Day: June 17, 2021

Iceland: no whaling this year too!

Normally the whaling season in Iceland would start now, but the whalers are leaving their harpoons ashore this year too, no whaling will take place.

The last active whaling company in Iceland, Hvalur hf of whaler Kristjan Loftsson, has not yet taken any action to get its ships afloat for the season and now it is too late.

Tourists watch a minke whale in Iceland. Whale watching is one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland. (c) IFAW

“We are a hair’s breadth away from the permanent end of whaling in Iceland,” says Andreas Dinkelmeyer, campaign manager of the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) in Germany.

“In 2020 the minke whale hunters had realized that whaling was not worthwhile and gave up their business.
Now only the fin whale hunter Kristjan Loftsson remains. Officially he still has a fishing permit for fin whales. Of course we are happy that he has not killed any whales since 2018.
However, he could go hunting again next year to secure another five-year quota. “

Minke whale meat is sold in Iceland, but most of it is consumed by curious tourists. The last opinion poll commissioned by IFAW found that only about one percent of Icelanders eat whale meat on a regular basis.

Together with local whale watching companies, IFAW launched the “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” campaign to make tourists aware that their whale meat consumption is keeping whaling alive. The campaign significantly reduced the consumption of whale meat by visitors to the Island.

In contrast to the limited local market for minke whale meat, fin whale meat has been sold exclusively to Japan since 2013 without being able to establish an export market.

Whaling hardly plays a role in the political arena of Iceland either.
Whaling was an election campaign topic for decades, but has lost its importance since 2016. Young voters are more concerned about the climate crisis and the positive contribution whales are making to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“At the moment only the pause button for commercial whaling in Iceland is pressed,” adds Dinkelmeyer.

“As long as the harpoons have not been mothballed in Iceland, whales are still at risk. Ultimately, it will be the Icelanders who will advance the decision against whaling and hit the whaling stop button. We will continue to work to promote marine conservation and responsible whale watching in Iceland. “

Since 2003, the year Iceland resumed commercial whaling, 653 minke whales and 852 fin whales have been killed for a total of 1,505 whales.

IFAW has worked with Icelanders since 2003 to promote responsible whale watching and to promote alternatives to cruel whaling.

Whale watching is one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland. More than 350,000 customers each year generate around 20 million euros, proving that whales are worth far more alive than dead.

And I mean…Good news!
The only person in the world who commercially catches fin whales is Icelandic millionaire Kristjan Loftsson, majority shareholder of the whaling company Hvalur HF.

In 2018 the company shipped 1,700 tons of fin whale meat to Japan.
However, the company is shaking because of fines, a lack of fishing licenses, court-ordered additional wages, and of course unsuccessful deals with Japan.

Whales are killed with explosive harpoons, here one of the company’s ships for fin whale hunting © Szilas

Because the fin whale meat from Iceland does not meet Japan’s meat hygiene standards.
Due to the lack of sales opportunities, the Hvalur fishing fleet has remained in the port since 2019, and officially in 2020 also because of the Covid-19 requirements for the ship’s crew.

The hunting season is now set to be canceled again for the third time, and one company probably wants to withdraw from business entirely.

According to “Der Spiegel” german magazine, this is IP-Utgerd, a company specializing in minke whales.
“The business is not worth it,” said managing director Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson.

From the point of view of the whale conservationists, the minke whales went even better.
The minke whale hunt in Iceland was suspended in 2019, and in 2020 the last minke whale hunter also threw in the towel.
With that, the subject of minke whale hunting in Iceland is probably done.

At a time when school children are demonstrating against climate change and the decimation of biodiversity, this barbarism is inhumane, a moral declaration of bankruptcy, no matter where it is still practiced anywhere in the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

Mexico: Mexico’s Supreme Court Confirms Definitive Suspension of Mega Pig Farm In Homún


Mexico’s Supreme Court confirms definitive suspension of mega pig farm in Homún

Mexico’s Supreme Court confirms definitive suspension of mega pig farm in Homún – The Yucatan Times

Homùn, Yucatàn, (May 20, 2021).- The people of the Maya town of Homún municipality of Yucatàn win another legal battle against the mega pig farm. This May 19, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) confirmed the definitive suspension of a pig farm in favor of the children of this community of Yucatán. 

