Category: Environmental

England: You Could Say We Are Fed Up Presenting Evidence That Is Ignored – But We Will Never Stop Exposing The Truth.

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Philip (CEO CIWF) and Mark (WAV) have known each other, and campaigned for better farm animal welfare, for about 30 years.

As we are now covering a lot on this site about intensive pig farming and swine flu / fever; maybe it is a good time to show you one of Phil’s investigative reports when he was at one of the worlds biggest pig farms in Mexico.

I hope that it will broaden your experiences and knowledge about the industry; and show that local human residents are also being greatly affected health wise by these facilities.  

Here is the info from Phil’s blog:

Ground Zero

I visited a community that was at the forefront of the swine flu pandemic. It is almost impossible to describe the absolute stench that is emitted from one of the world’s biggest pig farms in South East Mexico.

On our journey, I saw at least 15 large-scale farms littered throughout the area. Despite the stench, smell pollution is the least of the problems presented here. We travelled to a town called La Gloria to investigate why some locals fell ill. They were displaying symptoms of what they believed to be swine flu. I spoke to locals who claimed their drinking water had been contaminated.

To see more on how intensive pig farming effected the locals, watch my latest film.

 

I also worked with the team at CIWF (England) when I was doing a lot re Serbian animal welfare.  Although not pigs, the conditions on some Serbian farms we became involved with were alarming to say the least.  Animals kept in muck and filth way above their hooves; conditions which are certainly not compliant with EU standards for keeping animals.

Here are a few links and some photographs relating to some of the posts I did on farm animal conditions in Serbia.  I think the photographs say it all really.

When we confronted the Serbian government Ministry about all this; they said that everything at the farm was ‘ok’ and that we should not keep hassling them ! – we don’t think it looks ok; do you ?

Swine Flu – Dirty Farms – Human Health Conditions – Ignorant EU – Is there a link ? – I think so.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/11/26/serbia-farm-animal-conditions-update-261110-formal-statement-on-conditions-now-provided-by-ciwf-uk/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/11/23/serbia-november-2010-conditions-ok-at-a-farm-according-to-serbian-veterinary-ministry-and-complaining-campaigners-dont-pressure-us/

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Serbia is an EU ‘Candidate Country’; and things such as what we have exposed should be taken into full review by the EU before Serbia is allowed to join as a member state.

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Personally, I don’t really think the EU is interested in what we expose; just as they are not really interested in the evidence taken by Lesley (Eyes on Animals – Netherlands – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/  ) at the Turkish border re live animals being shipped from the EU.

Watch one of Lesley’s videos here:

 

We live in hope that the EU will wake up; but accept that they like to remain the sleeping club that they are.

All of our welfare groups across Europe are working together as a combined force to try and make farm animal welfare better for the animals – we will never give up until there are changes; no matter how long it takes.

Regards Mark

Above – Mark Touring In the Netherlands with CIWF about farm animal welfare.

Below – Live Export Demo – Brussels, Belgium

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At home – England – In memory of my darling ‘Golda’

– she listened to my gripes every day !.

 

Note:

‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) was a site set up and dedicated to getting results for strays in Serbia.  The site is still active; with all our campaign work broken down into monthly sectors.  There is a massive selection of photographs from our archives.  We have now moved on to form this site, WAV; to cover global animal rights issues.  All posts from this site are now being posted onto SAV also.

Visit the SAV site at   https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/ 

The Bad …..

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The Good.

Serbia has some great activists !

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Germany : (Reuters) -Germany gives free rein to boar hunters to contain swine fever risk. And What About German Livestock Transporters Biosecurity ? – Do They Have Any ?

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-swineflu/germany-gives-free-rein-to-boar-hunters-to-contain-swine-fever-risk-idUSKCN1G51CI

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Germany gives free rein to boar hunters to contain swine fever risk

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany issued a decree on Wednesday to allow hunters to shoot wild boar year-round to stop the animals, which can carry African swine fever, from passing the deadly infection on to farm pigs.

While no case has yet been detected in Germany’s wild boar population, the spread of the disease in eastern Europe is causing immense concern in Germany, whose pork industry has seen huge growth in exports to countries including China.

A government spokesman said the cabinet’s decision was taken to bring about a “significant reduction” in the wild boar population and contain the risk of farm pigs being infected.

The cabinet also agreed on protection measures which would kick in if a case of swine fever was reported in Germany, such as the creation of security zones around affected areas and mandatory disinfection of animal transportation vehicles.

 

WAV Comment –

See paras 258 to 274 of this following link for further detail:

http://animaltransportguides.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Animal-Transport-Guides-Cattle-2017-1.pdf

 

Disinfection of transport vehicles should always be undertaken after every journey according to EU Reg 1/2005 – otherwise disease could be spread from (possibly diseased) animals that have left the truck, to new animals being loaded onto it.  Its called ‘Biosecurity’ – although in reality, there is little security of disease control.    This is not something ‘new’ from a government; it should be a routine standard for livestock hauliers !

