WAV Comment – Morbihan is a department in Brittany, situated in the northwest of France.
New investigation in a cage rabbit farm in Morbihan
29 September 2020
Today L214 presents new investigative images filmed at the end of August 2020 in a cage farm of more than 40,000 rabbits, located in Augan in the Morbihan.
Tomorrow, Thursday October 1, a bill from the Écologie Démocratie Solidarité (EDS) group aimed in particular at prohibiting cage farming will be discussed in the Economic Affairs Committee and voted on in the National Assembly on October 8. This survey concretely illustrates the situation of animals in intensive farming. MEPs will have to say whether or not they support this type of breeding.
The investigation shows terrible images of a large intensive rabbit farm located in the town of Augan, in Morbihan. More than 40,000 rabbits are locked there in small cages on a wire mesh floor. The breeding of nearly 3,000 breeding rabbits (6x more than the French average) who are artificially inseminated every one and a half months.
3 days before insemination, to optimize them, the rabbits are injected with the hormone PMSG, a hormone obtained from the placenta of pregnant mares. Each gives birth to about 9 young rabbits. More than 20,000 rabbits are thus engraved in each cycle.
According to fatality tracking documents, nearly 300 rabbits die at this farm every week.
The covered images of crowded and sick rabbits. Many pharmaceutical products are used routinely. Of all farm animals, rabbits are the animals most exposed to antibiotics.
The post ‘New investigation in a cage rabbit farm in Morbihan’ is modified from an article published by L214 Éthique & Animaux in their original language.
Shocking documentary reveals the cruel reality behind the export of horse meat from Argentina
29 September 2020
The film that seeks to put pressure on the Argentinian government to immediately ban equine slaughter and the export of horse meat, shows the work of the NGOs Fondation Franz Weber in Argentina, Tierschutzbund Zürich (TSB) in Switzerland and our member Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) in Germany.
At present, Argentina exports 60% of the horse meat consumed in the world; however, its consumption within the country is prohibited and there are no specific places where horses are raised for this purpose. So where do the 200,000 horses that are slaughtered annually to produce the meat exported to the European Union come from?
Premiering globally today and produced by the multimedia company Posibl, the documentary “Cinco Corazones” narrates the true and cruel reality behind the lives of Argentinian horses, which suffer all kinds of abuse from their birth to the moment of their death.
Equine slaughter has been practiced in Argentina for more than 100 years. Despite the closure of some slaughterhouses that used to carry out these cruel practices, four plants are still EU-approved and export around 10,000 tons of horsemeat to Europe each year.
“Stolen horses, discarded sport horses, mentally and physically destroyed rodeo horses, worn-out blood mares and rubbish-collection horses are collected by dubious horse traders and sold on to slaughter“, says Sabrina Gurtner, project manager of AWF|TSB, who has been investigating the cruel production of horsemeat in South America since 2012. Their dignity is not even respected at the end of their lives, when these horses are slaughtered and transformed into meat, a product destined to enter the European market. “So far, the EU Commission has only stopped the import of horse meat from Mexico and Brazil. Import bans against Argentina and Uruguay must urgently follow”, Sabrina Gurtner calls upon the European Commission.
So far, the EU Commission has only stopped the import of horse meat from Mexico and Brazil. Import bans against Argentina and Uruguay must urgently follow.
Sabrina Gurtner, Project Manager of AWF|TSB
“In 2017, we began a deep investigation that lasted 3 years and revealed the extreme cruelty suffered by horses in Argentina. Cinco Corazones is a film that forces us not to be indifferent to their pain and to redouble our efforts so that these nefarious practices end. Argentinians deserve to know what happens to horses in their own country, and Europeans deserve to know the atrocities hidden in the meat they put on their plates and in their mouths. It is time to say enough and to allow this noble animal to live in a noble society too”, says Martin Parlato, CEO & Founder of Posibl. and Director of the film.
The film shows shocking images of the equine slaughter and of what happened in the “field of horror” in Ezeiza. It narrates about the theft of horses, the complicity of the authorities and the cruel business of blood farming for eCG production. As stated by the Argentinian actress and animal rights defender Liz Solari, who also provided the voice-over for the documentary: “Cinco Corazones is a documentary that awakens, disturbs and deeply shocks you. It is essential to see it”.
In turn, the film also shows the work of activists and various NGOs based in Europe and Argentina, who have worked for years to obtain a ban on equine slaughter for human consumption abroad.
