Cruelty-Free And Vegan Makeup Brands

Top 6 Cruelty-Free And Vegan Makeup Brands — Oops Vegan

Vegan Guide to dineL.A. Restaurant Week

Vegan Guide to dineL.A. Restaurant Week | VegOut (vegoutmag.com)

Easy Vegan Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Nut-Free)

Easy Vegan Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Nut-Free) – Wow, It’s Veggie?!

Easy Vegan Oreo Truffles

Easy Vegan Oreo Truffles | The Little Blog Of Vegan

Starbucks India To Introduce Oat Milk As A Plant-Based Alternative Across The Country

Starbucks India To Introduce Oat Milk As A Plant-Based Alternative Across The Country (veganfirst.com)

TheVeganKind launches a range of ready meals with THIS Isn’t Chicken

TheVeganKind launches a range of ready meals with THIS Isn’t Chicken (veganfoodandliving.com)

A Fun Guide to 60 Healthy Fruits

60 Healthy Fruits With Benefits in One Fun Guide | Vegan Rhyme

Jason Momoa Launches Limited Edition Vegan Sneakers Made From Algae

Jason Momoa Launches Vegan Sneakers Made From Algae (plantbasednews.org)

STARTUP CREATES WORLD’S FIRST SLAUGHTER-FREE CHICKEN PROTEIN FOR DOGS AND CATS

Startup Creates World’s First Slaughter-Free Chicken Protein for Dogs and Cats | VegNews

Stay Healthy;

Regards Mark

Turkey: two pit bulls rescued from kill “Shelter”!

Received anonymously via Frentedeliberacionanimal-North American Animal Liberation Press Office

English:

This emotional footage shows only a couple of minutes of a dangerous rescue mission.
Our ALF member in Turkey, at a secret location, secretly goes into a shelter and rescues these 2 banned breed- dogs at night.

This mother and daughter have been abandoned at a shelter and they would have to spend their lives there due to the laws in Turkey.

Living on cold concrete, eating, sleeping, peeing, and pooping in the same 5-meter square cage.

And one day possibly being secretly put to sleep.
We have taken these girls onto a freedom ride and they are at a safe location now living happily with a family.

These dog breeds are the most abused, sold, pushed into fights, made pregnantly, ears and tails cut off.

WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING FOR PITBULLS, DOGOS, STAFFS, NO DOGS LEFT BEHIND !!!!

Turkish:
Bu duygusal görüntü, tehlikeli bir kurtarma görevinin yalnızca birkaç dakikasını gösteriyor.

Türkiye’deki ALF üyemiz gizli bir yerde gizlice bir barınağa giriyor vegece bu 2 ‘yasaklı cins’ köpeği kurtarıyor.

Bu anne ve kızı bir barınağa terk edildi ve Türkiye’deki yasalar nedeniyle hayatlarını orada geçirmek zorunda kalacaklardı.
Aynı 5 meterkarelik kafeste soğuk beton üzerinde yaşamak, yemek yemek, uyumak, işemek ve kaka yapmak. Ve bir gün muhtemelen gizlice uyutulmak.
Bu kızları bir özgürlük yolculuğuna çıkardık ve şimdi bir aileyle mutlu bir şekilde yaşıyorlar.

Bu köpek ırkları en çok istismara uğrayan, satılan, kavgaya itilen, hamile bırakılan, kulakları ve kuyrukları kesilen köpeklerdir.
PITBULLAR, DOGOLAR, STAFFLAR İÇİN SAVAŞIMIZ DEVAM EDECEK. HİÇBİR KÖPEĞİ ARKAMIZDA BIRAKMIYACAĞIZ !!!!

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/02/26/two-pitbulls-rescued-from-kill-shelter-turkey-2/

We can imagine how happy they both feel in their freedom.
We thank the Turkish activists, on behalf of the mother and her daughter.

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: Live Export Latest 1/3/21 – Animals Being Unloaded for Slaughter, Probably 2/3/21.

 

The Cure - A Night Like This - YouTube

Latest info about the animals in Cartagena:

the Spanish authorities have decided to euthanise them, probably on Tuesday.

Cruel and senseless acts in a cruel and senseless trade. Animals treated as unwanted cargo and disposed accordingly.

Read all of our past posts on this incident, and more on live exports at:

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Below – Spanish Campaigners Protest.

ADDITIONAL:

1/3/21 – We also know now that the ‘Elbeik’ has left Cyprus, and is heading West in the Med Sea. We have a suspicion that this vessel may also be heading back to Spain. More news when we know.

See videos below:

Karim Allah’s cattle about to be killed

A structure to kill the animals has been set up just off the ramp

I have a feeling that lots of human heads are going to roll after all this – we will do all we can to get the animals some justice from the utter useless human tools involved in this; names will be named and photos posted.

Regards Mark

South Korea: Latest Newsletter From Korean Dogs. Many Actions.

Korean Dogs – the dog meat business.

 

Read the latest newsletter, complete with many actions, by visiting

 

https://r.newsletter.koreandogs.org/ajgaucodtht7e.html?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=_Hellscape_dog_farms_in_Gimpo_South_Korea___What_would_you_do_to_save_your_loving_friend__&utm_medium=email

 Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) is trying to rescue dogs from two illegal dog farms in Gimpo, South Korea. These dogs were left alone to survive on completely rotten and molded food waste that appears to be at least 10 – 20 days old.

Scattered among the living dogs were the bodies of those that had already died. CARE came with another dog rescue group You Sachun but the farm owner is nowhere to be found.   CARE had received an agreement from one of the dog farms that they would relinquish their dogs yesterday, but the second farm is the one with even more dogs trying to survive in even more horrific conditions, and there is no relinquish agreement with that farm owner.

If not rescued soon, it is unknown how long these dogs can survive. This dog farm is no better than a grave for the dogs; these poor animals are so desperate they cried out when they saw the CARE rescuers, begging to be saved. It’s suspected that dogs at some government shelters, instead of being euthanized, were illegally brought here. There are all kinds of dogs here including the dogs who had vocal cord removal surgery.  

Despite the request for help, the City of Gimpo and the Gyeonggi-do Special Police never showed up. CARE and You Sachun will use all means possible to save the dogs. They are asking us to file a protest with the city of Gimpo and Gyeonggi-do province to help with the removal of these dogs from this dog farm. There are about 60 dogs to be rescued and CARE and You Sachun will try to rescue all of them, provide medical care, and find homes for them.

 

Click HERE to learn more.

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

With thanks as always to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ – Our Compass | Because compassion directs us … (our-compass.org)

Regards Mark

Remember:

‘One mans terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’

“A particularly brutal process called “ventilation shutdown,” or VSD. Workers sealed off airways while pumping steam into the barns, intensifying the heat — over the course of many hours — to the point at which the pigs died from suffocation and/or hyperthermia”.

After pork giant was exposed for cruel killings, the FBI pursued its critics

MARCH 1, 2021

Source The Intercept: “…making it quite possible that some pigs survived, and are therefore buried alive or crushed by the bulldozers that haul away the corpses.”

Let’s be clear: all animal slaughter is inherently abusive and cruel and causes fear and suffering regardless of how humans, who will never be subjected to the same violent fate, define it. Those who are horrified by ventilation shutdown yet not “commonly accepted” forms of slaughter are actually just using one form of cruelty to justify another.

Please visit HERE to learn of the violence inherent in the animal exploitation industry regardless of how you define such, and before you reject footage as “the exception” (it’s not) or based on vegan “propaganda” (versus nothing provided by the animal exploiters) just remember: the “animal agriculture industry” relies on and actively pursues consumer ignorance, willful or not, and DO NOT release their own footage. Ask yourself why that is: if they are humane, they can prove it, but are unable to, and rather than use funds supporting “humane treatment” they use money to hide their deception, cruelty, greed, and intentional participation in abject suffering. That is why you will never see the an-ag industry actually demonstrate “humane treatment” before or during the killing; they instead hide the barbarism and focus on those who are exposing it.

Who’s the terrorist? SL

Source The Intercept

By Lee Fang

Last June, Noel Williams, the chief operations officer of Iowa Select Farms, a powerful pork company and the largest in Iowa, pulled into the parking lot of an empty housing complex typically used for the firm’s immigrant workforce.

He was there to transport Lucas Walker, a former truck driver for Iowa Select, to a meeting with Nick Potratz, an FBI agent from the Des Moines office of the bureau. That’s according to Walker, who had recently tried to report Iowa Select, his former employer, for mistreating animals. After The Intercept published leaked video of pigs being killed off en masse, Walker came under scrutiny.

Now, the FBI had a favor to ask: Would Walker become an informant? More specifically, they wanted him to help in an effort to investigate and undermine an activist group that had become a thorn in Iowa Select’s side. They even asked if he’d be willing to sell drugs.

The saga that brought him into contact with the FBI began when the 26-year-old grew frustrated with his former employer, Iowa Select, which is headquartered in his hometown of Iowa Falls. Walker thought the company was blatantly disregarding state “double stocking” rules, which limit the size and number of pigs that are held in an intensive animal feeding facility, letting overweight pigs crowd into pens far too small to hold them.

He was tired of what he saw as frequent rule-breaking and disregard for the well-being of the tens of thousands of hogs raised by Iowa Select. The company, in his view, seemed hellbent on expansion and profits, leading to rampant overcrowding and water pollution. That rapid expansion led to the annual production of 1.5 billion pounds of pork a year, a global leader before the pandemic. The novel coronavirus, however, closed regional slaughterhouses, creating a glut of pigs.

He decided to speak out and called state regulators.

Walker doesn’t fit the profile of an animal rights activist. The central Iowa-raised truck driver, who jokingly refers to himself as corn-fed with beer running through his veins, is a fervent Trump and NRA supporter who has spent years working in the state’s maze of hog production facilities. He describes himself as independent-minded with libertarian instincts, with a bit of a contrarian side suspicious of organized power.

“I’m not necessarily animal rights by any means,” said Walker in an interview with The Intercept. “I have a cattle herd — small calf herd — and my wife and myself have some free-range pigs ourselves.”

“It was a moral issue at the heart of it. … I’m the kind of person who knows right from wrong. It was a principled thing.”

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources, the local farm regulator, Walker felt, did not seem to care about his concerns over the phone or show any interest in enforcement on a company like Iowa Select. Iowa, followed by North Carolina and Minnesota, is the largest pork-producing state in the country and infamously deferential to industry. Iowa officials have faced criticism for failing to regulate concentrated pork facilities for water pollution and poor animal welfare standards.

Jeff Hansen, the founder of Iowa Select, built the pork powerhouse first as a salesman, helping distribute modern farrowing crates, automatic feeders, and other livestock equipment to other pig farmers in the state. He built two companies at once: a turnkey construction firm known as Modern Hog Concepts, which helped farmers upgrade their barns into modern factory farms, and Iowa Select, which raised pigs for slaughter.

Along the way, as he grew his business empire, Hansen built close connections with Iowa’s political elite. In 1994, during a cycle in which Hansen was one of the largest campaign contributors to then-Gov. Terry Branstad, he had set aside employee money for campaign contributions to local Republicans. The resulting scandal forced lawmakers to return campaign funds to Iowa Select, but the company continued to grow.

The owners of Iowa Select, Jeff and his wife Debra Hansen, are still among the largest campaign contributors in the state, and close to Gov. Kim Reynolds. A recent donation of $50,000 brought the total the couple has donated to the governor to nearly $300,000.

The governor has maintained cozy ties to Iowa Select. Shortly after her election in 2018, Reynolds volunteered to auction off her time as a gift to the Hansen family foundation. In the early days of the pandemic, her administration arranged a Covid-19 testing site at a corporate office used by white-collar Iowa Select employees and foundation employees, raising concerns with one Polk County supervisor of special treatment for the campaign donor.

And Kayla Lyon, who Reynolds appointed to run the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which inspects hog farms for compliance with animal welfare and environmental rules, is a former dairy industry official and agribusiness lobbyist. Lyon, in her previous capacity as an influence peddler in Des Moines, had worked to pass the 2012 “ag gag” law that criminalized recording at farm facilities, according to lobbyist disclosures. Lyon lobbied at a time when Iowa Select’s lobbyists in Des Moines pushed for the bill, records show.

The impetus for that bill, which was designed to criminally prosecute whistleblowers at factory farming operations, also started in part with Iowa Select. The year before the bill was signed into law, an animal rights activist group, Mercy for Animals, released an undercover video that showed Iowa Select workers ripping the testicles from conscious piglets, removing tails with dull clippers, and scores of sows in small confinement cages, appearing to suffer from untreated sores and other wounds.

