Day: February 5, 2022

South Korea withdrews its plans for the new horsemeat pet food factory!

Published February 1, 2022 by Elena Waldman.


Plans for a new horsemeat pet food factory in South Korea have been nixed!
Keep reading to see how PETA and local activists pushed for this victory.

PETA’s investigation into horse slaughter in South Korea revealed that horses who were retired from being forced to race (most with American parents or who were U.S.-born) and other horses were abused and killed at a massive slaughterhouse in Jeju.
PETA documented that workers and drivers repeatedly beat panicked horses in the face while they unloaded them and killed other horses in front of them.
Several workers and the slaughterhouse itself were convicted and fined, and the shocking video made waves around the world—to South Korea’s shame.

One of the horses killed, Cape Magic, had arrived with a large bandage on his leg, and PETA learned that he’d come straight from a track where he’d been forced to race less than three days before.
This precipitated a health scandal when it was discovered that during this time he’d been administered phenylbutazone—a drug prohibited in animals for human consumption.

After an outcry—which caused the demand for horsemeat to plummet further—Jeju officials announced a new horsemeat certification program for restaurants that promised not to use meat from horses forced to race.

However, the racing industry continued to cast off injured and unsuccessful horses—about 1,600 each year.
So Jeju proposed a new plan to profit from this pipeline—a new factory to kill horses for pet food. But the public doesn’t want dangerous drugs in the food of companion animals.
Local animal rights groups and civic groups spoke out against the proposal and agitated for a humane retirement system for horses.

Both Jeju Vegan and Animal Freedom Coalition started holding regular marches from the racetrack to the slaughterhouse.

When South Korean–owned horse Knicks Go won the famed Breeders’ Cup Classic race in November, a PETA activist got herself invited into the winner’s circle, where she unfurled a sign with a message that U.S. media couldn’t decipher but that Koreans couldn’t miss: “Korea Racing Authority, how dare you turn racehorses into dog food!”

As a result of this pressure at home and abroad, Jeju withdrew its plans for the new horsemeat pet food factory!

However, the flow of horses to existing slaughterhouses continues, and Korea still lacks an aftercare system for horses. You can help—please tell the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) to renounce horse slaughter and designate 3% of prize money to create a comprehensive retirement plan for horses formerly used for racing. Take action below:

And I mean…Koreans bet more than $8 billion on horse racing every year.
So that the industry is always supplied with new horses (also for breeding), many animals are imported from America.
But some are not fast runners and as a result 1,600 horses are eliminated from the racing industry each year because they are no longer performing as intended.

One thing is certain: not only in South Korea, but also in Mexico, Argentina, Canada and the USA horsemeat is produced under dramatic circumstances.
Every year, the Netherlands imports meat from around 60,000 horses from Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, the USA and Canada.
Most of the horsemeat in the world comes from these countries.

This meat is either exported or further processed for various snacks, horse steaks or smoked horse meat products.
A scam for the consumer is the supermarkets’ claim that the meat is also produced overseas under strict EU guidelines that guarantee animal welfare !!

What the horses go through before they are slaughtered until they are offered for consumption in our shops and restaurants is beyond horrific, both videos from South Korea and the Netherlands proved it (although coming from different corners of the world).

(The video is in Dutch, but you don’t necessarily have to understand the language, the language of the pictures is enough)

Horses aren’t the only animals to suffer either.
Such videos have often shocked and will continue to do so.
But the fact is that in Germany as well as in other countries, meat from torture production is imported and offered, while they advertise sustainability, animal welfare, controls and other phrases.

The market is dominated by a few import companies. Their statements regarding animal welfare and consumer protection are in stark contrast to the cruel reality, and as the undercover videos prove.

Without lies and hypocrisy, the meat industry would have been bankrupt long ago.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: (Alaska) Iditarod, The Worlds Cruelest Dog Race, Starts 5/3/22. It Must Be Stopped. Take Action Here.

Alaska’s dangerous Iditarod dog race is set to begin on March 5. And despite the fact that the 2022 death race hasn’t even started yet, already at least one dog has been killed. Just last month while training for the Iditarod, a team of dogs was hit by a truck. One of the dogs, Noddy, was killed.

