Day: January 26, 2021

USA: NASA Murders 27 Lab Primates In Single Day Rather Than Retire Them To A Sanctuary.

WAV Comment – We will try to obtain more on this in the coming days.

Regards Mark

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/22/nasa-killed-all-monkeys-on-single-day

Revealed: all 27 monkeys held at Nasa research center killed on single day in 2019

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27 primates euthanized at California facility

Outcry over revelation that animals were not sent to sanctuary

Every monkey held by Nasa was put to death on a single day last year, documents obtained by the Guardian show, in a move that has enraged animal welfare campaigners.

A total of 27 primates were euthanized by administrated drugs on 2 February last year at Nasa’s Ames research center in California’s Silicon Valley, it has emerged. The monkeys were ageing and 21 of them had Parkinson’s, according to documents released under freedom of information laws.

The decision to kill off the animals rather than move them to a sanctuary has been condemned by animal rights advocates and other observers.

The primates “were suffering the ethological deprivations and frustrations inherent in laboratory life”, said John Gluck, an expert in animal ethics at the University of New Mexico. Gluck added the monkeys were “apparently not considered worthy of a chance at a sanctuary life. Not even a try? Disposal instead of the expression of simple decency. Shame on those responsible.”

Kathleen Rice, a US House representative, has written to Jim Bridenstine, Nasa’s administrator, to demand an explanation for the deaths.

Rice, a New York Democrat, said she has been pushing for US government researchers to consider “humane retirement policies” for animals used in research.I look forward to an explanation from administrator Bridenstine on why these animals were forced to waste away in captivity and be euthanized rather than live out their lives in a sanctuary,” Rice told the Guardian.

Nasa has a long association with primates. Ham, a chimpanzee, received daily training before becoming the first great ape to be launched into space in 1961, successfully carrying out his brief mission before safely splashing down into the ocean.

But the monkeys euthanized last year weren’t used in any daring space missions or even for research – instead they were housed at the Ames facility in a joint care arrangement between Nasa and LifeSource BioMedical, a separate drug research entity which leases space at the center and housed the primates.

Stephanie Solis, the chief executive of LifeSource BioMedical, said the primates were given to the laboratory “years ago” after a sanctuary could not be found for them due to their age and poor health. “We agreed to accept the animals, acting as a sanctuary and providing all care at our own cost, until their advanced age and declining health resulted in a decision to humanely euthanize to avoid a poor quality of life,” she said.

Solis said no research was conducted on the primates while they were at Ames and that they were provided a “good remaining quality of life”.

In recent years the US government has started to phase out the use of primates in research, with the National Institutes of Health making a landmark decision in 2015 to retire all chimpanzees used in biomedical studies. Critics of the practice argue it is immoral and cruel to subject highly intelligent, social creatures so similar to humans to such conditions.

However, other labs continue to use monkeys in large numbers – a record 74,000 were used in experiments in 2017 – with scientists claiming they are far better than other animals, such as mice, for studying diseases that also afflict humans.

Even when monkeys are retired from research purposes, the task of rehoming them in appropriate sanctuaries still proves haphazard.

“What tragic afterthoughts these lives were,” said Mike Ryan, spokesman for Rise for Animals, the group that obtained the freedom of information documents on the Ames primate deaths. “Nasahas many strengths, but when it comes to animal welfare practices, they’re obsolete.”

A Nasa spokesperson said: “Nasa does not have any non-human primates in Nasa or Nasa-funded facilities.”

Beauties of nature -the mandarin duck

The mandarin duck is a species of bird from the duck-bird family that is native to East Asia.
Like the wood duck, it belongs to the genus Aix.

In Europe, there are isolated overgrown park populations that have arisen from captive refugees.
The mandarin duck is one of the “glossy ducks”, whose name comes from the metallic sheen of their plumage.

It is one of the medium-sized ducks and reaches a body length between 41 and 51 centimeters.
The males weigh between 571 and 693 grams.
The females are slightly lighter with a weight between 428 and 608 grams.

The magnificent, colorful drake is easy to recognize by its green-metallic forehead, the chestnut-brown “whiskers”, the large white stripes over the eyes, and the strikingly large orange-colored wing feathers that are set up like a sail.