The law, though later overturned by a federal court, was the first of its kind and rapidly inspired copycat legislation across the country.

Walker’s failed attempts to reach regulators, to report overcrowding in Iowa Select facilities, didn’t surprise him. “The DNR wasn’t very interested in talking about it,” said Walker. “They’re too big to be regulated.”

“There have been no recent enforcement actions against Iowa Select Farms. Nor are we aware of any complaints or allegations made to the DNR,” Alex Murphy, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said in an email to The Intercept.

Walker, aware that he had few outlets for help, turned to the internet to research whistleblowing resources for factory farms. That’s how he found Direct Action Everywhere, the Berkeley, California-based group that has worked to expose the shocking treatment of animals in factory farms.

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Animal transports: “there are corrupt and illegal machinations here”!

Last year it was revealed that the partially existing bans on high-risk animal transports were deliberately circumvented because individual authorities and veterinarians nonetheless issued permits and specific bypass trips were taking place within Germany.
Knowing that the animals will be transported to Central Asia or North Africa under horrible conditions!

These regions are defined as “animal welfare high-risk states” because there are no EU standards for handling animals. Several federal states reacted at the time and initially prohibited all transports.
Because if a country does not comply with EU standards, no transports are allowed there.

Now the editors of Panorama, Mittagsmagazin, and RBB report that even after the discoveries at the time, the transports to non-EU countries, which are regarded as illegal, continue to take place.
Animal welfare standards are apparently deliberately not implemented!

The requirements are thus deliberately disregarded and the governments deliberately left regulatory patchwork carpets – some speak of “loopholes”, but many states that there are corrupt and illegal machinations here.

Continue reading “Animal transports: “there are corrupt and illegal machinations here”!”

German showjumper abuses “Good Luck” in front of the camera

Opinions differ on the ethical and, in our eyes, clearly cruel background to showjumping.
However, the fact is that only recently in January of this year a horse was brazenly and cold-heartedly beaten with a whip by the German showjumping professional Kevin Lemke in front of an audience.

And this is proven by a horrific video of evidence that any doubters can watch under the following link (be careful: not for the faint of heart !!!): https://vimeo.com/516459284

During a show jumping competition in California, the horror scenes occurred after the horse “Good Luck” refused to jump over an obstacle.

PETA Germany immediately demanded legal action against the alleged animal abuser, PETA USA has already filed a criminal complaint.

The “Desert International Horse Park” was the scene of this cruelty to animals.
“Good Luck” refused to jump over an obstacle and in a probably uncontrolled, massive outburst of aggression you can see Kevin Lemke hitting the poor animal like crazy.

The showjumper proceeds with incredible rigor so that the whip whips can not only be seen clearly on the evidence video but can also be heard.
This earned the German disqualification.
But the torture continued.

Disqualified show jumpers are still allowed to take part in the so-called correction jump after they have been eliminated.
When riding a combination, the battered horse stumbled over the first obstacle due to the extremely stressful situation in which it was and refused the following.

Continue reading “German showjumper abuses “Good Luck” in front of the camera”

Spain: Live Export Update 28/2/21 – Cattle Stranded on Ship in Spain Must be Destroyed, Say Vets.

Please add your voice to the Anna Maria petition at petition: Nearly 2,500 cows are sick and dying after having been stranded at sea for 2 months and counting, demand help! (thepetitionsite.com) and leave a comment on this in the box – thank you.

WAV Comment – knowing the actions of the Spanish government, and its policies, a wonder the poor animals are not going to end up in the bullring !

And we ask, where is the mighty EU Crisis Management team ? – see more at EU / Spain: When You Have An Animal Crisis; Dont Expect The EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team To Step In, Because They Don’t. Resign, All of Them ! – World Animals Voice

Bernard Van Goethem (@VanGoethemB) | Twitter

 Bernard Van Goethem – EU Mr Animal ‘Crisis Management’ – Seems to have not even intervened so far – so much for ‘crisis’ ? – Rather:

Cattle stranded on ship in Spain must be destroyed, say vets

Spanish officials recommend 864 cows that have been at sea for two months are no longer fit for transport

 

From ‘The Guardian’, London – Brilliant as always.

Cattle stranded on ship in Spain must be destroyed, say vets | Animal welfare | The Guardian

More than 850 cattle that have spent months adrift in the Mediterranean are no longer fit for transport and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians.

A lawyer for the cattle ship’s management company told the Guardian on Saturday that he planned to resist the move, even as a video from the port appears to show preparations being made to unload the cattle.

The cows have been kept in what an animal rights activist described as “hellish” conditions on the Karim Allah, which docked at the south-eastern Spanish port of Cartagena on Thursday after struggling for two months to find a buyer for the cattle.

The report, compiled after Spanish officials were able to board the vessel earlier this week, said that the captain had told them of 22 deaths among the 895 calves on-board.

Another nine cattle were not accounted for, it said. The ship’s management said the calves, all bulls, are about seven to eight months old now.

The report concluded that the animals had suffered from the lengthy journey and were generally in a poor state. Some of them were unwell and not fit for transport outside of the European Union, nor should they be allowed into the EU, it said. Euthanasia would be the best solution for their health and welfare, it concluded.

The animals were rejected by several countries over fears they had bovine bluetongue virus. The report did not say if the cattle had bluetongue disease but it noted a range of other skin, eye and leg conditions including alopecia, flaking, scabs and joint inflammation compatible with septic arthritis.

The lawyer, Miquel Masramón who represents the ships’ management company, said on Saturday that it appeared preparations to kill the cattle were being made at the port. In a video Masramón sent to the Guardian, a metal ramp can be seen leading down from a ship toward a series of metal containers lined up along a dock wall.

The lawyer said the ship’s managers will attempt to resist any move to unload the cattle and that he is in the process of contacting Lebanese authorities. The vessel is owned by Khalifeh Livestock Trading and managed by Talia Shipping Line, both based in Lebanon, while the cattle are owned by a third party.

“In the video you see the closed containers, they are not for living livestock,” said Masramón on Saturday. “We have no official information, but we think they will discharge the animals and then kill them with electrical guns.”

He added that blood samples taken from the cattle on Wednesday night by Talia Shipping Line, to test for a bovine disease called bluetongue, had been blocked at the port by Spanish authorities and were not allowed to proceed to a lab for analysis.

The insect-borne bluetongue virus causes lameness and haemorrhaging among cattle but does not affect humans. The Spanish ministry’s report counted 864 animals alive on board the Karim Allah this week. Twenty-two cows had died at sea with two corpses still onboard, it noted, adding that the remains of the others that died were chopped up and thrown overboard during the journey.

Spain’s agricultural ministry did not reply to a request for comment on Saturday.

Masramón previously told the Guardian the shippers aimed to resell the cattle outside the EU if they tested negative for bluetongue. Talia Shipping Line estimates that current losses on the cattle transport could be up to €1m. Spanish authorities have said the company was also liable for the cost of killing the animals and destroying the carcasses. The company estimates this will cost them a further €1m.

“We are trying to resist, if they take the animals, and to get a new private expert animal health report,” said Masramón. He added, however, that if Spanish authorities were to remove the animals on health grounds they would probably succeed.

“In my opinion the animal health regulations will prevail [over maritime ones] and they, [the] Spanish officials, will be able to take the animals and cull them,” he said.

Masramón said although he was not an animal health technician, he did not agree with the official Spanish veterinary report released on Friday“From what I understand, none of the diseases [noted in the report] are worth euthanizing the cattle for. They are normal after two months at seas and the animals could recover.”

In an interview, a source close to a second cattle ship, the Elbeik, which has similarly been at sea for two months since leaving the Spanish port of Tarragona with a cargo of nearly 1,800 cows, said he was watching the Karim Allah developments closely.

The Elbeik is currently moored off the Turkish Cypriot port of Famagusta having loaded animal fodder and straw. The source said that once the loading was complete, the Elbeik would probably sail to Greece to load bunker fuel for the ship.

Asked about apparent moves by the Spanish authorities to begin unloading and killing the cattle, the source said the health problems identified by the official Spanish vet report could “easily heal”. He said the decision, if taken, to kill all the animals was “amazing”. He added: “If the animals can heal why would they want to do that?”

Regards Mark

EU / Spain: When You Have An Animal Crisis; Dont Expect The EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team To Step In, Because They Don’t. Resign, All of Them !

Please add your voice to the Anna Maria petition at petition: Nearly 2,500 cows are sick and dying after having been stranded at sea for 2 months and counting, demand help! (thepetitionsite.com) and leave a comment on this in the box – thank you.

WAV Comment:  we have been attempting to give the latest updates on the situation of the stranded and abused cattle for a few weeks now.

 

See Search Results for “karim allah” – World Animals Voice  for Karim Allah

See Search Results for “elbeik” – World Animals Voice  for Elbeik

There is an old saying which goes “a picture says a thousand words”.  Have a look at these 2 pictures of the ‘Karim Allah’: are they not fairly indicative of the majority of the live animal transport maritime situation now ? – rust bucket ships that should have been scrapped years ago still transporting innocent, sentient beings to their (often) barbaric deaths the world over.

Have a look at this picture – this is Mr Bernard Van Goethem.

Bernard Van Goethem (@VanGoethemB) | Twitter

Here below is the (link for the) organizational chart for the Commission of Health and Food Safety – Sante.  Mr Van Goethem is the ‘leader’ responsible for ‘Crisis Preparedness in Animals’, which includes ‘section G2 – Animal Health’.  You can see all of this on the right hand side of the chart.

Health and Food Safety Organizational chart link

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/organisation_charts/organisation-chart-dg-sante_en.pdf 

Further; on the Health and Food Safety site they make the following statement; and we include the link as proof:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport_en  – it says:

Animal welfare during transport

In 2015, the European Commission launched a three-year Pilot Project aiming at improving animal welfare during transport by developing and disseminating Guides to Good and Best Practice for the transport of the main livestock species.

In September 2017, the contractor of the project published five extensive guides to good practices (only in English) as well as 17 technical fact sheets focusing on the most practical information in A4 format. Fact sheets are available in eight EU languages (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish).

This publication is followed by a road show in eight Member States and presenting the guidelines to the professionals concerned (transporters, drivers, farmers, official veterinarians, etc.). The project will also produce five videos (one per species in eight languages).

For more details please visit the Project website.

See the final report

Council Regulation EC 1/2005 defines the responsibilities of all actors involved in the transport chain of live animals entering or leaving the EU. It lays down efficient monitoring tools and stricter rules for the transport and for the specific checks to be carried out by officials. It also provides for non-discriminatory inspections of animals, means of transport and accompanying documents.

EU countries are required to submit to the Commission, by 30 June each year, an annual report for the previous year on the non-discriminatory inspections together with an analysis of the major deficiencies. Click here to access the annual reports.

In order to reduce the administrative burden on EU countries, Commission Implementing Decision 2013/188/EU, which came into force on 1 January 2015, established an harmonised model form for the annual reports.

We at WAV, as of 28/2/21, make the following statement:  Is the situation where hundreds of live EU animals have been stranded in the Mediterranean on 2 different ships not a ‘crisis’ ? – and should we have not seen intervention by the EU ‘Crisis Preparedness in Animals’ team, led Mr Mr Van Goetyhem, on this issue several weeks ago ?  If this is not a crisis, then what is ?

If the EU crisis team are not going to get involved and take action at times of a crisis, then what is the point of them even existing ?

As you can see from the various EU links above; they at EU Commissions are specialists at blowing their own trumpets; leading the reader / web site visitor all over the place to find information (or maybe confuse them !) on their highly constructed, expensive, and detailed website; (at EU taxpayers expense); in some wildly bland attempt to make the reader think that they are completely and utterly in charge of the situation when it comes to controls and regulations for the welfare of animals in transport. 

Well they are not – the website and all the sub sections and statements are simply massive smokescreens because they, the EU Commission, are utterly incapable of having any controls over the international situation of ensuring live animals welfare during transport throughout the EU, and way beyond into third countries such as Turkey and Libya.

