Month: May 2021

Austria: 100 dead mice in MedUni laboratory: animal abuser acquitted!

An unusual process took place in Vienna on Monday. A woman ex-zookeeper at a mouse breeding laboratory at MedUni Vienna was accused of cruelty to animals.

Around 100 mice died. The woman is acquitted.

Online today at 1:54 p.m.

The prosecution had accused the woman of neglecting around 100 breeding mice that had died.
“In any case, it was hygienic grievances,” judge Stefan Erdei stated after extensive evidence proceedings.

According to her statements, the zookeeper was de facto responsible for a total of 6,000 mice in 1,900 cages at the Center for Biomedical Research.

She was overwhelmed “at least for months”, the judge found.
It would have been the task of the institute management to “organize it differently”.
The fact that the defendant accepted with her actions or omissions that the mice were tortured can “not necessarily be deduced from the external circumstances”.
In the opinion of the court, the incriminated offense was thus not fulfilled (!!!)

During a tour on November 27, 2020, the dead animals were discovered during inspection in the laboratory.
“It stank terribly. After decomposition. It was a sight of horror. I’ve never seen anything like it, ”recalled the vet who had initiated the investigation on the witness stand.
Dead mice were “both in the corridor and in the cages, partly next to live animals”.
In many of the cages there was a lack of water and food.

The defendant did not accept the accusation raised by the public prosecutor’s office that she had not provided the animals with water and food since November 20.
She admitted that she did not put the food in the designated food dispenser, but simply put it in the cages – not out of malice, but out of a lack of time.
She had to look after thousands of mice by herself, hadn’t had a vacation for eight years and even spent the weekends at the institute.

Last November alone, she would have accumulated 198 overtime: “We were certainly too few animal keepers for the work. I was so stupid and been inside all day and weekend. The researchers have already asked me if I sleep at all because I answered emails at 3:00 in the morning. “

Most of the cadavers involved in the process were mice, which she killed according to the order, the woman described.
Every week she killed 300 to 600 animals “with broken necks or gassing because they were not needed for research”.
In the week in question, she had ended the lives of 450 animals.

For lack of time, she “did not dispose of” the corpses, but “simply left them there”.

Richter stated “sense of mission”

Former colleagues and superiors then reported that the defendant was careful that no one else entered her work area.
The head of the facility stated as a witness: “Despite being asked, she repeatedly refused to take vacations and time off.”

In principle, there would have been “always someone who can stand in for her”.

According to the director, the mice were adequately supplied with water and food: “If I had had the feeling that this was not the case, I would have said it clearly. I wouldn’t have looked away. This person would have been brought to justice and immediately dismissed. ”

Regarding the killings carried out by the defendant, the head of the laboratory commented:“ Animals that do not go into experiments are continuously killed. This is Mendel. That is Mendel’s law. “

In the end, the judge summarized his impressions of the accused as follows:

“You had a sense of mission and considered yourself irreplaceable. This is a mistake that many people tend to make. “

And I mean…People who work in the laboratory and who massacre hundreds of animals every day or who witness others doing it in the laboratory MUST be dull and lacking in empathy, this is basically the basic qualification to be able to do the job at all.
Who breaks the neck of 300 to 600 creatures a week with bare hands and is compassionate in the process?

So it’s nobody’s fault when hundreds of mice starve and die of thirst in an animal laboratory.
This is obviously allowed in animal experiments.

So dear zookeepers in animal research laboratories! you are obviously allowed to behave as you want.
You do not need to fear the judiciary!

A perpetrator-friendly court will always find an exonerating judgment for animal abusers

My best regards to all, Venus

How Perdue and Mercy For Animals found common ground

“Just months after the investigation’s release, Perdue, with praise from Mercy For Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, and Compassion in World Farming, committed to the most comprehensive animal welfare policy of any U.S. poultry company.”

The journey from adversaries to allies required conversation and compromise and often caused tension, but ultimately proved rewarding, write Perdue’s Mark McKay and Mercy for Animals’ Leah Garcés.

The following is a guest post from Mark McKay, president of Perdue Premium Poultry and Meats, and Leah Garcés, president of Mercy For Animals.

