Month: January 2020

Ireland: ‘It would be kinder to shoot them’: Ireland’s calves set for live export.

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I was involved with Irish calf live exports several years ago – I even wrote a report for the EU on it – representing investigations undertaken by UK, French, Dutch and German animal welfare organisations.

Here is a link to what was involved – scroll down until you see the pictures of the calves obtained during the investigations:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ 

 

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Here is just one small section of one of the investigations – but it does show the non compliances of the trade relating to so called EU Regulations on the ‘protection’ of animals during transport:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/jh-04-03-2010_report-on-non-compliance-with-resting-times-in-relation-to-controlpost-at-f-heauville.pdf 

 

There is no way to stop this other than switch from cows milk to plant based – all the time you drink cows milk you are responsible by contributing to this suffering.

So go plant based – Thank you.

 

Regards Mark.

 

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‘It would be kinder to shoot them’: Ireland’s calves set for live export

It would be “kinder to shoot” the hundreds of thousands of unwanted male dairy calves due to be born in Ireland this year, rather than export them to the Middle East or let them die on the farm, experts have told the Guardian.

Irish farmers have hit a streak of gold on dairy exports, and as a result the industry has rapidly expanded, with the national dairy herd rising from about 1m in 2010 to 1.6m this year.

But that creates a whole new problem. Dairy cows generally give birth every year in order to maintain their milk output. But male dairy calves are no use to the farmer as they cannot produce milk, which means that Ireland will need to deal with as many as 800,000 unwanted male calves this year, in what has been described by the Irish agricultural press as a “calf tsunami”.

 

Continue to read this very full report at:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/20/it-would-be-kinder-to-shoot-them-irelands-calves-set-for-live-export

 

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China: Outrage after Chinese Theme Park Cretin Management Forces PIG to Bungee Jump.

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Outrage after Chinese theme park Cretin Management forces pig to bungee jump

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51171495

 

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A Chinese theme park has triggered a wave of outrage on social media after it forced a pig to bungee jump off a 68-metre high tower.

 

Workers at Meixin Red Wine Town in China carry the pig to the bungee tower on Saturday

Workers then attach a blue cape to the pig and drag it towards the platform for the jump

 

Video footage shows the pig tied to a pole, carried by two men to the top of a tower before being pushed off.

The theme park located in Chongqing said the stunt was held to mark the opening of the new bungee attraction.

 

The incident in Chongqing has sparked an outcry among web users and animal activists

The pig dangles in midair while being attached to a rope after it was pushed down the tower

 

Local media outlets said the pig was sent to a slaughterhouse afterwards.

The stunt caused anger online – reflecting the growing importance of animal rights among China’s population.

The theme park has since put out a statement, saying that it accepted the “criticism” it had received.

“We sincerely accept netizens’ criticism and advice and apologise to the public,” it said. “We will improve [our] marketing of the tourist site, to provide tourists with better services.”

 

‘Vulgar marketing tactic’

 

The incident took place on 18 January at the Meixin Red Wine Town theme park in the sprawling Chinese municipality of Chongqing in south-western China.

The publicity event – which organisers called the golden pig bungee jump – was held to celebrate the opening of the theme park’s bungee attraction.

The pig, which according to local reports weighed 75kg (165 lbs), is seen being pushed off the tower with a purple cape tied around its shoulders. In one video of the incident, what sound like pig squeals can be heard.

What happens to the pig afterwards is not shown, though many local media reports say it was eventually sent to a slaughterhouse.

Animal cruelty is not punishable by law in China. However, there has been growing awareness of animal welfare issues in recent years.

Though a handful of people defended the incident on social media, saying it wasn’t any different to “killing a pig for food”, the majority of users condemned the company’s actions.

“This is a super vulgar marketing tactic,” said one commenter.

“Killing animals for consumption and treating them cruelly for entertainment are two different things,” another said. “There is no need to torture them like this.”

Animal protection organisation Peta condemned the incident, calling it “animal cruelty at its worst”.

“Pigs experience pain and fear in the same ways that we do, and this disgusting PR stunt should be illegal,” Jason Baker, Peta senior vice-president of international campaigns, told BBC News.

“The Chinese public’s angry response should be a wake-up call to China’s policy-makers to implement animal protection laws immediately.”

 

Further reading – The mentality of the theme park CRETIN management has made the news in many UK press articles – here are some:

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pig-bungee-jump-china-video-theme-park-park-weibo-a9291766.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pig-forced-bungee-jump-theme-21320272

https://www.plantbasednews.org/culture/-outrage-screaming-pig-forced-bungee-jump-china

https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/20/pig-forced-bungee-jump-223ft-tower-theme-park-china-12089041/

https://globalnews.ca/news/6436591/china-pig-bungee-jump/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7907335/Chinese-theme-park-forces-screaming-pig-BUNGEE-JUMP-shocking-promotional-stunt.html

 

 

New Zealand: Rodeo is a theatre of cruelty.

 

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In New Zealand, Rodeo becomes an entertaining family day where burly participants imitate their Texas counterparts by throwing ridiculous big hats are tying into an arena and torturing three-month-old calves to impress the audience.

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It’s time to end rodeos in New Zealand. That’s what many are saying as rodeo season in the island nation starts again. Hundreds of people have gathered at local rodeos around the country to protest the sport’s cruelty and abuse towards the animals required to perform.

Join them in their protests. Add your voice by signing the petition and demanding that New Zealand ban rodeos on a national level!

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For the riders and the spectators, rodeos are just a fun game. But for horses and cows, it seems like a matter of life and death. They are prey animals, so when they feel another living being on their backs, they can only imagine that their lives are in danger. Imagine that feeling – would you want another living being to feel that, day after day?

