A murmuration of starlings is an amazing sight – a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above
It’s basically a mass aerial stunt – thousands of birds all swooping and diving in unison. It’s completely breathtaking to witness.
We think that starlings do it for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.
They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.
They gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night
According to local media reports, Father Jordan Neek,living in St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115, United States, has been repeatedly harassed since starting hunting in the grounds of the Abbey.
The police report of the incident explains that his hunting seat was vandalized, trees were spray-painted, and trail cams stolen in an attempt to dissuade the priest from hunting deer in Abbey’s land.
“It does hurt, I’m not going to lie, every morning I wake up sick to my stomach thinking about the hatred towards me,” says Father Neeck.
And I mean…Hatred makes you sick, Father Neeck?
But shooting makes animals into corpses and that’s worse.
Why do murder innocent animals in the forest?
Have you no respect for the fifth commandment, that says …, “Thou shalt not kill”?
This also applies to non-human animals, Father Neeck!
If you stop killing animals, no one will harass you anymore, and instead of hatred you will reap love
Eyes so big and cute that they fall out of the animals’ heads when they jump off the sofa, joint problems, organ malformations, and difficulty breathing: dealers make a lot of money with so-called torture breeding.
These people do not care that the animals, which are bred to death in the truest sense of the word, suffer from massive health problems that only get worse from generation to generation.
They are fully absorbed in the racial madness. That’s why the torture breeding business is so terrible.
What is currently “in” is bred
Many people buy pets of certain breeds because they hope for specific characteristics or because a breed is currently in fashion. “Fashion dogs” such as bulldogs or pugs often have problems getting enough air because of their shortened noses. In summer they often pass out.
There are cats whose legs are briefly bred so that they can no longer keep their balance and certainly no longer jump. As funny as it may look on Instagram, it’s a disaster for the animals.
Animals are seen as goods that have to be “optimized”
As long as people buy animals based on characteristics such as coat color, face, nose, or leg shape, they support and encourage torture for animals. Many breeders then produce their goods – because that’s exactly how they often see the animals – in response to precisely this demand.
Often this happens through inbreeding, whereby not only optical properties but also bad diseases are passed on.
Adopt instead of buying!
If such “fashionable animals” do not meet the expectations or if their humans can no longer hold them, for example, because the vital operations would be too expensive, the living beings end up in the animal shelter.
In German animal shelters alone, 350,000 animals wait for a loving home every year.
There are so many different dogs, cats, and other animals waiting for a new home that everyone can find the right animal companion for themselves.
For every animal that you buy from the breeder, another one remains in the shelter. This does not only apply to for-profit large breeders, online traders, and pet stores, but also to small breeders.
Anyone who likes animals should therefore not go to the breeder, but adopt one from the animal shelter.
And I mean…Never buy breeding animals.
Never support breeders, with this you pay animal abusers.
Never give animals as gifts for Christmas, neither to children nor to other people.
Thousands of victims of human ignorance and infantilism are waiting in shelters.
Anyone who takes an animal out of the shelter corrects this crime.
And stay true to the moral principle that … You don’t buy friends!
Current petition against bird murder in Cyprus: The government of the EU member state Cyprus has drastically reduced the penalties for illegal bird trapping.
Instead of a maximum of € 2,000, as was previously the case, you now only have to pay € 200 for catching or shooting up to 50 songbirds – that’s just € 4 for a protected bird!
The specialty of the island:“ambelopoulia”
14 species are affected, precisely those that are popular as classic “delicacies”, such as warblers.
A penalty of this amount is little more than a “bird catching fee” and is incompatible with the regulations at the EU level. Our partner BirdLife Cyprusstarted a petition against this scandal today – please join us!
Early the next morning, they return for their grisly harvest, ripping the terrified birds from the fine-mesh ‘mist’ nets or glue-covered branches, often leaving the entangled feet behind, then killing them with a cocktail stick or a penknife to the throat.
Many of the victims will be used in the perverse menü “Ambelopoulia”, in which the boiled or fried birds are eaten whole, save for the beak.
A platter of a dozen birds sells for € 40–80 (the US $ 44–87), and the trade-in songbirds are responsible for an estimated annual market of € 15 million.
