Day: December 9, 2020

England: UK Consultation To End Live Animals Exports. It Appears to be Open Also For Contributions From OUTSIDE the UK. Read On if you Wish to Take Part.

Dear all

I am sending this out to folks who visit the site; some of whom who are involved with live animal transport in European organisations.

The UK government is looking at making legislation in law for a ban on live animal exports and transport issues such as stopping export for further fattening. We welcome this as it is a big issue here in England.

After lots of wrangling the last few days; I ended up back with CIWF hours later, and Meg has kindly mailed me today.  It would appear (from the Defra guidelines) that anyone can answer; so I assume non UK contributions are also allowed to take part in the consultation.

The consultation is open until the end of January 2021 so there are still what, 6+ weeks to complete.

Regards Mark

Audience 12. Anyone may respond to the consultation.

Those who have an interest include: • Animal welfare organisations; • Breeding associations; • Farming unions; • Livestock and genetics businesses; • Livestock and poultry farmers, and horse owners; • Livestock, poultry and horse traders; • Livestock or animal vehicle manufacturers; • Local authorities (LAs); • Show, competition and race organisers; • Trade bodies; • Transport companies; and • The veterinary profession. 4 Responding to the consultation 13.

This consultation starts on 3 December 2020 and closes on 28 January 2021.

We would ask you to respond to the consultation questions using the online tool which can be found on Citizen Space at

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/transforming-farm-animal-health-and-welfare-team/improvements-to-animal-welfare-in-transport/consultation/intro/

However, responses could also be sent to Defra by email or post.

Please state: • Your name • Your email address • Your organisation

Alaska: The battle for Bristol Bay is won-Great!

By The Seattle Times editorial board

Construction of the Pebble Mine, a huge gold and copper mine, was officially rejected.
The mining would have destroyed the vast natural area in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and displaced indigenous people.

Where whales sing, seals and walruses live and there are extensive wetlands, a huge mine would have irreparably destroyed the region. Bristol Bay is also known for its extraordinary stocks of salmon, which are the livelihoods of the native Eskimos, but also for food from orcas to thousands of brown bears.
Huge mines would destroy the last of the salmon populations, like in Bristol Bay, forever.

After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision last week to reject a key permit for Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine, it’s clear that federal protection is now needed to permanently preserve this uniquely valuable resource.

The project threatened too much destruction to the immense salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

The list of reasons to protect the bay’s watershed is long. Its annual chinook and sockeye salmon runs are the largest on Earth. All five species of Pacific salmon live in Bristol Bay, and its watershed produces about half the world’s annual sockeye harvest.

The commercial and recreational fisheries support large portions of the region’s economy, and Bristol Bay’s salmon have sustained Alaska natives for many generations. Thousands of Washingtonians fish those salmon each year, for work and recreation.

The bay’s diverse salmon runs feed other populations, too — from orcas to the thousands of brown bears on the Alaska peninsula. The mine was predicted to disrupt this food chain mightily in the name of extracting rich veins of copper and gold, and potentially molybdenum and rhenium.

It is fitting that the Corps stopped the mine by denying it a permit required by the Clean Water Act.

The impact on the wetlands surrounding Bristol Bay’s headwaters from excavating millions of tons of minerals each year could have been a catastrophe with long-lasting harmful reverberations.

But the Clean Water Act is not safe from political rollbacks. The Trump administration proved this in undoing more than 80 environmental rules across the past four years, including seven water pollution regulations.

There must be permanent protection for Bristol Bay against an industrial-scale mining concern. As the late U.S. Sen.Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said in 2008, such a project “is the wrong mine for the wrong place.”

The time has come to permanently, and specifically, target Bristol Bay as a vital national resource. Its health must be preserved even if the Environmental Protection Agency is subverted.

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England: ‘Black Sabbath’ Bassist Geezer Butler Has Not Eaten Meat Since He Was 8. He Now Fights To Stop Puppy Mills With His Wife. Rock Stars Do This; Don’t They ?

Geezer Butler - Wikipedia

England:  Gezer Butler – Bassist with ‘Black Sabbath’ – why I am a Vegan; campaigning for puppy mill dogs and the rest.

