Day: July 26, 2019

The “Do Nothing” commissioner says goodbye

 

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At the Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels on 14.05.2019, Lithuanian Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis reminded Member States’ agriculture ministers to respect EU animal transport standards. This is especially true for the transport of animals at high temperatures.

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The relevant EU regulation clearly states that the transport of animals at temperatures above 30 ° C should not be authorized. Nevertheless, there were cases in the past year in which the animals from 15 EU Member States, for example, were exposed to high temperatures during their transport across the border with Turkey.

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Specifically, Andriukaitis also complained about a recent case in which he called on an EU minister of agriculture to prohibit such transport due to high temperatures.
Although the Health Commissioner did not mention the name of the Member State, in all likelihood he was referring to Romania.

So Andriukaitis had urged the Romanian Minister Petre Daea to prohibit the transport of about 70,000 sheep in Arab states due to high temperatures.

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The Bucharest minister had rejected this request from Brussels as unfounded.
The Lithuanian, meanwhile, announced that, while there was still no ground for infringement proceedings (!!!) his services were keeping a close watch on the transactions in question.

A representative of the Romanian delegation representing Agriculture Minister Daea in Brussels defended his country’s actions in the case of Midia. In his opinion, there must be a tolerance margin of 5 ° C to the upper temperature limit of 30 ° C. In addition, it should be remembered that the animals from the southern countries are better used to high temperatures than those from northern countries (!!!)

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Therefore, the current regulations disadvantage the southern countries, which then have to fight with financial losses. Nevertheless, Romania also wants to improve conditions for the transport of animals by sea (!!!)

Andriukaitis, who will no longer be a member of the upcoming Commission for reasons of age, also advocated an amendment to the EU Animal Transport Ordinance

https://www.topagrar.com/rind/news/eu-tiertransporte-bei-hitze-aussetzen-11611596.html

And we think…The bad news is that Andriukaitis does not want to initiate infringement proceedings against Romania.
As always, the priority is loyalty among business partners.

The good news is that he, who has never done anything for the animals, or has shown never any responsibility for our health, bids farewell to his post.

We wish him a good rest, although we know best of all that he does not deserve the rest, because he never did anything.
He becomes in the story as the “Do Nothing Commissioner”, a failure one the worst kind!

It was the one who said that “5G and glyphosate – both are safe for health”.
And it was the one who advocates the renewed approval of the herbicide glyphosate for another 10 years in the EU.

We hope that we will never meet him again.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Update: 26/7/19 2000hrs GMT for Romanian Sheep Livestock Carrier ‘Al Shuwaikh’.

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Update: 26/7/19 2000hrs GMT.

 

The Al Shuwaikh may be trying to change its identity from that of ‘Livestock vessel’ to that of a ‘Cargo Vessel’.  To make tracking more difficult we ask ?

It is currently positioned in the Gulf of Aden, SE of the city of Aden.

 

Things we do know (but have inserted ‘x’ at some positions – we know full details):

The ETA for Kuwait has now changed from 2/8 to 3/8.

IMO – this is an International Maritime Organisation unique number – 850’xx’61 for this vessel.

MMSI – Maritime Mobile Service Identity – 447’xx’00’xx’ for this vessel.

Call Sign – a unique alphanumeric identity for the vessel – 9K’xx’ for this vessel.

 

Regardless of the (possible) identity change to try and confuse us, there are many ways of monitoring the constant position of this vessel; especially as we know the above. As we showed earlier; you can run but you cannot hide.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/26/26-7-19-romanian-sheep-carrier-vessel-latest-position/

 

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EU: Does the EU Enforce Its Own Regulations ? – NO ! – What planet Are You From ?

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WAV Comment:

Please note that the following was made on 26/6/19 – is weeks in advance of the record breaking temperatures that have been seen across Europe for the period 22-26/7/19.

In the following it says:

Despite a warning from the EU Commission to Member States not to export animals during hot weather conditions, evidence collected by NGOs at the main EU exit points demonstrates that animals are systematically loaded into trucks and vessels regardless of weather forecast and EU requirements.

We have said all along on this site, that the EU is just not capable of enforcing its own regulations. The so called ‘welfare’ of animals in transport – Regulation 1/2005 is one, the main one, that is supposed to give some protection to animals being transported alive.

Certain EU Commissioners, in the past, have been very outspoken about groups calling for better regulation enforcement for animals in transport. The groups are ignored and instead some of these Commissioners works to just be a mouthpiece for business in their own member state. Like most EU issues, we doubt the EU has the capability to take action against these illegal activities. As Commissioners, they should act for the EU as a whole rather than their own individual member states:

https://www.europeanlawmonitor.org/what-is-guide-to-key-eu-terms/eu-what-is-a-european-commissioner.html

 

We very much welcome actions by the few member states who are trying to help animals in transport – see their names below – but the reality is as always; the EU talks hard and big about rules and legislation, when in reality, the whole EU system is a farce, a shambles; led by those who can do nothing; and yet together, decide nothing can be done !