The “delicacy” is so prized and lucrative that it is suspected to be linked to organized crime, and those trying to stop it have been subject to intimidation and violence.
“We’ve had people who put bombs in the private cars of game wardens, and cases where the houses of game wardens have been burnt down,” says Panayides,an officer in the police force.
About 30 trappers are believed to dominate the trade.
Mafia figures with links to prostitution, drugs, and gambling are suspected to be among their number.
Stopping that poaching is extremely difficult. The illegal practice in some cases is overtly or very often tacitly supported by people in very high political and administrative positions.
What’re more, officers trying to tackle trapping can find themselves threatened or worse.
In December 2015, Evgenios Hamboullas, Famagusta member of parliament for the incumbent Democratic Rally party, posted a photo of himself on Facebook seated in front of a plate of songbirds with the caption: “Soon in our restaurants! Happy holidays!”
The post received nearly 600 likes in 5 days!
Even if trappers are caught, the mild sentences passed by the courts are not effective deterrents, says Panayides,an officer in the police force. In reality, most poachers get out with a fine of a few hundred euros.
The officer tells of a poacher, who his team has caught and prosecuted eight times in the past ten years. “What else can we do as a department?”
We got it! The island of Aphrodite, where once even gods were guests in antiquity, is now a big poachers center, run by “serious organized criminals”.
Well as of today, 18/12/20 – over 5 weeks since we wrote; we still have heard nothing back or had any response whatsoever from the embassy in London.
A lot has happened since the early days in Denmark; and the latest is that we hear the murdered mink; which were buried in mass graves due to their numbers; have possibly contaminated the groundwater in Denmark. Read more about it below. A kind of ‘Fur Farm Karma’ from all the culled animals; we have no sympathy for the Danes – they wanted to do mass fur farming and the abuses that go with it; now they have this problem as a result !
Mink buried in mass graves may have contaminated groundwater in Denmark
18 December 2020
Millions of mink massacred and buried in mass graves in Denmark due to coronavirus fears may have contaminated the groundwater — as parliament announced it would probe the ordeal.
Officials determined last month that all of the country’s more than 15 million mink would need to be slaughtered, after a mutated version of COVID-19 — with the potential to weaken the effectiveness of vaccines — was discovered in fur farms and factories.
Authorities, who could not handle incinerating so many dead animals at once, instead buried many of them just three feet deep in a military training field in West Jutland, The Guardian reported.
Some have even risen from their graves like zombies, propelled by gases released during the decomposition process.
As a result of the mass burials, groundwater in the area may have already been polluted by the carcasses of the furry critters, local station Radio4 reported, citing a study for the environmental protection agency.
Shocking footage from mink gassing, minks dying in agony on a Polish farm
18 December 2020
Slow death in a gassing box, beating the animals to death with a metal rod, crushing the still breathing minks by the dead ones – shocking footage from a mink farm in Długie Stare near Leszno, the Greater Poland Voivodeship, was published by Otwarte Klatki. The activists informed the prosecutor’s office about the incident.
The investigation was conducted at the turn of November and December 2020 by the activists from Open Cages Poland (Otwarte Klatki) and the German organization SOKO Tierschutz. Hidden cameras were installed at the mink farm in the village of Długie Stare. For several days, they recorded the slaughter of mink – both inside and outside the gassing box. These are the first recordings of this type from Polish fur farms.
The videos show three people who carry out slaughtering with a gas box. They throw the minks into the gassing box carelessly, and the animals who survived the gassing are hit with a metal rod or killed by hitting against a wooden joist. It is also visible that one mink is killed by kicking. In the cart, into which dead animals are thrown, you can clearly see the minks, which are still breathing, and their bodies are crushed by the bodies of their companions.
Thanks to the magnificent support of Animals Australia donors, we’ve brought this message of kindness and hope to prime time TV, and it’s sparking meaningful conversations in living rooms and around dining tables across the country.
Many of the calls, emails and comments our team has been so touched to receive are highlighting the value of seeing these animals just before Christmas: a time when pigs, turkeys and other ‘food’ animals suffer so greatly in factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Thankfully, awareness is growing that the ‘traditions’ advertisers and animal industries encourage us to uphold have led to a tragic outcome — Christmas becoming one of the two peak times of animal suffering in the world each year (the other is the Festival of Sacrifice).
