Day: April 26, 2020

Netherlands: Mink found to have coronavirus on two Dutch FUR farms: ministry.



Mink found to have coronavirus on two Dutch farms: ministry


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Two mink farms in the Netherlands have been put into quarantine after animals were found to be infected with the new coronavirus, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday, urging people to report any other likely cases in the animals.

The mink, which were tested after showing signs of having trouble breathing, were believed to have been infected by employees who had the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

The possibility that they could further spread the virus to humans or other animals on the farms was “minimal”, the ministry said, citing advice from national health authorities.

However movement of the ferret-like mammals and their manure was banned and the ministry said it was studying the outbreak carefully, including testing the air and soil. People were advised not to travel within 400 meters of the farms.

They were the first reported cases in animals in the Netherlands of the disease, which has been found in some pets and zoo animals around the world after spreading among people. [nL3N2CA4PU]

The towns where the farms are located, Germert-Bakel and Laarbeek, are both in the southern Noord Brabant province of the Netherlands which has seen the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

The mink are bred for their fur, which is sold in China, Korea, Greece and Turkey.

After pressure from animal rights activists, the Dutch government banned new mink farms in 2013 and said existing ones would have to close by 2024.

The World Health Organization has said bats in China, where the new coronavirus emerged last year, were a likely reservoir of COVID-19 and that an intermediate animal host that is yet to be identified had then infected humans. [nL5N2C901F]



Coronavirus identified on two mink farms in the Netherlands


Covid-19 has been confirmed in mink at two fur farms in the Netherlands, the agriculture ministry confirmed on Sunday.

The animals were tested after developing a variety of symptoms including breathing difficulties and because there was a higher than normal death rate, the ministry said in a statement.

Officials decided to test the animals after several workers at the two farms were also found to have coronavirus symptoms, although they had not been tested for the disease.

The farms, with over 20,000 mink between them, are in Beek en Donk and in Milheeze, both of which are in Noord-Brabant, the epicentre of the Dutch outbreak and the heart of the Dutch mink industry.

The public health institute RIVM has sealed off an area some 400 metres around each farm to walkers and cyclists as a precautionary measure, while saying there is no risk that the virus could be spread to humans. However, air and other samples are being take to check if the virus is spreading and to find out more about it has moved among the animals themselves.

‘There are currently no indications that pets or farm animals have a role in spreading Covid-19,’ the ministry said.

Farm minister Carola Schouten has introduced a reporting requirement for all mink farmers and vets, which means any suspicious illnesses must be reported to the authorities.

According to the ministry statement ‘earlier research’ has shown that ferret-like animals such as mink are susceptible to coronavirus infections.

There have been a few other reported cases of coronavirus in animals, including a tiger in New York and two cats in Hong Kong.

According to Wageningen University, coronaviruses do occur in various animal species but these are different strains to Covid-19, mostly species-specific and non-zoonotic – which means they cannot be transferred to humans.


Fur farming

The Netherlands introduced a ban on fur farming in 2013 which includes an 11-year changeover period and Noord-Brabant is the centre of the Dutch industry.

In 2016, the Netherlands had some 160 fur farms producing five million pelts a year and the country was the third biggest fur farming nation in the world behind Denmark and China.

UK: 32 hens rescued from abysmal conditions

Received anonymously from Unoffensive Animal:

After extensive planning using satellite imagery, we had located some barns typical of egg farms in Derbyshire, UK. For this location, we had to park on a country road and cross many fields by foot.

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After reaching the target, we figured out the best point of entry, and 2 climbed in whilst one stayed outside as lookout.

As two of us jumped through the hatch, inside the shed our breath was taken away by the overwhelming stench of ammonia. We were shocked at the poor state of those birds… we’d never seen such pitiful looking chickensthey were naked and thin.


One of us scooped up the birds quickly whilst the other arranged them comfortably in the carriers. When the carriers were full my mate called ‘that’s it’… ‘one more!’ I replied, unable to bring myself to leave them, I grabbed the saddest looking chicken and we left with 32.


Thanks ALF!
On behalf of the liberated animals, in the name of justice and morality towards non-human animals, thank you!

Regards and a good night from Venus

Iceland: no killing of whales this year

Wonderful news for the marine mammals in Iceland: the whaling season is slated to be canceled this year.


Sales problems and conditions due to the corona pandemic are causing problems for the Icelandic whalers. The hunting season should now be canceled again, a company probably wants to withdraw completely from business.

