Day: March 22, 2019

Spain: Adiós Toro de la Vega!

 

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Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld a final ban on the torture of bulls during the cruel “Toro de la Vega” festival, following years of pressure from local Spanish groups, including PACMA, and PETA.

No young bull will ever again be stabbed to death by men with spears in the Castilla y León region of Spain.

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Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld a ban on the torture of bulls for the brutal Toro de la Vega festival in what has been hailed a victory for Spanish and international groups such as PACMA, CAS International and Humane Society International/Europe (HSI) who have worked together for years to achieve an end to this cruel spectacle.

The Toro de la Vega fiesta takes place in Tordesillas, in the Castilla y León region of Spain, each September, despite the fact almost three quarters (74 per cent) of Spanish citizens aged 16 to 65 oppose the bull fiesta.

During the barbaric event, spear-wielding men on horseback chase a bull out of the town and into the surrounding countryside. He is relentlessly pursued and stabbed with spears until he is cornered before being brutally stabbed to death.

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Since 2016, the Toro de la Vega has involved a normal bull-run through the town, during which the animal is not killed in public.

In its appeal, the Tordesillas local council had argued that the legislation eliminated “the essence of the popular rite that gave rise to bullfighting.”(!!!) Another of the arguments stated that “40,000 fans” attended the event “compared to 100 animal activists.” (!!!) The council also argued that the death of the animal did not detract from its dignity, but rather enhanced it. The appeal claimed that there was no real justification to do away with the death of the bull.

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Silvia Barquero, president of Spain’s animal-rights party PACMA, has spent years fighting for the prohibition of the torture and death of the bull in the Toro de la Vega festival. She has welcomed the definitive abolition of a practice that her group believes “is not in accordance with the sensitivities of today’s society.” According to Barquero, the ruling is the first victory in the fight to end similar festivals related to bullfighting. Now, she explained, the Toro de la Vega has become just another bull-run, one that we reject just like we do all the others.”

After receiving news of the ruling, the mayor of Tordesillas announced that the Town Hall had requested that its external legal services examine what “possibilities present themselves now.” This report will made available to the council that is formed after the upcoming municipal elections on May 26, says González Poncela, who will not be running again as mayor.

Speaking about the landmark decision, Dr Jo Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for HSI said in a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living: “This is an important victory in the fight against the torture and killing of sentient animals for public entertainment. The Spanish Supreme Court has recognised that the mediaeval  ‘tradition’ of allowing a terrified bull to be chased to exhaustion and then stabbed to death by a spear-wielding mob has no place in modern society.

We salute our Spanish colleagues who have fought against the backward attempts of Tordesillas Council to reverse an earlier decision to prohibit the public killing of the bull during the annual Toro de la Vega fiesta.”

This victory is part of a wider movement in Spain, as more and more people are speaking out against events in which bulls are tortured in the name of entertainment. To date, over 100 towns have banned bullfighting.

https://www.veganfoodandliving.com/spains-supreme-court-ends-the-brutal-torture-of-bulls-at-toro-de-la-vega-festival/

My comment: This bloodthirsty bull spectacle was recognized as a tourist attraction in 1980 and classified by the Government of Castile in 1999 as a traditional bullfight.

It is sadism, stupidity and ignorance of a people towards a sentient being, who is tortured not only from local tradition, but is presented as a tourist worthy attraction, culture of prehistoric man, for years the shame of Spain, that is Tordesillas, to which one recalls as a place where every year a legal lynching took place and therefore was called tradition!

Even these bloody bullfests are subsidized by the EU, alone 150 million euros flow directly and indirectly from Germany into the bullfighting industry, 600 million euros is the bloodthirsty Tauromafia, which plunges the European Union every year in the cash. This EU subsidy insanity feeds and preserves the bull mafia.

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My best regards, Venus

USA: You Did It ! – YOU Helped Save Wild Horses from Slaughter.

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In a big win for animals, the U.S. government has reinstated rules to stop large purchases of wild horses and burros, protecting them from money-hungry “kill buyers” who want to ship them off to slaughter by the hundreds to turn a profit.

Under these protections, nobody may purchase more than four animals every 6 months, blocking the mass killing of horses at foreign slaughterhouses.

