Day: October 2, 2020

USA: the Mengele’s of the Primate Center in Wisconsin

For six months, PETA USA covertly investigated at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC).

It is one of the most famous primate laboratories in the United States, which keeps nearly 2,000 monkeys in barren steel cages and bleak, windowless rooms. The investigation shows: The highly intelligent animals were grossly neglected, driven insane by the extreme conditions of their captivity, and attacked by traumatized conspecifics.

Baby monkey Cocoa was attacked by a stressed adult monkey who made deep, painful cuts on his face.

Monkeys at WNPRC spend every day and every night locked inside barren metal cages. They never feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or the earth beneath their feet. Stripped of their autonomy, they’re unable to make decisions regarding the most basic aspects of their lives. Constant, unremitting captivity causes these smart, sensitive animals extreme psychological distress, leading some to injure each other and themselves.

Incompatible animals were forced to live together in just a few square feet of space, and a monkey named Ellie lost part of her ear in a fight with a cage mate. A baby monkey named Cocoa by PETA’s investigators was attacked by a stressed adult macaque. Little Cocoa had deep cuts on her face that had not healed properly even months later.

The fingers, toes, or tails of many monkeys were so badly injured that some of them had to be amputated. One employee said some of the animals were kept solitary “because they are assholes who do not contract with the others”!!

Macaques roam wide grasslands and lush forests in their natural habitat. In the test laboratory of the WNPRC, however, they ran back and forth or in circles, screaming loudly.

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1.4 million signatures call the EU to act on farmed animal welfare.

1.4 million signatures call the EU to act on farmed animal welfare

1 October 2020


Press Release

Today, on World Day for Farmed Animals, the European Commission received the signatures collected across the EU by the End The Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): 1.4 million people are calling on the EU to put an end on the use of cages in animal farming. 

End The Cage Age was launched in September 2018 by CIWF in partnership with Eurogroup for Animals, and promoted by 170 NGOs. It closed exactly one year later, having gained over 1.4 million signatures. The ECI easily exceeded the required threshold of 1 million signatures, with a total of 1,397,113 validated signatures across the EU. It also outstripped the minimum number of signatures threshold in 18 EU Member States. This makes the End the Cage Age the:

  • 1st successful ECI on farmed animal welfare
  • 3rd with the highest signature count
  • 6th to succeed among 75 registered initiatives in the last eight years

Today’s hand-in of the End the Cage Age is the culmination of a great effort by 1.4 million European citizens who came together to call on the EU to end the cruelty of confining farmed animals in cages. The massive public backing for the Initiative confirms the overwhelming level of interest EU citizens have in animal welfare. Now, the EU Commission must listen and come forward with substantive legislative proposals to phase out the use of cages in EU animal farming.

Commented Reineke Hameleers, CEO at Eurogroup for Animals.

The aim of the End the Cage Age is to end the use of cages for farmed animals across the continent, where over 300 million pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks, quail and calves are imprisoned. Most cages are barren, cramped, and deny animals the space to move freely. Cages are cruel and completely unnecessary since alternatives are available.

Making history for farmed animals has been a collaborative effort, with Eurogroup for Animals joining forces with 170 NGOs from across Europe: environmental, consumer rights and animal protection groups formed a broad-based coalition to rally citizens from every corner of the continent.

Today, we crossed the finish line of the biggest political push in the farmed animal welfare history. We are extremely proud of this collaborative victory. Of all the terrible contraptions used to farm animals, cages are one of the worst. It is high time for the EU Commission to evolve past such cruelty and free farmed animals kept behind bars. A life in a cage is no life worth living.

Added Hameleers.


Call to Stena Line: Stop Illegal Calf Transports.

WAV Comment:  I have personally been involved with the Ireland / France live calf issue for many years.During 2010–I worked with Dutch investigator friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ , as well as with ‘Animals’ Angels’ (Germany),en_ORG.html  and PMAF (France)  to produce a 125 page official investigation report for the EU Legal Affairs team in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) and UK Parliamentarians (MP’s) – a report which specifically investigated live animal (calves) transport between Ireland and France; the very issue here.

Read more about it; plus a copy of one of the investigation reports, at:

Scroll down until you see the photographs of the Irish calves during transport in France.

PMAF Inv 7

Regards Mark

Call to Stena Line: stop illegal calf transports

2 October 2020

Svenska Djurskyddsföreningen

Petition Link:

Circulate and sign the petition to ask Stella Line to stop the horrific conditions of transport of calves between Ireland and France.

Ireland is a major milk producer in the EU, which means that many calves are born by the country’s dairy cows. Every year, 100 000s of Ireland’s dairy calves are exported alive and unweaned (about three weeks old) to the European continent, via France for further fattening/veal production in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. The sea voyage often goes from Rosslare in Ireland to Cherbourg in France through the Swedish shipping company Stena Line.

The transport takes place with animal transport trucks and usually takes between 23-29 hours from loading to unloading. During this time, the calves receive no milk substitute, only drinking water. This is a violation of EU Animal Transport Regulation 1/2005, which states that non-weaned calves must be fed at least every 18 hours. The EU regulation’s feed interval in itself is very long, Swedish guidelines are that non-weaned calves should receive milk replacement at least every 8 hours.

The Swedish Animal Welfare Association (Svenska Djurskyddsföreningen) and our partners Eyes on Animals, Ethical Farming Ireland and L214 have since August 2019 repeatedly informed Stena Line that their sea transports of unweaned calves violate EU animal transport rules. We have urged the shipping company to stop accepting these trucks for animal welfare reasons, but Stena Line has chosen to continue the transports. The Irish authorities unfortunately do not seem interested in protecting the calves.

We who sign this petition now call on Stena Lina to stop all maritime transport of calves from Ireland to continental Europe, as long as the EU’s animal transport rules are not followed. We ourselves will boycott Stena Line’s ferries until the shipping company stops the calf transports.

This petition will be handed over to the management of Stena Line by the end of 2020.

Read more at source

England: A ban on single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds has come into force.

A collection of colourful drinking straws

A ban on single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds has come into force in England.

The measure, originally due to start in April, makes it illegal for businesses to sell or supply the items.

People in England use an estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds each year.

Environmental campaigners welcomed the ban but called for a crackdown on further single-use items.

An exemption will allow hospitals, bars and restaurants to provide plastic straws to people with disabilities or medical conditions that require them.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government was “firmly committed” to tackling environmental “devastation” caused by single-use plastics.

Campaigners welcomed the move but said the items formed only a “fraction” of the plastic waste littering the environment.

Sion Elis Williams, of Friends of the Earth, said ministers “must also do more to challenge our throwaway culture by forcing a shift away from all single-use materials in favour of reusable alternatives”.

Tatiana Lujan, of environmental law charity ClientEarth said straws, cotton buds and stirrers were “some of the most pointless plastics out there” and the ban on them was “a no-brainer”.

But they remained “a tiny fraction” of single-use plastics, she said, adding that countries such as Ireland and France had “shown far more ambition” with targets on reusable packaging and deposit return schemes.

Mr Eustice said the government was “building plans” for a deposit return scheme to encourage recycling of single-use drinks containers.

The Welsh government has said it is also considering a similar ban on plastics.

A number of national restaurant chains ditched plastic straws before the ban was announced.

Sky news –