In the past, and going back more than a decade, we have called for the resignation of Mr Bernard Van Goethem – Mr Van Goethem Resign Now !! | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) 

This was in relation all those years ago to the EU having no control of the welfare of animals during transport; here is a video produced at the time to show that:

Here are a few other links we published on this issue at the time:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/06/the-eu-excuses-get-more-pathetic-by-the-day-contact-mr-van-goethem-and-show-your-disgust/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/17/uk-map-proves-uk-is-ready-to-wave-eu-goodbye-van-goethem-and-others-have-failed-the-animals/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/07/eu-must-ensure-animal-welfare-or-mr-van-goethem-will-get-you-and-the-next-joke-is/

So what changes over all these years at the EU ? – very little it seems.  Plenty of waffle; plenty of PR; plenty of web news; people are doing this, and people are doing that; when in reality, nothing actually changes for animals in transport.

As you can see in the above links, in the past we have called for the resignation of Mr Van Goethem; we think that with these terrible situations over the last few months and not a whisper from the EU on the crisis from the crisis management section of the EU Commission; maybe it is time to get another petition underway calling for resignations due to incompetence.  When we get this organised we will publish.

Regards Mark

Latest news:

Saturday 27/2/21:

More than 850 cows that have spent two months at sea on a ship crossing the Mediterranean are facing slaughter, following a report from Spanish vets.

The cattle have suffered “hellish” conditions, according to animal rights activists.

The Karim Allah vessel originally left the Spanish port of Cartagena to deliver the cattle to Turkey but were refused entry due to fears over bluetongue.

The insect-borne bovine virus causes lameness and haemorrhaging among cattle but does not affect humans.

After being turned away from Turkeyowners failed to find a new buyer for the animals.

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The ship was subsequently rejected by several more countries, even to replenish animal feed, leaving the cows to go several days with just water.

The ship became a pariah vessel and it has now returned to its starting point in Cartagena.

The confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians and seen by Reuters says the animals have suffered from the long journey and should be killed.

While it did not confirm whether the animals were suffering from bluetongue or not, it said they should not be allowed into the EU.

Ownership of the cattle is unclear.

Animal rights activist Silvia Barquero, director of the Igualdad Animal NGO, called the crossing “hellish” for the cattle and questioned what had happened to the waste produced by the cows during the crossing.

“We are sure they are in unacceptable sanitary conditions.”

Twenty-two cows are believed to have died at sea, and while 20 of the corpses have been chopped up and thrown overboard, two dead cows remain on board.

A lawyer representing the ship owner Talia Shipping Line, which is registered in Lebanon, said he believes the slaughter will now definitely go ahead.

Meanwhile, a second ship, the ElBeik, which also set sail from Spain in December with a cargo of nearly 1,800 cows, is currently moored off the Turkish Cypriot port of Famagusta.

The agriculture ministry has been approached for comment

Over 850 cows on pariah ship in Mediterranean facing slaughter after bluetongue fears | World News | Sky News

Victims of Crisis Management INACTION by the EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team at the Commission:

The cows, who have spent days without food, have suffered during the journey and should be killed, vets say
Cattle on the Karim Allah in Cartagena

India and its cruel fishing industry

A new investigation from Animal Equality exposes the abuses and crimes of India’s fishery and aquaculture sector and shows the inefficient use of precious resources, like water and land.

THE DETAILS: Animal Equality investigated several Indian fish and shrimp farms, hatcheries, and fish markets from Feb 2019 to May 2020 in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana, which are known for their fish production. The cycle of cruelty seems to never end, with our team witnessing fish suffering in a variety of ways.

One particularly brutal practice is “fish milking,” an extremely painful process in which the eggs from a female fish are squeezed out by hand. In another, farmed fish are killed by asphyxiation as workers pull them from the water and put them on ice to slowly and agonizingly suffocate to death. Our investigators also found:

-Thousands of fish bred in small, overcrowded ponds, which are prone to disease spread.

-Many fish crushed to death by the weight of other fish when they’re caught in nets and dumped into containers.

-Workers cutting the gills of fish without prior stunning, resulting in the animals bleeding to death.

-Some species of fish, like catfish, are slaughtered and sold at unsanitary markets.

-Conscious catfish clubbed several times in an effort to slaughter them.

-Children were seen slaughtering fish, which violates child-employment laws.

WASTED RESOURCES: Fish farms need an exorbitant amount of water for operation and pump out large quantities of groundwater, which comes from nearby rivers, leading to drastic reductions in the region’s water table. In addition, fishery and aquaculture farms require large tracts of land in areas with an abundance of water, reducing the agricultural yield from these sectors.

Continue reading “India and its cruel fishing industry”

In New Zealand applies: Animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings!

In 2016, the New Zealand government passed a law amending its constitution: henceforth, all animals are recognized as sentient beings. This is accompanied by groundbreaking changes for the animal world within the country’s borders.

Mankind has always argued whether animals are capable of feeling emotions just like us.

Anyone who has already had an intimate relationship with an animal friend would undoubtedly answer this question in the affirmative.

The complex social behavior that animals display cannot possibly be based on instincts alone.

Image: pixabay.com

Research confirms the emotional world of many animal species

In the meantime, research has advanced to the point where many animal species have feelings.
Laboratory mice are used not least to test antidepressants because it has been discovered that they can suffer from depression.
It is well known that elephants mourn their deceased family members.
New Zealand serves as a model for all states

By ensuring that all animals are recognized as sentient beings in New Zealand’s constitution, the government is following not only common sense but also what is scientifically proven.
This change in the law will mean groundbreaking changes for all wildlife within New Zealand’s state borders.
The change in the law will facilitate the criminal prosecution of animal abusers and the ban on animal testing in research.

Animal rights activists celebrated the decision that went into effect in February 2016!

Image: pixabay.com

The New Zealand law gives hope that basic animal rights will be respected.

The constitution is supplemented by the statement that animals are to be viewed as what they are, as “sentient beings”.

The new law says that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings! Abuse of animals and animal experiments were made a criminal offense, and those who hunt animals are also liable to prosecution.

In Germany, the German Civil Code (BGB) classifies animals as “material objects”.
This denies them any rights.

Only certain property rights (see Animal Welfare Act) can be asserted for animals – this is always at the discretion of the court.
In 1990 a law was passed that animals should no longer be referred to as “things”, but they still have no rights of their own and remain “animate property”.

Undoubtedly, the decision of the New Zealand government should serve as a guiding example for all of humanity.

Anyone who still denies sentience for animals in the 21st century, despite proven scientific findings, probably also believes that the earth is flat.

https://www.derstoryteller.de/neuseelands-verfassung-erkennt-alle-tiere-als-fuehlende-wesen-an/

And I mean…New Zealand is a good example and other countries should follow suit as it is a first step in the right direction.

After all, we have now received confirmation that we have always known that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings!

Around the world, humans kill 50 to 60 billion animals every year.
That this mass murder is still legal only shows that humans do not evolve, and as far as our morals towards animals go, we still live on the tree.

My best regards to all, Venus

‘Slaughter’ horses: the EU’s lucrative business

Animals’ Angels e.V.

ANDA and Animals Angels report animal welfare violations during the transport of ‘slaughter’ horses in Spain

On February 23, ANDA and Animals’ Angels filed a complaint against Spain because the regulations for the protection of horses during transport are regularly not observed there.
The complaint initially relates to the transport route from Spain to Italy.

The NGOs have been monitoring the conditions of horse transport on this route since 2007.

In 14 years we have noticed the same violations again and again.
To this day, the responsible regional and national authorities in Spain are not doing anything to stop them sustainably.
The EU Animal Welfare Transport Regulation stipulates that horses that are not used to a halter may not be transported for more than eight hours.
Still, the vast majority of horses transported from Spain to Italian slaughterhouses have never worn a halter in their short life.


In addition, the regulation stipulates that horses must be transported in individual boxes on long journeys. This rule is not observed when transporting horses between Spain and Italy, as they are almost always transported in groups.

The complaint also includes non-compliance with EU rules for shorter journeys within Spain, where too many horses are often loaded and the ceiling height of the vehicles is too low.

The disregard of the legal regulations leads to stress and suffering for the transported horses.
Their safety and physical integrity are not guaranteed.
This is far from the dignified and fair treatment horses deserve on their last journey.


According to Alberto Díez, ANDA …” the animal welfare laws are the guarantors for the dignified treatment of animals.

If they are not observed, this guarantee is void and the animals have to bear the consequences.
We hope that the lawsuit against Spain at the European Commission will serve as an incentive to finally enforce the law and respect animal welfare. “

Now the EU Commission is called upon to act (!!)
More about our work at Animal transport in the EU: https://www.animals-angels.de/…/europaeische-union.html

https://www.animals-angels.de/neuigkeiten/beitrag/tiertransporte-von-schlachtpferden-wir-reichen-beschwerde-gegen-spanien-vor-der-eu-kommission-ein.html

And I mean…When it became known in 2013 that ready-made meals were incorrectly declared in various EU countries and contained horse meat instead of beef, the outrage was great
Eating horse meat is taboo for many meat-eaters.

In Germany too, but in the first half of 2017, 940 tons of horse meat were “produced” in this country.
There is a large market for this in the EU, particularly in Italy.

The largest exporters are Romania, Lithuania, and Poland.
In Poland alone, resourceful traders buy 60,000 horses for slaughter every year.

They are loaded with large transport vehicles across the country and transported to Spain, France, and, above all, Italy.
Some of the animals are already being slaughtered in Padua in northern Italy.
But numerous transporters continue to drive and spend the horses on a day-long journey over 2000 kilometers to the south.

From a purely legal point of view, this is still legal, because the applicable EU Regulation 1/2005 “for the protection” (!!) of animals during transport only provides for rest periods for the animals, but no limitation of the pure transport times.

The European Food Safety Authority found during controls in 2011 that every third horse suffers injuries during transport.
40 percent of the animals were in such bad shape at their destination that they should not have been transported.

The largest horse market in Europe is not in Spain but in the southeastern Polish village of Skaryszew.
Up to 10,000 horse dealers in the town of 4,000 souls on the largest and cruelest horse market in Europe.

Horses are sold in huge numbers every year and then transported across Europe to Italy, France, and other countries.
In part, this happens with subsidies from the EU, where they usually end up on the slaughterhouse.

Petition „Stoppt Pferdemarkt in Skaryszew/Polen" | animal-spirit.at

Reports indicate that horses are repeatedly treated brutally and that no veterinarians can be found in the whole market.

Polish animal rights activists refer to Skaryszew as the “horse hell of Poland”.

Most of the horses that are sold on this market go to fatteners and slaughterers and some of them are transported to Italy, mostly under animal welfare conditions. But many horses end up in the hands of Romanian intermediaries who unscrupulously sell them for slaughter …

The law situation within Europe for animal transport does not protect animals from such cruelty.

And on the part of the EU- Commission, there is no interest in limiting animal transports.
The responsible EU politicians are primarily concerned with economic interests and they don’t give a shit about animal suffering.

But one of the worst things is that there is a high “corruption” among “politicians and officials” in”horse”- countries, and for “looking away at the innumerable cruelty to animals” the latter collect countless “bribes” from the “horse dealer mafia”.

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: Disturbing Images From Livestock Ship. Everyone Blames Everyone Else. Shows the Abusive Conditions These Animals Have Been In Since Last Year. We Really Hope All Business Associated With This Suffering Pay the Price.

Please add your voice to the Anna Maria petition at petition: Nearly 2,500 cows are sick and dying after having been stranded at sea for 2 months and counting, demand help! (thepetitionsite.com) and leave a comment on this in the box – thank you.

From ‘The Guardian’, London.

Cattle stranded at sea ‘face immediate slaughter’ if ship docks in Spain, says manager | Environment | The Guardian

 

 

Cattle stranded at sea ‘face immediate slaughter’ if ship docks in Spain, says manager

Cattle on the Karim Allah in Cartagena

 Cattle onboard the Karim Allah in Cartagena in a photograph taken on Wednesday by a crew member.

Livestock company still hopes to find a buyer for animals on board ship for two months, after rejection by Turkey and Libya

The manager of a ship that has spent months at sea with hundreds of cattle on board has accused Spanish officials of failing to answer his call for help and of threatening to kill all the livestock if the ship enters port.

The Karim Allah is one of two vessels that left from different ports in Spain before Christmas to deliver cargoes of young bulls, but were refused entry by various countries including Turkey and Libya, owing to suspected outbreaks of the bovine disease bluetongue onboard both ships.

The vessel is owned by Khalifeh Livestock Trading and managed by Talia Shipping Line, both based in Lebanon, while the cattle are owned by a third party. The ship took 895 male calves on board at the Spanish port of Cartagena in mid-December and sailed for Turkey.

