Day: August 17, 2020

Belgian slaughterhouse: Amateurs slaughter as they want

We at PETA and other animal rights organizations repeatedly show the daily horror that countless animals are exposed to in the slaughterhouse.

In June, for example, the “Animal Rights” organization published dramatic scenes from a Belgian slaughterhouse that kills up to 650,000 pigs every year.
According to animal rights activists, the pork from “Van Hoornweder” from Torhout in Belgium will also find its way into German supermarkets.

Limping pigs, drowned in the brewing bath

 

The organization’s video shows animals that arrive at the slaughterhouse already injured and some of which should not have been transported at all.

Limping pigs with organ and tissue incidents, deep wounds, and large abscesses as well as heavily pregnant sows pull themselves out of the transporters and are insufficiently anesthetized on-site with electric forceps.

Others suffer a death throes on the unloading docks or are driven into the waiting bays by violence.
Many animals are not adequately stunned during the killing process.

The animals are sprayed with water so that the intensity of the electric forceps is increased

Again and again, workers use the electric pliers in the wrong places to stun again (!!!), and so the pain is unspeakable for the animals. Some are burned from it.

This also means that some animals are still conscious if their throats are cut or if they soak in the hot scald bath and suffocate in it.

Injured animals are abandoned in the waiting area and have to die a painful death because no one can free them from their suffering.
Some mothers sow spontaneously carry their animals to the waiting area.

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UK: Undercover filming at Eight (8) Moy Park Farms Reveals Hundreds of (Intensive Farmed) Birds Suffering Agonising Deaths Each Day.

Thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’.  Regards Mark

https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/

Please note that if you consume animals, you should view this brief glimpse into their hell, they have a right to know who’s eating them.

Please also note that although this short video documents UK-based farms, these procedures and “living” conditions are globally standard, considered routine and socially accepted. The US, specifically, denies federal protection for all animals exploited for food, and poultry CAFOs are defined as housing for 125,000 animals. Your Free-Range, Red Tractor, and High Welfare categorizations are used to describe a process that controls animals; subjects them to routine bodily intrusion; inflicts pain sans pain-relief (determined to be cost-prohibitive and illegal due to flesh contamination); rejects body autonomy; and violently kills animals, and, therefore, are meant to make humans, and not the actual animals, feel comfortable.

Additionally, poultry in the US are subjected to diseases and conditions including leukosis, septicaemia, airsacculitis, synovitis, and tumors. They are also found dead, listed as cadavers, which includes being boiled to death.

The following is a USDA public government documentation of the victims consumed, begin on page 12 for condemnation reasons:

One final comment: if you are unable to exist without consuming flesh, you’ll be happy to learn that there are alternatives that your inner zombie will find satisfying. Please see below for resources.  SL


Source Animal Equality UK

Undercover filming at eight Moy Park farms reveals hundreds of birds suffering agonising deaths each day.

Animal Equality has today released distressing scenes of severe animal suffering on eight British chicken farms across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

All of the farms are certified by the Red Tractor assurance scheme and operated by Moy Park, one of the UK’s largest chicken producers. 

Moy Park supplies the fast-food chain McDonald’s, as well as supermarkets such as Tesco and Ocado.

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The troubling footage, captured covertly by an Animal Equality undercover investigator, reveals:

  • Chickens deprived of water as drinkers are routinely raised to a height that they are unable to reach;
  • Hundreds of chickens suffering agonising deaths each day as workers painfully crush the chicks’ necks in their hands;
  • Chickens developing raw skin burns on their feet and chests from filthy, urine-soaked floors;
  • Chickens bred to grow so big, so quickly, that they suffer from excruciating leg injuries and are unable to carry the weight of their own oversized bodies;
  • Chickens crammed into immensely overcrowded barns, barely able to move or stretch their wings.

The filming took place in late 2019. The footage was passed on to Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency, the RSPCA, and Red Tractor in early 2020.

Business as usual

These concerning scenes are reflective of an industry that values profit over animal welfare. Chickens raised for meat have been selectively bred over time to grow extremely large, incredibly quickly. As a result, many of them suffer from weak hearts, lungs and legs, their bodies burdened by the strain of their unnaturally heavy bodies. After all this, they’re killed when they’re little more than one month old.

