Day: March 26, 2021

What is behind importing horse meat?

NGO investigations and EU audits carried out since 2010 have shown non-compliance with relevant EU requirements relating to animal welfare and traceability of horses in Argentina, Australia, Canada and Uruguay. Horses are systematically neglected and mistreated along the production chain of horsemeat.

They are beaten, kicked and receive electric shocks. They are malnourished and exposed to extreme weather conditions in slaughterhouse pens and at assembly centres. Injured, sick and weak horses receive no veterinary care and are left to die unassisted.

Currently, EU animal welfare requirements only apply to slaughterhouses.

The assembly centres and transport are not covered by EU rules. Horses are transported over long distances without water, crammed together in unsuitable cattle trailers, and many do not survive the journey to the slaughterhouse.

For several years, NGOs have been providing evidence that the audits of the EU Commission and European importers are manipulated by horse dealers and slaughterhouse operators.

Australia, Meramist Slaughterhouse

For example, pregnant, injured, sick and emaciated horses are replaced or removed.

The reports of the latest EU audits in Uruguay and Argentina state that the assembly centres were either empty or the horses had been exchanged shortly before the visit.

In the above-mentioned countries, horses are not considered to be food-producing animals and are commonly given drugs that are prohibited in the EU for use in horses destined for human consumption.

The traceability systems in place are unreliable, as they rely on the honesty of horse owners and dealers, who give sworn declarations on the medical treatments in the six months prior to slaughter.

Argentina, a slaughterhouse in Land L: Injured horses are pulled from the transporters with chains and left to die.

In the EU, horses are microchipped and have a passport showing their medical history.

In the export countries, they are tagged shortly before being sent to slaughter. Due to the lack of traceability, horses of unknown origin and with unclear drug history as well as stolen horses enter the food chain, which poses a high food safety risk for European consumers.

We call upon the European Commissioners Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE) and Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade):

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England: 26/3/21 – Vegan Bites for Animal Saving Heroes.

Vegan Protein Box and Oatly Oat Milk Launch at Starbucks

Customers asked, and Starbucks listened! This month, Starbucks debuted its very first vegan protein box. Available at most locations nationwide, the Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box is packed with chickpea nuggets, snap peas, mini carrots, dried cranberries and nuts, and an avocado spread.

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Happy eating you animal saving heroes !

Regards Mark

Vietnam: 26/3/21 – Bile Bears Xuan and Mo Have Now Been Rescued by Four Paws and Are In Sanctuary Starting a New Life and Long Road to Recovery.

WAV Comment – some really fantastic news from Four Paws – absolutely brilliant to know that Xuan and Mo have already been recued now by Four Paws and are at the sanctuary home getting what they deserve after so many years of being kept in a basement and being used for daily bile extraction.

We covered this story in an old posts:

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

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

Donations to Four Paws to help them are always welcome – see above links or the web site.

We rescued bears Xuan and Mo from a life in darkness 

Their whole life Xuan and Mo were kept in a windowless basement in Vietnam. But Tuesday was a big day for them – the day we relocated them to our BEAR SANCTUARY in Ninh Binh. This was the day they saw daylight for the first time since many years!

The transport to our sanctuary took around 9 hours. The first health check unfortunately revealed that both suffer from a gallbladder disease. Xuan additionally has a liver disease and his teeth are in terrible condition. 

Xuan and Mo will stay in a quarantine area for the first three weeks to prevent any potential disease transfer to our resident bears. There, they receive intensive medical care, are gradually introduced to a new healthy diet, are provided an array of different enrichment, bedding etc. and trust begins to be built between them and their caretakers.

Kept in a basement: Free Xuan and Mo from a life in darkness

Breaking news!

Xuan and Mo were successfully rescued! On Tuesday the 23rd of March our team arrived in the Son La Province. Luckily, the bears were quite calm and not afraid when our team approached them. Maybe they knew that we want to change their life for the better. After a 10 hour drive, they finally arrived at their new home in our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Bears are very resilient, but it will be a long way to recovery nonetheless. Both suffer from gallbladder disease. Xuan additionally has a liver disease and his teeth in terrible condition.

You can still support their recovery. Will you help them to start their new life?


A life in darkness

No light, no ventilation or fresh air, nothing but the rusty bars of tiny barren cages. Kept in a windowless and wet basement since they were cubs, bears Xuan and Mo have suffered unimaginably.

