Day: November 7, 2020

The worldwide trade in monkeys for research: a million-dollar business!

Many animal experimental establishments, such as pharmaceutical companies and universities, breed their animals themselves. Others order animal breeding from commercial “experimental” animals.
Just as one selects books or clothing from a catalog at a mail-order company, live animals are offered for sale at breeding companies.

On the Internet or in the catalog, experimenters can choose from a large selection of different species and breeds. Animals that have been operated on are even offered, e.g. Rats and mice with tied blood vessels or nerves, with the spleen or kidney removed, etc.
Or genetically modified animals in a wide variety of ways, e.g.

“Humanized mice” that have been “implanted” with a specific human gene.

There is no longer even talk of animals, but of “products” and “research models”.

The American Jackson Laboratory offers thousands of different strains of mice whose genome has been manipulated in such a way that the animals develop certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or obesity.

The world’s largest “experimental” animal breeder, the American company Charles River Laboratories, has a rodent and rabbit breeding facility in Sulzfeld in the Karlsruhe (Germany) district.

In Cologne, there is a branch of the American company Taconic, which breeds genetically modified mice.
Monkeys are partly bred for research in the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen (Germany).

Around 95% of the monkeys come from outside the EU.
The largest exporter is China, followed by Mauritius.

There wild monkeys are caught and reproduced in breeding facilities under unspeakable conditions.
The boys are sent to Europe and America to die in the laboratory. AirFrance is the main carrier of monkeys.
Animal experiments are carried out in the following areas:

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NEW DOC SHINES A LIGHT ON THE KILLING OF ANIMAL ACTIVIST REGAN RUSSELL.

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Old WAV posts:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/13/justice-for-regan-russell-the-lie-industry-of-the-animal-transport-mafia/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/14/new-music-video-by-vegan-band-scarlet-rescue-debuting-september-17th-honors-slain-animal-rights-activist-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/25/obituary-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/08/usa-canada-2-us-pigs-saved-from-factory-farm-in-the-name-of-canadian-activist-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/23/the-murder-of-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/20/the-longtime-activist-reagan-russel-was-killed-while-protesting/

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NEW DOC SHINES A LIGHT ON THE KILLING OF ANIMAL ACTIVIST REGAN RUSSELL

Award-winning vegan filmmaker Shaun Monson’s new film, There Was A Killing, tells the story of Canadian animal rights activist Regan Russell, who was struck and killed by a pig transport truck while attending a Toronto Pig Save vigil in June. But the documentary is about more than just this tragedy; it’s about starting a conversation.

Russell, a decades-long fighter for animal rights, spent her last moments giving compassion to baby pigs on their way to slaughter. Footage from that day shows her—full head of white hair, black shirt, and blue jeans—carrying a spray bottle, which she used to give water to the pigs.

More than a month after Russell’s death, the police cited the truck driver with a non-criminal charge of Careless Driving Causing Death. The charge drew outrage among the animal rights community. “I just felt there was this cover-up. Or they were brushing it aside or dismissing it. And that began to nag at me,” Monson tells LIVEKINDLY about his initial desire to make the film.

After watching the cell phone footage, taken by activists attending the vigil, Monson says he was left feeling even more confused. “I’m thinking, how do we only have four minutes from this event? There was very little footage from the day,” he explains. “And it just felt like this haunting mystery. There’s something off. And I felt a little bit like a detective and I had to explore.”

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Making Impact-Driven Films

Monson’s no stranger to making these kinds of documentaries. He wrote, produced, and directed 2005’s Earthlings and 2015’s Unity, among others. The former goes in-depth into the day-to-day practices of industrial factory farms around the world. The latter analyzes the destructive relationships humans have with each other, animals, and the planet.

But, according to Monson, making an impact-driven film that resonates with the audience isn’t easy. And a chance meeting with Academy Award-winning director James Cameron fueled Monson to tell harrowing stories like Russell’s in a way that makes people want to see them.

“I met him a couple of years ago here in L.A. at Crossroadsa vegan restaurant. I had on a t-shirt that said “Eat What Elephants Eat,” Monson explains. The shirt caught the attention of Cameron, who’s been plant-based for nearly a decade. “He says, ‘Hey, I like your shirt.’ And so we start talking,” Monson says.

