Day: December 10, 2020

Lapland: the Husky Business is about to end

The effects of Corona do not stop at sled dogs

Risk areas, quarantine regulations, closed borders: The Corona crisis hits the tourism industry very hard.
In addition to the obvious fellow sufferers such as restaurants, hotels, or transport companies, there are also some victims (!!!) of the crisis that no one has on their radar.
These include, for example, the providers of sled dog rides in Lapland (!!!)- and their animals. The situation on-site is so bad that some dogs even have to be euthanized or shot – because they can no longer be cared for.

The boom in dog sledding tours through Lapland

The boom in dog sledding has been great in recent years.
You can hardly imagine anything more beautiful: Just escape everyday life around the Christmas holidays and enjoy the snow-covered valleys and forests of Lapland.

And all on a sled, pulled by cute huskies and best of all with Santa Claus as a “musher” – the one who steers the sled.

Not all sled dogs are fine

Because this type of tour is becoming more and more popular, a real industry has sprung up around sledding.
According to “YLE”, the public broadcaster in Finland, around 5,000 to 7,000 dogs are used each season. But according to a report by “CNN”, the boom became a problem even before Corona – not only in Finland but in all of Scandinavia.

The local providers were no longer able to meet the demand – more and more providers, including from abroad, pushed onto the market. And with the price war, the exploitation of animals began more and more. Often flown in from southern Europe, many dogs struggle with health problems and poor holding conditions.

While the local dog farmers would have to adhere to strict requirements and the dogs could lead a good life there, seasonal suppliers could be less monitored by the authorities, according to the report.
“Sometimes the dogs are even put to sleep out of desperation and shot” (!!!)

Due to the corona pandemic, Christmas tourism in Lapland has now collapsed almost completely. But thousands of trained dogs want to be moved – and above all to be fed. Many dog ​​owners are on the verge of desperation.
The situation is so dire that some are not sure whether they can continue to care for their animals.

Hundreds of donations and tons of dog food for sled dogs in Finland

In the meantime, some companies and private individuals have come together to collect donations for the sled dogs.
As reported by the Finnish radio, several tons of dog food have also been donated to Lapland – by some dog food companies.
Dog sled driver Aki Holck does not want to accept donations (!!!)

The man, who has been offering dog sledding tours for 30 years, told YLE that he would like people to buy vouchers for his tours.
“I don’t want to take the dogs out of their familiar environment. These animals have their own territory and need their pack and regular carers,” says Holck. Even if the situation is currently difficult: He does not want to give up and hopes that even more tourists will come to Lapland next winter.

https://www.rtl.de/cms/einige-tiere-mussten-bereits-getoetet-werden-husky-farmen-in-lappland-kaempfen-ums-ueberleben-4664903.html

And I mean...In Finnish Lapland, there are an estimated 65 to 70 dog sledding companies with 5,000 to 7,000 dogs who are mainly used for sled safaris.
The turnover of dog sled companies is around ten million per year.
The dog begins to work around the age of one year and its services often last up to ten years.

For years the husky owners have exploited their animals to entertain “nature lovers” with Santa Claus on husky paws.
Now they moan, the money stays away!
Every small company puts something aside for the bad times.
But in bad times, exploiters have no mercy on their slaves.
Now they are killing their most loyal servants, they were just a means of transport

And the owners play the victims of the Corona, of course!

What an outrageous, exploitative gang are these dog sledding businessmen!
Please clarify all of your friends, acquaintances, relatives about this business.
No tours with huskies, nowhere in the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

To Animal Rights Day: your freedom is our fight

Today, December 10th is International Animal Rights Day.

In 1998, animal rights group Uncaged launched International Animal Rights Day to call for the recognition of a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights, specifically choosing December 10th to coincide with Human Rights Day and draw attention to speciesism.

Giving the basic respect due to all sentient beings takes nothing away from the struggle for human rights.

Everyone, human and non-human alike, deserves fundamental rights to life, freedom, and bodily integrity.

