Day: March 20, 2021

France: The European Court of Justice bans the murderous – “glue traps”!

March 17, 2021 – Report from the Committee against Bird Murder e.V.

Milestone for the protection of migratory birds – European Court of Justice finally bans “glue traps” in France!


After years of negotiations, the European Court of Justice (EuGH) in Luxembourg ruled today that the use of “glue traps” to catch thrushes in Provence violates the EU’s Birds Directive.
The guideline has forbidden bird trapping since 1979, but permits to “preserve tradition”.


Countries such as France and Malta make extensive use of this option and to this day allow their hunters to catch birds using methods that have long been banned across Europe.


The judges ruled today that this licensing practice is incompatible with European law.

The decisive factor was that even protected bird species were accidentally caught in glue-branches and were injured to such an extent that they could no longer be released.


The ruling is therefore groundbreaking for the numerous other exemptions in France, but also a strong signal to other EU member states that allow bird trapping again and again.
The procedure was only made possible by the cooperation of the Committee against Bird Murder with its French partner LPO France.


We had documented the fishing practice on-site in detail and left all the results and the images we created to the LPO, which ensured that France ended up in court with great lobbying work.

Today is really a good day for the migratory birds!

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And I mean…In the past,  hunting with glue traps was used across France to catch and eat songbirds.
Hence the sticky mass trick. So the birds can catch without injuring their bodies.

In the meantime, however, this hunting has become more of a grueling sport, where the question is who catches the most blackbirds or other thrushes.

In the south of France, for example, the ortolan is still considered a delicacy in some regions.
An estimated 30,000 Ortolans are caught in France each year.

In some places in the south of France, hunting is probably tolerated by the police. And small fines of around 80 to 100 euros are hardly a deterrent if an Ortolan brings up to 300 euros on the black market.

Ortolan

Songbirds are not only hunted in France, but also in Italy and Cyprus. In Italy, mountain finches and chaffinches are considered delicacies.
More than 800,000 registered hunters target them every year.

Hunting songbirds is particularly criminal because many species are critically endangered and in need of protection.

A Life without birdsong would be a wasteland, but so are feeling only people who have morals and empathy, and therefore want to hear the songbirds and not eat them.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Petition – Teen Faces Federal Charges For Creating Horrific ‘Crush’ Videos Of Tortured Cats And Dogs – Animal Victory. Please Sign for Maximum Punishment.

WAV Comment – Crush videos are just the worst; kittens and puppies having stiletto heels dug into the eye sockets by bent, sadistic scum like this who want to get more ‘likes’.  They are mentally sick humans; and when caught need to feel the full impact of the law.  Please sign the petition now.

Teen Faces Federal Charges For Creating Horrific ‘Crush’ Videos Of Tortured Cats And Dogs

An Indiana teen is facing federal charges for making and distributing animal crush videos. The authorities arrested Krystal Cherika Scott, 19, of Kokomo, Ind., for Making and Distributing Animal Crush Videos, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 48 (the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act).  

Scott brutalized innocent animals in unimaginable ways. A press release from the United States Department of Justice’s Southern District of Indiana Attorney’s Office states that Scott posted images and videos of herself torturing and graphically killing cats and dogs by hanging, skinning and other means. 

Scott could be sentenced to seven years in prison and may face up to $250,000 in fines. Please help us as we fight for the maximum punishment – Scott must be put behind bars for as long as possible for her sadistic crimes! 

Petition link : If the first link does not work, try the second – WAV.

Teen Faces Federal Charges For Creating Horrific ‘Crush’ Videos Of Tortured Cats And Dogs – Animal Victory

Teen Faces Federal Charges For Creating Horrific ‘Crush’ Videos Of Tortured Cats And Dogs – Animal Victory

Innocent puppies and kittens were brutally tortured and Scott posted their suffering to social media platforms. Images of the dead animals were posted to Instagram and Tik-Tok as recently as July 8.

FBI investigators found animal parts and skulls at Scott’s residence “that were consistent with the size of cats and dogs.” They also seized a cell phone from Scott which was used to create the videos which were posted on social media. Investigators determined that Scott obtained the animals by responding to online ads from people who were trying to give away their unwanted pets.

Scott’s behavior is abhorrent and dangerous. Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, FBI Indianapolis, stated:

“Animal abusers have total power over that animal and, if someone is willing to be that cruel to an animal, evidence suggests they may target vulnerable humans as well.”

Krystal Cherika Scott must pay for the torture and pain she inflicted on the innocent animals who wound up in her possession.

Please sign the petition, which will be presented to Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Preston. This horrific abuse cannot and will not be tolerated!

