Day: January 5, 2021

China Blocks Entry to WHO Team Studying Covid’s Origins.

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China blocks entry to WHO team studying Covid’s origins

China has blocked the arrival of a team from the World Health Organization investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that their visas had not yet been approved even as some members of the group were on their way.

The WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed his dismay and said he had called on China to allow the team in. “I’m very disappointed with this news, given that two members have already begun their journeys, and others were not able to travel at the last minute,” he said.

“But I have been in contact with senior Chinese officials. And I have once again made made it clear that the mission is a priority for WHO and the international team.”

The WHO has been attempting to send in the team of global experts from a number of countries for some months. It has been talking with Chinese officials since July. Scientists have long said it is essential to find out how the virus jumped species into humans.

The expedition to China was heading to Wuhan to investigate the earliest cases. It was not intending to probe claims that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, which have been dismissed by most scientists.

The mission has been criticised by the US, where the outgoing president, Donald Trump, has categorically blamed the Chinese for the pandemic.

Garrett Grigsby, of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said in November the investigation appeared to be “inconsistent” with the WHO’s mandate. “Understanding the origins of Covid-19 through a transparent and inclusive investigation is what must be done to meet the mandate.”

Dr Mike Ryan at WHO said the team had been working very closely with Chinese colleagues on planning the trip.

“We were all operating on the understanding the team will begin deployment today [Tuesday],” he said.

Two members of the team, who had a long distance to travel, had begun their journeys, he said, but it had become clear that their visas had not been approved by the Chinese authorities.

“We did not want to put people in the air unnecessarily if there wasn’t a guarantee of their arrival in China being successful,” said Ryan. “Dr Tedros has taken immediate action and has spoken with senior Chinese officials and has fully impressed upon them the absolute critical nature of this.”

The team hoped it was “just a logistical and bureaucratic issue that can be resolved very quickly”. One of the two colleagues who were on their way had gone back, while the other was remaining in a third country in transit.

“This is frustrating and, as the director general said, disappointing. That disappointment has been expressed very clearly by Dr Tedros directly to our counterparts in China. We trust that in good faith, we can solve these issues in the coming hours and recommence the deployment of the team as urgently as possible,” said Ryan.

Ilona Kickbusch, the founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre in Geneva, said geopolitics had got in the way of countries joining together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and the hostilities that had been generated could now get in the way of finding out how it began.

“I think it will be incredibly difficult to be able to find the origin of the virus, because so much time has passed,” Kickbusch said.

The world managed to come together to eradicate smallpox at the height of the cold war, she pointed out. Even when Sars, another coronavirus, surfaced in China and caused havoc between 2002 and 2003, the global reaction had been one of cooperation and a push for more transparency.

Back then, Beijing had acknowledged it had made mistakes, reorganised its health ministry and created the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Other countries had given it the benefit of the doubt and called for more cooperation.

“Sars actually led to China [understanding] that they needed to be much more integrated into the [global] system,” Kickbusch said. “It was a period of opening.” But now, she said: “There is a closing of the mind, quite clearly, on all sides.”

Before the crisis, geopolitical tensions had bled into the global health response, she said, pointing to how the US-China trade war had morphed into a “geopolitical blame game”. As a result “China clamped down totally [and] the US did what it did” and in the end “the whole world has suffered”.

Tönnies will slaughter in China in the future

The Tönnies group of companies is building a slaughterhouse in China for up to six million pigs a year.
The company is convinced of growth in Asia.

Together with the Dekon Group, a subsidiary of the West Hope Group, the Tönnies slaughterhouse will set up a slaughtering and cutting center for initially two million pigs in the Sichuan region.

In a second step, this can be expanded to up to six million pig slaughterings per year. The corresponding contract was signed by the partners this week.

The joint venture started in September last year with a joint letter of intent between the two companies. Construction and technical implementation should begin in a few months.
The Tönnies group of companies is aiming for its first production site outside of Europe.

Tönnies: Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany

“This joint venture is a milestone for our international development,” said Clemens Tönnies, the managing partner of Tönnies Holding.

Total investment of 500 million euros

In the first step, Tönnies is investing a double-digit million amount in the joint venture. The money goes mainly into construction and technical development.

The joint venture has an even majority of 50 percent each. The total investment volume amounts to around 500 million euros, a large part of which goes into agricultural production.
The Dekon Group currently fattening around two million pigs annually in China.

“The demand for pork in China and many other Asian countries is great and will continue to grow in the coming decades,” says Clemens Tönnies.

China-swine fever

The Chinese food market is currently in a state of upheaval. African swine fever (ASF) has culled stocks in parts of the country.
Small farms and backyards are now being replaced by farms that meet Western European standards in terms of biosecurity.

And I mean…Tönnies operates large slaughterhouses abroad, for example in Poland and Denmark, and is Germany’s largest butcher.
He also has plans to build a very modern slaughterhouse in the Spanish province of Aragon.
At least that’s what the Spanish newspaper “Helaldo” reports.

The meat cutting process should be fully automated and supported by robots. Up to 625 pigs could be slaughtered per hour. That would be 70,000 animals a week. Tönnies wants to invest 75 million euros there and create up to 1,000 jobs.

The slaughterhouse in Aragon has been planned for some time. According to the newspaper, the city council of Calamocha has been in talks with Tönnies for five years (!!!)

At the request of the “Handelsblatt”, the company said the project was still at a very early stage. There is a “Letter of Intent”, the contract planning is still ongoing.

According to “Heraldo”, the meat from calamocha is to be marketed primarily in Spain and the EU.
Spain has recently become the world’s largest exporter of pork.

