Day: September 7, 2020

Bars represent prisons

I don’t mean that getting to know gorillas or orangutans requires an encounter with a living specimen.
Every documentary film conveys more knowledge and arouses more empathy than a visit to the zoo ever could.

Zoos are and will remain prisons where animals are locked up for life and displayed for the pleasure of a paying public.

Have a good night,  Venus

 

Germany: Half a circus family in custody

Since April the “Circus Belly” has been stuck in Friesoythe (a small town in Lower Saxony) because of the corona pandemic. Local residents donate and help.

But instead of pity, the long-established circus family is now getting a lot of trouble with the judiciary!
There are more problems: The circus boss, his son, and his grandson are in custody.

Accusation: commercial and gang-like theft.

At the beginning of September, family members of the circus asked for donations for their 50 animals.
At this time, the circus director, his son, and his grandson are said to have already been in custody. They are said to have belonged to the well-organized gang that stole tons of grain worth at least 2.79 million from a grain dealer over the years.

Monkey Robby in the torture ring of the Belly Circus.

Police officers arrested 6 men between the ages of 26 and 72 in Friesoythe on the night of August 26th, apparently including members of the circus family. The investigators accuse the 6 suspects of commercial and gang-like theft of well over 10,000 tons of grain.
Value of the stolen property: at least 2.79 million euros. Since 2013, the gang is said to have repeatedly stolen grain by truck.

The damaged company had called the police after the theft on a large scale according to internal calculations.
The investigators were finally able to collect clues about the perpetrators over a period of weeks and observe their actions.

During the subsequent arrests, the officers seized 150,000 euros in cash, 3 sharp guns, and documents.

According to the police, the documents provide specific information on the quantities of grain diverted and the gang’s income.

https://www.om-online.de/om/zirkus-familie-soll-in-getreidediebstahl-verwickelt-sein-49337

And I mean...When I think about the massive donations from local residents in the past few weeks, I get sick of anger.
We heard that the situation was critical and that animals had to be sold.

Circus Belly director Klaus Köhler and his slave, the monkey Robby

Only now, it seems very likely that the circus could only survive through illegal acts before.
But the burning question is, why does such a company need edged firearms?

Then we come to the conclusion that circus operators are not only violent when animal rights activists demonstrate in front of their “company”. Circus operators are not only animal abusers and exploiters.
Obviously, they are thieves and gangsters too.

My best  regards to all, Venus

UK: Why the UK government’s badger cull infringes the Bern Convention.

Why the UK government’s badger cull infringes the Bern Convention

Bovine TB is a major problem for the UK dairy and beef livestock industries. Since 2010, approximately 300,000 test-positive cattle and their direct contacts have been removed in England under the statutory test-and-slaughter scheme introduced in 1950. The cost to the taxpayer was estimated at £44 million for 2017-18, and the financial and emotional impacts on affected farmers are very significant, write the Badger Trust, Bornfree Foundation and Eurogroup for Animals.

In December 2011, the UK government published its controversial policy on Bovine TB and Badger Control in England.  The policy laid out conditions under which farmer-led culling of badgers would take place under licence, as part of the UK government’s strategy for controlling bovine TB in cattle. Culling began in the first two zones to be licenced in September 2013. ​By the end of 2019, more than 100,000 badgers were reported to have been killed across 43 licenced zones in England​. According to ​leaked information​ believed to have emerged from the licencing authority Natural England, the government intends to grant four-year licences for an additional 11 new culling zones in 2020, bringing the total to 54 zones across 15 counties, covering an area in the order of 8,000 square kilometres​. This could see in excess of 60,000 additional badgers being targeted by the end of 2020.

Badgers are a protected species under UK law, and are listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention ​(a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation). ​Under Article 7, Parties to the Convention are therefore committed to taking appropriate and necessary legislative and administrative measures to ensure their protection, and to regulate any exploitation in order to keep badger populations out of danger. Article 9 permits contracting parties to make exceptions to the requirements in Article 7 to, ​inter alia ​ , “prevent serious damage to livestock”, albeit only when there is no other satisfactory solution and where the action will not be detrimental to the survival of the population.

The UK government has thus far relied on this exception in Article 9 to justify its policy of badger culling.

Read more at source

EU Reporter

Malta: Food safety in Malta’s abattoir hampered by lack of Maltese-speaking staff.

Food safety in Malta’s abattoir hampered by lack of Maltese-speaking staff

Staff shortages weakening controls on animal slaughter bolsters need for international staff and better wages for vets

Several animal carcasses with faecal contamination were accepted for cutting in a slaughterhouse in which veterinary officials failed to “correct the deficiency”, an audit by the European Commission’s Food Veterinary Directorate on the meat industry revealed.

