Day: December 6, 2020

Rome: Ciao”Botticelle”!

Rome has banned horse-drawn carriages from city streets!
Horses forced to pull heavy carriages through traffic can get injured easily and die from exhaustion. They don’t belong on busy streets.
Horse-drawn carriages must be banned everywhere!

Rome, Italy- September 1, 2017: Carriage with a horse in Rome street at Italy

Horses will no longer be forced to negotiate busy roads while hauling heavy loads for human amusement in Rome, which has banned horse-drawn carriage rides from its streets.

In the future, they will only be allowed to drive in selected parks.
In addition, there will be a weather rule in the future to protect the animals.
The animals have to take breaks and finish work after seven hours.

Commenting on the ban, Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, said, “You will never again see tired horses on the streets of the city during the hottest hours of the summer months because we have expressly forbidden it.”

A terrified horse on a busy street is dangerous, not romantic

With the ban, city authorities acknowledge that busy streets are no place for sensitive horses, who often get spooked in traffic, leading to many injuries to horses or humans – and sometimes even deaths.
In a split second, a horse can go from appearing calm and sedate to crashing blindly down the street in a panic.

Horses forced to pull carriages are often so debilitated they collapse, and some die in the street from exhaustion.

This is especially common in the scorching summer sun when animals can become overheated and dehydrated.
Before this ban, horses were forced to pull carriages through the streets of Rome in temperatures reaching heights of 40 degrees.

If the new rules are violated, which also provide for regular examinations by veterinarians, the coachmen face fines of up to 500 euros or the withdrawal of their license.
According to the newspaper “Corriere Della Sera,” there are still 21 coachmen in Rome with an official license.
As compensation, they should now be able to apply for a taxi license.

Don’t be taken for a ride

Horses are individuals with their own needs and desires who shouldn’t be exploited for tourism. These sensitive, social animals naturally live in herds – and being forced to haul carriages filled with humans is completely unnatural to them.

If you’re a tourist in need of transportation to explore a city, choose a human-powered pedicab, rent a bike from a bike-share service, or simply walk.

What you can do for horses

Rome joins other cities that have already banned horse-drawn carriage rides from the streets, such as Oxford, Barcelona, New Delhi, and Tel Aviv.

And cities such as London, Paris, and Toronto no longer issue licenses for horse-drawn tourist carriages.


On Mallorca, however, dozens of exhausted horses are still forced to pull carriages laden with tourists through the busy streets.

Please urge the mayors of Alcúdia, Palma, and Sant Llorenç des Cardassar to ban horse-drawn carriages and switch to using electric tourist vehicles instead: Please sign the Petition:

Great News! Rome Bans Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on City Streets

And I mean…The animal protection party “Progreso en Verde” has collected more than 120,000 signatures on the online portal for the demand that carriages in the Mallorca metropolis should no longer be pulled by horses.

“After many years of struggle, everything is still the same today as it was before, “criticized Guillermo Amengual, chairman of the Animal Welfare Party
“Every year we have to watch the horses tire on the asphalt, and nobody does anything about it. And the few regulations that exist are simply ignored by the coachmen without any consequences for them.”
The animal rights activist also recalled that in 2016 two horses were killed after they collided with cars.

In Germany, it is not much different for carriage horses than in Mallorca. Even in Germany, carriage horses have no special legal protection because there is no corresponding statutory regulation.

Only minimum requirements are formulated, which are intended to serve the local official veterinarians as an orientation aid during controls.
The result: Only 4 to 8 checks take place annually so that not even every company is examined once a year.

What we have achieved so far is that from 30 degrees Celsius in the shade no more horse-drawn carriages will drive in the future.

That applies only to Berlin!
Horse-drawn carriages are now banned in the capital, but only in the Brandenburg Gate. A general ban in Berlin has not yet been enforced.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Trump’s misguided attack on wildlife, our ecosystems, and our planet – maybe that is why he will not be Mr President anymore !

Stand up for Wildlife: Help Save Gray Wolves from Trump’s Reckless Assault

President Trump’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just finalized its Rule to roll back vital Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the lower-48 states. Their disastrous plan will reverse years of recovery for this iconic species.

We are facing a biodiversity crisis of global proportions. The fate of humanity is intertwined with the fate of species and healthy ecosystems. Now is the time to restore species to the landscape — not dial back efforts for an iconic animal that was once nearly exterminated in the U.S.

