USA: Petition – Justice for Dog Locked in Cage and Left to Die.



Justice for Dog Locked in Cage and Left to Die

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PETITION TARGET: Fayette County DA, Richard Bower

In a callous act of neglect, a couple in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania locked one of their dogs in a cage on their back porch with no food or water and left him to die. The cage had been turned over with the door facing the ground, giving the desperate animal no hope of escape.

The dog became emaciated, deprived of sustenance or attention while his so-called guardians went on with their lives only steps away.

Pennsylvania State Police and animal control arrived at the home after neighbours reported the starving dog. When they arrived, they found the metal cage with the dog’s lifeless body inside.

Authorities confiscated five more dogs from the property, along with a cat and lizard. The animals were all malnourished and had clearly been living in their own feces and urine for some time, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

Police arrested Rachel Bonacci and Christopher Foreman, charging them each with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, along with misdemeanor cruelty and neglect. They are also facing citations for failing to have a dog license or vaccinating their animals. Both remain in the Fayette County Prison on $30,000 bonds.

Tragically, neighbours say they made numerous animal cruelty complaints about the situation over the last few months, with no action taken.

Even Belle Vernon Mayor Gerald Jackson admits that there has been a failure in the system to allow this cruelty to continue for so long.

An innocent animal died due to the heartless actions of this couple, and authorities failed to step in and save him in time. Prosecutors now need to ensure they serve justice for this dog’s suffering.

Sign the petition urging Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifetime ban on the defendants keeping animals, so no more dogs suffer this fate.


Go for it folks – please sign and lets get some justice !

Regards Mark (WAV)



Ireland / Kuwait: Latest (Irish Calf) Live Export News and Romanian Sheep Export Ship Position.

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We are currently sticking with live exports as like us, many visitors seem keen on this topic.

For those of you who want to keep up to date on what is happening in Ireland (EU) regarding live exports; we can suggest that you go to the CIWF Ireland Volunteer Facebook page at:


Here there is lots of news and articles about Irish exports.

You will see that investigations are finding that even after making the sea crossing from Ireland to France; after which calves should immediately go to a control post; some transporters are continuing their journey for at least another 5 hours. Some drivers have informed that the calves they carry have been on the truck for over 32 hours !

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This is completely against the EU Regulation to allegedly protect animals during transport – Reg 1/2005. The same is the case with the temperatures for sheep exported from Romania to Kuwait. Is the EU concerned about enforcing its own regulations or not ?

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Ship Tracking Update for Romanian Sheep Destined for Kuwait.

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…  And talking of the sheep exported from Romania; the Al Shuwaikh (Romania-Kuwait) is currently at anchor off of Port Said in the Eastern Mediterranean (North of Egypt).

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We do not know at this time why the vessel is at anchor there at this time – to take on supplies and food for the animals ? – who knows.

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We will continue to give position updates as we track the vessel.


Regards Mark (WAV).


Photos from Marine Traffic photographers as credited.

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Netherlands: The Convicted Dutch Criminal Who Still Exports Live Sheep for Eid. Why Does the EU Not Act ???



The Dutch Convict who still exports sheep from the UK to mainland Europe; and guess what, the EU does Nothing !


Photos by campaigner friend Val Cameron.

Here is a very brief insight into fairly recent events in England by a Dutch livestock exporter who was exposed for illegal activities back in 2010.


His name is Johannes Onderwater

Johannes Onderwater owns and operates the ‘Joline’ ship (or rather a bathtub – ex Soviet battle tank carrier for use on rivers) which undertakes services carrying livestock between Ramsgate (UK) and Calais (France) – across the English Channel, which is not a river.

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Above – The river vessel ‘Joline’ Crosses the English Channel with full livestock transporters.


Onderwater is a convicted criminal. This conviction was proven by an animal export organisation I was personally involved with back in 2010, in a UK court of law at Folkestone, Kent, when, working in conjunction with Kent Trading Standards (KTS); on 5th July 2010 at Folkestone Magistrates Court, Kent, Onderwater Agneaux BV (Onderwaters company) pleaded guilty to no less than six (6) offences under the Animal Health Act 1981 of causing the transport of sheep in contravention of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 (Protection of animals during transport).

As a result, Onderwater’s company, Onderwater Agneaux BV (of the Netherlands), was fined at Folkestone a total of £10,370. And so, under UK law, by being prosecuted in this way, and pleading guilty to offences, Onderwater IS a convicted criminal.

As the lead up to this particular court prosecution; Onderwater was shipping live sheep out of Dover port; whilst declaring on paperwork that ‘boxed meat’ only was being shipped. At the time, and it is still the case, Onderwater was using sealed box type trailers for carrying livestock – not your conventional type trailers where you can actually see the animals. These are fully enclosed trailers which to all purposes, look like a typical refrigerated trailer.


Here is a photo of one loading onto the Joline – would you know this trailer is full of live sheep ? – it is.

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So here he was exporting live sheep for slaughter out of England via Dover port; whilst declaring on export paperwork he was carrying ‘boxed meat’. It was only by chance and vigilance of the crew of the P&O cross Channel ferry that something suspicious (a smell) was noticed with the trailer. The captain of the ferry was called, the owner of the truck and trailer was forced to open it up; and then all the live sheep were seen rather than the boxed meat as declared on the carnet !

So, it was decided to take Onderwater to court for misleading the authorities and the ferry operator, and for ‘fixing’ the export paperwork; and for animal abuse. As you can read from the start, 5/7/10 was the day we finally got him into court.

In court, Onderwater Agneaux BV (Onderwaters company) pleaded guilty to no less than six (6) offences under the Animal Health Act 1981 (England) of causing the transport of sheep in contravention of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 (the Protection of animals during transport).

As a result, Onderwater’s company, Onderwater Agneaux BV (of the Netherlands), was fined at Folkestone a total of £10,370. And so, under UK law, by being prosecuted in this way, and pleading guilty to offences, Onderwater became a convicted criminal in the UK.

Cut to this week; mid July 2019; and Onderwater is still exporting live sheep out of England for slaughter at the festival of Eid. Whjy ? – because the Dutch authorities were too lenient on him at the time of the court case – his business is Dutch registered and so only the Dutch authorities can take action; they ‘ticked him off’ but continued to allow him to operate rather than close down the entire operation.

July 2019 – We are now as amazed as we were back in July 2010; that an exporter who pleads guilty in an English court of law to no less than 6 animal welfare offences; including the EU Reg 1/2005 on the transport of live animals; is still operating taking British sheep to mainland Europe for slaughter at Eid.

Is it us or is there a real problem with live animal transporters in the EU ? – we guess that the events in Romania involving 70,000 live sheep this week just go to prove that the EU has not got any grip on the issue of live animal transport.


Further reading:


Published: 14:52, 22 July 2010

 | Updated: 15:12, 22 July 2010


As Mark Rolfe from KTS (who prosecuted with us) said back in 2010, the trade in live animals is ‘unacceptable and illegal’.

If it is, then why does the EU still allow Onderwater to export live sheep out of England some 9 years on from his conviction ?

Regards Mark.


The closed box trailer with sheep is checked before export

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Onderwater operates White Scania cab vehicles, such as this:

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EU: Live Export Latest – MEP Demands Action Against Romania – and … Is the new President-elect of the Commission committed to making a change for animals?

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Netherlands (Dutch) MEP Anja Hazekamp calls on the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Romania, after the country authorises mass transport of 70.000 sheep from the Port of Midia to the Persian Gulf while temperatures rise above 45 °C.


Fighting for the animals – MEP Anja Hazekamp


This is in breach with European rules on the protection of animals during transport, which state that inside the vehicle or vessel, temperatures must be maintained below 30 °C during the entire journey.

Over the past couple of days, MEP Hazekamp – as well as European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis – urged the Romanian authorities not to authorise this particular transport. As Romania ignored their calls, the  Kuwaiti vessel ‘Al Shuwaikh’ left the port on Sunday night, carrying tens of thousands of exhausted and mistreated sheep.  “This is totally unacceptable! Despite the many warnings, Romania keeps on violating EU rules, allowing all these animals to suffer and perish aboard this monster boat,” says Hazekamp.

Hazekamp visited the Port of Midia last weekend, where she observed horrendous animal abuse during loading. “Sheep were kicked, beaten and attacked with electric poles, but Romanian authorities refused to intervene.

Europe can no longer look the other way. Animal welfare rules are being violated systematically. The Commission must act now.”

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In addition to the infringement procedure, Hazekamp has been advocating a total ban on live animal exports to non-EU countries.

Last February, the European Parliament supported her proposal (in its Implementation Report on Animal Transport). However, as live exports are still continued and as animal suffering during transport has not been stopped yet, Hazekamp called on the newly installed MEPs, to establish a Committee of Inquiry to investigate breaches of EU rules and put an end to the suffering.

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Is the new President-elect of the Commission committed to making a change for animals?


Ursula von der Leyen will be the next President of the European Commission after a majority of MEPs voted in favour of her appointment tonight. While animals or agriculture weren’t mentioned in her statement addressing the European Parliament today, Eurogroup for Animals did welcome the support she expressed for renewed actions to improve animal welfare during hearings with Parliamentary political groups last week.

Following a question by Petras Auštrevičius at the Renew Europe meeting, she explained that animal welfare is included in the programme related to biodiversity and climate neutrality. She said that it is one of the questions the people of Europe want the European institutions to act upon, and that it is a “noble task to take on.” After a question by Yannick Jadot at the Greens/EfA meeting, she also stated that animal welfare “should be one of the main pillars of the Common Agriculture Policy”.

During her half-hour opening statement today on political guidelines for the next five years, the President-elect said that she would support the de facto right of legislative initiative for the Parliament – which could mean that long-awaited legislative improvements to animal welfare might finally be within reach.

Notably, Frederick Federley MEP (Renew Europe, SE), a Vice President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, said that the Parliament has long been asking for a framework law on animal welfare, and that since von der Leyen said that she would support a right of initiative – meaning that she commits to respond to Parliament own-initiative resolutions with draft legislation – they are going to “hold her accountable” for this, and would expect such a proposal to be forthcoming as a result.

“After a decade of legislative stasis, we are pleased to welcome a President of the Commission who is a friend to animals both personally and politically,” said Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. “We are encouraged by her statements last week, and look forward to working with her Commission over the next five years to deliver real improvements for animals across our Union and beyond.”

When she is sworn in on November 1st, the Brussels-born German politician – who is a horse, goat and dog-owner – will be the thirteenth President of the Commission and the first woman to hold the position.

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Australia: More Live Exports – Show the Gutless EU Up – Take Action for Aus Sheep.



Mark, with your support, we successfully stopped the live export of sheep into searing conditions in the Middle East from June to August.

But we know the highest risk period for heat stress is from May to October, and right now, exporters are preparing to resume their cruel trade and consign thousands of sheep to suffering from September onwards.

Right now, we have a chance to stop this.

Hit send on your response, and we can ensure the regulator stops live sheep exports during the incredible heat and humidity of September – as they should, and starting this year.


The Department of Agriculture has opened a public consultation on this issue, and is proposing three options for regulation of the trade, including an option that would see no ships leave for the Middle East in September.

We need your voice to call to back this decision in the final regulatory conditions – and importantly, to demand it’s extended to include October as well.

The science is clear. The evidence is indisputable. Sheep will continue to suffer and die in long-haul live exports during September and October.

Conditions on ships during these months are simply too hot, and too humid.

We have just 5 days to take action. Please, speak up for Aussie sheep today.











EU-animal law: legalized murder




The murders in the meat industry all have the same goal: to make money with the blood and suffering of the animals. This also applies to most politicians and lobbyists.

A few days ago, a ship with 70,000 (still) living beings has been send from the Romanian port Midia to the Midle East.
The hangmen of the Muslim and Jewish slaughterhouses are a bit different from the hangmen of European slaughterhouses.
To understand this, the following video will help:

“Shot in December 2018 in a slaughterhouse in Aveyron, these images show the legal abuse of slaughter without stunning allowed in France by derogation for the Jewish and Muslim cults.

According to the INRA Animal Pain expert report, an animal shot without stunning can remain conscious for up to 11 minutes”.

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The meat lobby is located in the individual countries, which are not interested in getting a handle on the transport problem.
Animal transports mean subsidies from Brussels and that is why corrupt politicians are involved in the business (as we see in the case of the 70,000 sheep from Romania to Midle East ).

In Europe we have something called Animal Welfare.
On the paper, we are right at the forefront.

First section-German animal welfare law, § 1

“Nobody is allowed to cause pain or harm to an animal without an acceptable reason”.

For this we -the Europeans- have entrusted to some brain-brillant commissioners the preservation of this law. With our voice and our money.

In recent years, however, we observe a provocative cooperation (man calls it tolerance) of the “competent” commissioners with the animal transport mafia, and especially with countries that, as poor and weak EU partners, the meat business under any circumstances operate because that’s their main financial source. With devastating consequences for the animals.

They try to enforce their own interests and power games, nobody controls them, ( because according to EU, animal welfare is “country thing” ) so their chances of maximizing their profit are very high.
Let’s put it this way: they have all the options to live from the animas und from their suffering.  And they do it.

And now to the case “Midia”, Romania.

“Nobody is allowed to transport 40-degree-a-day animals without water and food, unless one manages to make millions of them.” says the brain-brilliant Commissioner Andriukaitis a word of power, but finally the EU has learned to respect the law of the strongest, and thus ships the Kuwaiti Transport Mafia (with the permission of the Romanian Minister) the 70,000 animal victims in countries that do not need to give an “acceptable” reason for the muslim massacre, because they consider animal welfare as unacceptable!

With that, the topic animal welfare law is done!
At least for our continent, it’s not even worth the paper it was written on.

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What is it about finally here?

It`s about torment, it’s about deliberate, illegal animal cruelty.
For days in the ship, with pre-programmed and painful death for many animals and with an unimaginable hell for the survivors. That`s about it!
And further, it is about the outrageous hypocrisy of the EU Commissioner, who allows all this, because “who is brutally killed in other cultures, is none of our business”!
Animal welfare is murder thing!!

Best regards, Venus



Kuwait / Romania: Livestock Ship Watch – 70,000 Live Sheep Exported from Romania en route to Kuwait.



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We can confirm that the AL SHUWAIKH which is carrying 70,000 live sheep to the Middle East (Kuwait) for Eid ritual slaughter is currently in the Med Sea to the West of Cyprus.

This is ritual slaughter ………….


It is currently expected to arrive at Kuwait on Saturday 20th July at around 0700 hrs.


It is travelling at a speed of about 15-16 knots.

It was built in 1986, has a gross tonnage of 18,341, and sails under the flag of Kuwait.



Watching us, watching them !

Regards WAV.




EU: MEPs to vote on first female EU Commission president.

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MEPs to vote on first female EU Commission president

Ursula von der Leyen, currently the German defence minister, has been nominated to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker.

The European Parliament will decide later whether or not to block the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission.

Ms von der Leyen, currently the German defence minister, was nominated to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker (Below) by the leaders of EU countries at a marathon three-day summit in Brussels two weeks ago.

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The 751 MEPs of the European Parliament in Strasbourg will vote this evening in a secret ballot.

Ms von der Leyen needs 374 votes in order to secure the job but anything less than 400 would give her a weak mandate.

