Day: July 1, 2021

German pig fattening: pigs eat one another

Press release from the “SOKO animal welfare organization”

In 2016 we uncovered the total failure of the Alb-Donau district in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Only the use of “SOKO Tierschutz” caused the closure.
The veterinarian, who failed for years and simply didn’t want to notice anything about the drama, got away with it.

(The text in the video is described in the article)

His boss protects him and continues to lead the office.

What has changed? A new farm in a place nearby, Berghülen. Another pig farm is located here.
The last name is curiously the same.
Horror reigns in the courtyard.
Severely mutilated pigs, lonely death without water and feed in the dirt.
Carcasses everywhere you look.
Pigs eat one another.

The carcass bins fill up continuously.
Such horror and chaos develop over the years.
Has this neglected establishment been checked?
We provoke it and inform the veterinary office.
Hidden cameras show what happens then.
Shortly before the inspection, there is hectic cleaning.
A carcass is quickly removed.
Then the vets come. It is Dr. G. and his boss Dr. B.
When checking, they overlook the pig, which is quickly hidden in the middle of a corridor.

One week after the inspection, SOKO activists discovered the rotting animal at the same location.
The carcass barrels, which were not even examined during the entire inspection, are filled with illegally killed pigs after the inspection.
The keeper shot the animals in the head, but did not kill them with a throat cut as prescribed.
That means slow death with extreme pain from the head wound.
The veterinary office does not notice anything.
Dying continues in the company.
Animals rot in the corridor and the bad head injuries over and over again.

The recordings in the video also show the brutal handling of the animals.
The farmer throws animals on the ground and carries pigs screaming in fear around his ears.
“A terrible degree of brutality and one apparently feels so safe that decaying carcasses were simply left behind immediately after an inspection,” describes the SOKO animal welfare spokesman.

SOKO Tierschutz demands that the pig breeding facility be closed immediately and that there are finally severe consequences in the authorities.
“This vet and his boss should be fired immediately and the farmers must be banned from keeping animals for life,” the SOKO spokesman demands.

Incapable veterinarians, an unscrupulous farmer and his wife and the people for whom this little pig child is only meat are responsible for this fate.

(Photos: SOKO Tierschutz)

And I mean…How can you actually write something about it?

The horror piece begins with a farmer who shoots his animals on the head with one shot, and lets them perish in indescribable pain.
The fact that the conditions in the new facility worsened despite the intervention of the veterinary office and that there were new criminal offenses shows that the animal keepers do not have to fear the authority.
It stayed with the chaos of suffering and death. It even got worse.

This mixture of horror consists of farmer, office, politics and customer.
The first three go hand in hand in corruption and cruelty to animals, and have caused the worst animal welfare scandals for decades, especially in pig fattening.

And then there are the customers who keep eating pork because it tastes so good.
And best of all, cheap.
The meat in Germany is cheaper than anywhere else in Western Europe. You can safely double the price and it’s still cheaper than abroad. That’s why nobody in Germany goes hungry. Those who go hungry have very different problems than the reason they go hungry.

Nevertheless, there are some who claim that we have one of the best animal welfare laws here and that only German products are animal welfare … that is NOT true.
There are a number of countries with much stricter animal protection (by the way, Germany also works with animal tests in comparison with the EU with shameful protection).

It is nasty typical chauvinistic behavior and nasty complacency of the Germans always to be the best.

My best regards to all, Venus

Canada: Outraged (Quite Rightly) When Dogs Suffer In Hot Cars – So Why Not Pigs In Transporter Trucks ? !! – JT; Living In The Past.

WAV Comment:  With a Prime Minister like Justin Trudeau (JT) attempting to be at the helm of Canada; is it any wonder that transport regulations have not changed for 40 years – just like ‘Mr no action’ and the mass seal clubbing that obviously has his support – otherwise, would he not have taken action by now ?

A very good article which probably reflects how many Canadians feel. and the National Animal Care Council – paid money to do what ? – does ‘animal care’ actually come into the equation ?

We totally unite with our campaigner friends at Toronto Pig Save, and all other campaigners across the beautiful country that is Canada – I (Mark) have visited and enjoyed many times. We wish them all well with their campaigns and the fight for justice for sentient beings.  And we think things are bad in the EU ? – well they are, disgusting when it comes to live animal transport; but Canada really has to move into this day and age and not live 40 years ago, when the obvious putrid regulations were formed.

