Day: September 4, 2020

Gulf Livestock 1 – Questions To Be Asked.

The carcass of a cow floats in waters, about 120 kilometers northwest of Amami Oshima in the East China Sea. Japanese rescuers found a second crew member and multiple dead cows Friday in waters where a livestock ship capsized and sank during stormy weather two days earlier.

Photo: The 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters via AP


We have been doing a bit more work into the very recent sinking of the ‘Gulf Livestock 1’ vessel near to Japan.

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Japan’s coast guard rescued a second ‘survivor’ who was unconscious and floating face down in a dinghy on Friday. The man, whose identity was unknown, was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, said Takahiro Yamada, a spokesman for the regional coast guard headquarters.  Mr Yamada also stated that rescuers had spotted dozens of cow carcasses floating in the area.  We know the crew of ‘Gulf Livestock 1’ originally sent a distress signal early Wednesday.

Regarding the vessel before the incident, there are a few interesting issues that have arisen from further investigation:

  • The ship is technically managed and crewed by Germany’s Marconsult Schiffarht GMBH – what exactly does the term ‘crewed by’ mean ?  – if crewed by Germany, then why so many Filipino ‘crew’ on the vessel ?
  •  A December inspection report from Indonesian authorities on the website of Equasis, which collates ship safety information from both public and private sources, logged issues with the ship’s propulsion and auxiliary machinery. 
  • Issues included “deficiencies” with the propulsion main engine and gauges, thermometers.  We understand from the sole survivor of the incident that he told rescuers the ship stalled when an engine stopped, then capsized after being hit by a powerful broadside wave and sank.
  •  A 2019 report by the Australian government on the same cattle ship’s transit in June from Australia to Indonesia noted the vessel’s departure was delayed for a week because of “stability and navigation issues identified by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).”

AMSA’s website showed Gulf Livestock 1 was detained by the Australian authorities        for three days in May 2019, because of issues related to its navigation Electronic    Chart Display and Information System. The report cited both a lack of up-to-date    charts and training for officers using the system.

  • A report on the website of FleetMon, a German-based maritime tracking site, shows the ship, under its previous name of Rahmeh, anchored off the Turkish coast in September 2018 “to fix a mechanical problem” that required the delivery of spare parts.
  • The FleetMon report also noted some concern from local residents about the ship’s extended stay at Cesme port, because livestock on a previous voyage had been found to be infected with anthrax.

Today, 4/9/20, it appears that Maritime New Zealand found no issues with the livestock ship, Gulf Livestock 1, before it left the port of Napier (New Zealand) last month. The ship with 43 crew and nearly 6000 cattle on board sailed from Napier on 14 August bound for China.

Maritime New Zealand said the vessel was checked on arrival and prior to departure from Napier, and no irregularities were found.

The marine regulator said livestock carriers were checked for stability and the conditions of the livestock pens.

At the same time, the animal activist group SAFE is calling for the minister of agriculture Damien O’Connor to be held to account over the sinking of Gulf Livestock 1.

We wonder why ? – So far, O’Connor has declined all media requests on the issues.

Yesterday, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) temporarily suspended consideration of cattle livestock export applications.

Video footage supplied to us today by activist Jane in England shows another issue which English campaigners have been attempting to get official UK authority action on for many years.  It concerns an ex  Soviet battle tank RIVER vessel called the ‘Joline’ which is operated by a Dutchman to take British livestock across the English Channel into Europe for slaughter.  It should be remembered that the Joline is a river use vessel and was not designed for crossing the English Channel as it does now.

UK activists have raised concerns about the use of the Joline as an animal transporter carrier for many years.  At WAV it is thought that as long as it (Joline) does not bury human victims on the sea floor; the vessel and its animal ‘cargo’ will continue to be used.  In our opinion; the authorities do not have the guts to stop it by taking action.

Above – the Joline. Note openess and low level of deck. Trailers are loaded with live animals, Photos: Val Cameron.

Above – the Joline in the English Channel in rough weather. Note loaded livestock transporters on deck.

Here at WAV it is also considered that the New Zealand Minister would never have banned a single animal transport if the accident off Japan had not drowned 43 human animals.  There are just a few basic, simple words for the other 6,000 non human animals that drowned and died such terrible deaths. The ban in NZ now, in which O’Connor has declined all media requests on the issues we mention, has been done solely out of public pressure, and not out of philanthropy, or ensuring the welfare of animals.  Very little is said for the 6,000 sentient beings who lost their lives; only for the 43 human beings carried by the vessel.

