Month: January 2020

The real virus: human being

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Are you so selfish as to only stop eating the corpses of innocent animals solely out of fear of infectious diseases?
The consumption of animal body parts has been linked to diseases like mad cow disease, bird flu, swine flu and, most recently, the coronavirus, whose origins are believed to trace back to a Chinese meat market in the city of Wuhan.
The virus has infected more than 2,700 people and killed 80 as of last Sunday.
Do we need a pandemic for the most selfish people in modern times to stop consuming animal flesh and secretions?
And what happens, if the pandemic is over?

Some people have suggested going “vegan” due to these concerns, but here’s the thing: there are no vegans out of FEAR, just like there are no vegans “for health” or “the environment”.

People go vegan for justice; plant-based for other reasons.
Veganism is not a diet, but a rejection of all animal use and exploitation for human purposes.
The reason why we defend the term veganism so vehemently is that the word is supposed to convey an ethical stance and defend the rights of the most innocent and oppressed: non-human animals. (Anonymous for the voiceless)


And I mean…Ultimately, from a political and financial perspective, it will be considerably cheaper to let a seriously ill, amoral and infantile society dissolve in indignation, agitation and victim mentality than to find new, climate and animal friendly ways to advance us as humans.

There is only one being who has the right to judge people: a being of great wisdom, foresight and infallibility. A being full of justice and kindness: one yourself!

Of course, there are always plenty of basics to “judge” others, but the important thing is that you can only judge others, yourself.

– Of course you should boycott China, they eat everything, you only eat the right ones: cattle, sheep, rabbits, chickens, fish, goats …

– The Chinese eat and torture dogs. We have decent factory farming here, but you`re against factory farming, love animals and that’s why you eat a little meat.

With a well-manipulated brain and conscience, such otherwise common viral diseases can lead to a welcome outrage and aggression that ultimately work in favor of the ruling animal exploiters.

My best regards to all, Venus

China’s Coronavirus Outbreak – Will the (Chinese) Government Learn Anything About Introducing Animal Welfare Regulations From It ?

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We are reproducing the following as it seems a good overview of the current situation in China, and also now starting to affect other areas of the planet. One immediate issue that jumps out from this, is the fact that there is NO real animal welfare legislation in the country – people are allowed to raise, treat and kill animals much as they wish, and this is reflected in the fact that the current (Chinese) virus is suspected to have originated in Wuhan seafood market where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes, are traded illegally. In a sense, China is now reaping what it sowed by lacking in legislative controls regarding animal legislation.


The photographs we show here are not associated with the links given in the main text, but are taken from our recent post relating to the same:

The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan is now under scrutiny


In another of our posts, we ask the simple question – “do governments ever learn from what happens ?” – be it this issue in China; Foot and Mouth; BSE; and more.

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Above – England – Burning of cattle corpses – Foot and Mouth.


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Above – England – Cow Corpses awaiting incineration – BSE.


Some nations appear to learn a bit more from the problems of the past than others; and we strongly suggest to the Chinese authorities that they get into the 21st Century and start having national legislation regarding the welfare and treatment of animals. If they do not act (and improve things) as a result of this outbreak; are we not going to be reporting on yet further disease outbreaks originating from China in the near future ?

Something like this has a global effect – stocks and shares around the world are suffering as a result; and who knows how long it will take to recover. And what damage to the Chinese economy ? – possibly because the government refused to introduce even basic animal welfare legislation. Just look at the conditions in which Rats (yes Rats) are being skinned in the facility where the disease is thought to have started – skinning on the floor – hardly hygiene control is it ? 

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Above – Yulin dog meat festival


– What next; Yulin dog meat festival outbreaks of disease in Korean dog meat production sites ? – as we say; “do governments ever really learn ?” – if not, it will be at their (and their citizens) cost; as this current situation in China is now showing.

Snakes for sale at the market


When all this is over (if ever), and a review of the situation is undertaken by the Chinese government and authorities; what are the bets that we will see the introduction of some kind of animal welfare legislation within China to further control and prevent something like this happening again.

China has been hit hard by its ignorance of any animal welfare legislation – now it suffers ass a result – something it is something it can correct legitivesley and put right in the very near future.

Will it ?, thats the question.


Porcupines on sale in the market


We wait and see; but doubt that a nation such as China wishes the same kind of thing to happen again in the near future.

So China, wake up to the modern world; lets see some animal welfare legislation; which will help the lives of both animals and humans !


