Month: July 2021

Sweden: milk from potatoes is on the market!

The Swedish food innovators from Veg of Lund and Professor Eva Tornberg from Lund University recently developed and launched an innovative potato-based milk alternative (DUG®).

The product brings Veg of Lund closer to its goal of helping more people live a plant-based lifestyle that benefits their health, society and the future of the planet.
The company’s products are designed to make it easy for everyone to choose an uncompromising, plant-based, tasty and sustainable option.

In particular, the Swedish company is committed to environmental sustainability and minimizes its climate footprint through efficient land use, low water consumption and low carbon emissions.

The company’s products also play a major role here.

According to Veg of Lund, potatoes dug out of the ground are the perfect basis for a milk alternative thanks to their ingenious properties (tasteless, very nutritious and super sustainable).


In addition, potatoes are naturally free from common allergens such as those found in soy, nuts or wheat products, which are often used as the basis of many milk alternatives on the market.
Due to its “free from” status, DUG® was recognized as the best allergy-friendly product at the latest World Food Innovation Awards 2021.
It was also awarded a “Highly Commended” in the “Best Herbal Drink” category.

DUG is available in 3 delicious variants: Barista, Original and Unsweetened. It was recently launched online (June 2021) at http://www.dugdrinks.com, Navesu, and Amazon.
Negotiations are also ongoing with several food retailers.

https://vegconomist.de/food-and-beverage/dug-die-erste-milchalternative-auf-kartoffelbasis/

And…We are very happy about the new product!
It’s nice if we can soon enjoy our cappuccino with potato milk.

My best regards to all, Venus

US: In New Tiger Park the crimes against animals continue

It may feel like the events of Netflix’s documentary “Tiger King” were ages ago, and that the dramatic abuses of both human and animal life have been resolved — Joe Exotic is locked up, his horrific Greater Wynnewood (GW) Exotic Animal Park shuttered, and his criminal partners Doc Antle and Jeffrey Lowe facing charges for various offenses of dealing with and exploiting vulnerable wild animals without proper permitting, licensing, or care.

The psychopath “Tiger King” -Joe Exotic

But even though he is tied up with the law, Jeffrey Lowe has continued to exploit, abuse, and neglect animals that were transferred to his care when Joe Exotic was sentenced to prison time.

Even though the GW Eoxtic Animal Park was closed, Jeffrey Lowe took its poor imprisoned animals to a new “Tiger King Park” — shamefully named, no doubt, in order to capitalize off of the documentary — where unthinkable cruelty continued.

Sign the petition and demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) save each and every animal from Tiger King Park! If it comes to it, President Biden must get involved!

Luckily, the big cats at Tiger King Park were recently saved from their lives of misery under Lowe’s imprisonment.

Lowe was found to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act for many reasons after USFWS and USDA inspections, which led to the seizure of 69 big cats.

Tiger King: 39 Tiger gerettet und in Auffangstationen gebrachtRescued big cats from the Tiger King Park

The Justice Department described them as “harmed and harrassed.”

Specifically, many of them were underweight. Some were riddled with worms. Their paw pads were rubbed raw, irritated and deteriorating from completely unsuitable enclosures which also caused lesions and ulcers on other parts of their bodies.

And those were the cats that were saved.

One USDA inspector noted that three young cats, babies just under a year of age, died from malnutrition before they could be rescued from the Tiger King Park, and two others “died under suspicious circumstances during the same time.”

And now, news of the continued and rampant animal abuses towards the poor creatures left behind at Lowe’s facility come from an investigation by the animal welfare non-profit SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness, or “SHARK”.

Rescued big cats from the Tiger King Park

You see, the big cats were able to be rescued since they are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. But many, many other animals still imprisoned there are not so lucky.

SHARK decided to take drone footage of the Tiger King Park after federal authorities left because they had a feeling Lowe would not stop his cruelty.

And they were right. Horses, ponies, goats, wolves, primates, tortoises, lemurs, emus, foxes, and even a camel — the list goes on and on — were filmed in deplorable conditions.

Someone was rarely present to care for the many animals.

The property was littered with garbage, “used cans of oil and bleach,” and worst of all — decaying animal carcasses, piled high and shimmering with flies.
The shelters and enclosure appeared barren and rundown; the camel on the property was filmed lying flat on a dirt floor, straining its poor neck under a metal fence to try and get the blades of grass just beyond its reach.