According to a statement from “Kanan ts’ono’ot”, representatives of the groups known as “Childhood of Homún and Indignation”, the vote was unanimous, with which the ministers confirmed the definitive suspension of this farm, which must remain closed until the final verdict is issued by the Supreme Court.  

The operations of this pork farm have been paralyzed since October 9, 2018, due to the suspension granted by Judge Miriam de Jesús Cámara Patrón from an injunction promoted by six girls and boys from Homún, a Maya town in Yucatán located in the Geohydrological Reserve of the Cenotes.

“The decision of the SCJN once again agrees with the Maya people of Homún, particularly the Maya boys and girls who, through the aforementioned injunction, managed to paralyze the farm of 49 thousand pigs since October 9, 2018, when the suspension was granted ”, indicated the groups.  

The decision of the highest court, according to the organizations, allows the protection of the right to health, the environment, and dignified life for the children of the Maya town of Homún. At the same time, it lays the foundations for the final resolution, which is yet to be resolved in the Second District Court of the State of Yucatán.

Source: La Jornada Maya

Regards Mark

USA: Infamous Trophy Hunt Shows What Happens When Gray Wolves Are Stripped Of Protections.

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

A new report indicates that poachers may have killed at least 100 more wolves since they lost endangered species protections than previously believed. Alamy Stock Photo

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

June 16, 2021 

In February, 1,500 trophy hunters took to the frigid woods of Wisconsin, armed with guns, traps, neck snares and packs of hounds, in what would be Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The destruction and killing they perpetrated over the next 60 hours revealed the crass hypocrisy of wildlife management agencies and the dangers facing wolves in America.

A whopping 2,380 wolf hunting permits—twice as many as are typically issued for hunts in the state—were made available for a quota of 119 wolves in what was supposed to be a week-long season. Less than three days later, more than 200 wolves had been killed, entire wolf families were decimated, and the hunting season had to be shut down early, having gone nearly 100 wolves over the quota.

Each wolf lost in this killing spree had represented hope for wolf conservation in America—and that hope was shattered. Little if any input was sought from Wisconsinites, tribal nations or the scientific community. We led a strong campaign to try to stop the February wolf hunt, sending a letter to the Wisconsin governor, state lawmakers and Department of Natural Resources officials, emphasizing that the hunt would have disastrous consequences for the wolves; unfortunately a court decision forced the hunt to continue. We still believe that the wrongs of this hunt deserve closer inspection, which is why we’ve just published “A call to end wolf trophy hunting in Wisconsin,” in an effort to prevent a repetition of this reckless hunt in November 2021.

One of the deadliest hunts in local memory

We now know that Wisconsin’s February hunt was the second deadliest wolf hunt in Wisconsin’s recorded history, with 218 wolves recorded dead. The best available science indicates that poachers may have killed at least an additional 100 more since wolves were delisted. We also know that nearly half the wolves killed were females. Because it was breeding season, many of them may have been pregnant. More than 85% of the wolves killed were hunted down by packs of dogs—an extremely cruel practice that no other Midwestern state allows for wolf hunting. Hunt participants also used unfair killing equipment such as night vision devices, snowmobiles, traps and snares.

Our report emphasizes that even more wolves died than the state calculated—largely because it failed to account for the tremendous numbers likely killed by poachers. Because of time constraints, hunters could self-report, or report to a local game warden (and not a biologist), the wolves they killed. The state did not require hunters to turn in the dead wolves for analysis, which would have allowed the state to verify the age of the wolf and whether a female was pregnant at the time of her death, among other information. Only 22 of the 218 were voluntarily turned in, and only because the tribal nations had requested to conduct their own research. As a result, the state failed to account for what was likely a substantial loss to the breeding population and for the for the offspring of pregnant wolves who were killed.

We believe that Wisconsin has lost about one-third of its wolf population since they were delisted from federal Endangered Species Act protections in November 2020. These wolves are largely counted using their tracks in snow, which will make it impossible to count the wolf population before the next proposed wolf trophy hunt in November. If that hunt occurs, the future survival of this population of wolves will be in jeopardy.

