The NSW government is implementing new laws aimed at jailing those who expose it !!
This morning. Mark (WAV) has had a really positive talk with the crew at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Spain – http://easyhorsecare.net/ in order to get the latest news on the situation of the cattle being exported from Brazil to Turkey.
Basically, things have gone quiet and the shipping company from the Lebanon is not giving much away to anyone – (remember we phoned them yesterday and got little). We confirmed with EHCRC (Spain) that we also are having trouble tracking the vessel to its current location.
We were told by EHCRC (Spain) that they were also tracking, but now in their words “the ship has gone off the radar”. We fully agree with this.
Hopefully later today EHCRC (Spain) are aiming to get more updates and news about the situation. When they do they are going to issue a formal Press Release (PR).
Mark and EHCRC (Spain) had a good talk about the live animal export industry in general, and basically they have been having major problems getting the Press to follow up with this situation. We experience this all the time with much of our live export investigation work; and advised EHCRC (Spain) to make contact and complaints through the EU MEP route when they (MEP’s) return from their Summer holidays next week.
We finished by thanking EHCRC (Spain) for the efforts they have made on this live animal export issue. We also finished by agreeing that the Carbon footprint of livestock ships taking live animals all over the world to simply be slaughtered at the final destination was absurd; and that cattle grazing land clearance was one of the major factors for all of the fires in Amazonia at the moment.
We will update with the PR from EHCRC (Spain if and when they are able to get any update today.
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With a clear decision, the Slovenian Constitutional Court ended a lengthy discussion on the slaughter of animals without anesthesia, meaning the flesh “halal”, as demanded by Islam. This remains banned in Slovenia, the judges unanimously confirmed. The Muslim community has requested the review of this law.
The ban on anesthetic slaughter also comes into force in Wallonia.
No violation of religious freedom
The country’s supreme court argued that the constitution did not allow animals to be easily avoided for unjustifiable causes and that the law did not disproportionately affect the right to religious freedom.
The Muslim community sees this differently, arguing that the method of ritual slaughter prescribed by Islamic law, which does not provide for stunning, is an integral part of the Muslim religion – and thus also of its religious freedom.
Shedding is considered an animal torture
However, the Constitutional Court insists that the protection of animals against torture contributes to the observance of important moral principles.
A state can prohibit acts that run counter to the basic rules and moral framework of a society without unduly interfering with the right to religious freedom, said the judges, who unanimously passed their decision.
Animal welfare law: no slaughter without anesthesia
The animal protection law prohibits not only the ritual slaughter in Islam, but any kind of slaughter without anesthesia. Although this hampers access to Halal meat, it does not prevent it because Halal-standard slaughter is possible abroad, the judges argued.
My comment: Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (ZJD) has a different opinion: “The ban on the slaughter without stunning, which is now also in force in Wallonia, is another sign that religious freedom is under attack across Europe.” !!
His hope “… that the European Court will lift the ban …” will hardly be fulfilled. A ban on slaughter without stunning does not violate religious freedom, ritual slaughter is not a service of God. It is a barbaric animal cruelty!
At the same time we condemn without prejudice the annually thousands of “false stunning” in German slaughterhouses. Despite decades of protests from animal rights activists and responsible citizens, these crimes continue to be practiced, even though they are unlawful under the law.
It is disappointing and shameful for President of ZJD not to understand that animals are sentient beings, our fellow creatures with the same feelings, sensitivities, sensations, needs and social structures with which cold-blooded people commit the worst crimes as if they were not animals, but machines or objects. What is this life-despising religion that allows an archaic, gruesome, anesthetic-free slaughter of animals?
“For the animals every day is Treblinka,” said the countryman of Mr. Suster, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and not only in relation to the shafts.
The President of the Central Council of Jews should urgently recall these words of a Jew.
Best regards to all, Venus
Well it seems that a lot of our time now will be involved with the Amazon destruction in Brazil; and also a live animal export situation involving Brazilian cattle being exported all the way to Derince in Turkey for slaughter.
The ship livestock carrier, the ‘Julia AK’; has travelled all the way from Rio Grande in Brazil to the Mediterranean Sea, where it was supposed to have docked to take on fresh food and water. Reports have it that 5,500 young cattle are on board.
