Day: October 10, 2020

Italia: Bow traps is not tradition, is murder

Committee against Bird Murder e.V.

In search of the last bow trap: The province of Brescia in northern Italy is the last place in the world where bow traps are still used today.
The trap is used to catch robins; wrens rarely get into it.

It is particularly brutal – the animals’ legs are broken alive, fatally injured, they hang upside down in the fishing gear for hours until they finally die.

Since 1985 the committee against bird murder in the mountains of Brescia has been working against this cruel “tradition” – in some years (e.g. 2001) we collected over 10,000 bow traps.

In 2012 it was less than 1,000 for the first time, last year only 224.
During the current bird protection camp in Brescia, we were unable to find a SINGLE bow trap within the first week of operation.

It is still too early to be happy about the extinction of the bow traps (our mission will run until November), but it won’t be long before we really find the last one!

Committee against Bird Murder e.V.

And I mean…it is really hard to believe and yet a reality – that traditions like this still take place in the middle of Europe in the 21st century!

Where animals are painfully killed, traditions are forbidden.
There is nothing to discuss either.
A supposedly progressive society must also manage to apply its concept of ethics to animals.
This is a huge omission and affects all animal welfare.
A trapped little bird, helplessly at the mercy of “tradition”, is one of the most primitive things a human can do.

As a politician, I would never allow the cultural tradition of my country to be in the hands of animal abusers.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Mudlarks – Mud Men – Enjoy !

I hope you enjoyed the hand art video – pretty amazing eh !

Today I am having an animal free day – apart from spending time indoors with the pets.

So, as with the hand art, I thought I would also show you a video of ‘Mud Men’ – it may especially appeal to our US visitors who have an interest in English (London) history.  It is a great show; informative nut at the same time very light hearted as you can see.  Johnny Vaughan teams up as always with ‘Mud God’ Steve Brooker – he is a ‘Mudlark’ (yes we have them in London) who hunt for items on the River Thames foreshore that may have changed the course of history. They do not do it for financial gain; just to delve into history.

In this film you can see a bit about old London prisons and the methods used to obtain confessions.  As with most British things; it usually revolves around a pub; and this is no different.

Watch and enjoy a bit of Mudlarking; and the fun that is had between Johnny V and the mud god Brooker.

Back to animal issues tomorrow;


Regards Mark

Germany has lost its “disease-free” status.

Agriculture Minister of Lower Saxony Barbara Otte-Kinast tearfully informed the Lower Saxony state parliament about the catastrophic situation of pig farmers:

“I get phone calls from crying women and men on the farms who no longer know what to do.
They say: I’ll kill my pigs and I’ll kill myself. “ (!!!)

The politician even had to briefly interrupt her speech.

“From many personal conversations I know that animal keepers in Lower Saxony are very desperate,” reports the Minister in an extremely emotional speech to the state parliament.

“I get phone calls from crying women and men from the courtyards who no longer know what to do.”
Overall, there could be a lack of slaughtering capacity for 120,000 pigs a week. Emergency slaughter threatens.

In order to be able to comply with pandemic plans, Lower Saxony now wants to introduce flexible working hours for companies.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, consideration is also being given to slaughtering and dismantling on Sundays and public holidays.

5200 farms in Lower Saxony are already threatened by swine fever

The penetration of African swine fever into Germany is a major economic concern for pig farmers in Lower Saxony.
The Association of Producer of Cattle and Meat set the producer price for pork anew and lowered it from 1.47 euros by 20 cents to 1.27 euros per kilogram.
In the case of a fattening pig, the loss in value is around 20 euros.

Export stops for pork to non-EU countries, especially to China and Japan, are the catastrophic consequences.

Nowhere in Germany is the pig industry bigger than in Lower Saxony. According to the Ministry of Agriculture in Hanover, there are 5200 farms with 8.3 million animals.

The German pig farmers’ association puts the turnover in Lower Saxony at around 3.5 billion euros in good years.


And I mean…Germany has lost its “disease-free” status.

And the farmers complain again, they now appear as victims, they even threaten that they will kill themselves.
Only when they actually do it will their sins be forgiven.
For the fact that they torture the pigs and treat them like objects until they die.
And for the brutal slaughter of the animals too, in this crime, they also share the blame.

It is not the death of the animals that is a problem for the farmers but that they do not benefit from it.
Pigs are killed very early for meat production even without an ASF outbreak.

In order to produce a large amount of cheap meat for China, most animals are kept in appalling conditions: in their excrement with open, inflamed wounds, we remember the brutal videos.
The farmers should also kill themselves for this.

What the farmers fail to mention is that most pigs suffering from these common (but illegal) conditions become weak and susceptible to any virus, one of which is the highly contagious ASF.

Hypocrites, slave keepers who make money from the suffering of animals, and the lobbying of corrupt politicians!!

They finally still have time to do something sensible.
Either kill themself or produce potatoes and corn instead of animal corpses.

My best regards to all, Venus