Day: August 16, 2020

Good Day !

Hi all;

Venus and I want to thank you very much for all the awesome mails we are getting back from our animal friends who are enjoying reading the articles that we are posting.

We cannot return individual mails as there are too many arriving, but thanks go to, amongst others; Barbara Crane Navarro – Rainforest Art Project; Jincy; Climate Change Take Action Now; Someone 52; Plans 66; Plastic kills, our garbage kills; Optimal Health; thefreeorg; Keena; and any others who we have not mentioned here.  Your support is very much appreciated.

We do this site, and the sister site ‘Serbian Animals Voicehttps://serbiananimalsvoice.com/  – check us out at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ to find a bit more of our past work, solely as volunteers; there is no financial incentive and everything we publish is to help spread the word for the animals in need and to try and inform people of issues and things that they may not be aware of.

A good day today (16/8) with many hundreds of visits to the site.

Please stick with us – music has always been a love of mine; you can see a lot of my (Mark) favourites at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  so check some out as we know all the doom and gloom of animal abuse means we all need to take time to chill in other ways sometimes.

Today has been a good day – enjoy the video;

Regards and thanks to you all – Mark and Venus.

Scotland: Award-Winning Pizzeria Transforms Into 100% Vegan Italian Restaurant.

'We are now 100 percent vegan!' (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Award-Winning Pizzeria Transforms Into 100% Vegan Italian Restaurant

‘We’ve replaced vegetarian options with new mouthwatering vegan alternatives which we cannot wait for you to try

https://www.plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/pizzeria-turns-into-vegan-italian-restaurant

An award-winning pizzeria has transformed itself into a vegan Italian restaurant.

Novapizza recently announced its former head chef Maddalena Pezone is now running the restaurant – and that it has decided to ditch all animal products.

The eatery, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, reopened its doors just two days ago – after the country’s lockdown guidelines eased.

‘Mouthwatering vegan alternatives’

On Instagram, Novapizza said: “We are now 100 percent vegan! Yes, you’ve heard it right – our menu is now fully plant-based.

“We’ve replaced vegetarian options with new mouthwatering vegan alternatives which we cannot wait for you to try.

“We love what we do and you will feel the passion in any dish that comes out from our kitchen – today, tomorrow, always.”

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN.

Source – England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/06/coronavirus-world-treating-symptoms-not-cause-pandemics-un-report

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Ongoing destruction of nature will result in stream of animal diseases jumping to humans, says report

The world is treating the health and economic symptoms of the coronavirus pandemic but not the environmental cause, according to the authors of a UN report. As a result, a steady stream of diseases can be expected to jump from animals to humans in coming years, they say.

The number of such “zoonotic” epidemics is rising, from Ebola to Sars to West Nile virus and Rift Valley fever, with the root cause being the destruction of nature by humans and the growing demand for meat, the report says.

Even before Covid-19, 2 million people died from zoonotic diseases every year, mostly in poorer countries. The coronavirus outbreak was highly predictable, the experts said. “[Covid-19] may be the worst, but it is not the first,” said the UN environment chief, Inger Andersen.

Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study

The biggest economic costs fall on rich nations – $9tn (£7.2tn) for Covid-19 over two years, according to the IMF’s chief economist. This makes a very good case for investment in the countries where diseases emerge, the authors say.

The report said a “one health” approach that unites human, animal and environmental health is vital, including much more surveillance and research on disease threats and the food systems that carry them to people.

“There has been so much response to Covid-19 but much of it has treated it as a medical challenge or an economic shock,” said Prof Delia Grace, the lead author of the report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and the International Livestock Research Institute (Ilri).

“But its origins are in the environment, food systems and animal health. This is a lot like having somebody sick and treating only the symptoms and not treating the underlying cause, and there are many other zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential.”

“An intense surge in human activity is affecting the environment all across the planet, from burgeoning human settlements to [food production], to increasing mining industries,” said Doreen Robinson, Unep’s chief of wildlife. “This human activity is breaking down the natural buffer that once protected people from a number of pathogens. It’s critically important to get at the root causes, otherwise we will consistently just be reacting to things.”

“The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead,” said Andersen.

Wildlife and livestock are the source of most viruses infecting humans and the report cites a series of drivers of outbreaks, including rising demand for animal protein, more intensive and unsustainable farming, greater exploitation of wildlife, surging global travel and the climate crisis. It also says many farmers, regions and nations are reluctant to declare outbreaks for fear of damaging trade.

“The primary risks for future spillover of zoonotic diseases are deforestation of tropical environments and large-scale industrial farming of animals, specifically pigs and chickens at high density,” says the disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie of Emory University in the US, an expert reviewer of the report. “We are at a crisis point. If we don’t radically change our attitudes toward the natural world, things are going to get much, much worse. What we are experiencing now will seem mild by comparison.”

