Day: August 15, 2021

They still exist … the good news

Short and funny report from the police in Bochum, Germany

🐢🐢🐢 #turtlecontent 🐢🐢🐢
📌 No, this road user was not driving too fast on the streets, she was not drunk and was not under the influence of narcotics.
📌 However, police officers from the night watch had to pull her out of circulation and take her into custody late on Saturday evening (August 7th).
📌🐢Who are we talking about here? From a turtle whose age, name and address have not yet been determined.

After a concerned citizen called, the officers placed the armored reptile very carefully in a police hat, took it to the station and informed the public order office.
City workers then housed the turtle in a species-appropriate manner.

https://www.facebook.com/polizei.nrw.bo/

And I mean...A special kind of mission.
That was once a mission according to my principles, which say that every life counts; well done guys and girls, thank you so much for this heartfelt turtle rescue.

Best regards to all, Venus

Is The Future Lab-Grown? From Meat To Diamonds: Meet The Companies Leading The Way.

This is a 4 page article – select page from 1-4 at bottom left.

 

Is The Future Lab-Grown? From Meat To Diamonds: Meet The Companies Leading The Way

We’ve all heard of lab-grown meat by now. But did you know diamonds, trees, and even humane bone can be made in a laboratory?

C ellular agriculture, aka lab-grown meat and dairy, will transform animal agriculture. It shifts production away from farming animals to instead focus on processes at the cellular level.

Think tank Blue Horizon suggests that by 2035 ‘every tenth portion of meat, eggs, and dairy eaten around the globe is very likely to be alternative’.

Questions remain about the technology. Is it artificial? Will people accept it? Is it better or worse for the environment?

Some answers are becoming clearer every day. Not only in terms of the food we eat.

Yes, most ‘lab-grown’ tech companies are working to produce animal-derived agricultural products (‘meat’, ‘leather’, ‘milk’, ‘eggs’ etc.). But, there’s a whole world of innovation in other areas. 

That is good news for animals and the plant-based community. It helps make ‘lab-grown’ an acceptable idea. Let’s begin with diamonds.

Diamonds are forever?

Earlier this year, Pandora, the world’s largest jewelry company, announced that, going forward, it would only use lab-created diamonds, and not mined diamonds.

Lab-grown diamonds have been around since the 1950s. But high energy costs and a lack of ability to create ‘pretty’ diamonds meant they were mainly used in industry, such as drill bits on heavy machinery.

But as with lab-grown meat, technology has advanced and costs have come down. Now lab-grown diamonds are helping consumers avoid the environmental and ethical problems associated with the ‘natural’ product.

Human rights abuses

The charity Human Rights Watch reports that even today most jewelry companies can’t assure its customers that its diamonds are free from human rights abuses. These are particularly child labor, and punitive amputations for villagers who mine in surrounding areas and ‘steal’ company property.

For many mine workers, COVID-19 also worsened conditions and exploitation.

Environmentally, lab-created diamonds still use a lot of energy. But they are up to 10 times more efficient than the fossil fuels, explosives, and heavy machinery used in diamond mines.

It is much easier to source renewable energy for lab-created diamonds. Pandora’s commitment is that they will use 100 percent renewables by 2022.

Choosing sustainability

As with plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, the switch in purchasing power is being driven by young people. They are prioritising sustainability when choosing expensive jewellery. 

Perhaps that’s why a lab-grown diamond company has become the first ‘Certified Sustainable’ and ‘Certified Climate Neutral’ diamond producer, with attention also give to water consumption, traceability, and diversity in its workforce production.

Mined diamonds can no longer be marketed as ‘natural’ in contrast with lab-created. The jewellery industry now recognises both as ‘real’ diamonds.

Lab-grown is cheaper

What is really driving change in consumer habits is cost. Lab-created diamonds are around 30 percent cheaper than mined diamonds. That means more people can purchase them for different reasons. (It’s another reason why price parity in the alternative meat and dairy sector is so important.)

That’s perfect for a company such as Pandora, which prides itself on creating affordable accessories for people. Up to 77 percent of people in Europe are aware of lab-grown diamonds.

“The roadblock to the success of this category has never been the consumer,” research company MVEye reported in 2020. “It has been the trade.”

England: ‘Full investigation’ launched over ‘cruel’ Morrisons chickens grown on Norfolk and Suffolk farms.

‘Full investigation’ launched over ‘cruel’ Morrisons chickens grown on Norfolk and Suffolk farms

 

‘Full investigation’ launched over ‘cruel’ Morrisons chickens grown on Norfolk and Suffolk farms | ITV News Anglia

Supermarket chain Morrisons says it has launched an urgent investigation after campaigners claimed chickens on farms run by its suppliers are being grown so fast they can barely stand up.

