Day: November 11, 2021

The town Boulder in Colorado made fur history!

Report from Direct Action EverywhereDxE

VICTORY! Voters in Boulder, Colorado passed the Humane Clothing Act prohibiting the sale and manufacture of new fur products!
This is the latest in a series of recent victories for fur-bearing animals.
The towns of Weston and Wellesley in Massachusetts and the city of Ann Arbor in Michigan banned fur sales in 2020 and 2021.

California became the first state in the nation to ban fur sales in 2019, after city bans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood led the way.
Since then, more states have introduced bills to ban fur sales, including Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York.

The fur ban in Boulder was a ballot initiative, meaning the people of Boulder made it happen.
The public is rising up to defend animals!

Thanks to Fur Free Boulder for leading the initiative.

And I mean…It is another step in a long fight against fur.
What it really the people done is tell the world that the future is going fur free, and that Boulder is a kind place for animals.

There are alternatives for the look, there are alternatives for the warmth, there are so many different ways to keep ourselves warm besides using the body of an animal who didn’t want to die.

We hope it can lead to for bans in other places, we hope it can lead to more animal friendly legislation down the road.

My best regards to all, Venus

Denmark: Danish industry gather about solutions for laying hens.

Danish industry gather about solutions for laying hens

11 November 2021

Dyrenes Beskyttelse

Together with The National Organic Association, Eurogroup for Animals’ member Animal Protection Denmark hosted a major industry meeting in the egg and poultry industry on sternum fractures in laying hens in Denmark. This was the first time that the whole industry is meeting, and that underlines the seriousness of this matter. The focus was on new initiatives and actions to bring the serious problem to life.

For the first time, the Eurogroup for Animals’ member Animal Protection Denmark and the National Organic Association brought together the entire Danish egg and poultry industry as well as the Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn. The purpose was to discuss sternal fractures and come up with a number of concrete initiatives and actions that the industry itself can initiate, and which Danish politicians and other stakeholders can support through their work. In the autumn of 2021, the Danish egg and poultry industry got a breather, after the University of Copenhagen published the report “Keel bone fractures in Danish laying hens: Prevalence and risk factors”. suffers from sternal fractures due to ovulation.

At Animal Protection, we are of course appalled at how widespread fractures of the sternum of laying hens are. It is completely and utterly unacceptable that this is more the rule than the exception for hens in all branches of egg production. At the same time, it is a difficult and very unfortunate situation for the profession. The support for today’s meeting shows how seriously the problem is viewed by everyone with responsibility for and influence on both the problem and the solutions.

Britta Riis, Director of Animal Protection Denmark

The meeting was also attended by the retail industry, which is met every day by consumers who want to buy eggs with a clear conscience. That is why the meeting has been particularly important.

We have had a joint discussion, which has given an overview and an understanding of the challenges in all parts of the food system, which unfortunately pushes the farm animals beyond any reasonable limit. We, therefore, look forward to both the Minister and the producers taking the task further from the action-oriented discussion today. We are pleased with the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Rasmus Prehn’s call for everyone to put pressure on the European regulation of breeding, and that the Minister himself promised to raise the matter with his European colleagues since the problem is by no means only Danish. We ourselves are putting pressure on via the animal welfare organisations’ European association, Eurogroup for Animals.

Britta Riis, Director of Animal Protection Denmark

Read more at source

Dyrenes Beskyttelse

Regards Mark

Iran: Free Nazanin Immediately !

Richard Ratcliffe’s wife, Nazanin, has been used as a pawn now for over 5 years; detained by the Iranian authorities.  Richard is now into his 18th day of a hunger strike to highlight this issue even more.

Richard Ratcliffe: ‘Please bring my wife Nazanin home’ | Evening Standard

Boris Johnson, the UK PM, along with many of his senior ministers, have let this issue fester for far too long.  It is a gutless British government led by a gutless British PM.

Free Nazanin NOW.

Read the story here:

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, unfairly detained for years by Iran, and her husband Richard have been abandoned by Boris Johnson – Laura Waddell (msn.com)

Free Nazanin NOW.

Richard Ratcliffe calls on Boris Johnson to help free his wife being held hostage in Iran (yahoo.com)

Growing concern for Richard Ratcliffe 17 days into hunger strike | Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe | The Guardian

Free Nazanin NOW.

Iran: Do The Right Thing and FREE Nazanin Immediately. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Manipulated mice as “models” for autistic humans-a scientific fiasco!

We’ve long known that animal experimenters are still living in the dark ages—after all, they imprison our fellow animals in laboratories and subject them to cruel, useless experiments before killing them.

In one egregious example, experimenters have been using genetically manipulated mice as “models” for autistic humans.

In a recent major clinical study, a hormone tested on mice, which was thought to promote social bonding, was found to have “no meaningful impact” on autistic children.

The study was called a “major setback,” but it was doomed to fail from the start—children are not mice.

Autism refers to a broad range of characteristics, including differences in social skills and a tendency to exhibit repetitive behavior.
More than a decade of experiments on animals has shown that mice cannot replicate the unique aspects of autism in humans, and the scientific community is well aware that using them in experiments will not advance our understanding in this area.

It shouldn’t take countless failed clinical trials to prove that experimenting on mice will not produce anything of value for autistic humans.
Using mice in experiments to “cure” aspects of autism is speciesist and ableist.

In their failed attempts to replicate autism in mice, experimenters genetically modify the animals, inject them with chemicals, damage their brains, or manipulate the bacteria in their stomach, causing them to have fewer social interactions and produce unusual vocalizations.

Even though these genetically and experimentally modified mice aren’t autistic and mice are poor models for humans in general, some companies—such as Charles River Laboratories and The Jackson Laboratory—sell these animals to be tormented in pointless experiments often intended to “treat” specific characteristics of autism.

https://t.co/YUPDYcgPom Oh dear. Some errors in this document about using drugs to ‘cure’ us of autism. (Well, allegedly cure mice, of alleged autism, but I can understand they’re struggling to tell the difference)
I’ve helped fix their PR paper. pic.twitter.com/GrQy3f4pGM

Ann Memmott PGC🌈 (@AnnMemmott) January 15, 2019

These experiments aren’t just cruel to mice, who have meaningful relationships, complex emotions, and interests of their own. They also harm neurodivergent humans by treating autism like a problem to solve.

Human-Relevant research is the answer for understanding human health

Mice and other animals aren’t ours to experiment on, and there are plenty of modern, non-animal research methods that can actually help autistic individuals.
For example, many human clinical trials have led to advances in early diagnosis, uncovering and addressing health disparities in autistic patients and understanding how autism affects adults.

PETA has been saying it since the beginning: It’s time to replace archaic experiments on animals with modern, human-relevant research.

PETA’s Research Modernization Deal is just the solution we need to revitalize laboratory research.

Help PETA replace cruel experiments on animals with human-relevant research by asking your legislators to support our plan:

https://headlines.peta.org/research-modernization-new-deal/#action (only for residents of the United States)

https://www.peta.org/blog/autism-experiments-on-mice-fail-in-human-trials/

And I mean…Animal experiments usually have no practical relevance.
The so-called “researchers” know it too.

But they also know that a lot of other interest groups are involved in this business, for example: universities that get millions in research funding, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, contract laboratories, laboratory animal breeders, companies that manufacture laboratory accessories … all of which have an economic interest in keeping animal experiments going .

It has long been clear that the pharmaceutical industry relies on animal testing for reasons other than human welfare.
They sell animal experiments as an alibi function: they have tested on animals, so the consumers automatically get a feeling of security and have confidence that the effect is guaranteed.

The German Research Foundation (DGF), which finances animal experiments in higher education to a large extent, had a budget of 3.3 billion euros (!!!) from the state treasury in 2019.
This is our money.

We give them huge sums of money so that they can discover why we are dying from cancer in terrifying numbers, and with our money they buy countless mice that they torture and kill for free in their research hells.

If these “researchers” still want to convince us that it makes sense to experiment with mice to solve the problem of autism, nothing can convince us that they have a useful mind.

My best regards to all, Venus