Ms von der Leyen will replace Jean-Claude Juncker if the move is approved by MEPs

She has spent the past two weeks trying to secure her position by promising policy pledges to the various different political groupings in the parliament whose votes she needs.

It has emerged that the current secretary-general of the commission Martin Selmayr, a controversial shadowy figure who has wielded significant power under Mr Juncker, will not continue if she gets the job.

Her pitch culminated with a speech earlier in the parliament chamber setting out her agenda for Europe.

It is expected that the vote could be tight.

The group representing green parties from across the union has already said it will not be supporting her nomination.

This could put her in the unusual, controversial and contradictory position of having to rely on votes from far-right parties in order to be voted in.

She is a member of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Unionist (CDU) party and is a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ms von der Leyen has already said that she will stand down as German defence minister.

She said in a tweet on Monday: “Tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the European Parliament.

“Regardless of the outcome, I will step down as Minister of Defence on Wednesday in order to serve Europe with all my strength.”

Her challenge is to make several different political groups from across the spectrum happy enough to vote for her.

The fact that she would be the commission’s first ever female president will hold some weight for MEPs.

She is from a centrist political party with values that should appeal to the majority of MEPs.

But against that is the fact that the EU member state leaders ended up ditching the “lead candidate” system in which the parliament proposed the candidates for commission president.

That angered a significant number of MEPs from across the board.

She is overtly a federalist who has said she would like to see a United States of Europe, though she conceded that it would not be likely in her lifetime.

On Brexit, she has said that she is open to a further extension if the UK requests it and there is good reason for it.

However no real changes should be expected in the EU stance on Brexit under her leadership because it is the EU member state leaders who drive the Brexit policy.

The commission and its president simply enact the mandate given to them.


WAV Comment – like stopping 70,000 Romanian sheep being exported to the Middle East in temperatures way above the maximum set under EU Reg 1/2005 – or not ! – Yes, NOT.

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Romania: Re 70,000 Sheep Exported to the Middle East. How to Contact Romanian MEP’s to Express Your Disgust at Their Nation.


The issue:


If any of you wish to make e mail contact with Romanian MEPs about their nation allowing 70,000 live sheep to be exported in conditions that do not meet EU transport standards – Regulation 1/2005; then here is the way to get the full list of all the MEPs which represent Romania in the European Parliament.


Click on: 


Then in the drop down box for ‘Country’ – select ‘Romania’.


You should then be presented with a photographic list of all the MEPs which represent Romania in the Parliament.

It is very easy to make contact. Lets take the first name on the list as an example – Clotide Armand.

Simply click on her name below the picture. This then enlarges to a larger picture with graphics below – if you put the mouse pointer over the first 2 then you will get e mail access. Simply click on either one of these and you should then have the ability to write an e mail direct to Clotide Armand.


Dear MEP`s

We have read these days with horror in the media that a ship of the company AL SHUWAIKH (which made very negative headlines in the past and in the transport of animals) transports 70,000 sheep from Romania to the Middle East.

According to Article 3 of EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005, animals may not be transported if the transport results in injuries and unnecessary suffering (in this case, temperatures above 40 degrees are clearly an unnecessary suffering).

Although Romania is an EU country and subsidized accordingly, it disregards the instructions of EU Commissioner Andriukaitis to the Romanian Agrarian Minister Petre Daea to stop transport in Midia and acts in his own right and interest against animals, morals and laws.

KLTT, a major exporter of Australian sheep, was the subject of a major scandal that attracted attention from Animals Australia over the past year. This company has a long list of violations and is responsible for the death of more than one million sheep on board in recent decades.

In 2018, animals were found to bake on their own skin on KLTT vessels, gasping for breath, suffocating in faecal matter and not lying down to rest or even reach for food or water.

During such travels, heat and moisture combinations reached levels that caused heat stroke, resulting in sheep literally cooking alive in ship holds.

Such visions of Australian sheep, suffering and dying of heat stress, have sparked outrage throughout the country and across the world over the past year and led to comprehensive reform of the regulations – including the ban on trade in live sheep from Australia during the summer months in the Middle East.

EU membership requires certain moral rules based on common culture and manifested by basic civilization standards. We urge you, as EU representative of Romania, to ask the relevant ministry of your country to respect laws and ban animal transport in the summer.


Best regards,

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Other options you can select also include Twitter and Facebook.

Write to the Romanian MEPs now to express your disgust at what their nation is doing for 70,000 sheep en route to the Middle East.

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Germany: the land of 8 million tons meat!


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German Development Minister Gerd Müller returns to Germany on Sunday after a week’s state visit to Brazil and complains that the rainforest is being cut down!!

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His mission was to further develop the cooperation projects, in particular for the protection of the rainforest, the indigenous population and the Amazon Fund.
He says in the media: “I expect more engagement in the Amazon (!!!)

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Why does he say it in the media and not his colleague, Minister and lobbyist of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner?

It is well known that Germany not only supplies Brazil with dangerous pesticides, which are banned even in the EU, but is also responsible for cutting down the Amazon in Brazil.

Germany is not only one of the largest milk producers, but also one of the largest meat producers in the world. Subsidized with tax money!

Germany produces 8 million tons of meat every year! In order to be able to produce that amount of meat at all, it needs food for the animals.

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Germany imports most of the soya from Latin America. Incidentally, the most important supplier of beef to the EU is Argentina. To be able to produce this amount of soy, forests are cleared and burned. An extraordinary ecosystem with a high biodiversity disappears.


Few people are aware that an invisible bond of destruction is moving from European mass animal farms to the forests of South America. There huge soy plantations destroy the native fauna and flora. It is an environmental crime that often forests are cut down for cultivation, the soil is leached out and water is polluted.

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In 2016, this was about 2.9 million tonnes of soy and soy products.

This soya is used by food and meat processors and is used for the rearing of chickens, pigs and cattle or for the production of eggs and dairy products, which are sold in many German supermarkets and restaurants.

So if the topic of Amazon, climate change or CO2 is discussed, why is the issue of factory farming not mentioned? Animal products are associated with high greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and inefficient land use!

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Livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products has high CO2 emissions and produces 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas. That’s more than all the cars, planes and other means of transport in the world.
A person who eats plant-based foods 1 day a week for 1 year can lower their CO2 emissions by 234 kg per year (estimated based on the carbon footprint of various foods).

Please calculate this now, if you consider that Germany produces 8 million tons of meat per year and about 33 million tons of milk!

The agricultural lobby is powerful, that means. And it is subsidized in Germany with tax money, which then for education, care and so on. is not available.
From the EU, the German agricultural lobby receives about 6 billion Euros and these are causing severe damage in other countries. On average, every EU citizen pays 32 cents a day for the EU criminal agricultural policy.


It is estimated that over 30 million tonnes of genetically modified feed are imported into Europe each year to feed pigs, poultry, dairy and beef cattle and farmed fish.
Much of the soybean and corn used for this purpose is grown in South America, including Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

Cheap meat, milk and eggs can only be produced with cheap soybeans, which, however, cost the countries of origin expensive: Deforested rainforests, destroyed environment, poisoning of humans and animals are the result.


This is not agriculture. This is a murder factory in the field.

This documentary explores the effects of soybean cultivation in South America and shows people in South America and Europe alternatives to the devastating vicious circle. The Video is in English and Spanish with German subtitles.


My comment: The solution would be a Germanexit.

Only incompetent and irresponsible politicians have Germany.

We are dealing with a ruling clique, with corrupt oligarchs who are at least interested in the rights of animals and the rescue of the climate.
Everywhere scandals and manure stands in slaughterhouses we read lately.
And instead of finally abolishing factory farming or at least punishing criminal slaughterhouse operators, the slaughterhouse’s girlfriend, Agriculture Minister Klöckner, wants stricter penalties for activists exposing these crimes.

No more subsidies for the meat.
Meat consumption must be private, as well as smoking.
This state-subsidized factory farming must cost as much as the damage it does.
I consider it a political prostitution to subsidize meat.

My best regards to all, Venus


Romania: Is Exporting 70,000 Live Sheep to the Gulf. They are Still In Port in Midia (Romania) – More News to Come.


Final Update 15/7 – 22-15hrs GMT.


We can confirm that the 70,000 Romanian sheep ARE now en route to Kuwait for slaughter.

Below our comments is the confirmation from EU sources

This is typical of the farce that is the EU, and which shows that Commissioner Andriukaitis is simply being ignored by member states who only do what they want to do. His pleas with them to stop the exports mean nothing – he is a man regarded as a joke.

Oh, now he is talking about ‘infringement proceedings’ against Romania because they have disobeyed him !

There is one way to stop all of this and that is to impose a maximum 8 hour journey time for all animals in transport. Commissioner Andriukaitis will not do this because he does not have the guts; and the meat mafia lobby will grind him down to crawl round every obstacle to meet their demands as they always do. In the meantime; our elected so called ‘politicians’ in the EU parliament just sit there and let it all go on – so what, another 70,000 animals which would have been slaughtered anyway.

Any wonder that EU citizens have no faith in the ‘masters’ that sit in the ivory tower called ‘the Parliament’. MEPs and Commissioners are paid to take action – this is yet another example of how they are simply ignored by some member states who do not give a toss about animal welfare (Romania) – and only think about lining their pockets as a result.

We will watch to see what strict actions Commissioner Andriukaitis will take against Romania about all of this. Expect nothing as usual – he and the rest are all talk and no action.


EU Confirmation:

Today’s Agri-Fish Council meeting saw a debate on live animal transport by the ministers in attendance, with the majority supporting Commissioner Andriukaitis’ call for the suspension of journeys during summer.

In his opening speech on the topic, the Commissioner stated that Australia has banned live export during the summer season, stating that “the EU cannot lag behind.” He welcomed initiatives from certain Member States that have suspended temporarily long-distance live transport in line with last year’s request by the EU Commission.

On the subject of this weekend’s decision by Romania to go ahead with the transport of 70,000 sheep from Romania to the Persian Gulf, Commissioner Andriukaitis said that the Commission is investigating the issue and that “infringement proceedings against Romania cannot be excluded at this time”.



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The Al Shuwaikh livestock carrier is:

AL SHUWAIKH current position is 40.92476 N / 28.87827 E on Jul 15, 2019 19:45 UTC. Vessel AL SHUWAIKH (IMO: 8506361, MMSI: 447070000) is a Livestock Carrier built in 1986 and currently sailing under the flag of Kuwait.

Current destination of AL SHUWAIKH is KUWAIT and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is Jul 20, 06:00.



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10/7/19 – Commissioner Andriukaitis asks the Romanian Minister to stop the shipment of 70.000 sheep


Commissioner Andriukaitis has called on Petre Daea, the Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, to stop the cruel shipment of 70,000 sheep from Romania to the Persian Gulf. This is welcomed by Eurogroup for Animals and its member organisation Animals Australia, which carried out investigations of this terrible practice in previous summers and has been campaigning against it ever since.

The EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety’s request follows outcry from civil society and is based on the impossibility of guaranteeing the welfare of the animals transported under extreme temperatures.

70,000 sheep are expected to be loaded into the vessel Al Shuwaikh, owned by the Kuwaiti company Livestock Transport & Trading (KLTT), also known as Al Mawashi, and sent to Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE for the “Festival of Sacrifice” which takes place in August.

KLTT, a major exporter of Australian sheep, was the subject of a major scandal brought to the attention of the media by Animals Australia last year. This company has a long record of violations and is responsible for the onboard deaths of more than a million sheep in the past decades. In 2018 animals on KLTT vessels were found baking in their own skins, gasping for air, smothered in faeces  and unable to lie down to rest or even reach food or water. During such voyages, heat and humidity combinations reached levels that caused heat stroke, resulting in sheep literally cooking alive in the holds of vessels. 

Such visions of Australian sheep suffering and dying of heat stress created outrage across the country last year and led to major regulatory reforms – including the banning of the trade of live sheep from Australia during the Middle East’s summer months.

Taking into account the weather forecast in the Persian Gulf area during July” – said the Commissioner in his letter to Minister Daea – “I urge you as a gesture of responsibility to stop the imminent export of sheep to the Persian Gulf”. He stressed the impossibility of complying with EU animal welfare legal provisions under extreme temperatures.

“We are pleased with the intervention of Commissioner Andriukaitis, and we urge the Romanian Ministry to respond positively to his call. Indeed, this shipment is likely to breach Art 3 of the EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005 stating that animals shall not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering,” says Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals. “At their destination, these animals will be slaughtered without stunning. To go through this after enduring terrible conditions throughout the voyage – if they survive at all – is barbaric. We cannot let this happen yet again.”

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WAV Comment:

We have the ability nowdays to know exactly where the ship is at all times – where it is going to and its current position.

We do not have any proof, but strongly suspect (as we have done live export for about 30 years) that this consignment is going for the Eid al-Adha 2019 – the ‘festival of sacrifice’ – and will begin in the evening of 11 August and end in the evening of 15 August.  

We are expecting the Dutch (livestock exporters) to start exporting British sheep from the UK to mainland Europe for the same reason in the next few weeks.  We may give reports about this also in the near future.  One thing is for sure, the crap that is the EU don’t give a damn about enforcement of regulations when it comes to live animal transportation; and the Romanians (an EU member state) will not give a damn either – making money at whatever cost is all they are interested in.


Update:  70.000 sheep cruel export from Romania to the Gulf: despite the urgent call from


yesterday, we hear from reliable sources the KLTT ship is still waiting to dock in the Port of Midia, (Midia is a small Romanian port)  please help the sheep & call on


to stop the shipment


USA: Trump Administration Proposal to Remove Federal Protection for Gray Wolves Is Scientifically and Legally Flawed. Last Day for ACTION.





Trump Administration Proposal to Remove Federal Protection for Gray Wolves Is Scientifically and Legally Flawed


Washington, D.C. Today is the final day to submit comments on the Trump Administration’s proposal to strip Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for all gray wolves living in the lower 48 United States, except for the separately listed Mexican gray wolf.

Comments submitted by conservation groups The Rewilding Institute, Project Coyote and Wildlands Network point to substantial flaws and omissions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) analysis of the relevant science and their interpretation of various ESA mandates.  The ESA requires that decisions to remove endangered species from federal protection under the ESA must be based on “the best scientific and commercial data” available at the time of the decision.  It also requires a determination that the species is no longer in danger of extinction “throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”

Wolves are as essential to the health of their ecosystems as they are reliant upon healthy ecosystems for their survival.  When allowed to exist at ecologically effective population densities and distributions, vital functions of wolves include keeping large herbivores from overgrazing their habitat and limiting populations of mid-sized predators.  Removal of wolves or other top carnivores from an ecosystem can unleash a cascade of responses that diminishes biodiversity and overall ecosystem health.  By disproportionate predation on the sick and weak, coursing predators such as wolves generate evolutionary selection for healthier, faster prey.  With Chronic Wasting Disease rapidly infecting big game herds across the country, scientific studies indicate that restoring wolves to vast areas of their former range could be an effective strategy for reducing the prevalence and checking the spread of this devastating disease and other wildlife diseases.

