Month: November 2019

UK General Election 12/12/19.We Are Not Happy With the Policy of Some Regarding Live Animal Transport.

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The UK has a General Election on 12/12/19. Some political parties are moving in the direction of bettering animal welfare policies; others ‘talk the talk’ about the issue, but in fact are just making it something for the Manifesto in an attempt to lure additional votes.

The ‘Liberal Democrat’ Party Manifesto; which outlines their policies if elected to government; mentions nothing about banning the live transport of animals; in fact, as they are pro remain for the EU, they are basically doing what the EU wishes; which is for them to keep quiet on the issue, and allow the abusive trade to continue.

So, especially regarding the incident in Romania last weekend; it was time for us to let the Liberal Democrats know what we felt about their attitude to animal welfare. Mark penned the following to them, in advance of the election on 12th December.

No party has all the perfect policies for improving animal welfare, and some promise just about everything with the knowledge that they will never be elected into government anyway – so with that in mind we guess they can promise that everything changes !

UK voters will naturally vote with their own feelings and intentions about what can be dome.

Here is a copy of Mark’s letter to the Liberal Democrats, giving them our opinion of their approach to animal welfare:

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Dear all;

            Maybe it is best to start with a video (second link below) which you can see from the website run by Venus and myself: it reflects actual footage of the 14,600 EU sheep which drowned ibn Romania last weekend thanks to EU policies of lack of controls.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/25/mass-grave-in-the-black-sea/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/26/breaking-romanian-government-calls-off-rescue-efforts-to-save-sheep-still-alive-inside-export-ship-despite-claims-that-sounds-can-still-be-heard/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/26/romania-more-footage/

 

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We have a General Election in the UK in just a few weeks. With regard Europe; your very favourite subject, which Jo Swinson continually bleats on about all the time, I note in your Election Manifesto that there is nothing at all about your party calling for an end to live animal transport within the UK, or even Europe.

Strange, coming from a political party which claims to be pro animal welfare and so pro EU. EU citizens have made it more than clear that they want a ban on live animal transport; and recently they signed a petition which gained well over 1 Million signatures calling for an 8 hour maximum journey time. The Conservatives listened to what people asked, EU Parliament representatives in Brussels supported this to a degree, but the all mighty, non elected Commissioners said ‘No’, and so ‘no’ it remained. So one has to ask; what is the point of MEP’s when they do not get laws enforced in Europe or hold the EU Commissions to do what the people ask ?; instead we witness an EU which is solely run by huge lobbyists in the meat mafia industry, and others such as Bayer / Monsanto. Unfortunately, the words ‘animal welfare’ are just weasel words put out to pretend that the caring Europe is doing things – when in reality, it does virtually nothing.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/25/syrian-crew-registered-in-the-pacific-a-rust-bucket-vessel-40-years-old-ignorant-romania-useless-eu-it-all-adds-up-to-a-cheap-and-nasty-live-export-business-as-we-have-said-for-decades/

Despite all the terrible practices given in the above link, thanks to the EU, we continue to see rust bucket vessels, crewed only by the cheapest labour the exporters can get, crewing vessels registered in the far outposts of the planet, allegedly complying with standards defined in EU Regulation 1/2005 which allegedly gives ‘protection’ to animals being transported within Europe. Nobody is asking why ships are crewed by Syrians (not really known for their welfare concerns), why they are registered in islands dotted in the Pacific, or why they continue to operate after 40 years, when they should have been sent to the scrapyard years ago !

Ask the 14,600 sheep (yes, Fourteen thousand six hundred) animals which drowned last weekend off Midia port, Romania (yes, an EU member state of yours Ms Swinson) if the EU gave a toss about their ‘welfare’ ? – if they could speak before their deaths, I think the response would be a resounding ‘NO’. The vessel was overloaded, and nobody in authority gave a shit.

