Day: June 3, 2021

cyclists with dogs-a danger to humans and animals

When the outside temperature is 25 ° C or more, one encounters an astonishing natural phenomenon: cyclists with dogs.

They hide all year round, but from midsummer they crawl out of their holes.
Airily clad people who enjoy the fresh wind blowing around their noses while cycling.
Because when you go on foot you sweat too easily at the temperatures.

The whole thing with a dog, usually on a leash, panting alongside at a gallop, with its tongue hanging out to the asphalt.
Preferably on the collar.

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What is going on in these people?
Do you think dogs perceive temperature differently?
Are these the people who let their dog roast in the car in the parking lot even in summer?
In your eyes, is that workload, the famous workout at any cost?
Saves the annoyance of moving the dog quickly?
Simply shorten the length of the “walkie-lap” by setting the pace?

Basically, please don’t exhaust a dog.
You work a dog to the full.
Just because we sit 10 hours a day in the office, which is against human nature, and we compensate for this by evening stress jogging or running on the treadmill, we don’t have to transfer this burn-out preparation to our dog.

A dog needs 18-20 hours of sleep a day.
If possible not in solitude, because this is not a restful sleep.

And what then do dogs in freedom, that is, street dogs, feral dogs?
They move leisurely from garbage dump to garbage dump and don’t run through the woods at a gallop.
And especially not when it is hot, but when it has cooled down.
You rarely see animals running voluntarily for more than a few minutes, be it wild animals or domesticated animals.

If you feel the need to “work off” your dog in midsummer temperatures, then please run for half an hour through the blazing sun yourself.
But with a warm jacket, yes?

Action shot of a black female German Shepherd running in the park, connected with a rope to a bicycle behind her.

A dog does not have to be “exhausted”.
Utilizing capacity never has anything to do with km / h, but with experience, using your senses in peace, community, feeling nature, being a dog and letting your mind wander.

Everything else is counterproductive and, through the production of the hormone adrenaline, causes the dog to need more and more and to become more and more jittery instead of calmer and more balanced.

Text: Claudia Obladen

And I mean…It is also about the safety of the dog and the cyclist.
And of course the dangers of road traffic.

Just because it went well 100 times does not mean that the dog is not suddenly distracted the 101st time by another dog, car honking, screeching tires, screaming children, … and it reacts unpredictably.
The dog does not react the way you want, it sprints off, you fall, you injure yourself, a car slams on the brakes because of your dog or tries to evade, it comes to an accident, to a very stupid accident.

None of this is theoretical.
I witnessed such an accident for this reason, and not just once.

Therefore, please share this article

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands: Floating cow stall in Rotterdam

Report from “German Animal Welfare Office”, June 2, 2021

The first floating cowshed was built in the Netherlands. In the middle of the largest deep-sea port in Europe, Rotterdam, almost 40 cows are kept on the two-story building.
Animals keep falling into the water.
We are demanding the closure and have contacted the German embassy in the Netherlands.

Floating Farm – Unique in the world

The operator of the floating cowshed boasts that only two employees are needed to operate the barn, because robots are used to milk and clear the cowshed automatically.
The feed reaches the animals from the lower floor via conveyor belts.
Everything would run independently.
Floating farms are the future of agriculture.

On the company’s website, the animals are advertised with short transport routes, beautiful pictures and great views.
A cow has a completely different eyesight than we humans and perceives the water more as a black hole and thus as a threat.

It’s all about profit

We reject the entire project and don’t see the future in it.
It makes no difference to the cows whether they are exploited in a barn on land or in water.
In addition, it is all about profit here too.

In the “showcase project”, for example, the calves are torn away from their mothers after birth and when the milk yields of the cows they go to the slaughterhouse.
Of course, there is nothing about that on the PR website.

Nor is it mentioned that probably the main reason for this globally unique project is that you can only build a stable in the Netherlands if you own land yourself.
In addition, there is a limitation of fattening houses compared to the number of inhabitants.
This also means that more and more Dutch fattening operators are coming to Germany and building stables.

Again and again criticism

We have made and published drone recordings of the floating stall.
It is the first time that such images have been created.
With the pictures we want to show how absurd this project is.
Nobody needs a floating barn, especially not the animals.

There is always criticism.
So the Dutch party Partij voor de Dieren (PvdD), which also campaigns for animal rights, is trying to get a majority in the city council to close the farm, unfortunately unsuccessfully so far.
But now the situation could change.

Cows fall into the water

This is the second time that a cow has fallen into the water.
The animal, which weighs 600-800 kilograms, had to stay in the cold water for several hours until it was finally rescued by the fire brigade.
The first incident occurred in December 2020, and even then it was difficult to rescue.
In both cases a door or barrier was left open. The operator has repeatedly violated his duty of care here, it is a miracle that both cows survived.

This is how you can help the animals

The German Animal Welfare Office is now hoping for help from the German Embassy in the Netherlands.
“We wrote to the embassy and asked them to ensure that the barn was closed,” said Jan Peifer, chairman of the board of the German Animal Welfare Office.
The animal rights activists also call for a boycott of dairy products from the floating stall.
Nothing should be bought from the “Floating Farm” brand.

“We recommend a plant-based way of life anyway, because this way all animals on land and water can be helped,” concludes Jan Peifer.

