Month: August 2019

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China’s pigs.

 In this May 8, 2019, photo, pigs eat feed at a pig farm in Panggezhuang village in northern Chinas Hebei province. As a deadly virus ravages pig herds across Asia, scientists are accelerating efforts to develop a vaccine to help guard the worlds po

May 2019 -pigs endure a pitiful ‘life’ in a Chinese intensive system.

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China’s pigs

Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world’s pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia’s pig herds.

Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease’s devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for another solution.

The virus hadn’t been considered as high a priority for researchers until it turned up last year in China, home to half the world’s pig population, likely by way of Eastern Europe and Russia. Since then, it has spread to other Asian countries including Vietnam, killing millions of pigs along the way. Though it does not sicken people, the disease is highly contagious and deadly to pigs.

“Today’s situation, where you have this global threat, puts a lot more emphasis on this research,” said Dr. Luis Rodriguez, who leads the U.S. government lab on foreign animal diseases at Plum Island, New York.

One way to develop a vaccine is to kill a virus before injecting it into an animal. The disabled virus doesn’t make the animal sick, but it prompts the immune system to identify the virus and produce antibodies against it. This approach, however, isn’t consistently effective with all viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever.

It’s why scientists have been working on another type of vaccine, made from a weakened virus rather than a dead one. With African swine fever, the puzzle has been figuring out exactly how to tweak the virus.

In Vietnam, where the virus has killed 4 million pigs in six months, the government said this summer it was testing vaccines but provided few details of its program. In China, the government indicated scientists are working on a vaccine that genetically alters the virus, an approach U.S. scientists have been pursuing as well.

Taiwan last week imposed new security screenings for arriving air passengers carrying pork products in efforts to stave off an outbreak, according to the Taiwan News newspaper. Infected pig carcasses have been found washed ashore on Taiwan’s beaches, but there has been no outbreak on the island.

Myanmar reported its first outbreak in early August and North Korea reported an outbreak in May, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it recently signed a confidential agreement with a vaccine manufacturer to further research and develop one of Plum Island’s three vaccine candidates. The candidates were made by genetically modifying the virus to delete certain genes.

But before a vaccine becomes available, it needs to be tested in large numbers of pigs in secure facilities with isolation pens, waste and carcass incinerators and decontamination showers for staff, said Linda Dixon, a biologist at London’s Pirbright Institute, which studies viral diseases in livestock. The process takes two to five years, she said.

The extensive testing is necessary to ensure vaccines made by weakened viruses don’t have unintended side effects.

In the 1960s, for instance, Spain and Portugal tested such a vaccine after outbreaks of African swine fever. The treated pigs seemed fine at first, but then lesions broke out on their skin, arthritis locked up their joints and the animals failed to fatten up, said Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino Rodriguez, who leads a lab focused on African swine fever at the University in Madrid.

The two countries eventually eradicated the disease by enforcing strict sanitary protocols, quarantining and killing infected and carrier pigs.

Even if vaccines become available, they might not work across the globe. Vaccines developed for the virus in China and Europe, for example, might do nothing in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease has been around longer.

A vaccine might be most desirable in places where the disease is widespread, said Daniel Rock, who previously headed Plum Island’s African swine fever program. Other countries might prefer the quarantine-and-kill method.

That could be the case in the U.S., where health officials have been training pork producers how to spot and report potential symptoms, which can include bleeding, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Still, Rock said the disease’s global spread has made the option of a vaccine a high priority in the U.S. 


WAV Comment – with intensive systems you eventually reap what you sow.  Intensification obviously contributes a lot to the rapid spread of this disease.  Do we feel sorry for the farmers who are losing animals through running intensive systems ? – NO.  When they analyse after all their animals dying; they may realise that there are better ways to raise animals.





USA: Kittens Thrown From Car to Their Deaths Deserve Justice.



Kittens Thrown From Car to Their Deaths Deserve Justice

Posted by Jennifer McCue

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Petition Link: 

Target: Rusty E. McGuire, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Louisa County, Virginia

Goal: Punish the person who threw kittens out of a moving vehicle, killing both.

Two young kittens were thrown from a moving vehicle in a horrific case of animal cruelty. They each died from their injuries. Demand justice for these innocent animals.

“There was no need to toss them out of the window when you’re that close to the animal shelter. You could have easily just stopped and surrendered them there,” stated Louisa County Animal Control Officer Alyssa Ellison. A witness spotted the driver of a truck painted with gray primer driving on Route 33 near the Louisa Reservoir and throwing the approximately 6-week-old kittens from the window. One died on impact with the road, the other sustained several cuts to the head and died on the way to the animal hospital.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case as animal cruelty. They have not yet identified any suspects. Sign below and demand that the person responsible for this horrific act is prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.