Regards Mark (WAV); London.


Koala bears in a cage

The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan


How China’s coronavirus outbreak started, explained


Over 4,500 people have been infected with the novel virus that originated in a Chinese seafood market, and new cases are cropping up around the world

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) China office heard the first reports of a previously-unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China with a population of over 11 million.

Since then, the virus has infected more than 2,750 people globally. Although the vast majority of cases are in China, coronavirus has reached as far as the US, France, Australia, Japan, Canada and South Korea. Eighty-one people have died, with no reported fatalities outside of China.

The Chinese government has responded to the outbreak by placing Wuhan and nearby cities under a de-facto quarantine encompassing over 30 million people. Airports in the US and the UK have stepped-up their monitoring efforts to slow the spread of the virus – although as part of the citywide lockdown Wuhan airport is shut so there are currently no commercial flights leaving the city.

Although the WHO has concluded it’s still too early to declare coronavirus an international public health emergency, here’s everything you need to know about the unfolding situation.


Coronavirus is about to collide with a mass migration nightmare

How did the coronavirus start?

The virus appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes, are traded illegally. Coronaviruses are known to jump from animals to humans, so it’s thought that the first people infected with the disease – a group primarily made up of stallholders from the seafood market – contracted it from contact with animals.

Although an initial analysis of the virus suggested it was similar to coronavirus seen in snakes, it now seems more likely that it came from bats. A team of virologists at the Wuhan Institute for Virology released a detailed paper showing that the new coronaviruses’ genetic makeup is 96 per cent identical to that of a coronavirus found in bats. Bats were also the original source of the Sars virus.

Although the Wuhan market was shut down for inspection and cleaning on January 1, by then it appears that the coronavirus was already starting to spread beyond the market itself. On January 21, the WHO Western Pacific office said that the disease was also being transmitted between humans – evidence of which is apparent after the infection of at least 41 medical staff.


What exactly is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are known to infect both humans and animals, and in humans causes respiratory illness that range from common colds to much more serious infections. The most well-known case of a coronavirus epidemic was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which, after first being detected in southern China in 2002, went on to affect 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases.

While the cause of the outbreak was initially unknown, on January 7 Chinese health authorities identified that it was down to a strain of coronavirus that hadn’t been encountered in humans before. Five days later the Chinese government shared the genetic sequence of the virus so that other countries could develop their own diagnostic kits.

Although symptoms of coronaviruses are often mild – including runny noses, headaches, coughs and fevers – in some cases they lead to more serious respiratory tract illness including pneumonia and bronchitis. These can be particularly dangerous in older patients, or people who have existing health conditions, and this appears to be the case with this novel coronavirus. Of five deaths where researchers had analysed the available medical history, four of them had underlying medical conditions that may have made them more vulnerable to the virus.


How far has it spread?

China has bore the brunt of coronavirus infections (so far). As of January 27, Chinese health authorities had acknowledged 2,750 cases and 81 deaths. Although the majority of these cases are in Wuhan, the disease has also spread to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province. In all of these cases, the infected people had either travelled recently to Wuhan or had contact with people who had been infected with the virus.

Thailand and Hong Kong have each reported eight cases of coronavirus while the US, Australia, Taiwan and Macau have five each. Japan, Singapore and Malaysia have four cases each with two in Vietnam and one each in Canada and Nepal.

In the UK, 52 people have been tested for the virus, but all of the results returned negative. The risk to the UK public remains low although public health experts say there is a fair chance that the UK will see cases of the virus.

What’s going to happen next?

After an initial meeting on January 22, the WHO met again on January 23 to decide whether to declare the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern – a formal designation that indicates a sudden outbreak may require an immediate international response. The WHO concluded that coronavirus is not currently a global emergency, saying there has currently been no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China. “This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one,” said WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Since 2009 there have only been five declarations of international public health emergencies: the swine flu pandemic in 2009, a polio outbreak in 2014, the Western Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and another Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019.

In China, the city of Wuhan is still on lockdown, with further travel bans extended to the nearby cities of Huanggang and Ezhou – a region that altogether encompasses nearly 30 million people. This will cause huge disruption, as the Lunar New Year, where hundreds of millions of people travel around China in one of the world’s largest mass migrations, is just about to get underway.

Updated 27.01.20, 11:30 GMT: The article has been updated to reflect the latest figures about the spread of coronavirus. The original version of the article was published at 11:30 GMT on January 23, 2020.