Last year, in addition to holding in-person protests, PETA exposed abundant abuse during the race:

  • Nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail during the race because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes.
  • Musher Dallas Seavey finished first after four dogs he pushed beyond the breaking point had to be removed from the trail.
  • Musher Martin Buser apparently put an injured dog back in the harness and forced him or her to continue racing, despite video footage showing the dog limping.
  • This pointless, cruel race is a matter of life and death for dogs.
  • Please take action now to urge companies to drop their Iditarod sponsorships.

Take action for dogs:

Note that here you can send several messages one at a time – simply follow the send instructions to each supporter company:

The Deadly Iditarod Race Should Be Terminated: Here’s Why (

Watch the video of abuses:

It’s been reported that in the first Iditarod race, at least 15 dogs died—and the body count has continued to pile up since then.

Other dogs barely make it out alive. Take 2021’s race: By the time it ended on March 18, nearly 200 dogs had been pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, and other causes, forcing the rest to work even harder. Musher Dallas Seavey—who has raced dogs who have tested positive for opioids, operates a kennel accused of killing dogs who didn’t make the grade, and owns property where a whistleblower reported finding dying puppies—finished first after four dogs he pushed beyond the breaking point had to be removed from the race. Musher Brenda Mackey admitted that she pulled out of the race after the dogs she forced to run suffered from “the most awful diarrhea I’ve ever seen,” violently vomited, and developed aspiration pneumonia, the leading cause of death for dogs in the Iditarod. And musher Martin Buser apparently put an injured dog back in the harness and forced him or her to continue racing.

Discover nine other reasons why the Iditarod is a deadly nightmare for dogs forced to race:

Dog deaths in the Iditarod are so routine that the official rules call some of them an “Unpreventable Hazard.”

The Iditarod has killed more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. Five died in 2017 alone. In just the last decade, dogs competing in the event have died from various causes, including asphyxiation, heart attacks, trauma from being struck by a vehicle, freezing to death, excess fluid in the lungs, and acute aspiration pneumonia—caused by inhaling vomit.

If the dogs don’t die on the trail, they’re still left permanently scarred.

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported that more than 80 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod sustain persistent lung damage. A separate study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine showed that dogs forced to take part in endurance racing had a 61% higher rate of stomach erosions or ulcers. And in a paper in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise—the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine—researchers concluded that dogs used in sled races suffer from airway dysfunction similar to “ski asthma” (an asthma-like condition caused by intense exercise in cold weather), which persists even after four months of rest.

There’s no retirement plan.

Breeders of dogs used in sledding have freely admitted that “surplus” dogs are killed. They may be killed if they aren’t fast or fit enough for competition or if they don’t meet certain aesthetic standards—for example, if they have white paw pads. Dogs who finish the race but are no longer useful to the industry may be shot, drowned, or abandoned to starve.

Even when the race ends, dogs’ misery doesn’t.

A PETA eyewitness worked at two dog kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found widespread neglect and suffering there. Dogs were denied veterinary care for painful injuries; kept constantly chained in the bitter cold with only drafty, dilapidated boxes or plastic barrels for “shelter”; and forced to run even when they were exhausted and dehydrated.

Dogs pull mushers’ sleds up to 100 miles a day.

During the race, they’re expected to run approximately 1,000 miles in less than two weeks, and race rules mandate only 40 hours of rest over the entire span of the race. They’re prohibited from taking shelter during any part of the race, except for veterinary exams or treatment.

As many as half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish

Injured, sick, and exhausted dogs are often “dropped” at checkpoints, but event rules require that only dogs who started the race be allowed to finish, meaning that the remaining animals must work under even more grueling circumstances, pulling even more weight.

No dog would choose to run in this arctic nightmare.

Orthopedic injuries are the number one reason that dogs are “dropped” from the Iditarod—which makes it clear that no dog, regardless of breed, is capable of handling the grueling race on ice, through wind, snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Even wearing booties, many incur bruised, cut, or swollen feet. They also suffer from bleeding stomach ulcers, pull or strain muscles, and sustain other injuries.

