From my collection – Lowland Gorilla 1999.
From my collection – Lowland Gorilla 1999.
Mulesing is undertaken by Australian sheep farmers. It has now been banned in New Zealand.
Mulesing is when sheep, without any painkillers whatsoever, have huge chunks of skin carved away from the animals’ backsides or attach vice-grip–like clamps.
Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike (myiasis). … The scar tissue that grows over the wound does not grow wool, so is less likely to attract the flies that cause flystrike.
Mulesing is a very cruel and extremely crude attempt to create smoother skin that won’t collect moisture, but the exposed, bloody wounds often become infected or flystruck. Many sheep who have undergone the mulesing mutilation still suffer slow, agonizing deaths from flystrike. Mutilating sheep is not just cruel; it’s also ineffective.
The Australian Government has no intention of banning mulesing in Australia, with the responsibility for animal welfare resting with state governments, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.
Most people don’t understand why vegans avoid wool products. The wool industry however, doesn’t only exploit sheep, it’s also very cruel to them.
Non mulesed wool:
We’re less than 2,000 signatures away from reaching a major milestone on our petition to ban foie gras from being imported and sold in the UK.
Foie gras is so extremely cruel that its production is illegal in Britain. Terrified ducks and geese are crammed into filthy cages and violently force-fed until their liver swells to an unnaturally large size.
Will you share our petition today to help us hit 150,000 signatures and show your support for ending this barbaric trade?
Human being has always been a murderer, rapist and warrior! Everywhere is the human species responsible for pure horror, sheer horror: in factory farming, in laboratories, in the clothing industry, in the circus industry, in entertainment … absolute lawlessness against animals, absolute sadism of human tormentors.
It’s almost amazing how routinely this torture of plucking is done.
The victims are the animals, victims of brutal auxiliary workers in horror places who treat and dismember living beings like puppets.
And these tortures have been practiced for decades and supported massively by a society that morally and as far as animals are concerned, still lives in the Stone Age. And even with pleasure!
Now that autumn and winter are coming: Buy your blankets, pillows and jackets only from synthetic or natural materials!
The advertising industry is trying by all means to sell feather products as a non plus ultra for warm clothes.
There is no heat in these products, only hell!
And behind them exists a whole mafia industry of exploitation and shocking cruelty .
Everyone who buys feather products is either uninformed or an asshole!
Best regards to all, Venus
Woman bites Camels testicles after it sits on her at Truck Stop Petting Zoo.
WAV Comment – Most people go to the park for a picnic; from what we know, the camel is making a full recovery and should not get any disease from the woman. And as for the woman … next time take your dog to the park?
So, there’s this truck stop. With a petting zoo. With a camel. And a woman bit the camel where?
A veterinarian has prescribed antibiotics to a camel owned by a Louisiana truck stop petting zoo after a woman bit the 600-pound animal’s genitals to free herself from under its weight.
Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office documents obtained by The Advocate on Monday accuse Florida couple Gloria and Edmond Lancaster of throwing treats for their unleashed dog into Caspar the camel’s enclosure at Tiger Truck Stop.
The couple told deputies the camel attacked the dog, but the sheriff’s office said the couple had provoked the animal before it sat on Gloria Lancaster. She’d crawled under barbed wire to retrieve her pet.
Gloria Lancaster told officers she had to bite the camel’s testicles to free herself.
Truck stop manager Pamela Bossier said a veterinarian prescribed Caspar antibiotics as a precaution.
WAV Comment – my (Mark) e mail address does not include ‘Howlingwolf’ for no reason – I just love everything associated with ‘Canidae’ and will always speak out for their protection and better treatment. Here below are a couple of ‘foxy friends’ who I photographed in my garden a few months ago. It is to me, perfection – the ultimate. Here below is a super interview with Chris who tells us all about the love for canids, which I hope everyone will find interesting. Regards and big howls – Mark.
Chris Schadler is a wild canid ecologist who has studied and taught wolf and coyote biology and conservation for over 25 years. She has also raised sheep using only non-lethal methods of predator control. A force to be reckoned with, Chris has dedicated her time to Project Coyote as our New Hampshire and Vermont Representative, inspiring people with presentations about coexisting with coyotes and achieving landmark policy changes for wildlife. We are lucky to have such a multidimensional and dynamic woman in our pack!
