Category: Farm Animals

USA: The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey – Opinion.

WAV Comment – Excellent article Raj and Vin – every bit the truth.  Best wishes with yur work.

Trader Joe's to Phase Out Gestation Crates for Some Pork Products | Chicago  News | WTTW

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion – nj.com

By Raj Mukherji and Vin Gopal

New Jerseyans believe strongly in the humane treatment of animals. For years, voters have told lawmakers that they want us to take a stand against a particularly cruel practice used by some pork and veal producers. We have heard their voice via polls, phone calls and letters in the opinion pages. This issue has hung over Trenton for long enough, and it is time to finally pass commonsense reform into law.

At the center of this storm are “gestation crates,” metal cages used to confine mother pigs. Simply type the term into Google Images and you will understand why gestation crates raise such strong concern. Made of metal bars, these crates are so small the pigs cannot walk more than a step forward or backward, nor can they turn around.

Similarly, “veal crates” are used to confine calves fated to become cutlets. These newborns are taken from their mothers shortly after birth. Both gestation and veal crates have been denounced by animal welfare experts as unnecessarily cruel and archaic.

That’s why we’ve introduced Assembly bill A-5236 and Senate bill S-3401 to put an end to these terrible practices in New Jersey once and for all.

What Is a Gestation Crate? | World Animal Protection
Photo WAP

 

In a time of a global pandemic, most conversations around the dinner table are now about disease and living a new lifestyle because of it. This issue of gestation crates and veal crates brings an added level to this issue, as cramming animals side-by-side in tiny cages presents ideal conditions for dangerous pathogens to breed, multiply and mutate.

The United Nations cites intensive animal agriculture as a likely cause of future zoonotic disease. Prohibiting cruel crates helps tip the balance away from reckless industrial agriculture and toward more sustainable, ethical farming. Simply banning these extreme confinement methods greatly benefits public health, the environment and the animals.

Fortunately, the tide is turning away from these cruel practices. Both pigs and calves can be raised more humanely in larger pens alongside other animals of their own kind.

Under consumer pressure, Smithfield Foods, the nation’s largest pork producer, and Hormel Foods, producer of SPAM, are dramatically reducing their use of gestation crates. A long list of mainstream fast food, restaurant and grocery chains are purging gestation crates from their supply chains — and top veal producers are following suit.

Change is happening but ultimately it is not happening fast enough for the animals still suffering in these crates.

We can support and hasten positive changes like those made by the aforementioned businesses by passing corresponding laws. Ten U.S. states and the European Union have already outlawed gestation crates while nine U.S. states have banned veal crates.

Many of the states acting on this matter are major agricultural producers. For example, Kentucky has banned veal crates and Ohio has outlawed gestation crates. New Jersey has less to lose than these states and would hardly be sticking our neck out by following suit.

We would, however, be sending a message that this type of cruelty has no place in our state and that it is time for the “cage age” to come to an end.

We are grateful to our legislative colleagues for their previous support on this issue. The time is right to finish the job by sending this bill to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for a signature.

It is long past time we give these suffering animals the relief they deserve and have our state join the many others moving in the responsible, right direction.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji represents the 33rd Legislative District and state Senator Vin Gopal represents the 11th Legislative District.

Regards Mark

16/6: The WAV Team Response To A Message Left Today.

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Now and again; as with any site relating to just about any issue or subject; you expect, and sometimes get, negative comments, even abuse.

We can handle that no problem; part of running a site we guess; if people have something negative to say, then fine, we review it and if necessary attempt to respond, giving our perspective; our views, justifications etc.

A message ‘greeted us’ this morning; and in unison; we immediately had no argument with deleting the comment; as it was more than pitiful and we do not feel it is even worth showing – why give an asshole publicity we ask ? – but we shall say it was nasty and vindictive towards the death of Regan.  From someone in the business we ask ? – and do they want to start an abusive series of ‘ping pong’ between us and them ? – we the answer from us is ‘No’; and for the turd from the gutter that wrote it, there is now only one place to archive it –  in the TRASH, as both they and their comment both should be.

