Day: September 11, 2020

USA: Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw cruel and unsporting wildlife killing contests.

WAV Comment – Big Howls – Excellent news – Congrats to all involved.

Regards Mark




For Immediate Release: September 11, 2020 Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw cruel and unsporting wildlife killing contests


Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission votes to end competitive killing of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, crows and other species for prizes
 
SEATTLE (September 11, 2020)—A coalition of state and national wildlife protection organizations is applauding the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for its vote today banning wildlife killing contests, in which participants compete to kill the most, the largest, or even the smallest animals for cash and prizes.

The new rule, put forth by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, prohibits the killing of unprotected species including coyotes, bobcats, crows, foxes and raccoons as part of a contest. Contest participants killed at least 1,427 in these events in Washington between 2013 and 2018. Washington joins six other states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Vermont—that have taken a stand against cruel, unsporting and wasteful wildlife killing contests.

California banned the awarding of prizes for killing furbearing and nongame mammals in 2014; New Mexico and Vermont outlawed coyote killing contests in 2019 and 2018, respectively; Arizona and Massachusetts prohibited killing contests that target predator and furbearer species in late 2019; and in April 2020, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to ban wildlife killing contests for furbearer and certain small game species in the state.

“The majority of Washingtonians respect and value wildlife and this step forward by our Commission is in line with those values,” said Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Barbara Baker, who championed this issue with her fellow commissioners. “As stewards of our state’s wildlife, prohibiting a practice that contravenes sound wildlife conservation, fails to increase game populations and harms ecosystems is simply the right decision.”

“Today, Washington became the seventh state in the country to ban wildlife killing contests, sending a message to the nation that the senseless killing of animals for cash and prizes does not belong in a civilized society,” said Dan Paul, Washington senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for passing this rule, which recognizes that the vast majority of the state’s citizens will not tolerate this reprehensible practice.

We urge other states to follow.” “Wildlife killing contests are a bloodsport just like dogfighting and cockfighting, which have been outlawed nationwide,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “We commend Commissioner Baker and the entire Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for relegating these ecologically and ethically indefensible events to the history books.” “The decision to ban these cruel killing sprees is a vital step in promoting scientific management of the state’s native wildlife and aligning our laws with the values of the majority of the people of Washington,” said Sophia Ressler, Washington wildlife advocate and staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

“We appreciate and respect the action taken by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission and the work of the WDFW staff that enabled passage of this rule,” said Diane Gallegos, executive director of Wolf Haven International. “Wildlife killing contests do not reflect traditional hunting values, science knowledge or humane treatment of wildlife. All animals deserve to be treated with respect and indiscriminate killing of wildlife for prizes has no place in today’s wildlife conservation ethic.”

Wildlife agencies and professionals across the country have expressed concerns about killing contests because they reflect poorly on responsible sportsmen and sportswomen. In the last two years, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to prohibit these gruesome killing contests, citing the grave damage that such events could inflict on the image of hunting in their states. Wildlife management professionals have also noted that wildlife killing contests contravene modern, science-based wildlife management principles.

In 2018, Project Coyote’s Science Advisory Board, together with more than 70 renowned conservation scientists, issued a statement citing peer-reviewed science that refutes claims that indiscriminately killing predators permanently limits their populations, increases the number of deer or other game species for hunters, or reduces conflicts with humans, pets or livestock. In fact, randomly shooting coyotes and other wild carnivores can disrupt their social structures, leading to increases in their populations and more conflicts. Nonlethal, preventive measures are most effective at reducing conflicts with wildlife. Wildlife killing contests are also destructive to healthy ecosystems, within which all wildlife species play a crucial role. For example, coyotes and other targeted species help to control rabbit and rodent populations and restrict rodent- and tick-borne disease transmission.

# Project Coyote, a national non-profit organization, is a North American coalition of scientists, educators, ranchers, and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy. Visit ProjectCoyote.org for more information. Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates around the globe fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the HSUS takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries, and together with its affiliates, rescues and provides direct care for over 100,000 animals every year.

The HSUS works on reforming corporate policy, improving and enforcing laws and elevating public awareness on animal issues. More at humanesociety.org.   Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. Wolf Haven International is a globally accredited Wolf sanctuary that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for over 300 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982. Our mission is to conserve and protect wolves and their habitat. _____________________________________________________________________________

The demonization of Julian Assange

Text: Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd)

Wikileaks has helped Sea Shepherd in the past by exposing the collusion between the Australian and Japanese governments over whaling and their mutual opposition to Sea Shepherd’s interventions.

Wikileaks also revealed some of the truths about the horrific slaughter of dolphins in Taji, Japan.

Julian Assange is a member of an endangered profession – REAL journalism.
The efforts of the mass media to demonize Assange have been despicable.
His only “crime” was exposing the truth and exposing real crimes against humans and the environment.

Assange is now on trial in the UK, a process that is nothing more than a show trial where the verdict was passed before he even went to court.
The US, UK, and Australia intend to make him suffer for the many times he has exposed and embarrassed so many powerful and corrupt leaders.

