Day: January 27, 2021

Denmark: fur industry are compensated with billions

After months of negotiations, a majority in the Folketing agreed to pay mink farmers compensation.

It will be a costly proposition for Danish society if the Danish mink breeders who were ordered to kill their mink last year receive compensation.

This emerges from an agreement for which a large majority of the parliamentary parties voted after a very long negotiation process.
The agreement was made between the government, Venstre, the Radicals, the People’s Socialist Party, and the Liberal Alliance.

According to the agreement, the compensation for the mink breeders will be between 15.6 and 18.8 billion crowns (That’s about 2,4 billion euros).

The exact amount is not yet known, also because the case of every mink breeder has to be assessed.
There were around 1,000 mink farms in Denmark. Part of the total compensation goes towards rescheduling the mink breeders.

Finance Minister says: “That is fair and appropriate”

“The agreement offers fair and reasonable compensation so that the mink breeders can get ahead,” says incumbent finance minister Morten Bødskov (socialists).

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South Korea: Dog Meat Actions. Trial Post 1 of 5. 2 Regions of 10. E Mail Addys and Sample Letter to COPY and SEND.

 

This post is a trial / test:

I have been sending out many e mails via the info requests given on our recent post:

South Korea: Dog Meat Trade – Much More Action Needed NOW – See Below for All Details and Actions. – World Animals Voice

 

Some of the e mails given appear to be currently closed, and the administrator gets back to you about this if this is the situation.  But some are still valid and we strongly suggest that e mails are sent to all regardless.

To make things easier for you, I have taken each province in turn and:

  • Supplied all the e mail contacts in block form – you only need to copy and paste (the block listing) into a ‘new mail’ on your computer.
  • Supplied a copy of the letter for you to enclose with your mail.  Note these are different for each province, and so you must only use the specific one given for each area.

Over time, we are publishing the e mail block contacts and the covering letter for each of the 10 regions.

Probably 5 posts of which this is the first.

If you feel that this is a lot of work; do it in sections each day; finally, take a look at the videos below and then tell us this issue is not worth fighting for !

Regards Mark

Area 1 – Gimcheon

Block e mail addresses (Gimcheon only) to copy:

rym88@hanmail.netlmg2288@hanmail.nethaesu4007@naver.compyr5219@naver.comypr0008@naver.comlbs1671@naver.comseoun77@hanmail.netbsch6081@hanmail.netddbrick@hanmail.netskykey@daum.netmido4223@hanmail.netesk0618@naver.com; kwakkh3535@hanmail.netkdl07@naver.comkimduc8965@hanmail.netandong21c@hanmail.netkbongk@hanmail.netkim9492@hanmail.net  ; auraking@naver.comksmind21@daum.netsmkim58@hanmail.nettoryfood@hanmail.netwhddud91@naver.comhwarangnara@naver.comsincere-wook@daum.netkhs20061@hanmail.netmikwang3480@naver.comgb0611@naver.comnys0405@hanmail.netbigdsouth@naver.comnjb581004@nate.comsangdo613@hanmail.netkh57@hanmail.netpmk2420@hanmail.netjamme5@hanmail.netdj3931@naver.combull01000@hanmail.netparkland17@naver.comkp1962@hanmail.netcyang-p@hanmail.netpcss@hanmail.nettax8335@nate.comjudotc@hanmail.netpps7838@hanmail.netbhk9813@hanmail.netjinsukid@hanmail.netbhcbhc3162@naver.comad16548@naver.comosh5250@naver.comyonoch@hanmail.netycu0685@hanmail.netmkh1913@hanmail.netkaff5038@hanmail.netleejd1129@naver.comljy0848@hanmail.net279pohang@naver.comgogo-ms@hanmail.netakekdeor@naver.comksja0101@naver.comjo3838@hanmail.netjyg6500@hanmail.nethong23232288@hanmail.netchoh1720@naver.comcbj9050@naver.comhgico@hanmail.nethjg11@hanmail.netrich3005@naver.com ;

Letter to copy and include – note this is specific for Gimcheon – do NOT use for other areas.

Subject: Gimcheon, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Petition: Gimcheon, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
https://www.change.org/p/gimcheon-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

Dear Mayor Kim Chung-Seop and the Gimcheon City Council members,

Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY.

