Day: February 5, 2020

Italy: OIPA Article – THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND ANIMAL WELFARE IN CHINA.

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The following is a repeat of an article in the latest OIPA newsletter relating to the Coronavirus. For pictures, please click on the link given at the end.

 

 

THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND ANIMAL WELFARE IN CHINA

With the escalation of the coronavirus, China banned the transport and sale of wild animals, prohibiting trading to markets, supermarkets, restaurants and online platforms.

It is believed that the source of the infection is the wild animal section of the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which is known for selling live animals and slaughtering them on the spot. Here hygiene levels are extremely poor: wild and domesticated animals, along with their urine, faeces, and bodily fluids, come in contact with sales clerks and customers, with the animals being butchered on the floor, blood splashing everywhere and flies feasting on the carcasses.

To date, there are very few laws in China that protect animals from abuse and mistreatment but, hopefully, with the growing number of activists, especially among young people, along with increasing knowledge about health hazards, there will be more consideration regarding animal welfare in the near future.

The coronavirus infection has already spread across half a dozen nations, including Thailand, Japan, Australia, France, Canada and the United States, causing over 420 deaths and the lockdown of at least 13 Chinese cities.

Scientist have confirmed that the disease, as 70% of human pathogens, has been transmitted from an animal. It is believed that the source of the infection is the wild animal section of the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, in China, which is well known for selling unusual live animals and slaughtering them on the spot.

Among these, wolf pups, scorpions, squirrels, porcupines, turtles, crocodiles, monkeys, dogs, cats and other live animals are sold for human consumption. These type of markets are common across China, Vietnam and other areas of south-eastern Asia, and are called “wet-markets” because of the large quantities of water that are used to slop the floors. Here, sanitations standards hardly exist and hygiene levels are extremely poor: wild and domesticated animals, along with their urine, faeces, and bodily fluids, come in contact with sales clerks and customers, with the animals being butchered on the floor, blood splashing everywhere and flies feasting on the carcasses.

This is the ideal place for contamination to occur and for virus and bacteria to spread. It seems that the outbreak of both the avian flu and SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) originated in these wet markets as a consequence of keeping live animals.

The consumption of wild animal meat is common and considered a luxury in China, especially among the older generations. Moreover, wild and exotic animals and their parts are still used in traditional medicine to cure ailments or as aphrodisiacs. It is part of the Chinese culture, although consumers do not seem to be aware of the public health treat, especially when it is impossible to know the provenience of the animals and, therefore, to be sure if they are free of disease.

After the SARS outbreak in 2003, which killed over 750 people, there was a temporary ban on the wild animal markets. Experts feel like the Chinese government should then have learned that diseases can easily spread from animals to humans in markets where wild, farmed and domestic animals are clumped together in unhygienic conditions, but the ban was withdrawn. With the escalation of the coronavirus, China again banned the transport and sale of wild animals, prohibiting trading to markets, supermarkets, restaurants and online platforms. Unfortunately, the ban will only be in force until the epidemic will be eliminated across the country, leading to think that wildlife trade will be allowed again, as it did after the SARS crisis.

This is a vicious circle: the permanent ban on the sale of wildlife, in China and in other countries, is necessary to reduce the risk of new viruses to emerge, potentially even more dangerous than the past ones.

To date, there are very few laws in China that protect animals from abuse and mistreatment, although there is growing awareness regarding the concepts of animal welfare in some contexts, such as in research and in zoos. Livestock farming has incredibly increased in recent years and China is now one of the world’s main producer of animal-sourced food, but there is no requirement for humane slaughter.

Half of the global pig population and over 60% of farmed fish comes from this country. About 10,000 Asiatic black bears are kept it tiny cages for bile production and other animals, including endangered species, are exploited so their parts can be used for traditional medicine. China is also the biggest producer of fur, which has shocking farming and skinning practices.

Animal cruelty is not a punishable offence in China and it also threatens people’s health and the ecosystem. The political environment does not seem interested in protecting animals, but, hopefully, with the growing number of activists, especially among young people, along with increasing knowledge about health hazards, there will be more consideration regarding animal welfare in the near future.