The EU (as a hole) is an almighty joke, the MEP’s who allegedly ‘represent’ us have about as much effect with the Commissions as a chocolate fireman; the result is, nothing ever changes. We go on and on; with highly paid EU legislators trying to invent words and PR’s which make it seem as if progress is being made. Take it from us, there is no progress at the EU when it comes to animal welfare; animals are still crammed into intensive cage systems, migratory birds are still blown out of the sky in Malta and Cyprus as they make their wonderful natural air voyages to places of sanctuary such as here in the UK, and stray dogs and cats continue to reproduce, and be killed by authorities who regard them as pests, because the EU comes up with no legislation to force member states to sterilise rather than kill. Instead we witness highly paid MEP’s sit at their regular coffee mornings, sometimes turn up at the Parliament to vote for legislation which is never implemented, such as I say above, with the maximum 8 hour journey limit being prime example.

And we are supposed to put our trust in you ? – So, now, General Election time in the UK. Given the utter rubbish which is the EU and the people who are voted in by the national electorates to hopefully get changes done, we, in our organisation have no choice but to inform people NOT to support the Liberal Democrats. Your manifesto pledges for animal welfare are a joke, (you say nothing about live animal transport) and if your UK pledges are anything like the ‘progress’ made for animal welfare within the EU, the EU which you continually praise and go on about, then we can all sleep safe knowing that the Liberal Democrats will in reality ‘do nothing’, not giving a toss about the welfare of animals either in the UK or in the EU. This ‘no progress’ policy is reflected in the productive strides made for better animal transport within the EU, which amounts to nothing ! – if pigs could fly !

This letter will be reproduced on our site, giving worldwide (and UK) visitors and voters our views on what the Liberal Democrats intend do for ‘animal welfare’. People can read our views and then as always in elections, make their choices. I think we can safely say that animal welfare is not on your list of priorities; where as revoking Article 50 to stay in the useless club is.

Ms Swinson wants to remain in the EU, but at least the Conservatives will set a precedent within Europe and ban live animal transport from the UK. They have spoken about it and animal welfare in general; even outside No 10 when Boris was elected and doing his speech. What do we ever hear from Lib Dems ? – EU, EU and more EU.

For us at WAV, that is 14,600 (now drowned) reasons to support another political party rather than the Liberal Democrats. We want action and we want it now; not just weasel words from politicians that may as well go directly into the rubbish bin.

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Dutch MEP Anja Hazenkamp appears to be the only MEP who really has the guts to get up and get away from Brussels and actually visit the places (such as Midia, Romania) to support animal transport issues. Ports such as Midia where live animals are exported from simply as by product financial gifts for exporters which the EU does nothing about regarding monitoring what goes on; for this she (Anja) earns our utmost respect, unlike all the others from Brussels who only ‘talk the talk’ but do little in reality. https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/04/thanks-to-anja-hazenkamp/

 

Yours

Mark Johnson

Co Founder – ‘World Animals Voice’ – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/

Kent, England.

Making Animals Matter

 

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Germany: how the hunters murder foxes

 

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Every 6 seconds in Germany, a wild animal is killed by a hunter.

 

As a hobby and murder lust, hunters kill up to half a million foxes each year in the most cruel way – many of the animals are “only” shot or literally crushed and mutilated in traps.

Foxes serve the hunters as a living target; There is no reason for the massive hunting of the predators, neither from a biological point of view nor from a health point of view. Most politicians in Germany are themselves hunters and the closest lobby of these psychopaths who call themselves “hunters”.
For this reason, the senseless and brutal killing of wild animals continues massively.

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Of course, one does not speak in public of shooting fun or bloodlust, no! one hears about the protection of the small game, the fight against rabies, the fox tapeworm or the mange … Yes! hunters want us to be thankful for them, because they are ahead of us protect the unruly danger emanating from the deep, gloomy forest, because they – of course always for us – allegedly keep the overall ecological balance within limits!!

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One thing must be clear: The contribution of hunting to the protection of species in Germany is negative: The stocks of pheasants, partridges, hares or lap-hens go back continuously, although year after year almost half a million foxes are killed. The upcoming winter hunt for the fox is accompanied by considerable animal cruelty.