If you had told us years ago that we would be writing this together –– a president of one of the largest chicken companies and the president of one of the largest animal rights groups –– we would have been incredulous. Historically, meat companies and animal rights organizations have been more foe than friend.

This is certainly how the relationship began between Perdue and Mercy For Animals.

In 2015, Mercy For Animals released an undercover video of a Perdue chicken farm showing abuse by contract workers. All too commonly, companies go into defense and denial mode when faced with such footage.


But if you flip the coin, a business can find opportunity in this sort of exposure. It is a rare moment when a company humbly embraces the harder — but ultimately more rewarding — path.

Perdue knew that what the video had shown represented not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to animals, customers, and consumers to uphold the company’s standards.

So Perdue picked up the phone and did something meat companies rarely do: It called Mercy For Animals.

A stunned Mercy For Animals sat at the other end of the call.

Here was Perdue thanking the organization for the investigation that had exposed animal handling contrary to the company’s standards — and promptly acting to remedy it. Perdue also invited Mercy For Animals, along with other animal advocacy organizations, to a discussion about continual improvement to animal-raising practices.

Perdue Farm

First we needed to build trust. The divide was great, and no past collaborations of this kind existed to guide us.

But over time, through honest and open communication, we found that we had more in common than we had thought. Often, when facing the so-called opposition, people focus on areas of disagreement and difference rather than common ground. In this case, both organizations recognized our shared goals and understood our duty to work together.

But working together had its pitfalls. Mercy For Animals risked looking like a sellout. Perdue took a risk by admitting it had “gotten away from the farm.” That’s a lot of risk — and tension — bundled into one situation. But sometimes taking risks pays off enormously

Mark McKay
Permission granted by Perdue Premium Poultry and Meats

Our conversations were challenging, especially in the beginning, but the tension felt reassuring. Tension is the sense of the gap between where we are and where we’d like to be. This tension facilitates conversation and drives change.

Just months after the investigation’s release, Perdue, with praise from Mercy For Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, and Compassion in World Farming, committed to the most comprehensive animal welfare policy of any U.S. poultry company. Perdue didn’t claim to be perfect but charted a path toward industry leadership and continual improvement in animal welfare.

Leah Garcés
Permission granted by Mercy For Animals

Each year, through ongoing conversation, Perdue moves up the ladder of animal welfare; nearly 52% of Perdue’s conventional farms are now windowed — and as the No. 1 supplier of USDA organic chicken, Perdue provides 25% of its chickens with outdoor access.
Perdue made a promise, and Mercy For Animals works closely to provide feedback through informal meetings and participation in Perdue’s Animal Care Summit.
The relationship is sustained by our firm mutual commitment to ongoing progress.
Everyone involved is benefiting.
Each year, Perdue publishes an animal care report and hosts a conference to report progress toward existing goals and share new ones, and invite feedback and ideas for continual improvement.

Chickens benefit from Perdue’s dedication to the Better Chicken Commitment, a set of animal welfare standards supported by animal advocacy groups. This commitment requires companies to meaningfully reduce animal suffering by giving chickens more space and a better environment, minimizing their suffering during slaughter, and using breeds not prone to painful and debilitating conditions.

Man arrested after undercover video reveals alleged abuse at Perdue chicken supplier - The Washington PostImages of a alleged Perdue supplier. (Courtesy MFA)

We hope the food industry and those working to improve it will be inspired by our collaborative approach. The journey from adversary to ally requires conversation, sometimes compromise, and certainly discomfort for both sides.

But without these — and the coming together of different stakeholders — no one wins. We must always search for the place where our goals align.
This is the critical path to progress that will lead us all to a better food future (!!!)

And I mean…The pattern is familiar: An animal rights group films an undercover video that allegedly captures animal abuse at a well-known meat supplier; then…
1) the supplierr denies the video is accurate, or
2) tries to spin it for its own purposes; for meat-lovers the world over reluctant to give up their favorite dishes, life goes on.

After a video released showed apparent mistreatment of chickens at Perdue, an agribusiness giant, this pattern may be changing.

First, Perdue claims that these are isolated cases and that the worker has been laid off. Hands and guilt are washed away

Perdue did not condemn MFA’s potentially embarrassing efforts.
The company praised the undercover investigation and the subsequent involvement of the police.

