Day: July 3, 2019

The blood farms in South America

 

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It’s a brutal business: On horse farms in South America, mares are held for one purpose only: to take blood from them. For in the blood of pregnant mares is the hormone PMSG – a popular drug in this country for pig breeding. For years, the grievances are denounced. But almost nothing has changed.

 

What is the hormone PMSG used for?

In Europe, PMSG ( Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin) is used to synchronize piglet production. This is mainly used in industrial mass production. One wants to prove the mother sows at the same time.

The so-called insemination engineers of the agricultural industry then only need to come once.
Then all are inseminated at the same time and all get their piglets at the same time within a few hours.

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That is, you can calculate the exact day and hours. Of course this makes the handling  of the production very easy. The piglets can be exhibited at the same time, be fattened and thus slaughtered at the same time. The perfect way to clock the whole production.

On August 28, 2018, ARD magazine FAKT in Germany has repeatedly reported on the conditions on such “blood farms”.

Systematic torment – shock report

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York Ditfurth, board member of the Animal Welfare Foundation, has been fighting for years against the scandalous blood farms in Uruguay. In Europe, the mare’s hormone has been used in pig breeding for 30 years.

The current video footage has made York Ditfurth turn at high risk. After the release of the first images in 2015, the South American “blood farms” had made various promises to improve conditions. So workers should be exchanged and a more animal-friendly handling of the horses be prescribed.

The current recordings show even more catastrophic abuses. They prove that the misery of the mares in South America has not improved. Animal rights activist York Ditfurt is shocked by the scale.
The animal cruelty had never been so detailed in detail.

The hormone is obtained from the blood of pregnant mares on so-called blood farms in South America. The searches of the organization were in Uruguay and Argentina. There are also blood farms in Chile. They were on blood farms in Uruguay and got a picture of themselves.

What exactly happens there?

Basically, the mares have to be pregnant to produce the hormone PMSG at all. They are kept in huge areas under the most adverse circumstances, because the worse the condition of the animals, the more hormone PMSG they produce.

To take blood samples, the pregnant animals are loaded into trucks by Gauchos and brought to these blood farms. There they are driven through a narrow corridor in head boxes. The animals are stunned with a wooden beating and finally they are taken with a blood cannula about ten liters of blood – that is about a quarter of their total blood volume. The mares have to undergo this procedure once or twice a week. That’s why they are barely older than a maximum of six years. About 30 percent of the mares die each year either directly from the consequences of the blood collection or they end up in a slaughterhouse, because they no longer pregnant.

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For 100 grams PMSG be paid around the 850,000 euros. That is a lot of money. If one calculates the cheap acquisition costs and maintenance costs for a mare, money is printed with the blood. From two and a half liters of blood, two milligrams of PMSG are recovered. At least ten liters are tapped from the mares a week. Eleven weeks long. That’s more than 110 liters of blood in one season. PMSG is eventually sold to Europe.

Since the mares only produce the coveted hormone until the 130th day of gestation, the foals are aborted manually as waste because they are not needed. Abortion is also extremely painful for the animals: For example, workers simply scratch the uterus of the horses with their hands. The animals are left to themselves and brought back to the pastures. Veterinary care does not exist.
Way too expensive.

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“The condition has become more brutal for the horses. The tortures are as systematic as they used to be, but much harder … The worker sticks a bamboo stick in the genitals to give a painful impulse so that the mare can go forward so that her blood can be taken off. That’s brute force”.
York Ditfurth, Animal Welfare Foundation

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Why can not anything be done against PMSG trading from a legal perspective? Because PMSG has been an approved drug for 30 years.
Here are the interests of pig breeders and veterinarians who say that PMSG has been proven for 30 years and thus earn a lot of money, against animal welfare.

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The medical preparations made from this primitive torture are also distributed in Germany.

Largest PMSG Distributors: IDT Biologics from Dessau, Germany!

According to the report of the state television magazine FAKT, the company IDT announced that in the future the active substance PMSG would only be sourced from European horse husbandry.
Thus, the largest distributor of the drug in Germany apparently no longer wants to buy in South America.
A success, but the animal cruelty is still not finished. There is another company that still sells PMSG products from the “blood farms” in Germany.

https://www.mdr.de/nachrichten/politik/gesellschaft/umwelt/hormon-pmsg-tierquaeler-pferdeblut-schweinezucht-suedamerika-100.html

 

My comment: Guidelines of the OIE and the EU Commission exist only for the meat production, but not for the production of an animal by-product, among which the blood serum falls. The customers of PMSG, including European pharmaceutical companies, have so far shown no interest in introducing binding legislation. Because they also benefit from this loophole,  and from the dirty business with the life and suffering of the animals, as always.

