Day: December 29, 2020

Franz Kafka- we agree with you!

 

Franz Kafka is thought to have uttered these words to fish he was admiring in an aquarium.
The novelist is believed to have been attracted to a meat-free diet for health reasons – and, like many of the great brains who ditched meat – out of respect for animals.

We’re not sure the anecdote is true.
But we are sure of one thing: people who can look animals in the eyes without feeling guilty are getting more and more.

Regards and good night, Venus

Chicken farming in Germany: the scandals have no end

Animal Equality has published harrowing footage of chickens suffering on a German farm used by the country’s largest chicken producer, Wiesenhof.

The company’s products are distributed widely, including by major German retailers Edeka and Rewe.

THE DETAILS: During undercover research at a broiler chicken farm in the German state Saxony-Anhalt from February to April 2020, numerous violations of animal welfare regulations were documented.

The resulting material was leaked to Animal Equality and on December 11, 2020, we filed a complaint against the farm with the relevant German authorities. The images captured by activists are disturbing:

– The animals are brutally kicked and aggressively pushed through the hall by the workers.
– The workers repeatedly perform so-called emergency kills in violation of regulations and animal welfare. The animals’ necks are twisted, and these attempts to kill them take place without anesthesia. In many cases, the animals are disposed of alive in buckets.
– Many of the animals writhe in pain after the cruel killing attempts, sometimes for several minutes until they slowly die in agony.

BACKGROUND: In this operation alone, approximately 210,000 animals are affected by such cruel conditions.

The PHW Group, which includes Wiesenhof, is Germany’s largest poultry breeder and processor and one of the largest companies in the German food industry, slaughtering 354 million birds annually.

Wiesenhof: It is routine practice in the poultry industry to dispose of animals while they are alive.

CREATING BREEDING GROUNDS FOR DISEASE: In today’s world, the impacts of inadequate hygiene measures on farms are more important than ever.

Continue reading “Chicken farming in Germany: the scandals have no end”

PETA Victories for Animals in 2020.

WAV Comment – 2020 has been a ‘different’ year for everyone; but just take some time out here to reflect on what an amazing year 2020 has been for the betterment of animal rights – and this is just from the PETA campaign angle. There are many others also.

Be proud if you were involved; and better still, make your 2021 new year resolution one that you will continue the fight. Who knows what victories will be achieved in 2021. ?

Be part of it – be a voice.

Regards Mark

England: RSPCA calls for cut in meat and dairy as Activists Launch Legal Fight to End Factory Farming. A Real Tester for the Government.

WAV Comment – This is fantastic news.  And take it from me (Mark – Englishman); to have Mike Mansfield involved could not be better.  He has been a plant based foodie for a very long time; and is one of, if not the, most respected legal people in the country – a legal genius.  He has always been dedicated to improving animal welfare, which is probably why he has decided to become involved with this case; especially if it against the government for the better of animals. 

I would guess that now, government legal people must be quaking in their boots a bit; regardless of the outcome; which we all wish will be positive; Mike will ensure the issue gets maximum publicity. Win win !!

Regards Mark

 

Below – Mike Mansfield QC. Legal Genius and Non Meat Eater; Animal Rights Defender.

Michael Mansfield QC: "I Have One, Singular Message - to Make Ecoside an  International Crime" - vegconomist - the vegan business magazine

RSPCA calls for cut in meat and dairy as activists launch legal fight to end factory farming

Exclusive: Case believed to be the first of its kind worldwide will challenge ministers over intensive animal agriculture 

RSPCA calls for cut in meat and dairy as activists launch legal fight to end factory farming | The Independent

Animal-welfare activists are planning a legal challenge to the government to force ministers to end factory farming in the UK to halt damage to the environment and human health.

And RSPCA members have also called for a major cut in meat and dairy consumption in what has been hailed a landmark decision after years of debate over how much the charity should speak out on climate issues.

In the legal case, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, members of a group called Humane Being are crowdfunding with the aim of raising £60,000 to force ministers to curb intensive animal agriculture.

They say it is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions and risks starting new pandemics by spreading viruses, as well as causing deforestation, animal cruelty and antibiotic resistance.