USA: Utah Becomes Eighth State to Prohibit Cages for Egg-Laying Hens.

Are There Really Cruelty-Free Eggs? - Humane Facts

Utah has just passed a law prohibiting the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny wire enclosures known as “battery cages,” becoming the eighth U.S. state to do so.

Just moments ago, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—marking another major milestone in our campaign to move all egg-laying hens out of cages and into cage-free housing. The new law mandates cage-free conditions and more space for each bird. It also requires enrichments that are vital to the hens’ psychological and physical well-being, including perches, nest boxes, and areas designed for scratching and dust-bathing.

Utah joins a growing list of states where lawmakers and voters, regardless of political affiliation, have prohibited battery cages. This includes Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island and Colorado.

This is a particularly exciting moment for us: the Humane Society of the United States has been working relentlessly–and strategically–to transform how egg-laying hens, more than 300 million each year, are raised in this country. We have focused on confinement because since the advent of battery cages decades ago, hundreds of millions of hens have been suffering in these tiny, barren cages so small that they can’t even spread or flap their wings.

Given the scale of this problem, this has been an uphill battle, but we have pressed on with your support. As a result, today we are in the midst of a cage-free revolution. More and more, consumers are demanding an egg industry shift to cage-free, lawmakers are making policy to end cage confinement, and corporations and egg producers are moving to change their practices and embrace cage-free housing.

When we started our cage-free campaign in 2005, the percentage of hens in cage-free environments was in the low single digits. Now, almost 30% of the egg industry is cage-free, representing nearly 100 million hens per year who otherwise would have been caged. This may be the greatest reduction of farm animal suffering in U.S. history.

We recognize that we still have a long way to go and that moving to cage-free systems doesn’t address all animal protection concerns, including partial beak amputation and the routine killing of day-old male chicks. But the freedom of movement and the mandated enrichments do improve the hens’ quality of life significantly.

We are deeply grateful to all the Utah legislators from both parties who voted for the measure ending cage confinement. Some of these lawmakers worked tirelessly to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders to support the legislation. We’re also appreciative of those in the egg industry who worked with us over the past year to find common ground. These egg producers are sincerely working to transform their industry and animal husbandry practices in order to meet consumer expectations. We’re proud of this collaboration, and we’ll never stop working with unconventional allies to make major strides for animals.

This is critical work, and it’s far from over, but we are thrilled about how far we have come. Let’s take a moment to celebrate today’s victory in Utah, even as we pledge to keep working with lawmakers and pressuring corporations until no chicken is ever confined in a cage.

Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens · A Humane World (humanesociety.org)

 

 

Vietnam Suffering Bears: The Life-Changing Moment Of Rescue and Relocation Is Now Just Days Away.

News from Four Paws

FOUR PAWS International (four-paws.org.uk)

 

We’re hoping the same transformation will be possible for two bears in Vietnam. Bears Xuan and Mo have been suffering in a wet basement since they were cubs. With no light or ventilation, they have been kept in rusting barren cages.

The only time they get to see some light is when their owners come to puncture their gallbladder with a needle to extract their bile.

Since our team has discovered Xuan and Mo’s shocking reality, we’ve been working around the clock to arrange their rescue from their life in darkness and relocation to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, where they will enjoy, for the first time in their lives, a species appropriate life in the fresh air.

This life-changing moment is now just days away.

See also our recent WAV post on this:

Vietnam: Urgent Rescue – Kept in a basement: Free Xuan and Mo from a life in darkness – Please Give Right Now ! – World Animals Voice

 

No more sponsoring the EU Council Presidency!

Don’t you also ask yourself what makes it so difficult to forego EU sponsorship?
Why can’t the EU member states simply finance their Council Presidency, i.e. government activity, themselves?

Apparently, they can.
Germany proved this last year and, following criticism from food watch, has not been sponsored by any company.
Yet Portugal appears to see sponsorship as an opportunity to promote Portuguese brands to a wider and influential audience.
In this case, it is Sumol + Compal, a beverage company that sells sugar giants such as PepsiCo and Lipton or the chip brand Lays.


The other company is Navigator Paper, a paper products company that environmental organizations have linked to monoculture plantations and forest fires in Portugal and land grabbing in Mozambique.
And all of this while the member states in the Council of the European Union decide on important future issues for our continent – from climate protection to agriculture and health policy.
According to the Portuguese Foreign Minister, these sponsorship contracts would not lead to any influence on the relevant policy.
We think: It should never be the case – and also not be given the impression – that a company has an influence on the political agenda of the EU!
If one of the most important political institutions in Europe is sponsored by companies, that is simply unacceptable.

Continue reading “No more sponsoring the EU Council Presidency!”

