Day: September 16, 2019

1.5 million votes for “end the cage age”: what’s next?

 

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Surely most of you have signed the petition “End the Cage Age”.
For non-EU citizens and readers: This European Citizens’ Initiative aims to end the use of cages in EU agriculture by calling on the European Commission to consider new legislation in this area.

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With 1 million signatures alone, the European Commission would be asked to propose legislation prohibiting the use of:

• Cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, chickens for fattening, laying hens, quails, ducks and geese;
• farrowing crates for sows;
• Sections, if not already prohibited;
• Individual calf pens, if not already prohibited.

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The petition ended with a great result: instead of the one million needed, over 1.5 million people signed the European Citizens’ Initiative against livestock caging. Now the European Commission has to deal with that: what’s next?

The collected signatures are checked first. Subsequently, the citizens’ initiative will be submitted to the European Commission. The Commission must then deal with the demands to abolish cages.

In addition, the initiators of the petition will be invited to a public hearing in the European Parliament.

This does not mean, however, that the caging ban automatically comes. Although the European Citizens’ Initiative fulfills all the criteria, the European Commission has the choice: it can accept the proposals of the initiative, change them or do nothing.

The last seems to me the most likely.
Not because I am a pessimistic person or because I have seen so much bad in my long-standing fight for the rights of animals and expect nothing positive.
But, from experience.

Because the 8hours campaign of 2013, with the requirement of 1.2 million people to limit animal transports to 8 hours, never came true. The animal transports became even worse, the controls weaker, the times longer, the victims more.
Instead of realistic improvements by the EU Commission for more humane animal transports, we got animated films with instructions on how have to be transported the animals. And blood still flows from the trucks to the streets and the ships.

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Irresponsible, unethical, unprofessional has the EU Commission reacted.

On September 12, 2019, we read on the official website of Eurogroups for Animals:
“With the largest European petition ever for farm animal welfare ending at 23:59 last night, today is one of the most significant days for farm animals….

…With more than 1.5 million signatures so far, End the Cage Age’s success should be more than enough to persuade the European Commission to start the legislative procedure to end the use of cages for farm animals across the continent.

…“Today we have crossed the finish line in the biggest political push in farm animal welfare history. But the fight to get animals out of cages isn’t over yet,” says Reineke Hameleers. “Now it’s time for the Commission to make the changes that the citizens demand and bring us closer to the day when cages are relegated to the history books.” (https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/more-than-a-million-people-want-to-see-the-end-of-cages-for-farmed-animals)

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Eurogroup and all those who render their services to the European Community for high salaries, all these must now mobilize theirselves strategically and actively so that the 1.5 million will not become bankrupt again, as they did then.

Now diplomacy, media work and commitment is announced.

If they really want to experience the day, like other 1.5 million citizens too, that “the cages are banned to the history books”, they must do everything so that the commission decides against the cages. Without compromise and consideration.
They are the ones who work closely and confidently with the commissioners, and that is why they know best that their bosses are the strongest agrarian lobyists, who not only allow painful mass animal husbandry, but demand and protect it by law.

Therefore, the question arises, what will they do if the European Commission does nothing?
In that case, we would demand of them that they give up their jobs, they leave that mendacious institution and, like us, fight on the streets for the abolition of the cages.
This is an effective and honest job.

My best regards to all, Venus

NZ: “Motherhood Led Me to Quit Dairy Farming”. But What if You Had Not Become A Mother ?

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From Stacey – https://our-compass.org/2019/09/16/motherhood-led-me-to-quit-dairy-farming-forever/ 

 

WAV Comment – I personally am finding it difficult to accept some of what is being said by the ex dairy farmer here in relation to her change – “Mothers who gave birth during snow or storms had their babies taken immediately and didn’t even get to clean them first”. “It is not uncommon for day-old babies to have the tube incorrectly forced into their lungs and drown in colostrum within a minute or so, with colostrum pouring back out their noses. When this happens, there are many more fearful and crying babies lined up behind these, so the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot”.

