Day: March 19, 2020

Russia: a new animal protection law – 5 important facts


On December 27, 2018, the text for a new animal protection law was passed in Russia. In 2010 the lower house of the Russian parliament received the draft law for the first time.


The Animal Welfare Act has been fully applicable since January 2020. This Animal Welfare Act forms the basis for implementing further improvements in the protection of animals in Russia.
For the welfare of animals, the Animal Welfare Act sets limits and guidelines for the coexistence of humans and animals.

Animals with owners, homeless animals and animals in captivity are affected by the law.
As a result, every individual, animal shelter and facilities such as zoos or circuses are obliged to adhere to certain standards when dealing with animals.

These 5 points from Russia’s Animal Welfare Act should be known:

1. Animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering
The law names animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering and turns away from the definition of “animals as possessions”.
Legal recognition is an important success for animals and forms a legal basis to fundamentally question the common way people deal with animals.

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2. Castration programs and catch-and-release procedures for dealing with homeless animals.
When dealing with homeless animals – for example if they are to be caught – they should always work together with an animal shelter and the animals should be housed there.
If a human companion can be identified for the animal, it is brought back there. Simply abandoning an animal rather than moving it to a new owner or shelter is prohibited.

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Once at the shelter, homeless animals are to be vaccinated and sterilized or castrated. The use of pain relievers is also legally required for such interventions.
They also get a brand that cannot be removed. After veterinary care, the animals return to their usual environment, i.e. to the place where they were found.
The capturing and resetting of the animals should be filmed and open to the public.

Homeless animals should remain in the shelter until the previous human companions are found, a new home is found, or the animals succumb to their age.


Killing homeless animals is prohibited.
If euthanasia is necessary, this may only be carried out by appropriate specialist staff.

3. Cruelty to animals
The law formulates an extensive definition of cruelty to animals, which includes torture through physical violence, hunger or thirst.
To better protect animals, the law also prohibits:

-Abuse animals as bait for another animal
-To promote any form of cruelty to animals
-To let animals fight against each other on purpose

This gives competent authorities an important basis for consistently preventing and punishing cruelty to animals.

elefant auf den Boden in ZirkusMore needs to be done for animals in the entertainment industry, since the license introduced for zoos, circuses, aquariums or similar establishments merely sets guidelines for the exploitation of animals instead of abolishing them.


Animals continue to be forced to behave unnaturally in these facilities for questionable cultural or entertainment purposes. Animals are not there to entertain people, which is why PETA Germany works every day to ensure that animals are not misused and tortured to entertain people.

4. Wild animals as animal roommates
The Animal Welfare Act prohibits the acquisition and keeping of wild animals as roommates in Russia. Wild animals are no longer allowed to be kept in private apartments, houses, gardens or in bars and restaurants.
Unfortunately, this regulation only applies to the purchase of animals after the Animal Welfare Act comes into force. Wild animals that already live with humans are not affected by the law.
They will probably not be able to live in a species-appropriate way.


5. Dealing with offenders
Cruelty to animals must always be taken seriously and punished. If people torture animals by inflicting them psychological or physical injuries, or even killing them, these actions must have corresponding legal consequences.
The Animal Welfare Act provides for various penalties for these cases. For example, a fine of up to 80,000 rubles (about EUR 1086.00) or up to six months in the amount of the monthly salary of the offender. If minors are present during the crime, a fine of up to 300,000 rubles (around EUR 4072.50) or up to five years in prison can be imposed.

Animal welfare laws have the potential to bring about significant changes in how humans treat animals.
The more specifically the legal texts name criminal behavior, the less excuses there are for criminals.

Although the Russian law now recognizes animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering, there is no consistent implementation.
Facilities such as aquariums, dolphinariums, circuses and zoos that imprison animals for entertainment purposes may continue to do so.

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The condition is a valid license. It is now up to the responsible authorities and institutions to enforce the guidelines of the new law in an animal-friendly and consistent manner so that the text of the law not only reads well, but also means noticeable changes for the animals.


My comment: If we take into account that Russia is not an EU country, we have to praise the legislator.
But that’s only one dimension of the law.
The other is its practical application.

The German animal protection law is also very good on paper.
For example, the first section says:
§ 1 “Nobody may cause pain, suffering or harm to an animal without a reasonable reason.”
This also means “useful” animals.

But every day we experience conditions in factory farming as if we had no animal protection law.
An animal protection law is as good as its consistent application in practice.

We hope for Russia.
That the police, authorities, veterinarians and, last but not least, the court remain consistent and true to their progressive animal welfare laws.