SHARK president and founder Steve Hindi wondered, “If the camel was really being properly and adequately fed, why does he need to do that?”
Neighbors of the park noticed that some of the animals have literally been let loose, left to fend for themselves instead of being properly cared for — a porcupine, peacock, and albino raccoon were all observed in this way.

Jeffrey Lowe clearly will not stop abusing, exploiting, and neglecting animals for as long as he is allowed to keep them.
That’s why the USFWS and USDA must not stop at saving the big cats from Tiger King Park — they need to remove and save every single creature from Tiger King Park and stop the suffering!

Sign the petition and demand that U.S. leaders including President Joe Biden see that Tiger King Park be completely shut down, and all of its animals rescued!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/de/280/233/487

And I mean...Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020 for an assignment to murder and violate animal welfare regulations.

During his tenure as the owner of the Zoss Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, he has done some horrific deeds.
He is said to have hired a hit man to kill Baskins, an animal rights activist with whom he had a long-standing feud.
A project that he did not succeed.
Baskin and her organization Big Cat Rescue accused the criminal private zoo owner of serious animal cruelty.
In addition, Exotic is in jail for further offenses, as he is accused of mistreating his animals, among other things.

Although its owner is behind bars, the zoo continued to operate and reopened its doors in early May 2020 after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeff Lowe

Joe Exotics former business partner Jeff Lowe had taken over the responsible company Greater Wynnewood Development Group, though a federal court in Oklahoma City awarded Joe Exotic’s big cat zoo to animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

After years of litigation, Baskin has taken over the six-acre facility south of Oklahoma City. However, the animals are not included, they have to be relocated.

Carole Baskin

Rick Kirkham, producer who worked with Exotic for several months, says: “I saw with my own eyes how he shot two tigers for no reason just because he was mad at them. Exotic threw live chickens into the cages of the big cats when he was having a bad day.

“He was just like that. He enjoyed seeing people and animals suffer. He truly enjoyed it,” recalls Kirkham.

In addition, a former employee raises serious allegations against the self-proclaimed Tiger King.
He is said to have brutally killed at least 100 tigers.
The sadist is also said to have hit baby tigers if they misbehaved.

Please sign the petition.

Experience has shown several times that when the pressure from us, from the public, becomes strong, the authorities do their duty and finally take action.
These animals only have us.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: 24/7/21 – Vegan Bites.

News:

Crocs Goes Vegan To Become A Net Zero Company

Crocs said it will no longer use leather in its designs in an effort to cut carbon emissions

Crocs Goes Vegan To Become A Net Zero Company | Plant Based News

Food:

Faux fish looks to ride the growing wave of alternative meats

The Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods of fake fish are surfacing (cnbc.com)

How Black-Owned Restaurants Are Transforming The US Vegan Scene

Figures indicate Black Americans are more likely to be vegan than their white counterparts. Despite this, the movement has long been accused of being elitist. But Black-owned restaurants are turning the tables…

How Black-Owned Restaurants Are Transforming The US Vegan Scene (plantbasednews.org)

Why Going Vegan Is The Most Effective Step To Save The Planet

Why Going Vegan Is The Most Effective Step To Save The Planet – Going Vegan (goingveganhealthbenefits.com)

VEGAN TUNA SALAD FROM JACKFRUIT

Vegan Tuna Salad From Jackfruit | Jane Unchained News

SQUISHO: creating sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly products

SQUISHO: creating sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly products — Plant Shift

And ….

Vegan clothing: tips and reviews

Hiking: where to find vegan clothes, boots and more
How to create a vegan wardrobe
Is it really faux fur?
How to find out if what you’re buying is made from animals
Myth-busting: “It’s hard to find summery clothes that aren’t made of animal products!”
The Compassionate Closet
Vegan tees and tops: samey, boring or hard to find? No way!
The Vegan Mafia
Compassion Co
True Icon
Edelji
Simple Animal
Why vegans don’t use wool
What’s wrong with silk?
Myth “Vegans struggle to find dressy clothes which align with their ethics”
Threads for Love
Compassion Co
Lookie Lou
Compassionate Closet
Meet Hsuan, who creates ethical clothing with awesome messages
Why don’t vegans use or buy fur?

Vegan shoes

Vegan shoes
Vegan shoes for any occasion
Will’s Vegan Shoes
Bourgeois Boheme
Vegetarian Shoes
Beyond Skin
Ethical Wares
Eco Vegan Shoes
Green Shoes
Vegan shoes and accessories by Vegan London
Vegan shoes that won’t break the bank
Vyom London: British made shoes for men

Simple Veganista:

1 BOWL VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies – Easy to make and easier to eat, thick, soft and chewy homemade peanut butter cookies made in 1 bowl with peanut butter, flour, sugar, vanilla and almond milk are the best!