He was blown away when Cameron told him he had seen Earthlings. Monson jokingly asked: “You saw it all the way through?” (The footage shown in the film of how factory farmed animals are treated is gruesome, to say the least.)

“He kind of puts his arm around me. And for a moment I thought: ‘Wow, I’m about to get the secrets of Hollywood filmmaking.’ He says: ‘Let me tell you something. Whenever I make a movie, I do two things. One: I make a movie that people want to see. Two: I put a message in it,” Monson recalls. “And then he pays me this really high praise. He says ‘The message in your film is probably one of the best messages I’ve ever seen.’ And then he leans in close and he goes: ‘But nobody wants to see it.’”

Monson continues: “And he’s right because it’s not like people are running out to get a bucket of popcorn to watch this kind of stuff. They just aren’t, you know?”

After spending more than 20 years making documentaries, Monson says he started to consider how to reach a larger audience. “I just had one of the biggest filmmakers in the world lean over and spend 20 minutes talking about how to reach more people.”

Gaining An Audience

So, how do you make a film about a tough topic that people actually want to see? According to the filmmaker, you’ve got to make it in a way that will get viewers emotionally invested.

“A film is such a powerful medium. Why can’t a film change something?” Monson continues: “It’s a classic statement of a picture’s worth 1,000 words. If you look at what happened with George Floyd, unlike other unjust, corrupt deaths, they weren’t being documented. But when someone films for 8.5 minutes straightjust films the whole thing, it creates this visceral emotional reality. It’s almost like it’s not secondhand information.”

And There Was A Killing certainly provides a wealth of information: It interweaves video evidence along with eyewitness testimony. It provides interviews with attorneys Robert Monson, Lisa Bloom, and David Simon. And it features a former animal truck driver’s perspective on the day’s tragic events. For all intents and purposes, the film appears to accomplish its goal: It makes people think.

Monson hopes his new film will help bring Russell’s case to the court of public opinion. | Provided by Shaun Monson

Raising Awareness For Animals

Monson explains that he believes people are, overall, basically decent—even though there are exceptions to this rule. “They’re just not informed,” he says. “And so it’s almost like you have people that are asleep. And then you have people whose eyes are sort of fluttering open a little. And then you have people that are sort of sleepwalking. And then you have awake people. And the idea is for all of us to be awake—not to be sleepwalking, not to be eyes fluttering, and certainly not to be asleep.”

Through his films, Monson wants to awaken people to the impact they have on animals and the planet.

And Monson hopes There Was A Killing will help bring Russell’s case to the court of public opinion. He also wants the film to raise awareness for ag-gag laws—which seek to silence whistleblowers from exposing the horrors of the animal agriculture industry.

On the day of her death, Russell had been protesting Canadian ag-gag Bill 156—which the government enacted into law just one day before she was killed. Monson says he thinks her case will be a case of first impression—one that has never been decided by a governing jurisdiction.

“It’ll be the first time that law is now being put to trial to see if it’s eventually constitutional. And so attorneys later study case laws. That’s why in the States we have Roe v. Wade,” he explains. Roe v. Wade is a case study. It isn’t a statute. It’s a case study. Both are very important. So that’s the power of a documentary is that it might challenge a law statute. And then a case can come out of that. And then a case law may change the law.”

Monson also hopes the film will inspire others to be more compassionate.

“And that’s my hope: That more people will maybe see these kinds of messages. And they can have a positive effect. Because I don’t know how to write books. I don’t start organizations. I don’t have a sanctuary. I don’t know what else I have to offer except films,” Monson continues. “Ultimately, all you can do is provide the information to people, hope that they watch it, hope that they actually press play and look at it. And then it’s really up to them.”

“I always say we’re like gardeners, and we’re just casting seeds,” Monson says. “And sometimes those seeds fall in rich soil. And sometimes it’s stony ground. But we keep casting seeds out just to have a positive effect in this world.”

There Was A Killing is now available to stream here. To learn more about Regan Russell visit www.JusticeForReganRussell.org.

Denmark: Danish Covid-19 mink variant could spark new pandemic, scientists warn.

WAV Comment:

Allegedly, wet markets at Wuhan in China started it all. Animals under stress and passing the virus to each other, Denmark – mink living under stress on fur farms and passing the (new strain) virus onto others.

When will governments recognise and admit that they are the idiots they are, by allowing animals to suffer stresses in the conditions of wet markets and fur farms ? – why dont the governments actually take action to shut down the hell holes rather than opting for the current cull and then doing nothing more ?