“The USFWS proposal erroneously claims that restoring gray wolves to the three Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan plus the three Northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming at a minimum population of about 2,000 wolves will assure their long-term survival in the lower 48 United States throughout all or a significant portion of their range,” said David Parsons, a wildlife biologist who formerly led the USFWS’s Mexican Wolf Recovery Program and who is now the Carnivore Conservation Biologist for The Rewilding Institute and a science advisor to Project Coyote.  “It is hard not to conclude that the proposal to delist gray wolves represents a political decision in search of a science-based justification, rather than a well-reasoned decision that flows from a critical application of the best available science, as is required by the ESA.”

Gray wolves formerly ranged throughout all or parts of 42 states and historically numbered at least in the hundreds of thousands.  The USFWS has determined that the restoration of gray wolves to about 10 percent of their historic range and only a fraction of 1 percent of their historical abundance is sufficient to deem them recovered and no longer in danger of extinction.

“No credible conservation geneticist would consider the USFWS’s gray wolf recovery goals to be anywhere near adequate to ensure the long-term viability, ecological function, and evolutionary potential of gray wolves in the lower 48 states,” said Dr. Michael Soule, a Project Coyote science advisory board member and a founder of the discipline of conservation biology.

“The proposed rule ignores vast swaths of existing, highly suitable habitat, which will remain indefinitely impoverished by reduced biological diversity and impaired ecosystem health,” said Kim Crumbo, Senior Carnivore Expert for Wildlands Network. “Today, wolves inhabit only a small fraction of their historic range within the lower 48 states. But wolves have yet to recover in additional parts of the country—including the Pacific Northwest, northern California, the southern Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon ecoregion and the Northeast—where prime wolf habitat still exists.”

A peer review by independent scientists, commissioned by the USFWS, found demonstrable errors of scientific fact, interpretation and logic throughout the proposed gray wolf delisting rule and the accompanying biological report.  Substantive reviews by other conservation organizations and independent scientists corroborate and add to the findings of the commissioned peer reviewers.  For example, on May 7, more than 100 scientists and scholars sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt stating that the proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states “does not represent the best-available science pertaining to wolf conservation.”

The peer reviewers’ recommendations leave the USFWS with two options:  1) produce a proposal that is consistent with the best available science as informed by the independent peer reviewers and others, or 2) retract the proposal altogether.  Ignoring the peer and public review findings and recommendations in part or in whole will be met with public outcry and most likely litigation.

Americans remain supportive of wolf conservation and of the ESA.  Recent research indicates three in five hold a positive attitude towards wolves.  Even those living in wolf range have a largely positive attitude toward these magnificent animals. In 2013, the last time the USFWS proposed a national delisting of wolves, approximately one million Americans stated their opposition to stripping endangered species protection from gray wolves, and it appears there will be substantially more public opposition this time.


Comments on the gray wolf delisting proposal are being accepted until midnight July 15.  Click here to submit comments. 





See Project Coyote’s and The Rewilding Institute’s comments on the proposed rule here.

See Wildlands Network’s comments here.


Learn more about gray wolves here.




Project Coyote, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, is a North American coalition of wildlife educators, scientists, ranchers, and community leaders promoting coexistence between people and wildlife, and compassionate conservation through education, science, and advocacy. For more information, visit

The Rewilding Institute’s mission is to develop and promote ideas and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation in North America, particularly the need for widely distributed and ecologically effective populations of large carnivores and effective landscape corridors for their movement.  TRI offers a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization in North America. Visit to learn more.

Wildlands Network is a western-based, national organization whose mission is to reconnect, restore and rewild North America so that the diversity of life can thrive. We envision a world where nature is unbroken, and where humans co-exist in harmony with the land and its wild inhabitants. Visit to learn more.

Portugal: Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees – or, How It Used to be Before Intensive Factory Farming !



Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees

A farm in Portugal is showing how the ancient art of silvopasture – combining livestock with productive trees – may offer some real answers to the climate crisis

The land to the north of the village of Foros de Vale Figueira in southern Portugal has been owned and farmed through the centuries by Romans, Moors, Christians, capitalists, far rightists, even the military. It has been part of a private fiefdom, worked by slaves as well as communists.

Now this 100-hectare (247-acre) patch of land just looks exhausted – a great empty grassland without trees, people or animals, wilting under a baking Iberian sun.

But look closely and you can just see the future: tips of thousands of tiny oak and nut trees following the contours and poking through thick mulches of grass and leaves.

“This will be the new montado,” says Alfredo Cunhal, referring to a pre-medieval Portuguese system of farming. He is an agricultural scientist whose great-grandfather cleared the cork and olive trees that were once scattered around, and whose family then overworked the land by dosing it with chemicals and growing monocultures of cereals.

The montado system combines herds of animals with productive trees and shrubs. Cunhal’s vision is to create an oasis-style abundance on land where there is often no rain for nine months of the year and where temperatures can reach 49C (120F

“Imagine tall trees, like 40-metre tall walnuts, putting down leaves, letting light through, drawing up water. Below them, cork oaks giving shade, and a line of citrus and olive trees; and then imagine vines climbing the trees. The fruit and nuts will provide the food for the pigs, chickens, cows and other animals who graze there,” he says.

“Animals are the key,” he says. “They are important for the whole ecosystem, as well as part of the food chain. They must be balanced with the tree system. Pigs provide digestion, and are good for the soil, they disturb the ground and fertilise the land. The natural fertility cycles work better with them. The pig is not a meat machine but a friend of nature.”

The “new montado” at Herdade do Freixo do Meio farm will take years to mature but will repay itself many times over with the variety of food produced and healthier soils, he says. “It offers resilience against fires and global heating and it soaks up the carbon,” he says.

‘The pig is not a meat machine but a friend of nature,’ says Cunhal

Animals are free to roam under the shade of trees and shrubs at a co-operative farm in Portugal.

“We are aiming to go from zero to abundance in a few years. We can put chickens on the land soon, pigs and sheep will follow, cows come later. We invest now, and the next generation sees the real benefits,” he says.

Cunhal, who comes from a large landowning family related to Portugal’s legendary communist leader Álvaro Cunhal, says he has had to reject much of what he was taught about farming at college.

“I spent five years studying agriculture and I never heard the word ecology. We were taking more and more from the land but we were farming monocultures. We were eating the system. I was managing 7,000 hectares for my family but I never noticed the trees. I really didn’t know anything. I produced a lot but I needed so many inputs. I needed carbon, energy, chemicals. I could do nothing efficiently. The land was eroded, the soil damaged.”

Demoralised, he gave up managing the family estate in 1990, took a share of the land, and started to run 600 hectares on organic, co-operative lines with a collective of 35 people, many of whom had worked on the estate for years. Together, these “partners” are converting the whole farm into a full montado system.

The results are beginning to show. Wild boar, lynx and deer roam freely, while old varieties of pig, cattle, chickens and turkeys are rotated among the established oak and olive trees and in newly planted orchards. The farm grows almost every type of Mediterranean food among the trees, as well as 40 varieties of fruit and nut.

“We can grow water,” says Cunhal. “By planting trees whose roots go deep we are drawing moisture up and building soils, creating the possibility to grow even more.”

The complexity of the system baffles conventional farmers who mostly specialise in a handful of crops or products. But Cunhal dismisses monocultures as “the end of life” and insists there is resilience and safety in diversity.

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The variety of food produced is astonishing. The farm grows dozens of fruit and vegetable crops and makes and sells 600 different products, ranging from eight kinds of oak flours and breads, to meats, wine and olive oils.

“It’s far more than any normal farm would ever consider. This used to be a cork oak farm. Now cork is just 5% of the turnover. Four years ago we were 100% dependent on the open market and wholesalers. Now nearly 50% of what we grow is sold directly to consumers. We have a butchery, bakery, olive oil press, smoker,” he says.

A montado system also demands a new social approach. “It’s not right that a system of farming as complex as this should be run by one person. Far better that a whole community should propose how it works. Eventually we want consumers to be part of the farm, too,” says Cunhal, who says he intends to eventually hand the land over to the co-operative.

“It works because the risks and the benefits are shared. Together we are resilient to shocks. We employ more people. We produce variety. It’s a different approach.”

Partners working at Herdade do Freixo do Meio

“It is very exciting. This is the meeting place of trees, crops and animals,” says Ricardo Silva, a trained biologist who switched to forestry before coming to Herdade do Freixo do Meio. “The results are measured not just in profits, but in the social and ecological benefits created. We cannot say exactly, but our hypothesis is that we can double, even treble production without taking away from the land.”

Twenty years ago, an approach like this might have been dismissed as marginal, perhaps as an ecological experiment to be conducted by wealthy landowners. But that idea is changing fast as the needs of the environment are recognised, says Patrick Caron, chair of the UN’s high-level panel of experts on food security and nutrition and a former head of Cirad, the French food research agency.

“We need a transformation of our food systems. It does not involve a return to the way our grandparents farmed – that would be a catastrophe. But we must take stock of the principles of what they were doing, and their knowledge.

“Change is happening. The big companies know it, too. The meat industry used to laugh, but now they are preparing for change. It is possible to move from mass production to quality.”.

“Farmers became fascinated by the baubles of technology in the 1930s. They tried to simplify everything,” says Patrick Worms, senior science policy advisor at the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre.

“What Cunhal is doing is the opposite – using more animals, growing more crops, making everything more complex. He is supported by the science, which shows that you get much greater production when you mix things up, and when animals and plants interact.”

Studies from Africa, Brazil, Europe, Sri Lanka and elsewhere all show conclusively that interspersing trees, animals and crops can boost food production, but also build soil, increase biodiversity and sequester CO2 from the atmosphere, he says.

“Agro-forestry isn’t a ‘no man’s land’ between forestry and agriculture,” says Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. “We know it can help diversify and sustain food production and provide vital social, economic and environmental benefits for land.”

But even as scientists and policy-makers wake up to the potential of silvopastoralism as both a better way to grow food and as a way to respond to the climate crisis, the speed and the scale of change challenges the farm.

“We are more resistant to climate than our neighbours who farm conventionally, but a 3C rise in temperature here, which is where we are heading, means everything is lost. Higher and more extreme temperatures are a death threat to the animals. The land will go to desert. I am really worried. I have no doubt the climate crisis is happening. I feel it every day … Now we get more irregular summers and temperature increases every year,” says Cunhal.

He is one of eight Europeans trying to sue the EU over its climate change policies, which they argue are inadequate. “We had 49C last year. We are used to 43C. In 2017-18 we had an eight-month drought. Then in mid-December we had 100mm of rain in two hours. I have lived here for 30 years. It’s more unpredictable now; we risk stopping almost all the biological process.”

Barring disaster, Cunhal says he will continue to plant trees and rear animals. “We don’t want a square metre without shade. We must treat the farm as a common good. The satisfaction is in creating something beautiful.

I want to leave a landscape where everyone – humans and animals – feel good.”


…… and what system would you prefer ? ……

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Bullfighting: the medieval shame of Spain


How primitive and anti-social can people be in the middle of Europe?




Bullfighting is a lucrative business. The arguments “tradition” and “culture” are only an invention of the bull mafia to get appropriate EU subsidies for this murderous spectacle.

The animal cruelty committed before the fight is kept secret from the public. Animals are tormented with devilish ingenuity.

Animal welfare organizations continue to fight with education campaigns against the martyrdom of the bulls. Unfortunately, Spain is overwhelmed with its social system and invests in this “tradition” of the primitive, millions instead of investing in the education system.

Furthermore, in the high season and with thunderous applause from the spectators, around 30,000 animals die each year in the arenas.

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Almost none of the few brain-sick Europeans who regard this form of sadism as a “culture” and pay to see how a defenseless animal is massacred knows what really happens before the fight.

We will tell them that!

It starts with the days of transporting the bulls to the arena. In narrow containers they are brought on trucks in burning sunshine. Some lose up to 30 kilos and are so weakened that they collapse as soon as they are driven out of the stalls with iron forks.

Then the horns are counted. The animals are clamped in a headgear to saw off the horns, and then they are filed in a natural looking pointed shape.

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This is for two reasons: first, to weaken the animal by the long-lasting, unbearable pain – inside the horns are as sensitive nerves, as in a tooth – and second, the bull loses the sense of the distance by the reduction and therefore always pushes into the void.

At the same time, the horns are also drilled in several places to the nerve and planted in the holes wood splinters, so that any defensive maneuvers for the bull to hell’s torment.

So that he can not shout of pain, the vocal cord is severed in some battle sites.

Drugs and tranquilizers are given to animals before drinking in water to alter and destabilize their natural behavior. Mostly, the back of a fighting bull is also dirty or bloody due to severe diarrhea. With Spanish pepper suppositories the intestines of the animals are made to bleed.

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The night before the gruesome spectacle, the bulls are either placed on their backs in cramped boxes, or they push long nails through the genitals to prevent them from lying down and further weaken them through this incredible torture during the long night.

During the morning heavy bullets sacks the bull’s neck to unbalance them and make any head movement – which might surprise the bullfighter – extremely painful.

Despite the scorching heat, the animals will no longer be given water. Her eyes are smeared thick with Vaseline, so they can hardly recognize the torero, and the nostrils are stuffed with cotton wool so that it hangs down to the throat to make breathing difficult.

Then the legs are rubbed with turpentine. The pain, burning sensation, and itching make the bulls restless, and so the spectators believe they are aggressive and dangerous when they gallop around madly because of the burning pain as they bump out of the darkness of the cages into the blazing sun of the arena.

The bull’s gallop into the arena is not the expression of “rage” or “wildness”, it is a panic reaction of the animal desperately seeking the path to freedom!

How it goes on..

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Unfortunately, Spain is a country that has and spends very little money on education. This is also noticeable at every point and also when dealing with animals. The bullfighting is televised and promoted in schools as a cultural heritage to the children.

Education and the future of Spanish children is not worth a penny in and for Spain.

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 Spain is at the top of animal cruelty as an EU country.
With bullfighting, Spain holds a “tradition” that has been proven to originate from Gitanos and was invented during the darkest period of our earth, the same in the time of the Inquisition.

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As the Pisa study shows, Spain is at the very back end of education in Europe, as evidenced by the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are perceived with enthusiasm that only scare and disgust every educated person.

Bull fight and bull festivals violate every ethic of modern civilized countries and societies. The ridiculous pseudo-arguments of the Taurinos about the “culture” and “tradition” of the bloody spectacle are so stupid, in fact false and hypocritical that they can not convince a single person with intellect and education.

toter Stier 2gThe Spanish Animal Protection Party PACMA is making every effort to abolish this shameful barbarity. So far without much success.

It is still these mentally weak proletarians, these dwarves of morality, the Taurinos, those who pull the land into the dirt all over Europe and lead us to a paraphrase of the well-known saying  of “Isaac Bashevis Singer:

“When it comes to bullfighting, everyone becomes a Franco.”

My best regards to all, Venus


England: London – Interview With Founder of Save the Asian Elephants – Duncan McNair.



Watch the Interview with Save the Asian Elephants Founder Duncan McNair

Asian elephants are kidnapped as babies in the wild and tortured in unimaginable ways just to entertain tourists for human profit. That’s why prominent attorney and hero for the elephants Duncan McNair founded Save the Asian Elephants, an organization working to stop the cruelty.

Watch him discuss the plight of Asian elephants in the latest episode of LFT’s Activists in Action video series.