So it was only when you personally had your first child you related to the mother cow having hers taken away within 24 hours ? – and what I ask, if you had gone on to not have any kids ? – would you still be a dairy farmer finding it acceptable that baby calves are torn away from their mothers almost immediately by your industry ? – am finding it really hard to accept what the ‘animal activist’ goes on about – with the tears and all that. For me, any real activist would surely have been aware (in advance) of the real horrors of the dairy industry beforehand and completely refused to get involved with it. I find it most sad that we have to wait for the birth of a human baby for this ‘activist’ to find out what the dairy industry is about. And most importantly; where would she be now if she had never become a mother ? – PS: what is husband partner doing now ? – still working at this facility stealing baby calves away from their mothers; or has he changed track also ? – we are not told in the video – I do respect her for her change of policy after the birth of her baby; but find it hard to accept that she was not educated enough at the start to know about what this industry is about; male calves being taken away within hours of birth; or shot in the head at birth when people like her partner find out that the cow has given birth to a male. Mark.

 

The following is Jess Strathdee’s first person account of her years spent working on a dairy farm, and what motivated her to finally leave the industry forever. 

In February 2013, my partner and I moved to live and work on a West Canterbury, New Zealand dairy farm with a 600 head herd. My partner was the second in command on the farm, and I was employed as a relief milker and calf-rearer while starting my studies with Massey University via correspondence.

When I first started milking that year, it was getting to the last months of the season, before the cows were dried off for the winter. They didn’t have a great volume of milk at that time, and the milking would generally only take an easy 2.5 to 3 hours. I remember feeling a sense of pride, solidarity and sisterhood with the cows, honoured that I was privileged to handle such a private area and process of their bodies. Except, of course, on dairy farms nothing about an animal’s body or reproductive process is respected as private or belonging to them.

…the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot.

Oh God, what I numbed myself to.

 

The Babies

Then calving started. I knew, logically, that cows need babies to produce milk, but I’d never really thought about the fact that those babies are almost immediately taken away from their mothers. On my first morning, I stood in the freezing pens with tiny babies who looked absolutely shattered; still wet with afterbirth, bloody umbilical cords dangling. Mothers who gave birth during snow or storms had their babies taken immediately and didn’t even get to clean them first.

The tiniest babies are tube fed, which involves a tube being shoved down their throats and into their tiny stomachs, and a litre of colostrum poured in. This is traumatizing to watch, and I can’t even imagine how it must feel. Their poor, tiny, soft mouths and throats that should just be suckling small amounts from their mothers while their systems are learning to work, must be so sore from the tubing.

It is not uncommon for day-old babies to have the tube incorrectly forced into their lungs and drown in colostrum within a minute or so, with colostrum pouring back out their noses. When this happens, there are many more fearful and crying babies lined up behind these, so the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot.

Oh God, what I numbed myself to…

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India: September 2019 – The Latest Rescues From the Brilliant Team At ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.

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Helping animal protectors is, in many ways, as important as helping animals directly. We’re delighted that Animal Aid was chosen by by Animal People Alliance, an animal rescue organisation in Kolkata, to train 5 of their staff in an intensive month-long session covering treatment, documentation and case prioritization techniques. 

In addition to focusing on treatments, thorough health exams, handling and how to interpret animal behaviors, we taught the APA team our approach to answering tough questions on a daily basis:  Which cases are immediate priorities? Who can wait a couple of hours for treatment later in the day? Who has healed? Who needs more time?

The staff from APA were amazing learners and they will save thousands of Kolkata sweethearts in the coming years.

Mother dog helps rescuers dig for her buried puppies

 

 

This frantic mother dog’s love of her puppies has her digging with paws, biting at stones and tearing at the rubble to free her buried babies who are trapped after a house collapsed in the rain.

When Animal Aid’s rescuers arrived, they feared the puppies might not be alive, but their Mama must have been able to sense that they were still alive and she was determined to tell us so. Every minute was precious and she seemed to realize that they could suffocate at any moment. You’ll never forget this incredible portrait of a blissful rescue and a mother’s unstoppable love. For a mother, nothing is more important than the safety of her children.

