Day: June 25, 2020

Do you think that’s bad? Don’t eat it! “

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A very good article from ntv

The corona outbreak in a Tönnies slaughter factory in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,  brought up the pictures that nobody really wants to see.
Animals that just stumbled anxiously over the truck ramp now hang on hooks and bleed from their cutthroats.

The bodies are cut, sorted, and packed on the assembly line. Just as disturbing are the images of people who kill animals for their wages, cut them up, sort innards, and ultimately turn living organisms into cheap food.

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It is literally a  job that hits the bones – psychologically and physically – that takes place in halls where there is hardly any daylight, where animal cries can be heard and which smells of blood and guts.
And it is an open secret in the industry that many workers numb their pain with a lot of alcohol after work.

No, nobody wants to see these pictures.

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And if they do appear, the guilty parties are quickly found: it is either the slaughtering companies – in the current case, Tönnies, because after all the pictures come from there – or politics, after all, the legislature allows something like that.

Neither is completely wrong. By far the most influential factor is YOU, the consumer.

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China: 25/6/20 – Yulin Report From Humane Society International. Some Positives ?




Dear Mark,

On June 21st, Yulin’s annual dog meat festival began. While progress for animals has been made across China in response to issues brought to light due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brutal events like this continue, and we need to keep fighting until they end permanently.

This year, we were able to rescue a group of puppies from a terrible fate.

Just ahead of the festival, our Chinese partners rescued these animals from a market stall selling live dogs. They are now being cared for by our partner shelter in China, where they’ll receive veterinary care, socialization and love before the search to find loving forever homes.



Animal lovers from around the world also sent a powerful message to Guangxi leaders through a petition with over 220,000 signatures calling for an end to the festival and the dog and cat meat trade

What activists witnessed ahead of the festival indicates a shift in Yulin for animals.

Most dog meat stalls and shops around the city were consolidated into one central area called the Nanchao market on the outskirts of Yulin. Centralizing dog meat trade activity could be the authorities’ attempt to make it easier to monitor and manage.
The government has also been cracking down on trans-provincial animal transport, meaning that it is more difficult to truck in large numbers of dogs than in year’s past.

Lives were saved this year. Momentum is building in China to confront the dog and cat meat trade, and while Yulin’s horrific festival won’t end overnight, the tide is turning.

Thank you so much for everything that you do for animals.


Kelly O’Meara
Vice President, Companion Animals & Engagement
Humane Society International

P.S. You can donate right now toward this lifesaving work. Together, we can put an end to cruelty like this.





Horse Riding: don’t use your friends

Most people who go horse riding do it because they love horses. They enjoy the joint movement, make sure that the animals do not injure themselves as much as possible, and take good care of them by feeding them and keeping them and their stables clean.

Nevertheless, the question often arises at some point: Can riding be compatible with love for animals at all?

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In a perfect world, horses would live in freedom and no one would ask them anything. Horses are herd animals that live together in large groups in the wild, graze in meadows, travel long distances, and woo each other.

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They have their very own needs and interests, and none of them is carrying someone around on their back. This decision is made by people alone.

If you take riding lessons or buy a horse, you unfortunately always support that money is earned with animals that have no say. Even if a horse is perhaps happy about a snack or a gentle brushing: it has not chosen this life.

If we want to stop seeing animals as inferior and subordinate beings, we should question it.


And I mean…The deep affection of many riders for their horses is a wonderful feeling, they would never want to harm their horse. Riding and cruelty to animals? Unimaginable for some riders!!! Quite a few hobby riders eat vegetarian or vegan and are involved in animal protection

Unfortunately, far too often it is not possible to really do justice to a riding horse.

Humans tend to give animals human characteristics. They think that with love and gentleness, the horse voluntarily agrees to ride.


But a stable, small pasture and a lot of love cannot really replace a horse’s freedom – the herds and the expanse that meet its needs

Unfortunately what most hobby riders do not know is that riding horses often leads to illnesses.
Not only a rider who is too heavy but also the stance inboxes and the lack of freedom of movement (fenced pasture, without herd structure) damage the horse in the long term.

Musculoskeletal disorders and feeding-related diseases (e.g. laminitis) can often be directly or indirectly attributed to the use of the horse.

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And thus even the closest relationships between man and horse end at the slaughterhouse when the horse is no longer suitable for riding. It loses the purpose that was intended for it.

A visit to the horse slaughter shows how many horses die because their skeleton is bent and their hooves are inflamed and their nature is atrophied.

Because they were loved as a “mount” and later simply disposed of.

The love for horses can also be experienced without using the animals – for example in one of the countless sanctuaries for old horses.

There you can also volunteer if you really love horses.

My best regards to all, Venus