Day: February 21, 2019

Very Close Now To Moving Little Grey and Little White To Their Sanctuary Home In Iceland.

Mark,

This really is an important and exciting time for whale and dolphin conservation and protection. In the picture above, you can see Little White and Little Grey, the two beluga whales who will be the first to come to our new Beluga Whale Sanctuary. And in the photo below, you’ll see the plane that will take them there.

beluga jet full livery

Above – The Cargolux 747 specially prepared with whale transport logo.

This project is pivotal, not only because it will give Little White and Little Grey a new, happier life in the ocean, but because if successful, it will prove that it can be done and offer hope for other captive whales and dolphins. I truly hope that the work we are doing now with the SEA LIFE Trust marks the beginning of the end for whale and dolphin captivity.

Thank you as always for your support – we wouldn’t be here without you.

On behalf of all at WDC,

Julia Pix

 

Find out a lot more about the Icelandic sanctuary being made ready for the whales at:

https://uk.whales.org/blog/2019/02/how-we-are-working-with-communities-to-build-whale-sanctuary-1?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up&utm_content=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up+CID_9798d6167a689f885a76d46551e7f44c&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20WDC&utm_term=FIND%20OUT%20MORE

 

How do you fly two whales half way round the world ? – read more:

https://uk.whales.org/blog/2019/02/how-do-you-fly-two-beluga-whales-half-way-around-world?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up&utm_content=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up+CID_9798d6167a689f885a76d46551e7f44c&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20WDC&utm_term=HEAR%20ALL%20ABOUT%20IT

 

 

 

EU has to stop the laboratory criminals in Germany!

 

Germany

 

The EU has initiated infringement proceedings against Germany because the federal government has implemented requirements for animal experiments in a completely inadequate manner.
We very much welcome the fact that Brussels is finally getting active here.

However, the EU has failed to criticize a very serious mistake.

Germany allows animal experiments with the greatest suffering, although these are generally prohibited by EU regulations. Legal expert reports prove this violation of EU regulations.

Stella 2o

Do you remember the report about the illegal torture of the apes  in the Tübingen Hell Laboratory, in Germany?

( https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/22/the-trial-begins/)

This was also illegal animal experiments because the monkeys were no longer able to endure these torments and should be euthanized. What the experimenters did not do!

Affe in MPIcMax-Planck- Institut Tübingen. Foto: SOKO

Germany ignores the EU-imposed pain-suffering ceiling, from which an animal experiment may not or only under very strict conditions may be approved.

We, “the association of doctors against animal experiments” together with Tasso e.V. and the “Association Against Animal Abuse e.V”, call on the European Commission to ensure that the fundamental prohibition of animal experiments with heavy, long-lasting suffering is implemented in Germany.

This would be an important step towards the abolition of animal experiments. With your signature, you emphasize our demand that at least the EU minimum standard must be adhered to!

Affe mit Eektroden im KopfjpgMax-Planck-Institut, Tübingen. Foto: SOKO

For example, one of the most serious animal tests of this kind is the xenotransplantation in Munich, in which hearts of genetically modified pigs are transplanted to baboons. Most monkeys survive only a few hours, days or weeks. Being trapped in isolation cages, they suffer anxiety, pain, breathlessness, a monstrous swelling of the heart, heart attacks, liver damage, fluid retention in the lungs and chest, thrombosis, etc. until they painfully die.

poster_primatenstuhl

 

Help us!
Call on the EU not to allow this serious violation of Germany!
The addressee is Susanne Louhimies, responsible for animal welfare in the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission. With this petition we collect signatures, which we want to hand over to Mrs. Louhimies at a later date.

Please sign our petition:

https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/helfen/aktionen/2853-die-eu-soll-deutschland-zwingen-schlimmste-tierversuche-zu-verbieten

My comment: The suffering of the animals in Labors gives us humans no progress. Animal testing must be abolished because it is ethically unacceptable and hinders medical progress.
There is neither torture nor sadism that laboratory animal experimenters have not yet practiced. Most remain unconfirmed until one unveils that (see SOKO undercover investigation )

These illegal attempts on monkeys in Tübingen, for example, have proven that the Labor Mafia knows no bounds when it comes to profit, power and career.

Animals using as a torture objects without borders, is criminal and must be abolished. Germany should learn it too!

My best regards, Venus

USA: Petition – Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve. It Just Survived After Being Found.

USA

Petition:

Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve

Posted by Carly Day

 

petition keyboard

Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-skeletal-dog-locked-in-basement-to-starve/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

SIGN: Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve

 

PETITION TARGET: Butler County Prosecutor’s Office

Locked in a cage in the basement and nearly starved to death, a dog in Middletown, Ohio shocked rescuers with his skeletal frame.

With each individual rib protruding, hip bones jutting out of his body, and a sunken abdomen, this sweet boy had clearly been deprived of adequate nutrition for a long time — it’s a wonder he was even still alive in his deteriorated state.