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Business with animal suffering




After decades of campaigns, the last German fur farm closed last year. A great success for animal protection (we have reported about it:

Unfortunately, the trade in furs from other countries is still booming. Almost 100 million minks, foxes, raccoon dogs, raccoons, rabbits and chinchillas are still killed each year because of their fur. They are kept in tiny grid cages, trapped or shot. They are killed with electric shocks, car exhaust fumes or blows, sometimes even skinned alive.

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While more and more fashion companies do without real fur, Amazon offers real fur in an alarmingly large number and at very reasonable prices. These include furs from China, a country where there is not even an animal protection law. Please help us stop this!
In an open letter, we asked Amazon to stop trading in fur.

Please support us and sign the petition that we launched together with the German Animal Welfare Office.




And I mean… Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Virgin founder Richard Branson invest millions in a future without meat.

Why shouldn’t Jeff Bezos go one step further and stop trading fur products? After all, the fur business is over, one fashion house after the other takes these bloody accessories from the range, the shops no longer participate and many buyers switch to great imitations.  A trading would only damage Amazon’s image.

The fact that we still see some brainless fur wearers on the street is thanks to the fur farms that exist in Poland and Denmark, both of which are Europe’s largest fur producers.

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According to the international fur association, around 75 million mink furs worth around 1.97 billion euros were produced worldwide in 2016. In addition there were around 15 million fox furs with an estimated value of 780 million euros. About half come from China.

Denmark  is the largest supplier of mink fur in Europe and worldwide. More than 17 million mink are grown here on the approximately 1,600 farms, the fur of which was sold for the equivalent of 635 million euros. Unlike in Poland, Europe’s second largest fur producer, there is no major discussion about prohibitions here.
The company near Copenhagen alone breeds 21,000 American minks, also known as mink (!!!)

There is no really rational reason to gas and skin animals alive, except for one that is uninformed or unconscious.
But nobody wants to remain uninformed today if they have a developed conscience.

My best regards to all, Venus

Environmental – The ‘doomsday’ glacier.

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An interesting article by the BBC relating to the ‘Doomsday Glacier’, and the current research going on.


Full article at:

The ‘doomsday’ glacier


Map of Antarctica showing what lies under the ice

3d infographic explaining how warmer water is getting under the ice and speeding up the melting process



Glaciologists have described Thwaites as the “most important” glacier in the world, the “riskiest” glacier, even the “doomsday” glacier.

It is massive – roughly the size of Britain.

It already accounts for 4% of world sea level rise each year – a huge figure for a single glacier – and satellite data show that it is melting increasingly rapidly.

The Icefin team, along with 40 or so other scientists, are part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, a five-year, $50m (£38m) joint UK-US effort to understand why it is changing so rapidly.

The project represents the biggest and most complex scientific field programme in Antarctic history.


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England: Free Range Chicken Farm Has License Suspended by RSPCA After Activists Take Action and Release Video Footage.



At least 150 activists from Brighton-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stormed the farm this morning. They are pictured here surrounded by chickens

All photos – Direct Action Everywhere.


Free range chicken farm that supplies supermarkets including Tesco and Asda has its licence SUSPENDED by the RSPCA after activists found dozens of hens in ‘horrific’ conditions

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A free range chicken farm that supplies major supermarkets has had its licence suspended by the RSPCA after animal rights activists found rotting corpses, bleeding hens and filthy conditions at the business.


Animal rights activists from Direct Action Everywhere filmed dead and partially decomposed birds lying on wire and the floor inside the farm


RSPCA investigators intervened at Hoads Farm near Hastings, East Sussex, after they were ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by the apparent state of the farm’s chickens.

Supermarkets including Tesco‘s, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons sell free range eggs from the farm, according to its website, at around £2 for a box of six.

Tesco today said it was ‘deeply disturbed’ by the images inside the farm and would not sell any of its eggs until an investigation was completed.


They also photographed an egg sorting machine left surrounded by cracked eggs and their contents. RSPCA Assured, which made the decision to suspend the farm, said it was 'shocked' and 'appalled'


At least 150 activists from Brighton-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stormed the farm on Monday morning, after publishing a video of conditions there, and demanded action from the authorities.

The activists sat inside chicken enclosures wearing protective gear and were later filmed carrying 50 birds out of the farm. The birds have now been pictured inside their homes on social media.

Footage of the grim conditions inside the farm was captured by DxE activists during a six-month investigation, which involved several visits.


