Day: January 2, 2021

from the life of happy animals

You will surely notice how radiant Eberhard and Winfried’s bedroom appears today, that is because we offered very fresh bed linen, which was also used immediately.

In this way, the already very high standard in the pig rooms could be topped again.

By the way, our gardening team traditionally takes it easy, so the two of them disappear into the straw feathers at around 4 p.m. every day. The ritual is always the same because Eberhard is of course very experienced as a single father, bedtime is no exception and before he beds his own adonis body, he critically monitors that his child is also properly covered.

Only then does Dad join in and grunt a fairy tale or an episode “Pigs in Space” from “The Muppet Show”!

Well, we can only wish Eberhard and Winfried a good night.
In the next life, and if I come back as a pig, then only at Hof Butenland!

Regards and good night, Venus

Danish Mink (Fur) Farmers To Now Set Up Business In Sweden ?

Info from contact Hans in Sweden:

Shocking HSI investigation reveals terror, suffering of foxes and mink on  Finland's fur farms · A Humane World
Pic – HSI

BREAKING NEWS regarding the mink farming issue in Denmark. Now, it appears that it will be in Sweden instead. Because mink farming is banned in Denmark for 2021, Danish mink farmers now want to start up their buisness again. Not in Denmark, but in neighbouring country Sweden instead where it’s still legal despite pandemic!

Sweden could very well become the new Denmark, with tens of millions of mink farmed and killed every year. As it is now, there are about 40 fur farms in Sweden. The introduction of Danish fur farmers in Sweden is “warmly welcomed” by the Swedish mink industry for “job opportunities” in Southern Sweden. Out of the 8 parties in the Parliament of Sweden, 6 supports fur farming and would welcome this addition to the Swedish fur industry.

Google translated article:

“The mink industry is wiped out and banned in Denmark after the corona mutation that led to a mass death of 15 million minks.

Several of the country’s mink breeders are now looking to Sweden to start again.

– We are obviously very positive about it, says Jörgen Martinsson, CEO of Swedish mink.

The news about the Danish minks has received international attention during the autumn.

It was when a mutated variant of the corona virus was discovered on several mink farms in the country that a professor went out and warned that Denmark could become “a new Wuhan”. The government acted forcefully and demanded that all minks in the country – about 15 million – be killed.

In November, the next blow came to the mink industry. The Danish government then banned all mink industry from being conducted throughout 2021.

– Danish mink industry as we know it is gone. It is a grief without its equal and a shocking decision for the mink industry in Denmark but also in the rest of Europe, says Jörgen Martinsson, CEO of the industry organization Swedish mink.

Most farms in southern Sweden
Recently, about ten Danish mink breeders have contacted Swedish mink to review the possibility of establishing their operations in Sweden instead, says Jörgen Martinsson.

– We are of course very positive that Danish breeders are interested. Partly because we have had a lot of collaborations and exchanges with Danish breeders for a long time, partly because they have long experience and great competence in this.

The discussions have been both about taking over existing farms in Sweden but also starting their own farms on Swedish soil.

– It is mostly in southern Sweden, this is where the best opportunities are, says Martinsson.

Last fall 15 September
The mutation that was discovered on mink farms seems to be extinct – the last confirmed case was on 15 September.

Since the first outbreak, about 15 million minks have been killed. Anyone who has not yet killed their mink must do so by 15 January, but the mink breeders are still waiting for the promised financial compensation from the government.

– It is still chaos in different ways. A political chaos which, of course, entailed great uncertainty. How is the Danish mink industry feeling today? It is not possible to answer because it does not really exist anymore, says Jörgen Martinsson.”

Corona is nature’s revenge on people

The following article appeared on December 5, 2020, in the rather conservative newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
It’s still well-written, and it gets to the heart of the relationship between factory farming and pandemics.

“Animal welfare is a topic that hardly anyone thinks about in the midst of the corona pandemic. The challenge of tackling the crisis is so great that all other problems fade away.
However, the corona crisis might not have mattered at all, humanity would have treated nature and other living things more respectfully.

“Humanity is waging war against nature. This is suicidal. Nature is always striking back with full force and rage,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the first week of December at a United Nations meeting.

To underscore this, 150 animal protection organizations, together with primate researcher Jane Goodall, have now released a statement calling for a different approach to animals to prevent future pandemics.

“It is a shock to realize that we are to blame,” Goodall wrote in a foreword, “because of our disrespect for nature and for animals.”

The pathogen of swine flu has also arisen in mass animal husbandry

Warnings that pathogens are more likely to infect humans and can cause epidemics or even pandemics have already been enough: HI viruses, for example, originate from chimpanzees and gorillas, and also the pathogens of Ebola and Sars are examples of such zoonoses.
“We have created situations in which it is relatively easy for a virus or other pathogen to jump from one species to another,” Goodall writes.