Dear Commonwealth’s Attorney McGuire,

Two kittens perished in a cruel and heartless act of animal cruelty. Thrown from a moving vehicle, one died on impact with the road. The second kitten, thought to be about six weeks old, suffered severe cuts to the head and trauma from the impact that eventually took his or her life. This cruelty happened only four miles from the county’s animal shelter, where the seemingly unwanted kittens could have been taken in and cared for without question. This indicates an act of deliberate cruelty and malice against innocent animals.

The person behind this act of cruelty is still out there and likely a danger to local animals. I demand that you prosecute and punish this person to the fullest extent of the law.


[Your Name Here]

Spain: Man gored to death by bull at Spanish festival.

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Man gored to death by bull at Spanish festival

A man has been gored to death by a bull during a festival in central Spain, officials said.

Runners are chased by bulls in the village of Falces, northern Spain, on 15 August 2019

The 62-year-old was killed during a bull run in Cuellar on Thursday.

The man suffered “several deadly horn blows” in the chest and neck and could not be saved, town mayor Carlos Fraile told local media.

The victim was only a spectator at the festival but was rammed into a field and gored. Another spectator climbed onto a wall to avoid being gored.

Spain is famous for its summer bull runs and there are many casualties every year. Eight people were gored and 35 injured at the famed San Fermin festival in Pamplona this year.


WAV Comment – Play with fire and you may get burned !

Australia: Reef scientists are begging for climate action. The Government Does Not Seem to care. Make Your Voice Heard.


Reef scientists are begging for climate action.


Hundreds of experts just issued a shocking new report: coral breeding cycles are collapsing, currents are shifting by hundreds of kilometres, and the Reef’s health has been downgraded to “very poor” for the first time ever.

And the Morrison Government’s response? Hide. Deny. Distract. Like when he tried to get Pacific Island leaders to shut up about climate change.  Like when he pressured UNESCO to ignore the impact of climate on the Reef.

Morrison is desperate to bury the story of the climate crisis and keep big coal donors happy.

But the tide is rising. And so must we. The report is so damning, it’s already making headlines across the world.

The scientists said it best: “actions taken now will matter.”

STAND WITH SCIENTISTS: Sign the petition and make their call for action too big to ignore!


This news is so devastating, even Morrison can’t make it go away.

After 5 years of comprehensive research, coordinated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, scientists have found:


  • The waters of the Reef have already warmed by 0.8 degrees


  • The number of new corals plummeted by 89% after the latest round of mass bleaching


  • Not only has the East Australian Current already warmed, it’s moved South by 350 kilometres


  • CO2 pollution has made the ocean more acidic, eroding coral skeletons (oceans are acidifying faster than any time in the past 50 million years)


  • The unprecedented damage to the Reef threatens Traditional Owners’ quality of life, songlines and enduring connection to sea country

Right now, we’re preparing a simple, plain-English summary of the 374-page report to get in front of every MP and press gallery member. With your help, we can build up pressure on MPs from all sides of politics to demand answers when parliament goes back in a week. First, we need hard proof that voters are demanding action in numbers too great to ignore.

Sign now to demand all MPs join you in speaking out about this devastating news.

The Reef is one of the world’s most adored natural wonders. It is the sea country home for more than 70 Traditional Owner groups. It provides meaningful work for 70,000 people.

As well as a stark warning, the scientists also delivered a message — now is the time to step up, not give up:

“It is important not to lose optimism by thinking the job is too big, or to think that a changed Reef is far in the future — actions taken now will matter.”
Will you join the call for every single MP to step up and tell the people what they are doing to save the Reef from the climate crisis?

In the years we’ve defended the Reef together we’ve stopped dredging, overturned plans to expand Abbot Point Port, forced shipping companies to steer clear of some of the most fragile ecosystems, and blocked the construction of the biggest new coal mine on earth.

Together, we are powerful. Today, the Reef needs us more than ever.

For the Reef,


England – London – Joint Demo Day – Protest against Faroe Islands and Taiji Japan Whale and Dolphin Slaughters.




England – London – Joint Demo Day – Protest against Faroe Islands and Taiji Japan Whale and Dolphin Slaughters.

News and pictures to be posted in a few days when we have some data.

Regards Mark



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Long-finned Pilot whale hunting Faroe Islands


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Me, Jo and Trev all those years ago (1991 ?) trying to stop it – and even today it still goes on ! – 


Taiji demo in London (2016); days after the death of the great David Bowie:


London – Home of the Brash, Outrageous and Free ! – Morrissey.