I hope you enjoy this interview with Chris and feel inspired to share it with others.
For Wild Nature,
Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director
What led you to become a wild canid ecologist?
Back in the 1970s I had an opportunity to volunteer at the North American Wildlife Park Foundation, known as Wolf Park, in Battleground, Indiana. Dr. Erich Klinghammer, an ethologist, founded Wolf Park to study wolf behavior (back before scientists used radio telemetry to capture a pack and observe). My job was to spend a month socializing a wolf pup to humans so that, when he was reintroduced into the pack, he would not be aggressive to veterinarians and other handlers. I learned a great deal about wolf behavior from this experience. When I began graduate study at Antioch in New Hampshire, my thesis focused on the failures of wolf reintroduction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the benefits of natural reintroduction when wolves wandered onto the Peninsula from Wisconsin. Concurrently, I was learning to live with coyotes while I farmed sheep in southern New Hampshire.
As Project Coyote’s New Hampshire and Vermont Representative, you frequently give presentations titled, “Becoming Wolf: Eastern Coyote in New England.” Please tell us what you mean by this and what you see happening with wild canids like coyotes on the East Coast.
On its most granular level, the eastern coyote has wolf DNA (and often some dog DNA), which gives the species more options than its western cousin. Habitat here is prime for a top predator (of deer and moose). Even though the eastern coyote still depends upon rodents, the larger the coyote becomes the better it is at hunting larger prey. The eastern coyote appears to be evolving and adapting to take advantage of the east’s coast abundant larger prey. With every deer taken down by a pack, the definition between coyote and wolf blurs. Will we better tolerate a wild canid with the name “wolf” than one called “coyote”? Some have suggested we call the eastern coyote “coywolf” and many canid researchers are debating this issue as we watch this incredibly adaptable and intelligent wild canid continue to evolve in an ever-changing landscape.
You have raised sheep in a region with abundant predators. How do you protect your livestock from predators and do you have any lessons you’d like to share with other New England ranchers?
The farm I bought had lost many sheep to coyotes. I wanted to see if I could change the culture of the pack to no longer recognize sheep as its primary source of food. The average lifespan of our coyotes is about 3-4 years so I dedicated myself to intensive hazing (using harmless scare tactics to encourage wariness of humans) and protection of my flock. I never left the sheep out at night; they lambed in the barn, and their waste was buried and limed. I only used 4’ livestock fencing with no electric, but I checked the fencing every day and my dogs marked the perimeter of our property. If I saw a coyote anywhere nearby, I would haze and chase them until they stopped looking back at me. While my chosen hazing techniques were initially labor-intensive, I haven’t lost a sheep in 20 years. Within 4 years, the coyote young and yearlings were preying on rodents and also deer and carrion (animal carcasses) in the winter.
You were involved in the 2016 effort to ensure that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s proposal to open a bobcat baiting, hounding and trapping season did not pass. Please tell us about this successful campaign and the coalition you co-founded as a result of it.
My writer friend John Harrigan and I had been talking about the problems with the Fish & Game Commission and we were fed up with having no voice in how wildlife was “managed” in the state. Essentially, non-consumptive users of wildlife are not well represented on the Commission. Our F&G is tasked with more than their dwindling budget can support so they had begun dipping into the General Fund to keep the Department going—which is basically “taxation (on the general public) without representation (on the Commission).” An earlier audit of the Department had recommended broadening the base of representation on the Commission which, they thought, would open “doors” for more money from the public.
Then came the bobcat debate. We worked with Voices of Wildlife to broadcast how the bobcat, with protection under the law, was beginning to make a comeback and how the F&G Commission, bowing under pressure from a few trappers, proposed opening a bobcat hunting season. It inflamed the public. A flurry of letters to the editor, op-eds, and calls and emails to the legislature by thousands of citizens in response to the possibility of a bobcat hunt seemed to shake the legislature and they shot the proposal down.
