Month: August 2019

Brazil: Bolsonaro’s Neglect of the Amazon Has Made Him the Most Despised and Detested Leader on Earth.

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Jair Bolsonaro’s neglect of the Amazon has made him “the most despised and detested leader” on earth, Brazil’s former environment minister has claimed, as the far-right leader again rebuked French president Emmanuel Macron for challenging his environmental record.

Rubens Ricupero warned Bolsonaro was wreaking havoc on both Brazil’s environment and its global standing, as Bolsonaro used Facebook to scold Macron’s “inappropriate and gratuitous attacks” over the Amazon fires and insult France’s first lady.

“These people are lunatics,” Ricupero said of Bolsonaro’s administration in an interview with the Guardian.

“In my opinion, he has turned himself into the most despised and detested leader in the world. I can’t see anyone else – not even Duterte in the Philippines … not Trump, not anyone – who today provokes so much anger.”

“Never, in more than 50 years of our history, has there been a disaster involving Brazil’s image and the perception of Brazil so serious and probably so irremediable as this one,” added Ricupero, who was also Brazil’s finance minister and ambassador to the United States.

“Even in the military period – when Brazil had a negative image above all because of human rights, torture and disappearances – what went on here never drew so much attention as now.”

On Friday, amid a barrage of domestic and international censure, Bolsonaro ordered Brazilian troops to the Amazon to help contain the conflagration and professed “profound love” for a region environmentalists accuse him of helping destroy.

But Bolsonaro has continued to dismiss the crisis as a campaign of “fake news” and “disinformation” designed to discredit his government.

“We are doing what we can,” the rightwing populist told reporters in the capital, Brasília, on Saturday. “The Amazon is bigger than the whole of Europe. Even if I had 10 million people I wouldn’t be able to prevent [these fires].”

At the G7 summit, Macron is pushing for world powers to help put out the fires and fund reforestation and management projects in the Amazon.

Ricupero, Brazil’s minister for the environment and the Amazon in the early 1990s, admitted fighting illegal deforestation was a massive task in a sprawling region where the government’s presence was limited and environmental criminals often armed and dangerous.

“It’s a wild west like in the American films,” Ricupero said of the Amazon. “[It’s not like] Sussex or East Anglia … Even in the best circumstances – even when a government is determined to enforce the law – it is an uphill struggle.”

But Ricupero accused Bolsonaro’s government of simply “folding its arms” when it came to protecting the Amazon, giving criminals a carte blanche to destroy by undermining Brazil’s environmental agency, Ibama.

“[Bolsonaro] has the same mentality as the military rulers in the 1970s: that the Amazon should be colonzied and become soy plantations and cattle ranches,” Ricupero said.

“In the 1970s the government had a slogan: ‘Amazonia will be colonized by hooves of cows’. They never accepted the idea that the Amazon had to be preserved. They see no reason for the forest not to be chopped down and replaced with agriculture and mining. This is his [Bolsonaro’s] mindset.”

Marina Silva, Brazil’s environment minister from 2003 until 2008, said she felt “deep sadness and anger” at the devastation unfolding in the region where she was born and raised.

Silva agreed Amazon destruction was not a new phenomenon.

“We’ve had fires and deforestation under every government – but with the difference that [before] you had environment ministers … who were genuinely committed to protecting the forests, biodiversity and our water resources,” Silva said.

By contrast, Bolsonaro’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, was “an anti-environment minister” actively working against nature. “Instead of strengthening his employees he strengthens the offenders,” Silva said.

Ricupero said: “He isn’t a minister – he’s an anti-minister. He’s the opposite of what a minister should be.”

Ricupero said he feared Bolsonaro’s antagonistic reaction to European criticism meant international cooperation to control the destruction would be hard.

Only “the fear of economic consequences” – such as a boycott of Brazilian products or the halting of a trade deal with the EU – were likely to make Bolsonaro’s Brazil change course. “If nothing concrete happens, beyond the complaints … this will continue getting worse,” he predicted.

Bolsonaro continued his attacks on Macron on Saturday, accusing the French president of treating Brazil like “a colony or a no man’s land”.

Bolsonaro’s education minister, Abraham Weintraub, branded Macron a characterless, “opportunistic knave” and “a cretin”, while Brazil’s president mocked the French first lady’s appearance on Facebook.

Ricupero said: “The impression I have right now is that Brazil is committing suicide. That the president himself is ‘suiciding’ the country. It is a strong expression – but it’s what I feel. Destroying your own patrimony is tantamount to suicide.”

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Activism in everyday life


“If you save an animal, you do not change the world.
But for this one, the whole world is changing” the ALF said.



And so it is.
Only very often we want to help, but we don`t know how.
Especially with wild animals, the danger is great that we do something wrong, which brings negative results for us as well as for the animal.

First aid for animals, just like first aid to human animals, should be instructed in the school, only so can a child develop early empathy for animals.