Thousands of dogs are bred each year for sled racing.

While only a few dozen dogs raised for the race will ultimately be deemed fit enough to compete, many more will be kept tethered and chained for most of their lives, some with nothing more than dilapidated plastic crates as their shelter.

Dogs at dogsled breeding compounds have died of numerous ailments.

Some have frozen to death, while others have died of complications from eating rocks—presumably a result of the intense frustration of spending years on a chain.

Dogs Deserve Far Better Than a Lifetime of Isolation, Cruelty, Suffering, and Death on the Iditarod Trail

The Deadly Iditarod Race Should Be Terminated: Here’s Why (

Regards Mark



Netherlands: Dutch Owned Super Trawler Spills 100,000 Dead Fish Off French Coast. Disgusting.

The FV Margiris uses giant drag nets more than a kilometre long. Pic: Sea Shepherd France
© Other The FV Margiris uses giant drag nets more than a kilometre long. Pic: Sea Shepherd France
The images of the massive spill have ben described as 'shocking'. Pic: Sea Shepherd France
© Other The images of the massive spill have ben described as ‘shocking’. Pic: Sea Shepherd France

An investigation has been ordered after the world’s second-biggest trawler shed more than 100,000 dead fish into the Atlantic, sparking claims they were dumped deliberately.

The spill from the FV Margiris off the French coast was caused by a tear in the super trawler’s net, according to the fishing industry group PFA, which represents the vessel’s owner.

Footage of the giant floating carpet of dead fish in the Bay of Biscay was taken by environmental campaign group Sea Shepherd France.

France’s maritime minister Annick Girardin has described the images as “shocking” and said she had asked the country’s national fishing surveillance authority to investigate.

The fish were blue whiting, a sub-species of cod, which is used by the industry to mass-produce fish fingers, fish oil and meal.

Sea Shepherd France has cast doubt on claims it was accident and believes the fish were discharged on purpose.

The group’s head, Lamya Essemlali, said: “It’s forbidden for a fishing vessel to throw overboard bycatch.

“It is supposed to bring the bycatch to port and to make a declaration.

“The EU regulation has been implemented so that we can reduce the non-selective fishing methods because it’s very demanding, time-consuming and costs money for a fishing vessel to go back to port and unload the bycatch, and then go back at sea.

“So the temptation is big for these vessels at sea without any witness, any control, to just throw overboard all the bycatch and stay in the area, and keep on fishing.”

She added: “There is total impunity at sea. There is no control, no witnesses and no fines.

“There is a lot of money to be made and we have to improve the controls at sea, we have to put remote e-monitoring cameras onboard all the fishing vessels.”

Trawlers like the Margiris use giant drag nets more than a kilometre long and process the fish on-board.

Ms Essemlali said: “It has an impact on the fish population itself but also it has an impact on the predators, like dolphins, because the fish that these super trawlers are fishing are the main preys of dolphins and sharks. And basically, we are driving dolphins to starvation.”

Thousands of dead dolphins have washed up on France’s Atlantic coast over the past years.

Following protests by activists against super trawlers, the Margiris was forced to leave Australian waters in 2012.

Traffic data by on Friday showed the vessel, which is owned by the Dutch company Parleviliet & Van der Plas and sails under the flag of Lithuania, was still fishing off the French coast.

Super trawler spills 100,000 dead fish off French coast (

Regards Mark

Read more here:

Over 100,000 dead fish were dumped by a European trawe off the coast of La Rochelle, western France - Sea Shepherd
© Sea Shepherd Over 100,000 dead fish were dumped by a European trawer off the coast of La Rochelle, western France – Sea Shepherd

The dead fish carpeted the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France - Sea Shepherd
© Provided by The Telegraph The dead fish carpeted the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France – Sea Shepherd

Trawlers like the Margiris use drag nets measuring over a kilometre in length and process the fish in on-board factories, a practice heavily criticised by environmentalists.

Following protests by activists, the Margiris was forced to leave Australian waters in 2012.