Instead, Perdue even expressed its gratitude to MFA and the chicken company appeared ready to work with a group that is interested (and believes) they can get them out of business.

Mercy for Animals (MFA), founding member of the World Federation for Animals (WFA) and an organization which aims at the “end of factory farming”, claims that all parties involved will benefit from this deal.

Some believe it, some don’t.
Not because some reject the small steps and others don’t.
But because many years of experience have shown us that the meat industry is not trustworthy and not fair.
And because, last but not least, the meat industry has always achieved its goals with deviousness and fraud.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animal transports in EU: a sick system

On May 21, the Osnabrück (north Germany) Administrative Court put economic interest above the welfare of the animals and allowed the currently discussed transport of 528 cattle from Lower Saxony to Morocco!

Lower Saxony’s Agriculture Minister Otte-Kinast had prohibited the planned transport of breeding cattle by decree.

The cattle breeding company defended itself against this and won the case: a ban on transport had been overturned by the court!!

Now new recordings show the terrible mistreatment of European sheep in Jordan.

But this is not an isolated case – the system behind it has assumed frightening proportions.

Videos were leaked to the global animal welfare organization “Four Paws” showing dozens of sheep being brutally killed in a ditch near Amman, Jordan.
Meanwhile, their conspecifics have to watch their murder in a crowded paddock next to it.


Sheep from Romania and Spain were among those killed, as their ear tags revealed.
These are gruesome recordings that are now coming to light: The videos that “Four Paws” has now received show how a sheep is herded to the butcher, past other sheep that are already dead and lying on the ground in their own blood.

Another clip shows the last spastic movements of a half-dead animal while the butcher is skinning another sheep directly above it.

Right next to the slaughterhouse, in an overcrowded paddock, dozens of sheep are waiting for the same fate, full of fear and no possibility of hiding, and have to watch their conspecifics being murdered next to them.

Continue reading “Animal transports in EU: a sick system”

ideology of carnism: crimes to animals are “your” right

People are so disconnected from whom they are eating. They are so disconnected from the mass suffering and torture that they are inflicting upon others of different species.

Neatly wrapped packages of someone’s murdered body, blood cleaned away from their flesh – their corpse remains unidentifiable from the individual who they once were. Their brutal murder remains hidden behind closed doors.
This holocaust thrives in secrecy.

“Your meat” had a face, a heart beat, a personality and a family. You paid for their murder.
“Your dairy” came from a mother who was raped and had her babies stolen from her.
“Your eggs” came from a female who’s reproductive system was exploited and her male babies were macerated alive on their first day of life.

If you aren’t vegan, you support and pay for rape, torture, slavery, abuse and murder.
If you aren’t vegan, you support and profit a holocaust.
Text: Tash Peterson

And I mean…As to whether animal suffering is of a greater scale than human suffering, this seems inarguable to me.

Over 150 billion land animals are slaughtered every year, according to Farm Animal Rights Movement. To put that in a bit of perspective, the Population Reference Bureau estimates only 110 billion humans have ever lived.

So, of course, animal suffering is infinitely greater than its human equivalent.

In short, 99.99% of humans participate in a genocide and hold the biggest holocaust of all time, the Animal Holocaust, and call it their right, they call it normal.

Gary Yourofsky said: “Why would any human, poor or rich, black or white, gay or straight, religious or atheist, be allowed to rape, enslave, commodify and murder animals? Why would anyone be exempt from behaving ethically? If poor people aren’t allowed to have human slaves, or rape and murder children, then the animals are off limits too!”

We are here for the oldest and most oppressed group of all history: the animals.
We want justice and freedom for the animals, and we want for every wrong act against them to be stopped and punished.
And anyone who claims to have morals should be able to grasp that.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: Animal cruelty is the standard in pig fattening

New research reveals problems with the system

Once again the German Animal Welfare Office uncovered massive animal cruelty in a pig fattening facility.
The recordings from the halls of the facility are difficult to bear.

Many of the animals have curly tails.
Some have bloody injuries on their legs, so that the animals can only move with great pain.
In some animals, abscesses the size of a handball have already formed, which are clearly not treated by a veterinarian.

The extent of neglect is unimaginable.
Many of the animals seem apathetic, others are dying.

