Month: January 2021

Songbirds as a delicacy: a million business in the black market

Songbirds as a delicacy: The consumption of songbirds is an “old tradition” in many Mediterranean countries. For this reason alone, millions of larks, thrushes, robins, and warblers are shot and caught every year.

In Spain they are eaten as paella (with rice), in Cyprus, they are grilled and in Italy, they are served with polenta (corn porridge).

The picture shows robins – freshly caught, plucked, and served with polenta.

Selling the birds is banned anywhere in the EU, but resourceful chefs and criminal gangs have established a well-functioning system to allow the authorities to conduct their business unhindered.

On the island of Cyprus alone, government employees estimate the amount to be over 10 million euros annually!
Hundreds of poachers are caught every year during the bird protection camps run by the Committee against Bird Murder, but butcher shops and restaurants are also regularly checked.

We are quite successful in this, because in many countries hardly any restaurant owner dares to offer songbirds to the public.
Today, the majority of trade takes place on the black market and is therefore no longer too extensive, as it was a few decades ago.

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS/

And I mean...In no other country in the European Union is bird trapping booming as it is in Cyprus.

Bird trapping in Cyprus has grown into a controversy that encompasses crime, culture, politics, and science. The practice was made illegal more than 40 years ago — but that simply forced it underground. Today, trappers routinely cut wide corridors through vegetation and string fine ‘mist nets’ from poles to catch the birds, which are sent to local restaurants and quietly served.

A platter of a dozen birds sells for €40–80 (US$44–87), and the trade with songbirds is 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.

While bird conservationists and authorities have managed to master poaching elsewhere, it is hardly controllable in the Greek-speaking part of the Mediterranean island.

High-profit margins and a low risk of getting caught make bird trapping a lucrative source of income for many poachers.
Because the “connoisseurs” are ready to shell out more than 40 euros for the meager meal! The catchers themselves receive around 4 euros per bird.
The tender bird bones become soft during the preparation and are eaten along with them.

The police are already talking about the “caviar of the 21st century” because of the profit margins and are now afraid of professional poachers.
They do not shy away from violence if they see their lucrative business endangered.
Committee employees have also felt this at the bird protection camps, where they were assaulted more than once.
Poachers are shooting at activists’ cars with shotguns, they are throwing stones at them and spraying them with swine piss.

In France, there are even whole villages that hunt activists.

Therefore: Our greatest task for the future is to educate future generations about nature and animal welfare.

My best regards to all, Venus

Meat waiver is becoming a trend

Meanwhile, consumers are setting an example: the corona pandemic has led to a significant change in consumer behavior. A recent study by the US group ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) showed that 56 percent of consumers worldwide are consuming more food and beverages based on plants instead of animals.
In Germany alone, almost 40 percent more meat substitute products were sold in the first quarter of 2020 than in the previous year.

The sausage manufacturer Rügenwalder Mühle made more sales last year for the first time with vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives than with meat products.
Multinational corporations such as Nestlé, Danone, and Unilever invest large sums in animal-free trend products such as nuggets, burgers, and plant-based yogurts.

You can read more about this in the Links below: current meat atlas and in the Handelsblatt.

https://www.boell.de/de/de/fleischatlas-2021-jugend-klima-ernaehrung

https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/handel-konsumgueter/branchenausblick-corona-pandemie-sorgt-fuer-gruene-welle-bei-konsumguetern/26773488.html

And I mean...Has the “Fridays for the Future” climate movement brought additional dynamism to young consumers and contributed to changing their consumption habits?
Was it the Animal Save Movement that accompanied the animals to their terminus – the slaughterhouse – and demonstrated there peacefully?
Or Anonymous for the Voiceless with the representation of the slaughterhouse hell on the screen and the lively street discussions?

Or the brave actions of the DAE organization in slaughterhouses?

And many other organizations that have tirelessly done great things for animal rights during the pandemic?

Maybe all together, we don’t know.
Perhaps we have all taken a big step together, no matter where we have demonstrated or informed people.

As long as we stay united and active, we can make big changes for animal rights.
We are dedicated to our mission and we will not stop until we live in a world where animals have their basic rights back.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Taxonomy Regulation: industrial livestock farming must be declared unsustainable.

Taxonomy Regulation: industrial livestock farming must be declared unsustainable

20 January 2021

In a series of social media actions, Eurogroup for Animals is asking the European Commission to amend the current version of the draft Delegated Act under the Taxonomy Regulation (Regulation EU 2020/852) as regards livestock farming. The text currently contains no language suggesting that industrial livestock production is unsustainable.

The Taxonomy Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 June 2020 and entered into force on 12 July 2020. It establishes the framework for the EU taxonomy by setting out four overarching conditions that an economic activity has to meet in order to qualify as environmentally sustainable. It will influence not just how financial institutions regard industrial livestock farming but how this industry is viewed in the overall sustainability and climate debates.