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So in response to Mr Primary Jerk; from us, and by clicking on the following link, you can gain access to all of our past posts relating to Regan and her work to save animals:

Search Results for “regan russell” – World Animals Voice

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Regan died taking action to help suffering animals, she did not hide in saying what she was involved with – campaigning for and saving lives, and where she came from.  Now the world knows her story and her name, unlike the psycho jerk that sent this mail to us and who boasts about killing animals.  We suggest firstly, he slithers back down the crack he originated from, secondly, he attempts to get some kind of a life, and thirdly, that taskes up a hobby that does not involve killing animals, as he proudly boasts he does in his comment.  What next – children ?

We will not even publish his reply, because, like him, IT IS UTTER PREMIUM SHIT.

We, like all fellow activists out there, continue with our respect to Regan again for paying the ultimate in her actions to be a voice for suffering animals.  Her name will never be forgotten.

The crew at WAV.

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EU: Positive Progress for Animals! The European Parliament Adopted Ambitious Report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

WAV Comment – What with proposed action on the banning of intensive cage systems; maybe the EU is beginning to listen to the wants of its citizens – most who have demands and positive aspirations regarding positives in animal welfare; but who also need authorities to listen and act !Maybe now they start to act after so many years of ignoring the cries; human and animal.

BUT, we still need much better legislation and enforcement of regulations regarding the transportation of live, sentient beings. Here the EU always has failed big time.

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group. – World Animals Voice

Positive Progress for animals! The European Parliament adopted ambitious Report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy

9 June 2021

Press Release

The European Parliament’s report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy, adopted 8/6/21, demonstrates the clear commitment of the Parliament to ensure the effective implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 by securing adequate financial resources, binding objectives and adopting new legislation. The Parliament is urging European Commission and Member States to turn the present crisis into an opportunity and move away from “economic growth at any cost”, ensuring a real green recovery.

Back in May 2020 Eurogroup for Animals welcomed the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 as a key delivery of the EU Green Deal, and then wholeheartedly welcomed MEP César Luena’s (S&D) INI Own Initiative Report , which was adopted by the ENVI Committee at the end of May 2021.

Thanks also to our Stop Pandemics? Start here campaign, the joined efforts of our members, and the support of many MEPs, most of our recommendations to block amendments on the ENVI report were taken into account, and yesterday the vote in Plenary clearly demonstrated the European Parliament’s support to ensure the effective implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. 

The strategy has the potential to bring the necessary change to protect our planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and environment, and to prevent future pandemics and spread of zoonotic diseases, ensuring that the tools and resources are made available to make that ambition a reality, with important effects on animal protection:

  • Acknowledging that both the illegal and legal trade in, and use of, wildlife significantly contribute to biodiversity decline, calling on the European Commission (EC) to jointly address legal and illegal trade in the review of the EU Wildlife Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.
  • Highlighting that the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking should receive adequate funding, including assistance to wildlife rescue centres and sanctuaries.
  • Calling on the EC to propose EU-wide wide positive lists of species permitted for import, keeping, breeding and trade as pets as soon as possible, also to prevent the introduction of new invasive alien species.
  • Calling on the EC and the Member States (MS) to lead efforts to end the commercial trade in endangered speciesand their parts.
  • Recognising ecocide as an international crime. 
  • Highlighting that EU agriculture should be transformed to make it sustainable and ensure high animal welfare standards, setting the benchmark in terms of standards for sustainable food systems. 
  • Acknowledging that fur production can significantly compromise animal welfare and increases their susceptibility to infectious diseases including zoonoses, as has occurred with COVID-19 in mink.
  • Calling on the EC and the MS to take adequate measures to facilitate the coexistence with large predators, such as preventive and compensation measures, ensuring their protection.
  • Recognising the importance of cetacean protection, and the need for the EU to take action with regard to whaling.
  • Recognising that catching fish to feed carnivorous farmed fish is a driver of marine biodiversity loss.

