Day: July 21, 2020

20/7/20 – Council Of The EU: Pandemic Risk Of Industrial Agriculture Needs Global Action.




20 Jul Council Of The EU: Pandemic Risk Of Industrial Agriculture Needs Global Action


Transformation of the Food System Essential for Sustainability


Industrial agriculture increases the ‘risk of future pandemics and needs to be tackled”, according to the Council of the EU in Brussels, which calls for action to be taken on a global basis alongside other major issues including climate change and deforestation. The statement was made in the Council conclusions setting out the EU’s priorities for the coming year at the United Nations.

Deforestation, industrial agriculture, illegal wildlife trade, pollution, climate change, water scarcity, inefficient sanitation and waste management and other types of environmental degradation increase the risk of future pandemics and need to be tackled,” said the Council of the EU’s conclusions in the run-up to the UN’s Food Systems Summit due to take place in July next year.  Echoing calls that protecting people means protecting animals too, the Council insists that we “must be guided by the ‘one health’ principle to ensure both human and ecosystem health”.

Industrial animal agriculture, where pigs, chickens and cattle are caged, crammed or confined, provides the perfect breeding ground for new and more deadly disease. Mild strains of Avian Influenza entering an over-crowded chicken factory farm, for example, spreads very rapidly. As it goes through the flock replicating madly, differences can occur in the virus’ DNA, giving rise to new, more deadly strains. The 2009 Swine Flu pandemic originated in pig factory farms in Mexico and North America. The resulting pandemic went on to kill up to 575,000 people worldwide.

The Covid-19 crisis has “sharpened the focus on the inadequacy of the global response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies,” said the Council conclusions. Factory farming is not only a melting pot for future pandemics, it is also a major driver of wildlife declines. And the burgeoning livestock sector worldwide already contributes 14.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the exhaust fumes from all the world’s planes, trains and cars put together.



Far-reaching Reform

A key theme in the Council of the EU document is the need for far-reaching reform of the food system, pledging to support efforts to scale-up action aimed at continuing the “transformation” of the current food system to one more healthy and sustainable.

To my mind, we are entering a crucial moment in history where the future viability of our society will be defined by our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the changes we make to a global food system which has such a bearing on future sustainability.

In this age of pandemic, climate and biodiversity emergency, there is a pressing need for a wholesale move away from unsustainable industrial farming toward a future-fit food system based on regenerative agriculture. Farming that works in harmony with nature: putting back soil health, bringing pollinators and other wildlife swarming back, conserving water, being kind to animals and protecting the future for all.



Regenerative Food System

 To avoid the nightmare of Covid-19 being repeated, urgent action is needed globally to move away from damaging industrial farming practices in favour of regenerative food; without factory farming and with much less dependence on resource-sapping intensive animal products.

It is hugely welcome to see the EU setting out clear priorities, including tackling industrial farming, deforestation and climate change, ahead of next year’s most crucial UN meetings; UNEA5, the Food Systems Summit, the Biodiversity Summit and the next Conference of the Parties on climate change.

I and my team here at Compassion in World Farming stand poised to do everything we can to support the EU and all nations of the UN in this endeavour.

We encourage those charged today with creating a viable tomorrow to agree a global action plan to ‘build back better’ by ending industrial agriculture and runaway meat production.

The future for us all relies on moving to a more humane and sustainable regenerative food system. One that builds on a central principle learned through the pandemic: that protecting people means protecting animals too.

Compassion in World Farming is calling on the world’s most influential organisations, including the World Bank, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, to replace factory farming with a food system that respects animals, nurtures our planet, and reduces the risk of pandemics. 


Please use this link to sign our petition and join the call for a future without factory farming.


Thank you.



Historical! The Barcelona Zoo closes its dolphinarium!

The Barcelona Zoo has kept its promise, and the city is once again a pioneer in animal protection. Thus, it becomes the first city in Spain to close its dolphinarium and position itself against the captivity of these intelligent marine mammals.


After years of protests, collecting signatures, meetings, and various campaigns to end the exploitation of dolphins at the Barcelona Zoo, the City Council announced this Monday, July 20, that Nuik, Tumay, and Blau, the last three dolphins in The Barcelona Zoo have already left and they have been transferred to an Athens zoo. They have arrived this Sunday afternoon with a team of caretakers from Barcelona, ​​who will guarantee the correct adaptation to the new facilities and the new group of animals.

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The transfer has been made in a cargo plane specially prepared and conditioned for the occasion. The flight had been delayed by the coronavirus. The trainers have worked with the animals in recent months to prepare them for the move.

Once arrived at the destination, the dolphins have been housed in acclimatization pools where they will rest until they join the rest of the dolphins. A specialized company, the same one that, in 1994, transferred the Orca Ulises from Barcelona to the Sea World in San Diego has been in charge of the transfer.

5-year wait

The Ada Colau government’s decision in 2016, it had the support of four of the seven political forces of the Barcelona City Council, who agreed that the next animalistic step that the city should take was to become a city free of cetaceans in captivity.
Barcelona en Comú, the PSC, Esquerra, and the CUP opted to move towards a new Zoo model in which dolphins in captivity no longer have a place in the 21st century.

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AnimaNaturalis joined the # AdéuDelfinari campaign in June 2016 to raise awareness about the problems suffered by cetaceans living in the Barcelona dolphinarium, and ask for the support of citizens through a signature collection initiated by FAADA.

The Barcelona Zoo, after constant requests from animal groups and political parties such as Barcelona en Comú and ERC, already bet a year ago to advance animal rights and eliminated the show with dolphins.