The draft delegated act does not in any way acknowledge that industrial livestock production harms the Regulation’s objectives on water, pollution and biodiversity. This is because the delegated act does not take into account the indirect environmental degradation caused by the production of cereals for animal feed destined to industrially reared livestock. This production is nearly always carried out intensively with monocultures relying on the massive use of agro-chemicals, leading to soil degradation, biodiversity loss, overuse and pollution of water, and air pollution.  It is currently very difficult to ensure the “sustainable procurement of animal feed” because the existing certification schemes for soy have so far largely failed to halt the expansion of soy into pristine habitats and cereals are not generally covered by certification schemes.

Eurogroup for Animals takes the view that the delegated act’s section on livestock is out of step with the European Green Deal, including the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, and Council Conclusions on these, of July 2020

Eurogroup for Animals is asking the Commission to amend the draft delegated act to make it clear that industrial livestock productioncauses significant harm to several of the Regulation’s environmental objectives and socannot be regarded as a sustainable activity. Additionally, the delegated act’s livestock section should include the transition to a circular economy.

Finland: Survey: 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur.

Survey: 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur

21 January 2021

Animalia

Survey: 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur | Eurogroup for Animals

Photo – Jo Anne McArthur

According to a survey by the polling company Taloustutkimus, 62 % of Finns do not approve of killing animals for their fur.

The figure has increased by two percentage points from 2019. The figures show a growing opposition to, and disapproval of, the fur industry in Finland. 

Opposition to fur farming has emerged also in other surveys published this Autumn. According to surveys commissioned by NGOs Animalia and Oikeutta eläimille, 76 % of Finns do not accept subsidies to fur farming. 73 % want to either ban farming altogether or think that the law should require considerably more space for the animals and offer better opportunities for the animals’ species-specific behavioural needs.

There has also been a tightening of attitudes towards fur farming in the Finnish Parliament. In August, the Social Democratic Party, which is the party of the Prime Minister, adopted an anti-fur position. The National Coalition Party, currently in the opposition, now calls on the decree on the protection of fur animals to be revised to meet “standards of a civilized state”.

The year 2020 has been catastrophic for fur farming in Europe, with Poland and France deciding on fur farming bans. The Netherlands decided to put an end to mink farming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Denmark banned mink farming temporarily for the same reason. The Sars-CoV-2 virus has been found on fur farms in many other countries as well, and pressure is increasing for a Europe-wide ban on mink farming.

In Finland, the fur industry has received more than five million euros in subsidies during 2020 and no new restrictions on fur farming are in sight. In 2021, a new animal welfare law as well as a new decree on the protection of fur animals are to be decided on. It is possible to set new restrictions on fur farming through these legislative processes. Fur farming could be prohibited in the animal welfare law, and new restrictions on fur farming could be set in the decree on the protection of fur animals.

Animalia advocates for a ban on fur farming after a phase-out period.

Read more at source

Animalia Finland

the crime

“The problem is that humans have sacrificed animals to such an extent that they are not even considered victims.
They are not taken into account at all.
They are nothing. They don’t count; they don’t matter;
They are goods like televisions and cell phones.
We actually turned animals into inanimate objects – sandwiches and shoes” – Gary Yourofsky

regards and good night, Venus

Murcia, Spain: bullfighting workshops for children!

The beneficiaries are six bullfighting associations, which will organize children’s activities such as bullfighting workshops, bullfighting painting contests, and literary contests, even magazine publications, colloquium talks, and even bullfights with death.

Six bullfighting associations are going to receive 44,000 euros from the government of the Region of Murcia to develop dissemination activities and support for bullfighting during 2021.

The activities they will carry out range from a contest for bullfighters without picadors to bullfighting workshops for children, children’s bullfighting painting contests, magazine publications, colloquium talks, or literary contests.

The beneficiaries are the Torre-Pacheco Bullfighting Club Association, the Peña Taurina Yeclana, the Lorca Bullfighting Club, the Cehegín Bullfighting Club, the Murcia Bullfighting Club, and the Calasparra Bullfighting Club.

The objective of this measure is to increase the dissemination of bullfighting, promote it and bring it closer to society through different actions of both a recreational and cultural nature.

Francisco Abril

The Director-General of Local Administration, Francisco Abril, stressed that “currently there are certain sectors opposed to the visibility and dissemination of bullfighting as what it has always been: a fundamental expression of the traditional culture of the Spanish people. That is why it was essential to start these grants, to promote the sector and increase knowledge about the festival, especially among young people ”.

