Day: October 6, 2020

Basic rights for great apes

An initiative calls for basic rights for primates other than humans. The population in the canton of Basel-Stadt will soon be able to vote on it.

In the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt, the population will soon be able to decide whether other primates should have basic rights in addition to humans. Specifically, it is about a “right of non-human primates to life and to physical and mental integrity”. Monkeys in particular are meant.

These are “highly intelligent”, it is said to justify the initiative, they “can communicate with people in sign language, are capable of suffering, feel empathy for others and can both remember past events and look into the future”.

All 300 species of primate have a large brain, complex social structures, and a high physical and psychological ability to suffer – which unfortunately also makes them particularly interesting for animal experiments.
The originator of the initiative is the Sentience association. It should be possible to keep monkeys in the zoo, as well as to use them for research purposes. However, the primates should then not have to suffer and otherwise experience “no stress”.

The Basel Parliament, the Grand Council, initially rejected the initiative as inadmissible in 2018. With the argument: such a constitutional amendment at the cantonal level violates Swiss federal law.
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court saw it differently.
Cantons are likely to go beyond the protection guaranteed in the federal constitution. The initiative can therefore be put to a vote.

In Germany, Peta is suing for animal rights

In Germany, too, there is a discussion about the basic rights of animals.

In November last year, the animal welfare organization PETA filed a constitutional complaint on behalf of the piglets, more precisely: for all “male pigs that are neutered without anesthesia”. The aim is to accelerate the abolition of this controversial, but so far common practice, which aims to prevent a strong odor from boar meat.

So the lawsuit goes far beyond the Basel initiative.

On the one hand, PETA does not want to introduce basic rights such as physical integrity for animals through a constitutional amendment but assumes that they already apply today. On the other hand, PETA is not limited to human-like primates.

If pigs, cows, and chickens had the right to life and freedom, meat consumption, animal husbandry, and slaughter would be difficult to justify.

The Federal Constitutional Court has not yet decided on the PETA lawsuit.

The Primate Initiative is not really proving to be revolutionary, but rather an appreciative step – in the right direction.
From a legal point of view, there are no convincing arguments against the constitutional extension of certain basic rights to certain animals.

That would be an expression of central character traits of us humans: brotherhood and humanity.!5713134/


And I mean…It should be viewed as a criminal injustice to use great apes in medical experiments, to keep them in captivity, to execute them to death, or to destroy their habitat.

The natural home of these animals must be just as worthy of protection as the home of an indigenous people.

Great apes should no longer be property but should be given personal status. As with “underage” such as young children or coma patients who cannot speak for themselves, the legal claims of great apes would have to be represented by trustees.
That is quite feasible.

I think that the historical moment has come to overcome the barrier of “speciesism” after nationalism, racism, and sexism.

Denying animal rights just because “others” do not belong to our species is an expression of speciesism and structurally synonymous with racism or sexism. It is an ethically illegitimate way of thinking and acting.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars.

Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars

Less and better animal farming is crucial in the fight against climate breakdown, but it is also essential in preventing new pandemics.

Greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming in the EU account for 17% of the EU’s total emissions, and do more damage to the climate than all cars and vans put togetheraccording to new analysis. The scale of the problem means that the EU cannot reach the goals of the Paris climate agreement, and avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown, without a reduction in the number of farm animals, said Greenpeace.

The analysis by Greenpeace also found that yearly emissions from animal farming rose by 6% between 2007 and 2018. The increase, the equivalent of 39 million tonnes of CO2, would be like adding 8.4 million cars to European roads.

Science is clear, the numbers as well: we can’t avoid the worst of climate breakdown if politicians keep defending industrial production of meat and dairy.

Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director

The new calculations, using UN Food and Agriculture Organization data and other peer-reviewed scientific research, estimate that animals on European farms emit the equivalent of 502 million tonnes of CO2 per year. When including indirect greenhouse gas emissions, coming from animal feed production, land use, deforestation and other land-use change, the total annual emissions attributable to European animal farming are the equivalent of 704 million tonnes of CO2.

Greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming in the EU are:

More than all cars and vans on European roads (656 million tonnes of CO2 per year)

More than the total emissions, from all sectors, of Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary (647 million tonnes of CO2 per year)

More than 18 times the emissions of the biggest and most polluting coal station in Europe, Poland’s Bełchatów power plant (38 million tonnes of CO2  per year)

Read more at source

Greenpeace Europe

Regards Mark

Bulgaria: Inbred lion cubs ‘victims of neglect rife in Bulgaria’s decaying zoos’.

Photo – Zdenek Machacek

Inbred lion cubs ‘victims of neglect rife in Bulgaria’s decaying zoos’

Country’s government accused of issuing permits to places that fail EU standards

Two inbred lion cubs in a Bulgarian zoo are victims of “systemic neglect of animal welfare in the country’s zoos”, according to an animal-rescue charity. 

Simba and Kossara, who are less than three months old, were the result of breeding between a brother and sister and were abandoned by their mother when she was unable to care for them. 

They were discovered very weak, curled up in a small box, just days after being born. After being moved to another “inappropriate” zoo, the pair are now still suffering in a small enclosure with a concrete floor, according to the charity Four Paws. 

