Day: April 28, 2021

human species – “we’re just a bunch of primates out of control”

This is criminal. Nothing more. Not less.
The deliberate transformation of a living being into a bundle of suffering and silent despair is a crime – what else should be a crime?
This picture tells its own story without saying a word.

But we say: what we did not understand centuries ago, we cannot understand today either.
That animals are not our slaves, not our food, not our objects of torture.
They have their right to live as roommates in peace on this planet.

But the plague of this planet, man, allows itself the fascist right to impress, enslave them, kill them and eat them.

Never can humanity be ashamed enough of it

regards and good night, Venus

28/4/21: Vegan Bites.

Leading Restaurant Chain Launches Vegan Fish Burger In Response To Seaspiracy’s Roaring Success

Seaspiracy: Food Chain Launches Vegan Fish Burger | Plant Based News

Funky Mello’s Marshmallows Are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Irresistible

Funky Mello’s Marshmallows Are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Irresistible (

A Vegan Diet Is The Best For Fertility: Here’s Why

A Vegan Diet Is The Best For Fertility: Here’s Why (

Going vegan to cure type 2 diabetes

Going vegan to cure type 2 diabetes — Plant Shift

Greggs Launching Vegan Sausage & Bean Melt And Other Top-Selling Products, Says Report

Greggs Launching Vegan Sausage & Bean Melt, Says Report | Plant Based News

77 Foods Develops “Mind-Blowing” Plant-Based Bacon After Two Years of R&D

77 Foods Develops “Mind-Blowing” Plant-Based Bacon After Two Years of R&D – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine

11 of the Best Vegan Chocolates You Can Order Online

11 of the Best Vegan Chocolates You Can Order Online (

Major Taiwan Silicone Manufacturer To Roll Out Vegan Leather As Global Demand Surges

Major Taiwan Silicone Manufacturer To Roll Out Vegan Leather (


Easy Vegan Dinner Rolls – Loving It Vegan

Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat

Opinion | Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat – The New York Times (

Why Factory Farming Is The Largest Cause Of Animal Abuse In History

Why Factory Farming Is The Largest Cause Of Animal Abuse In History | Animal Equality | International Animal Protection Organization

Regards Mark

EU: EU’s farmed animal welfare rules need ‘serious and extensive review’.

EU’s farmed animal welfare rules need ‘serious and extensive review’

The European approach to animal welfare has recently been the subject of a renewed debate. The pandemic has stressed the importance of a strong and sustainable food system and highlighted the links between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, and consumption patterns. Notably the one with farmed animals.

COVID-19 and climate change have alerted us of the need for a systematic change in the treatment of animals, says Inês Ajuda, farmed animals programme leader at Eurogroup for Animals.

Polls across the block confirm our interest in the well-being of farmed animals.

“The welfare of farmed animals is a shared concern for Europeans and it is part of our shared identity to ensure that farmed animals have a life worth living,” says Olga Kikou, head of the charity Compassion in World Farming.

But animal welfare rules have not just come to the forefront during the pandemic and have been a hot topic for decades.

In the European Union, discussions started in the 80s, which led to the adoption of a series of directives to protect farm animals. But they are often criticised for being too vague.

The directives and recommendations advise on matters such as space, balanced diets, environment, and limitation of harmful procedures. But animal welfare laws vary across Europe with northern states generally more strict.

Globally, the animal welfare acquis should ensure they have good physical health, mental wellbeing, and the ability to carry out natural behaviour. But the current rules can be problematic.

“As current things stand, it is easy to have a vague interpretation of what the general farming directive means, and this can lead to serious problems for animal welfare,” says Ajuda.

Some companies do not comply with the directions, but what’s more important is that even when they do adhere, many irregularities occur because laws are so outdated.

For example, “there is no legislation requiring particular space or housing conditions for fish, or for transporters to provide for their welfare.”

Ajuda says science has considerably advanced since the rules were first established, so the “Animal Welfare acquis needs a serious and extensive review.”

