Day: April 17, 2020

Corona: a supporter of animal rights

 

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At the Urubo Golf Country Club in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, world’s friendliest rodents capybaras have been spotted more frequently in recent days as the club has not been frequented often due to the coronavirus outbreak, as footage filmed on Saturday shows.

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Dozens of rodents could be seen moving in herds and swimming in the lagoon of the exclusive resort now deserted.
As a local worker explained, up to 40 capybaras took over the grounds of the golf club since the quarantine started. The mammals, which are usually seen in smaller numbers in the area, are known as the largest rodent in the world and are a native species of Bolivia.
The country, whose government declared a quarantine on March 21, recorded 139 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths as of Saturday.

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And I mean..There is no hope that the real epidemic of the planet, the human species, will understand after coronexit, what it means to live without freedom in all your life.
To have no rights because the ruling race determined it so.

There is no hope that this breed will finally limit its privileges – the so-called human rights – and live peacefully with the “other” animal species, without exploitation, slavery, violence.

Therefore we wish our animal-friendly visitor a longer stay among us.
It is a unique opportunity for our fellow creatures to finally get their rights.

Regards and a good night from Venus

Spain: Corona kills the bullfighting mafia

This week the mayor of Mas de Barberams, Josep Maria Lleixà, has confirmed what was already an open secret: the town’s biggest festivities, scheduled for this April, are canceled.

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The same has happened with Aldover, a municipality that starts the bullfighting season in Catalonia every year, and with Alcanar, which had planned to organize an entire week with more than 30 bullfights, in May.

Some of the events planned for major festivals will change their dates and will be held in another month. But bullfights cannot be held because they must be held during the traditionally stipulated period, as required by law.

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The total number of bullfights in Catalonia canceled and unavoidable are now in their forties, but various municipalities throughout Spain are already suspending all sports, cultural activities and festivities scheduled for June, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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If they follow the same steps, the festivities canceled in Catalonia would reach 70. Municipalities and cultural sectors are beginning to foresee that in reality there will be no concerts, sporting events, or crowds allowed until, at least, after the summer, which is why there will probably be no bullfighting season in Catalonia or the rest of Spain.

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And I mean…A death blow for the bullfighting mafia.
We are happy, very happy!

Usually it is the bull killer who gives the death blow to the massacred, bleeding bull when he lies powerless on the floor and surrenders.

An animal-friendly virus called Corona is now determining the new legal system.
And that’s good! The animal world breathes free air.

We are happy but we are also aware that this, their brief liberation from human tyranny will not last long.

My best regards to all, Venus

England (London): Farms Not Factories – Big Pig Business !

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Factory farms, like wet markets, provide the ideal conditions for diseases such as the Covid-19 coronavirus to mutate, multiply and spread. A number of different coronaviruses have decimated pig populations in recent years, and it has been shown that some of these viruses could have (or have already) made the jump to humans (see below). This is deeply concerning, particularly amidst this global pandemic we are currently facing.

 

 

 

In March, the campaign group Pause the System took to the streets in front of Downing Street urging the UK government to ban factory farming amongst a set of measures to prevent any future pandemic outbreaks. Since then, many newspapers, journalists and writers have been speaking out about the links between public health, epidemics, pandemics and factory farming. We have a responsibility to put a halt to all the broken systems that contribute to viral pathogens, to reduce the possibility of this happening again. We need to ban factory farming. However, last month we were met with the devastating news that, in the UK, pig and chicken factory farming is actually continuing to rise.

 

 

 

Please read and share widely our blog article that discusses the link between factory farming and viruses. We can all help bring factory farming to an end by only buying high welfare pork from small scale high welfare farms. Look for high welfare labels like RSPCA Assured, Free Range or best of all, Organic – Or go direct to your farmer via farmers markets, box schemes and online.

 

Read the full article here:

https://farmsnotfactories.org/articles/if-you-want-pandemics-build-factory-farms/

 

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England: The Guardian – our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production.

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WAV Comment – ‘The Guardian’ is a London based national UK newspaper. It is very good, and has a very good ‘Environmental’ section which includes animal welfare issues.

Here below is a link, and copy of one of their monthly roundup news articles relating to animal welfare issues.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2020/apr/16/animals-farmed-pig-virus-wildlife-trade-in-china-and-the-poultry-capital-of-wales

 

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the web

 

News from around the world

 

Pigs and poultry are likely to be safe from Covid-19, according to German scientists, whose study showed that while fruit bats and ferrets were susceptible to infection, pigs and chickens were not. Coronaviruses have devastated farm animals in the past. Swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) killed nearly 25,000 piglets in China in 2016–17.

