Adam Oswell – Wildlife Photojournalist named “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”!
This picture shows zoo visitors in Thailand who watch a young slave elephant playing the clown underwater.
In Thailand there are now more elephants in captivity (around 3,800 animals) than in the wild.
All over the world, animals in zoos, circuses and shows suffer so that their slave owners make money
Never entertain your children where other animals are being abused.
And I mean…Thanks to a coincidence of evolution, humans are fortunate enough to be able to exercise power over other living beings.
He uses this to proclaim himself as the crowning glory of creation and to regard all other beings as serving him.
So that we feel better, so that we can make progress in our knowledge, we take the right to enslave other living beings, to be able to inflict pain on them.
This is man.
It annihilates, destroys, poisons, pollutes, suppresses.
If we don’t stop multiplying there will be a terrible end.
For human and non-human animals.
Again and again he keeps his mouth in the bowl, dips it into the slimy food, tries desperately to ingest something, to swallow – to be full and relaxed for once.
But the muscle paralysis is so advanced that he can hardly move his jaw.
Most of the pulp just runs out of his mouth again, he even finds it difficult to breathe – and the despair keeps growing.
At the Alfort National University of Veterinary Medicine in France,dogs are bred to have paralyzing muscle diseases in order to experiment on the animals.
Actually, the organization wants to find cures for the disease muscular dystrophy.
That is why it finances experiments at the French Alfort National Universitywith donations.
The problem: Instead of working with modern research methods, Alfort conducts animal experiments in which it specifically breeds the disease for dogs that it wants to cure, deliberately creating sick animals that suffer extremely and usually die early. Research doesn’t get anywhere.
The dogs can only walk, swallow and breathe with great effort. This was shown by shocking recordings from the French animal welfare organization Animal Testing in 2016.
The animal experiments on the dogs are financed by the French aid organization AFM-Téléthon.
PETA France has received shocking images from the Alfort National Veterinary College from the French animal welfare organization Animal Testing.
They show dogs that were specifically bred to have crippling muscle diseases.
The animals can only walk, swallow and breathe with great effort.
Some of them are completely paralyzed before the age of 6 months, and every second animal dies before it is 10 months old.
At some point, some dogs can no longer eat independently and have to be fed through a gastric tube. Heart problems often develop over time as the disease attacks and weakens the heart muscle.
A lab worker admitted that the dogs are suffering: “I don’t want to swap with the beagle. The suffering is real. “
In the video, a man with a censored face explains that a large part of the money for the experiments would be lost if the public learned about the conditions in the laboratories. “Clearly, if we showed them our dogs with myopathy, they would lose a lot of money,” he explains.
To date, the lab has not commented on the allegations.
A month ago, the EU Parliament voted to actively end animal experiments – with an overwhelming majority of 667 votes, 4 against and 16 abstentions.
The MPs are calling for the EU Commission to phase out animal experiments. Unfortunately, as a result of this vote, the EU Commission is not obliged to implement such an exit plan.
It is all the more important that we now maintain the pressure on politics and science. Please help us today!
Help the dogs by calling on AFM-Téléthon to stop supporting the cruel experiments!
And I mean…“92% of the potential drugs that have been shown to be effective and safe in animal experiments do not make it through clinical trials, either because they are ineffective or because of undesirable side effects.
Of the 8% of active ingredients that are approved, half will later be withdrawn from the market because more serious, often fatal, side effects are found in humans. ”
Source: The website of the organization “Doctors Against Animal Experiments”.
The reality of genetic experiments, for example, is unduly brutal – and mostly without value: half a million transgenic mice died last year in Germany alone for basic research.
To use? Not visible.
Because: What helps the mouse against Alzheimer’s disease does not help humans by a long way.
However, the pharmaceutical industry tries to convince us otherwise.
In the meantime, the “producers” advertise their laboratory animals as “customized manipulated animals”.
Ethically extremely reprehensible
Behind this is the hunt for patents from multi-billion dollar corporations such as Pfizer or Novartis, which even have genetically engineered chimpanzees patented.
Animals are thus declared to be the product of industry.
It is about senseless cruelty with no real benefit to people, in a world in which there would already be many, many different and more modern methods of research.
Instead of brutally torturing animals, it makes more sense to invest in research into alternative methods.
We cannot support the suffering, the pain, the agony and the terrible death of the animals in the laboratory.
We don’t see any plausible reason for experiments on animals.
The singe reason, why animals are used for experiments ist just because they cannot defend themselves.
That is the ethical basis for all animal testing.
We are in favor of scientific research that does not exploit animals and torture them senselessly.
And will continue to actively fight against animal testing
It is seafood but it does not involve fishing nets or the sea, with plant-based filet-o-fish burgers, smoked salmon and prawns the next big thing in alternative protein.