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Despite intensive adjustments, the number of foxes in Germany has remained largely constant for over 20 years. Due to the high harvest losses year after year, the reproduction also remains at a high level. In heavily hunted areas, females give birth to three to four times as many puppies as in non-hunted areas.

Where not hunted, the strong social fabric among the red foxes ensures a natural birth restriction. In the canton of Geneva, fox hunting has been prohibited for over 40 years and in Luxembourg since 2015 as well. In both countries, there is no evidence of an increase in fox population. So it is also in most German national parks, in which Fuchs & Co. are not hunted.

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Winter is the mating season of foxes. During this time, they are careless and easier to spot for the hunter because of the snow cover in many areas. Therefore, during the full moon weeks in January and February, so-called “fox weeks” are proclaimed all over the country.
During a defined period as many hunters as possible should kill the fox. As a result, the psychopaths  enjoy each of several dozen dead foxes.

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The hunting during the mating season of foxes is a criminal animal cruelty. In January and February, many vixen are already pregnant. If they do not die in a hail of bullets themselves, then are the fathers of their future puppies the victms. The fox boys, however, are needed as providers for the young family. If they fail, the survival probability of their kittens drops dramatically.

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To train dogs to fox hunt, the hunters in Germany developed some criminal (and illegal) methods.
For example: the sealing system!

What is a sealing system?
Hidden from the public, of course, the hunter trains his dogs to track foxes in their burrows and either “blow them out”, ie to drive them to the hunter in front of the gun, or to “strangle” them in the construction.
The dogs  are trained on live foxes, which are caught for this purpose and caged in cages. The hunters thus violate the Animal Welfare Act §3, paragraph 7.

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Young foxes are preferred. They are still relatively inexperienced, relatively easy to catch in life traps and are not such a big threat to the dogs when fighting.
The hunter does not care about them. The foxes are locked up and get some food thrown into the cage so they do not starve.

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Normally, neighbors or walkers observe that the foxes weep miserably and try to escape to freedom and run back and forth in the cages. No construction, no hiding place or protection.
Nothing!!
Only the bare ground and the grid in the eye, which denies access to visible freedom.

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Layout and function.

The dogs should learn to be able to hunt through the corridors of the Burrow behind the foxes. For this purpose, an artificial structure with several aisles of concrete tubes or plates is built, which meet again and again in different places and converge. About slider, lid and grid, the hunter decides how far the fox can escape and whether the dog should reach him or not.
A fox is driven into the tube. The dog behind. In contrast to the real fox, the fox does not know about these courses. Besides, he does not know which courses are blocked and which are not.
Hastened by the dog, the fox tries to flee and logically flees in the direction the hunter forces him to by shutting off the corridors.

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At first, the hunter usually takes care that the dog can not reach the fox. But that does not change the stress the fox is exposed to. In fear of death, he tries to escape. Not infrequently he suffers from a heart attack or shock.

But what does that matter? Then he is killed or the dog may kill him for “reward”.

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In the further hunting dog training a direct confrontation between dog and fox is wanted, whereby the hunter looks after his dog.
If the dog has caught the fox safely, the hunter watches in amusement as the fox is mauled by the dog.
Should the fox succeed in fending off the dog, or is there even a risk of injury to the dog, the hunter naturally helps his dog to kill the fox.

As of the fall, sealing systems are usually taken out of service.

In winter, no hunter feels like training dogs. Foxes that are still in the plant are killed by the hunter or have to give their life to the last dog of the season.
No fox leaves a hammock alive!

A section from the book of hunter and psychoanalyst Paul Parin, that tells us very honestly and very professionally about the sick sadism of these psychopaths:

“Hunting opens an avenue that can lead either to crimes including even homicide or to sexual lust” – this quotation is not from some animal-rights activist, but from a hunter himself: Paul Parin, prestigious neurologist, author and oft lauded psychoanalyst, and honorary doctor of the Klagenfurt University, Germany.

