Day: March 8, 2021

Spain / EU: Live Export and – Horsemeat from overseas: animal welfare and consumer protection at risk.

WAV Comment – we are very much trying to get news and information from Spain re the ‘Karim Allah’, which docked at the south-eastern Spanish port of Cartagena last week. We think that (and via other groups also) that all the cattle started to be slaughtered at the port commencing 6th or 7th of March 2021. When we get confirmation of the exact situation, we will publish more.

Regards Mark

Spain: Live Export Latest 1/3/21 – Animals Being Unloaded for Slaughter, Probably 2/3/21. – World Animals Voice

Spain: Live Export Update 28/2/21 – Cattle Stranded on Ship in Spain Must be Destroyed, Say Vets. – World Animals Voice

EU / Spain: When You Have An Animal Crisis; Dont Expect The EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team To Step In, Because They Don’t. Resign, All of Them ! – World Animals Voice

Spain: Disturbing Images From Livestock Ship. Everyone Blames Everyone Else. Shows the Abusive Conditions These Animals Have Been In Since Last Year. We Really Hope All Business Associated With This Suffering Pay the Price. – World Animals Voice

Horsemeat from overseas: animal welfare and consumer protection at risk

8 March 2021


Press Release

The latest NGOs investigations and EU audits in Australia and North and South America have, again, revealed massive problems with animal welfare and food safety. Today, the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals of the EU Parliament hosted a meeting on the import of horsemeat from overseas to analyse the problem.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels, 8 March, 2021

New video footage proves that horses are systematically abused, mistreated and neglected. Severely injured and sick horses do not receive veterinary care or euthanasia. Downer horses are pulled off the trucks with chains and left to die. In Canadian feedlots, newborn foals still freeze to death at temperatures as low as minus 36° Celsius 

Explained Sabrina Gurtner, Project Manager, Animal Welfare Foundation.

Horsemeat imports from overseas have been criticised by international animal welfare organisations for many years. The Animal Welfare Foundation (Germany) and Tierschutzbund Zürich (Switzerland) published their first comprehensive investigation report about horsemeat production in North and South America in 2013. 

As a result, all Swiss supermarkets took horsemeat from overseas off their shelves. Several Belgian, Dutch and French retailers followed their example. In 2015, the biggest Swiss meat importer GVFI (Basel) also stopped these imports on the ground that the equines’ traceability is not ensured. Yet, around 17,000 tons of horsemeat from overseas continue to be imported every year to the EU and Switzerland. 

An international animal welfare coalition, via a petition which has already gathered nearly 120,000 signatures, is currently calling on the European Commission to immediately suspend the imports of horsemeat from countries where EU requirements on food safety and animal welfare are not respected.

“Since 2015, European importers have been trying to get to grips with the blatant animal welfare violations in their partner slaughterhouses overseas by producing new manuals and arranging on-site visits”, added Gurtner. However, the importers’ attempts to control the production conditions have been ineffective to this day, as confirmed by recent NGOs investigations and EU audit reports

The malicious trade and slaughter of horses of unclear origin is causing serious animal welfare issues as well as health- and food safety risks. Horsemeat ends up indistinguishable in processed products, often sold in snackbars and cafetaria’s, so consumers may even be unaware of what they are actually eating. Besides, the animal abuse uncovered in the NGO’s documentaries is horrific. There are no excuses for the European Commission to look the other way any longer. The import of horsemeat from overseas has to be immediately stopped

Commented Anja Hazekamp, MEP (GUE/NGL), President of the Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.  

The most recent EC audit reports on horsemeat production in Uruguay (2018) and Argentina (2020) confirm “serious questions about animal welfare at the time of killing” and that “the shortcomings identified in the operation and effectiveness of the control system at these facilities do not allow the CCA (Central Competent Authority, ed) to provide guarantees that they are under adequate control, and thus to provide assurances that they meet relevant EU standards”.