‘Black Sabbath’ were an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music

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A massive, massive international following when they were a band in the past.  They had many big hits including ‘Paranoid’:

Bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward have been long time vegans; which people often find unusual. Geezer and his wife do a lot of campaigning to stop puppy mills; check out his video at: https://www.peta.org/videos/black-sabbaths-geezer-butler-is-a-vegan/


https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/geezer-butler-why-i-m-a-vegan/

BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL bassist Geezer Butler has teamed up with peta2 — the world’s largest youth animal rights organization — to shoot a brand-new pro-vegetarian ad featuring Butler as he picks at his bass next to the tagline “I’m Geezer Butler, and I’m a vegan.”

“I used to eat meat when I was a little kid, but I didn’t know where it came from,” says Butler, who was born in Birmingham, England. “And one day, I cut this piece of meat open, and blood came out of it, and I asked me mother, ‘Where did this come from?’ and she said, ‘From animals,’ and that was it.”

In an exclusive interview with peta2, Butler talks about how he enjoys having friends over for dinner, serving them faux meat, and waiting for the compliments to start rolling in before telling his guests that they just ate a delicious vegan meal.

And his compassion for animals goes beyond the dinner table. Butler and his wife are very involved in the battle against puppy mills and the cat and dog overpopulation crisis. “There are so many dogs and cats and all kinds of animals [who] need homes,” he says. “You know, there’s no reason to go out and buy them from a pet shop when you can just get them from your local shelter.”

 

WAV Comment – Top Man !

269 Libération Animale: “The whole system must be changed, not only a law article”

🏴 BLOCKADE OF VANLOMMEL SLAUGHTERHOUSE (BELGIUM)/ WE DO NOT FIGHT FOR THE ADVENT OF VEGAN CAPITALISM BUT FOR THE LIBERATION OF ALL OPPRESSED INDIVIDUALS!
📷 Blockade of Vanlommel slaughterhouse on July 20, 2020 (on the visual, we read: « We don’t want to veganize the world, we want another world ! »)

Despite the repression against the activists, direct actions by autonomous and anarchists groups like blockades, liberations and sabotages must continue. The are various symbols and structures of the speciesist domination that can be targeted, it is a question of daring and putting into practice our ideas, complicities, knowledge, and ingenuity in terms of strategy.


This offensive perspective of the “269 Libération Animale” collective endorses anti-speciesism as a political struggle.

It is a struggle for animal liberation but more generally against all systems of domination. Praxis is inherent in this vision of anti-speciesism, – revolutionary – and built with the oppressed unlike many “animal rights’ associations” that shed light on humans and compassion.

We think that we cannot lead the anti-speciesist struggle without direct confrontations against the speciesist system itself and we do not consider the State and capitalism as allies in this struggle. Indeed, strategies involving them always lead to authoritarian measures that strengthen the control of the State on the lives of the animals like laws and decrees that reform the speciesist system instead of abolishing it.

This cooperation is fake, does not reflect our values, and is a complete betrayal of the animals.


We want to use direct action in order to impact directly the speciesist system of domination and capitalist production tools. We do not aim to raise public awareness but to cause concrete impacts: economic damage, liberations, geographical activism with the creation of sanctuaries.
We refuse to collaborate with the institutional and capitalist power hoping to get little reforms that allow big associations to win members and followers but that abandon our comrades to their fate!
The whole system must be changed, not only a law article 🔥

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Australia: ‘Devastating’: more than 61,000 koalas among 3 billion animals affected by bushfire crisis.


‘Devastating’: more than 61,000 koalas among 3 billion animals affected by bushfire crisis

A new report says 143 million mammals were affected in the 2019-20 blazes, one of the ‘worst wildlife disasters in modern history’

 

‘Devastating’: more than 61,000 koalas among 3 billion animals affected by bushfire crisis | Australia news | The Guardian

More than 61,000 koalas and almost 143 million other native mammals were likely in the path of the Australian bushfires of late 2019 and early 2020, according to a major assessment of the ecological toll of the “black summer” blazes.

The estimate from 10 researchers and scientists, contained in a report commissioned by environmental group WWF-Australia, recounts the devastating losses in habitats across the country.

