Day: December 16, 2021

Elon Musk’s new project: sending a “Noah’s Ark” of animals to Mars

When it comes to exploiting animals, Elon Musk is a true leader.

The Time 2021 Person of the Year—who has a long history of harming animals by shooting squid, mice, and tardigrades (aka “water bears”) into space as well as implanting a computer chip into a monkey’s skull and coin-size computer chips into pigs’ brains—has a new proposal: to send a “Noah’s Ark” of animals to Mars.

“[T]he next really big thing is to build a self-sustaining city on Mars and bring the animals and creatures of Earth there. Sort of like a futuristic Noah’s ark. We’ll bring more than two, though—it’s a little weird if there’s only two,” he said.

Any more than zero would be more than a little weird—it’d be cruel.

Musk should focus on humans, who can choose to participate, and stop exploiting animals in curiosity-driven experiments.

Another exploitative and pointless endeavor of Musk’s involves SpaceX—of which Musk is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer—and 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid as well as 5,000 tardigrades.
These animals were sent to the International Space Station, where they were to be experimented on in the name of “research.”

News of the squid’s and tardigrades’ doomed trip followed a similar December 2020 stunt, in which mice—some of whom had first been injected with drugs at The Jackson Laboratory, causing their muscle mass to double unnaturally—were launched aboard a SpaceX rocket.
These experiments and the slew mentioned below are cruel wastes of time, with no relevance to astronauts or other humans.

In a separate experiment, Musk implanted a computer chip in a monkey’s skull, apparently to see if the animal could “play video games using his mind.”
He claimed that the monkey “looks totally happy,” but he’s no primatologist.
If he were, he’d never suggest that an animal strapped to a chair with a metal device implanted in his skull and forced to watch video games all day would be anything but miserable.

This monkey is not the only victim of cruel experiments carried out by Neuralink, another of Musk’s companies.
In August 2020, Musk introduced Gertrudeone of several pigs used—during a webcast demonstration.
The experiment involved implanting coin-sized computer chips in pigs’ brains in order to attempt to demonstrate that brainwaves can be tracked.

One clip showed a pig forced to trot on a treadmill.
Giant notches had been cut in her ears, just as is done to pigs on filthy farms without painkillers.
Aware that there would be backlash against his use of pigs, Musk used a PR reel to claim that he and his staff care about animals.

But no amount of “humane washing” can cover up the cruelty, speciesism, and bad science that underlie all such experiments.

PETA challenges Musk to behave like a true pioneer and have the implants put into his own brain instead.

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England: London Mayor (Sadiq Khan) Leads Ambitious Plans To Rewild Hyde Park.

The Serpentine in Hyde Park, west London, in autumn.
The Serpentine in Hyde Park, west London, in autumn. Photograph: Tim M/Alamy

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We very much welcome this releasing of funds to bring nature directly into central London.  Hyde park and Richmond park are such wonderful places for city folk to escape into a more natural environment before they head off back to metropolis land.

Anything that brings back nature deserves support; and we very much welcome this proposal.

Regards Mark

London mayor releases £600,000 funding to help create green rooftops and reintroduce lost species

Hyde Park could be redesigned and lost species including beavers reintroduced to London under ambitious rewilding plans.

The city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is working with Ben Goldsmith – a member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the brother of Khan’s former rival for the mayoral election Zac Goldsmith – to boost nature in the capital, including making the royal parks wilder and encouraging people to plant green rooftops.

Ben Goldsmith said the plans would involve “more wild spaces, more scrub, river rewiggling and species reintroductions”.

Khan has released £600,000 in funding to assist the project, which will help London reach its net zero goal. Further fundraising will take place, with members of the new London rewilding roundtable group tasked with sourcing private donations.

Goldsmith said: “I’m so excited to be working with Sadiq on this new rewilding taskforce for London. All people need to experience close connection with nature in their lives, and yet for many Londoners this is a remote possibility today.

“From green rooftops to pocket parks, nest boxes for peregrines and swifts, rewiggling streams and reintroducing long lost native species, our plan is to weave wild nature back through the very fabric of our city.”

