Day: July 8, 2021

Over half a million animals brought to Israel since January

– Report By JERUSALEM POST STAFF JULY 8, 2021 

Reports indicate that the livestock delivered to Israel were living in horrid conditions in the cargo ship, which caused them great suffering.

In 2018 alone, 685,000 animals came to Israel from Australia and Europe. Photo: imago

More than 500,000 calves and lambs passed through Israeli ports in cargo ships during the first half of 2021, according to the Agriculture Ministry, and the Knesset should “act urgently and stop the madness of live shipments,” Animals Now, an Israel-based animal-rights group, said Wednesday in a press release.
Animal shipments to Israel this year have increased 59% compared with 2020, it said. Almost half a million animals were delivered to the country in 2017, it added.
Shipments of animals to Israel come from Australia, Sweden, France and elsewhere.

A bill proposed by Likud MK Miki Zohar would end this practice within three years.
However, in November 2018, the legislative process to pass it was halted due to early elections. Since then, multiple bills have been submitted to stop live animal shipments.
A few bills have been submitted to the current Knesset, spearheaded by Zohar and MKs Sharren Haskel (New Hope), Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin (Labor) and Mossi Raz (Meretz).

30.10.2020 | Trotz Verbot: Internationale Tiertransporte nach Zentralasien gehen weiter | SWR Recherche-Unit | REPORT MAINZ | SWR.de

The Agriculture Ministry has not imposed sanctions on importers or ship owners who have not complied with the ministry’s guidelines, “Animals Now” said.
Reports indicate that animals that were delivered to Israel were living in horrid conditions while in the cargo ship, which caused them great suffering, it said.

“They do not care about animals,” Animals Now said. “They are only interested in the money they [make] from cramming animals into crowded and polluted ships. We call on MKs and the government to act urgently and stop the madness of live shipments.”

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/over-half-a-million-animals-brought-to-israel-since-jan-2021-report-673192

And I mean…In 2019, the bloated carcass of a calf washed up on Zuk Beach in northern Tel Aviv.

A few days later the gruesome incident was repeated.
“Where do the dead animals come from?” Asked the bathers angrily. The answer came on the evening news: from the animal transports that regularly ship hundreds of thousands of cows and sheep to Israel.
Died and thrown overboard.

Workers were filmed torturing calves and lambs with electric shocks while they were being unloaded from the ship’s belly. The 20,000 young animals were transported from Australia to the port of Eilat in a week-long journey.

Workers were filmed torturing calves and lambs with electric shocks while they were being unloaded from the ship’s belly. The 20,000 young animals were transported from Australia to the port of Eilat in a week-long journey.

Unloading alone took five long days.
These are images that shock and shake even the toughest.
Sheep, cows, calves and lambs, crammed together in the overheated storage rooms of ships, pounding in front of them and then mistreated.
In between sick and dead animals, smeared with excrement and blood.
Many suffer injuries and broken bones from the rough seas.

Israeli animal welfare organizations reported those responsible for cruelty to animals according to the pictures published by TV channel 13.
The spokesman for “Israel Against Live Shipments” said that in the 15 years the group has been active, he has never seen such cruelty to animals.
And yet it is not an isolated case, but a daily reality when transporting live animals.

According to the animal welfare organization, it is common practice to simply throw sick or dead animals overboard.
“Many even alive.”

In July 2018, a draft to end live transports was accepted by the Legislative Committee in a preliminary reading.
The proposal aims to reduce the shipping of live animals – hundreds of thousands annually – within the next three years and then ban them completely.

Only meat (chilled or frozen) should then be allowed to be transported to Israel.
Sixty rabbis also wrote a public letter in which they made it clear: “This is neither the Torah nor human morality to allow such cruelty to animals.”
Nothing has happened since then.

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/israel/transporte-des-horrors/

“They do not care about animals” says Animals Now.