Victory! U.S. Reinstates Laws to Protect Wild Horses from Slaughter

Hundreds of thousands of readers have signed LFT petitions or sent comments to the Bureau of Land Management to stop the slaughter of America’s wild horses, and other activists and organizations across the country are working hard to stop the killing. This new decision shows that our voices are being heard, and takes us one major step closer to stopping the slaughter for good.

However, the fight for wild horses and burros is not over, and we will not rest until the slaughter of these majestic animals is banned completely.

There is hope: a bipartisan bill recently reintroduced to Congress, called the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 961, would completely halt the transport of wild and domestic American horses and burros overseas for slaughter. Speak out to help this ban pass!

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Sign the petition to ban all slaughter of America’s horses, finally ending the killing for good.

 

 

 

US: the cat -horror Lab of Maryland

 

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A recent report from a US NGO (Non Government Organisation) suggests  that in a US state laboratory, cats are infected with the infectious disease toxoplasmosis for research purposes. For years they were given the meat of dogs and other cats.

In addition, laboratory mice have been injected with the tissue of sick cats.

Certain tests were quite bizarre and included feeding the cats the body parts of other animals – dogs and other cats – infected with toxoplasmosis, injecting mice with fluids harvested from dead animals, and so on. The body parts, those were for the food of the kittens, had been procured by the USDA at animal meat markets in China and Vietnam (!!!) according to the report.

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The shocking information on conditions at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, a US Department of Agriculture research center in the state of Maryland, has now been disclosed in a report by the White Coat Waste Project, which combats government-sponsored animal testing.

The report highlights the activities of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), specifically its research into toxoplasmosis, which has been going on since 1982 at the Animal Parasitic Disease Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite disease, believed to be affecting nearly half of humankind and many domestic animals.

It poses only health risks to those, whose immune system is weakened, and it usually evokes no noticeable symptoms.

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The infected cats were then tested, parasitic eggs were harvested from their feces and the cats were killed two weeks lateras they had developed immunity. Although the animals were perfectly alright to adopt and the potential owners had not taken any health risks, thousands of healthy kittens were illegally euthanized.

Not all kittens become infected with the disease as a result. However, they are still killed instead of being rehomed. And so USDA has “disposed of” thousands of healthy kittens. “These healthy kittens –who briefly pass the parasite’s eggs and become immune within weeks– are then killed and incinerated by USDA because they are no longer useful,” the report states.

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“A total of 2,988 cats have been used in these research efforts that began in 1982,” USDA administrator Chavonda Jacobs-Young wrote in a response to an inquiry from Congress in May, according to the Washington Post. 

The cats will then be euthanized and burned – as well as using them for tests in the first place- a practice that has often led to criticism in the past. “It is unnecessary and unjustifiable,” the watchdog stated. The scientific value of such tests has been very limited and even further diminished in the last two decades.

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“Animal experiments conducted by the USDA are an example of ‘incredible’ hypocrisy, especially as the US Congress condemned cat and dog meat farms and markets.
The congress has banned them in the US to put pressure on other countries that had such markets, “said Justin Goodman, vice president of the White Coat Waste project.

“The US government has been sending people and money over to these countries and subsidizing these horrible cat and dog meat farms and markets, that Congress is so disgusted with, and virtually everyone in America wants to see ended.  So it’s incredibly ironic and hypocritical,” Goodman told RT. “And I think it is a testament to the incredible lack of accountability at the USDA. When on one hand you have the entire nation working to stop the practice that the USDA is helping to keep alive.

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Truth is that virtually any experiment on animals in the United States is legal as long as the right paperwork is filled out.”

While the USDA admitted that a “total of 2,988 cats have been used in these research efforts,” the animal rights group believes the death toll for felines is actually considerably higher. Last year, it sued the USDA, accusing it of withholding information on the cat-horror Maryland laboratory.

Watchdog group White Coat Waste Project wants the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which runs the lab, to end the experiments and disclose all information about the harrowing tests.

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/454451-kitten-cannibalism-usda-experiments/

https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/tierversuche-us-behorde-futtert-katzen-mit-katzenfleisch-101451747.html

 

My comment: Again someone was bribed from the pharmaceutical Mafia to conduct such experiments! And with the money of the US citizens! What was done there is against any normal ethics, absolutely unnecessary and disgusting.

Animal cruelty and corruption, nothing more.

I would give the people a lifelong professional ban.

My best regards, Venus