Day: April 10, 2022

Nigeria: Vet doctors, global petition decry animal cruelty amid Nigeria’s thriving dog meat market.

WAV Comment – we have added images to this article.

This is a 6 page article.

VICTORIA ADENEKAN writes about the Nigerian dog meat market which veterinary doctors and dog lovers want activities halted to preserve companion animals

The nation’s dog meat market thrives largely in many states, particularly in some states in the South-West and South-South. It features prominently dog sellers and buyers with the latter mostly specialists who prepare dog meat for sale. There are even spots in some areas around Lagos and in some states where dogs are killed, dressed, and prepared for consumption.

One of the joints is in Ijesa in Surulere, Lagos. Sunday evenings and on public holidays are when sales are the highest for a dog meat seller, who gave his name only as Michael and his boss identified only as “Alapata (someone who butchers animals).”

Michael told our correspondent that the boom in the business had been keeping them in business for over 20 years.

The brutal killing

It was gathered that the dogs are kept in a cage and served only water to await death. The killing process is gruesome and dog lovers will hate to witness it.

A noose, an iron rod with a long twine attached to it is used to drag the identified dog out of the cage. Once the rope catches the dog’s neck, the length of the twine is shortened and holds the dog’s neck in a choking way. The dog’s mouth opens with intermittent cries of helplessness as it is dragged out of the cage. The remaining dogs in the cage join their departing dog in the cries but they remain helpless.

Michael said, “Once the dog is brought out of the cage, the noose remains on its neck to prevent it from attacking the person holding it. The iron rod is then used to smash the dog’s head twice, to weaken it. After that, the neck is slit and the blood is collected or made to flow. Once the blood flow stops, the carcasses are placed on the wired mesh with a hearth or fireplace and doused with kerosene. Fire is kindled to burn the hair to make it easy to remove. Then it is washed with soap to scrape excess hair.’’

All parts of the dog are edible except what Michael referred to as “bile duct. It’s attached to the liver and also present in chicken.

For dogs with a lot of fat, the oil is extracted and can be used as a regular vegetable or soya oil.

Asked if there were other ways of killing the dogs, Alapata said, “They are wild dogs. They are not a chicken, ram or goat that one can tie their limbs and kill. The dogs will bite someone if they are not held that way.”

An apprentice with Alapata identified only as Daniel said the dogs also called 404 had a unique taste different from beef, chicken or pork.

The Akwa-Ibom indigene stated, “I eat dog meat and it is good. The taste and the method of preparation are different from that of other animals whose meat is eaten. We cook it with a lot of pepper and scented leaves.”

Speaking on how they sell and buy the dogs, Daniel said they usually sell dog meat at N100 per piece.

Daniel added, “On Sundays, we used to kill like eight or nine dogs, and we always sold everything. The meat is now costly, it’s not like before, a dog costs about N20,000. We buy from sellers who come from the North and South.

“We don’t raise them, we buy different sizes on a weekly basis. Every week they bring like 20 or 50. They bring them on Saturdays. The business is really booming. If one doesn’t have skills and techniques, one can’t kill dogs. Also, if one doesn’t know how to prepare it, people will not enjoy it.’’

Daniel, who called their joint, Hotdog Centre, said that their customers were of different ages, sexes and from parts of the country.

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England: Animal rights activists PETA tell Aintree pub they should show hobby horse racing instead of the Grand National.

UPDATE 2000Hrs GMT – 3 horses died this year:

WAV Comment – 9/4/22 was the day in the UK of the annual ‘Grand National’ horse race.  A race which always results in the death of some horses due to the conditions of the race – high jumps, a long course etc. 

Check it out :  Grand National – Wikipedia

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs (4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km)), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017.

In 173 races since, a total of 84 horses have lost their lives during the world famous steeplechase, either by being killed outright or by being humanely euthanised after sustaining injury during the race.

I did not watch it yesterday; I don’t want to; as far as I am concerned it is putting beautiful horses lives at risk for the enjoyment of humans who want to make money.

Regards Mark

Vegan activists told The Queens Arms not to show Grand National horse racing

Rights group PETA suggested popular Aintree pub show hobby horses instead

Since 2010, 29 horses have died from race-related causes at the Aintree Festival

Vegan activists have urged a pub not to show the Grand National – and instead put on some hobby horse racing.

Animal rights group PETA urged The Queens Arms near the famous Aintree racecourse to televise the barmy stick-based sport instead of the iconic horse race to be held on Saturday.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have branded the major horseracing event ‘cruel and antiquated’.

The Queens is popular with racegoers before the showpiece race every year.

An employee of the popular boozer told MailOnline they were ‘blindsided’ by the request but did not wish to comment further. 

