Day: February 26, 2020

India: The Crew at ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ Make More Great Rescues – Watch Some Here.

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Dear Mark,

 

WAV Comment – we hope that soon we will be able to publish the same great news (as below) for all the Serbian dogs being caught and killed by the shinter contract companies.

 

Victory for dogs in Udaipur!

The cruel treatment and killing of dogs in the name of a rogue animal birth control contract has been stopped for good. Since the end of November, 2019, we have been working tirelessly with a group of dedicated animal lovers by documenting the violations, filing complaints with police, and protesting in the streets to stop the criminal activities harming our street dogs. By the end of December we had successfully stopped the fraudulent NGO’s operations, and last Saturday the contract was finally cancelled by the Udaipur Municipal Corporation. Bravo to the hundreds of people near and far who said NO to the horrible treatment of innocent dogs.

 

 

Magnificent Marshall was giving up when neighbor’s noticed his enormous wound. It wasn’t that this poor boy’s suffering was deliberately ignored by anyone, rather it shows how astoundingly fast maggots can multiply and consume an animal’s tissue. Especially on the back of the neck where a dog can’t reach to clean the wound. Marshall was brave beyond belief and we were so relieved when this determined, (and so handsome!) boy could be saved, and had the chance to show his carers what a huge lovey-dove he is.

 

 

Let’s help the animals who just cannot help themselves. Please donate

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With a horribly infected neck wound and a second painful wound on her stomach, this badly injured dog had the heart to ask her rescuers for belly rubs! Isn’t this older dog, who we’ve named Muriel, telling us so clearly that love helps us heal?

 

 

Help an older dog’s love light shine. Please donate

 

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Meet the caregivers:

Sugna Bai Gameti is a gentle all-rounder whose patience and caring heart enables her tremendous flexibility. Whether she’s bathing a squirmy dog, or washing a food bowl, Sugna Bai just “hits the ground running,” adapting to new dogs, new conditions, weather, new volunteers and staff with equanimity and grace. Sugna Bai is one of the quiet heros who are “behind the scenes” and even when the seas are rocky, we all count on Sugna Bai to bring balance to the ship!

 

Gentle little Aru had a very advanced and serious canine version of conjunctivitis. Untreated, she would have probably lost her sight and possibly even her life. We hurried her into emergency treatment, rising her eyes twice a day with antibiotic eye drops. What would have ended in tragedy was cleared up within 4 days.

 

 

Please donate — after all, little ones deserve a chance to see the world, and they don’t want to miss a day!

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South Africa: The NSPCA and Gerrie Nel head to the High Court against Live Export by Sea.

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‘dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the enclosed decks, widespread diarrhoea, with much of it falling into the feed and water troughs’

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The NSPCA and Gerrie Nel head to the High Court against Live Export by Sea

https://nspca.co.za/ 

Dear Animal Warrior

 

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) confirms that an urgent application to the High Court has been launched to interdict the impending export by sea of live sheep to Kuwait. The matter is set to be heard in the Grahamstown High Court on Friday, 28 February 2020. This, following the live export by sea horror that took place in October 2019 where sheep were transported to the Middle East in horrendous conditions.

Since the shipment in October 2019, the NSPCA has attempted to gain information from both the exporters and the government, of when the next shipment is scheduled, to no avail. The NSPCA was recently made aware that the sheep are mounting in the feedlot owned by the Page Farming Trust and leased by Al Mawashi in Berlin, Eastern Cape, and there were in excess of 30 000 sheep in the first week of February 2020. This number has increased by another 40 000 since 13 February 2020 – totalling 70 000 sheep. It is clear that an imminent shipment is planned.

Afriforum agreed to assist the NSPCA with this High Court case. Advocate Gerrie Nel leading the team, along with advocates Phyllis Vorster and Gustav Weich. The attorneys for the NSPCA case are Matthew Klein and Justin Powers. The NSPCA is indebted to Gerrie Nel and Afriforum for taking this important case on. The NSPCA has a bevy of esteemed experts, including Australian Veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson who has first-hand experience on these ships, Professor Gareth Bath, Dr Shaun Morris, as well as our own veterinarian, Dr Bryce Marock. The papers will be served to the following respondents:

  1. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
  2. The Director General, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
  3. The Director, Veterinary – Public Health, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Eastern Cape
  4. The Provincial Executive Officer, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Eastern Cape
  5. The MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Eastern Cape
  6. The Chief Veterinary Officer Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
  7. The Director for Veterinary Public Health and Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
  8. The Harbour Master, National Ports Authority
  9. The Director, National Ports Authority
  10. Al Mawashi Reg K2018520686
  11. Dave Muller T/A The Meat Men
  12. John Page
  13. Bruce Page
  14. Glen Page

 

It has come to light that other exporters wish to export live cattle by sea to the likes of Cambodia. The voyage is even longer than that of the Kuwait exports, it exceeds 21 days.

“This case is not only important for this shipment of sheep, but for all the animals that are destined for this harrowing journey to various countries around the globe – we simply cannot allow the perpetuation and growth of this cruel and brutal trade” explained Senior Inspector Grace De Lange, manager of the NSPCA’s Farm Animal Protection Unit.

Afriforum’s CEO Kallie Kriel emphasises that the action is not intended to stop the trade in animals, but rather the way it is done, bringing about cruelty to the animals involved.

In November 2019, the NSPCA laid criminal charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 against the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), as well as Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Al Mawashi – the owners of the Al Shuwaikh vessel, who have a company in South Africa, the captain of the Al Shuwaikh, the Page Farming Trust, and individuals from the Page Farming Trust following the harrowing days spent at the East London harbour by Inspectors of the NSPCA in October 2019, when approximately 57 000 sheep were loaded for shipment to the Middle East. The matter is with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the investigation is still ongoing.