Click here for the full article with video and photos:


RSPCA Assured, which oversees the charity’s certification of free range egg farms and made the decision to suspend the business from the scheme, said: ‘We are shocked and appalled by this footage and we understand why people are upset.

‘Any allegations of poor welfare issues on RSPCA Assured certified farms are taken extremely seriously, which is why we have suspended the farm’s accreditation while we urgently investigate.’

The RSPCA said it had ‘very serious concerns’ about Hoads Farm after viewing the footage.

Around 50 birds were taken and are to be provided with sanctuary:


Hoads Farm claims on its website that it ensures ‘high welfare standards’ using the British Egg Industry Council ‘Lion’ Code.


Eggs produced by Hoads Farm are sold to Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons according to the farm's website. They tend to be priced at around £2 for six


‘We are constantly striving to ensure that we supply the freshest and tastiest free range eggs to our customers,’ they said online.

‘This not only means adhering to highest industry standards, but also implementing our own unique standards of quality control.’

UK: ‘Winging it’: How the UK’s Chicken Habit is Fuelling the Climate and Nature Emergency – An Independent / Greenpeace Investigation.



Further to our very recent post and the damage to Australian wildlife due to the need for meat demands –    – we now look further into a report undertaken by the UK ‘Independent’ newspaper (which we admire for being independent) in conjunction with Greenpeace; and the impact that British meat eaters are having on habitat loss in South America. Being English, I (as a Greenpeace member) do not hesitate to show this as I feel the meat eating Brits are as much to blame for the destruction as anyone else, no matter where they live – Regards Mark

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Illegal logging in Argentina, where forests are being replaced by soya plantations

Photo – Illegal logging in Argentina, where forests are being replaced by soya plantations ( Nicolas Villalobos / Greenpeace )


Chicken from UK supermarkets and fast-food chains ‘fuelling mass forest loss in South America’


Greenpeace calls for meat-reduction targets by big stores that ‘fail to monitor suppliers’ but run promotions.

The production of chicken to be sold in UK supermarkets, restaurants and fast-food chains is destroying wildlife-rich forests in South America, Greenpeace investigators claim.

Swathes of forest are bulldozed each year to grow soya, which is used to feed poultry in the UK and the rest of the world, a report by the charity says. The land used partly includes the world’s most biodiverse savannah, the Brazilian Cerrado.

South America’s forests are home to rare wildlife species and are a major absorber of damaging greenhouse gases, so eradicating the trees accelerates the climate and biodiversity crises.

But in failing to monitor where their animal-feed crops come from, Britain’s high-street brands are “contributing to the deforestation“ – some of which is illegal, it’s claimed.

Consumers swapping red meat for chicken and other poultry are also fuelling the demand, and supermarkets and fast-food chains are pushing up sales with special offers on chicken, according to the study.

The UK imports more than 3 million tonnes of soya every year from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, official figures show, the bulk of it to feed factory-farmed animals, mostly chickens.

The report, called Winging it: How the UK’s Chicken Habit is Fuelling the Climate and Nature Emergency, says that meeting Britain’s annual demand for high-protein soya requires 1.4 million hectares of land – an area larger than Northern Ireland.

Greenpeace, which is calling on food giants to set meat-reduction targets, surveyed 23 UK supermarkets and fast-food and coffee chains about their chicken sales and soya usage. It says it found:

  • Some supermarkets are buying their soya from commodity giants including two that have been fined for trading in soya from illegally deforested areas in the Brazilian Cerrado
  • UK supermarkets account for two-thirds of the UK’s soya imports – the vast majority for chicken feed
  • Tesco alone admitted using a sixth of the UK’s soya – 99 per cent of it for animal feed 
  • Some leading supermarkets claim to support production of sustainable soya – or have a plan to switch to no-deforestation sources – but this means buying credits to offset their soya use
  • None of the companies surveyed could guarantee the soya they used for meat production was deforestation-free. McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Nando’s and Subway refused to disclose their meat sales or soya use altogether


Supermarket promotions of chicken legs more than doubled last year, and price cuts trebled, according to market research by Kantar.

But a Roundtable on Sustainable Soya report, also last year, found that just 2 per cent of the UK’s imports come from zero-deforestation areas. And Greenpeace says not a single company it contacted was able to show it tracked the full amount or origin of the soya used as animal feed in its supply chain.


