Category: Farm Animals

Direct Action Everywhere are animal rescuers, not criminals

Direct Action EverywhereDxE

BREAKING: The felony case against Wayne Hsiung and Paul Darwin Picklesimer for rescuing turkeys from a Utah farm in 2017 was just “dismissed by compromise.”
The company and prosecutor agreed that “the criminalization of this nonviolent investigation and rescue is unnecessary.”

This is a step toward the #RightToRescue!

Background: In January 2017, the six activists entered a farm in Moroni, Utah, that supplies turkeys to Norbest, a large company that aggressively markets itself to the public as selling “mountain-grown” turkeys who are treated with particularly humane care.
Its marketing materials feature bucolic photographs of Utah nature, designed to create an image that its turkeys are raised in fresh and healthy natural settings, accompanied by assurances that its “practices are humane” and ethical, “with the health and comfort of the birds of paramount importance.”


What the activists found at the farm was something radically different: tens of thousands of turkeys crammed inside filthy industrial barns, virtually on top of one another.
The activists say the animals were suffering from diseases, infections, open wounds, and injuries sustained by pecking and trampling one another.
Countless chicks and adult turkeys were barely able to stand, or were lying in their own waste, close to death.

The activists, all volunteers with the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, filmed and photographed the conditions inside the farm.
“In my 20 years of investigating animal abuse, I’ve never seen conditions this horrifying at a corporate farm,” Hsiung told the Intercept.
“We saw animals that looked dead but were still breathing; animals, languishing, who had virtually been pecked to death; many animals collapsed on the ground in their own feces and filth.
It was as bad as it gets.”

The activists also rescued three turkeys who were clearly suffering from extreme disease and injury and on the brink of death, part of a tactic known as “open rescue,” in which activists choose a symbolic handful of animals from industrial farms who are close to death, provide them with veterinarian care, and then publicly post film of their recovery at a shelter.

The three birds removed from the farm have no commercial value, because they were virtually certain to die within days, if not hours.
DxE activists estimate that up to 25 percent of animals at industrial farms die before they can make it to the slaughterhouse due to the conditions in which they are kept.

In November 2017, DxE published video and photographic findings from its investigation of the Norbest-supplying farm. The publishing of the investigation was highly embarrassing to Norbest, as the materials received substantial local press coverage.

The activists also rescued three turkeys who were clearly suffering from extreme disease and injury and on the brink of death, part of a tactic known as “open rescue,” in which activists choose a symbolic handful of animals from industrial farms who are close to death, provide them with veterinarian care, and then publicly post film of their recovery at a shelter.

The three birds removed from the farm have no commercial value, because they were virtually certain to die within days, if not hours.
So severe and horrifying was the abuse and disease documented by DxE that Norbest executives proclaimed themselves highly “disturbed” by what they saw.
The Fox report filmed Norbest CEO and President Matthew Cook watching the video for the first time.
Cook said he felt “deep disappointment” at what he saw, adding: “This just shouldn’t happen.”

The company then issued a formal statement on its site, proclaiming itself “deeply disappointed that our standards were not upheld by the farmer in question.”

Given that Norbest itself admits that the conditions revealed by DxE were horrifying, and given that it led to reforms, why would the activists be prosecuted for their investigation?
And given that they took nothing of commercial value, why would they be prosecuted for felony theft charges that, aggregated, carry a possible punishment of 10 years in prison?

For their successful efforts to expose these abuses and force reforms, Hsuing (lawyer, founder of the activist group Direct Action Everywhere, and lead investigator) and his five fellow activists now face prosecution and the possibility of prison terms.

Thus appears the same dynamic seen in so many other American realms, from torture to illegal spying to Wall Street fraud: The most powerful actors responsible for the most egregious acts are immunized from consequences, while the only ones punished are the ones who expose them.

And I mean…We are glad to hear the great news.
Thanks to the team for the great work!

