Day: June 7, 2021

Sweden 🇸🇪 – as the world leader in cruelty-free research?

Doctors Against Animal Experiments

#Press release#

Fifth country takes a step towards “phasing out animal experiments”
The renowned Karolinska Institute in #Sweden# has published a discussion paper on new methods without animal testing, which is clearly aimed at a paradigm shift in which animal testing is no longer the “gold standard”.

Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm

The Swedish government had already announced that it could become the world leader in animal-free research.

The German association “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” is pleased about the 5th country after the Netherlands, USA,  the Great Britain and Norway, which is taking an important step away from animal experiments.

“The Karolinska Institute’s paper does not yet speak of an exit from animal experiments, but an important first step has been taken, namely to recognize that the future belongs to methods that do not involve animal experiments,” explains Dr. med. vet. Corina Gericke, Vice Chairwoman of “Doctors Against Animal Experiments”.

A placement, not a replacement, is required, i.e. the establishment of animal-free procedures instead of a 1-to-1 replacement of animal experiments.

The word “alternatives” is also not chosen, but rather “new methods” are used.

These are not just a substitute or an alternative, as they offer many more options than animal experiments.

The authors are convinced that the new technologies hold great potential for science, the human environment and health, as well as for the innovative strength of industry.

Several actors from the fields of research, authorities, politics and industry (L’Oréal and AstraZeneca) were interviewed in the 114-page paper.
Many question animal testing as the “gold standard”.

Mice would be cured, but transmission to humans often doesn’t work.
Research needs more human relevance.
The first aim of the report is to promote communication between researchers and other stakeholders.

The Swedish government presented a roadmap for research over the next four years in December 2020.

It says: “Sweden can become a world leader in the field of alternative methods, which can contribute to new jobs as well as new companies. The demand for faster, cheaper and safer test methods is great. “

The Karolinska Institute near Stockholm is one of the largest and most respected medical universities in Europe.
The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute annually determines the winner (s) of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Sweden joins the list of countries that are taking steps to phase out animal testing: the Netherlands, USA, Great Britain and Norway.

In a joint campaign with the german Association of “People for Animal Rights” and 13 other organizations,” Doctors Against Animal Experiments” is calling for the German government to develop a concept for phasing out animal experiments.

The demand can be supported by signing an online petition:

Further information and sources: Karolinska Institutet: Att communicera om nya metoder utan djurförsök. 02/2021

And I mean…Directive EU / 2010/63 on animal experiments:
“From an ethical point of view, there should be an upper limit for pain, suffering and fear that must not be exceeded in scientific processes.
To this end, the implementation of procedures that are likely to cause long-lasting and unreliable severe pain, severe suffering or anxiety should be prohibited. “

The EU bans, but Germany does not!
Why are nevertheless animal experiments of severe degree still being carried out in Germany?

Because: The EU prohibits excessive suffering in the laboratory, but allows the member states to make exceptions.
And that is exactly what the German government did with the new version of the Animal Welfare Act: under pressure from the animal experimentation lobby, it has made use of the exception and, apart from a few cosmetic changes, the most important ones remain unchanged.

Therefore, severe animal experiments are still carried out in Germany.

Germany, Tübingen-Max Planck Institute- SOKO undercover

Every civilized, informed and morally developed person disgusts this senseless torture in the name of a pseudoscience, and only a bunch of idiots in laboratories and government posts try to sell the animal experiment business to the public with hollow, factually false and implausible arguments.

Let us now hope that other countries will follow Sweden’s positive example, because in a modern Europe this senseless cruelty to animals has no place.
Most people nowadays do not miss how corrupt, primitive, unscientific work is done in the field of animal testing.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: 7/6/21 – Vegan Bites.

You can put the chicken before the egg, by choosing delicious, affordable, bird-friendly alternatives…

Re-thinking eggs | Animals Australia

Vegan Strawberry Muffins

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Vegan Pasta e Fagioli

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Top 3 CrossFit Competitors Are All Vegan: ‘My Body Doesn’t Need Meat’

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Ready Burger become latest opening to join London’s new wave of beef-free burger kings

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One Great Vegan: Meet the chef who’s singing her way through recipes on TikTok

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Rhubarb, Chocolate and Ginger Vegan Spread

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Supermarkets ‘misled customers over chicken cruelty and shut down social media objections’

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Pride Month Vegan Challenge

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Aldi Launches Plant-Based BBQ Range As Nearly Half Of Brits ‘Don’t Know How To Cater For Vegans’

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 Regards Mark

Light In A Dark Forest – Animal Photojournalism – Exposing The Reality The Business Does Not Want You To nSee.

