Day: February 22, 2021

Bavaria: murdered foxes on display

A walker sent PETA images showing numerous foxes hung up on the Doimahof in Alxing, Bavaria.

Füchse getötet und in Bayern zur Schau aufgehängt

The dead animals were tied to wooden pegs there.

PETA filed a complaint about harassment of the general public under Section 118 of the Administrative Offenses Act.

In addition, PETA calls on the people in charge of the Doimahof – which also runs a hotel and restaurant trade – to stop making their property available for such life-threatening activities.

And I mean…The German hunters, the best of all people, show the stupid world once again how to properly do and show mass murder.

A law always helps because the worst part is that it is legal.

Willingness to use violence and the protection of the law, that is all that hunters need for an animal massacre

The village society is obviously outraged by the “indecent” souvenirs on the tree, which give the village a bad reputation, but not for the annual mass murder of 500,000 foxes in Germany by hunters

These are unbearable images for a civilized country

regards and good night, Venus

Italy: successful raid against poachers in the Veneto lagoons

Report- Committee Against Bird Murder (CABS)

Employees of the Committee against Bird Murder (CABS) and a special unit of the Italian police have jointly taken action against illegal hunting and the trade on migratory birds in the Veneto region over the past 10 days.

The main focus of the controls was the lagoons south of Venice, in which hundreds of thousands of waterbirds from northern and central Europe are currently wintering.
As reported by the Committee against Bird Murder, 22 hunters were caught red-handed shooting down protected species or hunting with prohibited bait systems.

In addition, 21 shotguns, 6,400 rounds of ammunition, nine prohibited electronic decoys, and three professional poultry plucking machines were seized.

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In a butcher’s shop in Padua supplied by the poachers, 961 frozen wild birds were seized during a search, including gadfly, pochard, teal pintail, shoveler, and white-fronted geese.
Criminal proceedings were initiated against the suspects for poaching, possession of unregistered firearms, and violating the marketing bans.

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In the weeks leading up to the action, experts from the committee (CABS) had spent days collecting evidence against poachers from rubber dinghies, and then leading Carabinieri officials to their shooting huts.

The action is the largest campaign to date against poaching in the difficult-to-access lagoon landscape, which is of international importance for nature conservation as a resting and wintering area.

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Committee chairman Heinz Schwarze thanked the authorities involved for the good cooperation and announced further assignments in Venice.

https://wildbeimwild.com/law-order/schlag-gegen-illegale-vogeljagd-in-venezien/43074/2021/02/09/

And I mean…Many of the animals were freshly shot, says the committee, and had just been handed in by hunters, while others were already plucked and frozen in sacks.
All species are strictly prohibited from marketing in Italy.
The birds – almost all of them endangered throughout Europe – were intended for restaurants in Venice.

Excellent job in all respects!
We thank and congratulate the courageous activists of the CABS

My best regards to all, Venus

Swiss: Together for the protection of raccoons

At the end of January 2021, a raccoon was shot in Appenzell Innerhodischen Wasserauen.

He stayed “illegally” on Swiss soil and looked for food in a house. The raccoon was healthy.

He was peaceful and did not attack or put anyone in danger.

Auch-Waschbaeren-haben-ein-Recht-auf-Leben

The federal law on hunting and the protection of wild mammals and birds allows raccoons to be shot all year round.

They are not at home in Switzerland and could unbalance the ecological balance that has been devised and prescribed by humans.

In “specialist circles” they are listed as neo-zones, that is to say, “introduced and alien animal species” or clearly expressed as “animal non grata”.

Speciesism versus the raccoon

All over the world people are still discriminated against, humiliated, and often persecuted because of their origin and skin color.
In Switzerland, the racist criminal norm rightly prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of their ethnicity, skin color, and religion.
Because no one is better than the other. We all have the right to life and to be treated with respect and decency, no matter where we come from and what skin color or religion we have.

With animals, however, it looks different.

