Day: March 15, 2021

China zoo ‘tries to pass dog off as wolf’.

The dog passed off as a wolf

China zoo ‘tries to pass dog off as wolf’

A zoo in central China has raised eyebrows this week after it was caught seemingly trying to pass off a dog as a wolf.

Social media footage appeared on Tuesday showing a visitor to the Xiangwushan Zoo in Xianning, Hubei province, visiting the zoo’s wolf enclosure.

He filmed an animal that looked like a Rottweiler lying on its side in a cage, and said to the animal: “Woof! Are you a wolf?” in a short video that has since gone viral.

It has led to a lot of jokes online, but has also sparked debate about whether zoos are necessary in a post-Covid era, with many voicing concern about their maintenance.

Wolf had ‘died of old age’

Mr Xu, who filmed the footage, told Beijing News that he had asked staff at the park why there was a dog in the wolf’s cage. He said he was told that there had been a wolf, but that it had “died of old age”.

An employee confirmed this to local media, and said that the dog, which had been raised as a watchdog by the park, was only being kept there temporarily.

But as the news website notes, he did also hint that the zoo had been financially struggling, saying it “didn’t have enough visitors to keep the zoo up and running well”.

The park, which charges 15 yuan ($2.30; £1.70) and also keeps lions and tigers, has now been told by the local forestry bureau to remove the sign leading to the enclosure.

‘At least get a husky’

The incident has sparked a lot of discussion online. Many users on the popular Sina Weibo microblog say that it has given them a good laugh, although others say that they are “shocked” and that it actually makes them “a little sad”.

“At least get a husky,” one Weibo user says, noting that the breed would at least look more similar to a wolf. Their post received more than 6,000 likes.

Many users said they were relieved just to learn that the dog was not the wolf’s dinner.

Some are talking about their own experiences as kids of visiting “poorly run” zoos, saying that reality never quite meets up to expectation.

There have been a number of well-publicised instances of zoos providing poor substitutes for wild animals.

In 2019, similar video footage showed a domestic dog in a wolf enclosure at the Jiufengshan Forest Park in the nearby city of Wuhan.

In 2017, a zoo in southern Guangxi promised penguins at its site, but visitors arrived to find inflatable ones.

In 2013, a Tibetan mastiff was passed off as an African cat at a zoo in Henan.

There have also been multiple cases overseas of donkeys being painted to look like zebras.

‘Struggling to survive’

Although it has bemused many, this incident has also led others to voice concerns about the continued operation of such zoos.

While they are beneficial to local tourism, the Global Times newspaper notes that many zoos, especially smaller ones, “are struggling to survive nowadays”, especially in the wake of the pandemic. There are users voicing fears that this could lead to animals being neglected. In January, a popular zoo in the eastern city of Nanjing asked the public for donations, revealing that it had not been able to pay its employees’ salaries as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Xianning’s local economy suffered significantly last year, as Hubei province felt the brunt of China’s Covid-19 outbreak. The city is not far from Wuhan, the original Covid-19 epicentre, and was one of many cities in Hubei that went into strict lockdown between January and March 2020.

Calls to be ‘gradually phased out’

Animal rights activists have been repeatedly critical of China’s zoos over the years. The South China Morning Post noted in 2017 that stories have perpetuated about poor conditions and the maltreatment of animals at Chinese zoos.

Animal protection laws are somewhat limited in China, but they have gradually been stepped up over the last year, as Covid-19 has led to crackdowns on activities where the hunting, trading or eating of wild animals could lead to disease.

But many in China have also been increasingly discussing how their own experiences of confinement during 2020 have led to them questioning whether zoos need to be “gradually phased out” and replaced by conservation or safari zones.

This was especially apparent last April, when footage circulated online showing a “depressed” tiger walking in circles around a cage at a zoo in Beijing.

Users took to Weibo to talk about how they now felt they had “been there” themselves, and some urged the return of wild animals to the “mountains and grasslands”.

Regards Mark

Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon: the first vegan Hospital-super!

“Patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs – the very foods that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place”

On March 1, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve only vegan meals.

The menu change came after a transition period where Hayek offered patients a choice between animal-based and vegan meals, along with information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products.

The hospital announced the switch on Instagram with a poignant post.

Ein bunter Falafel-Teller Gemüse.

A colorful falafel platter of vegetables. Bild:

“Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs … the very food [s] that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place,” Hayek Hospital posted.

The hospital went on to address “the elephant in the room” citing examples of why animal products do not belong on hospital menus.

“When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as Group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) – [the] same group as tobacco — and red meat as Group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in a hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital,” the hospital continued, pointing out that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three out of four emerging infectious diseases come from animals.

“When adopting a plant-based diet has been scientifically proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them,” the hospital posted.
“We then have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions”.

Taking the courage to look at the elephant in the eye. “

Instead of animal products, Hayek Hospital is now offering a variety of plant-based meals such as a fajita sandwich, vegan burgers, pizzas, and croissants, along with vegan versions of traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as shawarma platters, shish Barak, and labneh sandwiches.

And I mean…The fact that the Hayek Clinic in Lebanon is apparently the first hospital in the world that only wants to offer vegan catering sounds like an exciting – but actually overdue – development to us!

After all, the WHO made its warnings on processed and red meat known to the public many years ago.
Several other international organizations have been warning of the consequences of meat consumption for many decades.

Last year, a survey showed a staggering 83 percent of patients favor hospitals banning processed meat to ‘reduce cancer risk’.

The data came from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) who surveyed 200 patients in two Washington D.C hospitals.

It also found that 69 percent of patients feel it is ‘not important’ that hospitals offer bacon or sausage.

It’s time to create a healthier food environment.

A wonderful initiative, we are very happy and congratulate the Hayek Hospital in Beirut!

My best regards to all, Venus

Indian man killed by his own bird during cockfight.


cockfight – Google Search

Indian man killed by rooster with a knife

Indian man killed by his own bird during cockfight

A cockerel that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.

The bird’s owner was impaled in the groin by the knife as the animal tried to escape. The man died on the way to hospital from a loss of blood.

Police are now searching for 15 more people involved in the event, which took place in the village of Lothunur in Telangana state earlier this week.

The animal was held at a police station before being transferred to a farm.

Police said the animal was being readied to take part in a fight when it tried to escape. Its owner attempted to catch it but was struck by the 7cm-long (three inch) knife on the bird’s leg during the struggle.

Those involved in the event face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight, the AFP news agency reports.

Local police officer B Jeevan said the animal would be taken to court as evidence at a later date, according to The New Indian Express.

Cockfighting was made illegal in India in 1960 but fights are still relatively common in rural areas such as Telangana with many falling around the Hindu festival of Sankranti.

It’s not the first time an owner has been killed by their cockerel. Last year a man in Andhra Pradesh died after he was hit in the neck by a blade attached to his bird.

According to CNN, the owner was taking his animal to a cockfight when the incident occurred.

Rooster Fitted With Knife for Cockfight Injures and Kills Telangana Owner  While Trying to Escape

Regards Mark

England: A Snapshot of the Maritime Livestock Trade – Vessels Currently Shipping Live Animals Around the World. A Disgusting Animal Abuse Issue.

Hi all;

Yesterday, 14/3/21, I reported on the dire situation of the ‘Elbeik’ livestock carrier being at sea for 3 months, and the pitiful situation for the animals carried.  Togo: The ‘Elbeik’ Livestock Carrying Vessel Is STILL At Sea; 3 Months On. Now We Need International Political Action To Permanently Ban All Live Animal Maritime Transport. – World Animals Voice

So today, I wanted to show you that the export of live animals by sea is a common thing all over the world, and considering the situation on the Elbeik, it further supports the need whilst this disgusting trade in sentients needs to stop.

