Month: January 2022

Hawaii becomes first US state to ban fishing for shark 💖🦈

Fishing for sharks is a major problem worldwide.

Around 100 million of these wonderful animals are cruelly captured and killed every year.
The stocks hardly have time to recover, since sharks only become sexually mature at 20 to 30 years of age.
A collapse is therefore inevitable if something does not suddenly change worldwide.

The US state of Hawaii is now setting a good example and has banned the fishing of sharks in its territorial waters since January 1, 2022.
Both fishing and angling are prohibited.
This means that no removal of any kind from the regional stocks may take place, nor any capture with the purpose of locking up the shark in any facilities and displaying it, and the deliberate killing of a shark has been considered a criminal offense since then.

After the ban on swimming with dolphins, Hawaii is thus taking on a pioneering role among the coastal states of the USA with regard to the protection of marine animals.

As early as 2010, Hawaii banned the killing of sharks for the purpose of obtaining their dorsal fin, i.e. “shark finning”.
Quoting Brian Neilson from the Hawaiian authorities:
“We are aware of how important sharks are for a healthy ecosystem in the oceans.”.

He also stressed that the ban underscores the importance of sharks to Hawaiians and their culture.
The first violator of the ban will be fined $500, the second $2,000, and the third $10,000.

In addition, an administrative fee of $10,000 is due from the very first violation.
The authority is also entitled to confiscate the fishing or fishing license and to confiscate the boat and equipment.

Fishermen are encouraged to steer clear of shark territory and use barbless circle hooks to release mistakenly caught sharks quickly and without serious injury.

We very much welcome this step by Hawaii and hope that many other states will follow suit.

The shark is a fascinating creature and by no means the beast it is often portrayed as.
If we don’t invade its habitat and don’t disturb it, then it doesn’t pose any danger to humans.

Today the last chance is to do something against the ethical crime of “shark finning” in the EU.

Please take a few minutes and sign the important citizens’ initiative “STOP FINNING – STOP THE TRADE” if you haven’t already, tomorrow will be too late:

Text: Together for the animals

AndI mean…Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate, largely due to shark fishing and being victims of bycatch. Humans need sharks, but there are few laws that protect them.
But now, Hawaii is paving the way for change.

Despite the new law, there are exceptions that allow a lot of wiggle room for offenders to get away. For example, sharks caught as bycatch will not be counted as a violation. Special permits may also be granted to fish sharks by DLNR.

Hopefully, other states will also follow Hawaii’s lead on banning shark fishing and help better protect our oceans, because we, human animals are most certainly willing to hunt a species to extinction..

But we can all do something to help save sharks, and not just these animals.
When we stop eating fish, meat and all the products of animals

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Remembering Jill and The Tragic Event of 1/2/95.

You can read lots here about Jill and her death at Coventry airport whilst trying to stop the export of live calves.  Visit the links at:

Search Results for “jill phipps” – World Animals Voice

Jill was killed on 1/2/1995.  The link given above will provide a lot of different information on her life, her death trying to protect animals; and the people involved in it; including (her death), Christopher Barrett-Jolley, was a known gun runner who had flown arms to vulnerable developing countries including South Yemen and Sierra Leone.  He was behind the calf shipments from Coventry, and was later jailed for 20 years for attempting to smuggle 270 kg of cocaine into Southend airport, Essex, England.

England: There Is More To The Jill Story When You Have the Facts. – World Animals Voice

We will never forget the actions of Jill; and this is a simple tribute to an animal advocate who was murdered, literally, by a system that at the time viewed animal rights activists as the ‘bad’ ones; rather than looking more into the actions of the ‘other side’ who were involved in the abuses.

Thank you Jill for your actions – you will never be forgotten.

Regards Mark

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Denmark: Good News – Danish Retail Chain Commits To Huge Boost In Animal Welfare.