We applaud the Parliament for their commitment to animals which comes after a year-long campaign to prevent future pandemics and improve animal protection at the same time. We trust the Commission will listen to the Parliament’s calls and use the Biodiversity Strategy to introduce EU wide Positive Lists for exotic pets which would be a total gamechanger for the animals but also for human health”.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

ENDS

Notes:


Roadmap for EU biodiversity strategy


The unregulated exotic pet trade in the EU: a threat to health and biodiversity


Analysis of national legislation related to the keeping and sale of exotic pets in Europe 


COVID-19 and the wildlife trade


Think positive – why Europe needs ‘positive lists’ to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals as pets


Exotic pet trade: analysis of the problems and identification of solutions


Stop pandemics? Start here.


Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink 
 

Regards Mark

The EU and the US Pave the Way for a Ban on Cages Imposed on Imported Food.

Photo – WAV Archive.

The EU and the US pave the way for a ban on cages imposed on imported food

Our (past) related information:

EU: Parliament Votes To Make Cages for All Farmed Animals Illegal Across the European Union by 2027. Major, Major Victory for the EU Citizen ! – World Animals Voice

EU: All Products Placed on the EU Market – Including Imported Ones – Must Comply With Future Cage-Free Standards. – World Animals Voice

EU-Kommission: end the cages of shame – World Animals Voice

CIWF London: 15/4/21 – Time to End the Cage Age – a ban on cages for farmed animals receives overwhelming support at EU Parliament hearing. – World Animals Voice

EU: Breaking News – Petition Closed – Over 1.5 million EU Citizens want to see the end of cages for farmed animals – World Animals Voice

On 10/6/21, the European Parliament massively supported a resolution endorsing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on banning cages and calling for future measures to apply to imports. Just earlier this week, the US notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the coming Californian ban on cages, which also prevents sales of such products in the State, showing the world that the EU will have support once it adopts its own ban.

The resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calls on the European Commission to revise the outdated EU General Farming Directive to phase out cruel cage-based systems in animal farming in the EU, and, more importantly, to apply these new rules to all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones. 

Imposing these rules on imports would be a turning point for the EU. While nine out of ten Europeans believe imported products should respect EU animal welfare standards, it is, at the moment, only the case for standards on welfare at the time of slaughter. 

Ahead of the vote in the European Parliament, Commissioner Kyrikiades noted that applying EU cage-free standards to imported animal products would reflect the demands expressed by EU citizens and she showed openness to explore this option: “I heard the many points raised regarding imports, and we will look at the application of the same standards to imported products as well as labelling in compliance with WTO rules to satisfy citizens’ demands for high welfare for imported products of animal origin”, she concluded. 

The EU should not shy away from adopting comprehensive measures on cages and to apply them to imports. Firstly, if crafted properly, there is no doubt that such a measure would be compatible with WTO rules. Secondly, the EU could even count on the support of the US.

Indeed, the US notified other WTO members about California’s proposed ban on cages on 8 June 2021. This proposal emerged in 2018 with the adoption of the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, also known as Proposition 12. The text suggested a ban on cages for laying hens, pigs and calves, and a ban on the sales of products derived from cage-based productions, regardless of their origin. The legislative process has now started, and if adopted, the measure will impact trade with California and ultimately the US. 

This news was a turning point, confirming that the EU’s decision could even be supported by important allies. Moreover, it will pave the way for discussions at the WTO on possible bans – including the EU’s – on animal products that would not comply with cage-free standards and, looking at the objectives described in the legislation and in the notification, it also strengthens the EU’s rationale that such a ban would be WTO-compatible based on ethical reasons. 

In addition to respecting citizen’s views, applying cage-free standards to imports would also be a huge incentive for producers around the world to improve animal welfare standards, and to shift to more sustainable food systems as they would then gain access to relevant markets. The life and wellbeing of millions of animals around the world could be positively impacted.

Regards Mark

Italy: Shocking New Investigation Reveals Cruelty and Violence Against Pigs at Zema Slaughterhouse – experts in animal welfare note a lack of controls and compliance by the operators at all stages of meat production.

Photo credit – Animal Equality.

