We got an interesting mail from the Animal Liberation Press Office!
Two men who signed up for the FBI were visiting a well-known animal rights activist and press officer and asked him if he would be willing to work with law enforcement.
They had specific ideas about how this “cooperation” should work.
They wanted to somehow protect the animal rights movement of “extremists” so that these ones would not invade the ranks of animal rights groups.
They asked the activists if he would be willing to be a link between law enforcement and the animal rights scene.
In modern language, this is called having an informant, but you don’t spit that out at the first meeting!
The activist said he doesn’t answer questions and certainly doesn’t want to work with law enforcement agencies.
The rest, highly interesting, is in this article.
Public health concerns should prompt permanent closure of all mink farms in Europe
5 November 2020
COVID-19 spreading in mink farms all over Europe
The recent and quite upsetting development with mink farms in Denmark prompted the Danish Government to announce that all the 15 million minks reared in more than 1,000 farms will be culled.
The decision has been taken after discovering that 12 people in the Jutland region, after entering in contact with minks, have been infected with a genetically changed form of coronavirus.
This indicates that new strands of coronavirus are developing in Danish mink farms which could potentially undermine the international efforts to combat the virus.
The State Serum Institute, the official Danish authority for pandemics and infectious diseases, warned that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines.
The problem, though, is not limited to Denmark. The virus is spreading in Swedish and Italian farms too. So far only the Netherlands reacted putting forward a ban on mink farming, previously scheduled for 2024.
Captive minks could also infect wild animals, if, for example, an infected mink escapes a farm. Once this virus gets established in wild animals, we would have a very hard time getting rid of it.
The current circumstances are showing that fur farming is not only cruel and unethical, but that it also constitutes a real risk for the health of European citizens.
That’s why we call on the European Commission to urge Member States to follow the Dutch example: closing permanently all mink farms. As millions of animals would unfortunately be culled, we also call on the EC to monitor that this is done humanely, and according to the requirements of the EU legislation.
Commented Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals
Event – What could the EU and China do for Animals?
6 November 2020
Join us on Wednesday 18 November to discuss what the EU and China could do for Animals, and how this could also benefit public health and climate change.
In 2017, China’s Vice-Minister for Agriculture Yu Kangzhen indicated China’s willingness to work on comprehensive legislation on animal welfare.
Now that the European Commission has announced the long-awaited review of its animal welfare standards in the Farm to Fork strategy, it seems to be even more urgent to discuss what the EU and China could do for animals. Especially considering the vast challenges humanity is facing: the climate emergency, the spread of zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, and their links to the way society deals with animals.
The two hours event, hosted by MEP Niels Fuglsang (S&D, DK), will bring together academics, Chinese and European stakeholders, NGOs, representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as Member States, and will be the opportunity to launch the Eurogroup for Animals’ new report ‘What could the EU and China for Animals?’.
Find more information on the agenda and registrationhere.
Did you know that these 21 musicians are all Vegan ?
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Veganism is gaining momentum around the world. And vegan musicians are leading the trend.
Plant-based, cruelty-free living is becoming popular in industries everywhere; many doctors are promoting the health benefits of vegan food, fashion designers are featuring animal-free materials in their work, and athletes are adopting plant-based diets to boost performance.
The music scene is just as involved. More and more artists are going vegan and many are keen to let their fans know about it.
Why Celebrities Go Vegan
Various factors motivate celebrities to go vegan. Health is a major motivator. A growing body of research is finding links between meat, dairy, and eggs, and disease. Animal products often contain high levels of saturated and trans fats, which can increase blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk of peripheral artery disease, stroke, and heart attack.
More than ever, celebrities are doing their part for the planet by updating their diet. Animal agriculture is to blame for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. It also uses vastly more land and water than plant-based farming.
Animal welfare is another leading reason that celebrities go vegan. The meat, dairy, and egg industries are rife with animal welfare violations. More musicians are making the connection between what’s on their plate and the animal it’s sourced from, and boycotting animal products to take a stand against cruelty.
Benefits Of A Vegan Diet
The decision to adopt a vegan diet could bring with it a range of health benefits. Plant-based food, by nature, contains no cholesterol; cholesterol is only found in animal products. Vegan food also contains good amounts of fibre, while animal-based foods have none. Cholesterol-free, fibre-rich diets lower the risk of disease and can extend lifespan. Data collected from 185 observational studies said that individuals who eat the most fibre are 15 to 30 percent less likely to die prematurely. Fibre-rich diets were also connected to a 16 to 24 percent reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and colon cancer.
Vegan Diet And The Climate
Vegan lifestyles are good for the planet’s health, too. Eating animal-product-free can help clean the planet and save resources.
According to the 2014 documentary Cowspiracy, 70 to 90 percent of freshwater pollution in western countries is linked to animal agriculture. A study by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), which was published in Nature in 2018, found that a vegan diet uses five times less water than a meat-based one.
The most comprehensive analysis of farming’s impact on the planet looked at data from 40,000 farms in 119 countries. Researchers found that if everyone on the planet went vegan, global farmland use would drop by 75 percent. This move would free up landmass the size of Australia, China, the EU, and the U.S. combined.
Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore, who led the study, stated: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.”