From July 1941 the aim of the fascist regime in Germany had as aim to murder all of them “as Jews defined persons” in Europe and beyond. Hermann Göring had called it the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.
Denmark reminds us that fascism against the weak is not a thing of the past
WAV Comment – YEEEES !! – Congrats to all those who worked so hard for many years to achieve this.
Cabinet approves introduction of legislation to ban fur farming
Updated / Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021
The Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has received Cabinet approval to introduce legislation that will lead to the banning of fur farming.
“Society has changed and attitudes to keeping animals in captive specifically for their fur… attitudes have really changed significantly towards that“, he told journalists outside Government Buildings this afternoon.
The measure, to prohibit the breeding of mink specifically for their fur, is contained in the programme for Government.
There are 120,000 mink left in the country, spread across three mink farms in counties Laois, Donegal and Kerry.
Charlie McConalogue described the bill, known as the Animal Health and Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2021, as comprehensive and measured.
It contains provisions for a compensation package for the farmers, which will take into account earnings, redundancy payments and demolition fees.
It’s estimated that the industry is worth around one to two million euro to the economy each year, employing roughly 12 fulltime staff. This increases to 30 during the busy season.
Minister McConalogue said this type of farming was once “very much promoted” by Government, from its origins in the 1960s. However, he explained that the activity is no longer supported.
He told reporters that the three farms in question have always maintained and upheld the highest animal welfare standards and Government has been engaging with them for the past year.
Minister of State Pippa Hackett said it was a sensitive issue, but she welcomed the moved.
She explained that in the past, well-meaning people have sometimes released mink from captivity into the wild, which “has caused absolutely catastrophic issues for wildlife and continues to do so”.
From ‘Respect for Animals’, Nottingham, England – Fighting the Fur Trade:
On Tuesday 22 June 2021, Cabinet approval was granted to abolish fur farming in the Republic of Ireland. The measures will be part of an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, and are likely to include a provision that chinchillas and foxes and mink can not be farmed for their fur or skin. There are currently three fur farms in Ireland, which kill around 100,000 mink annually.
Successive governments have pledged to ban fur farming in Ireland for some years, after a campaign co-led by Respect for Animals. As we reported earlier this year, the fur farming ban formed a part of the programme for government and was listed as a priority bill when the 2021 new year’s legislative programme was published.
This latest development will escalate the process of phasing out fur farming, with the farms expected to be closed down by 2022. The Bill will be published as the Animal Health and Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2021.
Respect for Animals is delighted at this latest development, having campaigned for a #FurFreeIreland for a number of years, alongside colleagues at NARA and the ISPCA.
Fur farming has been in decline in Ireland over the past few years following a government agreement in 2019 to phase the practice out.
As is standard practice in legislation prohibiting fur farming, the three mink farms will be compensated for their compensated for the closing down of their operations, with a package which is likely to take into account earnings, redundancy payments and demolition fees.
Speaking outside Government Buildings in Dublin, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue confirmed that he had received Cabinet approval to introduce legislation ending fur farming In the Republic of Ireland
As part of the Fur Free Alliance, Respect for Animals worked closely with former TD Ruth Coppinger, who brought forward a Fur Farming Prohibition Bill a few years ago, which forced the then Irish government to change policy and agree to prepare a ban.
In Germany alone, 40,000 piglets end up in the rubbish bins every day, they are rubbish and are not needed.
Half dead, lying helplessly dying, they die a painful, slow death after being hit on the floor.
The cattle are hung by one leg, their necks cut off, millions of animals die the same gruesome death for minutes, not just at a week-long festival, but every day.
Only these “other” animals were not declared as pets by humans.
One wonders if Yulin would get that much attention when it came to pigs or calves.
Of course, the Yulin massacre is not justified by the fact that it could be worse in every country with different “animal species”.
ALL animals have the same feelings and exactly the same right to a happy life without suffering and without being killed for their bodies in the end.
The same pain is for ALL animals, there is no difference, the difference is only in our mind and our upbringing.
Therefore: If we have not understood it for hundreds of years, we should finally understand it NOW that animals are not our slaves, are not food, they have their right to live as roommates in peace on this planet.
Anyone who is against the massacre in Yulin should be vegan in principle. Everything else is hypocrisy.
Great article as always from the Guardian, London.
NSW plan to use ‘napalm’ poison to control mouse plague rejected over fears for wildlife
Pesticides regulator says it has concerns about the effects of bromadiolone on animals that eat mice
The national pesticides regulator has refused a request from the New South Wales government to allow farmers to use a rodent poison described as “napalm for mice” around crops to battle the devastating mouse plague.
Conservationists had warned the use of bromadiolone would have devastating affects on native species in the central west and put endangered birds at risk.
The blood-thinning chemical– part of a class of poisons called second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) – is known to stay active for months and can pass through the food chain, causing secondary poisoning of animals that eat the dead and dying.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority wrote to the NSW Department of Primary Industries on Wednesday to say its two emergency permit applications to use the poison, submitted in May, would be declined.
APVMA chief executive Lisa Croft said: “The APVMA’s primary concern is environmental safety, particularly in relation to animals that eat mice.
“Before the APVMA is able to approve any application, we must be certain that it is safe, that it will work, and that it will not prevent our farmers from selling their produce overseas.”
The authority has approved six other emergency permit applications to use zinc phosphide, which can still harm wildlife but does not have the same long-lasting affects.
Bromadiolone is only approved for use in and around buildings and, like other SGARs, is widely available to the public.
The APVMA has given the state 28 days to respond, but the NSW agriculture minister, Adam Marshall, said he accepted the decision.
“The APVMA was extremely diligent in its consideration of our request and despite being disappointed [at] not getting the outcome we wanted for the state’s farmers, they are the independent regulator and we accept the umpire’s decision.”
The NSW government had secured a supply of 10,000 litres of bromadiolone and Marshall said in May it would be “the equivalent of napalming mice across rural NSW.”
He said on Wednesday: “Resources that were to be used to distribute bromadiolone will now be redeployed to support the other key support measures.”
In a statement, NSW Farmers Association vice president Xavier Martin said the association supported the APVMA’s decision and said his members had concerns about the risks of using the poison.
The boom in the non-native mice has devastated crops and grain, and caused damage to homes, buildings and machinery. There have been reports of a stench of mouse urine, of dead mice and of the rodents flooding homes and biting children and crawling over people in their sleep. Martin said a cold snap had “slowed activity down, particularly in the central west region” and while farmers were reporting a fall in mice numbers in the north-west region and Riverina, “many are still baiting and are concerned about a return to plague proportions in spring”.
BirdLife Australia is campaigning to stop SGRs being sold to the general public and had asked the APVMA to block the permits.
Holly Parsons of BirdLife Australia welcomed the decision, adding: “We still have concerns about the impacts that second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides have on our wildlife but are glad that such a mass quantity has been stopped from entering our agricultural and natural food chains.”
The NSW Environment Protection Authority has said previously that some bird deaths reported in the central west region had been caused by zinc phosphide, but there were no reports of poisons being misused.
Parsons added: “We note the six additional permits to distribute zinc phosphide, and call again on the APVMA to implement additional monitoring of potential impacts to wildlife from this chemical.”
Marshall said the government had allocated $150m to give farmers a 50% discount on zinc phosphide purchases.
Regional households can also claim rebates of up to $500 for mouse bait, traps and cleaning products and small businesses can claim up to $1,000.