USA: Man Shoots Police Officer and Horse With Semi Automatic. Sign for Justice.



Justice for Horse Shot with Semiautomatic Rifle

Posted by Carly Day

SIGN: Justice for Horse Shot with Semiautomatic Rifle

PETITION TARGET: Lisa Smittcamp, Fresno County DA

A horse in Fresno County, California was shot multiple times by a man using a semiautomatic rifle in a heated dispute over property lines.

Photos of the injured horse show blood pouring from at least three wounds on the side of the body, with more blood visible pouring down one hind leg.

It’s likely the injured horse suffered in agony for hours before authorities discovered the animal; the incident was reported at 11 am on the 2nd of July, and the situation wasn’t resolved until after 3 pm that afternoon.

Detectives took the horse to a local veterinarian for treatment. While the animal is still alive, prognosis for recovery remains unclear.

Police arrested 57-year-old Michael James Congdon at the property after he shot and injured Fresno Sheriff’s Deputy John Erickson, the officer called to the scene after the initial gunfire was reported.

The Fresno County District Attorney charged Congdon with attempted murder and other offenses — including animal cruelty — and set bail at just over 1.9 million dollars.

Congdon is clearly unstable and highly dangerous to people and animals. While he will likely be strongly prosecuted for injuring an officer — and rightly so — we must speak out to remind prosecutors that the suffering of this innocent horse is a serious matter, as well.

Sign this petition urging Fresno County DA Lisa Smittcamp to prosecute this man to the fullest extent of the law, ensuring he can never harm a living being again.


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States across the U.S. are taking bold steps toward protecting animals.


States across U.S. are taking bold steps toward protecting animals

In state firsts, fur may be banned in California, and New York has moved to ban cat declawing.

In a wave of groundbreaking animal welfare legislation, U.S. states have approved or are considering moves to ban the sale of fur, discourage cosmetics testing on animals, and end cat declawing, among other animal-friendly efforts.

In California yesterday, state senators considered a bill that would make it the first state in the country to ban the import and sale of fur products such as mink shawls, coyote fur-trimmed parkas, and pom-pom keychains made of rabbit fur.

“We’ve seen California voters more than once saying that any product involving animals should be humanely sourced,” says assembly member Laura Friedman, who introduced the statewide bill in her chamber, where it passed in May. Yesterday, it unanimously passed its sixth hearing, during which dozens of California residents spoke up in support of the bill. It faces two more votes in the California senate, as well as the governor’s approval, in order to pass.

It’s just the latest animal protection that’s been put in motion at the state and local level over the past year in the United States. This series of state-level firsts reflects Americans’ growing concern for the wellbeing of animals, says Kim Kelly, director of legislative affairs at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which spearheads legal fights for animal protection.

“There has been a trend where municipalities are taking on issues,” Kelly says. “Everyday advocates are making change happen within communities.” In turn, she says, it’s “creating more momentum for statewide legislation.”

Banning the sale of fur

Ending the use of fur, especially in high fashion, is one of the animal welfare movement’s longest running efforts. And yet, fur seems to be making a comeback, at least among some customers.

But Americans’ attitudes are shifting. Gallup polling on the issue found that in May 2018, 37 percent of Americans said that they consider buying and wearing fur to be morally wrong. In May 2019, that number had risen to 45 percent, a new historical high. (Learn more about animal welfare concerns in the fur industry.)

Los Angeles and San Francisco both banned the sale of fur in the last year. “Our two largest population centers had made this move,” says Friedman, who says she watched the tremendous amount of support around the L.A. bill and felt that the temperature was right to take the ban statewide. “You really need to look at the values of your community and state.”

Opponents of the ban include fur industry groups in California and the International Fur Association, an industry trade group, which argue that a ban would harm commerce and censors the ability of consumers to make their own choices. Plus, they argue, real fur is more environmentally friendly than faux fur, which cannot break down.

California boasts the world’s fifth-largest economy, larger than that of the U.K. Supporters hope that a fur ban in the state would strike a blow to the demand for fur, set a precedent for future states to follow suit, and, ultimately, lead to fewer animals being raised, trapped, and killed for their fur. The bulk of fur products sold in California, Friedman says, come from overseas.

A series of firsts

On its face, the wave of new animal protections might seem like a California thing. Last November, the state enacted perhaps the most comprehensive farmed animal protection legislation in the country. In January, California became the first state to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores, unless they come from a shelter.

And last September, California became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Similar to the potential fur ban, the law stipulates that any cosmetic product that’s been tested on animals after January 1, 2020, can’t be sold in the state (although products tested on animals that are sold in countries like China, which legally require animal testing, can still be sold). The law coincides with a growing global cruelty-free cosmetics movement: Market research estimates that the global vegan cosmetics industry, which includes cult-favorite makeup brands like Kat Von D and Milk Makeup, will be worth more than $20 billion by 2025. Even in China, where animal testing is required for any foreign-made cosmetics, there is momentum to explore animal-free testing methods.

After California passed the law, Nevada followed suit. Then Illinois, where the bill awaits Governor J.B. Pritzner’s signature.

These state-level measures could usher in more sweeping action to come, says Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which works to pass animal protection laws. The cosmetics testing laws in California and Nevada are “giving us the momentum at the federal level to revisit the issue,” she says. (A federal bill that would ban cosmetic testing on animals in the U.S. was last introduced to congress in 2017. Although it gained 186 bipartisan cosponsors, it did not advance to a hearing.)

It’s a trend seen around the world: Australia earlier this year passed a ban on animal-tested cosmetics, following similar laws in the European Union, India, Switzerland, Turkey, Guatemala, and more.



It’s not just California spearheading action. A bill that would make New York the first state to ban cat declawing is awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature after passing the legislature last month. It follows declawing bans in the cities of Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a handful of other cities and countries.

Cat declawing is a highly controversial practice. It’s not like a fingernail trim: in order to remove a cat’s claws, the last bone of each toe is amputated, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The veterinary community is divided on declawing. Some vehemently oppose declawing, arguing that it is rarely medically necessary and is a highly painful procedure that inhibits a cat’s natural scratching behavior and cause other long-term problems. Others, including the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, which opposed the bill, argue that it is sometimes necessary to preserve the human-animal bond, if a cat might otherwise be abandoned or euthanized, or if the owner has a skin condition that makes scratching dangerous.

The New York state bill, if signed into law, could ostensibly set a precedent for other states to follow suit.

Gaining momentum

“I think you’re going to witness remarkable progress this decade, driven in part by activation at the state level,” says U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who champions animal welfare as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

Circuses are one area where local and state efforts may lead to nationwide action. Dozens of cities and towns in 39 states have already imposed restrictions on traveling acts that feature exotic animals, and according to a 2015 Gallup poll, 69 percent of Americans are concerned about how animals are treated in circuses.

In December, New Jersey became the first state to ban traveling acts featuring exotic animals like elephants, with “Nosey’s Law,” named for a 36-year-old African elephant who spent 30 years in traveling shows before she was seized by authorities in Alabama in 2017 and sent to a sanctuary. A federal bill, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Act, has been introduced in several past congresses, but it has not yet gained traction. (Read more about efforts to end wild animal performances at circuses.)

“This is one of the most animal-friendly congresses in history, if not the most,” says Blumenauer. And what the states are doing is “extraordinarily helpful,” he says. “It sends a clear and unequivocal signal as to where the public is.”


Holland: Bus stop as bee houses!


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In the Dutch city of Utrecht, 316 bus stops have now become an oasis for bees and other pollinators. These bus stops not only look good and help prevent bee mortality, but also provide better air quality in Utrecht.

The fact that something has to be done to tackle pollution in the cities has already arrived in many countries.
Not yet in Germany !!

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The bus stops are now covered in sedum plants – succulents that can purify the air – and these attract bees whose populations have declined, as well as butterflies. The roofs also absorb fine dust and store rainwater.

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Bee mortality is increasing alarmingly worldwide – and also in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, a Bee Foundation has been set up, which has been working for bees since 2010, protecting them from extinction.

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The best known pollinators are the honey bee and the bumblebee, which together make up between 80 and 90% of the total pollination in agriculture.

Many are of the opinion that the bumblebees are not affected by species extinction. After all, they see bumblebees flying through their garden. However, of the 29 different species of Dutch bumblebee, 21 have already shrunk. Many of them are rare today and six species have already completely disappeared from the Netherlands.


If bee mortality does not end soon, it could have serious consequences for food supplies worldwide, because not only in Europe, but also in other parts of the world there is a mass extinction of bees.

Bees not only produce honey, they pollinate more than 90 vegetables and fruits. Apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, pumpkins and cucumbers are likely to be rare without bees. Sweet things like citrus fruits, peaches, kiwis, cherries, blueberries and strawberries and a variety of melon varieties depend on the fertilization of the flying workers.


The bus stops are now covered with sedum plants that can also purify the air. They attract bees and butterflies. The roofs of the bus stops are cared for by urban workers driving around in electric vehicles.

As part of its plan to become more environmentally friendly, Utrecht is also planning to introduce 55 new electric buses powered by wind energy.


Sedum plants are robust and winter resistant. This plant is a subspecies of succulents. Like the succulents, sedum plants can live everywhere due to the very robust construction of the leaves and thus also on roofs.

Honeybees are the world’s most important pollinator, but they and many other bee species are declining worldwide due to human activity. Utrecht hopes to be able to further increase the bee population with its new bus roofs.

The citizens of Utrecht are also invited to turn their own roofs into “green roofs” and they can apply for special subsidies. The city suggests residents replace their worn-out roofs with green roofs instead of having them traditionally renovated.


My comment: A great idea that every city and every country should implement!

Everyone talks about the climate, nobody does anything.
The last media manipulation with the “climate Greta” is known, and except for the tremendous media attention this campaign received, something else did not work.
The Dutch have started to protect the climate in practical areas, and that is effective and useful.
People do not learn from lectures, people learn from examples that come from governments in the form of organized solutions.

We can hope to report from here soon about the green roofs of private houses in Holland.

My best regards to all, Venus

Thank`s Lacoste!




We are excited to partner with Lacoste and announce its commitment to a fur-free policy. The brand’s Global CSR manager said: “Lacoste has decided to ban fur long ago. However, we felt it was important to add our name to the list of fur-free companies to show our support for the cause around the globe.”

And we mean: For all who say that there is no hope for the abolition of the Fur Farms – we disagree!!!

We will continue to fight for it, and we will fight harder than ever. After all, the animals only have us. Together, we will push the fur industry and its deadly machinery even further offside!

Best regards to all, Venus

“A child who dies of hunger today is being murdered. “


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No! multi corporations do not feed the world. They feed the rich countries.

Why do not food exports go to the poor of the world? When it comes to world hunger, corporations like the GMO Seed and Pesticide Giants are called Monsanto and DuPont. These corporations advertise with the slogan “We feed the world” .

But the opposite is the case, economic interests dominate world politics, and in poor countries the greed for profit only comes down to capturing their raw materials or growing soybean, corn, palm oil, cotton or even bananas on their precious arable land.

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That`s modern colonialism in Africa – the new way of enslavement in the 21st Century with the EU, US, UK, World Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationIndustrial farms claim to end hunger in the poor countries of the world – but most of the food is exported to rich countries!

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Equally absurd is the idea that about 35% of the world’s grain harvest is fed to livestock or landed in biogas plants, while hunger is still the leading cause of death worldwide.

The subsidized injustice and the increasing industrialization of agriculture are due to the ever-increasing globalization in food production.

The result was the world’s largest greenhouse landscape in Almería, southern Spain, which will supply Europe with fresh tomatoes.

There is now a large landing plain, which is only a single plastic sea. 2.8 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables are produced each year in 32,000 greenhouses. Large quantities of pesticides and fertilizers are used. The region is slowly running out of water.

Tons of toxic pesticides, plant fertilizers, plant substrates, rock wool, plastic wrap and the exploitation of African migrants allow us to enjoy fresh tomatoes from Spain in our salad.


The European Union is making a lot of money to produce very large quantities of fruit and vegetables in Almeria and elsewhere. So much so that some of it even comes to market in Africa, because it should not be thrown away. The EU vegetables are sold in Africa at bargain prices.

Local farmers have to charge three times as much for their home-grown vegetables to avoid starvation. But because the higher prices in poor countries do not want to pay anyone, the EU is driving African farmers to ruin their cheap vegetables.

So should the hunger in Africa be overcome?

For decades, corporate multinationals have been dominating and stealing their smallholders’ land and thus their livelihoods. And despite abundance of natural resources, these countries remain poor – who profits from hunger?

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After all, even a corporation like Monsanto will become a world savior instead of an annihilator!!

Example Ethiopia:

In Ethiopia, millions of people have relied on food aid for decades. While the population is starving, the government offers foreign investors the conditions that could hardly be cheaper. This benefits not only Turkey, but also Saudi Arabia.

While people are starving in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia gets its food from Ethiopia, so the people do not starve, though Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries in the world!!

Example Tanzania:

Tanzania has changed the laws to get development aid. which allows commercial investors to get faster and better access to agricultural land. It also strengthened the protection of intellectual property in the seed sector.

The Tanzanian peasants are now awaiting a prison sentence of at least 12 years or a fine of more than € 205,300 or both if they sell seed that has not been certified. The beneficiaries of these laws are Bayer / Monsanto, Syngenta and BASF.

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Example Brazil:

Brazil is one of the largest producers of genetically modified soybeans.

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, where a lot of soy is grown. Soy is one of the most important forage plants in our factory farms. Rainforest is cleared for the soya plantations. The soils of the rainforest are actually not suitable for soy cultivation, because they lack the appropriate nutrients. They are therefore supplied chemically.

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After a few years nothing will grow on the former primeval forest floor. The big farmers then cut down the next trees and thus continue to destroy the green lung of our earth.

Is the price we pay for our cheap meat in the discounter at the end more expensive?


In November 2016, the Federal Ministry of Economics in Germany wrote:
“Tanzania has one of the biggest economic potentials in East Africa. It is an important transit country and has huge fertile lands that can be used for agriculture. Enormous natural gas reserves can help build a chemical industry.

Mega-infrastructure projects and a construction boom offer further extensive business opportunities. The big question, however, is about the timing: politics and bureaucracy easily reach their limits. ”

In 2015, Germany delivered agricultural machinery, including farm tractors, to Tanzania for € 290,000 (EGW846).

In February 2015, during a visit to the EU in Brussels, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates pointed to innovations in agriculture in Africa to get rid of food dependence and malnutrition.

“With a drought resistant corn variety genetically modified, an African farmer, male or female, could get 20 to 30 percent more from the farm. We think it’s up to Kenya and Tanzania and South Africa to decide if that’s right for the economy, ” said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In Germany, too, corn is referred to by the genetic engineering industry as “a corn for Africa: good yields even in drought”.

In the meantime, DTMA seed has been distributed to about three million small farmers in 13 African countries – Ethiopia, Angola, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – covering an area of ​​two million hectares – six percent of the corn in the region – cultivate.

In Europe, wheat farming pays off for farmers only because they receive subsidies from the EU. Rich Switzerland has already bought 80 percent of its wheat in India. Above all, the bread rolls of the major bakeries we eat every day are made almost exclusively from Indian wheat. The bad thing is that in India, eight out of ten people do not have enough to eat.