Buoyed by the public response, we wanted to push further for broadening decision-making responsibility on the Commission and finding sustainable funding for the Department so that the agency would no longer be beholden to trophy hunting and trapping groups. We founded the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition as a vehicle by which to accomplish this goal, and are working hard to that end.
Can you share a bit about the mission and priorities of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition and your efforts to reform state wildlife agency governance?
Go to www.nhwildlifecoalition.org to check out who we are and what we’re about. Our efforts to reform state wildlife governance got off to a great start when the bill we generated passed through the legislature. The bill was for a Governor’s Study Commission to examine the recommendations of an audit done on NH Fish & Game in 2008. The audit recommended broadening the base of the F&G Commission to include members of the general public so that funding from the public, now represented in wildlife decision-making, would be forthcoming.
The F&G Commission ignored the audit and our bill forced a reckoning with it. However, lawmakers changed the bill language to focus only on the financial aspect—how to get more dollars into the F&G budget. They stacked the Commission with hunters, and there was only one of us on the Commission pushing for a look at broadening public input.
If it didn’t hurt so much to do it, I would be laughing at the sham process of it all. We believe we were successful in protecting the bobcat because of the grassroots efforts of the citizenry; we don’t think there is a legislative solution here because of the entrenchment of our 400 representatives.
Vermont banned coyote killing contests in 2018, becoming the second state in the nation to do so. Do you think a similar ban is possible in New Hampshire and, if so, what are the necessary steps to get there?
I think it’s possible but would be a heavy lift in this “Live Free or Die” state. Coyotes are despised in New Hampshire, not just by the hunting group (although not all hunters hate them) but also by many citizens. There is substantial fear and misunderstanding surrounding the coyote—I blame NH Fish & Game for this. When you send out the message that coyotes “waste” deer and offer them for slaughter 365 days a year, people come to think of them as cockroaches with fur.
We face the same battles as Vermont, though, and the Coalition is beginning a grassroots effort to engage the public using Project Coyote’s documentary KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs (tentatively beginning this fall). We can use all the hands we can get! We are proposing a ban on killing contests involving all furbearers and birds and we plan to approach this from an ethical standpoint. It should be a no-brainer to disallow killing animals just for the fun of it.
Above – Chris speaking at Fox Forest Lecture Series, Henniker NH.
Do you see public attitudes changing on the East Coast with regard to predators and the concept of coexisting with them?
Yes. Now, let me remove my rose-colored glasses for a minute. I’ve been giving talks for 30 years and sometimes I wonder if we are any further along than we were back when I started. Actually, I would say the hill has become even steeper to climb. More people are growing chickens and other vulnerable stock and most folks don’t know how to protect them, or feel they don’t need to. The inevitable occurs and the coyote is always to blame. I’m so glad I have those 20 years of sheep farming to talk about.
On a brighter note, educators on every level are tuning into the important role of predators in natural ecosystems and more young kids “get it” than ever before. That’s encouraging. Also, after my talks there are always people who come up and tell me they’ve learned something and that they’ll spread the word. That keeps me going.
Above – Eastern Coyote (CC BY SA 3.0 Forest Wander)
Why did you decide to dedicate your time to Project Coyote?
I can’t quite remember how my relationship with Project Coyote started. Camilla has a great memory so she can fill us in on that! I know that she put me through some amazing interviews before she felt comfortable with me (I’m assuming she’s comfortable with me now!). During that process, I was struck by her seriousness, knowledge and commitment to change this situation for predators—how could I not be inspired to join her pack? Plus, knowing what I do now, I am honored to be among such imminent scientists and so many hard-working, dedicated, articulate and passionate people. The mission of Project Coyote has been my mission through my adult life. I only wish I had more time to give.
Mark — America’s bee crisis is getting worse.
Our nation’s beekeepers recently reported the largest recorded winter losses of pollinating honeybees ever — nearly 40 percent. Why are these once-thriving insects dying at some of the highest rates?
A catastrophic flood of highly toxic pesticides — neonicotinoids or “neonics” — pushed by Big Ag is a leading cause of this collapse. Studies show that neonics sicken and kill bees. Reckless use of these poisons threaten our food supply — and possibly even our health. We need to put a stop to it, and together we will.