At a time that people are bombarded with advertising that reduces these animals to products and ‘roasts’, we knew we needed to give them a living presence on television and remind people that they too are beings with beating hearts.
Our powerful ‘Somewhere’ television commercial is so beautifully achieving this. It is evoking an all-important emotional connection with these unique and precious animals and within that a desire to create a new family tradition is born — one based on kindness, care and compassion for all beings.
Mark, showing what animals in factory farms endure presented us with a great challenge; with the ever-present risk of factory farm vision being knocked back by the broadcasting authority for being “too graphic” or people changing the channel because they “don’t want to know”. That is why the magical needs to be entwined with the sad reality that these animals face: to ensure people could and would watch, while empowering their hearts to have an all-important say.
The strategy is working. Hearts are opening and responding. People are realising just how greatly governments have failed these animals and are seeking out the numerous ‘plant-based’ alternatives that now exist, knowing that within them lies the key to freeing these animals from suffering.
Getting ‘Somewhere’ on prime time was our first challenge; allowing it to have a transformational presence in 2021 is an even greater one.
We know that this little pig has the potential to change the future for so many of those like him. Every time he’s seen or heard, he’s doing so on behalf of every animal locked away from view and denied a voice.
Mark, inspiring a new tradition of kindness and heart-based living has to start ‘Somewhere’… 🙂 How wonderful it would be if it can start with us. I so hope you will join us on this journey. My warmest wishes to you and your family for a kind, peaceful and joyful festive season.
For the animals,
Lyn White AM Director of Strategy
P.S. You might be wondering how farmed animals like our little flying pig can be subjected to routine cruelty when we are supposed to have laws to protect animals in Australia. I know I was shocked when I discovered this was the case. Here are answers to questions that you might have about this and our ‘Somewhere’ campaign.
P.P.S. If this little piglet has inspired you and your family to think differently this holiday season, you might enjoy this useful list of delicious plant-based festive foods we’ve put together.
New investigation shows horrifying footage of Turkey slaughterhouse in France
17 December 2020
Today, Eurogroup for Animals’ member L214 reveals the immense suffering endured by turkeys at a slaughterhouse in Blancafort, Cher in France. Every day, 15,000 turkeys are killed in this slaughterhouse, which flagrantly violates the regulations governing the killing of animals.
The investigation which was initiated thanks to a whistleblower working at the facility, shows that as soon as the turkeys arrive at the slaughterhouse, they are hung upside down with their legs stuck on hooks. This causes acute pain to these birds, which can weigh up to 15 kg. The turkeys are forced to hold their heads up in order to not to scrape the ground. The chain they are hung on goes on for more than 50 metres, making these animals being suspended conscious for more than 2 minutes. These are two flagrant violations of the regulations.
L214 reports that they asked the veterinary services and the Ministry of Agriculture to close this slaughterhouse. Yet, the prefecture only told the slaughterhouse to put in place “immediate corrective measures and a comprehensive structural action plan” within the next 48 hours. In a public petition, L214 calls for the immediate closure of the slaughterhouse as “no immediate corrective can correct such structural problems”.
“A life of suffering, from their first to their last day” – L214 makes a case against the poor rearing and transport conditions of the turkeys:
Before arriving to the slaughterhouse in Blancafort, the turkeys are raised in huge buildings, piled on top of each other and fertilized for 3 to 4 months. In these intensive farms, there are on average 8 turkeys per square metre, often plucked or injured. They will never walk on grass, but wade through the excrement that accumulates over the weeks.
During the transport, L214 reports that they are piled up in crates that are far too small. Their heads touch the ceiling, which does not allow for good ventilation and can cause heat stress for the turkeys as they struggle to breathe and lower their body temperature. Some turkeys get their heads stuck when they are unloaded from trucks, and the slaughterhouse bins are filled with the bodies of those that did not survive the transport.
In view of the flagrant violations of the regulations, L214 reported to have filed a complaint against the transporter and the Blancafort slaughterhouse for animal abuse.