Day: November 25, 2021

November 25th – Thanksgiving for USA

Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless
Christmas dinner’s dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey’s point of view.

Sunday dinner isn’t sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
‘Til I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner’s point of view.
—-Shel Silverstein

And I mean…Thanksgiving is the biggest festival in America, more important than Christmas because everyone celebrates it, regardless of denomination, whether they go to church, synagogue, mosque, Hindu temple or no place of worship at all.
It also draws its charm from the fact that gifts are largely avoided.

Just not the turkey. It should not be missing at any Thanksgiving festival that deserves its name.
For that single day, 46 million of these intelligent animals will be murdered.

The number of turkeys bred in the United States approaches 250 million each year, and soon there will be more turkeys than humans in the country.
So.. would “Mordgiving for Turkeys” be more correct?

My best regards to all, Venus

Direct Action Everywhere are animal rescuers, not criminals

Direct Action EverywhereDxE

BREAKING: The felony case against Wayne Hsiung and Paul Darwin Picklesimer for rescuing turkeys from a Utah farm in 2017 was just “dismissed by compromise.”
The company and prosecutor agreed that “the criminalization of this nonviolent investigation and rescue is unnecessary.”

This is a step toward the #RightToRescue!

Background: In January 2017, the six activists entered a farm in Moroni, Utah, that supplies turkeys to Norbest, a large company that aggressively markets itself to the public as selling “mountain-grown” turkeys who are treated with particularly humane care.
Its marketing materials feature bucolic photographs of Utah nature, designed to create an image that its turkeys are raised in fresh and healthy natural settings, accompanied by assurances that its “practices are humane” and ethical, “with the health and comfort of the birds of paramount importance.”


What the activists found at the farm was something radically different: tens of thousands of turkeys crammed inside filthy industrial barns, virtually on top of one another.
The activists say the animals were suffering from diseases, infections, open wounds, and injuries sustained by pecking and trampling one another.
Countless chicks and adult turkeys were barely able to stand, or were lying in their own waste, close to death.

The activists, all volunteers with the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, filmed and photographed the conditions inside the farm.
“In my 20 years of investigating animal abuse, I’ve never seen conditions this horrifying at a corporate farm,” Hsiung told the Intercept.
“We saw animals that looked dead but were still breathing; animals, languishing, who had virtually been pecked to death; many animals collapsed on the ground in their own feces and filth.
It was as bad as it gets.”

The activists also rescued three turkeys who were clearly suffering from extreme disease and injury and on the brink of death, part of a tactic known as “open rescue,” in which activists choose a symbolic handful of animals from industrial farms who are close to death, provide them with veterinarian care, and then publicly post film of their recovery at a shelter.

The three birds removed from the farm have no commercial value, because they were virtually certain to die within days, if not hours.
DxE activists estimate that up to 25 percent of animals at industrial farms die before they can make it to the slaughterhouse due to the conditions in which they are kept.

In November 2017, DxE published video and photographic findings from its investigation of the Norbest-supplying farm. The publishing of the investigation was highly embarrassing to Norbest, as the materials received substantial local press coverage.

The activists also rescued three turkeys who were clearly suffering from extreme disease and injury and on the brink of death, part of a tactic known as “open rescue,” in which activists choose a symbolic handful of animals from industrial farms who are close to death, provide them with veterinarian care, and then publicly post film of their recovery at a shelter.

The three birds removed from the farm have no commercial value, because they were virtually certain to die within days, if not hours.
So severe and horrifying was the abuse and disease documented by DxE that Norbest executives proclaimed themselves highly “disturbed” by what they saw.
The Fox report filmed Norbest CEO and President Matthew Cook watching the video for the first time.
Cook said he felt “deep disappointment” at what he saw, adding: “This just shouldn’t happen.”

The company then issued a formal statement on its site, proclaiming itself “deeply disappointed that our standards were not upheld by the farmer in question.”

Given that Norbest itself admits that the conditions revealed by DxE were horrifying, and given that it led to reforms, why would the activists be prosecuted for their investigation?
And given that they took nothing of commercial value, why would they be prosecuted for felony theft charges that, aggregated, carry a possible punishment of 10 years in prison?

For their successful efforts to expose these abuses and force reforms, Hsuing (lawyer, founder of the activist group Direct Action Everywhere, and lead investigator) and his five fellow activists now face prosecution and the possibility of prison terms.