Hidden book Jo-Anne McArthur listing image

Above – Award-winning photographer, journalist and campaigner Jo-Anne McArthur – author of Hidden: Animals In The Anthropocene (Image credit: © Animal Equality)

WAV Comment: 

Every photographer, professional, amateur, or simply casual, hopes that maybe one day, one of their images will have that ‘something extra’ that makes it so special in different ways for so many people to view with awe or amazement.  As a youngster, I can remember one such image from the Viet Nam war showing a little girl who’s village had just been bombed with napalm.  Decades on, this image is one of those which captured my sesnse into the reality of war and what it does to people – do you remember it ?

Or, as an activist, one of my all time favourite photos (below); Watson and Hunter on the ice; stoopping the seal hunter ship from continuing with its disgusting business. 

Or the very recent article by Venus, showing the suffering calves in Austria – Calf fattening in Austria: Animal suffering and fraud – World Animals Voice  – different images which all show the viewer the reality of the issue; often in the case of animal abuses, which are so different to the yukspeak the industry pumps us with; now we see the ‘reality’, as opposed to the spin and ‘happy cow’ images churned out by the trade and industry.

Thanks to those involved with Animal Photojournalism, the tightened lid of the abuse and suffering of so many animals is now being unscrewed and the contents of reality are being exposed to the world.  We thank all animal Animal Photojournalists in so many locations for making our work easier, by supporting what we say and have always said with the images.  Now, the abusers can run but they cannot hide – their cruelty is being exposed every minute of every day, and long may ‘normal’ people continue to be shown the real side of their dinner; or their clothes, or how their handbags are produced.

The lid has been taken off and the world is being educated for the better.

Regards Mark

One of my photos which hopefully puts the hunters claim of a ‘quick kill bite on the back of the neck’ into the disgusting reality it really is – fox hunting does not know the term ‘quick kill’:

New book Hidden shows why animal photojournalism really matters right now | Digital Camera World

New book Hidden shows why animal photojournalism really matters right now

By Graeme Green April 15, 2021

This emerging genre focuses on humankind’s relationship with nature – and these images are not for the faint-hearted

“Animal Photojournalism is extremely urgent and relevant to the issues of today,” says Jo-Anne McArthur, an award-winning Canadian photographer, journalist and campaigner. 

She has coined the term Animal Photojournalism (APJ) for an emerging genre of photography that focuses on people’s relationship with nature and highlights the suffering of billions of animals on the planet from human activities, including factory farms, breeding facilities and animal experimentation. 

The abuse of nature isn’t just bad for animals; it’s impacting all of our lives, from climate change to the global pandemic (said to have come from bats or pangolins in China’s wildlife markets). McArthur is also the author of Hidden: Animals In The Anthropocene and the founder of We Animals Media. 

We sat down with her to discuss animal photojournalism, and why it is so important. 

How do you define Animal Photojournalism? 

I call it an emerging genre, coming out of a number of different kinds of photography. Wildlife photography became a lot more about conservation photography, but conservation photography still excludes a number of animals, namely domestic animal and the billions of animals in labs and factory farms. 

Because these animals are sentient and relevant, Animal Photojournalism likes to include all of them. That’s why we call them the ‘hidden’ animals, – they’re hidden from the public conscience, hidden from the media. We’re trying to bring those animals and stories forward.

It’s also a mix of a bit of conflict photography and street photography.

Animal issues are affecting everyone on the planet. Do you see APJ as a growing area?  

Yes, that’s why I wanted Animal Photojournalism to mean something in its own right. Journalism is usually newsy and timely. I wanted to define it as its own thing and as something that overlaps with other current important issues. 

For example, factory farming contributes to climate change, it overlaps with labour rights, it overlaps with human health issues and with the pandemic right now, which is caused by our animal use. That’s all part of the definition. 

Who would you flag as great examples of animal photojournalists? 