To answer mothers’ pleas for help, please donate

Jaanu had an enormous wound but wagged his tail anyway!

 

 

A passing motorcycle must have caught a piece of this brave dog’s skin, so deeply that it ripped away an enormous slab almost to the bone. But Jaanu was eager to please, and seemed so grateful for help that he calmly came with his rescuers and wagged his tail throughout a month of intense wound dressings.

He was young, strong, and the wound was fresh when we reached him, so the skin around it was healthy and granulated well with moist bandaging.

To heal the helpless, please donate.

Walking skeleton dog transforms after rescue: Meet Beautiful Mary!

 

 

Weary and weaving with illness, this desperate girl was dying from mange when we rescued her. She was too weak to resist, or maybe somehow she knew she needed our help. Without us, she only had a few days of life left.  

Mange is particularly dangerous for street dogs because when they itch, they tend to keep moving, leaving their home neighbourhoods. Only in the advanced stages do they slow down. And that’s why we could find her, and save her life.

Please donate to keep our ambulances on the road, arriving in time to save a beautiful life like Mary’s.

 

Lena waited patiently for her rescuers with a huge laceration

 

 

Wagging her tail with what almost seemed recognition, this incredibly sweet dog lay utterly still with a bleeding slice from chest to belly after falling into a dry well. Once back in our hospital we stitched up Lena’s wound and watched her beautiful recovery.

You can tell an animal “I’ll help you” too. Please donate.

 

Celebrate the Staff: Lalit!

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For the millions of people who have watched and loved Animal Aid’s rescue videos, they might stop to wonder who’s behind the camera during the animal treatment scenes, or who’s capturing the joy in the happy endings segments.

Meet Lalit Kumar, who has served as our in-house videographer for the past 3 years. Lalit focuses on the face and eyes of the animal, often crouching down to be at animal-eye level; he works cheerfully in mud and baking sun; he has to be subtle and call no extra attention to himself, especially while filming in areas where there are many curious noses ready to poke in and investigate.

Lalit’s great camera work is one big reason why Animal Aid is one of the most viewed animal channels in the world, inspiring people everywhere to treat animals better, and to help them when they’re sick

Cambodia: the “timber gangsters”

 

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(from the blog of netzfrauen.org)

Kambodscha WaldkriminalitätjpgA truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED

 

The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension. If humans had a planet twice the size, they would probably spread further. But they only have this planet. It’s like a screw that you put on more and more: at some point it’s crazy. Plant trees against climate change, it is said, but on the other hand, real raids are taking place against forests.
The Amazon rainforest is on fire and new research shows that in just a decade, large corporations like General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever have 50 million acres of forest destroyed.

In Congo, too, the biggest threat to the rainforest is industrial clearing and the shift to large-scale agriculture, and here as well: massive deforestation for palm oil, rubber and sugar production. They are also called the wood magnates who do not stop at protected areas.
It is a rampant illegal trade in which only a few benefit, while at the same time a raid against humans and nature takes place and many animal and plant species are extinguished.

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Many countries and companies are committed to reducing deforestation by 2020 or avoiding deforestation altogether.
Unfortunately, it was only a promise, as recent research shows.
Companies that are globally recognized as polluters, such as General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, have committed themselves in 2010 over the next decade the deforestation to end.
Now it turns out they destroyed 50 million hectares of forest in just a decade to raise cattle, palm oil, pulp and paper and soybeans.

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We have already reported on the deforestation of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands have a fascinating and varied landscape with rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, coral reefs and active volcanoes. But that could soon be over, because to quench China’s hunger for wood, the precious forests of the Solomon Islands are felled.

Corals, colorful fish, long sandy beaches, lonely islands – that’s how many people know the Solomon Islands, but the South Seas paradise is in danger and doomed to sinking.

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The small group of islands in the Pacific is after Papua New Guinea (PNG) China’s second largest source of tropical timber.
Together, the Solomon Islands and PNG deliver a staggering 50% of tropical timber imports in China. The rain forests are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforests. They quench the hunger for wood of the Chinese.

