Day: January 11, 2019

the animal rescuer!

 

This little hare freed a kitten living in his house when it could not get out.

Solidarity is not an exclusive property of humans.
And animals can express emotions as well as people, such as solidarity, helpfulness, affection.

We could learn a lot from the animals.

Best regards, Venus

 

Scotland (UK): January 2019 News from ‘Onekind’.

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https://www.onekind.scot/

Dear Mark,

We’re very pleased to let you know that the Scottish Government has announced a series of animal welfare commitments this week. The Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougen MSP revealed the Scottish Government will be introducing CCTV in abattoirs, strengthening the fox hunting ban, and increasing the maximum sentences for cruelty to animals. Other commitments include legislation to regulate animal sanctuaries and re-homing centres, and licensing dog, cat and rabbit breeding.

In her opening statement, Mairi Gougen MSP commended groups like OneKind for their hard work stating that she was “heartened and impressed by their commitment.” You can watch the full statement here.

 

CCTV in Slaughterhouses

Following our campaigning, we’re thrilled that the Scottish Government has committed to introducing compulsory video recording in all relevant areas of slaughterhouses in Scotland. We launched our campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses in 2016 and worked closely with Animal Aid on it. We presented a 10,000-signature petition to the Scottish Government, held a briefing event for MSPs, and our supporters responded to the government’s consultation on the issue .  This is a fantastic move, and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us on this campaign. We couldn’t have done it without you all!

 

Fox Hunting

Significantly on the issue of fox hunting, the Scottish Government will reduce the maximum number of dogs that can be used to flush a wild mammal towards a gun for shooting to two, and intends to discourage trail hunting, which is used in England as a pretext for hunting foxes.

The Scottish Government intends to implement the recommendations made by Lord Bonomy in his review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. These include improved definitions of hunting, removal of the word “deliberately” from the main offence, tightening up on the drafting of exceptions and reversing the burden of proof so that an individual is required to show that an exception applies.

Speaking on the announcement, OneKind’s Director Bob Elliot said:

“At first sight we welcome the reduction of the number of dogs permitted for flushing to two, but obviously we remain concerned at the proposal to license greater numbers in some cases. There will be no gain for animal welfare if this provides a new loophole for fox hunts to exploit, although we entirely accept the Minister’s intention is to prevent this happening.

“The changes will make the legislation more effective and enforceable, but ultimately we support a full ban on all use of dogs to chase and kill sentient wild mammals. We continue look forward to the proposed Member’s Bill expected from Scottish Green MSP, Alison Johnstone, and very much welcome the Minister’s acknowledgment of those proposals.”

 

Animal Welfare Commission

We’ve been pressing for the establishment of an Animal Welfare Commission for Scotland to provide expert advice on the welfare of domesticate and wild animals in Scotland, so we’re delighted that it has been announced by the Scottish Government. We expect the commission, which will be the first in the UK, to be founded on the recognition that animals are sentient beings and therefore there is a duty on the government and its agencies to pay full regard to their welfare.

Overall, we’re delighted by the commitments but of course there’s more that we want to call for. We’ll be looking for an outright ban on fox hunting and a full ban on the use of snares. We’ll also be calling for regulating on the use of animals in displays, like reindeer at Christmas, and pushing for a ban on mountain hare culling and continue to fight the welfare issues concerning the intensive farming of salmon .

Yours,

Sarah

Toraja’s bloody death dance!

 

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Indonesia Sulawesi:  Part of the sick ritual of the funeral ceremony is the killing of water buffaloes.

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The higher the reputation of the dead, the more water buffalo (the white are considered the most valuable) must be sacrificed at the festival. The water buffalo are a symbol of power and wealth.

büffel mord in indonesiennImage: Water buffalo at a Toraja funeral ceremony Tana Toraja, Sulawesi Indonesia!

 

Funerals are traditionally held at a special ceremony place the “Rante”.

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The stronger the person who died, the more buffaloes are killed on the day of death. Buffalo carcasses, including their heads, are usually strung on a field, waiting for their owner, who is in “sleep phase”.

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Torajans believe that the deceased will need the buffalo to make the journey, and that they will arrive faster in the sky / paradise if they have many buffaloes. The murder of dozens of water buffaloes and hundreds of pigs with a machete is the culmination of the elaborate death celebration with dance and music and young people catching spurting blood in long bamboo canes. buffalo sacrifice

Buffalo and pig shit, blood and offal cover the floor.
The smell of burnt hair is in the air.