Stealing a live animal is a punishable offense, but stealing its life is fine.
This is how thieves and criminals think, and move on that way because they simply legalized their crimes according to this principle and have gotten through for decades.
Through such actions the naive consumer learns where his “happy thanksgiving turkey” comes from.
And the meat industry gives up and finally learns that not everything that does not suit them can be criminalized
Good this way.

Whether the meat consumers wake up after these videos and find that the meat industry not only tortures animals, but also deceives them as consumers is questionable.
The fact is that with every new scandal the meat industry gets serious cracks, and so the likelihood of its disintegration increases.

My best regards to all, Venus

Latest Report Shows Companies Continue To Make Progress On Their Commitments To Source Cage-Free Eggs.

Latest report shows companies continue to make progress on their commitments to source cage-free eggs

24 November 2021


Eurogroup for Animals’ member Compassion in World Farming launched its latest GLOBAL EggTrack report which shows that, despite supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies continue to make progress on their commitments to source cage-free eggs.

According to the 2021 report, 156 of 219 (71%) tracked companies are reporting progress against their cage-free commitments – up from 63% in 2020. Of the 47 companies with global commitments, 26 (55%) reported progress against these commitments, and since last year, an additional 12 companies have expanded their commitments to cover their entire global egg supply.

Highlights from the report:

  • Overall, 71% of companies tracked are reporting progress against their cage-free commitments
  • 12 companies expanded their commitments to cover their entire global supply including CarrefourGroupe Holder and Restaurant Brands International
  • Two companies – Danone and Hormel Foods – met their global cage-free commitments this year
  • Of the 116 companies with European commitments (as part of a regional or global commitment), 84% reported progress
  • Two companies – Nestlé and Yum! Brands (for its KFC Western Europe Subsidiary) – met Europe-level commitments in 2021
  • 9 companies have recognised the need to eliminate combination systems from their egg supply chains including BarillaDomino’sEurovo and Metro Group
  • 13 companies met their country-level commitments within Europe including Aldi Sud (Hofer Italy), Domino’s (Ireland and UK), Greggs plc (UK), and Schwarz Group (Lidl Spain)

Find out more about EggTrack and read the full report here.

Read more at source

Compassion in World Farming

Regards Mark





Iceland: Animal Welfare Violations On Blood Farms – 5 Litres Of Blood Taken Each Week From Pregnant Mares.

Iceland: animal welfare violations on blood farms

23 November 2021


Press Release

New investigation from Animal Welfare Foundation on blood farms in Iceland uncovers a business involving around 100 establishments and 5,000 Icelandic horses. The investigators discovered a sequence of animal welfare violations, contrary to all statements made by the pharmaceutical companies, blood farmers and veterinary authority involved. Eurogroup for Animals reiterates its call to ban the import of eCG, the hormone derived from the mares’ blood, into the EU.

Around 90,000 horses live in Iceland where they contribute to the country’s economy through industrial animal breeding, tourism, sport and meat production. There is also another, less known, use: the blood of pregnant mares is collected to obtain eCG (equine Chorionic Gonadotropin), also known as PMSG (Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin), which is used in animal breeding to induce follicular growth, ovulation and estrus. 

To this end, five litres of blood are drawn from each mare every week, for up to ten weeks. In order to extract eCG from the blood, the mares must be pregnant. The foals are thus a by-product and usually end up in the slaughterhouse. Prices for foals are now at rock bottom and exploiting the mares’ blood has become much more lucrative, further stimulating the growth of the sector.  

Arnthor Gudlaugsson, CEO of Isteka ehf, the Icelandic pharmaceutical company working with the farms that Animal Welfare Foundation investigated, confirmed that production has tripled since 2009. This translates into revenues of around 10 million euros per year. Isteka operates several blood farms and is a contractual partner of more than 100 other blood farms.

The business has been booming for years due to the demand from pharmaceutical companies, such as MSD/Intervet and Ceva Santé Animale, and from animal producers in the EU.

