Day: February 7, 2021

The sea bat with the red lips

The red-lipped sea bat is an arm-fin fish with arm-like pectoral fins.

This bony fish is native to the Caribbean, the West Atlantic, and around the Galapagos Islands because it prefers shallow waters.
You can find this bat at a depth between 3 and 76 m.
It lives on coasts and estuaries, generally in the sandy bottoms of the reefs.

Copyright: imago/OceanPhoto

This fish has a maximum length of 20 to 40 centimeters.

Its triangular shape makes the fish’s body and head look like they’ve been crushed.
It has a large head and its body is covered in scales, hair, and bumps.

The lower part of the body is light, the upper part is dark to camouflage yourself from possible predators.
So it can be mistaken for the color of the seabed.

The bright red lips are very characteristic.
It is believed that these are used for sexual attraction within the species.

The lips have a downward curve on the sides, so the red-lipped sea bat always looks upset.
Despite being an aquatic animal, this sea bat is not a great swimmer.
It crawls awkwardly across the ocean floor with its pectoral fins.

These animals are carnivores, they feed on other small fish.
Marine invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks are also part of their diet.
According to the IUCN, the red-lipped sea bat is not endangered.
It owes this to its habitat because the seabed has been spared the direct influence of humans.

And I mean…With such sensual lips, there are definitely no mating problems under these species!

regards and good night, Venus

“The last Kiss”

This could be the title of this photo of the two wedding doves because it is very likely that it will actually be their last!

Why? you ask yourself, the little animals were released for the wedding spectacle in freedom!!
We will explain it to you briefly:

Wedding doves, white doves or doves of peace, whatever you may call them, are raised by breeders just for that one day when they are supposed to offer an unforgettable spectacle to a wedding party and a wedding couple, as a symbol of eternal loyalty of the bride and groom!

But nobody sees the suffering behind it!

First comes the rearing!
This is done by default in absolute captivity, to small cages and isolation from the outside world!
Until the big day when they are supposed to serve as symbols for unsuspecting lovers!
The merciless breeder, who normally already knows about the fate of his pigeons, is of course silent out of greed for profit!

The animals are sold to the wedding couple for the wedding ceremony as a token of their eternal loyalty and then released into the air (and apparently) in their freedom!

 And this is exactly where the real martyrdom begins!

These wonderful birds are missing something that city pigeons possess, namely urban survival instinct!

They fly away and due to the lack of orientation, because they were previously only kept in cages, they will lose themselves and from this moment their death throes begin.
They know neither other people than their propagator, nor the environment and other animals!
The impressions that are now offered to them will deeply disturb them, but they will remain trusting!
This can be fatal for them in two ways!

Continue reading ““The last Kiss””

Canada: Health Canada says it won’t consider animal suffering in strychnine review.

A female wolf, left, and male wolf roam the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine in Nunavut on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Health Canada says it won’t consider animal suffering in strychnine review

OTTAWA – Animal suffering won’t be considered when a Health Canada agency next reviews licences for poisons used to kill predators, the department has ruled.

In a decision released this week, Health Canada says the Pest Management Regulatory Agency won’t include “humaneness” in how it assesses toxins such as strychnine.

“Health Canada will not be taking steps towards incorporating humaneness considerations into the pesticide risk assessment framework,” said the department’s ruling.

“There are currently no internationally recognized science-based parameters to evaluate the humaneness of pesticides.”

Sara Dubois, a wildlife biologist with the British Columbia SPCA, said that’s not true. University labs have extensive animal welfare protocols and Australia and New Zealand have also moved toward such criteria.

“An absence of information doesn’t mean that pain and suffering doesn’t happen,” she said. “That’s the frustrating part.”

The decision on strychnine, compound 1080 and cyanide came after more than two years of public consultations sparked by a letter signed by 50 scientists and animal-welfare advocates from across Canada and three countries.

More than 4,000 letters were received, most form letters from letter-writing campaigns. Non-governmental organizations participated as did provinces and municipalities.

“Canadian public respondents are concerned about the humaneness of the three predacides currently registered for use in Canada,” the decision says. “Many of these same respondents feel the predacides should be banned in favour of alternative predator control measures.”

Animal science researchers have called strychnine a particularly painful and cruel way to die.

Within 20 minutes of being dosed, muscles start to convulse. The convulsions increase in intensity and frequency until the backbone arches and the animal asphyxiates or dies of exhaustion.

Groups such as livestock associations said predator poisons are already tightly controlled. Environmental and veterinary groups called for humaneness parameters in the assessment of pesticides.

Provincial governments said the issue was in their jurisdiction.

One of the biggest users of strychnine in Canada is the Alberta government. Alberta uses it to poison wolves in an attempt to protect caribou, which have been made vulnerable by many years of heavy industrial use of their habitat.

The province has poisoned hundreds of wolves in its caribou program, as well as many non-target species.