We non-hunters cannot judge if this statement is true or not.

In any case, Parin writes in his book “The Passion Of The Hunter” about his passionate fervour, the fever of the hunt, following:

“Since my first hunting adventures I am convinced: hunting opens an avenue that can lead either to crimes including even homicide or to sexual lust, no matter when and where it takes place… Hunting cannot be up for grabs without pre-meditated killing.

Passionate hunters want to kill.

Hunting without murdering would be an expression that would annul itself… For it is all about passion, greed, lust – a fever actually – […], sex and crime, lust and crime, death and sexual murder.”
(Parin, Paul: “Die Leidenschaft des Jägers” – “The Passion Of The Hunter”, 2003).

Yes! It is only a minority in the German population of 0.45%, which (due to their perverse pleasure) the murder on defenseless animals in the forest (still) operates.

If one can be enthusiastic about murdering innocent and utterly defenseless animals in such a way, one is no more than a miserable asshole, and does not deserve something like own human rights in any way.

It`s time to hunt the Hunters

My best regards to all, Venus

“we will leave this ship only when every living animal is outside”!

 

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Animal rescue from the capsized ship – still living sheep on board 🚢❗️

Tirelessly, our ARCA Letea Wild Horses team worked with Romanian firefighters until late at night to look for survivors. Knowing that there are still conscious animals aboard drives us against all fatigue and exhaustion back to the partially flooded aisles of the freighter.

We have no time to reflect on the incredible sight that this ship, laden with the corpses of thousands of animal carcasses, represents.

Every time we almost give up hope, the leg of a sheep suddenly flinches in front of us. From nowhere, we hear again and again a soft “Mäh”, which steers us in the direction of a breathing animal.

Together we pull the terrified animals out of the mass grave to the light of day.

According to the code of honor of a captain, we will leave this ship only when every living animal is outside!

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And we mean…Many thanks to the strong and brave activists!

That would be a useful task for the many employees of the Eurogroup, looking for survivors.

In contrast to us, who are supposed to earn their own money with a job, the people of the Eurogroup have a lot of free time and can finally make themselves useful.

My best regards to all, Venus

Turtle Island Restoration Newsletter – November Newsletter.

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Website – https://seaturtles.org/ 

 

November Newsletter

As 2019 comes to end, we at Turtle Island Restoration Network hope you know how much we appreciate your support. We are a small organization, so it’s only with people like you by our side that we are able to leverage and amplify our voice — to make those in power listen and take action. When you sign an action alert or make a donation, you are taking a critical step to protect our planet and all the animals and others who depend on healthy ecosystems to survive. We can’t do it without you!

VICTORY! Council Votes Against Opening New Longline Fishery off California

We won! Because of you, the agency responsible for proposing fishery regulations in U.S. waters voted to NOT open a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. This is a big win for our oceans and all marine wildlife, and it was not possible without your support! Turtle Island Restoration Network attended the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California — where your government considered opening a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. We stood proudly with environmental activists, eco-tourists, recreational fishermen, divers, surfers, animal lovers, ocean enthusiasts, and more to demand the council say NO to opening up this deadly fishing practice off California.

 

First Cold-Stunned Turtles of the Season Rescued

Our team in the Gulf of Mexico saw the first cold stunned sea turtles of the season mid-November. When the water temperature drops drastically and rapidly, juvenile green sea turtles that have been foraging in the bays cannot find their way out to warmer water. As cold blooded reptiles, they rely on the surrounding temperatures to maintain their body temperature and will act very lethargic when too cold. They might be found floating or washed up on shore and are susceptible to boat strikes, predation, pneumonia and death. If you find any along the coast, please call your local animal rescue hotline for instructions. Thank you Justin Williams for assisting and sending in photos!