York Ditfurth, AWF|TSB board member

The blood collection violates animal protection laws in force in Iceland, and in the EU. Most of the mares are semi-wild, they have hardly any contact with humans. The film recordings made during the blood collection show workers beating the horses and using dogs to move them around.

Since only veterinarians are allowed to carry out the blood collections, according to Icelandic law they would have to intervene immediately in case of animal welfare violations and report them to the veterinary authority. However, this does not happen because the veterinarians earn good money from the blood business too, as informants confirmed to us.

Sabrina Gurtner, Project Manager, AWF|TSB

AWF and TSB submitted the video footage to the Icelandic animal welfare lawyer Árni Stefán Árnason and his verdict is clear “The beating scenes depict cruelty to horses which is strictly forbidden. This can be punished with a heavy fine or imprisonment of up to two years, as well as with a prohibition to keep animals”. 

Professor Stephanie Krämer of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany), described the blood collection procedure as a repetitive traumatisation of the mares. 

After the numerous investigations led on blood farms in Latin America, the case of Iceland further demonstrates the need for the EU to take action. Together with several international animal welfare organisations, Eurogroup for Animals, AWF and TSB call upon the European Commission to follow the direction indicated by the European Parliament in its resolution on the Farm to Fork Strategy, and  to ban the import and domestic production of eCG.

The full investigation report is available upon request. 

Iceland – Land of the 5,000 Blood Mares 



Regards Mark

MILKED – White Lies In Dairyland.

WAV Comment – with thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ as always for sending over the info. Great and very informative as always.

Regards Mark

MILKED: White Lies in DairyLand by Stacey

Stopping animal exploitation doesn’t require human benefit, but that it DOES and humans still radically embrace animal cruelty as their “right/choice/blahblahblah” is disturbing. You literally drink the breastmilk of a different species, beyond infancy and with teeth, that requires the suffering, pain, misery, and violent death of the other species.

Animals don’t belong to you; what comes out of their bodies doesn’t belong to you. That you can be ethical but deliberately choose to not be is a perversion. Stop defining others’ suffering in manners that brings you comfort but does nothing to ease the suffering of your victims. I recently read about how adding cameras in slaughterhouses will help to decrease cruelty. In SLAUGHTERHOUSES. A slaughterhouse is INHERENTLY CRUEL, it’s where animals die in fear, blood, and often torturous manners in some grotesquely defined “humane” ethic slander. Slaughterhouses do not attract people who care about animals, and the evidence is in: animals experience abject fear; they smell and hear the death of their death-mates; and they die in often agonizing, torturous manners.

Euphemistic morals serve only those whose intentions are the absolute antithesis of morals but do nothing to help their animal victims: HUMANS.


Photo – Mark WAV


MILKED is a topical feature documentary that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry. 

Young activist Chris Huriwai travels around the country searching for the truth about how this source of national pride has become the nation’s biggest threat. It’s rapidly gone from a land with no cows to being the biggest exporter of dairy in the world, but the industry seems to be failing in every way possible. 

Featuring interviews with high-profile contributors such as Dr Jane Goodall, environmentalist and former actress Suzy Amis Cameron, and Cowspiracy co-director, Keegan Kuhn, MILKED reveals the behind-the-scenes reality of the kiwi dairy farming fairy-tale. It uncovers alarming information about the impacts of the industry on the environment and health, leading up to the discovery that we’re on the edge of the biggest global disruption of food and agriculture in history. 

An impactful global story told with a local eye, the film also points to what New Zealand and other countries can do to change their fate.

MILKED facts:

Photo – PMAF

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Photo – PMAF
Photo – Mark WAV – If you look carefully on the rear trailer especially, you can see the baby calves, desperate for milk from their mums; which they will never experience again. They suckle the bars to try and get milk – milk for them, NOT us. The dairy industry really gets me – I say to them, come down and see this, hear their cries, smell the smells – Go Vegan Now.