No protection is granted to non-resident animals: they are undesirable and “worthless”, although they too are no longer considered a thing.
Their right to life is denied to them by law because of their origin and in the name of the ecological balance dictated by humans.
This is lived “speciesism”, which means: the human being shows with his attitude towards alien animals once again that he is convinced that he is superior to all other species due to his nature and can therefore treat them as he wants. This attitude is more than reprehensible and can no longer be accepted.
Together for the protection of raccoons on Swiss soil

The PETITION aims to protect raccoons in Switzerland.

Raccoons should no longer be hunted and killed because of their origin. The right to life should apply to them too.
In order to prevent an overpopulation of raccoons and to protect the local biodiversity, the possibility of an oral contraceptive for the female raccoons should be examined.

https://wildbeimwild.com/medienmitteilungen/auch-waschbaeren-haben-ein-recht-auf-leben/

Petition: https://www.openpetition.eu/ch/petition/unterzeichner/schluss-mit-dem-abschuss-von-waschbaeren-in-der-schweiz

And I mean...” On the basis of being human” everyone has the right to life, to freedom, to integrity, to protection from discrimination, torture, and much more.

When it comes to animal rights, things get more difficult.
Humans are brought up with the principle of Suprematism, which says that humans are a very special animal that must by no means be mentioned in the same breath as the others.
Therefore the favored species is always the human.
Humans have rights, all other animal species have no rights.

The best thing that could happen to the raccoon would be a grace, which however would not belong to his rights, but is subject to the goodwill of the perpetrator.

We are a society of perpetrators who decide about the life and death of the weaker and also show solidarity with the perpetrator.

Those who belong to the privileged class do not know how it feels to be constantly under the power and violence of the ruler.

Therefore: we fight for the rights of those who have none, the rights of animals.
We stay on the right side

My best regards to all, Venus

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection.

Photo – Otwarte Klatki

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection | Eurogroup for Animals

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection

18 February 2021 NewsOn the cusp of the mink breeding season, which is set to resume at the end of this month, the European Food Safety Agency has released a report finding that all mink farms should be considered at risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and must be strictly monitored. Following the release of this report, animal protection groups FOUR PAWS, Humane Society International/Europe, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance – and their member organisations – have issued a strong call urging the European Commission to instruct Member States to immediately suspend mink production.

This call reflects a recently published scientific statement on public health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 and intensive mink production. 

“The only way to keep EU citizens safe is to immediately suspend mink production in the Member States where this cruel practice is still legal before the breeding season starts,” said Joh Vinding, Chair of the Fur Free Alliance. “If this does not happen, the current mink population will increase five-fold by May. Even though only the breeding animals are present right now, there have still been COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms in Spain and Poland. If the mink population is allowed to grow and all the cages on the fur farms are filled, the risk of disease transmission will likely also increase. The past year has shown that, irrespective of all monitoring and biosecurity protocols taken, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread uncontrollably amongst mink populations. At the time of this global health crisis, such risks need to be eliminated entirely.”

The EFSA report notes that in regions with a high density of fur farms, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is likely to spread from one mink farm to the next. EFSA recommends that Member States not only implement passive, but also active monitoring systems. They advise that measures should include frequently testing all people who come into contact with mink, testing samples from dead or sick animals, testing of wild mustelids captured near fur farms and genetic sequencing analysis for tracing the origins of outbreaks and identifying possible viral mutations.  

“Implementing such measures is extremely costly and will largely be financed by taxpayers’ money, despite the fact that the majority of EU citizens oppose the practice of fur farming” said Pierre Sultana, Director of Four Paws European Policy Office. “We know, for example, that just for one single farm, the Italian authorities spent a total of €50,000 between August and November 2020 to implement biosecurity measures. Regardless of the expense,one thing is patently clear: biosecurity and monitoring measures have their limitations and are not as effective as were originally believed. While they can help to detect outbreaks early on, they cannot entirely prevent mink from becoming infected. This is why we, as animal protection NGOs, have united in our call to immediately suspend all mink production in the EU.” 

