Day: February 16, 2022

UK: Stop the senseless policy of badger culling

Following Born Free’s formal response to the government’s call for views on new measures to reduce transmission of bovine TB among cattle, we are pleased to report that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued a positive response.

Despite efforts from the National Farmers’ Union to get this process shelved or watered down, new measures will include improvements in TB testing for cattle, speeding up TB cattle vaccine trials, expanding badger vaccination and ending intensive cull licences – although not until 2024.

However, we could still see tens of thousands more badgers brutally killed before the barbaric cull policy finally ends.
Since 2013, over 140,000 badgers have been trapped and gunned down, with many most likely suffering a prolonged and painful death, and at a public cost of over £70m, in the UK government’s ill-advised effort to control tuberculosis in cattle.

“This debacle is the largest slaughter of a protected species in living memory,” explains badger expert Dominic Dyer, Born Free’s British Wildlife Advocate & Policy Advisor. “Badgers have been shot across a huge area of England stretching from Cornwall to Cumbria, pushing the species to the verge of local extinction in parts of the country which they have inhabited since the Ice Age.

“Despite the huge cruelty and cost of the badger cull, the government has provided no reliable scientific evidence to prove that the mass destruction of badgers is making any significant contribution to lowering bovine TB in cattle in or around the cull zones.
The levels of bovine TB in cattle herds within cull zones remains virtually the same as that outside of the killing fields. The cull policy has made no difference, yet thousands more badgers will lose their lives before it is finally brought to an end.

“There are over 9.6 million cattle in Britain and we move more cattle than anywhere else in Europe, the movement of cattle is a key driver for the spread of bovine TB in both cattle and badgers.

For too long the government and the farming industry have wrongly blamed the badger for spread of bovine TB in cattle, which has become a dangerous distraction from tackling the root cause of the disease in the cattle industry.

Despite push back from the National Farmers’ Union, the government is now waking up to this reality and is finally getting serious about an exit strategy from badger culling.
But it can’t come soon enough.

“It’s time the government stops playing the badger blame game and brings an immediate end to all further killing of badgers.”

And I mean…Badger culling licences have been granted across 44 areas in England, Natural England published a list of regions where badger culling licenses have been issued on September 7, 2020.

Tens of thousands of the animals have been killed in a government-backed scheme lasting nearly a decade that has left campaigners fearing badgers could become extinct in parts of England.

New licences have been issued in areas in Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Somerset, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Avon.

This is no longer a badger control policy, it’s a badger eradication exercise.

The tragedy is, that the “vast majority” of badgers being killed were TB-free, with no impact from their deaths on reducing the disease in cattle.

Badger Trust executive director Peter Hambly said: “New national polling shows that only 15% of people in England support the ongoing badger cull, and yet the cull is bigger than ever and the Government continues to chaotically expand and intensify the killing.

“There is simply no let-up in the way the cull continues to expand and claim more badger lives.

“When the Government releases the 2021 cull figures, people will be shocked at the huge number of badgers killed and increasing areas of the country will be empty or near-empty of badgers.

“This is a national wildlife tragedy happening right before our eyes.”

This is the usual way to “solve” problems, most of which are caused by humans.
This is what the government in Denmark did with the millions of mink, and Germany is also practicing the cruel culling of thousands of chickens because of bird flu

The cruel irony is that such diseases will continue to affect us in the future, as long as we want to engage in factory farming and animal exploitation
Man is the only animal on the planet that doesn’t learn from his mistakes.

My best regards to all, Venus

The Humble Pangolin’s Heartbreaking Tale.

15/2 Is World Pangolin Day – Learn More About These Wonderful Animals – Now Critically Endangered Due To Man. – World Animals Voice

Search Results for “pangolin” – World Animals Voice

The humble pangolin’s heartbreaking tale.

Were you to follow the life of a pangolin, you’d begin life riding around the jungle clinging to your mother’s scaly tail, eating ants, climbing trees and generally keeping yourself to yourself.

When danger approached she’d wrap you under her tummy, forming a barrier impenetrable to bear claws and tiger teeth alike – a technique that’s kept pangolins alive since the dinosaurs disappeared.

But from then – if you were like over 1,000,000 others in the last 20 years – you’d be headed for a whole new world of horror.

You’d enter the world of humans.