Are we saying that normally German hauliers do not disinfect according to 1/2005 normally ? – seems that way – so according to 1/2005, they should be prosecuted as they are not enforcing EU regulations ! – Does the German government care ? – of course not.

So, blame the wild boar and hunt them all instead.  Much easier to kill rather than disinfecting livestock transporters which haul (infected ?) livestock all over the EU.  Livestock biosecurity and disease control has always been a big issue of mine and I have raised the issue many times with the EU – response – the EU does not give a toss; as with anything associated with live animal transport – this is why EU live animal transport is in such a mess.

– Mark.

 

The virus, which causes African swine fever, is harmless to humans and other animals. But for wild boar and farm pigs, the disease is deadly in almost all cases within 10 days. There is no vaccine against African swine fever.

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Germany, a major European Union pig producer, has watched with growing concern as the highly contagious disease has spread westward across Europe. A reported case could trigger mass culls.

Animal protection group PETA criticized the cabinet’s decision, saying the government was subordinating animal welfare to economic interests.

 “The de facto cancelling of the off-season will cause great animal suffering, because the young are dependent on their mother during the rearing phase,” PETA said in a statement. “Countless piglets will starve to death.”

Infected wild boars have been found in the Czech Republic and Poland, while backyard pigs with the disease were found in Romania in January.

German farmers have called for 70 percent of the country’s relatively large wild boar population to be culled.

 

WAV – why don’t they (German farmers) call for tightening of biosecurity rules in transporters hauling live animals (ie pigs) all over the country and to other parts of Europe.  A kind of link with Bovine TB in the UK – probably not badgers spreading, but the fact that TB infected livestock is transported all over the UK in trucks that may not be disinfected after each consignment.  Again; blame and kill Badgers – it is much easier than enforcing rules for hauliers ! – Mark.

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has rejected a plea from the farming association to refrain from imposing an export ban if African swine fever was identified in wild boars, saying Germany was not in a position to bypass EU rules.

Intensive Farming Pork Karma !

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Please read our recent post re swine fever in Germany:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/10/13/legal-mass-murder-of-wild-boars-murderers-cheer/

So German hunters have to kill 90,000 wild boar to protect the German pig industry from being hit.  Any excuse for a good kill one could say !

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https://www.politico.eu/article/spread-of-swine-fever-raises-alarm-in-europe/

 

Spread of swine fever raises alarm in Europe

Germany and others are going to extraordinary measures to protect their prized pork.

By Simon Marks

9/3/18, 6:45 PM CET

Updated 9/11/18, 5:38 AM CET

As African swine fever spreads, European countries — especially Germany — are afraid of the damage that could be caused to their farming sectors.

The deadly disease — which causes internal bleeding and hemorrhages in pigs — is moving quickly through Eastern Europe, typically through wild boar, which travel long distances and can infect domestic pigs being bred on commercial farms.

In response, countries like Germany, the EU’s largest pork producer, are stepping up efforts to protect their pig populations, some going so far as to consider building border walls to keep boars out.

Over the summer, Romania recorded nearly 800 outbreaks of swine fever, including one last week that resulted in the culling of 140,000 animals. The epidemic has rocked the government, with Agriculture Minister Petre Daea holding talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on Monday about how to contain the escalating situation.

Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party, urged the government over the weekend to step up its efforts to curb the spread of the disease, and the country’s former Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş gave a strongly worded press conference on Sunday where he accused the government of aggravating the spread of the disease through its inaction.

Adding to the sense of urgency on the matter, Bulgaria on Friday announced its first African swine fever outbreak, at a farm located close to the border with Romania.

So far outbreaks of African swine fever have been confirmed in nine EU countries, affecting Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania the worst. Outbreaks have also been confirmed in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. China, the world’s biggest pig producer, has also recently been hit by the disease.

Germany, which is home to massive pig farms in the east of the country, is becoming increasingly concerned about how countries in the east are dealing with the outbreak. The confirmation of just one case of the disease in Germany could put at risk the roughly 250,000 tons of pork meat that’s exported every year to non-EU countries, according to Verena Schütz, head of the meat livestock sector for the German Raiffeisen Federation, which represents agricultural cooperatives.

The German agriculture ministry has gone to extraordinary measures to keep the disease at bay by collaborating with officials in the Czech Republic, Poland and farther afield. As part of these efforts, Germany has dispatched experts abroad, carried out simulation exercises on containment and given lectures to other governments, advising them on how best to stop the disease from spreading.