However, the Karim Allah’s manager told the Guardian that a mistake on the Spanish government’s animal health paperwork led Turkey to reject the cattle, fearing they may be infected with bluetongue.

Attempts to sell the animals to buyers in Libya also failed and the Karim Allah eventually travelled back to Spain. The ship has been docked just outside Cartagena since Sunday. Only 15 animals are dead, the manager said, and the rest are in good health.

“We remain at anchor outside Cartagena port because first the Spanish authorities told us we could not enter. That was on Sunday or Monday,” said Majed Eid, Talia Shipping Line director.

“Then the Spanish authorities said we could enter [the port] but that all the cattle – they are all bulls about seven to eight months old – must be slaughtered,” said Eid. There has been no mention of vets inspecting the ship or testing for bluetongue, he added.

“We do not want to slaughter the healthy animals. That is the proof of the good care we have taken, only 15 dead after more than 60 days at sea. We expected people to thank us, not criticise us,” he said. “We are crying out for help but the Spanish government is not helping us. No one is helping us.”

Blood samples being taken on the Karim Allah

 Blood samples being taken on the Karim Allahon Wednesday.

Eid said the cattle shipment first ran into problems in Turkey due to an error in the Spanish authorities’ paperwork. “That was why the cattle were not accepted in Turkey or Libya, due to fears they might have come from a bluetongue area.”

Eid said the priority was to test the cattle so healthy animals can be certified and new buyers found. “We want to do blood tests to prove they are free of bluetongue then we can find a buyer. We don’t want to kill healthy animals. We expected Spain would want to help us with the blood tests but they are not helping, it’s very complicated.”

Miquel Masramón, a lawyer for Talia Shipping, said that blood samples were taken by a private company from some cattle on the ship on Wednesday evening. “According to the vet team no symptoms of bluetongue were found and test result will be known in 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

Legal documents, received last week by Masramón from the Spanish Animal Health Authority and seen by the Guardian, say the cost of slaughtering cattle re-entering Spain in this situation must be borne by the companies involved.

Cattle on the Karim Allah

 If the animals are shown to be free of bluetongue it is hoped new buyers can be found.

Masramón estimates the cost of slaughter and carcass disposal will be more than €1m (£860,000). “This should be added to the losses already suffered with unpaid demurrage [a charge payable to the owner of a chartered ship on failure to load or discharge the ship within the time agreed] and expenses which we estimate now at another €1m,” he said.

Maria Boada Saña, a vet with the NGO Animal Welfare Foundation, said it was good news that so many cattle were still alive. But she said it was unlikely the animals were in good health. “They might not have bluetongue, but that does not mean they are healthy,” she said.

Boada Saña said she believed slaughter, rather than another attempted sale involving further sea transport, was a better option for the cattle. “We are calling directly for euthanasia. They have been adrift for two months. The [animal] transports we see might take a week or so and that already means the animals arrive in poor condition, so imagine two months.”

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Spain’s agriculture ministry said the Karim Allah was free to enter Cartagena if it wished, but would not comment on the legal documents sent to Talia Shipping indicating the cattle would have to be immediately slaughtered.

A second livestock ship, Elbeik, which left the Spanish port of Tarragona carrying 1,776 animals on the same day as the Karim Allah, is at anchor in Turkish waters off the coast of Cyprus. It too was turned away by Turkey and Libya due to bluetongue fears.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Spain’s agriculture ministry described the ships’ plight as a “failed operation by a Spanish exporter, who was going to sell the animals in Turkey, then tried unsuccessfully to sell them in Libya”.

The spokesperson added that the Karim Allah, “now arriving in Cartagena, left Spain with animals that had the corresponding health certificates and which were from areas free of bluetongue. The animals therefore left the port of Cartagena in good health.”

Masramón told Spanish media that the certificates noted that some of the cattle were from Aragon, one of the regions that saw an outbreak of bluetongue late last year. As it couldn’t be shown that the cattle came from a place that was more than 150km from the source of infection, the cargo had been rejected. He confirmed they had been able to obtain fodder for the animals in Sicily, but not unload them.

The ministry has said the Elbeik was also carrying cattle from bluetongue-free areas.

In a second statement on Thursday, the agriculture ministry said: “The master of the vessel Karim Allah has been requested to take appropriate measures to allow inspectors to board the vessel safely. This request has not been complied with by the captain of the ship by the deadline, which was today, 25 February, at 11am.”

It added that Spanish maritime officials have now, “prohibited the ship Karim Allah from leaving the port until the appropriate inspections and actions have been carried out on the vessel.”

 

 Lets hope all business and Spanish authorities associated with this terrible suffering end up on the seabed; hopefully entombed in the rust heap of a ship that they use or are involved with. This is utter abuse and everyone should be punished for being dickheads.

Ban Live Exports !

Regards Mark

 

Spain, Catalonia: pig farm of horrors

In our latest investigation, Animal Equality has brought to light distressing scenes from a “farm of horrors” located in Catalonia, Spain, where the highest concentration of intensive pig farms is located.

THE DETAILS: The investigation’s footage shows the farm’s non-compliance with Spanish regulations for the protection of pigs in the country, with evidence found of sanitation irregularities, animal abuse, and possible environmental crimes.

https://youtu.be/rcA9rWf-hJA

Our investigative team filmed:

-Pigs living amongst excrement, as well as eating food and drinking water contaminated with feces.

-Overcrowded living conditions that lacked natural stimuli, causing the pigs to stress and compelled them to bite each other’s tails and ears.

-Injured pigs, with some only able to crawl, while others who didn’t have the strength to move were left to die without veterinary attention.

-Pigs living with the rotting carcass of one of their companions, risking potential disease transmission to the rest of the animals.

The illegal dumping of slurry, which is a possible environmental crime.

London has its first vegan butcher – Great!

A sellout crowd lined up outside Rudy’s Vegan Butcher for the plant-based meat’ shop’s grand opening on World Vegan Day!


Hundreds of eager customers wrapped around the block, leaving them sold out a day after opening their doors! Rudy’s offers mouth-watering, plant-based barbecue staples and meatless charcuterie cuts of smoked ham, salami, pepperoni, and pastrami.

The London scene just got WAY more sustainable, and we’re so here for it!

📸 @rudysdvd via IG

And I mean…Wow! Who would have thought 30 years ago that they would still experience all of this … everyone thought… utopia!

The next step will follow, of that we are sure, and several branches of the vegan butcher shop will be opened across the UK.
Because demand determines the supply

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Good News for Once – Psychiatric Nurse Quits Job After 20 Years to Open Her Own Cat Cafe – Purrfect ! – It Brings a Big Smile From Customers To Cake and Cat !

All photos – Metro London / PA Real Life.

Jack, Jasper, Arti, Vanilla, Oscar and Molly at the cafe.

Vanilla enjoying some cake and coffee.

That looks tasty – when no one is looking …………….…………….

Psychiatric nurse quits job after 20 years to open her own cat cafe

 

Two of Kay's cats

Psychiatric nurse quits job after 20 years to open her own cat cafe | Metro News

 

 

kay making a coffee in her cat cafe

 

After spending two decades working her way up the ladder as a psychiatric nurse, Kay Allen, 58, decided to pack it all in and do something radically different: open her own cat cafe. The former nurse from Holloway, North London, was inspired to make a change when she visited a cat cafe for the first time and was blown away by how relaxed she felt.

In 2018, she took the plunge and opened up ‘Whiskers and Cream’, a space where people can watch and play with nine gorgeous cats. Kay said: ‘I had often joked about the idea of running my own cafe and baking cakes but, having done something as full on as I had before with the level of pressure and stress, it felt almost not enough of a challenge, in the right way, for me.


‘Then I came across the idea of running a cat cafe and I traded in my old job, that was 24/7 and where I was never really off duty, with 24/7 responsibility for a cat cafe.’ Kay qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1998 and spent two decades as a clinician, working her way through the health service to end up managing a large inpatient psychiatric unit in the capital.

Read more with extra text and lots of photos at:

Psychiatric nurse quits job after 20 years to open her own cat cafe | Metro News

 

 

Arti, Amelia, Jack, Jasper and Oscar lining up for food

‘It’s a calming and therapeutic space and even in lockdown I can be sat there in the cafe and people walking past can go from having a straight face to an almost overacted “oh my god” and a huge grin and smile. ‘That for me, from my background treating people’s mental health, gives me so much pleasure.’

Regards Mark

Spain: Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’

The cattle ship Karim Allah docked in Tarragona, Spain, 2020.

 The cattle ship Karim Allah docked in Tarragona, Spain, 2020. Photograph: Animal Welfare Foundation/Tier Schutz Bund Zurich

Above – Crisis, what crisis ? Bernard Van Goethem (Mr ‘Crisis Management ??’) does nothing to sort out the problems here; and Mr Goethem; still no EU action on the ‘Queen Hind’ capsize at Midia, Romania.

WAV Comment – BIG thanks to ‘The Guardian’ (London) for sticking with, and reporting on this incident so very well over the last few months.  Click on our live export tag  Live Transport – World Animals Voice to read all the previous news from the Guardian (and more) about this most disgusting business in sentient beings.

And where is the EU ? – and Bernard Van Goethem ? – the crisis management head at DG Sante who is supposed to be involved with issues like this ? – it IS a crisis, is it not ?

Typical EU – complete and utter crap !

Found this toilet in Germany. It has a special poop shelf instead of going  straight in the water. Skid marks galore! : CrappyDesign

Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’ | Environment | The Guardian

Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’

Two livestock ships have been refused entry to multiple countries on health grounds since leaving Spain in December

One of two livestock ships at sea since mid-December with thousands of cattle on board is now at the Spanish port of Cartagena, but the fate of its cargo is unclear.

The two vessels left from different ports in Spain before Christmas to deliver their cargoes of animals, but were each refused entry by various countries including Turkey and Libya, owing to suspected outbreaks onboard both ships of the bovine disease bluetongue.

Spain’s government and the country’s largest association of beef producers, Asoprovac, have both said the cattle came from areas free of bluetongue.

On Tuesday, the Spanish news agency EFE reported that although Turkey had originally agreed to take the cattle, satisfied they were bluetongue free, the animals were rejected on arrival because of disease fears.

A Spanish government source confirmed that the Karim Allah, carrying a reported 895 calves, was anchored just outside the Spanish port of Cartagena. The other ship, Elbeik, carrying 1,776 animals, continues to sit at anchor in Turkish waters off the coast of Cyprus.

Silvia Barquero, the director of Animal Equality Spain, said she understood that many animals were already dead and any still alive would be “suffering a real hell”.

Official veterinary inspections of both ships had been due to take place late last week in Cyprus and Sardinia, but neither ship approached shore to allow vets on board.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Spain’s agriculture ministry described the ships’ plight as a “failed operation by a Spanish exporter, who was going to sell the animals in Turkey, then tried unsuccessfully to sell them in Libya”. The spokesperson did not respond to questions about animal numbers, conditions on the ships or possible next steps.

The spokesperson added that the Karim Allah, “now arriving in Cartagena, left Spain with animals that had the corresponding health certificates and which were from areas free of bluetongue. The animals therefore left the port of Cartagena in good health.”

Last week, the ministry said the Elbeik, which left from the Spanish port of Tarragona, was also carrying cattle from bluetongue-free areas.

Maria Boada Saña, a vet with NGO Animal Welfare Foundation, said she feared that at least 100 animals on the Karim Allah were already dead.

“The Karim Allah arrived Sunday night at Cartagena, sailing away from a planned veterinary inspection Saturday morning in Sardinia,” she said.

She added that a Spanish agriculture ministry source said that although the ship was in Spanish waters, it had not yet requested entry to Cartagena port.

“That means we have no idea right now if animals are alive or dead,” said Boada Saña. “Other sources, though, have told me the Karim Allah has not asked for animal feed. To me, the way it sailed away from an inspection, the way it is waiting and not asking for food probably means most of the animals are dead.”

Dead animals would have to be removed from the ship by hoist and the operation could take at least a day, or much longer, depending on numbers, said Genoa-based lawyer Manuela Giacomini.

In a related development, a Spanish government source confirmed that Cartagena port had temporarily suspended the departure of livestock ships until the Karim Allah docks. The vessel continues to be anchored in front of the harbour and the decision to enter the port was up to the owner of the ship, the source added.

Prof Kristen Stilt, director of Harvard’s animal law and policy programme, who is writing a book about the transport of live animals, said it was an inherent risk with live transport that the animals would be rejected at their destination port.

