Day: March 5, 2019

Hopelessness from the lab

 

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Imagine that you would be thrown into deep water. You try to escape by climbing up the sides, but the walls of the container are just too slippery and steep. You swim wildly; You try to keep your heads above water at all costs so as not to drown. But you are terrified and have no strength left.

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At some point you give up and let yourself drift. You do not know if you will ever escape this horror.

What sounds like a nightmare is reality for thousands of mice, rats and other small animals – even today.

The so-called infamous “Forced Swim Test”, ( also known as the “Behavioral Test on Hopelessness”), is a widespread – but completely useless – animal experiment. As you can see in this video, experimenters place mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters or gerbils in a water-filled container from which they can not escape. The animals panic and try to climb out on the sides of the container. Some even dive and look further down for an exit. They paddle wildly to somehow keep their heads afloat. At some point, they are only driving.

This criminal idiocy is being conducted in university and pharmaceutical laboratories to test potential anti-depressants – even in Germany.

We do our utmost to stop animal experiments of any kind. Results from animal experiments can not be transferred to humans, because humans are not 70 kg rats. Already a small detail in the metabolism is enough to cause a completely different reaction to a certain substance.

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Depression is a serious illness. However, the pointless attempt with mice and rats described above deprives people with depression of the possibility of true help.

Of the 47 pharmaceuticals identified by PETA USA, namely AbbVie, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, which have been tested in this way in animals, not a single one is currently approved for the treatment of depression in humans. And that, although this test has been done for decades!

Even those who use the forced swim test do not agree on what he really says about the traumatized animals.

Maybe animals that can be drifted earlier than others have not given up yet, but just want to save energy to somehow survive. The experimenters draw wrong conclusions about what could help people suffering from depression. Anyone who has ever had depression knows that the feeling of being drowning is very different from the sensations of depression.

First success – AbbVie stops forced swim test

Following a meeting with PETA USA, AbbVie has undertaken not to perform or finance the forced swim test.
The meeting followed PETA USA’s shareholder resolution, in which a total of four pharmaceutical companies were asked to end the cruel and pointless test.

AbbVie is the first pharmaceutical company to publicly and firmly oppose the near-drowning of animals.
Now it’s time for Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly to follow AbbVie’s lead and challenge the Forced Swim Test.

And now to Germany

In the EU, animal tests applied for since 2012 must be classified in degrees of severity. There is a choice: no restoration of vital functions, low, medium and heavy. The list submitted by the EU, which falls under severity level”, reads like a horror cabinet:

• Swim to exhaustion to simulate depression (“forced swim test”)
Electric shocks that the animal can not escape (“learned helplessness”)
Death from poisoning
Irradiation with fatal consequences
death from rejection of transplants
bone tumors, xenotransplantation etc …

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EU bans, Germany does not!!

The EU bans these “heavy-grade” experiments, but allows exemptions to Member States. And that is exactly what Germany has done in the new version of the Animal Welfare Act: It has made use of pressure from the animal experiment lobby of the exception and allowed even the worst animal experiments.

Implement ban! NOW!

We want Germany to implement the EU’s prohibition on the severity of “heavy” animal testing and to ban these attempts by law. Legally, this is not only possible, but even necessary, because animal welfare is enshrined in the Basic Law and can restrict the freedom of research, which is also constitutionally guaranteed.

Text of the petition: “Rats have to swim to the point of exhaustion, mice are shocked with electric shock until they desperately give up and suffer the pain. Extremely cruel animal experiments such as the “forced swimming test” and experiments on “learned helplessness”, which are commonplace in depression research, are allowed in Germany, although the EU allows a legal ban on such trials with severity “heavy”.

With my signature, I call for a legal ban on animal testing with severity “heavy”!

Please Sign! https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/helfen/aktionen/2085#petition

https://www.schwimmen-bis-zur-verzweiflung.de/

My comment: The EU directive / 2010/63 is:
“From an ethical point of view, there should be an upper limit on pain, suffering and anxiety that can not be exceeded in scientific procedures, by prohibiting the use of procedures likely to cause prolonged and unreliable severe pain, distress or anxiety become.”

But it is still tortured in the whole of Europe (in Germany in particular), and experimented with the most brutal sadism against defenseless animals.