We conducted a poll of Wisconsin residents, cutting across demographics and including farmers, hunters, all party affiliations, genders and jurisdictions, and found that 68% of respondents think that the November wolf hunt is a bad idea. Some 62% opposed the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. The majority of respondents believed the February 2021 hunt was “mismanaged” and “reckless” and that the methods to hunt wolves in Wisconsin are cruel and unfair, and 68% stated they are convinced that wolves are sentient, evolved, familial beings who drive ecological processes while keeping their prey herds healthier. And most respondents—even most Wisconsin farmers—did not feel that wolves pose a serious threat to livestock.

This is why we are calling upon Wisconsin officials to stop the proposed November wolf hunt and adopt a hunting quota of zero wolves. And we’re urging the federal government to relist Wisconsin’s wolves under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The fight to reinstate wolf protections

The struggle to save gray wolves spans decades. Nearly eradicated from their native U.S. habitats at the beginning of the 20th century, gray wolves are still absent from about 70% of currently suitable habitat in the lower 48 states. Yet in recent years legislators and wildlife agencies have systematically continued to roll back wolf protections. The carnage of the Wisconsin hunt showed what can happen when wolves are stripped of those protections.

But there are stories that bring hope to the fight for wolves. For the first time in 80 years, wolf pups were born in Colorado. The pups’ parents had immigrated into Colorado themselves, and unlike other immigrants before them, were not shot or poisoned before having the opportunity to breed. In 2020, Colorado residents showed support for wolves in their state by passing a ballot measure mandating the restoration of wolves on public lands in the western region of the state by 2023. The best way to protect the future of this wolf family would be to relist gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Earlier this month, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund joined other organizations in petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to relist wolves living in Idaho and Montana after legislators in those states passed a slew of draconian bills designed to drive wolf populations to their breaking points. Today, more than 50 regional and national conservation groups have signed onto a letter of support for that petition.

You can join us in our mission to save wolves: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reinstate federal protections for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund

.Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections · A Humane World (

Regards Mark

Colombia bans the animal vehicles

In the third debate, the departmental authorities approve a bill that PROHIBITS animal-drawn vehicles throughout the whole national territory!

According to this bill, the district, municipal and departmental authorities in whose territories animal-drawn vehicles circulate “will initiate substitution programs. Once the substitution of animal-drawn vehicles has been carried out, the transit of animal-drawn vehicles will be prohibited. competent authorities will proceed to their withdrawal, immobilization and seizure “.

This project is of total relevance to the country, for years citizens have witnessed the unfortunate conditions to which thousands of horses are subjected, strenuous work days, inadequate nutrition, physical abuse, the permanent risk of being run over by vehicles, and inadequate veterinary care.

caballo maltratado

Cases of physical mistreatment of equines are becoming more and more frequent, from the Colombian Platform for Animals we have been making quite a few complaints over the years.

Horses remain exposed to high levels of pollution, compete on the roads with automobiles and in the event of an accident they always have the upper hand; It is constantly observed that horses suffer wounds and lacerations that are not treated in time, fractures, vertebral problems, and the inadequate maintenance of their hooves are daily bread, in addition to the cruel abuse, such as the whip, to which many are subjected.

If this project is approved, the district and municipal mayors will have six (6) months from the entry into force of this Law, to carry out a census with 100% of the data of animal traction vehicles and their owners, which it must be sent to the Ministry of Transportation and the National Road Safety Agency, forming a registry of beneficiaries of the substitution programs.

The article also mentions that “owners of these vehicles may avail themselves of the substitution contemplated in this law on a voluntary basis and the municipal and district mayors will be in charge of the identification using technological tools.”

It should be remembered that in Colombia, successful substitution processes for animal traction vehicles have already been carried out, by virtue of Decree 178 OF 2012 of the Presidency of the Republic.

The examples of Bogotá and Medellín attest to this.

However, this decree prohibits the urban transit of animal traction vehicles only in municipalities of the special category and in first-category municipalities in the country, therefore in many municipalities this tragedy still continues.

From the Colombian Platform for Animals ALTO, we will continue to support this project, we applaud the decision of the Senate committee, and we urge the Senate plenary to approve this important project in its last debate.

And I mean…Thanks to the activists of Colombia!

The big problem in this country, as in many other countries, is that laws are drafted that unfortunately nobody obeys, because nobody checks whether they are being followed.

We’re moving on, we’re making progress on animal legislation 🐾
They are small steps, but often small steps have a big impact.

My best regards to all, Venus