Thus appears the same dynamic seen in so many other American realms, from torture to illegal spying to Wall Street fraud: The most powerful actors responsible for the most egregious acts are immunized from consequences, while the only ones punished are the ones who expose them.

And I mean…We are glad to hear the great news.
Thanks to the team for the great work!

Stealing a live animal is a punishable offense, but stealing its life is fine.
This is how thieves and criminals think, and move on that way because they simply legalized their crimes according to this principle and have gotten through for decades.
Through such actions the naive consumer learns where his “happy thanksgiving turkey” comes from.
And the meat industry gives up and finally learns that not everything that does not suit them can be criminalized
Good this way.

Whether the meat consumers wake up after these videos and find that the meat industry not only tortures animals, but also deceives them as consumers is questionable.
The fact is that with every new scandal the meat industry gets serious cracks, and so the likelihood of its disintegration increases.

My best regards to all, Venus

Latest Report Shows Companies Continue To Make Progress On Their Commitments To Source Cage-Free Eggs.

Latest report shows companies continue to make progress on their commitments to source cage-free eggs

24 November 2021


Eurogroup for Animals’ member Compassion in World Farming launched its latest GLOBAL EggTrack report which shows that, despite supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies continue to make progress on their commitments to source cage-free eggs.

According to the 2021 report, 156 of 219 (71%) tracked companies are reporting progress against their cage-free commitments – up from 63% in 2020. Of the 47 companies with global commitments, 26 (55%) reported progress against these commitments, and since last year, an additional 12 companies have expanded their commitments to cover their entire global egg supply.

Highlights from the report:

  • Overall, 71% of companies tracked are reporting progress against their cage-free commitments
  • 12 companies expanded their commitments to cover their entire global supply including CarrefourGroupe Holder and Restaurant Brands International
  • Two companies – Danone and Hormel Foods – met their global cage-free commitments this year
  • Of the 116 companies with European commitments (as part of a regional or global commitment), 84% reported progress
  • Two companies – Nestlé and Yum! Brands (for its KFC Western Europe Subsidiary) – met Europe-level commitments in 2021
  • 9 companies have recognised the need to eliminate combination systems from their egg supply chains including BarillaDomino’sEurovo and Metro Group
  • 13 companies met their country-level commitments within Europe including Aldi Sud (Hofer Italy), Domino’s (Ireland and UK), Greggs plc (UK), and Schwarz Group (Lidl Spain)

Find out more about EggTrack and read the full report here.

Read more at source

Compassion in World Farming

Regards Mark





Iceland: Animal Welfare Violations On Blood Farms – 5 Litres Of Blood Taken Each Week From Pregnant Mares.

Iceland: animal welfare violations on blood farms

23 November 2021


Press Release

New investigation from Animal Welfare Foundation on blood farms in Iceland uncovers a business involving around 100 establishments and 5,000 Icelandic horses. The investigators discovered a sequence of animal welfare violations, contrary to all statements made by the pharmaceutical companies, blood farmers and veterinary authority involved. Eurogroup for Animals reiterates its call to ban the import of eCG, the hormone derived from the mares’ blood, into the EU.

Around 90,000 horses live in Iceland where they contribute to the country’s economy through industrial animal breeding, tourism, sport and meat production. There is also another, less known, use: the blood of pregnant mares is collected to obtain eCG (equine Chorionic Gonadotropin), also known as PMSG (Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin), which is used in animal breeding to induce follicular growth, ovulation and estrus. 

To this end, five litres of blood are drawn from each mare every week, for up to ten weeks. In order to extract eCG from the blood, the mares must be pregnant. The foals are thus a by-product and usually end up in the slaughterhouse. Prices for foals are now at rock bottom and exploiting the mares’ blood has become much more lucrative, further stimulating the growth of the sector.  

Arnthor Gudlaugsson, CEO of Isteka ehf, the Icelandic pharmaceutical company working with the farms that Animal Welfare Foundation investigated, confirmed that production has tripled since 2009. This translates into revenues of around 10 million euros per year. Isteka operates several blood farms and is a contractual partner of more than 100 other blood farms.

The business has been booming for years due to the demand from pharmaceutical companies, such as MSD/Intervet and Ceva Santé Animale, and from animal producers in the EU.