Almost 3 billion animals, including 2.46 billion reptiles, were in the path of the flames, the report says – the same number the team calculated in an interim report, revealed in July by the Guardian.

‘Catastrophic’ bushfire burns half of Queensland’s Fraser Island and threatens ecological disaster

Dermot O’Gorman, chief executive of WWF-Australia, says in a foreword that the report shows the fires were “one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history”.

Prof Chris Dickman, a University of Sydney ecologist who helped guide the project, told the Guardian: “The numbers [of animals affected] are absolutely huge. It’s really a call to arms to try and do something because under climate change these fires will happen again.”

Some 181 million birds and 51 million frogs also lived in habitats inside the burned areas, which covered 12.6m hectares – an area almost the size of England.Among the 143 million mammals affected were one million wombats, 5 million kangaroos and wallabies, 5 million bats, 39 million possums and gliders and 50 million native mice and rats.

About 5½ million bettongs, bandicoots, quokkas and potoroos were also affected.

The team wrote that because of a lack of data and knowledge of how species might survive, as well as uncertainties with how fire interacted with other threats, they couldn’t be sure how many of the 3 billion animals died.

“Even if resident animals were not killed outright by fires and managed to escape, they will surely have experienced higher subsequent risk of death as a result of injuries or later stress and deprivation of key resources,” the report says.

An estimated 61,353 koalas were affected, and O’Gorman wrote: “That is a devastating number for a species that was already sliding towards extinction in eastern Australia. We cannot afford to lose koalas on our watch.”

Between 43,261 and 95,180 koalas had been affected, with a middle estimate of 61,353.

In November, environment minister Sussan Ley announced a national census of the marsupial to address “a serious lack of data about where populations actually are”.

In NSW, a parliamentary inquiry has found koalas would be extinct in the state by 2050 without action to save habitat.

Australia after the bushfires

The WWF-Australia report says the fires affected as many as 14,736 koalas in the state.

Worst hit was Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where about 41,230 koalas were likely in the path of the fires that burned about half the island.

Dickman said the report was important because it documented impacts on Australian icons such as kangaroos and koalas alongside lesser-known, but unique and important wildlife.

“If you work in the forest environment then you know there’s a lot more animals living in these areas that don’t get the publicity – other fantastic charismatic animals like gliders that live alongside them and are being whittled away as well.”A range of techniques and sources were used to estimate the impacts on different species. Estimates for mammals were based on available data on the densities of species in different areas.

Reptile impacts were modelled and for birds, more than 100,000 surveys for BirdLife Australia were accessed. Some 67 frog species were mapped and their densities were estimated using previous research.

But large numbers of other species were likely to have been affected by the fires but were not included in the report.

The report says freshwater fish and crayfish are known to have been badly hit but could not be reliably estimated.

Authorities reported hundreds of thousands of fish dead after bushfire ash and mud washed into rivers.

The assessment also could not include arthropods – a group that includes insects, spiders and other bugs – but pointed to other research estimating trillions of these were likely affected.

The report includes 11 recommendations that call for better understanding of the impacts of bushfires, more research into species, where animals are, and better management of other threats.

“Alongside mortality caused by direct exposure to flames, smoke inhalation, heat, and sediment run-off, fire interacts with other stressors, exacerbating threats to the persistence of threatened species and ecosystems,” the report says.

“Three of the greatest threats to Australian flora, fauna, and ecosystems are altered fire regimes, invasive species, and land clearing; all threats that interact with and compound one another.”

Dickman, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, said: “A key step is to try and improve our monitoring of pretty much all the bioregions on the continent.

“We will be in a much better position to understand where populations are and we should then be in a better position to mitigate fires and floods and droughts.”

He said there were many animals that science knew little about, and as more extreme events affected species time could run out. “Windows progressively slam shut,” he said.

Dickman said just one example of the benefits of monitoring was that in the aftermath of the fires, the New South Wales government had dropped carrots and sweet potatoes into habitats of threatened brush-tailed rock wallabies.

That was only possible, he said, because the government knew where the wallabies lived.

Australia had a moral and ecological responsibility to save the animals, he said, because the vast majority of those affected existed nowhere else on Earth.

EU Related: Leading animal protection organisations call for the permanent closure of fur farms in Europe.

Members of Danish health authorities assisted by members of the Danish Armed Forces dispose of dead mink in a military area near Holstebro in Denmark, 09 November 2020 (issued 10 November 2020).

 

December 8, 2020

Leading animal protection organisations call for the permanent closure of fur farms in Europe

Humane Society International

BRUSSELS—In the wake of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms throughout Europe – which have also laid bare the cruel conditions under which these animals are intensively confined – leading animal protection organisations today held an online conference to address the animal welfare and public health concerns associated with fur production. This event was organised in collaboration with the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.

Hosted by MEPs Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) – pictured below, Niels Fuglsang (S&D) and Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens/EFA), this timely event brought together politicians and policymakers with prominent experts on animal welfare, veterinary epidemiology, NGOs and even a former fur industry insider to consider the animal welfare and disease risk problems related to exploiting fur-bearing species, such as mink and foxes, for their pelts. Recent footage from fur farm investigations was also screened to illustrate the inherent welfare problems involved in fur production.

Above – the brilliant Anja Hazekamp – a strong voice for animals,

Dutch MEP, Animal Welfare Intergroup President and Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Anja Hazekamp said:

“Confining wild animals in small wire cages for the trivial purpose of fur production should be consigned to the past. The horrific footage from Polish and Finnish fur farms, which we have seen at today’s meeting, are far from unique. We saw exactly the same kind of images of animal suffering on fur farms in the Netherlands over a quarter of a century ago when the political debate on banning fur production began. In the past days, the very last mink on Dutch farms were gassed to death and the cages stand empty after the industry phase-out was brought forward to eliminate potential coronavirus reservoirs. Fur farming is now over in my country. I look forward to the day when we can end the suffering of all animals on fur farms and see a completely fur-free Europe”

Dr Joanna Swabe, senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe, added:

“In the past months, the public has been confronted with the fact that fur farms are not only places of enormous animal suffering, but they can also act as virus factories. The living conditions on fur farms, which confine wild species at high densities and in close proximity, fail to satisfy the animals’ most basic welfare needs, leaving them highly stressed, which can lead to their immune systems being compromised. The outbreaks of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on fur farms have confronted us with the terrifying reality that fur factory farms create ideal conditions for diseases to propagate from one animal to another, and for viruses to mutate into forms potentially virulent to humans. We don’t need frivolous fur fashion. And we certainly don’t need these unnecessary reservoirs for coronaviruses. More than ever, it is time to make fur history.”

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals, noted:

“Given the urgency of the situation we believe it is high time for the Commission to show leadership and introduce measures to suspend fur farming across the EU. The potential risks of the SARS-CoV-2 virus further spreading and potentially mutating, pose serious threats across borders and require an EU approach. We trust that this proposal will be made at the forthcoming AgriFish Council meeting. In the longer term we believe the moment is ripe to phase out this sector once and for all. Several EU surveys have shown that the vast majority of EU citizens do not approve of fur farming and 11 EU countries have already banned or restricted this industry or are in the process of doing so. The pandemic has put the spotlight on the vulnerability of fur farming which end is long overdue.”

Facts:

  • Eight EU Member States have officially identified COVID-19 positive animals on mink farms: Denmark (289 farms), France (1 farm), Greece (12 farms), Italy (1 farm), Lithuania (1 farm), Netherlands (70 farms), Spain (1 farm), Sweden (13 farms).
  • Researchers at the Medical University of Gdansk also found eight COVID-19 positive mink on a fur farm in Poland.
  • SARS-CoV-2 virus has also been found in mink on 16 US fur farms and one Canadian mink farm.
  • Mink-to-human transmission was first identified in the Netherlands through whole genome sequencing and has also been found in Denmark. The emergence of a new mink variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in Denmark leading to fears that this COVID-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines. This variant had already been found in 12 people in northern Denmark.
  • On 4th November 2020, the findings of the State Serum Institute led to Danish government announcing the radical step of culling all mink on the remaining fur farms and a temporary ban on mink production in the country.
  • In 2013, the Netherlands adopted a ban on fur farming. The industry was due to be phased-out by 1st January 2024. However, the Dutch government forced an early shutdown of its mink industry due to continuing outbreaks of COVID-19 – despite the adoption of strict biosecurity measures and preventative culling of all affected mink herds – on its remaining fur farms.
  • The Irish Department of Agriculture recommended that farmed mink in Ireland should be culled and restocking prohibited on its remaining three fur farms. A ban on fur farming was already pending.
  • Fur farming has already been prohibited and/or is in the process of being phased-out in various EU Member States, such as Austria Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
  • Legislative proposals to ban fur farming are currently also under consideration, or have been announced, in 6 countries including Poland, Lithuania, France, Ireland, Bulgaria and Estonia.
  • In addition to these fur farming bans and industry phase-outs, Germany adopted stricter regulations, which have effectively eliminated the breeding of all animals for fur; Sweden similarly eliminated fox and chinchilla production in this way. Denmark has also prohibited and is phasing out the breeding of foxes on animal welfare grounds.
  • Hungary has also just announced a ban on mink, fox, ferret and coypu production as a precautionary measure due to animal welfare and COVID-19 concerns to prevent fur producers from moving their operations there.