 

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Groups Renew Push for Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Galveston Chapter of Surfrider Foundation unveiled new signs in November that showcase the Bring the Bag campaign and remind customers to bring their reusable bags when grocery shopping to reduce single-use plastic bags in the environment. The program aims to eliminate waste from single-use plastic bags in Galveston, despite a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court in 2018 that declared it a violation of state law for local governments to impose bans on plastic bags. We’re hoping to install the signs in other places around Galveston Island to prevent a source of single-use plastic from entering our ocean.

 

Ask Congress to do the RIGHT Thing for Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialisare) are dangerously close to extinction. There are less than 400 individuals remaining on earth, and only 95 are reproductively active females. In order to prevent extinction we must work to recover these numbers and halt any actions that lead to right whale mortality. Right now, the U.S. Senate has the opportunity to prevent extinction by supporting bipartisan legislation that seeks to target and alleviate the main threats to right whales—entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes—before it’s too late. Ask your Senators to vote in favor of SAVE Right Whales Act.

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Shop to Support: A New Way to Help Save Species

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our online store! Shark shirts, turtle hats, and many other delightful items are available now for purchase on our website. All proceeds will directly support our species-saving campaigns around the globe. As lovers of nature, we believe it’s vital to consider the environmental quality and impact of the products we buy, which is why every item in the store was carefully selected to adhere to our own eco-conscious standards. Make it a green holiday season and give the gift of our planet’s future!

 

Second Ghost Town Transformed to Salmon Habitat

In October, our California-based initiative that is dedicated to protecting endangered coho salmon completed the second phase of our floodplain and riparian restoration project at the ghost town of Jewell in Northern California. The project is re-creating floodplain wetlands along Lagunitas Creek to help recover key populations of endangered Central California Coast coho salmon and other threatened species.

Why are tragedies happening in the sea?

 

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Eurogroup has posted a desperate message on its home:

“This is the second time this year that the Romanian government has been under the spotlight in exporting live sheep under critical conditions, and we urge the EU Commission to launch infringement procedures against the tragedies of the Member States (…)”

(…) Romania’s main livestock breeder and exporter association, ACEBOP, has called for an urgent investigation into the overturning of Queen Hind. “Our association is shocked by the disaster,” ACEBOP president Mary Pana told AFP news agency.
“If we cannot protect livestock during long distance transports, we should outright ban them.(…)”

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/tragedy-at-midia-brings-renewed-calls-for-infringement-proceedings-against-romania

 

We have undestand : Eurogroup demands the EU to ban animal transport.
From Brussels.
How do they want to explain that to 14.000 drowned animals?

Since we live under EU and its servants, we read desperate articles from Eurogroup when such tragedies happen. Or more precisely; after the tragedies happen!

And then Eurogroup  is shocked. Everyone is shocked after a tragedy.
The Romania’s main livestock breeder and exporter association, ACEBOP, is also schocked for the tragedy. With 65,000 employees in the fields of agriculture, livestock, and food industry, such tragedies are certainly unknown for PRO AGRO!!

The politicians are also desperate, especially Andriukaitis who has already proved his powerlessness in the case “70,000 sheep in Midia”, July 2019.
Let’s stay here: at that time we only saw one person from the European Parliament, Anja Hatzenkamp in Midia, the only one who protested locally against it; Eurogroup was definitely on holiday.

Every month a tragedy with animals, trucks overturn, slaughterhouses burn, ships sink, thousands of animals drown … Everyone regrets each other, so let’s continue to regret half a century until the sea is full of flooding corpses?

How do we want to do it?
It does not work with Eurogroup, it does not work with the EU, not with the corrupt politicians who are the best lobbies of transport mafia, so we have to come up with something different.

Or do we just collect information, do we make an archive of tragedies and do we stop there?

Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals has an idea. “It is high time the Commission intervened, both by tackling maladministration by Romania and, for the longer term, puts forward a concrete strategy to replace live transport with a meat and carcasses only trade”. 

So … the EU should do it again?
Has not the experience taught us that the EU politicians are the ones who have never done anything against animal suffering?
Is it serious, fellow Hameleerser, that they should regulate it again?
No! It is getting dumb, it does not work that way!