Shocking new investigation in Italy: Cruelty and violence against pigs at Zema slaughterhouse

10 June 2021

Animal Equality

10/6/21, Animal Equality Italy released terrible images that demonstrate the multiple violations of animal welfare legislation committed by Zema, a leader in the meat distribution sector in Italy.

The investigation shows acts of brutality committed on pigs inside an industrial slaughterhouse in Lombardy. The footage depicts mistreatments and systematic violations of the rules on animal welfare.

The slaughterhouse is owned by Zema S.R.L., a company in the province of Cremona that has been involved in the slaughtering and processing of pork since 1987, as well as one of the many Made in Italy labels.

Of the more than 800,000 pigs raised per year in the Cremona area, about 150,000 are killed in this slaughterhouse. 

Although the company promotes itself as mindful of animal welfare, the investigation carried out by Animal Equality at its facility shows a very different situation.

The footage shows many mistreatments of the animals, such as:

●     Animals mutilated even before stunning due to ineffective or inefficient methods (some pigs are put on the conveyor belt with their trotters partially detached and mutilated)

●      Animals slaughtered inadequately or while conscious 

●      Multiple animals placed in stunning cages at the same time, in violation of animal welfare rules

●      Animals falling from trucks, pushed by the operators themselves, and an absence of ramps for unloading animals

●      Operators mistreatmenting animals (kicks, blows with rods, animals dragged by the ears or feet), systematic violations and cruelty

●      Operator who repeatedly hits a pig in the head with an iron rod, throwing the animal against a wall and throwing the body of the dying animal over the fence

The analysis of these images by veterinarians and law experts in animal welfare demonstrates a lack of controls and compliance by the operators, at all stages of meat production (from the arrival of the animals to their death).

Although Animal Equality has already filed two complaints with the Prosecutor’s Office and one for misleading advertising to the AGCM against Zema S.R.L. since April 2020, nothing seems to have changed and there has been no feedback from the authorities.

Our investigation has highlighted once again the mistreatment and brutality suffered by the animals involved in the agri-food chain together with the total lack of adequate controls and compliance with the animal welfare laws. We cannot accept that this situation remains unchanged and we will continue to fight so that animal rights are truly protected

Alice Trombetta, director of Animal Equality Italia

Starting from December 2017, Animal Equality has launched a petition addressed to the Ministry of Health and to the Ministry of Agriculture to put an end to a series of systematic cruelties that occur every day in Italian slaughterhouses. The campaign, supported by the findings of investigations conducted in Italian slaughterhouses, has surpassed 200,000 signatures from Italian citizens calling for tighter controls, the installation of surveillance systems such as CCTV, and the mandatory stunning of animals with no exception.

Read more at source

Animal Equality – Cruelty in a slaughterhouse in Cremona

Regards Mark

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group. – World Animals Voice

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group.

Today, 14/6/21 is a special day for us.

Purely coincidental that we had news through, today, on ‘Ban Live Exports Day’ – where global awareness and demonstrations are focussed towards ending this abhorrent trade in the transportation of live, sentient beings.

Philip Wollen is a Badass Vegan.

And the news is:

We welcome the great campaigner, speaker, writer and all round activist for so many causes, especially animal rights – Mr Philip Wollen, as our first WAV Patron.

Philip kindly responded to our request to be our Patron within a matter of hours, after

Like many of you, our friends and supporters; we have respected and admired so much about Philip over the years; the Ex Vice president of Citibank, who decided to get out of the race and put his money, knowledge and efforts into supporting good causes around the world.

We are delighted to have ‘Phil’ on board with us and welcome him into the World Animals Voice team.  We know this friendship will be effective and long lasting; especially as we as anti export campaigners and animal rights activists; like Phil; still have a lot to say and do with efforts to end this trade and so many other global animal abuses.

So, Philip; Venus and Mark warmly welcome you into our WAV fold, and us being welcomed into yours. 