NRDC is currently waging a courtroom battle against Trump’s EPA that aims to restrict the use of bee-killing neonic products that also threaten endangered species. But to save our pollinators, we need to stop bee-killing uses of neonics on all fronts — so we’re putting the pressure on the world’s largest manufacturer of these toxic chemicals, Bayer-Monsanto.
Mark, we’re amassing a groundswell of public pressure against Bayer-Monsanto and we need your voice to send a message to its CEO, Werner Baumann, that’s too loud to ignore. Sign our petition demanding they STOP selling bee killing neonic products!
Why is the decline of honeybees causing so much alarm? Well, the future of our food supply is at stake. In fact, 70 percent of the world’s major food crops rely on bees.
And the neonic pesticides made by Bayer-Monsanto are poisons designed to kill insects — and are so toxic that, even in minute doses, they weaken the immune and navigation systems of bees, as well as their stamina and memory, making them less likely to survive.
The European Union and Canada have already restricted use of these toxic chemicals, but Trump’s EPA has opened the floodgates for agrichemical giants like Bayer-Monsanto to make millions off this assault on our pollinators.
We’re taking on Trump’s EPA in court to restrict the use of bee-killing neonic products, but we need your powerful voice to send a loud message to Bayer-Monsanto: Stop selling these toxic bee-killing poisons.
Toxic neonic pesticides aren’t only harming bees — they could be harming us, too. Neonic residues are found in 86% of our honey, as well as on apples, cherries, strawberries, and can even be found in baby food. Federally-funded research suggests that exposure to neonics in the womb and by children could increase the risk of developmental defects, autism, heart deformations, memory loss, and muscle tremors.
But instead of protecting pollinators and our food supply, the Trump administration and his EPA are coddling big chemical companies and ignoring critical information about honeybee losses. The EPA approved continued use of these bee-killing neonic pesticides, which are already used on 190 million acres of crops, and the administration reversed bans on using neonics in all national wildlife refuges.
So while NRDC takes on Trump’s EPA and neonics in court, we need to also build public pressure on Bayer-Monsanto.
Thanks for taking on this agrichemical behemoth with us. Your voice is critical to our success.
President/Chief Counsel, NRDC
“Poultry meat is popular. And rightly so. Because in addition to enjoyable taste experiences, poultry meat provides many important nutrients that make it particularly valuable for a balanced diet, “said the German poultry industry.
Despite all the criticisms and scandals, the global meat market continues to grow. Particularly popular are the antibiotics-fed chicken. At the Oktoberfest in Munich alone 510,000 whole chickens are sold.
In Germany, more than 90 million chickens are kept for egg production a year, producing about 12 billion eggs. The animals are reared within 32 days, from hatching to slaughter, and then slaughtered in the chord. These are chickens that vegetate in tons of fecal matter, in stalls that are too narrow.
“Wiesenhof” wants to kill 240,000 chickens a day in his abattoir in Brandenburg alone.
“Meat is one of the most important drivers of growth in Europe,” says lobbyist and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, and he also funds this industry with millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Meat consumption should be even further boosted. The production of poultry meat is expected to increase above average until 2027. Despite all the scandals and criticism, the meat industry breeds and kills more chickens than ever!
German Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner also supports the agricultural lobby. Although a new animal welfare label was presented, but who should check the husbandry form?
Because it’s time, we already have Chinese standards in animal welfare!
If consumers knew how chickens are bred, they would never eat their meat again!
Crushed, kicked, and disposed of alive – in Germany live 99% of all broiler chickens in holdings with over 10,000 animals.
In Germany, 30 million chickens die each year before slaughter due to poor housing conditions.
Not only the animals suffer terrible torments, also the human being is affected. According to a recent report, the practices of intensive chicken production contribute to the increase in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria that are transmissible from animals to humans, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. coli.
For decades, factory owners have been pumping antibiotics into the animals to make up for inhuman and disease-causing conditions.
Now fight back bacteria. This is extremely worrying as the number of serious infections with E. coli is at record levels and increasing from year to year. E. coli is by far the most common cause of urinary tract infection and dangerous human blood poisoning, and it can also cause meningitis. These infections can be fatal if they do not respond to antibiotics.