Oppression of animals is no more justifiable than the oppression of humans, and the ‘humans first’ ideology is human supremacism.
Humans are responsible for needlessly enslaving, torturing, and murdering these non-human animals by the trillion every year in the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

The United Nations claims to lead global efforts to achieve peace, dignity, and equality, yet they ignore these industries.
Seventy-two years after the United Nations ratified the Declaration of Human Rights, it’s long overdue that non-human animals get the least they deserve.

End human supremacism.
Non-human animals will have their own day.

Anonymous for the Voiceless

And my Comment: Every year over 60 billion animals are killed for human consumption – without counting fish – mostly after a horrific life and mostly in a cruel way!
Anyone who has a glimmer of compassion must feel sick to see what is happening every second.

Even today, 22 years after the introduction of Animal Rights Day, catastrophic conditions in animal holdings, slaughterhouses, animal transports, and much more are documented and revealed again and again.

Even if small successes can be celebrated, there are always setbacks and the daily confrontation with the bitter fact that animals are nowhere in the world considered living beings.

But like humans, animals have rights that cannot be put into perspective or negotiated!


Why should one be allowed to torture someone because they belong to a different species?
The same pain is equally bad, regardless of whether it is experienced by whites, blacks, men, women, children, the disabled, or animals. Species exploitation and discrimination are just as wrong as racism and sexism.

Remembrance days such as Animal Rights Day on December 10th remind us that work and struggle are more necessary and important today than ever.

Animals cannot go to court themselves and stand up for their rights, so they need us.

We will not betray them and will continue to fight for the abolition of their slavery

My best regards to all, Venus

BREAKING 10/12/20: RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES GLOBAL CAGE-FREE COMMITMENT.

WAV Comment – Going cage free is a progress; so worthy of reporting.

BREAKING: RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES GLOBAL CAGE-FREE COMMITMENT

RBI just became the first major restaurant group to commit to a truly global cage-free policy. Millions of chickens at 25,000 restaurants will be spared the horrors of battery cages.

In a historic win for animals, Restaurant Brands International (RBI)—a fast-food conglomerate that includes Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons—has announced that all of its worldwide locations will stop sourcing eggs and egg products from caged chickens by 2025 in 92 percent of their markets and by 2030 for the remaining 8 percent. RBI’s pledge comes after activists waged a relentless six-week campaign spearheaded by the Open Wing Alliance (OWA), a global coalition of 75 chicken welfare organizations, of which The Humane League (THL) is a founding member.

You, our incredible supporters, were too loud and tireless to ignore.

Activists in Russia, Taiwan, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, and Indonesia led socially-distanced protests outside Burger King restaurants. Tens of thousands of customers bombarded RBI restaurants with phone calls and flooded their social media pages demanding that they ditch the battery cages in their supply chain. And over 270,000 activists signed a petition calling for RBI to commit to higher welfare standards for chickens raised for all of its locations and all of its egg products—no exceptions.

Thanks to you, within a few years, a hen laying eggs for Burger King will be able to spread her wings without hitting the side of a cage. Her feet won’t get caught in the wire mesh floor, leading to mangled or broken limbs. She’ll have more than a sheet of paper’s worth of area in which to move around, allowing her to engage in natural behaviors like perching, roosting, foraging, and exploring. Her feathers won’t fall off from the constant friction of rubbing against a wire prison.

To ensure these changes are implemented by the deadline, RBI has promised to provide annual progress reports. We will be working with RBI to translate the commitment across several languages. As always, it’s up to us to hold this company to its word.

If and when we do, RBI’s commitment will impact millions of chickens at more than 25,000 locations. This real, tangible progress is a testament to your persistence, your scrappiness, your unwillingness to quit or settle for half-measures. Between RBI going cage-free and Aldi pledging to end live-shackle slaughter in its largest market, our movement has built up a ton of momentum to carry us into next year and beyond. If this is what you all can accomplish in a year as challenging as 2020, we can only imagine what you’re capable of in 2021.

RBI is now the first major restaurant group to commit to a truly global cage-free policy. It won’t be the last.

Action – Urge Italy to Ban Fur Farms – Do It Here !