The Amazon is protected from further expansion for soya production by a 2006 ban but other areas with vital ecosystems such as the Cerrado and the Gran Chaco – South America’s second largest forest – are still being exploited, the report shows.

The Cerrado Manifesto, launched in 2017, calls on companies to voluntarily pledge to curb further deforestation.

Cattle ranching is also a big cause of forest loss but most Brazilian beef is consumed in the country, leaving soya “a more significant component of many countries’ deforestation footprint”.

Greenpeace UK forest campaigner Chiara Vitali said: “Consumers cutting red meat are clearly trying to do the right thing for the right reasons but supermarkets and fast-food restaurants are keeping them in the dark when it comes to the precious forests being destroyed.

“A straight swap from beef to chicken effectively amounts to outsourcing emissions of our meat consumption from the UK to South America.”

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Brazil rainforest deforestation soared 85% in 2019

The world cannot continue to consume industrially produced meat at current levels, she said.

Analysis by the charity of EU figures suggests soya causes even more forest loss than palm oil.

Leah Riley Brown, of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), said: “Retailers are working together to tackle deforestation and drive greater uptake of certified sustainable soya in their supply chains.

“The BRC has publicly called on the Brazilian government to stop Amazon deforestation for soy production and is working with other stakeholders to ensure soya sources meet customer expectations on sustainability.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We agree with Greenpeace that more must be done to stop deforestation linked to food production. This is why we will source all the soya we use as animal feed from verified zero-deforestation areas by 2025 and are leading efforts to develop the Funding for Soy Farmers in the Cerrado initiative, which will protect biodiversity by preventing any new land being cleared for soya production.”


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Supermarkets ‘buy beef linked to Amazon rainforest destruction’

McDonald’s said it aimed to eliminate deforestation from supply chains by 2030. “We are prioritising by the end of 2020 the raw materials our suppliers buy in greatest volume and where we can have the biggest impact: beef, chicken (including soya in feed), palm oil, coffee and the fibre in packaging. We are committed to sourcing soya for chicken feed that does not contribute to deforestation, and have identified the regions with high deforestation risks. In 2018, approximately 74 per cent of the soya used in the feed of chickens supplied to our restaurants in Europe was covered by a combination of ProTerra and Roundtable on Responsible Soy certification,” a statement said. “In 2017, we became one of the first companies to sign the statement of support for the Cerrado Manifesto.”

A Nando’s spokesperson said:​ “We’re proud that for four years, all our soya has been responsibly sourced under the Round Table on Responsible Soy, ProTerra or equivalent standards. This is not just the soya we use as an ingredient but also in our supply chain, which means we buy credits to cover the volume of soya fed to our chickens. We’re always striving to do more. In 2017, we joined over 60 companies in signing a statement of support for the Cerrado Manifesto and we’re proud to be an active member of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya.”

A Burger King spokeswoman said most of its chicken was sourced from the UK and Europe, and only some from Brazil. “However, we hold supplier commitments that neither the poultry nor the feed it is raised on is former rainforest land. We are working with our suppliers on an ongoing basis to review the systems they have in place to ensure these accreditations can be upheld.”

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World must hit ‘peak meat’ by 2030 and restore forests, say scientists

A Subway spokeswoman said the chain had a sustainable soya policy. “We therefore require our franchise owners’ suppliers to comply with this policy and to continually increase the amount of RTRS-certified soya used in Subway products with the ultimate aim of achieving 100 per cent certified sustainably sourced soy by the end of 2020. The Subway brand has a zero-deforestation policy. Suppliers are required to source all raw materials from areas which haven’t been subject to deforestation, or from areas of high conservation value.” 

A KFC spokesperson said it had been in touch previously with Greenpeace over the issue, and would welcome further discussion. “KFC UK and Ireland supports long-established policies against deforestation and a commitment to work with our supply chain partners to sustainably source key produce and commodities, including chicken and soya. We are actively engaged in this issue and looking at how we strengthen our policies to do all we can to eliminate deforestation risk, working with our global teams and partners such as WWF to ensure that any sourcing decisions we make are informed and sustainable ones.”

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Regards to all – Happy Plant based eating ! – Mark


Australia: Do People Care About the Other Crisis Killing Koalas & Kangaroos? – Another Very Interesting View.



With thanks to Stacey at Our Compass      for this interesting article – taking the Australian bushfires a step further (back) and getting people to consider the animal killings that take place regardless of the current fires.   Like:

The World Wildlife Fund reports an estimated 45 million animals are killed each year in the Australian state of Queensland alone just from bulldozing of their habitat, a crisis they note is “driven primarily by the livestock industry“.