The “reason” for this neglect? His guardian reportedly bought new furniture and claimed she didn’t have room for him anymore

A woman saying she’d “found” the dog on the street handed the animal in to Joseph’s Legacy animal rescue. Staff at the rescue center reported the heartbreaking case to the Butler County Dog Warden.

After a brief investigation, the warden discovered that the woman who handed over the dog — named Marvin by rescuers — had, in fact, been his guardian for the last two years.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has charged 27-year-old Ashley Kubilus with cruelty to a companion animal, a 1st-degree misdemeanor.

Sign this petition urging the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute this woman to the fullest extent of the law, and work to ensure she is never allowed to have an animal again.

 

Canada’s rules for transporting animals are weak — but they’re also not rigorously enforced.

Canada

 

WAV Comment – the pictures in this article are not from the column written by Mr Walkom – they are taken from our own archives.  Not only does Canada murder seals and try to blame them for taking humans fish stocks, but it seems they don’t really have a clue about the welfare of animals in transport either !

In Canada, the rules for transporting animals are already weak. Pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without food or water. For cattle, the number is 52 hours. Animals can be shipped in the freezing cold or broiling sun — as long as they do not suffer “undue exposure” to the elements (whatever that means).18 Sep 2018

can cold truck 2

 

Canada’s rules for transporting animals are weak — but they’re also not rigorously enforced

 

By Thomas WalkomNational Affairs Columnist

Tues., Sept. 18, 2018

 

Source – https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/09/18/poor-enforcement-of-animal-transport-rules.html

 

In Canada, the rules for transporting animals are already weak. Pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without food or water. For cattle, the number is 52 hours.

Animals can be shipped in the freezing cold or broiling sun — as long as they do not suffer “undue exposure” to the elements (whatever that means).

But inspection reports released to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals has revealed another glaring inadequacy: In much of Canada, including Ontario, the rules are not rigorously enforced.

To be more specific, in 2016 and 2017 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) conducted spot inspections of trucks carrying animals in only five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Exactly why Ontario and other provinces were exempted from these spot checks remains unclear. A CFIA spokesperson said only that the agency’s “highway and border inspections are conducted pending the availability of law enforcement partners and appropriate weather conditions.”

The reports, released to the animal welfare coalition by the CFIA under access-to-information laws and passed on to the Star, show that the federal agency conducted 269 highway inspections over the two-year period, mainly in Saskatchewan.

In virtually all of those inspections, the truckers were ultimately found to be in compliance with CFIA regulations — even when, initially, they weren’t.

In December 2017, for instance, an unheated truck containing 45 cows in -20C weather was stopped by a CFIA inspector in Saskatchewan. The inspector wrote that he initially deemed the transport inadequate but changed his mind after the trucker agreed to put some boards along the sides of the vehicle and after he allowed his cattle to rest for five hours in a warm barn.

In February 2016, another truck transporting 26 horses to a slaughterhouse was stopped for inspection in Saskatchewan. The inspector found that one of the horses appeared too sick to get up — a regulatory no-no.

can cold truck 1

So he had the trucker unload his vehicle until the downed horse could struggle to its feet. The inspector then okayed the transport as compliant with the law and let the truck continue on.

The reports show that the CFIA became most engaged when the animals involved were slated for export. In June 2017, for instance, a truck containing 2,525 Canadian baby piglets was turned back at the U.S. border.

The Americans found the piglets were dirty and overcrowded. Seven had died.

This caused much consternation on the Canadian side. One of the problems, according to CFIA emails, was that for sanitary reasons the piglets could not be returned to the farm they came from. If the U.S. remained adamant, there was nowhere for them to go.

Eventually, however, the Americans relented and let the truck in. By the time it had reached its final destination in Iowa, eight more piglets were dead.

Similarly, in May 2016, 21 cattle were refused entry by the U.S. One calf was lame and one steer missing its ear tag. The trucker was persuaded by CFIA officials to let his cattle have food, water and a vet check. He then reloaded his trailer with all but the suspect calf and steer and made his way back to the border where, this time, he was allowed entry.

Later that month, another inspector found a dead pig in a load of 900 slated for export to the U.S. Nonetheless, he ruled that the other 899 were in compliance with regulations.

In November 2016, a truckload of 30 boars was refused entry into the U.S. The problem: two of the boars were dead. The CFIA reports are silent on what happened to the other 28.

Not all of the reports are negative. Many of the spot inspections — particularly those related to valuable show or breeding animals — indicate that some care was taken by truckers transporting them.

And at least, in those cases, federal agents were making inspections. In Ontario, they weren’t.

 

Further reading:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-must-do-better-to-protect-freezing-animals-in-transport/article37521254/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-s-livestock-transportation-rules-worst-in-the-western-world-advocate-1.2820563

 

England: What Good People Do For Wildlife – New Artificial Badger Sett Made For Schoolchildren; So They Can Learn About Badgers.

England

 

https://youtu.be/Fnp6sw5kI4Y

From – Somerset Badger Group

http://www.somersetbadgers.org.uk/ 

An opportunity arose at the school to create an artificial sett for badgers currently living under an old scout hut on the site, which is going to be replaced in the near future.

