Day: February 11, 2021

European Court of Justice prevents tests on rabbits

Success in REACH chemical animal testing

In a groundbreaking ruling, the European Court of Justice ruled Esso Raffinage not to have to carry out a series of tests on rabbits. The oil company went to the highest European court because the authority ECHA wanted to force him to do the animal tests, even though the company had submitted other safety data.

As part of the REACH= (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) chemicals regulation, the chemical industry has to submit extensive data on its chemicals.

Oftentimes these involve animal testing. In one case, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) asked ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Raffinage to conduct a developmental toxicity study on hundreds of rabbits.

The company presented evidence from other sources of the safety of its chemical in an attempt to avoid the rabbit tests.

The ECHA – represented by the member state Germany – insisted on the animal tests and Esso brought the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Our European umbrella organization, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), submitted detailed arguments against carrying out the test.

The ECJ ruled in favor of the oil company.

The judges emphasized that according to the REACH guideline, animal experiments can only be carried out as a “last resort”. The obligation of companies to adhere to this principle also applies if the ECHA has initially decided that animal experiments must be carried out.

ECHA is obliged to take into account the non-animal testing data proposed by the company.

A milestone in jurisprudence!
If Esso had lost, it would have opened the door to countless other REACH animal tests.

The positive verdict will hopefully encourage other chemical companies to refuse animal testing.

Dr. med. vet. Corina Gericke (Doctors Against Animal Testing)

 

And I mean...ExxonMobil, known in Europe as Esso, is the world’s largest oil company with an annual turnover of 228 billion US dollars, roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Sweden.
Exxon is making billions of dollars in oil sales.
At the same time, the group has been vehemently denying for years that burning oil has anything to do with climate change

ExxonMobil (Esso) fought with all means against the introduction of the first, binding international climate protection agreement (Kyoto Protocol), refused compensation for the damage to the Exxon Valdez, ignores human rights to this day, and is the only oil company to invest hardly a cent in the development of renewable energies.

The real business of the oil giant is “extract oil, process oil, sell oil” at any price.
Because oil means power.

And yet suddenly the company derives from its power a certain responsibility against senseless animal testing.
Esso sues in order not to have to conduct animal tests, wins, and hundreds of animals are spared a cruel fate.

We are amazed!
And we wonder what went wrong this time in the deal with their loyal german friends “ECHA”!
Which, fortunately, led to a very positive result.

And that is what always counts, the result!

My best regards to all, Venus

England: 11/02 – Shots From the Garden – Keep the Birds Well Fed In This Cold Snap.

I did a post recently about making sure all the garden birds are fed and watered during the Winter time:

England: Keep Our Birds Fed (and Watered) This Winter. – World Animals Voice

Well this week (8-13/2) it has been very cold here in England; with snow affecting everywhere and temperatures down to -22 degrees in the North.

Apart from my usual (above link) I have been doing extra food for our feathered friends – as they really need to take in food and extra fat to help them survive the very cold nights.

11/2 – A sunnier day today and nice to see everybody enjoying their food in the garden. Here are the Doves of Peace:

Mr Fox has been around also during the night – maybe it was the leftover cat food and slices of cake that he stopped off for iin the early ours.  He left his tracks in the snow as clear evidence that he had been around.  Note the pictures are not good as they were taken later in the morning when some of the snow was melting.

Below – Mr Fox leaves his tracks.

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Photo – Media storehouse

But keep feeding your birds when you can; they need to put on reserves so that they can get through the night ok.  For us; it will be getting significantly warmer at the weekend; which will help the birds survive the night; but we will ensure they still get their daily feeds.

Here are a few shots from this morning of the ‘diners’; and the Red Legged Partridges sitting on the fence after they had fed up last evening.  They are looking really good !

Winter is a good time for spotting wildlife in your area.

Regards Mark

Below – the ‘Red Legers’ sit on the gate at nightfall after they have had their feed.

Below – a graphic of the Red Leg Partridge – from ‘Whatbird’ UK

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England: Sir Roger May Now Be Gone; But Now He Got His Dream – Fortnum and Mason Stop Selling Foie Gras After Long Campaign.

WAV Comment – Lady Moore, widow of Sir Roger Moore, said the James Bond star would have been “delighted” that his campaign finally bore fruit.

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She said: My late husband, Sir Roger Moore, was a staunch advocate for animal rights, and foie gras production was one of the many issues he took a stand against.

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This is really brilliant news.  We know that despite being ‘James Bond’ and everything that went with it; the real Roger Moore was a staunch animal rights advocate; and for years campaigned hard with regard Foie Gras and the use o animals in British circuses.  Very sadly, Sir Roger is no longer with us to celebrate this wonderful news; but we will always remember his respect for, and his involvement in the animal rights movement.