Regards Mark – WAV.


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Do People Care About the Other Crisis Killing Koalas & Kangaroos?
by Stacey

Source Free From Harm
By Ashley Capps
As Australia’s unprecedented bushfires continue to rage, heartbreaking images of scorched koalas and charred kangaroos have devastated viewers around the globe. An estimated 1 billion or more animals have died in the fires, but it’s the pitiful photos of flame-chewed koalas being carried from the blaze like bewildered, beat-up babies that have perhaps most captured our collective sympathy and despair; along with the images of beleaguered kangaroos, their normally genial silhouettes frozen in panic against a backdrop of roaring orange.

It is unbearable to witness.

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Thankfully, these same images have also inspired millions of people to donate to rescue groups on the ground retrieving animals from the fires and tending to their injuries. But as the surge of combined sorrow and sympathy for these iconic animals swells around the world, I find myself wondering: What about the other crisis that is killing Australia’s koalas and kangaroos, and in even greater numbers?

The World Wildlife Fund reports an estimated 45 million animals are killed each year in the Australian state of Queensland alone just from bulldozing of their habitat, a crisis they note is “driven primarily by the livestock industry.”

In just 4 years, between 2012 and 2016, bulldozing of trees killed at least 5,183 koalas in the state. Queensland RSPCA’s Mark Townend notes, “The mass suffering, injury and needless deaths of wild animals caused by the bulldozing of their forest homes is largely hidden but it is Queensland’s greatest animal welfare crisis.”

Queensland had the largest koala population on the continent in 1990, with an estimated 295,000; but in just 20 years that number decreased by more than 40%, while on the Koala Coast, 80% of these animals have been lost.

Thousands of koalas continue to be killed each year as more forests are cleared for cattle grazing in response to consumer demand for beef. But it’s not just Queensland. In Australia as a whole, “beef cattle production is the major driver of tree-clearing.”


Millions of Kangaroos Killed for Burgers & Beef

The same industry is also terrorizing and destroying kangaroos en masse. Since the year 2000, an average of more than two million kangaroos per year have been shot by commercial shooters for the meat industry.

Please read rest HERE 


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England: 26/1/20 – Doing Our Bit Today To Help With UK Garden Bird Survey.



We took part in the RSPB Big Birdwatch this afternoon (26/1/20)

to log all the birds visiting the (our) garden; just an hors monitoring selected at random over this weekend; but all the results from around the UK are sent in and analysed to put together a national ‘map’ of which bird species are on the increase or in decline.

Our hour started off really well with a visit by a Great Spotted Woodpecker – managed to grab a couple of quick, bad shots of him having a feast on the peanuts.





Lots of visitors over the hour including (more professional photos below) :





Great Tit

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Blue Tit

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Long Tailed Tit






House Sparrow

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Collared Dove

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Magpie and

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It started to rain about half way through, which did not help; but we have now completed the results paperwork and it will be posted over the next few days.

An enjoyable hour just watching all the birds in the garden – amd knowing that your own watch results contribute to helping with the national survey of birds in the country. Would very much recommend –

Regards Mark


Germany: animal suffering by law


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by Four Paws, Germany


Sows that are used in ultra-modern pig breeding for piglet production spend about half of their lives in body-sized metal cages, which the industry calls a “crate”.

This box stall is so small that the sow cannot turn around. As a result, the natural needs of the domestic pig cannot be met in the least.

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The industry justifies this form of keeping with the aim of keeping the piglet’s death rate low. But it’s all about economy: producing as many pigs as possible in the shortest possible time, in the smallest possible space.


You can see what the life of a breeding sow looks like in this video:

Fertilized at 7 months

The sow is inseminated for the first time at around seven months. To do this, it is locked in the box stall in the “Deck Center”. The “intoxication” (phase of receptivity) is brought about by hormone injection. This way the sow can be inseminated artificially. After that, she stays in the crate for at least four weeks. The industry argues that pregnancy is more likely to be preserved.


The problem
Mother sows are treated like childbearing machines. Their life is an uninterrupted cycle of artificial insemination, pregnancy, birth, suckling time and renewed insemination, so that a sow gets piglets two to three times a year.


