I was up real early this morning – like one of those days when you cannot sleep whatever.
I sat in the kitchen with a cup of tea and watched the sun appear out of the darkness into what would be a (weather wise) rather sunny and nice day here. We have some large trees at the end of the garden; and watching the sun show its face to illuminate them was something so very normal, but also beautiful to sit and watch. People take it for granted; but today for me was a treat. At that time of early morning there was a kind of tranquillity about the place; I had 15 minutes to escape the crap of Coronavirus and all the terrible abuses around the world that animals suffer and we, as WAV and SAV see each and every day, like many other campaigners, because governments have not got the nerve to tell the Chinese (or others) to change their attitude and approach to animals. Maybe it is needed in their own country, let alone overseas !
Sadly, tens of millions of animals confined in the worlds cages will never experience what I took as ‘another day’ of light and sun this morning.
Then it dawned on me – the sun that is; and another day started with regard trying to speak up for the innocent and voiceless. At least we can say our bit and show things to you; even if it results in no action by those in power. But remember, knowledge IS power; so don’t shut up being a voice for whatever your causes are – animals, human rights, the environment etc
I took a few (bad) shots of the new day dawn out of the window – they are nothing, just a ‘spur of the moment’ thing, but at that moment; they were kind of special; a joy to witness.
All the birds started to appear for their breakfast; which was great to see.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best – no money issues, no politicians, no Coronavirus – my ‘patch’ seemed at peace for a few minutes. If only the world could be like that ……….
Eyewitness video footage shows elephants who were forced to participate in the cruel Chitwan Elephant Festival in Nepal being repeatedly struck and gouged with bullhooks—spear-like weapons with a sharp hook on one end—and their ears being violently yanked.
Mahouts (handlers) also beat frightened elephants with other weapons, such as sticks and makeshift wooden knives.
One mahout can be seen repeatedly jabbing a baby elephant behind the ear to force her to “play” soccer. Right after the match, eyewitnesses saw that she had several fresh, painful, bloody wounds.
When these elephants aren’t being forced to perform at this festival, they’re used for rides by tourists visiting Chitwan. Elephants who are forced to “play” polo or give rides are controlled through physical violence and psychological domination.
They’re chained and beaten with bullhooks or other weapons and constantly threatened with violence to keep them afraid and submissive.
Elephants used for polo games, rides, shows, and other forms of entertainment suffer tremendously. Even when not performing, they’re typically deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.
If we take an honest look at the reality of life in captivity for elephants compared to the life that they would have in nature, we can see that the “trainers” have utterly degraded these magnificent animals.
Elephants are highly social beings who thrive in matriarchal herds, protecting each other, caring for their babies, and traveling many miles a day.
They experience joy, sadness, and fear. Their rituals of mourning the deaths of family members rival any that humans have developed. But throughout Nepal, baby elephants are routinely beaten and subjected to other egregiously cruel forms of “training.”
Their complex emotional states and multifaceted relationships are left in tatters.
Using these majestic, endangered animals in silly spectacles is shameful. Nepal should be focused on protecting them in their natural habitats, not exploiting them for human amusement.
Last year, more than a dozen companies dropped their support of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand after a PETA Asia eyewitness exposé revealed abuse similar to that documented in Nepal, and the tournament’s organizers ceased their operations in Thailand—making the Chitwan Elephant Festival the only event in the world in which elephants are shamefully abused for and forced to “play” polo.
And for good reason—others have recognized the cruelty inherent in making elephants perform and have stopped abusing animals.
The Chitwan Elephant Festival also hurts Nepal’s tourism industry.
Please fill out the form below to tell the Nepal Tourism Board that it’s in its best interest to cancel these cruel “games.”
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And I mean…Those who are too lazy or too stupid to play football themselves choose the enslaved animals as substitutes, who definitely have more intelligence than all these primitive offenders.
So that every brain-sick tourist in his country can proud the experienced hero, elephants have to spend their lives in torture, slavery and daily humiliations.
Maybe our corona brings some good side effects in this regard.
Most will not travel anytime soon, nature and animals are recovering, and fear spoils any desire for exotic fun!
A butcher selling a yak’s head to a customer at a market in Beijing.
Photo – AFP via Getty Images
A man sells grilled pigs at a street market ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo – EPA
“Listen, in China, anything with four legs but a table, and anything with two legs and not a person — we’ll eat it.”
You can usually smell the markets before you see them.
Especially if you’re downwind.
It’s a sickly, almost sweet and nauseating smell of death. Once inside, the fetid stench — made worse by blistering temperatures and zero refrigeration — is overwhelming, and it is places like this where the deadly coronavirus originated.
In stall after stall, a mix of live and dead animals, which run the gamut from the known (pig, ox, duck, chicken) to the rare or unknown due to the condition of the carcass — stare back at you. In the wet areas of the market — usually reserved for fish and sea creatures and where the ground is slick with water and often blood — the stink is worse.
The animals that have not yet been dispatched by the butcher’s knife make desperate bids to escape by climbing on top of each other and flopping or jumping out of their containers (to no avail). At least in the wet areas, the animals don’t make a sound. The screams from mammals and fowl are unbearable and heartbreaking.
These unregulated markets must stop.
Not only are they wiping out precious wildlife, they are the root of most modern epidemics and outbreaks. They literally threaten all life on the planet.
The Chinese wildlife trade is mired in long-held beliefs about the benefits of eating exotic and often endangered animals for good health. But the reality stands in stark contrast. The markets in China where live wild animals, including endangered species like pangolins, are bought and sold have often acted as petri dishes for the germination and spread of deadly diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the deadly bird flu, with each outbreak claiming hundreds of human victims.
