Day: January 30, 2021

It is not the vegan that is perverse, but the system in which we live.

 

The answer to this question is simple:
We just remained criminals, animal abusers, animal eaters, animal exploiters…

… 150 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide every year, that’s 4756 per second …

It is so easy to speak of the right of “personal choice” because none of the meat-eaters is threatened with the fate that awaits the caged animals at the slaughterhouse.

Go in, meat-eater! in the slaughterhouses and stay with the animals until chopped up.
Stay there and feel their fear of death, see how they deflate their bladders in fear, see how they try to escape, how they are beaten up when they disobey, how people laugh.

Hear their screams for help, the screams in the gas chamber, the screams in the scalding bath, the fidgeting with the throat cut open and listen to their last breath and watch them being dismembered and how almost finished babies are cut from their bodies!
And then tell us again about your personal choice!

Meat production is one of the greatest crimes in human history

My best regards to all, Venus

South Korea: Part 2 of 5 Parts. Action – Additional E Mails and Covering Letters to Send.

Hi all;

We have been trying to support our friends with the South Korean Dog Meat campaign by publishing their regular and very informative newsletters which you can view at:

Search Results for “south korea” – World Animals Voice

We found that the (campaign) e mail blocks given on their site gave us constant ‘undelivered’ replies; and so we set out to try and get it sorted by doing a few tests at our end.  We made some very small changes to the e mail addresses and sent out our ‘new’ versions.  After a few days everything seemed fine and we had no ‘undelivered’ messages from the administrator.

Our first set of re vamped versions were initially given in post

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

This was an initial trial post and we hoped to move on with the rest.  As everything now seems fine, we are going to take the plunge and issue the other amended versions; which we ask you to copy and send.  The second amended version is Post 2 as follows.

Post 2 (this post) covers an additional 2 regions of 10.  So now we have covered 4 of 10 regions.

It covers Gyeongju and Gyeongsan regions.

Please send e mails to all as per the lists below, along with the regional covering letter which is also supplied.  Please note they are different for each specific region – so do NOT use the same one for both regions.

We have been in contact with KoreanDogs.com to draw attention to what we think are the problems; and we have invited them to copy and use our versions if they wish.

So lets get started now with Post 2 of 5; and the others will follow very shortly.


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

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

Dear Mayor Joo Nak-Young and the Gyeongju 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]


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Suggested message

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

Petition: Gyeongsan, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
https://www.change.org/p/gyeongsan-mayor-choi-young-jo-gyeongsan-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

Dear Mayor Choi Young-Jo and the Gyeongsan 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]

Regards Mark

70% Of Europeans Support Meat Tax And Price Reduction Of Fruit And Veg, Study Says.

70% Of Europeans Support Meat Tax And Price Reduction Of Fruit And Veg, Study Says

The majority of Europeans ‘expect their political leaders to tax meat products to use revenues to reduce VAT taxes on vegetables, fruits and meat alternatives’

A staggering 70 percent of Europeans support a meat tax, according to a new study.

German, French, and Dutch consumers also favour a 0 percent VAT rate on fruits and vegetables.

Animal welfare improvements

The data comes from a survey commissioned by TAPP Coalition and Four Paws. It found the majority of consumers agreed with a meat tax. But, only if the revenues will reduce taxes on vegetables and fruit, support farmers on sustainability and animal welfare improvements, and compensate low income groups

80 percent of the German, 63 percent of the Dutch and 67 percent of the French participants said they were willing to pay a tax of at least 10 Eurocents per 100g of meat.

‘A political reality’

Jeroom Remmers is the director of the TAPP Coalition. In an online statement he said: “The consumer survey shows a political reality.

“A majority of West European consumers expect their political leaders to tax meat products to use revenues to reduce VAT taxes on vegetables, fruits and meat alternatives and pay farmers to increase animal welfare and green standards.

“We expect EU Ministers to start the legislation at national and the EU levels. They can reduce GHG-emissions and biodiversity loss from food, while protecting EU farmers, improving public health and reucing health care costs for consumers.”

Meat tax

Last year, the UK government was urged to tax meat and dairy to ‘lessen the economic fallout after COVID-19’.

Vegan charity PETA has written to (UK) Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak suggesting the revenue could be used to ease the burden on the NHS. The organzation also says it could help farmers transition away from meat and dairy to more climate-friendly arable ventures.

Moreover, the letter says meat and dairy should ‘take their place alongside tobacco, alcohol, sugar, and fuel. All of which are taxed because of their negative impact on human health or the environment’.

It adds: “This would lighten the burden on the already overstretched NHS. Modeling predicts that a UK tax on red and processed meats could result in 22 percent fewer deaths and save the health service £700 million a year.”

Also …..