All the above photos were used for a report I presented to the EU – 5 undercover investigations with EU animal welfare organisations on the live calf transport trade between Ireland and France (EU member states).

I may upload the report for you to view soon. In the meantime here is just one of the investigation reports which I know will show you how absurd the EU live animal transport regulations are.

Read, rage and repent !

Regards Mark

Liza and Mark - Dover
With friends Ellie and Liza Protesting against the live calf trade at Dover, England.

Animal markets in Romania

November 23-Report from the Animals ‘Angels organization

Animals ‘Angels inspected four animal markets in Romania.
For a good six years now, we have been denouncing the fact that the authorities are neither adequately controlling nor taking action against the mistreatment of ‘farm animals’ when they are sold and transported in the markets.

The animals are often brought to the market in the trunk of normal cars and sold directly from the cars.

Due to the animal disease warning, markets in the country are currently closed.
We are relieved.
But animals are still being sold illegally just a few meters away from the markets – albeit significantly less.
Partly under the eyes of the police.
Here we mainly meet chickens. They suffer from the cold and they tremble.

The chickens are housed in narrow cages or placed on the floor with their legs tied together.

They often have injuries to their wings and are cuffed by the legs.
The sellers put them on the floor like inanimate goods.
Interested buyers pick them up by the legs and wings and put them down again – as if they were heads of lettuce. They don’t care if they cause pain to animals.

Only a child shows empathy when it sees us petting the hen Emma and imitates us.
At our request, it also puts some cardboard under the animal to protect it from the cold.

At Christmas and Easter, animals are also illegally slaughtered directly in the markets.

Now that the markets are closed, hundreds and thousands of animals are no longer transported and are exposed to the heat or cold for hours without water or food, but that is not enough!
The cruel and reckless handling of the ‘farm animals’ was not eliminated.

For the transport of the animals are mostly completely unsuitable vehicles are used, such as vans or cars.

We demand that the Romanian authorities also control the unofficial markets and enforce the regulations for the protection of animals here.

From the same report: Large parts of Romania’s population live in the countryside and breed and keep animals for their own needs.
Since there is a brisk trade in these animals too, local animal markets have a long tradition here.
Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, the EU laws on the protection of animals should also apply here.
However, our research over the past few years clearly shows that these laws are largely disregarded in the market.

In the animal markets in Romania, the applicable EU laws are hardly enforced. We keep observing and documenting similar problems there:

-The animals are transported in all kinds of unsuitable vehicles: on horse-drawn carts, bicycles, in the trunk of cars or on the back of mini-vans and sprinters.
-Due to the lack of infrastructure, the animals are often sold directly from the vehicles and not kept in pens.
-The animals usually do not get any water – even in summer.
-The animals are tied by the legs, placed on the often wet, cold and dirty floor, and offered for sale.
-Violent handling, such as B. wearing or grinding on individual limbs, wings or ears.
-Illegal slaughter in many markets (mainly before Christmas or Easter).
-So-called ‘pull tests’ for horses, in which the animals usually have to pull heavy objects with lashes in order to demonstrate their strength.
-No or insufficient supervision or sanctions by the responsible veterinarians.Left: chickens with their legs tied together. Middle: A pig is dragged around its jaw onto a cart with the help of a metal wire. Right: A horse being lashed with the whip during a so-called “pull test”

Large parts of Romania’s population live in the countryside and breed and keep animals for their own needs.
Since there is a brisk trade in these animals too, local animal markets have a long tradition here.
Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, the EU laws on the protection of animals should also apply here.
However, our research over the past few years clearly shows that these laws are largely disregarded in the markets.

