Month: November 2019

In the Spotlight – Ukraine – Animal Welfare Sites and News.



Here we are looking a little more into animal welfare in the Ukraine.


We give a very brief summary with associated links for more.


For the past 20 years, Naturewatch Foundation has been actively running projects in Ukraine, working with animal protection NGOs and municipalities to implement humane and sustainable stray dog population management schemes, following the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE).

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Amid the political turbulence in Ukraine, some people are dedicating their lives to the wellbeing of dogs, cats, birds, bears and other animals in the country. Photographer Thomas Machowicz has been documenting the work of the Kiev Animal Rescue Group (Karg), which provides emergency services for injured animals.

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Shelter Ugolyok: Animal Rescue and Farm Sanctuary, Ukraine

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Animal welfare standards in Ukraine

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Kyiv Society for the Protection of Animals

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Society and animal welfare – Ukraine

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EU imposes hen welfare standards on egg imports for first time

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Global Animal Law

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European Bank EBRD workshop on animal welfare

  • 07-Nov-2019
  • Kyiv, Ukraine

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Ukraine proposes bill to ban fur farming

UKRAINE – On February 7, 36 Members of Parliament introduced a bill to ban fur farming in Ukraine. The bill is initiated by MP Andriy Pomazanov with support of Fur Free Alliance member organisation Unique Planet.

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Animal Cruelty Index

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Ukraine closes its last Fois Gras farm

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Be A Voice to Get Sanctuary for Surviving Romanian Sheep From Capsized Live Export Ship – Petition.



14,000 sheep drowned or were crushed to death on a capsized live export ship.

254 have been found alive, and we think lifelong sanctuary is the least they deserve afer all they’ve been through. Do you agree?



SIGN here: #BanLiveExport



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Greece: Take More Action to Help Suffering Donkeys and Mules in the Tourism Industry.



Action Alert



Hi Mark,

A while back, you sent an e-mail to the Greek minister of tourism and the mayor of Santorini urging them to end cruel animal rides on the island.

In the wake of a new investigation showing that exhausted donkeys and mules are still being forced to carry tourists around on Santorini, I need your help once again.

This time, will you sign our petition to the Greek minister for agricultural development and food asking him to ban these cruel rides?

Sign the Petition

All day long, the animals are forced to transport tourists up more than 500 steep, slippery steps to the old town of Firá. They aren’t given access to water or food during their long working day.

When they’re not on the move, they’re tied tightly to a wall or rail in the blistering sun, unable to move enough even to shoo away bothersome flies.

Ill-fitting saddles chafe their sensitive skin. Most animals have skin issues such as raw spots or open, bloody wounds on their abdomens, at the base of their tails, or on their faces.

After we launched this campaign in September 2018, the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food banned any person weighing over 100 kilograms (a little under 16 stone) from riding the animals. But this new investigation shows that this law is neither observed nor enforced, as tourists of all weights are still being permitted to take rides.

Please sign our petition asking the minister for agricultural development and food to ban cruel donkey and mule rides on Santorini immediately.



Sign the Petition



Thanks for helping once again.


Priya S


Small Changes ? – and Your Input Always Welcome.

Being involved with animal welfare / rights is not usually much of a happy place to be for many of us. As you can tell from the numerous articles on this site, there is very little in the way of positive news. Sadly, bad, sad unhappy news is often all we can give.

I have been in contact with Venus as always, and as from today, tomorrow ? – I am going to try and make posts a little more positive. I cant turn bad news into good, positive news; if only !, but I am going to try a slightly different approach with you, our friends and fellow animal activists, to see if we can sometimes make things in each post a little better.

It may be music, the odd bad joke, or a cartoon which I (we) hope will bring a smile to your face sometimes. We need something different sometimes, because all this continual bad stuff is not good for us, believe me; been there and worn the T shirt.

Changes will not be big, but some may be slightly different, interspersed amongst various posts. I am going to try it and see if we all feel any better with that approach.

Your feedback, which is always happily received, is always welcome – please use the reply links with any post to tell us; good or bad. This is your site as well as ours, and we welcome comments and views; plus any links you may wish to include.  The odd bit of music or the odd joke does not mean that we do not care as much; we are here for one reason only; as the site says, to be a  World Animals Voice.  Nothing changes there.

Comment please and be part of the team.

For the animals

Regards Mark.



Romania: Campaigners call for (now 250) sheep saved from capsized ship to be put out to pasture.



Campaigners call for sheep saved from capsized ship to be put out to pasture

‘They survived all this, they deserve a nice old age,’ says head of rescue team

More of the rescued sheep reach shore

A comfortable retirement to an all-you-can-eat grassy field seems the least that the 250 surviving sheep from the Queen Hind disaster in the Black Sea deserve. But there is still some debate over their fate, according to animal campaign groups working in Romania.

More than 14,600 sheep were on the ship, heading to Saudi Arabia on a busy animal export route, when it overturned coming out of the harbour on Sunday afternoon. All of the crew got away safely, but most of the animals are now believed to be dead.

Rescue teams, made up of animal groups and Romanian vets and police, are still working in the ship, cutting holes through the walls to reach inaccessible sections. But conditions are getting worse and the chances of finding any surviving animals are diminishing.

“You have to climb along the dark corridors, wade through the water and clamber over the sheep bodies while you search,” says Kuki Bărbuceanu of the Animal Rescue and Care charity and the Four Paws animal welfare organisation. Bărbuceanu is a veteran disaster relief operator who specialises in animal rescue.

“And then you have to get back out, but this time you are carrying a 50–60kg sheep. It is pretty exhausting work.” The smell is getting worse, and although some crew are wearing gas masks, Bărbuceanu says that interferes with the hard physical labour of carrying out sheep.

He has been working on the ship since Tuesday, when he and his crew reached the harbour. Alongside them have been vets from the veterinarian authority ANSVSA, and Romanian emergency workers. As of Thursday afternoon, 250 sheep had been rescued from the ship.

However, the ultimate fate of the surviving sheep is still in question. They are currently in quarantine and being looked after by the export company, Maria Trading. There have been some anxieties expressed by activists that the Saudi import company that bought them will reclaim them, and that they will be put on the next export ship.

Campaign groups are seeking to take the animals and find them sanctuaries where they can munch away to a peaceful old age. A statement from Maria Trading to the Guardian confirmed that they are giving food and shelter to the rescued animals and added: “The Romanian veterinary health authority is the only concerned party which will decide when and where the rescued animals will be transferred.”


Requests for comment to the veterinary authorities have not yet been returned.

“It’s what they deserve,” says Bărbuceanu. “They survived all this, they deserve a nice old age.”

Legislation currently going through the Romanian parliament would tighten regulations around the country’s live export trade, which has grown fivefold since 2000. Romania is one of the main routes out of Europe into the Middle East.

The live export trade continues to grow both inside and out of Europe, despite continued public opposition. European live animal exports rose from a value of $1bn (£800m) in 2000 to $3.3bn in 2018.

Meanwhile, MEPs in the European parliament have agreed to debate the live export trade in December, Dutch MEP Anja Hazecamp (pictured below) told the Guardian.


“There has been a lot of talk so far, but not enough action,” said Gabriel Paun of Animals International.