Day: June 9, 2020

Journey to death

Agony journey of a hundred thousand lambs sent from Spain to Saudi Arabia

100,000 Spanish lambs are being shipped by boat to Saudi Arabia without guarantees of animal welfare and to be slaughtered without stunning.

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The animals that are being loaded in the ports of Cartagena and Tarragona have to endure 10 days onboard until arriving in Saudi Arabia. In the Arab country they will be slaughtered following the halal rite; Beheaded and bled to death being fully conscious.



The report carried out by Animal Equality shows the entire transport process from the feedlots until they get on the ships in the port of Cartagena.

The animal-based NGO launches a campaign directed at the European Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food demanding the end of long-distance transport to countries that do not guarantee basic animal welfare standards in the EU.



And I mean…In order to understand that we are dealing here with system-inherent criminals and that the NOT documented suffering is much, much worse, one would only have to add up one and one.

Thousands of such videos can still appear, the lackeys and EU officials rationalize this further as a “blatant exception” and “individual misconduct of a transport company”.

The main thing is that the animal transports must continue to run, continue to sell meat, no matter how … slaughter … slaughter … slaughter …

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Therefore, the EU Commission has no right to exist.

My best regards to all, Venus

Colombia: Spain: 5,000 cattle found in awful conditions in a vessel bound for Egypt.



Spain: 5,000 cattle found in awful conditions in a vessel bound for Egypt

5 June 2020


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5,000 cattle were found in appalling conditions on the F. M. Spiridon docked in Spain at the end of last month, despite its authorising country, Colombia, having signed up to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE)’s Terrestrial Code. Given the frequency of serious welfare issues in live export by sea, Eurogroup for Animals calls on the Commission to use the opportunity of the revision of the Transport Regulation to ban this trade for good.

According to Spanish media, the F. M. Spiridon, which is blacklisted under the Paris Memorandum, was inspected by Spanish authorities because of suspected narcotic substances after arriving in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain on 27th May. However, the  authorities were unable to carry out their inspection due to the deplorable conditions of the animals on board. 5,000 cattle were being transported in overcrowded conditions, standing  on a thick layer of excrement and showing clinical signs of starvation.

Evidently several cattle had died during the journey from Colombia (South America) towards Egypt, as bodies were piled in another part of the vessel. Due to the ammonia and the smell of the animals’ bodies decomposing, the Spanish authorities wore breathing equipment before entering.


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The F. M. Spiridon was approved by French authorities in September 2015 and inspected by the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) in March 2016 at the port of Rasa in Croatia. Even then the investigation revealed, among other things, a risk of injury due to the design and construction of the pens, insufficient deck height for adequate ventilation, inadequate handling of the animals and overcrowding.

Since the beginning of 2020, the F. M. Spiridon has been exporting animals from Spain and Croatia to non-EU countries. Confronted with this latest evidence, AWF immediately contacted the EU National Contact Points asking for in-depth inspections every time this vessel enters a EU port. In addition, to prevent animal suffering, it urged the French government to immediately withdraw the vessel’s certificate of approval.

Despite Colombia, the departure country, and France both being members of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE), the conditions on the F. M. Spiridon are out of line with the requirements laid down in the OIE terrestrial code for sea transport (Chapter 7.2).

Although Eurogroup for Animals ultimately wants to put an end to this horrendous trade, in the meantime it is calling on the EU Commission to urgently develop harmonised and binding standards for the authorisation of livestock vessels, as well as to centralise the issuing of certificates of approval. 

USA: Trump’s Unjust Executive Order–We’re Fighting Back.



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Hi Mark,

Just minutes ago we launched a lawsuit against President Trump for illegally ordering federal agencies to waive laws like the Endangered Species Act in order to ram through oil pipelines, mines and other pet projects.

For Trump it’s an “emergency” to make sure polluters get what they want. For wildlife and people — all of us depending on clean air and water and a safe place to live — it’s an invitation to disaster, a recipe for more death and extinction.

We’re not going to stand for it. Please support our effort with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

Trump’s executive order last week was the latest escalation in his drive to wipe out wildlife, including some of the rarest, to clear the way for corporate profits and reward his rich, powerful friends.