Members of the audit team who witnessed the event had to intervene, requesting the trimming of the affected areas, with the task being swiftly carried out by the available personnel.

In their reply to the audit, the Maltese authorities informed the EC that their veterinary support officers had been trained to check and identify, and remove faecal contamination from carcasses.

The audit on abattoirs, carried out between February and March, found that Maltese veterinary authorities at all levels were “seriously understaffed”. This weakened the effectiveness of official controls on matters like traceability of red meat and poultry meat, the verification of cleanliness in establishments, and microbiological testing of carcasses at slaughterhouses.

Read more at source

Malta Today

Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for Covid-19.

In documents dating to 2006, government officials predicted that a pandemic would threaten critical businesses and warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them, and now nearly every one of the predictions has come true.

At the end of June, with hundreds of his workers already infected with COVID-19 and several dead, Kenneth Sullivan, the CEO of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, sent a pointed letter to two U.S. senators who had launched an investigation into outbreaks in meatpacking plants and industry warnings of an impending food shortage.

In blunt, unapologetic terms, Sullivan chastised critics for suggesting Smithfield had acted too slowly to prevent the disease from spreading among its workers and surrounding communities. These “revisionist historians,” he wrote, refused to be “bound to reality” by saying meatpackers could have spaced workers out, slowed processing lines or stockpiled face masks.

Read more at source

ProPublica

COLOMBIA WILL BAN ALL COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING BY 2024. Well Done Them !

COLOMBIA WILL BAN ALL COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING BY 2024

European Parliament to Support Global Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban

Colombia has banned the use of animal testing for cosmetics. The new law takes effect in 2024.

The ban prohibits the use of animals for testing cosmetics products and ingredients. It applies to imported or manufactured products.

The bill was introduced to the nation’s Congress in 2018 by House Representative Juan Carlos Losada. Colombia is the first nation in South America to enact such a ban.

“This humane and historic new law will spare the suffering of countless animals in needless cosmetics tests,” Jan Creamer said in a statement. Creamer is the president of the nonprofit animal welfare organization, Animal Defenders International (ADI).

Creamer continued: “Thank you, Colombia, for leading the way in Latin America. We hope to see other nations take similar action.” 

Losada believes that Colombia’s move away from animal testing could also improve its business standing in the international market. “The main purpose of the bill is to stop animal suffering in the cosmetics industry. [But it can also] enable Colombian companies to enter the European market, a region that has for years rejected such tests,” he said.

Is Animal Testing Necessary?

Across the globe, the public perception of cosmetic animal testing is changing.

In September 2018, the California Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249) passed in California. This made California the first state to ban the sale of most animal-tested cosmetics. The law took effect in January 2020. Similar laws took effect this year in Nevada and Illinois, too.

Conscious consumers are largely driving the wave of change. Shoppers are increasingly opting for cruelty-free products. One survey found that almost half of women support a cosmetics animal testing ban. Additionally, UK-based beauty and cosmetics company The Body Shop gathered eight million signatures for their campaign to “end animal testing in cosmetics forever.” The campaign is said to be the largest in history for the cause.

Besides concerns surrounding animal health, evidence suggests that testing products on animals is not an effective method of risk assessment. An article by Forbes pointed out that animal testing—which is also notoriously expensive—accurately predicts human reactions to cosmetics only 40 to 60 percent of the time.

Outside of the beauty industry, animal testing for disease research can also be inaccurate. The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals noted that 90 percent of National Institutes of Health animal experiments fail. Ninety-five percent of pharmaceutical drugs test safely on animals, but then show different results in human trials.

a good start to the week

The Animal Liberation Press Office (https://animalliberationpressoffice.org)  received the following anonymous information.

We didn’t want to withhold it from you.

We received these pics showing the newly decorated Syntech office in Guildford and the owner of the companies house. Simon Orbell is the man who has a million-pound contract for the tracking devices used by badger killers in the senseless Badger cull which is being paid from taxpayers’ money.

Apparently, neighbors and surrounding businesses were educated into what this guy is involved in and people are not happy.

Simon and Lucy – We sticker bombed your neighborhood. Every Lampost, for sale sign, and the road sign has stickers of badgers on.

Your neighbors will be reminded that they have killers in their community every road they turn down. Unless you take them down promptly as we noticed you did the paint job on your driveway.

Ashamed of the truth?

Not content with a simple stickering we hopped into your garden and gave a nice wake-up blast at 2 am for you. We’ve been having a nice snoop around your home and getting to know you both very well.
See you tomorrow!

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org

And I mean…it’s good to know who your neighbor is

whether your neighbor is a good father,
goes to church,
donates to your city’s football club,
but still does dirty business with the suffering and death of defenseless animals.

Today reliable information is more expensive than money, therefore we will continue to inform

My best regards to all, Venus