There are 1,600 places designated by local authorities as sites of importance for nature conservation, covering 20% of the capital. These include Richmond Park, Sydenham Hill Wood and the downlands in Bromley and Croydon that inspired Charles Darwin’s discoveries. At the moment, just half of these are deemed appropriately managed to conserve or enhance the wildlife.

The project will focus on 20-30 of these sites to protect species including stag beetles, sparrows, peregrine falcons and water voles. Khan has stated an aim for all Londoners to live within a 10-minute walk of green space, with this scheme aiming to connect existing spaces so everyone in the capital can enjoy nature.

A red deer stag at sunrise on a winter’s morning in Richmond Park, south-west London.
A red deer stag at sunrise on a winter’s morning in Richmond Park, south-west London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

It is also hoped the work will help tackle problems that plague Londoners including flooding and air pollution. Improving floodplains, rewiggling streams and boosting the health of rivers can alleviate floods, and planting more greenery can ease air pollution.

Khan said: “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. In London, we need to take bold action to ensure we not only halt the decline of biodiversity in our natural environment but pave the way for growth and change.

“That’s why I’ve announced my new rewilding fund, which will help restore the capital’s precious wildlife sites, improve biodiversity and ensure all Londoners have a thriving web of nature on their doorstep. And as part of our green new deal, we’re supporting young Londoners to gain the skills required for jobs that help secure a future for London’s natural environment.”

Nature campaigners have been trying to add wildlife back to London, with a beaver group comprising Wildlife Trusts, the Beaver Trust and Citizen Zoo working on how to return the species to the capital.

The community wilding group Citizen Zoo is also involved with projects to return grasshoppers and water voles to areas in the city in which they have been depleted or lost.

Sadiq Khan leads ambitious plans to rewild Hyde Park | Rewilding | The Guardian

Regards Mark

Above – Hyde Park London.


King Henry VIII expropriated the park from the church in 1536. It then became a hunting ground (Boo !) for kings and aristocrats, and later a place for duels, executions and horse racing. The park was the site of the Great Exhibition in 1851, and during WWII became a vast potato bed. 

Above – The deer at Richmond Park, London

European Parliament Shows Broad Political Support to Stop Circus Suffering.

16 December 2021

Thanks to 1 million citizens demanding action for wild animals in circuses, today the European Parliament (EP) discussed the topic in plenary for the very first time. The European Commission’s position is not committal and in sharp opposition to the EP’s demand for action. However, the debate showed a groundswell of political support to end the suffering of wild animals in entertainment, and a recognition for the public and civil society demands.

Back in October Eurogroup for Animals and its members, along with InfoCircos, handed over the 1 million signatures collected through the Stop Circus Suffering campaign to representatives of the European Parliament, Eleonora Evi MEP and Anja Hazekamp MEP. 

Today an “EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses” made it to the Plenary agenda with an oral question: “Does the Commission intend to introduce a ban on the use of wild circus animals in the EU in order to ensure that the exposure to the risks of the illegal wildlife trade and risks to public health and security are uniformly mitigated across the Member States and to assist with the enforcement of national restrictions for the majority of Member States that already apply them?” and was discussed after a statement from the European Commission (EC).

The EC’s representative clearly stated that it’s an ethical issue for which only Member States (MSs) have competency. Even if the welfare of wild animals used in circuses raises concern, it’s only on the MSs to act, hence he invited them to follow the ones which have already implemented bans.    

MEPs from across the political spectrum and from a variety of MSs countered this statement and urgedthe EC not to hide behind a lack of competency. They stressed the need to listen to citizens and base the decision on science: in circuses wild animals are not only imprisoned and forced to behave unnaturally, they also pose a threat when it comes to the risk of disease transmission, to the accidents which impact trainers and public, and the use of endangered species could fuel their illegal trade.  

New circus performances without animals could keep the tradition alive without inflicting unnecessary suffering to animals and not losing anything in terms of creativity and performance. 