Neither do our corrupt politicians. And not in the whole world.
They control and organize the animal transports according to their economic profit.
No other exploiter is politically and economically more powerful than the meat mafia.
The meat industry makes most of its profits from the suffering and exploitation of animals.

On the other hand, animal exploitation would be unthinkable without the support of a society that still consumes meat in perverse numbers.
We fight against the meat mafia and against this inveterate, meat-oriented ideology of today’s society.
We have had some small successes, but there is still a long way to go.
And we’ll go it.

Because the animals only have us.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Montana and Idaho (Republican-controlled states – what else ?) Have Legalized Killing Wolves on a Massive Scale.

Motivated by livestock and big game hunting interests, Idaho and Montana recently enacted a series of new laws that allow for the aggressive hunting of wolves’.  Wow – big men in camo trousers !

 

Montana and Idaho Have Legalized Killing Wolves on a Massive Scale

The two Republican-controlled states have passed laws that could decimate the wolf population and endanger a major conservation success story.

Montana and Idaho Legalized Killing Wolves on a Massive Scale (gizmodo.com)

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been persecuted in the U.S. since the arrival of Europeans. By the 20th century, they had been driven to near-extinction. Narrowly pulled back from the brink by endangered species protections and reintroductions in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in the 1990s, they are one of North America’s greatest conservation success stories.

Wolf recovery has had huge cultural resonance. Most Americans love wolves. Gas station t-shirts and tchotchkes featuring the species have become a fixture of kitsch Americana—a testament to our collective love for these charismatic canids.

Still, antipathy has persisted in some quarters. Now, state legislation threatens the Northern Rockies population, concentrated in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming with smaller numbers dispersed across California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.

Motivated by livestock and big game hunting interests, Idaho and Montana recently enacted a series of new laws that allow for the aggressive hunting of wolves. Supporters erroneously claim that the predators threaten the livelihood of ranchers and wreak havoc on elk herds.

“[People] don’t understand the truth of what wolves do. It’s not their fault. The universities and media have brainwashed them at so many levels,” insists Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, a controversial hunting advocacy organization.

Conservationists counter that this sort of antagonism is rooted in a superstitious, ideological dislike for wolves that doesn’t square with the reality of their impact. Data strongly indicates that the complaints by hunting and agricultural interest groups are exaggerated.

Predation on livestock by wolves is relatively low and elk populations are stable. In Idaho, between July 2019 and July 2020, there were only 102 confirmed livestock kills, with 28 more considered probable. Montana saw 238 confirmed kills in 2020. Both states host millions of cattle, sheep, and other ruminants, and compensate ranchers for each confirmed loss. Elk herds are thriving, with around 136,000 animals in Montana and 120,000 in Idaho. Most hunting districts meet or exceed their population goals.

“There are no data that would suggest that conflicts exist at such a level that a massive massacre of gray wolves is indicated,” said ecologist Mike Phillips, who headed the early efforts to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park and later served as a Democratic senator for Montana. “They’re ecologically illiterate.”

“Wolves have self-regulated their populations for millennia based on prey availability, habitat, and competitors,” added Michelle Lute, a conservation manager with Project Coyote, an organization that works to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife. “We just don’t need to manage them.”

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England: 13 Elephants To Be Flown To Africa (From England) and Re Homed by the Aspinall Foundation.

WAV Comment:  The Aspinall Foundation is based in our (England) home county of Kent.  There are 2 facilities; which are not ‘zoos’ in the typical sense.  Instead, they are breeding facilities with the intention of returning endangered species back to their ‘homelands’; with the hope they will establish new breeding colonies.

This programme to home 13 elephants back to Africa from the UK will be a world first.  We watched Damian on the BBC this morning; and the aim is to fly all 13 animals to Africa in one consignment.  They have each had a special crate for their journey made, and they have been getting used to entering those over the last few weeks.  When loaded; all the crates contain the elephants will be taken to the airport where they will all be loaded onto one single cargo aircraft.  Then they will be flown to Africa and the whole process repeated to get them to their new home.

