Day: January 28, 2021

Germany: end of shredding-end of suffering?

Germany will become the latest country to ban the mass slaughter of male chicks in the egg industry, with the government announcing a new decree that it hopes will end this cruel practice in 2022.

THE DETAILS: Every year, billions of male chicks—including 45 million in Germany—are killed by industrial agricultural farmers as they are considered useless by both egg and poultry producers since they do not lay eggs and aren’t the breed used for meat production.

The practice of chick culling includes the brutal method of live-shredding, where chicks are ground up alive in a giant, high-speed grinder. Last year, France announced a similar ban to go into effect in 2021.

ALTERNATIVES TO REDUCE SUFFERING: “In-Ovo sexing” technology has been developed which detects the sex of chicks in their embryonic state, which allows producers to prevent the development and subsequent death of male chicks.

“In-Ovo sexing” systems use intelligent trays or laser systems to recognize the sex of the egg’s embryo, allowing male or unfertilized eggs can be discarded. After many years of development, this technology is now available and ready to be implemented on a large scale.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “This measure represents an important step forward for animal welfare. We have invested millions of euros in alternatives, combining the welfare of animals and economic efficiency on German soil,” says Julia Klöckner, Minister of Agriculture of Germany, noting that she wants the country to be a role model for others.

WHAT WE’RE SAYING: “Germany’s decision to end male chick culling is a monumental step forward in creating a world where all animals are protected and respected. With the help of groundbreaking In-Ovo sexing technology, we are hopeful more governments will follow suit and similarly ban this horrific practice.” Sharon Núñez, President of Animal Equality.

WHAT WE’RE DOING: Animal Equality is working across the globe to ensure that chick culling within the egg industry is banned and that “In-Ovo sexing” systems are implemented by egg producers.

Over the past few months, our efforts in Spain and Italy have gathered tens of thousands of signatures opposing the brutal practice of male chick culling, and soon we will be launching similar campaigns in other countries.

We are also engaging with major producers to develop policies that would spare continued pain and suffering to male chicks. In the meantime, please leave animals off your plate and share this life-changing news with your networks.

And I mean…“The routine killing of newly hatched male chicks is to be banned in Germany from January 2022. The sex of the animals must then be determined in the egg so that the male chicks are no longer incubated and do not even hatch. “

Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner: “The killing of so-called day-old chicks is not ethically justifiable. Germany is a global pioneer with the law. This is a “milestone” for animal welfare. “

To be clear: The fact that the federal government has finally agreed on an exit plan from decades of chick killing is definitely to be seen as a positive trend – and we hope that this “milestone for animal welfare” will actually get rolling so that the millionfold killing of animals in the name of maximum profitability – at least in this sector – finally comes to an end.

But this has long been recognized as an ethical problem – even by the German poultry industry itself, and from a legal point of view, the practice was no longer legal because German animal protection has been part of the Basic Law since 2002.

The fact that Agriculture Minister Klöckner is now boasting that … “the draft is a” milestone “for animal welfare,” is therefore simply outrageous.

In fact, she’s been playing a dirty game in favor of the poultry and meat industries for years.
The ban on the castration of piglets without anesthesia was passed in 2013, and she postponed it for 7 years, finally going into effect on January 1, 2021.
She is considered the cold-blooded agricultural lobbyist in German politics.

45 million beings are only killed in Germany every year because they are of no use to humans.

They are more or less the collateral damage for the other tortured, battered, but still “useful” creatures – the chicken that you can get in the supermarket for only 2.50 € and the eggs almost free
Because we can’t get our already fat throats full.

What a great, civilized society we are … A shame.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Keep Our Birds Fed (and Watered) This Winter.

Every single day before I have my breakfast; I go through what is a routine now – and that is getting the birds breakfast, and daily feed ready.

It normally takes well over half an hour – crushing Digestive biscuits, adding Museli, loads of wild bird seed, crushing up a fat block; grinding down loads of slices of bread; some cold rice boiled up the day before; cheese savoury biscuits crushed up; tiny chopped apple; Niger seed in the feeder for the Finches; I think that’s it !

All mixed together in a large plastic bowl, ready for the feathered visitors throughout the day.

Here are a few photos of what I prepared today – the fox mug is only to give an idea of size and quantity.  Our friends happily work their way through this all over the day.

And the reason for this is:

Please remember that the birds are cold and hungry first thing in the morning; so by giving them something to eat it gets them off to a better day.  Also, even though it may be freezing; try and make some fresh water available for them so that they can drink and bathe if required.

It may be only a small contribution and effort; but it keeps our garden visitors turning up each morning as they know they are going to get something nice to start their day.  This Winter; please look after the wild birds; help them survive !

You know what – once this is done, then I can have MY breakfast !!

Regards Mark

Robin crowned as UK's national bird: It's aggressive, vicious, but  peculiarly British | The Independent | The Independent

Above – Robin

Below – Finch

Garden finches at five-year high | Wildlife | The Guardian

Below – Wagtail (Ark Wildlife photo)

Pied Wagtail, Nest, Diet & Facts | Ark Wildlife UK

Below – Pheasant in the garden

Below – Doves (of Peace) in the garden

Below – Great spotted Woodpecker enjoys some peanuts

Below – Red Legged Partridges Enjoy some scoff !

Indonesia: Extreme Weather Tears Through Orangutan Rescue Facility – Can You Help With A Donation ?

WAV Comment:

Please do what you can to support this wonderful organisation who are experiencing problems at the moment due to extreme weather.

We have donated today to help them rebuild and continue with their wonderful work to save Orangutan.

See their great work here:

Regards Mark

The following is a message from BOS Foundation:


It’s been a difficult week watching extreme weather tear through our Indonesian communities at an alarming rate.

Exceptionally high levels of rainfall also affected our Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Samboja Lestari.

Small landslides even left some orangutan islands uninhabitable.

This incident has had a significant impact on orangutans who had grown accustomed to living in open areas such as in the forest school and the pre-release islands, but were suddenly forced to live in cages.

Normally, your regular BOSF January newsletter would talk about the year ahead, but these aren’t normal times.

The team and I have had no choice but to start the new year focused on repairing the islands.

Will you be a part of that effort, ?

With your gift of $25 or more we can come together to repair these orangutans’ homes!

Donation Link:

Flooding Aftermath Leaves Orangutan Islands Uninhabitable


Thank you for caring as much as we do about the orangutans, their island homes, and their rehabilitation journey.

Dr. Jamartin Sihite
BOS Foundation CEO


The wolf in our forests – it has to be protected.

A very common mistake is the opinion that the wolf was settled.
The wolf is not settled, but returns by itself.

For centuries, wolves have been in our forests and they have never been a threat to humans.
In the last hundred years, three people around the world are believed to have died from wolves, but this has not been proven.
In all three cases, they were adults.

With the intensification of factory farming (including grazing), its habitats and its prey are terribly minimized!
Wild animals make up just 3% of the total biomass of terrestrial vertebrates on earth!
The rest is “use” animals + people!

Today the wolf is a wanted criminal as soon as he tears a sheep or a lamb from an unprotected flock because he has to survive.
Hunters and farmers are the only “natural” enemies of the wolf.
They have a personal interest in the executions (if not extermination) of the wolves.

And they are exactly the criminals.
The first in nature and the animal world.
The second in animal husbandry!

My best regards to all, Venus