Day: July 25, 2021

Australia: crocodiles are wild animals, not handbags.

Australian crocodiles to be cruelly slaughtered on new Hermès farm

French luxury brand Hermès plans to greatly expand their farming of Australian saltwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory, if plans for an additional crocodile facility proceed.

The report outlines that three to four crocodiles are killed to produce skins ‘fit’ for high-end items such as Hermès handbags.
Our new report Fashion Victims finds that 50,000 more Australian saltwater crocodiles could be cruelly farmed and killed for their skins unless the Federal Government acts.
Australia already accounts for 60% of the global production of saltwater crocodile skins, with two thirds coming from the Northern Territory.
The report outlines that three to four crocodiles are killed to produce skins ‘fit’ for high-end items such as Hermès handbags.

These sentient animals are farmed in crowded, plastic-lined enclosures to protect their skin from damage before a brutal slaughter.
Crocodiles experience pain and pleasure and in the wild will live for around 70 years but in captivity are killed at around two to three years of age.

Head of Campaigns at World Animal Protection, Ben Pearson said:

“Farmed crocodiles are wild animals, not handbags.
They are sentient beings who deserve to enjoy a wild life, not languish in plastic-lined pens for the profits of French fashion houses. They don’t deserve to pay the hefty price of their life for an expensive handbag.”

“We are calling on the Minister for Environment, Sussan Ley, to stop the expansion of this cruel and barbaric industry, by rejecting an export permit for the Hermès crocodile farm.
As Environment Minister she has obligations to promote the humane treatment of wildlife. Crocodile farming is the exact opposite”.

The new Hermès farm comes as the use of exotic skins is becoming increasingly controversial.
Leading brands such as Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Mulberry, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and Tommy Hilfiger have committed to, or are moving away from, using exotic skins and wild animals in their products, shifting to humane and sustainable alternatives.

Continue reading “Australia: crocodiles are wild animals, not handbags.”

England: Actors Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan Call For A Ban On All Animal Experiments and A Breeding Centre To Close.

WAV Comment – Here we go, MBR also sorting out Covid 19 – everyone is on this bandwagon to justify their actions.

I (Mark – WAV co founder) have lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the last 22 years; and around 15 years ago I was told by the MS Society / Neurologists that it (the cure) would all be sorted within 5 years. 10 years after the ‘closing date’ and I still have MS; like many other sufferers, waiting for the day.

Talking of good ‘Cure’ – here is one of my favourite English bands – ‘The Cure’ live at ‘Pinkpop’ in the Netherlands:

Worthy of note – Animals DO NOT suffer from MS, which is an illness where your immune system wrongly attacks the nerves of your body, instead of protecting them. It is called ‘demyelination’. So why artificially make animals have MS (when they naturally dont) and then use them to find a ‘cure’ for humans ? – it makes no sense, never has and never will. For me, positive research would find out why animals dont get MS and humans do get the illness. Even as a sufferer who wants a cure, I will NEVER support the use of any animals in any medical research to find that golden fleece cure. Medical cures will only come through non animal research; the last 15 years of bullshit about a MS cure have told me that animals suffer in research for nothing. Big Pharma keeps the bucks rolling in with the promise, but never really delivers. You could say that they have got it all wrong and are making big bucks by thrashing out false promises to us all.

I have and take NO medication for my MS. I control things by living a vegan diet, well away from meat and dairy. I think it works – I think I can still do things on WAV !

Regards Mark.


Ricky Gervais lobbies for ban on all animal experiments after calls for breeding centre to close

Fellow actor Peter Egan calls for inflicting suffering on laboratory animals to be made illegal

Animal rights campaigners set up a protest camp at a “factory farm” that breeds puppies for laboratory experiments after comedy actor Ricky Gervais launched a campaign to ban all tests on animals in the UK.

The protesters said they wanted to close down the site in Cambridgeshire, which breeds beagles that are sold when they are 16 weeks old for chemicals and drugs testing.

The centre denied claims that it trains the puppies to be “laboratory-ready”, including offering a paw for injections and accepting paper cups on their faces, ready for wearing gas masks.

Animal rights campaigners set up a protest camp at a “factory farm” that breeds puppies for laboratory experiments after comedy actor Ricky Gervais launched a campaign to ban all tests on animals in the UK.

The protesters said they wanted to close down the site in Cambridgeshire, which breeds beagles that are sold when they are 16 weeks old for chemicals and drugs testing.

The centre denied claims that it trains the puppies to be “laboratory-ready”, including offering a paw for injections and accepting paper cups on their faces, ready for wearing gas masks.

Gervais and fellow actor Peter Egan are lobbying against all animal experimentation and calling for laboratory animals to be included in the Animal Welfare Act, which outlaws causing animal suffering.

Activists who monitored the breeding site at Huntingdon for more than a year described “harrowing” scenes.

They said they saw workers grabbing dogs by the scruff of the neck and piling them into overcrowded trolleys, and dogs in crates cried “pitifully” as they were loaded onto a lorry.

The site, called MBR Acres, owned by US company Marshall BioResources, breeds up to 2,000 puppies every year, most of which are sent for toxicology tests at UK laboratories.

Toxicology testing often involves force-feeding animals with chemicals or making them inhale pesticides.

Critics say this can be done every day for up to 90 days with no pain relief or anaesthetic, before the dogs are killed.

But the company says most experiments are mild, such as taking a blood test, and the results are used to develop vaccines, such as the Covid-19 jab.

He is patron of a group called For Life on Earth (Floe), which wants the government to launch a pioneering “public scientific hearing” on whether animal experiments can predict responses in human patients, with independent scientific experts as judges.

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has backed the idea, and SNP MP Lisa Cameron has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the hearing.

