Month: December 2018

South Korea: Korean Dogs December 26th Newsletter.

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Thank you for being a voice.

Read the Dec 26th newsletter from Koreandogs.org, which includes petitions and other actions, by clicking on the following link:

http://koreandogs.org/newsletter-december-26-2018/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Thank_you_for_being_their_voice!_and_new_calls_for_action&utm_medium=email

All across South Korea, millions of ‘meat dogs’ (including newborn puppies) which are destined for human consumption, are kept outdoors in meat farms and slaughterhouses, imprisoned in cages that are crudely constructed of wire and raised off the ground, and which afford no protection from the snow or freezing winds that are part of a normal winter in that country. These poor creatures – from the second they are born, to their final breath at the uncaring hands of a brutal butcher – have to endure endless misery and agony. South Korea is truly a “Hell on Earth” for countless innocent dogs and cats. So, please, don’t let the Koreans continue their vile and cruel practice.

habeas corpus for Happy!

 

 

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For the first time in history, an American judge ruled that even elephants have rights. Happy is a 47-year-old Asian elephant who has lived in solitary confinement in the Bronx Zoo, New York, for twelve years. Happy was one of seven Asian elephant calves that were probably caught in the same flock in Thailand in the early 1970s, shipped to America and sold to circuses and zoos. Happy and Grumpy landed in the Bronx Zoo, where they spent 25 years in an enclosure. Grumpy died in 2002 and Happy stayed alone. A habeas corpus ruling requires a prisoner to be brought to court to determine if this person is being illegally detained.

Now Happy can complain against the zoo. The decision was based on the question of whether Happy is rated as a person or as a thing.

Meanwhile, Happy had become a scientific celebrity. In 2005, she was the first elephant to pass the “Mirror Self-Assessment Test”.
The scientists painted a white cross over their left eye and led she to a large mirror. Happy repeatedly touched the marker, indicating that she recognized herself. Most animals can not do this.

But Happy is alone and this already since 12 years. She lives isolated in a small part of the Bronx zoo. She has been in the zoo since 1977. Previously, she had been an attraction on Florida’s Lion Country Safari.

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A New York court has now issued the first habeas corpus order in the name of a captive elephant. Happy could be another animal after the Orangutan Sandra, which recognizes the rights of humans.

The Nonhuman Rights Project is pursuing the lawsuit against the Bronx Zoo on behalf of Happy. A habeas corpus ruling requires a prisoner to be brought to court to determine if this person is being illegally detained.

To be successful, the court has to decide if Happy can legally be considered a “person”. If Happy wins, all elephants in New York will not be locked up in zoos.

A judge from the Orleans district has already dealt with the lawsuit and has heard the Nonhuman Rights Project, which filed the lawsuit – Happy against Bronx Zoo.

“Happy lives in a small enclosure, in a 1-hectare zoo. She also lives without her family. She has no family, “said Steven Wise, lawyer for the Non-Human Rights Project.

The Bronx Zoo is owned by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a US nature conservation foundation. In addition to the Bronx Zoo, it includes the Central Park Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Queens Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo.

The case of Happy is the second time in US legal history that a habeas corpus is “negotiated” for a non-human animal, and the first time a case has been made for an elephant. Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), told the judge that one habeas corpus was issued for an orangutan (Sandra)  in Buenos Aires and another for a chimpanzee in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Whether Happy really comes free, it is further argued, because the judges are of the opinion that the case should be decided in another court. The NhRP is already examining the next steps and trying to decide whether to go to court in another county or in the Bronx. Since this is a complex legal issue, the NhRP needs time to check all options.

Now Happy has the status that she can complain, but it is difficult to find a court that wants to make the verdict.

https://netzfrauen.org/2018/12/22/happy/

My comment: Humans have rights, all other species have NO rights.

This allows us to be ad libidum the offenders in injustice and the privileged in grace.
We humans do not know (anymore) what it feels like to be without rights.

I consider the recognition of human rights for Happy as a sign of the moral evolution of the human species.
It is high time to see our rights as human beings, not as a privilege for the victor, but as a necessity for all non-human beings. We solidarize with Happy and wait hopefully!

My best regards, Venus

 

USA: Trump and the $5,000,000,000 in taxpayer dollars to prop up coal companies.

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From the Union of Concerned Scientists.

https://www.ucsusa.org/ 

 

Mark,

The Trump administration doesn’t want you to know about its effort to spend nearly $5,000,000,000 in taxpayer dollars to prop up coal companies.

After submitting a Freedom of Information request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about this funding, which would not only prop up failing coal companies but guarantee their owners’ profits, we waited… and waited… and then got tired of waiting, so we’re taking them to court.

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We – you! – have a right to know whether Trump’s coal bailout is a quid pro quo for the Big Coal executives who supported his campaign. We’re going to use every tool at our disposal, including the courts, to bring the facts to light and keep this bailout from ever seeing the light of day.