1 Bowl Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies – The Simple Veganista (simple-veganista.com)

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Find hundreds of simple, healthy, tasty vegan recipes, from breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything in between! Browse from newest to oldest: All Recipes

Vegan Recipes – The Simple Veganista (simple-veganista.com)

Regards Mark

Setting The Record Straight on the Dolphin “Smile”. Also The ‘Taiji Dolphin Hunt’ (Japan).

Our Head of Wildlife, Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach Sets the Record Straight on the Dolphin Smile

This month, we’re releasing a new video titled Breaking the Myths narrated by Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, our Global Head of Wildlife Research and Animal Welfare.  

Jan is an expert on the captive dolphin industry and the author of our report, Behind The Smile. In the video, Jan addresses a common misconception that dolphins smile. We don’t want to give too much away so watch now!

Sincerely,

Nicole Barrantes  

Wildlife Campaign Manager

World Animal Protection

PS Looking for more information? Read our Behind the Smile report published in 2019 

Additional

With the Summer Olympics currently taking place in Japan; is it not time to remember what Japan does to dolphins each year, re thee Taiji Hunt ?

Here are a few past links (all under one heading – take your picks to view) of ours (WAV) relating to this massive disgraceful abuse of very intelligent animals.:

Search Results for “Taiji” – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Pictures: the Taiji Hunt, Japan.

Lebanon: After 10 Years, Bears Homer and Ulysses Rescued from Zoo!

From our wonderful animal buddies at ‘Animals Lebanon’

Bears Homer and Ulysses rescued from zoo!

For more than ten years, these two Syrian brown bears were trapped in a zoo in southern Lebanon.

After seeing their poor conditions, we could not leave them. The bears were kept separate in small empty cement cages. One had a tooth painfully protruding through his lip requiring medical care. They were both malnourished and underweight.

The only way to free them would be to convince the owner that animals deserve better. We could not give up, but we also knew that with all the problems in Lebanon reaching the owner would be the only way to save them.

Finally, the owner understood and agreed to turn Homer and Ulysses over to Animals Lebanon so we could send them to a sanctuary.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado agreed to take both bears and provide them with as natural of life as possible. The sanctuary cares for more than 650 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals – including a fox and wallaby rescued by Animals Lebanon.

Four Paws agreed to assist with the care of the bears and help with the cost of the trip to the sanctuary.

A first attempt was made to get them to the sanctuary. But the collapse of Lebanon, government resignation, roadblocks, protests, and banks freezing assets forced their trip to freedom to be delayed.

A second attempt was made and flight scheduled, then coronavirus and COVID restrictions closed the Beirut airport. Their trip was again forced to be rescheduled.

Finally everything fell into place!

The airline was booked. Transport trucks arranged. Paperwork finalized. Four Paws veterinarians here to help. Officials on standby.

Only late the night before the flight did we get final confirmation – the trip, their freedom, was happening!

More wild animals trapped in zoos or kept as exotic pets need your help.

Weighing more than 130 kilograms, the bears were darted to sedate them. Then a quick medical check before being moved into large metal transport crates. It took nearly three hours of work, but the bears were finally loaded onto the air conditioned truck and we drove to the Beirut airport.

The bears flew from Beirut with Emirates, then transited Dubai before landing in Chicago. After all of the formalities and paperwork they were driven to the sanctuary.

Homer and Ulysses have now been released into temporary holding enclosures within the habitat so they can acclimate and their health can be assessed. They will then be released into a 103 acres (416,000 m2) enclosure where they can roam free with other bears.

Their rescue was only possible because of your support! Thank you to everyone who helped make this journey possible! The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Four Paws, Emirates, Karmagawa, and all of our supporters who so generously donated.

Your support is our lifeline – and for many animals the only hope. Homer and Ulysses are now in their new homes, but the other wild animals still need our help.

Donation – Animals Lebanon – Donate

For local donations please email contact@animalslebanon.org


Result !!

Regards Mark

I adopted your dog today

This text is beautiful 😍

I adopted your dog today.
The one you left at the shelter.
The one you’ve had for 10 years.
And that you didn’t want to keep anymore.

I adopted your dog today.
Did you know he had lost weight?
Did you know he is terrified and depressed?
And that he seems to have lost all confidence?