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious virus fatal to pigs, has been reported on a farm in Poland close to the German border. The German states of Brandenburg and Saxony have both recently built fences along the border with Poland to keep out wild boars infected with ASF. Meanwhile, in China authorities have launched a 60-day campaign to crack down on improper or illegal transportation of pigs to reduce ASF transmission. The outbreak in the country has already wiped out 40% of its pig population.

 

MEPs and campaigners have called on the EU to ban live exports to reduce the spread of zoonotic disease. The European Food Safety Authority has said in the past that the live export trade is a potential risk to public health. It said stresses associated with handling and transport may cause latent infections to proceed to clinical disease. These animals may infect others and in many cases (such as salmonellosis) would also increase the risk to public health.

A group of 40 NGOs have also written to the EU to demand an overhaul of its food and farming system post Covid-19. The pandemic had “brought to light some of the dysfunctions of our current globalised and unsustainable food systems, including the link between the increased emergence of zoonoses and intensive animal farming”, they said. The letter also urged the EU not to delay the launch of its new Farm to Fork strategy any later than this month.

 

The US is to give billions in aid to farmers to help them cope with falls in commodity prices. Dairy farmers and processors in the US and Canada have been dumping milk after a collapse in demand following the closure of restaurants and schools, which are large buyers of dairy products, left them with a glut. The government has been asked to pay producers to cut milk output and buy up cheese, butter and other dairy products for food banks. Meanwhile, the closure of a number of US meat processing plants due to Covid-19 is leading to fears of disruption to food supplies and a lack of places for farmers to send animals.

 

 

News from the UK

 

The UK beef and lamb sectors say a decline in sales of prime cuts with the shutdown of the food service sector is leading to a collapse in the value of animals. Converting higher value cuts into mince is less profitable for farmers. Abattoirs and processing plants across the meat sector are also having to reduce production due to employees self-isolating with Covid-19 and the requirement for two-metre distancing in factories.

 

Dairy farmers and processors are already dumping milk after a collapse in milk prices. “Food service volume is not being replaced by supermarkets,” said one major processor. “There is nowhere left [to send it]”. Farming charities have called for the government to step in to buy or reimburse dairy farmers who are not insured for milk losses or are being affected by Covid-19 price cuts.

 

Farming groups have protested after retailers started stocking Polish mince in UK stores. Red meat processor ABP said panic buying had forced it to source Polish beef because it did not have the processing capacity to meet the surge in demand.

MPs from the environment, food and rural affairs committee are launching an inquiry into how the food supply chain has been disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis and what steps are needed to manage consumer access to healthy food. The public have been asked to submit their views to the committee via an online survey.

News from Animals Farmed

 

Animal welfare campaigners have expressed concern after China included wildlife such as deer, game birds, mink and foxes on a list of animals that it plans to allow to be farmed. “Rebranding wildlife as livestock doesn’t alter the fact that there are insurmountable challenges to keeping these species in farm environments … some of these species can act as intermediate hosts of viruses, such as Covid-19,” said Peter Li, China policy specialist with Humane Society International, who welcomed additional plans to ban the eating of dogs.

 

The number of large-scale intensive pig and poultry farms continues to rise in the UK, according to new analysis. There are now more than 1,700 farms with upwards of 40,000 birds or 2,000 pigs, up 7% between 2017–18. The increase has caused a backlash in Powys, known as the “poultry capital of Wales” with 60 times as many chickens as people in the county. Intensive farms have been linked to local biodiversity damage from ammonia emissions, as well as potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and air pollutants.

Irish calves have been filmed apparently being beaten and kicked by workers at a French feeding station. One calf was put down by a vet. Ireland’s dairy sector, which earned the country €4.4bn (£3.9bn) in export revenues last year, relies heavily on veal farms in mainland Europe to buy unwanted male dairy calves. Just under 250,000 were exported in 2018.

Boris Johnson was personally thanked by the Brazilian government after refusing to criticise the Amazon fires and sharp rise in deforestation in Brazil last summer. Opposition parties in the UK have called for guarantees that any future UK-Brazil trade deal would not contribute to the destruction of the Amazon.

 

Lastly, a micro-tannery owner has spoken out about his quest to help create a value for thousands of male “billy” dairy goats that would otherwise be killed at birth through producing luxury bags, wallets and made-to-order shoes.