And so continues the dirty business of suffering and dying mares and foals in the blood farms.

I think that would as well work with the blood of tortured pharmaceutical entrepreneurs who have something to answer, right?

My best regards to all, Venus

‘Notorious’ South Korea Dog Meat Market Shut Down — and More Than 80 Dogs Have Been Saved. Victory !!

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‘Notorious’ South Korea Dog Meat Market Shut Down — and More Than 80 Dogs Have Been Saved

 

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Humane Society International first announced in June that the dog meat market, one of the country’s largest, would be shuttered

By Maria Pasquini

July 01, 2019

 

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea, has officially been shut down.

Humane Society International announced on Monday that Gupo — known to animal rights organizations as a “notorious” market, infamous for selling chilled dog meat as well as “live dogs killed to order” — had been shut down by South Korean authorities.

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As a result of the closure, over 80 dogs have been saved and are currently being cared for by numerous animal charities, including Humane Society International/Korea, Korean Animal Welfare Association, Korea Animal Rights Advocates and Busan Korean Alliance for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The news comes less than one month after HSI first announced the market would be shut down as the result of an agreement reached by the local Busan authorities and the 19 dog meat sellers operating out of the market.

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Once the dog meat market is closed, the government plans to turn the area into a public park as part of an urban planning project, which led to the negotiations for the market’s shutdown.

This latest closure represents another victory in the ongoing fight against the dog meat trade.

South Korea’s Seongnam city demolished the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse in November 2018, and also “closed down most of the related dog meat vendors,” according to HSI.

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The organization went on to note that the latest closure is the first-ever “where complete agreement has been reached between the vendors and local authorities.”

“I cannot express enough my joy at helping to close down the dog meat shops and slaughterhouse at Gupo market,” Nara Kim, a dog meat campaigner for HSI and Humane Society Korea, said in a statement.

“The closure of Gupo’s dog meat market means the end of a gruesome era in South Korea’s dog meat history, and a sign of the times that law enforcement and local authorities are cracking down on this increasingly unpopular industry that most Koreans want nothing to do with,” Kim continued. “I know we have a long way to go to end the dog meat trade here, but even two years ago I would never have believed we would see such progress. It has been a pleasure to work with the Busan authorities, and especially in being able to save the last remaining dogs we found alive.”

 

Click on the following link to see many photos of the dogs being rescued:

https://people.com/pets/south-korea-gupo-dog-meat-market-officially-shut-down/

 

…….  Conditions Before the shut down:

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Pass Resolution for Worldwide Dog Meat Ban. – What About the Rest ?

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WAV Comment –

We are including this petition as it is well justified; we are fully aware of the horrendous suffering and slaughter at places such as Yulin; but we also say:

Are not millions of farm animals in the West not tortured and killed for food as well ? – pigs going alive into scalding tanks; ritual slaughter of sheep and chickens without stunning ?

Do we not submit live farm animals to horrendous live transport regimes in the West ? – are live pigs, sheep, chickens and calves not transported for many a long hour across Europe and the USA only to be slaughtered inhumanely at the end of their journey of hell – extreme heat, overcrowding etc ?

‘Hungry, thirsty, and suffering disease and broken bones’ – sounds like what goes on in many Western intensive farming practices to us !

Dog is sheep is cow is pig is chicken is calf. The suffering of all sentient beings need to be addressed – only when we in the West change animal production and slaughter methods should it really start tell others. Going Vegan and putting a stop to dead animals on your plate is the start – do it.

Animals are ALL sentient beings – no matter where they exists on this planet !

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Below – Stray Dog Cruelty – Romania EU

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Below – Watering Pigs during Transport – USA / Canada

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Below – Yulin Do Meat Slaughter

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Below – EU Slaughterhouse Meat

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Below – Croatian Slaughterhouse – EU

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Below – Slaughterhouse In Israel

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Below – Live Animal Transport EU

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Below – Yulin Live Animal Transport

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Below – Lychees and Dog Meat Plate – Yulin

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Below – Sirloin Steak on Plate – USA

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Petition link: https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-pass-resolution-for-worldwide-dog-meat-ban/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

Pass Resolution for Worldwide Dog Meat Ban

 

PETITION TARGET: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

A new resolution introduced in Los Angeles City Council aims to pressure governments throughout Southeast Asia to end the brutally cruel dog meat industry, in which tens of millions of dogs are tortured and killed for food in Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, China and other nations.