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

The report highlights some examples of where zoonotic risks are being managed. In Uganda, deaths from Rift Valley fever have been reduced by using satellite data to anticipate heavy rainfall events, which can produce mosquito swarms and trigger outbreaks.

The report is the latest stark warning that governments must address the destruction of the natural world to prevent future pandemics. In June, a leading economist and the UN said the coronavirus pandemic was an “SOS signal for the human enterprise”, while in April, the world’s leading biodiversity experts said more deadly disease outbreaks were likely unless nature was protected.

“At the heart of our response to zoonoses and the other challenges humanity faces should be the simple idea that the health of humanity depends on the health of the planet and the health of other species,” said Andersen. “If humanity gives nature a chance to breathe, it will be our greatest ally as we seek to build a fairer, greener and safer world for everyone.”

„The vulture and the little girl“: a lesson for animal rights activists

Kevin Carter is the author of a photo that has become a symbol of an emaciated continent: for “The vulture and the little girl”, the member of the famous Bang Bang Club was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. A few weeks later, Carter is dead.

Kevin-Carter

In April 1994, 14 months after capturing that memorable scene, Carter walked up to the dais in the classical rotunda of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library and received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The South African soaked up the attention.

What was the occasion?
A monumental photo from Sudan, March 1993.

A starved little girl crouches on the floor of the Sudanese steppe, watched by a vulture that just seems to be waiting for the child to stop moving.

-kevin-carter--child-vulture-87This photo of Kevin Carter’s photo was published in the New York Times on March 26th.

 

What happens after Kevin Carter’s photo is published in the New York Times on March 26th far exceeds any hope of donation aid.
It becomes a symbol of an independent continent, donations reach unimagined heights, hardly a humanitarian appeal for donations in the following years gets along without this motif.

Shortly after the picture appeared, the newspaper received numerous questions about the girl’s further fate. The Times slips an editor’s note, which can be summed up as follows: We don’t know anything more precise.

Kevin Carter himself reports that the little one has regenerated and found her way back to the village a few minutes after being admitted.
Critics accuse Kevin Carter of failing to provide assistance. Others go a little further: the real vulture was lurking on the other side of the viewfinder.

Even some of Carter’s friends wondered aloud why he had not helped the girl.

Carter was painfully aware of the photojournalist’s dilemma. “I had to think visually,” he said once, describing a shoot-out.

“I am zooming in on a tight shot of the dead guy and a splash of red. Going into his khaki uniform in a pool of blood in the sand.
My God.!! But it is time to work. Deal with the rest later. If you can’t do it, get out of the game.
Every photographer who has been involved in these stories has been affected. You become changed forever. Nobody does this kind of work to make themselves feel good. It is very hard to continue.”

The following year, in April 1994, Kevin Carter received the Pulitzer Prize.

The award does not silence the criticism, on the contrary: Carter is accused of having exploited the girl’s suffering for his fame as a photographer.
In the same month, his friend and work colleague Ken Oosterbroek was fatally wounded during an operation in South Africa.

A few weeks later, on July 27, 1994, Kevin Carter was also dead. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, he gas himself to death. It was suicide.

In his suicide note, he wrote among other things … “I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain . . . of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners . . .”

Information: It was not until 2011 that Spanish journalists managed to locate the family. It turned out that the little girl was really a boy. Kong Nyong, the boy’s name, died in 2007, just of legal age, with malarian fever.

https://www.journalistenfilme.de/the-death-of-kevin-carter/

 

And I mean…The Kevin Carter case is very interesting for us animal rights activists because we often get the same moral accusations from others who only hear about animal suffering while they are sitting in front of their television.

We are also often accused of “only” documenting as if we had promised to save all animals in the world and have betrayed this mission.
When undercover videos come from laboratories or stables, it is a reason for many people to blame why the animal rights activists did not rescue or take the animals away.

We, in our struggle for the animal’s rights, are also “haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain” that we experience every day through the videos (or often life, in actions), which we have to endure only with good nerves if we want to fulfill our mission.

And our mission is objective information, education, documents of the truth about animal suffering, and the crime it causes.

In our private life, it burdens us very much that most people can only criticize, reproach, give advice.
If all of these would actively participate in our struggle, then today there would be no more or fewer pictures of dying children, suffering animals, and injustice in the world.

Kavin Carter paid for his guilty conscience with his suicide. It was a mistake to do so, after all, he was responsible for documenting the suffering in Sudan and making it known around the world.
The billions of people who drove him to suicide with their criticism did not tell us what kind of humane aid they provided to Sudan.

This is a lesson for us animal rights activists: we should know our limits, must remain active, and not expose ourselves to the risk of breaking under the moral pressure that we get every day from a vulture society.

My best regards to all, Venus