Day: August 30, 2020

UK: British vets launch battle to stop lobsters being boiled alive after scientific evidence finds the creatures DO feel pain.

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British vets launch battle to stop lobsters being boiled alive after scientific evidence finds the creatures DO feel pain and chefs are urged to stun them before they are killed

  • Vets demand that boiling lobsters should be outlawed on animal cruelty grounds
  • Researchers have found that the shellfish do experience trauma and are sentient
  • British Veterinary Association call for chefs to stun lobsters before cooking them
  • Celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli uses the ‘humane’ electronic stunning devices

The British Veterinary Association is, for the first time, lending its weight to calls to protect lobsters and crabs, given the latest scientific evidence shows that shellfish are sentient.

The body, which represents more than 18,000 vets, wants it to become compulsory for chefs to stun the creatures before they are killed and cooked. 

Many leading kitchens already use electronic stunning devices, which they say improves the taste since crustaceans release unpleasant hormones when stressed.

Switzerland was the first country to impose a ban on cooking crustaceans alive in 2018, and Norway, New Zealand, Austria and parts of Australia have since followed suit.

Maisie Tomlinson of Crustacean Compassion said: ‘We call ourselves a nation of animal lovers but crabs and lobsters are Britain’s forgotten animals. What happens to them at slaughter is cruel and unacceptable. Unless these animals have been electronically stunned, it can take up to three minutes for a crab to die in boiling water and even longer for a lobster.’

The vets’ association is also calling for protections for octopus and squid, as well as fish caught on commercial trawlers. 

Some fish, including cod and haddock, suffocate if caught in the middle of the net while those still alive and stored on ice can take up to two hours to die.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed that the UK slaughter welfare standards – already ‘some of the highest in the world’ – were under review.

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Enjoyu !

Regards Mark

the long journey through the ocean


Loggerhead turtles are certainly among the most wandering sea creatures.

Immediately after hatching, they begin their long journey through the ocean. Investigations from Florida showed that the turtles use the earth’s magnetic fields to orientate themselves on their journey of up to ten years.

These loggerhead sea turtles swim thousands of kilometers through the North Atlantic, float in the North Atlantic currents, only to one day return to the beach on which they were born.


And… we, the human animals with the so-called “highly developed” brain, do not even need ten years to destroy the oceans and its inhabitants.

Regards and a good night from Venus

UK; Brexit Is Best Chance to End the Live Export of Animals. Fingers Crossed for 2021 and An End To the Immense Suffering.

WAV Comment – I (Mark) have campaigned against the export of live farm animals now for around 30 years. In the past I have campaigned a lot with Phil L (see Comment in article). At the end of 2020 the UK should be free from the shuackles of the EU – taking back control; which will then allow us (as a nation) to stop live animal exports – something we have not been able to do all the time a member state of the EU. I just hope other EU membvber states follow the UK in getting out of this dinosaur which ignores all the evidence as far as live animal transport is concerned.

See more about all this export work at and how the ‘head in the sand’ EU has always ifnored us and the evidence.

Regards Mark

Rabbits and some important facts about them

Did you know rabbit teeth never stop growing? Or that rabbits can jump up to ten feet? As well as being social and sensitive animals, rabbits are incredibly fascinating. We’ve rounded up eleven fun facts about rabbits that you definitely didn’t know!

1. Rabbits are escape animals

Rabbits are always on the lookout. This is particularly evident from the fact that they are very cautious and behave more fearfully. For example, when rabbits are fooled by a human, they often become numb or try to free themselves by jumping uncontrollably.

2. Rabbits move as much as cats

Rabbits have the same urge to move around like cats. They need a lot of space and love to exercise in the fresh air.

3. Rabbits digest twice
Rabbits eat a special part of their excrement called appendix feces. This enables them to digest the food that is difficult to digest, such as crude fiber.

4. Rabbits are group animals

In the wild, rabbits live in large groups and have distinctive social behavior. Like us humans, they need conspecifics to be happy.

5. Rabbits defend their territory

Rabbits are very territorial and even defend their territory in a fighting manner if necessary.

6. Rabbit teeth will grow for a lifetime
Rabbit teeth never stop growing. The animals, therefore, wear off their teeth, for example by gnawing on branches. If they do not do this, the teeth may be misaligned.

7. Rabbits warn their conspecifics with knocking noises

Rabbits signal anger, discomfort, excitement, or fear by quickly so-called drumming with their hind legs on the ground. This also warns group members. The knock is usually followed by a quick sprint at high speed in order to outrun the possible enemy and hide in a shelter.

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Germany is developing into the largest animal testing laboratory in the world.

Animal testing: Germany refuses to adapt to EU requirements – take action now!

Infringement proceedings are currently underway against Germany because EU requirements for the protection of animals in test laboratories have not yet been sufficiently implemented.

Eight years late, the federal government is now submitting completely inadequate draft laws, which, however, continue to ignore important animal welfare requirements. Call on the responsible minister to remedy the deficiencies!

Brussels / Stuttgart, August 16, 2018 – breaches of contract: The EU Commission, based in Brussels, has informed six European countries about inadequacies in the national legislation on the protection of animals in the test laboratories.

Each member state had to implement the EU directive “for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes” in its laws by 2012.

However, around eight years later, the Commission still found numerous shortcomings in the national laws of Estonia, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain.

PETA Germany, together with PETA UK, has asked the responsible ministries to no longer allow experiments on animals and is starting an online petition.

8 years too late: BMEL (German Ministry of Food and Agriculture) presents draft laws! That is also inadequate!

In the summer of 2018, the EU Commission reprimanded those six EU countries for failing to implement various legislation on the protection of animals in test laboratories – including Germany.

Up until November 10, 2012, each EU member state had the task of implementing the “Directive 2010/63 / EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes” in its national legislation.

Now, almost eight years (!) after the deadline was exceeded, and with EU infringement proceedings on the back of its neck, the federal government is submitting corresponding drafts.

“Among other things, the German law allows that despite the requirements of the EU Animal Experiments Directive, no appropriate inspections are carried out in test laboratories,” said Dr. Christopher Faßbender, ecotoxicologist and research assistant at PETA Germany.
“In addition, the wording of the German legislation does not sufficiently specify the requirements for the expertise of the staff in such facilities and the presence of veterinarians.”

These are still more than inadequate and sometimes keep back doors open so that we can continue as before.

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