For a dog, this gruesome industry is Hell on Earth. The animals are bound, crammed into tiny, rusty cages with dozens of other dogs, and transported to meat markets or slaughterhouses.

Hungry, thirsty, and suffering disease and broken bones, these terrified animals must then watch their cage mates tortured and killed in front of them as they wait for their turn.

Because many people believe dog meat is more tender and provides more health benefits if the animal suffers during death, dogs are often hung, beaten, or electrocuted by the butchers.

While some countries have laws barring killing dogs and selling them for food, many of these regulations are unenforced.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s resolution (CF 19-0002-S101) urges the governments listed above to ban the sale of dog meat and enforce animal cruelty laws.

While these atrocities may be happening far away from home, animals worldwide deserve our protection and respect; we have the power to influence decision-makers overseas and save the lives of millions of dogs every year.

Sign this petition asking LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to fully support — and work to pass — this important resolution.

 

 

 

Russia is Freeing Orcas from Cruel ‘Whale Prison’ – Proof Petitions Work !

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Whales kept in enclosures in the far east of Russia

We first posted info about the ‘Whale Jail’ in March; long with petition links.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/09/russia-good-news-russia-fines-whale-jail-company-white-whale/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/10/update-100-animals-to-be-released-from-russias-whale-prison/

 

Well now we have an update – and proof that signing petitions does work; even though you may not think so at the time.

PETITION UPDATE: Russia is Freeing Orcas from Cruel ‘Whale Prison’

Posted by Katie Valentine | June 23, 2019

Last Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to start releasing orcas and beluga whales currently being held in the country’s Far East in crowded pens, nicknamed the “whale jail.”

For the past several months, around 100 whales have been confined in the cramped enclosures off Russia’s Pacific Coast. Disturbing images and videos of the animals were first made public in November of last year, prompting international outrage from animal rights activists and an investigation by Russian authorities.

Those who imprisoned the whales are suspected of planning to sell them to China’s growing amusement park industry, which pays millions of dollars per whale. Following the investigation, four companies were charged for violating a worldwide ban on commercial whale hunting that went into effect in 1982.

In March, Russian authorities announced their intentions to eventually free the whales, citing a need to first figure out how to safely return them to their natural environment. The news was hopeful, but not promising — despite being native to the Arctic, without the ability to keep warm by swimming long distances, the whales’ lives were at risk.

Thanks to global activists’ continued outcry, including the more than 20,000 people who signed LFT’s petition to free the whales, these captive animals are finally getting a chance to live a normal life.

 

 

 

‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed.

‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists

The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic.

The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether the ice recovers or continues to decline.

But researchers said it showed ice could disappear much more rapidly than previously thought. Unlike the melting of ice sheets on land, sea ice melting does not raise sea level. But losing bright white sea ice means the sun’s heat is instead absorbed by dark ocean waters, leading to a vicious circle of heating.

Sea ice spreads over enormous areas and has major impacts on the global climate system, with losses in the Arctic strongly linked to extreme weather at lower latitudes, such as heatwaves in Europe.

The loss of sea ice in the Arctic clearly tracks the rise in global air temperatures resulting from human-caused global heating, but the two poles are very different. The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by continents and is exposed to warming air, while Antarctica is a freezing continent surrounded by oceans and is protected from warming air by a circle of strong winds.

Antarctic sea ice had been slowly increasing during the 40 years of measurements and reached a record maximum in 2014. But since then sea ice extent has nosedived, reaching a record low in 2017.

“There has been a huge decrease,” said Claire Parkinson, at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the US. In her study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she called the decline precipitous and a dramatic reversal.

“We don’t know if that decrease is going to continue,” she said. “But it raises the question of why [has it happened], and are we going to see some huge acceleration in the rate of decrease in the Arctic? Only the continued record will let us know.”

“The Arctic has become a poster child for global warming,” Parkinson said, but the recent sea ice falls in Antarctica have been far worse. She has tracked Antarctic sea ice for more than 40 years. “All of us scientists were thinking eventually global warming is going to catch up in the Antarctic,” she said.

Kaitlin Naughten, a sea ice expert at the British Antarctic Survey, said: “Westerly winds which surround the continent mean that Antarctic sea ice doesn’t respond directly to global warming averaged over the whole planet.”