I adopted your dog today.
He had fleas and was suffering from the cold.
Guess you don’t care what condition he’s in?
I was told you abandoned him.

I adopted your dog today.
Have you had a baby, or have you moved?
Have you suddenly developed allergies?
Or was there no reason he couldn’t stay with you?

I adopted your dog today.
He does not play and barely eats.
I think he is very sad and it will take time before he
regain confidence.

I adopted your dog today.
And here he will be loved. He has found his definitive family.
And a warm basket in which to rest.

I adopted your dog today.
And I will give him everything: Patience, love and security.
So that he can forget your cowardice.

By Aurore Claude

And I mean…Never betray your best friend.
Animals are not articles that can be exchanged at any time.
Adopt an animal and make it your partner for life.

Regards, Venus

ALF exempts 400 guineas pigs from laboratory deliveries

Received anonymously:

In January we read an ALF report about a salamander liberation at a UK pet breeder who was selling animals to vivisection laboratories and it peaked our interest.

By chance we stumbled upon an animal delivery at a local “Pets At Home”.
Sticky fingers helped us collect an invoice from the front of the delivery van whilst they were unloading into the store and we found the address of a breeder.

We did some research; the breeder we had found was the biggest “Pets At Home” supplier in the country, delivering all across England. Surprisingly, that was not the only thing we found.

Thanks to a handy list of historical ALF raids against vivisection we learnt that the breeder had already been visited by the ALF during the 80s and 90s, where they liberated hamsters, mice and rats.

It seems that the pet industry has a dirty little vivisection secret.
They are not supplying labs that need sterile environment animals, but pet breeders are obviously being used as a cheap resource for uni labs and experiments that do not require toxicology or pharmaceutical handling.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/UK_guineas_Jul21.jpg

We raided their guinea pig breeding operation.
With the amount of pregnant females, we estimate the number of liberated animals to be 400+.

They will see nothing but freedom. They will not be a thing people can buy at a Pets at Home, or a test subject to be tortured and then discarded in the name of ‘experimentation’.

Now that we know what they are up to, they should expect us to target them relentlessly. We do not give up.

We want to send our solidarity to the beagles inside MBR Acres, to Camp Beagle and to Free the MBR Beagles campaign.

Turns out MBR has a side hustle in the pet industry too!

Together we can shut them down and they should fear the escalation that will come.

FUCK VIVISECTION.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org

And I mean…A new footage is filmed at MBR Acres in Cambridgeshire – right here in the UK – a factory farm where mothers are kept and forced to spend their entire lives as puppy-producing machines, allegedly churning out a total of between 1,600 and 2,000 offspring for medical testing each year.

So this is what our taxpayers money is going towards?

Beagles in the lab at MBR Acres Ltd- Nothing so clearly testifies to the bigotry and wretchedness of our speciesist morality as such photos.

Many of these horrific tests involve repeatedly force-feeding or forcing dogs to inhale substances for weeks, months, or even more than a year to measure the effects of repeat exposure on the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, and nervous system.

Anyone who knows and has studied the history of the “Third Reich” knows what makes animal experimenters tick. Their actions are 100% identical to the mass murderers of that time.

Then there are unscrupulous politicians as cooperation partners and financiers of the laboratory mafia and this criminal cartel will stay alive as long as we do nothing.

Many thanks to the ALF activists. We are grateful to you!

My best regards to all, Venus

Austria: Animal rights activists occupy pig farms-farmer hits an animal rights activist!

Animal rights activists occupy pig farms

July 20, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

Animal rights activists occupied a pig farm in the St. Pölten district (Austria) on Tuesday.

Their allegation was that the pigs were kept in conditions that were cruel to animals. The official veterinarian has meanwhile started the examinations.


The farm is approved for 1,200 animals that are kept on fully slatted floors.
The activists climbed on the roof of the building in the morning and put up banners with “straw instead of concrete”.
Among other things, they called for mandatory straw litter, a ban on fully slatted floors and twice as much space for the animals.

The association against animal factories (VGT) locates “horrific conditions” based on interior shots.
“The animals have large, bleeding wounds, bitten off ears and tails. In addition, everything is stuck with feces, the poor pigs completely filthy. With their bleeding wounds, the animals have to lie in the mud without being cared for, ”said the VGT.

The scenes show gaping open back wounds, bloody tail stumps, bitten ears, umbilical hernias, injured joints – and everywhere feces and dirt.