The planned meat factory in Spain is to be built by 2024 at the latest

Tönnies’ grand plans in China are not just expansion. Because of the outbreak of African swine fever in German wild boars, China, an important customer of Tönnies, has stopped importing pork from all over Germany for the time being. That is why the company wants to build large slaughterhouses in a joint venture with the Dekon Group there.

Everyone who eats meat, regardless of its type and origin, should be ashamed to collaborate in such businesses.

This applies to all meat eaters… in China, Spain, Germany, Poland, Australia …

For their own enjoyment or profit, they let others do the killing for them and with their consumption they help animal killers to do the bloody business with animals in the billions.

Factory farming is nothing more than legalized cruelty to animals.

Anyone who buys animal products signs the contracts with, for this cruelty to animals – everyone and in every country !!

My best regards to all, Venus

World Health Organisation Disease Specialist Warns Live Animal Export Must Stop.

World Health Organisation disease specialist warns live animal export must stop

World Health Organisation disease specialist warns live animal export must stop | Animals Australia

World Health Organisation epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws has warned of the danger of live animal exports, saying the trade poses the risk of a “ghastly” disease outbreak.

The disease expert, who is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales and Health Emergencies IPC Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19 Advisor to the World Helath Organisation, was interviewed on Channel 10’s The Project and had some strong words to say about the continuation of live animal exports.

While people and animals across the world continue to suffer the impacts of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and academics are increasingly drawing attention to humanity’s broken relationship with nature and animals as a major cause for alarm and risk of future pandemics. 

A recent report from the United Nations warns that a stream of diseases can be expected to jump from animals to humans in coming years, while the global demand for meat — and the resultant deforestation and intensification of animal farming — continues.

The live animal export industry forces animals into close confinement in unnatural surroundings which can lead to extreme stress, injury, sickness and death. Live export ships are essentially factory farms on water — taking animals like cattle and sheep from open pastures and confining them to pens for weeks at a time, exposing them to cruel conditions including extreme heat and rough seas. 

Even during this time when so many people’s movement is restricted to try to stop the virus from spreading, this industry has been allowed to continue to operate — to the detriment of both humans and animals.

As if there weren’t enough reasons to end the cruel trade… not only does live export condemn millions of animals to terrible suffering, but, according to this disease expert, it’s putting human lives at risk too.

The Situation with Stray Dogs in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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We have asked for petition and have now produced a sample letter which you can see directly below.

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I am a xxx citizen and very concerned regarding the situation of stray dog treatment in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

As I am aware, on the 30th of May 2018; Leyla Aliyeva announced that the shooting order of stray dogs had been stopped and will not ever be happening again.

The actions of this announcement from 2018 do not appear to have been kept. There is still (now, in 2021) an order to shoot stray dogs in many regions of Azerbaijan, including Baku, the capital.

There are many videos to prove that stray dogs are still being murdered despite the statement to the contrary made in May 2018. 

As I currently understand, the Republic of Azerbaijan has signed the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals.  The signature was undertaken on 22nd of October 2003, and ratified on the 19th of October 2007.

Like other EU member states such as Romania; and EU Candidate nations such as Serbia; corruption is paramount in these nations and animal welfare comes way down the list.  Like many other nations that have strays, the execution forces, such as those at Toplan, are paid murderers.  Who is paying them to murder and where does this money come from ?

According to this, since 1st of May, 2008 the European Convention should be in force in Azerbaijan.  I also accept that EU words and conventions really mean very little; as the EU always passes responsibility for actions back to individual states.  But still, saying that, actions which continue by the Azerbaijan government and dog catchers / facilities therefore go against the existing European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals; and have done for several years.

Also; I must ask why does the ‘Toplan Center’ still violently capture and murder stray dogs ?   We also know that it murders vaccinated and neutered dogs, and also dogs which are not strays but which do have owners; why is this so ?

There are only a few dogs in the Toplan Center who are held alive just in case of an inspection. What has happened to all the others ? – we have proof of your actions and murders; do not dismiss it.

Now, in 2021, you should be promoting kindness, compassion and giving protection towards all animals.  Stray dogs are not wild, they are simply homeless.  You should be addressing this issue rather than adopting the one of killing; this brings shame on you currently.  This approach shows the world that Azerbaijan is still living in the past rather than the present.

I am also forwarding a copy of this (my) letter to the EU regardless to inform them of your current policy regarding strays and requesting they investigate further the funding for these mass dog murders.

Name: xxx

Nationality: xxx


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Good Day!

I am concerned regarding the situation with stray dogs in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

As I am aware, on the 30th of May, 2018 Leyla Aliyeva has announced that the shooting order of stray dogs has been stopped and will not be happening ever again.

My question is why this promise has not been kept? There is an order to shoot stray dogs still in many regions of Azerbaijan including the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Many videos prove that stray dogs still get murdered. Why did you not keep the promise to stop the mass murders of dogs?

As I am aware, the Republic of Azerbaijan has signed the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals on the 22nd of October 2003 and ratified it on the 19th of October 2007. According to it, since 1st of May, 2008 the Convention should be in force in Azerbaijan. Your actions go against the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals.

Next, why does Toplan Center still violently captures the stray dogs and murders them? Why does Toplan Center still murders the neutered and vaccinated dogs?

They also kill the dogs who are not stray and have owners.

There are only very few dogs in the Toplan Center who are kept in case of an inspection that might occur. What happens to the others?
Why do you not promote kindness towards the animals? Why do you not protect them?

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