Dubbed faux fish, a raft of new products are going on sale as new manufacturing techniques produce lifelike prawns from peas and flaky fish fillets from jackfruit.
Analysts describe the alt-seafood scene as “hot”, as companies spurred on by booming sales of plant milks and meat substitutes pour investment into the area. The focus on fish alternatives has also increased due to heightened consumer concern about overfishing, which has been spurred on by the popular Netflix documentary Seaspiracy.
Tesco, which works with the American chef and self-proclaimed “plant pusher” Derek Sarno, is set to expand its plant-based range with a handful of new products including Thai-style fish cakes and New England-style crab cakes.
The Dutch brand Vegan Zeastar has thrown down the gauntlet with its ambition of “veganising every dish that involves fish to fight the destruction of our oceans”. Its latest product is smoked “Zalmon”, made from tapioca starch, that looks uncannily like the real thing and is due to go on sale early next year. Its Shrimpz and Kalamariz are stocked online including by Ocado.
The fact that the food industry is getting serious about the area was highlighted by this month’s launch of Vrimp by Nestlé. Made from seaweed and peas, they promise the “authentic texture and flavour of succulent shrimps”, with the lookalike created using special moulds with a fine seam on the body the only giveaway.
Nestlé, the world’s biggest food group, has 300 people working on plant-based foods. Mark Schneider, its chief executive, said there had been a “significant shift” towards plant-based eating across all age groups.
“This is not just a one season fad,” said Schneider. “This is something that has very solid, longer-term growth rates.” He said people were interested in plant-based foods for different reasons. “With fish it is more health-related, and with beef and chicken it is more about the environment,” he said.
For Britons trying to reduce their environmental footprint, eating plant-based food is becoming more palatable because alternatives to meat and dairy today are so good, according to Schneider. Ahead of the Cop26 climate summit, he said consumer behaviour was a “big part of the equation” because making choices that lowered their carbon footprint was “easier than trying to get the carbon out of the existing products we consume”.
To date, a lot more time and money has been devoted to creating plant-based burgers and nuggets because the markets are so much bigger for beef and chicken. Another factor is that restaurants make up a substantial share of fish and seafood sales. When eating out, taste and experience were more important, making it more difficult for alternatives to be on par, said Thijs Geijer, a senior economist at ING.
Geijer said the huge variety in taste and texture within fish meant companies had to “invent the wheel” for a large range of products, with some of them – mainly startups – focused on tuna, which is sold in vast quantities in supermarkets. Nonetheless the category was “hot”, he said.
Meat Industry Spends €1.7 Million To Influence EU Politicians, Leaked Docs Reveal
The lobby group is pressing MEPs to delay the vote on a sustainability-focused food strategy
An EU meat industry lobby giant has reportedly ‘waged a campaign’ against a strategy aimed at creating a more environmentally-friendly food system.
Copa-Cogeca reportedly spent a staggering €1.7m on plans to influence MEPs, according to investigative journalism organization EU Observer.
But the group claims it fully supports the program and claims that the leak is a ‘deliberate attempt to trigger a media backlash’.
Meat industry leak
Copa-Cogeca identifies itself as the ‘strongest’ interest cooperative of European farmers.
The document leaked to the media this week includes plans to maintain the agriculture industry. And, according to EU Observer, it involves tactics to ‘influence’ political debate.
This is with regard to the Farm to Fork strategy, which is a plan to ‘redesign’ the food system and make it more sustainable as part of the European Green Deal.
Moreover, it was created to mitigate climate breakdown and ‘adapt’ to its impacts, as well as promoting fair trade.
But Copa-Cogeca calls for the vote on the strategy, penciled for October 21, to be delayed by a fortnight. It told MEPs this is to ensure a public debate can take place. And, that it’s ‘critical’ for communication strategies, based on a number of unnamed studies.
The delay will create a ‘richer debate’, says Copa-Cogeca.
Branded ‘disinformation’ campaign
But European Environmental Bureau’s Célia Nyssens told the news outlet the lobby group has ‘orchestrated a massive disinformation campaign to undermine the EU’s sustainable food goals’.
Nyssens added: “They are shamelessly picking and choosing the studies and within those studies the specific findings, which fit their agenda in order to convince MEPs to reject the EU Farm to Fork targets, which are direly needed to put agriculture on a sustainable path.”
Following the leak, Copa-Cogeca issued a statement in response.
It said there is ‘nothing’ problematic in the document, and that the process is the norm in EU affairs.
Additionally, it said it ‘fully supports’ the Farm to Fork strategy. And, is merely asking for a full assessment of its impacts.
‘We consider it normal that all opinions can and should be expressed on a subject as important as the future of our food system’, the statement reads.
It concludes: “We are well aware that this leak is a deliberate attempt to trigger a media backlash. Just as we start speaking of the potential impacts of the Farm to Fork strategy for the first time.
“The current discussion shows the desperate need for public data on the subject.”