Day: August 7, 2020

Third farm sabotage report

Received anonymously:

Several fattening camps in France, here dairy farm, sheep farm, laying hens and ducks for “foie gras” in Loire-Atlantique, were painted with messages making the connection between animal slavery and epidemics of zoonotic viruses, past, present & future.

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While the number of clusters increases in France, many of them in slaughterhouses, the media continue to obscure the link between flesh consumption and pandemics, governments are NOT taking the necessary actions to protect the population, but are releasing billions from public funds to save the economy.

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We have the duty to force them to make that connection and act accordingly. Because beyond the human victims of Covid19, there are trillions of victims of speciesism every single year.

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This thirst for blood is total nonsense.

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(original French text ):

Plusieurs camps d’engraissement, ici de vaches laitières, moutons, poules pondeuses, et canards gavés pour le foie gras en Loire-Atlantique, ont été tagués avec des messages faisant le lien entre l’esclavage animal et les épidémies de virus d’origine zoonotique, passées, présentes ou futures.

Alors que les clusters se multiplient en France, principalement dans des abattoirs, que les médias continuent à occulter le lien entre zoophagie et pandémie, les États ne prennent PAS les mesures nécessaires pour protéger la population, mais débloquent des milliards d’euros d’argent public pour sauver leur économie.

Nous avons le devoir de les forcer à faire ce lien et à agir en conséquence. Parce qu’au-delà des victimes humaines du Covid19, les victimes du spécisme se comptent par milliers de milliards chaque année.
Cette soif de sang est un non-sens total.

Plusieurs autres fermes seront nos cibles dans les jours qui suivent.
Nous exhortons les animalistes du monde entier à faire de même.
On ne remporte pas une guerre avec des fleurs comme seules armes

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/

And we say.. thanks to the brave activists!
We just want to add one little thing: the thirst for blood is not just total nonsense.
It is a generated propaganda by the meat and dairy mafia in order to convince this society to a daily crime, the worst in human history.

Best regards to all, Venus

Palawan: the rainforest belongs to animals and its indigenous people

 

The island of Palawan is a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve – a certified ecological and cultural treasure. But now the provincial government wants to open up areas of rich biodiversity and indigenous land to industrial plantations.

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Palawan is the home of numerous endemic species – some of them, like the Hornbill, Treeshrew, and Philippine Pangolin, are just a few on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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The entire island is a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve and its southern regions the ancestral domains of the Pala’wan indigenous people.

Those living in the remote uplands, such as the Tau’t Batu, have limited contacts with the outside and possess a rich oral tradition and profound environmental knowledge.

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In spite of these ecological and cultural values, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has entered into a joint venture with Lionheart Agrotech, an industrial grower of hybrid coconuts.

If it bee realized, more irreplaceable lowland rainforest and indigenous peoples’ farmland would be turned into plantations.
According to the Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG), Lionheart has already destroyed indigenous peoples’ sacred sites and burial grounds without compensating the impacted communities.

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Some tribal leaders who have stood up in opposition have reportedly received death threats.

It appears that the company has also encroached on the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, one of only ten sites of the global Alliance for Zero Extinction in the Philippines and one of the 11 key bird areas in Palawan.

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Furthermore, the provincial government recently passed a resolution supporting the opening of indigenous ancestral domains and valuable ecosystems for agricultural, industrial, and other purposes.

All of this is being pushed through in total disrespect of environmental laws and in blatant violation of the indigenous peoples’ rights.

Please support the indigenous peoples’ resistance with your signature – we need to bring international pressure to bear before these ecological and cultural treasures disappear forever!

Please sign our petition and help preserve one of the last true slices of paradise in the Philippines!

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1215/keep-plantations-out-of-palawan-forest

 

And I mean…In 2015, many demonstrations, petitions, and direct resistance took place with the aim of preventing the planned coal-fired power plant on the Philippine island of Palawan.

And the goal was achieved!! on June 6, 2015, the City Council of Puerto Princesa passed “a decision that strictly rejects the construction of a coal-fired power plant on Palawan”.

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The fight is not over yet.
Let us make hope out of our fear.
This struggle to save the last paradise in the world with its indigenous and animal inhabitants defines our values and principles.

We find out every day that we have a lot more civil courage than we thought.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: August Fur News from ‘Respect for Animals’. It Takes 40 ‘Dumb Animals’ to Make A Fur Coat – But Only 1 Dumber One to Wear It !

August news from ‘Respect for Animals’, Nottingham, England.

Over 1 million mink killed in the Netherlands due to coronavirus outbreak More than 1.1 million mink have been killed on 26 Dutch farms that have recorded outbreaks of Covid-19 amongst workers and animals, according to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

The government also announced that mink at a 27th farm also were infected and all mink would be killed. The Netherlands, which has some 160 mink farms, is the world’s fourth-biggest producer of the prized fur after Denmark, China and Poland, according to Wim Verhagen, director of the Dutch federation of fur farmers. Fur farming is in the rocess of being phased out in Holland, and Respect for Animals has joined the Fur Free Alliance in strongly urging authorities to not allow the infected farms to re-open.