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For the second time in a row, Iceland is suspending the whaling season this summer. This is reported by local media and the AFP news agency.
According to the agency, one of the two still active whaling companies in the country now wants to finally withdraw from whaling: “It is no longer worth it”, said the managing director of the minke whale company IP-Utgerd, Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson.


According to Bergmann Jonsson, the boats would have had to go far out to sea to hunt minke whales because of the expansion of a no-fishing zone off the coast. That would have been too expensive.

Hvalur, a company specializing in fin whale hunting is stopping this season, according to a report, mainly due to sales difficulties in the Japanese market.


There, the regulations for food safety for meat imports are much stricter than for domestic products, CEO Kristjan Loftsson told the newspaper “Morgunbladid”.

In addition, the companies that process the whale meat have problems meeting the requirements to fight the corona pandemic, Loftsson said.

Because of the distance regulations in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, it is also almost impossible to process the meat of the marine mammals. The workers in the whaling stations would have to work very closely together.
According to the newspaper, 146 fin whales and six minke whales were caught off Iceland’s coast in 2018.


According to the newspaper, 146 fin whales and six minke whales were caught off Iceland’s coast in 2018.


And I mean…This is finally really good news for the whales!
Because, even this year, Icelandic harpoon cannons will not shred whale bodies.
Up to 209 fin and 217 minke whales are spared the agonizing death.

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has recommended this number of whales as the annual maximum for hunting.

Hopefully we will soon see a ban on this cruel hunt forever.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Pig reportedly shot in the face 4 times at the slaughterhouse deserves justice – Petition.




Pig reportedly shot in the face 4 times at the slaughterhouse deserves justice – Petition.


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Petition Link



Target:   Martin Dooley, President of JBS USA Pork

Goal: Terminate slaughterhouse workers who allegedly shot an incapacitated pig four times in the head and face.

A pig suffered needlessly when slaughterhouse workers allegedly shot the animal four times in the head and face. The pig was already under control, per reports, and posed no threat or struggle. Demand that JBS USA Pork immediately terminate those who inflicted this apparent cruelty.

At Iowa’s Swift Pork Company’s slaughterhouse, one pig was reportedly shot four times in the head and face before being rendered unconscious. The pig sustained wounds an inch from the right eye, in the forehead, and at the base of an ear. During this time, the worker allegedly left to retrieve more bolt charges and allowed the pig to continue suffering.

This is an unacceptable way to treat an animal, even one intended for slaughter. Humane methods of slaughter are possible and those who do not follow them should not be tasked with taking innocent lives.

Sign the petition and demand that the workers responsible for this apparently inhumane treatment are terminated at once.




Dear Mr. Dooley,

A pig apparently endured horrific suffering and cruelty at the hands of Swift Pork Company’s workers. Per reports, the pig was shot four times in the face and head before being rendered unconscious- an inch from the right eye, twice in the forehead, and once at the base of an ear.

Pigs are extremely intelligent creatures who are said to value their lives as intensely as humans. Slaughtering them is cruel enough, but they should never be made to suffer needlessly during their transition. I demand that any worker who is proven to not utilize humane methods of slaughter be terminated at once for the benefit of these innocent animals.


[Your Name Here]


Vietnam: Animals Asia: The 3 Bears Have Been Rescued and Are Now Safe In Sanctuary.

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Watch the arrival and unloading of the bears at the sanctuary here:


You may remember that we put out an appeal recently regarding the really necessary rescue of 3 bile bears –

Very sadly, it was known that a 4th bear had very recently died at the same illegal facility.

But we have great news for the remaining bears.


From Animals Asia : 

Yesterday our amazing team saved three bears from a cruel & illegal bile farm. Sadly #Covid19 restrictions meant we couldn’t reach the farm before a fourth bear died. But today is the beginning of Alice, Bân and James’ happily ever after.


In March Animals Asia was approached by the Nam Dinh Province Forest Protection Department (FPD) to urgently rescue four moon bears who were discovered on an illegal farm. However a small rise in coronavirus cases in Vietnam led to a country-wide lockdown that  delayed our chance to rescue these bears. Tragically, during this time one of the four bears on the farm died of unknown causes while the FPD was processing the case leading us to call upon the local FPD ranger’s station to take the remaining three bears into their custody to ensure their safety.

While waiting for the lockdown to be lifted the rescue team closely monitored the coronavirus situation and fortunately there were no reported COVID19 cases in Nam Dinh province leading to restrictions being loosened. Nam Dinh was classified as medium COVID19 risk, which meant that the rescue could be carried out with restrictions, including mandatory masks and a limit on the numbers of people in the rescue team. Other precautions included having the team’s temperatures taken and foreign staff needed to bring their passports to show they had not recently been overseas.