Here is a link directly into the site run by Philip and his wife Trix, Winsome Constance Kindness :

https://www.kindnesstrust.com/

You can read more about the work of the organisation by clicking on the above link; but here below is a summary of Philip Wollen as written for an introduction transcript for an MC (Master of Ceremonies) at a recent charity event:

Introducing Philip Wollen –

Philip Wollen, at 34 was Vice-President of Citibank. The Financial Press named him in the “Top 40 Brightest and Best” executives in Australia.

During his travels, by age 40 he’d witnessed cruelty so egregious he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, and give away everything he owned, with warm hands, and die broke. He jokes “So far, we are right on budget!”

Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes”, supporting some 500 mission-critical projects for children, animals and the environment in 40+ countries. Promoting “Ahimsa” (non -violence) and Veganism is his main interest.

He provides money for  Children, Animals, & the Environment with schools, orphanages, animal protection, shelters, clinics, medicines, biogas plants, ambulances, bore-wells and films; sponsored a married couple (cancer survivors) to run one marathon a day for 366 consecutive days around Australia’s coast, funded marine vessels, whale & seal rescue centres, primate sanctuaries, food, disaster relief, homeless people, victims of domestic violence, scholarships, the arts, health, forests and oceans, undercover anti-poaching operations through his operational “silos”, Kindness Farms, Kindness House, Kindness Oceans, Kindness Kids, Kindness Streets, & Kindness Mobile Restaurants for the Homeless.

Philip awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal & $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK), Dr Professor T. Colin Campbell (USA), Dr Ian Gawler OAM (Australia), Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Smt Maneka Gandhi MP (India), Captain Paul Watson (Canada), Dr Jill Robinson MBE (China), Dr Christine Townend (Australia), Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden), Mr Christopher DeRose (USA), Rev. Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford), Mr Damien Mander (Zimbabwe), Sri Pradeep Kumar Nath (India), Dr Chinny Krishna (India).

He has delivered speeches in the Parliament in The Hague, the Knesset Parliament in Israel, the European Parliament, the Parliament of World Religions, Universities, & international congresses and has discussed ethics with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament, Nobel Laureates & religious leaders from all the major faiths.

He is the Patron and Ambassador for many international groups; he has written Forewords for books by eminent authors on animal rights, health and ethics. His words have been read by millions around the world and his speeches have gone viral on the internet with over 60 million viewers and independently translated into over 20 languages.

Philip likes to be invisible.

  • The National Australia Day Council wrote: “Essentially a private man, Philip seeks no personal publicity. But he is not afraid to step into the limelight for a just cause”.
  • Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers accurately described him as “Reclusive”.

He has received the following awards:

  • The Order of Australia Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Australian of the Year (Victoria).
  • Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Adelaide.
  • Australian Humanitarian Award, Australia
  • Supreme Master Shining World Hero Award, Asia
  • Cottonian of Eminence Award, India
  • Humanitarian Award McKee Project, Costa Rica
  • Sea Shepherd Volunteer of the Decade, Australia
  • The Albert Schweitzer Award, USA
  • The Peter Singer Prize and Medal, Berlin, Germany

So here we are;  ladies and gentlemen; Mr Philip Wollen – Patron of ‘World Animals Voice’. We look forward very much to working with you in the future to end animal suffering.

England: Live Exports – A Message From Phil; CEO At Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) London.

Any photos shown in any of the links are added from WAV archives.

All ofour live export articles can be accessed by visiting:

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

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Above – PMAF (France)

There is little doubt that the current global live animal export trade which sees millions of animals transported by air, sea or land, is both unethical and cruel, and chilling in its blatant disregard for the welfare of the sentient animals that are transported.

However, there is reason for hope on the horizon.

After decades of campaigning, on 14th April 2021 New Zealand announced in a world first, that it would stop transporting livestock by sea in a phased two-year period. New Zealand’s own ban came after their live exports disaster in September 2020, when a livestock carrier capsized off the coast of Napier, resulting in the deaths of 41 crew members and nearly 6,000 cattle.