Some of the slaughtered animals are given by guests as “gifts”, which are carefully recorded as they are considered debts of the family of the deceased.

At the funeral today is often a Christian priest as well as an Aluk priest (To-Minaa) present.

The higher the reputation of the deceased, the more buffalo and pigs must be sacrificed at his funeral ceremony.

And then there are the tourists who film the poor animals in their suffering..

For every religion, the animal is one thing; only exploitation, breeding, hunting and eating object, and man is the mortal enemy of the animal, his devil. For every religion, the beast is created by God to serve man, to be useful to him.
Today, and everywhere in the world, we are murderous and pitiless with the animals; all that remains is to hope for a growing rethinking of rationality and empathy for our fellow creatures, especially because there is no rational reason for such criminal rituals.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

UK: ‘Natural England’ (?) Issue Licences To Kill Multiple Red-listed Bird Species – Is This ‘Natural’ ??

 

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Full article:

https://www.birdguides.com/news/licences-granted-to-kill-multiple-red-listed-species/?utm_source=newsletter&fbclid=IwAR07jad9ppzo-CujD3rETgNp2RxSO9_HS92Fr5FI_LKhbIOy6vGWrEP8Bxw

 

Licences granted to kill multiple Red-listed species

Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have given the go-ahead for Red-listed species such as Eurasian Curlew, Eurasian Skylark and House Sparrow to be shot.

The full list of birds for which killing permits have been issued includes several other scarcely believable species, including Blackbird, Eurasian Bullfinch, European Robin, Great Tit, Northern Lapwing and Red Kite.

Officials from both organisations have said the permits were handed out for air safety, public health and safety and to prevent serious damage to livestock, and it’s likely thousands of birds have so far been killed under the licenses.

 

Please click on the above link to read the full article.

 

WAV Comment – So suddenly birds are a public health and livestock concern ! –  The Brits are not going to take this easy and accept it.  We think quite rightly there are going to be serious responses to this action.  Can we suggest that ‘Natural England’ change their name to ‘Farmers Friend Natural Killers’ – going against nature !

 

 

England: Chris Packham; Wildlife Campaigner and Broadcaster; Becomes CIWF Patron.

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From Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), London:

We are delighted to announce that naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham has joined us as a Patron. The popular TV presenter, conservationist and photographer has been a wildlife enthusiast since he was a small boy. Chris has become a well-known champion for wildlife, fronting TV shows including, The Really Wild Show, BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

A compassionate campaigner

Chris is also a very active campaigner spearheading The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and leading the way with his new London rally #ThePeoplesWalkForWildlife – on which our CEO, Philip Lymbery, attended in September, along with thousands of others.

Passionate about finding a better way for us all to take action to protect our wildlife and the wider environment, Chris is a wonderful advocate to have on board and encourage others to help make a difference.

“There’s an old expression ‘you are what you eat’. I think we need to change it to ‘what you eat says who you are’ because now each and every one of our diets needs a critical rethink,”  said Chris, on becoming our Patron.

“From our health perspective, from the point of animal welfare, to the impact farming has on wildlife and to the way that our food choices shape the environment of the entire planet. Thinking about eating no, less or better quality meat or dairy needs to be on our agenda. As does a better understanding of the way modern farming practices are shaping our world and how we can work together with farmers to improve these for everything and everyone’s benefit. Young people in particular need to re-connect to the nature of food and learn the true cost of its production and food labelling, so we can make informed choices must be significantly improved. All this is why I am pleased to be a Patron for CIWF, a body calling for reforms based on science, best practice and compassion.”

Joining the fight to end factory farming

It is fantastic to have such a respected and dedicated Patron supporting us in the fight to end factory farming.

Chris spoke in depth about his concerns regarding industrial scale farming and its impact on the natural world when interviewed for Philip’s blog and Big Table podcast recently.

Philip said: “Chris is a wonderful advocate to have on board. We look forward to him supporting our fight to end factory farming.”

Find out more about Chris Packham on his website.

 

WAV Comment

Chris is a great wildlife campaigner; with specialist knowledge on so many issues.  Birds are a real speciality of his; and here is a video about him investigating the massacre of birds by hunters in Malta.