Day: August 26, 2020

Question of the day

 

 

1. The pharmaceutical industry cares about our health.
2. The pharmaceutical industry wants to earn billions.
3. The governments want to do a census of the world population.
4. Bill Gates only wants what’s best for us.
5. Someone wants to increase the death rate and reduce the world population.

Which answer is wrong?

My best regards to all, Venus

France: Every summer, up to 120,000 pets are abandoned!!

The summer of 2020 looks quite a bit different than its predecessors.

As worldwide deaths from COVID-19 creep dangerously close to one million as of August 2020, this season is plagued by stress, fear, and doubt, when historically it is a time that people use to travel, relax, and take a break.

Unfortunately, in France, people are not only taking a break from slowing the spread of COVID-19 — lifts in lockdown have led to new cases soaring to about 3,000 per day — but they are taking a break from their pets. This isn’t even a new occurrence.
Every summer, up to 120,000 pets are abandoned in France.

Sign the petition and urge French lawmakers to pass legislation that would deter people from getting pets they cannot care for, and that would make it easier to find and prosecute those who abandon their animals!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/451/426/486/tens-of-thousands-of-dogs-cats-and-other-sweet-pets-are-mercilessly-abandoned-in-france-every-year/

Tied to poles near busy streets.
Trapped in cardboard boxes, thrown on the curb in the dead of night. Wandering secluded areas, lost and hungry.
These are just a few of the descriptions of how animals in France are abandoned by their owners.

But why would someone do such horrendous things to animals they willingly brought into their homes in the first place?

Maybe they started seeing a new partner who doesn’t like dogs.
Maybe that kitten they thought was so tiny and cute grew into a bigger cat than they imagined.
They didn’t realize how much medical care for that puppy would be.
They bought that pet for their child, who grew up and decided they weren’t interested anymore.

Whatever the reason, each of these pets meets the same sad fate — surrendered to a shelter, or even worse, abandoned to hopefully be saved by a kind passerby before succumbing the hunger, harm, or the elements.

It’s been a national problem for quite some time, but one can only assume that the global pandemic will make it far worse. People are antsier than ever to get away, with one lockdown behind them and an inevitable second in their future.

But during the first lockdown, more people than ever adopted or fostered a pet — with unlimited time on their hands, and the need for a reassuring presence closeby, why not?

What these people may not have considered is that pets are commitments that last years, even decades, not a few months. Now, unwilling to sacrifice their already irresponsible travel plans, they are shirking their pet-owning responsibilities.

But a member of Parliament, Corinne Vignon, is working to bolster the rights of these pets by making pet-owning a serious, legal commitment.

Vignon owns multiple cats who all originally strayed, and this bill is very clearly coming from a place of care and compassion for abandoned animals.
The law would make tagging pets completely mandatory so that anonymously deserting a dog, cat, or another animal is basically impossible.
It would also increase the age at which one can obtain an animal, increasing the likelihood that those adopting pets know the magnitude of the responsibility, and are more likely financially able to provide for their animal.

This bill is an obvious win for animals in a country where owning and caring for a pet is simply not taken seriously enough.

Sign the petition today and ask that the French Parliament pass this bill!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/451/426/486/tens-of-thousands-of-dogs-cats-and-other-sweet-pets-are-mercilessly-abandoned-in-france-every-year/

 

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And here is a moral message, very understandable and not just for the French!

 

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We very much welcome the initiative of Parliamentarian Corinne Vignon, and of course we will support her in her efforts.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Joaquin Phoenix Says ‘Reject Animal Cruelty And Go Vegan’.

Joaquin Phoenix Says ‘Reject Animal Cruelty And Go Vegan’

‘There’s so much pain in the world that we are powerless over, but being party to animal suffering is not one of them’

MARIA CHIORANDO

AUG 25, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix has launched a campaign calling on people to ‘reject animal cruelty … [and] explore the many benefits of being vegan’.

The Oscar-winning actor has partnered animal protection charity PETA to promote the ‘Change the World From Your Kitchen’ initiative.

Phoenix stars in a video created by PETA, featuring footage from both UK and US farms, which shows the conditions birds live in. The video shows animals packed into loud, dirty sheds.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/XsrZPPfwTag ‘Reject animal cruelty’

“We are not a society that believes it’s okay to abuse animals,’ he says in the video. “We intuitively recoil at the very thought of animal abuse because the suffering of an innocent being is too much to bear. 

“Recent undercover footage exposes how the factory farming industry maligns our values and exploits our trust. These animals are in a living hell and under the guise of deceptive unregulated labels like cage-free and free-range consumers are led to believe that they are making a kinder choice.”They are not. There’s so much pain in the world that we are powerless over, but being party to animal suffering is not one of them. It’s easy to escape personal responsibility by actively avoiding the truth. But I hope you will join me in rejecting animal cruelty … [and] explore the many benefits of being vegan.”

WAV Comment – see for yourself ! – and this is JUST Dairy – nothing else !!

USA: Stanford Medicine Shows Nutrition Benefits of Plant Based ‘Meat’.

