Day: August 7, 2021

Sea Shepherd: eleven ghost nets in just four weeks destroyed!

Campaign start a complete success: eleven ghost nets in just four weeks

A Sea Shepherd report

The BALTIC SEA CAMPAIGN 2021 started with great success.

During the first four weeks of the campaign on Fehmarn and Rügen (which are among the largest islands in Germany), eleven ghost nets with a salvage weight of more than 900 kilograms and hundreds of fishing lures were recovered from the Baltic Sea. These nets, fish hooks and lines will no longer kill marine animals.

The team spent the first two weeks of the campaign on the island of Fehmarn.

Patrols were carried out almost every day to locate possible ghost nets and finally to lift them. Because even though ghost nets are obviously causing massive damage, finding them and removing them from the ocean is a major challenge.

It takes a lot of preparation, the use of technical equipment and ultimately perseverance as well as great efforts on the part of the crew to eliminate such death traps.

With combined forces, the net is pulled on board. Photo: Robert May / Sea Shepherd

More than 200 kilograms of ghost net

The largest ghost network on Fehmarn was recovered in the lake area in the direction of Puttgarden (District of the island of Fehmarn)
On June 14th, volunteers aboard the EMANUEL BRONNER examined some gillnets that had been deployed in the area.
Gillnets are often used near wrecks to catch cod that find shelter there.

With the help of the underwater robot and a structure scan, the area was examined more closely and various wrecks found.
So the diving team decided to do an exploration dive.
At a depth of 24 meters, the team discovered a massive trawl net about 40 meters long that had become entangled in a wreck.
There were many dead marine animals in the net, including cod in particular, but also starfish and crabs.
What was particularly treacherous about this net were the torn openings through which more and more fish got into the net.
But not all marine animals found their way out again.
“The net was like a prison under water,” explained mission diver Antonia Kirner (Sea Shepherd Germany) after her exploratory dive.

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Germany-Alt Tellin: memorial for burned pigs

On March 30, 2021, 57,000 pigs were painfully burned in a stable fire near Alt Tellin / Vorpommern-Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

We had already reported on this:

The operator of Europe’s largest pig breeding facility, LFD-Holding, has already violated the animal welfare law and fire protection measures in the past.

Despite massive protests from the local citizens’ initiative and pending legal proceedings, the construction of the facility was approved.
Again corrupt lobbyists were at work, and thus to blame for the cruel mass deaths of 57,000 living beings

A fire protection expert claims that Alt Tellin should never have been built like this.
The barn units were connected to each other, so there was only one way out in an emergency.
In addition, pigs do not flee by themselves. They need to be released from their stands and boxes. They have to be brought out, and young piglets even have to be carried out.
And that with 57,000 animals at the same time? Rescuing the animals was impossible for the firefighters on site.

The expert angrily points to the pig manure under the slatted floors, which ferments quickly. This produces digester gas containing methane.
From 4.4 percent methane in the air, this gas-air mixture is capable of deflagration and is highly flammable. And a fire can suddenly spread through this gas-air mixture.
For this reason the major fire in the Alt Tellin pig breeding facility was only a matter of time.

Despite the terrible tragedy, the Agriculture Minister of Mecklenburg = (a country in northeast Germany) plans to re-approve the burned down sow facility in Alt Tellin as a “model stable”!!

Nevertheless, there were many people who initiated a beautiful initiative against this mass death dispite the difficult times, and thus set an active sign that they have not forgotten the victims.

Last weekend, a memorial site was opened by the Schweineleben e. V. and the Lebenshof 198.
Together with other organizations and animal lovers, they would like to commemorate the victims of the fire and the animal industry.

Around 40 animal welfare organizations and individuals from different federal states took part in the campaign.
After all, they made and sent 57 wooden crosses, donated money for the campaign, or traveled specially to help set them up.

They are calling for a political response to the fire in the pig farm in Alt Tellin.

(all photos from the action:

Our thanks, respect and solidarity to all those involved in this beautiful campaign
We don’t forget Old Tellin.

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain-Tarragona: fire at the mobile coffin “Elbeik”

The Animal Equality Foundation has requested today, Saturday, August 7, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to withdraw the authorization to operate from Spain to the ship Elbeik.

Yesterday, August 6, a fire broke out on the Elbeik ship, in ballast, at the Tarragona anchorage, in which the crew members were evacuated by the Salvamar Fomalhaut. There were no animals because they hadn’t loaded yet.

In this new letter, Animal Equality attaches the report “78 EU-Approved Animal Transporters” by the Animal Welfare Foundation published in June 2021, which details the legal situation of ships operating from Europe.

Spanish ports receive and issue certificates for ships that are even on the black list of the Paris Memorandum and have been sold, such as Alfarouk, Anakin, Nabolsi I, Bruna, Spiridon II, Julia AK, Queensland and even the Elbeik ship.

