Day: February 7, 2022

Norway bans the torture of bulldogs and king charles spaniels 💖🐕

On January 31, 2022, a judgment of historical importance for animal welfare was made in the District Court of Oslo –
In the future, the torture of English Bulldogs and King Charles Spaniels will be banned under Article 25 of the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act.

The decisive impetus for this was a lawsuit by the animal rights organization “Animal Protection Norway”.
This was submitted because the two breeds are particularly heavily burdened by hereditary disorders.

English bulldogs suffer from diseases of the skin, the kidneys and especially the respiratory tract due to their breed.

King Charles Spaniels, on the other hand, suffer from heart problems, headaches, eye and joint diseases.

The “Norwegian Kennel Club”, the “Bulldog Club”, the “Cavalier Club” and six other breeders were unreasonable and disappointed.
But animal rights activists around the world are pleased with this verdict.
Quote from Åshild Roaldset, Managing Director at Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge:

“The verdict will receive international attention. This is a victory for Norwegian animal welfare and especially for our dogs. Dogs have the right to be bred to be healthy.”

We very much welcome this step, because torture breeding is a serious problem in animal welfare.
It is precisely these two breeds that have been massively bred illegally in Norway.
Well that’s the end of it now!

We appeal to all governments on earth to generally ban defined torture breeding of any species.
Breeders only care about one thing, namely their own profit.
This should be prevented worldwide and the rights of animals and their integrity protected.

And we also appeal to all animal lovers out there in general not to buy from breeders and to enrich them, but to adopt one of the many animal souls in need of help in the countless animal protection facilities on earth.

Breeders are making a fortune while animal sanctuaries and shelters are brimming with wonderful creatures.



And I mean..In both races, increasingly extreme ideals of beauty led to massive health problems.
Inbreeding has led to them increasingly passing on genetic diseases.
The King Charles Spaniel breed is susceptible, among other things, to the so-called myxomatous mitral valve disease, a form of heart failure in dogs.
This puts them at an increased risk of a certain heart disease, for example.

Especially in the past 30, 40 years, at a time when animal welfare was being promoted with words and emergency dogs were being rescued all over Europe, Bulldog dogs were massively robbed of their health and zest for life.
The Bulldogs were getting bigger, wrinkled, wider, deeper.
At the dog shows, veritable excesses of bizarreness were celebrated.

The fact that the dogs can hardly breathe, that the severe wrinkles on their face require lifelong care and that 80% of the puppies are born by Caesarean section does not interest this scene of the so-called Bulldog friends at all.

Another well-known example is the pug, which was supposed to appear particularly flat-nosed and bug-eyed for a long time. As a result, many Pugs suffer from respiratory and corneal problems, and some specimens can even lose an eye

We would like all countries to change their minds and follow Norway’s example
Until then, there is one thing we can do: Adopt! don’t buy your friend from breeder

My best regards to all, Venus

France calls to impose more EU standards on imports as it takes over the Council presidency

4 February 2022

Franck Riester & Julien Denormandie, French ministers for Trade and Agriculture, called on the EU to apply more EU standards to imports as they presented the priorities of the French presidency of the Council to the European Parliament.

Eurogroup for Animals recalls that in order to be successful, the initiative, known as “mirror clauses”, must go beyond environmental, animal and public health standards, to encompass animal welfare.

On 24 January, Trade minister Franck Riester called for more EU environmental and sanitary standards to apply to imports, implying the measures could be adopted erga omnes, and thus apply to all imports and not only to those with preferential market access in application of a trade agreement. According to him, the European Commission recognises the legitimacy of these “mirror clauses”, as several EU rules already apply to imports, such as the rules on welfare at the time of slaughter or the ban on import of beef derived from animals who received antibiotics as growth promoters. The following day, agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie qualified reciprocity in standards as a top priority, calling for the withdrawal from the EU market of “imports from third countries which do not respect EU standards”.