One of his earliest acts as president was to open up Alaska’s wildlife refuges for wolf pups to be gassed in their dens.

Then last summer he took an axe to the Endangered Species Act.

Now he’s directing agencies to ignore the most fundamental environmental laws protecting wildlife from extinction.

We see this for what it is. Our action today is directed at Trump for violating the Endangered Species Act by ordering the government to fast track bulldozing, clearcutting, mining and drilling projects anywhere and everywhere.

The Trump administration is doubling down on authoritarianism designed to dominate nature at all costs.

It comes from the same dangerous place that also allows kids to be put in cages, white supremacy to flourish, women to be abused, climate agreements to be ripped up, science to be ignored and citizens to be tear-gassed while protesting peacefully on city streets.

The status quo is not just toxic, but dangerous, hateful, cruel and fatal.

It won’t stand, and we’re fighting it with all we’ve got.

Please consider a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund to help.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity








Scotland: Opinion: Mark Smith: Cruel and unjustified: the legal case against the Scottish Government that you might not have heard about.



Opinion: Mark Smith: Cruel and unjustified: the legal case against the Scottish Government that you might not have heard about

There’s an important case coming up at the Court of Session in the next few weeks, but when I phoned the Scottish Government to find out more, they told me it would be inappropriate to talk about it. I disagree. The fact that the case is happening, and the fact that the Government is defending it, is infuriating and depressing and we should definitely talk about it and I hope to God the Government loses.

The issue at the heart of the case is animal welfare, specifically the welfare of young calves, and it’s important because it raises several moral and political questions. First: how should we treat farm animals in Scotland? Second: do we want Scotland to have the highest standards because if we do, why is the Scottish Government allowing a practice that’s no longer happening in England? And third: will we learn lessons from Covid? Because in Scotland we still disrespect animals in ways that have spread disease in the past and could do so again in the future.

I have to say here that, until I started looking into this case, I hadn’t properly realised Scotland was still persisting with a practice that became such an infamous issue 30 years ago. You may remember it: in the 90s, half a million male dairy calves were being exported from the UK every year, mostly for veal, but the dairy industry eventually realised – thanks to a campaign against the practice – that their image was suffering and the number of exports dropped dramatically.

However, the trade does still continue and I’m sad to say that for the last three years the only place in Britain where it’s been happening is Scotland. Since 2017, more than 12,000 calves have been exported from Scotland to Spain where they are fattened for beef. The calves are usually taken from their mothers on their first day of life and loaded on to the trucks at two weeks old. Many other male calves are shot at birth (in the UK, about 95,000 a year).

READ MORE: MSPs back animal welfare reforms 

Ah but wasn’t there a whole scandal about this a couple of years ago and didn’t P&O say they would stop carrying calves from Scotland? True, but the Scottish Government remained supportive of live exports and, after P&O made their decision in 2018, the industry switched its tactics. So now, instead of going by boat from Cairnryan, the calves are driven to Ramsgate where a ship, chartered by the exporters, takes them to France and then by road to Spain.

Which is where the court case comes in. The petitioner in the case is Compassion in World Farming, the organisation that campaigns for better farming standards, and their argument is that, in allowing the export of calves to Spain, the Scottish Government is breaking the law. The Government disagrees and has appointed a QC to fight the case, although exactly what their defence will be we don’t yet know.

What the law says is that unweaned animals should not be transported for more than eight hours unless, after nine hours, they are given water and if necessary fed. Now as far as we know, after eight hours or so, the calves from Scotland are stopped at a motorway service station in Essex and the automatic watering system in the trucks is operated. But each truck is tightly packed with up to 250 calves and no one goes on board to check if all the calves take the water. Chances are many don’t.

As for feed, what calves of that age receive is milk or a milk replacement, but the trucks don’t have the facilities for that so for the entire journey to France (23 hours or so), they will not be fed. What the Government may argue – and it would be a pretty lowdown argument if they try it – is that it’s not necessary to feed the calves. But calves of that age feed at least twice a day (and if they’re with their mothers, a good deal more) and the schedule of documents sent to the Court of Session includes an unequivocal statement from Professor Donald Broom, the UK’s foremost authority on animal welfare: it is necessary to give milk or milk replacement to calves that have been transported for eight or nine hours.

