Month: June 2020

USA: Will SeaWorld Stay Afloat ?

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WAV Comment — we have heard this morning (24/6/20) that there are currently 56 actions against SeaWorld by companies who are trying to get their money back.  Not confirmed, but we have found the following.

 

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SeaWorld raises cash to stay afloat but can it survive prolonged park closures due to coronavirus?

 

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/story/2020-04-21/seaworld-raises-cash-to-stay-afloat-during-prolonged-park-closures-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic

The theme park company says it was seeing record attendance during first two months of 2020 before the coronavirus shutdown hit

By Lori Weisberg

In a move to shore up its finances during a pandemic that last month forced it to shut down its 12 theme parks, SeaWorld Entertainment announced Tuesday it is raising $227.5 million through a private offering that it can use to help pay its bills.

While the company reported it had seen record attendance and revenue during January and February of this year, the good news quickly soured the following month when it closed all its parks on March 16 and later furloughed 95 percent of its workers starting the first of this month.

Read more at the link above.

 

 

As SeaWorld Parks remain closed because of COVID-19, the company has taken proactive financial steps to protect its customers, employees and animals.

 

SeaWorld Entertainment has taken financial steps in response to lockdown measures that are still in place accross America. Interim CEO, Marc Swanson, said that the steps they have taken “will provide us with significant financial flexibility and liquidity to operate in this unprecedented and highly uncertain environment.”

 

Reducing expenditure

Seaworld Entertainment has reduced its executive officers’s base salary by 20% until its theme parks resume normal operations. Furthermore, the company has substantially reduced its marketing and advertising spending.

 

Read the full article at:

https://blooloop.com/news/seaworld-financial-response-covid-19/

 

 

 

SeaWorld CEO resigns amid coronavirus furloughs

 

Marc G. Swanson serving as interim CEO at least through reopening of parks

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/04/06/seaworld-ceo-resigns-amid-coronavirus-furloughs/

ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld has named a temporary chief executive officer following the resignation of Sergio D. Rivera, according to the news release.

Rivera, the most recent chief executive officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. notified the company of his decision to resign last week, days after SeaWorld announced 90% of employees would be furloughed amid closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Company officials said Rivera also stepped down from his duties as a member of the company’s board of directors.

According to the release, Rivera said his resignation was due to disagreements over the board’s involvement in the decision making at SeaWorld.

Rivera was on the job for less than five months.

 

Read the full article via the above link.

 

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Holland: shutdown of the fur farms, in a hurry: by the end of the year !!!!

For a good start to the day!

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After the coronavirus outbreaks in Dutch mink farms, all of this type of farm in the country should, according to the will of Parliament, be closed by the end of the year.

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A corresponding proposal from the Social Democrats and the Party for Animals was passed yesterday.
The Parliament also called on the government to ban the breeding of animals “susceptible” to the coronavirus.

The Dutch authorities had more than 1,500 minks killed in the past few weeks after the virus appeared in nine farms. At least two employees of the farms contracted the pathogen.
The authorities assume that the virus has been transmitted from the mink to the employees.

According to the animal welfare organization Humane Society International, there are currently 128 mink farms in the Netherlands. The breeding of mink fur was fiercely controversial in the country even before the virus broke out.

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https://orf.at/stories/3170818/

 

My comment…And since we have failed miserably as a species, we would like to thank the pandemics for intervening and perhaps doing what we are currently not able to do – namely abolish fur farms.

It would be optimal to abolish the torture farms of ALL breeding animals, and the current mass infections in slaughterhouses can be a good start in this direction.

Over the years we have learned to be patient and therefore we look forward to small successes too.

My best regards to all, Venus

The Murder of Regan Russell

 

❤️ An article by Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd

 

Three days ago, Regan Russell (65) was murdered by a cold-blooded monster devoid of empathy and compassion.

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She was deliberately run down by a truck driver. His cargo was pigs stuffed into the truck in over-heated conditions and extremely stressed from thirst.

For a few moments, a compassionate woman named Regan Russell attempted to alleviate both thirst and stress by bringing water to the captives through the narrow slits in the side of the truck.
Her kindness was rewarded with a death sentence callously delivered by the driver of the truck.
Some people have said that the driver was just doing his job.

I don’t buy it.

He was aware of the protests. He could have given a warning, he could have stopped to allow the protesters to give water to the pigs. He could have driven cautiously slow. Instead, he slowed down and suddenly sped up. The fact is that he was negligent.

The fact is that a woman is dead and he killed her and he should be charged with vehicular homicide.

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Continue reading “The Murder of Regan Russell”

Switzerland: Tilda escapes death in the slaughterhouse

These are incredible scenes that passersby happened to document in front of a Swiss slaughterhouse last Friday.
When unloading a slaughter transporter, a cattle panicked in such a way that it tried to save its life by leaping over the gang of an animal transporter.

kuh aus dem Schlachthof gerettetTilda-the freedom fighter, trying to escape

 

Animal transport is pure stress for cattle, but also pigs, horses, sheep, and other animals for slaughter.
Blood, excrement, the desperate screams of their peers, the unfamiliar surroundings put the animals in mortal fear.
The reactions to it are different: some literally roar their fear out of the lungs, others are introverted and try to hide.
A fighter one tried to escape on Friday.