The only time they get to see light is when their owner comes to feed them or worse: puncture their gallbladder with a needle, a painful procedure to extract their bile. This bile was used for medicinal purposes by the family of the owner. For years these bears have known nothing but pain and abuse. Without our help, Xuan and Mo will go through this cruelness until the end of their life.

Our team is still shocked by what they discovered in Son La Province, Vietnam. These keeping conditions are one of the worst we’ve ever seen. We have to get them out as soon as possible. Will you join this mission and support their rescue?

They deserve so much more in life

At our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, they could get all the care and time they need to recover from the horrors they have endured. There, they could discover for the first time what a species-appropriate life for bears can look like. But we can’t rescue them without you.

The fate of Xuan and Mo depends on your donation. Will you help us to rescue them?

How your donation can change the lives of Xuan and Mo: 

  • They will be relocated to our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 
  • They will get the extensive veterinary care they urgently need 
  • They will have access to a large outdoor enclosure 
  • They will get enrichment, bedding material and showers 

Images © Hoang Le | FOUR PAWS

Regards Mark

Whaling in Norway – hunters refer to the Vikings!!

While diplomats and the media focus primarily on Japan’s whaling, Norway’s whaling has been on the upswing for years-long neglected.
In the Scandinavian country, requirements for whaling were systematically removed and an unauthorized catch quota was released.
In addition, the demand for whale meat in their own country has been pushed by the state – and exports to Japan have increased dramatically since 2016.

The whalers always like to refer to their roots back to the Vikings (!!!) – even though Norway is one of the most modern and prosperous countries in the world.

The world is silent – Norway continues to kill whales

Although Norway is gradually expanding whaling – the arbitrary quotas have been repeatedly increased by the government (see Fig. 1), in the medium term even 2,000 whales are targeted – the world public has remained astonishingly silent on this so far!

Fig. 1: Whaling in Norway: Approved quotas (blue) & animals actually killed (red) (as of March 2021)

And this despite the fact that the northern European country uses its own calculation model to calculate fishing quotas that have not been approved by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
In the spring of 2017 it was also announced that an alarmingly large proportion of the whales killed in Norway are female, the vast majority of them pregnant.
This means that doubts about the sustainability of the unauthorized fishing quotas set by Oslo are more than justified.

Exports of meat for whaling to Japan

In 2014, the country started exporting whale meat to Japan. Within a short period of time, these have escalated from 82 tons (in 2014) to over 197 tons in 2016 and have remained at a high level since then (see Figure 2).

Fig. 2: Development of whale meat exports from Norway (as of March 2021)

In just five years Norway has exported more than 1.1 million kilograms of whale meat, 98.5 percent of which went to Japan.
Since Japan suffered a severe setback at the International Court of Justice because of its whaling in 2014 and significantly reduced the number of catches, Norway wants to fill this gap.


The IWC, whose moratorium is brazenly undermined by Norway, has not passed a single resolution against commercial whaling since 2001.
It is precisely this silence that Norway regards as silent acceptance.

What is “Pro Wildlife” doing?

We continue to work on increasing the pressure on Norway.
Our goal is to reach the long-overdue resolution at the IWC conference as soon as possible.
To this end, we inform political decision-makers at an early stage about the latest developments in Norway via >> briefings.

Our report “Frozen in Time” in 2016 revealed for the first time the package of control measures the Norwegian government used to appease the IWC – and how little is left of these promises.
We, therefore, call on the European Union that Norway’s whaling is no longer accepted and that it is finally given a resolution.

Our report already had an impact at the 2016 whaling conference, where the EU voiced clear criticism of Norway for the first time in many years and called for an end to whale hunting and exports.
This was supported by some other countries.

At the next IWC conference in September 2021, we will fight again to ensure that Norway’s whaling is no longer accepted.

And I mean…On the one hand the lax politics of IWC, on the other hand, its twin sister the EU Commission, which goes as far as criticism and never to punishment, enables murderers to continue the massacre of the whales.

And oh! this grueling tradition of the Viking nostalgics …
People who have had to eat human flesh in order to survive will therefore not hold on to it.
Appeared as an insane motivation too.

Traditions such as slavery, forced marriage, stoning, and human sacrifice have been abandoned by people. It was definitely a tough transition, but the “problems” were definitely worth it.

It’s good that today’s human animals have a conscience, a big brain, empathy, and decision-making ability to abolish traditions that are a construct of the greedy powerful and not of justice and compassion …

My best regards to all, Venus