Animals in Italy need our help. The country has suspended fur farming amid COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms. This is a great step forward, but we must urge the prime minister to shut down the industry permanently:

Fur farms have been hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks in Italy, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the US.

When stressed animals are confined next to each other in filthy, unsanitary conditions, it’s no surprise that diseases spread easily. As minks are particularly susceptible to respiratory illnesses, mink farms around the world are dangerous breeding grounds for diseases including COVID-19. Indeed, a mutated version of the coronavirus originating in minks is posing a risk to the effectiveness of future vaccines.

For the sake of the animals who are suffering terribly and the humans whose lives are being put at risk by these festering cesspools, PETA is appealing to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to close the country’s remaining mink farms permanently. Will you send him a message, too?

Urge Italy to Ban Fur Farms

Around 200,000 minks a year are still imprisoned on Italy’s 13 remaining fur farms. It’s time to shut these facilities down.

Investigations into Italian mink farms have found that animals spend their short, miserable lives in wire cages, with no access to grass or water to swim in. Many were severely injured, and some were driven to self-mutilation or cannibalisation of their cagemates by the stress of captivity.

The minks are killed when they’re only about 6 months old – crammed by the dozens into a box and gassed to death.

These fur farms are putting public health at risk, too. When it comes to the risk of disease, they’re no different to the live-animal market in which the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated. It’s very easy for infectious diseases to spread on fur farms through the exchange of urine, excrement, pus, and blood. Minks with infections, sores, and festering, open wounds caused by the wire flooring they stand on are a common sight. Fur farmers and handlers are among those who most commonly suffer from the zoonotic bacterial disease tularaemia.

Following reports that minks tested positive for COVID-19 on fur farms in the Netherlands and workers are believed to have contracted the virus from the animals, the Dutch parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to bring forward the implementation of a fur-farming ban in the country. Such bans are already in place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, the UK, and several other countries.

Italians know that fur belongs in the history books, not in our wardrobes. Over 90% of the country’s population is against fur farming; iconic Italian designer brands such as Armani, Gucci, Elisabetta Franchi, Prada, and Versace are all fur-free; and in the past 30 years, the number of fur farms in Italy decreased from 125 to 13.

Take Action:

Urge Italy to Ban Fur Farms | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

Regards Mark

Amazon Frontlines – A Pathway to Protect the Amazon.

Amazon Frontlines

A pathway to protect the Amazon;

Read about it here – click on the link:

A pathway forward to protect the Amazon (mailchi.mp)

Also:

Just yesterday, I was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for my people’s struggle to keep our lands free of oil drilling, for lifting up Indigenous peoples’ rights to say “No” to the powerful interests that seek to take from our lands, and for inspiring millions around the world in the fight to protect the Amazon and save our climate.

As a Waorani woman, a mother, and a leader, I know that this award is not mine alone. It is for my ancestors, my elders, and Indigenous peoples across the world risking their lives to protect Mother Earth. And it is for you, too! We are all in this together. And the stakes have never been higher.  

I’m honored and thrilled to announce today that I will be donating every penny of the $200,000 Goldman Prize money to further our peoples’ efforts to protect a rainforest that the entire world depends on. Actions speak louder than words, and I’d like for you to join me!  

I recently learned that only 2% of all global philanthropy worldwide goes to protect Mother Earth. And of that, only a tiny fraction makes it to community-led frontline efforts to protect our lands and rivers. We must change this! Indigenous peoples are up against some of the mightiest interests in the world, and if we are to confront them we need urgent resources on the frontlines. We need you to have our backs so we can continue protecting the air, the water, and the climate that we all depend on.  