The horrified passers-by were able to capture the death-defying jump from a height of several meters and the subsequent escape across the grounds in photographs and films.
In horror, they contacted the Papillon sanctuary, described what had happened, and asked for advice.
We from Papillon Sanctuary immediately asked for a friend’s grace yard for cows, the Villa Kuhnterbunt by Bea Gutzwiller, and decided to rescue the refugee freedom fighter together.

The on-site passers-by got in touch with the slaughterhouse staff and the slaughterhouse boss and the animal dealer agreed to the life-saving takeover by animal protection.
To our astonishment, the head of the slaughterhouse and his coworkers were happy, even asked where she was going and a randomly present craftsman benevolently gave the passer-by a 20-franc note as a reward for the rescue (!!!)

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The subsequent transport to a veterinary clinic for farm animals showed how panicked the rescued cow was after her rescue.
However, the local veterinarians managed to have the cow undergo a health check, take care of the horn injured in the fall, take blood, control mucous membranes, and claws.

After consultation with the previous owner, it became known that the animal was born in February last year and has had to live in constant tether since then.

The animal was christened Tilda in the veterinary clinic – Tilda means fighter.

After the stay in the animal hospital, the animal will move to the cow sanctuary Villa Kuhnterbunt this week and move into the herd full of rescued oxen and cows.
Henceforth it will be protected by Villa Kuhnterbunt and the Papillon sanctuary.
We are looking for sponsors for the further care of Tilda.

Tilda meets her new family (video)

 

And I mean…Tilda will definitely get a sponsor. Many animals in many other countries have that.

What is difficult to find in many other countries is the courage and the intelligent decision like that of the Swiss witnesses to inform a sanctuary and not the hunter to shoot the animal directly “for safety reasons”!
That would have been the case in Germany !!

Many factors play a role in how develops a society’s behavior towards animals.
It is the education from home, from school, the state animal welfare, and last but not least the financial situation of a country that decides for a good or bad coexistence between humans and animals.

We thank all rescuers of Tilda and we wish her a good and long life in her new home

My best regards to all, Venus

The Animal Holocaust Depicted Through Art – From Stacey.

Animal Holocaust' furore – The Australian Jewish News

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Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ has sent the following – thanks Stacey – Regards Mark

Our Compass link:   https://our-compass.org/

 

The Animal Holocaust Depicted Through Art

 

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Source Jo Frederiks , YouTube

With Special Thanks to A Well-Fed World , Humane Facts

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“Kit-bull:” a Pixar film about a tragic reality

A cat and a pit bull make friends and flee from an evil dog owner. The Pixar film “Kit-bull” is cute, dramatic – and unfortunately realistic.

Actually, filmmaker Rosana Sullivan wanted to tell the story of an unusual friendship. She herself is rather shy, much like the little cat, who in “Kit-bull” first looks at a large pit bull fearfully, then even scratches out of sheer panic – and finally makes friends with him.

The message is clear: it is worth looking beyond apparent differences because even a grim-looking dog is actually a playful and friendly animal.

 

In the end, “Kit-bull” shows something else: The kitten encourages the pit bull to flee together from its owner, who chains the dog outside and injures him badly.

This tethering is, unfortunately, a reality, especially in the USA, and in Germany, too, certain dog breeds, in particular, are often kept by people who see them as a fighting tool rather than a living being – which is why we have been requesting a dog license for a long time.

The family that ultimately takes in the dog and cat would probably get it easily because it gently approaches the animals and treats them lovingly.

A happy ending that reminds that animal husbandry is a responsible task – and that you should never buy an animal because there are enough that are eagerly awaiting adoption.

https://www.petazwei.de/kitbull

 

And I mean...Those who adopt animals from the shelters correct one frequent crime that takes place every day and in every country in the world.
When one abandons their own animals on the street because one wants it that way, this is a crime that is never punished enough, nowhere!

On the street, they are beaten, poisoned, hung up, and live a miserable life sick, hungry, and always in fear.

And that’s why we will never tire of reminding that in all animal shelters around the world millions of abandoned victims are waiting for a warm and loving home, for people who want to save these victims and make friends for life.

One of them is definitely the right one for you!

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My best regards to all, Venus

China: Despite the Promises and New Regulations; ‘Yulin’ Dog Meat ‘Festival’ Still Continues.

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The Promises – but different in reality

 

WAV Comment:

We reported very recently that we were unsure if the Yulin 2020 ‘festival’ would take placehttps://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/19/china-19-6-20-yulin-2020-to-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question/

 

Our other posts:

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/03/16/china-what-with-yulin-enforcement-of-legislation-or-ignorance-as-hey-usually-do/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/22/yulin-is-eyerywhere/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/21/judi-dench-and-others-speak-out-against-chinas-yulin-dog-meat-festival-a-1-5-million-signature-petition-submitted-to-chinese-embassy-in-london-this-week/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/03/yulin-a-city-in-blood-orgies/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/08/china-yulin-is-coming-take-action-now/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/05/30/29-5-20-victory-china-makes-dog-meat-sales-illegal-finally-ending-the-barbaric-dog-meat-trade/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/04/28/china-following-shenzhens-historic-ban-in-april-zhuhai-has-now-become-the-second-city-in-china-to-introduce-a-law-banning-the-consumption-of-cats-and-dogs/

 

Well all reports as of today (22/6/20) show that despite all the new legislation and alleged new rules imposed concerning the sale of dog meat and dog meat consumption; the Yulin festival IS STILL CONTINUING.