Covid-19 is now also on mink farms in Spain Spain has ordered the slaughter of nearly 100,000 mink on a farm as coronavirus wreaks havoc in the European fur farming industry, highlighting the terrible conditions embedded in fur factory farming. Officials said it was not completely clear if “transmission was possible from animals to humans and vice versa” The outbreak at the Spanish mink farm near La Puebla de Valverde, a village of 500 people, was discovered after seven of the 14 employees, including the owner, tested positive in late May, said Joaquín Olona, regional chief of agriculture and environment.

Two other employees got infected even after the operation was shut down. More than 92,000 minks were ordered killed at the farm in the Aragon region of northeastern Spain, with nine out of 10 animals estimated to have contracted the virus. Spain has 38 active mink breeding operations, most of them in northwestern Galicia. Not a single mink left in Estonian fur farms  


The Estonian animal advocacy organization Loomus, colleagues of Respect for Animals in the Fur Free Alliance,has reported that, according to assurances from the Ministry of Rural Affairs and a verification visit by Veterinary and Food Board, Estonia does not have a single mink farm active and running. The ministry said that due to the market situation, Estonia’s largest mink farm has halted its farming of minks at the end of 2019.

In 2016, Estonia’s fur farms held about 130,000 American mink. Mark Glover, Campaigns Director for Respect for Animals, said: “Fur farming is unsustainable, both economically and environmentally, while perpetuating inherently cruel levels of animal welfare. Loomus deserve our sincere thanks for their sterling work against the fur trade and we support their continued efforts to ensure fur farming ends for ever in Estonia.”


Ireland: fur farming ban included in Programme For Government document Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have formed a new Irish government, with all three parties agreeing on a programme of government.

Respect for Animals is delighted that the document includes a firm commitment to end fur farming in Ireland as a matter of urgency. The document, known as “Our Shared Future,” has been formally approved, with a new Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, and a new Agriculture minister now confirmed. Here is the key part of the document in relation to fur farming: • Immediately prioritise the drafting of legislation for the phasing out of fur-farming, publishing legislation in this area as soon as possible.

The moment when fur farming is finally banned in Ireland is now much closer! The Cabinet agreed in July last year to produce legislation to finally end fur farming in the country. This came after a strong campaign in which Respect for Animals was closely involved, along with animal protection groups NARA and ISPCA. However, the legislation has been delayed, not least because of issues faced by the Irish government (and DAFM in particular) due to the challenges of Brexit, a snap general election- which transformed the political landscape- and, of course, the current coronavirus crisis.

There are currently three fur farms in Ireland, with around 190,000 mink housed in cages and factory farm conditions. Last month, a spokesperson told us: DAFM is in the process of preparing a Bill to provide for the phased introduction of a ban on fur farming which will include a prohibition on mink farming. Along with animal welfare considerations, social and economic aspects in relation to the industry need to be taken into account, provide for an orderly wind down of the sector and allow time for employees to find alternative opportunities. The necessary work to prepare the appropriate legislation is ongoing within the Department. It is not envisaged that the Covid-19 pandemic will have any effect on this process.
 

News from Canada: seals and mink farms   It is known around the world as one of the most shocking scenes of bloodshed, a painful reminder of the bloody impact of the fur industry, but the Canadian seal hunt has seen a huge drop in the number of seals killed with the majority of the commercial hunt being closed. This is due to the impact of Covid-19.

According to preliminary figures on the website of Canada’s Department for Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), only 388 seals have been reported killed to date in this year’s hunt in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which would usually run from mid-April through late May. In all of 2019, the number of seals killed numbered 32,071. While still a significant number, this was only 8% of the 2019 quota of 400,000. This year’s numbers represent an even greater overall reduction.

Canada’s mink farms are also facing scrutiny. The financial crisis enveloping the fur trade has been closely monitored by Respect for Animals over recent years. North America’s fur trade has been particularly hit. Last year the North American Fur Auction (NAFA) had been taken over by Finnish fur group Saga Furs, having descended into near financial ruin. Now an in-depth report by Canadian news outlet CBC has revealed the astonishing extent of taxpayers’ money being wasted on failed attempt to prop up a cruel and unnecessary industry: Analysis of bankruptcy and government records suggests that, since 2014, over $100 million in provincial and federal money has been spent in Canada, often unsuccessfully, to keep individual mink farms afloat, or is tied up in loans that will likely never be repaid.