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In August 2020, the Stanford School of Medicine published the first significant study to directly compare plant-based meat to animal-based meat—a critical milestone for alternative proteins.

The 16-week randomized crossover trial, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared consumption of Beyond Meat’s chicken, beef, and pork to organic, animal-based versions of the same products. Participants in the SWAP-MEAT study consumed two or more servings per day of plant-based or animal-based meat every day for eight weeks each.

The authors found that consuming the plant-based meat products led to statistically significant positive impact on bad cholesterol and weight. Notably, lead author Dr. Christopher Gardner, a professor at Stanford School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, pointed out that the authors didn’t expect to see a statistically significant impact on weight in just eight weeks, with participants losing two pounds with consistent caloric intake after the plant-based meat portion of the study.

The study indicated that overall dietary levels of protein and sodium were the same on both diets, that fiber consumption was higher when eating plant-based meat, and that saturated fat consumption was lower when eating plant-based meat instead of animal-based meat.

The study’s results will not have surprised anyone who was paying attention. Where nutrition science is concerned, there is a general consensus that we should cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol and eat no trans fats at all. We should also eat more complex carbohydrates and more fiber, avoid excess sodium, and maintain a healthy weight.

Plant-based meat products have no cholesterol or trans fats and almost always have the same or less saturated fat than their animal-based counterparts. They also have complex carbs and fiber, where animal meat has neither. They are usually higher in sodium, but generally not by much when compared to prepared animal products. This is why the Stanford study found no difference in sodium intake based on the consumption of animal as opposed to plant-based meat.

The Stanford study focused on Beyond Meat, which joined the National Institutes of Health in funding the trial, but it’s worth noting that Impossible Foods’ products are similarly better than their animal counterparts in terms of macronutrients.

For example, the Impossible Burger has the same amount of protein as 80 percent lean beef, the same amount of saturated fat, less overall fat, and about twice the iron. Impossible Sausage and Impossible Pork offer 50 to 70 percent more protein as a percentage of calories and more than three times the iron when compared to conventional sausage and pork. All Impossible products also contain no trans fats or cholesterol, both of which are inherent in conventional beef, and plenty of complex carbs and fiber, where conventional meat has neither.

Although this is the first significant study to directly compare plant-based to animal-based meat, macronutrient analysis has long supported the study’s findings. That’s why Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology, frequently talks about the positive results he experienced when he switched from chicken and fish to plant-based meat in 2003, including an LDL cholesterol level that dropped 80 points once he made the switch.

Williams writes, a decade into his plant-based meat journey, “One of my favorite sampling venues [is] the new Tiger Stadium (Comerica Park) in Detroit, where there are five vegan items, including an Italian sausage that is hard to distinguish from [animal] meat until you check your blood pressure.”

Dr. Williams’ experience has been supported by the new Stanford School of Medicine SWAP-MEAT study. As Dr. João Pedro Ferreira from the Clinical Research Center of Nancy, France, explained, “the weight reduction also points towards the overall metabolic benefit of plant-based meat vs. animal meat.”

If eight weeks of plant-based meat instead of animal-based meat can have such a positive impact on heart disease indicators and weight, imagine what a permanent switch could do.

At GFI, we hope this Stanford School of Medicine study will be the first of many to study the health benefits of plant-based meat. To read the results of the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, please click here. For Stanford Medicine’s press release, please click here.

UK: Large UK businesses to be ‘banned from using products grown on deforested land’.

Large UK businesses to be ‘banned from using products grown on deforested land’

The government’s legislation would be introduced to protect rainforests by cleaning up the country’s supply chains.

https://news.sky.com/story/large-uk-businesses-to-be-banned-from-using-products-grown-on-deforested-land-12055746

Illegal deforestation takes place in the Amazon rainforest, pictured

Large UK businesses could be banned from using products grown on land that was deforested illegally under a new law being proposed by the government.

The legislation would be introduced to clamp down on illegal deforestation and to protect rainforests by cleaning up the UK’s supply chains.

This would mean publishing information to show where key commodities – including rubber, soil and palm oil – came from and that they were produced in line with local laws protecting forests.

Firms would face fines if they fail to comply.

The government said the size of the fine will be set at a later date.

The proposed legislation makes it clear that illegally produced commodities “have no place in the UK market”.

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A survey conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently found that 67% of respondents believe the government should be doing more to tackle the issue in the Amazon rainforest.

A consultation will run for six weeks and seek views from UK and international stakeholders, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

The department also said the consultation will consider potential impacts on businesses and other interests.

The announcement follows the establishment of the Global Resource Initiative, the government’s independent taskforce, which was formed in 2019 to consider how the UK could “green” international supply chains.

The UN’s COP26 Climate Change Conference is being held in Glasgow next year.

International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “The UK has a duty to lead the way in combating the biodiversity and nature crisis.”

Lord Goldsmith added: “We have all seen the devastating pictures of the world’s most precious forests being cleared, often illegally, and we can’t afford not to act as a country.

