Day: May 21, 2021

Horse’s Hell – the Kalona auction in Iowa, US

As the world continued to battle the pandemic in the closing months of 2020, Animals’ Angels continued its mission to advocate for animals and expose abusers by conducting an extensive months-long undercover investigation into the Kalona Auction in Iowa.

Widely considered a dumping ground where the local Amish and Mennonite communities dispose of their used-up horses in exchange for new ones, the monthly Kalona horse sale is one of the largest providers of slaughter horses in the US, usually selling more slaughter horses than riding or work horses.

The auction caters to many of North America’s most notorious kill-buyers, including Boots Stanley, Bouvry Exports, Scott Kurtenbach, George Baker and Keith Tongen.
Each auction sells between 300 to 500 horses, with Stanley and Kurtenbach & Bouvry buying the bulk of the slaughter horses.

The Kalona sale is also the only auction that uses a hydraulic gate to separate horses moving to the auction ring. As our investigators recently witnessed again firsthand, this is a cruel and chaotic process that inflicts unnecessary suffering on the innocent animals at the sale.

 

Months of horror at the Kalona sale

During Animals’ Angels recent investigation into the Kalona horse sale, our team observed auctions from August through November, and were horrified by the findings. A few of the heartbreaking observations are listed below:

In August, our team observed a draft mare go down multiple times in the pen, only to be forced back up again and again until she was sold, at which time the distressed animal went down yet again.

At the same auction, investigators saw a horse covered with dozens of whip marks, and witnessed a horse being kicked in the face by another horse with full force in an agitated pen.

In September, kill buyer Boots Stanley paid $50 for a horse (tag #695) with severe lacerations on his face which appeared to have been caused by an ingrown halter being ripped off prior to the sale.

In October, Boots Stanley purchased a dappled grey draft horse who struggled through the auction ring due to a left leg that had swollen to three times its normal size.

During the same sale, a Belgian draft horse died suddenly in the loose horse pen, indicating the horse had already been in dire condition when brought in, and a white donkey was mercilessly moved through the auction ring, even though the injured animal was unable to put any weight on his right foot.


In November, Stanley was once again buying blind, sick, and injured animals at the auction. Some of these horses later appear on his online broker program pages for hundreds of dollars, even though he paid as little as $50 for many of the animals.

During each monthly sale at Kalona, Animals’ Angels investigators documented consistently cruel and neglectful behavior:

The auction used a heavy hydraulic gate to block the entrance of the auction ring. Terrified horses were forced through a narrow chute while the auction workers hit the panicked animals relentlessly on the face and sides. One worker even went so far to strike a horse across the face with his wooden cane.

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EU: 21/5/21 Breaking News – Very Positive News; EU Citizens’ Initiative: MEPs Back Calls to Gradually END CAGED FARMING by 2027 ?

WAV Comment – you read it here first ! – please stay with us.

BREAKING NEWS 21/5/21.

EU Citizens’ Initiative: MEPs back calls to gradually end caged farming

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The use of cages in animal farming could be phased out by 2027, after an impact assessment and a properly funded transition, the Agriculture Committee said on Friday.

In their response to the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, MEPs called on the European Commission to come up with a draft EU law on fair and sustainable farming and to propose a revision of existing EU rules on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes. These legal changes should pave the way to phasing out the use of cages in EU animal farming, after an appropriate transition period and a solid, scientific impact assessment, possibly by 2027, they say.

Alternatives to cage farming exist and are being successfully implemented in a number of member states, MEPs say. These alternative systems should be further improved and encouraged at national level, but to ensure a level-playing field for farmers across the European Union, EU legislation is needed, they add.

Species-by-species approach and properly funded transition

The gradual end of caged farming should be based on a species-by-species approach that would take into account the characteristics of different animals and ensure that they all have housing systems that suit their specific needs, MEPs say. They insist on ensuring sufficient time to make the transition and proper support, including adequate advisory and training services, incentives and financial programmes for farmers and livestock breeders before making any legislative changes. This would avoid farmers losing their competitive edge and EU production being consequently relocated abroad, where animal welfare standards are lower than in the EU.

MEPs also call for a more comprehensive food policy to support the shift towards a more sustainable food system that should focus not only on environmental, but also on economic and social dimensions. Such a policy should prevent small and medium-sized farms from abandoning livestock production and stop production being further concentrated in the hands of a few large farms, they say.


Same standards for all imported products

A fair trade policy that ensures a level playing field is a precondition for higher European standards, the Agriculture Committee says. The Commission and member states should therefore focus more on putting effective controls and customs checks in place to ensure that imported agri-food products meet EU animal welfare standards, it adds.