In a video narrated by the naturalist Chris Packham undercover filming claims to show fast-growing birds deformed and dying on farms in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Open Cages, an animal welfare charity, said new breeds of birds that grow fast feed consumers want for cheaper chicken. They claim modern chickens grow 400% faster than those farmed in 1950.

These chicks are born and locked into these giant factory farms. And in only 35 days are forced to grow to a monstrous size. Frankenchickens are cheap and efficient. Basically all cheap chicken will come from Frankenchicken breeds . People look at this footage and they will think that this is an anomaly – they’ll ask me if something illegal is happening here but no this is perfectly legal.

Connor Jackson, Open Cages Chief Executive

The organisation filmed in four intensive chicken farms in May and June. 

Those farms supply the Cranswick chicken factory which provides meat for Morrisons labelled Red Tractor approved, something designed to reassure people of high standards. 

ITV News approached Red Tractor for a comment but have not had a response at the time of writing. 

TV naturalist Chris Packham said it is ‘cruel beyond belief’ and is calling for Morrisons to sign the Better Chicken Commitment which would mean only slower growing chickens are used.

Other retailers like M&S, Waitrose and KFC are among 240 companies across Europe to commit to stop selling the fast growing birds. 

In a statement Morrisons say they have launched a ‘full investigation’ and that they ‘care deeply about animal welfare’.

We care deeply about animal welfare and require all our suppliers to maintain the highest standards. We have asked Cranswick to conduct a full investigation and get back to us.

Morrisons

Cranswick have yet to respond to our requests for comment, but elsewhere the company has said “we take the welfare of chickens at our farms very seriously and it is always our first priority.”

ITV news has not been able to independently verify the footage that came out of the farms. The video is also edited so may not reflect overall conditions the chickens face.

Morrisons Related:

Morrisons Misery.com

it’s #MorrisonsMisery for Chickens!

FrankenChicken:

Morrisons claims to “take animal welfare seriously.” However, despite horrific animal suffering in its supply chain, it has refused to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment. These scientific measures are backed by over 40 animal protection charities from across Europe. Bred to grow so fast their bodies can’t keep up, ‘FrankenChickens’ sold at Morrisons are living lives of misery. It’s time for change. When will Morrisons hold true to their word and take this issue seriously?

BRED TO SUFFER

Birds have been so genetically manipulated that they grow to be three times as large as they would without such invasive tampering — and in less time. This accelerated growth leaves birds crippled under their own weight and causes a myriad of other problems.

TRAPPED IN FILTH

Industrial farming operations house hundreds of thousands of birds inside filthy, windowless sheds. Due to this severe overcrowding, these birds are provided slightly less space than a sheet of paper to live on. Often they are unable to walk and lie in ammonia-laden litter causing sores and respiratory problems.

Regards Mark

Tenerife-Loro Parque: The captured 2 year old Orca Ula is dead

Orca Morgan, the weakened female orca, was found completely exhausted off the Dutch coast in 2010 and brought to the Harderwijk Dolphinarium. There she should be nursed back to health.

But after Morgan was well again, she was not released into the wild, as originally announced, but handed over to Loro Parque on Tenerife around a year later.

The dolphinarium nursed her to health, but refused to release her back into the wild. With the reason: it is deaf and will not survive in the wild(!!!)

Orca whale Morgan jumping high out of the water at Tenerife’s Loro Parque’s Orca Show, audience getting splashed

Morgan’s supporters were speechless when the rumor that Morgan was deaf reached them.

The Orca Coalitie raised concerns that neither the Harderwijk Dolphinarium nor the Loro Parque had consulted an independent expert to assess Morgan’s health.
Hence, the statement about Morgan’s deafness is just another attempt by the dolphinarium industry to justify keeping Morgan in captivity.

Such dirty tricks have been used in the past by the captivity industry to prevent releases.

Orca Morgan that was captured in the Waddenzee in the Northern part of the Netherlands swims in the pool at the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk on June 24, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ANP/ROBIN UTRECHT netherlands out – belgium out

A capture announced .. Instead of covering around 65 kilometers a day in the vastness of the sea and diving up to 150 meters deep, Morgan had to and still has to perform tricks for paying stupid visitors in an artificially diced orca group, and therefore it was often bitten and attacked by the other whales.

For years, the “Free Morgan Foundation” has been fighting in an international association of experts and NGOs that campaigns for Morgan to be released into the wild.

