Day: December 17, 2018

The “Tigers” film: Nestlé`s baby food scandal!



2018 was marked by scandals for the Swiss food company Nestle.

Nestlé, the largest food producer in the world, has an annual turnover of 80 billion euros.
Why is Nestlé one of the most hated companies in the world? The allegations date, from the contamination of baby food on the genetic manipulation of ingredients to animal experiments and the exploitation of children. Unethical advertising, manipulation of uneducated mothers, pollution and much more.

In addition, the Group is digging up water there, where none is left. Nestle is the world’s largest food company and the group has a history that makes even hardcore industrialists shudder.
But 2018 should not end well for Nestlé, because in India, the much-anticipated feature film “Tigers” by Oscar winner Danis Tanovic was shown.
Tigers is based on the true story of a former seller of Nestlé baby milk in Pakistan. Meanwhile, 15 million people have clicked on the” Tigers” trailer on Youtube. After 21 years, it is now possible in India and the subcontinent to hear the story of Nestle’s terrible scandal.

Twenty-one years have passed since Pakistan proved how Nestlé violated the WHO Code. It was in the 90s and this is a sad story about poverty, breastfeeding and greed. In less developed countries (LEDCs), Nestle has particularly addressed the poor. Your baby food should be almost as good as breast milk, which is highly unethical for several reasons.

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The first problem was the need for clean water. Most of the people targeted by the corporation – especially in Africa – did not have access to clean water (many still do not), so the water had to be boiled. Due to the low literacy rate, many mothers were unaware of this. Therefore, they mixed the baby food with contaminated water and endangered their babies. Nestlé seems to have knowingly ignored this and encouraged mothers to use baby food even when they were aware of the risks.

Drinking water is vital. But global supplies are unevenly distributed. The supply of drinking water has been made the main task of the Swiss group Nestlé and as a precaution buys everything that looks like a source of water, because Water Makes Money.

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To date, several countries and organizations are boycotting Nestlé, although Nestlé claims to comply with WHO regulations.

Also in 2018, a recent study shows how Nestlé leads consumers astray with promises of promises and different additives!

Nestlé has been criticided by all corporations  worldwide, but Nestlé, the international Swiss corporation, is also the world’s largest supplier of baby food, accused of breaching ethical marketing rules and manipulating consumers with misleading claims about the nutritional benefits of its breastmilk substitute. Nestlé is also accused of selling ‘substandard’ baby milk in South Africa. It is not the first time that Nestlé has problems with baby food. Already in the 1970s and 1980s, there was the first scandal about milk powder from Nestlé and, as the film shows, even in the 1990s.


The “Tiger” Story

For the first time ever, a whistleblower in Pakistan managed to trace the system of bribery of health workers and doctors in minute detail. He found out that the baby food of his new company killed hundreds of children. After that began a lonely and dangerous fight against the company. Although the film premiered on September 8, 2014 at TIFF and was shown at film festivals in Berlin and New York, it was never released in India. Until then the streaming platform Zee5 got the rights to “Tigers” and on November 21, 2018 the Indo-French production for the video-on-demand service published.

The film looks at the life of Ayan, a pharmaceutical vendor who states that the baby formula he uses to achieve excellent results is the cause of malnutrition and even the death of infants. The real Ayan from “Tiger”, Syed Amir Raza Hussain, then awaited his second child – it was to induce him to take action against the company that had occupied him.

A message from the man behind the film “Tigers” Emraan Hashmi 2018.

The film “Tigers” based on my life story of personal sacrifice to expose an injustice and principled stand against Nestle in defense of the health of babies and their families. The film was directed by the Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic and me was portrayed by the famous Indian actor Emraan Hashmi. The mission we began in Pakistan was on a very small scale, but thanks to the filmmakers it has come into a very powerful medium to reach people all around the world. I am grateful to everyone who worked on this film and made it possible. I was not expecting that at the end of the filmi would be accepted with a standing ovation @ TIFF!

I am thankful that people love it and understand what we have been struggling to do as a family.

My comment: I remember that my mother was a fan of this multinational group and all of us have been fattened with Nestlé milk for years!
She did not know any better, but today, if we want, we almost all have a cheap and uncomprehended access to information and knowledge.
Therefore, make sure that you do not support and access the “Tigers”, as much as possible.

Best regards, Venus



Australia: ‘The Sheep Trade Is Finished’.




“Sheep trade is finished…”
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 December 2018

Mark, this was a very welcome media headline to end what has been a huge year in our efforts to end live export. It refers to a new ‘heat stress assessment model’ which would effectively stop sheep exports for half the year, presenting another huge blow to the future viability of the trade.

So much has happened this year. And with politicians heading home for the summer break, and with four live export bills yet to be voted on — I thought you may be wondering, what now?

The short answer is that politicians have 13 more chances over 13 parliamentary sitting days to bring on a vote to end live sheep exports. If they don’t, then the Australian people get to make the decision for them at the next Federal election. And, as you know, for the first time in our history there is a point of difference on this issue between the two major parties.

Let’s pause for a moment to take that in.

After 50 years of condemning animals to unconscionable cruelty — after half a century of thinking their secrets would stay hidden at sea — the live sheep export industry’s days are well and truly numbered.

They’re numbered because compassionate and determined people like you, Mark, have refused to stay silent. Because, day and night, for eight months, you have answered our call for help every time we found a strategic opportunity to fuel this campaign for the animals onwards.

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Now, as a result of our collective efforts, live exporters no longer enjoy majority political support. Two additional live export bills were introduced to the Federal Parliament during the final parliamentary sitting week, sending a striking message from a powerful new cross-bench straight to the Morrison government that this issue is more palpable than ever, and will not go away.

South Australian MP Rebekah Sharkie cited that she gets dozens of emails every single day calling for live export to end. The new Independent member for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps, said her electors made it clear during the by-election that they will no longer tolerate the trade. And long-time friend of the animals, Andrew Wilkie, reminded his fellow parliamentarians that every poll ever conducted has made Australia’s opposition to this cruellest of trades clear.

These are your voices, your emails, your phone calls, your letters, being echoed by your political representatives.

Mark, I would have loved nothing more than to head into Christmas with a parliamentary decision to end the trade. However, after 15 years investigating and exposing the horrors this industry inflicts on animals, I can wait a few more months. After all, it’s already been a year of truly milestone moments:

  • More than 500,000 sheep were spared from ‘cooking alive’ at sea during the deadliest Northern summer months.
  • Australia’s biggest sheep exporter — the company exposed on 60 Minutes — was banned from operating, permanently.
  • We hauled the live trade before the Federal Court, and won, and now the regulator remains under investigation for covering up cruelty.
  • New standards being forced on the industry will effectively end shipments during the hottest months, and impact the commercial viability of all export voyages — for both sheep and cattle.
  • So fearful is the industry of a pending political vote that they ‘voluntarily’ committed to stop shipments across the sweltering June to August period next year. And now, this ‘heat stress’ review will likely mean there will be no sheep shipments for 6 months next year.

So, while the year is rapidly drawing to a close, 2018 will be remembered as the year Australia’s cruellest trade began to unravel. Mark, with your help, we are determined to ensure that 2019 will be commemorated as the year Australians voted to bring it to an end.

For the animals,

Lyn White AM

Animals Australia