It is a massive logistical task; but we have every confidence that it will go ok.

What a shame that African elephants have to be bred in the UK and then flown to Africa.  What a shame that some hunter dickheads pay big bucks to kill the beautiful animals that are already there.  But this breeding and rehoming project just shows that there are people and organisations that are better than the hunters.  We have supported the Foundation monthly for over 20 years, and when you see this, it shows your monthly donation is being put to good use.

Below I have included a link so that you can see the conservation work the foundation is doing.

As you can see in the videos below, they also specialise in putting Gorillas back into the wild from the facility at Howletts, Kent, England

Regards Mark

Link – https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/

 

Herd of 13 elephants to be flown from the UK to Africa in groundbreaking rewilding project (inews.co.uk)

Herd of 13 elephants to be flown from the UK to Africa in ground breaking rewilding project

The ambitious project is the first of its kind in the world

An animal conservation charity is to rewild 13 elephants from the UK to Africa in what will be a world first.

The Aspinall Foundation’s project – the largest it has ever undertaken – will fly the elephants, weighing 25 tonnes, more than 7,000 km (4,350 miles) to their ancestral homelands. 

This is the first time that a herd of elephants has ever been rewilded anywhere in the world and no elephant rewilding project of this scale has ever been attempted before. 

The logistics of the operation have been described as “huge”. 

All of the elephants will be transported on one 777 plane accompanied by a team and vets. 

Prior to the journey – which is set to take place next year – the animals will be acclimatised to smaller spaces. 

Once the elephants are in Africa, the charity will work with The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service, to rewild the entire breeding herd of 13 African elephants, including three calves.

At present, the elephants  – one of the most successful breeding herds in Europe – are located in an eight-acre enclosure at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. 

They comprise two interrelated families but the intention is to rewild them as one larger herd. 

Two different sites, both in the south of Kenya, are currently under consideration for the elephants.

The elephants will face new risks not encountered in captivity, such as new diseases and different food, but The Aspinall Foundation says its experience of rewilding projects will help guide the animals’ transition.

As will The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has been at the forefront of African elephant conservation for more than four decades and provided a “wild future” to more than 260 rescued orphans and operated projects to ensure they and their families are protected throughout their lives. 

The Aspinall Foundation hopes the project will have a positive effect in the zoo industry by discouraging the trade in elephants and bolster commitment to returning animals to the wild, where possible.

It also hopes to prove that proving such a project can be done will encourage zoos to do the same.

The public can support the project by donating through its JustGiving page. 

Damian Aspinall, Chairman of The Aspinall Foundation, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project and a genuine world-first. 

“As with any conservation project of this magnitude, there are obviously big risks, but we consider them well worth it to get these magnificent elephants back into the wild where they belong.

“By supporting the project, members of the public will be part of conservation history, helping to restore an iconic species to its ancestral homeland.

“If this is successful, I would love to see elephants held in captivity all over the world be rewilded too.”

For more information, or to donate to the project, visit justgiving.com/campaign/backtothewild

 

Regards Mark

France: Psychopaths on the construction hunt

A dangerous investigation, undercover in a hunting crew underground-Report of the French organization “One Voice”

We managed to infiltrate the very closed environment of underground hunting in the spring of 2019.

As part of a Hauts de France crew, our investigators witnessed several massacres: that of badgers and fox cubs.
They attended the search for foxes in this basement of Hauts-de France for hours.


Accepted by the huntsmen, they filmed the abominable spectacle that unfolded before their eyes, so that the unvarnished reality bursts into the faces of those who allow this cruel hunt.
For everyone, too, kept in the impossibility of imagining what is hidden in the woods of France by simple ignorance!

When the French learn that underground hunting is allowed, they want to ban it. Now they know as precisely as possible what this means for the animals concerned.

Unearthing, an unbearable horror

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