31 January 2022

Dyrenes Beskyttelse

The Danish retail chain REMA 1000 will significantly increase sales of pork and poultry raised at the highest level of animal welfare. This is happening through a new partnership with Animal Protection Denmark, in which REMA 1000 is the first retail chain in Denmark to enter a total phasing out of fast-growing poultry.

REMA 1000 customers will soon be able to buy significantly more food products from animals that have lived out in the open and with more space. Animal Protection Denmark and REMA 1000, a leading discount chain in Denmark, have recently signed an agreement to raise animal welfare to the highest level for far more products produced from pigs, chickens, and cows.

Among other things, the agreement means that, within the next two to three years, 25 percent of the sale of all fresh pork and poultry must come from free range productions.

At the same time, the sale of the fast-growing chicken breed Ross 308 is being phased out completely.

This is very good news for all of the many farmed animals for whom the agreement will mean a life with access to the outdoors, more space, and the opportunity to live out their natural behaviours. The agreement with REMA 1000 is the result of a long and thorough dialogue, in which ambitious goals have been set for both the short and long term. These are goals that will very quickly impact our range of products as well as the marketing of goods with high animal welfare so that the Danish consumer can easily choose good animal welfare when making their daily purchases. This is an agreement that in many ways shows the path forward in the Danish retail market.

Britta Riis, CEO of Animal Protection Denmark

We’re finding that more and more customers want to buy products with high animal welfare, which are approved by Animal Protection Denmark, because there is enormous trust in their brand. Trust that we share, and we want to give the customers the opportunity to make even broader choices.

Anders René Jensen, Purchasing and Marketing director at REMA 1000

The ‘Approved by Animal Protection Denmark’ label is a registered guarantee and certification label, which may only be used on products where the production has been approved by Animal Protection Denmark in accordance with established requirements. The label has existed for 30 years on the Danish market and has only one level of animal welfare, meaning, among other things, that it is only given to agricultural operations where the animals have access to the outdoors.

Regards Mark

Sam Rowley’s mice: “Behavior of mice determined by our everyday life”

Passers-by in London’s underground stations give Sam Rowley a strange look as he lies on the platform with his camera at the ready.
But it’s worth the effort: his photo of two mice fighting over breadcrumbs just won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year audience award.

The two brawlers in action were also a very special moment for experienced mouse photographers like Sam Rowley. Their fight for breadcrumbs that passers-by had carelessly dropped lasted for fractions of a second before the victorious mouse scuttled away triumphantly.
“I hope the photo shows people the untold drama that can be found in the most ordinary cityscape,” says Rowley.

Sam Rowley shows mice mid-battle inside a London Underground station
© Sam Rowley/Wildlife Photographer of the Year


His photo was shortlisted for the Lumix People Choice Award 2019, chosen by the Natural History Museum London from over 48,000 images from around the world.

Internet users could vote for their favorite picture with a click of the mouse. Rowley prevailed against meaningful pictures: portraits of an orangutan being forced to box fights against other members of the same species; white reindeer that almost disappear in the white of the arctic; or intimate moments between a baby rhino and his human surrogate mother.
“Behavior of mice determined by our everyday life”

And museum director Michael Dixon also fully agrees with the choice on the Internet: “The picture provides a fascinating insight into how the animal world functions in an environment dominated by humans. The behavior of the mice is determined by our everyday life, by how we move around what food we throw away.”

The winning image serves as a reminder of how deeply connected humans are to the natural world on their doorstep and could help make that relationship more appreciated, Dixon said.

Rowey’s mice are on display at the London Museum in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition until May 31.

Sam Rowley shares how he got into this project of photographing mice:
“Obviously every Londoner knows about mice in the underground but I did a bit of research and found that nobody had actually photographed them. It felt like a story that needed to be told.”

Sam’s winning shot beat entries from all over the world, with images taken in Lebanon, Canada, the UK and Spain all picking up the ‘highly commended’ accolade.

Capturing the mice mid-fight was no mean feat, with Sam having to wait patiently for one week for the split-second of action.