Despite McDonald’s closing its doors earlier in the year, the chain’s supplier, Moy Park, has continued business as usual. Although it saw one factory worker tragically die in May from COVID-19, it has publicly stated that it does not expected to be “significantly impacted” by the pandemic. According to the company’s latest accounts, Moy Park saw revenues of over £1.5 billion in 2019, with reports of “strong financial performance” and with Chief Executive, Chris Kirke, receiving a salary of £700,000.

Not the first time

Concerningly, two of the farms investigated have been the centre of previous serious animal welfare complaints.

Animal Equality filmed similarly poor conditions when last year, we filmed inside Mount Farm, along with two other Moy Park farms. The investigation, released in June 2019, showed chickens crammed into gigantic sheds, in obvious pain from leg and breathing difficulties and being forced to live amongst rotting carcasses. It’s clear that neither Moy Park nor Red Tractor took the animal suffering we found seriously.

In July 2019, thousands of chickens were found to have died at Kettlethorpe Farm due to a sweltering heatwave and lack of appropriate ventilation.

Unrelenting greed

Upon reviewing the footage, Abigail Penny, Executive Director of Animal Equality UK, said: “These poor chickens never stood a chance. Moy Park’s actions are consistently underpinned by profit; this is a company that spends an eye-watering £700,000 on a CEO salary, yet instructs workers to kill vulnerable chicks at just a few days old, simply because they’re no longer considered profitable. Moy Park’s greed is unrelenting.”

She added: “McDonald’s, Tesco, Ocado and others buying from this supplier are refusing to show even the smallest ounce of mercy to these innocent chickens. Consumers appalled by these practices can go vegan and do better by chickens today.”

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Russia: Now Developing a Covid 19 Vaccine to Protect Mink At Its Vast FUR FARMS.

Russia says it is developing a Covid-19 vaccine for mink and CATS after boasting it has made first treatment for humans

  • A vaccine for animals is being worked on and is expected to be tested in autumn 
  • Russia has around 100 fur farms specialising in mink for the large fur industry  
  • Vladimir Putin hailed the country’s human vaccine as a world beater 

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Russia says it is developing a new Covid-19 vaccine to protect mink in its vast fur farms, as well as domestic cats. 

Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s veterinary watchdog, announced it is working on a vaccine for animals that is expected to be tested in the autumn.

This follows cases of domestic cats with Covid-19 in Moscow and Tyumen.

‘We are working on the creation of a vaccine for animals against the new coronavirus infection,’ said the organisation’s head Sergey Dankvert.

‘The vaccine is needed primarily for mink,’ he said.

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Above – the reality of fur farming in Russia.

‘They quickly transmit the virus to each other.’

A case was reported of a mink infecting a human in the Netherlands.

Russia has around 100 fur farms specialising in mink farming for its large fur industry.

‘People will want to vaccinate pets as well – for example, cats that become infected with a new coronavirus infection,’ he said.

This comes after Russia claims that the West is actively seeking to poach the scientists behind its controversial new Covid-19 vaccine.  

The head of Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Professor Alexander Gintsburg, the key scientist behind the human vaccine hailed by Vladimir Putin as a world beater, said in several interviews that the ‘jealous’ West was seeking to ‘buy out’ the top brains in his team.

Any American or European university can only dream of having such researchers,’ he said.

‘And they are seeking to lure them away.

‘But they will not be able to.’

The team that made the Covid-19 vaccination had been together ten years, he said, claiming they were resisting lucrative approaches.

The rush to announce the Sputnik V vaccine – only tested on dozens of people – has been widely criticised in the West, and key figures inside Russia.

Russian health chiefs have been forced to make clear that it cannot be used on this under 18 or over 60 because tests have not been carried out on these age groups.

‘A large amount of additional work is certainly required,’ admitted Gintsburg, who is starting post-registration tests on 30,000 people.

Mass vaccination will start in around one month, it is expected.

But the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s public health watchdog, Anna Popova, made clear that the country will not solely rely Gintsburg’s vaccine announced with such fanfare by the Kremlin last week when the drug was registered.

‘It is absolutely certain that each country, including the Russian Federation, should have several different vaccines. This is what we are doing today,’ she said. 