The gray-brown female is comparatively inconspicuous, has a white eye-ring with an elongated eyeliner, a white chin, and a spotted underside.

Mandarin ducks are very insensitive to cold.

Since they are also very local, they can be kept free in Central Europe.
They look for their food mainly in the country, where they also swallow large seeds such as acorns and beechnuts whole.

In China, the mandarin duck is a symbol of marital fidelity because of its distinctly monogamous way of life, as the ducks only change partners after a year.
In the Qing Dynasty, it was also used as a badge for civil servants of the 7th rank.

Fortunately, this type of duck is relatively seldom hunted because its meat is not considered to be tasty.
According to the IUCN, it is considered not to be endangered.

Text: “Together for the animals”

We very rarely hear that an animal species is not endangered.
And we are very happy about it!

regards and good night, Venus

A day in the life of a giant baby

Mattis’s day started normally today with the fact that he and his buddy Dina looked at the weather.

All the uncles and aunts that one could visit are in the same stable or in the immediate vicinity, but that is no reason to neglect beloved rituals during the stable season.

Then it’s off to the cool bathroom under the cow cleaning machine.

A giant baby can hardly fit under there, but hygiene should not be neglected.
Someone simply bends down a bit and takes advantage of the fact that one of these practical devices was attached at the ideal bottom height.
Then the next appointment is with mom, who checks the cleanliness and quickly goes back to the places where
one of them didn’t get there so well himself.

Mummy is just the best!
Now it’s finally time for a round of games and Aunt Chaya even missed a bale of straw.
This is immediately exploited by splitting the thing up and putting up a bold new hairstyle with it.

After all, Mom is not looking at the moment, Ochse has to take advantage of that.

After that, it’s almost time again to go to bed, put on the captain’s pajamas and end another day of adventure happily.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/HofButenland/

And we mean…This is how we want animals to live, and nothing else than that.

My best regards to all, Venus

Nederland: new virus from the torture industry

The alarms have been activated again in the Netherlands due to the appearance of a new respiratory disease that could have mutated and is being transmitted from goats to humans.

Researchers are studying the significant increase in human cases of pneumonia that are occurring in populations near the country’s goat farms.

According to studies carried out so far, the risk of contracting pneumonia increases between 20% and 55% in people who live near these farms.

Q fever killed 95 people 10 years ago

This is not the first time that a respiratory disease associated with goat farms has been transmitted to humans in the Netherlands. In 2007, an outbreak of Q fever killed 95 people and took three years to control, infecting thousands of people.

50,000 goats used to produce milk were slaughtered by the government to try to control the disease.

Q fever is a respiratory infection that particularly affects goats and sheep, and is found in the placenta, amniotic fluid, urine, feces, and milk of these animals.

About half of the 4,000 human cases recorded between 2007 and 2010, ended up developing complications, such as heart failure. A total of 50,000 people are believed to have been infected.

2010, Holland: More than 40,000 goats and sheep were killed with lethal injection.

The effects in humans vary, some people do not develop symptoms and yet others suffer from fever, chills, fatigue, and muscle pain.

The threat of zoonotic diseases and livestock

Experts from the UN and the European Food Safety Agency accuse factory farming of being behind most of the new infectious diseases in humans in the last decade. They also ensure that there is a risk that they are the origin of new pandemics.

The terrible conditions that animals endure on factory farms; overcrowding, the overuse of antibiotics, and low genetic diversity make factory farming the perfect breeding ground for pathogens to spread according to recent studies.

https://igualdadanimal.org/noticia/2021/01/26/detectada-posible-enfermedad-junto-a-las-granjas-de-cabras-en-holanda/

And I mean…First of all, we lock up everything that is useful to us and torture that which cannot defend itself!

We create animal quality industries (meat/meat products, milk/dairy products, eggs, fish, animal skin …) stuffed full of antibiotics and hormones, are raped, tortured, tortured, and their babies are robbed and/or murdered over and over again, and when Ebola, SARS, SPAIN FLU, SWINE FLU, BIRD FLU, FLU, HANTA, MALARIA, HIV, SARS-COV-2, SARD-COV (new) arise and threaten us with contagion, we operate the well-known method of mass destruction.

Obviously, we haven’t learned anything from any of these signals.
Even worse is the fact that we have not yet overcome fascism.
Because the crimes against billions upon billions of non-human animals in the animal torture industry continue.

