Month: September 2021

South Korea: S.Korea’s Moon hints at dog meat ban amid debate over animal rights. He made similar promises years ago, but never acted on them.

WAV Comment:

We reported on the then President elect, Mr Moon; back in 2017.  You can see some of our articles that were published at the time on ‘Serbian Animals Voice’.

So where are we now ? – surprisingly, 2022 sees the election of a new President to South Korea; and suddenly, the dog farm / dog meat trade rears its head yet again.  Mr. Moon, the man who was elected as President with so many promises for the dog meat trade back in 2017 is NOT allowed to run again for President under the South Korean constitution.

We remember, and publish here, pictures of the then to be President Moon informing us all that the dog meat trade was going to be a priority issue.  We remember all the promises of things going to be done, and the pictures of Mr Moon cuddling up to dogs; who he alleged he was going to protect.

Well, to be basic, Moon has not really done much at all in his presidency.  Now we are rolling along to new elections in March 2022. The issue of the dog meat trade is suddenly rearing its campaign head again.

We hope that the next elected president will do a great deal better than Mr. Moon; who we see as being all puff and no wind when it came down to reality.  We greatly hope that the coming months will see legislation introduced which will put an end to South Korean dog meat farms for once and for all.  We, and many other welfare groups will never let this abhorrent issue die; an issue which could have been resolved years ago had the president lived up to his promises of doing something about the trade.

For the first time in a long time we are hearing rumblings of changes in the dog meat trade.  We welcome this, but based on past election promises, we are taking nothing for granted; we have been duped with false hopes and promises before.

Lets see what the next few months actually bring !

Regards Mark

President Moon kisses a dog – and gives election promises that were never kept.

Some past President Moon posts on SAV:

South Korea: The Pre Election Promise That After An Election Win Became A ‘Not Interested’. Shame On President Moon. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

South Korea: Impeachment Of Current President Brings New Hope For Mr. Moon and Animal Welfare / Dog Meat Trade. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

South Korea: Please Give Your Support To The New President Who Is Taking PositiveAction For Animals. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

South Korea: Election On 9/5/17. Animal Welfare Supporter Mr Moon Jae In Currently Leads In Polls – Great News For Animals. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

Under the South Korean constitution, the president is restricted to a single five-year term in office, meaning the incumbent president Moon Jae-in is ineligible to run for a second term.

The 2022 election will determine the office of the President of the Republic of Korea. It is expected to be held by 9 March 2022.

https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/south-koreas-2022-presidential-race-is-taking-shape/

S.Korea’s Moon hints at dog meat ban amid debate over animal rights | Reuters

S.Korea’s Moon hints at dog meat ban amid debate over animal rights

SEOUL, Sept 27 (Reuters) – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Monday there might be a need to prohibit dog meat consumption amid debate over the controversial practice and growing awareness of animal rights.

While no longer as common as before, dog meat is eaten mainly by older people and is served in some restaurants and can be bought at specific markets.

Moon made the remarks after being briefed by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on efforts to improve the handling of abandoned animals and a mandatory registration system for dogs. read more

“After the briefing, he said time has come to carefully consider imposing a dog meat ban,” Moon’s spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee said in a statement.

It was the first time that Moon raised a ban, which is likely to give fresh momentum to debate over whether to curtail the practice.

To boost their popularity, several presidential hopefuls have pledged to ban dog meat in recent weeks, especially as dogs have become popular as pets and advocacy groups have urged South Korea to close down restaurants and markets selling dog meat.

Lee Jae-myung, governor of the country’s most populous province of Gyeonggi and a leading presidential contender from Moon’s party, has vowed to push for a ban through social consensus.

But Yoon Seok-youl, an opposition frontrunner, has said it was a matter of people’s personal choice.

A poll commissioned by animal welfare group Aware released this month said 78% of respondents believed the production and sale of dog and cat meat should be prohibited and 49% supported a consumption ban.

But, another survey by polling firm Realmeter found people were divided over whether the government should ban eating dog meat, though 59% supported legal restrictions on dog slaughter for human consumption.