Spain: As matadors return to the ring amid Covid restrictions, campaigners say it is time bullfighting was outlawed.

As matadors return to the ring amid Covid restrictions, campaigners say it is time bullfighting was outlawed

Seen as an art by admirers in Spain, bullfighting has met with fierce criticism in recent years from an emboldened animal rights lobby which has been supported by left-wing parties

As matadors return to the ring amid Covid restrictions, campaigners say it is time bullfighting was outlawed (inews.co.uk)

When Diego Urdiales put on the gold traje de luces (suit of lights) and bright pink stockings for the first time in over a year, he had mixed emotions. “I was scared, yes. I had been thinking about the fight for weeks. There is a responsibility to the public, to the bull,” the matador said the day after coming face-to-face with half-tonne bulls. 

“The situation is complicated right now with Covid-19. It was good to return to la corrida, of course, but I had a mixture of feelings as I had been away from the ring for so long.”

Urdiales did not disappoint his fans and killed his first bull, named Elegante, with ease. Covid-19 restrictions meant only 20 per cent of the normal crowd could watch the victory at the ring at Ubrique, in southern Spain on Sunday.

As bullfighting makes a tentative return with smaller crowds, questions remain – even among supporters – about the future of what Spaniards call la fiesta nacional.

Seen as an art by admirers in Spain, bullfighting has met with fierce criticism in recent years from an emboldened animal rights lobby which has been supported by left-wing parties.

Now after the pandemic has banished the crowds and pushed the industry onto the ropes, matadors, breeders and promoters are staging a fight-back.

“There are more young people at the bullfights than ever before,” insists Urdiales, who is considered one of the best matadors in Spain by admirers.

The slow decline of a spectacle lionised by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway is illustrated in the number of bullfights held in Spain over the past decade. In 2012, there were 1,997 fights but this figure fell to 1,425 by 2019, according to Spain’s ministry of culture.

Ruben Amon, a journalist and author of End of the Fiesta, a book about bullfighting, says the art has been badly misunderstood. “It is under an ideological, cultural and political threat,” he says. “Ideological because bullfighting is linked to the political right. Cultural because they will always find ways to get rid of it by saying it is not civilised. Lastly, political because a progressive government seeks ways to rid Spain of the second most popular mass spectacle.”

Amon, an aficionado all his life who also wrote a biography of Plácido Domingo, contends that rearing bulls on huge farms is far kinder to the animals than factory farming of chicken or pigs.

“There are only 2,500 bulls killed every year but there are tens of thousands of pigs or chicken slaughtered,” he said. Another misunderstanding, he claims, is that bullfighting is a man’s world, from which women are excluded.

“It is a masculine world but not a macho world,” he says. Some 245 women work in an industry which employs about 15,000 people, according to government figures.

Amon also suggests there are gay bullfighters who are scared to emerge from the closet. “I know gay bullfighters but they do not want to go public, just like in basketball or football. It is still not easy for homosexuals to come out.”

José Zaldivar is under no illusion about the true nature of bullfighting.

The vet has been campaigning to end what he calls torture. In his office in Madrid, he has a veritable arsenal used by the matador to do battle with the bull, from the sword which ends its life to the banderillas which are punctured into the animal’s back to weaken it.

“In Spain, our law protects animals from cruelty except those which are used in public spectacles like bullfighting,” Zaldivar tells i. “There is no doubt in my mind that the bull is subjected to stress, pain and injuries which I would call torture.”

Zaldivar, who is president of the Association of Veterinarians for the Abolition of Bullfighting, holds out little hope that the spectacle will end in Spain unless its status as part of the cultural heritage is withdrawn.

In 2013, the then conservative government passed a law which established the cultural character of bullfighting as “indisputable”.

This meant in 2016, a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia was annulled by the Constitutional Court, which ruled it undermined the state law on cultural heritage. It meant regional governments could regulate but not ban bullfights.

An attempt to hold bloodless bullfights in Majorca was overruled by the court which said the animals must die or the true nature of the bullfights would be lost.

Torture is Not Culture, an animal rights group, claims that the bloody spectacle could not survive without grants from the European Union Common Agricultural Policy which, they claim, amounted to €130m last year.

However, if the economic damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic has not signed the death knell for bullfighting, some within the industry believe growing indifference may deliver the estocada – the death blow in bullfighting parlance.

Antonio Lorca, the bullfighting critic of El País newspaper, said that bullfighting will recover after the pandemic, but it will never be the same again.

“The biggest problem is the younger generation has so many other things to be interested in,” Lorca told i. “My own daughter is not interested in bulls. She prefers films and music. I think it will become something for a minority and for tourists.”