“The necessity of halting mink production has become even more urgent following the recent discovery of the  so-called ‘Cluster 5’ mutation of SARS-CoV-2 in German patients,” said Dr Joanna Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for Humane Society International/Europe. “This dangerous mutation of the virus that originated in Danish mink was believed to have been eradicated after the mass culling of Denmark’s entire mink herd last year. However, these recent cases suggest that the authorities were not entirely successful in eradicating this dangerous viral mutation, which could potentially undermine the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in humans. We applaud Sweden for already taking action to ban mink breeding in 2021. Reportedly Belgian fur farmers have also voluntarily taken a decision to suspend breeding due to the risks associated with COVID-19. It is vital that the remaining Member States that still permit fur production follow their example.”

“The demand to suspend mink production is supported by a statement signed by numerous scientists from the fields of virology, infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, veterinary medicine and environmental health, which confirms the serious threat that fur farming poses to human health,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals. “It calls for the immediate suspension of mink farming as an appropriate, precautionary and proportionate measure based on public health concerns. The experts behind this statement, as well as EFSA, point out that due to the confined living conditions of animals in fur farms, once the virus has been introduced, it is almost impossible to stop transmission. The high number of individuals living in close proximity also provide ideal conditions for virus mutations to occur, as seen in Denmark. New variants may not respond to the vaccines that are currently available and could cause significant setbacks in Europe’s efforts to battle the virus.”  

Notwithstanding our unwavering position that fur farming should be permanently banned across the EU due to unacceptable animal welfare outcomes and future potential public health risks, in the interim, we are calling on the European Commission to act immediately to suspend mink farming, the breeding of mink, and the import and export of live mink and their raw pelts, across the European Union.

ENDS

Read the Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink

Read the EFSA Report 

EU: 21 NGOs call for rejection of “dairy ban” that would directly contradict EU Farm to Fork Strategy.

21 NGOs call for rejection of “dairy ban” that would directly contradict EU Farm to Fork Strategy

19 February 2021

Today, Eurogroup for Animals joins forces with 20 animal welfare, environmental and consumer NGOs to call on the European Commission and EU member states to reject proposed restrictions on plant-based dairy. These plans could ban essential allergen information, milk cartons and product images and directly contradict the Farm to Fork Strategy and undermine the Paris agreement targets.

In a joint letter coordinated by the Good Food Institute Europe and ProVeg International, the NGOs argue that the plans, in a proposed amendment to the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), would directly contradict an EU pledge to promote more plant-based diets as part of its Farm to Fork food sustainability strategy. The proposals could also deprive consumers of essential allergen information and cause confusion by forcing companies to use “unnatural linguistic contortions” to describe their products.

Among the 21 signatories are also Eurogroup for Animals’ members Compassion in World Farming, Essere Animali and World Animal Protection

Far from reinstating existing laws, by banning any “direct or indirect use” or “evocation” of dairy products, Amendment 171 would introduce new restrictions preventing plant-based dairy products from:

  • Providing essential health and allergen information such as “lactose-free alternative to dairy milk”.
  • Using packaging that is similar to those used for dairy products, such as cartons.
  • Using images of the product being poured at a breakfast table, or white foam swirling in a cappuccino.
  • Informing consumers about the climate impact of foods, such as by comparing the carbon footprint of plant-based and conventional dairy.
  • Using helpful descriptors such as “creamy” or “buttery”.

Last October, a majority of Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the proposed restrictions – but they remain subject to negotiations with the European Commission and EU member states at trilogues expected in March.

The letter also calls on the European Commission and member states to oppose Amendment 72 – a vaguely-worded proposal that would introduce significant legal uncertainty that could jeopardise the labelling of plant-based foods in the future. 

The signatories warn that these new restrictions go significantly further than existing EU law, which already bans plant-based dairy products from using terms like “milk” and “cheese”.

They argue that encouraging the broader uptake of plant-based diets is key to achieving the EU’s emissions targetsreducing land and water use, and preventing further destruction of global biodiversity

Agriculture is responsible for 10.3% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 70% of those come from the animal sector. A recent study by the University of Oxford found that, without reducing the world’s reliance on animal agriculture, it will be impossible to meet the Paris climate agreement.