At the crack of dawn on Tuesday our team left the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre (VBRC) in Tam Dao and drove for three hours to meet the FPD Director in Nam Dinh city at around 8am. The FPD director sent officials to accompany the rescue team to the Giao Xuan Hai FPD ranger station which is roughly another 45km from Nam Dinh FPD in Nam Dinh city.

Our rescue team consisted of our Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen, Vet and Bear Team Director Heidi Quine, Senior Vet Surgeon Shaun Thomson, Vet Nurse Kat (Sarah) Donald, Bear Team Supervisor Dao Chau Tuan and Tran Thi Gai, Cao Manh Tien from our Vietnam PR team, and External Affairs Ung Toan The.

Life had been no fairy tale for these three bears, and it was clear by their symptoms of stress when we arrived that they had suffered quite some trauma while captive on the illegal bile farm and possibly in their capture. On inspection they appeared to be quite young bears, leading us to believe that they were captured from the wild and possibly witnessed the death of their mother while cubs.

As there were three bears and they had clearly not lived the fairy tale lifestyle of their storybook counterparts, it was decided to give them meaningful names from fairy tales. The bear in the leftmost cage was named James after James and the Giant Peach who overcame cruelty to find friendship and security. The bear held in the middle cage was given the name Bân after Princess Ban from the Vietnamese fairy tale about the clumsy daughter of the King of heaven whose warmth of love and care extends to everyone on unexpectedly cold days. Last but not least in the rightmost cage was the calmest bear Alice, whose time in a nightmarish Wonderland was coming to an end.

It took some time to persuade the bears to enter our transport cages. Alice was enticed by some sweet honey offered on a long spoon, but for James and Bân, it was the desperate desire for a drink of cool, fresh water that finally brought them in. This could indicate that when they were on the farm their access to water was limited, which could explain why it was the key motivator in helping them choose to enter our transport cages.

Once they were safely stowed on our transport truck it was just over four hours drive before they arrived at their forever home at Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, where they will begin a vital 45 day period of quarantine, and for the first time receive a properly balanced diet and enrichment to stimulate their minds after years behind the bars of a barren cage.

Most of us have been in quarantine, isolation and lockdown for several weeks now. It’s not been pleasant, has it? Now imagine living this way for years while having an unnecessary and dangerous medical procedure forced on you. That’s precisely what’s happened to these poor bears. They have been robbed of so much of their lives.

Their grim story is over now and with your help we can give James, Bân and Alice the happily ever after they dearly deserve.

Please donate and help us change their lives forever. The only cure is kindness.


Coronavirus: Australia urges G20 action on wildlife wet markets. The WHO; As Always, Years Behind On Actions They Should Have Taken In the Past – But Hey, What’s New ?

WAV Comment – What sort of idiots have we got in charge of organisations such as the WHO ? –   so you (WHO) are going to ensure that everyone conforms to stringent food and hygiene standards are you ?

We could say that your failures to act on these issues are what allowed wet markets to operate just as they have done in the past; ie unmonitored; is now the reason why the whole planet is in crisis.

We say a bit of a ‘shutting the stable door with useless words after the horse has bolted’ type thing.

WHO – fools governing foolish governments all over the world.  Now the world suffers and the words of enforcement and necessary actions are a little late.  You should have done your job of enforcement years ago.


The WHO says:

More recently, the head of the World Health Organization said all governments must “rigorously enforce bans on the sale and trade of wildlife for food”.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “When these markets are allowed to reopen, it should only be on the condition that they conform to stringent food safety and hygiene standards.”




Coronavirus: Australia urges G20 action on wildlife wet markets


The Australian government is calling for the G20 countries to take action on wildlife wet markets, calling them a “biosecurity and human health risk”.


Australia is not yet calling for a ban – but says its own advisers believe they may need to be “phased out”.

“Wet markets” are marketplaces that sell fresh food such as meat and fish.

But some also sell wildlife – and it’s thought the coronavirus may have emerged at a wet market in Wuhan that sold live, “exotic” animals.

The Huanan market in Wuhan reportedly offered a range of animals including foxes, wolf cubs, civets, turtles, and snakes.

What did Australia say?


The Australian government called for an investigation into wildlife wet markets after a meeting of G20 agriculture ministers.

Speaking to the ABC on Thursday, agriculture minister David Littleproud said he was not targeting all food markets.

“A wet market, like the Sydney fish market, is perfectly safe,” he said.

