Day: March 2, 2022

No more glyphosate in the EU

We received a petition started by
Animal experiment opponents Federal Republic of Germany e.V. and
Antidote Europe – For Responsible Science ( with a request to sign the petition, because it is about further approval in the EU of the poison called glyphosate, which is highly harmful to humans, nature and animals
We ask EVERYONE to sign this important petition.

The license for glyphosate expires this year.
It is therefore very important that it is not extended.
The petition is in German, and quite long, but very informative.
The most important points are translated.

Petition text

Glyphosate is the world’s best-selling herbicide and a so-called “total herbicide”.
It kills any plant that hasn’t been genetically engineered to survive herbicide use.
It is best known under the brand name “Roundup”, a product of Bayer-Monsanto.

According to the WHO Cancer Research Agency, glyphosate is probably carcinogenic in humans – and it contributes significantly to the extinction of species in agricultural landscapes.

The approval for glyphosate as an active ingredient in crop protection products will expire in December 2022.
In 2019, with an application from manufacturers for approval beyond 2022, the review process provided for in EU legislation was initiated.

From January 1, 2022, France will take over the EU Council Presidency, which rotates every six months.
President Macron himself is up for re-election in April.
Mr President Macron, campaign for a ban on glyphosate and other environmental toxins.

The petition is created because the current REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation, which also includes animal testing for glyphosate, does not protect the health of EU citizens for two main reasons:

It will still rely on animal test results and too little human data is collected. Results from animal experiments are not evidence-based, i.e. they are not safe and must therefore not be used as a basis for humans.
If scientific fraud at LPT (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology) went unnoticed by those responsible in politics, ministries and authorities for decades, this raises questions with regard to all animal experiment studies in the corresponding institutions

The Commission, President Macron, Member States, industry and other stakeholders should continue to contribute to the promotion of alternative testing methods, including computational methods, appropriate in vitro methods and toxicogenomics-based methods, at international and national level.

Animal experiments are of course advantageous for industry, since it makes it easy to prove that a substance is not, for example, carcinogenic or has no hormone activity.

Animal experiments are not only cruel, but also an opportunity for immense fraud, to the detriment of millions of consumers who later wonder where their cancer, their Alzheimer’s, their diabetes come from.

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.
The REACH regulation is a regulation of the European Union that was enacted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can arise from chemicals.
REACH should therefore be the guarantor for the protection of human health and the environment.

How is it then possible that the REACH regulation allows substances of very high concern to remain on the market with exemptions, e.g. for socio-economic reasons?
Substances of very high concern carry the criteria: carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction, teratogenic, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.
Is the life and health of EU citizens being carelessly treated here for economic reasons?

We call on EU Council President Macron and the European Commission to ban chemicals of very high concern without exception.
We call on the Commission and EU Council President Macron to ensure that institutions whose opinions and opinions have a significant influence on far-reaching laws that affect the health of all EU citizens, as well as those of animals and our environment, are independent of influencing trade associations and industry.

Manipulations as in the LPT (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology) are to be punished and prohibited immediately.

And I mean…It’s one of the world’s best-selling herbicides: over a million tons of the herbicide glyphosate, better known by the trade name Roundup, are sprayed every year.

Although we now know what glyphosate does, we must continue to be poisoned by BayerMonsanto’s glyphosate until 2022.
That is what EU law wants.
The business obviously takes precedence over the health of people and nature, because although it is now known what glyphosate does, a re-approval of glyphosate after 2022 is being examined.

More than 52,000 glyphosate-exposed cancer victims are now suing Bayer in the United States.
In the three cases tried so far, juries have found Monsanto guilty and ordered Bayer to pay a total of $2.375 billion.

We don’t need to keep poisoning ourselves from the glyphosate.

France is part of the Glyphosate Assessment Group (AGG), along with Hungary, Sweden and the Netherlands, which will review the application for readmission and then submit a draft assessment to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
We have to mobilize.

My best regards to all, Venus

India: 2/3/22 – Latest From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.

Dear Mark,

We’ve rescued thousands of animals, yet we are still in awe of each and every animal’s uniqueness. Some animals take time to get to know, while others wear their heart on their sleeve. We’ll never know what an animal is really thinking, in a human sense, yet the presence of life and of feeling, not different from ours, is unmistakable. They probably don’t know that they feel better because of the injection we just gave them, or the splint now stabilizing their fracture, but in the moment when their worried eyes become soft, and their tense shoulders relax, we rejoice in just knowing that we’ve helped them feel better.

Watch these wonderful recovery videos below and know that you, wherever you are in the world, have helped a tail wag, given a peaceful night’s sleep, made a hungry belly full, and surrounded a worried animal with love.

Despite a ruptured eye,Sunny hugged his rescuer!

Sunny’s tail wags in every single frame of this video. Unusual under any circumstances, but incredible that he shared joy even with the excruciating pain he suffered having a completely ruptured eye. His eye was damaged beyond repair, but he pulled through surgery with flying colors and immediately seemed to show–not fear, but gratitude! It’s simply awful to imagine such a joyful puppy suffering in pain. Without rescue, his tail would soon have stopped wagging forever. This little sweetheart is simply Love Itself in a puppy package.

