Category: Farm Animals

Animals Asia – The Only Cure Is Kindness.

VIDEO: Global superstars demand end to animal mistreatment as two moon bear cubs rescued

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/video-global-superstars-demand-end-to-animal-mistreatment-as-two-moon-bear-cubs-rescued.html

As a galaxy of global superstars, lead by German actor Louis Hofmann, comedian Ricky Gervais, pop star Mýa, actors Dame Judi Dench, Olivia Newton John and Tzi Ma, and renowned conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, have come together​ to record an impassioned video ​calling for a reset of humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and its zoonotic origins, two baby bears have attempted to steal the limelight.

In mid-July, as the celebrities recorded ​their video messages​, Animals Asia rescued two three-month-old moon bear cubs that had been illegally trapped and put on sale on the black market, and are now taking care of them at the NGO’s sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam

“It’s heartbreaking to see these bears with their beautiful dark coats and stunning and unique moon bear crescents on their chests, spending their lives trapped and suffering in tiny cages”, said ​Dark​ star Louis Hofmann. “The extraction of bear bile is unnecessary – there are herbal and synthetic alternatives. Animals Asia are on the cusp of being able to end bear bile farming in Vietnam for good and are showing how it can be done with kindness and respect. Medicine is supposed to relieve suffering, not cause it. Animals Asia is working to restore balance by taking these bears to sanctuaries where they can live out their lives in peace. Because the only cure is kindness.”

“If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s the power of leaving nature alone – and that The Only Cure is Kindness”, said British comedian Ricky Gervais. “We’ve got so much to learn from animals and nature – and there is so much we can do to help. Animals Asia are actively harnessing that kindness to end bear-bile farming, rescuing bears and taking care of them. Let’s be kinder to nature, and kinder and more forgiving to each other too”.

Joaquin Phoenix wearing a t-shirt bearing the words “The Only Cure is Kindness”

The actors, musicians and conservationists came together – virtually​ – to raise awareness of the plight of the Asiatic black bear, or ‘moon bear,’ and the urgent need to end the practice of bear bile farming – where bears are held in tiny cages so that their bile can be extracted for use in traditional medicine.

Animals Asia, which created the video to mark Moon Bear Day on August 8th, aims to rescue 500 bears currently in bear bile farms in Vietnam by 2022, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. To date, Animals Asia has rescued 634 bears, and has agreement with Vietnamese authorities to completely end bear bile farming in Vietnam by 2022.

The video​, featuring Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, Dark ‘star’ Louis Hofmann, Mulan star Tzi Ma, Dame Judi Dench, Downton Abbey stars Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol, Guns’n’Roses rockers Slash and Matt Sorum, and actors Dame Olivia Newton John AC DBE, Virginia McKenna OBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, James Cromwell, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Gillies, Celina Jade, Maggie Q, Dustin Nguyen, Kristin Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Tara Buck, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Vietnamese TV Presenter Minh Trang Nguyen, musician Rick Wakeman and singers Han Geng and Mýa, highlights the mistreatment animals as a root cause of pandemics such as the Covid19 crisis, in response “The Only Cure is Kindness”. Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who doesn’t appear in ​the video​, is also spreading the message, appearing on social media wearing a t-shirt bearing the “The Only Cure is Kindness” message.

“It’s absolutely amazing, because just as the international stars were recording their video clips, our team in Vietnam got a call saying that two baby bears needed to be rescued”, said Jill Robinson MBE, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, who also appears in the video.

“It’s brilliant to be able to welcome all of these household names into the Animals Asia family. By helping us mark Moon Bear Day and our historic agreement with the Vietnam Government, these global stars are raising awareness about the suffering caused by the bear bile industry”, she continued.

“Our supporters have been so generous in supporting our work, but the task ahead is formidable”, continued Robinson. “Animals Asia plans to help rescue up to 500 bears from 142 farms in Vietnam, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care.

This will take time, effort and resources – by lending their voices, these luminaries are sending a message to each and everyone one of us: that

The Only Cure is Kindness.”

Ireland: ‘Sarah M’ (En Route to Libya with 2,000 Bulls) – Latest Position.

You can run but you cannot hide !