The last, Elbeik, was expelled from the ports of the Paris Memorandum due to multiple functional defects and sanctions and due to poor condition, while in Spain, despite serious defects and despite the results of the inspection by the Guardia Civil on March 19, 2021, the ship was allowed to continue its operations.

Animal Equality has already denounced that in the case of maritime transport the infractions are mainly centered on the poor condition of the boats and the lack of care for the animals:

– The transport of animals is allowed to boats not considered suitable, of very low quality. 55% of approved livestock vessels in the EU are licensed in countries blacklisted by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). They are considered high risk in relation to maritime safety.

– Transport of unfit animals, which are injured or sick. Animals are loaded even when inspections reveal deficiencies and violations of regulations are not penalized.

– The loading of the animals is carried out with violence. They are beaten, kicked and dragged even using electric batons. In cases where the animal cannot move, it is tied by one leg and lifted by a crane.

– Long waits before boarding under extreme temperatures and in the sun. European regulations and the Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food state that a trip should not be authorized if the temperature inside the vehicle exceeds 30ºC and it must even be sanctioned if it exceeds 35ºC.

These infractions, on the part of transport companies, have been taking place for the last 30 years in Spain. While some Member States have improved their application, others, including Spain, continue to give little importance to enforcing Regulation 1/2005.

“t is very serious that after the latest scandal involving the Elbeik ship, the Government did not withdraw its permission to continue operating from Spain. The ship’s fire is a new example of the danger posed by these vessels and of the need to ban the export of animals” (Silvia Barquero, Director of Animal Equality)

Animal Equality has a petition underway to ban the export of live animals that has already been signed by more than 45,000 people.

Sign and share:

And I mean…No! It is not only “very serious” that mobile scrap still gets permission and is used for animal transport.
It is a crime committed by

-corrupt, unscrupulous politicians
-from the animal transport mafia
-of the authorities and the judiciary who look the other way
and, in this case, very likely insurance fraud.

My best regards to all, Venus

India: 6 Videos the Dairy Industry Hopes You’ll Never See. We Show Them Here !

Dear Mark,

Think animals don’t suffer or die for milk?

You are in for a surprise! Here are six videos that will open your eyes to the secret, shocking facts of “modern” milk production:

Click on the wording below to watch the very disturbing footage.

1. Male calves – who obviously don’t produce milk – are routinely abandoned, left to starve, or killed outright. The Indian Meat Industry Red Meat Manual says, “Most of the buffalo calves, generally males, are allowed to die intentionally by the owners for economic reasons.”

2. Some calves are turned into khalbacchasstuffed, dead calves that are propped up alongside cows and buffaloes to try to fool their mothers into lactating.

3. Here is what artificial insemination actually looks like. Workers insert an arm, often without lubricant, into a struggling, frightened cow’s rectum, then push a metal rod carrying bull semen up into her vagina.

4. Here’s the ultimate destination for many cattle – the slaughterhouse.

In India, while no animals are reared specifically for beef, India is a top beef exporting nation of buffalo meat, referred to as “carabeef”. The Economic Times has reported that some beef tested was found to be from cows. Cow slaughter is illegal in many Indian states but not everywhere in the nation. Where do you think the beef industry gets cattle to kill? That’s right – largely from the dairy sector.

5. Let’s see how meat, egg, and dairy production wreaks havoc on the planet

6. Here, Indian doctors talk about the many scary ill effects of dairy consumption. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine warns us that milk consumption is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and other ailments that are running rampant in our society.

So, I think you’ll agree, dairy is pretty scary – not to mention cruelly obtained, environmentally destructive, and bad for you.

Share these videos on social media and with everyone who needs to see them. And if you haven’t already, kick the dairy habit by taking our vegan pledge:

PETA India

Scary Dairy !

Regards Mark

Note – The image below is NOT associated with the article.

Animals Lebanon update: Beirut explosion – one year later. The Wonderful Animal Advocates Helping In A Severe Crisis.

Pictures – Animals Lebanon

Animals Lebanon update: Beirut explosion – one year later

5 August 2021

Animals International

One year after the Beirut explosion Animals Lebanon sends this moving update on the situation in the country and how they have continued to carry out their work for animals thanks to the support of organisations and individuals worldwide including Eurogroup for Animals members Animals International, Fondation Brigitte Bardot, Four Paws and World Animal Protection. 

WAV Comment – A Must Read:


Animals Lebanon Beirut explosion update – one year later

An example of their tireless efforts is their successful rescue and rehoming of bears Homer and Ulysses with the support of Four Paws and The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Visit the Animals Lebanon website to learn more and support their work.Image

Or donate directly – Donations can be made at Animals Lebanon – Donate

Regards Mark