Day: August 5, 2018

“I would go to jail for the protection of the animals”




In the Romandie (also called French-speaking Switzerland, with a population of 2 million) Virginia Markus is the best-known pioneer of the Anti speciesists, a radical animal protection movement.
Especially her actions cause a stir: In March, she and 18 of her co-workers freed 18 kids from a slaughterhouse near Rolle (VD), having previously recorded the conditions in a slaughterhouse with hidden cameras and occupied appropriate facilities. There are several criminal cases against her.


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On 3.08.2018 she gave a very good interview in the “Neue Zürchner Zeitung”. I only translated the main points of this interview because it is quite long, but you can read the whole thing from the link.

NZZ: You chose the radical form. When did you eat your last piece of meat?

Markus: When I was 18, my former geography teacher showed me the effects of meat consumption on the environment. That opened my eyes. The decision to live vegetarian was easy, because I was always surrounded by animals. It was harder to give up my beloved cheese six years later. But I had to do it because I realized that if I only consume dairy products, I’m indirectly responsible for the deaths of animals.

NZZ: In what way?

Markus: Many people feel that a cow is constantly giving milk. It is not so. She has to give birth to a calf regularly, which will soon end up on the slaughter if it is male. And if she does not produce enough milk, the cow is also slaughtered. That is irresponsible for me. The decision not to eat any more animal products was a liberation for me: at last I could live in harmony with my values.
By consuming animal products, one is jointly responsible for murdering an animal.


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NZZ: Do you – ethically speaking – make no distinction between animals and humans?

Markus: No! as far as their will to live is concerned. An animal that suffers is like a person who suffers. Which of course does not mean that there are no physiological and cognitive differences.

NZZ: In nature, there are also differences and a hierarchy: A cat hunts the mouse – and we humans keep us the livestock.

Markus: A cat acts by instinct, she can not think the consequences of her actions. Fortunately, we can do that. There are no people born with the instinct to kill.
I do not deny that it can give pleasure to eat meat. But that does not justify doing it – it implies sacrifice. By consuming animal products, one is jointly responsible for murdering an animal.
In other areas of life, nobody also questions that one must put own pleasure back, if it is to the detriment of others. Why not with the food?

Extreme-Normal Karikatur

NZZ: They not only hide cameras, they also block roads to slaughterhouses and even liberate animals. Four criminal cases are currently pending against you. Why should not the law apply to you?
Markus: Only in this way can we sustainably influence public opinion. Civil disobedience is only a remedy for us when all others are exhausted. We force the society, so to speak, not to close its eyes.
Our first big goal is that cows, calves and other fattening animals in Switzerland are as well protected as cats and dogs. Still, animals do not have the same rights as humans. So in our opinion, more radical methods are needed to combat this malady.

Kalb-Animal Equality

I am insulted on all possible channels, someone has already bitten me the tires. To some extent, I can even understand the anger of many people. However, I am not insecure by such reactions, as well as by judicial decisions. For the protection of the animals I would go to jail.

Last question: what has become of the liberated kids?
Markus: I can only reveal so much: 17 of the 18 rescued animals still live. They had to be elaborately maintained, meanwhile they are all well again.

My best regards, Venus


India: Latest Great Rescues From Animal Aid Unlimited.




Dog found unconscious in a field makes beautiful recovery

We got a call that someone had found a dog collapsed unconscious in a field. Half of her face lay in a shallow pool of water and we could not awaken her. We hurried her back to Animal Aid’s hospital and found that she had most likely suffered trauma to her head. She showed all the signs of a brain injury. It took several hours for her to gain consciousness, but even after waking up she was unable to walk.

Throughout the weeks that followed, she won our hearts with her trusting eyes and the brave efforts she made–a little more each day, to stand, to walk, to give and to receive love. Gradually, we could see changes taking place in her abilities.

After two months, look what Angela can do!


Please donate for the animals who need extra time to heal.


Donkey found hiding in shed with rope severing his leg

We found a frightened donkey hiding in a shed with a horrific injury on his leg caused by a rope that had been tied around his leg for many weeks. The tight rope had caused a deep wound that was severely infected, necrotic and infested with maggots and was so painful he couldn’t bear any weight on the injured leg at all. We could see how scared he was standing in the shed, but his eyes met his rescuers with incredible trust.

We feared we wouldn’t be able to save his mangled leg, but after several weeks of treatment, this gentle boy started to recover…

Please donate to save injured animals in India.


Baby goat drowning in well reunited with her mama

We got a call that a baby goat had fallen in a well and was quickly losing her strength. We found her barely paddling and struggling to breathe. After rescuing her from the well we were so relieved to find that despite being exhausted and traumatized from nearly drowning, she was fine. More than anything, this beautiful girl wanted to be back by her mama’s side. Watch the reunion.

Please donate today for life-saving animal rescue in India.


Collapsed lung and head injury, train accident victim’s amazing recovery.

We found him next to the tracks, his nose split in two, breathing with great difficulty and very disoriented. When we brought him back to Animal Aid’s hospital, our vet found that he had a collapsed lung which is a very life-threatening condition. We had to place a tube in his chest to allow his lung to expand and function normally again, suture his badly injured nose and upper lip and stabilize him with fluids and other medications. With so many life-threatening conditions, we were so worried that we may not be able to save him despite our best efforts. But this brave young boy had an amazing spirit and triumphed against all odds.

Please donate to help the next brave little one who is in a crisis.