ENDS 

 

 

China Builds World’s Largest Multi-Storey Pig Farm Just 1 Year After Swine Flu Prompted Mass Cull.

WAV Comment:  So the human race never learns; as it is more superior to everything else and does not need to be told.  Well we are telling in the following; check them all out.

We also ask; in reality, where are the WHO, the UN, etc? – with global crisis issues and the following where a new 84,000 sow facility begins in China; the origin of Corona; should they really be allowed to do this ? – and why no global action from the same with regard wet market operations globally – they should all have been closed down months ago.  Buy money talks louder than anything we guess.

 

China Builds World’s Largest Multi-Storey Pig Farm Just 1 Year After Swine Flu Prompted Mass Cull

The mega farm is roughly 10 times the size of a typical breeding facility in the U.S, and has the ability to hold 84,000 sows and their offspring

Chinese hog producer Muyuan Foods has built the world’s largest multi-storey pig farm – despite fears of a new swine flu strain causing a ‘potential pandemic’. 

The food giant’s mega farm is located near Nanyang and can hold around 84,000 sows and their offspring – with plans to produce more than two million pigs annually. 

‘Cash flow is ample’

According to Reuters, this is roughly 10 times the size of a typical breeding facility in the U.S. In the first nine months of this year, Muyuan’s profits skyrocketed a staggering 1,413 percent. 

Qin Jun, Muyuan’s vice general manager told the publication: “We have hit a very favorable period for development. 

“Pig prices are very high, our profits are really good, and cash flow is really ample.”

Swine flu

Last year, it was reported that up to 200 million pigs could be culled or die from outbreaks of African swine fever that spread across the country. 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs declared China’s hog herd had plummeted a staggering 41 percent in October compared to the year before.

This caused the price of pork to spike 110 percent – the highest level of inflation the industry has seen in eight years.

Pandemic potential

More recently, a new strain of swine flu discovered in China is said to have the ‘characteristics of viruses with the potential to cause a human pandemic’. 

The strain has genes from a mix of pig, avian and human viruses and genes from the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic virus. 

According to Dr. Munoz, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, the findings should not be ‘taken lightly’. 

“We shouldn’t let our guard down with influenza because there’s always going to be a possibility of new threats from emerging strains, and hopefully we can learn from our experience with COVID to be better prepared,” she added.

“This is also a reminder of why we need to be part of the global community and the WHO for sure.

China Builds World’s Largest Pig Farm 1 Year After Swine Flu Outbreaks (plantbasednews.org)

 

 

Investigation Reveals Starving Pigs At ‘High Welfare’ Farm

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Investigation Reveals Starving Pigs At ‘High Welfare’ Farm (plantbasednews.org)

Government Must Listen To Warnings As New Swine Flu Poses Threat Of Next Pandemic

A new strain of flu with the potential to become the next global pandemic has been identified in pigs in China.

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Government Must Listen To Warnings As New Swine Flu Poses Threat Of Next Pandemic (plantbasednews.org)

 

UN Report Links Factory Farming To Increased Pandemic Risk

The report identifies seven trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases – including a rise in intense and unsustainable farming

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UN Report Links Factory Farming To Increased Pandemic Risk (plantbasednews.org)