Day: February 14, 2019

USA: Update – Vet who Smuggled Heroin Inside Puppies’ Bodies Sentenced to Prison.



Vet who Smuggled Heroin Inside Puppies’ Bodies Sentenced to Prison

Posted by Katie Valentine | February 13, 2019

Vet who Smuggled Heroin Inside Puppies’ Bodies Sentenced to Prison

Image Credit: United States Drug Enforcement Agency

A  veterinarian caught implanting heroin into dogs and puppies as part of a convoluted scheme to smuggle drugs across international borders has been sentenced to six years in prison.

On February 7 in Brooklyn, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue announced the sentence for 39-year-old Andres Lopez Elorez, who pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to import heroin into the United States.

The scheme involved stitching packets of heroin into the bellies of puppies and dogs and sending the animals to the United States. According to the U.S. government, Elorez leased a farm in Medellin, Colombia, where he secretly raised dogs for the express purpose of turning them into couriers for drug cartels.

The heroin was surgically removed from the puppies when they arrived in the United States. Elorez and his co-conspirators relied on this appalling method of transport to illegally import at least one kilogram of heroin into the U.S. between September 8, 2004 and January 1, 2005.

Law enforcement searched the farm on January 1, 2005 and seized 17 bags of liquid heroin — ten of which were retrieved from inside the bodies of puppies. Three of the puppies died as a result of contracting a virus after the drugs were surgically implanted in them.

Instead of answering for his disturbing crimes, the veterinarian went on the run. Finally, in 2015, he was arrested in Spain. In May 2018, Elorez was extradited to the United States.

Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, pledged to achieve justice in a written statement: “Dogs are mans’ best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers’ worst enemy.”

Two of the dogs were fortunate enough to go on to live happy, healthy lives. A Colombian police officer and his family adopted a beagle named Donna, and a Rottweiler named Heroina was trained to become a drug detection dog by Colombian police.

Upon the completion of his sentence, Elorez will be deported from the United States.


USA: Bears Rescued From Roadside Zoo Now Thriving In Sanctuary!



A nice story:

Bears Rescued From Roadside Zoo Now Thriving In Sanctuary!

Posted by Dobi Finley | February 13, 2019

Such a sweet update from The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado! Two rescued bears who were taken in by the sanctuary several months ago are now thriving in their new home.

Ben and Bogey were rescued after PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) filed a lawsuit against a roadside zoo in North Carolina and it’s horrific living conditions. The unaccredited zoo kept these bears living in filth and squalor while neglecting their many medical needs.

Locked all alone in a small cage at the zoo, sweet Bogey the bear paced incessantly back and forth, obsessively licked her paw, and bit at the bars of her cage. These are all signs of extreme psychological distress in captive animals. Meanwhile, darling Ben the bear had untreated facial lesions that left him with scarring on both corneas, and suffered from painful arthritis that prevented him from walking well. As the lawsuit dragged on, the zoo owners finally admitted that they were unable to care for the bears properly, and agreed to release them to sanctuary.

Once the two bears were transported to Colorado, they could finally get the much-needed medical care that they required. The most urgent priority was Ben, who was suffering from severe lesions on his eyes, nose, and mouth. The veterinary team had to perform several intensive medical treatments just to get Ben’s medical situation under control. Although Ben is finally doing much better, the damage to his eyes was so significant that his corneas were permanently scarred and his vision is likely impaired.

Recently, PETA checked in on the bears to see how they were doing in their new sanctuary home. As you can see in the video above, these lovable bears have left pain and sorrow behind them, and are now living their best lives! Darling Ben receives expert veterinary treatment and is able to splash and play in a pond and explore and forage in the grass. Sweet Bogey no longer shows any signs of discomfort or distress. Instead, she swims and plays, and even bobs for apples at her leisure.

If the zoo tries to imprison any more bears in the future PETA can take them back to court, so hopefully the tourist attraction will not try that again. It’s so wonderful to see sweet Bogey and darling Ben are finally happy and healthy at their forever home in Colorado!

Bastard !


This is the reality of modern ‘farming’ – every human is a pig shit bastard as far as I am concerned; treating animals this way. 

Look at the second video; no bedding; no ability to turn around; and they think this is a pig showing its natural behaviours ! – a pig is a very clean animal; and given the chance, will turn out and air its bedding every day.  Here they get nothing thanks to shit farmers who I am sure get a real perverted kick out of doing these things – just like the hunters do by having to kill.  Sick in the head – every one of them. – Mark 

EU Fails Again: One million citizens say EU must stop tolerating pig mutilations as cover-up for broken farming system. The EU Says ‘No’ – We Will ‘Set Up A Platform Group’.