And I mean… Instead of thinking about how we can feed the world without animal suffering and without the destruction of the environment, there are other ways of breeding even more animals and now even on the water.

The little Netherlands, by the way, is the second largest agricultural exporter in the world!
From 2018 to 2020 alone, exports rose from 90 billion to 104 billion euros.

So there is definitely no need for more cattle breeding, whether on the mainland or in the water.
It is not the case that agriculture today is primarily used to feed the local population.
It is an industry that mainly produces for EXPORT.

Seldom has a bad business in animals been sold so professionally as in this case.
But that’s not enough – this is also celebrated by all media as an innovation and funding is demanded, maybe soon the lobby group of the EU will step in with subsidies in the project.
Because the businessmen of the floating farm are planning to build a floating chicken coop with around 6000 hens for the next year.

The last thing we need is more factory farming.
What we urgently need is to reduce the growth of human animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Biotech giant Amgen has confirmed that it no longer conducts near-drowning experiments on small animals!

Biotech giant Amgen has confirmed that it no longer conducts near-drowning experiments on small animals!

This follows PETA scientists’ outreach to the company about the forced swim test, in which small animals are often dosed with a test substance, put in beakers of water, and forced to paddle desperately out of fear of drowning.

Amgen joins 12 pharmaceutical companies that PETA has persuaded to ban the hideous test, including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Roche, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk A/S, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

But David Ricks, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, continues to reject modern science by clinging to this ridiculous test.

Please join PETA in calling on Eli Lilly to ban the forced swim test.

Take Action:

Eli Lilly’s CEO Refuses to Ban Near-Drowning of Small Animals | PETA

Thank you for your compassion for animals.


Kathy Guillermo
Senior Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department

Regards Mark

Estonia Becomes 14th European Nation to Ban Fur Farming.

We commented on this recently:

EU: Final vote on the ban of Estonian fur farms in June. – World Animals Voice

Estonia: Survey: Support for Banning Fur Farming in Estonia is Greater Than Ever Before. – World Animals Voice

Now we have the wonderful news we have all been waiting for – Congratulations Estonia.


Estonia Becomes 14th European Nation to Ban Fur Farming

Estonia is the latest European nation to ban fur farming, and the first-ever Baltic state to do so. The amendments follow a decade of campaigning by animal welfare groups.

Estonia just became the first Baltic state to ban fur farming.

The Riigikogu (Estonia’s parliament) passed amendments to the existing Animal Protection Act and Nature Conservation Act on Wednesday.

The act will now prohibit the breeding and keeping of animals solely or primarily for the purpose of fur farming, thereby excepting sheep and rabbit breeders. According to ERR News, 56 MPs voted in favor and 19 voted against the amendments.

“It’s a great day for the thousands of animals who will be saved from a life of suffering thanks to Estonia passing this law,” said Connor Jackson, CEO of Open Cages, in a statement sent to LIVEKINDLY.

According to a 2020 survey carried out by data and business insight company Kantar Emor, 75 percent of those living in Estonia are opposed to fur farming.

Why Has Estonia Banned Fur Farming?

According to the Fur Free Alliance, current European fur farming practices are incompatible with even the most basic animal welfare standards, as well as EU law. Animals typically live in cramped, oppressive conditions and often experience both injury and disease.

Within the context of increasing global environmental efforts, the enormous negative impact of factory fur farms is both unnecessary and incongruous. The industry as a whole creates pollution, reduces biodiversity, and emits greenhouse gases.

Estonia has been discussing a potential ban since 2009, and the overall number of fur farms has significantly decreased since then. Today, the number of animals farmed has fallen from around 200,000 to just under 1,000, as per data from Open Cages.

At the beginning of 2021, the largest fur farm in Estonia (with a peak occupancy of 170,000 animals) announced that it is now empty. The government will issue no new permits for keeping mink and raccoon dogs after July 1, 2021, and will completely prohibit this style of fur farming after January 1, 2026.

The new amendments make Estonia the 14th European nation to ban fur farming. This includes the UK, which has prohibited fur farming for over 20 years but is no longer a member of the EU.

Will the UK Finally Update Its Own Legislation?

The UK government has banned farming itself but not yet restricted the import and sale of fur (neither has Estonia). But as an early adopter of fur farm bans, the UK faces pressure to lead the global shift away from fur. Also, Britain has imported £434,817 worth of fur from Estonia in the past five years, bypassing existing restrictions.

However, the current Conservative government recently published a “call for evidence” that could support more comprehensive legislation on import and sales.

Humane Society International/UK (HSI/UK), the founding organization behind the #FurFreeBritian campaign and coalition, recently revealed that 72 percent of Brits would support further restrictions on fur. Just three percent of the public actually wear animal fur.

“The majority of Brits want nothing to do with the cruelty of fur farming and trapping and support a ban on fur being imported and sold here,” said Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, in a statement sent to LIVEKINDLY. “This is an important opportunity for both individual consumers and fashion businesses to let the government know that fur is firmly out of fashion in the UK.”

Open Cages is also a member of the #FurFreeBritian coalition. Jackson added: “As the latest country [Estonia] to rid themselves of this cruel industry, it’s more clear than ever that the UK must ban fur imports and finish what we started two decades ago.”

As fur becomes increasingly unpopular, many mainstream brands have been quick to distance themselves from the industry. Valentino, Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Adidas are just some of the most recent brands to announce a move away from fur.

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