Once labelled as rejected, Stilt said it was “very likely that no other country [would] accept them, as we are now seeing with the two vessels at sea with calves from Spain”.

Another problem for crew and livestock, she said, was the absence of an international arbiter that could assess claims of disease and make a binding determination. The result, she said, was “usually catastrophic in terms of loss of animal lives”.

Above – Fighting the fight against live exports – Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp

Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp said “the only way to stop animal cruelty related to animal transport” was to introduce a total ban on the export of live animals outside the EU.

“Both vessels concerned have EU certificate approvals, which means that they can load European animals and send them to third countries, such as Libya, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” she said. “In total there are around 80 vessels with such a certificate.”

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Regards Mark

Vegan Bites 25/2/21.

Vegan Soda Bread:

Best Vegan Irish Soda Bread | A Virtual Vegan

Red Curry with Crispy Rice – Full of Plants:

Red Curry with Crispy Rice – Full of Plants

Vegan Vegetable Biryani – Running on Real Food:

(19) Topic / Twitter

The Government Cafeterias Spreading Veganism in Tokyo:

The Government Cafeterias Spreading Veganism in Tokyo – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine

Vegan Cold Brew: 13 Drinks You Need to Try:

Vegan Cold Brew: 13 Drinks You Need to Try | LIVEKINDLY

Regards Mark

Spain: Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident.

Regards Mark

Murcia Today - Cartagena Port Suspends Export Of Livestock As Transporter  Returns With Outbreak Of Bluetongue On Board
Photo – Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF)

Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident

Thanks to Robert for sending this link / information to us.

By Andrew Atkinson

A cargo ship that has been at sea for almost two months that left Cartagena Port with hundreds of cows on board has returned to dock – with dead cows caused by Bluetongue disease.

Cartagena Port has temporarily suspended exports of livestock following the incident.

The Karim Allah departed Cartagena on December 18 with 800 head on board heading for Turkey, where it was refused entry.

It is one of two animal cargo transporters that has been affected with the Bluetongue disease. The Elbeik that departed Tarragona was refused entry into Libya and is moored off the coast of Cyprus.

The Karim Allah is the only animal transporter ship that has left Cartagena to have had any issues, with millions of cattle having departed to destinations over the years.

“The animals were fit and healthy having left the Port in December,” said the President of the Cartagena Port Authority.

Many of the cows have died, with others in a state of poor health, due to the non-contagious Bluetongue disease.

The Animal Welfare Campaign has called for a ban following the incident.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries have undertaken an inspection of the Karim Allah after docking at Cartagena Port.

Caption: The Karim Allah departed Cartagena on December 18 with 800 head on board heading for Turkey, where it was refused entry. Photo: Animal Welfare Campaign.

Source – Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident – The Leader Newspaper

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months.

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months – Teller Report

Last Monday, February 22, the ship Karim Allah, loaded with 880 head of Spanish cattle, returned to Cartagena (Murcia), from where it had left on December 18.

The odyssey of the 2,700 Spanish cattle that have been roaming the Mediterranean for two months – Teller Report

Last Monday, February 22, the ship Karim Allah

, loaded with 880 head of Spanish cattle, returned to Cartagena (Murcia), from where it had left on December 18.

He was returning to the place of departure after spending more than two months roaming the Mediterranean after Turkey, the country to which the merchandise was destined, refused to accept it, considering insufficient documentation that proved that the cattle were free from the disease of the blue tongue

.The return to Spain seemed the definitive solution to a surrealist commercial conflict that, however, has not yet closed.

Since Monday, the ship has been anchored in the vicinity of the port of Cartagena, but does not ask for permission to enter before the warning of the Ministry of Agriculture

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Texas: 4000 sea turtles rescued!

4000 turtles could be saved from freezing to death!

On an island in southern Texas, more than 4000 sea turtles have been rescued from the cooled water in the Gulf of Mexico in the past few days and temporarily housed in a conference center to warm up there.Winterwetter in den USA

Foto: Miguel Roberts/dpa

The severe onset of winter in the US state of Texas triggered a large-scale rescue operation for thousands of sea turtles.

The organization Sea Turtle Inc, which cares for the protection of sea turtles in the region, started the rescue operation.
The animals were spread out on plastic sheets in rooms and corridors of the congress center.

Sea Turtle’s Sanjuana Zavala told the German Press Agency on Thursday that the turtles were in a kind of rigidity in which they could not move, eat and drink until they were warmed up again.

This state lasted for several days. “We just have to wait and see now.”

There are real heavyweights among the turtles

The animals don’t necessarily have to be in the water in this state, emphasized Zavala.
In the beginning, they used the children’s paddling pool for some of the rescued turtles. But given a large number of animals, there weren’t enough such tanks.

As soon as the water temperature in the sea rises above 12 degrees Celsius again, the animals could be brought back there. The rescued turtles would have a weight of up to 180 kilograms.

A severe onset of winter is currently plaguing large parts of the United States and has led to massive power outages. The state of Texas in the south of the country is the hardest hit.

South Padre Island is near the US border with Mexico.
Zavala said that in the past few years her organization had occasionally had to rescue turtles from the sea in winter.
But it was never more than 200 at a time.
“We have never had it to this extent.”

Therefore one had to switch to the congress center. There, too, there were temporary problems with the electricity in view of the snowstorm.
But in the building, the turtles are protected from wind and weather and protected from the cold water in the sea.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/usa-tierschutz-wintersturm-schildkroeten-1.5210678

Thanks to the helpers from Sea Turtle, Inc. and all of the volunteers 🐢

My best regards to all, Venus

Romania: Secret Decks of Sheep On The ‘Queen Hind’ Which Sank at Midia ??. We Still Wait For EU Action and the Report Promised by the Romanian Government.

Video added late 24/02 – Note ‘Safety First’ at front – pity they did not take their own advice.

Also, live sheep can be seen stuck in the vessel at the end of the video.

A cargo ship carrying sheep that capsized off the coast of Romania

Extra Decks Found on Capsized Livestock Carrier

WAV Comment – we are covering a lot at the moment re live exports.  This is not current news but goes back to November 2019 when the ‘Queen Hind’ sank shortly after leaving the port of Midia in Romania; allegedly carrying 14,600 destined for slaughter in Saudi Arabia.

For information; it would appear that several secret decks were found on the vessel during attempts at salvage; and that in fact, many more sheep had been carried to those declared officially.  Naturally, Romania has denied this, and the EU being the EU, has dragged its heels in every respect with regard to getting official information about this.

The only information to emerge since the sinking has been the discovery of secret compartments onboard with dead animals inside, by the company hired to remove the ship from the water.

Read more at: 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/27/romania-accused-of-silence-over-ship-that-capsized-killing-14000-sheep

We have no faith in the Romanian system or what its government says.  They are certainly not the best animal welfare nation on the planet.  With our experience in live animal transport, we would have no surprise whatsoever that additional (secret) decks were fitted into the vessel; simply to increase numbers and to obtain more profit.  Was overloading due to the secret decks the reason that the Queen Hind capsized shortly after leaving Midia, we ask ?

Have a read of the information and links to that we have supplied below.  If we ever witness the EU taking action against Romania regarding this incident then it could be considered progress.  When everyone keeps quiet and ‘below deck’ about the realities, it could be said that there is a cover up.  Please read the info and make your own decisions.

Despite promises from the Romanian government that the results of the capsize will be published on the Ministry website; our search today (24/2/21) has still revealed nothing.

Life is being a pain in the arse to some;

Regards Mark

 

Secret decks allegedly found on livestock carrier | Insurance Marine News

Secret decks found on ship that capsized killing thousands of sheep

Discovery by salvage divers off Romania raises new questions over EU exports of live animals

Secret decks for extra animals have been found in a livestock carrier that sank off the Romanian port of Midia in November drowning thousands of sheep, according to the company carrying out the massive salvage operation.

Only 180 sheep survived out of the 14,600 initially believed to have been onboard the Queen Hind, which was carrying them from Romania, the EU’s biggest exporter of the animal, to Saudi Arabia.

But the revelations about secret decks are likely to increase the death toll by several thousands, and raise fresh questions on whether overloading was to blame for the capsize.

The vessel was left on its side in the water as it sank not far from port, with sheep corpses piling up around it. Images of the tragedy made headlines worldwide and led to renewed calls by animal activists to impose a ban on live exports from Europe to non-EU countries, particularly the Middle East and north Africa.

The Romanian national daily Adevărul reported on Sunday that the firm that won the auction to bring the vessel to shore, Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP Offshore), made its first attempt on Saturday but operations were halted after the crane’s cables were unable to bear the load.

Gabriel Comănescu, GSP’s president, was quoted by Adevărul as saying that “during the operation, the divers entered the water, [and] found additional decks.

These additional decks also have animals on board”.

Comănescu added: “There are decks not included in the cargo plan, they are undeclared. It is the problem of the authorities to find out why they were loaded and why they were not included in the cargo plan. It’s a big question. There is a much larger load than over 14,000 sheep.”

Gabriel Paun, of Animals International, said the revelation “confirms our initial suspicion that the vessel capsized because of overloading”. He added: “We are outraged that this came out from the company bringing the vessel back to the shore and not from the Romanian government itself.”

Animals International said it will file complaints to the EU commission and the Romanian prosecutor’s anti-corruption department.

“[GSP] came with the right equipment last week and they tried to lift it up with a crane and bring it to the shore,” Paun said. “They had calculated that the ship was full of water and animals, so they were prepared to lift more [weight] but still the cables broke.”

He had been told that the head of the company had sent down divers to investigate, and discovered secret decks loaded with thousands of animals.

Brian da Cal, UK director at the animal welfare organisation Four Paws, said he feared that the death of thousands of sheep could have been avoided.

“The allegations regarding hidden decks on the ship are of huge concern and strengthens our calls for an outright ban of long-distance transports of live animals and a maximum of eight hours transportation duration. No matter how strict the rules may be and how tragic this accident is, mass deaths like this are becoming more common.”

He said Four Paws was able to rescue 254 sheep from the half-sunken ship but several died later of exhaustion and injuries – 180 survived and are now being kept in a location north of Bucharest.

Paun said: “We’re saying that Romanian authorities are not to be trusted because this vessel has been inspected by the Romanian government [and] they’ve missed the extra decks which were not in the cargo plan.”

Paun said Romania exports about 3 million sheep annually. European live animal exports rose from a value of $1bn (£800m) in 2000 to $3.3bn in 2018.

An official from the Romanian national veterinary and food safety authority, in comments carried by Adevărul, appeared to dismiss the allegations and said the vessel was heavier because “dead sheep do not have the same weight as the live ones”.

A border police spokesman also dismissed the story as speculation.

The Guardian has contacted MGM Marine Shipping, the management company behind the Queen Hind, for comment. The Romanian embassy was also approached.

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

Exclusive: livestock ships twice as likely to be lost as cargo vessels -  Pehal News

More…

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/extra-decks-found-on-capsized-livestock-carrier

Extra Decks Found on Capsized Livestock Carrier

Salvors working on the capsized livestock carrier Queen Hind claim they have found extra decks on the vessel.

The Palau-flagged Queen Hind capsized shortly after departing the Port of Midia in Romania on November 24 last year. While the crew escaped safely, only 180 of 14,600 sheep were saved. Salvors Grup Servizi Petroliere (GSP) claim that there could have been more sheep lost, as divers found that the extra decks had animals on board.

Divers were sent to investigate after cranes were unable to lift the vessel as planned. Cables snapped under the extra weight which could mean that several thousand more sheep were onboard than previously reported. The salvors claim the extra decks were not documented on the cargo loading plan.

The claim that extra sheep were on board has been disputed. Local media reports cite an official saying that the salvors may not have accounted for the extra weight of water-logged sheep; the salvors dispute this. Additionally, it has been noted that exact counts of sheep are not made at boarding.

The Guardian reports Gabriel Paun, a spokesperson for Animals International, saying the vessel was suspected to have capsized due to overloading. Animals International plans to make a formal complaint to the European Commission about the case.

https://safety4sea.com/secret-decks-found-on-capsized-livestock-carrier-off-romania/

Secret decks found on capsized livestock carrier off Romania

 

More than two months after the livestock carrier ‘Queen Hind’ capsized and sank off Romania taking down over 14,o00 sheep, the company tasked with the ship salvage has discovered secret decks that could accommodate a higher number of animals. This has created allegations that the sheep death toll was higher than thought.

