Day: March 11, 2021

Italy and the United Kingdom ban foie gras-excellent!

The United Kingdom will ban the import of foie gras and 13 large Italian supermarkets have decided to stop selling this product, considered by the EU as harmful, due to the mistreatment it entails for animals.

While the production of foie gras is illegal in the UK as a cruel practice, the country still imports approximately 200 tonnes of the product from abroad each year.

However, after fierce campaigns by animal rights organizations, the import of foie gras to the UK will finally be banned in a new post-Brexit law.

Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith has confirmed that he plans to introduce a ban on imports to the UK “in the next few months”.

Lord Goldsmith tweeted: “Foie gras is unbearable barbarism. It’s hard to imagine that anyone can see the process
and still enjoy eating it. “ Before Brexit, the UK was subject to laws that considered the product a ‘delicacy’ and integral to French cuisine.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the foie gras production “raises serious concerns.”

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China: Scientists Confirm Wuhan Wet Market Is ‘Most Likely Origin’ Of COVID-19.

Scientists Confirm Wuhan Wet Market Is ‘Most Likely Origin’ Of COVID-19

‘These viruses could convincingly spillover from wildlife into either people or animals farmed in the region’

The most likely origin of the COVID-19 pandemic is still the Wuhan wet market, scientists confirm.

Members of a World Health Organization (WHO) delegation to China recently made the claim in a recent Chatham House briefing.

They also found zero evidence to support theories the disease was deliberately made in a lab. Or, that it was caused by an ‘accidental lab leak’. 

‘Most likely’ origin of COVID-19

Dr. Peter Daszak is a zoologist and President of NGO EcoHealth Alliance. 

The company says it found ‘a viable conduit’ between the Wuhan wet market and where the ‘closest relatives of COVID-19 are found in bats’.

Dr. Dasszak told the Evening Standard: “It provides a link and a pathway by which these viruses could convincingly spillover from wildlife into either people or animals farmed in the region. And ,then [be] shipped into the market by some means.”

He then suggested the disease came from domesticated or farmed animals which then got into the wet market.

Wuhan wet market

It has been long speculated that the COVID-19 outbreak came from a wet market in Wuhan – where live animals are sold and slaughtered alongside dead ones.

As a result, the United Nations is being urged to ban wet markets around the world

According to Animal Equality: “Wet markets get their name in part from the blood, guts, scales, and water that soak the stalls’ floors, remnants of animals brutally killed so customers can eat freshly killed meat…

“These markets are also a threat to public health,” the charity added. “[They] have been the source of documented disease outbreaks in the past, including SARS… 

“It’s because of the public health crises wet markets cause, as well as the intense suffering inflicted on farmed animals, that Animal Equality is urging the United Nations to demand a ban on all wet markets. Not only do these markets pose an immediate danger to humans, they are also intensely cruel to animals.”

Regards Mark


Minneapolis to Get Its First Vegan Burger Chain

WAV Comment – Looks Really Cool !! – Things are really starting to move plant based now. That’s the Future.


New vegan burger chain Stalk & Spade—the first of its kind to open in Minneapolis—will expand nationally through franchising starting this spring. 

Next month, vegan fast-casual burger shop Stalk & Spade will open in Wayzata, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. Created by restaurateur Steele Smiley, Stalk & Spade will feature vegan versions of traditional fast food, such as burgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries, chicken nuggets, and shakes. All recipes were developed by the team after months of testing. 

Smiley believes the plant protein concept can be a market leader and plans to build on the Wayzata location by expanding nationally through franchising, starting this spring. “I’m utterly convinced we’ve cracked the code on plant-based burgers. You won’t know the difference,” Smiley told media outlet Twin Cities Business. “I knew the only way people would come is if the food tastes like classic favorites.”

Plant-based eating is the future

A long time vegan, Smiley says his 11-year-old son inspired him to create the plant-based burger concept when, one night, he asked for a burger while eating at Smiley’s salad chain Crisp & Green. “We’re going to look like a national brand from day one: dine in, order ahead, car-side pickup,” Smiley said. “I believe all-plant eating is our future. It’s exciting to be first.”

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Regards Mark

South Korea: Great News – No Objections To New Animal Welfare Bill No. 7035, Relating to Dog Meat Slaughter and Consumption.

WAV Comment – ‘No Objections to the Bill’; your compassion is making a difference.

We see this as a very positive move for the issue of dog meat (farms) in South Korea. But do not stop now, see the newsletter link below for info and to take more actions.

Thanks – Regards Mark

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Your compassionate action is making a difference!

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety added

below statement to their response to our e-People petitions:

“We would like to inform you that our Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, has issued a “No Objection” opinion with respect to the recently proposed amendment to the Animal Protection Act (Bill No. 7035, 12/30/20), sponsored by 10 legislators including Congresswoman Han Jeong-Ae.

This Bill No.7035, bans the slaughter and sale of dogs and cats as food, and imposes penalties in case of violation. We are also cooperating with the push ahead of the proposed amendment.”

Learn more and further actions:

Click HERE to learn more about the Bill No. 7035 and take actions to help. 

Great News From Peta ! – China Announces New Cosmetics Regulations Without Animal Testing.

PETA is celebrating great news out of China! Beginning on May 1, the Chinese government will allow companies to apply for an exemption to market most imported “general cosmetics”—such as shampoo, body wash, lotion, and makeup—without the usually required animal testing.

This news comes after our determined campaign that ramped up in 2012, when PETA revealed that some formerly cruelty-free companies had quietly started paying the Chinese government to test their products on animals in order to sell them in China. Hundreds of thousands of animals each year have been subjected to tests in which products were forced down their throats, rubbed onto their raw skin, or applied to their sensitive eyes.

After uncovering this, PETA funded training for Chinese scientists in the use of non-animal methods. This work is paying off!

Read more about this breakthrough here. Please continue to support 100% cruelty-free companies when purchasing personal-care products by referring to our Beauty Without Bunnies database of more than 5,200 compassionate companies and brands that don’t test on animals anywhere in the world.

While you’re here, please do more for animals in labs:


Let’s End All Experiments on Animals! | PETA Action

Thank you for all that you’re doing to help animals!


Kathy Guillermo
Senior Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department

Regards Mark