It would begin as you curled up in fear at the sound of approaching human footsteps. Exploiting your inability to fight or flee, the owner of those footsteps would pick you up, imprison you, and proceed to trade your existence to a wildlife dealer.

You’d then be frozen and shipped across the world to have your corpse floated in wine or caged alive outside a restaurant ready to be slaughtered at a dinner table in front of wealthy diners hoping to impress their guests.

Your scales – just like those of your mother you clung to – would be ripped from your body, ground to a powder and uselessly consumed as a mythical medicine


Joint operation leads to three arrests, 7 tonnes of pangolin scales seized

Almost every step of this obliteration of your species would be formulated and facilitated by networks of ruthless traffickers, fattening their purses at the expense of pangolin after pangolin after pangolin after pangolin.

This has to end – we must bring this crooked industry down.

Friend, you took our survey to support pangolins, so I know you’re passionate about saving these creatures. That’s why I want to ask you to make an urgent £25 donation today.

Your £25 could help support undercover operatives taking on those traffickers and putting them where they belong – prison. That way we can bring down the barbaric networks and save countless pangolin lives.

So please donate now, because unless we act – unless we end this spiral of utter destruction – it will be ended for us. By extinction.

Kind regards,
Mark Todd

PS With the rate of slaughter so unbearably high, the clock is ticking. Please send whatever you can afford. We do not have much time to turn this dreadful situation around, and save elephants from total extinction.

Regards Mark

Cultivated Meat – Parts 1, 2 and 3. Questions Answered.

Part 3: Everything you always wanted to know about Cultivated Meat – and beyond

16 February 2022

Cultivated meat does not yet fully exist on a commercial level and market introduction will happen stepwise, starting with specialised restaurants. It is currently at the pilot scale progressing towards up-scaled production, currently comprising more than 70 startups.

Read our detailed FAQ here.

Are consumers ready to eat cultivated meat? 

The acceptance studies of the past years show a worldwide positive attitude towards cultivated meat. The consumer groups with the most positive attitude towards cultivated meat are flexitarians or carnivores. A recent study on Belgian consumer attitudes indicates that different protein alternatives are needed. Taste and textures were the main barriers to plant-based meat alternatives for meat-eaters. The main motivations for meat-eaters to shift to cultivated meat were social goods such as avoiding animal suffering, minimising environmental impact, and mitigating global hunger.

Will cultivated meat be as nutritious as conventional meat? 

Yes, it will be vital to pass the comparison with conventional meat. There are even opportunities to ameliorate the nutritional profile. However, cultivated meat developers still need to prove that their products are or will be as nutritious.  

Is cultivated meat halal/kosher?  

It could be, but at this point, there are no clear rulings yet. A lot will depend on the final production process that will need to be inspected by delegates from the religious communities. And it is very possible that there will be multiple contradicting rulings and religious labels, as is the case today for conventional meat.

Will/can farmers play a role in cultivated meat production? What is the social impact of cultivated meat? 

Cultivated meat can be produced by a wide range of companies of different sizes, including local small-scale farms. Future scenarios can involve both large-scale facilities as well as small cultivators on rural farms as a complement to small-scale regenerative farming. For this to happen, it is important to make the production of cultivated meat accessible to SMEs.

While private investments have been crucial in pioneering research on cultivated meat, private investments need to be combined with public funding to expand the possibilities of small enterprises. It is important that public funding for open-access research is made available by governments and the EU so that the future development of cultivated meat production is not left in the hands of large companies but can reach its full transformative potential as part of a sustainable food system.

Did you miss Part 1 and Part 2 of our series?

For more details, you can read our FAQ here.

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Regards Mark

UK: Vegan Ad Shown On National Television For First Time 14/2/22. – World Animals Voice

NZ / UK: New Zealander Based in UK, Sir Mark Todd, has Been Handed a Suspension by the British Horseracing Authority After Horse Striking Video Footage.

FILE PHOTO: Equestrian - Eventing Individual Cross Country
© Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes FILE PHOTO: Equestrian – Eventing Individual Cross Country

New Zealander based in UK, Sir Mark Todd, has been handed a suspension by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after a video emerged showing him striking a horse with a branch.

Horse racing-Olympic champion Todd suspended for horse-striking video (

Previous posts relating to this:

Sir Mark Todd has issued a grovelling apology after he hit a horse with a branch ten times. – World Animals Voice

England: Racing chiefs investigate Sir Mark Todd horse whipping video after public outrage. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark