Day: September 28, 2020

Solidarity with Malabo

 

We expect Malabo’s immediate release.
It was a human error indeed, the arrest of the innocent Malabo 29 years ago and his life imprisonment.
This mistake needs to be corrected.
The only innocent man is Malabo, the prisoner of the Madrid Zoo.
We show solidarity with him

Regards and good night, Venus

EU: EP Animal Transport Committee meet for the first time.

Photon – Serbian sheep being exported to Israel.

Read more about our work here under the ‘Serbian Animal Voice’ label. After the exports were exposed, the Serbian government denied it all; and issued threats to all those involved with the expose. Serbian animal shelters were even threatened with closure !. We stuck our ground and in the end proved that the sheep exported to Isreal had originated with approval in Serbia. Read the following (SAV) links below for more. Note – we (WAV) still operate SAV in conjunction to WAV, which is now the prime site.

See more about Serbian strays at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/ and more about our other campaign work at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/

United for the animals ! – Ragards Mark.

EP Animal Transport Committee meet for the first time

28 September 2020

The ANIT-Committee has not yet published a timetable for upcoming activities but among the important next steps to take will be the appointment of the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs of the investigation report.

During its constitutive meeting on 23 September, the Committee of Inquiry on the protection of animals during transport (ANIT) elected Tilly METZ (Greens/EFA) as its Chairwoman. The competing candidate for chairperson was Sylvia Limmer (ID, DE)

Marlene Mortler (EPP, DE), Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, NL)Mohammed Chahim (S&D, NL) and Martin Hojsik (Renew, SK) were appointed as Vice-Chairs. Together, the Chairwoman and Vice-Chairs will make up the bureau of the Committee, elected for the whole mandate of one year.

Photo – Calves being exported – Mark

Almost half of ANIT’s 30 Members and 25 substitutes are also Members of the EP Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals which was a driving force in calling for its creation. The Committee of Inquiry was established by a very large majority during the EP’s plenary session in July 2020 upon a request presented by 181 MEPs to the Conference of Presidents (EP President and leaders of political groups in the House).

The Committee’s main objective will be to look into alleged violations in the application of European Union law governing live animal transport both within and outside the Union.  For this, they can consult experts and stakeholders and invite them for public hearings or carry out themselves study trips (COVID-19 pandemic allowing) to see the situation on the ground.  The results of the inquiries and assessments will be the basis for an investigation report which will be adopted at the end of ANIT’s one-year mandate. This report can be used as a  source document for the urgently needed revision of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations.

Photo – Sheep being exported – Mark

The ANIT-Committee has not yet published a timetable for upcoming activities but among the important next steps to take will be the appointment of the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs of the investigation report.

A first attempt to create an EP Committee of Inquiry on animal transport dates back to 2017. At the time, it was supported by 223 MEPs from all parties and political groups. However, the EP Conference of Presidents, upon request from the Agriculture Committee,  rejected this request opting for a less costly solution with an EP report on the implementation of Council Regulation No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport within and outside the EU, (2018/2110(INI))

This report, drafted by Animal Welfare Intergroup Member Jørn Dohrmann MEP (ECR, DK), was adopted at the end of the last Parliamentary term. It specifically recommends in its article 22 that the “Parliament establishes a committee of inquiry on the welfare of animals during transport within and outside the EU as from the beginning of the next parliamentary term in order to properly investigate and monitor alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport. The current ANIT Committee is therefore also a consequence of this recommendation expressed by the EP during the former term.

Photo – Livestock transporter – Mark
 

USEFUL LINKS:

Live video of the meeting


Parliamentary Magazine’s article

Regards Mark.

Dubai UAE: Dogs and cats killed in Dubai for the Expo: LNDC writes to the Ambassador

Dogs and cats killed in Dubai for the Expo: LNDC writes to the Ambassador

28 September 2020

LNDC

Removing strays animals from the streets of Dubai to take them to the desert to die: this is the decision of the Government of the United Arab Emirates which sparked protests from local and global animal rights activists.

Next year the city of Dubai will host the Expo, postponed to the next year due to the pandemic. In view of this important event, the government of the United Arab Emirates has begun a real round-up of all stray animals in order to “clean up the streets”. The captured animals are transferred to facilities that however have problems of capacity and therefore leave the animals in excess in the desert to die of hunger and thirst. This is what some local activists have denounced in recent days, even launching a petition to try to stop this massacre.

I wrote a letter to the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Italy to express my indignation for this decision” says Piera Rosati – President of our Italian member LNDC Animal Protection. “The UAE has a serious stray problem and I have pointed out that this is not the correct way to handle it. Abandoning cats and dogs in the desert to make them die will certainly not give an image of an efficient and clean country as it is in their intentions, but only of incivility and cruelty. The only right way to combat stray dogs is to activate serious and concrete sterilization programs, to encourage adoptions and to educate the population”. 