 

https://www.oipa.org/international/chinese-markets-and-coronavirus/

Germany: Hunting towers have to disappear.

 

Good news, friends!

 

banane rep deutschlandpg

 

Received anonymously from Unoffensive Animal:

Enjoying hiking in the beautiful areas Sauerland, Siegerland und Bergisches Land in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany.

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Unfortunately tons of hunting towers destroy the nice view.

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Therefore but only for the liberation of all forest animals, these have to disappear.

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It’s always good to carry your bushcraft tools with you.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/

 

And…you all!! watch out for the traps for the forest animals too.
They still exist, they are illegal and medieval, they also have to disappear!

Thanks, ALF!!

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany and EU: finally end the cage age!

 

Germany 2020

 

These recordings are no exception they come from a typical German pig breeding. The video was shot by the ARIWA organization.
Animals are treated like objects.
The pig mothers are always locked up.
In metal cages or in agonizing, barren concrete bays
They can never take care of their children
The newborn piglets are sorted into mutant mothers, mutilated and killed
In the animal industry, only the “product” counts, not the living, unique living being
Live vegan and campaign for an end to animal production.

Excerpts from this video are reported on February 3 in the television program SPIEGEL.TV , Germany,  which is actually a very popular program.

 

And I mean...In the middle of Europe, in a country where the Animal Welfare Act is enshrined in the Basic Law such crimes are still legal !! Legal!

And our humorous animal welfare law says: “Nobody should cause pain, suffering or damage to an animal without a reasonable reason.”
The meat and milk mafia have invented and even legalized their reasonable reasons for decades: because it’s so cheap, because the politicians are behind our backs, and because we can make good money from animal suffering.

And last but not least because the consumer wants it that way: Cheap.

The EU’s silence about “end the cage age” is gradually becoming very suspect.
What do we actually expect from the EU?
The EU is the biggest agricultural lobby, we know it.
The farmers in Germany protest against the anesthetic during piglet castration, the farmers are jointly responsible for groundwater contamination, for insect death and antibiotic resistance.

Farmers find it completely ok to put pigs in cages for 4 months, in which they cannot turn around, mothers take away their children, kill excess piglets and if they have exploited cows enough, they let them kill the last money close.

They keep thousands of animals in stalls, densely crowded, with no activity or daylight.

The animals stand on slatted floors in their own shit, which then accumulates as manure, and poisons the environment.

The Agriculture Minister of Germany thinks it is OK if all of this is extended for 17 years.
And the EU also thinks it’s OK.
Only 1.5 EU citizens do not find it ok.

But luckily we live in a “democracy” where animals are tortured because an oligarchy defines the “reasonable” reasons for it.

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My best regards to all, Venus

5/2/20 England 1000Hrs : Climate – London BP HQ Shutdown As Activists Deliver 500 Solar Panels to New CEO.

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Hi Mark – Greenpeace activists have just shut down BP’s headquarters in central London, after delivering 500 solar panels to the new CEO.

They’re here to “welcome” in BP’s new CEO, and show him what he needs to do to tackle the climate emergency: switch BP to 100% renewable energy – or shut the company down! It’s the only way we can get out of this crisis.

Can you help drive this urgent message home to BP’s new CEO? BP really care about their public image, so the bigger we can make this on social media, the more pressure the new CEO will feel.

Around the world, the climate emergency is wreaking havoc on people’s lives. Burning fossil fuels like oil and gas has got us into this mess. And every day, BP are making the crisis worse.

BP already have more fossil fuels on their books than we can afford to burn if we’re to avoid total climate breakdown. But unbelievably, BP are planning to spend $71 billion digging up new oil and gas on top of that. [1]

If BP continue down this path, it will push the climate even closer to breaking point – and that means more frequent and even more severe climate fires and floods. BP must immediately stop digging for new oil and gas and go 100% renewable! Can you help get that message to BP’s new CEO?

 

More news and reading relating to this:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/05/greenpeace-blocks-bp-hq-with-solar-panels-on-new-ceo-first-day

https://news.sky.com/story/bp-hq-temporarily-shut-down-amid-climate-protest-11926756

https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/greenpeace-deliver-500-solar-panels-to-bps-new-ceo-and-shutdown-hq/

 

Germany: 5/2/20 – Contact Details For German Agriculture Ministry.

