Month: January 2020

A Polish EU-MEP shows character!!

 

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Polish lawmaker shares image likening meat industry to Holocaust
Sylwia Spurek pushes back against criticism with Isaac Bashevis Singer quote: ‘In their behavior toward animals, all people are Nazis’.

kühen wie JudenjpgA drawing of cows wearing concentration camp uniforms and a yellow star, meant to compare the meat industry to the Holocaust. (Sylwia Spurek/Jo Frederiks/via JTA)

 

JTA — A Polish lawmaker at the European Parliament shared on social media a drawing showing cows at a slaughterhouse wearing striped uniforms with yellow stars like the ones the Nazis made Jews wear at concentration camps.

Sylwia Spurek, a 43-year-old Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats representative, shared the drawing by Jo Frederiks, an artist who focuses on animal welfare.

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Amid criticism of her actions on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Spurek defended them by quoting “the Jewish Nobel laurate Isaac Bashevis Singer,” as she described him, who once wrote that: “In their behavior toward creatures, all people are Nazis.”

She added about the painting: “Does this art delight me? No, it scares me how people treat other animals and I think that every intelligent person should understand the message of this artist.”

Spurek’s critics charged that the comparison she endorsed is offensive to Holocaust victims. People involved in Holocaust commemoration and animal welfare activists often have clashed over the drawing of parallels between the genocide and the meat industry.

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From the Depths, a commemoration group in Poland, on Wednesday wrote to complain about Spurek to European Parliament President David Sassoli.

The group’s founder, Jonny Daniels, called it a “hateful post” and asked Sassoli to take “disciplinary actions” against Spurek and to urge her to apologize to survivors and their families.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/polish-lawmaker-shares-image-likening-meat-industry-to-holocaust/

 

And then… we want to criticize China for not having freedom of expression …

Thanks to the enlightened and progressive MP, Sylwia Spurek!!

My best regards to all, Venus

Member of the EU ? – Then You Have To Abide By These (Crazy) Regulations. Any Wonder Why Brits Want ‘Out’. Get Real EU; What About Important Things ?

Friday 31st January 2020. Brexit Day, when the UK leaves the European Union.

Ever wondered why the Brits want to get out of this shambles ? – in celebration of the historic event, Express.co.uk has uncovered some of the European Union’s most bizarre laws that the UK has had to abide by (because it was a member state).

We are not even touching animal welfare issues here. Animal welfare is a story book of its own. So here are a few other EU rules which we have (until tonight) had to adhere top as members of the EU:

 

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·         Bananas cannot be too bendy

In a widely ridiculed ruling, Brussels bosses banned rogue bananas with “malformations and abnormal curvature”.

 

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·         Illegal to make Stilton in the village of Stilton

The small Cambridgeshire town named after the famous blue-veined cheese for being the first place to sell it is banned from producing Stilton under EU law.

The European law was put in place after officials ruled the cheese originated in another part of England.

 

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·         Water does not hydrate you

In 2011 the EU banned drink manufactures from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.

EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove drinking water prevents dehydration.

 

 

·         Tampon tax

 

WAV Comment – it is not a ‘luxury non essential’, it IS an essential that should be provided without any tax to ALL girls and women ! – especially when women living on the street (yes Brussels, they do exist !) have to use dirty old rags, socks, woolen hats and anything else they can get their hands on to help them. Give them some respect and dignity – we say feminine sanitary products should be available free of tax to anyone that needs them.  Deprive female EU MEP’s of any tampon use and see how quickly things will change within after 6 months ! – EU ‘officials’ can afford the ‘luxury’; many girls cannot – so get real.

 

Currently, all sanitary protection in the UK is charged a VAT of five percent, the lowest rate permissible under EU VAT rules.

The UK Government has indicated willingness to scrap the controversial tampon tax, but existing EU laws prevent member countries from introducing a zero percent rate on products.

Britain will be free to scrap the tax, which treats sanitary products as a luxury non-essentials item, from January 1, 2021 – the end of the transition period.

It should be implemented fairly quickly, as David Cameron’s Government included a provision in the 2016 Finance Bill to allow for sanitary protection to be zero-rated, once the UK had discretion to do this.

The European Commission did agree to abolish the tax in 2018 after extensive lobbying from the UK, but it will not come into effect until January 2022.

