Day: May 7, 2019

Are farmers victims?

“Murderers”, “animal torturers”, “exploiters”, “criminals”, “you should be slaughtered” – farmers who keep livestock are confronted with hate mailings on Facebook. This is shown by a study by the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.


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This is problematic because of the growing pressure on farmers to increasingly engage with consumers in direct dialogue, the university said in a release.

According to study author Christian Dürnberger from the Ethics of Human-Animal Relations Department of the Messerli Research Institute of Vetmeduni, farmers who present their work in social networks are accused of “forcing and rape cows”.

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Again and again there are Holocaust comparisons and personal criticisms, insults or threats, even to their children. Literal citations are, for example, “Your children should also be fried” or “Your children should die of cancer”!

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The study, published in the journal “International Journal of Livestock Production”, sees this as problematic because farmers are increasingly being challenged to find new ways of communicating, especially in the sense of a more direct dialogue with consumers and citizens.

He has therefore raised the motives of farmers for their presence on Facebook. Not only economic interests were at the center, but the farmers are also concerned with basic information and dialogue on agriculture and livestock farming in order to increase their knowledge of agricultural practice!!

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However, Dürnberger sees the understanding of dialogue that emerges as “not unproblematic”: because this usually means less an exchange at eye level between different actors, but rather an instruction of laymenthe citizensby experts – the farmers. “It is questionable to what extent such an understanding of dialogue is sufficient to deal adequately with critical inquiries in social networks,” says Dürnberger.

My comment:  So I propose a rescue operation for the farmers: they take over the role of the animals:

which they rape
which they hold in dark stables for life
which they separate from their children when they are born,
which they do not treat when they get sick and old,
which they send as little babies in the transports ….

On this way, the farmers will not be the victims anymore!

Farmers Liberation!

If farmers feel that the “Shitstorm” is based on false facts, then they would not mind a role reversal.

My best regards to all, Venus



British soldier killed by elephant during anti-poaching operation in Malawi.



Not something that is widely known, but British forces have been working in Africa for quite a while to help protect endangered wildlife from poachers. It is terrible to hear this news today.


British soldier killed by elephant during anti-poaching operation in Malawi

British soldier has been killed during an anti-poaching operation in Malawi, the MoD has announced.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot of The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed whilst on counter poaching operations in the African country on May 5, 2019.

The Telegraph understands Gdsm Talbot was killed by an elephant and that there were no other injuries to local nationals or other British soldiers.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who died while carrying out vital counter-poaching work in Malawi.

British soldiers are deployed across Africa helping in the fight against illegal wildlife poaching. Animals under particular threat include elephants, rhinos and lions.

Malawi’s elephant population is estimated to have halved from 4,000 in the 1980s to 2,000 in 2015.

The deployments to Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves in the country started last May, following a successful pilot scheme in Liwonde National Park in 2017.

British troops are training rangers in tracking, general infantry skills and bushcraft, doubling the number of rangers mentored by soldiers in Malawi to 120.

Training has been funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and was boosted by nearly £1 million of extra funding late last year.

Part of the extra funding went to the Wildlife Crimes Investigations and Intelligence Unit, an initiative that has improved intelligence gathering markedly. Last year 1000 kgs of ivory were seized and 114 arrests made, a ten-fold increase in detentions compared to 2015.

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