An animal Karma one could quite readily say. The aniumals will strike revenge for their suffering at the hands of man for so long – now we have it and it is called Covid.

When are governments going to actually wake up and take action to stop the abuses ?

WAV recent past posts relating to this:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/10/17/denmark-the-killing-boxes-arrive-to-murder-at-least-2-5-million-mink-after-covid-19-was-reported-on-at-least-63-danish-fur-farms-other-farms-to-do-it-themselves/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/10/20/denmark-minks-with-mutated-virus-can-destroy-the-effect-of-covid-19-vaccine/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/05/denmark-announces-cull-of-15-million-mink-over-covid-mutation-fears/

Excellent article by the Guardian, London, as always:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/05/danish-covid-19-mink-variant-could-spark-new-pandemic-scientists-warn?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Danish Covid-19 mink variant could spark new pandemic, scientists warn

Mutations in mink herds and wildlife such as weasels, badgers, ferrets may pose risk to human health and vaccine development

A Danish vaccine specialist has warned that a new wave of coronavirus could be started by the Covid-19 mink variant.

“The worst-case scenario is that we would start off a new pandemic in Denmark. There’s a risk that this mutated virus is so different from the others that we’d have to put new things in a vaccine and therefore [the mutation] would slam us all in the whole world back to the start,” said Prof Kåre Mølbak, vaccine expert and director of infectious diseases at Denmark’s State Serum Institute (SSI).

He added, however, that the world was in a better place than when the Covid-19 outbreak began.“We know the virus, have measures in place including testing and infection control, and the outbreak will be contained, to the best of our knowledge.”

https://8f63300b635a91cc1cc0f95e9fbd1e6a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html Denmark, the world’s largest mink producer, said on Wednesday that it plans to cull more than 15 million of the animals, due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.

Announcing the cull, the country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said 12 people were already infected with the mutated virus and mink are now considered a public health risk, based on advice from the SSI.

Prof Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist at the University of Copenhagen, went further, telling the Guardian on Thursday that while Denmarkwas not “on the verge of being the next Wuhan” there were risks.

“This variant can develop further, so that it becomes completely resistant, and then a vaccine does not matter. Therefore, we need to take [the mutation] out of the equation. So it’s serious.”

In interviews with Danish media, Thomsen advised shutting down northern Denmark due to the risks from mink farms, a task made easier by the Limfjord, which cuts across northern Jutland.

Although bridges across the fjord remain open, all restaurants, pubs, cafes and sports activities in the area will close shortly.

A Dutch virologist and zoonosis expert, Wim van der Poel, said more research was needed but that even without the mutation, a reservoir of the virus in mink or others of the mustelid family such as badgers and martens was to be avoided.

“It seems the mink-variant mutation is found in the spike protein of the Sars-Cov-2 virus, but we don’t really know. And we don’t know what kind of vaccine we are going to have. So a lot more research is needed,” said Van der Poel.

But even without a mutation, the continuing circulation within mink herds may pose a risk to humans. “We assume [this] is a risk too in the Netherlands, but our fur farming is being phased out already. There’s no more fur production now after the end of this year,” he said.

Van der Poel is currently looking at the effect of Covid-19 spreading to mustelids, a family of carnivorous mammals including weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, martens and wolverines, among others. “ If that happened, then you have a reservoir in our local wildlife, and we could get reinfected before we even get a good quality vaccine.”

Prof Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, said: “The idea that the virus mutates in a new species is not surprising as it must adapt to be able to use mink receptors to enter cells and so will modify the spike protein to enable this to happen efficiently.

“The danger is that the mutated virus could then spread back into man and evade any vaccine response which would have been designed to the original, non-mutated version of the spike protein, and not the mink-adapted version. Of course, the mink version may not transmit well to man, so it’s a theoretical risk but Denmark is clearly taking a precautionary stance in aiming to eradicate the mink version so that this possibility is avoided or made much less likely.”

Jussi Peura, research director of the Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association and animal geneticist, was more sanguine. He said he understood the worry in Denmark, but felt the decision to carry out a cull might have been too extreme.

Instead, he suggested continuing with the control measures that were working in Finland.

“Right now we have zero cases in fur farms in Finland. We have a total of about 700 fur farms and of those about 150 are mink, all Covid-19-free so far.”

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