MEPs want all animal products imported into the EU to be produced in full compliance with the relevant EU legislation, including the use of cage-free farming systems and insist that existing trade deals should be re-evaluated to ensure that the same animal welfare and product quality standards are met. They also call on the Commission to promote animal welfare internationally.

Next steps

The draft resolution, approved in the Agriculture Committee by 39 votes in favour to four against, with three abstentions, will now have to be scrutinised by the Parliament as a whole, probably during the 7-10 June plenary session.

Background

The European Citizens’ Initiative allows one million citizens from at least a quarter of EU member states to ask the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that fall within its competence. The EU invites organisers of successful initiatives to present their initiative at a public hearing in the European Parliament, to the committee responsible for the subject matter.

During the public hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age” on 15 April, MEPs highlighted the importance of listening and acting on citizens’ concerns on animal welfare. However, many insisted that any potential phase-out of caged farming requires proper financial support, incentives and an adequate transition period. They called for strict and efficient measures to avoid imports of cheaper products with lower animal welfare standards from non-EU countries. Some also called for a proper impact assessment and insisted on EU legislative action.

The “End the Cage Age” ECI was registered with the EU Commission on 5 September 2018. By the time of submission, the initiative had gathered support from almost 1.4 million signatories from across the EU, with the required threshold for signatures met in 18 member states.

The initiative calls on the Commission to “end (…) inhumane treatment” of “hundreds of millions of EU farm animals (…) kept in cages for most of their lives”, and for an EU law to ban the use of: cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail, ducks and geese; farrowing crates for sows; sow stalls, where not already prohibited; and individual calf pens, where not already prohibited.

EU Citizens’ Initiative: MEPs back calls to gradually end caged farming | News | European Parliament (europa.eu)

Regards Mark

EU: Final vote on the ban of Estonian fur farms in June.

Final vote on the ban of Estonian fur farms in June

20 May 2021

Loomus

WAV Comment – Estonia joined the EU as a member state on 9 December 2010.

The Environment Committee has agreed that the draft Act for Animal Protection and Nature Conservation, which would prohibit fur farms in Estonia, will be put to a final vote on June 2nd.

This announcement has brought joy and optimism to our Estonian member organisation Loomus. “Loomus has been working on the fur ban for years and the decision that the Environment Committee made today takes us very close to finally put an end to this cruel industry. We are glad that the politicians are taking animal-friendly steps and we are very optimistic that this time the farms will be banned,” said Annaliisa Post, Communications Manager and Board Member at the animal advocacy organization.

According to a Kantar Emor poll conducted in September, 75 percent of Estonians are opposed to the breeding of animals such as foxes and minks for their fur. In 2016, 69 percent of respondents agreed, indicating that support for a fur-free Estonia is growing.

Read more at source

Loomus : Estonian parliament will make a decision on banning fur farms in June

Best wishes to our friends at Loomus for a BIG victory in June; the public are behind you with support;

Regards Mark

Great news – click to read more:

Prominent Estonian fashion designer Tiina Talumees is fur free – Loomus

EU: European Commission introduces mandatory SARS-CoV-2 screening in all European mink fur farms.

 

 

 

 

 

WAV Comment – yes, we still have never heard back from the Danish murdered regarding the mass slaughter of minks for fur:

 

England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice

 

The Year of the Zombie Mink – See latest:

Denmark: year of the Zombie-Minks – World Animals Voice

 

So much for the EU being in control of things !

Regards Mark

 

 

European Commission introduces mandatory SARS-CoV-2 screening in all European mink fur farms

19 May 2021

LAV

On 12 May, the European Commission adopted the Implementing Decision 788 which sets standards for the surveillance and reporting of SARS-CoV-2 infections in mink (and raccoon dogs) bred for fur production.

This decision means that, for the first time, there is a mandatory and harmonised diagnostic screening and reporting system in place for all Member States, after more than 400 fur farms saw outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in 2020.

The Commission has deemed it necessary to initiate this monitoring in all Member States “without delay”, demonstrating the considerable risks to public health connected to fur farming.

The EU Commission has recognised the risk to public health connected to the presence of mink (and raccoon dog) farms for the production of fur and now, finally, it has adopted a system of control of these farms with active surveillance (diagnostic tests). In Italy we have already had outbreaks on 2 farms out of 8; the time has come for the Minister of Health to assume political responsibility to permanently ban fur farming.