How can the US convict a man of high treason if he is not even a US citizen?
Why is Australia so complicit in the conviction of one of its own citizens?
Why is the mainstream media trying so hard to throw one of the world’s greatest journalists under the bus?
In my opinion, Julian Assange is the most important journalist in the world today.

He has fought to uncover truths, and the message that the powers that be should send is clear: “Do not try to expose our attacks, our crimes and our corruption or anything else!”

 

And I mean…Isn’t it the same as what the German Agriculture Minister Klöckner said?
“We don’t need self-appointed stable police to check compliance with the animal welfare law in the stables.”
What was meant by that: We, as a government of agricultural lobbies, cannot afford to bring the truth to light.
And severe penalties were announced.

We cannot protect animals when we fear the daily conflict with the system.

My best regards to all, Venus

Fashion giant PVH Corp. bans exotic-animal skins. Super!

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VICTORY! After a decade of pressure from PETA!
PETA (and animals) just claimed a historic victory when fashion retail giant PVH Corp. — the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and others — announced that it would ban exotic-animal skins across all its brands!

Every alligator-skin or snakeskin purse, belt, or shoe is made from skinning someone who didn’t want to die a violent, bloody, and painful death.
PETA and our affiliates have documented and exposed that in the exotic-skins industry, alligators’ necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads; snakes are pumped full of water to loosen their skin, which is then peeled off, often while they’re still conscious; and feathers are yanked out of ostriches while they’re still alive.

This win comes after a decade of pushing from PETA and will prevent countless snakes, crocodiles, ostriches, and other animals from being warehoused and killed in the fashion industry for their skin.

Alligators are social animals who like to hang out in groups and use a range of bellows, growls, hisses, and roars to communicate with each other. They make great mothers, too, and are known to use tools.

When they’re not killed for boots, they can live for up to 50 years!

Snakes are generally shy animals. King cobras are cautious parents, and some snakes even give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. You don’t need much more than a snake’s eyesight (which is poor) to see that these animals are sensitive individuals and that no modern brand should profit from killing them to make garments that could be made out of vegan materials instead.

Snake Couple Mating

Wildlife biologists also point out that capturing, imprisoning, and killing wildlife is not only cruel, it can also cause pandemics – like those we are all currently going through.

This isn’t our first victory when it comes to the company. In 1994 Calvin Klein became the first major fashion designer to stop selling fur after PETA supporters occupied its office in New York, in 2013 PVH pulled all items made of angora off its shelves in response to PETA Asia’s investigation into angora rabbit farms in China, and in 2019 PVH made the compassionate decision to remove all mohair items from its stores by 2020.

And now it joins the ranks of Brooks Brothers, Jil Sander, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and many others in banning exotic skins.

PETA Victory! Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Owner Ditches Exotic Skins

 

And I mean… The precious skin is peeled off, the innards cut out, the meat packaging. This is the most money to be made in this creepy business.

In Thailand, Africa, Zimbabwe and Vietnam the animals are kept in huge breeding and slaughter farms and processed en masse into leather and meat. Even products of the endangered Siamese crocodiles are exported.
Handbags made of crocodile leather bring the equivalent of a little more than 2060 euros. A suit made of crocodile skin costs around 5000 euros.
For the meat, there is a good 7.50 euros per kilogram and the bile and blood of the animals can also be turned into money because the fluids are said to have healing properties.

This is how the reptile business works in breeding farms in many Asian countries.
The decisive blow against this industry can only come from above if we apply organized and massive pressure
Big fashion designers stop selling exotic leathers, that’s the solution!

If brainless buyers can’t find an exotic bag on the shelf, this chapter is over.
It is that simple!

My best regards to all, Venus

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England: Please Add Your Voice to the CIWF Actions Calling For the Live Calf Export Trade to END.

I detest ALL live animal exports. 

It is simply immense animal cruelty under the guise of trade benefit and primarily, profit by those who do not care about much else other than what goes into their bank accounts and back pockets.

I personally hate and feel very sorry for the low life people that work in this business.  Normally I do not hate; but in the live export case I make exceptions !

I have been directly involved with UK (English) live animal exports for 30 years, maybe more now.  Philip (CEO at CIWF) and I became good friends in all the campaigning years at South East English ports where live animals were exported.  We still communicate regularly.

Here is a picture of me from ?- lets just say many years gone by when we were at Dover harbour in Kent, England; campaigning against live calf exports; the issue of this post now.  They were sad times for all the campaigners involved; witnessing the baby innocents being shipped to foreign lands for financial gain only. 

Photos – Putting the (then) UK Prime Minister John Major MP into the veal crate instead of the calf – how do you like it John Boy ?

As a campaigner against the trade at Dover; you always heard the calves way before you actually witnessed the transporters arriving with them at the docks.  Why did we always hear first ? – because they are / were mere babies; deprived of their mothers milk; calling out for the mothers that they would never see again because of the ‘want’ by the human species to require some bovine milk for their cup of tea or coffee every morning.

All animals going for export suffer in the live trade.  There is the silence of the (baby) lambs; the immense crying of the (baby) calves; and the pigs and the horses who make noises probably and simply because they are not happy in their situation.