PETA Director Elisa Allen said: ‘You can make a compassionate statement by betting on willing, enthusiastic, human racers instead.

‘Pub-goers can still enjoy a drink and socialise with friends, knowing that their day of fun did not cause suffering or death for any other sentient beings.

‘No one would be raising a glass if cats or dogs were the ones being whipped and forced to jump dangerous obstacles.

Since 2010, 29 horses have died from race-related causes at the Aintree meeting that includes the Grand National 

‘Shattering their ankles, snapping their necks, and being shot in the head right on the track.

‘Horses deserve no less sympathy.’

Hobby horse racing – which sees enthusiasts act out horse racing, riding wooden sticks stuffed with toy horses – is immensely popular in parts of Europe, with a huge following in online communities.

In 2019, some 2,500 spectators flocked to Finland for the Finnish Hobbyhorse Championships, in which participants show-jumped, barrel-raced, and pranced in a dressage competition.

PETA tell Aintree pub to show hobby horse racing instead of Grand National  | Daily Mail Online

Regards Mark

England: Extinction Rebellion Stages Mass Protest in Central London.

Extinction Rebellion stages mass protest in central London

Activists call for end to fossil fuel investment at sit-down demonstration in Regent Street and Oxford Circus

Supporters of the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion have taken part in a mass sit-down protest in the heart of London’s shopping district.

Several thousand demonstrators with multicoloured flags bearing the group’s “extinction” symbol gathered near Marble Arch on Saturday morning as samba bands warmed up.

They then moved to Regent Street and Oxford Circus, where they sat down in the road, disrupting traffic through central London, and called for an end to investment in fossil fuels.

“A number of protesters in Oxford St & Regent St are sitting in the road, blocking traffic in both directions,” the Metropolitan police tweeted. “Traffic diversions are being put in place.”

The Metropolitan police said most of the demonstrators subsequently moved to Trafalgar Square, resulting in traffic diversions.

The protesters sat down in the road on the edge of Whitehall and stopped traffic while a band of drummers played near the base of Nelson’s Column.

Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, promised before Saturday’s protest that it would “grind the capital to a halt” over the coming week, with new tactics developed in response to increasingly harsh policing that limited the group’s attempts to cause disruption in protests last August.

In Hyde Park, police vans and officers on horses patrolled the periphery of the crowd, but the policing presence appeared low-key. The crowd moved off at about midday for the march through central London, staging roadblocks on the way.

Direct actions were planned on the fringes of the march against specific targets, but XR kept quiet on the details of what those targets were.

Extinction Rebellion protesters take part in a sit-down demonstration at Oxford Circus. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

During the morning, protesters mainly milled about, joining with affinity groups, greeting friends who they had not seen since previous actions, and enjoying a burst of spring sunshine.

Nicky Goulianis, 33, from London, stood in the middle of the crowd with her nine-month-old daughter, Clio, in a buggy. Asked why she had joined the protest, she answered: “All the reasons.”

“I’ve been living away from the UK but I have been admiring the movement from afar, and I think it’s inspiring, the turnout here. I have been living in New York and I saw echoes of it in New York and I’m really excited to join today,” Goulianis said.

“I think we need radical action. I think often the oil and gas lobby does a good job of making us think it’s about individual consumption, but we need to change everything.”

AdvertisementOn the edges of the crowd, with a small group, stood Marcelo Cervone, 28, who had adorned the peak of his baseball cap with XR stickers. He said: “I want to safeguard my son’s future … he’s four months old and I want to make sure he can dream but, as we were allowed to, dream big.”

Cervone said he had been protesting with XR for several years. “We are all hoping we can end the fossil fuel economy. That’s the number one goal: immediate transition out of the fossil fuel economy,” he said.

Dr Graeme Hayes, an academic at Aston University who studies social movements, was also among those who gathered in Hyde Park. He has observed, researched and analysed XR since its inception in 2018.

“This is not a different thing. This feels like the same thing it looked like three years ago but probably with fewer people, and obviously its corralled out into a less enclosed space,” Hayes said.

“The move from Parliament Square to Hyde Park is also that move from three years of interaction with policing and not being able to hold that public space.”

An Extinction Rebellion protester in Hyde Park. Photograph: Sabrina Merolla/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Hayes said he felt ideological barriers were preventing XR from evolving.

“I’ve taken lots of photos of all the different signs; so many are focused on children or your children’s children,” he said.

“There is always a sense of how justice is a relationship to the future. There is a displacement of justice. As usual there’s loads about justice and it’s about Africa, and of course that is really important, but it’s not about here and it’s not about now. I’m trying to look for things about capitalism, for example, and it’s hard to find.”

Extinction Rebellion stages mass protest in central London | Extinction Rebellion | The Guardian

Regards Mark