Day: December 1, 2021

EU: 2/12/21: Time When The EU Should Finally Step Up To The Plate and Introduce Major Reforms For Live Animals In Transport.

MEP’s Make Their Voices Heard Against the Live Animal Business.

WAV Comment – I (Mark) have been witnessing and fighting this vile, disgusting, abusive, cruel, abhorrent, insulting bloody business for over 30 years.  December 2nd sees the chance for the EU to start to put something into practice; ie legislation, regarding something it has avoided for so many (too many) years; to now finally make a real legislative issues on live animal transport.

Now, finally, we have so many MEP’s who support change; but it is the non-elected Commission which has the final say.  There will be opposition, we expect that, from the industry and the abusive animal transporters who haul innocents all over the EU, and beyond to third states such as Turkey.

Fingers crossed that 2nd December 21 will be a major turning point for live animal transport across the EU and beyond.

Would I give it another 30+ years of fighting if needed ? – you bet I would.  If the political leaders of the EU were herded into a 3 tier transporter; spent 48 hours crapping and urinating onto each other; without adequate food and water; then you see how quickly the legislation would change !

Now is their chance – lets hope for their benefit, they meet all the demands set out below.  If they don’t, then one has to ask what they are about; certainly not meeting what is required of them by EU citizens.

Regards Mark

On December 2nd the ANIT members can contribute to the building of a truly sustainable transport system by supporting key amendments to the ANIT Report and Recommendations. 

To make sure that human and animal health and welfare will be effectively addressed in the revised Transport Regulation, Eurogroup for Animals urges to:

  • Replace terrestrial farmed animals transport with the export of meat, carcasses and genetic materials to non-EU countries.
  • Introduce species- and category-specific maximum journey times with a maximum travel time of 8 hours for adult bovine, swine, and ovine, and 4 hours for poultry and rabbits.
  • Prohibit the transport of unweaned and pregnant animals (for which 40% of the pregnancy stage has already passed).
  • Introducespecies-specific requirements for the commercial movements of fish and invertebrate, laboratory animals, equidae, cats and dogs.
  • Introduce clear definitions and species-specific rules for the Intra-EU movement of animals, including stricter and centralised systems for the approval of livestock vessels used to move animals within the EU

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Cat meat in Asia

CAT MEAT – When Central Europeans’ favorite pet ends up on the plate in some countries

Many people around the world can no longer imagine life without the cat as a loyal companion.
In Central Europe, especially in Austria and Germany, the sweet velvet paws have even replaced the dog as the most popular pet.
They enrich our existence with their unmistakable nature, but their individual character and are pampered and looked after by us.

Not so in large parts of southern China, northern Vietnam, Korea and Peru.
There, cat meat is still seen as a natural food and remedy.
The cat has the same status there as dogs, which unfortunately are also consumed.
The keeping and the cruel slaughter of the animals look accordingly.

In southern China and northern Vietnam, cat meat is considered warming in winter.
The cat’s stomach and intestines are eaten, and the meat is often turned into meatballs while the head is thrown away.

According to a market analysis published in February 2020, 8% of the people living in Hanoi have consumed cat meat in their lifetime (!!!)

There are professional cat catchers in the Chinese city of Pukuo.
They regularly transport cats to the southern province of Guangdong, where they have become scarce since they were used as food.

In Korea, cat meat is sometimes cooked into a tonic for nerve pain and joint inflammation, but the meat itself is not very common as a food.

Cat cooking techniques will be demonstrated at the Peruvian Santa Efigenia Festival in a town in La Quebrada in September.

According to a report by “Four Pows” around 10,000,000 cats and dogs are slaughtered in Southeast Asia every year.

Four Pows published the market analysis “The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Southeast Asia: A Threat to Animals and People” in February 2020 and, together with the “Change For Animals Foundation”, calls on the Vietnamese government to reinstate the previously applicable government laws that have specifically banned the trade in cat meat

In Germany, for example, the consumption of cat meat and its import and export is prohibited by the Food Ordinance, in Austria by the Animal Welfare Act.

In China, a nationwide dog and cat meat ban was enacted in May 2020, but this is hardly controlled, as can be seen from the fact that the largest annual dog massacre, the “Yulin” slaughter festival, took place unmolested despite the ban.

Dogs and cats are still being slaughtered and eaten, although many Chinese are against cats becoming increasingly popular pets and Chinese animal welfare organizations rioting.

Our position on this cruel issue is clear and precise: the slaughter of cats and dogs is globally prohibited and severe penalties are imposed if it is violated.

The same applies to the miserable attitude and lack of appreciation for living animals.
And we make one thing clear in advance: Before some people write that we should rather look at the slaughter of “farm animals” because they are also treated very cruelly, take a close look at our site !!!
We do that again and again because we don’t make any distinction between species.

For us, all animals are the same.
But this article is now devoted to the cat and the cruel ways it is treated in some places.
You can read about other animals in other articles.

We thank you for your understanding and ask you to sign the following petition on this topic:

And I mean…As soon as such articles (mostly accompanied by petitions) appear, the wave of outrage with comments in animal welfare groups immediately begins

They have dedicated themselves to the task of explaining to the Chinese and other Asians that instead of dogs they should finally eat the right animals: cattle, chickens, pigs … just like normal people.
And that’s because we Europeans are firmly convinced that our animal protection laws are way ahead and can therefore dictate to other countries which animals they are allowed to eat.

We often refer to our Animal Welfare Act. And that says:
“Nobody should inflict pain, suffering or harm on an animal without a reasonable cause”.

But the trick is that it is so cleverly worded that, in terms of animal welfare, it is not even worth the ink with which it was signed.
Otherwise, and if we should decide to take it seriously, it would really be forbidden in the end animals to torture and brutally murder in order to eat them.

We reserve the right to decide for ourselves who the “reasonable cause” is.

What does homo sapiens have that other animals don’t?
He has rights! And lots of it. The right of the fittest, for example.

So we use all rights and all kinds of ways to torture animals, to enslave them in order to eat them!
We can destroy any animal because we are stronger.

And we take this right seriously. So serious that we even consider it the duty of the strong to eat the weak ones for a “reasonable reason” (pleasure) under all suffering and torture.
Except for dogs and cats, of course.

It is now a very common fact that the pigs killed here are more intelligent than dogs (not that intelligence has to be a mandatory criterion in order to be murdered or not).
That is why the argument among animal rights activists seems to be particularly widespread that it is not the killing that is criticized, but only the torture. It’s about torturing!
So the outrage gets a rationalization.

In the future, outrages and petitions would completely fall through if Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese … etc would refrain from eating dog meat.
That wouldn’t change the number of animals tortured and eaten, but it would at least be comforting to know that they are now eating the right animals, just like us.

My best regards to all, Venus