Dog meat sellers have insisted on the right to their occupation, saying their livelihoods are at risk.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

Must Sign Petition – LOCKDOWN NEVER ENDS – TELL TUI TO STOP SUPPORTING CAPTIVITY.

Morgan at Loro Parque

Above and below – Meet some of the real whales and dolphins held at ‘attractions’ supported by TUI

So you thought you had it tough during your 12+ months of lockdown ?

Try swimming round and round in a crappy tank for 20 years; then see how you feel.

Regards Mark

Orca Lolita

We need your help.

Lockdown never ends for captive whales and dolphins, thanks to holiday providers like TUI.

Sign our petition – ask TUI to end its support for cruel captivity.

TUI Holidays – please end support for whale and dolphin captivity – Whale and Dolphin Conservation (whales.org)

Beluga whale Nanuq

LOCKDOWN NEVER ENDS – TELL TUI TO STOP SUPPORTING CAPTIVITY

Action and more:

TUI Holidays – please end support for whale and dolphin captivity – Whale and Dolphin Conservation (whales.org)

Dolphin Makaido © Kya López

Corky at SeaWorld
52 years in captivity !!!

Meet Corky (orca)

Age: 55

Years in captivity: 52

Location: SeaWorld, San Diego, USA

Corky has been in captivity longer than any other whale or dolphin. She was taken from her family when she was only three years old. She’s been pregnant seven times and given birth four times but only two of her babies survived. The other two starved to death because the shape of the pool was not suitable for her to nurse them properly. Corky is from the Northern Resident population of orcas and she has a large family, including a brother and sister, living wild and free in the waters of British Columbia, Canada.

Norway: After The Faroes Slaughter; Norway Now Murders 575 Whales !

Regards Mark

Shortly after the #Faroes massacre, Norwegian whalers have butchered a staggering no. of 575 #whales!

However, Norwegian citizens have serious concerns about the hunts.

Separate Link:

https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/news-and-commentary/commentary/whaling-in-norway.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4pW3sK2h8wIV2d_tCh3v2AzGEAMYASAAEgJCbvD_BwE

Faroes Slaughter Link:

The end of an intrigue master’s era

From the Greek press-Hatzopoulos

It is a bad idea to continue to blindly trust the new government coalition – no matter what colors it will consist of.
The grand coalition (red / black) “can” continue, or the “traffic light coalition” (red / green / yellow) comes to power.
The main thing is that the new one can continue to simulate democracy.

Especially in the Corona crisis, all parties have proven several times that they are not so strict about honesty and that they were actively involved in dishonest manipulation and advocated the suppression of open discourse.
Transparency and democratic processes will therefore also be completely foreign to the next apparatus.

It looks even worse with the active changes in the animal sector.
The only parties that promised a lot for the animals (and percentage would be suitable ) were the Greens and the Left.

The left is out of the question after the elections, and nothing positive can be expected from the Greens, as they were known in the Merkel era as those with the strategy of good promises and outrageous betrayal.

The even worse news is: it is almost impossible that the federal mom Merkel disappears by herself before December 18, 2021, because only then will she get the sit-out record of 5,870 days in office.

This record is far more important than anything else in this banana republic at the moment.
Even Corona cannot prevent that.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: OPINION: Why The CO2 Shortages Make It The Best Time To Go Vegan.

‘Gassing methods can cause horrendous suffering to animals in their last moments.

Pigs are lowered into a chamber containing at least 70 percent CO2 in air.

During this time they will struggle, gasp for breath, squeal, and climb over each other until they finally lose consciousness.

The pigs must remain in the gas mixture until they are completely unconscious which can take up to 30 seconds. After this, the animals are then shackled by one hind leg, hoisted and their throats cut to drain their blood’.

Regards Mark

OPINION: Why The CO2 Shortages Make It The Best Time To Go Vegan (plantbasednews.org)

OPINION: Why The CO2 Shortages Make It The Best Time To Go Vegan

The UK meat industry is reaching ‘breaking point’ and warns Christmas will be cancelled as it fears CO2 slaughters will be stopped…

This week’s headlines are overrun with the issues surrounding the current surge in gas prices. And, the knock-on effect they are expected to have on the UK’s food security.  Damning reports from both farmers and meat processors warn that the CO2 shortages could cancel Christmas, and that the meat industry is reaching breaking point. This is affecting the slaughter process of pigs, poultry, and beef, as well as packaging. 