A demo against Romania and animal transports to the European Parliament, in Brussels, that would be an effective animal rights activism. Letters and mails to the European Commission, war against the EU by all media!
And organized by the Eurogroupe.

In Germany, the SOKO organization under the chairman Friedrich Mülln has achieved that the LPT laboratory in Hamburg and other three too will be closed.
The prosecution has issued a search warrant against ALL three laboratories, police and veterinary officials support the action, documents are confiscated.

How did Freidrich Mülln that succeed ?
With demos from over 15,000 people, letters, petitions, media reports, interviews …
And he does not get his pay from EU citizens, like Eurogroup.

Get up and go on the street, we will support you because we ALL owe it to the victims. Or, more effectively would be, if the Eurogroup goes to Midia to protest in advance so that no tragedy will happen.

Otherwise it does not work!

From Brussels and with a fat salary to maintain only the homepage, so far not a single animal has been saved .

My best regards to all, Venus

 

in rememberance

In remembrance of the innocent who suffer under the greed of humankind.

Breaking – Romanian Government Calls Off Rescue Efforts to Save Sheep Still Alive Inside Export Ship, Despite Claims That Sounds Can Still Be Heard.

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BREAKING: The Romanian government has called off the rescue efforts to save over 14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized live export ship — despite claims that sounds can be heard indicating that animals are still alive.

 

The EU today – Shit Member States – Romania !!

 

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Mr Could Not Give a Toss – The ‘animal welfare’ ignorant Romania Minister Petre Deae

 

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In remembrance of the innocent who suffer under the greed of humankind.

Australia: A Message From Lyn White (Animals Australia) Re the Incident Off Romania – Over 14,000 Sheep Drown.

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https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/25/mass-grave-in-the-black-sea/ 

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Dear Mark,

You may have already heard the tragic news of a live export ship capsizing off the coast of Romania, with over 14,000 sheep on board.

I wanted to get in touch to let you know that our international team are currently on the ground coordinating the media coverage that is forcing the government to ‘pull out all stops’ to rescue any surviving sheep that remain trapped in the hull.

We will do all that we can to help those who have survived over the coming days and ensure that this tragic incident fuels our efforts in Romania to bring their live trade to an end. As the biggest exporter of sheep out of the European Union, we have been working on the ground to end their trade for the last 3 years, and have achieved a number of major media exposés to date. This latest tragedy will highlight yet again, why the trade must not continue.

 

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The ‘animal welfare’ ignorant Romania Minister Petre Deae

The risks and suffering that animals face when they’re seen as merely ‘cargo’, rather than the living, breathing individuals they are, has never been more evident than it is now. For an industry who see these animals as nothing more than ‘profit’, tragedies like this are merely business losses.

But to you and I, they are the reason that we must continue to work to end the trade globally. Because we know that no matter where animals come from, all share the same capacity to suffer — and deserve the same compassion. Whether they come from Australia, Romania, South Africa, or anywhere in-between, we will continue our work to shield all animals from live export cruelty — until the day that live export ends.

I know that your compassion for these animals makes seeing them suffer painful beyond words. But please know, when you see these tragic events unfold, that you are the reason they will become a thing of the past. It’s only because of your support that this industry will continue to be challenged and decision makers compelled to end it, for good.

Our work to protect all animal victims of the international live export trade will continue in Romania and beyond, and the day when animals are no longer subjected to the horrors of live export, will inevitably come — because of you.

Thank you as always, for helping us get there sooner.

Lyn

P.S. This urgent situation is unfolding as we speak — we’ll keep you updated.

Lyn White AM
Animals Australia

 

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The ‘do nothing no prosecutions’ EU Commissioner Andriukaitis

 

in rememberance

In remembrance of the innocent who suffer under the greed of humankind.

Fire in Australia: a huge crematorium for Coalas

 

Koalas ‘functionally extinct’ after Australia bushfires destroy 80% of their habitat!

