Day: August 21, 2018

Death dance in the EU!

 

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Guardian has made a bitter satyr about Greece.
The country has just paid the third package of debt to its slave holder, the EU, and dances a grotesque death dance.
In the background we can see some figures, Greek citizens, who are also depicted with skulls.
They are the victims of the exploitation, the financial slaves from a dictatorship of incompetent and corrupt oligarchs, the EU, wich for years and years has bled off this country under the “code name” of the austerity measures.

My best regards, Venus

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/aug/20/martin-rowson-on-greece-exiting-austerity-cartoon

 

 

Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice) Begins Today -21/8.

Eid al-Adha 2018 will begin in the evening of Tuesday 21 August and ends in the evening of Saturday 25 August

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Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎, translit. ʿīd al-ʾaḍḥā, lit. ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, [ʕiːd ælˈʔɑdˤħæː]), also called the “Festival of Sacrifice“, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.

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USA: Court sides with NRDC on Keystone XL.

USA

 

NRDC

Dear Mark,

BREAKING: Siding with NRDC, a federal judge just ruled that President Trump’s State Department unlawfully cut corners when approving the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The State Department attempted to fast-track its environmental review of the pipeline’s new route in Nebraska — but the court stopped this backdoor deal in its tracks, ordering the agency to go back and conduct a more robust assessment before pipeline construction begins.

This court ruling is a huge win for NRDC and activists like you who have been fighting tirelessly to stop this dangerous pipeline — and for the landowners and Tribal Nation members whose water and environment would be forever threatened by this reckless tar sands oil project.

But we must stay vigilant to ensure that this climate-wrecking pipeline never moves forward.

Last year, tens of thousands of activists like you barraged Trump’s former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with letters of opposition — and now we must do the same with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Send Secretary Pompeo a message now and tell him to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline once and for all!

You might remember that President Obama’s administration actually stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward. Under President Obama, the State Department concluded that the pipeline was just too dangerous — to our environment and climate, to local communities and tribes, and to wildlife. But under President Trump, the State Department — no surprise — reversed course and has been attempting to revive this project from day one of the administration.

The Keystone XL pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland, threatening land, climate, and drinking water supplies for farmers, ranchers, Indigenous people, and other communities along its route.

And this pipeline would keep us rooted in the dirty fossil fuels of the past instead of moving us toward a clean energy future.

Enough is enough — Keystone XL is all risk and absolutely no reward.

Tell Secretary Pompeo to slam the door on this monstrous fossil fuel project for good!

This is just part of the Trump administration’s full-court press to destroy protections for our environment and our climate. We’re fighting back against efforts to dismantle the groundbreaking Clean Power Plan, roll back lifesaving clean car standards, bail out dirty coal and nuclear power plants, weaken endangered species protections and clean drinking water standards, and the list goes on.

Today, I’m asking for your help to send Trump and his allies a message loud and clear: we will not allow them to get away with this. We will not watch them destroy everything we hold dear. And we will continue fighting back with everything we have.

Please make your voice heard now.

I hope I can count on you to stand with us in the weeks and months ahead — and thank you, as always, for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC  NRDC

New Zealand: A Battery Farm for Beef.

NZ

 

No grass; no shelter;
no way to treat an animal.

 

HELP US END FEEDLOTS

 

 

Cattle confined to tiny barren pens, no opportunity to graze and no access to shelter. Paddocks stacked full of cattle extend off into the distance. A battery farm for beef.

It sounds like a scene from the American Midwest, but this is not America. This is Aotearoa.

New footage shows up to 19,000 cattle confined in dirt-covered pens in New Zealand’s biggest feedlot in Ashburton, Canterbury. This is factory farming on an immense scale. With it comes significant animal suffering. Cattle are denied the opportunity to graze, forced to compete for unfamiliar food and lack access to shelter.

The footage from SAFE, shot high above the facility with a Farmwatch drone, was released last night on RNZ’s Checkpoint. This is a dark reality of modern farming that NZ Beef & Lamb is keeping hidden away behind their bold marketing imagery. Their spokesperson on the programme was keen to downplay the existence of these factory farms.

The feedlot exposé sparked hundreds of online comments expressing shock and outrage. Kiwis reject factory farming.

 

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Cattle will normally choose to graze for eight hours a day. When confined to a feedlot these animals cannot express this normal grazing behaviour. They become bored and bullying is common, with some cattle struggling to access food due to interference from more aggressive animals. Lack of shelter leaves them exposed to cold rain and wind, and unable to escape the hot sun, which breaches the Animal Welfare Act. Unfamiliar food can cause digestive problems like bloating and diarrhoea. Cattle can spend up to four months suffering in this way – and it is unacceptable!

 

This is the American industrialisation of beef farming.

 

ADD YOUR VOICE TO STOP THIS

 

 

Feedlots are a so-called ‘finishing operation’ where cattle go to be ‘fattened up’ before being served as food. The meat is sold as premium beef, on the shelves of your local supermarkets and in restaurants. Other feedlots are used before shipping animals overseas for the live export trade.

The virulent spread of feedlots in New Zealand shows that our country is moving towards damaging intensification of the beef industry. And it’s not just the cattle who suffer. We all pay the price for the environmental damage caused by animal farming.

This industrialised farming practice intensifies agriculture’s environmental footprint. With no opportunity for grass to grow, food has to be grown elsewhere and delivered by truck, and animal waste builds up in the small space. More cattle create more damage, impacting our fragile ecosystems.

This is not the environment we want to see in New Zealand.