So… why are not our food exports going to the poor countries of the world? The answer is that about half of the exports to the top 20 countries are meat and dairy or animal feed. 

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Much remains to be done to actually alleviate hunger in the world as the world’s population grows, and with the effects of agriculture on agriculture, which are increasingly devastating, and that are being devastated by climate change.

However, this can not be achieved by the large-scale cultivation of soybeans in Brazil or the eradication of the Indonesian forests for palm oil.


My comment: In an interview with UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Food, Jean Ziegler, he put it very aptly: “World agriculture could easily feed 12 billion people, but only half as many people live on Earth. That is, a child who dies of hunger today is being murdered. “

Yes! that’s right!
By whom murdered? Of all those who are involved in this system, that is to say exactly of the consumers who support this criminal system through the consumption of meat.

In 122 Third World countries 43,000 children die from hunger every day. The statistics are a bit old, today the number is even higher. All who participate in this daily mass murder are the second-hand killers of these children.


My best regards to all, Venus




Footage of Huge Manta Ray Asking Diver To Remove Fish Hooks From It.

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Extraordinary footage shows manta ray appealing to diver for help

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A giant manta ray has been filmed in Western Australia appearing to appeal a diver to help unlodge dangerous fish hooks that have become embedded in her right eye.

The extraordinary footage of the moving encounter between the injured sea creature and human divers was taken by Monty Halls, a British marine biologist who was part of a freediving group exploring Ningaloo Reef off Australia’s north west coast. Mr Halls called it “one of the best things I’ve ever seen underwater.”

The three-metre-wide manta, which is known affectionately to locals as Freckles, is seen swimming up to Jake Wilton, a snorkeling guide, and flipping over in the water, in what seems to be an attempt to show him her plight.

“You could see she trusted us because she was unrolling and showing us the hooks,” said Mr Wilton in the video. “I went down for a few dives to see how she’d react to us being close to her.”

The footage was released on Thursday by Ningaloo Marine Interactions, the tour company Mr Wilton works for.

He told the Independent: “I’m often guiding snorkellers in the area and it’s as if she recognised me and was trusting me to help her,” he said.

“She got closer and closer and then started unfurling to present the eye to me. I knew we had to get the hooks out or she would have been in big trouble.”

The footage seems to show the manta ray resting perfectly still to allow Mr Wilton to gently remove the painful spikes.

Mr Wilton described the interaction as “incredible behaviour” and believes the manta understood that he was trying to help her. “I went [back] down to say goodbye and she stopped and waited there,” he said.


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“Animals are no other type of slaves than human slaves”


Human rights and dignity apply only to human animals and are internationally strictly protected property.  All other nonhuman animals suffer from lawlessness.


Domestication of animals is nothing but the other word of systematic confinement, tethering, branding, dangling tails, breeding, exploiting and brutally killing.

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We, the human animals do not know what it feels like to live in chains.
Animals live in chains for the meat and milk industry, for the entertainment industry, for the laboratory industry, for the human species, which has a strong self-interest (and benefits) to assume the role of ruler, the oppressor.

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The deliberate transformation of a living being into a bundle of suffering and dumb despair is a crime – what else should be a crime?

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The human being does not evolve.
Obviously, a moral change in the consciousness of the human species is not subject to an evolutionary autopilot.
In other words, what we did not understand centuries ago can not be understood today.

That animals are not our slaves, not our food, not our torture objects.

We no longer burn witches, because only the term is abolished.
We don`t gass Jews, because we have banished criminal racism. We do not dispose of disabled children, as in Sparta, because children have rights.
And yet: one still lives on the tree in terms of morality towards animals.
Underdeveloped, smug assholes, that’s us.

Regards, Venus


UK: KFC first UK fast food chain to commit to new chicken welfare standards – We Shall See !



WAV Comment

We feel it necessary to provide this info on the site; but we are always in no doubt that a meat free diet is the way to go – better for humans and animals.  Although full of Yuckspeak words such as ‘environmental standards’, ‘animal welfare’ and ‘enrichment’; we know the reality is that nothing will really be done to make the lives of these poor birds any better.  Like all of this industry, glossy sales and promotions will ensure that the consumer is led to believe the best; even if it does not happen.

We say – Go Vegan !

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KFC first UK fast food chain to commit to new chicken welfare standards

Move expected to put pressure on rivals McDonald’s, Burger King and large supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s

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KFC is to become the first UK fast food chain to sign up to new European welfare standards for farmed chickens, in an attempt to tackle growing concerns about inhumane conditions in the intensive and large-scale production of meat.

The move by the America-owned chain – 18 months after the blueprint was unveiled – will put pressure on rivals McDonald’s and Burger King, as well as large supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s to follow suit.

Supermarkets, restaurant chains and hotel groups have all been urged to commit to the so-called European Chicken Commitment, which represents the first time a single set of requirements has been agreed on across the continent by a large coalition of European animal protection groups, including the RSPCA.

KFC’s UK and Ireland business said it will work closely with suppliers and NGOs to raise the minimum level of welfare standards across the industry by 2026. Its move will cover its sourcing of chicken in the UK and Europe, which make up the vast majority of its supplies, though it also buys a small amount of chicken from Thailand and Brazil.

The new requirements include stricter auditing processes, reducing stocking density to give birds more space in barns, and investing in environmental “enrichment” which includes providing perches, pecking objects such as straw and vegetables, and natural daylight.

In arguably the biggest step to help curb some of the cruellest aspects of the business which sees fast-grown, over-bred birds collapsing under their own weight, the new standard stipulates a pledge to purchase slower-growing breeds.


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In the UK sales of red meat have fallen in recent years, but chicken – seen as a “healthy” meat – has seen sales rise.

KFC’s Imposter Burger – a vegan patty made from Quorn and intended to replicate chicken – sold out last month in the limited number of outlets stocking it.

Although KFC is the largest fast food chicken chain in the UK – using an estimated 60 million chickens every year in its 900-plus outlets – its UK and Ireland sales account for only 4% of total chicken sales in the UK, with the lion’s share through supermarkets.

Paula MacKenzie, general manager of KFC UK & Ireland, said: “Our customers care about improving the lives of the chicken we buy. That’s why we’re adding our voice to the campaign and encouraging others to do the same – because to inspire real change and provoke meaningful action, we need the industry to move with us.”

The Humane League has been lobbying for McDonald’s – which uses large volumes of chicken in its nuggets and burgers – to sign up to the commitment too. Its managing director Vicky Bond said: “We welcome KFC’s move, but it highlights just what a laggard McDonald’s is. This will benefit the lives of millions of chickens every year throughout their supply chain. We implore the rest of this sector and other food companies to follow in their footsteps.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said it had its own scheme to improve the welfare and health of chickens in its supply chain, and had set up a council of experts to advise them on the matter.

Germany: the “production system” of pigs



At the beginning of February 2017, PETA was alerted by a whistleblower to the bad conditions in a pig breeding and fattening farm in Günthersdorf (Friedland) in the Lower Lusatia. On PETA leaked footage, which was taken at the beginning of the year, were extremely dirty with excrement pork bays and a number of seriously injured and dead piglets to see.


PETA thereupon immediately filed a complaint with the competent public prosecutor in Frankfurt on suspicion of violating the Animal Welfare Act as well as numerous serious violations of the provisions of the Animal Welfare Ordinance. In addition, the veterinary office  district was informed about the abuses.

But the catastrophic conditions were not turned off.

PETA was leaked more video material – taken in late June 2017 -. No improvements from improvements. The animals suffer and continue to die under desolate conditions. The closure of the plant or the pronouncement of a livestock ban were considered by Thomas Maczek (the veterinary officer of the competent office), as not necessary, although he himself had classified in an interview, the attitude as bad, animal welfare relevant and not species-appropriate. Resignation or disinterest? but in any case a behavior that is inappropriate for a medical profession.

These are shocking pictures: The pictures show once again weak, seriously injured, dying and already dead piglets.


Severely ill animals of different ages are simply left to themselves in Stable alley and thus to their sad fate. The lifeless bodies of the animals are not properly disposed of in so-called carcasses tons, but simply left outside  the stable.


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In the stables, even months after the first criminal complaint, extremely unhygienic conditions prevail, which must be classified as seriously worrying. Centimeters high manure and heavily polluted bays and stables are the sad everyday life for the sensitive pigs.


Mast bays were not only dirty, but in some cases too crowded. (Stocking density of 0.226 m2 per animal, although according to the Animal Welfare – Livestock Regulation at least twice as large area is required for runner pigs).


The animals themselves are due to their disastrous environment often heavily polluted themselves and suffer. Also in June 2017, numerous animals are sitting in the so-called dog seat. This unusual and unnatural posture for pigs, irrespective of their age, should make breathing easier for the animals (relief posture). But also diseases of the musculoskeletal system come into consideration.


Cut off tails from cropping the animals were simply thrown into a slurry tank below the gangway. Many flies present in the barn, as potential carriers of diseases, promote the spread of diseases. In the stable alley are also many maggots.


PETA has now sent this shocking video footage to the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt (Oder). The animal rights organization demands the immediate closure of the holding and a banning of animals for those responsible. In addition, PETA has now also the so far apparently inactive responsible persons of the responsible veterinary office indicated.

This case shows once again how even the minimum legal regulations are violated. Despite extensive notification by PETA was not used by the competent veterinary office.

Once again, the enforcement deficit in Germany shows – not even valid law is enforced, grievances are tolerated.

Despite official controls, operators have apparently been able to continue their catastrophic husbandry for months without any restrictions.

My comment: We must not get used to these pictures, it is not rare exceptions and black sheep at the animal owners, it is systemic conditions.
Here we witness a million times animal suffering, which has become normal in the existing “production system”, a normality that a civilized society with an ethical claim and an advanced animal welfare law should not take for granted.

Germany has established the largest, most disgusting and cruel mass animal farming in Europe.
Under the animal-contempting policies of the new Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner, the country is being pulled into the dirt.

“Klöckners Livestock Ordinance violates animal welfare law and constitution,” says Prof. Thomas Blaha of the Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare.
He`s right.

My best regards, Venus

UK: We Do NOT Produce Foie Gras In the UK, but we Still Import It. Now We Want a Completely FG Free UK – Please Sign and Support.


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Foie Gras basically means ‘fatty liver’ and involves the force feeding of duck and geese on a daily basis to produce.  A pipe is thrust down their throat, into which loads of grain is pumped. Over time this forced feeding causes their liver to swell to many times its normal size – and it is at this point that the animals are slaughtered and the liver made into foie gras.

Foie Gras basically means ‘fatty liver’ and involves the force feeding of duck and geese on a daily basis to produce.

Foie Gras production does not exist in the UK, but some well known stores import the product for customers. Now we want the UK to go entirely foie gras free – including a ban on the import of the product into the UK.

Please sign the petition and give your support to the campaign which is headed by Rachel and Susie. Thank you.


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Dear Mark,

Countdown stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent have joined Animal Equality’s call for a #FoieGrasFreeGB. The caring TV celebrities made impassioned speeches urging their fans to sign our petition demanding the Government enacts an import ban on foie gras.

Rachel and Susie’s support came as a new YouGov poll revealed that an overwhelming majority of Brits back a foie gras import ban too ⁠— 79% of those who expressed an opinion were in favour of a ban.

The poll also showed that the vast majority of people in the UK do not eat foie gras, with only 10% of people having eaten it in the past year.

“If you eat foie gras, I would really urge you to look at the practice that goes in to producing it. It is totally barbaric and involves force-feeding on the most horrific scale imaginable.

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Please, if you’re a lover of animals, add your name to the petition to ban foie gras from the UK.”
– Susie Dent

We’re closer than ever before to a foie gras-free Britain, but we need your support. Donate today and together, we will achieve this victory for animals.

Thank you,

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Please sign the petition and give your support to the campaign which is headed by Rachel and Susie. Thank you.

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Bavaria: death struggle as an everyday business




One of the largest dairy farmers in Bavaria blatantly violates animal welfare. The dairy farm Endres” im Allgäu, Bavaria, torments his animals, according to research by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the ARD ( Public TV) politics magazines REPORT MAINZ.

This emerges from a several weeks comprehensive video documentation from the stalls. The photographs were handed over to the ARD and the Süddeutsche Zeitung by the animal rights association Soko Animal protection” and show that the staff always cause great pain to the cows. The cows are kicked and beaten. Animals that can no longer walk are dragged through the barn with the help of hip clips and tractors. Sick cows are taken to a sick bay of the barn and are not  cared for there. About 1800 cows live there.

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Over a period of ten days, the footage documents that a particular animal has been given very little water and food and has not been properly killed. There are several so-called Need killings to see in which the animals were stunned with a stud shot, but then bled out properly. Minutes after the bolt shot, some cows are still showing reactions and are suffering longer than allowed. The farmer Franz Endres wants, despite multiple demand for the previous incidents, not comment.

This emerges from a several weeks comprehensive video documentation from the stables, which was handed over to the editorial by the animal rights organizationSoko animal protection” . In the opinion of Prof. Holger Martens, an expert on cattle farming, the documented conditions clearly violate existing laws.

“I have never seen such pictures, they are unacceptable, they are intolerable conditions, and this is clearly in violation of existing laws, it is depressing.” he said

For inspections at the beginning of June following an anonymous complaint, the official veterinarians from Mindelheim have also found animal rights violations. The farmer was told to remedy the identified deficiencies immediately, they say.

Meat from “Endres” sick animals has also entered the food chain. This was confirmed by the slaughterhouse Vion in Buchloe. The milk of the animals was delivered to the dairy Champignon.

The company’s statement states that,” for ethical and moral reasons, the cheese producer Champignon will no longer accept and process milk from this farm. “

Authors of the Public TV political magazinesFakt and REPORT MAINZ” had shown recordings from the dairy farm to a spokeswoman for the cheese firm.

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Meanwhile, the responsible Bavarian consumer protection ministry has responded. A written statement on Monday stated that “animal cruelty is unacceptable” (!!!)

For the first time in my term of office, I am confronted with such serious allegations against a specific establishment, and the matter must be fully investigated immediately the local authorities have been involved, and I was particularly keen to have the prosecutor’s office react immediately, with criminal behavior in the area, and responsibility for the animals, and there is a strong suspicion that this responsibility has been grossly ignored” says  Consumer Protection  Minister Thorsten Glauber

In addition, several special inspections of the enterprise were ordered and one had requested a special report from the responsible government of Swabia.

Animal cruelty at Franz Endres probably not an isolated case

The documented animal cruelty in the Franz Endres dairy farm, in one of the largest dairy farms in Germany, shows once again what animal rights activists have been denouncing for many decades: that farmers in Germany systematically violate existing laws – and are too rarely stopped by the responsible authorities.

The case of brutal animal cruelty in one of the largest dairy farms in Germany is highly explosive! For it shows once again that even large companies in Germany apparently continue to systematically torture and kill animals in the most brutal way. Because they know: Serious consequences have almost never in Germany!

Without research such as the “Soko animal welfare” remain even the most serious animal protection violations without consequences. Investigations are – often against a rather symbolic payment – set. Consistent livestock bans are extremely rare!