UCS members have been critical in stopping this hare-brained scheme so far. Our policy experts reported on the coal bailout’s many errors. Scientists and activists mobilized across the country to pressure federal and local energy regulators to resist it.

Our efforts paid off. The White House temporarily “shelved the plan amid opposition from the president’s own advisers on the National Security Council and National Economic Council.”¹

But this fight is far from over. One of the architects of the bailout, Bernard McNamee—a career political operative with no experience in utility regulation was confirmed by the Senate to oversee the FERC, one of the key agencies involved in the plan. We expect McNamee to push for return of the wasteful, polluting coal bailout.²³

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We need your help to fight back against polluters and the administration. And now, our National Advisory board is issuing a special match challenge to make sure the environment takes priority over government handouts to the fossil fuel industry.

Though there’s much to be hopeful for in the coming year, we will be keeping a watchful eye on the Trump administration and their coziness with fossil fuel interests. We don’t have the time to tolerate business-as-usual greediness from coal executives, not with the impacts of climate change already being felt by millions of people.

Just last month, the Trump administration’s own National Climate Assessment reiterated what we’ve known for years: the planet is rapidly warming, humans are responsible, and climate change is likely to expose all of us–and especially the most vulnerable among us–to deadly weather conditions, and cause trillions of dollars of damage by the end of this century—unless we act now.⁴

We can’t put Big Coal’s bottom line before everyone and everything else, Mark. We need to win this lawsuit and secure more victories for science, the environment, and our health in the coming year, but we can only succeed with your help.

Thank you,

John Mace,
Membership Director
Union of Concerned Scientists
1. https://thinkprogress.org/as-coal-bankruptcies-soar-is-trump-bailing-on-his-coal-bail-out-be7883d95de7/
2. https://blog.ucsusa.org/sam-gomberg/three-reasons-bernard-mcnamee-is-a-bad-choice/
3. https://blog.ucsusa.org/sam-gomberg/three-ways-a-trump-ferc-could-negatively-impact-us/
4. https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachel-licker/what-is-the-fourth-national-climate-assessment

 

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Together, we’re moving closer to a better Europe committed to social and environmental justice!

 

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WAV Comment:

We are showing this simply because we had it through today.

It does NOT mean that we think the EU is great; quite the contrary.  They have failed in Live animal transport, vivisection, factory farming; stray dogs, and a host of other issues.

Junker and crew are interested in one thing and one thing only – their own survival.  Below – Nigel says his bit (the truth probably).  Junker does not look happy.  This is very shortly after the UK people voted to get out of the EU.

 

Together, we’re moving closer to a better Europe committed to social and environmental justice!

Because of your involvement, this year:

  • The EU will ban some of the worst single-use plastics.
  • Zara and H&M promised to stop sourcing dirty viscose – a common textile in the clothes we wear often produced– from factories in Asia that dumped toxic chemicals into rivers and streams, produced when making viscose.
  • The European Parliament voted to increase transparency in our food system. Studies on risks from chemicals in our food will no longer be kept secret, once the other EU institutions agree.

Mark, all this was thanks to you! Your signatures to our petitions, your mailings to your MEPs, your social media messages to put pressure on big corporations and your donations all helped us to achieve our wins in 2018!

Thanks for all you do,
Mika (Bordeaux), Giulio (Rome), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU

 

https://www.facebook.com/wemoveeurope/videos/2190830364281865/

 

UK: Boxing Day (26/12) Clashes Between Hunt Supporters and the ‘Antis’ as Always. Hunting Is In ‘Terminal Decline’.

 

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The UK is fairly well known for its opposition to hunting.

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Above – The ‘Traditional’ (how very British) picture hunts love to portray.

But on Boxing Day each year, December 26th; hunts across the country meet and parade themselves through towns and villages.  This is perfectly legal; but they are always met by hunts sabs and the general public who oppose hunting.

26/12/18 was no exception; with clashes between hunt supporters and ‘antis’ taking place all over the country.

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Above – Reality – A female anti hunt protester is hit in the face by a pro hunt supporter.

 

Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, but evidence suggests that hunts are regularly breaking the law.

Fox hunting was banned by the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 in Scotland. But while these were both welcome and hard-fought pieces of legislation, overwhelming evidence suggests that both are being ignored or exploited by hunts on a regular basis.

https://www.league.org.uk/fox-hunting

 

Here is a report from the Press on events of the day.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8062321/violence-boxing-day-fox-hunt-protest/

 

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Above – The reality – An ‘East Kent Murder’ – More than just a ‘nip on the neck’  as they claim –

Photo – Mark (WAV).

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Perfect – how they should be.