Now, once again, China’s wildlife markets have spawned another global public health crisis with the deadly coronavirus, a pneumonia-like illness that has so far claimed nearly 80 human lives and sickened at least 2,700 more, providing more evidence than ever why the country needs to shut down its wildlife markets for good.
“Chinese society is boiling with anger at wildlife policy failures,” says Humane Society International’s China policy specialist, Peter Li.
“Social media is full of posts condemning the refusal to shut down the wildlife markets. This is the worst Chinese New Year in China’s recent history.”
The last time China made an effort to close down its wildlife markets was after the SARS outbreak some 17 years ago in 2003, although that effort ceased about six months later.
Why wild animals are a key ingredient in China’s coronavirus outbreak
Before its closure, exotic animals — from snakes to civet cats — were available at a wet market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that is ground zero of a new virus killing people with pneumonia-like symptoms and infecting growing numbers of others around the world.
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese authorities have stepped up support for hog production, reducing the number of zones where pig breeding is forbidden by unlawful measures, an official said Tuesday.
The country’s environmental and agricultural regulators have jointly urged local authorities to standardize the zoning and management of pig breeding. To date, the ban on 14,000 areas has been lifted, said Liu Zhiquan, an official with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
The supply of pork is closely related to people’s food consumption. Actions of restricting hog breeding beyond the provisions of laws and regulations in the name of environmental protection should be firmly opposed, Liu said at a press conference.
A circular was jointly released by the environmental and agricultural regulators in November 2019, simplifying procedures of environmental impact assessment for large-scale pig husbandry projects.
The country will further accelerate environmental impact assessments for pig breeding companies while implementing supervision to ensure enterprises take necessary measures for environmental protection.
WAV Comment – sure they will, we doont think !!!
China has taken a string of measures to enhance hog production and will work to return hog production capacity to normal levels by the end of 2020.
On the 1 of March the lynx cull began in Sweden as of right now over 80 have been killed and 103 will be killed by the end of this month.
A massacre was going on in the forrest and we could not just sit idly by and watch the slaughter.
While searching for the hunt scum with the intention of sabotaging their efforts to kill the 8 lynx that were still fighting for their home and lives in our cull zone we came across many traps, hunting towers and feeding stations that all met the same fate. Here are two of the many that were demolished. Long live the lynx!
Those who are exposed to COVID-19 propaganda for several hours a day will hardly be able to grasp a clear thought out of sheer panic.
This is certainly also the goal of strictly coordinated propaganda, which we particularly appreciate and inevitably finance, especially through the public media.
Their job is to subtly deprive people of the opportunity to think independently.
They themselves call it high-level information and education.
Insofar as, contrary to expectations or due to technical breakdowns, there are moments of light within this panic sprinkling, the normally gifted person begins to ask questions internally.
Questions that it is better not to open up and therefore mostly to keep quiet and secret. This is the only way to be reasonably safe from the destructive criticism that everyone is exposed as soon as he issues questions or facts that contradict the official line.
The economic side of the pandemic
Let us turn to the economic side of this crisis, following the rampant pandemic.
An officially prescribed crisis, which becomes more significant and more serious with every compulsory and restrictive measure called.
It was not for nothing that unlimited financial resources were provided for every cough, well before panic mode was raised to today’s level.
This can be seen as a signal that the government, either way, is expecting a huge crash.
Rightly so, because the financial and economic system has been overdue in this regard for years.
Corona is just the gentle and innocuous door opener, the hand puppet or Trojan to play a real drama for people. All with the goal of reaching the next level on the way to total control of the crowds.
The latter is pretty much the hardest attack on the remaining Human liberties.
We are experiencing, so to speak, the final dispute. It is about whether people will be able to take control of their own destiny, freely and individually, in the future.
Or whether, as in the past few decades, people remain only the productive livestock of an elite class.
In this context, it can be said that it is a battle against globalization that is pursuing exactly this agenda of human livestock.
The EU is only a small size and unfortunately nothing else than “not pro person” … only “pro … fit”
Lock-down brings heavy losses
The Europe-wide failure of the entire economy will immediately lead to the death of all affected economies. We could say they die on Corona themselves. This virus is simply the ideal scapegoat.
Of course, this is not entirely true, as these economies are now dying because of the planned measures to combat a small virus, the importance of which is more than controversial.
But the propaganda already helps the little creature to the power it has now been given. Nothing will change the result. Economies will die along with COVID-19, the weakest first.
It would be better, in general, to start thinking about a new system in terms of education, economy and the state. A more stable system that does not have to be driven against the wall every three generations like now.
In this regard, at least the previously mentioned small elite would like to read later in the history books that not their greed destroyed everything, but a small, cute virus called COVID-19.
And I mean...The whole world smells of disinfectants, in the subway, in the supermarket, in sports studios, in the café..
No cinemas, no soccer, no museums, no theater, no libraries, no visitors from relatives in the hospital, no parties, even no church …
Everywhere empty shelves, noodles are gone, rice is gone, cans are gone, toilet paper is gone, even the vegan range that no one wanted before is gone.
The empty shelves in the supermarket are reminiscent of the old days in the former GDR, when people abused the “totalitarian” system of socialism at the time and only dreamed of fleeing to the West in order to finally buy everything their hearts could desire.
And now fucking capitalism is failing worse than its enemies at the time.
After the swine and bird flu failed so miserably, the right one finally seems to have been found.
There will soon be a global slaughterhouse for human animals that will cut all savings in half.
We have the explanation for this: it was the evil virus!
One thing is hopeful and makes the situation bearable: the corona is an animal-friendly virus!