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https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/animal-diseases/control-measures/asf_en

https://www.politico.eu/article/belgium-investigating-suspected-case-of-african-swine-fever/

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1017519/african-swine-fever-belgium-eu-pork-exports

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/02/health/african-swine-fever-europe-china-spread-intl/index.html

Humans are suspected to have caused the recent spread to Belgium, where eight cases were confirmed, as of September 25, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

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https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/african-swine-fever-outbreak-kills-72-pigs-in-china-report/

A total of 72 pigs have purportedly died in another outbreak of African swine fever in China, according to reports.

The outbreak is believed to have occurred in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning – which Reuters says is the fourth reported incident this week in the province.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-swinefever/china-agriculture-ministry-says-72-pigs-dead-in-new-african-swine-fever-outbreak-idUSKCN1MM117

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday that 72 pigs had died in another outbreak of African swine fever in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning, the fourth reported in the province this week.

The highly contagious fever was detected on a farm in the city of Anshan with 120 pigs, of which 88 were infected, according to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1022009/african-swine-fever-outbreak-china-mongolia

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2165501/could-humble-cabbage-help-stop-march-african-swine-fever-china

Common plants such as cabbage, cauliflower and rapeseed could hold the key to stopping the spread of the deadly African swine fever virus threatening pork production around the world, according to research by a major Chinese government laboratory.

China has about 700 million pigs, half the world’s swine population, and reported its first outbreak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, last month, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of pigs to be culled.

The authorities have tried to contain the virus by banning the transport of live hogs and pig products from 16 provinces and regions, shutting live markets and prohibiting the use of feed derived from pig blood.

But China was still struggling to stop the spread, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

Below – Chinese factory farm pollution.

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David vs. Goliath- David wins!

 

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El Salvador throws Monsanto out of the country along with his seeds!!!

ElSalvador does it – the resistance of the farmers has triumphed over the big companies like Monsanto.
For the big corporations, the farmers from El Salvador must appear like little nuts, because they cannot be overpressed with anything.

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Back in October 2014, we told network women that the US was putting pressure on El Salvador to buy GMO seed from Monsanto and threatened to cut its financial aid.

Unbelievable! State blackmail in favor of Monsanto!!

One of the United States conditions for approving nearly $ 300 million in aid was El Salvador’s commitment to buy genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, rather than non-GM seeds from local farmers.
But they did not all count on the obstinacy of these peasants. Especially in Africa, we are seeing how the industry is trying hard to grow GMOs in Africa.

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Read about the resistance of the farmers here:
http://goo.gl/OJBhVY

http://www.netzfrauen.org

Best regards to all, Venus

 

Factory Farts – And The Growing Number Of Storms Etc – Is There A Link ???

When he heard that methane was responsible for around 18% of the Greenhouse Effect, Ed decided to take action.

Farming livestock – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens – contributes around 6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) to the atmosphere each year. While estimates vary, this could represent up to 18% of global emissions.

 

How does livestock cause pollution?

And their wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of another, methane, which warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide. Livestock also produces more than 100 other polluting gases, including more than two-thirds of the world’s emissions of ammonia, one of the main causes of acid rain.

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How does livestock contribute to greenhouse gases?

A cow does on overage release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. … Cattle-breeding is taking a major factor for these greenhouse gas emissions according to FAO.

 

How does animal manure pollute the air?

Stored for long periods of time in giant tanks or lagoons, the animal waste decomposes and pollutes the air with hundreds of different gases. … Hydrogen sulfide, methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide are the major hazardous gases produced by decomposing manure.

 

How does meat production affect the environment?

Air pollution’s effect on human respiratory health. Meat production is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions and other particulate matter pollution in the atmosphere. … That prolonged exposure to airborne animal particulate, such as swine dust, induces a large influx of inflammatory cells into the airways …

 

Do cows pollute as much as cars?

A significant portion of these emissions come from methane, which, in terms of its contribution to global warming, is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. … The world’s 1.5 billion cows and billions of other grazing animals emit dozens of polluting gases, including lots of methane.

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How much pollution does factory farming produce?

Factory farms typically concentrate tens or hundreds of thousands of animals in one area, and a large operation can produce as much excrement as a small city. According to the EPA, “A single dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of wet manure per day, which is equivalent to the waste produced by 20–40 people.”

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Do cows fart?

Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See Why Beans Make You Fart) Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere.

 

 

 

China: 10,000 To Attend Beijing Pop Plant-Based Festival As Veganism Grows In China.

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10,000 To Attend Beijing Pop Plant-Based Festival As Veganism Grows In China

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https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/10-000-beijing-pop-plant-based-festival-veganism-grows-china

 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-to-organise-first-ever-vegan-fest-over-10-000-people-expected-to-attend-report/story-nt31Gi1HLs1058xNlDLN1O.html

 

https://www.veggieathletic.com/over-10000-guests-expected-at-chinas-first-vegan-festival/

 

https://www.livekindly.co/chinas-first-vegan-festival-expects-attendance-over-10000/

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