Inbreeding and poor conditions are rife at zoos in Bulgaria, which operate in breach of minimum standards set by the EU, it’s claimed.

The country is believed to have 24 lions and 15 tigers in captivity, of which only a handful are being looked after properly, the animal-welfare organisation says.

Bulgaria’s state zoos, built during the Soviet era, are “underfunded and decaying”, and the government is accused of granting zoo permits without checking whether EU standards of care for animals and conservation are met – illegal under EU rules. 

Simba and Kossara were born in cramped conditions at a zoo in early July, but after being discovered “in a critical state”, they were moved to a clinic in Sofia, and from there to a second zoo. 

Four Paws said its offer to rehome the animals at a sanctuary in the Netherlands had been repeatedly ignored. 

Barbara van Genne, of the organisation, said: “They are among the most recent victims of the authorities’ negligence. The cubs have been taken from one inappropriate enclosure to another, and neither is equipped for their species-appropriate long-time care. 

Read more at source

The Independent

Regards Mark

England: I Like This – Swearing Parrots Separated After Telling Folk Where To Go.

WAV Comment – We are trying to get them senior jobs at the EU in Brussels – then they can let rip all day long telling the truth !

Grey parrot - Wikipedia

Swearing parrots separated after telling folk where to go

5 October 2020

Five African grey parrots at a Lincolnshire zoo believed to be a bad influence on each other.

Five foul-mouthed parrots have been separated after learning to swear at a Lincolnshire zoo.

The parrots – named Billy, Elsie, Eric, Jade and Tyson – joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Park’s colony of 200 grey parrots in August. But soon after, they started encouraging each other to swear.

“We saw it very quickly – we are quite used to parrots swearing but we’ve never had five at the same time,” Steve Nichols, CEO of the wildlife park, told PA. “Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.”

The parrots have since been distributed to different areas of the park so they do not “set each other off”.

No one had complained about the parrots, Nichols said, but they were separated for the sake of young visitors and in the hopes that they would pick up natural calls from the other African greys.

Read more at source

The Guardian

Regards Mark

UK: Free From EU Shackles; 2021 Will Be The Start Of New Actions For UK Animals.

The UK has a lot of very old and excellent organisations which campaign long and hard for improvements to animals welfare.  Here ids a link to our other site, Serbian Animals Voice (SAV), which has a section devoted to animal organisations; including links to their own web sites.  Check it out sometime:

The good animal welfare conscious people living in the UK made the subject just one of the reasons why the UK voted to divorce itself from the uselessness of the EU a few years ago. We (WAV and SAV) have always attempted to show the utter failures of the EU when it comes to improving standards for animals.  EU Regulations mean nothing, are hardly ever enforced, which results in massive animal suffering.

The UK voted ‘out’ of the EU after 40+ years as a member, so that it could take back control of pathetic legislation which ‘member states’ are forced to comply with.  We wish many other current member states had the willingness to do the same.

The UK officially leaves the EU at the end of 2020. 

This will be with or without a trade deal.  If there is no deal, then the UK moves over to WTO rules regarding the EU.  So until the end of 2020; the UK still has to comply with EU regulations; including the pathetic ones associated with animal ‘welfare’.  ‘Welfare’, which includes live animal transport; stalls in which sow pigs are forced to rear their young, rabbit farming, foie gras and much more.

In 2021 the UK will be able (through UK government legislation) to introduce new laws which will meet the wishes of the public and greatly improve animal welfare standards as they wish; one being to stop the live transport (export) of farm animals; an issue we have campaigned about for the last 30+ years.

The current UK government is ‘Conservative’; and will probably remain so for the next 3 or 4 years.  It has a big majority of MP’s (Members of Parliament) – around 80; who should be able to vote through legislation with a degree of ease.

It is only through intensive lobbying and providing the evidence that we, as welfare groups, can be a voice for animals – a voice that eventually brings change.   We trust that from 2021 onwards when the UK is free from the uselessness of the EU, stronger and larger animal welfare laws will be passed into UK law.

Here is a video just released by the ‘Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’ (CAWF) which outlines the future prospects for UK animals and their legislation.  There are many speakers from the UK government; people who will help to get the new legislation through into (UK) law.

Animal Welfare Matters is a new film by the CAWF filmed by a Cannes Film Festival award winning film maker. It urges for an end to live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, pig farrowing crates, cages for egg laying birds and calls for the introduction of clear mandatory labelling so consumers can make an informed choice.

Speakers include:

Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment)

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP

Sir David Amess MP

Henry Smith MP

John Flack former MEP

Elise Dunweber Chairman, Esher And Walton Conservative Women’s Organisation

Peter Hall (AM) Director, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

Lorraine Platt Co-Founder, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

Chris Platt Co-Founder Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

It is never easy; you don’t give over 30 years of your campaigning life only to fail; global live animal transport bans have been that for me and I am still fighting.  People and campaigners have the tenacity to fight through to the end; and they will – eventually winning. 

Sentient animals deserve better; and with our input we hope they will get it.

Please watch the video below; and gain strength that we in the UK are moving forward now into 2021 for changes.

If only the EU was not ‘all talk and do nothing’ then animals throughout the EU would do better.  That is a matter for citizens of existing member states to vote and make the changes.

Regards Mark.

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