Keep tails wagging. Please donate today!

Rose’s love helped heal her baby Petal’s horrific wound

Rose’s little boy, Petal, was terribly injured on the back of his neck with a deep wound filled with maggots. We knew they needed to be together but the day we rescued him we didn’t have room in our ambulance to bring them both. The next day our ambulance pulled in with a big beautiful surprise for this little angel: his mommy! Happily together with Mom, his healing process galloped along! Daily wound cleaning and fresh dressings enabled that awful wound to close within a couple of weeks.

Meet Petal and Rose now! Donate today.

Giving peace and safety to sweethearts like Shaney who have a long healing journey ahead

When Shaney arrived she was a suffering sweetheart who had a fracture on her shoulder. Her ears were also wounded in the accident. She needed medical care for her ears, and for her fracture, she needs rest and limited mobility. Here she is now, completely at home in the our sheep and calf area where there are, of course, no passing vehicles and where tension is completely lifted and all her energy can go into further healing and strengthening her leg.

Thank you for giving us the means to provide complete rehabilitation for those who need time to heal.

Compassion in our Community

A community street animal care-giver often evolves beginning with giving the adorable dogs outside their home leftovers and table scraps. Gradually the bright eyes of the dogs or cows invite irresistible pets and cuddles. For many people, this blossoms into a friendship.

Photographed here, this elegant boy’s guardian brought him in their car and drove him to Animal Aid when they noticed he had a puncture wound that looked infected. Sure enough it was infected, but with antibiotics and their close monitoring, he did not need to be admitted into the hospital and he could heal happy in his own neighborhood with his caregivers near by.

Biggest thank you to the people in Udaipur and across India who have opened their hearts and hands to the angels on their path. 

New vegan purses!

Every purchase helps save someone Beautiful!

Hand-crafted earrings, necklaces, bracelets!

Go shopping here!

Regards Mark

Italy Celebrates Animals Being Recognised in Constitution.

1 March 2022


On March 9th LAV is organising a conference at the Italian Senate to understand what concrete changes this milestone decision will bring about. The event will be accessible online with English interpretation

On March 9th the protection of animals, environment, biodiversity and ecosystems will be officially recognised in the Italian Constitution. What changes and what impact will this have?

These questions will be discussed the same day, during a conference organised by our member LAV, who, back in 1998 wrote and deposited the first draft law for the recognition of animals in the Constitution. 

The event, which will take place at the Italian Senate, in the same building where the Constitution was signed in late December 1947, can be also attended online, with the support of English interpretation.

Our CEO Reineke Hameleers and Massimiliano Conti, Commander of CITES Carabinieri, will take the floor for a welcome address. Gianluca Felicetti and Carla Campanaro, respectively LAV President and Legal Office Manager, will moderate the conference. 

Speakers include Professors Diana Cerini (UniBicocca Milano), Francesca Rescigno (UniBologna), Maria Vittoria Ferroni (La Sapienza Roma), Luigi Lombardi Vallauri (formerly UniFirenze and Cattolica Milano), Alessandra Valastro (UniPerugia), Sanja Bogojevic (University of Oxford). 

On behalf of the political groups that supported the approval process of the new law, the first signatories of the bill and rapporteurs will take the floor: Loredana De Petris, Alessandra Maiorino, Valentina Corneli, Patrizia Prestipino, Michela Vittoria Brambilla, Doriana Sarli, Rossella Muroni and Gianluca Perilli.

The event takes place on Wednesday 9 March from 2 to 5PM CET.

All the details on how to attend online will be available on LAV’s website on Monday March 7th.

Regards Mark

Unsettling Developments On Slaughter Without Stunning in Greece.

2 March 2022

Hellenic Animal Welfare Federation

Instead of complying with the ruling of the Supreme Court, the Government amends the law on which the ruling was based

After having been defeated in Court by animal protection organisations who had appealed a ministerial decision allowing ritual slaughter of animals without prior stunning, the Greek government took the unprecedented step of getting rid of the existing animal protection law that stood in its way. 

In October 2021, in a ruling that made history, the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece annulled a ministerial decision which, in 2017, had introduced ritual killing of animals without prior stunning, a killing practice until then prohibited under Greek national law. 

The Court ruled that the Greek State had not made use of the “margin of appreciation” and the “level of subsidiarity” provided by the EU regulation which gives Member States the possibility to ensure wider protection of animals, by maintaining their national rules or adopt new ones – taking into account the evolution of values and perceptions in their society – especially given the fact that Greece has had a legislation prohibiting any killing of animals without prior stunning since 1981.

The government decided to remove the inconvenient article from the law, downgrading Greek animal protection standards to pre-1980s levels. This unacceptable amendment was slipped into a massive bill on corruption which was submitted three days ago and will be voted by Parliament with expeditious procedures.

Regards  Mark