Siobhan Dolan from vegan charity Viva! explains the connection between CO2 and the meat industry.

CO2 shortages and the meat industry

For billions of animals slaughtered each year in the UK, CO2 is the last thing they will breathe before dying.

In fact, this technique of slaughter, known as gassing, is the most common slaughter technique for many intensively farmed animals.

This is usually because it is the cheapest and quickest way to kill many animals at once. While it has often been thought to cause less suffering than other visibly more brutal methods, this is not true. And, gassing methods can cause horrendous suffering to animals in their last moments.

Pigs are lowered into a chamber containing at least 70 percent CO2 in air.

During this time they will struggle, gasp for breath, squeal, and climb over each other until they finally lose consciousness.

The pigs must remain in the gas mixture until they are completely unconscious which can take up to 30 seconds. After this, the animals are then shackled by one hind leg, hoisted and their throats cut to drain their blood.

The length of time it takes to kill pigs and the acute distress it causes have led to calls to ban the CO2 stunning method.

How birds are slaughtered with CO2

Most poultry birds killed in the UK face a similar fate. Birds are transported to slaughterhouses in crates.

Then, while still in the crates, they are placed into a chamber. Here, they are exposed to either concentrations of CO2 or a mixture of inert gases (nitrogen and argon). The gas mixture deprives birds of oxygen, causing them to lose consciousness and die. 

In a nutshell, CO2 is used to slaughter millions of animals each year in the UK. And, the current shortage could pose significant delays to the number of animals processed for slaughter.  

Factory farmed animals are bred and reared in filthy, overcrowded sheds. As a result, they often suffer from disease, injury, and psychological problems.

In these environments, profits take priority over animal welfare and Viva!’s countless investigations prove that animals suffer for food production.

Why are animals allowed to be killed like this?

Conditions on factory farms are likely to deteriorate even further. And, animals will experience prolonged suffering on factory farms if delays occur at slaughterhouses as the industry is predicting.

There are also reports from the industry regarding the possibility of animals being destroyed (killed) on farms, should the issue continue.

However, shouldn’t the bigger question be; why are we allowing animals to be kept in these conditions, killed in this way, and continuing to eat them?

Especially, considering how much we understand about animal sentience and the impact animal agriculture is having on the climate crisis? 

CO2 shortages might mean you can’t eat turkey this Christmas, but there are plenty of incredible meat alternatives on the market that can win over even the most dedicated carnivores.

Veganism – Now might be a good time to give it a go…

Netherlands: Dutch Farmers Face Calls To Reduce Livestock By 30% To Help Protect The Planet.

Quote from article:

This is significant given the number of land animals being raised for food in the country.

The Netherlands has more than 100 million chickens, 12 million pigs, four million cows, and 600,000 goats, according to DutchNews. It’s also the EU’s largest meat exporter’.

Dutch Farmers Face Calls To Reduce Livestock By 30% To Help Protect The Planet

The proposals sparked protests from the farming community, while environmentalists call for more action

Farmers in the Netherlands are facing calls to cut livestock production by almost a third. The proposal is in response to the ongoing ‘nitrogen crisis’ that the country faces, including concerns about ammonia pollution. 

Is nitrogen dangerous?

Nitrogen is the most abundant element in our atmosphere – making up around 78 percent of the atmosphere, according to NASA. It’s essential for life, but too much can damage the ecosystem. 

Excess nitrogen can leach into underground water sources or enter oceans via agricultural runoff. This can lead to algae blooms, which deplete oxygen in the water and can create aquatic dead zones. Dead zones typically cannot support life of any kind. 

Ammonia is made of nitrogen and hydrogen. In high concentrations, ammonia can cause respiratory problems, dermatitis, eye irritation and in severe cases, blindness or death. 

