Day: December 13, 2021

Saudi Arabia: Sadly True: – Camels Enhanced with Botox Barred From Saudi Beauty Contest.

Yes, Very Sadly; It Is True.

$66 Million in prize money would feed a few hungry children or animals for quite a while.

The world has gone crazy in some ways !

The image below is not real. A simulated graphic only of a pathetic event.

Camels enhanced with Botox barred from Saudi beauty contest

Dozens of animals disqualified after owners manipulate their looks with hormones, fillers and facelifts

Saudi authorities have carried out their biggest crackdown on camel beauty contestants, disqualifying more than 40 “enhanced” camels from the annual pageant, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The camels disqualified in the competition, at the King Abdulaziz camel festival, were judged to have received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups.

The popular festival, which started this month, invites the breeders of the most beautiful camels to compete for about $66m in prize money.

Botox injections, facelifts and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the animals’ heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures.

Judges at the month-long festival, held in the desert north-east of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, are escalating their clampdown on artificially enhanced camels, the official news agency reported, using “specialised and advanced” technology to detect tampering.

This year, the authorities discovered dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to boost the animals’ muscles, injected heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands, and used fillers to relax their faces.

“The club is keen to halt all acts of tampering and deception in the beautification of camels,” the SPA report said, adding organisers would “impose strict penalties on manipulators”.

The camel beauty contest is at the heart of the massive carnival, which also features camel races, sales and other festivities typically showcasing thousands of dromedaries. The extravaganza seeks to preserve the camel’s role in the Bedouin tradition and heritage as the oil-rich country ploughs ahead with modernising mega projects.

Camel breeding is a multimillion-dollar industry and similar events take place across the region.

Its a sad, sad, bad, bad world when things like this happen !

Regards Mark

Source – ‘The Guardian’ (England).

Camels enhanced with Botox barred from Saudi beauty contest | Saudi Arabia | The Guardian

Shark Fin Trade Still Allowed in EU – 50 Days to Put it to an END. Please Sign Now.

Shark fin trade still allowed in EU – 50 days to put it to an end

13 December 2021

Only 50 days left to collect one million votes from EU citizens needed for a successful EU citizens’ initiative: A group of citizens from across Europe have united and demand the end of the shark fin trade in the EU, so as to increase the protection of sharks. If successful, a political process will be initiated.

Every year, between 63 and 273 million sharks are killed, and many species are increasingly threatened worldwide. Europe is one of the major players in the global fin trade. Globally, sharks are targeted for their meat and liver oil, but the biggest threat remains shark finning. Sharks commonly have their fins removed while alive on fishing boats, and are then left to asphyxiate or returned to die in the water.

In the EU, the cruelest way to get shark fins – so-called finning – is officially banned. Finning means cutting off the fins of sharks on board a fishing boat and throwing the shark itself overboard. This practice was used to save cargo space and bring only the profitable fins ashore. In the EU, a regulation has been in place since 2013, according to which caught sharks had to be brought ashore with their fins.

However, the hoped-for success failed to materialize:

Although the catch numbers initially declined, they quickly recovered. This is shown for example by the numbers of the blue shark, the most caught species in the Atlantic. Initially, the numbers fell, but they reached an unimaginable 53,000 tons again as early as 2016, even higher than in 2013. Added to this are a high number of unreported cases and concealment. In shark fin shipments, it is often not documented where the shark was caught, what species it is, or whether it was caught legally. Once the fins are on the market, no one can account for them. Thus, in the past, protected species have been discovered in shark fin shipments again and again, mostly by accident, even in Europe.

How long are we going to accept a hunt that serves to turn the animals’ fins into a prestigious and expensive soup? The end of the shark fin trade is urgently needed. Many ecosystems in the world’s oceans depend on stable shark populations.

The demand of the EU Citizens’ Initiative has already been joined by more than 400,000 citizens

50 days before the end of the vote, the EU Citizens’ Initiative will raise awareness about the EU’s role in the shark fin trade in many major European cities (Berlin, Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona, Dublin, Athens and many more).

Sign the European Citizens’ Initiative here.

Regards Mark

Mexico- brutal treatment of fish in aquaculture industry

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This new investigation exposes the suffering of fish that have no protections under Mexican law.

Animal Equality infiltrated tilapia farms in Mexico for the first time and uncovered the suffering of these animals at the hands of aquaculture due to the lack of laws protecting them from cruelty.