Biologists were able to locate their families in Norway by means of sounds.

Contrary to the current law on free-born orcas, Loro Park allowed Morgan, barely pubescent, to become pregnant, giving birth to Ula. In nature, she could have counted on the help of her aunts, sisters and mother. The baby would have been surrounded by the affection from her siblings in their pod, a family group guided by the matriarch.

There, locked in a pool, there is nothing that allows for a maternal attachment, northe least of support for a young mother from her family in these important moments.

Morgan and her daughter Ula

According to Loro Park, mother and daughter were very close in the first consecutive days at birth, and Morgan reported exemplary maternal instincts, not leaving her little one, Ula swimming at her side.

Shortly after, however, the park separated the mother from her daughter, first of all on the pretext that she had too little milk, then it was for safety reasons… After only three days!

Ula was isolated from her mother, bottle-fed by a human in a position that is unnatural…

Now Ula died on Tuesday in her prison, in the Loro Parque Aquarium.
Ula fell seriously ill several months ago.
An autopsy should provide information about the cause of death.

For Mother Morgan, as for any mother, this must be traumatic. Observations of orcas living in the wild show that these animals often take care of their deceased young for days.

Ula dead

It doesn’t take an autopsy to know that the desperation, stress and loneliness in captivity in a concrete tank have fatal consequences for orcas and often drive the animals to the point of suicide.

Loro Parque means: captivity for orca Morgan and chimpanzees, Dolphins ,Orcas, Gorillas, Jaguars, Lions ,Sea Lions, Marmosets, Otters, Anteaters, Sloths, Meerkats, Tigers, Red Pandas, Flamingos, Parrots, Penguins, Cranes, Fishes, Alligators, Iguanas, Tortoises…

Boycott Loro Parque!

The best thing to do would be to close this prison and all of the captured animals release into the wild

My best regards to all, Venus

Grouse shooting in UK: ‘A glorious 12th for hunt saboteurs’

The UK’s grouse shooting season has officially begun, with the first shoots taking place yesterday.
The day is called the ‘glorious twelfth’ by people who enjoy shooting primarily ground-dwelling birds.

This year over 100 hunt sabs disrupted multiple grouse shoots in the Yorkshire Dales, the Hunt Saboteurs Association has claimed.

Shoots in Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale were targeted.

Stand-off
Police were called and a stand-off between shooting parties and the saboteurs took place on several moors.
The Hunt Saboteurs Association said in a post on its website:

“We found our first driven shoot located above the village of Healaugh on Reeth Low Moor.
A stand off ensued whilst the shooters called in the police and we held them there for several hours and monitored them for the rest of the day”.

https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/not-so-glorious-12th/

Reactions
It is unlikely that many of the hunting community were big fans of the direct action, but there was a lot of support on social media for the sabs.


We’ve rounded up the best of it below:
1.
Hit report from yesterday’s mass sab of the inglorious 12th! https://t.co/gFcXrRBSVi pic.twitter.com/IF9P6Rysb0
— West Yorkshire Hunt Sabs (@wyhuntsabs) August 13, 2021
2.
You’re all brilliant. Donation on it’s way. Thanks to all
— Susan 💙 (@Sueblueocean) August 13, 2021
3.
Wow. 100 of you turned up.
Im impressed. Thank you
We will clean up the countryside yet.
— Michael Smith (@albionau) August 13, 2021
4.
Just thank you.
— the Brexitarian (@AMaddock4) August 13, 2021
5.
Northern sabs killing it today! 👊🏽#NoMoorMyths https://t.co/n9mmNzAgeM
— Wiltshire Hunt Saboteurs (@WiltsHuntSabs) August 12, 2021
6.
Still feeling the love for yesterday’s successes..https://t.co/SVFa2dDoYI
— South Wales Hunt Sabs (@SWalesHuntSabs) August 13, 2021

7.
Well done to all sabs out yesterday.https://t.co/hZZAnGUcaO
— Lee Moon (@PressHsa) August 13, 2021

https://fb.watch/7EW5rW4oyL/

Related: Prince William says being dad spurred him to protect natural world but took son on Grouse shoot

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/grouse-shooting-a-glorious-12th-for-hunt-saboteurs-285871/

We also say “Thank you” to the Hunt Sabs for disabling the traditional beginning of Grouse’s murder.
We show solidarity with everyone who combats and prevents the murder of innocent animals without violence.

Many thanks also to the author of this article.
There are apparently some journalists who have not yet sold their professional ethics because of their careers

My best regards to all, Venus