 

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Toni Doherty, the woman who rescued a badly burnt and wailing koala from an Australian bushfire was reunited with the koala now known as Lewis on Wednesday (November 20) at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

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Doherty told local broadcaster Network Nine that it was ‘just natural instinct‘ for her to rush to Lewis’ aid, wrapping the animal in her shirt and a blanket and pouring water over it.

At the hospital, Clinical director Cheyne Flanagan said he was badly burnt but was on fluids, oxygen, eating and enjoying the five-star service.

The koala populations around Port Macquarie have been a major victim of the flames, with more than 350 of the marsupials feared killed in a major habitat.

As Australia experiences record-breaking drought and bushfires, koala populations have dwindled along with their habitat, leaving them “functionally extinct.”

The chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation, Deborah Tabart, estimates that over 1,000 koalas have been killed from the fires and that 80 percent of their habitat has been destroyed.

“Koala Conservation Australia” President Sue Ashton told the “Sydney Morning Herald” on Monday: “We think most of the animals are burned – it’s a huge cremation, like in a crematorium. They burn sitting in the trees. “

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However, some researchers call into question whether koalas are actually functionally extinct, noting how difficult it is to measure total koala populations and populations could be a much larger than estimated by the AKF.

Recent bushfires, along with prolonged drought and deforestation has led to koalas becoming “functionally extinct” according to experts.

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Functional extinction is when a population becomes so limited that they no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem and the population becomes no longer viable. While some individuals could produce, the limited number of koalas makes the long-term viability of the species unlikely and highly susceptible to disease.

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Deforestation and bushfires destroy the main nutrient source of koalas, the eucalyptus tree. An adult koala will eat up to 2 pounds of eucalyptus leaves per day as its main staple of nutrients. While eucalyptus plants will grow back after a fire, it will take months, leaving no suitable food source for koalas and starvation a likely scenario for many.

Many are urging the Australian government to enact the Koala Protection Act, written in 2016 but never passed into law and molded after the Bald Eagle Protection Act in the U.S. The Koala Protection Act would work to protect habitats and trees vital to koalas as well as protect koalas from hunting.

Recent viral videos of Australians rescuing koalas has led to increased donation to support hospitalization and help for burned koalas.

To draw attention to these threats, theAustralian Koala Foundation” calls for the “Save the Koala” month each September.
The aim should be to raise people’s awareness of the issue and to persuade them to do something about the destruction of plant and animal life.

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The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital setup a Go Fund Me page seeking donations to help the hospital treat injured koalas. To date, they have raised $1.33 million, well over their $25,000 goal. This comes from over 30,000 donors.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/11/23/koalas-functionally-extinct-after-australia-bushfires-destroy-80-of-their-habitat/#51cdaca27bad

 

My comment: The fire department had already warned in April.
Twenty-three former fire chiefs and chiefs of action published a letter cautioning the government against “increasingly catastrophic extreme weather events.”

They demanded a meeting that was rejected by the government.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack even outrageously went so far as to dismiss climate change completely as a web of “crazy, inner-city leftists.”
“We have always had a fire in Australia,” he told media representatives.

Australia is known for its lack of environmental protection. Time and again, the government is being asked to do something about environmental protection, especially since Australia is suffering the most from the effects of climate change.

Australia has over 160 million sheep and 24 million cattle – so it does not take much imagination to understand what these millions of animals can do to the fragile ecosystem of dry soil.
Anyone who has ever traveled through Australia has seen it with their own eyes.

The agricultural lobby is also very strong in Australia, as the first pillar of Australian agriculture is sheep farming, followed by cattle breeding.
Industrial agriculture needs a lot of water, so large dams are built to drain the rivers in Queensland.
They not only pump water from the rivers, they also pollute it with their pesticides and other chemicals.

What if the last water reserves are running out, the rivers are dehydrated or so polluted that any life is impossible ?
Nowhere is it more evident than in Australia.
The earth is burning and we are the culprits.

My best regards to all, Venus