Simone Pavesi, Campaigner, LAV

Diagnostic surveillance involves carrying out virological tests on a weekly basis, on live or dead animals, for a number equal to at least 5% of the population of any single farm. This sampling level can be adjusted from 5% to 20% in the case of positive results for SARS-CoV-2. 

However, there are possible loopholes in Implementing Decision 788. Competent authorities can decide to switch from active surveillance to passive surveillance on farms that adopt risk reduction measures. Farms under passive surveillance will only be required to test animals if mortality is increased or farm workers test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

This creates the risk of reversing monitoring systems to those of 2020 where surveillance protocol was based on mere clinical observation, in clear contrast with scientific evidence which suggests mink are in most cases asymptomatic. This would increase the risk of creating SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs, with serious public health implications.

In Italy, a country which, while having suspended mink fur farming for 2021, still has operational farms, 77% of the adult population are in favour of the adoption of emergency measures to end fur farming and breeding. This illustrates that by allowing fur production to continue, the European Commission is more concerned with protecting the economic interests of a small group of stakeholders at the expense of the health of all European citizens. 

Eurogroup for Animals urges the Commission to act decisively to protect public health by closing fur farms.

Read more at source

LAV

Regards Mark

 

England: ‘WasteMinster’ – The British PM Drowns Under A Tidal Wave of Plastic Bottles. Please Give A Shit !

WAV Comment: The UK is working very hard against environmental pollution; credit where it is due. But this very excellent and completely effective animation shows just how much of a global environmental issue plastic has become. Below is also another video which shows the reality – this is not ‘fantasy land’; so get a grip and make every effort to speak out against the over use of plastics globally. These realistic videos show the reality of the global plastic crisis.

Regards Mark

Heartbreaking Photos Show What Your Trash Does To Animals | HuffPost

For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Drowns In Plastic In New Satirical Animation Highlighting Pollution Crisis

‘Wasteminster’ sheds light on the ‘shocking truth about what happens to plastic the government tells us is being recycled’…

A new satirical animation shedding light on the pollution crisis shows UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson drowning in plastic.

Wasteminster is directed by Jorik Dozy and Sil van der Woerd for environmental organization Greenpeace. It is voiced by acclaimed impressionists Jon Culshaw and Matt Forde and produced by Studio Birthplace.

A Plastic Ocean” Event Reflection | by Hannah Sherwindt | hannahsgip |  Medium

Boris Johnson satirical animation

The animation begins with Johnson at 10 Downing Street speaking to press about being a ‘global leader in tackling plastic pollution’.

Directors Sil and Jorik purposely used direct quotes from the politician and his government, as they didn’t want to ‘put words in the Prime Minister’s mouth’.

During Johnson’s speech, a barrage of plastic starts pouring down from above. Eventually, this causes a surge that floods Downing Street.

The film then cuts to real-life footage of plastic waste that has been discarded overseas. 

Greenpeace says the piece aims ‘to put into stark contrast the bold promises the government has made about reducing the environmental impact of plastic, with the reality that plastic production has been rising while the government’.

A Plague of Plastics

‘The shocking truth’

Nina Schrank is a Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “This powerful film will show people the shocking truth about what happens to plastic the government tells us is being recycled.

“And, who better to enlist for the voiceovers than impressionists from the legendary Spitting Image… The impeccable voice talents of Culshaw and Forde.”“We need a complete ban on all plastic waste exports and legislation to make companies reduce the amount of plastic they produce…”

Sam Chetan-Welsh, Political Campaigner at Greenpeace UKMoreover, Sam Chetan-Welsh is a Political Campaigner from Greenpeace UK. He added: “The plastic we carefully wash and sort for recycling is being shipped off to other countries… It overwhelms their waste systems. And, much of it ends up illegally dumped or burnt, poisoning local people and polluting oceans and rivers. 

“The government could put a stop to this but so far Boris Johnson is only offering half measures. “We need a complete ban on all plastic waste exports and legislation to make UK companies reduce the amount of plastic they produce in the first place.”

sea life trapped by plastic – Google Search

Shocking images of animals are used to highlight pollution damage | Plastic  pollution, Animals images, Animals

Plastic pollution

Studio Birthplace has also published an animated series and augmented reality app.

The animation aims to help ‘visualize the incredible data related to our abuse of the planet’. 

Humanity’s Impact is also written and directed by Sil and Jorik. Sean Lin produces. 

It illustrates how a staggering 100,000,000,000 plastic bags are used globally, every year. And, that 1,000,000 plastic bottles are produced every single minute – by showing a town that gets flooded with plastic.