In addition, in school education, a clear mission should be taken: to teach children to be sensitive and active against any animal’s suffering.

Instead of it,  it has been observed for some time in Germany that hobby hunters in childrens’ gardens and schools run a sect-like image campaign with the aim of introducing animal-loving children to the cruel hobby.

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The manipulation of the children follows a playful method and is advertised as a conservation project, real backgrounds and outgrowths of hunting are played down, falsified or simply concealed.
The hunters are aware that the sneaky and mendacious hunting and the atrocities that  are associated with it, meet with ever greater rejection within society, and therefore they want  in educational institutions to teach children to hunt, so that they can win prospects for the future.


That is not yet the case in Germany, but there is already an infiltration in the school system by hunters.

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All who have children should show them the nice video!
So that they learn what a trap is, and that it is mostly provided by those who want to teach them the love of hunting at school.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: European ‘strategy’ for plastics.

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WAV Comment – if it is the EU then there has to be a ‘strategy’. Lets hope that more is done by the EU on this global destruction than all the promises they gave us about taking firm action against Romania and the export of 70,000 live sheep to the Middle East in temperatures which well exceeded the EU’s very on regulations on the ‘protection’ of live animals in transport.  Like all things, some member states of the EU will do whatever they can to adhere to the rules; others (like Romania) will not give a damn and probably do almost nothing – except take whatever they can in EU financial handouts that is.  We have an ‘EU Strategy’ – it is basically called enforcing all members states to follow the rules; otherwise they are punished hard ! – this has yet to be adopted.

European strategy for plastics

Plastics are an important material in our economy, and modern daily life is unthinkable without them. At the same time however, they can have serious downsides on the environment and health. Action on plastics was identified as a priority in the Circular Economy Action Plan, to help European businesses and consumers to use resources in a more sustainable way.

The first-ever European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy adopted on January 2018 will transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the EU. Better design of plastic products, higher plastic waste recycling rates, more and better quality recyclates will help boosting the market for recycled plastics. It will deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry.

The strategy is part of Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, and will also contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the global climate commitments and the EU’s industrial policy objectives. This strategy will help protect our environment, reduce marine litter, greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on imported fossil fuels. It will support more sustainable and safer consumption and production patterns for plastics.

EU plastics strategy key documents:

EU-wide pledging campaign:

The European Commission is promoting an EU-wide pledging campaign for the uptake of recycled plastics and calls on stakeholders to come forward with ambitious voluntary pledges to boost the uptake of recycled plastics.


Proposal for a single-use plastics directive

The European Commission proposed on May 2018 new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and bandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items.

Single-use plastic directive key documents:


Conference “Reinventing Plastics – Closing the Circle”

The conference “Reinventing Plastics – Closing the Circle” took place the 26th September 2017 in Brussels and was an important opportunity to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the plastics strategy.

Related links






A Mother Fights for the Life of Her Baby Calf.


There is no need for baby calves to be separated from distraught mothers just hours after they are born.   Above is the cruelty of the diary industry.  Here below are alternatives which do not include animal abuse.  Try it.



The clearing of rainforest by ranchers to produce yet more land for rearing beef is now regarded as the main factor why there are currently so many uncontrolled fires in the Amazon.  Thousands of animals and species destroyed by man for want of a burger or steak.  Do you want to be part of that destruction process ?


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Want some evidence ?

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Revealed: Trophy Hunters are Killing Animals so Endangered, They’re Declared Extinct.

Revealed: Trophy Hunters are Killing Animals so Endangered, They’re Declared Extinct

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Revealed: Trophy Hunters are Killing Animals so Endangered, They’re Declared Extinct

Posted by Erica Schneider

A loophole in international animal trade regulations allows trophy hunters to legally kill animals deemed as extinct in the wild. And they’re doing it with the blessing of the US and U.K. governments, as revealed by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is a trade agreement between world governments. CITES classifies animals into three appendices, and Appendix 1 contains the most critically endangered species. However, instead of protecting these magnificent creatures, CITES awards permits to trophy hunters to brutally murder them for fun.

Trading nearly extinct animals listed in Appendix 1 is banned except when it comes to killing them for “commercial purposes”. 

Approximately 2,500 endangered species trophies have been imported into the U.K. between 2004 and 2014 because of this loophole. 2,500 animals that should have been protected, but instead were legally murdered in the name of entertainment.

Even more sickening, ranch owners in the US are breeding animals classified as extinct for the sole purpose of selling them as paid trophy ‘hunts’ for profit.

Several animals declared as extinct are advertised at captive hunting ranges, such as the scimitar-horned oryx and Père David’s deer. The federal government regulates this industry and issues permits through various treaties, including CITES.

“The domestic wildlife trade is the dirty underbelly of the trophy hunting industry,” said Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. Block told CBS News that “Animals are fenced-in, hand-reared, hand-fed, and they’re baited so food is out when hunters come. Hunters are then driven up to the area where animal is eating and they’re shot there.”