The same EU audit reports also indicate that the audits did not reflect the everyday situation. “The inspections are announced in advance and slaughterhouses and horse dealers have developed a system to mislead the inspectors”, explains Gurtner. Footage recorded by NGOs shows that pens are emptied before the audits, or that sick and injured horses are exchanged with healthy animals. 

The EU suspended Mexican horsemeat imports, following issues similar to those that occured in Uruguay, Argentina, Canada or Australia, and it led to a decrease in production and exports. Yet, now we witness an increase of Argentinian horsemeat imports into the EU, so any positive impact has been hindered by the lack of coherence of the EU approach on this dossier. The EU should send a clear message to its trading partners stressing that respecting the rules matters, and suspend imports where requirements are not met. Then, it should use its trade negotiations to incentivise progress and only restore imports if rules are respected

Concluded Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals.


The petition: Demand an import suspension of cruelly produced horsemeat from overseas

Read the briefing  Stable to Fork: EU Horse Meat Imports 

the German Hunting Association has troubles…

E-Mail from the German Hunting Association (DJV) to its members:

“Dear hunters,

In the following, I will give you information from the DJV, according to which hunting opponents will probably be active in different parts of Germany.

Because the DJV is currently receiving frequent reports of hunting-critical activities in hunting grounds by hunters at the base.
At the same time, the DJV noticed increased activities in the direction of hunting disruption and hunting sabotage in internet forums and social media groups.

The SOKO-Animal Welfare Association is currently calling for all trap-catching locations in Germany to be reported to the association ( *.

Image: SOKO-Animal Welfare Association

In Lower Saxony, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) recently destroyed the Celle hunter’s burrow facility overnight and released the foxes.

In animal rights forums, the DJV finds calls and plans for further acts of sabotage, increasingly through “profiles” from Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Lower Saxony.

The campaign of Pro Fox Alliance has recently started a campaign against fox hunting:

This is supported by Hannes Jaenicke (German actor) and Peter Wohlleben (forester)

The GEO Magazine has now also reported on this: https: // /…/ 24077-rtkl-tierschutz-streitthema …

At the same time, the animal rights organization PETA is currently launching a campaign (LINK: to stop fox hunting.

Be particularly vigilant in the near future and report suspicious activities to the DJV (!!!)
If you see calls for criminal offenses on the Internet, please send screenshots with URLs and time tamp to us or directly to the DJV.

Please also pay attention to possibly sabotaged high seats such as sawn-off ladders etc (!!!)”

Source: Facebook

And I mean…The hunters are mobilizing.!!
They are slowly losing the ground under their feet! They notice that more and more people do not want to accept that their peaceful forests are turned into battlefields for defenseless animals.

In Germany, there is no nature reserve, no forest, no lake that is not subject to hunting.
Our remaining natural environment and the wild animals living in it have been degraded to a shooting range by a wretched minority (0.45% of the population, 388,000 hobby hunters).

Some animal rights activists who published the DJV’s email on their Facebook page have already been threatened.

The standard method used by German hunters is the intimidation method.
The heavily armed gang was always of the opinion that not only the animals in the forest but also any hunting opponents can terrorize.
Those days are over!

* SOKO Animal Welfare Association made an appeal on Facebook in January of this year, I quote:

“Who can help?

We are looking for hunting trap locations. Alive or homicide traps.
Anyone who knows such locations: Please doesn`t comment here, but send us exact location data and, if possible, a photo by PM. Thank you.

Update: Since the various hunters are just going crazy again, I would like to remind you again that the forest in Germany is free.
That means, you can enter it, you can relax there and also take photos. Of course, as always, you should pay attention to signs, leave them as you found them, and show consideration for yourself, animals, and third parties.

Anyone who knows SOKO Animal Welfare Association knows that our tactics are always peaceful, legal, and successful. In this sense, enjoy nature, respect its inhabitants, and do not allow yourself to be patronized by people who think the German forest is their private playground”.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: 8/3/21 – Vegan Bites.