Note – none of the pictures or video shown here are associated directly with the Eurogroup article.  WAV


Results in 2019 of actions in 2018 (see data below):


And so we move on into January 2019 – what does the EU say about this ?

Disappointing response to petition calling on the EC to end pig mutilations


The European Commission’s formal reaction to the petition “End Pig Pain”, which asks to phase out  tail docking, tooth clipping and castration, is a blow for pigs all over Europe, where these painful and unnecessary practices are still taking place as a matter of course in many countries.

Commissioner Andriukaitis’ response to the petition of more than 1 million citizens’ signatures, which was delivered in November 2018, recognises the severity of the situation but gives no concrete answer to supporters’ pleas.

Eurogroup for Animals’ 2017 flagship campaign End Pig Pain called on the European Commission and national agricultural ministers to enforce the ban on routine tail docking and tooth clipping of pigs, to put an end to painful piglet castration, and provide better rearing conditions for pigs. Every year millions of male piglets are castrated in the EU to avoid the risk of boar taint, and unnecessary routine tail docking and tooth clipping of piglets continues to happen in many EU member states in violation of existing EU laws.

The campaign’s goal to collect 1 million signatures from EU citizens was reached in autumn 2018, but the EC’s response, received this week, says only that it believes that actions such as the establishment of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare – which brings together Member States and stakeholders from different backgrounds to enhance dialogue on animal welfare issues – will ‘enable the pig sector to gradually reduce the number of tail-docked pigs over time’.

The petition also asked for a specific date for phasing out piglet castration, but this issue isn’t even mentioned in the response.

“For now it seems that the Commission still doesn’t envisage decisive action against Member States that are blatantly ignoring EU legislation,” says Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals. “The battle to obtain enforcement of an animal welfare provision that has supposedly been in force for 25 years goes on.”

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WAV Comment – Castrate Commissioner Andriukaitis – even though he never had any bollocks to fight any corner in the first place !

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Above – Gutless, that’s why UK walks !


Actions in 2018

One million citizens say EU must stop tolerating pig mutilations as cover-up for broken farming system

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The European pig industry routinely flouts welfare laws and public opinion in pursuit of higher profits while member states continuously turn a blind eye. Eurogroup for Animals and a million citizens urge the European Commission to break this vicious circle.

With the unprecedented 16-month pan-European campaign ‘EndPigPain’, Eurogroup for Animals and its 64 member organisations exposed the squalid living conditions and illegal handling practices faced by pigs throughout Europe [1].

‘EndPigPain’, now endorsed by more than a million citizens, calls on national agricultural ministers and on the European Commission to stop all pig mutilations and to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of the EU Pigs Directive.

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The turnout of this campaign shows that European citizens are increasingly aware of the deplorable conditions in which most pigs are reared across the EU, and are demanding a profound change.

At the very least, change will have to start with enforcement of current European legislation on pig welfare. There are approximately 250 million pigs in the EU, which is one of the top global exporters of pig meat. However, pig meat is largely produced in patent disregard of European laws. We are faced with the quite unprecedented situation whereby, with the exception of Finland and Sweden, EU member states are disregarding minimum legal standards for the protection of pigs, and the European Commission is not undertaking corrective measures.

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Above – Male Piglet Castration

This roughly translates, in practice, in more than 90% of Europe’s pigs that end up routinely mutilated (tail docked) because their living quarters are so squalid and barren that intact curly tails – which pigs wag or “swish” just like dogs – become the only available stimulus, and are therefore chewed on by other pigs. Hence, they are cut off to prevent problems [2].

So far the approach of the European Commission with regards to the widespread lack of enforcement of the Pig Directive has been soft, counting on an action plan, study visits, exchange of information and best practices, audit reports, a sub-group in the animal welfare platform to further discuss strategies. We think it’s high time for infringement proceedings, and the success of End Pig Pain adds weight to our requests. This crisis is not only about basic welfare of animals but also about the credibility of EU law.

By massively signing “End Pig Pain”, European citizens also sent a strong signal to their national ministers that painful piglet castration is unacceptable. The surgical castration of young piglets without pain relief is still legal in the EU and is carried out on more than 70 million male piglets every year, in spite of abundant scientific evidence that this procedure is extremely painful.