The opportunity for change appears to be in the works

The European Green Deal has come to set core policy initiatives to make Europe climate neutral in 2050. A healthier and more sustainable EU food system is a cornerstone of this deal, and a special programme has been designed to achieve it, Farm to Fork.

The initiative has set an ambitious target for the European agriculture industry, which animal farming is considered an integral part of.

Good animal welfare standards have been shown to help reduce the dependence on excessive veterinary medication, which is also one of the key goals of the Farm to Fork strategy.

The extensive use of antibiotics is a concern because of the potential development of antibiotic resistance, which could compromise animal and human health.

When an animal is suffering from stress because it is, for example in a cage, like a mother pig that can’t properly interact with her piglets because she can’t turn around or reach them, “it usually leads to an impact on the immune system, which then leads to susceptibility, making them more prone to disease, and this means more antibiotic use,” says Ajuda, who is also a veterinarian.

The Farm to Fork strategy is calling for a review of the EU’s animal welfare legislation, which brings many promises to change current standards and ensure that the welfare of farmed animals is substantially improved.

“Phasing out cages is indeed one of the most pressing issues that require the EU’s attention. Another key issue the EU needs to tackle is the transport of live animals and their exports to third countries,” says Olga Kikou.

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Brazil: Why 2022 Must See A New President Committed To Amazon Protection Elected.

I watched the following on the BBC last night – the ‘Our World’ is a series of special investigations and reports on issues of concern around the globe.  The Brazilian elections are to be held in 2022; and the current President, Bolsonaro; shows that he cares very little about protecting the magnificence of the Amazon rainforest.  To him, like many global politicians, the end game is all bout money and how much they can make; regardless of the destruction.

Justin Rowlatt (BBC) returns to the Amazon which he reported from a decade ago.  The report is very disturbing; as you can see in the video.  More than ever it is now time for a massive change to save the remaining Amazon and the indigenous peoples that live within it.  Despite what Bolsonaro says, it is not about gold, diamonds and the riches of the Amazon; it is about protecting the environment, the lungs of the planet and the people of the forest. 

Cattle ranching as the main farming system in the Amazon basin. Since the beginning of the colonization in the 1960s, around 15% of the Amazon forest has been removed through agricultural practices.

While there are many causes, one of the main causes is cattle ranching, particularly in Brazil. Trees are cut and the land is converted into a pasture for cattle grazing. According to one report, an estimated 70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon basin can be attributed to cattle ranching.

The environmental impact of meat production varies because of the wide variety of agricultural practices employed around the world. … Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption.

Undercover of Covid, the Amazon rainforest is under attack. Deforestation is at levels not seen for more than a decade. Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, talks of opening up the forest to development while the environmental policy is under attack from loggers.

Our World obtained a recording of the Environment minister talking about using the cover of Covid to “change all the rules” in the Amazon. For Our World, Justin Rowlatt is on a mission to find out how a tribe he visited a decade ago is faring the face of this assault.

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Sebastião Salgado-a great visionary of our time

18 years ago, Brazilian photographer Sebastian Salgado* and his wife Lélia decided to reforest their 600-hectare land in Aimorés, Brazil. With their friends, they planted more than 2 million trees!

Today there are 293 species of plants, 172 species of birds, and 33 different animal species, some of which were endangered.

It was just then that his parents signed the farm over to him and his wife Lélia.
Salgado was shocked: There was nothing left of the magical forests through which he roamed as a child and first consciously perceived the magic of light and shadow.
Livestock farming and erosion had turned the farm into a lunar landscape.

Sebastião Salgado (Foto: Facebook/Reprodução)

“When we got this piece of earth, it was just as wounded, yes, dead as I was.
Once it was an ecological oasis. When I was a kid, half of the farm was forest and I grew up in a paradise. But now there was less than half a percent forest left. “

His wife finally had the idea, says Salgado. Lélia said: “let’s rebuild paradise, let’s replant the forest.”

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