Celebrate today and respect the work on this campaign by Sir Roger.

Some of our past posts:

 

Foie Gras – The Reality Of The Cruel Production And Slaughter Processes – Narrated By Sir Roger Moore. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

UK: Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) to Prime Minister: It’s Past Time to Ban Animal Circuses. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

Foie Gras – Not A Gastronomic Delight; Just Blatant Animal Abuse; Plain And Simple. Video To Watch From L214 (France). | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

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 Regards Mark

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Exclusive: Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras after campaign by celebrities

This news comes as the government considers a ban on the product now we have left the EU

For over a decade, Fortnum & Mason has stood against the pressure to stop selling “torture in a tin” as it remained one of the last great department stores to sell foie gras.

It has long been a contentious issue between those who see the product as a traditional luxury, and those who balk at the idea of force-feeding a duck or goose for human consumption. But now, the landmark London shop has given into campaigners and is phasing it out.

Celebrities including the late Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, Joanna Lumley, Bill Oddie and Ricky Gervais have for years been part of a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) to picket the shop.

Lady Moore, widow of Sir Roger Moore, said the James Bond star would have been “delighted” that his campaign finally bore fruit.

She said: “My late husband, Sir Roger Moore, was a staunch advocate for animal rights, and foie gras production was one of the many issues he took a stand against. For years, he joined Peta in urging Fortnum & Mason to stop selling this product of horrific cruelty. I know he would have been delighted to hear that the retailer has finally made the compassionate decision to remove foie gras from its shelves.”

Defra minister Lord Goldsmith has joined campaigners in the crusade against the goose liver product, and the government is now considering a ban on the product.

 A spokesperson said: “The Government has made clear that the production of foie gras from ducks or geese using force feeding raises serious welfare concerns, and the practice is rightly banned in the UK.

“The Government is considering the further steps it could take in relation to foie gras.” 

Fortnum & Mason confirmed to this newspaper that they have stopped buying in the product and are now selling off the rest of their stock. Once it runs out, foie gras will no longer be on the department store’s shelves.

A spokesperson said: “This decision was made last year as part of an ongoing focus on the way we do business.”

The last few tins are still being sold on its website, which reads: “Our foie gras is produced by just two farms carefully selected for their excellent welfare standards; smooth and creamy, it is the simplest way to transform a meal into a banquet.”

This has often been a contentious issue for department stores which wish to cater to their more well-heeled clientele without sparking mass protest by animal rights activists. Selfridges stopped selling foie gras in 2009 – but customers were so keen to get their hands on the luxury item that the butcher sold it “under the counter”. In 2012, he was caught and swiftly fired. Harrods still sells the product.

Joanna Lumley has long campaigned against foie gras CREDIT: Heathcliff O’Malley 

Fortnum & Mason previously maintained that it would not bow to pressure from activists, arguing  that demand for it was “very strong”. He and the store had “many thousands of customers” who wanted to buy “what is essentially a very traditional product”.

Campaigners celebrated the news.

 BBC presenter Chris Packham said: “The world is changing, every more rapidly, in its regard to the way we treat animals. They are not there for us, they and we are part of a world that should support them. And we are waking up not the fact that what was acceptable yesterday is no longer tolerable today. Hats off to Fortnums, this is a timely signal that time are changing, and for the poor abused geese in France, they will be changing for the better.”

 Lorraine Platt, the co-founder of the Conservative Animal Welfare Network, the influential network of which Prime Minister’s fiancée Carrie Symonds is a member has been part of the protests.

She said: “I campaigned for Peta outside Fortnums just before we launched Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation to protest against the sale of foie gras in the store wearing a mask of Sir Roger Moore- who was leading the campaign for Peta back then. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a very private dinner with Sir Roger Moore and his family and had the opportunity to thank him face to face for all he was doing at the time to press Fortnums  to stop selling the grotesque product.”

Peta Vice President Mimi Bekhechi added: “From boardroom meetings to being force-fed outside the doors of the famous store by Steven Berkoff, our campaigning activities ran the gamut.

“Although it took far too long, we’re thrilled that the penny has finally dropped and Fortnum & Mason is joining the extensive list of iconic British institutions that reject this torture in a tin.”

To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers become diseased and swollen. By the end of their lives, many birds have trouble breathing because their enlarged livers compress their lungs, which is why the EU’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare recommends “that force-feeding of ducks and geese should stop and this could be best achieved by the prohibition of the production, importation, distribution and sale of foie gras.”

Exclusive: Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras after campaign by celebrities (telegraph.co.uk)