 

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·         Strict fishing quotas

The Common Fisheries Policy sets annual fishing quotas on each type of fish and mandated that if fish of the wrong species were caught accidentally, they had to be thrown overboard.

As a result, thousands of dead fish ended up being chucked back into the sea as fishermen attempt to reach the right quotas of the required species.

This practice was heavily condemned as tonnes of dead fish were being discarded.

In 2019 the EU outlawed the controversial practice and obliged skippers to land unwanted fish.

 

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·         Halogen light bulbs banned

The EU banned member states from selling halogen light bulbs, replacing them with LEDs.

The final stage of the EU energy regulations was put in place in September 2018.

LED lights are more efficient and require significantly less power to operate but are more expensive than its predecessor.

Earlier versions of LEDs were criticised for being slow to light up, but newer versions of the light bulb instantly light up.

But since the halogen ban was introduced, scientific studies have found LED lights can permanently damage eyesight and disturb natural sleep rhythms.

Last year the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety warned the “blue light” emitted from LEDs can lead to “irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision”.

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Yes, it is all true ! – fortunately we will now leave highly paid MEP’s and Commissioners to come up with even more absurd rulings in the future.

 

 

Breaking News from the EU !! – a new animal welfare unit on its way !

Here is what the Eurogroup for Animals have to say about it on their site:

 

One small step from the Commission, or one giant leap for animal welfare? – new Animal Welfare Unit on the way

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/one-small-step-from-the-commission-or-one-giant-leap-for-animal-welfare-new-animal-welfare-unit-on-the-way

According to Politico, the European Commission is poised to establish a new animal welfare unit this March as part of a restructuring of its department on Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the news, which comes as DG SANTE embarks on a reorganisation so that it can lead on the Commission’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy, which is the agricultural and food policy component of the new von der Leyen Commission’s European Green Deal.

Such a unit existed previously, but was merged with a much larger team dealing with animal health under the previous Juncker Commission.

“This is welcome news indeed, and bodes well for a prominent role for animal welfare actions within the Commission’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy. After all, animal welfare must be an integral component of any transition to a sustainable form of agriculture,” said Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals. Citizens, MEPs and Member States have all now called for stronger animal welfare provisions at EU level, and Eurogroup for Animals wholeheartedly commends the von der Leyen Commission for this development.” 

Since they took office six weeks ago, we have heard several encouraging statements on animal welfare, and now we are seeing the first signs of action.

“Of course, what any unit is tasked with doing is even more important than its creation. The list of actions that it could be tasked with is very long indeed, and it will need to be adequately resourced too,” added Reineke Hameleers. “Only when we know this will we be able to sufficiently judge whether this development amounts to one small step from the Commission, or one giant leap for animal welfare.” 

 

Being involved ourselves with live animal transport investigation work for a long time; we have a bit to say about this.

See Part 2 which we will be publishing soon to experience some of our experiences. We hope to publish very soon.

Regards WAV.

USA: What A Brilliant Way To Find Forever Homes for Shelter Dogs – Profile Them on Drink Cans.

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This Brewery Is Putting Shelter Dogs on Beer Cans to Help Them Find Forever Homes

Posted by Katie Valentine | January 27, 2020

This Brewery Is Putting Shelter Dogs on Beer Cans to Help Them Find Forever Homes

Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, Fla., is labeling beer cans with dogs available for adoption in a unique promotion of animal rescues.

In partnership with Shelter Manatee, the brewery is selling cans of Kölsch lager featuring dogs in need of forever homes at the Manatee County adoption center. Each label contains a story about the featured dog, as well as information about Shelter Manatee’s plans to build a new shelter.

Since the project’s purpose is to advocate for adoption, there is no guarantee that the dogs on the cans will still be available at the time of purchase, but the rescue has plenty of equally adorable, loving dogs awaiting new families.

Brewery customers who aren’t currently looking to adopt a dog will still be helping animals in need, as a portion of the proceeds are donated to Shelter Manatee and will go towards the construction of its new facility.

“Money is going directly to the shelter for that,” the brewery’s director of sales and marketing, Barry Elwonger told Fox 13 News, “and we want to make sure that the people know about the different dogs that are looking for homes.”

The custom cans debuted last Sunday at an event featuring silent auctions, drink specials, and food trucks. Thus far, the campaign has received an overwhelming amount of support.