In the animal markets in Romania, the applicable EU laws are hardly enforced. We keep observing and documenting similar problems there:

The animals are transported in all kinds of unsuitable vehicles: on horse-drawn carts, bicycles, in the trunk of cars or on the back of mini-vans and sprinters.
Due to the lack of infrastructure, the animals are often sold directly from the vehicles and not kept in pens.
The animals usually do not get any water – even in summer.
The animals are tied by the legs, placed on the often wet, cold and dirty floor, and offered for sale.

Violent handling, such as wearing or grinding on individual limbs, wings or ears.
Illegal slaughter in many markets (mainly before Christmas or Easter).

So-called ‘pull tests’ for horses, in which the animals usually have to pull heavy objects with lashes in order to demonstrate their strength.
No or insufficient supervision or sanctions by the responsible veterinarians.

Brute force and ruthlessness often rule these markets.
Everyone wants to sell at any price.
Cattle are tied by the horns and are beaten for no reason because people are afraid of them.
Sheep, chickens and turkeys lie tied up like parcels on the floor.
The whole thing reaches its climax when pigs are brutally slaughtered in the days leading up to Christmas.

All live animal markets in the world must be closed.
Because for the animals these markets are hell on earth.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: No routine checkups on welfare of fish at slaughter, officials admit.

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in a salmon farm cage
Campaigners are calling for farmed fish to be given similar rights to other farmed animals. Photograph: Bluegreen Pictures/Alamy

No routine checkups on welfare of fish at slaughter, officials admit

Campaigners say fish farmed in England, Wales and Scotland face cruelty, with no penalty for those who fail to meet welfare needs

The government has admitted there are no routine checkups on fish welfare at slaughter, after an investigation found no department would take responsibility.

Campaigners have said this means fish face cruelty with no repercussions for those who fail to meet their welfare needs, and have asked that fish are given the same oversight as other farmed animals.

An undercover investigation by Animal Equality into a Scottish salmon slaughterhouse this year showed fish having their gills cut while conscious and being repeatedly and painfully clubbed, with it taking up to seven blows to stun the animals.

Campaigners said the fish faced “vicious and imprecise bludgeoning”, and many fell to the floor to suffocate. Unlike farmed land animals, which have legislation for them to be slaughtered as humanely as possible, the fish farming industry sets its own standards regarding humane slaughter.

A government spokesperson admitted that in England and Wales, there was no routine animal welfare inspection programme at farmed fish processing premises.

While they claim the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) did checkups in Scotland, freedom of information requests submitted by the Humane League to the Scottish government reveal there is no established process for regular welfare inspections at fish processing sites. The Humane League did not include Northern Ireland in the scope of its investigation.

Apha confirmed that it did not have “a routine programme of official inspections at fish processing sites”.

Scotland is the third biggest producer of farmed salmon in the world. The biggest, Norway, has a law mandating the pre-slaughter stunning of farmed fish. Scotland, England and Wales do not. The most recent estimate, from 2017, was that 22-52 million farmed salmon are farmed and slaughtered in the UK each year.

The same issue applies to trout farming in England. The trout industry has its own certification scheme, Quality Trout UK (QTUK), including standards for pre-slaughter stunning, but these are not enforced by the government and there are no routine checks.

Responses to freedom of information requests show not one public body has a clear understanding of what regime is in place, with the Food Standards Agency, the Fish Health Inspectorate, local government environmental health departments and Apha all confirming they do not conduct checks on fish farms in England. This means no government officials are monitoring fish welfare at the time of killing.

Cordelia Britton, the head of campaigns at the Humane League UK, said: “It is alarming that apparently zero government officials are inspecting fish welfare at slaughter. From our correspondence it seems clear that no relevant agency knows what’s going on, with each institution passing the buck to another. Without proper oversight, cruelty goes unnoticed. It is time for the government to take responsibility for how farmed fish are slaughtered, as they do for other farmed animals.”

Campaigners are calling for farmed fish to be given similar rights to other farmed animals. In the last few years there has been debate among scientists over the extent to which fish can feel pain, which is a growing area of research. In 2018 the science writer Ferris Jabr found that “the collective evidence is now robust enough that biologists and veterinarians increasingly accept fish pain as a reality”.