Giving birth and suckling in very tight spaces

The sow is brought to the “farrowing stall” about a week before the expected date of birth. There she is crammed into a metal cage for about 5 weeks (crate in the “farrowing pen”) in which she has to give birth to about ten to 20 piglets, which she sows there for about three to four weeks. The grid separates the mother from her piglets.

The piglets can reach the teats of the mother under the rods, but the mother cannot make loving contact with her piglets.
After the suckling phase, the sow is usually immediately brought back into the breeding center and into the pig cage again.
It is only during her pregnancy that she has to be kept in the group for a few weeks.


Piglets give birth until death

A sow goes through this “production cycle” until it no longer achieves the desired “rearing performance” of an average of about 30 piglets per year. Then she is slaughtered.

Most sows only survive this cycle for a few years. The natural life expectancy of pigs would be much higher.

The law situation

A ruling from 2015 states that the existing crate stands are much too small. They have not met the requirements of the husbandry regulation since 1992 and are therefore illegal. The housing regulation states that “pigs lying on their side must be able to extend their limbs undisturbed.”

Instead of finally ensuring that this requirement is implemented, the federal government wants to keep the illegal box-type booths in place for another 17 years. (!!!). This cruel form of animal husbandry should continue to be allowed after this. Only the time in which the sows can be fixed should be reduced.

Instead, legalize the crate

In order to make the illegal state legal, it is planned to simply delete the decisive sentence “that the pigs must be able to stretch their limbs in a lateral position without hindrance” from the regulation. Thus, a spoken court judgment is simply overridden.

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FOUR PAWS launched an online protest in November 2019 and asked the heads of government of the federal states to speak out against a planned ordinance by Federal Minister Julia Klöckner.
With success: Over 100,000 protest emails prompted the federal states to submit numerous proposals for changes to the draft.

four paws demand:

-A ban on keeping sows in crates, both in the deck area and in the farrowing area
Free farrowing systems (with protection against piglet crush), in which the sow can build, move and turn around as well as establish social contact with her piglets

– Limitation of an individual fixation to an absolute minimum (by the hour), e.g. for treatment purposes

– Long straw always available as nesting material in the farrowing area before the days of birth

– Roughage available at all times to feed and keep sows busy (in the deck, waiting and farrowing area)

– Group keeping of sows, stable group composition

– Sufficient space for free movement and for structuring the bay

– Scattered, soft lying areas and delimited relaxation areas

– Exclusive use of sows that give birth to on average only as many piglets as they can suckle (average number of piglets per litter must not exceed the number of teats)

The widespread protest by over 20 animal and environmental protection organizations has led to the postponement of the vote in the Federal Council that was originally planned for December. The new schedule provides that the Federal Council will vote on February 14th.
Demand now to reject this regulation and to finally abolish crate stands!

Joint petition from:

Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Fellowship
Animal Equality Germany e. V.
Bundesverband Tierschutz e. V.
Compassion in World Farming
FOUR PAWS – Foundation for Animal Welfare


My comment: According to the draft in the crate, the maximum permissible fixation period for sows is to be reduced from the current 35 days to eight days in the breeding center and to five days in the farrowing area.

Both in the deck center and in the farrowing area, the minimum length of the crate should be 220 cm in the future instead of the previous 200 cm.

These are the changes in the so-called “box stands for sows”, which are supposed to happen in our banana republic in 17 years, and are accompanied by an outrageous lobby quote from a corrupt agriculture minister:
“With our draft regulation, we are creating more space and animal welfare in the barn.
Implementing the measures at short notice would not be feasible, especially for small businesses. We want to keep production with us in Germany; only here can we influence the conditions,” (Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner).

I recently received a message from the Albert Schweizer Foundation saying: More than 160 other associations from the “End the Cage Age” alliance have now sent an open letter to the new head of the EU Commission. In it, the appellants appeal to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides and Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski to take progress and listen to the concerns of Europeans.
The EU must not lag behind in animal welfare issues, but must set the tone. This also means: Abolish cage keeping “.

Does the EU have to set the tone?
And when did the EU do something good for animals?
And when did the EU respect a million citizens’ initiative?
Why do we still have animal transports for days or weeks?
Why do we still have chick shredders?
Piglet castrations without anesthesia?
And now we have the new horror plans of a corrupt minister for the extension of the sow boxes for another 17 years.
Is  anyone who still believes in an EU decision to end cage ages?
Is anyone who still wants to keep and pay for this corrupt and useless EU gang?

My best regards to all, Venus