My best regards to all, Venus

European Parliament takes a strong stance to protect the welfare of wild-caught fish.

European Parliament takes a strong stance to protect the welfare of wild-caught fish

25 January 2021

On Thursday 21 January, the European Parliament adopted the own-initiative report “More fish in the seas?” by French MEP Caroline Roose (Greens/EFA). In this report, the European Parliament calls for strong measures to protect not only the oceans but also the welfare of wild-caught fish.

Every year, over one trillion wild fish are captured, with a significant majority being killed for food. This far outnumbers any animal farmed for food. Despite scientific evidence that fish are sentient (= having the capacity to suffer fear, pain or distress as well as a sense of well-being), public concern and consumer awareness about fish and their welfare is far behind that of other animals. 

Eurogroup for Animals, therefore, welcomes that the European Parliament has highlighted the need to protect the welfare of fish and marine biodiversity by adopting the report by MEP Roose. The report focuses attention on the urgency of setting fishing quotas at sustainable levels, expanding and improving Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and restricting bottom trawling, together with fishers. 

The report further emphasises that fish and other living organisms have intrinsic value themselves. It also makes recommendations to restrict the harmful fishing technique of bottom trawling, which often causes exhaustion, injury and asphyxiation to fish and can have a significant impact on seabed fauna.

Moreover, the report by MEP Roose acknowledges and calls for the reduction of injuries and stress during capture: For wild-caught fish, the end of each life is commonly exceptionally stressful due to practices that would not be allowed in any kind of terrestrial animal production. During the capture process, fish face various hazards and are often chased to exhaustion, crushed, asphyxiated, injured due to interaction with fishing gear, eaten by predators while trapped, or subject to decompression injuries as they are brought to the surface.

MEP Roose states: “I very much welcome the adoption of this report and the fact that the text adopted by the Fisheries Committee has been improved in plenary. This is true in particular concerning the establishment of truly protected marine protected areas and concerning the most harmful fishing techniques for marine ecosystems and animals.”

With this report, the European Parliament calls on the European Commission to consider these requests and to respond to them in a new action plan to preserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems. It is now up to the Commission to show how seriously they take their promise to follow-up on this report to tackle the damaging standard practices in wild fisheries. 

Earlier this month, Eurogroup for Animals also published a groundbreaking report which sheds light on the various hazards faced by wild fish throughout the process of capture, through to handling and death, and proposes measures and strategies to reduce unnecessary suffering.

USA: Congress’s Omnibus Package Includes Big Wins for Animals.

Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals · A Humane World (humanesociety.org)

Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

The appropriations bill and accompanying coronavirus relief/stimulus package for fiscal year 2021 now advancing through Congress will bring critical and much-needed support to millions of Americans. We are also pleased to report that the package, which funds federal agencies, includes a number of wins for animals, including horses, wildlife, companion animals and animals in research.

We’ve advocated for these and other items throughout 2020. Here, in brief, are key measures in the package that benefit animals:

Horse racing: The package includes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (S. 4547/H.R. 1754) introduced by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. and Andy Barr, R-Ky., to address the widespread doping of racehorses and unsafe track conditions that have been key contributing factors in frequent equine fatalities on American racetracks.

Horse slaughter: It renews the annual provision that “defunds” USDA inspections at domestic horse slaughter plants, effectively preventing those plants from reopening in the United States.

Wild horses and burros: It provides an increase of more than $14 million for the Bureau of Land Management to implement non-lethal management of wild horses and burros, featuring PZP, a humane, reversible fertility control vaccine. It also renews language preventing horses under the care of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service from being sent to slaughter for human consumption.

Horse soring: It doubles the FY 2020 funding level for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the Horse Protection Act to $2.09 million to better curb cruel “soring” of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds, and it calls for the agency’s Inspector General to audit the HPA enforcement program. The package makes it clear that the authority of USDA inspectors supersedes that of industry inspectors and urges the agency to reinstate the HPA rule that was finalized but shelved in January 2017. The rule would end the failed system of industry self-policing and use of devices integral to soring.

Wildlife trafficking and Endangered Species Act: It increases investment in key Department of Interior law enforcement and wildlife and biodiversity conservation programs and continues investment in international conservation efforts to combat the transnational threat of wildlife poaching and trafficking and to protect imperiled species.