The statement of the animal protectors mentions various areas in which the handling of animals had to change in order to reduce the risk of such transfers in the future.
One of these is the trade with wild animals.

Bats – offered here on a Laotian market – were the origin of the SARS epidemic in 2002. (© Neil Banas

At animal markets, such as the one where the possible Sars-CoV-2 has been passed on to humans, the conditions are “terribly cruel and mostly very unhygienic”, Goodall writes. After an often long journey without food and water, various animal species would be crammed into a cage – along with their pathogens.

“They are stressed and often ill. Those who are sold as pets then bring their pathogens directly into people’s homes.”

According to the statement, mass animal husbandry in the intensive landscape is not the only torment for the animals, but also a danger to human health.
Pigs, cattle, and chickens for mass rearing are bred in such a way that they bring in as much income as possible; On the other hand, health and resistance to pathogens are hardly considered.

These susceptible and stressed animals are then also kept in a room. Ideal conditions for viruses, “to become contagious and lethal, or even to infect humans”, write the animal protectors.
As real as this danger is, the swine flu has emerged, which originated in mass animal husbandry and triggered a pandemic in 2009.

Between 151,000 and 575,000 people are estimated to have died worldwide as a result.

As a consequence, animal rights activists are demanding, among other things, to change human nutrition and to meet the need for proteins in the future more strongly through plant than through animal foods.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Program, meat production has increased by 260 percent in the past 50 years, that of milk by 90 percent, and that of eggs even by more than 340 percent”.


And I mean…The factory farming in Germany with up to 80,000 pigs in a single farm and the constant demand of the consumer for his cheap schnitzel have created an agricultural mafia that feeds on completely nonsensical subsidies and cheap labor.

Apart from that, the meat we eat today comes mainly from genetically homogeneous, immunocompromised, and permanently treated animals that are housed in tens of thousands in buildings or in cages stacked on top of one another – regardless of how the meat is labeled.
We know that.
Yet the future of animal husbandry is likely to be quite low on our priority list for most of us, and the animal suffering that goes with it is insignificant, especially in the current situation where most are preoccupied with themselves.

The problem is, we’re especially good idiots.

The consequences of a mortality rate of one to two percent are omnipresent: half the world lives under house arrest, children do not go to school, hospitals no longer have life-saving devices, we are facing the financial depression of a generation. We are practically at the limit.

And yet nobody is talking about the abolition of factory farming

We know how to address the biggest risk factor for pandemics. We know how to protect ourselves and the next generations.
Pandemics like this one are, among other things, the result of our criminal treatment of animals and the environment.

Humanity will not perish from a virus, but from a lack of personal responsibility and compassion!

My best regards to all, Venus

‘Veganuary’ Expects More Than Half a Million Participants Worldwide in 2021.

Veganuary Expects More Than Half a Million Participants Worldwide in 2021

Every year, nonprofit organization Veganuary encourages people to choose plant-based food for January and beyond. For 2021, the group aims to attract more than half a million participants around the world!

The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the urgency of plant-based eating, as raising animals for food can promote the creation and spread of dangerous diseases. Consumers are growing more aware of this connection, with sales of plant-based meat jumping 35 percent from April to May 2020. Tofu is also flying off the shelves. According to Nielsen, tofu sales in the first half of 2020 were a whopping 40 percent higher than last year. And Google searches for tofu recipes have nearly doubled since March. Actor and Veganuary supporter Alec Baldwin said:

During the pandemic, we have cooked all our meals at home and have moved to a completely plant-based diet in this house. When you prepare your own food, it’s interesting how your tastes change. And any animal products become less appetizing when you prepare them, from start to finish, yourself.

Last year, Veganuary expected 350,000 participants and ended up with more than 400,000 from 192 countries! Among participants were rock legends Brian May and Meat Loaf. Veganuary also launched the first-ever vegan advertisement for mainstream U.K. television.

Since Veganuary was founded in 2014, over a million people have participated. Of those surveyed, 47 percent said they were committed to staying vegan, while 77 percent of those not committed said they were “very likely to try veganism again.”

People who take the Veganuary pledge get support through emails, social media content, and membership in a Facebook group. Veganuary also encourages brands, manufacturers, and retailers to expand their plant-based options. In fact, several huge companies, including Yelp, Mendocino Farms, Tofurky, Follow Your Heart, and Violife, have agreed to offer Veganuary promotions, giveaways, special menu items, and more.

Programs like Veganuary are a powerful way to introduce people to plant-based eating. Get started on your New Year’s resolution by taking the pledge, and order a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide for recipes and tips!