We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

[Your Name & City/Country]

Area  2 –  Gumi

Block e mail addresses (Gumi only) to copy:

1472kss@hanmail.netkimany12@hanmail.nets4589@hanmail.netjs570702@hanmail.netKJW1835@DAUM.NEThsj9133@hanmail.netkth85100@hanmail.nethowe1324@hanmail.netpspks@hanmail.netpalma012@naver.comajh1495@hanmail.netajc4726622@naver.comdb6363@hanmail.netyjh5316699@hanmail.netok810615@hanmail.netljysb201@naver.commigoo8045@naver.comsegoo1@daum.netsrhnshss@hanmail.netbabu@hanmail.netkwakkh3535@hanmail.netkdl07@naver.comkimduc8965@hanmail.netandong21c@hanmail.netkbongk@hanmail.netkim9492@hanmail.netauraking@naver.comksmind21@daum.netsmkim58@hanmail.nettoryfood@hanmail.netwhddud91@naver.comhwarangnara@naver.comsincere-wook@daum.netkhs20061@hanmail.netmikwang3480@naver.comgb0611@naver.comnys0405@hanmail.netbigdsouth@naver.comnjb581004@nate.comsangdo613@hanmail.netkh57@hanmail.netpmk2420@hanmail.netjamme5@hanmail.netdj3931@naver.combull01000@hanmail.netparkland17@naver.comkp1962@hanmail.netcyang-p@hanmail.netpcss@hanmail.nettax8335@nate.comjudotc@hanmail.netpps7838@hanmail.netbhk9813@hanmail.netjinsukid@hanmail.netbhcbhc3162@naver.comad16548@naver.comosh5250@naver.comyonoch@hanmail.netycu0685@hanmail.netmkh1913@hanmail.netkaff5038@hanmail.netleejd1129@naver.com ; ljy0848@hanmail.net   ;  279pohang@naver.comgogo-ms@hanmail.netakekdeor@naver.comksja0101@naver.comjo3838@hanmail.netjyg6500@hanmail.nethong23232288@hanmail.netchoh1720@naver.comcbj9050@naver.com  ; hgico@hanmail.nethjg11@hanmail.netrich3005@naver.com ;

Letter to copy and include – note this is specific for Gumi – do NOT use for other areas.

 Mayor Jang Se-Yong and the Gumi City Council members,

Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY.

We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

[Your Name & City/Country]

Plant Based News Remakes £1.5 Million TV Ad Calling Meat And Dairy Essential.

Plant Based News Remakes £1.5 Million TV Ad Calling Meat And Dairy Essential

‘We’ve all got a lot on our plates right now but here’s something you’ll want to make room for…’

Plant Based News Remakes TV Ad Calling Meat And Dairy Essential

Eat Balanced TV Ad – REMADE – YouTube

lant Based News has remade a TV advert that claims meat and dairy are ‘essential’. 

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) launched its We Eat Balanced campaign earlier this month to highlight the alleged ‘nutritional benefits of enjoying red meat and dairy’.

The campaign, which costs £1.5 million, consists of an advert currently running on UK TV. It aims to showcase the UK’s world-class standards in food production and sustainability. There are three different endings featuring dishes using beef, lamb, and pork. All of which include a dairy accompaniment.

‘Meat and dairy naturally provide nutrients’

“An ideal diet is one that offers variety, nourishment, and enjoyment whilst remaining in harmony with the environment,” We Eat Balanced said. “To keep you and your family healthy it’s best to follow a balanced diet. Meat and dairy naturally provide nutrients, including the essential vitamin B12 not naturally present in a vegan diet.”

Speaking about the campaign, AHDB’s Head of Marketing Liam Byrne said: “The nation needs a bit of a lift as it’s been a tough time for everyone. So, now more than ever we wanted to create a campaign that feels uplifting and reassuring for consumers who are increasingly being told by the media to reduce their meat and dairy consumption.

“As such this is also a very important campaign for our levy payers as it tells the real story of food and farming from Britain.”However, PBN has decided to remake the advert – showing the harrowing reality of animal agriculture.  “We’ve all got a lot on our plates right now but here’s something you’ll want to make room for,” the new ad states.

“The story of a food so brutal it steals calves from their mothers and the flesh of creatures we humans incarcerate. Then, markets it as something edible. 

“The nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy exists in plants. Quit meat and dairy. Enjoy food without victims. Eat plant-based.”

Plant Based News’ ad

PBN’s co-founder Robbie Lockie, who produced the new ad, says he was ‘absolutely outraged’ by the claims AHDB made.“We’re in the midst of a climate crisis,” Lockie said. “It is absolutely essential we cut our consumption of meat and dairy.

“However, the makers of the original ad claim they wanted to help people feel good. Because the media is ‘always trying to get people to eat less meat and dairy’. This is not only incredibly irresponsible, it denies the fact that animal agriculture is a leading driver for climate change.”

Are vegan diets healthy?

Despite AHDB’s claims, the American Dietetic Association says ‘appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases’. 

It adds: “Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

Regards Mark

UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’.


UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’

Biggest ever survey finds two-thirds of people think climate change is a global emergency

Check this link to view charts:

UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’ | Environment | The Guardian

The biggest ever opinion poll on climate change has found two-thirds of people think it is a “global emergency”.