In the United Kingdom in May, we saw historic progress for animal welfare with plans for key reforms announced by government, including legal recognition of animal sentience and a ban on live exports. These, and a suite of other measures, were outlined first in the Queen’s Speech and then in a Defra’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare. In total, 40 measures were unveiled covering farmed, wild and companion animals, which together add up to the biggest welfare shake-up in a generation

And only on Tuesday last week, the UK government published its new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, ushering in the final stage of an end to the cruel trade in live exports. The Bill will legislate to end all exports from Great Britain of cattle (including calves), sheep and pigs for fattening and slaughter.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t take to the streets today, but that doesn’t stop us from providing a voice for the millions of animals forced to endure long journeys for slaughter and fattening every year. 

Please join us in calling on the EU Commission to follow the examples set by New Zealand and, more recently, the UK, and implement a ban on the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/83717/petition/1 .  And please take to Twitter to get #BanLiveExports trending!

Enough is enough. It’s time to ban the evil that is live animal exports!

How you can get involved:-

Please help Compassion in World Farming and use this link to sign our petition to join the call for a future without factory farming

On Monday 14th June, support Ban Live Export International Awareness Day 

– Mark yourself as attending or interested on the Facebook Event page to keep updated and get involved in an action on the day.
– Take part in the global action on Twitter on the 14th of June, using #BanLiveExports

For more information on Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day, visit: www.stoplivetransport.org

14/6/21 – Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

14/6/21

Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

Just have a think about that statement; an ‘Awareness day to BAN live exports’.

As you know, the export of live animals has been one of, if not, our primary issue since its creation.  No doubt many of you all over the world are today joining up with fellow activists who are hell bent on stopping this disgusting business of treating live, sentient beings as just simple goods; putting them basically into the same category as a tin of beans, packet of rice; packed up to be traded anywhere without a single thought for their wellbeing.

Did we not witness the ‘concerns’ of those involved in this trade recently when we witnessed the farce of live animals being shipped from pillar to post around the Med Sea for months on end.

From here in the UK (England)  –  On 8 June 2021 the UK Government introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to parliament, which introduces a ban on the live export of farmed animals for fattening or slaughter, from or through Great Britain.  This is a huge victory for all the dedicated campaigners, some no longer with us, who fought so hard for the rights of animals in this specific environment.  We now look forward to the Bill being passed in both houses and the live export trade being stopped from the UK, or the UK being used as a ‘land bridge’ (for animals travelling from Ireland to mainland EU.  Irish animals will no longer be able to suffer on English roads as part of their journey to their deaths.

The Bill still needs to work its way through Parliament before it becomes law. We hope this will be completed before end 2021.

Also, despite this positive movement regarding live animal transport in the UK; we MUST NOT forget all the animals that are suffering at this very moment whilst undergoing live transport; be it on the roads of Europe, or on ships travelling from South America to the EU, or from the EU (places such as Romania) to the Middle East; where they will be slaughtered without even the ‘basics’ such as stunning.

It is our job as activists never to forget the suffering of live transport – yesterday, today and tomorrow.  So, the fight is anything but over; and as such we will give you some links in the following to allow you to continue with your fight.

By pure coincidence, this day, the bBan Live Exports Day, we will have some great (live export campaign based) news to share with you all.  We will be publishing a special post on this in the next few hours.

Regards from Mark and Venus.

Above – Anti export campaigners in NEPAL

Below – SLOVAKIA

Links:

Animals Australia – for a kinder woeld:

https://www.animalsaustralia.org/

PeTA – Help end the hideously cruel live export trade:

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/34699/action/1

 

EU trade and transport of live animals:

Animal Welfare Foundation – We demand an end for cruel live transports by road and sea

https://www.animal-welfare-foundation.org/en/projects/animal-transport/live-exports-by-road

Animals Angels – Stop Live Transport:

https://www.animals-angels.de/en/

Eyes on Animals – watching out for their welfare:

https://www.eyesonanimals.com/

Urge the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government and the Welsh Government to deliver a ban across the whole of Great Britain at the same time, and as soon as possible.

Petition – Ban live exports (e-activist.com)

On 14 June 2021, campaigners all over the world will unite for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part

Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part.

