Day: June 26, 2020

Netherlands: Dutch MPs have voted to close all mink farms by the end of the year and pay compensation to fur farmers.

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Dutch MPs have voted to close all mink farms by the end of the year and pay compensation to fur farmers

Politicians in the Netherlands have voted in favour of closing the country’s mink farms by the end of the year after several outbreaks of coronavirus led to thousands of the animals being culled.  

At least two workers at mink farms in the Netherlands are believed to have been infected with coronavirus in what the World Health Organization said could be the first known cases of animal-to-human transmission of the virus.

Health authorities slaughtered more than 1,500 mink as a precaution this month after coronavirus surfaced in a handful of farms in the southern Netherlands.

The Labour Party and Party for Animals subsequently tabled a vote on banning mink farming, which passed this morning. The motion now has to be approved by the upper house of the Dutch government. 

If it passes the new law will hasten the closure of the country’s estimated 128 mink farms, which were due to be phased out by the end of 2023.

 

The animal rights charity, PETA, described the proposed ban as “common sense” and called on other mink farming nations such as China and Denmark to ban the trade.

“PETA hopes the Netherlands will be the first of many countries to see the writing on the wall and shut down cruel fur farms or risk being the source of the next pandemic,” said the charity’s director, Elisa Allen.

In a statement, Humane Society International urged the Dutch government to pass the motion to ban the country’s mink fur trade: “HSI urges the government to listen to parliament, act now to end cruel and dangerous fur farming for good.”

The Netherlands is not the only country making moves to reduce the trade in animals in the wake of coronavirus. China, where the outbreak began, has since banned the consumption of all wildlife and removed pangolin scales from a list of approved traditional medicines.

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world and scientists are investigating whether they may have played a role in the virus moving from animals to humans.

 

https://www.positive.news/environment/dutch-parliament-votes-to-end-mink-farming-following-covid-19-outbreak/#.XvUUdz2jrnI.twitter

 

USA: Good riddance Steve King, you won’t be missed!

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We are thrilled to share the news that Representative Steve King of Iowa, known in the animal protection world as the “King” of cruelty, has finally been ousted after two decades of toxic leadership!

Since his time in office as Iowa state’s U.S. representative, King took anti-animal positions on virtually every issue.

  • King opposed a federal policy that came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help animals in disasters.
  • King opposed federal measures to crack down on horse slaughter.
  • King consistently voted against endangered species protections.
  • King opposed federal measures against dog fighting.

 

Perhaps King’s most egregious act of all was his proposal of the federal Protect Interstate Commerce Act, which sought to destroy practically every piece of legislation that protects animals on the state level.

In one fell swoop, this disastrous bill threatened hard-won legislation to protect animals suffering in puppy mills, on fur farms, in dog fighting rings, and on factory farms. King repeatedly introduced this bill during multiple congressional sessions and it was defeated only due to the efforts of countless animal protection, environmental, and worker safety groups.

To top it off, King also made statements in support of white supremacy which earned him condemnation from the leaders of his own Republican party. It is unsurprising that a depraved mind that supports animal abuse would be attracted to racist ideas.

Good riddance Steve King, you won’t be missed!

 

https://www.idausa.org/campaign/farmed-animal/latest-news/good-riddance-to-steve-king-animal-cruelty-incarnate/ 

 

Hunger is not fate, it is man-made.

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795 million people are starving – but we feed 56 billion farm animals

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says that in today’s phase of developing its production forces, world agriculture could easily feed twelve billion people normally. So almost twice the world population.
At the same time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), one billion people are overnourished, that is, massively overweight.

THE REALITY: for the production of only 1 kg of beef are used up to 16 kilos of grain or soybeans and 15,400 liters of water – valuable livelihoods that could feed hungry people.
For comparison: 1,300 liters of water are needed to produce 1 kg of wheat, 255 liters for 1 kg of potatoes, and only 131 liters for 1 kg of carrots.

In industrial livestock farming, food is fed in large quantities – corn, soybeans, and cereals – which the hungry people lack in developing countries.

Large areas are felled or cleared because animals need multiple amounts of feed to “produce” meat or milk. Over 50 percent of the world’s crops are used as animal feed for the livestock of rich countries.

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Almost half of the world’s grain harvest and 80 to 90 percent of the soybean harvest go to factory farming.

Due to over-indebtedness, the poor countries are forced to sell high-quality plant food that is necessary for human nutrition as animal feed – even though some of their own population does not have enough to eat.

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As many as 60 percent of the feed that is fed to industrialized livestock farming in rich countries are imported from developing countries.

In South America, especially Brazil, huge areas of tropical forests are being cleared to grow soy. By the way, the world’s largest buyer of Brazilian soy is Germany – almost exclusively feed for factory farming.

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Over 80 percent of the soy imported to Germany comes from South America.
This is despite the fact that the poorer population in Latin America does not have enough to eat.

The clearing of the rainforest is not only problematic for the climate. As a result, numerous previously undiscovered plant and animal species lose their habitat and become irretrievably extinct

»If we maintain current nutritional trends, there will not be enough water to produce the food for the nine billion population expected in 2050. Meat consumption must be significantly reduced so that food for the growing world population can be cultivated with the available water and arable land», according to the study by the Stockholm International Water Institute.

https://www.freiheit-fuer-tiere.de/artikel/welthunger-klimakatastrophe-eine-fleischfrage.html

 

And the UN is silent. For fear of upsetting the almighty transcontinental private companies. According to the World Bank, the largest transcontinental private groups (all sectors combined, industry, finance, services, etc.) controlled 52.8 percent of the world’s gross domestic product last year.

They have a power that no emperor, king or pope has ever had in history.
They influence the foreign policy of even the most powerful countries. The UN rightly fears its anger.

Do we have hope?

In years of argumentation, demonstrations, actions, and undercover investigations, we have been unable to ensure that people decide against these crimes (for people and animals) and that they no longer cooperate with the meat mafia.

It probably took a long time for the animal rights movement to understand that we have to conduct our struggle politically, that means, that the changes we seek should not be left in the hands of a disinterested, indifferent, irresponsible society, but our goal must be the politicians.

We need sharper and more massive practices to crack the wall.
We have to work on it.

My best regards to all, Venus