My comment: The German industrial peasants have lobby organizations that are as powerful as those of the German automotive industry. In such a climate, where apparently and intentionally insufficient control or animal cruelty is concealed, crime flourishes.

While pet owners torture animals in Germany, they also advertise with allegedly high animal welfare standards in Germany.

What many consumers do not know: Germany is only mediocre in terms of animal welfare internationally. There is always talk of “isolated cases”, but in reality concern the majority of companies. And the farmers’ lobby – which, incidentally, mainly represents the big farmers – is doing everything to ensure that this does not change.

My best regards, Venus


England: Citizens ‘Trust the Tractor’ – Because They Are Buying the Best In Animal Welfare. Oh Yeah, Investigation Shows Otherwise !



WAV Comment:

Ever since its conception; we have had our doubts and concerns about the Red Tractor ‘quality’ mark. This investigation proves that animal welfare comes way down the list of ethics; yet animal welfare is supposed to be one of the core values when the public buy Red Tractor produce – they are supposed to be getting the best in all areas – one has to ask if the Red Tractor label is really a veil for abuse on farms whilst misleading the British public into thinking it is buying the best welfare practices for animals that are available.

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Assured Food Standards is an organisation that promotes and regulates food quality in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It licenses the Red Tractor quality mark, a product certification programme that comprises a number of farm assurance schemes for food products, animal feed and fertilizer.

All stages of food production are independently certified (inspected) to the Red Tractor standards before food can be labelled with the Red Tractor logo.

The Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme is divided in different sectors:


Investigation pictures – Animal Equality.

Investigation Exposes “Extreme Animal Suffering” at Red Tractor Chicken Farms

Investigation Exposes “Extreme Animal Suffering” at Red Tractor Chicken Farms


Shocking footage from an undercover investigation by the animal protection charity Animal Equality has revealed horrific animal abuse at three Red Tractor-certified chicken farms in Lincolnshire, UK.

The “horrifying conditions and extreme animal suffering” shown in the video include 63,000 chickens all cramped together in double-decker sheds, and chickens living among the dead carcasses of their fellow creatures who had been just left to decompose on the ground.

The investigators, who visited each of the farms several times between February and April this year to carry out covert filming, found workers kicking and abusing chickens and breaking their necks before dumping them to die slowly on piles of other dying birds.

The chickens were forced to live on the ground in their own filth, as none of the sheds had perches, causing many of the birds to have sore, red skin. In addition, some chickens had leg injuries so terrible they were unable to walk or even stand up; and tiny, two-day-old chicks were found panting and straining to breathe — or already dead.

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“As our appetite for chicken meat has grown, so has the size of Britain’s chicken farms. Images of distressed birds in giant double-decker sheds will be a shock to many consumers who buy British, Red Tractor-certified meat thinking they can trust its animal welfare standards,” says Dr. Toni Vernelli, Executive Director of Animal Equality UK. “Yet the truth is, the unnatural conditions chickens are forced to endure in these vast sheds are utterly dismal. One meal for us equals a lifetime of misery for them.”

The three farms — Saltbox, Ladywath and Mount — provide chickens for Moy Park, a chicken company that supplies major supermarkets including Tesco, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Ocado. The farms are all certified by the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme which claims to provide “an easy signpost for consumers looking for British food and drink that they can trust” that is “farmed with care”.

Commenting on the investigation, a spokesperson for Red Tractor told the BBC: “Our own routine auditing of these farms had identified some breaches to our high standards, and we have been working with them to ensure they put the necessary processes in place for them to remain Red Tractor-certified.”

However, Vernelli says that labels and certificates can’t protect animals in the meat industry; only consumers can do this. “It’s easy to make the compassionate choice of leaving chickens off your plate and opting for delicious meat-free alternatives, which are now widely available in supermarkets and restaurants across the world,” he concludes.


The only way to do this is as Mr Vernelli says – leave dead animals off your plate and go for delicious meat free alternatives.  As is shown, the high welfare standards supposedly of Red Tractor are in fact, quite the contrary.

Best regards




Indonesia: Cruel locals take turns to RIDE a leatherback turtle as the distressed animal (which landed to lay eggs) tries to move on Indonesian beach.


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WAV Comment:

I am always amazed by the utter stupidity of some people when it comes to animal abuse. Here we see a Leatherback which has come ashore to lay eggs, then being abused by the very locals who should be respecting and protecting the animals.

What does it say about them and their education / mentality ? – as we have shown in posts many times recently, probably just another excuse for man to get that much needed selfie; regardless of the suffering and abuse that is given to the animal(s) involved.

Regards Mark



Cruel locals take turns to RIDE a leatherback turtle as the distressed animal tries to move on Indonesian beach

  • Locals captured the endangered giant sea turtle as it was laying eggs on a beach
  • The Video shows men taking turns to ride the animal as it crawls towards the sea
  • One man even stands on the reptile’s hind flippers as it staggers the final yards

This shocking video shows locals on an Indonesian beach cruelly riding on the back of an endangered giant sea turtle.

The video was filmed on Friday after the turtle was captured by residents while it was laying its egg on the beach. 

Local authorities have yet to make any statement about the incident.


USA: UPDATE – Convicted serial dog killer now sentenced to 10–45 years behind bars.


UPDATE – Convicted serial dog killer now sentenced to 10–45years behind bars.




With help from Stacey we covered this post in April:


Here is an update which has been supplied on Stacey’s post:


April 7, 2019: Please see update HERE

Source: Pet Pardons News

Convicted serial dog killer, Jeffrey Nally, of New Cumberland West Virginia was sentenced by Judge Fred Fox II on Wednesday to 10-45 years behind bars. While animal advocates would rather have seen him spend life in prison, the truth is that this sentence is substantial considering that animal abuse cases seldom carry this kind of weight.  From that standpoint, the outcome is a victory.

It is true, though, that this was no run-of-the mill animal abuse case. This was a brutal series of intentional mutilations, torture, and execution of innocent puppies. Nally was accused of mutilating and killing 29 puppies (who) he received through classified ads, and Craigslist “free to good home” ads.


Continue reading a lot more about this via the our-compass link given above.


Switzerland says: “No factory farming”


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The popular initiative against mass animal husbandry is likely to come about.
Animal welfare and environmental organizations have collected 120,000 signatures within a year, Campaign leader Meret Schneider said in an interview with the newspaper “Blick”.
The initiators want to submit the signatures to the Federal Chancellery in September.

The collected signatures would now be certified by the communities, said campaign manager Meret Schneider of the animal rights organization Sentience Politics.
Necessary for the realization of the initiative are 100’000 valid signatures. The collection period lasts until 12th December.

The popular initiative “No factory farming in Switzerland (factory farming initiative)” requires a constitutional amendment to agricultural livestock farming. The federal government should protect the dignity of the animal in agricultural animal husbandry. Specifically, according to the initiative text, animal dignity includes the claim “not to live in mass animal husbandry”.

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Similar animal husbandry guidelines are to be adopted as those that apply to Bio Suisse, which means that the animals should above all receive more space and outdoor spouts.

Furthermore, the federal government should set criteria for animal-friendly housing and care, access to the outdoors, slaughter and the maximum group size per stall. 
It should also provide for rules on the importation of animals and animal products for nutritional purposes. The implementation of the initiative has a maximum transitional period of 25 years.

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Behind the referendum are people from 15 organizations.

Among them is Vera Weber of the Fondation Franz Weber or representatives of Greenpeace and the Greens.

The farmers’ association sees it very differently (!!) About mass livestock could not speak in Switzerland, according to the position of President Markus Ritter.
“Animal welfare laws in Switzerland are already among the strictest worldwide” so Ritter. The farmers also warn against hefty surcharges if the initiative should come through. The initiators are preparing for a tough vote. Schneider is aware:

“The work is just starting right now.”

My comment:  At some point, humans will understand that an equitable livestock farming no longer means that we are allowed to kill and eat animals.
But until this day, for which we all fight and hope, is a very long road and so we have to settle for smaller and modest successes.

We support this campaign and we wish our fellow campaigners, much success and strength for the future. And thus also a better life of the farm animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

South Africa: Trophy hunters shoot drugged, farm-raised lions – from their parked cars!


Another victim of canned lion hunting

In South Africa, majestic creatures are bred in captivity and then drugged and paraded for ‘trophy hunters’ to shoot from parked vehicles.
It’s sickening cruelty – the dazed lions are shot for FUN!
There are about 200 places in South Africa that breed lions in captivity for canned lion hunting. As many as 6,000 lions are ‘stockpiled’ for hunters. When a lioness gives birth, her cubs are taken from her and used for tourists to pet and pose with them in photographs.
When a lion gets bigger and harder to handle, it is moved to an enclosed area and there it stays until someone pays to shoot it.
They call it canned lion hunting because poor lions are literally served up on a plate for hunters. The lions can’t run, hide or defend themselves in any way.


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The lions are frequently drugged to make it easier for hunters, who often shoot the poor creature, while they sit inside a nearby vehicle. Often it takes several shots before the animal dies.
In neighboring Zimbabwe, a lion called Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow and suffered for 12 hours before dying!
it’s that horrible, that stark, that cruel. We need your help to stop it.
We want your help to fight this cruelty and have it outlawed. It’s an uphill battle because the canned lion industry is wealthy and so far, the South African government is ignoring the cruelty. We have to lobby government; we have to raise public awareness and we have to support other groups.
Every day this horror is allowed to continue means more dead lions at a time when the population is dropping throughout Africa. There used to be 200,000 lions in Africa, now there are around 25,000. Please, please help us fight the evil business that destroys their dignity and then them.

USA: Petition – Justice for Helpless Puppies Thrown into Boiling Water.



Justice for Helpless Puppies Thrown into Boiling Water

Posted by Carly Day


12555 Signatures Collected


Petition link:


PETITION TARGET: 11th Judicial DA Rick Tedrow

A woman is accused of dropping live newborn puppies into a pot of boiling water and forcing her children to watch as the tiny animals died in agony.

In this house of horrors, 53-year-old Martha Crouch of San Juan, New Mexico allegedly tortured and abused numerous animals — as well as her children — over a period of decades.

Crouch’s 17-year-old daughter claims that her mother locked a beloved family dog in a cage and had it shot dead as a form of punishment.

Along with boiling multiple litters of puppies alive, Crouch often gave prescription medicine to kittens and watched them die slowly and painfully.

An older daughter says she saw her mother killing six kittens by beating them in the heads with a hammer or rock.

Police from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crouch and her husband on June 24th after arresting one of the couple’s 15 children on an assault charge and learning of the abuse in the household.

Martha remains in jail charged with child abuse and extreme animal cruelty; her bail is set at $50,000. Her husband Timothy Crouch is out on bail, charged with obstructing an investigation.

The couple has been evading authorities for over 20 years and has reportedly amassed a vast array of criminal claims throughout various states.

Clearly, Martha Crouch is a danger to both humans and animals and needs to be removed from society.

Sign this petition urging Rick Tedrow, DA for the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, to prosecute Martha Crouch to the fullest extent of the law, and push for the maximum penalties possible for the atrocious acts of cruelty she inflicted on both animals and her children.


USA: Pharma Company Sues FDA for Requiring Deadly Tests on Dogs.


Pharma Company Sues FDA for Requiring Deadly Tests on Dogs

Pharma Company Sues FDA for Requiring Deadly Tests on Dogs

Posted by Jane Wolfe | July 2, 2019

Vanda Pharmaceuticals is taking legal action against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the government agency blocked the company from continuing studies of a new drug when it declined to adhere to the FDA’s “illegally imposed” requirement to test it on dogs.

The Washington-based company is developing the drug, tradipitant, as a treatment for a variety of ailments including gastroparesis. Following a short clinical trial on 150 human volunteers in 2018, Vanda Pharmaceuticals requested permission from the FDA to prolong the study to over three months.

However, the FDA refused, demanding that Vanda Pharmaceuticals carry out non-rodent animal toxicity studies for a nine-month period before tradipitant could be studied further in humans, and placed a partial clinical hold on the drug’s research.

“The FDA explicitly told us — based on a guidance, which is a recommendation, not binding — that in order to expose patients to more than three months [of] treatment, certain studies have to be done,” said Vanda Pharmaceuticals CEO Mihael Polymeropoulos, speaking to The Hill. “We’ve done most of them except one: a dog study where you treat dogs for nine months. Then you sacrifice the dogs and you look at their organs.”

In a press release, the drug company said that the FDA’s requirement for “unnecessary and unethical animal studies,” which usually involves beagles, would lead to the needless destruction of dozens of dogs.

“We believe that there is no scientific justification for the requirement that tradipitant be tested in a nine-month dog study, given its currently understood safety profile in both animals and humans, and further, that these studies should not be a routine requirement for all sponsors,” explains Polymeropoulos.

“The FDA is ignoring a large body of published scientific evidence which concludes that these chronic dog studies do not offer any additional useful information. That policy is based on old, outdated science and requires the killing of too many dogs without any scientifically justified purpose. Yet, companies have been reticent to stand up to the FDA and demand that it change its policy. Vanda is unwilling to accept the status quo.”

Help stop the cruelty. Sign Lady Freethinker’s petition urging the FDA to abolish nine-month, non-rodent toxicity studies that result in the needless and painful deaths of innocent animals.

Petition Link:

Europe: a henchman of elephant poachers


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The EU is deeply involved in ivory business. Tons of ivory are traded, imported and exported within the EU. Europe is a henchman of elephant poachers.



The idea is wrong that elephants are poached in Africa, their ivory is sold to Asia – and that Europe has nothing to do with it. Rather, Europe plays a central role as a hub for the legal and illegal trade in ivory.


The sale, import and export of ivory is legal in Europe if it comes from old stock. An invitation to criminals! Legal trade allows them to infiltrate illegal ivory of poached elephants.

32 African countries have appealed to the European Union to stop ivory trade.

Europe is a henchman of elephant poachers.

In the EU, ivory is offered open at auctions, in stores and on the internet. Some EU companies have even specialized in the purchase and export of ivory to Asia: More than seven tons of ivory and more than 12,000 ivory carvings have been sold to Hong Kong alone in the last two years.

The international community has now called on all governments at two important conferences to close their national ivory markets.

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The EU does not comply with this demand and undermines the global efforts to save the elephants.

Although Germany supports stricter rules than the EU Commission, it intends to continue to facilitate the trade in ivory carvings, antiques and musical instruments.

A development in Asia aggravates the situation: Elephants are also killed because of their skin, because it is believed that the elephant skin has healing properties.
In Myanmar, up to 110 skinned elephants were found within four years. One could despair.

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But in terms of ivory, we can do something – on our doorstep!

Please ask the EU to ban the ivory trade completely. Only then will the mass poaching of elephants come to an end.

Sign and share the petition:

This is the original letter in English:

I am calling on the Commission and Member States of the European Union to ban all exports and imports of ivory and to close the EU’s domestic ivory market. The international community at the recent CITES conference and at the IUCN World Congress adopted two resolutions, calling on all governments to close their domestic ivory markets. The EU maintains an active ivory market for “pre-convention” ivory, and is the biggest exporter of ivory to China and Hong Kong, with exports of worked ivory experiencing an alarming increase in the last two years. The legal trade enables that ivory from poached elephants is laundered. It fuels demand and corruption. Moreover, EU Member States are clearly being used as transit countries to smuggle illegal ivory from elephants poached in Africa to Asia. Huge shipments have been seized in EU Member States recently and ivory is on top of the list of seized wildlife products in the EU.

