Day: June 21, 2020

Finning: a crime against sharks!

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Fish come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. They are spotted, dotted, striped, transparent, or glow in the dark. They are a few centimeters tall or many meters long like the whale shark, currently the largest fish in the world.

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Whale sharks have lived on this planet for 60 million years. Under the pressure of global fisheries, whether as by-catch or as a targeted target due to their meat, fins, and liver oil, their survival is under threat.

In July 2016, whale sharks were classified as endangered on the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List of Threatened Species.
Nevertheless, the hunt for them continues!

With our campaigns against illegal, unregulated, and undocumented fishing, we prevent the killing of whale sharks and many other sea creatures.


Help us to help them! #ForTheOceans

The petition, please sign and share:


My comment and Information: Finning is probably the most senseless fishing practice on the world’s oceans.

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The shark fins are cut off – usually when the animals are still alive. The animals are then thrown overboard because their meat is almost worthless compared to the fins.

These fins are then used on the Asian market for an almost tasteless shark fin soup, for which around 90 euros are paid.

In 2013 EU legislation banned the so-called “shark finning”, the removal of shark fins and subsequent disposal of the animal in the sea.
However, there were exceptions that, in certain cases, made it possible to separate fins on the high seas.

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In 2013, these exceptions were also abolished.

Eight years ago, on November 22, 2012, the EU Parliament voted to tighten the ban on “shark finning” and to close existing loopholes in the law.

Accordingly, the following is mandatory: EU fishing vessels that catch sharks worldwide, or ships that catch sharks within the EU, must keep the animals’ fins on their bodies.
An exception applies to ships that are allowed to separate the fins if they can demonstrate that they use all parts of the fish. These also require special approval.

Spain and Portugal have usually used this exception for bad business.

The “Baz” case

During an inspection on September 5, 2017, the Spanish ship “Baz” was caught in the territorial waters of the West African island state of São Tomé and Príncipe.  The “Baz” violated the EU’s finning rules.

Official documents from the Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Finance and Trade in Sao Tome show the extent of the crime: under the catch of the “baz”, consisting of tuna, swordfish, and other species, there were 69 tons of sharks and fins about two-thirds of that entire cargo.

In addition, the inspectors found so-called J-hooks on the ship, which are prohibited for fish and are mainly used for predatory fish such as sharks.

“When we came across the base and found that the number of sharks on board was twice that of other fish, it was clear that this is a ship that mainly catches sharks, although it does fish under a tuna agreement,” said Peter Hammarstedt, campaign manager at Sea Shepherds.

However, the “Baz” not only actively fished for sharks and replaced their fins on board, but also violated the regulations of the European Council of 1185/2003 and the latter, the amended from 605/2013

The “Baz” was fined $ 45,000 by the Sao Tome fisheries directorate for processing the catches without official authorization. The EU has not commented on this case until today.

Hammarstedt is convinced that ships like the “Baz” will not be sanctioned and will, therefore, continue to violate the anti-finning regulations of Brussels.

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As far as I know, the petition Stop finning is still open, please sign!

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: Bird catchers and their criminal works


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This morning, a team from the Committee caught a bird catcher in Spain.

The bird guards were involved in the inspection of trapping sites near Valencia, which were found in our ORPHEUS online bird protection camp this spring by on satellite images.

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Several of the catch points were freshly prepared but not active.

There was also a well-known place on the way where they could already see from afar that decoy cages were installed on a bush.

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The immediately called environmental police of the provincial police (agentes medioambientales) caught the poacher in the act – he had already caught six goldfinches with the net, they were released together with the two illegally kept decoys.

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The pictures are from the action this morning.

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And I mean…These songbirds reach a body length of 12 to 13 centimeters and are therefore somewhat smaller than sparrows. Weighing between 14 and 19 grams, they weigh about as much as two one-euro pieces.
So, as a delicacy, these animals are hardly profitable.
But they are still hunted for captivity.
Many buy a songbird, they lock the animal in a cage and they call it pet animal!


Until the 20th century, the cheerful goldfinches were coveted house birds.
The catch of the Goldfinch is now prohibited by the EU Birds Directive.
Nevertheless, as we read, illegal bird catchers in some EU countries do lively business at the expense of these animals – in Malta, for example, it even happens with an official blessing: In 2014 came in force a controversial national exemption for catching finches in autumn and winter!!

The EU Commission has already initiated a procedure, so far without success.

Compared to animals, humans are habitual criminals, said Karl Heinz Deschner.
And he was right!

My best regards to all, Venus

England: SIGN: Petition for Justice for Newborn Swan Kicked to Death by Jogger.




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SIGN: Justice for Newborn Swan Kicked to Death by Jogger

Posted by Katie Valentine


Petition Link:


PETITION TARGET: Metropolitan Police Service, Royal Parks Operational Command Unit

After being “deliberately” kicked in the head and suffering severe brain trauma, a defenseless baby swan has died because a jogger at Richmond Park in southwest London “couldn’t be bothered to run around [him],according to the Independent.

The Swan Sanctuary tried desperately to save the animal’s life, and the brave swan fought to live in agonizing pain for two days. Then, he sadly surrendered to his injuries.


Witnesses to the appalling act told the Metropolitan Police Service’s Royal Parks

Operational Command Unit that the jogger made no effort to avoid the innocent swan, even kicking a second swan in the head during his run. Fortunately, the second innocent creature escaped into the water.

This baby swan deserves justice. Sign this petition urging the Metropolitan Police Service’s Royal Parks Operational Command Unit to use all available resources to find and charge the perpetrator(s) who ended the life of a helpless bird only shortly after it began.