The vessel was to have stopped in Categena, Spain, but has been denied the right to dock by the Spanish authorities.
Majbd Bid, operations manager at the Lebanese company which owns the vessel, told Sky News it was not allowed to dock because of a legal dispute with a Spanish fuel company.
The company which is doing the shipping is:
They can be contacted on +961 – 3 – 675277.
The company, Talia shipping line; says it has a turnover of between 10 and 100 million dollars.
We have spoken with them today (28/8) and they have now informed us that in conjunction with the British animal welfare organisation in Spain, who are acting as the coordinator, the ship has now moved on and has been allowed to dock in another part of Spain. This has currently not been confirmed to us by any other source – we will get more.
In our discussion with the shipping company from Lebanon; we got confirmation that the cattle on the ship were going to Turkey for (ritual) slaughter. We told them that authorities in Brazil are the lowest of the low as far as we are concerned, and asked why cattle have to be taken by sea all the way from Brazil to Turkey, only to be slaughtered. They did not provide an answer, or talk to us about all the emission and fuel wastage being undertaken by this vessel on its journey.
August 28, 2019 – 9:49 am, Greenpeace
“Everything we see down there is dead”
If you have not seen it with your own eyes, it’s hard to imagine what the fires are doing in the Brazilian rainforest. “This is not just a forest fire, it’s a cemetery, everything we see down there is dead,” says Greenpeace activist Rosana Villar. She flew over the affected area to get an impression and she is appalled. In the video we show how the local people suffer from the fires.
The G7 wanted to support the Brazilian government with money for firefighting.
But the president, Jair Bolsonaro, does not want to accept the help. Instead, he demands that the French president apologize to him. He now had to take criticism from his governors. The regional leaders of the Amazon region fear a huge image damage, if Bolsonaro continues to do so.
“If Brazil isolates itself at the international level, it will face serious trade sanctions against our producers,” said Flavio Dino, the head of state of Maranhão. “I think we should now take care of our problems,” says Hélder Barbalho, governor of Pará.
Defense Minister: “It is not out of control”
The number of fires has now increased to 82,000, as the Brazilian space agency INPE announced. Many fires were apparently laid by farmers, who want to create more space for fields around pastures.
But because it is just as dry in the region, the flames repeatedly attack forest areas and cause great destruction.
The government has now sent the military to the Amazon region to fight the fires. About 2,500 soldiers, 15 aircraft and helicopters and ten ships are in operation, said the Ministry of Defense. Some fires had already been pushed back. Is the situation serious? ” Yes, but it has not got out of hand, “said Defense Secretary Fernando Azevedo. Hopefully he will be right, because the dry season has just begun.
If you look at space from space, it seems that also parts of Africa are completely burning: every red dot represents a fire within the last seven days – the earth’s surface in parts of central and eastern Africa is barely recognizable.
In addition to Brazil and Africa, Indonesia is also suffering from devastating forest fires: According to the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment, 42,740 hectares of rainforest were affected by fires nationwide in the first five months of this year – even before the dry season had even begun. That is almost twice the area of the previous year. With a total of 95 million hectares of tropical forest, Indonesia is one of the most important countries for rainforest protection.
My comment: Nobody really seems to know what kind of biblical catastrophe threatens our planet. That’s why nobody seems to care.
In contrast, every minute was recorded during the fire of Notre Dame and within days were collected over 900 million euros in donations.
Will a restored cathedral help us if we have no more air to breathe?
My best regards to all, Venus
A transport ship from Brazil with 3,800 cattle on board is anxious to enter the port of Cartagena on Monday, August 26th.
The CBN reported the Easy Horse Rescue Center from Rojales, which had received information from the transport company. In Cartagena, the livestock transporter Julia AK usually stops on the route from South America to Turkey in order to charge food and water for the animals.
This time it appears that this will prevent a new court order and the port administration will not give the ship a green light. The company believes that the legal hurdle in a few days to master – but that is too much for the hungry and “rather lightweight” animals. They would not survive.