“There is a hugely important connection between the products we buy and their wider environmental footprint, which is why the government is consulting today on new measures that would make it illegal for businesses in the UK to use commodities that are not grown in accordance with local laws.

“Ahead of hosting the UN Climate Change Conference next year, the UK has a duty to lead the way in combating the biodiversity and nature crisis now upon us.”

Sir Ian Cheshire, the chair of the independent taskforce, said: “I’m delighted to see the government respond to one of the key recommendations of the Global Resource Initiative.

“Starting a discussion on how changes in UK law could help us all to reduce our global footprint. I would encourage as many people as possible to respond to this important consultation.”

Ruth Chambers, from the Greener UK coalition, added: “This consultation is a welcome first step in the fight to tackle the loss of our planet’s irreplaceable natural wonders such as the Amazon and in the pursuit of supply chains free from products that contribute to deforestation.

“The evidence linking deforestation with climate change, biodiversity loss and the spread of zoonotic diseases is compelling. A new law is an important part of the solution and is urgently needed.

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“The proposal must now be tested thoroughly to ensure it will deliver the government’s domestic and international environmental leadership ambitions.”

Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF-UK, added: “It’s clear businesses and consumers don’t want imports that wreck the planet, drive deforestation in areas like the Amazon and lead to devastating fires.

“The government must now fast-track strong, effective laws, that clean up our supply chains and show the UK can take the lead in tackling the global nature and climate crisis.”

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USA: Emergency Legal Petition Filed with USDA to End Cruel Farm ‘Depopulation’ Methods.

Emergency Legal Petition Filed with USDA to End Cruel Farm ‘Depopulation’ Methods

Ventilation shutdown and water-based foam methods used to kill animal populations during the pandemic are among the cruelest ways to kill farmed animals

https://aldf.org/article/emergency-legal-petition-filed-with-usda-to-end-cruel-farm-depopulation-methods/

From the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Our (WAV) past posts associated with this:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/10/mass-culling-system-shutdowns-the-failures-of-factory-farming-video-graphic-content/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/05/30/usa-hidden-video-and-whistleblower-reveal-gruesome-mass-extermination-method-for-iowa-pigs-amid-pandemic/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/12/usa-breaking-12-6-20-iowa-select-farms-just-announced-the-end-of-ventilation-shutdown-after-action-by-dxe/

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today a coalition, led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent COVID-19 relief funds, resources, and any other forms of support from facilitating or compensating for the costs of ventilation shutdown or water-based foam “depopulation” — the mass killing of animals on factory farms — and to withhold COVID-19 relief funds, resources, and any other forms of support from integrators, processors, and meatpackers that order or permit ventilation shutdown or water-based foam depopulation.

Ventilation shutdown is executed by shutting off all fans and closing vents to create an airtight environment while animals suffocate and are baked alive in rising temperatures over multiple hours. In some circumstances, steam is also pumped into the barns to speed the process. Water-based foam depopulation, typically used to kill birds, is executed by filling a barn with shaving cream consistency foam to cover the animals, resulting in suffocation over an estimated 15-minute period.

COVID-19 has sickened thousands of slaughterhouse workers across the country, which has forced many slaughterhouses to shut down for periods of time and slow their processing rates, resulting in a backup of millions of animals on factory farms. This backlog leads to the mass killing of animals because, in an effort to maximize profits, the industry’s business model leaves no room to accommodate delays in the supply chain. This “just-in-time” model means new herds and flocks are scheduled to arrive at farms just in time to replace those who have reached slaughter weight and are being trucked to one of very few slaughterhouses.

“Some of the cruelest depopulation methods, like using ventilation shutdown — which was recently revealed by a worker to have occurred at Iowa Select Farms — can leave animals suffering for many hours before they suffocate or are cooked alive,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We’re taking this initial action urging the USDA to prevent these extreme measures.”

The petition also requests that the USDA create affirmative and enforceable standards for depopulation and for the agency to establish an online database of animal agriculture industry recipients of COVID-19 relief.

Depopulation as a result of COVID-19 is likely to continue. Slaughterhouses are backed up for months, and current corporate and government policies — which force workers to stand close together on slaughter lines while also speeding up those lines — make it more likely that the virus will continue to rage in these facilities, causing more temporary closures, supply-chain disruptions, and gruesome depopulations, all culminating in the animal agriculture industry turning to the USDA for monetary relief for a problem of its own making.

To address this untenable situation, the coalition — which is made up of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Equality, Animal Outlook, Animal Place, Association of Irritated Residents, Center for Biological Diversity, Compassion in World Farming, Farm Forward, Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, PETA, The Humane League, Woodstock Sanctuary, and World Animal Protection — is proposing a solution that incentivizes responsible, forward-thinking policies to avoid some of the cruelest outcomes for animals.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to seek whistleblowers who can report safety issues, animal cruelty, or other concerns anonymously through an online tip portal —ReportAnimalAg.com. The mass killing of animals and other side effects of animal agriculture’s fragile supply chain can strain the mental health of workers tasked with carrying out such cruelty.

A copy of the petition is available upon request.