As actions are increasingly being taken around the world to close domestic ivory markets and destroy stockpiles of seized and confiscated ivory, I am urging the EU to take responsibility to end its own role in the ivory trade


My comment: The European Commission knows very well that the EU is being used to “wash” illegal ivory, and is instrumental in ensuring that about 35,000 elephants still die each year.

When the international ivory trade was banned in 1989, the eradication of the African elephant seemed to have been averted. After a decade of slaughter, in which the number of animals worldwide halved, the populations recovered.

Unfortunately, however, the international trade ban did not last long: at the instigation of four states in southern Africa, it was eroded just a few years later.

Statistics show that poaching and ivory smuggling have seen a bloody comeback since 2008: in particular, the rapid increase in demand in China, combined with rising purchasing power, led to the poaching of about 100,000 elephants in Africa in the years 2010-2012 alone.

2008 In China, the price of raw ivory rose to as much as $ 2,100 per kilo.

At the same time, state-licensed ivory shops and carving factories sprang up in China, as did illegal business. Because of ivory were many of thousands of elephants killed, and China and Hong Kong became the largest markets for both legal and illegal ivory.

Since then, heavily armed poachers have been killing entire herds of elephants, chopping off their tusks with axes.
Masterminds are globally organized criminal gangs who hire poachers in Africa and equip them with automatic weapons. They bribe politicians, authorities and freight companies and create the “white gold” in containers, air freight shipments and personal luggage hidden through various stops in the main sales markets in Asia.

The good news is: China has already banned trade under international pressure.
The US should not import hunting trophies in the future either.

The pressure on the EU Commission must grow. The number of signatures in this petirion approaches the million, and from 1 million votes, the commission is obliged to take an official position on the subject.

My best regards to all, Venus


Pamplona: the blood runs along



Since the days of Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer and alcoholic, tourists and adventure seekers around the world have aroused the annual interest in San Fermin Festival 2019 in Pamplona for its most famous and bloodiest attraction: the bull run.


Adrenaline junkies flocking in droves, macho types wanting to prove their skills, and herds of beer-travelers looking for alcohol and adventure flock to Pamplona every July to prove that a feeble mind is not just connected to the bull run.

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At the first run on Sunday July 6, 2019, according to a hospital, at least five people have been injured. As the Red Cross reported, one person was pierced by a bull’s horn and two more suffered skull trauma on the first day.

(Unfortunately too little damage, the fate of the bulls is much worse ! If there had been 200 deaths, the bull race would be abolished, and so we would not talk about Pamplona next year and in the future)

What happens there?

Since 1591, eight fighting animals have been driven about 850 meters through the old town of Pamplona for eight days. The bulls come from the south of Spain and are kept outside the city before the bullfights in the corrales. These are young animals weighing between 550 and 700 kilograms and can reach speeds of around 25 km / h.

The bulls are driven over a distance of 850 meters to the arena, where they are killed in the evening by Toreros. (more precise formulated: bull murderer).

The end is inevitable: The exhausted bull is killed amid the cheers of the numerous spectators and the victorious Matador celebrated.

 The bulls in Pamplona attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, including many foreign tourists from English-speaking countries.

The folk festival was born out of the centuries-old tradition of the Cattle drive”, where the cattle were brought from the pastures through the village and into the stables. In Pamplona, with its 200,000 inhabitants, this festival brings millions of euros to the city cash.

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Each visitor spends about 100 euros a day. Many residents, whose apartments are located on the streets through which the bulls run, rent window and balcony seats for up to 80 euros.

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In Pamplona six bulls are killed every year. In Spain, bullfighting is estimated at between 30,000 and 40,000. In the arena, the animals are traded with daggers and lances until they collapse exhausted. Often the bulls do not become at the end of the fight, and so they are consciously dragged by chains out of the arena. This is still allowed.

PETA UK and the Spanish organization AnimaNaturalis have been organizing protests against bullfights for several years – but the organizers do not want to abolish them.


My comment: Why does not Spain ban this shit? Yes, money !! And tradition, as always as an excuse.

With the high unemployment of the country stupid tourists must be lured into the place with primitive spectacles. Man, man, man! Humanity is and remains stupid and sick. Every year this garbage, one wonders, in which century do these naked animals still live?

Spaniard: Take tanks instead of bulls!
So no animal would need to suffer unnecessarily, but the result would remain the same.


My best regards to all, Venus


USA: Demand Real Leadership at the EPA. Action Link.


Demand Real Leadership at the EPA

Bill Wehrum—assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the architect of President Trump’s unconscionable attacks on clean air and climate regulations—has resigned. Wehrum oversaw efforts to roll back safeguards that limit air pollution and attempted to dismantle the landmark Clean Power Plan. Now is the time for the public to mobilize and tell the EPA’s leaders to start upholding the agency’s mission of protecting the American people and our environment.

President Trump’s Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum — the chief architect of Trump’s unconscionable attacks on landmark climate regulations — has resigned amid scrutiny over possible ethics violations.

Wehrum, along with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, is responsible for attempting to dismantle many lifesaving protections for our environment and health, including EPA’s clean car standards and the Clean Power Plan, our two most important federal efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the US.

This is a critical moment for the EPA — and our best chance to mobilize a massive public outcry demanding real leadership at the agency.

Take action now: Tell Trump and the EPA to reverse course and fulfill its mission to defend the fundamental regulations that protect our environment, our health, and our climate.


Take action now – click here:



Austria: decides total glyphosate ban!



The request of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) finds a majority, the consequence: In Austria comes a glyphosate ban.

The dangerous weed killer must not be sold in the future.


Glyphosate is the world’s most used weedkiller. It has been used in agriculture, industry, horticulture and private households since the mid-1970s. Monsanto sells the herbicide under the name “Roundup” and has been making billions in sales since the 1970s. No wonder then that Monsanto lobbyists claim that glyphosate is so harmless that it can even be safely drunk!!!


US courts think otherwise

In three separate cases, they have ruled that the glyphosate drug Roundup from Bayer subsidiary Monsanto is a “significant factor” in the onset of the cancer.

A Californian court last ordered Monsanto to pay $ 250 million in damages to a cancer patient in August 2018. He blamed the plant poison glyphosate for his cancer – and the jury proved him right.

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Among other things, because during the negotiation of emails came to the language, which weigh heavily on the company.
ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party) and FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) were already in the European Parliament against glyphosate ban.

For some time, there has been a suspicion that glyphosate is potentially carcinogenic. Nevertheless, in November 2017, the EU approved the potentially carcinogenic plant toxin for another 5 years.
Also FPÖ and ÖVP did not support the resolution for a glyphosate ban.

Now comes total glyphosate ban!!

On 12 June 2019, the parliament adopted a so-called deadline application by the SPÖ for the majority of the ban. The Freedom Party had signaled to agree to the total ban on the plant poison. Until the end, however, it was unclear whether the libertarians actually agree. On 2 July 2019, the Socialist Party finally pushed for a ban.

The People’s Party is still against it. It wants agriculture and forestry to be exempted from the ban – although this sector is responsible for 80 percent of pesticide use.

The Bayer chemicals group, whose subsidiary Monsanto produces glyphosate, said it was expected that the decision of the Austrians would be “critically questioned and legally challenged by the EU Commission” (!!!). According to Bayer, the decision of the Austrian National Council is “in contradiction to extensive scientific results on glyphosate”.



My comment: Congratulations Austria!
Good decision. Finally, a country has the courage to go against the lobby of the Bayer Group.
Here in Germany, we are still sleeping and, as always, we remain groundlessly optimistic about the future of our planet and in solidarity with the decisions of the Monsanto / Bayer lobbyists, also known as the EU – Commission!
Let’s hope that we will soon come to such a progressive decision as the Austrians.

Best regards, Venus

Unseen suffering of ‘wild’ animals laid bare in truth about dark side of tourism

Unseen suffering of ‘wild’ animals laid bare in truth about dark side of tourism

Animal-loving holidaymakers may think there’s nothing wrong with getting close to nature on eco-tourism trips, but the truth can be very different

Now summer holiday season is officially upon us, eco-tourism companies around the world are preparing to receive millions of nature-loving Brits hoping to interact with wild animals in their own environments.

Most responsible travellers wouldn’t dream of going to see blatantly cruel bear baiting or an orangutan boxing match while abroad, or even visit an animal circus or zoo because of concerns over animal welfare.

But many would be quite happy to visit a tiger sanctuary, swim with dolphins or ride an elephant through the jungle.

However, many seemingly ethical animal tourist activities can also bring tragic consequences for animals.

Here are some which animal welfare groups are urging holidaymakers to avoid.

Tiger sanctuaries

For those who are against seeing a caged tiger in a zoo, experiencing them in a so-called tiger sanctuary might seem reasonable.

But the word ‘sanctuary’ is often grossly misleading, especially in countries like Thailand where tourists can also sit with a tiger and pose for a photo.

In order to keep the animals docile for the tourists, the tigers are chained to the ground and pumped with sedatives.

And to keep them safe for the tiger selfies, the big cats also often have their teeth and claws removed and even the tendons in their wrists cut they they are unable to swat or run.

Whale watching

This has become a beloved past-time for animal lovers who would never dream of going to see whales perform in captivity.

But animal groups warn against taking part whale watching tours.

Boats often chase down the animals to get a better look, resulting in many hitting and seriously injuring the whales.

The noises caused by engines can also disrupt mating routines and drive the whales away from feeding areas.

If you want to see whales in the wild, ask the tour company about their whale watching codes.

A responsible company will state that the won’t chase the whales, but rather anchor off at a safe distance to observe the whales without disturbing them.


Elephant rides

Riding atop an elephant – and posting the obligatory photo on social media – is an experience many people dream about when planning a holiday to Southeast Asia.

But most tourists have no idea that they are only able to ride them because the elephant was brutally tortured to breaking point when it was still a baby.

Baby elephants are ripped away from their mother by poachers, then confined to a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground, and beaten with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep until they become submissive.

The process is called Phajaan, or ’the crush’ by captors.

After the elephant has been “crushed” they’re taught to perform tricks like ‘painting’ pictures, dancing or playing piano, or to accept human riders, whose weight eventually causes back and joint problems and a premature death.

Swimming with dolphins

Another bucketlist favourite for animal lovers, dolphin swims are common in places like the Caribbean.

The experience is also popular among tourists to the Amazon, who can get in the water with the freshwater ‘boto’ dolphin.

But animal groups warn people to think twice before signing up to swimming with dolphins, even in the wild.

Research has found that swimming close to bottlenose dolphins can be highly stressful for the aquatic creatures, preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.

Lori Marino, a neuroscientist at Emory university in Atlanta, said they could suffer “psychological problems” stemming from swimming with tourists.

And there is also the risk of transmitting diseases between humans and dolphins.

Lion cub petting

Lion sanctuaries raise lions from birth and offer tourists the cuddle and take selfies with the cute, fluffy cubs.

But while visitors might think they are helping the centres to breed the majestic animals, many don’t know that the cubs they are handling are destined to become a hunter’s wall mount.

One the lions have reached maturity, they are sold to big game hunters, who trap the animals in an enclosed area and spend hours following them before shooting them dead for entertainment.

Because the lions have spent their lives accustomed to positive interactions with tourists, they are less wary of people and are easier to hunt.

Equestrian arts shows

Horse lovers on holiday to Europe may consider going to see a horse arts show popular in countries like France and Portugal.

But many shows can be incredibly cruel for the horses.

In many cases the animals have been trained to perform using electric shocks to their anuses.

The horses are also forced into positions that are highly unnatural for their physiology, such as bowing and doing a curtsey.

And the shows often end with a fireworks display, the noises of which can frighten these sensitive animals.

Stop the Slaughter for Korea’s Brutal Boknal ‘Dog Eating Days’

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Stop the Slaughter for Korea’s Brutal Boknal ‘Dog Eating Days’

The slaughter is coming.



Stop the Slaughter for Korea’s Brutal Boknal ‘Dog Eating Days’


Dogs in South Korea are about to be hanged, beaten and burned alive as the first of the horrifying Boknal “dog eating days” is slated to begin on July 12.

Time is running out. Sign the petition now urging Korea to outlaw the barbaric dog and cat meat trade and put an end to the cruel “dog eating days” of summer, when more than a million dogs face torture and death.


Sign the petition:


Thanks to your voices, along with global media and activist outcry, dog farms and slaughterhouses are closing across Korea. But we must not stop until the horrific industry is shut down completely!

We are closer than ever to making dog and cat meat a thing of the past. 

please sign the petition to bring us that much closer.






























Indonesia: More Positive News for Dogs – Central Java’s Karanganyar Regency announces action plan to end the dog meat trade.


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WAV Comment:

Petitions DO work – voices against the trade are now being heard.  Finally nations that abuse dogs are now getting the message – unacceptable !  – Positive news.


June 20, 2019

Central Java’s Karanganyar Regency announces action plan to end the dog meat trade

Humane Society International / Australia


JAKARTA – Indonesia’s Regency of Karanganyar in Java has pledged an action plan to end its brutal dog meat trade, following a shocking investigation by campaign coalition Dog Meat Free Indonesia. The action plan includes closing all 21 stalls selling dog meat in the regency and the creation of alternative livelihoods for those people currently reliant on the trade. The local government plans to host a meeting with the traders and vendors to announce the ban and to discuss alternative livelihood opportunities, a first of its kind in Java.

The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition’s investigations showed dogs being beaten and strung upside down to bleed out whilst still conscious, and in full view of other terrified dogs bound and caged who await their turn. The horrific footage prompted renewed calls for urgent action by campaigners, national and international celebrity ambassadors and concerned citizens from throughout Indonesia and around the world. The action being taken in Karanganyar will save almost 2,000 dogs each month from slaughter, and campaigners are optimistic that this will mark the start of a nationwide movement to tackle this illegal and dangerous trade.

When announcing the development of an action plan Regent of Karanganyar Regency Drs. Juliyatmono denounced the trade, warning of the grave risks to public health it poses. Whilst dog meat is consumed by some for its perceived health properties, the reality is that the dog meat trade poses a significant and very real threat to public health, with rabies transmission being of particularly grave concern. Research shows that the highest prevalence of rabies occurs in provinces and regencies with the highest dog meat consumption., bringing with it devastating consequences for human health, animal welfare and the local economy.

As an ever-growing number of countries and territories in the region and around the world take action to tackle the illegal dog and cat meat trades, global public and political communities are becoming increasingly intolerant to the trades. With the recent Indonesian presidential elections having taken place on April 17, campaigners hope that now is the time for the government to prioritise this issue on grounds of public health and safety as well as animal welfare, and fulfill its pledge to take action to tackle the trade.


“In order to prevent various diseases caused by dog meat consumption, we will soon take action to close all dog meat stalls in Karanganyar, so humans can co-exist in harmony with the environment and all living creatures” – Drs. Juliyatmono, M.M, Regent of Karanganyar Regency.

“Pledges for action have been made from the Central government’s Ministry of Agriculture, and the DMFI and the millions of supporters we represent worldwide applaud this position.  But these words need to result in commitments for change through strong and impactful actions, like those presented by Drs. Juliyatmono, M.M.” – Karin Franken, Jakarta Animal Aid Network.