The beer is available in four-packs and cases of 24 at Motorworks Brewing in downtown Bradenton until it sells out.

For more information, visit the brewery’s website.

 

This Brewery Is Putting Shelter Dogs on Beer Cans to Help Them Find Forever Homes

The measure of all things is the life!

 

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We owe the first step to downgrading animals to the commodity level to the theory and conviction of the Church.

“Animals have no soul, animals only have instincts and are therefore automatically not the same as people who have mind and soul – given by God”!
This idiotic theory of the church still has its fatal consequences for animals til today.

But much earlier, on 486 BC the brilliant Greek philosopher Protagoras, who was not under specific belief, has made the primitive moral saying a manifesto of humanism: “The human being is the measure of all things “!

To date, this has given the human species the fascist right of the superior race, the right to torture, enslavement, exploitation and murder when and how it suits them.

And thus, everyone who belongs to the human species has rights, the “others” do not.

In order to morally justify our crimes against animals, over the years we have invented a number of pseudo-scientific explanations, such as: animals have no soul, animals have an underdeveloped brain, animals do not have highly developed thinking skills like humans, animals can not speak …  principles, wich are nothing else, as an ideological bullshit without real importance.

“It is not a question of whether they can think or speak. The only question is whether they can suffer”. (Jeremy Bentham)
A nice quote.
Which, incidentally, makes the quotation from Protagoras unusable.
Unless we change that.
“The measure of all things is the life”!

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My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Great News – Court Strikes Down Unconstitutional Kansas ‘Ag Gag’ Law – Undercover Investigators Should Be Allowed to Expose Animal Abuses !

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Congratulations to all parties involved in this wonderful news – respect from us all ! – WAV.

Court Strikes Down Unconstitutional Kansas ‘Ag Gag’ Law

Posted by Jane Wolfe | January 27, 2020

 

In a triumph for animal welfare, the U.S. Court for the District of Kansas has ruled that the state’s “ag-gag” law violates the First Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

Challenged in 2018 by a coalition led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the law bans undercover investigators from taking photographs or filming animal facilities, such as slaughterhouses and factory farms, ultimately preventing the documentation of animal abuse.

On January 22, the U.S. Court for the District of Kansas rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the case and accepted the majority of the coalition’s motion for summary judgment, thus prohibiting Kansas from implementing the Ag Gag law.

ALDF maintains that the almost 30-year-old legislation prevents undercover activists from investigating inhumane conditions at animal facilities, stifling free speech. This enables unscrupulous companies to hide systemic animal abuse and avoid public scrutiny.

“For 30 years, Kansas lawmakers have suppressed whistleblowers from investigating cruel conditions on factory farms with this unconstitutional law,” explains ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Today’s decision is a victory for the millions of animals raised for meat on factory farms.”

ALDF explained the importance of undercover investigations in both regulatory practice and public informational awareness.

“It is critical that investigations are not suppressed,” the organization said in a statement. “The public relies on undercover investigations to expose illegal and cruel practices on factory farms and slaughterhouses. No Federal laws govern the condition in which farmed animals are raised, and laws addressing slaughter and transport are laxly enforced.”

“Undercover investigations are therefore the primary avenue through which the public receives information about animal agriculture operations,” ALDF continued. “Investigations also reveal health and worker safety violations. Factory farms and slaughterhouses are major polluters, so undercover investigations are important for learning about violations of environmental laws as well.”

This victory in Kansas follows other federal courts in Idaho, Iowa and Utah ruling that those states’ ag-gag laws also violate the U.S. Constitution.

 

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USA: Would You Adam It ? – Even KFC Now See the Future As Plant Based – Beyond Fried Chicken Hits the Road !

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I’m from England – Saff (South)  London type.  ‘Adam and Eve’; Cockney slang for ‘Believe’.

Even then the words are usually shortened to further confuse ! – I love it !

‘Apples and Pears’ = Stairs; just becomes ‘Apples’ – I went up the apples to clean the ‘Tommy’s’ – Tommy Trinder – Winder; or ‘Window’.  See what I mean ?

 

Great news here below;

Regards Mark.