As an animal welfare organisation, all that we can do is continue to expose the terrible suffering of animals around the world. Where, for example, the EU fails (as it usually does); then we will present this to you with supportive evidence. And, as another thing, we are still waiting to hear what ‘strict actions’ the EU are going to take against Romania for exporting 70,000 live sheep to the Middle East in temperatures around 40 degrees.

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The EU has probably packed up today (26/7) for its long Summer holidays; so we expect nothing soon. Lets hop[e all the MEP’s are not packed together in a 3 tier truck heading down to Turkey for their holidays, devoid of food and water. If they were in that position; just see how quickly the rules on animal transport would change and be monitored very closely.

 

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https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/despite-eu-commissions-heat-wave-alert-most-member-states-are-continuing-to-transport-animals

 

If you’ve been feeling the heat this week, imagine what it’s like for animals crammed into trucks for transportation – often for several days or weeks – without receiving water and veterinary care, and in temperatures largely exceeding 30 degrees. 

Despite a warning from the EU Commission to Member States not to export animals during hot weather conditions, evidence collected by NGOs at the main EU exit points demonstrates that animals are systematically loaded into trucks and vessels regardless of weather forecast and EU requirements.

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Transportation of live animals outside the EU has proven to be problematic from a welfare point of view even under normal circumstances. With the increase of temperature, the situation drastically worsens. As concluded by DG SANTE: “Due to the inability of the livestock vehicles ventilation system to lower the temperatures in the animal compartment below the external environmental temperature […] it is very difficult for transporters to ensure that animals inside the lorry are kept below 35°C when ambient temperatures are over 30°C”. 

Some EU countries are starting to take action to ensure that animals don’t have to endure this hell during heatwaves such as this one. Hungary has recently made a ministerial decision to suspend the export of ruminants to Turkey in high temperatures. The suspension applies to all consignments of live animals without air conditioning, and means that if the temperature of the vehicle reaches a maximum of 30°C + 5°C, the vehicle will be directed to the nearest rest station.  The Ministry of Agriculture decision also forbids trucks to continue on from the Hungarian resting places to Turkey if animal welfare conditions are not met. Some restrictions are also in place in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, where due to extreme temperatures for 3 days starting from today, the State Veterinary Administration announced that it will not dispatch consignments of farm animals from the Czech Republic for more than 600 km.

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We welcome the Hungarian ministerial decision and we urge other Member States to follow this example,” says Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. “We call on the Member States and the Commission to suspend the live export during summer, as compliance can’t be guaranteed. We need to avoid the immense suffering of the animals as witnessed over the past years at all costs.”

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) stresses that transportation of live animals should not be started if temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees during any stage of the journey.

 

Germany: report about farm and transport misery

 

First report:

 

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Oon the 24th of July 86,500 chickens died after fire in a stable in Lower Saxony, (Germany) – 2.8 million euros damage (!!!)

 

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Police said the building was completely ablaze. The fire developed in the building, and although 150 firefighters were in charge, the animals could no longer be rescued.
“Even from a distance, a black cloud of smoke could be seen”, described the fire brigade master  the first minutes after the alarm. On site, the firefighters then found “a stable in full blaze”.

The 86,500 chickens housed on five “floors” in the 100-meter-long building were beyond salvation.

https://www.noz.de/lokales/neuenkirchen-voerden/artikel/1818648/86-500-huehner-nach-brand-in-voerdener-stall-tot-2-8-millionen-euro-schaden

The truth: In the present case, there is murder, because of clear over-number of inmates and not existing fire protection measures in the stable!

Second report:

Hesse, Germany (dpa / lhe) – About 500 chickens died on the 25th of July during an animal transport. They were not supplied with water at 34 degrees, reported the police on Thursday in Giessen (Germany).

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According to the officials, the livestock had neither a cooling system nor drinking water for the animals, which had already been traveling from France to a slaughterhouse in Poland for about 16 hours. The drive there would have taken another twelve hours. The officials spoke of “incredible pictures”. In addition to around 500 dead chickens, numerous other animals would have been “in miserable condition” in the cages.

According to their assessment, not a single chicken would have survived until Poland.

About 500 animals have already died, with another 400 to 500 animals there is the danger, according to the police, that they will die as a result of the transport. The further journey was prohibited, the rescued animals were brought to a poultry farm.