This all begs the question, and maybe shows, just how powerful is the animal transport Mafia of the world is, this may be reflected in just how soon we again see the NZ government cave in to the industry demands to resume exports come what may.

We would hope that the relatives and families of the lost crewmen who vanished the other night would show solidarity with us simply because we have a common enemy; the live export mafia.  Sadly, but probably; the shipping industrialists will compensate and comfort them with the fact that their loved ones were ‘victims of a typhon’, that seldom happens, but it can happen.

Very little, or nothing, will be said about the technical defects or as we show above, for June 2019, the vessel’s departure was delayed for a week because of “stability and navigation issues identified by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).”  Most of the crew who perished are Filipino; their families; probably like them, are most likely poorer people who  cannot pay lawyers.

So it looks as if the mafia of the animal transport industry will win again, by banging out a few nice words; making excuses for defects, and as always; simply ignoring the deaths of thousands of animals they are allegedly responsible for.  Words mean little; but actions mean a lot.

We will continue to fight for the paltry injustice served to the animals – the victims of the money grabbing meat makers.  I have done it with many others for the last 30 years; so tomorrow will be no different for me.

Regards Mark

Japan, Taiji: Genocide of another species

The hunt for dolphins and other small whale species begins again off Japan’s coasts. In the run-up to the drive hunt, which lasts from September to March, measures were taken against possible protests in the whaling town of Taiji, where most of the dolphins are caught.

The animals are cornered by several fishing boats in driven hunts. The fishermen hit metal pipes that protrude into the water to frighten the dolphins. The dolphins try to escape this noise and flee to nearby bays.

There they are encircled – and their traders can choose the most beautiful and strongest animals for dolphin shows. Dolphins that are not selected for the dolphinariums are easy prey for fishermen. They are brutally slaughtered with harpoons, spears, or knives.

A live dolphin is worth up to $ 150,000, one dead 600 dollars.

According to local media, emergency services trained to intercept small boats.
Drones were also banned in this year. The police set up a temporary guard for the duration of the hunt.

In the picturesque lagoon near the small whaling town of Taiji around 700 kilometers south of Tokyo, animal trainers sort out the most beautiful specimens on behalf of dolphinariums at home and abroad.
Animal rights activists call prices of up to $ 150,000 each. Then a brutal slaughter begins.

Fishermen drag the wildly wriggling animals, which were not sorted out for sale, in three or four groups, hanging on the side of motorboats, into a neighboring lagoon – while doing turning maneuvers they drive over the captured dolphins. Others are slaughtered with spears, hooks, and knives in the bay, which is closed to the public.

These gruesome scenes repeat themselves year after year between September and March.

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Martin celebrates his 15th Birthday

(from the diary of the animal sanctuary “Butenland”, Germany)

Today, Martin, a heavyweight Butenlander, celebrates his 15th birthday, who only knows the suffering of the other members of the herd from their stories. Just like Mattis, this ox was born right here on the farm after a bull from the neighborhood managed to get past our fences and had a short rendezvous with Martina.

A good 9 months after this intense flirtation Martin saw the light of day.

The only problem he had to live through since then is his rather resolute mum.

For 18-year-old Martina is by no means a mother hen like Dina, Jette, or Tilda, but has instead fully embraced the concept of independence and accordingly pressed the stable keys into Martin’s claw after only 12 months of parenthood.
After that, the two of them did have contact from time to time, but our softie could only dream of mother’s milk and the encounters with his mum were limited, if at all, for a short morning greetings.

But this did not harm Martin, he still grew up to an impressive 1,200-kilo ox, which has the most individual horns on all of Butenland.
Of course, we check them regularly to make sure they don’t press on his forehead. However, a newspaper can still fit through the gap to his head at any time and, purely in terms of the course of growth, this will most likely not change.

Julchen was invited to the birthday party and of course the professional party-crasher team Anna and Fine also paid their respects.

At the end of the party, even Mama Martina came over to eat leftovers.
No wonder that the party was a real blast and the birthday child had a lot of fun.

And I mean…“A different coexistence of humans and animals is possible. This is shown by this sensitive film” is on the cover sheet of the video.

Yes! we agree! There is nothing better than that we can experience the animals in freedom, happiness, and peace.
Some sanctuaries made it their life’s mission and one of them is Hof Butenland, one of the best in Germany.
There is also a movie about this “cow paradise”.

The movie “Butenland” shows how old and sick animals can live in peace on the farm of the same name until they die.
You can see some excerpts here.

My best regards to all, Venus