Day: March 7, 2022

Our daily egg – intolerable suffering for hens

Switzerland-Lucerne Newspaper, 23.02.2022

97 percent of all laying hens have a broken sternum: X-rays with shock results!

Egg laying non-stop: The work of laying chickens has surprising consequences for the animals, as new analyzes by the University of Bern (Switzerland) show.

Organic hens from supermarket chain “Migros” and “Coop” are also affected, as reported by “K-Tipp” (a Swiss consumer magazine which is the magazine with the most readers in Switzerland. .

This result makes your egg stick in your throat: researchers from the University of Bern regularly X-rayed 150 laying hens in Switzerland over a period of ten months to analyze the physical consequences of their egg production.

They came to the conclusion that 97 percent of the animals had a broken sternum.
This is reported by the “K-Tipp” in its current issue.

On average, each chicken had three broken bones – in some animals it was as many as eleven.
According to the consumer magazine, the problem is not new, but the results indicated that it is bigger than previously known.
In earlier studies, for example, many fractures went undetected because the researchers only felt the bones and did not X-ray them.

Water with painkillers

That’s what Michael Toscano, head of the Center for Animal Welfare at the University of Bern, suspects.
“You often don’t see the pain in the chickens.
Nevertheless, there is evidence that a condition is present: Hens with broken bones move less.
They take longer to get off their perches.
And they choose to drink water that contains painkillers more often,” Toscano told “K-Tipp”.

According to the University of Bern, there are various reasons for the fractures.
But it is clear that the bones of the overbred chickens are brittle.

On average, a laying hen produces 323 eggs – almost one egg a day.
Chickens get the calcium they need for eggshells from their own bones.
The assumption of veterinarians is that the bones do not regenerate this calcium completely and therefore become porous.

Worldwide suffering

According to the report, it is also possible that some animals start laying eggs too early when their bones are not yet developed.
With the result that just a violent flapping of the wings or a collision with the perch causes the breastbone to crack.

Hanno Würbel, Professor of Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bern, criticizes sharply the situation:
“With today’s keeping and breeding of chickens, pain and suffering for many animals is inevitable.
And that’s just not sustainable.”

The extent of suffering is enormous worldwide.

According to Würbel, almost all laying hens used in Switzerland are affected in all forms of husbandry, including free-range and organic farms that are sold in Swiss supermarkets.

The Swiss supermarket chain “Migros” only tells the magazine that the issue affects the entire industry.
She does not want to comment further on the broken bones.

According to the report, egg producers around the world keep the same high-performance breeds.
Their breeding is therefore in the hands of a few corporations such as the German EW Group or the Dutch Hendrix Genetics.

They are currently trying to breed hens that are less prone to fractures.
The federal government and the egg producers are also counting on this.

Low alternative offer

Instead, the animal protection organization recommends switching to dual-purpose chickens, which provide meat as well as eggs.
These lay 70 to 100 fewer eggs per year and are therefore likely to be significantly less affected by fractures.

However, of the 3.4 million laying hens in Switzerland today, just under 20,000 are dual-purpose chickens.

And I mean…Almost 70 percent of all “farm animals” in Switzerland are chickens.
After fish, chickens are the animals we kill the most every year-worldwide.

The strongest intensification has taken place in poultry fattening. Approximately 63% of the chickens in Germany live in huge halls with up to 6,000 animals.
High-performance breeds are bred to lay a particularly large number of eggs in a short period of time.
After about a year, the animals are so exhausted that they can no longer perform well and are killed.

At the end of their lives, the animals are severely weakened by their cruel life, have an inflamed cloaca and almost no feathers left, partly because they peck at each other due to the poor keeping conditions.
They are kept in confined spaces, often without natural light, and live in cramped stalls on their own dung.

Male chicks must be discarded because they don’t lay eggs and weren’t bred to put on a lot of meat in a short amount of time—and so aren’t profitable.
Every year in the EU, more than 300 million chicks are crushed alive in a shredder or gassed immediately after hatching.
In Switzerland alone there are 2.3 million annually.

At the age of 12-15 months, the animals are slaughtered and often still marketed as soup chickens, turkeys are 3-4 months old at the time of slaughter..
When the chickens are caught, panic often breaks out in the coop, and many chickens are injured or suffocate under their own kind.

The brutal egg industry is responsible for massive animal suffering and apparently this is not uncommon and not country-related.

Dead hens, inflamed cesspools, broken legs and bones, bare pecked animals and wrongly declared eggs, the egg industry is gambling away a cruel reality with rosy advertising promises of allegedly happy chickens.

The global chicken business is a bad thing.
Locked up by the thousands in a very small space, the suffering of these animals bred for maximum performance never ends.
Using animals as disposable goods is unethical and reprehensible.