”We congratulate the Regency of Karanganyar for addressing these grave concerns for the sake of public and animal health and safety, and call on those in power to take action nationwide. Promises have been made but we need to see programs to end the trade implemented nationwide to protect our communities and animals. The DMFI coalition stands ready to help provide practical and on-the-ground support to secure the dual aims of eliminating both the dog and cat meat trades and rabies” – Angelina Pane, Animal Friends Jogja.

“Now is the time for the Indonesian Central and Provincial governments to take Karanganyar Regency’s lead and to prioritise this issue on grounds of public health and safety as well as animal welfare, and fulfill their pledge to take action to tackle the trade. The trade is cruel and dangerous, and the time is now for action to be taken!” – Lola Webber, Change for Animals Foundation.


  • Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) is a coalition of national and international animal protection organisations comprising Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia, FOUR PAWS, Animal Friends Jogja and Jakarta Animal Aid Network which documents the brutality of the trades and campaigns for a ban on grounds of animal cruelty and risks to public health.
  • Dog theft for the meat trade is a serious problem in Indonesia. DMFI has interviewed many residents who have described their terrifying ordeal with armed traders stealing their pets at night. Despite the obvious law-breaking, thefts are rarely taken seriously by law enforcement, so the thieves go unpunished.
  • The illegal movement of large numbers of dogs of unknown disease status into densely-populated areas impedes efforts to protect communities from the deadly rabies virus. This contravenes rabies control recommendations by leading human and animal health experts including the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as well as national disease prevention legislation.
  • Studies reveal a high incidence of rabies-positive dogs in slaughterhouses and markets throughout the region, including Indonesia. For example, in 2007 research from markets in North Sulawesi (Manado, Airmadidi and Langowan) showed between 7.8 and 10.6 percent of dogs sold for human consumption were infected with rabies. In 2018 the DMFI coalition found that of just 10 dog carcass samples sold for human consumption in Tomohon, one tested positive for rabies.
  • In August 2018 at the National Coordination of Animal Welfare meeting in Jakarta, the Indonesian Government pledged to end the dog and cat meat trades. Mr Syamsul Ma’arif DVM, M.Si, director of veterinary public health, described the trades as “torture for animals” and added that “dog meat or any animal that is not registered as farm animals, is illegal”.
  • Globally, opposition to the dog and cat meat trades is increasing, with an ever-growing number of countries and territories in the region (Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand) and internationally (the United States) banning the trade in and slaughter, sale, consumption of dogs.


The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaign has received support from global and Indonesian superstars including Simon Cowell, Sophia Latjuba, Yeslin Wang, Nadia Mulya, Lawrence Enzela, Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Ellen DeGeneres, Alya Nurshabrina, Shaggydog and Pierce Brosnan who last year signed a letter to President Joko Widodo calling for action to end the country’s dog and cat meat trades.

A petition of more than 1 million signatures was also submitted to the government of Indonesia in November 2018

Positive news – lets hope this is repeated elsewhere

Regards Mark


Italy: Famous Circus Trainer Is Mauled To Death By His Own 4 Tigers. Tigers Belong In The Wild !

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Weber ‘training’ his tigers.


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WAV Comment:

Tigers are wild animals which belong in the wild – not servants of people like Weber performing pathetic tricks for the uneducated..


A famous circus animal trainer has died after four of his tigers mauled him to death while he prepared for a show in Italy. 61-year-old Ettore Weber was reportedly killed by the animals at around 7.30pm last night, July 4, at the Circo Ofei – Italy’s most famous circus – near the city of Bari.

It is believed Weber was rehearing for his act when one of the tigers knocked him to the ground, the other three big cats then pounced on him and continued to maul the trainer.

According to La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno, the tigers played with Weber’s body for around half an hour after he had died, as stunned medics looked on, unable to do anything. Fellow circus performers reportedly tried to drive the animals away, but to no avail.

Police are now conducting an investigation into the attack, trying to determine the events leading up to the attack and the attack itself.

Authorities at the scene say Weber suffered a number of serious injuries, including severe trauma to his spine.

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A caged circus tiger.

Four tigers have mauled their trainer to death during a rehearsal at a circus in southern Italy.

One tiger set upon Ettore Weber, 61, on Thursday evening in Triggiano, near Bari, before the other three joined in.

They then played with his body in their cage until paramedics and circus staff intervened, local media report. He later died from his injuries.

Mr Weber, who worked with the Orfei Circus, is said to be one of Italy’s best known circus trainers.

He had been training the tigers at about 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT) for a show called Animal Park, which was based on travelling around the world and seeing different animals.


Some 40 countries have partially or fully banned the use of wild animals in circuses, including 20 countries in Europe.


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 A Tiger in its Correct Environment – the Wild.


Play with fire and in the end you get burned !

Regards Mark

South Korea: Some Positive News For Korean Dogs and Other Animals.

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WAV Comment:

It finally looks as if Korean are starting to make an impression with all their dedicated and very hard work – congratulations to them !

The new government announcement on a 5 year plan for animal welfare is really great news – we know you will join us in congratulating them on this very positive news.

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Breaking News!! South Korean Government to Set 5-year Plan on Animal Welfare!

The Korea Bizwire reported on July 3, “South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday it is drawing up a five-year plan on improving the welfare of animals in the country, which will focus on adopting tougher regulations against animal cruelty and providing them with a better living environment.”

They reported, “Under the 2020-2024 plan which is anticipated to be announced in December, the South Korean government will revise animal-related regulations in different areas from raising pets to carrying out animal tests, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Among others, the government said it will redefine the scope of actions that can be considered as animal cruelty. When implemented, abandoning pets also will be considered an abusive action and violators will face stronger punishment. Any maltreatment that leads to the death of animals may be punishable with a jail term of three years or a fine of 30 million won (US$25,638), up from the current ceiling of two years and 20 million won.”

According to the report, “Breeding farms will be required to provide better living conditions for animals in terms of the size of cages and the number of employees….

The government will also prepare guidelines to cope with stray animals, including making shelters for pets in case of disasters.”

This is a great news and a big step towards the ending of dog and cat meat cruelty in South Korea. Let’s keep up our pressure on South Korea until the dog and cat meat trade ends!

Click HERE to learn more.


LA City Council passed the dog meat resolution unanimously!

YAY!!! We are so happy the resolution (asking the governments of China, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, and Indonesia to ban the sale of dog meat and to enforce their animal cruelty laws) unanimously passed the City Council today (13 Yes, 0 No, and 2 absent). A big thank you goes out to Mr. Jeffrey Mausner for speaking at the council meeting today and to all the members of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils for their efforts to make this possible. Also we are grateful to all council members who voted for this important resolution. Click HERE to learn more.


Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market Closure Update

Today is July 1 in South Korea and as of this day, Busan Gupo Livestock (Dog Meat) market is closed for good! Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) has worked very hard for many years to make this happen. They, along with Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) and Korea Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) are right now at the Gupo Market to rescue the remaining dogs.

Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market is the first market in South Korea to close down altogether instead of just banning onsite slaughter. This is a truly momentous time in South Korea’s animal rights history. Many people are here to celebrate the closure of this market and rescue of the remaining dogs that the dog butchers agreed to release. Busan Mayor Oh Keo-Don, Busan Buk-gu District Director Jeong Myeong-Hui and other government representatives, along with many rescue activists/organizations and press, are present for the photo opportunities.

It is hoped that the actions of Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market will create a domino effect and that other major cities with large dog meat markets will follow Busan’s example. There are still hundreds of dog meat restaurants and so-called “Health Food Shops” in Busan that continue to sell dog meat. We must, therefore, keep the pressure on by taking action and protesting until the dog meat industry is completely banned in Busan and all around South Korea.




We are very excited that the New York based animal rights group “The Animals’ Battalion” will be organizing demonstrations in front of the Korean Consulate General’s Office for the fifth year in a row for the 3 days of Boknal (dog eating is traditionalized in Korea – Chobok 7/12, Jungbok 7/22, and Malbok 8/9 (Demonstration is on 8/9 Friday because Malbok 8/11 is on Sunday) in 2019) and EVERYONE IS INVITED. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ANIMALS’ BATTALION. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE KOREAN DOGS, PLEASE JOIN.

Click HERE to learn more.


Not in New York? You can still join us from the comfort of your home. Join our Phone Blitz and be the voice for the Korean dogs and cats! All you need is compassion and a phone.

📞☎📱🖨 Click HERE to learn more and join.


Big congrats to Korean Dogs for all their hard work to tell the world – efforts now paying off.

Regards Mark.
















Stray: the street victims


hund im MüllnThis dog was just thrown in the trash. The owner had moved to another location and did not want to take her dog. When the garbage was to be picked up after 6 days, the men noticed that something was moving in a plastic bag and found the totally emaciated dog and rescued him.
But many dogs do not have this luck.
It is summer time and many pack kids and cones and travel. Only one family member will like to forget, the dog.

Thousands of animals are also exposed in Germany every summer.

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It is supposed to be fifteen million pets that are maltreated, neglected or abandoned every year.

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If they are captured, they live in shelters the rest of their lives or are cruelly killed by the authorities.

We call for an international animal welfare law to deal ethically with stray dogs and cats in all member states of the EU.


If they are captured, they live in shelters for the rest of their lives or are killed by the authorities.

If they are not captured, they spend their lives hungry on the streets or are brutally slaughtered. From people who see animals as objects or even as pests that can be maltreated, tortured and killed. And without being punished.

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When catching fatally injured

Countless dogs and cats are caught by unqualified animal catchers. These often use brutal methods. Sometimes stun weapons are used, which injure some animals so much that they die a painful death on the spot.

In front of scared children

Especially before major international “events”, the authorities “clean up” the streets with mass murders. Often this happens in front of the eyes of frightened passers – by and children.

We call on the EU to enact a law that regulates the protection of pets and the ethical dealings with strays in all member states.

The aim of this law is to protect the animals and reduce the strays ethically. This law should, inter alia, consider the following points:

– Registration obligation for all strays

– Castration obligation for all strays

– Establishment of an International Animal Cruelty Register linked to the lifelong prohibition of activities related to animals

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Please sign and share the Petition:

Thank you for raising your voice for the animals today.

My comment: I have three cats, all from ” rescue service for wild animals” in my city.

The two siblings dropped off in an asparagus field in heavy winter because they were not purebred. They were only 2 weeks old.  Both were frozen and half dead.

The third was a move victim. Some brainworms have moved and left her in the garden. She was one year old and cried for 5 days in the cold. Nobody wanted to take her!

Earlier, we thought, that only happens in southerners. Here in Germany it is exactly the same.
It’s just so! We correct the deeds of the criminals of this society, every day. In every way!

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We can not save all the strays, but many of us can give a nice home to one or two animals.
You will have a faithful friend for life.

Best regards to all, Venus

Vietnam: UPDATE on 5 Rescued Bears By Animals Asia – 5/6/19.

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We covered the rescue of these bears in a recent post:


Five precious bears…
and how your love is changing their lives

Dear Mark,

You got them home. Now you’re mending their broken bodies and tortured minds.

Our five precious newbies are all doing great and responding well to the treatment and loving care they’re getting. That loving care is a gift from you. Your donations truly mean the world to these bears.

Solo was abandoned in a cage, left all alone on a construction site. The four bears were rescued from a resort. It’s likely all would have been sold on to a circus if it weren’t for you. Or worse. A bile farm.

Instead they’re wrapped in your kindness. Medicine for their wounds… fruity treats and toys to bring some wonder to their days… and words and smiles to remind them that they’re home for good and loved beyond words.

Our wonderful Senior Bear Manager Sarah van Herpt has been mama to these bears since they arrived – Solo two weeks ago, and the four bears, just a week ago. Here’s what she has to say about her newest little charges:


Solo is an absolute sweetheart, but the sight of the four new bears was a shock to her. Who knows how long it’s been since she last saw another bear? But after a few days she got used to them being around. Solo is very smart with her enrichment toys, and figures out puzzles with treats inside very quickly. She’s been heard clucking a few times. Science doesn’t know for sure, but we see it in bears who are anxious. They’ll cluck to one another to say ‘I mean no harm’ or ‘I’m here behind you… don’t startle’ or ‘You’re making me uncomfortable’.

Sweet Pea is a cruisy wee bear. She loves to make nests with giant leaves and palm brooms, and she was the first bear to give in and eat her tomatoes! But poor Sweet Pea… she was on meds for the wound on her nose and nasal discharge, but we had to stop them because she was vomiting them straight up. We’re monitoring her closely when introducing her to new foods like banana to make sure it’s not the banana causing her vomiting. Right now, we’re trying her out with congee. The wound itself is healing well.

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Lily is on meds because she’s very itchy. Her sparse coat has revealed just how extensive her snare scar is. It runs right across her lower abdomen and around to her back. What must this gorgeous girl have suffered? Thankfully, that’s all over now. Lily is really enjoying her fresh fruit and veggies, and she loves to lick jam from the bamboo feeders. Her personality is still emerging and we can’t wait to see how she develops and grows.

Scooby is a hungry little man! He loves his food, and is always asking if we might have a few more of those dried sweet potatoes he loves so much. Scooby loves to play in water and you can often find him on his stomach lying down, two feet in his water bowl. He’s very small for a male bear, so we think he might be quite young.

Phuong is taking everything in her stride. It’s been a battle to help her to eat, but finally we have the key – honey! By blending her food with honey we found a way for her to enjoy her meals – but it also tells us she must have some painful teeth in her mouth. So our gorgeous Phuong will soon have a full dental. Phuong is often seen rolling around on her back playing with all of her toys.



These precious bears are where they are today because of you. Your kindness affects their lives in every way… thank you for saving them from the worst possible fate. Now, together, we can make these broken bears whole again.

If you haven’t had a chance to give to these beautiful bears yet, there’s still time.

Because of your support, Solo, Sweet Pea, Lily, Scooby and Phuong will know only kindness from now on. Without your urgent help… a brutal bile farm was likely.

Instead you gave them sanctuary. And with each gorgeous Vietnamese sunrise, these precious bears are one day closer to recovery.

Thank you sincerely,


Tuan Bendixsen OAM PhD
Vietnam Director, Animals Asia

PS We think that some of these bears were previously abused on circuses. They’ve almost surely had no veterinary care their whole lives. If you haven’t given yet, a donation from you could make all the difference.






England: When Royals Visit, You Walk Behind Them – Unless You Are ‘Olive’ the Duck That Is !



To lighten things up; we need to show you this.

Here in England there is one simple rule – when the Queen is on your patch she always leads the way, and everyone else follows.

That is apart from when you are a duck named Olive; then you lead the way and the queen of England follows you !


Watch the video here:

When the Queen met Olive… the duck

The queen rounded off her royal engagements in Scotland with a visit to Edinburgh’s Gorgie City Farm where she was given a guided tour by volunteers and Olive, the four-year-old duck who “thinks she’s human”.

The Farm’s fortunes have changed considerably, avoiding closure in 2016 after a successful fundraising effort; its chief executive Iain Herbert described the Queen’s visit as a great honour.

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Her Majesty the Queen of England.


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Olive the Duck – with keeper.