Animal experiments is the pure, naked fascism of the stronger one to the weaker.

And the results? Animals that are senselessly tortured to death, a bunch of criminal Nazis who disguise themselves as “researchers” and waste billions from our cash register for their career, and have never brought a result for the good of man.
But these criminal idiots continue to work, they continue to earn, the animals continue to die, and serious illnesses still torment us all.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 


EU: murder business with chicken parts in Africa!

 

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Until ten years ago, the world of poultry farmers in Ghana was still in order.

They supplied their clientele with fresh chicken, which they bred themselves and brought to the markets of the country. But then frozen chicken pieces from Europe flooded the country at dumping prices. The EU started its criminal blackmail against Africa in favor of the meat companies of Europe.

In contrast, the domestic poultry industry could not compete and a whole industry collapsed. How many jobs were lost is hard to estimate, but one thing is for sure: not only most of the farmers had to shoot their farms. The turnover of hatcheries, feed mills, slaughterhouses and transport companies also collapsed.

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The European Union has a long and shameful history of abusive agricultural trade practices directed at Africa and other developing regions. Its predatory approach has had a catastrophic effect and has devastated poultry farmers and producers in Africa and elsewhere.

Everyone wants only the best of chicken and what can not be sold in Europe is transported to Africa and recycled there.

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Look at the discounters in the meats, see chicken fillet, chicken schnitzel and chicken thighs, but where is the rest? These are mainly poultry leftovers such as offal, wings and necks, which are not in demand in Europe. And they are sold to dumping prices in Africa.

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Was not the EU, which had promised the African states support in building their own economy?
Instead, EU chicken meat is still flooding Africa’s markets, cheap exports of EU poultry meat leave little chance for domestic producers. Over the last 20 years, the EU has used its economic agreements in Africa to bring its highly subsidized agricultural products to Africa, with devastating consequences. Many African countries have been led by the EU’s promise of barrier-free access to trade with Europe to reduce their own trade barriers.

However, as soon as the ink on the contracts became dry, EU poultry producers flooded the African country with frozen poultry at prices significantly lower than African production costs. Ghana imports 135,000 tons of chickens from Europe in one year!! But not only Ghana is affected, also other African countries.

 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) accuses foreign manufacturers (especially European) of supplying these parts at dumping prices in South Africa, destroying the business foundations of domestic companies.

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The EU is destroying the entire African continent with its policies! Not only with armaments, but also with other “gifts” that drive Africa into poverty. In Africa’s refrigerated shelves, European dairy products are available at low prices, so that more and more small farmers in Africa are losing their livelihood.

An exemplary victim of the International Monetary Union FundGhana: The Ghanaian Parliament had decided to impose an import duty on imported poultry. But the International Monetary Fund reported concerns. The directive has never been implemented.

Imports of poultry at dumping prices prevent local poultry producers from raising prices to compensate for drought-induced increases in other inputs such as maize. As local production becomes uneconomic, factories and jobs are lost.

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Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana and most recently South Africa have been among the victims of the EU’s shocking criminal stance on poultry trade. As a result of an import flood 70% of poultry farms in Senegal were closed. In Cameroon, 120,000 people lost their jobs. In Ghana, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, poultry processing plants have been reduced to 25% of capacity and feed mills to 42% of capacity.

For example: in 1996, 960 tonnes of frozen chicken from the EU were exported to Cameroon, compared to 22,000 tonnes in 2003. Because Cameroon’s small farmers can not compete with the prices of importers.

Due to the fact that native chickens are no longer in demand on the market and are much more expensive than the cheap chicken parts, they are basically broke! almost 80 percent. And if the situation should change, they can not buy chicks because they are just in debt – and get no new loans.

https://netzfrauen.org/2019/02/23/africa-3/

My comment: There is so much talk about Development Assistance….

But what did it really bring Afrika? Western countries should ask why the poultry industry is collapsing.

Because first they send Afrika their frozen poultry, their companies go bankrupt – and then they provide development aid so that they do not starve to death.
That is not only absurd, it is criminal!!

We do not have to give presents to Africa
We just have to stop robbing the continent.

My best regards, Venus