The tragic irony is that none of this all is actually necessary – because there are plenty of alternatives.
Good food is also possible without eggs, without meat, without animal products, i.e. without animals having to suffer and die for our food.

My best regards to all, Venus

Alaska’s Wildlife: There’s nowhere like it- and yet it is in danger!

Alaska is home to countless animals and the largest and most pristine remaining wilderness in the United States.
If any remnant of the original wild glory of our country remains, it is there.
Unfortunately, human greed knows no bounds, and malignant forces are aligning to bulldoze and cement over wildlands by developing a 211-mile industrial access road straight through the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where it would ravage the pristine landscape and disrupt the migration pathway of the largest caribou herd left in North America.

Roads are one of the most destructive forces against animals and their natural habitats. Animals are frequently struck by vehicles.
Some die instantly, but others are maimed and must endure long, agonizing deaths. In the United States alone, over 1 million vertebrate animals are killed by vehicles every day.

The proposed development could include four or more large-scale mines, along with hundreds of smaller ones across the region.
It would require 48 bridges and 3,000 tunnels to cross 11 major river systems and thousands of smaller wetlands, rivers, and streams.

Roads also fragment habitats by preventing animals from crossing.
This reduces the size of local populations, making them more vulnerable to inbreeding and extinction.
Roads, besides being ongoing massive killers of wild animals, are also a source of pollution, which degrades the natural environment around them.
Trucks emit fossil fuels and leak and spill oil.
Light and noise pollution are also harmful to animals.

On top of all this, the road would slice through Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, a U.S. national park established to protect the wilderness area and the animals who live in it.

This is the future in store for the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, whose members undertake one of the longest land migrations on Earth if the Ambler mining road is built.
The herd is already stressed and in decline, and it is entirely possible this road, in severing its migration pathway, could drive the herd to extinction.

Other local species will also be devastated should the road be built.

Urge the Department of the Interior and the Army Corps of Engineers to halt plans for the Ambler mining road!

And I mean…The Road would pose a multitude of threats to wildlife, fish, and soil-, air-, and water-quality…not to mention the visual impacts of such a major development and associated infrastructure marring an otherwise pristine landscape unmatched in but a few places on Earth.

One need only look to similar operations over the world with mines –all are for terrible examples of toxic levels of windblown lead and zinc dust, and the enormous naturdamages through wastewater discharge issues.

Let’s be clear here: we are on the brink of irrevocably alterning one of the last great wildernesses on Earth so that a Canadian company can grow ever wealthier by selling the “product”.

It’s the same tired story that’s been repeated time and again the world over; but the stakes are much higher now because these untrammeled landscapes are truly endangered, if not extinct already by most practical measures.
The idea of making a short-term monetary gain from the loss of species, a homeland and a way of life is, well, kind of criminality.

We have to mobilize us, it is our duty to to save them! with petitions, letters, demonstrations… rather than selling this nation’s greatest wealth to the most convenient bidder.

My best regards to all, Venus

Wales (UK): Animal Equality Exposes the True Cost of Milk.

7 March 2022

Animal Equality


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Animal Equality has released disturbing undercover footage of deliberate violence and neglect on Madox Farm, a large dairy farm in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, which holds over 650 cows and their calves.

Animal Equality’s investigator covertly filmed troubling scenes spanning several months, including a number of serious legal violations. The footage reveals workers kicking and punching cows in the face and stomach, twisting their tails, and hitting them with sharp, metal shovels.

Footage from the investigation was broadcast to millions of people on BBC One’s Panorama. The program also featured an interview with Animal Equality’s investigator, who spoke about the violent methods he witnessed farm workers using to attempt to get a cow who had collapsed back to her feet.

Managers on Madox Farm were also found on several occasions to knowingly leave cows to suffer in severe, prolonged pain. On one occasion a cow was left in excruciating pain after her unborn calf had died inside of her. Despite a veterinarian who was visiting the farm recommending prompt euthanasia, which would have put the cow out of her misery, the on-site manager opted to delay action. The veterinarian was recorded saying that “this is one place where they’d rather just save the money”. The cow died overnight.

Animal Equality has investigated four UK dairy farms over the past six years and found violent treatment of cows and/or illegalities on each one. They assert that it is never the case of just one farm or worker being a ‘bad apple’ ­­– the entire dairy industry is built on exploitation and as a result, animal suffering is at its core.

Animal Equality is therefore demanding that the UK Government puts in place critical changes to the law to license farms, increase farm inspections and better protect farmed animals. They want to ensure that animal abusers are held accountable.

Read more at source

Join their crucial call by adding your name to Animal Equality’s petition.

Regards Mark