Day: July 11, 2019

Germany: the “production system” of pigs

 

 

At the beginning of February 2017, PETA was alerted by a whistleblower to the bad conditions in a pig breeding and fattening farm in Günthersdorf (Friedland) in the Lower Lusatia. On PETA leaked footage, which was taken at the beginning of the year, were extremely dirty with excrement pork bays and a number of seriously injured and dead piglets to see.

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PETA thereupon immediately filed a complaint with the competent public prosecutor in Frankfurt on suspicion of violating the Animal Welfare Act as well as numerous serious violations of the provisions of the Animal Welfare Ordinance. In addition, the veterinary office  district was informed about the abuses.

But the catastrophic conditions were not turned off.

PETA was leaked more video material – taken in late June 2017 -. No improvements from improvements. The animals suffer and continue to die under desolate conditions. The closure of the plant or the pronouncement of a livestock ban were considered by Thomas Maczek (the veterinary officer of the competent office), as not necessary, although he himself had classified in an interview, the attitude as bad, animal welfare relevant and not species-appropriate. Resignation or disinterest? but in any case a behavior that is inappropriate for a medical profession.

These are shocking pictures: The pictures show once again weak, seriously injured, dying and already dead piglets.

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Severely ill animals of different ages are simply left to themselves in Stable alley and thus to their sad fate. The lifeless bodies of the animals are not properly disposed of in so-called carcasses tons, but simply left outside  the stable.

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Extremely unhygienic conditions

In the stables, even months after the first criminal complaint, extremely unhygienic conditions prevail, which must be classified as seriously worrying. Centimeters high manure and heavily polluted bays and stables are the sad everyday life for the sensitive pigs.

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Mast bays were not only dirty, but in some cases too crowded. (Stocking density of 0.226 m2 per animal, although according to the Animal Welfare – Livestock Regulation at least twice as large area is required for runner pigs).

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The animals themselves are due to their disastrous environment often heavily polluted themselves and suffer. Also in June 2017, numerous animals are sitting in the so-called dog seat. This unusual and unnatural posture for pigs, irrespective of their age, should make breathing easier for the animals (relief posture). But also diseases of the musculoskeletal system come into consideration.

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Cut off tails from cropping the animals were simply thrown into a slurry tank below the gangway. Many flies present in the barn, as potential carriers of diseases, promote the spread of diseases. In the stable alley are also many maggots.

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PETA has now sent this shocking video footage to the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt (Oder). The animal rights organization demands the immediate closure of the holding and a banning of animals for those responsible. In addition, PETA has now also the so far apparently inactive responsible persons of the responsible veterinary office indicated.

This case shows once again how even the minimum legal regulations are violated. Despite extensive notification by PETA was not used by the competent veterinary office.

Once again, the enforcement deficit in Germany shows – not even valid law is enforced, grievances are tolerated.

Despite official controls, operators have apparently been able to continue their catastrophic husbandry for months without any restrictions.

https://www.peta.de/schweinezucht-guenthersdorf

My comment: We must not get used to these pictures, it is not rare exceptions and black sheep at the animal owners, it is systemic conditions.
Here we witness a million times animal suffering, which has become normal in the existing “production system”, a normality that a civilized society with an ethical claim and an advanced animal welfare law should not take for granted.

Germany has established the largest, most disgusting and cruel mass animal farming in Europe.
Under the animal-contempting policies of the new Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner, the country is being pulled into the dirt.

“Klöckners Livestock Ordinance violates animal welfare law and constitution,” says Prof. Thomas Blaha of the Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare.
He`s right.

My best regards, Venus

UK: We Do NOT Produce Foie Gras In the UK, but we Still Import It. Now We Want a Completely FG Free UK – Please Sign and Support.

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Foie Gras basically means ‘fatty liver’ and involves the force feeding of duck and geese on a daily basis to produce.  A pipe is thrust down their throat, into which loads of grain is pumped. Over time this forced feeding causes their liver to swell to many times its normal size – and it is at this point that the animals are slaughtered and the liver made into foie gras.

Foie Gras basically means ‘fatty liver’ and involves the force feeding of duck and geese on a daily basis to produce.

Foie Gras production does not exist in the UK, but some well known stores import the product for customers. Now we want the UK to go entirely foie gras free – including a ban on the import of the product into the UK.

Please sign the petition and give your support to the campaign which is headed by Rachel and Susie. Thank you.

 

Petition link –

 
 

https://animalequality.org.uk/foie-gras/

 

Dear Mark,

Countdown stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent have joined Animal Equality’s call for a #FoieGrasFreeGB. The caring TV celebrities made impassioned speeches urging their fans to sign our petition demanding the Government enacts an import ban on foie gras.

Rachel and Susie’s support came as a new YouGov poll revealed that an overwhelming majority of Brits back a foie gras import ban too ⁠— 79% of those who expressed an opinion were in favour of a ban.

The poll also showed that the vast majority of people in the UK do not eat foie gras, with only 10% of people having eaten it in the past year.

“If you eat foie gras, I would really urge you to look at the practice that goes in to producing it. It is totally barbaric and involves force-feeding on the most horrific scale imaginable.

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Please, if you’re a lover of animals, add your name to the petition to ban foie gras from the UK.”
– Susie Dent

We’re closer than ever before to a foie gras-free Britain, but we need your support. Donate today and together, we will achieve this victory for animals.

Thank you,

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Please sign the petition and give your support to the campaign which is headed by Rachel and Susie. Thank you.

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