Investigations were initiated against shippers, dispatchers and a veterinarian; the two truck drivers had to deposit security of € 1,000 each (!!!)

Due to the heat, international animal transport throughout Europe had been banned on that day.

https://www.pnp.de/nachrichten/panorama/3398724_Hunderte-Huehner-sterben-Hitze-Tod-auf-der-A5-in-Hessen.html

The truth: In this case we are dealing with negligent murder.
The transport should not have started at all. This means the truck was traveling illegally.
The start of transport was approved by the Authority and the Veterinary Office.
In most cases, corruption and disregard of the law continue to go unpunished, hence the daily mass murder in transports and farms.

Third report:

143 pigs transported on Tuesday, July 23 at 41 degrees without water

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They were completely dehydrated, hyperventilated and could barely stand: On the highway the Dortmund police rescued with the fire brigade more than 100 pigs from the heat death. At least three of the animals had already died when the police controlled the van.

The police had been alerted by a car driver on Tuesday, July 23 at 17:50. He did not think the animal transport was correct – and he was right. Thanks to the good description of the witness, the highway police caught the transporter on the highway and checked it in the nearby parking lot.

In it they found 143 pigs: completely dehydrated and in poor health.

In the transport officials measured 41 degrees despite ventilationand the built in water tank was empty. No wonder that the pigs hyperventilate and could no longer stand on their feet.

A member of the veterinary office confirmed the overheating and dehydration of the pigs and found that the driver (47) from the Netherlands had no animal welfare documents.

He was reported on suspicion of violating the animal welfare law and had to pay a security deposit of 700 euros (!!!)

After cooling, the transporter finally brought the pigs to their destination: they were from France on their way to to the well-known slaughterhouse Tönnies, in North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany.

A Tönnies spokesman said, “That’s not okay, that the tank was not filled with water.” (!!!).

https://www.nw.de/nachrichten/regionale_politik/22516539_41-Grad-kein-Wasser-Polizei-stoppt-Schweine-Transporter.html

The truth: The animal transport that was stopped on this motorway came from France. There, the Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume had banned animal transport in France at the end of June because of the ongoing heat.
Animal transports from France should therefore be illegal and should not be approved under these temperatures.

But if the driver of an illegal transport is “punished” with 700 euros, then he will do it again.
The 700 euros are a ridiculous sum and therefore makes it easy for anyone to risk an illegal transport again and again.

The license withdrawal would be a just and effective punishment.
But which court weighs to condemn an empire like Tönnies

Conclusion: I see only one solution to this misery of the animal transport, created by the sub-system of the transport mafia.
That means: the 8-hour animal transport limit for EU countries.
Animal transports automatically become an unprofitable business for all!

For agricultural lobby, slaughterhouse operators and transporters.

Best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

 

USA: New York City is set to ban foie gras.

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New York City is set to ban foie gras

https://newfoodeconomy.org/new-york-city-foie-gras-ban-gavage/

 

New York City wants to ban foie gras, and duck farmers aren’t happy about it. A bill sponsored by Carlina Rivera, a city councilwoman who represents Manhattan neighborhoods, would prohibit the sale of the delicacy, and levy fines of up to $1,000 to businesses that violate the ban.

“What I am trying to do is put forward a bill that would end this practice and create a more humane New York City to live in,” said Rivera, during a City Council committee hearing in June, Crain’s New York reports. The animal welfare bill, which specifically targets “force-fed products,” is co-sponsored by the majority of the council.

 

Ducks in cages at a Hudson Valley farm.

There are only three farms that raise foie gras in the United States, and two of them are in Ferndale, New York, a rural community in the Catskills, 90 miles outside of New York City

As you likely know, foie gras (fatty liver in French) is made by force-feeding grain to ducks and geese, several times a day, for up to three weeks. Their livers then expand up to ten times their normal size, with large deposits of fat—which is why it’s so rich.

Animal rights activists, as well as many armchair observers, say that’s inhumane, and that the process of force-feeding the ducks with a funnel-like device—called gavage—traumatizes the animals. The process also diseases their livers, and can cause health complications. All that, they say, for a luxury product, available to a select few. Less than 1 percent of New York City restaurants serve foie gras, Rivera told the New York Post.

There are alternatives—like, for example, free-range geese in Spain that naturally gorge themselves on acorns, olives, figs and seeds, before flying south for the winter, that are favored by Dan Barber. Critics say that isn’t a commercially viable option for many reasons, including the variation in liver sizes. When ducks aren’t force-fed, their livers may expand by only two or three times, and may not be fatty or heavy enough for purists.