York Ditfurth, AWF|TSB board member

The blood collection violates animal protection laws in force in Iceland, and in the EU. Most of the mares are semi-wild, they have hardly any contact with humans. The film recordings made during the blood collection show workers beating the horses and using dogs to move them around.

Since only veterinarians are allowed to carry out the blood collections, according to Icelandic law they would have to intervene immediately in case of animal welfare violations and report them to the veterinary authority. However, this does not happen because the veterinarians earn good money from the blood business too, as informants confirmed to us.

Sabrina Gurtner, Project Manager, AWF|TSB

AWF and TSB submitted the video footage to the Icelandic animal welfare lawyer Árni Stefán Árnason and his verdict is clear “The beating scenes depict cruelty to horses which is strictly forbidden. This can be punished with a heavy fine or imprisonment of up to two years, as well as with a prohibition to keep animals”. 

Professor Stephanie Krämer of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany), described the blood collection procedure as a repetitive traumatisation of the mares. 

After the numerous investigations led on blood farms in Latin America, the case of Iceland further demonstrates the need for the EU to take action. Together with several international animal welfare organisations, Eurogroup for Animals, AWF and TSB call upon the European Commission to follow the direction indicated by the European Parliament in its resolution on the Farm to Fork Strategy, and  to ban the import and domestic production of eCG.

The full investigation report is available upon request. 

Iceland – Land of the 5,000 Blood Mares 



Regards Mark

MILKED – White Lies In Dairyland.

WAV Comment – with thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ as always for sending over the info. Great and very informative as always.

Regards Mark

MILKED: White Lies in DairyLand by Stacey

Stopping animal exploitation doesn’t require human benefit, but that it DOES and humans still radically embrace animal cruelty as their “right/choice/blahblahblah” is disturbing. You literally drink the breastmilk of a different species, beyond infancy and with teeth, that requires the suffering, pain, misery, and violent death of the other species.

Animals don’t belong to you; what comes out of their bodies doesn’t belong to you. That you can be ethical but deliberately choose to not be is a perversion. Stop defining others’ suffering in manners that brings you comfort but does nothing to ease the suffering of your victims. I recently read about how adding cameras in slaughterhouses will help to decrease cruelty. In SLAUGHTERHOUSES. A slaughterhouse is INHERENTLY CRUEL, it’s where animals die in fear, blood, and often torturous manners in some grotesquely defined “humane” ethic slander. Slaughterhouses do not attract people who care about animals, and the evidence is in: animals experience abject fear; they smell and hear the death of their death-mates; and they die in often agonizing, torturous manners.

Euphemistic morals serve only those whose intentions are the absolute antithesis of morals but do nothing to help their animal victims: HUMANS.


Photo – Mark WAV


MILKED is a topical feature documentary that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry. 

Young activist Chris Huriwai travels around the country searching for the truth about how this source of national pride has become the nation’s biggest threat. It’s rapidly gone from a land with no cows to being the biggest exporter of dairy in the world, but the industry seems to be failing in every way possible. 

Featuring interviews with high-profile contributors such as Dr Jane Goodall, environmentalist and former actress Suzy Amis Cameron, and Cowspiracy co-director, Keegan Kuhn, MILKED reveals the behind-the-scenes reality of the kiwi dairy farming fairy-tale. It uncovers alarming information about the impacts of the industry on the environment and health, leading up to the discovery that we’re on the edge of the biggest global disruption of food and agriculture in history. 

An impactful global story told with a local eye, the film also points to what New Zealand and other countries can do to change their fate.

MILKED facts:

Photo – PMAF

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Photo – PMAF
Photo – Mark WAV – If you look carefully on the rear trailer especially, you can see the baby calves, desperate for milk from their mums; which they will never experience again. They suckle the bars to try and get milk – milk for them, NOT us. The dairy industry really gets me – I say to them, come down and see this, hear their cries, smell the smells – Go Vegan Now.

All the above photos were used for a report I presented to the EU – 5 undercover investigations with EU animal welfare organisations on the live calf transport trade between Ireland and France (EU member states).

I may upload the report for you to view soon. In the meantime here is just one of the investigation reports which I know will show you how absurd the EU live animal transport regulations are.

Read, rage and repent !

Regards Mark

Liza and Mark - Dover
With friends Ellie and Liza Protesting against the live calf trade at Dover, England.