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Sweden: Mass Seal Hunting – Sweden Attempting to Overturn EU Ban – Trophy Hunters ? – Please Read On….



Hans has been in contact with us direct from Sweden.

There is a situation now where seals (3 species) can be shot and killed – and this ‘service’ is being snapped up by organisations who are trying to get trophy hunters to pay and kill.

We are repeating the info from Hans below; complete with the links which have some graphic photos on them.  Note there is also a petition site link if you want to sign against this.

Thanks go to Hans for drawing this issue to our attention, which we are putting out for the world to know about.

Un edited info from Hans:

Here in Sweden, they are now letting people shoot and kill thousands of seals of 3 different species, information here:

Precisely, the killing quota is 3300, and they are also inviting trophy hunters, Swedes as well as foreigners, to pay for hunts. Here is an example of seal trophy hunting in Sweden for sale, containing many grisly images of satisfied customers:

The price is, 5500 Swedish kroner for a hunt without training, and 3500 Swedish kroner for a hunt with training, it can be done from rocks, islands and even boats. The images contains both male and female customers who paid to shoot these seals in Sweden in 2020. Its everything from baby seals to fully grown adult seals. This is perfectly legal in Sweden and the EU because the products are not commercially sold. Its legal to kill, but not to sell the byproducts of the kill. However on this website you can pay 500 Swedish kroner for someone to preserve the skin so you can bring it home as a trophy.

More images from the same website where the hunts are sold:

Thanks for highlighting it!

The ban is on seal products, what many don’t know is that there is not a ban on killing seals as such, for any reason including sport! The authorities justify it with the exact same argument as Canada and Namibia, that the seals eat the fish. 

Out of the 3300 quota, there is a quota of 2000 grey seals, and here you can follow the hunt updates live by the Swedih EPA (Environmental “Protection” Agency)

So far for the 2020/21 season, the quota has been half filled. The regions reporting most kills are Gävleborg (154), Kalmar (141), and Stockholm, yes, Stockholm the Swedish capital (104).

Furthermore, Sweden is trying to repeal the EU seal products ban, possibly to remove it entirely, or to at least have an opt-out from it. Here you can see an official document from Swedish authorities to the EU. They claim that seal hunt is a long lasting Swedish tradition since well, the last ice age. This is NOT something Sweden proudly boast about very often in international relations. Without the UK being in the EU, it could be considerably easier to repeal the EU seal products ban now.



Quote from first part of the document, you can follow the link and read the rest:

“Seal hunt has been a part of Swedish culture and history since the repopulation of the region after the latest ice age. Hunting for seal was a way of getting meat, skin and bones for tools, jewelry and weapons. For the more modern day small scale coastal fisheries the seal has been an important source of meat and skin and a way to get an extra income. The ban on trading with seal products implies large problems for the coastal fishery in Sweden. With the ban fewer people hunt for seal while an increasing population has caused fishstocks with parasites, competition for the fish and the destruction of fishing gear. Aspects raised by national agencies

A key concern highlighted by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is the effect of the current seal regime through its trade ban which prevents the use of the seal as a resource. The Agency moreover stresses that seal hunting is an integrated part of the Swedish game management and that the way the EU Seal regime works could prevent the effective management of the game population with decreased interest in seal hunting as a result. In particular, this could have a damaging effect on small-scale coastal fishing which depends on hunting and where a proper manegement of the population is key in order to prevent serious damages to catch and equipment.

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management welcomes a revision of the ban on trade with seal products as this could help to

A short comment on the subject from me even though the good article by Mark said it all.

We are very happy when we receive reports of crime or abuse against animals from our readers.
We inform ourselves daily, but help is always welcome.
Today comes a message from “civilized” Sweden, which proves that when it comes to money, status, and above all corruption in governments, then the old saying from the good Karl Marx applies (analogously), “Animal exploiters of all countries, unite”!

It is hard to believe that a country like Sweden, without economic or social hardship, adopts methods with seal trophies as countries in Africa do with game hunting for trophies, but often out of necessity.

It is also shameful that the Swedish Government and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency have dragged the entire nation into the mud because of some greedy fishermen and their lobbyists in the government and want to obtain a license to execute 2,000 seals.

The government should know (and if not inform itself) that the ridiculous excuse for the dangers in the fishery is not from the hunter seals, but from the criminal industrial fisheries and the climatic damage, it causes.
We have always considered Sweden very civilized when it comes to animal welfare.

In this case, Sweden has to prove that.
Because a trophy ban is a MUST for civilized countries.
We support the enlightened animal rights activists in Sweden and think the petition is great!

Please sign. ALL!

My best regards to all, Venus