Live animal transport – archaic in Canada; disgusting in Europe; so about time politicians woke up, yawned, and then did something in the way of action !

Justin Trudeau; very much living in the past.

‘JT’ Living in the past – and JT stands for ……………………………. we suggest he listens to it sometime.

Living in the past by Jethro Tull, CD with progg - Ref:117717663

We’re outraged when dogs are kept in hot cars. Why not pigs in transport vehicles? | CBC News

We’re outraged when dogs are kept in hot cars. Why not pigs in transport vehicles?

In Canada, there are no laws regarding temperatures above or below which farmed animals cannot be transported

A dog suffering in a hot car will typically cause people to react with immediate action and outrage. They break windows, call the police, and the atrocity might even be documented on the news or social media, leading to floods of angry comments and demands that owners be punished. Today the act of locking an animal inside a hot car is widely condemned, considered dangerous, deadly and morally repugnant.  

But what if that animal is not a dog, but rather a pig? And what if it is not a car, but a large metal transport truck? What if it is not one, but dozens of pigs crammed together, panting and suffering, after traveling up to 36 hours in the sweltering summer heat?

How do we feel then?

Canada is known for having some of the worst animal transport standards in the Western world. (Dave Ritchie/CBC)

Pigs in distress

Last week, animal rights activists with Toronto Pig Save and The Light Movement shared footage and photos on social media allegedly recorded outside of a slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ont. The videos show pigs inside trucks breathing rapidly, some foaming at the mouth, some lying on their sides in obvious distress. 

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the region the day that footage was shot, with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in some areas.

But heat warnings don’t stop meat production.

In Canada, there are no laws regarding temperatures above or below which farmed animals cannot be transported.

Though the National Animal Care Council does have recommendations regarding transport of farmed animals in extreme weather, they are merely guidelines — not law — and are vaguely worded and rarely enforced.  

This differs greatly from farmed animal transport standards in the European Union, which requires trucks be outfitted with forced ventilation systems that maintain a temperature range between five and 30 degrees Celsius, along with temperature-monitoring systems to alert drivers when limits are reached. 

In Canada, where weather fluctuations are arguably more extreme, transport trucks typically employ simple open-air ventilation systems and are not required to have mechanical climate controls or monitoring.

There are also notable differences between Canadian regulations and those of other countries in terms of the lengths of time in which farmed animals can be in transport without food, water or rest.

In the EU, where advocates are currently fighting for even shorter times, cows can be transported for a maximum of 14 hours, pigs up to 24 hours and chickens for 12 hours. In the U.S., there is a law that limits all farmed animal transport to 28 hours.

In Canada, however, cows can be transported for up to 52 hours straight, and pigs and chickens for 40 hours.

That these animals are enroute to their death is no justification for causing them such prolonged suffering: suffering that in no way fits into our general cultural view that animals — all animals — in Canada are to be treated humanely.

Jenny McQueen, a member of Toronto Pig Save, filed a complaint to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding what her group observed and recorded last week, but says she is not confident much will come of it. “I’m used to filing complaints and having no action taken,” she says.

That’s because even though what is seen in the footage could technically be considered against the law, lack of enforcement is also a major problem. “Technically there’s a strong case that the law prohibits it, but in practice it happens every day and the laws go unenforced,” says Anna Pippus, a Canadian animal rights lawyer with Animal Justice.

Outdated regulations 

Canada is known for having some of the worst animal transport standards in the Western world, and despite years of protest from animal advocates, it appears legislators are in no rush to update the 40-year-old regulations in order to protect animals from extreme weather. This is in spite of a 2015 poll conducted by NRG Research Group, which showed eight out of 10 Canadians agreed that animal-transport regulations should be updated to reduce animal suffering, including protection from extreme weather.  

That means that as the hot summer sun continues to bear down on Canada, farmed animals in hot metal trucks will continue to suffer, day after day.