The survey shows people across the world support climate action and gives politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN organisation that carried out the poll.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) questioned 1.2 million people in 50 countries, many of them young.

While younger people showed the greatest concern, with 69% of those aged 14-18 saying there is a climate emergency, 58% of those over 60 agreed, suggesting there is not a huge generational divide.

Even when climate action required significant changes in their own country, majorities still backed the measures.

In nations where fossil fuels are a major source of emissions, people strongly supported renewable energy, including the US (65% in favour), Australia (76%) and Russia (51%).

Where the destruction of forests is a big cause of emissions, people supported conservation of trees, with 60% support in Brazil and 57% in Indonesia.

Overall, the most popular actions to tackle the climate crisis were protecting and restoring forests, followed by renewable energy and climate-friendly farming. The promotion of plant-based diets was the least popular of the 18 policies in the survey, with only 30% support.

Gender was a factor in some countries, with at least 5% more men and boys saying there is a climate emergency than women and girls in 16 countries. However, in four nations – the US, Australia, Canada and the UK – significantly more women and girls were concerned about global heating.

The UNDP ran the “Peoples’ Climate Vote” in 50 high-, middle- and low-income countries, representing more than half the world’s people. Experts at Oxford University weighted the replies to reflect the population of each nation.

“The voice of the people is clear – they want action on climate change,” said Cassie Flynn, the UNDP’s strategic adviser on climate change.

“If 64% of the world’s people are believing in a climate emergency then it helps governments to respond to the climate crisis as an emergency.

“The key message is that, as governments are making these high-stakes decisions, the people are with them.”

Flynn said the survey connects the climate concerns of people, particularly the young, with governments at a time when accelerated action must be agreed, in particular at a UN climate summit in November. The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record.

“We are at a fork in the road and the poll says ‘this is how your future generations are thinking, in specific policy choices’ – it brings a way to envision the future,” she said.

Flynn heads the UNDP’s Climate Promise programme that helps countries take more ambitious climate action.

The poll found the highest proportion of people saying there is a climate emergency was in the UK and Italy, both at 81%. Australia was at 72% and the US at 65%, the same as Russia, and India was at 59%. Even the lowest proportion, in Moldova, was 50%.

The relatively low support for the promotion of plant-based diets may be because there are few plant-based options in some countries or people may have felt that diet is more of a personal choice, said the UNDP. Support was highest in Germany (44%) and the UK (43%).

The reason why more men and boys said there was a climate emergency than women and girls in countries such as Nigeria and Vietnam may be because girls have less access to education in those places.

The poll found that the more education a person had completed, the more likely they were to think there is a climate emergency. Why more women and girls are more concerned in the four English-speaking nations is unclear.

The poll was distributed via advertisements in video games and puzzles, including Angry Birds, Subway Surfers, Sudoku and Words With Friends, and this particularly helped reach younger people.

The idea came to Flynn when she was on the subway in New York City: “I looked around and everyone was on their phones and most were playing games.”

The data was collected between October and December 2020 and, despite the coronavirus pandemic, 59% of the people saying there is a climate emergency also said the world should “do everything necessary and urgently” in response.

Prof Stephen Fisher at Oxford University said: “The Peoples’ Climate Vote has delivered a treasure trove of data on public opinion that we’ve never seen before. Recognition of the climate emergency is much more widespread than previously thought.”

Regards Mark

Excellent by ‘The Guardian’ (UK Press) as always – click on the top Guardian link to see the data charts.

Media and Corona: narratives over facts and never tell the whole story

Wuhan, where Covid-19 was first identified, has now returned to a life resembling that before the virus swept in after China was able to control the outbreak of the disease with strict but necessary lockdown measures.

Seeing Wuhan’s success ought to bring a ray of hope to those around the world facing the worst of their country’s outbreaks; yet, in their annual retrospectives, American media is downplaying China’s successful containment measures and casting them as somehow an attack on core Western values.

The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, and other outlets have indeed pointed out the fact that life in Wuhan has returned to normal, showing pictures of maskless night clubs, large celebrations, and other functions totally unfamiliar at this point to many across the world. But, according to these outlets, the measures were harsh and came at a “huge personal cost” to Wuhan residents.

These outlets also went on to lambast a new museum in Wuhan that details the city’s harrowing battle with the virus. According to them, the museum and other patriotic media reports about the events that took place in Wuhan are part of a “narrative” that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is trying to spin.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Wuhan ©  REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

“China has spent much of the past year trying to spin the narrative of the pandemic as an undisputed victory led by the ruling Communist Party,” the New York Times wrote.

The paper also noted, although, with a different choice of words, that people in Wuhan believe the “narrative” and view early missteps in handling the outbreak with some level of forgiveness after seeing the abject failures of countries like the United States.

When one simply looks at the numbers, there is really no need to “spin” any “narrative” in the first place.

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