Quote of the month

 

Camilla Saunders, from Sustainable Food Knighton, a group of local residents campaigning against a broiler unit in the town of Knighton in Powys, contacted us last week in response the article: Life in the ‘poultry capital’ of Wales: enough is enough, say overwhelmed residents. She said:

What is happening in Powys is a microcosm of all that is bad about global food production… [We] have come to the depressing conclusion that in the case of intensive farming, planning departments routinely ignore laws and recommendations that try to protect animals, humans, and ecosystems, locally and globally.

 

More previous Guardian articles – unchanged – link only provided to original article:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2020/feb/04/animals-farmed-live-exports-risk-of-disease-china-goes-big-on-pork-and-eu-meat-tax

 

https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2020/mar/24/animals-farmed-coronavirus-threat-to-eu-food-supplies-americas-beef-capital-and-the-anti-meat-agenda

 

https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2020/jan/21/animals-farmed-bird-flu-bushfires-and-the-2-billion-hidden-live-animal-trade

 

 

Sea Shepherd: The poacher’s phantom is falling apart

 

We remember the KUNLUN: The poacher ship expires in Dakar.
Monday, December 23, 2019: Nine months after the THUNDER sank in the Gulf of Guinea, the KUNLUN in Senegal was arrested when its crew tried to unload illegally caught Antarctic cod. The decaying ship is a monument to the worldwide efforts to smash the “Bandit 6” poaching fleet.

Commentary by Captain Peter Hammarstedt.

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I felt the greasy layer of rust and dirt crunch under my feet as I stepped onto the deck of the ASIAN WARRIOR, known to me by its former name KUNLUN, in the port of Dakar in West Africa.

In 2014 the KUNLUN was part of the “Bandit 6”. Together with the now infamous trawl ship THUNDER, these six poacher ships looted the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica.

Nine months after the THUNDER sank in the Gulf of Guinea, the KUNLUN in Senegal was arrested when its crew tried to unload illegally caught Antarctic cod. The decaying ship is a monument to the worldwide efforts to smash the “Bandit 6” poaching fleet.

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While my crew and I were chasing the THUNDER from Antarctica through the dangerous waters of the Southern Ocean to the north on BOB BARKER, Captain Siddharth Chakravarty and his crew took care of the KUNLUN hundreds of miles to the southeast on the SAM SIMON.

The SAM SIMON crew led KUNLUN out of the Antarctic fishing grounds and then handed over evidence-relevant documents to Interpol and the New Zealand authorities.

Due to their long history of violations of fishing laws and their connection to the well-known Spanish crime syndicate, Vidal Armadores, to whom the ship belonged, they also searched for KUNLUN.

Like the THUNDER, Interpol searched the KUNLUN with a purple alarm, a wanted list that alerted the police authorities worldwide. This has been requested by New Zealand, Australian and Norwegian authorities.

The sister ships of the KUNLUN named YONGDING and SONGHUA were later seized on Cape Verde.

During a routine visit to Mindelo, I reported to Interpol, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry and the Cape Verde judicial authorities that they were in port. Almost four years later, the two ships still remain in Cape Verde.

To get to the KUNLUN bridge, I had to climb over a mattress belonging to the Senegalese security guard, the lonely guardian of the ship. The console on the bridge has long been an empty case. All the electronic equipment for navigation was torn out, including the radar on which KUNLUN was able to track the position of the SAM SIMON.

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If you look ahead, the ship has a slight flip to the port, as opposed to the starboard tilt that the THUNDER accepted before sinking. The THUNDER was deliberately sunk by its own captain Luis Alfonso Rubio Cataldo, who made this unfortunate decision to destroy evidence.

The captain from Chile, Luis Alfonso Rubio Cataldo, the leading engineer Agustin Dosil Rey from Spain and the second mechanic Luis Miguel Perez Fernandez, also from Spain, were sentenced to two years and eleven months in prison and to a fine of 15 million euros for forging documents, pollution and damage, and for neglectful conduct.

Nobody appiered to request the KUNLUN. The ship remains in the custody of the Senegalese government, whose use in fixing the ship was commendable.

In its decay, the former phantom now appears very real. Everything mystical that once surrounded the ship disappears with the actual decay.

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If we ever have doubts that civil society, in cooperation with governments, is capable of stopping illegal fishing, all we have to do is look at this sad, dilapidated steel block that was once KUNLUN in Dakar.

And we remember the depths of the Gulf of Guinea, where the THUNDER lies 3,800 meters below sea level, at the same depth that the TITANIC sank.

https://sea-shepherd.de/2825

 

„The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a conservative organization.

I am a conservative. You can’t get more conservative than being a conservationist. Our entire raison de être is to conserve and protect.

The radicals of the world are destroying our oceans and our forests, our wildlife and our freedom.“ (Captain Paul Watson)

My best regards to all, Venus