Health Canada will undertake its regular review of the three poisons later this spring. A petition opposing their use has nearly 700 signatures.

Animal advocates have also requested that federal Health Minister Patty Hadju review Health Canada’s last decision to renew licences for the poisons.

Health Canada says it won’t consider animal suffering in strychnine review | The Star

Regards Mark

USA: Action Needed – Ban Live Wildlife Markets and Trade!

Ban live wildlife markets and trade!

Ban wildlife markets and trade! – The Humane Society of the United States

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is more important than ever to address the dire public health threats posed by the sale and trade of live wildlife. Markets where live wild animals are sold are a human health hazard and animal welfare nightmare that have been the source of previous pandemics in addition to being the likely origin of the virus that causes COVID-19.

We need the U.S. and all countries to permanently ban the trade and transport of live wildlife for human consumption to reduce the risk of mutation or another pandemic.

The Preventing Future Pandemics Act, H.R. 151 and S. 37, will ban the import, export and sale of certain live wildlife in the U.S. when the primary purpose is for human consumption, and will bolster U.S. leadership and resources to end the trade globally and to eliminate wildlife trafficking. 

Your voice is needed to ensure passage of this critical bill!

TAKE ACTION


Please make a brief, polite phone call to your Senator and each of your U.S. Representatives. 

Look up their phone numbers. 

You can say: “Please support the Preventing Future Pandemics Act, H.R. 151 and S. 37, which will ban the import, export and sale of certain live wildlife for human consumption in the U.S. and will position the U.S. as a global leader in zoonotic disease prevention.”

After making your call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.

Ban wildlife markets and trade! – The Humane Society of the United States

USA: The Good News – GOOD CATCH’S VEGAN TUNA SALAD IS NOW AVAILABLE BY THE POUND AT WHOLE FOODS. Overfishing Has To Stop !

GOOD CATCH’S VEGAN TUNA SALAD IS NOW AVAILABLE BY THE POUND AT WHOLE FOODS

 

 

Good Catch’s Vegan Tuna Salad Is Now Available by the Pound at Whole Foods
Looks Yummy ! – Pic – Veg News

 

WAV Comment:  Considering the immense damage that the human species is doing to the environment, especially regarding over fishing, this can only be viewed as a positive move to be welcomed.  Better still that by doing this; the oceans and their stock are given the chance to recover their numbers a lot to the pre mega scoop up numbers.  We really look forward to this hitting the UK and Europe – bring it on !

Made from a six-legume blend, Good Catch’s plant-based, deli-style tuna is now available in the prepared foods section of Whole Foods Markets in 10 states.

Good Catch’s Vegan Tuna Salad Is Now Available by the Pound at Whole Foods | VegNews 

Vegan seafood brand Good Catch Foods recently expanded to the prepared foods section of Whole Foods Market (WFM). Owned by parent company Gathered Foods and created by chefs and co-founders Derek and Chad Sarno, Good Catch makes vegan tuna in easy-to-use pouches in three flavors and frozen meals such as crab cakes and fish burgers, all crafted from a proprietary six-legume blend. Good Catch’s plant-based, deli-style tuna is now available by the pound in the prepared foods section of WFM in California, Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The offering will be available in additional locations in the coming months.

Vegan tuna goes to market
“We’re so excited to launch our foodservice product with Whole Foods Market, an important retail partner of ours, to bring our products into the culinary fold with this exclusive offering of our plant-based deli-style tuna,” Chad Sarno told VegNews. “In addition to this exciting launch, we’re looking forward to continuing our foodservice expansion this year, from fast-casual restaurants to other food retailers.”

Last year, the American brand expanded to the United Kingdom, Europe (the Netherlands and Spain), and Canada.The WFM partnership is Good Catch’s second foodservice partnership, following last year’s launch of an exclusive Tuna Melt at vegan restaurant chain Veggie Grill. Good Catch has aggressive international foodservice expansion plans for 2021.

Regards Mark

USA: The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken.

The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken

An investigator went under cover and brought back disturbing video from a farm growing those famous birds.

Probably like many of you, I think of Costco as an enlightened company exemplifying capitalism that works. One ranking listed it as the No. 1 company to work at in terms of pay and benefits — a prime example of a business that is both profitable and humane.

Unless, it turns out, you’re a chicken.

Rotisserie chickens selling for just $4.99 each are a Costco hallmark, both delicious and cheap. They are so popular they have their own Facebook page, and the company sells almost 100 million of them a year. But an animal rights group called Mercy for Animals recently sent an investigator under cover to work on a farm in Nebraska that produces millions of these chickens for Costco, and customers might lose their appetite if they saw inside a chicken barn.

“It’s dimly lit, with chicken poop all over,” said the worker, who also secretly shot video there. “It’s like a hot humid cloud of ammonia and poop mixed together.”