Sunday, November 15, 2015, was the last performance of the dolphins and since then, visitors could observe these mammals without having to do any acrobatic displays.

The only entertainment offered to the public so far was to watch the caretakers feed the dolphins or play various enrichment and management games, without music, without applause, without inducing them to engage in the usual unnatural behaviors they are accustomed to. be subjected in exchange for receiving food.


Anak -who was born free in the Caribbean Sea-, Blau, Tumay, Leia, Kuni and Nuik were the 6 dolphins that kept the Barcelona Zoo captive.

However, for years now, the obsolete facilities did not meet the requirements of the European Aquatic Mammal Association (EAAM) and the animals suffered from social and stress conflicts, recognized by the caretakers themselves.

That is why Leia and Kuni were transferred to the Oceonogràfic de València in September 2016, a recommendation that came from the European Conservation Program.

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Why are they not released to the sea?

Few captive whales and dolphins have been returned to the sea after long-term captivity. Although it is what we would like the most, these dolphins have been born in captivity and do not know the sea.

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Malaysia: Innocent Baby Kitten ‘Torched’ By A ‘Prime Dickhead’ Deserves Justice. Reward Now Offered By Animal NGO for Information.




We have been sent this info from Violette, an activist for

La Ligue des Animaux (animal rights defense league in France).


Their site (Facebook) can be found at:


The link sent to us by Violette relates to a kitten in Malaysia – here are the words from ‘The Mirror’; a UK national newspaper which reported on the incident:


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They (The Mirror) say –



A cruel thug turned a kitten into ‘living torch’ as the feline desperately meowed for help

The horrific incident was filmed in the Malaysian state of Pahang and the video was shared on Facebook by the Malaysia Animal Association where it has been viewed 76,000 times.

The NGO also announced that they have raised the reward for anyone providing information that leads to the culprit’s arrest from 3,000 MYR (£560) to 10,000 MYR (£1,900 GBP)

The suspect allegedly poured flammable liquid over the kitten before burning it alive in a field at night.

In the distressing video, the unsuspecting kitten, apparently dampened with flammable liquid, is seen lying on the grass.



Both Violette and ourselves can never get a grip on how some so called ‘civilized’ humans can get their kicks out of injuring, or killing, defenceless little animals as per the kitten here.  It’s a real sad world when assholes like this person have to post such things on line to get ‘likes’.  Pass him over to the AR and lets see if he is liked as much for what he does.

It is not the answer and has not saved the kitten; but the potential reward offered now by the Malaysian Animal Association may hopefully lead to a name being given, and then a conviction.

We are all lost for words really; but this just shows the senseless lengths some dickheads will go to nowdays to get attention on their mobiles.

Regards Mark

How hunters murder foxes

Burrow hunting – one of the cruelest types of hunting!

In “civilized” Germany, with the supposedly best animal protection law in Europe, it is still legal.

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During this hunting method, a so-called ground or construction dog has the task of driving the fox out of its burrow.

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The fox has no chance: If it flees, it is shot or shot by the hunters waiting outside. If he stays under burrow, he has to face the dog.

Often there are bites, in which the dog and fox as well as any existing puppies are seriously injured or killed. If neither the dog nor the fox gives in, the hunters dig up the building.

Eventually, the fox is shot, slain, or shredded by hunting dogs.

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Hunters kill almost half a million foxes in Germany every year. In doing so, they resort to unscrupulous means: from live traps to homicide traps to burrow hunting.

There is no reason for the fox hunt – the animals only serve the hunters as a target for their cruel hobby.
Fox children are also affected in front of the hunters’ rifles: young foxes can and should be shot almost everywhere in Germany. Only in a few federal states do young foxes have a closed season.

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Burrow hunting is undoubtedly one of the cruelest types of hunting.

According to two Swiss reports, building hunting represents legal cruelty to animals, which is why it has already been banned in the Canton of Thurgau, in Swiss, for example, and in the Canton of Geneva anyway, where the people voted in 1974 for a general ban on hunting of mammals and birds through a referendum.

Articles in specialist magazines and hunting forums show again and again how unscrupulous hunters think about killing foxes and their children. The cold-blooded planning of the killings reveals the real face of the fox hunt:

“Killing playing fox pups on the building or catching them with a young fox trap is probably the most effective hunting method.
The young foxes spend their time improving their mouse-catching skills and are therefore inattentive. Their curiosity, paired with youthful recklessness, makes the young puppies easy prey. ”

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New Zealand: 23/7/20 – Your Chance to Speak Up for Animals. Joint the Debate – See Details Below.





Kia ora Mark,
The pre-election event about animals not to be missed – this Thursday 23 July!

Don’t miss out on the Political Panel for Animals 2020: It’s Time – an audience with key decision makers for animals from the main political parties.

Join Hon Damien O’Connor (Labour), Hon David Bennett (National), Gareth Hughes MP (Green) and Mark Patterson MP (NZ First) as they tackle issues facing New Zealand animals today and in the future.


Register here now:


Date: Thursday 23 July
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Location: Your computer or your phone! This is a virtual event that will be streamed live.
Attendance is free, and the link will be emailed to you when you register.

Submit your question for the panelists here!

We will also be taking questions on the night.


There is still time to register for Political Panel for Animals 2020 – It’s Time.

Register now – let’s put animals back on the agenda this election. 


Debra Ashton
Chief Executive Officer

SAFE for animals.  New Zealand’s leading animal rights charity.





Regards Mark


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