Phasing out intensive animal farming would end the harm and help create systems of producing food that are more sustainable to feed the world’s population in the long term, they say.

The legal team includes Michael Mansfield, the human-rights lawyer who has acted in cases from the Stephen Lawrence murder to Hillsborough and the Grenfell disaster.

The group has already written to  George Eustice, the environment secretary, asking whether the issues have been considered and whether there are any plans to ban industrial farming or remove subsidies.

Earlier this month, RSPCA members voted at their AGM by 88 per cent to call for an end to intensive animal agriculture in the UK and for a significant cut in meat and dairy consumption to achieve the country’s climate targets.

Jane Tredgett, a former board member of the charity and the founder of Humane Being, said: “It is great to see the RSPCA getting on board with this messaging.  

“I spent 10 years urging the RSPCA to be more progressive. Under the new chief executive, Chris Sherwood, the society is now moving forward (and closer to the vision of the original bold founders) and this vote symbolises that.”

Peta Smith, another campaigner, said: “We hope this proves to be a landmark decision for the RSPCA. Slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce co-founded the society in 1824.

“We are trashing our planet for a dangerous and short-term fix of cheap meat and dairy.”

The RSPCA resolution acknowledged “the serious immediate and long-term issues linked to factory/ intensive farming of animals” and calls for an end to UK-based intensive animal agriculture.  

It cited climate crisis targets, environmental pollution, pandemic risks, antibiotic resistance, global food security and farming systems that “deny sentient, intelligent animals any sense a normal life, whilst subjecting them to painful mutilations with no anaesthetic or pain relief”.

The vote is not binding but Ms Tredgett said they were looking to the board to take concrete steps to promote a ban on factory farming.

The World Health Organisation and other UN experts have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases, such as Covid-19, and some of the world’s leading scientists have warned future pandemics are likely to be more frequent, spread more rapidly and kill more people if humanity continues to exploit animals. 

Livestock account for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.

report last month warned a new bird flu virus with “high transmissibility” would make Covid-19 appear mild, with factory-farmed chickens exposed to a “cocktail” of infections, creating a “near-perfect breeding ground” for a disease outbreak of pandemic potential.

David Finney, of Humane Being’s Scrap Factory Farming campaign, said: “We are sitting on a pandemics timebomb. Factory farming – with huge numbers of animals in cramped and unhygienic conditions – is the perfect breeding ground for these diseases.  

“We may eventually get control of Covid-19 but we are doing nothing about the conditions that created it in the first place.”

Asked by The Independent whether realistically the government would shake up an entire industry, Mr Finney said: “While of course there is a possibility they may not, the risk of deadly zoonotic diseases hitting factory farms makes the challenge more serious; if they don’t seek to bring about the end of factory farming, the government is not adequately protecting its citizens; 14 outbreaks of avian flu hit British farms just before Christmas.”

He said he was confident the £60,000 needed for the full legal challenge would be raised. So far, nearly £5,000 has been raised.

“The scale of factory farming is also incredibly cruel,” he added. “Pregnant pigs are confined in metal crates before giving birth; they have no room to turn around for up to 12 weeks a year. Calves are removed from their mothers within days or even hours of birth.”  

Lorna Hackett, of the legal team, said: “Dietary over-reliance on animal products produced by intensive means has created an environmental and human health imperative. 

This case, which we believe to be a global first, starts with a key mitigator – the banning of cruel factory farming. That is breeding and risking incidences of disease that pose a health risk that the authorities cannot continue to ignore.”

Mr Sherwood said the RSPCA had a goal of seeing at least half of all farm animals in the UK reared to RSPCA welfare standards, and encouraging the public to reduce the amount of meat they eat, choosing higher welfare options and laboratory-grown meat when it is commercially available.    

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We’re proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and we are fully committed to strengthening them further to ensure all animals avoid any unnecessary pain, distress or suffering.

“That is why we will be bringing in new laws on animal sentience and are currently reviewing slaughter welfare regulations.”

 

 

Farrowing crates used on factory farms, as well as widespread antibiotic use, are cruel and unnecessary, activists say