Canada: Where has all the money gone ? – Canadian taxpayers handing out millions to failing fur factory farms.

Where has all the money gone ? – Canadian taxpayers handing out millions to failing fur factory farms.

News from ‘Respect for Animals’, Nottingham, England.

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. You can read the latest on Saga’s own troubles here: http://www.respectforanimals.org/desperate-saga-furs-moves-fur-auction-online-with-humiliating-results/ .

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:

A CBC News analysis of bankruptcy and government records suggests that, since 2014, upwards of $100 million in provincial and federal money has been spent in Canada trying, often unsuccessfully, to keep individual mink farms afloat, or is tied up in loans by Crown agencies that will likely never be repaid.

The bulk of the money spent on the industry appears to have come through Agristability, a program jointly funded by the provinces and Ottawa that amounts to a disaster relief subsidy for farmers who suffer large income declines.

But 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 at the peak of the boom 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.”

Not content with merely perpetuated a trade built upon inherent the suffering of animals, the remarkable actions of some fur farmers to seize profits was also disclosed.

The owners of a fur farm called Silver Hill had claimed that they had, over one March weekend, taken 20,000 mink from their cages and slaughtered them at their farm in western Prince Edward Island. The pelts were estimated to be worth up to $1 million to Asian fashion houses.

However, the fur farmers claimed that somehow all of those pelts had been ruined, meaning their income would suffer and their many creditors could not be paid. In a gruesome image of the fur industry’s environmental disregard, CBC reports that ‘looking for a way to dispose of the rotting pelts, the farm said they put the lot through a meat grinder and flushed it all down pipes and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence’.

Courts records, however, exposed the truth.  The pelts were not destroyed but were instead transported to a freezer off-island, ‘apparently away from the prying eyes of creditors’.

Unsurprisingly this farm has received lavishly large sums of public money — up to $8 million in government loans and bailout payments.

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.

  • You can read the CBC report here
  • Read more about the fur trade’s financial woes here

Greenland’s Ice Has Melted Beyond Return, Study Suggests.

Tracy glacier is seen in this satellite handout image from Greenland, September 7, 2018, provided by Maxar Technologies on August 14, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES MANDATORY CREDIT

The melting was revealed in satellite images. Pic: Maxar Technologies

Scientists have long been concerned about the future of Greenland

https://news.sky.com/story/greenlands-ice-has-melted-beyond-return-study-suggests-12049724

Greenland’s ice has melted beyond return, study suggests

It will now gain mass only once every 100 years, and if all the ice melts, it would push sea levels up by roughly six metres.

Greenland’s ice sheet may have melted beyond the point of return, with the ice likely to disappear no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, research suggests.

Ohio State University scientists studied 234 glaciers in the Arctic territory for 34 years until 2018.

They found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting, which is already causing global seas to rise about a millimetre on average per year.

If Greenland’s ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of six metres – enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world.

Co-researcher and glaciologist Ian Howat said Greenland “is going to be the canary in the coal mine, and the canary is already pretty much dead at this point”.

Scientists have long worried about Greenland’s fate, given the amount of water locked into the ice.

The Arctic has been warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the world for 30 years, while the polar sea ice hit its lowest extent for July in 40 years.

Through studying satellite images, the new study found the territory’s ice sheet will now gain mass only once every 100 years.

Co-author and glaciologist Michalea King said the sobering findings should spur governments to prepare for sea-level rise, adding “things that happen in the polar regions don’t stay in the polar regions”.

But she said containing the global temperature rise can still slow the rate of ice loss.

Greenland is far from the only country rapidly losing its glaciers and moisture.

Canada’s last intact ice shelf broke apart into hulking iceberg islands in late July due to a hot summer and global warming, scientists recently revealed.

Satellite images showed that about 43% of the 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had snapped off.

Meanwhile, scientists have warned that summer heatwaves and minimal rainfall have sucked eastern Germany’s lakelands dry, harming fish and plants.

Seddiner Lake, in the state of Brandenburg, south-west of Berlin, has sunk 60cm annually on average over the past few years, with local geographer Knut Kaiser calling it the “beginning of the end for the region’s lakes”.