The school felt it was important to look after their badgers so we stepped in to help them create a new artificial sett so that the children could continue to enjoy sharing their school with the badgers and learn all about them too.

 

badger artworkbadgers north west hunt sabs

Spain: the Passion story of the Galgos

 

To Galgo Day, 1 February

 

Spain

 

Spanish greyhounds, also known as galgos, are bred for the traditional hare hunting. These greyhounds, which are up to 70 km / h fast, rushed in the open area on hares. In this form of hunt, in which the prey is usually caught and killed by the Galgo, is not shot at the hunted animals. Not infrequently, this hare hunting is also practiced in the form of competitions in which the fastest or the most elegant Spanish greyhound is awarded.

jäger mit galgospg

For the survival of this animal-suffering tradition, hundreds of thousands of four-legged animals are brutally exploited.

galgo nach der jagdsaisonn

From birth, the sensitive dogs are trained for the hunt with cruel methods and repeatedly abused terribly. Many animals are kept in dark cellars or sheds. Others in small crates, tons or old cars.

galgo in Keller

There they stay and wait hungry for the owner, who brings some water and food once a day. Just enough that the animals do not die. But for some love or affection they wait in vain for a lifetime.

When the hunting season is over at the beginning of February, the Galgos’ suffering history reaches its sad climax: animals that are no longer producing are disposed of ice cold by their owners.

aufgehängter Galgon

Actually unbelievable, but despite years of mistreatment hang the four-legged friends to their people. However, sad eyes, tears and pleas are no good – the owners do not show any sympathy for their loyal greyhounds.

The hunters starve the galgos, bury them alive, hang them on trees, drag them to death by car or throw them into deep wells. When the dogs are “lucky” they end up with broken bones in the street.

Massengrab von Galgos _n

Around 50,000 galgos are disposed of this way every year.

The discovery of about 100 skeletons of galgos on a former rubbish dump in VILLATOBAS ( TOLEDO)  in 2009, is another cruel proof of how much these animals in Spain must suffer. Many of these murdered dogs still have a rope around their necks, a clear indication that they were hanged.

An obviously new way to get rid of their “beloved” dogs, mostly hunting dogs, is this: they are tied to rails to be killed by a train! In Seville and in the villages, dozens of carcasses still tied to the tracks have been found! Some were shattered by the train. The Seprona (Nature Protection Service) has started an investigation. Some of the some 20 dead dogs are marked with chip. PACMA (the Animal Protection Party of Spain)  has filed a complaint with the Justicia y Defensa Animal and FADEA platforms.

sevilla-perros-vias-7

This case is happened in Seville and  documented in February 2018.

“Spain is the only EU country where hunting with Galgos is still allowed”, criticized David Rubio, spokesman for the national platform “No a la Caza con Galgos – No to Hunt with Galgos” (NAC). “In other European countries, this has been banned decades ago.” The Spanish shelters are crowded – with galgos, but also with other dog breeds.

Animal welfare in Spain, the traditional land of bullfighting, is still largely irrelevant.

For example, in Spain’s Civil Code, animals are still defined as “things,” not as living things

But the protest in Spain is intensifying: in a petition titled “Galgo Massacre” to the European Parliament, animal rights activists call on EU politicians to “stop hunting with Galgos in Spain.” An international petition on the Internet platform Change.org has now been signed by more than 129,000 people.

Petition, with english text too, Please sign it too!: https://www.change.org/p/parlamento-europeo-prohibe-la-caza-con-galgos-en-espa%C3%B1a-stop-the-hunting-with-galgos-in-spain

http://www.sos-galgos.net/2018-02-16/der-graben-des-todes.html

https://pacma.es/aparecen-20-perros-que-murieron-atados-a-la-via-de-un-tren/

 

My comment: For four months, from 1 October to the end of February, hunts and coursing, always running, rushing, chasing, alone, in pairs, in pack, four months maximum performance. And high performance demands tribute. Your dog is too tired? Take another! Your dog is too slow? Take another! Your dog was injured? Take another! It’s all about honor, it’s about pride, no galguero can handle two dogs, on average, one galguero uses 10 to 15 per season …
The young dog that is too slow,  is sorted out.

The dog, who gets injured or becomes ill, is sorted out.

The dog that gets older, too smart, or too slow to hunt behind the rabbit, is sorted out. The dog, whose puppies are not good enough, is sorted out.

Sorted out …

That’s Spain too!
The welcome myths from the media and travel catalogs have bombarded us for years with slogans and national myths that Spain is a fascinating country :

the Spaniards know to eat, the Spaniards know to live, to love, to enjoy!!!
Spain, the nation with “el temperamento de pura raza”! Go for Vacation in Spain!
And so today Spain can (almost) live from tourism, which it does not deserve.
A country with bullfighting as a cultural heritage, a country with an annual galgos massacre of 50,000, a country with the most brutal tradition in bull torture in Europe  (Toro de la Vega, Toro del Fuego, San Fermín days … etc) such a country deserves tourism boycott!

galguero_tot

My best regards, Venus