Breaking 30/8/19: Situation Resolved – The Starving Cattle on the ‘Julia AK’ Have Now Been Fed and Watered. More News Later ?

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News from Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, Spain. 



Update on starving cattle!

We are delighted to confirm that the situation has been resolved-the animals have received the food.

We are awaiting written confirmation and will let you know the details as soon as possible.


Our WAV post from 29/8 on this issue:

England: Lands of Confusion – Lets Hope the EU Sorts Us Out With Their Responses !




Venus is taking a well deserved (my words not hers) holiday, as she informed on 28/8 –

As you are probably aware, live animal exports is one of the main issues that annoys us both, especially EU failures on it; and so we give the issue a bit more time than some other things.   I (Mark) have been involved / associated with live animal investigation work for over 25 years; have been awarded for it in the past – – and am generally deeply bummed off by the continual suffering that we (the EU citizen) are still witnessing after all these years.

So, where are we going now with WAV / SAV ?

We will continue to cover many global animal issues as we always have done on this site – nothing changes there.  Our dear 751 European Parliament friends (MEP’s) who are supposed to be ‘the heart of democracy’ in the EU, by representing us, the 500 million citizens, will finally return to work on 2/9/2019.

If only the EU ‘system’ really was as good as it thinks –

Finland will be the Presidential nation for the last 6 months of 2019.

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During January – June of 2019 it was held by Romania.

Although the President Member State, Romania did not enforce existing EU legislation (Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’) whilst it was in charge ! – remember the situation; we covered each day and reported on the shipment of 70,000 live sheep from Romania to Iran in temperatures exceeding (by 10 degrees or more) the maximum which is allowed by EU Regulation 1/2005 ? – this is why we say above ‘if only it (the EU) was as good as it thinks’;

– – if the President state at the time cannot enforce the rules whilst it is in charge, then who does ? – a simple question to MEP’s from simple EU citizens that they are supposed to represent.

So, as of next week we (WAV) will be formally writing to the (English) national members of our European Parliament to ask what is being done about Romania ignoring the EU rules on live animals transport whilst it was the President of the EU ? – we will publish our letter on the site and any explanations that we get back from our MEPs on the issue.

They are being sent a copy of this post in advance so they are prepared for what they can expect from us in the coming weeks.


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Further, we will also be following up a lot on the issue of live animal ‘box’ type trailers which are used to transport live animals around the EU.  We did a investigative report on the ignorance of the export / transport industry using these trailers several years ago – see it here –

So the EU thinks it is good; representing the citizen and all that ?. We say not that good actually.  We will be writing to our MEP’s in the coming weeks and asking them some difficult questions about live animal transport; to see how good the system actually is for the EU citizen. The UK Lib Dems think it is fantastic to be members and say we need to remain in the EU; our evidence with all these issues to date simply means we are totally ignored regarding all we present.  So, Lib Dem MEP’s especially can provide us with the answers now.  We will also ask what is going to be done about the ignorance of the (EU) rules for animals; both in the shipment of Romanian sheep to Iran, and also with box trailers.

So, these issue will be priority over the next week or so; we will publish things when they are done and sent.

As very many EU citizens actually think, the EU is really just ‘lands of confusion’ !!



Regards and have a great evening;




Thanks Anja Hazenkamp in the name of the animals!!



‘Julia AK’ Livestock Carrier – Before and After.

Regards Mark:

I have been doing a little research this morning re ‘Julia AK’ – the live animal export ship which is having problems at Spanish ports whilst sailing with cattle between Brazil and Turkey.  Scroll down the site home page to see more recent posts of the problems.

I have just been looking into the past history of this vessel.  Here is what I found.

Vessel Name Registered Owner Year
JULIA AK Talia Sg Line Co SARL 2016
ABOU KARIM H.M.Khalifeh 2010
LADY DYA Bekdache & Sinno 2008
DYA Atlanta Sg Co Ltd 2000
LADY DYA Dya Sg Co Ltd 2000
ATLANTA SKY Atlanta Sky Sg Ltd 1999
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1985
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1984
BERNHARD SCHULTE Bernhard Schulte 1976



In 2008 the ship was called the ‘Lady Dya’; this is a picture of the same ship when it was taken around that time.  Image credit Mahmoud Shd.


Here below is a more recent picture of the ship, now ‘Julia AK’,  in Rio, Brazil.  Photo – Edson de Lima Lucas

So in the more recent years (2010 onwards) did it undergo modifications to be the livestock carrier we presently see.  Physical modifications can be seen by comparing the 2 pictures here.  It is very common for current livestock carrying vessels to have started their earlier sailing days as completely different tanker or cargo type ships; the ‘Julia AK’ conversion is very common of the changes undertaken.

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