SlomonDrone picking wood collection in a harbor in Solomon Islands. Picture © Alessio Bariviera 2018.

Palm oil plantations instead of rainforest: After the corporations destroyed the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo, the palm oil industry is now pushing to new regions like Papua.
The rainforests of Papua are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforest.

Entwaldung-77On the map of globalforestwatch.org you can see where deforestation is taking place in Asia.

 

In the 2000s, the Cambodian government began leasing millions of acres of land – called concessions – to private companies, some of which are located in protected forests.
According to a series of reports by the international non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency, between 2016 and 2018 nearly half a million cubic meters of wood were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam.

“Perhaps 10 years ago there were jungles and lots of forest and many wildlife such as elephants, tigers, rabbits …” says Auch Leng, an environmental activist who fights against the gigantic wood tycoons to stop deforestation.
“Private companies have come to destroy the forest here, and other sanctuaries, such as Boeung Per in the north, are rapidly approaching the same fate. I saw 23 wooden transporters from the Phnom Prich area. “

Another Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, was killed in 2012 when he revealed the machinations of a lumberjack company. Since then, several other forest patrols have been killed, including three who were shot dead on the Vietnamese border last year. Leng also received numerous death threats.

According to data from Global Forest Watch, Cambodia lost 2.17 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2018, a decrease of 25%.

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“Sometimes I cry. I’m disappointed because I can not protect the forest, “says Leng on a mission to defeat Cambodia’s wood magnate and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade. “I see the destruction is so great, but nobody helps protect it.”

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Try Pheap is one of several Cambodian business magnates who have amassed tremendous wealth during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

Already in 2016, the American business magazine “Forbes” reported on Cambodia’s rulers. Over the past decade, Try Pheap, in its early fifties, has made a name for itself in this 15 million nation. An employee of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, is deeply “connected” with him. In addition to agricultural plantations, Try Pheap has a large and growing interest in real estate, including three casinos, two dry harbors for local and international shipping and two special economic zones in border areas. He founded the petrol dealer “PAPA” and is building a $ 300 million port in Kampot province on the south coast of the country.

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The EU has been an important development partner of Cambodia since the early 1990s. The EU support is intended to support the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, which is reflected in the government’s medium-term development plans, the EU said.
The European Union’s development assistance for Cambodia currently amounts to 410 million euro for bilateral cooperation 2014-2020 and 21 million euro for the thematic budget lines 2014-2017 (approximately 457.3 and 23.4 million USD, respectively).
With this funding, the EU can focus its support on priority sectors in Cambodia that have a significant impact on the country’s development.
Who the EU actually supports: the tycoons of Cambodia!

Lost world of Cambodia

In Cambodia, approximately 14.5 million inhabitants live on an area of 181,040 square kilometers. That corresponds to about half the area of Germany. Cambodia is not only losing valuable rainforest through illegal logging, but Singapore is digging sand out of the mangrove forests of Cambodia.
It threatens to extinguish an ecosystem, the home of many animals and plants on the Red List of endangered species, whether the Siam crocodiles, cap gibbons or even elephants.

So, like the depletion of nature in Cambodia, so the gigantic pillage takes place all over the world!

https://netzfrauen.org/2019/09/11/earth/#more-66012

 

My comment: “The world is not evil, it’s just full”, I had read somewhere.

Humanity is growing every day by about 200,000 heads! This is an apocalyptic number par excellence. It is the cause by which the future of man, animal and nature will lasting and permanently destroyed.

(Genesis 1: 1-2,25): God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; and created them as husband and wife.

And God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it and reign over the fish in the sea and over the birds under the sky and over all the beasts crawling on the earth”.
We did that.
And we have created more than this crime, we treat animals and nature as raw materials, as factory goods and our slaves, we are about to eradicate both. Of course, we can continue to breed animals as slaves, but the destruction of nature is unaffordable and soon becomes a life-threatening reality.

Therefore: be infertile and not multiply.
Reign over the manipulation and propaganda of the system and stop living on animals, exploiting animals.
That could be enough as a first measure.

My best regards to all, Venus