Casualties | 05/02/20

The livestock carrier was heading from Romania to Saudi Arabia, when it overturned just off Midia Port, Romania, on 24 November, with approximately 14,600 sheep and 22 crew members onboard. The crew was saved but only 180 sheep survived.

However, the recent revelations by the salvage company on extra decks are likely to increase the death toll by several thousands, and raise fresh questions on whether overloading was to blame for the capsize, The Guardian reports.

In particular, the salvage firm Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP Offshore), halted operations Saturday, after the crane’s cables were unable to bear the load, the Romanian national daily Adevărul reported.

As such, the divers entered the water and found additional decks, which also had animals onboard, Gabriel Comănescu, GSP’s president, was quoted as saying.

There are decks not included in the cargo plan, they are undeclared. It is the problem of the authorities to find out why they were loaded and why they were not included in the cargo plan. It’s a big question. There is a much larger load than over 14,000 sheep,

…he stressed.

Meanwhile, this news re-surges initial suspicions that the incident occurred due to overloading.

In light of this, animal welfare organization Animals International said it will file complaints to the EU commission and the Romanian prosecutor’s anti-corruption department.

EU revealed to be world’s biggest live animal exporter.

Extra Decks Found on Capsized Livestock Carrier

EU revealed to be world’s biggest live animal exporter

“to improve the welfare conditions of the animals transported outside the EU” – “it would “continue to monitor exports of live animals and take all the necessary measures within the remit of its competence in order to improve the implementation of the EU legislation.”

WAV Commentwhat complete and utter EU bollocks as always. EU = animal abuse – full stop.

A European Commission spokesperson said in an email it was cooperating with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) “to improve the welfare conditions of the animals transported outside the EU” and that it would “continue to monitor exports of live animals and take all the necessary measures within the remit of its competence in order to improve the implementation of the EU legislation.”

EU revealed to be world’s biggest live animal exporter | Live exports | The Guardian

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

Bloc exported more than 1.6 billion chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle in 2019, but faces criticism over welfare failings

New analysis suggests the EU could be responsible for up to 80% of the global trade in live farm animals, which continues to be linked to animal welfare failings.

Global data provided to the Guardian by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) indicates that 1.8 billion live chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle were moved across a border in 2019. The EU was estimated to be responsible for more than three-quarters of that total.

“A large part of the cross-border movement of live animals takes place in the EU,” said the FAO’s livestock development officer, Anne Mottet.

The global trade in live farm animals – worth more than $20bn (£14bn) a year – was revealed by a Guardian investigation last year to have more than quadrupled in size over the past 50 years. However, inadequate regulation means that animals might be put at risk on some journeys, or exposed to cruelty when they reach their destination.

The (UK) government is proposing to ban the export of live animals from England and Wales, unless it is for breeding or longer-term use – not just for fattening and slaughter.

Concerns about animal welfare during transport led the EU to establish a committee of inquiry last year to investigate alleged failings.

Transport risks for live animals include stress during loading and unloading, injury, hunger, thirst and exhaustion, according to a report published today by animal advocacy organisation Eurogroup for Animals, which also highlighted the potential for lower slaughter standards on arrival and the higher risk of infectious disease spread during stressful transportation.

The Eurogroup for Animals is calling for regulatory reform including shorter journey times and a “shift from live transport to a trade in meat and carcasses as well as genetic material.”

The FAO argues that it does not make sense to aggregate all transported animals in the same way. “Some are very small and other large. One cannot add chicken and cows. For example, 95% of the 1.8 billion animals that crossed a boarder in 2019 are chicken, while cattle represented less than 1% of this total,” said Mottet.

One of the factors driving the EU’s live transport of animals, said Ditte Erichsen, a veterinarian with Animal Protection Denmark, is that countries tend to specialise in producing a particular food animal, often for export.

“Denmark has become the world’s largest exporter of pigs,” said Erichsen. Most of them, she said, are piglets of about three months in age and their journey times are often over eight hours. According to the Eurogroup report, which uses Eurostat data, about 15.7 million Danish pigs left the country in 2019.

“This is the result of a tendency which we have seen over the last decade, where the pig production has specialised to a degree, where the piglets are born in one country, fattened in another and maybe slaughtered in a third country,” Erichsen said.

Particular risks for pigs, she said, are heat stress because pigs cannot sweat, suffocation due to overcrowding, prolonged hunger and thirst and no space to rest.

Iris Baumgaertner, of Swiss-German NGO AWF-TSB, said in Germany the specialty is hatched chicks. The report found that the country exported 312 million head of poultry within the EU in 2019, of which almost 100 million weighed under 185 grams.

“The number of animals being transported around the EU, and the millions of chickens leaving Germany, is the insane result of globalisation and specialisation,” Baumgaertner said.

EU subsidies are another factor driving animal transport, said Gabriel Paun, a Romanian animal advocate and EU director for NGO, Animals International. “In the Middle East and north Africa, they prefer [their] local sheep meat but the Romanian meat is very cheap, partly because of the EU subsidies,” Paun said.

Paun said 2020 data is expected to show that an estimated 3 million Romanian sheep were exported to Saudi Arabia. Transport itself is cheap, with a shipment to Saudi Arabia costing about $25 (£18) per head, or less on larger ships, Paun said.

Romania has recently been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind in November 2019, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep.

Although data on the live transport of fish is limited – and counts fish in weight rather numbers of animals – the Eurogroup report estimates that nearly 54,000 tons of live fish were transported around the EU in 2019. Of those, 75% are trout, carp, eel and bluefin tuna.

Live fish are equally prone to transport stress. “[Fish] are starved for at least a day prior to transport, but sometimes up to two weeks, which can cause aggression between fish as they look for food,” said Christine Xu of the Aquatic Life Institute. Other transport risks include poor water quality and overcrowding.

A European Commission spokesperson said in an email it was cooperating with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) “to improve the welfare conditions of the animals transported outside the EU” and that it would “continue to monitor exports of live animals and take all the necessary measures within the remit of its competence in order to improve the implementation of the EU legislation.”

The following is an old article, but interesting as it still reflects the situation.

 

EU’s live export trade puts welfare of millions of animals at risk – report

EU’s live export trade puts welfare of millions of animals at risk – report | Animal welfare | The Guardian

This article is more than 9 months old

European commission finds welfare gaps, non-compliance and poor planning in trade of animals to North Africa and the Middle-East

The welfare of millions of cattle, sheep and goats exported from the EU is being put at risk by failings including heat stress, bad planning and a lack of information from the destination country, a new European commission report has found.

Among the systemic problems identified were poor planning for high temperatures, an issue that has been raised repeatedly by campaigners. In summer, the report said, animals “in many vehicles arriving to ports” must sometimes “endure temperatures of over 35C”.

The report criticised the way that, as one campaigner put it, animals “disappear’” at their destination. It noted that most EU countries “do not receive any feedback” from the country of destination about the condition of the animals on arrival. Nor do they get any information, “from the transporter, ship’s Master or vessel operator”.

Also singled out were poor contingency planning, incomplete or incorrect departure documentation, and an inability to prevent recurring compliance problems.

One of the welfare organisations that worked with the commission to produce the report gave it a cautious welcome. “We find it strong even if it pardons Ireland and Portugal where we also found lots of problems,” said Animals International’s EU director, Gabriel Paun.

But others pointed out that the report also raised many issues. Peter Stevenson, policy adviser for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) , said: “The new report reveals a disturbing picture of non-compliance by member state authorities and exporters.”

Romania, a major breeder and exporter of sheep, comes in for particular criticism following the drowning of more than 14,000 sheep last November. The sheep were on board Romanian-approved livestock ship, the Queen Hind, which keeled over shortly after leaving the Romanian port of Midia. Only 180 sheep survived.

The report identified gaps in animal welfare regulations, which, it said, “are not geared to detect issues that could cause vessels to tilt and overturn”.

Ireland and Portugal are praised for having comparatively better systems in place for livestock approval and health inspection prior to loading, helping to minimise welfare risks.

Uncertainty as to who is legally responsible for the proper care of livestock at different points on their journey – particularly in ports or during sea journeys – is another weakness, the report said.
Delays at ports are another problem, as many thousands of animals arrive for the same shipment. Of Europe’s 13 exit ports, only six, the report said, “have facilities in the port or arrangements nearby where, in case of need, the transporters can unload, rest, water and feed the animals”.

The report found that ships are also rife with problems, with only 24% of livestock vessels licensed by “white list” countries. Ships that fly the flag of a white list countries are recognised as having a consistently low rate of port detentions for regulatory failings.

Asked what action the commission would be taking following the report, a spokesperson said it would “explore the feasibility of harmonising and strengthening, through a legal act, the inspections of livestock vessels into an EU database in cooperation with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)”.

The spokesperson added that the commission was “cooperating with the OIE [World Organisation for Animal Health] to develop a network of contact points dedicated to animal transport in third countries. The objective is to reinforce our collaboration with these countries on this issue”.

More than 30 EU welfare organisations wrote to the European commission last week arguing that cattle exports to Libya by Ireland, Spain and Romania were in breach of EU regulations. The letter said that under EU Article 13 the commission and member states are obliged “to take animal welfare into account in a thorough and serious manner in formulating and implementing policies in specified fields”.

The EU’s live animal export welfare failings are laid out in the Welfare of Animals Transported by Sea report, circulated this week and based on information gathered by thecommission from EU countries including Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal and Ireland in 2017 and 2018.

The European Union exports around 1 million cattle and 2 million sheep each year to non-EU countries, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2019, the value of the EU’s live animal export trade was more than €12bn (£10.6bn).

The goodness of animals

❄️ It was -21 degrees that day. Then suddenly, a passerby saw a goose stuck to a post.
Troubling, the passerby wanted to help him but a detail irritated him.

As he approaches, he notices that the goose was covering a puppy under its wings to keep him warm 🐶
A pretty scene full of love and tenderness 😍

Again, we have a lot to learn from our animal friends.

My best regards to all, Venus

Australia / Namibia: People power stops new live export business in its tracks.

 Below – Romanian Live Export Protesters

Protesters in Romania gather to demand an end to live export from the country
Namibian sheep
Above – Namibian Sheep

From our campaigner friends at Animals Australia.

People power stops new live export business in its tracks

A plan to begin exporting live animals from Namibia to Kuwait has been quashed thanks to a united, global effort drawing attention to the suffering caused by the trade.

The idea that when one door closes another opens, is mostly reassuring. But when it comes to the global live export trade, this universal truth is the reason we need to remain ever vigilant. You see, as countries have become clued-up to the cruelty inherent to live export — and widespread opposition to it — live exporters have found it harder to shore up business.

When Australia restricted sheep exports during the dangerous northern summer months, exporters knocked on Romania’s door. And Animals Australia was there. When Romania began questioning the trade, they went to South Africa. Again, we were already there. When South Africa’s NSPCA took the battle to stop the trade all the way to the High Court, it was abundantly clear: this global trade in animal cruelty is well and truly matched by a global effort to stop it.

From Australia to New Zealand to Brazil to South Africa and to dozens of countries throughout Europe — there is a powerful, international collaboration of groups and individuals working together to save animals from this ruthless industry.

And it’s a compassionate effort that has just paid off in Namibia, with new plans to begin live export from the Southern African nation put on hold indefinitely.

The business plan put forward by Tradeport Namibia proposed to import 70,000 live sheep, 50,000 goats and 5,000 cattle from South Africa and Botswana for live export from Namibia to Kuwait.

As exposé after exposé has revealed — it’s a sea journey fraught with risk for the animals who would be confined in cramped and stressful conditions for weeks before facing terrifying fully conscious slaughter upon arrival.

A rapid-fire public and media education campaign was launched in Namibia to highlight the reality of live export for the animals. In its submission objecting to the business plan, Namibia’s SPCA noted that the trade undermines Namibian laws and standards and that allowing live export would:

And the warnings have been heeded. In announcing that plans to export live animals would be ‘put on ice’, Tradeport Namibia noted the strong opposition, locally and internationally, to the export of live animals and that the company did not want to be involved in a business that will attract widespread outrage.

A united global front is turning the tide on live export. We don’t always win, but we are always there. And every action you take to support these efforts takes us another step towards shutting the door on this industry, for good.

Check it out in full via:

People power stops new live export business in its tracks | Animals Australia

Power to the people !

Regards Mark

People power stops new live export business in its tracks

New Zealand: more than 20 pilot whales saved!