 

 

Latest – a Dorset pub which supports hunting even attempted to stop sabs and vegans from entering to get a drink at the local. 

Seems like the brewery chain have now suspended the manager for being so biased.

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Greek: how the fur mafia cocks EU-money up!

 

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Through letters to the ministers, MPs and Members of the European Parliament, the Greek organization VeGaia has protested against an increase in the number of fur farms in Greece (from 43 in 2011 to 131 in 2018) and the state aid which the fur industry receives from national and EU funds.

The Greek government is financing the establishment of new fur farms, the expansion and modernization of existing ones, fur manufacturing and pelt processing facilities, as well as promotional activities such as assisting fur companies in taking part in exhibitions and trade missions aimed at of increasing sales.

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Data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority show a sharp decrease in Greek fur exports, proving fur production to be not only an outdated economic activity but also an unsuccessful investment choice.

Furthermore, reports compiled in the Region of Dytiki Makedonia (West Macedonia), where the fur is being produced, show tourism is at the lowest level in the country. This clearly proves, the devastating impact of the fur industry on the region, by preventing other economic activities, such as tourism, from being developed, which could create a wealth of new jobs as an alternative to this outdated industry. It is important to note, that Dytiki Makedonia consistently has the highest unemployment rates in Greece and, according to Eurostat, is also the first on the list of all the Regions in the EU. This means that the fur industry which has reigned supreme in the region for so many years, not only failed to tackle the unemployment, but on the contrary is actually responsible for the deplorably high unemployment rate.

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Despite the fact that many major fashion designers have stopped using real fur, increasing numbers of consumers are refusing to buy it, and that fur exports have fallen dramatically, making the fur trade an unsuccessful investment, the Greek government insists on wasting EU taxpayers’ money on financing this cruel, outdated and dying industry.

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European citizens have a right to expect that their money is correctly spent. As the majority of EU citizens oppose fur production, and many Member States have either banned, or are in the process of banning it, the Greek government has a grave responsibility to ensure that European taxpayers’ money is not be wasted in supporting this industry.

Sustainable development, which is the professed goal, not only of the EU but surely of every civilized society, means not investing in the past, but rather of, embracing the future and preparing for tomorrow, through a pragmatic appreciation of contemporary mores and current trends, not by slavish adherence to the archaic practices of yesteryear.

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In memory: Nobody talked about this crime for four years …

It is outrageous that no one spoke in time about “this crime”  which has been going on for four years, 2014, and everyone knew about it.
It was the first time that a crime of such degree happened against fur animals, not only at national but at European level!

In Galati, Kozani, (North Greece) in August 2014, in a farm and in less than two months, about 33,000 mink died of  hunger, clothed in their cages. (see below the videos)

Videos, showing wildlife starving and muttering because of people who treat them only as capital and as a means of profit, are literally heartbreaking. That was the case, according to Mr. Mantzavinos, the lawyer of the breeder to whom owned the 33.000 mink, when the company that supplied the feed to his client and after a legal dispute with him eventually cut off his credit and the provision of food.

https://www.vegaia.gr/blog/the-greek-government-wastes-eu-funds-on-the-cruel-and-dying-fur-industry?fbclid=

My comment: For a business that does not work, the Greek government (a left, by the way) wants to receive subsidies from the EU and continue to keep the fur farms alive at all costs.
Even if 33,000 creatures crawl hunger painfully because the owner has no money for their food, the Greek government claims that fur is the tradition and future of the country and trebles the number of Dachau places.
The reason: fur is the future and the hope for the greek economy!
Greece is not alone guilt! As long as the EU subsidizes such horror farms with our money, corruption and crime against animals on this continent will always be in demand.

Best regards, Venus

how the “others” feel …

 

 

After watching the video, we know one thing for sure: we are dealing with individuals, with intelligent, sensitive, sentient beings who honestly and generously give their joy, love, solidarity to the returning little one.

This video is the answer to the often asked question from the Philosophers and God’s servants: do animals have a soul?

The first step towards downgrading the animals to the commodity level is due to the theory and conviction of the Church.

“Animals have no soul, animals have only instincts and are therefore automatically not equal to the human beings who dispose of mind and soul – given by God”!

This theory is only a means to legitimize injustice and exploitation of animals. That’s ridiculous and outdated. For today we know that animals can feel and suffer, and that is the principle that commits us to moral action towards animals, not the argument “soul”.

I abhor any philosopher or religious theory that claims that animals are not equivalent to humans because the measure of all things is man.
Humanity must finally realize that human beings, is just one of one million animal species, and the most of other animals beings are extremely sensitive and compassionate individuals, many of whom even have an awareness of death.

I reject the difference between humans and animals, I find that even dangerous.
And I therefore distance myself sharply from all religions, parties and theories, as far as they violate the life interests of the animal, passive or active.

My best regards, Venus