Day: April 7, 2021

An undercover investigation about “happy cows”

Report from the blog of DirectActionEverywhere

In 2017, I entered a Land O’ Lakes dairy farm in California with a team of DxE investigators and the horrors I saw sent me on an unexpected journey. Was this farm just an anomaly, or was this routine treatment of dairy cows and their babies?

I couldn’t understand how the dairy industry gets away with such cruelty – especially a company like Land O’ Lakes that boasts about following strict animal welfare guidelines.

I have now gone into 14 Land O’ Lakes farms in California and Wisconsin, the nation’s top dairy-producing states.

With the help of more than 20 grassroots investigators, we now have footage proving that this company routinely violates its own welfare standards, as well as animal cruelty laws.

(It was only today that I realized that the video couldn’t be seen. The meat producers didn’t like it.
Through this link, you can go to the group’s Facebook page and watch the video).

We have a 2-minute video proving that Land O’Lakes is going out of its way to mislead customers. Please watch and share on Facebook or Instagram.

We’re reporting this cruelty, reaching out to company representatives, and sharing our findings with journalists.
The Fresno Bee just published a story about our investigation findings which you can read and share here.

Don’t be fooled by false advertising about “happy cows” and “pure milk.” There is nothing happy nor pure about the dairy industry, and when we take direct action, we can expose that.

Many thanks to everyone who helped with this investigation on the ground, and to all of you supporting online.

Together, we are shattering the “humane” myth and making real progress for animal rights. If you can support this work financially, please chip in here.

Alexandra Paul (DxE)

And I mean…In order to understand that we are dealing with animal cruelty inherent in the system and that the NOT documented suffering is much, much worse, one would actually only have to add one and one together.

There is no animal welfare in the system of animal exploitation because the sentient being is degraded to a commodity.
But there can still be thousands of such videos, the meat-eater simply rationalizes this further as “blatant exception” and “individual misconduct” rightly.

And even if you point out crystal clear misunderstandings and errors to consumers, they’ll come back with their “free choice” the next time.

So, even after videos like this, doesn’t a meat-eater need to give reasons why not to be vegan?

So there is no need to provide an explanation of why animals are being forced to impregnate, imprisoned, deprived of their children, exploited and killed when they are not productive?

Then we are dealing with a moral declaration of bankruptcy.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Introducing ‘The Mission’, A New Video Series on the Transformation Work of ‘Mercy for Animals’.

Introducing The Mission, a new video series that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at Mercy For Animals’ life-changing work! The series showcases the impact that Mercy For Animals staff, volunteers, and investigators—and you—have in moving the needle for farmed animals and creating a world in which animals are respected, protected, and free.

Mercy For Animals works to eradicate our cruel food system and replace it with one that is not just kind to animals but essential for the future of our planet and all who share it. Each quarter, we will release a new video on a different topic related to this journey. You can keep up with the exciting series by visiting our website.

Our first episode features the Halley family, who—with the help of Mercy For Animals’ Transfarmation Project—transitioned their family farm in northeast Texas from raising chickens to growing hemp.

An increasing number of farmers want out of animal agriculture. Through Transfarmation, Mercy For Animals is able to support these farmers in switching from raising animals to growing crops. Halley family member Devvy Deany described her decision:

A couple years ago I decided to move back and help out the family with trying to find another way to make an income. Let’s see, you know, what else we could do besides factory farming and get away from that terrible practice of killing animals. And we were fortunate that we found a project through Mercy For Animals called the Transfarmation Project.

When Devvy returned home to her family’s farm, she made a pact with the family to transition the farm from raising chickens to growing a sustainable crop. She also opened her own dog sanctuary, Let Love Live. The Halley family plans to create a line of CBD oil to help rescued animals with anxiety, pain, and even hunger issues.

Mercy For Animals supporters enable us to encourage family farmers like the Halleys to help reform our food system from the inside. We will continue to bring you inspiring behind-the-scenes stories of this work through The Mission series, so stay tuned! Together, we will create a compassionate, sustainable food system.

If you’re not already a supporter, join us and start making a difference for animals (and humans!) today.

Introducing The Mission, a New Behind-the-Scenes Video Series (

Regards Mark

England: Vegan Butcher Faux ‘Blown Away’ By Demand As Huge Queues Gather – Sells Out of Stock On 3 Consecutive Days !