Again it is the “death trap” Farewell Spit in New Zealand, where several pilot whales ran aground within one day. Volunteers formed a human chain to drive the whales into deeper water.

More than 20 pilot whales have been returned to deeper waters after a second stranding off New Zealand.
“The whales are currently swimming freely off the coast and are monitored by a boat from the nature conservation authority,” said the organization Project Jonah on Tuesday.

Project Jonah volunteers tried to pull the pilot whales back into the water on Monday Source: AFP / HANDOUT

Volunteers formed a human chain to drive the whales into deeper water.

On Monday, February 22nd, around 50 animals were stranded on the Farewell Spit headland. Many of them died, but about 28 survived the night.
Numerous helpers were on duty to cool the whales until the tide set in, as the broadcaster Radio New Zealand reported.

Why the marine mammals were stranded was still unclear. For the group it seemed to be the first time, the animals showed no abrasions, the station quoted the ranger Amanda Harvey

The scientists suspect that the animals have orientation problems as a reason for stranding or that animals want to come to the aid of their previously stranded conspecifics. Source: dpa / New Zealand Doc, Matt Nalder

Scientists are still trying to find out why such incidents are more common at Farewell Spit, it said.
In February 2017 alone, between 600 and 700 whales were stranded there, 250 of them died.

Whales are repeatedly stranded on the coasts of New Zealand.
Why marine mammals lose their bearings is unclear.

Presumably, they follow a stray or sick animal into shallow water. The animals may have responded to calls from their conspecifics who were stranded on Friday, as Daren Grover of the animal welfare group Project Jonah involved in the rescue said.

The largest mass stranding of pilot whales in New Zealand occurred in 1918 when a thousand mammals landed on the remote island of Chatham.
In 1985, 450 pilot whales stranded in Auckland.
At the Farewell Spit headland, which is around 150 kilometers west of the tourist town of Nelson, there have been at least nine mass strandings in the past ten years.

https://theworldnews.net/de-news/mehr-als-20-grindwale-nach-erneuter-strandung-vor-neuseeland-befreit

https://kurier.at/politik/ausland/neuseeland-wieder-200-wale-gestrandet/246.012.472

And I mean … Scientists don’t know, nor do we know why the animals were stranded.
We can only be happy about the survivors and would like to thank the people from the bottom of our hearts who have contributed with all their might to the rescue

My best regards to all, Venus

South Korea: Broken Political Promises – Meat Dogs Freeze To Death During Korean Winters; DISGUSTING, and Shame On Korean Politicians !

Watch the video below:

South Korean Meat Dogs.

View the latest newsletter and actions to take via the following links.  \Please watch the video above as it shows the reality of what a disgusting animal abuse situation this is. So much for action and promises by people in power !! – they do nothing.

There are 2 newsletters here, not 1:

https://r.newsletter.koreandogs.org/ajc350odtht7e.html?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=_Dogs_left_to_starve_and_freeze_to_death_on_dog_farm_in_Yeoju_Take_action_to_stop_the_unimaginable_cruelty_TODAY!_&utm_medium=email https://r.newsletter.koreandogs.org/ajcsf8odtht7e.html?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=_Daegu_Chilseong_Dog_Meat_Market_slaughters_dogs_while_you_wait__Help_stop_the_cruelty_to_our_loving_friends!_&utm_medium=email

Regards Mark

Promises, Promises, from the man who does nothing.

A French minister and his carnist ideology!

“Stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” French minister says after major city removes meat from school lunches
French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has argued against injecting “ideology” into school lunches after the city of Lyon removed the meat from the menus.

Local officials said it would help them follow Covid-19 protocols.

“Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” Denormandie tweeted on Sunday.

“Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it,” he wrote, adding that he had asked the region’s perfect, a state-appointed official, to overrule the move.

Officials in Lyon, France’s third-largest city, said schools would have a meat-free menu starting on Monday.

They argued that the change would help to “streamline” the work of cafeterias while they followed the requirements on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephanie Leger, the city’s top education official, told AFP the new menu “will allow us to speed up the service and, thus, allow us to cater to all children.”

“To match the tastes of the largest number [of students], we have decided to remove meat,” Leger said. She added that the menu could not be considered vegan because the cafeterias would continue to serve fish and eggs, and that meat would return once the “sanitary situation allows it.”

Nevertheless, the idea to exclude meat from school lunches immediately caused a backlash from right-wing politicians. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin labeled it an “unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers.” (!!!)

“We can see that the moralizing and elitist policy of the Greens excludes the popular classes. Many children often only get to eat meat at the school canteen,” he tweeted, calling it a “scandalous ideology.” (!!!)

Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet, a member of the Green Party, responded that the meat-free menu was a “one-time” measure introduced for sanitary reasons. He tweeted on Sunday that the city authorities were “guaranteeing a balanced meal for all school students.”

Doucet also pointed out that the government had not complained when his predecessor, from President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party, “introduced exactly the same measure during the first wave” of the pandemic.

https://www.rt.com/news/516259-france-school-lunches-meat/

And I mean...For God’s sake, Monsieur Denormandie! those are adventurous arguments that you bring!
Animal fats are the leading cause of diabetes, obesity, and heart attacks. More and more children are suffering from it!
And do you recommend that?
Is it really an “extreme ideology” for you to refuse to actively participate in an ecological catastrophe?
When one refuses to ignore the barely comprehensible suffering of pigs, chickens, and cattle, etc.?

You should know that veganism is a very promising way to soon be able to feed 10 billion people adequately without completely destroying the earth.
If you are interested in saving our planet, of course.
To dismiss that as “scandalous ideology” is cheap, belittling, and simply idiotic!

And by the way: Meat eaters are really militant, there are a lot more of them than militant vegans, and they are also much more aggressive: because they have no argument against non-meat eaters, except that they want to support their “French farmers and butchers”!

My best regards to all, Venus

Update from German: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLovdoYiU-1/?igshid=1uez95eiy3m84-(Video)

On Monday, a number of farmers in #Lyon demonstrated against the abolition of #meat dishes in the city’s school canteens. #Farmers drove their tractors through the streets of Lyon, dumping old tires and manure in front of the # government building to express their anger.

In protest, they set up a mini-farm with cows and goats on the square in front of the town hall.
“We are now in front of the town hall because they cannot enforce their ideas by force, especially the ban on meat in schools, allegedly because of the #corona virus,” said one farmer.

YES!! That’s how the farmers are, they always complain.
The farmers are also protesting against the anesthesia during piglet castration, they are jointly responsible for the groundwater contamination, the death of insects, and the resistance to antibiotics.
They keep thousands of animals in stables, crowded together, that have to live on their shit, without movement, employment, or daylight.

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 surplus piglets and when they have exploited cows enough, they let them kill the last money close.
The farmers claim that they do not torture their animals, but if I am not an animal torturer, then I do not use them for my economic interests either.


Well, the “farmers” are not forced into their profession and they could just as easily work as accountants, postmen, hairdressers, bakers, waiters, etc.
So yes! obviously they enjoy it. Or at least they don’t find it cruel enough to relax and maybe change jobs.

Venus

England: Beneath the blue: dive into a dazzling ocean under threat – interactive (The Guardian, London).

Pristine Oceans ? – No; Look below the surface here.

WAV Comment – a really great article by the Guardian, London; who shine the spotlight into so many animal and environmental issues – well done them.  Take the dive via the link below.

Beneath the blue: dive into a dazzling ocean under threat – interactive

Descend through the different zones of the ocean to discover its mesmerising marine life, how human pollutants are interfering – and what we can still do about it

Beneath the blue: dive into a dazzling ocean under threat – interactive | Environment | The Guardian

Regards Mark

England: New Section To WAV – Vegan / Recipes – Plant Based Foods.

Still working on this; but here is the start;

Regards Mark

23/2/21

Link – Vegan / Recipes – Plant Based Food. – World Animals Voice

We are trying to promote a Vegan plant based lifestyle on this site; and to show you the realities of what goes on with ‘the other side’ – meat production, involving live animal transport; the dairy industry etc.

WAV is not a cookery site, but given the chance; we will give links to other sites and areas where you can delve deeper into the easy world of going Vegan.

So; now we are established a bit more, its time for a change, and a change which we hope will be of benefit.

On the site from today there will be a new section called ‘Vegan / Recipes’.  Here we will be giving you all further insight into the way forward to making veganism very easy; and cutting out meat and dairy.  It should be a cool place for new, aspiring, and ready to be vegans.

So if you are a foodie, or are looking for new ideas to broaden your already existing vegan diet, we hope this section will be of use to you.  Recipes and links will continue to be included in general news for a time, but gradually we hope to place all vegan diet related posts into this area.  Check it out; we will be transferring existing posts to the new area over the coming days as a starter anyway.

Link – Vegan / Recipes – Plant Based Food. – World Animals Voice

Enjoy – one of my fav tracks – Top man Vegan and animal rights advocate, Morrissey, and fab Kent girl Siouxsie Sioux – all Kent girls are the best !

Bavaria: murdered foxes on display

A walker sent PETA images showing numerous foxes hung up on the Doimahof in Alxing, Bavaria.

Füchse getötet und in Bayern zur Schau aufgehängt

The dead animals were tied to wooden pegs there.

PETA filed a complaint about harassment of the general public under Section 118 of the Administrative Offenses Act.

In addition, PETA calls on the people in charge of the Doimahof – which also runs a hotel and restaurant trade – to stop making their property available for such life-threatening activities.

And I mean…The German hunters, the best of all people, show the stupid world once again how to properly do and show mass murder.

A law always helps because the worst part is that it is legal.

Willingness to use violence and the protection of the law, that is all that hunters need for an animal massacre

The village society is obviously outraged by the “indecent” souvenirs on the tree, which give the village a bad reputation, but not for the annual mass murder of 500,000 foxes in Germany by hunters

These are unbearable images for a civilized country

regards and good night, Venus

Italy: successful raid against poachers in the Veneto lagoons

Report- Committee Against Bird Murder (CABS)

Employees of the Committee against Bird Murder (CABS) and a special unit of the Italian police have jointly taken action against illegal hunting and the trade on migratory birds in the Veneto region over the past 10 days.

The main focus of the controls was the lagoons south of Venice, in which hundreds of thousands of waterbirds from northern and central Europe are currently wintering.
As reported by the Committee against Bird Murder, 22 hunters were caught red-handed shooting down protected species or hunting with prohibited bait systems.

In addition, 21 shotguns, 6,400 rounds of ammunition, nine prohibited electronic decoys, and three professional poultry plucking machines were seized.

https://i2.wp.com/wildbeimwild.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CABS-ducks-4.jpg?ssl=1

In a butcher’s shop in Padua supplied by the poachers, 961 frozen wild birds were seized during a search, including gadfly, pochard, teal pintail, shoveler, and white-fronted geese.
Criminal proceedings were initiated against the suspects for poaching, possession of unregistered firearms, and violating the marketing bans.

https://i2.wp.com/wildbeimwild.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CABS-ducks-3.jpg?ssl=1

In the weeks leading up to the action, experts from the committee (CABS) had spent days collecting evidence against poachers from rubber dinghies, and then leading Carabinieri officials to their shooting huts.

The action is the largest campaign to date against poaching in the difficult-to-access lagoon landscape, which is of international importance for nature conservation as a resting and wintering area.

https://i1.wp.com/wildbeimwild.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CABS-delta-del-po-shot-ducks.jpg?ssl=1

Committee chairman Heinz Schwarze thanked the authorities involved for the good cooperation and announced further assignments in Venice.

https://wildbeimwild.com/law-order/schlag-gegen-illegale-vogeljagd-in-venezien/43074/2021/02/09/

And I mean…Many of the animals were freshly shot, says the committee, and had just been handed in by hunters, while others were already plucked and frozen in sacks.
All species are strictly prohibited from marketing in Italy.
The birds – almost all of them endangered throughout Europe – were intended for restaurants in Venice.

Excellent job in all respects!
We thank and congratulate the courageous activists of the CABS

My best regards to all, Venus

Swiss: Together for the protection of raccoons

At the end of January 2021, a raccoon was shot in Appenzell Innerhodischen Wasserauen.

He stayed “illegally” on Swiss soil and looked for food in a house. The raccoon was healthy.

He was peaceful and did not attack or put anyone in danger.

Auch-Waschbaeren-haben-ein-Recht-auf-Leben

The federal law on hunting and the protection of wild mammals and birds allows raccoons to be shot all year round.