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the approach behind the French proposals of “mirror measures”. Nevertheless, we call for this approach to go beyond environmental and public health measures and to encompass animal welfare. Indeed, it should not only be about accelerating the implementation of the already adopted regulation on veterinary medicines, or strengthening the maximum residue levels for pesticides. This is a matter of consistency between EU trade and agricultural policies at times where the EU is revising its animal welfare legislation. The EU should take the opportunity of this revision to include imports within the scope of the new legislation, as suggested already by  the Commission’s communication on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”.

By conditioning imports of animal products to EU-equivalent animal welfare standards, the EU would not only improve the welfare of trillions of animals, but also foster more sustainable methods of production abroad. Indeed, access to the EU market could be a positive and powerful leverage to incentivise farmers and producers to switch to more sustainable and humane methods of production. Such a measure is supported by 93% of EU citizens who want a legislative change to impose all EU animal welfare standards on imported food products. This ethical concern raised by EU citizens can guarantee that the measure would be WTO-compliant.

Regards Mark

England (London): Some Londoners Left Baffled as ‘Parade’ of 30 Horses Spotted On Battersea Street – No Problem; King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery Just Changing Route To Give The Horses A Break !

Battersea horses

WAV Comment – It always rains in London ! – Giving the horses a change of scenery – away from Hyde Park.  Certainly better than all the cars and other traffic clogging the streets.  VERY well looked after animals – mucked out 3 or 4 times every day I think when in the London barracks.

All the Royal Horse Art, dropings and urine soaked straw is collected from the barracks each day and taken by truck to the royal botanic gardens at Kew (West London); where it is made into compost for the gardens as explained: – there is a famous saying at Kew where all the horse dung in the ‘windrow’ reaches a very high temperature (spontaneous combustion) and the London fire brigade sometimes get a call from Kew asking them if they can come over and put all the poo out ! (with some water to lower the temperature). RHA Horse poo – great compost = great plants at Kew gardens.


Residents in South London street were left puzzled this weekend after a ‘parade’ of 30 horses were seen casually walking past their street. The animals were seen on Friday (February 4th) on an early walk in the rain, filing past houses in pairs, the were captured by one curious resident who shared a post on Reddit

“Anyone know why there’s a parade of horses marching round Battersea?” the user asked. A flurry of comments on the social media platform followed with many users quick to offer suggestions as to what the horse might be doing.

One said: “It is the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment taking their horses out for exercise. They do this once a week to get them away from Hyde park. “I once saw the entire line going through the McDonald’s drive through at the Wandsworth Roundabout.”

Another had a different theory as to why they seem to have ventured further from home. “I’m guessing they’re related to the Household Cavalry that are based in central London. They’re often seen around the Hyde Park neck of the woods but perhaps they fancied a change of scenery?”

A third said it was routine exercise for the animals: “This is the Kings troop – usually based in Woolwich but also have stables in St James and exercise around central.”

While a fourth agreed that the animals were from the royal cavalry but disagreed on their regiment.

“It’s King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. The Household Cavalry have black horses and would be wearing blue or red silks, depending on regiment (Blues & Royals or Life Guards). They’d also only lead 1 horse, not two like in this video.

“However they look like the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery – who may be rehearsing for the ceremonial events this year for the jubilee.

Others were distracted by something else, and instead more interested in the house from where the pictures were taken. One person said,

“I don’t know anything about the horses but can I just say I often walk past your flats and envy the people who live there, they’re absolutely gorgeous

While another added: “I was going to mention this too, I’ve walked past them since childhood and it’s always been a dream of mine to live there.”

Regards Mark


Global warming – the reality delivers a tragedy

It’s a hard life for reindeer in Lapland.
They have to fight their way through the snow for half a year to get to the scarce food.
At first it sounds positive that future winters in Lapland will be an average of 3 degrees warmer due to climate change.
But less cold and less snow will become a big problem for the reindeer.

The Arctic is warming particularly quickly

The Arctic is considered an early warning system for climate change.
Because global warming is particularly severe there.
Air and water temperatures are rising much faster than the global average.