There’s a Spanish photographer who goes by the pseudonym Aitor Garmendia. He’s won a number of awards and won in the World Press Photo awards this year in the Environment category for his investigations of pig farms. 

And there’s a Polish photographer, who also uses a pseudonym, Andrew Skowron. These guys are absolutely relentless and tireless in their work. They produce a lot of investigative work that’s been used by NGOs globally.

Many photos by you and other animal photojournalists are disturbing to look at and many people will want to turn away. How challenging is it as an area to work in?

Yes, we’re not producing images for people’s walls. They sometimes end up on walls at exhibits on the topic. 

But these images are largely for campaigners. They’re for the education of the general masses. We want them to end up in major media outlets. 

That’s our piece of the puzzle, when it comes to changing things for animals. Journalists are out there to show the public what’s happening behind closed doors. We often provide material evidence for NGOs to show the public.

These photos need to communicate a story or a message and need to be visually striking. What is your creative approach and how do you balance those elements? 

We can talk about an individual image or a narrative. Photojournalists are working on both. We want a storyline. We want to show the big picture. 

What’s really interesting about animal industries is that these animals are being farmed in the billions every day. We can go into a hen farm or a boiler chicken farm, and we might meet 900,000 birds in all the barns. It’s absolutely insane. So we want to show scale, whether that’s with a drone or with the wild angle. 

But then we also want to show the individuals who make up those millions. As with war photography, we can relate much better when we make eye contact with an individual, seeing their suffering up-close through the lens. 

A lot of my most relatable images have been ones where I’m actually up-close with an animal, with a wide angle, so I’m showing the individual looking at me, but also showing the context and situation this animal is in. 

Is this photography that’s all about having an impact?

I wish I could hold up an image of animal torture to people and have them say, “Oh my God, I’m never doing that again.” 

But people don’t do that. People are defensive and very attached to the way we do things. I understand that. 

That’s why it’s important to have context and narrative, working with NGOs, giving solutions… It’s not just about the field work.

‘Hope In A Dark Forest’, your photo of an Eastern grey kangaroo and infant in Australia’s forest fires, won the Man & Nature category in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020. Was that a difficult photo to get? 

I knew that photo was going to be a killer picture before I shot it. It’s in an eucalyptus plantation, so everything was in rows. 

Through the diagonal rows I could see that the kangaroo was there, and I started walking towards the angle I wanted. 

I wanted to shoot straight down through the plantation. I could see the colours and the quality of the light, her fur, and I was thinking “Oh no, oh no”, in case she moved. I got to where I needed to be and she stayed there and just watched me. I took a picture but I knew the picture I wanted was if I was more eye-to-eye, so I crouched down. I had time to get a few photos, then she bounced off. 

It was one of those moments when you want to put that image on your hard drive and in the cloud and back it up a few times because you know you captured a poignant moment. 

Sure enough, other people agreed. That photo is quite well-known now. It has been used and printed the world over. 

Hidden: Animals In The Anthropocene is on sale now

Featuring images by 40 animal photojournalists and a foreword by Joaquin Phoenix, Hidden: Animals In The Anthropocene by Jo-Anne McArthur, is on sale now and is published by We Animals Media.

For more about Jo-Anne’s work, click here

Jo-Anne also co-founded Unbound, a multimedia documentary project highlighting women in conservation. 








Calf fattening in Austria: Animal suffering and fraud

Milk calves stand on fully slatted floors with excrement – the company advertises with “species-appropriate” husbandry!

The slatted floor is littered with feces, the animals are completely covered with excrement.

The new insights into a large company in Upper Austria show the real picture behind the scenes of the advertising phrases.
According to their own statements, around 700 animals live in the calf fattening area.
All live on fully slatted floors in bays with no outlet to the outside.

The scandal: the floor is completely covered with feces and smeared with feces.
Many animals have their fur covered with shit.

The shit is all over the body. Calf diarrhea sticks the animals’ fur.

Feces and diseases

Light-colored diarrhea sticks to the flank of a calf, in other places it covers the floor. The calves have to lie down on this completely filthy slatted floor to ruminate and sleep.
In many bays there are no dry and clean lying areas at all.

Some calves also appear to have skin diseases and bald spots on their bodies.
The coughing of several calves can be heard over and over again in video recordings (see below) – life on and in their own feces attacks the calves’ respiratory tract and lungs.

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