Compassion in World Farming say the Scottish Government has also tried to argue – surprise, surprise – that the problem arises in England and when I got in touch with the Government, they said it would be inappropriate to comment while legal proceedings were ongoing. They did, however, say they were committed to consulting on the recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee, which includes a nine-hour limit on journeys for calves. “Our preferred policy intention,” said the spokesman, “is not to support unnecessary long journeys involved in the export of livestock.”

But a statement like that raises more questions than answers. First, why support exports anyway – the UK imports a lot of beef so why not use the male dairy calves for beef in this country? Secondly, even if you think live exports are a good idea, why fight a case over a time limit you say you support? And thirdly, is the fight really worth it? The calves being exported represent the rump of an industry that isn’t even economically significant any more. Do we really want to be the last place in Britain where this happens?

And perhaps the fact that the case is happening in the middle of a pandemic should also give the Government pause for thought. If you haven’t watched the recent webinar with the celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall, I recommend it. She didn’t hold back. Humans have brought coronavirus on ourselves, she said, because of our disrespect for animals that have been pushed closer into contact with each other, and they’ve been pushed closer together in markets, on intensive farms, and in trucks parked up at motorway service stations in Essex.

So what happens now? The case against the Scottish Government is due to be heard on August 4th and campaigners on animal welfare will be keeping a close eye on it. There’s also an awareness day on live exports this Sunday. The aim, in the end, is to stop live exports all together and the hope is that the Scottish Government will show some sense. What we’re realising is it may take a judgment of the Court of Session to make that happen.


Info from CIWF:


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The fate of a Greek puppy


In September 2009, this picture had caused outrage, anger, and numerous petitions worldwide.
It comes from a town on the island of Crete, Greece, and shows a pitbull puppy bathed in blood because a shit teenager, his owner, cut off his ears with the sheep scissors!! welpe mit geschnittenen Ohren_

The then 19-year-old budding murderer had proudly published the crime via FB and was therefore caught.
Nobody knows whether he was punished.

What is known is the great happiness of the mutilated dog.
He was adopted in Sweden three years after the torture.

Today he has a nice family on his side, people who were then attentive and sensitive to his fate via Facebook and adopted him.
The video says it all.

And I mean…Nothing works more than a victim who has survived torture and murder. A surviving victim is a sting in the flesh of the violent offender.

Hundreds of thousands of evil Facebook comments will never be able to develop as much strength against the psychopath as the pictures of happy, beautiful and characterful animals that were saved and finally get the opportunity to show who they are.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: Krefeld Zoo wants to build monkey prison again

We have not forgotten!
Over 50 animals died on New Year’s Eve when the monkey house in the Krefeld Zoo (Germany) burned down.
The zoo presented its new construction plans on Thursday: A new monkey prison is to be built for over 20 million euros, in which even more animals than before are to be locked up.

Please help us to prevent the construction of a new monkey house in the Krefeld Zoo!

direktor-zoo-krefeld-vor-affen-tropenhausThe zoo director in front of the burned monkey house


Shortly after the devastating fire, those responsible for the zoo announced that they were planning to build a new monkey house and that they also wanted to keep apes.

Please appeal to the mayor, the members of the city council and the zoo to refrain from building a new monkey house and instead to transfer the donations to species conservation projects that use the money to protect large areas of the natural habitats of great apes in Africa and Asia in the long term, and thus theirs Can secure the future.

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On the history of the zoo prison in Krefeld.

Apes incarcerated in an outdated monkey house for decades.

The monkey house in the Krefeld Zoo was built in 1975 and was considered “modern” at the time. The great apes were separated from zoo visitors only by a ditch.
But the attitude – especially the great apes – was catastrophic.

There was no outdoor enclosure. For the animals, this meant sitting in narrow, barren concrete bunkers day in and day out, without ever being able to go outside or feel fresh grass underfoot.
Some animals have had to endure for decades, such as the Gorilla Massa.

gorilla in krefeld ZooGorilla Massa

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