Sue Weeding of the “Animal Sanctuary”: “This story and the plight of these cows is especially timely considering the fires in the Brazilian Amazon. The livestock sector accounts for 80 percent of the rainforest’s deforestation. If the forest is cleared for animals that then starve to death under unreasonable conditions at sea, it is pathological and a huge waste of environmental resources. ”
My comment: And if the legal hurdle can not be mastered in a few days?
The “Amazon method” is used: Let the animals starve to death, there are only 3,800 cows less!!
If Brazil burns thousands of animals in the Amazon with fire, why would the company hesitate to send 3,800 cows to their deaths?
No! It is not only pathological how Brazil deals with animals and nature.
It is a fascist, criminal extermination method of some oligarchs Brasils for profit.
My best regards to all, Venus
Update from Mark 2145hrs GMT 27/8:
we are watching this ship actions via satellite, just as we did the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ with the Romanian sheep.
It is currently South East of Almeria / San Jose – Spain – Mediterranean Sea.
At the moment we know the vessel is underway to the South of Spain doing about 13.5 knots – we will see what happens on 28/8. They can run but they cannot hide – we are watching them all the time.
WAV Comment – we need to say nothing – the entire truth is spoken here by the ladies that know the Amazon. We fully support everything which they say ! – For all humanity; the forest must be allowed to live and the animals be safe.
As indigenous women, we call upon the international community to support indigenous people of the Amazon!
Leader of the women’s association of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku
“To my dear sisters and brothers living in the Brazilian Amazon, we are thinking of you, your children, the living forest, all the animals, the rivers and the sacred trees.
We have to hold governments and multinational companies responsible. They are the ones responsible for the destruction of the Amazon rainforest!
Even if they are destroying the forest, our voices shall be heard and it is in this moment where we need to stay united so we can be stronger together.
You are not alone! We stand with you all the way from the Ecuadorian Amazon.”
Former vice president of the Achuar Nation
“Dear women in Brazil, you have our full support in Ecuador, we are sending you strength. Our hearts and spirits are with you!
Do not stop fighting, don’t surrender!
We, indigenous women defend our territories, our forests, our life. Never give up!”
Women‘s leader of Morete Cocha
“For us, indigenous women of the Amazon, the forest is our source of life.
Without the forest, we cannot live.
The whole world depends upon the Amazon rainforest.
All the way from Ecuador, we stand in solidarity with our indigenous relatives in Brazil.
We are sending you strength to keep fighting, to keep strong!
To the government of Brazil: It is time to put an end to this destruction!
Your life and your family depends on the Amazon too. The whole world is watching.”
Leader of the Kichwa people of Kawsak Sacha
“As a woman of the Amazon rainforest I feel the pain of the earth, of the animals and all living beings of the forest.
I have cried, because the indigenous people of Brazil are our relatives, our brothers and sisters.
What is happening to the world? How are we going to fight climate change? What are the governments doing?
The governments of the world have to take responsibility and stop this destruction immediately.
Brothers and sisters of Brazil, we feel your pain. We are standing with you and we send all our strength!”
Leader of the Shiwiar women’s association
“As women we defend our forest, we are fighting for our children and grandchildren, for all humankind.
We ask the world to stand with us, to protect the Amazon and defend the Brazilian rainforest!
We ask the world to support indigenous people! Relatives of Brazil, as a women of the Shiwiar people I will continue praying and singing our sacred songs to give you strength!
We are one heart! Let’s fight this together.”
Waorani leader of CONCONAWEP
“Bolsonaro, From where do you breathe?
Bolsonaro needs to think about that, not just about industry and taking advantage of the land.
Little by little what is happening in Brazil is destroying the air.
As women of the Amazon we will never stay quiet. We will keep talking, keep pronouncing.
We will keep using our voices that should be respected!”
Leader of the community of Raya Yaku
“I stand in solidarity with the women of Brazil offering my energy and strength as a woman.
It pains to see all the suffering of the people, to see the death of animals and plants.
I ask the world to support our relatives in Brazil who are suffering this catastrophe!”
Photo credits: Santiago Cornejo, Melissa Cartagena, Amazon Frontlines