What is the nitrogen crisis?

In 2019, the Council of State – the highest Dutch administrative court – ruled that the government was breaching EU law, stating that the country’s efforts to reduce excess nitrogen in vulnerable natural areas were insufficient. 

Up to 18,000 infrastructure and construction projects were halted in an attempt to lower emissions. The government also reduced daytime speed limits to 100km per hour (62mi) on motorways.

But according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, animal husbandry and manure applications are the chief culprits of nitrogen oxide and ammonia pollution.

This is significant given the number of land animals being raised for food in the country. The Netherlands has more than 100 million chickens, 12 million pigs, four million cows, and 600,000 goats, according to DutchNews. It’s also the EU’s largest meat exporter.

The proposals

Farmers could have to reduce numbers of dairy cows, pigs, and poultry.

The finance and agriculture ministry has published two proposals to cut livestock numbers by 30 percent. According to The Guardian, it’s one of the ‘most radical plans of its kind in Europe’. 

Both proposals use buy-back schemes to reduce animal numbers – including dairy cows, pigs, and poultry. One proposal also subsidizes sustainable land management and livestock housing, while the other focuses on price incentives, such as a levy on ammonia emissions. 

“We are a relatively small country with a lot of inhabitants, industry, transport and agriculture, so we are reaching the limits of what nature can take,” Rudi Buis, a spokesperson for the agriculture ministry, told The Guardian. “There is a high level of urgency for us to tackle the nitrogen compounds problem. This means that in the near future, choices must be made.”

Farming community’s response

The proposals have attracted criticism from members of the farming community. The Farmer’s Defence Force (FDF), which has nearly 60,000 members in its Facebook group, was established to help farmers who are under ‘attack of environmental extremists’.

On its website, FDF calls the nitrogen reduction plans ‘disgusting’. In July, FDF and fellow farming group Agractie staged protests in multiple regions in the Netherlands. 

Some of the demonstrations saw farmers filling the roads with hundreds of tractors.

“The snow is not blackened by farming activities, the air is not poisoned with heavy metals by farming activities. You will not find increased cancer rates around farms,” FDF writes on its website. “The air was clean during the lock-downs – when the farmer plowed on and industry and air traffic came to a virtual standstill.”

The groups are planning further protests in the coming weeks. 

‘Step in the right direction’

Meanwhile, other groups have pushed for more to be done to protect the planet.

Coalition party D66 previously proposed reducing the number of livestock in the Netherlands by 50 percent. 

D66 parliamentarian Tjeerd de Groot spoke to RTL Nieuws about the issue in 2019.

“[Seventy] percent of Dutch nitrogen emissions come from agriculture, a large part of which comes from intensive livestock farming. That is huge,” de Groot said, per the NL Times

“At the same time, the contribution of intensive livestock farming to our own economy is not even one percent. The ratio is completely missing.”

Bram van Liere, of environmental organization Friends of the Earth Netherlands, applauded the move.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” van Liere said to The Guardian. “We would do more on buying out farmers and helping them transition to sustainable agriculture.”

Dutch Farmers Face Calls To Reduce Livestock By 30% To Help Protect The Planet – Plant Based News

Regards Mark

Archaic, barbaric structures must be abolished

AnimaNaturalis España has infiltrated a cruel folk fiesta of cowardly, disgusting sadists and keeper of “tradition”.

It is about a competition in which balls consisting of tar and sulfur are attached to the horns of the bull and set on fire. The tar slowly melts and begins to drip, causing deep burns to the animal. The burning liquid penetrates his eyes and scorches them.

The bull, of course, panics and desperately tries to put out its burning horns. If this does not happen, the bull will be burned alive.

The audience roars with pride that they uphold a culture of prehistoric men.

https://fb.watch/8hnuUJ5EA3

As civilized people, we cannot justify barbaric practices by saying that they have a “long tradition”.
In less developed countries there is also “traditional stoning” and maybe there is also “traditional slavery” somewhere.
If a “tradition” keeps people in archaic, barbaric structures, it should be abolished

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos.

With thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ as always;

Stacey | Our Compass (our-compass.org)

Regards Mark

Source Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos

Do note, for those triggered by “Asian wet markets” as being “responsible” for Covid19 and subsequent, bigoted, targeted hatred towards Asians, Kaporos is a WET MARKET, in the USA (animal exploitation in any form fuels animal exploitation in ALL forms, if you’re not vegan, don’t complain about animal exploitation in “other places” as you directly contribute to it):

Kaporos, Largest Live Animal Wet Market in the United States, Opens Ahead of Yom Kippur

Source Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos

We’re delighted to inform our supporters that our Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos Team succeeded in rescuing 708 chickens this month from the streets of Brooklyn.

We will publish a full Report on this year’s activities and accomplishments very soon. We thank everyone who has contributed to the success of our campaign.

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is an association of groups and individuals who seek to replace the use of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement. The Alliance does not oppose Kaporos per se, only the cruel and unnecessary use of chickens in the ceremony.

For more information and background on what “Chicken” Kaporos is, please see HERE

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species fascism

Imagine that on the day you were born someone else had already planned your entire future and the day of your execution …
Just because you were born to the ” wrong ” species.

This is how humans decided about the fate of other animals
And that’s called species fascism

The question becomes: can we affect a measurable change if we do not cooperate with the caste of slave owners, animal exploiters and abusers?
The obligation is to affect an effective strike against species fascism.
And the only way to achive that is to go vegan.
This is the only way.

My best regards to all, Venus

Kering Group and all of its brands are now fur-free: ‘The right thing to do’

One of the world’s largest luxury fashion companies, Kering Group, is ditching fur for good: citing ethical and ‘modernity’ reasons.

Kering is the parent company of Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.

Additionally, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Girard-Perregaux, Qeelin, Pomellato, Ulysse Nardin, Brioni, and more.

Most of Kering’s brands had already dropped fur from their collections.
Now, Yves Saint Laurent and Brioni have followed suit.

This means the entire fashion conglomerate is now fur-free.

‘The right thing to do’

Kering, which brought in €13.1 billion of revenue last year, started going fur-free back in 2017.
This is when Gucci, which was founded 100 years ago, stopped using fur.

François-Henri Pinault is the chairman and CEO of Kering. He said in a statement sent to Plant Based News: “Going entirely fur free is just the right thing to do. We do it out of conviction, for the sake of ethics and modernity.”

In a separate statement, Pinault explained:

“For many years, Kering has sought to take the lead in sustainability, guided by a vision of luxury that is inseparable from the very highest environmental and social values and standards.
When it comes to animal welfare, our Group has always demonstrated its willingness to improve practices within its own supply chain and the luxury sector in general.”

“The time has now come to take a further step forward by ending the use of fur in all our collections. The world has changed, along with our clients, and luxury naturally needs to adapt to that,” he added.

‘A new era’
PJ Smith, Director of Fashion Policy at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), commended the move.
HSUS worked with Gucci in 2017 to announce its fur-free policy.

“Kering is synonymous with luxury fashion, and with this announcement, it marks a new era for what is considered luxury to now include what is socially responsible, ethical and innovative,” Smith said.
“We hope the rest of the fashion industry will take notice choosing compassion and innovation over an outdated idea of luxury.”

Starting from the Fall 2022 collections, none of the Kering’s houses will use fur.

However, the group’s brands still produce items with wool and leather.
The company says the production of these materials will be monitored under its set of animal welfare standards, which it published in 2019.

https://plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/fashion/luxury-fashion-kering-group-fur-free/

And I mean…Leather is just skin without fur, so the next step must be leather-free.
Even so, this decision is another blow to the fur industry and makes us happy.

They call it ethical & humane choices, but in reality they’re only going fur-free because of pressure

May not have happened if fur farms weren’t closed due to the COVID outbreak in mink farms.
They realized that sourcing fur from intensive animal husbandry is risky and therefore not a stable investment.

All the same! the result counts! And the result saves millions of animals from torture and murder.
It is still a positive move forward and with it the list of fur-free fashion houses is getting longer and longer

My best regards to all, Venus