Furthermore, the Fish and Wildlife Service must develop a national wolf management plan — a plan that incorporates Indigenous knowledge and perspective. The gray wolf holds immense cultural significance for Indigenous groups around the country and is considered sacred by some.

NRDC is doing everything in our power to stop Trump’s latest assault on wildlife — and we’ll take the fight to court if that’s what it takes to stop it — but in the meantime, we need NRDC activists to help create a massive public outcry by submitting letters of protest to Trump’s Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sign the petition protesting Trump’s misguided attack on wildlife, our ecosystems, and our planet — and help save gray wolves!

Stand up for Wildlife: Help Save Gray Wolves from Trump’s Reckless Assault

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Coronavirus risk grows as animals move through wildlife trade.

Woman slaughtering rats at a market in Dong Thap, Vietnam (left), and vendor selling live rats in cages (right). Photo credit: WCS/Viet Nam (Huong, et al, 2020)
  • Woman slaughtering rats at a market in Dong Thap, Vietnam (left), and vendor selling live rats in cages (right). Photo credit: WCS/Viet Nam (Huong, et al, 2020)

Coronavirus risk grows as animals move through wildlife trade

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  • Animals consumed by people in Vietnam are increasingly likely to carry coronavirus as they move from the wild to markets to restaurants, a new study shows.
  • The animals with the highest rates of infection are most likely to come into contact with humans.
  • When animals are confined in crowded and stressful conditions, it makes it even easier for the virus to spread.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that when coronaviruses leap from wild animals to humans, the results can be devastating. A new study from Vietnam provides new insights about how this cross-species spread might happen.

Researchers showed for the first time that as animals move through the wildlife supply chain, from their natural habitats to marketplaces and ultimately to restaurants, they are more likely to become infected with coronaviruses, according to a report in PLOS OneAnd at each stage, people interact with these animals more intensively.

Coronaviruses are most notorious for causing human disease—including SARS, MERS, and COVID-19—but they are widespread in the animal kingdom. There are many different coronaviruses, and they can infect bats, rodents, birds, and domestic livestock like cattle and swine. Understanding where and how these viruses first make contact with humans is critical for preventing future pandemics.

To do this, the best place to start is at the wildlife-human interface: places where wild animals and humans are exposed to each other. A team of Vietnamese scientists, led by Nguyen Quynh Huong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, along with Amanda Fine and Sarah Olson of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York, tested field rats for coronavirus at different points along the wildlife supply chain in Vietnam. They found that with each link in this chain, the percentage of infected animals increased by about 1.5 times.

This factor may not seem like much. However, it means the infection rates increased markedly: 20.7 percent of rats handled by wildlife traders, to 32 percent of rats in the markets, to 55.6 percent of rats in the restaurants.

“They did an amazing job at following the virus surveillance throughout the trade routes,” said senior field veterinarian Marc Valitutto of EcoHealth Alliance, who focuses on pandemic preparedness in Southeast Asia and China. Valitutto, who was not involved in the research, wasn’t aware of any other studies that traced infection rates along trade routes in as much detail.

The team also found that about 75 percent of bats on guano farms (constructed roosts where people collect and sell bat droppings for fertilizer) were infected with coronavirus. That was more than ten times the infection rate of 6.7 percent in naturally roosting bats.

The study demonstrated that the animals in closest contact with humans had the highest infection rates, said Fine. That’s critical to understanding how coronaviruses might infect villagers or city residents: The chance that a virus will transfer from wildlife to people is “directly increased by the number of contacts and the number of humans in that environment,” she said.

Further, when infected animals reach markets and restaurants, they are often housed in close quarters near many different kinds of animals. In such settings, coronaviruses can jump from species to species, said Olson. The team found direct evidence of this: rats and porcupines on a crowded wildlife farm carried coronaviruses from bats and birds.

That’s a noteworthy public health concern, according to Valitutto: Many coronaviruses that have caused major human outbreaks have jumped among a few different species before infecting people.

The authors noted a few caveats. For instance, cross-contamination between animals butchered in restaurants could have created some false positives tests—although such contamination is another way coronavirus could spread to human consumers, said Fine. Also, virus infections among animals are much higher during the wet season, but the team couldn’t sample every testing site during both wet and dry seasons.

Fine, Olson, and Valitutto all hope the sobering results of this study will help bring major changes to wildlife trade regulation in Vietnam and elsewhere to cut down on coronavirus transmissions.

“If this can’t change the status quo,” said Olson, “I don’t think anything can.”