Yet, for the ten-year period 2017-2027, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) forecast global meat production growth. Front-runner is 2027 poultry meat with a market share of 38 percent of total meat production !!
In Germany live about 94 million chickens for chicken production. In the short-mast, the chickens are already slaughtered after 28 to 30 days of life with about 1.5 kg body weight.
Groups of 10,000 or more animals are common in the individual fattening stables, often there are up to 40,000 animals in a fattening facility.
Often the animals, in despair, peck each other so hard that they bleed and sometimes even kill each other. The immense density makes the life of animals a torture.
In most cases, the animals have no access to fresh air, because the haunted by overwhelming ammonia stench halls are fully automated and vented.
Due to poor husbandry conditions, the mortality rate of chickens is particularly high.
There is little or no veterinary help.
Workers clean the halls of dead animals every day.
To keep the chickens moving as little as possible, they are mostly kept in dim light.
At the slaughterhouse
The transport to the slaughterhouse begins with kicks and punches of the catcher squads. Animals are grabbed by the legs and thrown into the pits. Very often break wings or legs.
With each slaughter, and according to the German animal protection law applies: Animals may never be killed without previous and appropriate stunning.
In poultry, especially in electrical stunning methods, the required fixation of the poultry may be relevant to animal welfare because, especially when hanging heavier animals in the area of the stand, a high pressure is usually built up.
In electric water bath stunning systems, however, the current flows in parallel through the animals simultaneously. In this arrangement, due to different resistances of the animals flows also different current through in the animals, and therefore, some animals show signs of poor anesthesia.
Several scientists point out that malnutrition in the slaughter of chickens routinely occur and cause the animals to suffer unimaginably.
The affected animals are then – hanging upside down on hooks – consciously slashed the throat with a knife.
However, some of the animals manage to avoid the throat-cutting by panicking. They are then usually the complete head separated – also without anesthesia.
My comment: And the following undercover investigation (video) of the SOKO Animal Welfare Association will undo the illusions of those who believe in the fairy tale of organic animal husbandry, buy this chicken meat with a clear conscience, and pay extra like idiots for animal cruelty from organic farms! !!
In Germany, 50 million male chicks are gassed annually just because they have the wrong sex. Even so, the undercover investigation proves that many thousands of female animals are also cruelly disposed of, simply because too many of them were produced, although that is forbidden.
When it comes to cutting costs and maximizing profits, the meat mafia knows no laws and no rules.
For the Dachau of the animals is the meat mafia, but especially their helpers, the meat consumers, guilty.
My best regards to all, Venus
Today I read the following message on news portal t-online: Tragic accident in Italy: man shoots his own father in boar hunting!!
Fatal accident in Italy: In the hunt for a wild boar, a 34-year-old accidentally shot his father in the stomach. The man died at the scene of the accident.
A son in Italy shot his father hunting wild boar. The 34-year-old man is accused of negligent homicide, reported Italian news agencies, citing the investigative authorities. The two men were on the weekend in southern Sicignano degli Alburni at Salerno on the hunt.
The 55-year-old father was in the line of fire of his son. The son confused his father, who had rustled in bushes, with a wild boar. The shot had hit the father in the stomach, the man had died on the spot. Both were said to have been traveling in an area where the hunt is actually prohibited, it said in the reports.
Again and again it comes in Italy to fatal accidents in the hunt. The Animal Welfare Officer and former Tourism Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla called for an “end to the Wild West in the woods and in the fields”.
And I mean…Of course, any accident involving human victims in hunting is called a tragedy.
And if the hunter had shot the boar?
And if the animal also had a family, a mother, or a fatter, or children?
That would not be a tragedy, that would be hunting!
Such messages are always portrayed in such a way that a philanthropic pity should arise. Automatically.
And those who do not feel pity for these murderers, when they fall victim to it themselves and out of their own guilt, are degraded to being a misanthrope.
The moral education of our society forbids a just moral analogy between human and animal species.
Alone the wording of the message: “tragedy in Italy” is already propaganda against animals.
My best regards to all, Venus