Live wildlife markets and disease spread: It includes a study on the impacts of wildlife markets on the emergence of new diseases, as well as increased funding to prevent the transmission of diseases from animals to humans (known as zoonotic diseases), through key global health security programs to build the capacity of public health institutions and organizations in developing countries for the prevention, treatment and control of zoonotic diseases..

Trophy hunting: It requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide Congress with the briefing mandated in the FY 2020 appropriations package, which the agency failed to complete, on its current policy for allowing imports of sport-hunted trophies of species like lions and elephants into the United States and to explain how these imports benefit the survival of these imperiled species after Congress expressed doubt due to continuing population declines.

Marine mammals and right whales: It increases funding to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, to sustain the Marine Mammal Commission, a key, independent oversight agency, and to fund a program that coordinates nationwide emergency response for stranded, sick, injured, distressed or dead marine mammals.

Disaster plans: It directs the USDA to start the rulemaking process on lifting the stay on the rule requiring facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, such as puppy mills and roadside zoos, to have emergency response plans for the animals in their care.

Animals in research: It directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit a plan to Congress by the end of 2021 on how it plans to reduce or eliminate the use of dogs, cats and non-human primates in its research within five years; encourages the use of non-animal testing methods by the Food and Drug Administration for new drugs; directs that USDA-run laboratories housing animals be inspected for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act; and renews the bar on licensing “Class B random source” dealers, who were notorious for obtaining cats and dogs through fraudulent means such as pet theft to sell them into research.

Domestic violence shelters: It provides $2.5 million—up from $2 million in FY 2020—to expand the PAWS grant program that provides funding for shelter and transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence and their companion animals.

Slaughter plant line speed: It directs the USDA to review the impacts of waivers granted for increasing line speeds—the speeds at which animals are killed—at slaughter plants and report back to Congress within 90 days. It also requires that the USDA consult with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on any future line speed increases.

Plant-based protein research: It promotes USDA-funded research into innovations in plant-based protein.

Animal fighting: It provides an additional $500,000 for USDA’s Inspector General to better enforce federal law against dogfighting and cockfighting.

Dog and cat meat: It urges the USDA to move forward with an international agreement to ban the trade of dog and cat meat worldwide.

Equine therapy: It provides no less than $1.5 million in the National Veterans Sports Program for equine therapy to support veterans’ mental health and help reduce PTSD-related anxiety.

Animal Welfare Act enforcement: It directs the USDA to ensure that each AWA noncompliance observed by an inspector is documented on an inspection report, and to make sure, as it restores AWA and HPA records purged from the agency’s website in 2017, that databases are at least as searchable—in function and content—as they were before the purge. It also encourages the USDA to conduct robust enforcement to ensure that online dealers selling dogs have the necessary license under the Animal Welfare Act.

These provisions are a sign of genuine progress in our work to push the frontiers of animal protection, and we are grateful to the members of Congress and our partners who worked with us to ensure they were included in the appropriations package. However, some provisions included in the bill, like one that urges the National Institutes of Health and the Air Force to seek “alternative arrangements for housing” of retired research chimpanzees currently residing on Alamogordo Air Force Base, but does not explicitly require those chimpanzees be transported to sanctuary, highlight that Congressional oversight will be needed to ensure that the right steps are taken for animals as the new administration steps into place. We hope the Biden administration will move more expeditiously to transfer these chimpanzees to sanctuary. And we will work hard to ensure that all these measures are approved this week.

P.S. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are committed to ending the cruel practice of horse soring. Fortunately, the omnibus/coronavirus package did not include a retrogressive measure on soring that was ill-conceived, ill-timed and ineffectual. Virtually all other stakeholders working to end soring agree with us that this proposal would have seriously set back anti-soring efforts, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council and its 30 groups, American Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Welfare Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Friends of Sound Horses and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. We and these groups will instead push for the Biden administration to swiftly reinstate the final rule on soring that was put on hold at the beginning of 2017 and which will end the use of devices integral to soring and the conflict-ridden industry self-policing scheme. We will also continue to press Congress to codify those essential reforms and add stronger penalties and even more robust enforcement funding to finally end this scourge.

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.