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Here is a link to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture:

At the top left you can read in either German or English – just select.

https://www.bmel.de/EN/Homepage/homepage_node.html;jsessionid=0EBA7248A085CC0E8DBB7490BAFEA764.2_cid288

 

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On the site it tells us that:

Link – https://www.bmel.de/EN/Animals/AnimalWelfare/animal-welfare_node.html

 

Animal welfare is enshrined as a State goal in the German Basic Law and regulated in the Animal Welfare Act. Under the latter, animal keepers are obliged, in order to promote the welfare of their animals, to comply with the applicable regulations.

Animal welfare is an important issue for the BMEL. The ministry works on developing the existing regulations to support animal welfare. Other examples of ways in which the BMEL promotes animal welfare include sup-porting research projects, investments in livestock husbandry systems that conform to animal welfare principles, and the development of alternatives to animal testing. The ministry also supports and promotes better animal welfare standards – including for animal transportation – at EU and international level.

 

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Why then we ask are they attempting to downgrade the methods for keeping intensive pigs ?

You can decide this.  We think you will agree with us rather than them !

 

If you wish to write to the Ministry about their pig keeping proposals, or anything else, then write directly to them at:

poststelle@bmel.bund.de

 

SAMPLE LETTER

 

We have put sample letter together which you could copy, modify and send to the German ministry at https://www.bmel.de/DE/Servicemenue/Kontakt/kontakt_node.html

 

Send by E-Mail:   poststelle@bmel.bund.de

 

You can change the letter to meet your requirements; but please ensure you do not miss the main points.

Please add your name, nationality and address (if you wish).

Here is the sample letter which you can copy and send; modified if you wish:


 

Date:

Sir / Madam;

On your official site you inform us that:

 

Animal welfare is an important issue for the BMEL. The ministry works on developing the existing regulations to support animal welfare. Other examples of ways in which the BMEL promotes animal welfare include sup-porting research projects, investments in livestock husbandry systems that conform to animal welfare principles, and the development of alternatives to animal testing. The ministry also supports and promotes better animal welfare standards – including for animal transportation – at EU and international level.

 

Decent animal welfare stops the cages; this is what over 1.5 million EU citizens want, which (so far) are despised by the EU, because they (the citizens) don’t even get any information about the development of this debate about what they voted for.

Ex-EU parliamentarian Stefan.B.Eck, independent,  initiated the abolition of the painful rabbit breeding and petitioned against it, EU Commissioner Andriukaitis (then responsible) told him: “Stefan, I`m sorry, I can’t do anything for it “.

Then Stefan Eck said in his speech to the Commission:

“The EU Commission must never put the word “morality” in its mouth; never!!”

So, as a ‘Ministry’ responsible for alleged ‘animal welfare’; can you please then explain to me – why them are you attempting to change the regulations relating to intensive pig welfare on 14/2/20 to make things worse for pigs ? – where is your morality, or are you just a legislator for the farming industry and nothing else; regardless of the negative impact your decisions have on animal welfare  ? – your proposals will mean to even deprive pigs of space to stretch their legs ! – there is nothing ‘moral’ from you.

Your proposed approach which will be decided on 14/2 will neither develop existing regulations to IMPROVE animal welfare – in fact it will do quite the opposite; and by attempting to undertake changes to the regulations you are NOT promoting better animal welfare standards !

I would be very keen to hear your reasoning as to why you are attempting to downgrade animal welfare for intensive pig systems; when in fact you should be working to make intensive cage systems a thing of the past.

I request that for anything near to decent welfare standards, you work urgently to move away from intensive cage systems and instead promote free range – Cage Free Systems.

Clearly from your proposals, animal welfare improvements are NOT one of your priorities.

Please do not pretend to me and others that you are working to improve animal welfare when we know that your proposed changes for intensive pig keeping will result in the opposite of that.

Do not lie to us – break the cages and set the pigs and others free into a world of free range.

 

Yours;

Name

Nationality:


 

 

You have until BEFORE 14/2/20 to send a mail to the Ministry – please do not delay.

Regards WAV – 5/2/20.