Day: September 18, 2018

England: Hunts Are A Major Biosecurity Risk. 97 Hunting Dogs Destroyed After Eating Bovine TB Infected Meat – And The Government Blames Badgers !

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Author: Chloe Govindasamy – Public Affairs Intern

A new, independent report revealing that 97 dogs were euthanised following an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at a hunting kennel confirms that hunts are a major biosecurity risk, argues an animal protection charity.

The report, by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, also contains information which suggests both the hunt and Defra kept quiet about key aspects of the outbreak – such as claiming only 25 dogs were affected, rather than the actual total of 97.

Given that disease, not just bTB, is one of the biggest threats to the lives of farm animals and the livelihoods of farmers in the UK, this raises grave concerns about the way biosecurity across the UK is being managed.

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Chris Pitt, Deputy Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“We’ve been saying for a long time that hunting is a major biosecurity threat to our countryside and this report confirms it. The 97 dogs which were destroyed because of bTB are just the tip of a diseased iceberg. This story isn’t about one kennel infected with bTB, it’s about the way hunts routinely avoid even basic biosecurity and animal welfare measures, meaning their poor dogs are often living disease carriers.

“There’s a simple truth here. When livestock dies, potentially of disease, it is given to hunts to feed raw to their hounds. These hounds are often in poor health due to kennelling conditions and lack of care, and pick up the disease. They then spread the disease back into the countryside – and the cycle continues. The government knows this is a huge risk but is either turning a blind eye or not giving people the full picture, both of which are unacceptable.”

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Key concerns are:

·         The number of dogs put down was 97, not 25, as originally admitted by the hunt, which suggests a deliberate attempt to play down the outbreak. The number of recorded bTB outbreaks in the Kimblewick Hunt’s territory almost doubled to 90 in the four months after the disease was discovered in the kennels.

·         Government statements about the outbreak gave the impression that there was no real threat of disease spread by hunting hounds – while at the same time they amended regulations to restrict the feeding of offal to hunting hounds. If there was no threat – why change the regulations?

·         The condition of the Kimblewick kennels – a typical hunt – is described as ‘suboptimal’, with dogs being kept in dirty, unhygienic conditions which are a breeding ground for disease.

·         Some biosecurity measures were introduced at the kennels once the infection had been confirmed. However this backs up evidence that basic biosecurity measures at hunting kennels are generally low or non-existent.

Chris Pitt added:

“If farmers are concerned about disease on their farms, be it bTB or anything else, then they need to take a close look at any hunts in their area. There is stacks of evidence showing that disease can spread between livestock and hunting hounds, but the government seem intent on playing this down with misleading or disingenuous statements which deflect from the truth.

“They brought in new regulations last year while pretending there was no problem when clearly there was. And those regulations won’t make any significant difference – it’s a clear case of shutting the kennel door after the hounds have bolted.

“If this country wants to take disease control seriously and protect livestock, then proper biosecurity is vital – and that means stopping hunts from galloping all over farm land.”

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Notes to Editors

·         The Edinburgh report can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/tbed.12969

·         For more information about the diseases spread between hunting hounds and livestock, see a summary here or the full study, Hunting with hounds and the spread of disease, by Professor Stephen Harris, BSc PhD DSc and Dr Jo Dorning, BSc PhD.

·         For more information or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email pressoffice@league.org.uk

·         The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).

 

Source:  LACS – https://www.league.org.uk/news/death-of-100-dogs-exposes-the-secret-threat-of-disease

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USA: Right Now It IS Legal To Slaughter and Eat Dogs And Cats in44 States of the USA. So Take Action !

USA

Yes, it IS currently legal to slaughter and eat dogs and cats in 44 states of the USA.

 We are closer than ever…
…to banning dog and cat meat throughout the entire United States!

Shockingly, it is legal to slaughter and eat dogs and cats in 44 states of the US, with no federal law barring this brutal practice. But last week, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.6720, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act. Now, we just need the Senate to pass this important bill, and the president to sign it into law.

Speak out now to help make dog and cat meat illegal in the US.

 

TAKE ACTION

 

 

 

 

As we fight to stop dogs and cats throughout Asia from being kidnapped, tortured and brutally killed by meat dealers, we must finally outlaw the killing of companion animals in the USA.