We welcome the strong crossparty support from the EP and the call for the Commission to not hide behind a lack of competence as several grounds could be used to enact a ban. We will not stop our efforts until the EC acts to safeguard all the wild animals currently trapped for “entertainment”, their welfare is a European responsibility and we’re going to make their voices heard

Reineke Hameleers, CEO Eurogroup for Animals

Yesterday, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection, a member organisation of Eurogroup for Animals, signed a contract with the Portuguese authorities to rescue almost all of the remaining wild animals from Portuguese circuses. Portugal’s national ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, enacted in 2018, will enter into full force in 2024. To aid the enforcement, AAP offered suitable rescue solutions for all the remaining wild circus animals, to which most of the circuses agreed. 

The rescue community is always willing to step up and offer solutions to enforcement authorities in implementing these important bans. But we must not forget that this cruel and dangerous use of wild animals in circuses is inherently a cross-border issue, as is the rescue of these animals. We are being asked to coordinate rescues across the EU, because there are no mechanisms in place for this. These transboundary issues are still left solely to Member States to deal with nationally, while they so clearly require an EU solution. We really need the EU to step up and play its coordinating and harmonizing role here

David van Gennep, CEO, AAP.  

Text of the Oral Question

EU Stop Circus Suffering campaign

Read the report Wild Animals in EU Circuses : Problems, Risks and Solutions also available in French

Regards Mark

The invisible slaughter on our seas

A covert investigation of the SOKO animal welfare (Germany)
(Short note: Please read the text first, it is the literal translation of the video from me)

A small fishing boat and the terrible massacre that causes every day.
Crime scene: our North Sea

Countless animals slowly suffocate, there is no anesthetic, only a slow, gruesome death.
Often the animals are torn open when fully conscious and eviscerated alive.

Millions of sharks die this way.

Not anywhere in Asia, but on the European coasts like here on video in France and Great Britain.
The little ones, the young ones, the unwanted, they are all suffocated, crushed, trampled underfoot.

When the fishermen only need the crab claws, they tear them out of the living animal and throw the mutilated creature back into the sea to die in agony.
The eyes of many of the fish, which are sensitive to pain, are pushed out of their heads by the rapid pressure difference when the net is rolled up.

If the catch is not welcome, the animal will be trodden on.

The trawler fishery is the total destruction of our sea.
Politics is silent.
They feel pain
and fear
they suffer
they are individuals
our fellow creatures
Save them
save yourself
it is the blue planet
their planet
if it dies we all will not survive

SOKO Tierschutz

And I mean…Just a small fishing trawler, one of thousands in the EU.
Every animal that is not suffocated is slaughtered. The agony of animals is terrible.
Such a cutter kills more sentient beings per day than Tönnies and Tyson combined.

Control and laws? – Nothing
Politics is failing all along the line, as is the case with any area of ​​animal welfare.
“Bottom trawling, with its total destruction of our seas, is to be equated with slashing and burning the rainforests,” says SOKO Tierschutz.

The fishing industry is by far the most destructive industry in our oceans.
There is no sustainable commercial fishing industry.
More than 2 trillion fish are caught from the sea each year, excluding the 120 billion that are killed on fish farms.

That killing is far greater than the estimated 65 billion animals killed for meat and fur each year.
Corruption, slavery and human trafficking are common in the fishing industry.

Around 300,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises are killed every year by fishing and up to 30,000 sharks every hour.
Fish is supposed to be healthy – we read that every day in the press – but have you ever asked yourself who pays for these studies?
It’s like the meat industry is telling you to eat meat every day.
A lot of money is involved, with $ 5 billion in subsidies going to the fishing industry worldwide.
There are even NGOs that make a profit by awarding eco-labels, even though sustainable fishing is next to impossible.

“When consumers order fish in a restaurant or buy it from the market, they are supporting the global destruction of marine ecosystems.
They support the impoverishment of craft and indigenous communities.
They support slavery and slave labor at sea, ”said Captain Paul Watson.

Most of us will likely no longer live to see the death of the oceans, but our children and grandchildren will endure the horrors of that destruction.

And the survivors will hate us all for it.

My best regards to all, Venus