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Seaspiracy Documentary Trailer Secures Thousands Of Views Ahead Of Netflix Release

It is described on Netflix to document humans’ harm on the sea, and uncovers ‘alarming global corruption’. The documentary is directed by Ali Tabrizi and Lucy Tabrizi.

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Lewis Hamilton Plugs Pharrell Williams’ Vegan Skincare Brand To 21.5 Million Followers

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Regards Mark

There Was A Killing.


WAV Comment – As always, I want to thank Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ Stacey | Our Compass (  for supplying this info to me.  For Regan Russell, and for Jill Phipps, killed here in England when murdered by a livestock truck carrying calves for export, there will never be any so rightly deserved justice.  The ‘system’ is fine tuned to stop the law doing what it rightly should.  But we, in the animal activism world will always look and remember Regan and Jill for what they were and for what they did; paying the ultimate price for simply showing compassion to those who had never experienced it before.  Mark.

Animal exploitation perpetuates normalized violence, towards all, I have never witnessed so much hostility, anger, and belligerence than from the purveyors of animal consumption. To disregard animals in such incalculable numbers and in unimaginable ways, inflicting intentional, massive, and relentless suffering and pain on trillions of animals per year, taking their lives willingly and indifferently, promotes violence towards all animals, including humans. You cannot deal in bloody violence, perpetuate and sanction it, and not have it affect others.

I can attest I saw relentless activism on behalf of the killer and not the victim, fundraisers where people happily provided thousands of dollars to the killer, not to the victim, as per normal in the animal agriculture industry: the victims are hidden and society excuses such because it personally profits and benefits from the victimization. There was no expressed remorse, regret, genuine condolences, only anger, ridicule, and mockery towards those very humans who are opposed to exploitative violence.

Even if you disagree, your opinion is meaningless to the victims, who suffer, feel pain, and die violently and unwillingly. Regan Russell is another victim of the brutal, violent, and despicable animal agriculture industry.


Source Toronto Pig Save

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Please sign petition to stop opening of new slaughterhouse HERE


The trucker who killed Regan Russell was cited with careless driving, a non-criminal charge.

Anita Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief, facing up to 10 years in prison, for giving water to pigs.

Regan Russell, 65, was violently struck and killed by a pig transport truck in front of Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse on Friday, June 19, 2020. She was at a Toronto Pig Save vigil with six other activists giving pigs water on one of the hottest days of the year. She regularly attended pig vigils and on this particular day Regan was there to oppose Ontario’s “ag-gag” Bill 156, which had passed two days prior.

On the morning of June 19th, 2020, seven activists from the love-based animal rights group Toronto Pig Save were demonstrating outside Sofina Foods’ Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario. What began as a peaceful vigil (giving water to pigs and offering them comfort moments before their death) and protest against “ag-gag” Bill 156 soon ended in horror for vegan activist Regan Russell.

It was a little after 10 am as another truck carrying pigs appeared on the horizon, but something was off. Though the truck would be turning right onto a service road, the driver remained in the left lane, not moving, holding up traffic for several light-cycles. Russell, waiting at the crosswalk on the far side of the service road, eventually decided to join her companions. Suddenly, the truck lurched forward and the other activists heard a terrifying scream, but the driver kept going until security guards waved him down.

By then, 65-year old Regan Russell, a decades-long pioneer in Canadian animal rights activism had been dragged more than the entire length of the truck, and she was dead.

No criminal charges were brought against the driver due to the passing of Bill 156 just one day before, a statute designed to protect transporters from animal rights activists. Dubbed an ag-gag, Bill 156 is an undemocratic and unconstitutional piece of legislation that allows force to be used against protesters. It also infringes on the right to assemble and criminalizes activists and whistleblowers working to expose violence against animals on farms, at slaughterhouses, and in transport trucks.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shaun Monson (Earthlings, Unity), and featuring never-before-seen footage, There Was a Killing provides first-hand accounts and in-depth analysis from attorneys Robert Monson, Lisa Bloom, and David Simon exposing corruption and a cover-up that has allowed the animal agriculture industry to avoid the legal and economic consequences of their behavior through a law some may see as a license to kill.


Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind hand. While her tragic death has brought upon deep sorrow in the Animal Save [Movement] community, we will honor her memory by vigorously confronting the cruelties she fought so hard to prevent by marching with Black Lives, protecting Indigenous rights, fighting for LGBTQ equality, and living a compassionate vegan life. The Ontario government can attempt to silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag bill -Bill 156 – but we will never go away and we will never back down.

Joaquin Phoenix

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You know, people do things and take actions in many different forms, because they know that what is being seen by everyone is simply not right. Many know it is true, and yet continue to do nothing about it; others do get up off their butt and decide to take action; and that action comes in many forms; that is what makes us all different; and what often makes the difference in getting change. A while back I was asked why I have always been so involved in campaigns against live animal transport. It is a very long story, but the reply I gave hopefully explains a little about it. For me, when I was 8 or 9 years of age, it was that simple day, but a different one, when I witnessed something as a young lad all those years ago and decided that what I was witnessing was simply not right; so time for action. 50 years later we still have not won on this disgusting issue, but we have hell made a dent and have the vast majority of the worlds public support behind us ! – and that is positive for any campaign.

Regards Mark.

So what made you get into live animal exports so much Mark ?

I have really been an animal activist since the age of about 16.  I am into the rear end of my 50’s now; but fighting for animals every day for so many years has always been a challenge and an enjoyment; I don’t regret one single day of trying to make a difference for them despite some failures (which you always get) with some issues.  To say every day was ‘an enjoyment’ is probably wrong; you see a lot of bad stuff; but fighting for animals, yes, that is a total enjoyment.

Live exports; yup; lets go back to when I was around 8 or 9 years old.  Like most young lads, I lived on my bike and went anywhere and everywhere I could on it, day in, day out.  At the time, we lived close to one of the major motorways (freeway, autoroute; many names in many different places) that went on to the Channel port of Dover.  Kent is the nearest part of England to Europe, and is still known as the ‘Gateway to Europe’ for freight and holiday traffic.….0…1ac.1.30.img..0.12.621.2HMLYuXgprU

So one Sunday I was out on my bike; it was raining and quite windy, but what the hell; that was biking ! – at one specific location on this major motorway, which was a regular on my route, the official ministry staff were pulling over Dover bound freight heading for Europe, to check they were roadworthy and had all the necessary taxes and documentation that was required by law. 

As a young lad; and things have not changed much ever since; I am still a bit of a truck ‘Diesel Head’ – I still love anything truck and heavy freight; I would sit on the grass near to these officials and revel in being able to see all this heavy freight being pulled over and stopped just a few metres from where I sat on the grass.  This ‘official’ pull over and stop place used on the motorway was on a gradual upwards incline; so in a way, many loaded trucks were naturally going slower; which was ideal for the officials to select their ‘victims’.


Then, on that day, in a matter of seconds; things changed; and my life really has never been the same since.  Looking back (down) the incline at the trucks clambering up the slope; out of the gloom and rain I saw this ‘slow goer’.  The plod (policeman) stepped into the first lane of the motorway just ahead of it, pointed at the truck and then pointed towards the small lay by area where we were.  In compliance with what was being said to him through hand signals, this same truck steered left onto the lay by area; where it stopped a few metres from me. 

Bloody hell; I had never witnessed anything like it before.  It was the big; 3 axle trailers as you often see; but instead of the usual box or tilt type; this was loaded up with 4 tiers of live sheep.  In those days, (which is illegal now); the top tier had no roof for animal protection, and so the poor unfortunates on the top deck were trying to hide down below the end and side panels of the trailer; in order to get a little protection form the wind and rain which the elements threw at them.  Those located in the middle of the pack were hemmed in due to stock densities; and had no chance of getting to the sides; so they simply endured all the wind and the rain; it was a simple as that.