For those animals that don’t cooperate, rodeo riders use various tools to get them to buck and put on a good, entertaining show. They may prod them with an electric shocker to provoke a buck, poke them with spurs, or fit them with “flank straps” – a rope tied tightly around the animals’ abdomen.

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If handlers and riders need all these horrible tools just to make an animal jump, that should tell you that it is not a great experience for the animal.
But even worse than the pain they endure, some rodeo animals never make it out alive. According to Safe, an animal protection organization, four animals died in rodeos just last year. That’s four animals that were used as tools and then discarded once their use had expired.

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This “sport” is cruel and should be outlawed. It’s just that simple.
Tell New Zealand that there is no bucking reason to abuse animals.

Sign the petition and ask for the sport to be banned nationally.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/962/858/975/rodeos-are-extremely-cruel-and-should-be-band.-sign-now/

 

My comment: Just like rap music, rodeo is a product of American “pop culture” that New Zealand has adopted with open arms. So it’s not a tradition at all, it’s an import. Bad examples are quickly adopted by people, good ones are not.

Cruelty will always have its supporters. It always has and it always will. Rodeo (this primitive demonstration of Cowboy’s potency) has worked hard to expand its support base.

They call this animal abuse a “sport”, but these brutal shows are part of the entertainment industry. It is often also a matter of gambling, such as greyhound racing, horse racing and so is rodeo too. The people involved in riding the rodeo animals are fit and healthy young people who want to signal and prove their potency.

It’s very clear that rodeo is a sadistic act of torturing animals .
Without pain, distress and fear, these animals could not be ridden.

The rodeo animals are victims of abuse and anyone who loves animals should boycott this brutal theater of indigenous cowboys.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: The Big Garden Birdwatch (25-27 January) – Still Time to Take Part and Provide Much Needed Data. Over Half a Million Already Registered This Year – Join Them.

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Every year in the UK, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has a special weekend where everyone is invited to participate.

It is called the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’; https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/   and it allows anyone to spend just a hour in their own garden; or from the house etc; to log and count the types of birds which are visiting their area.

We are all ready to do our bit; taking part in this free count, which only takes an hour of time; a yet provides a huge amount of data to scientists who research how bird numbers and species are increasing or declining across the whole of the country.

 

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What’s also very important – it links people with garden birds; tells them about care and how to provide types of food for the different types. A big win-win for the garden birds of the UK; and with over half a million people signed up for this years event, the data provided by the watch will be a massive insight or window into the bird situation in the UK.

 

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There is still time to take part if you live in the UK – just follow the links we have given below;

Happy watching – Mark (WAV).

 

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From the RSPB:

For over 40 years, we’ve (RSPB) have been asking you to count the birds in your garden – and you’ve been brilliant at it.

With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with 40 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing.

As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, making your results very valuable to our scientists.

With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a “snapshot” of bird numbers across the UK. 

For four decades, the Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was one of the first surveys to alert the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes in gardens. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979, but by 2019 numbers of song thrushes seen in gardens had declined by 76%, coming in at number 20.

Your results help us spot problems, but more importantly, they are also the first step in putting things right. This is why it’s so

 

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Links:

 

How to take part – https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/everything-you-need-to-know-about-big-garden-birdwatch/

 

Attracting birds to your garden – https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/feeding-and-attracting-birds/

 

Birds to look out for – https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/birds-to-look-out-for/

 

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How to take part

It’s so easy to take part. An hour with the birds is a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax and spend time with nature. So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and start counting!

  1. Watch the birds for one hour
    Choose an hour between 25 and 27 January to watch the birds in your garden or local park.
  2. Count the most birds that land at once
    Only count the birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. The same birds may land more than once, so you can avoid double counting by recording the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total number you count over the hour.
  3. Tell us what you saw
    Every count is important, so don’t worry if you don’t see anything. Observing which birds aren’t around is as important as seeing the ones that are. You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 25 January until 16 February.

If you’d prefer to send us your results by post, you can download a submission form from rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Please make sure you post your findings back to us by 11 February.

 

Hunters: Psychopaths among us!

From Anonymous for the Voiceless

Regarded as a historic sport, boar hunting—popular in some countries of Europe and Asia, and in many US states—is the practice of hunting wild boars, or feral pigs.


Either killed for their flesh, for fun, or for “population and crop control”, they are commonly hunted using either trapping methods, or with hunting dogs.

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Two types of dogs are used, bay and catch dogs. Bay dogs will find, chase, and alert hunters to the boar, whereas catch dogs will do just that, catch the boar.

They will use their weight and teeth to immobilize the boar so that they can be captured by the hunter.
In both methods, the individual will remain trapped until the hunter ultimately ends their life.

This isn’t sport. This isn’t necessary.

And I mean…Hunters plan their hunt very carefully – and they happily wipe out life after life to fulfill their own abnormal desires.

These people are murderers, they passionately collect corpses.
Taking a life serves to satisfy your own selfish and sadistic desires. They carefully plan their intoxication and then kill over and over again with no prospect of an end. Like serial killers!

These people are among us. They are military officials, veterinarians, gynecologists, dentists or lead scout groups. A whole range of factors such as genes, family relationships, upbringing, intelligence and opportunities form a psychopath.

And hunters are psychopaths! Their brains are literally less “turned on” than the brains of normal people.

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Both – the serial killer and the violent and cunning hunter think they have something important to share. Brain abnormalities are strikingly common in serial killers. Violence leaves traces in the brain after a short time.

When hunters encounter opposition, they quickly come up with terms such as “regulate stock”, “environmental protection” and “nature conservation”. But if you love and want animals as such, let them live in peace instead of dismembering them!

All they “win” is the disgust of other people, because the most understand that hunting is a pastime for psychopaths and have acquired the hatred and rejection of this society themselves.

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My best regards to all, Venus