Day: February 5, 2019

EU: M6NTHS – A short film about the short lives of pigs in the EU.



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Dear Mark,

“As we enter the Year of the Pig, could we resolve to get to know this intelligent animal a little better?”Eline Helena Schellekens

Today is Chinese New Year and 2019 is the Year of the Pig – a powerful opportunity for us to give pigs a voice. You can speak up for all pigs suffering in intensive conditions right now: just watch and share this compelling, award-winning short film about the life of a factory-farmed piglet, premiering online today.

Every year, across the UK and EU, around 10 million sows and their piglets are locked up for weeks at a time in farrowing crates. Trapped in these cages, the mothers can barely take care of their young. The cramped conditions prevent them from turning round, restrict their natural behaviours and cause intense suffering.

‘M6NTHS’ is a short film showing life through the eyes of piglets growing up on an industrial farm, having never experienced the joy of being outside. Filmed on farms in the UK, France and Belgium, it gives a unique perspective into how factory farming treats life as a commodity and fails to recognise that animals are smart, sensitive beings.

For two weeks only, Compassion in World Farming is screening ‘M6NTHS’ on our website, in support of the campaign to End the Cage Age. Catch it while you can – it’s available from 5-18 Feb only!

Produced and directed by the award-winning, Bristol-based filmmaker Eline Helena Schellekens, this powerful film has already won the Panda Award for Best Short – the most prestigious wildlife film award.

All over Europe, people are joining together to free more than 300 million farm animals from a life in a cage. You too can take action to support one of the biggest ever animal welfare campaigns. Watch and share ‘M6NTHS’ today!


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Every year, across the UK and EU, around 10 million sows and their piglets are locked up in cages for weeks at a time.

‘M6NTHS’, an award-winning documentary by Eline Helena Schellekens, reveals the suffering that these animals endure by following the life of piglets on factory farms. The film has already won a Panda Award – the most prestigious award for wildlife films.

Compassion in World Farming is sharing this powerful film here for two weeks only, in support of the End the Cage Age campaign. Watch and share it now to show your support – and remember to sign the petition too!

If you think animals deserve a life worth living, please join the movement to End the Cage Age:


The following are not associated with this campaign, but do show the reality of industrialised pig farming in the EU.

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350,000 signatures against overfishing!


We arrived in 2019 … the year in which the EU promised to end the overfishing of our seas.

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We at Our Fish will do our utmost to ensure that the fisheries ministers stop overfishing. Because ending the overfishing will be a legacy for which they will be celebrated for many more years! Thanks to your support, the European Commission and the EU Fisheries Ministers in December received an impression of our resolve when we handed them over 350,000 signatures in Brussels. In addition, they received a total of 20,000 emails from you! The god of the sea Poseidon was on our side, and made sure that your voices and those of the oceans were heard. And the global media have also listened.

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Although ministers have not agreed on sufficient measures to put an end to overfishing in the EU, we have put them under enormous pressure. And they are responding to this pressure – at a time when we know that the conservation of our seas is critical in combating climate change. The end of overfishing is the simplest, fastest and most important means.

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That’s why this year is so incredibly important. We are ready to call on ministers to take urgent action to put an end to many years of destructive overfishing and wasteful discards. But that will not be easy, and we need your support to set as ambitious goals as possible!

Bec [Our Fish Manager] has ushered in the New Year with an interview (English), which marked the final entry into force of the discard ban (the wasteful practice of throwing dead or dying fish overboard).

This week, some of the world’s leading video surveillance experts will be on board in Brussels to educate decision makers on how cameras work.

And that is just the beginning!!

Last week, the Our Fish team met in Berlin to discuss the way forward for this, hopefully historic, year – and there were some great ideas!

January was already a significant month for ending overfishing. We have many more plans for the next few months, which we would like to share with you!

My comment: Not only Poseidon, but we are also on your side, dear friends of Our Fish.  With full respect for your work!!

We all hope for a better world for our animal roommates on this earth, and do everything to make this world a reality someday.

My best regards to all, Venus

Sick meat from Poland: EU takes command!




A slaughterhouse in Poland is said to have secretly killed sick animals. Tons of meat came into circulation – even in other EU countries. Warsaw authorities rule out health risks though. Nevertheless, the EU Commission determines.

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The EU Commission has opened an investigation into a meat scandal at a slaughterhouse in Poland.

Inspectors are scheduled to travel to Poland on Monday to analyze the situation, a spokeswoman for the Brussels authorities said.

The factory in Masovian Voivodeship, against which Polish authorities are now investigating, (amongst other things) for illegal slaughter, was closed. About 9.5 tonnes of meat were put into circulation, one third of it to other EU countries.

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At least 14 countries affected

According to the authorities, a health risk does not exist. The meat is traced back and taken off the market. At least 14 countries are affected, including Germany.

The background is a report by the Polish news channel TVN24 on scandalous practices in a slaughterhouse in Masovian Voivodeship. There, sick animals were secretly slaughtered and the meat was circulated. A reporter had joined the company as a worker.

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“That was an illegal procedure”

Pawel Niemczuk, head of the Polish Veterinary Office, confirmed the illegal practices: “This was an illegal procedure at night when there was no veterinary supervision.”

According to the EU Commission, apart from Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Portugal are affected as well. The extent is not yet completely clear, as it was called.

Polish authorities have removed meat and products from the market for illegal slaughter, but they have put their health and lives at risk.

-Grill-Seminar--cThe meat and products made from it could be consumed, informed veterinary and sanitary office after investigations.

Criticism from the Czech Republic

However, Poland’s Minister of Agriculture, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, spoke of an isolated case. This fraud was a pity for the reputation of Polish food, he criticized. Warsaw announced in response to tightened controls of slaughterhouses.

The Czech Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman criticized on television the information policy of Warsaw. “We have been assured several times that the meat was not shipped to the Czech Republic,” he said.

My comment: Cheer!! The EU has certainly found something to justify its existence: the protection of consumer health!! Although it is too late, the 9.5 tons of “sick” meat are a long time ago eaten.

The EU Commissioners are not interested in animals that are used illegally in slaughterhouses even though they are ill, and although the law (the EU law !!) requires emergency slaughter.

For sick animals, pregnant cows and newborn calves that are illegally transported in Europe, the EU is not interested.
And all these sacrifices produce more than 9.5 tons of meat per year!

Because they are “only” animals and the EU knows very well that its voters are not the animals but the meat consumers. So it has to pretend to protect them.

Nobody seriously believes that of all the EU countries only Poland in factory farming is the “sinner”. But the EU (more precisely: Germany) has divided its partners into the first and second category, Poland belongs to the second. For political reasons, which are not relevant here to mention.
For example, there are still 800 fur farms in Poland where animals suffer cruelly, but that has never been a problem for the EU. Despite the thousand petition signatures.
No MEP has ever been interested in it.

Actually, the “sick” meat does not interest the EU either.
It is only a welcome tool of manipulation for EU citizens, so we all forget what the real problem with factory farming in the EU is.

My best regards, Venus