Louise Owen, founder of Floe, told The Independent that if the science hearing took place, animal experiments would end “because the government would recognise they were out of step with current scientific knowledge and harmful to human patients”.

She pointed out that the government’s new Animal Sentience Bill enshrines in law the ability of animals to feel joy, suffering and pain.

Gervais said: “I’m deeply shocked to learn that thousands of beautiful beagles are intensively bred, right here in the peace of the British countryside, for painful and terrifying toxicity experiments that are also now proven to entirely fail the search for human treatments and cures.”

Mel Broughton, of the Free the MBR Beagles campaign, said: “Increasingly, there is scientific opinion that these experiments are not valid in terms of finding cures for human diseases, and these dogs suffer greatly in toxicity tests. They’re poisoned to death slowly.”

A spokeswoman for MBR said the company bred animals raised to be healthy, content and comfortable in laboratories, adding: “It does not undertake regulatory toxicology or other experiments and has only animal care staff working on its sites.

Peter and Ricky

See the short video with Ricky and Dr Ray Greek here:

Ricky Gervais campaigns for ban on all animal experiments in UK after calls for puppy-breeding centre to close | The Independent

25/7 – a comment from Celia:

Animal experiment are utterly useless and cruel.

Signed by a person who became a life member of the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research and the National Anti-Vivisection Society in 1972′. = Celia – Woking, Surrey, UK

Animal experiments are a crime

True words by Peter Singer (born July 6, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia), Australian philosopher and ethicist.

“Either the animal is not like us, then there is no need to do the experiment;
or / but the animal is like us and in this case we should not carry out an experiment with the animal that would make us indignant if it were carried out on one of us”. (Peter Singer)

Nothing, absolutely nothing, justifies abusing, torturing and killing animals for diabolical animal experiments.
By now it should be well known globally that animal experiments are never and will never be 1: 1 transferable to humans.
Then why this ordeal of innocent beings?

There are numerous alternatives to the ungodly experiments on breathing creatures.
But the profit and the unholy research mania of many scientists prevent their widespread use.

Whether for the medicine and pharmaceutical industry, for the tobacco and food industry, the cosmetics industry or whatever: Animal experiments are wrong.

No medication, no vaccine, no cigarette, no short culinary pleasure and not even the latest make-up justify letting animals enjoy this hell on earth.
And here, too, the consumer has it in their hands by doing without blood and pain-stained animal torture products and only buying goods that are free from animal testing.

There are alternatives for almost everything, you just have to find out more and, above all, you have to want to.


Text: Together for the animals

And I mean…Wherever people take the right to enslave suffering-capable animals as research tools, to torture them and finally to let them die miserably, we speak not only of an injustice, but of a crime.
In suffering, the animals are our equals but despite this hard fact the abnormal experimenters continue their senseless tyranny

My best regards to all, Venus

England: This Little Piggy Came From ? – Why The UK Needs VERY Clear Food Labelling.

WAV Comment. The UK has high animal welfare standards and should be proud of that. Most people dont want antibiotic ridden meat on their plates and produce that comes from nations which employ lower welfare standards. In the end cost is probably one driving factor, but another issue is that all meat products should be clearly labelled to inform the buyer of the standards that ‘their’ chunk of meat was produced around – was it UK or overseas produced ? – if overseas, then where from ? – was it from a non EU caged system ? – was it ritually slaughtered or stunned (properly) at the time of slaughter ?

Thus, clear labelling on food products thus gives the consumer a clear choice about what they purchase. If it bad welfare and cheap, from the far east then the consumer will know. If it is more expensive, but from cage free systems, and with less antibiotics and water in the meat, and killed to an acceptable standard, then the consumer still has the knowledge to buy a product which will cost more. In the UK, research shows that consumers are prepared to pay more for meat which is produced to better welfare standards.

If lower welfare US produced meat does not sell well in the UK, then the British customer has sent a message to the US – simple.

At the end of the day, it should be down to the well informed (clear labelling) consumer to decide. Personally, I think the UK consumer will pay more for higher welfare standards – it has been shown. Farmers, supermarlets, the government, get a grip and tell people the reality about products.

Regards Mark

Pig Meat – From ??? – Make It Clear to Consumers

Saving the bacon: will British pig farmers ​survive a ban on cages?

An end to UK pig confinement is in sight, but producers fear they will be left carrying the cost of high-welfare options in the face of cheap imports

After more than a decade trialling the removal of pig cages on her Yorkshire farm, Vicky Scott has lost confidence in being able to make it permanent.

Doing so would require building a new shed to create enough space to freely house all her pigs, she says. “No one will pay for this. They [the retailers] want products as cheap as chips and consumers want cheap meat.”

Yet, the UK and EU are expected to ban all forms of confinement in pig rearing.

In June, the European Commission confirmed it would table a proposal to phase out the use of farrowing crates, which are used to confine sows before and after birth, by the end of 2023. The UK – and Boris Johnson himself – have made clear that the long-term aim is to do the same.

Crates are used to confine expectant sows until their piglets are weaned after four weeks. They restrict the sows’ movement, reducing the risk of crushing the piglets.

However, as well as restricting sows’ natural behaviour and movement, including nest-building and interacting with her piglets, there is also evidence the crates increase the risk of stillbirth.


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Piglets are vulnerable to being crushed by sows if they are not in a crate, but the overall mortality rates can be managed, says pig specialist Emma Baxter, from Scotland’s Rural College. Outdoor pig systems, where pigs are not confined, consistently return average piglet mortality rates similar to indoor ones where the pigs are confined, she says.

Given the majority of pigs in the UK are reared indoors because outdoor rearing is limited by soil type, producers will need to be able to adopt high-welfare indoor alternatives to farrowing crates, says Baxter.

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