Dr Vicky Bond, the managing director of the Humane League UK, said: “Fish are often forgotten in discussions and decisions on animal welfare, and this is wholly unjustified. The scientific and public consensus is that they feel pain, so refusing farmed fish the same protections afforded to land animals is completely irrational. The government animal welfare committee suggested the law be updated with detailed stunning requirements back in 1996, and 25 years later farmed fish still have the same inadequate safeguards. This needs to change.”

A Defra spokesperson said: “The UK has some of the highest animal welfare protections in the world, including when animals are slaughtered or killed. We are carefully considering issues raised in the review of the welfare of animals at the time of killing (England) regulations, including detailed protections for the welfare of farmed fish.”

No routine checkups on welfare of fish at slaughter, officials admit | Fish | The Guardian

Guardian – England.

Regards Mark

Germany-“Avernalic agony in the slaughterhouse”

Organization report: “Together for the animals”

The images are shocking and go to the bone, the criminal complaints read “Avernalic agony in the slaughterhouse”.

Undercover research in thehorse butcher’s shop” Härting GmbH in Kaiserslautern, during which meaningful video evidence was created by courageous animal rights activists, shows shocking conditions in this company, including the most severe animal cruelty.

The Härting horse butchery in Kaiserslautern is being accused of cruelty to animals and is not allowed to slaughter any animals for the time being – Photo: Ralf Vester

Operation was under observation for a total of 5 weeks in September and October 2021.

Apparently systematic violations during the slaughter of cattle in the area of ​​stunning and bleeding were recorded.
The recognizable incompetent anesthesia regularly fails.
The first bolt shot is often not enough due to amateurism and the animals still show violent reactions.

Death struggles over several minutes were captured in pictures, a total of 37 bolt shots on 18 animals can be proven.
The torture of the animals was also recorded by means of an eccentric driver, which was used on sensitive parts of the body such as the head and spine.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look any better with the horses and incompetence or indifference reigns here as well.
Despite unsuccessful anesthesia and severe defensive reactions, anesthetized animals are stabbed to bleed into the chest.

During the bleeding, clear movements can be seen, also in the eyes and nostrils.
And the same misery with the pigs.
After amateur anesthesia with electric pliers, many animals show violent reactions, struggle for air and exhibit body movements in the bleeding area that clearly indicate failure of the anesthesia.

Criminal charges against this horror operation were filed with the Kaiserslautern public prosecutor’s office on November 12, 2021, on presentation of the collected video material.

The responsible veterinary office was able to obtain a temporary suspension of the slaughterhouse until the situation was clarified.

You can find a video evidence of the atrocities of this company under the following link (The text of the video can be read partially translated below )
However, we expressly draw your attention to the fact that it is only for extremely strong nerves and only serves as evidence.
We saw it ourselves and are shocked:

We strongly condemn such cruel treatment of sentient beings.
Before the only thing they have, namely their life, is taken away from them, there is absolutely nothing to excuse them.
If you do this to an animal, you have something very “bad” deep inside you and, in our opinion, must be stopped and punished with long prison sentences.

The operators of this death block are also to be brought to justice and sentenced.
The business should be shut down and locked with immediate effect, and the last thing he sees should be the wrecking ball.

Therefore we appeal to the court in Kaiserslautern not to get away with those responsible for these massacres with a black eye, but to let the full harshness of the judiciary prevail, because what they have done can be described simply with one word: CRIME !!!

Some translated passages from the video:
“Horse butcher Härting GmbH in Kaiserslautern – it is a traditional company with a 100-year history.

Origin of the animals
our horses come from the southwest of Germany.
They are recreational and breeding animals as can be seen everywhere in the pastures.
These animals are given up when they can no longer be used for breeding or recreational riding.
The owners often bring these animals themselves to see for themselves that they are treated appropriately
Our pigs come from Guthof Franck.
These animals are fed normally and have enough space.