WAV Comment – we don’t want toss arse shit like this jogger on the streets of London. If the police are not capable of sorting it; then hand him over to us and let us do the job.


South Korea: Korean – June Newsletter.

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Korean – June Newsletter

Loads of news and actions to take – please support.


Despite the fact that dog and cat meat consumption is an everyday occurrence and is being carried out all over South Korea, it is NOT LEGAL in that country.

Their Government does nothing to stop this illegal practice and they seem happy to ignore it; many Korean citizens are just as apathetic and must also be held accountable.
This is the 21st Century, and it is high time that all South Koreans, leaders and general public alike, stand up and take responsibility to enforce their own country’s laws. South Korea and South Koreans cannot continue to ignore these brutal and unethical trades, so let us campaign to urge each of South Korea’s cities to enforce their laws and to put an immediate end to these illegal dog and cat meat trades.

Below are the most populous cities in South Korea.

Please sign our petitions and send postal letters to these cities calling for an end to these illegal trades. Postal addresses for the Mayors are shown in the petition.

You can use our petition as sample letter (just copy and paste) or use your own words.

Please note: We will be adding more petitions so please check back with us often. Thank you!


Please note: We will be adding more petitions so please check back with us often. Thank you!



Nigeria: ‘Worst outbreak ever’: Nearly a million pigs culled in Nigeria due to swine fever.



“ASF is harmless to humans but in pigs and wild boar the fatality rate is nearly 100%, and there is no vaccine against it.

Safety depends on controlling animal movement and ensuring hygiene in farms, slaughterhouses and abattoirs. In Nigeria, many farms are not up to the task”.


From ‘The Guardian’ press – London.


‘Worst outbreak ever’: Nearly a million pigs culled in Nigeria due to swine fever


Farmers report devastating losses as poor control measures are blamed for spread of infection across the country




Hundreds of thousands of pigs have been culled by Nigerian farmers in response to an explosion of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak began around Lagos and parts of neighbouring Ogun state earlier this year, pig farmers say, but has now spread to many other parts of the country.

In the absence of official data, farmers who spoke to the Guardian estimated that nearly a million pigs had been put down so far. Mrs Bello, a farmer at Lagos-based Oke-Aro, the largest pig co-operative in west Africa, who preferred not to give her first name, said the co-operative alone had culled around 500,000 pigs. So far the virus has spread to more than a quarter of Nigeria’s 36 states.

In the past decade, ASF has regularly surfaced in several parts of Africa. Between 2016 and 2019, more than 60­ outbreaks were reported across the continent.

But the recent wave of infections is the worst by far. We have never experienced anything of this scale in the past. This is the worst and largest outbreak ever,” says Ayo Omirin, a pig farmer at Oke-Aro, who has lost more than 600 of his 800 pigs.

Another farmer, Lawrence Adeleke, who had been in the pig business for decades, recently died. The outbreak struck his farm in April, his son Adeleke Adedayo told the Guardian. Within two months, nearly all of the 100 or so pigs had died and the pens were shut down. In 2007, when a similar outbreak hit the farm, only three of nearly 100 pigs survived.

“When he returned from the farm the day we lost the last set of pigs, he stopped talking to anybody for three days. He was always absent-minded and withdrawn,” said Adedayo. “He only spoke about the losses in the farm. He talked about all his labours for many years vanishing in a few days. He felt he was too old to start all over again. We all felt helpless. On the morning of 2 June, his birthday, he died.”

The farmers who spoke to the Guardian estimated that the pig industry in the country has lost up to 20bn naira (£40m), and that more than 20,000 jobs are at risk. The outbreak comes at the same time as coronavirus, which has infected 17,148 people and led to 455 deaths, according to figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“A lot of pig farmers may not fully recover from their losses even in the next two years. Some farmers have left the industry already. At the moment, we have no clear picture of how the industry is going to bounce back,” said Omirin.

In recent years, the popularity of pig farming has grown in Nigeria. It is seen as an escape from poverty for low-income households and is also popular with the expanding middle class. By 2009, the pig population had risen from 2 million in 1984 to over 7 million, according to figures from the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI). Numbers have probably doubled since then. Read more

The government has taken some action in the crisis, distributing bags of seed and fumigating infected pens. But farmers say this is rarely enough to see them through the rough road to recovery or offset their losses.

“The government did nothing much,” said Bello, “when you consider that most farmers are now plunged into serious debts because of the loans they took to keep their farms.”

ASF is harmless to humans but in pigs and wild boar the fatality rate is nearly 100%, and there is no vaccine against it. Safety depends on controlling animal movement and ensuring hygiene in farms, slaughterhouses and abattoirs. In Nigeria, many farms are not up to the task.

“I suspect the outbreak started last year but the farmers were perhaps selling the infected pigs before it was noticed. This year the disease exploded,” said Dr Pam Luka, ASF researcher at the NVRI. “Activities like this only keep the virus circulating in the country in a cycle.”

A further problem comes from poor record keeping. According to Luka, local authorities rarely have any data for the outbreak. Figures kept by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which should be notified of ASF cases, are significantly lower than the numbers quoted by farmers. OIE told the Guardian that they had received a notification about the recent outbreak on Tuesday.

Nigeria currently has no database for issues related to animals and disease outbreaks, says Luka; he is currently working with the government to build one..

He is also working with other scientists to understand how the virus is transmitted among pig farms in Africa. But he believes that the situation will only improve when farmers are more proactive and local authorities intensify safety measures and support for the pig industry.





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