He said: “It involved me lying on my stomach for five hours a night for a week to get the perspective nobody else sees.

“The main challenge wasn’t the mice but actually having to dodge people and trying to shut down conversations with them.

“It was really nice that people took an interest in what I was doing but every time someone spoke to me it scared the mice away.
“As it was late at night and approaching Christmas lots of these people were hammered too, so it really was quite tough.”

Sam did not want to reveal which station he took the photo at but said it was in central London.

He said this week’s sudden media frenzy, which has seen him interviewed by a wide range of media including Sky, ITV and BBC, has been ‘crazy but good fun’.

Great job Sam! we think it’s great that this, your photo, was awarded the prize.
Mainly because these animals are treated like dirt by most.
When their fate is shown at the London Museum, maybe things will change.

My best regards to all, Venus

So; EU Sells Pig Meat to Japan, and Under JEEPA; Japan Sells Pig Meat to the EU. That Makes Environmental Air / Sea Mile Sense, Or Does It ? – They Call It An ‘EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement’; We Call It Environmental Destruction.

EU and Japan should use their trade deal to do more for animals

27 January 2022

WAV comment – so, under the JEEPA; the EU imports cattle, hens and pigs from Japan. But hey, does the EU not export (from Germany) pig meat to China  ?   Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world with approximately 58 million pigs are slaughtered in Germany every year.

So, lets get a grip – the EU produces pig meat within the EU (Germany) that it then exports outside of the EU.  At the same time through JEEPA, the EU is importing pig meat from Japan on the other side of the planet ! – this must be so effective in reducing all the meat transportation miles and cutting down on air and sea miles I don’t think. 

Sounds to me like a to hell with the environment; as long as we have good export and import figures, who cares !

Why not German pig meat be sold in the EU, and Japanese pig meat sold in Japan or China ? – this shown the environmentally destructive results of ‘economic partnership agreements’ that our master politicians pride themselves on so much.  Fools or sense ?

Regards Mark

From Eurogroup for animals.

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (JEEPA) entered into force in February 2019, but the partners have not yet started any discussion on animal welfare. At the occasion of the third joint civil society meeting under the trade deal, Eurogroup for Animals calls on the EU and Japan to make use of the provisions on animal welfare cooperation listed in the agreement to foster a transition towards a more sustainable food system, in which animal well being is respected.

Read our report.

While JEEPA liberalised the trade in most animal products without any condition related to animal welfare, it also provided two channels that could be used to improve animal well being: the provisions on animal welfare cooperation, and the chapter on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD), which covers wildlife trafficking, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries. 

While the EU does not currently import significant amounts of animal products from Japan, reduced tariffs have still led to more imports of Japanese animal products. For instance, between 2018 and 2019, imports of Japanese fresh and chilled beef increased by 31% and pig meat imports more than doubled.

As tariff reduction was not conditional on the respect of any animal welfare standards, and as Japan has poor legal requirements in the field, the increase in trade is likely to have favoured mostly industrialised intensive farming practices. This is not only detrimental to animal welfare, but also fuels challenges such asclimate change, biodiversity loss, antimicrobial resistance, and the spread of zoonoses

Using the mechanisms available under JEEPA to promote higher animal welfare is thus essential to ensure that trade policy does not impede the EU’s efforts in combating these problems.

In July 2020, in a reply to a joint letter sent by Eurogroup for Animals, Japan Anti-Vivisection Association (JAVA) and Animal Rights Center Japan (ARCJ), the European Commission agreed that increased animal welfare cooperation should be part of the EU-Japan cooperation. At the occasion of the third anniversary of JEEPA, Eurogroup for Animals reiterates its call for concrete actions to take place in the field through the publication of a report on what the EU and Japan could do for animals under JEEPA. 