You may be thinking: Huh? People are dying in a pandemic. Donald Trump is facing a Senate impeachment trial. And we’re talking about chicken, er, poop?

Yet we must guard our moral compasses. And some day, I think, future generations will look back at our mistreatment of livestock and poultry with pain and bafflement. They will wonder how we in the early 21st century could have been so oblivious to the cruelties that delivered $4.99 chickens to a Costco rotisserie.

Torture a single chicken in your backyard, and you risk arrest. Abuse tens of millions of them? Why, that’s agribusiness.

It’s not that Costco chickens suffer more than Walmart or Safeway birds. All are part of an industrial agricultural system that, at the expense of animal well-being, has become extremely efficient at producing cheap protein.

When Herbert Hoover talked about putting “a chicken in every pot,” chicken was a luxury: In 1930, whole dressed chicken retailed in the United States for $7 a pound in today’s dollars. In contrast, that Costco bird now sells for less than $2 a pound.

Those commendable savings have been achieved in part by developing chickens that effectively are bred to suffer. Scientists have created what are sometimes called “exploding chickens” that put on weight at a monstrous clip, about six times as fast as chickens in 1925. The journal Poultry Science once calculated that if humans grew at the same rate as these chickens, a 2-month-old baby would weigh 660 pounds.

The chickens grow enormous breasts, because that’s the meat consumers want, so the birds’ legs sometimes splay or collapse. Some topple onto their backs and then can’t get up. Others spend so much time on their bellies that they sometimes suffer angry, bloody rashes called ammonia burns; these are a poultry version of bed sores.

“They’re living on their own feces, with no fresh air and no natural light,” said Leah Garcés, the president of Mercy for Animals. “I don’t think it’s what a Costco customer expects.”

Garcés wants Costco to sign up for the “Better Chicken Commitment,” an industry promise to work toward slightly better standards for industrial agriculture. For example, each adult chicken would get at least one square foot of space, there would be some natural light and the company would avoid breeds that put on weight that the legs can’t support.

Burger King, Popeyes, Chipotle, Denny’s and some 200 other food companies have embraced the Better Chicken Commitment, but grocery chains generally have not, with the exception of Whole Foods.

I asked Costco for comment. John Sullivan, the company’s general counsel, viewed the Mercy for Animals video and said that much of it simply depicts “normal and uneventful activity” but that “no system is foolproof when you are raising 18 million broilers at any given time.” He said that the company is working to adjust the genetics of Costco birds to develop a “more proportionate” build, but that this takes time.

In one respect, Costco has shown real leadership. The most barbaric part of the chicken industry is the traditional slaughtering process, which results in some birds being boiled alive. To its credit, Costco has moved toward a far more humane approach called controlled atmosphere stunning, so that birds are stunned before being shackled to the conveyor belt that takes them to their deaths.

Sullivan argued that the company is focused on animal welfare at every step of production, even saying that trucks carrying live chickens are set up “for optimal comfort of the birds.”

Hearing the Costco pitch, you get the sense that Costco chickens are enjoying a middle-class avian existence until the moment they end up on the rotisserie. When birds topple onto their backs and can’t get up, when their undersides sometimes carry ammonia burns, don’t believe it.

Yet what struck me was that Costco completely accepts that animal welfare should be an important consideration. We may disagree about whether existing standards are adequate, but the march of moral progress on animal rights is unmistakable.

When I began writing about these issues, I never guessed that McDonald’s would commit to cage-free eggs, that California would legislate protections for mother pigs, that there would be court fights about whether an elephant has legal “personhood,” and that Pope Francis would suggest that animals go to heaven and that the Virgin Mary “grieves for the sufferings” of mistreated livestock.

Hmm. If the pope is right, Costco chickens may have a better shot at heaven than Costco executives.

I don’t pretend that there are neat solutions. We raised a flock of chickens on our family farm when I was a kid, and we managed to be neither efficient nor humane. Many birds died, and being eaten by a coyote wasn’t such a pleasant way to go, either. There’s no need for a misplaced nostalgia for traditional farming practices, just a pragmatic acknowledgment of animal suffering and trade-offs to reduce it.

Abuse of livestock and poultry persists largely because it is hidden — even as chickens are slaughtered in the United States at the rate of one million per hour, around the clock. We treat poultry particularly poorly because humans identify less with birds than with fellow mammals. We may empathize with a calf with big eyes, but less so with species that we dismiss as “bird brains.”

Still, the issue remains as the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham posed it in 1789: “

The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”

Many of us aren’t quite sure what rights animals should have, or how far to take this concern for animal well-being. We’re learning as we go, but most are willing to pay a bit more to avoid torturing animals, and that’s why fast-food restaurants make Better Chicken Commitments; it’s why Costco will eventually come around, too.

Watch the video expose by clicking on the following link:

Opinion | The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Regards Mark