Despite these horrific revelations, CITES is an important global animal trade regulator. Before CITES, wildlife trade was unrestrained. Animals that were killed and exported illegally from one country could easily be imported legally into another.

It’s time to do better than lax regulations that legally permit trophy hunters to kill animals declared as extinct for cruel entertainment.

We must close these loopholes and urge CITES to stop issuing legal permits allowing trophy hunters to kill the world’s rarest exotic animals. They deserve our protection and should not be pawns in a sick game.

CITES international conference started last weekend in Geneva and runs for 2 weeks. There, delegates from 180 countries will deliberate changes to the rules. 50 Members of the European Parliament have already written to Ivonne Higuero, secretary-general of CITES, urging her to close down these loopholes.

We can make demands too. Join us in speaking out against allowing hunters to mercilessly murder nearly extinct animals by emailing the head of CITES Ivonne Higuero at


Myanmar: Elephant skin for pearls and quack medicine


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Elephants are among the endangered species in Myanmar. The government in Myanmar estimates that there are currently only about 2,000 wild elephants in Myanmar’s jungle.
Already a few years ago the ( reported on the terrible trade in Asian elephant skins – for jewelry and traditional medicine. The skin of the elephants is painstakingly removed and sold for traditional Chinese healing methods. New research has now revealed that illegal trade has spread throughout Southeast Asia. The skin of elephants is burned in a clay pot and the ash is mixed with coconut oil. This cream is supposed to help against eczema

According to the new Elephant Family” Report, the burgeoning Myanmar industry seems to have spread to a greater part of Southeast Asia, including not just China, but also Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The pearls are sold in Myanmar and China and skin products for traditional healing methods in all five countries.

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The previous report of the Elephant Family”, published in April 2018, showed that at least initially one person seemed to be behind the pearl trade.
This trader, whom they called “Jaz,” posted about pearls in an online discussion forum in 2014.
“Twenty-three follow-up responses showed that trade in elephant skin pearls was new and poorly understood,” the report said.
The elephant beads are made in the style of traditional Chinese collectibles known as Wenwan. Who exactly wants them, is unknown.

According to the report, some traders said their elephant skins came from captive elephant populations in the area, not from Myanmar’s dense jungle.
Managers of a family-run traditional medicine business said their skins came from “zoos.”
Another trader said his skins came from captive elephant populations in China.

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The subcutaneous fat of freshly slaughtered elephants is transformed into ruby red pearls

The strong smell is the only thing that prevents men and women from converting the subcutaneous fat of freshly slaughtered elephants into ruby-red pearls. It is harmful. The vapors are grueling because the workers in China have to harden the fat for hours, then polish the translucent fat pearls that often do not maintain their shape.
A trader told investigators at Elephant Family, a London-based conservation group, that it took him a full day to make a pearl. There was also another problem: the fat beads were not very durable when in contact with human skin.

Elefanten-PerlenThe Chinese saying Wenwan (文 transl) literally means “toy of culture” – illegal wild

And yet this trade is booming, as can be read on

“This trade is continuing, increasing and spreading geographically. It’s scary, “says Dave Augeri, biologist and director of nature conservation at Elephant Family”.

Elephant populations are sinking dramatically and poaching has increased tenfold in recent years, the government in Myanmar announced after demand for ivory and elephant skin has risen.


Increasingly slaughtered elephants are found whose skin has been stripped off, which is used for traditional medicine or for jewelry. Part of it is sold on local markets, but the vast majority goes to neighboring China, which has an inexhaustible taste for exotic animals, the government said.

The skin of elephants has become the latest fad of traditional remedies in China. In the shops, the skin is sold as devotees (the devotees). There is almost everything, whether as skin or pieces of ivory. In addition, tiger teeth come with bear oil.

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Not only is the skin brutally peeled off by elephants and sold, but their habitats also disappear.
Myanmar lost nearly 20 percent of its forests between 1990 and 2010. Since Myanmar’s military rule ended in 1962, the country has become attractive to foreign corporations.

As in other countries, Myanmar has also been discovered for the cultivation of palm oil. Other countries like Thailand use the land in Myanmar for agriculture. Likewise, mining companies have opened the hunt for raw materials.

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Even before Myanmar opened its borders in 2011, elephants were smuggled into neighboring countries for tourism.
Already in 2008, the illegal trade in Thailand and China was revealed. There are found 9000 pieces of ivory and 16 whole tusks that were offered for sale. On a total of 14 markets and three border markets in Thailand and China, one was looking for.
By 2008, in just a few years, there were about 250 live Asian elephants smuggled out of Myanmar. But now these cruel deeds are so frightening that even the government in Myanmar no longer wants to stand idly by.


My comment:The earth has a skin; and this skin has diseases. One of these diseases is called “human,” said Nitzsche.
It is not the eczema the disease, that some people need to heal, but their sick brains, who believe in the charlatanry of the Chinese and thus massacre thousands of loving and peaceful animals.


Best regards to all, Venus