Why The New UN Poll On Attitudes To Climate Change Is A Huge Win For The Plant-Based Movement

Close to half (43 percent) of the UK support the promotion of plant-based diets to combat the climate emergency

The UN climate change poll is out. Here’s why it’s a ‘huge win’ for the plant-based movement.

Did you know fishes fall for optical illusions? It’s one of the many things we’ve learned about fishes that shows their sentience—and why we shouldn’t eat them.

Falling for illusions is a sign of intelligence. Both fishes and humans are easily tricked by how we look at things because our brains are smart. Our brains actively process information without us having to consciously stop and compute every bite of data—which takes forever.

So, what we see and understand is determined by our smart brains and the context of what we’re looking at. How big, small, important or irrelevant something looks often depends on what we see it next to. Take a look the famous Muller-Lyer illusion.

UN climate change poll

An illusion of this kind happened in this week’s UN poll on attitudes towards climate change. There is an incredible finding in their report. Getting close to half (43 percent) of the UK support the promotion of plant-based diets to combat the climate emergency. And this was a big survey—1.2 million people from 50 countries.

The reason this huge support for the plant-based movement maybe hasn’t gained the coverage it deserves is down to our brains computing ahead of our conscious attention. The report frames its results to show us that, globally, there were 17 other solutions to the climate emergency that people supported more. 

These levels of support are down to context—what people see around them. Where fossil fuels are a major source of emissions, more people supported renewable energy (76 percent in Australia, 65 percennt in the US). Where deforestation is a major visible distress, people supported the conservation of trees, with 60 percent support in Brazil and 57 percent in Indonesia.

‘Transformative shifts’

So let’s look properly at that figure. What does 43 percent of the UK population supporting plant-based diets tell us about the transformative shifts in our attitudes to food and the environment? Only Germany (44 percent) scored higher in the poll for support for vegan diets.It tells us at least three things.

First, a massive number of people in the UK now see plant-based diets as quick, effective action that individuals can take to fight the climate emergency. That 43 percent of the adult population is nearly 24 million people. 

That number is even larger than the 37 percent of ‘flexitarians’ who said this time last year that they were looking to reduce their meat consumption. From 37-43 percent shows the trend continues towards less meat and plant-based diets. 

If you look at research from market analyst Mintel, the trend is even greater from 28% of meat-reducers in 2017 to 39% in 2020. That same data from Mintel shows 25% of people cited environmental benefits for eating less meat. The new UN poll puts the figure for supporting plant-based diets for environmental benefit at 43 percent. That’s a massive leap.

Advocating for systemic change’

So why has this come about? The second thing the data from the UN poll tells us is that it looks like advocating for systemic change on food for environmental reasons is working. This is having an impact on potential dietary choice. 

It was in 2019 that Animal Rebellion launched to join Extinction Rebellion in demanding urgent and proportionate action on climate change. Animal Rebellion argued: “We cannot fix the climate emergency without ending the animal emergency”. This shift made a difference.

We’ve been on that trend now for a while. Cowspiracy came out in 2014. (I wrote about the link between climate change and the animals we eat in 2016.) Nearly every major animal protection group now talks about climate. Look at The Vegan Society’s Plate up for the Planet campaign, Viva!’s focus on the climate crisis, or PETA’s environmental work.

From street activists to social influencers to plant-based platforms, we’ve done an incredible job changing people’s minds about the possibility and potential of a plant-based food system. 

In the UK we have placed animal agriculture’s links to climate catastrophe front and centre. People cannot avoid seeing the link. We have pushed the Overton Window for what’s possible to talk about. The focus on systemic transformation, leveraging people’s demand for action on climate change, is getting us closer to our goal of ending animal exploitation.

The plant-based movement

The third thing this data tells us is how vibrant and mainstream the plant-based movement has become in the UK. Brazil and Indonesia have the highest support for the conservation of trees, because deforestation is so visible. In the UK, we find the most visible vegan food options, culture, and activism. London is regularly HappyCow’s best vegan city in the world.

So let’s not be fooled by plant-based diets being less popular in the poll than conserving trees or tackling emissions when it comes to combating the climate emergency. 

Changing a global food system—the ‘Great Food Transformation’ called for by the world’s leading experts of the EAT-Lancet Commission—is unprecedented. We’ve not done it before. That 43 percent of people in the UK support this great food transformation, from an animal-based food system to a plant-based food system, is something to celebrate. We made that happen.

Vegan population

The official vegan population of the UK is 1.16 percent. In more recent surveys such as this one, it is at three percent. What’s brilliant to see are people’s intentions: in that survey, more than seven percent intend to follow a vegan diet by the end of 2021.

We know that not everyone manages to stick to their intentions. We’ve written about that before. But when people try it once, they’re more likely to try again. 

So let’s watch the future grow from that seven-43 percent—and then further.

What we can see from people’s urgent desire to tackle the climate emergency is that a plant-based future is visibly on the table. And that is no illusion.

Regards Mark