I sat there for the five minutes or so that this truck stopped; mesmerized by what I was seeing; whilst the driver, T shirt laden in his warm and cosy cab, went through his paperwork with the officials.

I was only 8 or 9; but I knew there and then that what I was witnessing was sheer animal abuse; and the immense suffering that was being imposed on the animals on this truck that were unable to defend themselves or their rights from ‘mighty man’.  Within minutes; the paperwork was obviously declared as correct, and the animal carrier pulled back out onto the motorway from its stop point to continue its journey; with so many innocent and suffering sheep aboard.

For me; that was it; mentally, I declared to myself there and then that one day when I got bigger and had a chance to do it; I would do whatever I could to stop this disgusting business that I had just witnessed – the transport of live and sentient animals over long distances.

Fifty years later, I have probably grown up now (?), and am still doing the fight. Now, public awareness of the suffering of the live trade, and the huge public support through many years of education, is so much behind us and giving the drive.  That boyhood vision of taking action as a ‘grown up bloke’ eventually arose, and I never ever looked back and considered that it was time to call it a day.

When I got into my teens I was pretty level headed, but when it came to animal abuse and suffering; I became an ‘angry young Turk’; trying most things to stop their suffering.  My first ever ‘proper’ demonstration was at the age of 16 when I went ‘up the road’ into London town to take part in well organised campaigns against the barbaric dog and cat meat trade in the far East. 

The more I started learning about other different issues of animal suffering, as you do at such events, the more I became involved with different campaigns against the abuse.  But those visions of the live export sheep that day from my childhood stayed with me; I never forgot them or their suffering; and I guess that speaking up in their defence against live transport years later became my real No.1 issue; and still is.

A cold day in Dover, England – fighting for the crated veal calves. Putting the Prime Minister in the crate to experience his authorisation of such a system.

As time went on, the angry Turk became very involved with 2 animal rights groups locally; and as a group we were effective.  At that time; animal rights was a huge thing in the UK, as it still is, but some in political circles then wanted to brand us, the animal rights advocates, as terrorists; as in those days, with bombing and killings by the IRA being a big thing in the UK; it was (probably) ‘politically convenient’ to include animal activists in the same ‘terrorist’ corner; which was wrong, as animal activists were trying to stop killing rather than supporting it; a thing which has never changed with them.

Over the years, and living near to London town, I and others from the group would often go into central London city to take part in demonstrations against the fur trade – at places like Harrods and other major fur retailers.  As part of a local group, I also became very involved with trying to get travelling circuses (with animals) to stop using them in their performances.  I have nothing at all against performing circuses; they can be great and fun for any family; but I do have a problem with big cats being kept in check in the ring with whips and elephants etc having to walk round on balls just to get a clap – it is pathetic and needs stopping everywhere.  To this day I still campaign a lot to try and get animals freed from travelling circuses wherever it still happens in the world.

It continues; another day, another time …………………….

Above – Exposing the export of live sheep from Serbia

Mrs Plod makes sure I behave !


For women’s Day

The majority of female non-human animals never got their rights.
Not even for an hour.
They are still with marks in their ears in the slave centers of this world, only one number, only one function: to serve the human animals.

Their families and children were robbed and they could not defend them because these women were shackled as little young girls.

Even serious criminals don’t have to fear such a punishment, but these women are imprisoned, raped, and forced into chains for life because their biggest and only crime was to be born.

Born in a society in which “human rights” arise solely from belonging to the human species – no matter how a person is made, it has this right per se. Because it is human.

As a result, it is created the “right” of the strongest against the other animals, and it is even legalized.
The violence against non-human animals with their billions of faces and fates is solely the result of the fascist superiority of the human species

Therefore, on Women’s Day, we think of the millions of non-human women on earth, of their stolen children, of the women who give birth in miserable boxes, of the women who give birth in trucks, of the women who are waiting to be executed in the slaughterhouse.

That is an injustice, and we will continue to fight for their liberation, for their rights.

My best regards to all, Venus