Nemonte Nenquimo
Waorani leader, TIME100 Honoree and Goldman Prize Winner

See more:

In honor of mother earth 🌿 (mailchi.mp)

Animal and Environmental Groups Have Their Say At UN General Assembly Special Session on COVID-19.

covid 19 – Google Search

What do you call the disease caused by the novel coronavirus? Covid-19

UN General Assembly Special Session on COVID-19

3 December 2020

World Animals Net

Press Release

Animal protection and environmental groups call for animal welfare to be included in COVID-19 recovery policies at special session of the UN General Assembly addressing pandemic

Today, animal protection and environmental NGOs from across the world are calling on global leaders meeting at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the coronavirus pandemic, taking place 3-4 December, to address the wellbeing of animals in COVID-19 recovery and financing efforts, as well as policies intended to “build forward better”. 

As world leaders meet to consider the international cooperation required to deal with COVID-19, animal protection and environmental groups from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Americas and Europe have signed a new joint-manifesto outlining actions required to transform farming systems, shift food consumption habits, end the unnecessary exploitation of wildlife, increase vaccine development efficiencies, and ensure animal wellbeing.

Reports that the COVID-19 crisis likely arose from the exploitation of animals, as well as recent revelations about potential COVID-19 variants emerging from mink farms, has drawn greater attention to how human uses of animals can increase the risk of future pandemics. In July, a study released by the UN Environment Programme and the International Livestock Research Institute identified the increase in consumption of animal products, intensification of animal production systems, and wildlife exploitation as primary drivers of pandemic risk. 

To reduce the future risk of pandemics the manifesto implores global decision-makers to take concrete steps to incorporate policies linking the health of animals, the environment and humans into COVID-19 policy and financing to ensure a resilient, sustainable and humane future.


Animals Australia says:

The IMF estimates that the cost to the global economy of dealing with COVID-19 will eventually reach US$28 trillion.  The costs of transitioning away from intensive animal farming and other high-risk animal industries, which would reduce animal suffering and the risk of future pandemics, is a fraction of that.  The fact that over 150 global animal welfare and other organisations have come together to highlight the need for a more scientifically considerate and sustainable approach to rebuilding our food systems after the devastations of 2020 is a testament to the importance of these crucial investment considerations.  It is imperative that at this historic moment in time decision-makers around the globe recognise the need to transition to sustainable plant-based agriculture – and we implore them to do so.

Asia for Animals says:

The Asia for Animals Coalition proudly supports this manifesto and the call for it to be addressed at the forthcoming General Assembly Special Session. The UN must seize this opportunity and lead the way in showcasing a One Health and One Welfare approach for the treatment of animals and the environment, and ensure Asian governments prioritise these actions. On behalf of our network organisations around the globe and the many millions of members they represent, we respectfully ask that the UN considers the stringent action points set out in this document as a move towards safeguarding our future globally and the sustainability of our planet as a whole.

Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations says:

There has never been an opportunity like we have today ‘to build back better’, Covid-19 is giving humanity a chance to reset and acknowledge our interconnectedness with nature.  Science has proven time and again that zoonotic diseases spread faster and are deadlier when animals are kept in overcrowded conditions.  Africa can not be dealt a blow by ‘paying for the sins’ of the developed world – a world which industrially farms animals.  We call on the United Nations General Assembly to endorse and guide a transition towards a better life for all by promoting sustainable food systems that farm as close as possible to nature.

Eurogroup for Animals says:

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world, the question of how we treat animals has become even more central than before. One of the major drivers behind the spread of zoonoses is the pressure on biodiversity created by the loss of habitat. We’re sacrificing the habitat for agricultural purposes, especially intensive animal farming. A booming wildlife trade also contributes to this phenomenon. If we do not address the way we treat animals, we will only postpone the next pandemic. It is high time for the UN to include this question on its agenda.

The Global Forest Coalition says:

Increased intensification of agricultural products has not only shown the strong links between an increase in demand for meat, deforestation and climate change, but also its effects on human health. Previous swine and avian flu events already warned us about possible future outbreaks, but despite this, intensification of farm animal production has continued. Animal exploitation has reached unthinkable scales, as live animals are being exported without regard to animal welfare or the potential for zoonotic diseases. Today we pay the price. Hence, we need to ensure that sustainable food systems address these risks and put us on the desired path of living in harmony with nature, including the way we relate to other animal species in relation to our consumption habits.

ENDS

Regards to all;

Mark.