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Vegan Butcher Faux ‘Blown Away’ By Demand As Huge Queues Gather

For three consecutive days, Faux Butcher has witnessedd ‘overwhelming’ support and completely sold out of stock…

by Liam Giliver

vegan butcher says it is ‘blown away’ by the demand for its plant-based meats.

Last week, Faux Butcher became the first of its kind to open in the UK city of Nottingham.

‘Overwhelming’ support

For three consecutive days, Faux has witnessed ‘overwhelming’ support and has sold out of stock – which includes plant-based alternatives to meats such as ribs, chicken thighs, salami, brisket, and more.

“We’re absolutely blown away by the response today,” the business wrote on Instagram.

“We are officially clean out of everything. If you’re in the queue already then we have already accounted for your custom…

“Thank you to everyone who has stuck by the queues, we’re doing our absolute best to speed up the service, naturally COVID restrictions and our brand new premises mean we’re still finding our feet…

Faux Vegan Butcher

Owners Ritchie Stainsby and Lauren Nally told Nottingham Live its plant-based meat tastes, looks, and smells like the real thing. 

The idea behind their vegan butcher’s is to sell plant-based alternatives by size and weight, which will provide an ‘authentic’ experience.

Lauren said: “Die-hard vegans, vegetarians, or anyone without specific dietary requirements can eat and enjoy our products. Maybe people want to go meat-free on Mondays or reduce their red meat consumption.

“This will be a nice way of not completely changing the food you like to cook and enjoy, with the added health benefits.”

England: Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket sleeve for a snooze. And Now, A Book For Fox Rescue As A Result.

WAV Comment – I want to share this great little story with you

Regards Mark

All pictures via the Metro, London.

From the Metro in London:

Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket for a snooze | Metro News

Man adopts rescue fox after it crawls into his jacket sleeve for a snooze

Ben the fox at 10 days old in Les Hemstock's sleeve
The perfect spot for a nap (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

baby fox ben asleep in the sleve
Ben the fox was brought into an animal sanctuary (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

A man has adopted an adorable orphaned fox after it crawled into his jacket sleeve for a nap.

Music producer Les Hemstock was visiting a wildlife sanctuary when he met some baby fox cubs, who were brought in by a member of the public. The babies were starving, freezing, covered with ticks and in desperate need of medical attention. One cub crept over to Les and made a bed for himself inside his sleeve jacket – a spot the animal decided was perfect for a little snooze.

Ben the fox at 28 days old.
Ben likes to be comfy (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

Les decided to take the furry creature home, where he nursed him back to health with hourly feeds of dog food and regular cups of Yorkshire Tea. Now called Ben, the sweet little fox has formed a special connection with his rescuer. 

Les, from Doncaster, said: ‘We bonded straight away after he walked straight over to me and we never looked back. ‘I looked after him as he recovered and I earned his trust – and the amount of love they give you once you’ve earned that trust is magical. ‘He would jump on my back, and run up to me to greet me as well as making foxy cries to show his affection.

‘People say derogatory things about foxes and I had done all my research – but once you have a bond with a fox, it’s magical. ‘He’s so much fun and so loving to be around – and seeing Ben’s cute little face makes my day no matter how bad I’m feeling.’

Ben the fox
He’s now a big boy (Picture: Les Hemstock / SWNS)

Ben now lives back at the sanctuary, but still visits Les on the weekends, where he has his own bedroom with toys, a playhouse and a climbing frame. Les added: ‘He still comes to stay with me on the weekends, like he’s my son. ‘Ben is so cheeky, we’d even play games together – he’d steal and hide things around the house and play chase with me.

‘Foxes are far cleverer than people give them credit for.’ Ben also has a female fox roommate, named Addie, at the sanctuary – so has company when he’s not with Les. Les added: ‘At the end of every weekend at home with me, Ben sulks like a stroppy teenager when I have to take him back to the sanctuary. ‘But as soon as he gets back there and sees Addie, he bolts to greet her and is happy to be back – so I think he has the best of both worlds.’

Animal lover Les has now written a book dedicated to his furry companion called Ben’s Magic Tail. It’s currently in the process of being published and proceeds are set to go to charity Fox Angels.

Les said: ‘I want to do my bit to support some incredible charities that help Ben and other animals like him – and Ben is one of thousands that are rescued every year. ‘Without fox sanctuaries like Fox Angels, I’d never have met my best friend.’

Les Hemstock with Ben the fox

Best pals (Picture: Angela Sadler / SWNS.COM)

Les Hemstock with Ben the fox
Les Hemstock with Ben the fox

Ben now sees Les at weekends (Picture: Angela Sadler / SWNS.COM)

In Memory of Dr. Elliot Katz, D.V.M. Animal Rights Activist / Campaigner.