My best regards to all, Venus

19/3/20: Now Thailand – ILLEGAL ‘wet animal markets’ where it’s believed the Coronavirus originated are still operating under organised crime gangs.



 60 Minutes exposed the continuing animal trade in Thailand's Chatuchak wildlife market in Bangkok

 Wild animals smuggled from across the world sat in cages for their live or slaughtered sale

Thailand – Bangkok – Illegal wet markets are still selling live animals, despite the Coronavirus infections across the world.

ILLEGAL ‘wet animal markets’ where it’s believed the Coronavirus originated are still operating under organised crime gangs.

The shocking discovery was revealed in an undercover investigation by 60 Minutes Australia journalist Liam Bartlett.


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Watch the undercover video of the market via the above link.




Coronavirus: Illegal ‘wet markets’ are STILL selling live animals in Bangkok despite ban over fears of new epidemics

Confronting footage shows cage after cage of wild “high risk” animals being stored for their slaughter and sale in wet markets, despite Asian governments claiming they had been shut down following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Travelling to Thailand, Bartlett was joined by leading environmental and human rights investigator Steven Galster, at who warned the wet market has the potential to spark a “second Wuhan.”

A strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals was rolled out across China in a desperate effort to contain the coronavirus, which is believed to have started at a wildlife market in Wuhan.


 African serval cats, fennec foxes from the Sahara and marmosets from South America were discovered in the market


Although it is unclear which animal transferred the virus to humans, China acknowledged it needed to bring its lucrative wildlife industry under control to prevent another outbreak.

China closed over 20,000 wet markets in February, but markets being run by crime syndicates are still selling off animals across Asia with impunity.

The hotbeds for disease are still operating in Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and Burma, where millions of dollars are being made in the shipping and trading of “exotic meat” and wildlife.

At the Chatuchak market in the heart of Bangkok, wild animals smuggled from across the world sat in cages for their live or slaughtered sale.

Covert footage showed African serval cats, fennec foxes from the Sahara, marmosets from South America, blue-tongued lizards, iguanas, monkeys, Australian cockatoos, African meerkats, ferrets, rare tortoises, porcupines, snakes and skunks, among others.

The animals sold in wet markets are highly vulnerable to catching and passing on viruses, due to their diminished immune systems caused by the stress of living in the squalid conditions.

This adds to the risk of viruses such as COVID-19 crossing over to humans during the animals’ handling process and slaughter.

While experts aren’t yet certain, there is suspicion is that coronavirus crossed over to humans late last year from the pangolin, the most trafficked wild animal in the world popular in the unhygienic street sales.

The wet markets are visited by thousands of people each day, making the risk of the virus jumping to humans even higher.

Mr Galster told the Australian media outlet Asia’s wet markets are a “sleeping time bomb” of coronavirus risk.


Lebanon: illegal shooting of storks

Committee Against Bird Murder e.V.


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Storks and illegal hunting in Lebanon.

Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of white storks have made their way back to their breeding grounds.

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From Lebanon, where the migration routes of numerous populations overlap, numerous large swarms have been observed and reported by our partner associations since the beginning of the month.


Unfortunately, we have received dozens of reports of illegal shooting of storks at the same time. Yesterday, our Lebanese colleagues released these recordings, which show the shooting down of a stork resting on a mast near Akkar (northern Lebanon district) last week.

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The material has been published by numerous Lebanese media, as well as the call by the committee and its partner associations to immediately report any such incident to the police.

And I mean…The estimated number of illegally killed birds in Lebanon is more than 2,600,000 annually.

But not only in Lebanon!

In the European Union, more than 53 million wild birds are legally shot down by hunters every year, including numerous species that are critically endangered in Germany.

Hunters, poachers, bird catchers and animal traders threaten our migratory birds everywhere along their hiking routes. Whether in Italy, France and Spain, in Malta and Cyprus, in the Balkans, Greece and Egypt and probably also in other countries, songbirds migrate to the grill plate instead of to the winter quarters!

In theory, bird hunting is forbidden in the EU, but it is still “as a tradition” and in France they even want to increase the “catch quota”!

Why should the loss of biodiversity of birds and other animals interest the corrupt morons in politics?
Most of them are hunters themselves.
Therefore, penalties are not so high that hunters hurt; only the corruption is high and increases every day. They help each other to hide and continue to kill our songbirds, and not only.

No wonder that we have fewer and fewer birds in our home gardens, parks and in nature.

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We are not only by animal haters, we are surrounded by life haters!

My best regards to all, Venus