The report describes the areas that would be the more promising for EU-Japan animal welfare cooperation either because of the EU imports (cattle, hens and pigs), or because the sectors are key in Japan and therefore any improvement to animal welfare could have a significant impact on animals and on the sustainability of food productions (laying hens and broiler chickens), and lastly  because the EU exports live animals who end up being farmed in these sectors in Japan (horses). 

Hopefully, 2022 will be the year such a cooperation starts. This would contribute to the achievements of the objective listed in the Farm to Fork strategy: to use its trade policy to “obtain ambitious commitments from third countries in key areas such as animal welfare”.

Read our report.

Regards Mark

29/1: A Message From Venus and Mark To All Our Site Visitors.

Venus and Mark; the co founders of WAV, would like to thank some of you for the comments you leave in the way of replies on the site.  We read them all and they are all to be viewed under ‘Recent Comments’ on the left hand side on the site.  We are both of the same feeling on most animal issues; we provide input individually but consult when necessary, and the following has been released with approval from us both.

WAV is an information site run by us, animal advocates.

We run this animal rights blog independently, do not act as representatives any organization or political party (from any country) and we finance our work ourselves – independently; free  from outside sources.  Where possible on our posts, we always publish the original source of our data, as well as providing links directly to animal advocate organisations if we feel it will be beneficial for further progress.

Many WAV visitors often make contact, asking how they can support us.  We do not ask for your money or your financial membership; we have no membership – instead we ask that you invest your donations (if you are able) directly to the animal organisations that we give information on; but just as important, if not more important, is something that everyone can do as supporters, and that is:

Sign the petitions,

Share the videos of the atrocities we provide; films in the slaughterhouse, animal farms, labs, bear bile farms, dairy systems, fur farms, trophy hunting to name but a few; in addition to everyone giving up the support of these businesses which are directly associated with meat, dairy and the use of any animal products.  Plant based is the way forward and we promote that.

These are the minimums that we owe the animals, and with your support, can make such a difference, whilst at the same time have a very positive effect by delivering a severe blow to those who exploit and torture animals.

Thank you for your interests in supporting WAV either financially or in other ways; but rest assured, it is not necessary.  If you can do the above, it is more than we ask in the way of full support.

It is the positive changes that drive us, and we are witnessing this each and every day from the feedback we get from all corners of the world.  Visitor Traffic for ( – this is the only inspiration we need to be a world animals voice.

Our best regards and thanks to you all for your actions and support;

Venus and Mark.

Blow Fixx, hangers, injections: This is how cows are manipulated during milking

Cows and calves lead a cruel existence in the dairy industry. Newborn calves are usually separated from their mothers immediately after birth.
The female offspring usually suffers the same exploitative fate as the mothers and is also intended for milk production.
At the age of about one year, female calves are artificially inseminated for the first time. After birth, they are separated from their child and then milked for the first time.

The dairy industry employs obnoxious and manipulative practices to calm cows during milking and to resolve so-called milk blockages.

Panicked cows in the milking parlour

Young cows in particular sometimes fight back during the milking process.
They don’t stand still in the milking parlor and can’t stand having their udders touched by people and their mother’s milk milked by machines.
The young animals are afraid, panic and try to defend themselves with kicks.

In view of this defensive behavior, the dairy industry does not conclude that they should leave the animals alone and stop stealing their mother’s milk.
Rather, she fixes the young cows with so-called hip restraints or stirrups.
The arched metal devices are clamped around the cow’s waist so that she cannot defend herself with kicks.

In addition, the animals are often injected with synthetically produced oxytocin. The so-called “mother-child hormone” is supposed to calm the cow so that she willingly “gives” her milk.

BlowFixx blows air into cows’ vaginas

It is difficult for us to understand how people came up with the idea of blowing air into the genitals of cows so that they “give away” their mother’s milk.
Unfortunately, the dairy industry is unaware that human beings do not need non-native breast milk – and certainly not in adulthood.

On the contrary, the exploitative industry has even developed a special device that uses a stainless steel probe to blow air into the animals’ vaginas in order to be able to milk young, frightened cows better.