In Mexico, according to the National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are no “Mexican Official Standards or other regulations that regulate the sanitary processing of fish meat and other aquatic animals.”
And the National Commission of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CONAPESCA) claims that they leave them to die of asphyxiation out of the water despite evidence that the fish feel pain.

Our investigators documented shocking scenes showing the cruel practices, including:

-baby fish handled violently, killed by being crushed by the weight of others and, like the females, discarded as they are not considered economically profitable;

-up to 400 kg of fish packed into the same container and crushed against each other;

-cannibalism: In one of the farms, the operators mentioned that the fish had not been fed for at least 6 months, so they began to eat each other;

-how injured fish are thrown into the trash or used as food for other animals;

-witnessing the larger 2-4 year old fish being left on the floor to die from suffocation;

-switching fish from one tank to another over a 6-8 hour period, during which they kept the fish with little oxygen, exposed to direct sunlight and with so little water that they could barely change position or move around.

Killed While Fully Conscious

In addition to the deplorable hygienic and sanitary conditions in which the fish are forced to live in the farms investigated, it is common practice in the industry for them to be killed without being stunned.

Only in one farm did they try to do so using ice, but with an inadequate method that only prolonged the stress and suffering of these sensitive animals.

Similarly, their organs are removed while they are still conscious, and even after this, some show signs of life such as opening their mouths, expanding their gills and wriggling.


Fish Feel

According to Dr. Lynne Sneddon, Director of Bioveterinary Sciences at the University of Liverpool, fish experience pain on a level comparable to mammals.
And behaviorally, they also exhibit some of the same traits as mammals: forming relationships, remembering their own actions, making decisions (i.e. evaluating risks and benefits), expressing emotions (experiencing positive and negative affective states) and also having some level of consciousness.

Despite this evidence, fish have no legal protections in Mexico.
In fact, the Federal Animal Health Law does not even recognize them as animals and the norms that establish methods of transport, stunning and slaughter do not apply to them.

“The practices that are applied to fish for breeding and consumption would be considered illegal if they were used with land-raised animals such as cows and pigs, yet they are practiced regularly and there is no legislation to prevent it”.
(Dulce Ramirez, Director of Igualdad Animal México)


Unlike other countries where there are laws that do not allow fish to be subjected to cruel treatment, in Mexico there is no regulation on fish welfare, neither mandatory nor voluntary certifications.
Leaving the fish in the hands of people who are not trained properly or trained on the specific needs of species, means more immense suffering for these animals.

Even if their moans and cries of pain cannot be heard by us, it is clear that fish feel pain and do not want to suffer.


Please support our investigations that educate consumers and help change laws for animals.

(Photos: Animal Equality)

And I mean…The life of the fish is difficult for us to understand because their world is alien to us.
We rarely see them as individuals, but mostly speak of them as mass, which is given in kilograms and tons.

Fish cannot scream or show their pain sensations in any other way.

Whether from aquaculture breeding or as caught in water it makes no difference: in most countries there are no legal regulations on how fish are to be treated and killed.

The focus here is only on the benefits for humans associated with the exploitation of non-human animals. The main aim is to breed as many fish and aquatic animals as possible for consumption and to keep costs as low as possible.
This leads to an indifference to the interests of these living beings, who have to lead a miserable, unreasonable life and die a cruel death.

In breeding farms, a large number of fish is usually kept in a very small space, the available space is minimal and in some cases consists of only one cubic meter of water per fish.

Fish farming in aquaculture causes unspeakable suffering. According to the Fishcount organization, between 51 and 167 billion fish are raised and killed on aquaculture farms each year.

And this despite the fact that science has long proven that fish feel stress and pain in a similar way to mammals, birds and reptiles.

Industrial fishing as well as aquaculture have catastrophic effects on the environment too.
Aquaculture means nothing else than factory farming under water. It contaminates the water with ammonia, nitrates and parasites.

Fishing is devastating for the marine ecosystem.
The gigantic trawlers’ nets destroy much of the marine life.
40% of the marine animals fished are considered useless “bycatch” and are simply thrown back into the water – dead or seriously injured.

Many stocks have already been used up or are about to run out.

Ethical and ecological reasons prohibit the consumption of fish.

Let us let the animals live in peace and let us not contribute to the destruction of the marine life for a culinary delight.

My best regards to all, Venus