“But when you add wildlife, live wildlife, exotic wildlife – that opens up human risk and biosecurity risk to the extent we have seen.

“And in fact, China themselves reported this to the World Organisation for Animal Health, that that was the cause of Covid-19.”

Mr Littleproud said he wanted to “get the science” first, but said: “Even our chief veterinary officer is telling us that he believes they [wildlife wet markets] may need to be phased out.”


What is the risk of wildlife wet markets?


The exact origin of the new coronavirus is not known, but the evidence suggests it came from an animal.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, Covid-19 is a “close relative” of other viruses found in horseshoe bats.

So the virus could have passed from bat to human, or via an “intermediate host” – one theory is bat, to pangolin, to human.

The Sars coronavirus is thought to have emerged in bats before passing to civets and then humans. The Mers coronavirus passed from camels to humans, after probably emerging in bats.

What has China done so far?


In January, China issued a temporary ban in the trade in wild animals, as it did during the Sars outbreak.

A month later, the government “thoroughly banned the illegal trading of wildlife” and “eliminated the consumption of wild animals to safeguard people’s lives and health”.

But since then, a number of reports have said wildlife is still being sold in markets in China and elsewhere.

More recently, the head of the World Health Organization said all governments must “rigorously enforce bans on the sale and trade of wildlife for food”.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “When these markets are allowed to reopen, it should only be on the condition that they conform to stringent food safety and hygiene standards.”

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This video comes from a pig farm in the USA and was shot by the organization Toronto Pig save.

The pictures could come from anywhere, the violence and sadism of workers in animal farms and slaughterhouses is (almost) the same everywhere.

The question arises, how is it possible that a normal person becomes a cold sadist and torturer?


The subject of “psychology of the perpetrators of violence” had been occupying psychologists in the previous century, but the – often senseless – violence of the slaughtered workers deserves a special look.
First of all, it has to be said that many workers in the meat factories in the USA are illegal immigrants from Latin America and Asia who receive little or no training.

In Germany, slaughterhouse workers mostly come from Eastern Europe and are not employed on a regular basis.
The percentage of the core workforce in German slaughterhouses is only 10%, which is why Belgium submitted an official complaint about social dumping to the EU Commission in April 2013.

Certainly some slaughterhouse workers are already -by entering the industry-, people who are socio-sociopaths, that is: people who are antisocial and “conscience-free” in the clinical sense, and who often enjoy making others suffer.

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In any case, this activity is mostly practiced through “learning by doing”, which means that one looks how the others do it and also does it that way.

Given the brutality of the slaughter process and (as can be seen in the video) the brutal handling of defenseless animals, it is easy to think that people whose work is killing animals are sadists or mentally disturbed.

There are many explanations as to why someone chooses this job.
The socio-political one who says that they are normal people, but have no professional training and do this to feed their family and themselves. Marxist ideology even classified them as victims of the system.

The other explanation is that they are predisposed  people, who are prone to violence and abuse of others – people or animals.

And there is also a third explanation that sees slaughterers and farm workers as the product of “group dynamics”.

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It says that the extremely irrational and violent behavior arises as an obligation to adapt and to obey in a violent environment, that of other colleagues. Anyone who rejects violence against animals as immoral and inhumane practice is ridiculed by the group as a weakling, and excluded from the group’s collective gatherings in the beer garden.

According to the third aspect, a slaughterer’s room for maneuver is limited to a predetermined aggressiveness, relentlessness, which the group shows and demands.

And so at some point, the same people who originally rejected violence and felt uncomfortable, get used to participating in this violence themselves.

And they don’t feel anything anymore.

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And the more they become desensitized, the more psychological stress increases because most people endure violence to a certain point.

The contact and use of violence has profound effects on the psyche, as has been found in war veterans.
You become increasingly violent, both towards animals and humans, and often develop addictive behavior.

A slaughterhouse worker said: I often had the idea of ​​hanging the foreman upside down on the belt and stabbing him.
Because I wasn’t allowed to do that, I left out the pressure and frustration of working at the animals …
Most of the stabbers have been arrested for assault. Many have alcohol problems, they have to drink, otherwise they cannot cope with killing live, wriggling animals all day.
Some will abuse their women at some point because they “cannot get rid of these feelings”.

(Quotes from the book by Melany Joy: “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”).

Finally, one wonders, what kind of a criminal industry is it that tolerates an extremely violent, aggressive and anti-social human potential and generates it in the real sense.

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My best regards to all, Venus

‘Filthy bloody business:’ Poachers kill more animals as coronavirus crushes tourism to Africa.