Dear Fellow Animal Guardians & Advocates,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing of In Defense of Animals Founder and President Emeritus Dr. Elliot Katz, D.V.M. Amid declining health, he peacefully passed away late last month at the age of 86.

I first met Dr. Katz in 2002. Upon telling him about Bernard, my beloved but sickly Yorkshire Terrier puppy bought from a pet store for me as a gift, he educated me on the horrors of puppy mills. He told me about the Guardian Credo, which explains how animals are our fellow beings who deserve to be thought of as individuals with their own autonomy and interests. His boundless compassion helped me to realize that animals are not our property, and we are not their owners.

Born in New York on May 30, 1934, Elliot Katz was a trailblazer and among the founders of the animal rights movement. A vegan for more than 30 years, he established In Defense of Animals in 1983. He was arrested 37 times for civil disobedience while protecting animals from their abusers and demonstrating against the horrors of vivisection. Dr. Katz led the organization to many victories, including securing the transfer of 30 primates and victims of U.C. Berkeley’s maternal deprivation experiments to a sanctuary, filing a lawsuit that successfully prevented the U.S. Army from breaking the legs of 120 retired racing greyhounds, closing down the infamous Coulston Foundation — the world’s largest chimpanzee lab which conducted tests for drugs and medical devices on hundreds of chimpanzees, monkeys, and many more. Some of you may have even participated with him in these groundbreaking animal rights victories.


In the anatomy lab at Cornell Vet School, he vehemently refused to perform practice surgeries on live dogs and came close to being kicked out, later confessing: “In veterinary school, I first became aware of how different I was — challenging the core foundations of the veterinary profession — and society at large!”

His soaring passion for animal rights ignited my own. Essentially strangers at the time, I felt his deep compassion. Now 18 years later, and still inspired by that day, I forever will hold his spirit close within my heart.

Dr. Katz would want us to use this moment to honor him by helping animals. Please join me in paying tribute to his warrior’s heart and his strong determination to defend the innocent, the disadvantaged, and the vulnerable by acting in defense of animals.

Here are a few ways to honor him right now:

  • Go Vegan! Animals raised for food and clothing are among the least-protected animals across the globe. They are denied the same legal protection from cruelty as dogs or cats, despite sharing the same capacity to suffer. If you need some help and encouragement you can download a copy of our free Vegan Guide containing everything you need to jumpstart your new vegan lifestyle, including nutrition facts, shopping and restaurant guides, recipes, meal inspiration, and more!
  • Sign the Guardian Pledge and affirm that animals are sentient beings deserving of compassion, understanding, respect and rights. It may seem like a small thing to do, but it has such a meaningful impact for animals when you truly take the message to heart and elevates them from being thought of as objects to living beings who merit consideration and basic rights.
  • Use Cruelty-Free Products that prevent animals suffering in cruel experiments.
  • Act Now In Defense of Animals by signing our urgent alerts for animals in need.

Please join me and In Defense of Animals to celebrate Dr. Katz’s historic life.

Register to join our virtual memorial on Saturday April 24th.

I invite you to share your memories and tributes using this form.

Thank you for participating to honor Dr. Katz and to help us create a living legacy of his work at In Defense of Animals and to memorialize someone who inspired many thousands of people to make the world a kinder place for our fellow beings.

Solemn condolences sent to all species — alive in body and/or spirit,

Marilyn Kroplick, M.D.
President, In Defense of Animals

WAV Comment – If there were a lot more like Dr. Katz, then the world would be a much better place. I never met him but I think if I had, our conversations would have been deep, much learning for me, and much to the benefit of animals !

Regards Mark

great news-world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended!

Sea Shepherd Germany

“We probably weren’t their preferred rescuer, but sometimes you don’t get to decide who rescues you.” – Capt. Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

A 110-day Sea Shepherd chase of the world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended in dramatic and deliberate scuttling in a remote area near the equator.

On April 6, the infamous Patagonian toothfish poaching vessel, the Thunder, sank in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome, under what can best be described as “incredibly strange” and suspicious circumstances.

The alleged stateless pirate ship had been tailed by Sea Shepherd ship the Bob Barker for nearly 4 months, while the organization’s sister ship, the Sam Simon, collected incriminating evidence as part of Sea Shepherd’s non-violent intervention mission, Operation Icefish.