The proposed ban in New York City would follow a similar statewide prohibition in California, and one that existed briefly in Chicago. A statewide ban in New York has been introduced several times in recent years in the state legislature, the Wall Street Journal reports, while Philadelphia has also considered it. England, Germany, Israel, and several other countries have banned foie gras production.

The bill’s opponents say claims that foie gras production is inhumane are dated and flawed. In an op-ed in Crain’s, Ariane Daguin, the co-founder of D’Artagnan, a gourmet foods distributor which does a brisk foie business, pointed out that a detailed scientific study concluded that the product is “non-pathological and non-harmful,” and stress indicators were “hardly affected” during force-feeding.

During a contentious City Council hearing in June, Andy Wertheim, the president of D’Artagnan, said his company and its 280 employees would “not be able to recover” from the ban. He said the company sells about $15 million worth of foie gras in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported, making his company the state’s largest distributor of the product.

There are only three farms that raise foie gras in the United States (most of our foie supply still comes from France and Canada). Two of these farms are in Ferndale, New York, a rural community in the Catskills, 90 miles outside of New York City. Between them, they employ 400 people.

Gavage in a Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm.

A feeder, seated on stools inside the pens, holds and steadies a duck between his knees, as if giving medicine to a pet. Then, he guides a rubber tube down the throat, releasing the feed until a part of the esophagus, known as the crop, swells up.

Izzy Yanay, the vice president of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, urged city council members to visit his farm before passing legislation that would cause him to lose one-third of his annual sales—around $12 million, according to figures reported by Crain’s. Representatives from the local county legislature were there to bolster their opposition to the ban, the effects of which, they contend, would put several hundred local residents out of work.

So far, none of the NYC council members have taken up his offer, but that didn’t stop Yanay from opening up his 200-acre property, where he processes more than a half-million Moulard ducks every year, to interested media and Sullivan County legislators earlier this month.

During the tour, Marcus Henley, a farm manager, explained that about 10,000 day-old ducklings arrive weekly from Canada, and are raised indoors for 12 weeks. After that, ducks are sent to pens, where they’re force-fed a grain mix three times a day, during a 20-day feeding cycle.

Gavage can be brief and jarring to the average human observer. Here’s how it works. A feeder, seated on a stool inside the pens, holds and steadies a duck between his knees, as if giving medicine to a pet. Then, he guides a rubber tube down the throat, releasing the feed until a part of the esophagus, known as the crop, swells up. During demonstrations on the tour, the process took about two seconds. Henley insisted that force-feeding a duck is different than feeding a human, because their esophagi are strong, and meant to temporarily hold large amounts of food. (The issue is certainly a source of robust debate.)

A spokesman for Rivera told Crain’s she has no plans to visit Hudson Valley Foie Gras because she has “concerns regarding the validity of the tours.” Though it’s not clear when the council will vote on her bill, when it does, it’s sure to pass, as it’s already endorsed by 28 of 51 members.

 

WAV Comment:

The majority of people now don’t accept animal cruelty.  Foie Gras production is gross animal cruelty.  Like many other issues; elephant rides, dolphin and Orca shows, animal using circuses – the world is now saying ‘no’ to animal abuse.  Yes, people may lose their jobs at being abusers, but they can change to something else – it is not impossible to do.  We suggest they set up a Vegan restaurant, or grow vegetables !

 

Further foie gras production photos from our archive (in Europe):

 

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26/7/19: Romanian Sheep Carrier Vessel – Latest Position.

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Update: 26/7/19 0925hrs GMT.

 

The Al Shuwaikh has finally managed to leave the Red Sea,

It is currently in the Gulf of Aden, East of Khor Angar (Djibouti) sailing at 16.5 knots..

 

We are not sure this morning if the vessel is trying to stop us from tracking it by declaring itself as a ‘Cargo vessel’ rather than a ‘Livestock carrier’ – but we can and will track it regardless.

‘We have all the time in the world’.

‘You can run but you cannot hide’ !

 

“Its no good” – Depeche Mode.

Enjoy the music – some words are kind of appropriate – that’s why I publish.

 

 

As we said in the post fairly recently when the vessel was docked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, all of the sheep (70,000 if that many had survived the heat) may have been offloaded and the ship may be returning to Kuwait empty now.

But we are using this vessel and the consignment as a ‘test piece’ example basically to check our tracking capability; and to let the exporters know that we can, and will continually publish data on their locations in the world.  In other words, we are watching them at all times.  See the above in Red.

 

We use only legal ways of tracking which is available to everyone if they know how to do it – there is nothing illegal about the system we use.

 

Regards Mark

 

We will not give up.

These days we realized that the carriers fear us more than the authorities.

We do not see this as a success for us, but as further evidence that the system and the implementation of animal welfare rules are not working.