“The horse today is the victim of all kinds of abuses based on the absolute denial of its natural ethology. Locked in pits, living in isolation, used for work, they end their lives most of the time bled to death in a slaughterhouse and their body in pieces displayed in the shelves of European supermarkets… There is nothing worthy in the deal that we give them. Abolishing equine slaughter would be a fundamental step to give back these animals what we took from them. And it would prevent hundreds of thefts of horses that are sold to slaughterhouses”, expressed Alejandra García, Director of the Equidad Santuario and Director of Franz Weber Argentina.
I have personally been involved with Live horse exports to Europe for slaughter; hidden under the guise of ‘going for riding’. We (Carla and I) presented all our investigative evidence to the UK government in London.
Above – Wonderful Carla
I still have all the data and the evidence of this corrupt system that the investigations unfolded; betrayed Britsh horses who were (allegedly) ‘exported for riding’ whilst actually were being exported for their meat and their obvious resulting deaths. It is hard to stand and witness these beutiful animals going through the ports when you know what will happen to them; despite the bullshit which is put out by government departments to the contrary.
Read more about it at:
… including a poem I wrote on the return of an investigation; something had to be written down for the beautiful horses that were being abused and betrayed; literally to their deaths !
Odo-dong dog farm in Paju was operated by an illegal pig farmer who fed animals nauseating food wastes. This dog farm was not even identified by the city of Paju when the first African Swine Fever outbreak occurred last year in South Korea.
After inspecting the dog farm, KARA paid a visit to Paju City Hall and strongly protested the fact that the site, which was feeding animals with unknown food wastes, was becoming a serious quarantine problem. We also complained that leaving the dogs unattended obviously constituted animal abuse. Paju, however, responded that there was no abuse at the site and the dog farms were not subject to quarantine. Meanwhile, the dogs continued to disappear.
It was only when people, supporting KARA, began to file e-People petition complaints that the City of Paju began to take action. KARA was finally able to go to the site yesterday with a city official and get a waiver of ownership of the dogs, and at last rescue the remaining seven dogs.
Three of the dogs rescued were siblings about 4 months old – brown haired Annie, May, and Sean. Each time we visited the dog farm in the past, these three young puppies had been left eating disgusting food waste, locked in a raised wire cage, without a sip of fresh water to be found.
Dark-haired Judy, Bonnie, and Hobbs also look like siblings. They are estimated to be between one and two years old.
Bobby, appearing to be about eight years old, is the oldest dog rescued yesterday. His teeth are severely worn, presumably because he had been biting on the iron bars of the cage for a very long time. How long had it been since Bobby had been dragged to that dog farm and locked in a cage biting at the iron bars until his teeth were worn down? The poor animal also had a wound on his leg, likely from the sharp wires sticking out all over the inside of the cage.
After their rescue, Annie, May, Sean, Judy, Bonnie, Hobbs, and Bobby were given baths and received medical care. They no longer have to eat rotten food waste. They don’t have to lick their wounds or gnaw at the iron bars of the cage.
Dozens of empty spaces were found at the rescue site. The owner himself admitted that before he was caught there had once been dozens of dogs on the farm, and that they had been sold as “dog meat.” The dog farm in Odo-dong has now been closed down.
And yet, there are still too many dog farms in Paju alone, and the city persists in responding passively. KARA will continue to speak out until the final demolition of the cages left at the Odo-dong site; until the fate of the missing dogs has been determined; and until the Paju administration reverses its passive attitude.
We’ll be back with more details on the seven rescued dogs. We ask for your support to provide for the futures of Annie, May, Sean, Judy, Bonnie, Hobbs, and Bobby, who have been saved thanks to the actions of many caring people.
PARIS — France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms.
Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday (29/9/20) that bears, tigers, lions, elephants and other wild animals won’t be allowed any more in travelling circuses “in the coming years.”
In addition, starting immediately, France’s three marine parks won’t be able to bring in nor breed dolphins and killer whales any more, she said.
“It is time to open a new era in our relationship with these (wild) animals,” she said, arguing that animal welfare is a priority.
Pompili said the measures will also bring an end to mink farming, where animals are raised for their fur, within the next five years.
The ban does not apply to wild animals in other permanent shows and in zoos.
Pompili did not set any precise date for the ban in travelling circuses, saying the process should start “as soon as possible.” She promised solutions will be found for each animal “on a case-by-case basis.”
The French government will implement an 8 million-euro ($9.2 million) package to help people working in circuses and marine parks find other jobs.
“That transition will be spread over several years, because it will change the lives of many people,” she said.
After decades of massive pressure from PETA and other activists, Nordstrom has just announced that it will stop selling fur and exotic skins!