These are the slaughter conditions at a trusted butcher.

Brutal use of the electric driver against the head of the cattle
The cattle fought for minutes.
There are no individual cases, but sad everyday life.

These recordings were made over 5 weeks in September and October
All images were handed over to the police
Different animals – same fate

Who are you caressing
who do you let kill”

And I mean…Giving people the information is one goal.
But we have to get them to react to this information
It is more important and more effective when the consumer finally listens, looks and ACT.

There are apparently still people who do not want to understand that the consumer, with his consumer behavior, his greed for meat and animal products, is responsible for precisely these conditions.
The butcher, livestock farmer or whoever is just the executive organ.

As a consumer, you are the client – animals are sentient individuals who have rights and deserve a life without pain and suffering, like you who eat them.
It should be the highest moral principle for everyone that animals are not there to be exploited or “serve” people.

My best regards to all, Venus

Live Animal Transport – A New Petition has Been Launched in the Czech Republic by Animal Campaigner Friends – Please Support.

WAV Comment – As many of you know. The stopping of live animal transport is one of our main issues.  It is great to see our Czech Republic friends have now set up a petition to support the stopping.  Below we have given all the links to the petition; please add your voice by supporting it.  Note – a ‘translate’ message should automatically appear when you go to the petition.

Regards Mark

Open petition to end long-distance live animal transport in Czech Republic

18 November 2021

Společnost pro zvířata

A new petition has been launched in Czech Republic by Společnost pro zvířata to demand a ban on long-distance live animal transport. They already have collected 4.000 signatures and they need to reach 10.000.

Back in June, our Member Organisation Společnost pro zvířata lit candles for the animals, victims of cruel transport practices, in front of the Czech Republic Ministry of Agriculture sending a strong message to the representatives. 

MEP Jiří Pospíšil, member of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of animals, also sent his support and lit a candle for the animals. 

The ceremony was also an opportunity to launch a petition calling the Czech government to :

  • Ensure maximum journey times of 4 hours for chickens and 6 to 8 hours for cattle, pigs, sheep and other mammal (including waiting, loading and unloading hours),
  • Work on a strategy to shift from live transport to a trade of meat and carcasses as well as genetic material only,
  • Ensure the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing by enforcing mandatory stunning.

The petition is nearing its goal of achieving 10,000 signatures. 

Read more and support the petition here.


Petition for an end to long-distance transports with animals and for the export
of meat, for the breeding and life of animals as close as possible to their place of birth

for the Government and Parliament of the Czech Republic

motto: Animals are living sentient creatures, just like we humans. They are not goods.

Therefore, we, the undersigned citizens of the Czech Republic, ask the Government and Parliament of the Czech Republic to adopt legislation and its implementation in practice, which will ensure:

  • that the animals (used for farming purposes) live and live in or near the place of birth;
  • a maximum limit of 4 h (poultry) and 6 to 8 h (bovine, pig, sheep and other mammals) for transport to slaughterhouses, fattening and rearing/rearing, without exception and including waiting, loading and unloading;
  • the replacement of long-lasting transport of animals by the transport of meat, half-carcases and other animal products;
  • the creation of economic incentive tools for the above requirements;
  • the slaughter and killing of animals at their place of birth, as quickly as possible and brought unconscious by prior stunning, without exceptions;
  • severely penalise natural and legal persons for infringements relating to the protection of animals during transport and during the slaughter/killing of animals.

Regards Mark

The calf blood: a billion dollar business

Millions of pregnant cattle are slaughtered around the world and the unborn calves are disposed of as “slaughterhouse waste”.

Some cows give birth to their young on the way to the slaughterhouse, in most cases the cow arrives at the slaughterhouse pregnant.
There the mother is stunned with a bolt shot and – often hanging by one leg – killed by bleeding.