Gonna take my time – I have all the time in the world (to fight this disgusting, abusive trade)

Regards Mark

https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/SARAH-M-IMO-7808463-MMSI-352548000

Read More at:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/06/eu-european-commission-accused-of-gross-cynicism-toward-farmed-animal-welfare/

EU: European Commission Accused of “Gross Cynicism” Toward Farmed Animal Welfare.

 

Our past related information:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/02/ireland-peta-are-now-on-board-re-irish-live-exports-to-libya-please-sign-the-petition-and-crosspost-to-contacts/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/02/ireland-peta-are-now-on-board-re-irish-live-exports-to-libya-please-sign-the-petition-and-crosspost-to-contacts/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/02/ireland-peta-are-now-on-board-re-irish-live-exports-to-libya-please-sign-the-petition-and-crosspost-to-contacts/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/02/ireland-peta-are-now-on-board-re-irish-live-exports-to-libya-please-sign-the-petition-and-crosspost-to-contacts/

European Commission Accused of “Gross Cynicism” Toward Farmed Animal Welfare

Advocates are calling for a ban on live animal exports to war-torn Libya, where missile fire threatens animals arriving on cargo ships from Ireland. But welfare officials continue to drag their feet.

Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have accused the European Commission of “gross cynicism” and questioned its refusal to ban the export of live animals to war-torn Libya, thousands of which come from Ireland.

Last week, Ireland’s fourth shipment this year left the southern Irish port of Cork, headed for the Libyan port of Misratah, with about 2,000 bulls on board.

The shipment puts the total number of Irish animals exported to Libya this year at about 7,600. In 2019, according to emailed data from Ireland’s Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine (DAFM), cattle exports to Libya totaled 13,122 animals.

Two of the companies known to ship cattle from Ireland to Libya are Purcell Brothers and Curzon Livestock. Neither responded to calls, texts, or emails asking for comment. No comment was provided either by the European Commission.

In May this year, a letter from over 30 welfare organizations to EU Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, and EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, called for a ban on animal exports to Libya. Commissioner Kyriakides is charged with enforcing animal welfare laws.

Libya has been in chaos since 2011. The NGO letter argues that animals in Libya risk missile fire, the potential use of chemical weapons, and the possibility of COVID-19-related quarantines at anchorage, potentially adding an extra 14 days to any journey. From Ireland, livestock ships take about nine days to reach Libya. The animals’ eventual slaughter, the letter said, likely entails “extreme and prolonged pain and fear.”

The Commission’s response to the NGOs, which came in a letter last week, has sparked outrage. “The Commission’s reply is a disgrace,” says Compassion in World Farming lawyer, Peter Stevenson. The letter, he said, shows “gross cynicism” and is surprising and disappointing given Commissioner Kyriakides’ “personal commitment to animal welfare.” 

“Her letter says exports to Libya are taking place in a context of private operations and that the Commission cannot prevent such operations as long as they are carried out in accordance with EU legislation. With respect to the Commissioner, this is nonsense,” Stevenson said. 

“One of the key roles of the Commission and the EU member states is to regulate what private operators do, either through legislation or policy frameworks,” Stevenson said. Sending animals on long sea journeys to a war zone is “clearly at odds” with Article 13 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union which stipulates the Commission and member states pay full regard to animal welfare, he said.

Records from three previous Irish shipments this year show animals have died en route to Libya. In May, during a shipment by Purcell Brothers onboard the Atlantic M, four animals died, with the ship’s records showing the cause of death as “(POOR AND SKINNY) PNEUMONIA [sic].” The ships’ records were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

In March, during a shipment by Curzon Livestock on the Sarah M (also known as the Sarah), animals began to die mid-voyage due to a “respiratory problem.” Six died in total. During a January shipment, again by Curzon Livestock on the Sarah M, one animal died from a respiratory problem. Records indicate the bull was sick from the start of the journey. Sick animals are not supposed to travel.

Asked about the deaths, Stevenson said it was likely “many more animals may well have suffered from respiratory disease even though they did not die. Respiratory problems are likely to arise from poor conditions on board ship—a combination of high ammonia levels and inadequate ventilation.”

“It is disheartening to see that for the sake of profit, EU member states continue to send animals to war zones and the European Commission feels that they cannot put an end to this cruel trade,” says Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU. “What is taking place in regions of conflict, such as Libya, constitutes systematic and continued cruelty against EU farmed animals. These are not some unfortunate events, they are not the exception but, rather, the rule.”