From AnimaNaturalis we believe that it is a scandal that in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis due to Covid19, a government decides to allocate public money to the promotion of an activity that the majority of Spaniards reject, and also neighbors of Murcia.

https://www.animanaturalis.org/n/el-gobierno-de-la-region-de-murcia-destinara-44-000-euros-al-rescate-de-la-tauromaquia

And I mean…Public money again for the indoctrination of Spanish children into the torture of defenseless animals…
Bullfighting and bull festivals violate any ethics of modern civilized countries and societies and value a “culture” of primitive people
Education and the future of Spanish children are not worth a cent in and for Spain.
One notices that every single day.

As the Pisa study shows, in terms of education, Spain is at the bottom of the list in Europe, which is also noticeable in the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are followed with enthusiasm.
One must be very primitive to be able to believe that in modern Europe one can get away with this kind of cruelty to animals in the long term.

Brigade Anti-Corrida Marseille - Events | Facebook
Time is ticking for the animals and we know it will end.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Online Public Consultation on Sustainable Use of Pesticides Now Launched – Closes 12th April (12/4/21).

Online Public Consultation on Sustainable Use of Pesticides launched

Public Consultation link – Pesticides – sustainable use (updated EU rules) (europa.eu)

Consultation Period: 

Feedback period  18 January 2021 – 12 April 2021  (midnight Brussels time)

Topic –  Food safety

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire as per the above link..

If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact using the email address below.

SANTE-F3-SUDREVIEW@ec.europa.eu   

Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.

For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.

Overview:

As part of the Better Regulation Evaluation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD) and the impact assessment of its planned revision, DG SANTE launched, on 18 January 2021, an online public consultation asking stakeholders and members of the public to have their say on the sustainable use of pesticides.

This online consultation will remain open for responses until 12 April 2021

Stakeholders are being consulted on the achievements of the SUD, implementation, enforcement and application problems and their underlying causes and on possible ways forward and their impacts. The consultation aims to provide the stakeholders involved in the application of the SUD and the wider public with the opportunity to share their experiences. It allows respondents to express their views on possible ways to make the Directive work more efficiently or better achieve its objectives.

The SUD aims to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides in the EU by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques, such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides.

“And I’ve been working like a dog”

Like dogs: The company initially wants employee collars for corona distance protection in France!

The Beatles’ line of the song “And I’ve been working like a dog” takes on a whole new meaning: A Swedish company wants to equip its French employees with a band that triggers an alarm if they are too close to another employee.

For the time being, however, only the Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT) trade union, which wants to take action against the planned measure, is alarmed.
Essity is a publicly-traded manufacturer of tissue paper. The group’s headquarters are in Stockholm.

In Germany, Essity Germany has plants in Mannheim, Mainz-Kostheim, Neuss, Witzenhausen, and Ismaning, which is also the company’s German headquarters.

The AFP news agency reported on January 13th about the company’s plans for its approximately 2,500 French employees.
The CFDT union, however, is outraged.

The collar is comparable to the straps that “are supposed to keep dogs from barking,” the union said in a statement.

Specifically, the company’s management had suggested using tapes that would trigger an alarm if they were too close to another employee.

This band can be worn either around the neck or around the waist, as the French daily “Le Monde” reported.

According to the CFDT, the collars would emit a sound of 85 decibels as soon as the social distance is no longer maintained.

“It’s about disciplining the employees and calling them to order,” denounced CFDT union delegate Christine Duguet, who also emphasized that there was no contamination between the employees at Essity.

The union also speaks of an “attack on individual freedoms” that employees would not accept.
“[These tapes] will end up in the trash cans or in the lockers, that’s nonsense,” warned Duguet.
The management defended the project. One wants to “strengthen the security of the employees”(!!!)

“This device does not contain a geolocation system and is not associated with any personal information,” said Essity.
It is also inactive in the sanitary facilities, in the company restaurant, or in the hospital ward. It could help to react faster.

The plan is to introduce the utensil at several of the Group’s European locations.
A social and economic committee (CSE) will meet next week, where the management has to specify their project, explained CFDT.

https://de.rt.com/europa/112008-wie-hunde-konzern-in-frankreich-will-corona-halsbaender-fuer-mitarbeiter/

And I mean…Hopefully, our Minister of Health Spahn won’t read RT-online, that’s my only comment on it.
But I would like to add another comment, which I find very good, on this subject:

I am not surprised. The overwhelming majority of the people keep their mouths shut and keep a mask in front of the mask. Two are better than one.
It can be locked up at will.
Nobody takes the few resistance people seriously anyway.
And the men and women continue to test the expansion of their measures.
As Jean-Claude Junker once said a few years ago publicly in the press: “We are putting the people to the test with our measures. We see how far we can go to make appropriate adjustments next time.”

Oops. Who cares, freedom, peace, joy, etc.
These are all myths from the distant past, if at all.

Humans have always been predestined for slavery. To this day, history is teeming with slavery. Freedom is something for wimps, they just talk and just can’t adapt.
Peace, order, and conformity with the state, these are the primary duties of the citizen.

Dears, it’s very simple. 😉

My best regards to all, Venus