They are not at home in Switzerland and could unbalance the ecological balance that has been devised and prescribed by humans.

In “specialist circles” they are listed as neo-zones, that is to say, “introduced and alien animal species” or clearly expressed as “animal non grata”.

Speciesism versus the raccoon

All over the world people are still discriminated against, humiliated, and often persecuted because of their origin and skin color.
In Switzerland, the racist criminal norm rightly prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of their ethnicity, skin color, and religion.
Because no one is better than the other. We all have the right to life and to be treated with respect and decency, no matter where we come from and what skin color or religion we have.

With animals, however, it looks different.

No protection is granted to non-resident animals: they are undesirable and “worthless”, although they too are no longer considered a thing.
Their right to life is denied to them by law because of their origin and in the name of the ecological balance dictated by humans.
This is lived “speciesism”, which means: the human being shows with his attitude towards alien animals once again that he is convinced that he is superior to all other species due to his nature and can therefore treat them as he wants. This attitude is more than reprehensible and can no longer be accepted.
Together for the protection of raccoons on Swiss soil

The PETITION aims to protect raccoons in Switzerland.

Raccoons should no longer be hunted and killed because of their origin. The right to life should apply to them too.
In order to prevent an overpopulation of raccoons and to protect the local biodiversity, the possibility of an oral contraceptive for the female raccoons should be examined.

https://wildbeimwild.com/medienmitteilungen/auch-waschbaeren-haben-ein-recht-auf-leben/

Petition: https://www.openpetition.eu/ch/petition/unterzeichner/schluss-mit-dem-abschuss-von-waschbaeren-in-der-schweiz

And I mean...” On the basis of being human” everyone has the right to life, to freedom, to integrity, to protection from discrimination, torture, and much more.

When it comes to animal rights, things get more difficult.
Humans are brought up with the principle of Suprematism, which says that humans are a very special animal that must by no means be mentioned in the same breath as the others.
Therefore the favored species is always the human.
Humans have rights, all other animal species have no rights.

The best thing that could happen to the raccoon would be a grace, which however would not belong to his rights, but is subject to the goodwill of the perpetrator.

We are a society of perpetrators who decide about the life and death of the weaker and also show solidarity with the perpetrator.

Those who belong to the privileged class do not know how it feels to be constantly under the power and violence of the ruler.

Therefore: we fight for the rights of those who have none, the rights of animals.
We stay on the right side

My best regards to all, Venus

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection.

Photo – Otwarte Klatki

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection | Eurogroup for Animals

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection

18 February 2021 NewsOn the cusp of the mink breeding season, which is set to resume at the end of this month, the European Food Safety Agency has released a report finding that all mink farms should be considered at risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and must be strictly monitored. Following the release of this report, animal protection groups FOUR PAWS, Humane Society International/Europe, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance – and their member organisations – have issued a strong call urging the European Commission to instruct Member States to immediately suspend mink production.

This call reflects a recently published scientific statement on public health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 and intensive mink production. 

“The only way to keep EU citizens safe is to immediately suspend mink production in the Member States where this cruel practice is still legal before the breeding season starts,” said Joh Vinding, Chair of the Fur Free Alliance. “If this does not happen, the current mink population will increase five-fold by May. Even though only the breeding animals are present right now, there have still been COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms in Spain and Poland. If the mink population is allowed to grow and all the cages on the fur farms are filled, the risk of disease transmission will likely also increase. The past year has shown that, irrespective of all monitoring and biosecurity protocols taken, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread uncontrollably amongst mink populations. At the time of this global health crisis, such risks need to be eliminated entirely.”

The EFSA report notes that in regions with a high density of fur farms, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is likely to spread from one mink farm to the next. EFSA recommends that Member States not only implement passive, but also active monitoring systems. They advise that measures should include frequently testing all people who come into contact with mink, testing samples from dead or sick animals, testing of wild mustelids captured near fur farms and genetic sequencing analysis for tracing the origins of outbreaks and identifying possible viral mutations.  

“Implementing such measures is extremely costly and will largely be financed by taxpayers’ money, despite the fact that the majority of EU citizens oppose the practice of fur farming” said Pierre Sultana, Director of Four Paws European Policy Office. “We know, for example, that just for one single farm, the Italian authorities spent a total of €50,000 between August and November 2020 to implement biosecurity measures. Regardless of the expense,one thing is patently clear: biosecurity and monitoring measures have their limitations and are not as effective as were originally believed. While they can help to detect outbreaks early on, they cannot entirely prevent mink from becoming infected. This is why we, as animal protection NGOs, have united in our call to immediately suspend all mink production in the EU.” 

“The necessity of halting mink production has become even more urgent following the recent discovery of the  so-called ‘Cluster 5’ mutation of SARS-CoV-2 in German patients,” said Dr Joanna Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for Humane Society International/Europe. “This dangerous mutation of the virus that originated in Danish mink was believed to have been eradicated after the mass culling of Denmark’s entire mink herd last year. However, these recent cases suggest that the authorities were not entirely successful in eradicating this dangerous viral mutation, which could potentially undermine the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in humans. We applaud Sweden for already taking action to ban mink breeding in 2021. Reportedly Belgian fur farmers have also voluntarily taken a decision to suspend breeding due to the risks associated with COVID-19. It is vital that the remaining Member States that still permit fur production follow their example.”

“The demand to suspend mink production is supported by a statement signed by numerous scientists from the fields of virology, infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, veterinary medicine and environmental health, which confirms the serious threat that fur farming poses to human health,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals. “It calls for the immediate suspension of mink farming as an appropriate, precautionary and proportionate measure based on public health concerns. The experts behind this statement, as well as EFSA, point out that due to the confined living conditions of animals in fur farms, once the virus has been introduced, it is almost impossible to stop transmission. The high number of individuals living in close proximity also provide ideal conditions for virus mutations to occur, as seen in Denmark. New variants may not respond to the vaccines that are currently available and could cause significant setbacks in Europe’s efforts to battle the virus.”  

Notwithstanding our unwavering position that fur farming should be permanently banned across the EU due to unacceptable animal welfare outcomes and future potential public health risks, in the interim, we are calling on the European Commission to act immediately to suspend mink farming, the breeding of mink, and the import and export of live mink and their raw pelts, across the European Union.

ENDS

Read the Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink

Read the EFSA Report 

EU: 21 NGOs call for rejection of “dairy ban” that would directly contradict EU Farm to Fork Strategy.

21 NGOs call for rejection of “dairy ban” that would directly contradict EU Farm to Fork Strategy

19 February 2021

Today, Eurogroup for Animals joins forces with 20 animal welfare, environmental and consumer NGOs to call on the European Commission and EU member states to reject proposed restrictions on plant-based dairy. These plans could ban essential allergen information, milk cartons and product images and directly contradict the Farm to Fork Strategy and undermine the Paris agreement targets.

In a joint letter coordinated by the Good Food Institute Europe and ProVeg International, the NGOs argue that the plans, in a proposed amendment to the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), would directly contradict an EU pledge to promote more plant-based diets as part of its Farm to Fork food sustainability strategy. The proposals could also deprive consumers of essential allergen information and cause confusion by forcing companies to use “unnatural linguistic contortions” to describe their products.

Among the 21 signatories are also Eurogroup for Animals’ members Compassion in World Farming, Essere Animali and World Animal Protection

Far from reinstating existing laws, by banning any “direct or indirect use” or “evocation” of dairy products, Amendment 171 would introduce new restrictions preventing plant-based dairy products from:

  • Providing essential health and allergen information such as “lactose-free alternative to dairy milk”.
  • Using packaging that is similar to those used for dairy products, such as cartons.
  • Using images of the product being poured at a breakfast table, or white foam swirling in a cappuccino.
  • Informing consumers about the climate impact of foods, such as by comparing the carbon footprint of plant-based and conventional dairy.
  • Using helpful descriptors such as “creamy” or “buttery”.

Last October, a majority of Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the proposed restrictions – but they remain subject to negotiations with the European Commission and EU member states at trilogues expected in March.

The letter also calls on the European Commission and member states to oppose Amendment 72 – a vaguely-worded proposal that would introduce significant legal uncertainty that could jeopardise the labelling of plant-based foods in the future. 

The signatories warn that these new restrictions go significantly further than existing EU law, which already bans plant-based dairy products from using terms like “milk” and “cheese”.

They argue that encouraging the broader uptake of plant-based diets is key to achieving the EU’s emissions targetsreducing land and water use, and preventing further destruction of global biodiversity

Agriculture is responsible for 10.3% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 70% of those come from the animal sector. A recent study by the University of Oxford found that, without reducing the world’s reliance on animal agriculture, it will be impossible to meet the Paris climate agreement.

life without rights

“When all the animals that have suffered in vain
would scream at the same moment
an incredible catastrophe would devastate the world
and the few surviving people would become deaf
and wander around in madness. “
(unknown)

regards and good night, Venus

An undercover woman reports …

From the Facebook page “Animals want life”

(Text under the Foto) : “We pay tribute to the brave and selfless women and men who take it upon themselves to make the films and pictures in animal factories and slaughterhouses that we can then use to educate the world about these terrible conditions”

“Being an animal rights activist is a tough job
We should show respect to these people
for their commitment, instead of complaining:
Why do you just film instead of helping?

The fact is: animal rights activists help the animals,
by documenting and forwarding them to the responsible authorities or media.
Often animal rights activists on site can do nothing more than a document, as they often put themselves in danger.

Received charges of assault and theft, in addition to the offense: trespassing
I myself document the animal suffering in stables in order to report violations to the responsible veterinary office, with luck the animals will be confiscated
And yes, it breaks my heart every time I can’t save the animals.
Try to save e.g. 10,000 turkeys from the next fattening facility yourself, right?

200 piglets, or 36 cattle, in which the latter – among other things – I have already succeeded
So please, don’t blame animal rights activists who put themselves in danger to help animals

Please help us by sharing the posts and drawing the attention of as many people as possible to animal cruelty.

Thank you very much”
💓
“Animals want life”

The undercover investigators have our full respect.
And our heartfelt thanks
Weeks, or even months in animal farms or animal research laboratories, are confronted with incredible suffering and live permanently under the risk of being discovered.
They should be an example for all of us

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands bans hare and rabbit hunting

Last week the Dutch House of Representatives approved a motion to remove both the brown hare and the rabbit from the “Wildlife List”.
This means that it would no longer be possible to hunt these species in the Netherlands in the future.

The Dutch Hunters Association criticizes the application as “unnecessary and legally unfeasible”.They say: Rabbits and brown hares would still be common and widespread in the Netherlands.

The “Partij voor de Dieren” (Party for Animal Welfare) recently tried to change the National Wildlife List in a parliamentary debate.

At the time, the party demanded that game species that are on the “Red List” be automatically removed from the list of huntable species.
Since a majority was not foreseeable at the time, the party withdrew its proposal.

Even then it was unclear whether a change in the “Wildlife List” could be legally enforced at all since the “Red List” has no legal status.
The hunters’ association claims that the animal welfare party had already tried in the past to abuse the corona crisis or the outbreak of bird flu for hunting bans.

In a renewed attempt to change the huntable species, the party was now successful.
With the support of the “Democrats 66”, the required majority for the “Partij voor de Dieren” proposal was now available.
The “Hunters` Association” accuses the “Democrats 66” of having cheated voters with the 180-degree turn shortly before the elections.
In December, the “D66” was still critical of the change to the “game list”.

As a result of the re-evaluation of the brown hare and rabbit on the basis of the updated “Red List” in 2020, both wild species were classified as “endangered”.

The hunters’ association does not want to accept the change in the game list without a fight and, if necessary, take it to the European Court of Justice (!!!)

https://www.jagderleben.de/news/hasen-kaninchenjagd-niederlanden-bald-verboten-712502

And I mean... one thing in advance: The European Court of Justice will not work, they have other worries
They are particularly busy with the naughtiness of the Germans, as we reported yesterday.
And in this case, it’s about bigger “rabbits”!

We welcome the correct decision of the Dutch Parliament!
The great pleasure of the Dutch hunters (like all hunters), to shoot defenseless animals cowardly from ambush while looking for food, – although no one needs their flesh and skin to survive- is now over.
As murderous as they are, they will try to fight this morally very progressive decision of the Dutch parliament by all means.

But the days of hunter dominance in media, politics, and society are finally over.

There is no such thing as a hunter ideology, and the majority of society regards hunters as militant, harmful weirdos.

My best regards to all, Venus