Day: June 21, 2019

Judi Dench and Others Speak Out Against China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. A 1.5 Million Signature Petition Submitted To Chinese Embassy In London This Week.



Judi Dench Speaks Out Against China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival: ‘I Cannot Imagine the Suffering’


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Dame Judi Dench’s strong statement against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival was include in a petition to end the festival

On June 21, China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival will begin again. The event, started in 2009, was created to help boost flagging dog meat sales in the country.

During the festival, and in the days leading up to the event, thousands of dogs and cats are painfully slaughtered for consumption, even though Yulin had no history of mass dog slaughter and consumption before the festival was created, according to Humane Society International.

Interest in the consumption of dog meat continues to wane around the world, but the festival, and its cruel practices, still continue.

“The dog meat trade in China is first and foremost about crime and cruelty. The Yulin festival is one small but distressing example of an unspeakably cruel trade run by dog thieves and sellers who routinely steal pets in broad daylight using poison darts and rope nooses, defy public health and safety laws, and cause horrendous suffering, all for a meat that most people in China don’t consume,” Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International, said in a statement.

Understandably, the festival, which commences each year on the summer solstice, has caught the attention of numerous animal-loving celebrities, who have spoken out and fought against it. Ricky Gervais, Lisa Vanderpump and Simon Cowell, who has donated thousands to shut down the dog meat trade, are just a few of the celebrities working to bring this festival to an end.

RELATED: Activists Save 62 Filthy Dogs from Slaughter Days Ahead of China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Another star who recently joined the cause is Dame Judi Dench. The actress sent a message of support to go along with a recent petition created to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

“It fills me with sadness to think that the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is just around the corner again. So I wanted to send this message as a symbol of my solidarity with all the thousands of people in China against the dog meat trade, who love their dogs and cats just as much as we do, but who go through the awful heart ache of having them stolen by dog thieves. I cannot imagine the suffering of those poor dogs, and I hope very much that one day soon this cruel trade will end,” Dench said in her statement.

The petition — which was created by Humane Society International and Care2 — its 1.5 million signatures and Dench’s message were delivered to the Chinese Embassy in London on Thursday. The bill was escorted to the embassy by several of the petition’s human supporters and four dogs that were rescued from past Yulin Dog Meat Festivals.

EU: Food Safety PR – 21/6/19 – Fight against food fraud: joint action on organic products.

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Fight against food fraud: joint action on organic products

Today, Europol/INTERPOL published the results of the OPSON VIII operation to which the EU Food Fraud Network contributed in order to detect fraudulent actions in the organic sector. Justice, police, customs and food experts have been mobilised to investigate and to ensure the success of this operation for which 16 Member States volunteered to participate. The action focused on complex international supply chains and aimed to identify their vulnerable points It also investigated suspicions of fraud, targeted false certification, concentrated on food and feed in significant quantities, mostly imported, destined for redistribution under EU organic label. Though no health issues were identified, the action led to a number of administrative and criminal proceedings and the seizing of products. The Commission took the lead of the action on organic products by providing to the participants intelligence elaborated on in depth analysis of available data, supporting the national actions (e.g. statistics risk based operators, countries or control bodies) conducted by the participating countries and coordinating investigations with Europol and INTERPOL.

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“We have to make people think”- Ingrid Newkirk for the 70th birthday


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She is friendly and polite – which is probably enhanced by her British accent. But if need be, it’s hard as steel. Ingrid never shies away from finding clear words or making a statement – whether she’s going to undress, light a car, take Anna Wintour’s office, or get jailed.

Ingrid has taken off countless times to protest against fur, leather, meat, etc. And even now, at 70, there is no reason for her to stop.


For an ad motif, she hung herself on a butcher’s hook at a market in London next to the bodies of pigs to show how similar humans and other animals are.

“It was very cold,” recalls Ingrid. “And it was almost impossible to hang on this hook. Your whole body weight hangs on your hands. I just undressed, grabbed the hook and hung there. I knew that there would be people who found the motive offensive. Animals are just like us in terms of their bodies and their feelings. We need to get people to think about it. I was wondering if we should not bring in the cries of pigs (in the slaughterhouse), but that would have been too much. “

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For today’s standards that may not sound very revolutionary.
But in the 1970s castration clinics and adoption programs in animal shelters were still unknown territory.
As the first female director of a shelter in Washington, D.C. Ingrid pushed through a law that provided public funds for castration and veterinary care.
She stopped selling animals to laboratories and set up an adoption program for homeless animals at “her” shelter. She was voted Washington Person of the Year for her commitment.