You can read a lot more, with one link giving route to an undercover investigation for Irish calves going to Cherbourg in France; by clicking on the following:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ scroll down until you see the calf photographs as per the one below.

PMAF Inv 7

The link, is to ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV, which is the sister site to this (WAV); and was founded by myself to help stray dogs and cats in the Balkans back in 2oo5.

Your contribution and actions:

Now I am asking for your help and support to aid Philip and the crew at CIWF (London), as putting massive pressure on UK governments is vital to getting this abhorrent trade stopped for once and all. 

The following is largely copied directly from CIWF campaigning..  Action links are also provided; and this is the essential route where I personally ask for your support.

(From CIWF) – Dear Mark,

Together, we scored a big victory for calves last month: the courts REJECTED the Scottish Government’s request to INDEFINITELY DELAY our Judicial Review of live calf exports.

However, our legal battle rages on – and we must ramp up the pressure on decision makers who are still prepared to defend this vile trade in court.

The legal battle against British live calf exports rages on – and we must maintain momentum to deliver justice for calves.

As you may know, Compassion’s Judicial Review of the appalling trade in unweaned calves from Britain to the Continent is set to be heard in court in the autumn.

Thousands of compassionate people have already lobbied the Scottish Government to drop its opposition to the case.

Following those emails, it has indicated it may consider reviewing its live exports policy.

But the Scottish Government is still fighting us in court – and Defra, acting on behalf of the UK Government, is backing them.

Given that UK decision makers have repeatedly pledged to end live exports for fattening and slaughter, this is a bitter betrayal.

Please, help end this hypocrisy: urge the UK Government to drop its legal defence of cruel calf exports.

ACTION – tell the UK government to stop defending calf exports:

Following the 38,904 emails from Compassion supporters, the Scottish Government has indicated it may reconsider its live exports policy.

ACTION:  Ramp up the action against the Scottish Government and live calf exports.

But it is still fighting CIWF in court – and Defra, acting on behalf of the UK Government, is still supporting them.

UK decision makers simply cannot get away with protecting a trade they claim to want to end. Do they really want to use taxpayers’ money to defend animal cruelty?

ACTION:  Urge Defra to drop its oppsition to the CIWF calf court case:

Case Review:

The case: journeys over eight hours for unweaned calves are not permitted unless, after nine hours of travel, they receive a one-hour break for rest, water and, “if necessary”, food. In practice, the calves can only be fed when unloaded at an appropriate facility. For calves exported from Scotland, the first time this happens is in Northern France – which means they can go up to 23 hours without food.

The aim: a court ruling that these journeys are unlawful, because the legal requirement for food during travel isn’t being met.

If we win: British live calf exports could not continue in their current form, which could spare thousands of animals every year from unnecessary suffering. Plus, since UK and EU legislation on live transport are identical, the case could trigger action across Europe.

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/ban-live-exports/

Action link – UK and Europe:  https://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/ban-live-exports/

Reports on the live trade;  https://www.ciwf.org.uk/research/live-transport/

Please show your support to protect the calves; ACT NOW.

Regards Mark

The system only understands its own language – the language of power

“Earthlings” is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research…

Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal professions, Earthlings” includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism.

“Earthlings” creator is Shaun Monson

When this monumental film came to Germany in cinemas, we, the animal rights activists, had a problem: how do we get the masses to watch the film?
On the one hand, the hard pictures were the problem, but on the other hand, it was a problem to arouse interest.
We have come up with an action: we announced in the local newspaper that everyone who goes to the cinema to see “Earthlings” will get 10 euros.
Many people came just because the reward had piqued their curiosity.
The film is tough because the way we treat animals is criminal.
Many left after half an hour, but some saw the film through to the end.
We had no other, better method.

Obviously, there are other methods as well.
Especially in countries where state animal protection and the awareness of the population are still very weak.

And that tells us the case of the Ukrainian activist Maxim Krivozh (Maxim Plokhoi), which I read on the website of the animal liberation press office.
I add the link: https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/

The story in short:

On the 21st of July Maxim Krivozh (Maxim Plokhoi) took 13 hostages in a bus in Lutsk, Ukraine, and declared this day an “Anti – System Day”. He did not demand any money or recognition. He demands were of a political character, but chiefly he demanded that the president of the country post a video where he recommends “everybody to watch the film “Earthlings”.

After 11 hours the president of Ukraine recommended “Earthlings” on his FB page in a video-message.

Thirty minutes later Maxim released all the hostages, they were all alive and healthy. In fact later, according to Ukrainian media, the hostages described Maxim positively and told that he was not threatening them.

The film got the largest attention in the Russian-speaking web.

Now Maxim is locked up. He is being tried as a terrorist. A journalist and animal rights activist named Akmal, when he read about this incident on the news, immediately became curious and decided to get in touch with him.
Maxim asked him to contact you and send you the following message (shortened):

“I am honored to be a “terrorist” under your laws; I am proud to have drawn attention to the terrible truth about the terrorism of the non-Guilty that is being told in the film ‘Earthlings’. The System only understands its own language – the language of power. MAXIMAL ACTION – this is an action of the One. I am your bad conscience”!

My best regards to all, Venus