The Sea Shepherd 2014-2015 Southern Ocean defense campaign Operation Icefish was launched to expose and shut down six illegal fishing vessels (the Bandit 6) exploiting vulnerable species and ecosystems in remote areas of the Antarctic.

Interpol estimates the Thunder made over $76 million in illegal catches since being blacklisted in 2006. The poaching vessel is also expected to play a significant hand in human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Continue reading “great news-world’s most notorious poaching vessel has ended!”

EU: Animal welfare: Publication of the Evaluation of EU’s Strategy. When Do They Enter ‘Real World’ ?

WAV Comment – as we have said in the past, the EU is very good at making itself try to look very good; publishing endless reports and evaluations, but on the other hand, failing drastically to move on basic issues such as live animal transport.  What exactly did we see in the first part of this year when hundreds of live animals were shipped around the Mediterranean Sea for over 3 months ?-  Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Changing live transport across the EU, in accordance with the wishes of vast numbers of EU citizens; should be a fundamental strategy of the Union.  Instead, they ok Irish producers to export live animals to Libya, where they are ritually slaughtered, and the EU itself, as the biggest live exporting syndicate in the world, also export endless live animals to 3rd nations such as Turkey.

And what are we seeing and hearing about all the reports and investigations which are supposed to have been undertaken by member state Romania, with regard the capsize of the ‘Queen Hind’ after leaving Midia ? – Search Results for “romania queen hind” – World Animals Voice – where is the EU when it comes to member states not coming clean with animal welfare incidents ? – Nowhere, that’s where.

Here below is a new PR from the EU which has been sent to us today (7/4/21). We have followed this ‘Strategy’ with the ‘Evaluation of the EU strategy on Animal Welfare’ information; which you can further investigate (via links on the site) should you wish.

EU revealed to be world’s biggest live animal exporter. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Secret decks found on ship that capsized killing thousands of sheep |  Romania | The Guardian

Animal welfare: Publication of the Evaluation of EU’s Strategy

The European Commission has published an evaluation of the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. The report, which covers the years 2012-18, notably assesses how effective, efficient, and beneficial the strategy has been. It notes that compliance across Member States, which are in charge of implementing the Animal Welfare legislation, remains a challenge, in particular in risk areas such as animal transport, routine tail docking of pigs and stunning. The study also flags the need to improve coherence not only with the CAP, but also with fisheries, trade, environmental and transport policies, in line with the goals of the Farm to Fork strategy. The evaluation also pointed towards the strategic use of consumer information, international cooperation and CAP as relevant tools to improve animal welfare standards both in the EU and on a global level. The findings of the study will now feed into the on-going evaluation of the animal welfare legislation and inform any potential future initiatives in the context of Farm to Fork. The forthcoming review of the animal welfare legislation will therefore look at the legislative gaps identified in 2012 and at any new gaps that could emerge from the ongoing evaluation of the rules in force. Launched almost 50 years ago, the Animal Welfare policy of the EU concerns millions of animals. The EU has a substantial population of livestock including, at present, 88 million bovine animals, 148 million pigs, and around 100 million sheep and goats, as well as an estimated 4.5 billion chickens, egg-laying hens and turkeys.

Extra Decks Found on Capsized Livestock Carrier

Evaluation of the EU strategy on Animal Welfare

Following a recommendation from the European Court of Auditors (i.e. Special report No 31/2018 on Animal welfare in the EU), the Commission has started an evaluation of the EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals (2012-2015).

The outcome of the evaluation is published in the form of a Staff Working Document here:

This evaluation assessed the extent to which the strategy delivered on its objectives and whether they are relevant and consistent today. It looked at efficiency and whether the strategy usefully complemented national efforts in this field.

The evaluation found that the strategy contributed to setting common priorities that led to improvements on animal welfare across the EU. It also contributed to improve knowledge and sharing of best practices, as well as to enforcement of EU legislation in specific areas.

However, none of the strategy’s objectives has been fully achieved. The forthcoming evaluation and review of the animal welfare legislation will look at the legislative gaps identified in and after 2012 and will seek to make the animal welfare acquis more fit for purpose. As regards enforcement, special attention will be given to compliance risk areas identified by this evaluation.

This evaluation draws from a study carried out by an external contractor, which applied a mixed-method approach to address the evaluation questions. The methods used included desk research, an online public consultation of 13 weeks, targeted surveys and semi-structured interviews to ensure broader coverage of stakeholders. In addition, eight case studies were carried out to further support the analysis.

The study report is published here: