Day: November 20, 2021

The calf blood: a billion dollar business

Millions of pregnant cattle are slaughtered around the world and the unborn calves are disposed of as “slaughterhouse waste”.

Some cows give birth to their young on the way to the slaughterhouse, in most cases the cow arrives at the slaughterhouse pregnant.
There the mother is stunned with a bolt shot and – often hanging by one leg – killed by bleeding.

The fetus suffocates in the dead womb.
If a pregnant animal is found on the slaughterhouse assembly line, it is separated, the uterus and the still unopened amniotic sac removed from the mother’s skeleton and disposed of.

In non-European countries, like in Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, but also in some EU countries such as France, the calves face an even more terrible fate – a thick needle is stuck without anesthesia through the ribs into the still beating heart of the calf fetus and around half a liter of blood is drawn from each anima, in order to obtain the raw material for the production of FCS.

While the demand is particularly high in Europe and the USA, the VCS is mainly obtained in countries where cattle is raised intensively, such as Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and others.
It is estimated that 800,000 liters of VCS are sold worldwide each year.
That means-two million cattle fetuses are being exploited for this.

That equates to one million liters of fetal calf serum per year.
So far there are no federal or EU uniform laws for the protection of the mother animal or the fetus for handling during slaughter

The serum from the blood of unborn calves is used in research and for the manufacture of medicines.

Additional information on thisWhen the cow is slaughtered, the unborn calf is removed from its body.

The fetus is taken to a special room and cut out, where it is removed from the amniotic sac and disinfected.
Then a thick cannula is pierced through the ribs into the beating heart without anesthesia.
The heart still has to beat so that the blood can be drawn off more quickly and so that the blood does not wrestle.

Tapping into it takes between 5 and 25 minutes.
Millions of unborn calves are systematically bled.
The blood goes into the centrifuge to be separated from the red blood cells and then it is purified under sterile conditions with a very fine filter to make the serum.

Blood serum has enormous value.

Depending on the quality, it can cost up to 15,000 euros per liter
This means that 1-2 million unborn calves worldwide per year have to die a slow and miserable death.

They are then processed into animal feed.
The serum is needed in research and for the production of medicines.
It is also used for multiple sclerosis and cancers.
But nobody knows exactly what is in this serum, which is obtained from the blood of tortured animals.
Yet it is used in laboratories and around the world – it is considered a miracle cure!

The most important reason fetal calf serum should not be used is that its production is associated with immeasurable suffering of millions of calf fetuses.
Because fetuses also feel pain.

My best regards to all, Venus

Welfarm is Calling for a Ban on the Castration of Piglets.

Castration of male pigs

Welfarm is calling for a ban on the castration of piglets

19 November 2021


Welfarm is calling for a ban on the castration of piglets in its new campaign launched on November 4th in Paris!

For more than ten years, Welfarm has been campaigning against the castration of piglets. On November 4th, Welfarm has launched its campaign to call for a definitive ban on piglet castration: in just a few weeks, it will be prohibited to castrate piglets without anesthesia and analgesia. However, no measures have been taken to definitively ban physical castration despite the many problems that it causes.

Under these conditions, it is likely that piglets will continue to be mutilated. 

Castration with anesthesia and analgesia is not a satisfactory solution in the long run. Indeed, as it stands now, no anesthesia and analgesia protocol allows to fully manage the pain of piglets during and after the procedure. Moreover, no current protocol seems compatible with the reality of farms. 

Today, two alternatives that respect animal welfare exist:

The breeding of non-castrated pigs (known as “whole male breeding”)

And immunocastration, which acts like a vaccine to block puberty in pigs.

Europe seeks alternatives to surgical castration on pigs - Farming  (Livestock)

These two alternatives are reliable, economically advantageous for farmers and have been tried and tested for a long time in many European countries. Thus, for the vast majority of productions (cooked ham, pâté, rillettes, etc.) castration of pigs is no longer necessary.

Unfortunately, some meat companies, including the Bigard group (which is the market leader), are opposed to the development of these alternatives because they refuse to change their practices.

Castration should eventually be abandoned and replaced by alternatives that respect animal welfare. Welfarm therefore asks that castration under anesthesia and analgesia be authorised only temporarily in order to facilitate the transition to the definitive ban on piglet castration. 

To find out more about the campaign, click here

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Regards Mark

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UK: Lobsters are Sentient, Government Concludes, as Calls Grow for Ban on Live Boiling.

A chef places a live lobster in a pot - Alamy Stock
© Alamy Stock A chef places a live lobster in a pot

WAV Comment – Whoever says this is not cruel, and these creatures are not sentient; then we suggest they (the doubters) put their arm / hand into a pot of boiling water. We thiink their views may then change !

Lobsters are sentient, Government concludes, as calls grow for ban on live boiling

Lobsters, crabs and octopuses are sentient, ministers have decided, in a move that could pave the way for a ban on live boiling. George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, on Friday moved to strengthen new animal welfare laws after a government-commissioned study found strong scientific evidence to suggest the species had the capacity to be aware of feelings and sensations.

Carried out by researchers at the London School of Economics, the report concluded that decapods, which include crabs, lobsters and crayfish, and cephalopods, such as squid and octopuses, are sentient.

In response to the study, Mr Eustice has now tabled an amendment to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, seen by The Telegraph, which would extend its scope beyond vertebrates to cover all decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs.

If approved by Parliament, the changes would mean that ministers will be answerable in future to a newly formed animal sentience committee and required to demonstrate that the Government has taken into account the ways in which policies may impact the welfare of the animals.

New codes of best practice

Government sources acknowledged it was now “feasible” that this would lead to other pieces of animal welfare legislation being amended to end certain practices, such as the live boiling of crabs and lobsters.

However, other Whitehall sources pushed back against suggestions there could be changes to existing industry practices. 

Drawing on evidence from 300 scientific papers, the report assessed the welfare implications of current commercial practices and has recommended a series of changes to improve the treatment of crustaceans and molluscs.

It includes banning the declawing of crabs and the nicking of their tendons; the removal of the eyestalks from shrimps, live dismemberment or decapitation; and boiling alive as a method of slaughter, unless the animals have been stunned first.

However, for species such as squid and octopus, it said that the current evidence suggested there was no slaughter method that is “both humane and commercially viable on a large scale”.

The authors have therefore called for new codes of best practice to be developed and for further research to be conducted on how the animals can be slaughtered humanely at sea.

‘Untrained, non-expert handlers’

Meanwhile, it recommended that ministers should now implement a ban on imports of farmed octopus, noting that because the animals are “solitary” and “often aggressive towards each other in confined spaces” it is “impossible” to conduct “high-welfare” farming.

The study goes on to suggest that there should also be a ban on live lobsters and crabs being sold to “untrained, non-expert handlers”, noting that currently they can be ordered from online retailers, such as Amazon.

“This practice inherently creates a risk of poor handling and inappropriate storage and slaughter methods,” it states. “Ending this practice would be an effective intervention to improve the welfare of decapods.”

On Friday night, Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK, said: “Recognition in law that animals like lobsters and octopus are sentient is a very welcome affirmation that this Bill is underpinned by science.

“It’s critical that animal sentience is not determined subjectively on the basis of political, economic or cultural preference or convenience, but that it is determined on facts, and the LSE report leaves no room for doubt on that front.

“This is an important first step to establishing more respectful treatment of these amazing animals. Knowing their capacity to suffer, we cannot now turn a legislative blind eye to some of the appalling things that are done to them, such as dismembering or boiling them alive. We look forward to working with government, industry and scientists to agree and implement humane solutions.”

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Regards Mark