The recordings come from one of the largest pig fattening facilities in Lower Saxony, in the municipality of Merzen.

Particularly spicy: the owner and co-operator of this facility is the deputy mayor of the municipality of Merzen (!!!).
Over the years, the conservative politician has built up an opaque family-company network.
He and his family members operate various mast systems.

More than 100,000 euros in EU funding are received every year.
These are financed by taxes that we all pay.

Continue reading “Germany: Animal cruelty is the standard in pig fattening”

Brazil: slaughtering of pregnant cows

May 27, 2021

Animal Equality has released a shocking investigation into Brazil’s meat industry and its practice of slaughtering pregnant cows. Considered an animal mistreatment practice and condemned by experts, we are urging Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture to forbid the killings of these at-risk animals.

THE DETAILS: About half of the cows slaughtered in Brazil are females, and when they are pregnant, it presents animal welfare issues for both the cows and their calves. Our investigation found:

A pregnant cow after she was shot, hanging and being bled while her live calf struggled inside her live calves cut from their mothers and dumped onto the processing room floor

THE HORRORS OF LIVE TRANSPORT: Live animal transport is considered a major animal welfare challenge, as it’s extremely stressful for animals and made even more harmful for those who are pregnant. In the case of pregnant cows, the weight of the uterus and fetus can reach up to 165 pounds.

Cows in the final third of pregnancy are at greater risk of health and welfare problems during and after transport, as they are more susceptible to spontaneous abortion or premature birth, and can experience heat stress, dehydration, injuries, and metabolic diseases. Because of this susceptibility, the World Organization for Animal Health and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations considers animals in late pregnancy unfit to travel, as they may suffer and not receive adequate welfare during their journey.

THE BACKGROUND: In 2017, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) approved a regulation for industrial and sanitary inspection of animal origin (RIISPOA) that allows the use of pregnant cows meat for consumption, and ever since the number of pregnant cows slaughtered has increased.

This regulation has been denounced as animal mistreatment by inspectors and animal welfare specialists.

WHAT WE’RE SAYING: “This is just one of the abusive practices that customers don’t realize happens within the beef and dairy industries,” says Carla Lettieri, Executive Director of Animal Equality Brazil. “We want to make sure that people know the truth and join us in demanding that the Brazillian government stop this practice that causes so much suffering to pregnant cows and their calves.”

WHAT COMES NEXT: Animal Equality is asking the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply to forbid the slaughter of pregnant cows by doing the following:

Approve a new regulation that requires pregnancy tests for the shipment of live animals in accordance with the minimum standard (NI 46/2018) required by the World Organization for Animal Health (WAHIS) to prevent pregnant animal suffering.
Increase animal welfare inspections at Brazil’s slaughterhouses
Fine slaughterhouses that do not comply with Brazil’s animal protection regulations.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Regardless of where they are slaughtered, animals used for food are abused and mistreated from the day they are born to the moment they are killed. As this investigation has shown, animal protections are not considered by greedy companies who value profit over stopping practices that cause animals suffering. The one thing that will truly make a difference for animals will be to share their story and our investigations with your networks so that more people will learn the truth about factory farming. And please, spare future pain for animals by leaving them off your plate.

And I mean…In July 2019, the photo also circulated as Sharepic on social media.
The picture is probably real.

Die gebärende Kuh neben dem Transporter

The descriptive text:

“It happens everywhere!

A pregnant mother on the way in the animal transport is forcibly forced to give birth …
They open their stomach and the little one slides on the hard asphalt …
The fate of both is tragic, and cruelty seems to have no limits.

They won’t tell, but you don’t look either? “

Unfortunately we could not trace the origin of this picture, so in this particular case it is difficult to say anything about this animal and why this brutal act took place.

But we can say one thing for sure:
Would someone slit open the stomach of a pregnant woman without anesthesia even in an emergency, leave her baby in the middle of the street and post the process on Facebook?
No way!
Because whoever has rights is respected, whoever has no rights is exploited, massacred, murdered.
All other non-human animals suffer under the fascism that the human species has legalized for itself.

Therefore it is not important where the picture comes from.
A crime remains a crime: in Brazil, in Morocco, in Germany.
And we will always show and fight these crimes so that they arrive in people’s consciousness as such

My best regards to all, Venus