The Arctic climate report from May 2021 states that the mean air temperature north of the Arctic Circle has risen by 3.1 degrees Celsius over the past 50 years.
As a result, the Arctic is warming three times faster than the world. And so not only the reindeer, but also other fellow sufferers get into trouble particularly quickly.

The ice Bear

Asleep on an ice floe, this polar bear looks so peaceful and cozy plush. But he is in great danger. © picture alliance / imageBROKER, FLPA/Malcolm Schuyl

He is the symbol for climate change: the polar bear, whose paws are melting away the pack ice.
The polar bears hunt seals on the huge ice surfaces, which consist of ice floes that have been pushed together.
In holes in the pack ice, the seals gasp for air – and the polar bears shut.
By 2050, a third of the world’s polar bear populations could be gone if global warming continues to melt the pack ice, WWF estimates.
Because the polar bears are starving, are weakened for hunting, have fewer offspring, but instead face more competition from other bear species on the mainland and ultimately die exhausted.

The arctic fox

So cute and so endangered: the arctic fox is one of the animal species most threatened by climate change. © picture alliance / imageBROKER, W. Rolfes

If the polar bears die, the arctic foxes also lose an important food source.
They often follow the white giants on their hunt for prey to get hold of the leftovers of the polar bear’s meal.

The arctic fox survives temperatures down to -50 degrees.
But when the winters get warmer, he gets competition from the red fox, which pushes further and further north.
And because the red fox is bigger and stronger than the arctic fox, the latter often comes out on top.
Its camouflage – white fur in winter and grey-brown fur in summer – also fails as the snow melts earlier and earlier.

The walrus

The walrus is also poorly off in climate change. It loves and needs ice floes, but they are dwindling.

Like polar bears, walruses depend on the pack ice and its ice floes.
They can’t swim and dive that long, so they need frequent resting places.
When there is no ice, the massive marine mammals congregate on the narrow coastal strips, e.g. the Russian Arctic coast.

In these places it sometimes gets so narrow that young animals are crushed, mass panics arise and animals fall off the cliffs in search of a resting place.

The Narwhal

The narwhals cannot defend themselves against climate change with their “dagger”.

The narwhals, the unicorns of the sea, are hit twice by climate change.
The melting of the ice not only changes their hunting, resting and feeding grounds, the animals are also exposed to mercury.
The mercury blown into the atmosphere by coal-fired power plants entered the Arctic ice with air currents and precipitation. The rising temperatures are now ensuring that the ice is melting and the toxic contaminated sites are being released.

Unlike other animals, narwhals cannot get rid of environmental toxins.
They have no hair or feathers to lose.

And I mean…Now there are gloomy forecasts
The earth has already warmed up by a good one degree.
If carbon dioxide continued to be emitted as it has been up to now, its content in the atmosphere could double in the next 60 to 80 years compared to the time before industrialization.

By the way: The lion’s share of environmental pollution is caused by the so-called “civilized” world.

Due to the warming of the earth, the poles are melting and the sea level is rising, new heat records are being reported year after year, meat consumption and water-intensive agriculture are increasing worldwide, therefore rainforest is being cut down cheerfully and diligently, the emissions of the civilized, “developing” world are increasing rapidly.

Why isn’t there actually a forecast of what will happen if the temperature rises by 3 degrees?

Because it’s probably the more realistic thing, so it’s better not to mention it at all, our experts and politicians do that as a profession, because then it has no consequence, just don’t mention it, then there will be no panic and enough illusion

Global warming will have an enormous impact on human living conditions.
There will be great damage for private individuals but also for entire economies.
There will be migration movements and associated attempts to defend themselves.
There will be clashes between states over access to resources.
It is to be expected that these clashes will not be free of violence.

Climate protection does not only mean showing consideration for nature and animals, but preserving living conditions and avoiding economic damage.

We can no longer prevent climate change, but we must do our part to slow it down – so that we can continue to survive on our planet.

The first and fundamentally most important contribution would be the abolition of factory farming and the renunciation of meat and animal products.

My best regards to all, Venus