 

 

KFC’s Beyond Meat chicken is a damn miracle

By Mark Wilson

In a hip hotel in Chicago’s West Loop, nestled among more Michelin-starred restaurants than I can count, KFC has presented me with a carefully plated presentation of chubby chicken chunks on a rectangular white plate. The first is your standard, plain tan. The second, a honey BBQ. The third, drenched in buffalo sauce. And the final features an oily coating of Nashville hot spice.

Sitting amid lavish bouquets of bell peppers, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and other vegetables, I take my first bite of vegan* KFC.

KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken will be available in nearly 100 stores in Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville; and surrounding areas from February 3 to February 23. Produced by Beyond Meat exclusively for KFC, if it sells and customers like it, a nationwide release will follow at an undisclosed date.

Back in Chicago in my fancy tasting room, a 3-foot-tall cutout of the Colonel himself looks on from a green wall as I tried the undressed plant nugget for the first time. My teeth pierce the crunchy fried coating and shred through the meat.

It tastes like a doggone piece of chicken—and not just any piece of chicken, but a KFC piece of chicken with hints of those 11 herbs and spices. I fork and knife my way through the honey BBQ (perfectly too sweet, and the coating still crunchy), the buffalo (a touch vinegary for my taste but offering the uncanny aftertaste of chicken), and the Nashville (the deep pepper flavor has respectable heat that hits me a delightful 10 seconds later).

KFC and Beyond Meat executives are waiting to be interviewed, and I look at the four remaining pieces there on the plate, realizing this is the best faux chicken I’ve eaten in the last five years of eating mostly vegan. Would it be uncouth to keep going, to meet Ethan Brown, CEO of Beyond Meat, with BBQ sauce on my hoodie? (I opt to stop. Though I regret later that I didn’t finish.)

KFC adopting Beyond Meat is not necessarily the biggest coup for fake meats in fast food: Last year, Beyond Meat has already snuck its breakfast sausage into sandwiches and bowls at Dunkin’ (the fourth most popular chain in the U.S.) while fierce competitor Impossible landed the Whopper at Burger King (the sixth). But while KFC is smaller than either of these chains (at 12th place), it certainly feels like a sign of the times that a company that’s literally named “Kentucky Fried Chicken” will be selling chicken with no literal chicken in it. No wonder the alternative meat industry is projected to grow to $140 billion in a decade.

 

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As Andrea Zahumensky, CMO of KFC U.S. tells me, KFC has been eyeing meat replacements for a while, but no product in the category seemed mature enough to work. That was until last year when talks with Beyond Meat began in earnest, and the two companies struck up a deal to co-develop a product. The process has taken about six months.

The target customer isn’t just vegans or vegetarians, but flexitarians—people who might eat meat but would like to cut back on how much they consume. As a recent Kroger study found, 93% of people who bought Beyond Burger had other animal proteins in their cart. And for KFC, which has been posting solid revenue and profits, though failing to have its Popeyes Chicken Sandwich moment, the product offers the opportunity to bring in a new, younger audience.

The chicken is good enough that I suspect it will. But getting to this point was difficult. Beyond Meat’s chicken product is completely custom for KFC—which is unique; the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and sliders at White Castle are the standard blend. The company went through countless iterations on the protein, ultimately opting, not for a ground, spongey protein, but something more akin to whole breast muscle tissue. As Brown demonstrates, picking apart a nugget with his fingers, Beyond Fried Chicken flakes and shreds. (It’s anything but the grill-marked homogenous slabs of Beyond Chicken I bought from the freezer aisle years ago.) The meat is marinated to improve texture and impart extra KFC flavor. Meanwhile, KFC worked on the breading, opting for a coat that was similar to the company’s popcorn chicken. It all comes together in a factory, before the product is shipped to KFC locations and deep fried to food safe temperatures, just like meat would be. This final fry is also key to denaturing the proteins, and giving the chicken the right mouthfeel, I’m told.

I was surprised that KFC is opting to present its plant-based chicken so naked, as a product that could be eaten plain, dipped, or tossed in sauce. Why not release a Beyond Meat Fried Chicken Sandwich that could hide any off flavours with a bun, veggies, and extra condiments? The vegan chick’n sandwiches I’ve eaten at restaurants for years do just this, and often to a convincing effect.

“Our customers expect KFC to have a certain flavour, [and] to be flavourful. Doing it in a form like this allows that flavor to shine and the texture to shine,” says Zahumensky—who implies that a bun or extra accoutrements would have just gotten in the way of this result.