Last year’s story

In June 2020, for the first time, Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day went completely ‘virtual’, and thousands of campaigners reached out across countries and continents, making their voices heard despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s what we achieved, together:

  • Over 103,000 #BanLiveExports tweets in 36 countries, viewed 31 million times.
  • Over 32,600 emails to the Scottish Government demanding #JusticeForCalves – all sent in just two weeks.
  • Almost 9,000 tweets demanding #JusticeForCalves, including 3,100 to the Scottish Government and thousands more from campaigners spreading the word.
  • Selfies with the calf filter on Facebook and Instagram were viewed nearly 40,000 times.
  • High profile support from a whole host of Compassion heroes, including Peter Egan, Emma Milne, Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley, James Greenwood, Marc Abraham, Jerome Flynn, Kate Ford, Mike Beckingham, Carley Stenson and Liz Earle.
  • National media coverage of our Judicial Review in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Closer magazine, The London Economic and more, taking our message to millions of readers.

For more information and resources, please visit stoplivetransport.org.

SAFE, New Zealand:

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day Marred As Live Export Ships Make Their Way To Aotearoa

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2106/S00112/ban-live-exports-international-awareness-day-marred-as-live-export-ships-make-their-way-to-aotearoa.htm

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Viva ! England – International Live Export Awareness Day:

Animal Aid England – Ban Live Exports 2021 – International Awareness Day:

From our friends at OIPA in Italy:

BAN LIVE EXPORTS INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY. THIS CRUEL PRACTISE MUST END: ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT BEINGS

https://www.oipa.org/international/ban-live-exports-awareness-day-2021/

How to stop live animal export:

What countries have, or are, banning live exports:

A few photos of SOME pof the recent global demos calling for an end to live animal transport:

Above – ROMANIA

Above – SOUTH KOREA

Above – SPAIN

Above – ITALY

Above – AUSTRIA

Above – PORTUGAL

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U. S.

Hi all; nothing much today as we have been working much on another issue – maybe we will have some news in the near future; so …../.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% of Top Chicken Restaurant's Sales
Wing King says its vegan chicken is ‘immensely popular’ Credit: Vegans, Baby

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U.S.

Popular chicken eatery Wing King says that up to 40 percent of its business comes from vegan chicken wing sales. Wing King was named one of the best wing restaurants in Las Vegas. Thrillist ranked it in the top 20 in the United States.

The rising cost of processing chicken meat motivated Wing King to look for new ways to draw in customers. The company now offers non-GMO, soy-based vegan wings in flavors like hot Buffalo, Cajun, garlic, and lemon pepper.

The plant-based wings even include a bamboo ‘bone’ to make them more realistic. They are fried in separate oil to the meat-based version to avoid cross-contamination. On its Instagram account, Wing King said the vegan wings are ‘immensely popular’ and often sell out.

Wing King also offers vegan pizza with dairy-free cheese and Beyond Meat burgers.Chef Brian Peace spoke to KTNV Las Vegas about the restaurant’s menu. He revealed that vegan wings make up 35 to 40 percent of his business. “We are not like other wing restaurants,” he said.

Peace added that he relies on the profit margins of these options, as well as CBD-infused wings, to make up for the money he’s losing on chicken. “Without it, I don’t know if we would be in business,” he said.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales | Plant Based News

EU: All Products Placed on the EU Market – Including Imported Ones – Must Comply With Future Cage-Free Standards.

End the Cage Age Deutschland & Österreich (@Keine_Kaefige) | Twitter

WAV Comment:  We all want to see all farm animals liberated from their prisons over the next few days – of course we do; that is us.  But we have to accept that this wonderful news is a vote from people that can press for change, and that will happen now.

Changes like this, sadly, do not come overnight.  Production methods of farming throughout the EU have to change for the better; a phase out period has to be introduced to allow the farming community to change and get the old cages where they have always belonged; on the scrap heap or passed into the hands of the scrap metal dealer.

This is monumentous news for the citizens of the EU.  They have demanded that their parliament; elected by them, the people; undertake change to give them what they require – a cage free system for animals in the EU.