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File photo of skulls of White Rhinos and the snares that have entrapped them stand as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle in South Africa to protect these majestic, gentle giants of the African bush.
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‘Filthy bloody business:’ Poachers kill more animals as coronavirus crushes tourism to Africa


Key Points

As the coronavirus pandemic halts tourism to Africa, poachers are encroaching on land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors and safari guides.

In Botswana, at least six rhinos have been poached since the virus shut down tourism there. In the northwest South Africa, at least nine rhinos have been killed since the virus lockdown.

“It’s a bloody calamity. It’s an absolute crisis,” said Map Ives, founder of Rhino Conservation Botswana, a nonprofit organization.



Ryan Tate is supposed to be in South Africa right now helping to fight off poachers who hack horns off rhinos and kill elephants for their ivory tusks.

But since the country announced a national lockdown in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Tate is stuck in the U.S. He can’t join his team out in South Africa’s wilderness and can’t meet with private donors in the U.S. for his anti-poaching nonprofit organization, which is seeing donations dry up.

“It’s a helpless feeling,” said Tate, a 35-year former Marine and the founder of VetPaw, a group of American military veterans who fight poachers in a remote private reserve in the far north of South Africa.

“Poaching doesn’t stop just because there’s a virus — if anything, it picks up,” he said.

Although poaching is not uncommon in Africa, poachers during the coronavirus pandemic have encroached on land they wouldn’t normally visit and killed rhinos in tourism hot spots now devoid of visitors and safari guides.

In Botswana, at least six rhinos have been poached since the virus shut down tourism. Botswana’s security forces in April shot and killed five suspected poachers in two incidents. In northwest South Africa, at least nine rhinos have been killed since the virus lockdown. All the poaching took place in what were previously tourism areas that were safe for animals to roam.

“It’s a bloody calamity. It’s an absolute crisis,” Map Ives, founder of Rhino Conservation Botswana, a nonprofit organization, said of poaching across the continent.

There are still rangers in the African reserves, but the loss of tourist vehicles in parks provide poachers a significant advantage.

“The poachers have been emboldened because the playing field is in their favor and they won’t have as many problems moving around,” said Ives, who has lived on the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana for four decades but is stranded in South Carolina due to travel restrictions.

Highly organized illegal poaching threatens to send black and white rhinos, elephants and other African wildlife into extinction over the next several decades. The black rhino population has plummeted 97.6% since 1960 and the lion population is down 43% in the last 21 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund. At least 35,000 African elephants are killed each year and roughly only 1,000 mountain gorillas and 2,000 Grevy’s zebras remain on the continent.

“They are professional and adept at running off with rhino horns in minutes and dodging security forces. They are masters at evading detection,” he said. “It’s a filthy bloody business.”

Since Botswana’s booming tourism industry collapsed because of the virus lockdown, Ives has seen an anecdotal rise in rhino and bush meat poaching incidents. His company is running short of cash as donations dry up amid the global lockdown, and that may result in reduced patrols as a result.

“We lost hundreds of sets of eyes and ears in the delta,” Ives said. “I’m sure poachers know this — they watch these camps closely and see tourism activity.”

Africa’s $39.2 billion tourism industry is also vital in funding wildlife conservation efforts across the continent.

Africa received 62.5 million visitors, creating 9.1 million direct jobs in travel and tourism sectors in 2015, according to estimates from the African Development Bank.

Funding from sources like national park fees and safari rides are vital to wildlife conservation in Africa.

But now people working in tourism are being laid off because of the pandemic and national parks that provide wildlife a safe place from poachers are losing revenue. All three national parks in Rwanda have temporarily closed, along with Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

“There’s a lot of people struggling in Africa, a lot of private reserves that have helped save a few species including rhinos,” said Tate. “Now they don’t have that ecotourism they depend on, it’s gone. There’s going to be a lot of damage done from this.”

There’s also a major concern that as the coronavirus harms African economies and sharply raises unemployment levels, people will become desperate for income streams and pursue poaching to make a living.

Africa reported a 43% jump in coronavirus cases over the last week, according to Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization has warned that the continent of 1.3 billion people could become the next epicenter of the outbreak, potentially pushing 30 million people into poverty.

Conservationists expect that in addition to professional poachers killing more animals, countries across Africa will experience a massive surge in bush meat poaching by average people since it’s cheaper to kill animals for meat than to buy it.

“Why do criminals commit acts of crime? They do it because they’re desperate and it’s a quick easy means for money,” Ryan said. “Poaching is no different. There’s a lot of desperate people out there because of the virus and [poaching] will absolutely pick up.”