PETA’s campaign urging Nordstrom to go fur-free started back in the 1980s—when we made it a major target for Fur-Free Friday. The company dropped fur from its own line in 2006 but continued to sell fur in clothing from other brands, including Canada Goose’s coyote fur–trimmed jackets. PETA supporters took tens of thousands of actions to urge Nordstrom to ban fur.
The company’s decision to drop exotic skins follows PETA investigations exposing the cruelty involved in every alligator-skin watch and snakeskin purse as well as a trend in which companies like Calvin Klein and Chanel have gone exotic skins–free.
If you’ve ever taken a stance against the cruel fur and exotic-skins industries, you’re a part of this victory—so thank you!
Please take a moment to thank Nordstrom and urge it to go even further—by eliminating wool, leather, and all other animal-derived materials.
In order for all people in the world to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, half a million sharks might have to die.
Squalene is found in vaccines that manufacturers are experimenting with. The substance that strengthens the body’s immune response and thus the effectiveness of vaccination is obtained from the oil of shark liver.
For billions of corona vaccinations, thousands of sharks would have to die!
Around 3,000 sharks have to be killed to produce around a ton of squalene.
In order to produce enough squalene to provide every person in the world with a vaccine dose, 250,000 sharks would have to die, calculates the animal protection organization “Shark Allies”.
If everyone needed two doses of vaccine to immunize against Covid-19, it would be half a million sharks.
Shark populations would not be able to cope with the mass production of vaccinations
Many shark species are already threatened, declared the animal rights activists in their petition on the Internet portal change.org.
Exploiting them for the mass production of vaccines could have catastrophic consequences for the predatory fish population. “Harvesting something from a wild animal is never going to be sustainable, especially if it’s a top predator that doesn’t reproduce in huge numbers”, explained Stefanie Brendl, the chairwoman of the animal welfare organization.
“Shark Allies” started a petition calling for the organization to stop the use of animal squalene.
There are more non-animal alternatives: Squalene is not only found in shark livers, but also in certain plants.
Declaration by the organization on this matter: “After yesterday’s post where we announced that shark-derived squalene is a common ingredient in vaccines (including current COVID-19 vaccine development), you are probably wondering why squalene even needs to be in them?
Dutch firm ingredients firm Griffith Foods has undertaken a Pan Europeansurvey looking into consumer behaviour, polling around 4,000 people in the U.K, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
The organization says the emerging flexitarian market – of people who actively want to reduce their meat intake and try alternative proteins – is larger than previously thought.
Demand for meat-free food
The survey found that consumers want more ‘adventurous’ vegan and veggie options made available – with different cuisines including Asian and Mediterranean on offer rather than just standard veggie burgers.
When it comes to meat alternatives, flexitarian shoppers are seeking products with a more meat-like texture than many of the options currently available.
29/9/20 – Breaking News from the Fur Free Alliance
WAV Comment – we have just had this news in and we want to immediately share it with you.
The transition period is stated as 5 years; but we know with experience from the Netherlands and Poland; we feel eventually it will be a very much shorter time – given Covid and the rest.
Even better; it seems that a ban on wild animals in circuses is also to be included in the legislation.
BIG Congrats to all the crew at the FFA – another victory to rid the world of barbaric fur farming.
VICTORY! FRANCE TO BAN FUR FARMING
FRANCE, 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 – In a historic move, this morning the French minister of Ecological Transition announced to prohibit fur production. The decision follows a recent expose from our French member One Voice of the hideous conditions on France’s last 4 remaining fur farms.
The ban on fur farming will go into force after a 5-year transitional period. Besides the prohibition of fur production, the announced measures also include a ban on wild animals in circuses.
Muriel Arnal, CEO of French animal protection organisation One Voice, says:
“What a hard fight… thanks to all our partners in the Fur Free Alliance for their help in the last moments. We finally have a ban. But it will take place in a very long time compared to the Netherlands. With only 4 remaining farms we expected a much stronger announcement. We will keep on fighting to close down these 4 farms before the deadline set by the ministry of Ecology.”
Last week Fur Free Alliance member organisations around the world urged the French government to take immediate action and shut down France’s last remaining fur farms.
Read our joint letter to French Minister Pomili here.
Recent investigations on French fur farms, recorded in 2017, 2019 and once again in 2020, revealed shocking examples of animal suffering, including mink with physical injuries kept in appalling conditions and displaying stereotypical behaviour. Some of them had injured eyes, missing teeth, missing tails, paralysed and necrotic legs, and skin diseases.
Together with OneVoice we call on the French government to speed up the transitional period and prohibit fur farming at the earliest opportunity.