The fetus suffocates in the dead womb.
If a pregnant animal is found on the slaughterhouse assembly line, it is separated, the uterus and the still unopened amniotic sac removed from the mother’s skeleton and disposed of.

In non-European countries, like in Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, but also in some EU countries such as France, the calves face an even more terrible fate – a thick needle is stuck without anesthesia through the ribs into the still beating heart of the calf fetus and around half a liter of blood is drawn from each anima, in order to obtain the raw material for the production of FCS.

While the demand is particularly high in Europe and the USA, the VCS is mainly obtained in countries where cattle is raised intensively, such as Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and others.
It is estimated that 800,000 liters of VCS are sold worldwide each year.
That means-two million cattle fetuses are being exploited for this.

That equates to one million liters of fetal calf serum per year.
So far there are no federal or EU uniform laws for the protection of the mother animal or the fetus for handling during slaughter

The serum from the blood of unborn calves is used in research and for the manufacture of medicines.

Additional information on thisWhen the cow is slaughtered, the unborn calf is removed from its body.

The fetus is taken to a special room and cut out, where it is removed from the amniotic sac and disinfected.
Then a thick cannula is pierced through the ribs into the beating heart without anesthesia.
The heart still has to beat so that the blood can be drawn off more quickly and so that the blood does not wrestle.

Tapping into it takes between 5 and 25 minutes.
Millions of unborn calves are systematically bled.
The blood goes into the centrifuge to be separated from the red blood cells and then it is purified under sterile conditions with a very fine filter to make the serum.

Blood serum has enormous value.

Depending on the quality, it can cost up to 15,000 euros per liter
This means that 1-2 million unborn calves worldwide per year have to die a slow and miserable death.

They are then processed into animal feed.
The serum is needed in research and for the production of medicines.
It is also used for multiple sclerosis and cancers.
But nobody knows exactly what is in this serum, which is obtained from the blood of tortured animals.
Yet it is used in laboratories and around the world – it is considered a miracle cure!

The most important reason fetal calf serum should not be used is that its production is associated with immeasurable suffering of millions of calf fetuses.
Because fetuses also feel pain.

My best regards to all, Venus

Welfarm is Calling for a Ban on the Castration of Piglets.

Castration of male pigs

Welfarm is calling for a ban on the castration of piglets

19 November 2021


Welfarm is calling for a ban on the castration of piglets in its new campaign launched on November 4th in Paris!

For more than ten years, Welfarm has been campaigning against the castration of piglets. On November 4th, Welfarm has launched its campaign to call for a definitive ban on piglet castration: in just a few weeks, it will be prohibited to castrate piglets without anesthesia and analgesia. However, no measures have been taken to definitively ban physical castration despite the many problems that it causes.

Under these conditions, it is likely that piglets will continue to be mutilated. 

Castration with anesthesia and analgesia is not a satisfactory solution in the long run. Indeed, as it stands now, no anesthesia and analgesia protocol allows to fully manage the pain of piglets during and after the procedure. Moreover, no current protocol seems compatible with the reality of farms. 

Today, two alternatives that respect animal welfare exist:

The breeding of non-castrated pigs (known as “whole male breeding”)

And immunocastration, which acts like a vaccine to block puberty in pigs.

Europe seeks alternatives to surgical castration on pigs - Farming  (Livestock)

These two alternatives are reliable, economically advantageous for farmers and have been tried and tested for a long time in many European countries. Thus, for the vast majority of productions (cooked ham, pâté, rillettes, etc.) castration of pigs is no longer necessary.

Unfortunately, some meat companies, including the Bigard group (which is the market leader), are opposed to the development of these alternatives because they refuse to change their practices.

Castration should eventually be abandoned and replaced by alternatives that respect animal welfare. Welfarm therefore asks that castration under anesthesia and analgesia be authorised only temporarily in order to facilitate the transition to the definitive ban on piglet castration. 

To find out more about the campaign, click here

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Regards Mark

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