Canadians do have some power to elicit change within this system of cruelty — apart from lobbying legislators — by simply not contributing to the demand for these products. We can opt instead for plant-based proteins and meat alternatives, access to which has never been easier as vegan restaurants boom across the country. Even Canada’s largest distributor of packaged meat, Maple Leaf Foods, plans to extend its product line to include plant-based protein products.

While the sight of a dog locked in a hot car is sure to elicit strong public reaction, so too should these images of pigs suffering inside transport trucks. Though the majority of us may not want to know how the sausage is made, as Einstein once said, “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” These animals and the systematic cruelty they endure deserve our attention, our outrage and our action.

EU: End the Cage. It Started As A Dream; But Now the Dream Has Become Official Reality.

WAV Comment:  The only thing that is missing from this headline below is ‘… and a lot of bloody hard work by the people, for the people’

A major, major win for animals in the future.

People Power | ACLU of Indiana

‘Cruel’ Cages In Europe’s Animal Agriculture System To Be Banned

It took a 1.4 million strong petition and 170 NGOs to press politicians over three years, in what’s being described as the biggest push for animal welfare in European history

The European Commission has announced it will introduce legislation to ban the use of cages in the animal agriculture system by 2027.

Thanks to the calls of more than 1.4 million people, animals will no longer be confined to ‘cruel’ cages in the 27 member states within Europe.

Animal cages banned

The landmark decision comes after a collection of individuals pressed MEPs to increase welfare standards in collaboration with charity, Compassion in World Farming. This involved over 170 NGOs joining forces to make a stand. 

They formed a proposal and took it to the EU Commission, which is the executive governing body responsible for legislation.The End the Cage Age European Citizens Initiative has spent three years working on a proposal to prohibit the cages. 

It applies to chickens, pigs, cows, ducks, geese, among other farmed animals. Additionally, it will apply to all imported animal products too. Moreover, it’s thought to be the biggest push for animal welfare in European history: affecting over 300 million farmed animals.

The organization said: “Farmed animals have never had so many people standing up for them. From caged hens who long to stretch their wings to sows who want to mother their piglets unconfined, and rabbits who deserve the space to hop – each one of them now has a better chance in life, thanks to you.”

European Commission

The commission announced the news on Wednesday, June 30. From the end of this year, it will begin the legislative process.The Initiative confirmed it will ‘monitor’ this process to make sure the EC ‘sticks to its word’, however.

Moreover, the group said it will press each individual member state to embed the ban into each national law.

‘Cages are a desolate reflection on our society’, it added.

Animal agriculture in Europe

The European Parliament voted in favor of the ban earlier this month. 558 MEPs backed it whilst just 37 voted against, and 85 abstaining.

Whilst it banned battery cages for hens in 2012, the controversial practice of ‘furnishing’ cages were still legal.

Further victories for the EU this year included the landmark rejection of Amendment 171, also known as the dairy ban.

The ban sought to reject descriptive words for plant-based dairy products that were too similar to those used for dairy products: such as ‘vegan cheese’ or ‘yogurt-style’.

You can find out more about End The Cage Age here

‘Cruel’ Cages In Europe’s Farming System To Be Banned By 2027 (

Now Confirmed by the EU;

Regards Mark




Vietnam: Cam, the Little Bile Bear Is Rescued From His Hell On A Bile Farm – Now Lifetime Sanctuary and Care Await Him.

WAV Comment:

The following arrived with us this morning from ‘World Animal Protection’ New York branch.

World Animal Protection offices | World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection | We move the world to protect animals

Because of your support, World Animal Protection recently rescued Cam, an illegally captive bear from a life of awful abuse and misery on a bear bile farm in Vietnam. 

When Cam was found, he was being kept in a narrow, steel cage that didn’t allow him to turn around and was fed a poor diet that didn’t meet his nutritional needs. 

Thankfully, Cam was found by staff and government officials who were visiting different bear farms to ensure all the bears in these facilities were tagged. His release was negotiated with local authorities and a plan executed to bring him to his forever home. He is now settling into his new surroundings and can live a life free of cruelty and suffering. 

Rescues like this are possible because World Animal Protection has been working with other partnering NGO’s and the Vietnamese government, to end the cruel practice of bear bile farming and protect the small population of bears that remain in the wild.


Liz Quick-Corral
Interim Executive Director/Director of Development