VGT chairman DDr. Martin Balluch: ” The fact that the animal health service has nothing to complain about in these conditions speaks volumes. Or didn’t they look closely?

How can it be normal that pigs are so injured and suffered by the housing conditions!

How can it be normal that these animals are totally defecated?

Why is nothing being done about it? On site it is required that the responsible official veterinarian carry out an inspection and talk to us about what these injuries to the pigs are all about.

Really nobody can accept such conditions. If that is normal for the fully slatted floor, then the fully slatted floor must be banned immediately! “

The AMA rejects the accusation that Agricultural market Austria tolerates this. The company was closed in the previous year after massive deviations from the specifications for the AMA quality seal program, it is said.
(A notice: The “AMA seal of approval” is an officially recognized quality mark. It provides reliable information about traceable origin, high quality and that it has been independently controlled).

District administration was informed

The police were there with two patrols, the situation was described by the officers as calm. The district administration was informed of the action, it said.

It will be decided in the next few days whether the owner will face any consequences.
The animal rights activists are threatened with a property violation lawsuit (!!!)

https://noe.orf.at/stories/3113508/

Last update: The “association against animal factories” (VGT) presents video evidence: Farmer attacks animal rights activists and says that “it is good when such people are beaten”.

The occupation of the large fully slatted pig factory north of St. Pölten continues.
Before the police arrived, a farmer came, drove his car into the demonstrators at the entrance and attacked an animal rights activist, a woman!!

Video: https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/video/2021_VSB_Angriff_v2.webm

After being pacified by two activists, he suddenly attacked again for no apparent reason and hit one of the women on the head. VGT chairman Balluch on this:

“You couldn’t talk to this person. He was incredibly aggressive and threatening. Only the presence of the police let him keep his distance and finally he drove away again.
We will file a complaint with the public prosecutor. “

The animal rights activists have our full support and appreciation for the crew.
The government has failed, the authorities have failed and, last but not least, a cowardly society is complicit in these crimes, which despite information and education from the very well organized animal rights scene, tolerates, shows itself indifferent and ultimately cooperates with an exploitative system.

My best regards to all, Venus

Far East: The World Has Changed, but Live-Animal Markets Haven’t. Demand The WHO Acts Immediately.

All photos – PeTA Asia

PETA Asia’s latest investigation in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, and Sri Lanka reveals that live-animal markets, in which monkeys, bats, chickens, dogs, cats, and other animals are held in feces-encrusted cages and can be purchased for any purpose—including for their flesh or for the exotic-pet trade—are still operating around the world.

Many of these markets are keeping live animals who are known to be carriers of coronaviruses, flu viruses, and other pathogens transmissible to humans in filthy, cramped cages often stacked on top of each other.

Just last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the public health threat that live-animal markets pose and urged countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammals in food markets. This is progress, but it’s not enough. Join us in urging WHO to call for an immediate end to all live-animal markets.

Learn more and take action – video of wet market included:

Exposé: Suffering and Disease in Asian Live-Animal Markets | PETA

The World Has Changed, but Live-Animal Markets Haven’t

Conditions were nearly identical to those documented in two previous PETA Asia investigations into these markets. Sick and stressed animals of uncertain origin were packed closely together in stressful environments. Chickens, personable animals who enjoy socializing, didn’t even have enough space to spread their wings, and larger animals such as a macaque and a caracal cat, animals who roam far and wide in nature, had barely enough space to turn around in. Some cages had feces encrusted at the bottom, and stacking them up facilitated the spread of disease. Dead squirrels, civet cats, bats, birds, and rats were sold in open-air markets without any apparent hygiene protocols.

An investigator was told that customers could purchase the flesh of bats and monkeys purportedly for medicinal purposes.

Urge WHO to Call For the Immediate Closure of All Live-Animal Markets

After a solid year of appeals from PETA, undercover video recordings of live-animal markets, “blood”-soaked protests, and signatures gathered from more than 200,000 PETA supporters, WHO is finally urging countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammalian animals in food markets as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading cause of emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19.

This is a step in the right direction but does nothing to stop animals like chickens, pigs, fish, and others from being sold, even though confining and killing them in filthy live-animal markets also contributes to the spread of disease.

You can also help prevent the next global pandemic by dumping meat, eggs, and dairy. The only truly sustainable and ethical way to live is vegan.

Use the following link to Urge WHO to Call For the Immediate Closure of All Live-Animal Markets

Learn more and take action – video of wet market included:

Exposé: Suffering and Disease in Asian Live-Animal Markets | PETA

Regards Mark