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Above – Tail Docking


There is now a sense of urgency to move forward and switch to the available humane alternatives. “The well-documented lack of enforcement of the EU Pigs Directive in most member states is a striking example of the inertia of national and EU regulators when strong economic interests are perceived to clash with animal welfare.” says MEP Sirpa Pietikainen, President of the European Parliament Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. She adds, “On surgical castration, currently not covered by this Directive, voluntary commitments have clearly failed. Too little has happened since stakeholders signed the Brussels Declaration in 2010 and committed to phasing out surgical pig castration. Seven years later, those commitments are still little more than good intentions. But there is no excuse for waiting longer: routine painful husbandry procedures must disappear, and pigs must be provided with better care.

What the success of this campaign and the growing interest of the general public for the plight of pigs (and all other farmed animals) should tell us is that it’s time for profound transformation of animal farming. As the science of animal sentience progresses, as the complexity of the emotional lives of animals becomes increasingly difficult to ignore, ethical standards about the way in which we rear animals for food are changing.

Reineke Hameleers, Eurogroup for Animals Director concludes “It is urgent that politicians, decision makers, and farmers heed the demands of civil society and also consider the economic opportunities that a reassessment and advancement in our treatment of farmed animals can offer”.

Painful husbandry procedures such as castration and tail docking – while inherent in today’s pig farming – are completely unnecessary.

Technically and economically feasible alternatives to eventually lead to pain free pig farming already exist and must now be mainstreamed.



[1] Throughout the campaign, investigative reports of animal advocates and EC audit reports across Europe evidenced the terrible living conditions and handling practices experienced by pigs. This is a list of the investigative releases and main press articles covering the issues raised in the campaign:

11/9/2018 new investigation exposes severe abuses on pigs destined for parma ham production

26/3/2018 Six shocking investigations reaffirm systematic cruel and unlawful practices in Parma ham production

9/1/2018 Pig welfare crisis continues: European Declaration on alternatives to painful surgical castration fails to deliver

21/12/2017 ANDA, AVATMA, FAADA: Spanish Agriculture Ministry takes first steps to end pig tail docking

13/9/2017 Europe’s pig sector faces animal welfare crisis

24/8/2017 End Pig Pain photography exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

4/5/2017 EU citizens act to End Pig Pain

21/3/2017 Pigs forced to live among putrefying pen mates


[2] Throughout the campaign’s duration, the EC’s DG SANTE has released several audit reports evidencing once more the widespread disrespect of the EU legislation on pig welfare and clearly setting down alternatives for addressing these shortcomings. Competent authorities responses were generally unsatisfactory, at best acknowledge their incapacity to address the sector’s disrespect of welfare laws, and at worst inadequately responding  to recommendations made by the EC.

1/10/2018 DG SANTE report shows almost 100% of pigs reared in italy are routinely tail-docked, in disrespect of eu law

10/9/2018 EC audit on tail-docking in germany shows 95% pigs have their tails docked in violation of the eu law

7/5/2018 DG SANTE report finds 98.5% of pigs are routinely tail docked in Spain, the largest pork meat producing country in the eu

16/4/2018 European Commission audit reveals that 98.5% of piglets in Denmark are still routinely tail-docked

12/6/2017 Nearly 100% of pigs still tail-docked in the Netherlands, according to latest European Commission audit


EC expert study visits to Finland, Sweden and Switzerland gathered best practices on how to address the requirements of the Directive on pig welfare.


Germany: Stuttgart Region Tree Destruction Before the Birds Nest in March. Will Pairs Have Any Trees To Nest In And Supply Food For The Young ?



We have been provided with some disturbing images of tree destruction; or as we are told the ‘tree care’ efforts made around the area of Stuttgart, Germany; by a contact who travels in the area each day.  Some pictures are also from areas in the same region, places named ‘Ofeld’ and ‘Ilsfeld’.

It appears that the trees are cut and shredded within just a day or so; maybe even less.

It seems the authorities are only allowed to do the tree destruction until the end of February; and not between March and October; for reasons that the / any  birds still in the area breed after February. With all the trees being destroyed; trees which would normally supply a good food source for the young birds, and not many trees left anyway for parent birds to construct nests in; what are they supposed to do ? – build nests in the motorway lampposts !!

Word is that the tree destroyers are ‘really going for it’.

Why; what is the real reason – we just do not know. But we do know that breeding birds are now being forced by good ol’ man to up and venture to other areas where they can build nests and forage for food for their young.

Sad world isn’t in ?

If you know why this is being done; or the reasons for it, then we would love to hear from you.  Send us a message through the usual ‘contact’ route – thanks.