“Unfortunately, the practice of culling stray animals is also common to several European countries although it is carried out by euthanasia. In this, it must be said that – thanks to the battles carried out in recent decades by LNDC and other animal welfare associations – Italy is a model of ethics given that euthanasia is only allowed in cases in which animals are incurable or proven danger. In this regard, we launched a debate on this topic within the Eurogroup for Animals, an organization that brings together the main European protectionist associations, in the hope of being able to lead the Italian example throughout Europe and put an end to the unjustified killing of animals. company at least in our continent ”, concludes Rosati.

The only right way to combat stray dogs is to activate serious and concrete sterilization programs, to encourage adoptions and to educate the population.

Piera Rosati, President of LNDC Animal Protection

The post ‘Dogs and cats killed in Dubai for the Expo: LNDC writes to the Ambassador’ is modified from an article published by Lega Nazionale per la Difesa del Cane in their original language.

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LNDC Animal Protection

Switzerland says “no” to the hunting law – we say thank you!

Wolf protection in Switzerland is not being relaxed. The electorate rejected the revision of the hunting law with 51.9 percent.

A new hunting law should have come in Switzerland that puts the wolf and the ibex on the list of huntable animals and enables wolves to be shot, even if the wolf has not caused any damage (i.e. tearing livestock).

There was a referendum on September 27th. And the majority of 51.9% of the Swiss have rejected this hunting law. Great!

All in all, the arguments of Left-Green and the animal and environmental associations, which had launched the referendum against the bill, were more convincing in the voting campaign.
There was always talk of a “shooting law for the wolf”, of “a failed law that harasses wild animals”.

Above all, it was the newly permitted preventive killing of individual wolves as well as the intended legitimate regulation of packs of wolves that heated the minds of the opponents.

It is a contradiction to kill a protected animal without it having caused any damage, was the tenor. The revised hunting law makes it possible to shoot “in advance”!!

The opponents did not only see the wolf endangered in the new hunting law but also other protected animal species.

In the voting campaign, it was almost forgotten that the regulatory rules should apply not only to the wolf but also to the ibex.

Environmentalists warned that the beaver or the lynx could soon be on this hit list.

Reference was made to an article of the law that states that the Federal Council can declare other protected animal species to be regulated without the consent of parliament or a referendum.

Conclusion: “What the revision actually entails is less species protection.”

The old law is now the new !!!

With the “NO” to the revised Hunting Act, the 1986 law remains in force.
Even before the vote, the opponents announced that after the rejection, work on a new bill would soon begin in order to have a law that would actually do justice to species protection.

https://www.srf.ch/news/abstimmung-27-september-2020/jagdgesetz/umgang-mit-dem-wolf-das-stimmvolk-schiesst-das-jagdgesetz-ab

 

And I mean…Cantonal representatives from Valais have made it clear that wolves do not belong in Valais. We have seen how this is practiced there with the lynx. The canton tolerates poachers and even has poachers as rangers.
We had already reported about this: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/19/swiss-poaching-gamekeepers-in-valais/

The pressure against these species is great, the lobbies are ready.
In addition, I feel that the farmers’ concern for the sheep is hypocritical. Thousands of sheep die every year from disease, lightning strikes, falling rocks, falls, etc. No owner sleeps badly because of this. It doesn’t matter at all, it’s already calculated.

Every sheep that is killed is remunerated by the federal government and the canton.

Then again and again sheep are forgotten and starve to death in the snow.
All of this from the allegedly so “concerned sheep owners”.
The sheep are only there to collect subsidies.

All facts speak against the law, the Swiss got it and fought against the wolf hysteria with their voice.

Thank you!

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Meat-Free Giant Quorn Launches Vegan Pepperoni.

WAV Comment: we think this is UK only at present; but will no doubt expand globally; if any are left !

Meat-Free Giant Quorn Launches Vegan Pepperoni

The veggie brand says its latest product has a ‘delicious smokey flavor’ and is ‘perfect’ in wraps, sandwiches, and on pizza

SEP 27, 2020

The meat-free slices are available in select Sainsbury's stores (Photo: Quorn. Edited by PBN)

Meat-free giant Quorn has added vegan pepperoni to its deli range.

The plant-based slices, which are free-from gluten and soy, are available in select Sainsbury’s stores across the U.K – retailing at £2.20 for a 100g pack.

‘Delicious smokey flavor’

According to Quorn, its vegan pepperoni is ‘perfect’ in wraps, sandwiches, and on pizza due to its ‘delicious smokey flavor’.

The brand did use to offer a vegetarian pepperoni which contained egg and cow’s milk – but it is now ‘unavailable’ on Sainsbury’s website.

https://www.plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/quorn-launches-vegan-pepperoni