One other curious part of the design is the shape. McDonald’s famously uses “bell, ball, bone and boot” moulds in their nugget designs, to create a sensation somewhere between chicken as factory-processed food and unique, organic snowflakes. For KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken, each chunk of chicken has a geometry that’s tougher to describe. I jot down the term “warbly square” in my notes. Some pieces look like wing flats. Others look like a sort of fried tamagotchi keychain.

“It’s some kind of nugget-like boneless wing-like, more premium than a nugget [thing],” says Zahumensky. Indeed, originally this shape was even called a “boneless wing” during an early market test in Atlanta. Fans lined up around the block, but they got feedback: Plants don’t have bones so they can’t be boneless. “That’s why we test,” Zahumensky laughs at the company’s error. “We’re trying to learn.”

In the future, Beyond Meat could shape this chicken however KFC wants. For now, it’s clear the company is going for something more premium than a chicken nugget—but they can’t call it a wing. Chicken cube? Chicken tesseract? Don’t be surprised to see more testing from KFC in the future, regarding both the shape of its plant chicken and its branding.

Whatever shape and name Beyond Fried Chicken takes when it eventually hits stores nationwide, the product they have ready to trial today is superb. As I leave the meeting, the flavors of KFC are still left on my tongue. And I’m left with a new revelation about the future of fake meats.

Some people don’t like Beyond Meat for its uncanny resemblance to real meat. Others frown upon eating plant meats when the real stuff is so delicious and plentiful. (Both of these perspectives are fair; what you put into your mouth is entirely your business.) But Beyond Fried Chicken demonstrates that KFC is more food as brand than it is food as chicken. KFC as we know it in our mind’s eye is an experience that transcends the quibbles, “Is this real meat?” to ask, “Is this authentic KFC?” And Beyond Fried Chicken certainly is as guilty, salty, chewy, herbaceous, and umami-loaded of an experience as the KFC you know.

Though now I’d like some the Extra Tasty Crispy and Original Recipe versions, thanks!

* Beyond Fried Chicken is fried in the same fryers as KFC’s meat-based fried chicken. So much like Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, some people may have issue with call this “vegan.”

 

https://www.fastcompany.com/90455889/kfcs-beyond-meat-chicken-is-a-damn-miracle

 

USA: Donald Trump Jr to speak at world’s largest trophy hunt convention.

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Donald Trump Jr to speak at world’s largest trophy hunt convention

 

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First son to sell a bid for a hunting trip with him in Alaska during convention next week, according to reports.

The first son and top campaign surrogate to Donald Trump was set to attend the Safari Club International’s annual three-day convention in Reno, Nevada, where he was scheduled to speak on 8 February.

 

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For $17,000 (£13,067), attendees of the convention can bid to hunt black-tailed deer native to the region with him, according to Safari Club International.

Other features of the event include an estimated 870 exhibits selling everything from animal heads to hides, as well as 300 hunting trip opportunities across the country, with bids ranging between $1,650 (£1,268) and $100,000 (£76,860).

The Humane Society of the United States slammed the upcoming convention in a statement that said: “This annual event is the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless killing, buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights.”

“As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the trophy hunting industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperilled wildlife.”

 

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Everything you need to know about trophy hunting

 

News of Mr Trump Jr attending the event comes after it was reported late last year that he received special treatment during a trip to Mongolia, where he allegedly shot and killed an endangered argali, the largest sheep in the world.

Mr Trump Jr retroactively received a rare permit allowing him to kill the animal during his hunting trip to the country in August 2019, according to ProPublica. That permit was reportedly issued in September, after he had already left the country.

The event also follows attempts by Mr Trump’s White House to roll back protections for endangered wildlife worldwide, including providing the first trophy import permit for a lion trophy from Tanzania. 

The move to issue a permit for the Tanzanian lion was decried as “tragic news for lion conservation” in a statement by the Centre for Biological Diversity.

“Tanzania is a lion stronghold, but it’s been criticised by scientists for corruption and inadequate wildlife protections,” Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the centre, reportedly said in a statement at the time, adding: “Opening the US market to these imports doesn’t bode well for the lion kings of Tanzania.”

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-jr-trophy-hunt-convention-speech-safari-club-international-a9308591.html?amp=1