This device is called “BlowFixx”.
In the past, some dairy farms are said to have used garden hoses for the heinous practice, which can sometimes be difficult to insert into the animal’s vagina due to their mobility.

Cows are not milk machines

At PETA, we are appalled at the normality with which these disgusting devices are advertised.
Rather than face the obvious question of why cows don’t want to be milked and stop exploiting the animals, the dairy industry resorts to unsavory manipulation and relegates cows to milk machines.

Cattle are social and affectionate animals that naturally take great care of their children and provide them with the best possible supply from their mother’s milk.
Applying the disgusting practices of the dairy industry to dogs or cats would cause a societal outcry – and rightly so.
The classification of different animal species into so-called pets and so-called livestock is man-made.
It rests on a deeply speciesist mindset that urgently needs to end.

Whether cows continue to be deprived of their mother’s milk is in our hands. Please reach for plant-based milk alternatives to break this painful, speciesistic cycle.

With our free and non-binding Veganstart program, you can easily start an animal-friendly life. The vegan lifestyle offers far-reaching benefits – for the animals, our environment and our health.
It’s best to try it out today!

And I mean…Humans are the only creature that continues to drink breast milk after weaning, albeit from a different species.

Milk is one of the staple foods for many people – but they are clearly in the minority.
A large part of the world’s population does not tolerate milk.
Around three quarters of all people worldwide are lactose intolerant: They lack lactase, i.e. the enzyme that can process lactose in the body.
In Europe, around 30 percent of adults suffer from lactose intolerance. For them, milk consumption leads to abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence.

The countries in which milk is not a staple food clearly show that people can survive and even live healthily without cow’s milk.

There is hardly a food that is more unnatural for humans than animal milk.
As with all mammals, this substance is designed to nurture a newborn of its own kind.
In order for humans to be able to obtain cow’s milk, for example, the calf must first be removed from the only natural food chain.

This is done by snatching the children from the mother cow immediately after birth.
In order to deliver the quantities that are required, the whole thing is now even being carried out industrially and the cows in this perverse machine are artificially inseminated every year and are practically permanently pregnant for the rest of their lives.

And all this just so that Homo sapiens can also consume the mother’s milk of another species in adulthood.
Anyone who confuses that with naturalness is either an idiot or an ignoramus

My best regards to all, Venus

Fashion giants Dolce & Gabbana and Moncler have ditched fur.

The fashion houses’ fur-free policies make ‘it abundantly clear: “fur is cruel, outdated, and ugly.”
Fashion giants Dolce & Gabbana and Moncler have ditched fur.

The two Italian luxury fashion houses are the latest amongst a slew of mega-retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and H&M, that have committed to eliminating fur from their designs.
Canada Goose, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga, have also announced fur-free policies.

Dolce & Gabbana
The fashion brand has even confirmed to In Defense of Animals (IDA) that it will ban angora from all future collections.

“Fur and angora cause extreme cruelty to animals, and we appreciate Dolce & Gabbana’s efforts to set the trend for compassion,” Fleur Dawes, Communications Director for In Defense of Animals said in a statement.

“Clothing and accessories needn’t harm animals. We urge all designers to follow suit by ditching all fabrics made from animal fur and skin.”

The IDA has been campaigning to end the fur trade since the 80’s. It has also helped create the longest-running animal protection demonstration in the world, known as Fur Free Friday.

According to the international animal protection organization, the fashion industry kills around 100 million animals for fur each year, including approximately 2 million dogs and cats.
More than 9,000 supporters signed IDA’s latest petition urging Dolce & Gabbana to ban fur.

“We wholeheartedly celebrate Dolce & Gabbana’s decision to eliminate animal fur and angora from its designs. Consumers have made it abundantly clear: fur is cruel, outdated, and ugly,” Julie Massa, Fur Campaigner for In Defense of Animals said.

Earlier this week, Italian fashion house Moncler – also a renowned skiwear brand – committed to going fur-free as a reflection of the brand’s ‘dedication to protecting the planet and creating a better future for all’.

The luxury brand further announced that it “will stop sourcing fur this year and the last collection to feature fur will be Fall/Winter 2023.”

In a statement, the firm noted: “This decision is consistent with Moncler’s ongoing commitment to responsible business practises and builds on the brand’s constructive and long-term engagement with the Italian animal rights organisation LAV as a representative of the Fur Free Alliance.”

Moreover, it added that Moncler’s Sustainability Plan 2020-25 will focus on five strategic drivers: climate action, circular economy, fair sourcing, enhancing diversity, and giving back to local communities.

PJ Smith, Fashion Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, said: “We’re thrilled Moncler is committed to making the fashion industry more humane.”

Simone Pavesi, LAV Manager for the Animal Free Fashion Area, added: “LAV applauds Moncler for the responsible decision to permanently discontinue animal furs from its collections.

“Our commitment to Moncler and all fashion companies continues towards new goals for an increasingly sustainable fashion and for the protection of animals.”

Fur is dead, and the world knows it

Apart from fashion brands, fur bans have been enacted in San Francisco, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles within the last several years. In 2019 California became the first state in the country to ban fur sales and fur trapping.

Last year, Italy also added its name to the list of countries that have announced bans on fur farms.

The Italian Senate’s Budget Committee voted on the amendment following the Humane Society International/Europe (HSI Europe) strategy to close its remaining 10 mink fur farms by June and permanently ban fur farming nationwide.

“Italy has quickly become a hub for fur-free fashion now that the country banned fur farming last year and many of its renowned brands—including Armani, Prada, Versace, Valentino and Gucci–are fur-free,” Smith added.

And I mean…Fur is not a natural product, but is “produced” in cruel factory farming of wild animals.
After a life of deprivation and suffering, a horrible death by gassing follows.
Europe is still the second largest fur producer in the world after China.

We are thrilled about the decision of the two luxury fashions.
We’re sure fur’s time is up.
And those few fashion houses that are still lagging behind will sooner or later also stop offering animal suffering and death.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Archive: Live Animal Exports From Kent, England. By Mark (WAV).

All photos shown here were taken by Val C.

Recent Past  – Live animal exports to Europe from Ramsgate port, Kent, England.

As many of you will know, live animal transport has been a major part of my life for decades:

About Us – New Category (As Requested). – World Animals Voice

I am from Kent County; which lies directly to the SE of London and is the nearest English county to mainland Europe – you can see it’s position here and read about much of past history: Kent – Wikipedia

Being the nearest county to Europe; Kent has several ports which operate ship ferry services across the English Channel.  Dover is the one we probably all hear about most, but there is another – Ramsgate; which was quite an important port until recently but is not used much now. This appealed to live exporters, who did not have to comply with the very tight arrival and departure schedules if they operated from Dover – it was kind of more relaxed for them.

For years I was involved with an English group (as the EU Correspondent) dealing specifically with live animal shipments from SE England ports which included Dover and Ramsgate.  I want to share here just for the record / interest; some (now archive; but recent until a year or two ago) photographs taken by our official group photographer Val C, who was a member of the official journalists union; hence the excellent quality of her work.

These pictures deal mainly with a vessel operated by a (trader / exported / haulier) Dutchman named ‘Onderwater’; who owns and operates a vessel named the ‘Joline’. 

The ‘Joline’

This vessel was originally constructed as a Soviet battle tank carrier to be used only on rivers; not across the English Channel with loaded livestock transporters full of live animals.  As a vessel it has a low draft (draft in the American spelling, draught in the British) which is defined in technical terms as the distance between the ships keel and the waterline of the vessel.

A battle tank carrier for use on rivers should not carry livestock transporters across the English Channel.
Note the low draught – sides of the vessel – not suitable for Channel waves.

Loaded transporters on the Joline
.. and more.

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