Day: October 16, 2021

Death on the chain: calves in the German dairy industry

The images are unbearable: calves chained up in dark stables that are clearly at the end of their strength.

Calves, only a few days old, in a Brandenburg (Germany) dairy farm. (Image: SOKO Tierschutz e.V)

They are chained and do not have permanent access to food and water as prescribed.
This is shown by pictures that animal rights activists filmed on the farm for over half a year.
An employee can also be seen on the recordings.
Again and again he pulls out dead animals.
Finally, the filmmakers can document how some of the animals, which are only a few days old, slowly perish.

Death on the chain.

(The video is unfortunately in German, but (almost) everything that is told in it is also included in the article)

Exclusive pictures that were leaked for” Report MAINZ” by Friedrich Mülln from “SOKO Tierschutz” (Animal Welfare association)

Image: SOKO Tierschutz.e.V

From the propaganda of the dairy industry, we mostly only know the beautiful pictures of happy calves in the pastures, who can spend time with their mothers.

The reality of the German dairy industry is demonstrably different.
As the video recordings show, calves have to live without freedom of movement and without permanent access to feed and water, even though this is required by law.
After reviewing the material, experts confirm that this is not an isolated case.
Animal abuse is documented and shows that animal cruelty has system.

Around 600,000 calves are born in Germany every year and have to die again shortly afterwards, mainly for economic reasons. They are born so that the cow would give milk, otherwise they are worthless for agriculture.
The veal market is on the floor.
A farmer currently receives eleven euros for a calf, and even the feed costs are higher.
The result: it is most economical for farmers when the animals die again shortly after birth.

Image: SOKO Tierschutz e.V

Calves are slowly dying on the chain

In the documentation, an official veterinarian is asked: “If calves are tied up and left to their own devices, then it is clear that they will die.”
He condemns this form of treatment.
The farmer in question says that he is aware that it is forbidden to keep calves in this way.
The veterinary office has already forbidden him to keep chains, and imposed a fine, but he doesn’t seem to have any real sense of guilt.

Friedrich Mülln, from SOKO Tierschutz e. V. says:
“Anyone who keeps animals like this does not assume that these animals will stay alive.
There are animals that died on the chain.
And they are obviously not being adequately cared for. And one has to say that the farmer simply assumes that these animals can also die from this neglect and that he can then write them off. “

What does the official veterinarian say?
“When I have animals of that age, they actually look quite fit there, but practically tie up calves and then leave them to their own devices, then it is clear that it won’t last long, because then they will die, of course.”

And what does the farmer say about it? The animal rights activists and the Report MAIN team drive to Brandenburg and confront him with the recordings and the assessments. He is ready for an interview, but declines an interview in front of the camera.

He admits that it is his business and that he chained the animals, although he knew that this was forbidden. But he didn’t want to kill them that way, he says (!!!)

No wonder that the animal rights group SOKO Tierschutz has been filming scenes like this again and again for years: dead calves, perished in agony, found behind farms in almost all federal states.

Friedrich Mülln, SOKO Tierschutz e. V .: “Yes, you think there are a lot of carcasses lying around on chicken farms, but the dairy industry is not that different. So thrown away … It’s disposable. “

And I mean…This is not an isolated case, such or similar tortures take place wherever animals are enslaved, exploited and killed for humans.

If you want to end animal suffering, you stop eating animals and their products and you stop cooperating with an institution, the meat industry, which is one of the most criminal in human history.

Not only the babies are treated so cruelly … every animal that is used in any form is degraded to a product / commodity and is brutally killed after a short or often long ordeal.

There is no reason to eat dead animals and their products. But there are many serious against it.
Animal exploitation is a model from the past.
The future is vegan ~

My best regards to all, Venus

Environmental lawsuit against Bolsonaro before the ICC International Criminal Court

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil continues to shrink due to the enormous deforestation.
The Austrian climate protection organization Allrise has sued Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro for the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The climate protection activists recently filed the complaint with the title “The Planet Against Bolsonaro” in The Hague.
You accuse the right-wing extremist head of state of “crimes against humanity” because of his Amazon policy

However, the Hague Court is not required to actually initiate an investigation.

Allrise estimates that the Brazilian government is responsible for the deforestation of around 4,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest every year. Bolsonaro has “systematically” weakened or eliminated laws and controls by the authorities and is taking targeted action against environmental activists.

Deforestation in Brazil rose by almost 50 percent under Bolsonaro’s leadership.
The average size of the deforested areas has increased by 61 percent, and forest fires in the Amazon region have increased by 84 percent.
Bolsonaro has abolished critical environmental regulations, cut the Environment Department’s budget by 23 percent, and reduced the number of law enforcement officers by 27 percent.

Slash and burn in Brazil, here in the north-western state of Rondonia: Most of the deforested areas are turned into grazing land for cattle. © Carlos Fabal / AFP

He has defamed climate scientists and environmentalists as enemies of the state.
Fines for illegal logging have fallen 42 percent during his tenure, while deforestation hits a record high.
Land user penetration into indigenous areas has increased by 134 percent, killing at least 28 people.

The destruction of the Amazon threatens the safety and health of all people on this planet.

The forest fires in Brazil are clearly visible on NASA’s fire map. Photo: NASA Firms

Please sign the current petition against Bolsonaro from German Environmental aid (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e. V.)
Together with the non-profit association AllRise, German Environmental aid calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to recognize these acts as “crimes against humanity” within the meaning of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Any declaration of support helps us make it clear to the ICC and its member states that Jair Bolsonaro must be held accountable

Share. Sign. Stop his crimes.

And I mean…Specifically, it is about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, because the deforestation rate has skyrocketed since Bolsonaro took office.
The Amazon rainforest is well on the way to becoming a dessert.

The forest is considered to be the green lung of the earth.
Its soils and trees provide habitat for tens of thousands of species and store masses of carbon.

Bolsonaro has now managed to destroy the rainforest in a very short time.
He reverses climate protection measures and motivates the ranchers and miners to occupy more areas.

Bolsonaro doesn’t believe that the forest itself has any value.
On the contrary: he considers it to be an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development.
That’s what you call an environmental terrorist.
The consequences of his criminal policy are the devastation of entire regions, millions of livelihoods destroyed, famines, flight, displacement and thousands of deaths.
So the crimes are also about murder.

The environmental destruction of the Amazon by Bolsonaro’s policy would be on a par with war crimes and genocides.

However, the consequences for Bolsonaro in the event that the lawsuit is successful are not yet clear.
The environmentalists and initiators of the lawsuit want to set a precedent.

“Our initiative has strong Brazilian support but we don’t seek to speak on behalf of any Brazilian communities, nor claim to represent them. Our case aims to add an important international dimension to their struggle.
The Amazon is theirs, but it is needed by us all,” so the Organisation ALLRise

In any case, the Allrise organization does not want to stop at just one lawsuit.

“There are several Bolsonaros, there are several Amazonas. We have a lot to do. “

My best regards to all, Venus