So long and steep has been the fall of the mink sector that the bailouts dwarf what the industry is now worth. Last year, farms across Canada sold just $44 million worth of pelts, down from $254 million in 2013, according to Statistics Canada. The precise amount of public money that’s been spent trying to rescue the mink industry after global prices took a nosedive in 2014 remains secret, however. The federal Department of Agriculture refuses to release information on payments to the sector, even under access-to-information laws, citing among other things “international affairs” and “economic interests of certain government institutions.” This is a damning indictment of the fur industry and another example of why taxpayer money should not be used to prop up one of the world’s most inhumane industries. Fur factory farming should be allowed to die out and farmers supported to diversify into sustainable agriculture that does not rely upon terrible conditions for its profit margins. It is clear that the Canadian fur factory industry is financial unviable and a disastrous failure for animals, unable to meet even the most basic standards of animal welfare.

Respect for Animals hopes that Canada soon joins the UK and many other countries by introducing a fur farm ban once and for all. Fur Trade’s Online Fur Auction Disaster Saga Furs, the major fur auction house owned by the Finnish fur industry, has published its half yearly report, with a decrease in sales of over 50%. In desperation for working capital, Saga had applied for a loan guarantee for the covid-19 pandemic from Finnvera, the state-owned Finnish financing company, but this request was rejected. In May, the company decided to suspend pre-financing for producers, a financial disaster for fur farmers, citing ‘liquidity tightening’.

Saga Furs had held its previous fur auction online, having been forced to abandon staging the usual auction due to the global coronavirus crisis.   In late March, the online auction tried to sell the skins of millions of animals raised in terrible factory farm conditions, including 3559808 mink, 537593 fox, 56019 finnraccoon and 25152 sable.

The online stream showed skins of foxes and finnraccoon constantly going unsold. Mink furs sold at higher rates but at dismally low prices as the auction continues. The Kopenhagen Fur auction followed in April with similar results. Many furs were not even made available and those that did sold were sold below the cost of production.

Another Saga auction began in early July with over 4 million mink skins offered This is a financial catastrophe for the fur industry and means many fur farms are in a precarious economic position. Respect for Animals encourages fur farmers to abandon the morally and financially bankrupt fur industry for good.

Fur Trade Blog Calls Covid-19 a ‘silver lining’       The dire outlook for the fur trade contrasts sharply with the attitude recently expressed in a fur industry propaganda blog, which shockingly described the coronavirus crisis as a ‘small silver lining’ and ‘an opportunity’ for the fur trade, with animal protection organisations unable to mount effective campaigns. Please return the enclosed donation form to help prove them wrong.  
Ask your MP to sign EDM 267   (UK citizens)

The import and sale of fur is allowed even though the main ways fur is obtained, including fur farming, are banned in Britain. The law must change.  Killing animals just for their fur is cruel and barbaric, and we must stop funding it by banning imports of real fur immediately. Fur import bans have been successfully implemented elsewhere. There is an EU-wide ban on the import of domestic cat and dog fur and California is banning the sale of real fur.

The UK should take a lead and become the first country in the world to ban fur imports. We have over 100 MPs already, but we need much more to make a difference for animals. Please contact your representative and ask them to back our calls for a Fur Free UK by signing Early Day Motion 267.

Ecquador: Tell Mining Companies to Back Off From Attempting Mining In Protected Forest and National Parks.

Mark,

Reserva Los Cedros, in western Ecuador, is a true biodiversity gem. This cloud forest is home to around 200 imperiled species, from spider monkeys and jaguars to rain frogs and orchids found nowhere else on Earth. Los Cedros is remote, rugged and stunningly beautiful.

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But in 2017 the Ecuadorian government granted two foreign companies mining permits covering 68% of Los Cedros. If mining exploration proceeds, it’ll tear down forests, bring destructive roads, and pollute the area’s pristine rivers with sediment.

Ecuador’s highest court has taken up the case and will soon decide whether the country’s constitution, which uniquely recognizes the “rights of nature,” applies and whether the government must consult local and indigenous peoples before moving forward.

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Tell the mining companies to simply back off — and urge officials to pull all mining permits in Ecuador’s protected forests and add Los Cedros to an adjacent national park.

Take Action – tell the mining companies to back off:

Center for Biological Diversity:

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

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Animal Markets Breed Disease and Suffering

Dear Mark,

A captured dog struggles in a gunny sack, her eyes wide with terror. She’ll soon be clubbed to death, and her flesh will be sold for human consumption.

Crabs and eels flail in water-filled plastic sacks, crammed together by the hundreds – while catfish jostle for space in tubs and desperately gasp for breath before they’re plucked from the water and slashed open.

Bare-handed workers slit the throats of chickens and other live animals before heaping their body parts onto bloody tables teeming with flies. Nearby, the charred remains of boars, porcupines, and monkeys – their hands curled into blackened fists – are hawked near the remains of other wild animals.

Read more via this link.

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