 

 

 

Salto en la plaza de tortura!

 

Spain

 Jump into the arena of death!

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Once again, the activists of the Vegan Strike Group interrupted a bloody bullfight.
After Valladolid in May and in Huelva on August 5 at the beginning of this year, we now visit Albacete. The activists of the Vegan Strike Group want to draw attention to the suffering of the animals in the sand (bulls and horses) and they do so by jumping into the sand to stop the bullfight, with a text of cruelty against the animals painted on their bodies.

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Between September 8 and 17, in Albacete, a city 255 km south of Madrid, six bulls are killed every day just for the entertainment of the people. This means sixty bulls plus the ‘reserve’ bulls that do not have to let go in the ring but are killed later in the slaughterhouse after the bullfight. Many people do not know that bullfighters also train with bulls, calves and heifers. This often happens in the properties of the torero. Therefore, the estimated number of 250,000 bulls that are killed inside and outside the celebration.

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel and share this message on your Facebook page. By sharing, our action has more scope. People need to be aware of the suffering and slavery of animals for our entertainment. The animals need our help.

 

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England: London Vegan restaurants that can’t be beet !

England

London Vegan restaurants that can’t be beet !

https://www.thehandbook.com/london-guidebook/new-vegan-venues-that-cant-be-beet/

 

Genesis

What: Breaking Free

Why: For over a hundred years, the Santoro family have been key players in the meat industry, but now Alex and Oliver Santoro are rebelling by opening restaurant Genesis which couldn’t be more different. Situated on Commercial Street, Genesis is plant-based, GMO-free and organic. Influenced by street food and their travels, the candy-pink restaurant serves up everything from kale Caesar salad, mac & cheese and the American Woman burger filled with creamy coleslaw, BBQ sauce, onion rings, jalapeños and gherkins. And as for puddings, it’s not all chia seeds and raw cacao, instead you’ll find their takes on brownie sundaes, bread and butter pudding and cheesecake. To drink will be cold pressed juices, Lo Bros Kombucha, organic drinks from Longflint Drinks Co. and will be the only UK restaurant use a brewing contraption from Dutch Lab for their cold brew coffee. Fancy.

Where: 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU

Website: www.eatgenesis.com

 

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Flipside

What: Grab and Go

Why: Flipside is so brand spanking new that it has even opened yet. Set to open at the start of October in Farringdon, it’ll sit (almost mockingly) in the shadow of the historic Smithfield Meat Market and will be a modern American fully plant-based grab and go restaurant. For breakfast you’ll find organic chickpea scramble boxes, mocha morning oats and sourdough donut with almond feta and hone. At lunch, drop in for a sandwich, they have more than 30 so you won’t get bored quickly or head to the ‘Mac Bar’ where you can customise your mac & cheese with caramelised onions, sticky rashers and chargrilled broccoli. Come the evening there’ll be burgers and sides including loaded nachos and skinny apple slaw.

Where: 88 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BP

Website: www.flipsidefood.com

 

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Jidori Covent Garden

What: Vegan Japanese Style

Why: Whilst technically not a vegan restaurant, Jidori in Covent Garden has just launched an all new vegan menu. Following the standard menu, the new additions will include small plates, yakitori, snacks and puddings. You’ll find a Mizuna and tofu salad, avocado, radish and yuzu ceviche, tenderstem broccoli tempura, as well as shiitake and shimeji ‘Kinoko’ mushroom and smokey ‘Nasu’ aubergine and coconut water sorbet with figs and lime for pudding.

Where: 15 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JZ

Website: www.jidori.co.uk

 

Fat Gay Vegan

What: Fat Gay Vegan Takeover

Why: Sean O’Callaghan aka the Fat Gay Vegan is now part of the Clapham Common’s Venn Street Market as he takes over a section to bring the finest vegan street food to SW4, each Saturday there’ll be ten stalls serving up the best a vegan can get. Traders joining him will be Big V, Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Let’s Do Temaki and Temple of Seitan, cookies and cupcakes from Ms Cupcake, homemade vegan cheeses from Kinda Co and vegan beer from Mondo brewing.

Where: Clapham Common, SW4

Website: www.vennstreetmarket.co.uk

 

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