But there is a solution.

Our Government can put an end to this. Environment Minister Hon David Parker can choose to end feedlots, by including them in his National Policy Statement on freshwater. Use your voice to ask him to act urgently on this matter.

 

Send the Minister an email urging him to end feedlots for the sake of animals and our environment.

 

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Together we can stop this!

For the animals

 

Marianne Macdonald
Head of Campaigns

The screaming of the pigs and the silence of the consumption society

 

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In April 2018, an undercover investigator managed to film in two pig breeding and fattening farms in Italy. The two farms are located in the north of the country, in the regions of Piedmont and Lombardy. The images, which Animal Equality has published in cooperation with Italian media, show the systematic cruelty towards the pigs in the factories. The company in Piedmont is certified for the production of Parma ham and supplies the “Parma Ham Consortium”, the association of Parma ham producers. The Italian pork industry in particular is also linked to the German market through products such as Parma ham: Germany is one of the largest consumers of Parma ham.

 

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England: You Must Be Nuts ! – Know Your Vitamins To Keep Your Body Healthy.

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Know your vitamins.

We found this very useful – especially if you adhere to a specific type of diet such as veggie or Veganism.

All the following is reproduced from ‘Medical News Today’ but we have tailored it for veggie and vegan diets only-  if you are a meat eater then please go to the following link for an aid.  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/195878.php?sr

We hope that you find it of assistance so that you can top up your animal friendly diet with additional foods that will help your body.

 

Vitamins are either fat-soluble or water-soluble.

Fat-soluble vitamins

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and the liver. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble. These are easier to store than water-soluble vitamins, and they can stay in the body as reserves for days, and sometimes months.

Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of fats, or lipids.

Water-soluble vitamins

Water-soluble vitamins do not stay in the body for long. The body cannot store them, and they are soon excreted in urine. Because of this, water-soluble vitamins need to be replaced more often than fat-soluble ones.

Vitamin C and all the B vitamins are water soluble.

 

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Vitamin A

Chemical names: Retinol, retinal, and four carotenoids, including beta carotene.

·         It is fat soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause night-blindness and keratomalacia, an eye disorder that results in a dry cornea.

·         Good sources include:  broccoli, sweet potato, butter, kale, spinach, pumpkin, collard greens, some cheeses, egg, apricot, cantaloupe melon..

 

Vitamin B

Chemical name: thiamine.

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause beriberi and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

·         Good sources include: yeast, cereal grains, sunflower seeds, brown rice, whole-grain rye, asparagus, kale, cauliflower, potatoes, oranges..

 

Vitamin B2

Chemical name: Riboflavin

·         It is water soluble

·         Deficiency may cause ariboflavinosis

·         Good sources include: asparagus, bananas, persimmons, okra, chard, cottage cheese, and green beans

 

Vitamin B3

Chemical names: Niacin, niacinamide

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause pellagra, with symptoms of diarrhea, dermatitis, and mental disturbance.

·         Good sources include: avocados, dates, tomatoes, leafy vegetables, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, asparagus, nuts, whole-grains, legumes, mushrooms, and brewer’s yeast.

 

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Vitamin B5

Chemical name: Pantothenic acid

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause paresthesia, or “pins and needles.”

·         Good sources include: whole-grains (milling may remove it), broccoli, avocados.

 

Vitamin B6

Chemical names: Pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause anemia, peripheral neuropathy, or damage to parts of the nervous system other than the brain and spinal cord.

·         Good sources include: bananas, whole-grains, vegetables, and nuts.

 

Vitamin B7

Chemical name: Biotin

·         it is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause dermatitis or enteritis, or inflammation of the intestine.

·         Good sources include: some vegetables.

 

Vitamin B9

Chemical names: Folic acid, folinic acid

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency during pregnancy is linked to birth defects. Pregnant women are encouraged to supplement folic acid for the entire year before becoming pregnant.

·         Good sources include: leafy vegetables, legumes, baker’s yeast, some fortified grain products, and sunflower seeds. Several fruits have moderate amounts, as does beer.

 

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Vitamin B12

Chemical names: Cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia, a condition where bone marrow produces unusually large, abnormal, immature red blood cells.

·         Good sources include: fortified cereals and soy products, as well as fortified nutritional yeast.

Vegans are advised to take B12 supplements.

 

Vitamin C

Chemical name: Ascorbic acid

·         It is water soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia.

·         Good sources include: fruit and vegetables. The Kakadu plum and the camu camu fruit have the highest vitamin C contents of all foods.

Vitamin D

Chemical names: Ergocalciferol, cholecalciferol.

·         It is fat soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause rickets and osteomalacia, or softening of the bones.

·         Good sources: Exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) through sunlight or other sources causes vitamin D to be produced in the skin. Also found in mushrooms.

 

Vitamin E

Chemical names: Tocopherols, tocotrienols

·         It is fat soluble.

·         Deficiency is uncommon, but it may cause hemolytic anemia in newborns. This is a condition where blood cells are destroyed and removed from the blood too early.

·         Good sources include: Kiwi fruit, almonds, avocado, nuts, leafy green vegetables, unheated vegetable oils, wheat germ, and whole-grains.

 

Vitamin K

Chemical names: Phylloquinone, menaquinones

·         It is fat soluble.

·         Deficiency may cause bleeding diathesis, an unusual susceptibility to bleeding.

·         Good sources include: leafy green vegetables, avocado, kiwi fruit. Parsley contains a lot of vitamin K.

 

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