Conditions on board the Al Shuwaikh in October 2019, included dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the enclosed decks, widespread diarrhoea, with much of it falling into the feed and water troughs, sheep in respiratory distress, together with other serious welfare concerns. On the dock and feedlot, animals were treated in an inhumane manner, and attempts were made to load sick, injured and lame animals onto the vessel. These sentient beings meant nothing to the handlers and exporters.

The costs incurred thus far have been exorbitant and the matter is far from over. The motion will be heard in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, so travelling costs, as well as legal costs are placing huge pressure on the NSPCA’s resources. We appeal to caring citizens to assist the NSPCA with this landmark case.

Let us stand together against this abhorrent suffering.

 

Account Name: SPCA National Council of SA

Bank: Standard Bank

Account No.: 220 639 744

Branch Code: 051 001

Reference: Sheep

 

Kind regards

The NSPCA Team

 

 

 

EU: EU spending tens of millions of euros a year to promote meat eating; despite all the evidence against it !

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WAV Comment – we have always called the pro-meat industry; the lobbyists at the EU, the ‘meat mafia’; and in this article by the very respected ‘Guardian’ newspaper in the UK; which we ask you all to read; our labelling is not far from the truth.

 

“The EU has been accused of an “indefensible” approach to human health and the climate crisis in spending tens of millions of euros each year on campaigns to reverse the decline in meat eating”

“About €60m has been spent in the last three years on 21 meat marketing campaigns …”

“A campaign by the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade which will be run in six member states at a cost to EU taxpayers of €4.4m aims over the next two years to “contradict myths and fake news” about the rearing and slaughter of chickens for meat”.

 

We wait with interest to see if the EU bans the intensive cage animal rearing systems of the EU members states; if Germany takes action about the intensive farming of its pigs, and if the EU will ever get any closer to reducing or stopping the transport of live animals. In all cases, we very much question / doubt that there will be any positive progress; especially when all this pro meat eating campaigns are funded by the european taxpayer; who from all accounts; is actually eating less meat now !

And EU citizens are supposed to have faith in the Parliament that represents ‘them’ in Brussels ?

Regards Mark.

 

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EU spending tens of millions of euros a year to promote meat eating

 

The Guardian is an English newspaper – WAV

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/14/eu-spending-tens-of-millions-of-euros-a-year-to-promote-meat-eating

 

Campaigns to promote consumption of pork and veal labelled ‘indefensible’ in light of health and climate concerns

The EU has been accused of an “indefensible” approach to human health and the climate crisis in spending tens of millions of euros each year on campaigns to reverse the decline in meat eating and trying to rebut so-called “fake news” on the mistreatment of animals bred for food.

Campaigns range from those designed to counter official warnings about the risk of cancer from eating red meat, to improving the public image of veal products said to be crucial in “deriving value from young male calves” superfluous to the dairy industry.

The EU provides an annual €200m (£166m) subsidy for the “promotion of agricultural products” each year. About €60m has been spent in the last three years on 21 meat marketing campaigns, including in the UK, according to research by the Dutch animal welfare organisation Wakker Dier.

 

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The stated ambition of many of the projects has been to halt a decline in meat consumption amid a growing trend to vegetarianism among Europe’s young people.

The livestock sector is responsible for about 14.5% of total human-derived greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists have provided evidence of a link between cancer and diets involving pork, beef and lamb products.

The description on the European commission website of one recent campaign entitled Pork Lovers Europe, which secured €1.4m for marketing, including a “road-show” with a pink bus painted to look like a pig, noted “that the consumption of pork meat in Europe has decreased in recent years”

 

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It continued: “Therefore, it is very important to promote pork meat to restore the confidence of the consumer, which was shaken by news such as the last IARC [International Agency for Research on Cancer] report.”

Scientists at the IARC, a UN agency, reported in 2015 that the consumption of bacon, red meat and glyphosate weedkiller increased the risk of developing cancer. The Pork Lovers Europe adverts targeted consumers in the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Portugal.

A campaign by the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade which will be run in six member states at a cost to EU taxpayers of €4.4m aims over the next two years to “contradict myths and fake news” about the rearing and slaughter of chickens for meat.

 

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“EU poultry consumption in the European Union is still increasing but at a slower pace, as more and more consumers are mistrustful regarding the poultry meat production,” the European commission’s website says. The campaign, targeting a 1.22% growth in chicken consumption in 2020 and 2021, is aimed at “young children, professionals, media and opinion leaders”.

A second pork campaign received a €2.5m subsidy for an initiative aimed at Danes and Swedes. “Pork is no longer a natural part of the diet of young Scandinavians,” the commission website says. “They tend to eat less meat in general and to avoid pork in particular. The aim is to increase consumer demand and thus halt any otherwise expected fall.”

A campaign in favour of the Dutch veal sector to promote the meat of calves in the Belgian, Italian and French markets received a €6m subsidy.

“The veal market has been declining since the 2000s,” says a description of the project on the commission website. “There are various reasons for this: the economic crisis, changes in consumption behaviour and above all a lack of top-of-mind awareness. France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy are minded to fight this fall in consumption by boosting the image consumers have of European veal.”

 

End the Cage Age

 

Sjoerd van de Wouw, a researcher at Wakker Dier foundation, said the funding policy was outdated indefensible. “We understand that you need to consider the interests of producers but not by completing ignoring the interests of consumers and the climate,” he said.

In response, a European commission spokesman said: “The selection of projects is based on a strict and defined procedure involving external evaluators. The producers’ organisations send proposals regarding their campaign ideas and also participate in the funding of the campaigns.

“In an effort to constantly evaluate and adjust its existing policy, the commission will soon launch a public consultation on the EU promotion policy for agricultural products.”

 

anja