 

 

All we can do at this time is supply you with a few media links relating to this:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/06/22/world/asia/22reuters-health-coronavirus-china-dogs.html

 

https://news.sky.com/story/breeding-ground-for-a-pandemic-dog-meat-still-on-sale-in-china-despite-new-guidelines-12012054

 

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/our-work/cat-and-dog-welfare/what-we-do/tackling-the-meat-trade.html

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1299003/Yulin-Dog-Meat-Festival-china-dog-meat-animal-cruelty-campaign-wet-market-coronavirus

 

https://blog.humanesociety.org/2020/06/yulin-dog-meat-festival-to-begin-this-weekend-defying-chinese-declaration-that-dogs-are-pets-not-food.html

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11888503/chinese-wet-markets-roasted-dog-meat-yulin-festival-companion-status/

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/1289677/carrie-symonds-yulin-dog-meat-festival-humane-society-international-petition

 

We will update more when we have news;

Regards Mark

Wales (UK) – Chicken Processing Facility – 158 staff members test positive for Covid.

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Wales – Chicken Processing Facility –  158 staff members test positive

Factory has contracts with thousands of UK supermarkets

More than 150 employees at a chicken plant in Anglesey, north Wales, have tested positive for coronavirus.

The 2 Sisters poultry processing factory, which has contracts with thousands of UK supermarkets, announced on Thursday that it would be temporarily suspending production at its Llangefni site for two weeks with immediate effect.

It said the decision was made following guidance from Public Health Wales (PHW), Anglesey Council, the Health & Safety Executive, FSA and the Unite union: “The health, safety and well-being of our colleagues is ultimately the thing that matters most at our business.”

All 560 staff members were asked to self-isolate for 14 days. On Saturday the food manufacturing company confirmed that 350 people had been tested, and 75 cases were confirmed positive.

A further 83 positive cases were identified over the 24 hours to 3pm on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 158.

Testing sites were set up at Llangefni and Holyhead, and at an existing facility in Bangor, following the outbreak.

PHW said the number of cases “is expected to increase as we continue to process samples taken from employees”.

Dr Christopher Johnson, consultant in health protection for PHW, said: “Since we commenced targeted testing last Thursday, over 400 members of staff have provided samples so far.

“Testing of employees continues, and it is likely that some additional cases will be identified in the coming days.”

He also commended the testing system, saying it was “working as it should be”, and reminded the public that they too have a “vital role” to play in “preventing the spread of coronavirus”.

2 Sisters is one of the largest food producers in the UK and processes about a third of all the poultry products eaten each day from its sites across Britain.

In its statement, the company concluded: “We will not tolerate any unnecessary risks – however small – for our existing loyal workforce at the facility.”

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-uk-wales-chicken-plant-anglesey-factory-staff-test-positive-a9577976.html

 

 

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-meat-factory-outbreak-why-how-yorkshire-germany-a9575706.html

Outbreaks of coronavirus have been reported at meat factories around the world, from Germany to the US, with a plant in West Yorkshire becoming the latest epicentre.

Earlier this week, officials in a west German district said the number of new infections linked to a large meatpacking plant had risen to 657 – a higher figure than many recent daily increases for the entire country.

Two meat factories in Wales also reported outbreaks this week.

And meat factories in the US have also shut over Covid-19 and seen hundreds of workers fall ill with the virus.

Staff working in close proximity to each other, poor employment contracts and cold temperatures are some of the theories behind the outbreaks, but industry representatives in the UK insist the reason for them is a “mystery”.

“There is no proof in science that a meat factory is any different to a chilled food factory doing other work,” David Lindars from the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) told The Independent.

“Nothing has been said about our working environment in particular that causes any of these outbreaks that we know of from a science point of view. It is a mystery as to why.”

Mr Lindars, the trade body’s technical operations director, added: “You must not forget we never stopped as an industry. The car industry stopped and lots of other industries stopped.

“We have kept going and, to date, we have been pretty good at feeding the nation and ensuring red meat is on the shelves to retailers without mass closures that has happened in other countries.”

Major processing plants in the US shut their doors during the pandemic, sparking fears of meat shortages, after hundreds of workers at some plants tested positive.

But the Unite union says it has repeatedly warned that outbreaks at meat factories in the UK were likely.

 

 See also:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/20/tonnies-empire-is-for-14-days-closed/ 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-meat-toennies/german-coronavirus-outbreak-at-abattoir-infects-more-than-1000-idUKKBN23R0Q5 

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/06/18/germany-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic-slaughterhouse-outbreak-stewart-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn 

 

… and the common link is … ??