Via certain means at my disposal, I am able to bring you an update of some seaborne livestock carrying vessels which are currently operating globally at this very moment; along with a few other details about them.  Note that most sail under flags of convenience and relate to nations which are not top of the pile when it comes to animal welfare enforcement.  So that is one question about all of this; cheaper operating costs under a flag of convenience; crews who put animals and their welfare as priority ? – two issues why we consider the maritime movement of live animals must stop, and stop now.

Note also the ages of the vessels; which are virtually all conversions (to livestock carriers) from a different type of service in their earlier days.  It just shows the quantity of rust buckets which are now being used to haul livestock all over the planet.  A trade which we do not want; but as you will see below from the quantities , is a big opposition to us in the welfare movement.

Here is what I have found, complete with photos of some vessels.

Regards Mark

PLEASE REMEMBER – This is just a snapshot of the livestock maritime trade at the moment. I could spend more time getting more ships to show you, but feel this is enough for a ‘feel’ to how many are involved.

Latest 1530 GMT 15/3 – I understand the ‘Elbeik’ is around the Menorca (Spanish Islands) region at the moment.

This is a 4 page post – select page number from bottom.

Vessel MIRA

The current position of MIRA is at East Mediterranean.  The vessel is en route to the port of Ashdod (Israel), expected to arrive there on Mar 16, 17:00.

Livestock Carrier built in 1983 (38 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Comoros (Mozambique).

MIRA photo


The current position of KARAZI is at East Mediterranean.  The vessel is en route to the port of Tripoli (Libya). 

Livestock Carrier built in 1983 (38 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone.

KARAZI photo

Germany: murder in the Tönnies slaughterhouse-where is the joke?

A fatal dispute has broken out in Germany’s largest slaughterhouse.

A 34-year-old man subsequently died in the hospital. The background is currently still open.

In a dispute between workers at the Tönnies slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia, a man was killed in front of numerous colleagues on Friday.

According to a joint statement from the police and the public prosecutor’s office, a 35-year-old man injured his colleague (34) with a sharp object at around 7 a.m.

The younger one died in the hospital.
The urgent suspect was arrested. According to the police, the body should be autopsied in the afternoon.

The police set up a homicide commission under the name “Loop”.

A police spokesman did not provide any information about the background to the crime in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Gütersloh district) with reference to the ongoing investigation.
It also remained open whether the suspect commented on the allegations.

According to Tönnies company spokesman André Vielstädte, the employee “died despite immediate first aid measures in the hospital”.

The incident occurred in a dismantling area (!!!)
Production had to be interrupted for hours in part of the operation for the criminal police to secure evidence.

According to a statement from Tönnies, the employee attacked his colleague with a knife. The police speak of a sharp object.

Managing director André Vielstädte promised the police and the public prosecutor’s office “full support” in the investigation.

Works council member Mustafa Kuyucu was shocked, according to the announcement: “We are sad and stunned by the act. Our condolences and condolences go to the family, friends, and colleagues of our employees. We guarantee the relatives, colleagues, and friends of the victim all the help they need. “

Emergency chaplains took care of the eyewitnesses. The company has set up a hotline that employees can contact.


And I mean…Murder in the slaughterhouse!!!

So far so good, but where can we find the unusual?
It is normal for the killing factory to be brutally murdered every second in this animal industry system.
The only special thing about it: a human-animal was killed, not pigs or cattle, as is usual.

The sick system is now exposed; The murder assembly line is out of order for a few days, because someone is murdered there!
What gallows humor!
Thousands of living beings / Earthlings die every day in the cruelest way, and when a person is hit and suddenly the outcry in all media is great: Justice for the victim!

Sure, these people are victims of the system/society too.
They are exploited and put under pressure here – all power over accommodation, wages, work, and working hours lies in the hands of the manufacturer.

But they are also used to the most brutal violence against other creatures (cattle, pigs).
This case clearly shows who works in this profession. Or how one becomes when he works there.

Whoever cuts the throat of a cattle with a knife and remains deaf when the animal roars, who can slaughter the screaming goat in cold blood – how far is such a person from crime?

Now the alleged murderer is sentenced. When will we finally convict animal killers?

My best regards to all, Venus