Take time out today and think what a huge chage started in the EU Parliament yesterday. Even better is the requirement that all products placed on the EU market  – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards

The world is beng sent a message; go cage free or we don’t want you.  A good day for animals in the EU; the start of major change.

Regards Mark

European Parliament urges to ban the caging of farmed animals!

10 June 2021

The EU moved closer to ending the cage age today, with the European Parliament urging the European Commission to ban the use of cages in animal farming by 2027.

The EU Parliament passed a resolution on the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with an overwhelming majority, with 558 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions. 

The resolution urges the Commission to revise the outdated EU Directive on farmed animals in order to phase out cruel cage systems in animal farming. This will prevent more than 300 million farm animals – like hens, pigs and rabbits – from being kept in cramped cages every year.

It also emphasises that all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards. 

Additionally, the resolution stresses the need to provide adequate incentives and financial programmes to support farmers through the transition to cage-free systems. 

Today the European Parliament showed a groundswell of support to end the barbaric cage systems in animal farming. EU citizens, scientists, companies and now also democratic representatives want to end the animal farming dark ages. Now it’s up to the European Commission to make these voices heard, not only to relieve the suffering of billions of animals but also to honour the EU’s democracy and civilisation. We count on a positive decision.

Reineke Hameleers

In addition, the EU Parliament called on the Commission to “put forward proposals to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.” 

MEPs also pushed the Commission to speed up the review of the EU animal welfare legislation, asking for it to be completed by 2022 instead of 2023, as currently planned. This can ensure that the ban on cages in animal farming will be introduced within the mandate of the current Commission, which will leave office in 2024.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming

Press Releases

Yesterday 

  • Alternatives to cage farming exist and should be encouraged
  • Ban to be based on impact assessment and species-by-species approach
  • Transition period and proper support for farmers and livestock breeders
  • Full compliance of imported animal products with EU rules on cage-free farming

Caged animal farming could be phased out in the European Union by 2027, say MEPs.

In their response to the “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), MEPs asked the EU Commission to come up with legislative proposals to ban caged farming in the EU, possibly already by 2027, following an appropriate transition period and after a solid scientific impact assessment has been carried out. The resolution to this end was adopted on Thursday with 558 votes in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions.

Alternatives to cage farming exist and are being successfully implemented in a number of member states, MEPs say. These alternative systems should be further improved and encouraged at member state level, but to ensure a level-playing field for farmers across the European Union, MEPs agreed EU legislation is needed.

Species-by-species approach and properly funded transition

The gradual end of the use of cages should be based on a species-by-species approach that would take into account the characteristics of different animals and ensure that they all have housing systems that suit their specific needs, MEPs say. Before any legislative changes are made, farmers and livestock breeders must be given a sufficiently long transition period and proper support. This could include adequate advisory and training services, incentives and financial programmes to avoid farmers losing their competitive edge and prevent the relocation of EU agricultural production to places where animal welfare standards are lower than in the EU.

MEPs also call for a more comprehensive food policy to support the shift towards a more sustainable food system, but also to prevent small and medium-sized farms from abandoning livestock production and stop its further concentration in the hands of a few large farms.

Same standards for all imported products

A fair trade policy that ensures a level playing field is a precondition for higher European standards, the Parliament says. The Commission and member states should therefore focus more on putting effective controls and customs checks in place to ensure that imported agri-food products meet EU animal welfare standards.

MEPs want all animal products imported into the EU to be produced in full compliance with relevant EU legislation, including the use of cage-free farming systems. They insist existing trade deals should be re-evaluated to ensure that the same animal welfare and product quality standards are met. They also call on the Commission to promote animal welfare internationally.

Ban on unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese

MEPs also call on the Commission to come up with a proposal to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.

Background

The “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative was registered with the EU Commission on 5 September 2018. By the time it was submitted, the initiative had gathered support from almost 1.4 million signatories from across the EU, with the required threshold for signatures met in 18 member states. MEPs debated the citizens’ initiative together with its organisers, Commissioners and representatives of other EU bodies during a public hearing on 15 April.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming | News | European Parliament (europa.eu)

Regards Mark