Boris Johnson Drowns In Plastic In New Satirical Animation On Pollution | Plant Based News

Please give a shit !

Regards Mark

Australia: Heads Smashed With A Metal Pole In Front of Their Mothers; Because They Are Male and Cannot Produce Milk. The Reality Of Dairy Farm Abuse; What Happens For Supermarket Milk Production.

ALL Photos – Animal Liberation Victoria.

WAV Comment – I have witnessed a lot of animal suffering in my time; but I found this video footage articularly disturbing.  It is from Victoria, Australia.  A farmer kills male goat kids with a metal pole in front of their mothers because they cannot produce milk; and they cannot produce mil because they are males, no other reason.  It happens with milk producing animals the world over; the males are always considered a ‘by product’ of the business; because they do not supply milk and keep the herd numbers up.  Thus, males are usually killed within hours of birth, exported live overseas to be killed for their meat, or sent to slaughterhouses serving more local ‘burger producing’ organisations.  Whatever, the males never win.  This footage is even more disturbing as it shows the male kid goats being yanked away from their mothers ; and then in full sight of their mothers, being hit in the head region by the farmer using a metal pole.  Like useless vegetation, their bodies are simple thrown into a tractor bucket to be disposed of.  If this does not stop everyone from consuming animal dairy, then I do not know what will.  A complete and utter abuse and killing of baby animals who have done nothing wrong apart from being born male.  This is common the world over; watch it and repent.

Regards Mark

Dairy Farm Footage Shows 'Baby Goats Bludgeoned To Death In Front Of Their  Mothers'

Link, including disturbing video: WATCH THE VIDEO FOOTAGE HERE

Disturbing moment dairy farmer beats baby goats to death with a metal pole – before dragging their convulsing bodies away in front of their mothers | Animal Liberation Victoria | Fighting for Animal Rights (alv.org.au)

Disturbing moment dairy farmer beats baby goats to death with a metal pole – before dragging their convulsing bodies away in front of their mothers

This is the disturbing moment a farmer killed male goat kids with a metal pole in front of their mothers because they cannot produce milk.

  • Secret footage was allegedly taken on a dairy farm in Bannockburn, Victoria 
  • It shows a farmer drive up to a goat pen and pull the male kids from mothers
  • The farmer smashes them on head with metal pole and leaves them squirming
  • The confronting footage was put online by Animal Liberation Victoria on Friday

This is the disturbing moment a farmer killed male goat kids with a metal pole in front of their mothers because they cannot produce milk.

Secret footage said to be taken on a dairy farm in Bannockburn, Victoria shows a farmer drive up to a goat pen and pull out the male kids.

One by one he smashed them on the head with the pole, leaving them frantically squirming on the ground before they died from traumatic head injuries.

The video shows the farmer putting male goat kids into a blue container before he takes them out and kills them

After killing around a dozen, the farmer loaded the corpses on to his tractor and drove away.

The confronting two minutes of undercover footage is said to have been taken between mid-September and mid-October this year.

It was posted online by Animal Liberation Victoria on Friday.

The group told Daily Mail Australia they were supplied the footage by anonymous activists who planted cameras on the farm.

‘These newborns males are killed because they will never produce milk, and are therefore considered useless to the dairy industry,’ ALV president Noah Hannibal said in a statement.

‘This brutal slaughter takes place as part of an inherently cruel industry.’

The video captures the farmer hit the goats on the head for the squirm as a result of the trauma

The confronting two minutes of undercover footage (pictured) was taken between mid-September and mid-October

Nothing in the video was illegal because farm animals are not covered by the same animal cruelty laws as domestic pets.

Killing newborn goats is a normal practice across the industry.

Animal welfare guidelines, which are not legally binding, state that goats can be killed using a variety of methods including shooting and blunt force trauma.

‘A single blow should be delivered to the centre of the forehead and should only be used on kids that are less than 24 hours old,’ the guidelines state.

The Victorian Farmers Federation said the footage was confronting.

President David Jochinke told Daily Mail Australia: ‘As an industry, we do not condone the mistreatment of animals. Any producer who falls outside the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, as well as the standards and guidelines of the industry should be investigated and managed appropriately’

He added: ‘It is difficult to comment on the specific details of this circumstance, but we would encourage farmers to stun animals with a captive bolt wherever possible.

‘Any person who has stewardship of an animal should take their responsibilities seriously. I am supportive of Agriculture Victoria undertaking an investigation into this matter should they feel it to be necessary.’

original article > dailymail.co.uk by Charlie Moore

Regards Mark