“Climate change is affecting the winds, but so is the ozone hole and short-term cycles like El Niño. The sea ice is also affected by meltwater running off from the Antarctic ice sheet,” she said. “Until 2014, the total effect of all these factors was for Antarctic sea ice to expand. But in 2014, something flipped, and the sea ice has since declined dramatically. Now scientists are trying to figure out exactly why this happened.”

Prof Andrew Shepherd at Leeds University in the UK said: “The rapid decline has caught us by surprise and changes the picture completely. Now sea ice is retreating in both hemispheres and that presents a challenge because it could mean further warming.” He said it would also be important to find if the ice’s thickness has changed, as well as its extent.

The new research collated microwave satellite data from 1979 to 2018, providing excellent measurements of sea ice as the different signals from ice and ocean are very distinct and microwaves can be detected day or night and usually through clouds.

Sea ice expands in winter and retreats in summer every year, so Parkinson used annual averages to assess the long term trends. The biggest single year fall was in 2016, when an El Niño boosted human-caused warming to result in record global temperatures.

She said rates of decline after 2014 were three times faster than the most rapid melting ever recorded in the Arctic. Sea ice extent had a small uptick in 2018, but in 2019 so far there had been a further reduction, she said.

Parkinson said the dramatic plunge was a strong piece of evidence that scientists could use to narrow down the causes of the change. “As a Nasa scientist, my key responsibility is to get the satellite data out and I hope others will take this 40-year record and try to figure out how these dramatically rapid decreases since 2014 can be explained,” she said.

From: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/01/precipitous-fall-in-antarctic-sea-ice-revealed

 

 

 

Miniature exhibition with great effect

 

Naked women on milking machines, conveyor belts that transport newly born babies to a shredder: Such difficult to bear motifs can be seen in the exhibition!

 

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The Miniature Museum “Miniatur Wunderland” in Hamburg makes various exhibitions on almost 1,500 square meters model area.
The rooms are home to the largest model railway system in the world but it also keeps attracting attention with political messages. This happened last week with animal welfare scenes that were built into the mini-landscape and deliberately provoke. The model makers had posted photos of the individual scenes on Thursday on their Facebook page..

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This poster campaign  against mass animal husbandry raises criticism. In the model railway exhibition mini-posters hang on which, for example, women are connected to milking machines, babies are driven directly after birth in the shredder or people sitting in mast stands. 

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On the most dramatic subject, childbearing women are seen as chickens in laying batteries whose babies are automatically sorted on a hoop. “Stop the boy shredding!” is the slogan to it.

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One of the founders of Miniatur Wunderland, Frederik Braun, explains  that the visitors and the Facebook fans are actually responding positively.

“Good idea, very creative,” comments one user.
Another praises: “Great! It’s great that you show so much backbone, even if you certainly snub some of your customers / visitors.”

“I’d say 95 percent say it’s nice to look at the mirror and shocking when you look at this role reversal. Many say that you have to change things and also say that the hardest part is to start with yourself” so Braun.

But the Farmers Association Schleswig-Holstein called the action on Facebook “abnormal” (!!!) A dispute between farmers and the Miniatur Wunderland had set in, which has been going on for days!

The massive protests of the farmers against the animal welfare posters in the Miniatur Wunderland continue and put the managing directors Frederik and Gerrit Braun under considerable pressure. “Never before have we stung so badly in a wasp’s nest that we suddenly feel the concentrated rage of a powerful farmer’s association”, so Braun.

On criticism and angry protests, the makers are set. Con-Founder Frederik Braun had previously said in a “Spiegel” interview: “I’d rather lose a few guests than my soul.”

What he does with his twin brother theme, they really care about. “Of course the miniature wonderland gets so much attention, but that’s not why I do it.”

 

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/panorama/id_86002230/hamburg-miniatur-wunderland-wirbt-mit-schock-plakaten-fuer-tierschutz.html

 

My comment: Hate, anger, shitstorm, war … we all know that from the farmer.
The farmers’ association in Germany is one of the most powerful authorities. Now that the peasants have the boundless support of the incompetent and unscrupulous Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner becomes even more outrageous and impudence.

But the peasants have to mobilize. It does not look good with them und theri Minister. Undercover investigations, lawsuits for violation of the animal protection law, bad image in the media …It’s getting serious.
And now this “abnormal” exhibition in Hamburg …Oh God!
That’s why they write long posts in Facebook against the exhibition day and night.

Let them work a bit..
Except torment animals, beat animals, tie animals in chains, slaughter animals, the  farmers are doing nothing else and that is not job.
This is live out of criminal energy, which is subsidized by our tax money.

My best regards to all, Venus