General Motors (GM) was the last remaining automaker to use primates, pigs, dogs, ferrets, mice and rats for accident testing. The company refused to introduce human testing methods in collaboration with PETA USA, such as computer-controlled models.

In one action, a crowd gathered after Ingrid set a donated car on fire.
The same thing she did at two more exhibitions. After 18 months of unremitting publicity against animal cruelty at GM, the company stopped all animal accident testing. Thus, the cruel practice was abolished worldwide.


Pennsylvania held a pigeon shooting that captured 5,000 birds, put them in tiny cages for days without food and water, then released them – sick, weakened and disoriented.
Afterwards, the participants were able to shoot at the animals.

Birds that were wounded but not immediately dead fell to the ground, and the children of the participants kicked them dead or turned their necks over.
In 1992, around 2,000 animal rights activists protested against this event.
Ingrid led 40 of them into the field to stop the pigeons from shooting.
They seized cages in which birds were still sitting and also collected the injured animals. When the group was arrested, they decided not to pay a fine but to go to jail. Because that would cost the city a lot of money, and the event would be with all the necessary security and the following prison housing – so the hope – in the long term too expensive.
For us the 1992 pigeon shooting cost the taxpayer $ 300,000 – the event was soon discontinued.

In the summer of 1981, Ingrid and another PETA-USA founder decided to uncover the unimaginable animal suffering that takes place behind locked laboratory doors.
It was the first eyewitness investigation of the animal rights movement.

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Ingrid’s colleague hired worked as an undercover at the Institute for Behavioral Research – a government-funded laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland. There monkeys were cut through the spinal nerves to make their limbs partly unusable. With electric shocks, food deprivation, and other cruel methods, the animals were forced to try everything they could to reuse the disabled limbs.

An expert witness went to the lab at night.
Ingrid was hiding in a cardboard box in the parking lot, looking out from there to report by radio should anyone approach the lab.
When the photos and videos of the monkeys finally went public, it triggered a storm of indignation.
The investigation brought PETA USA, the topic of animal rights and the horror behind animal testing on the television screens and front pages of the United States.


The investigation was groundbreaking. For the first time, an experimentalist was arrested and convicted of animal cruelty. For the first time abused animals were confiscated from a laboratory. And for the first time, the US Supreme Court has won a victory for animals abused in animal experiments.


In Mumbai Ingrid was stretched in front of a horse-drawn carriage – including teeth – and pulled before the eyes of the passers-by and their team through the relentless heat.
Because the same happens to many horses. Thanks to PETA’s campaigns, Mumbai, like many other cities worldwide, has banned horse-drawn carriages.

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In order to persuade Anna Wintour (the Vogue- Magazine editor) to finally distance herself from fur, PETA had repeatedly delivered delicious vegan cakes – but unfortunately without success.

That’s why Ingrid, another PETA member and Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, stormed the magazine’s New York office, past all the security guards, to protest that Vogue still supports fur.
Anna Wintour fled and barricaded herself in a back room. So Ingrid took over the reception and answered the phone with the words: “We closed today because of animal cruelty.”

Even after her death, Ingrid wants to ensure that the subject animal rights comes to the front pages.
Her will states that various parts of her body should be used to denounce animal suffering.


Their meat is to be grilled, for example, at a “human barbecue”.
Her skin is turned into a wallet and other leather products.

Her legs should be disassembled and make human umbrella stands or other articles.
Ingrid wants to make it clear that we all have the same body parts and nobody wants to die for a steak or a shoe.

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Her lizard tattoo will be removed to make the first “exotic leather” accessory that the wearer has agreed to.
One of her eyes is sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency to remind her that PETA USA will keep a close eye on her until the agency stops her useless animal experiments.
Ingrid’s liver is publicly displayed in France as a protest against the compulsory feeding of geese and ducks for foie gras.

“We have to make people think,” explains Ingrid.

“Because most of us have learned not to think about what’s going on with pigs, chickens, monkeys, rats, bears and horses, and not to worry about their suffering.
Our job is to focus people’s attention and make them think. It is not our goal to make us popular.

My comment: It does not matter who suffers. We must alleviate the suffering itself.
For that, we need effective activism, courage, and aggressive methods to spread the animal’s suffering to the media and society. Just as Ingrid Newkirk does!
Our fight should never stop.
And we are sure that Ingrid Newkirk will not stop fighting at the age of 70.
We wish that and we hope so.

My best regards to all, Venus