Caroline Rowley, founder of Irish welfare organization Ethical Farming Ireland, voiced similar skepticism about the Commission’s reply. “It’s not possible for the Commissioner to claim that live export to Libya is ‘carried out in accordance with EU legislation’ because, for one thing, as soon as cattle are unloaded at the port [in Libya], nobody knows what happens to them.”

Rowley said she saw irony too in the Commission’s reply, coming as it does in the run-up to a European Parliamentary inquiry into the “alleged failure of the Commission to act upon the evidence of serious and systematic infringements” of EU animal welfare regulations during transport “across the Union and to third countries.” The inquiry was launched this summer and begins work in September.

Rowley pointed as well to issues with one of the livestock ships used by Ireland. “There are questions hanging over the Sarah M because it is approved by two EU member states, Romania and Ireland, when it should only be approved by one.”

In emailed replies, Ireland’s DAFM said it was “working with other MS’s [member states] to resolve the [double approvals] issue as soon as possible which is of an administrative nature.” The DAFM said the double approval did not affect its ability to “regulate, enforce national and EU legislation” or its ability to check, inspect and monitor livestock vessels. Nor, it said, would the double approval impact animal welfare.

In July, the French department of agriculture (Ministère de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche) confirmed that a similar double approval by France and Spain for livestock carrier, Shua Queen II, was recently resolved by France canceling its approval.

Asked about the deaths during the voyage to Libya, DAFM said: “The Department has a continuous and strong interest in the welfare of animals and engages with the livestock industries with the objective of improving animal health and welfare and thus reducing the mortality rate of animals. Whilst some deaths do unfortunately occur during transport, the mortality rate across the three shipments you mention was 0.19 percent, which is significantly less than the comparable cohort that remains on [the] farm.”

The DAFM added that the “export of animals is a critical part of Ireland’s livestock industry … [and] … plays a significant role in stimulating price competition and providing an alternative market outlet for farmers.”

“The EU must realize that unless to stop such immense animal suffering, we cannot be calling ourselves leaders in animal welfare,” says Kikou.

England: Hogwood Wins !

Hogwood Wins !

HOGWOOD has won an award for outstanding film-making at the British Documentary Film Festival!

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/hogwood-wins?e=26c03356b8

Last month we announced that HOGWOOD had been nominated for an award at the British Documentary Film Festival. Now, we are very excited to announce that HOGWOOD has won!

The British Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of exceptional documentary film-making.

Each year, they screen the very best indie documentaries at a prestigious premiere in London. HOGWOOD was selected as a finalist for two award categories – the ‘Best British Short’ and the ‘Wild Animal Award’ – and was named the winner of the Wild Animal Award!

This category celebrates documentaries that capture animals and wildlife in a creative and engaging way. We were faced with fierce competition, especially as many of the other nominees focused on more mainstream topics such as conservation efforts, exotic species, and even ‘sustainable farming’. HOGWOOD must have made a strong impression on the judges and we couldn’t be more proud!

Other Viva ! videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59RoRtg00h4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9KfTXxeUjQ

Germany: 5000 pigs burned alive during a major fire in a fattening plant

 

Every rescue came too late for the animals: thousands of pigs were burned and suffocated in a fire in the community of Teutschenthal. The fire is now under control.

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5000 animals were burned in a fire in a pig fattening plant in Saxony-Anhalt. The fire department was in large-scale operations for several hours. A police spokesman said on Friday that the property damage was estimated to be between four and five million euros (!!!)

Großbrand der (SMA) Woestmann KG Schweinemastanlage Teutschenthal (Saalekreis) Teutschenthal // 16.07.2020 // Foto: Hol
 *** Major fire at SMA Woestmann KG pig fattening plant Teutschenthal Saalekreis Teutschenthal 16 07 2020 Photo Holger John, Teutschenthal Saxony Anhalt Germany

A total of three stables and a connecting building were affected by the fire.
“The pigsties themselves have largely burned down. The animals have to be assumed that they all died in the fire,” said a police spokesman for the MDR.

The fire that broke out in Teutschenthal near Halle on Thursday morning has now been extinguished. However, a fire watch is held due to individual embers, the spokesman said.
The cause of the fire was unclear for the moment.

https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/teutschenthal-in-sachsen-anhalt-5000-tiere-bei-grossbrand-ins-mastanlage-verendet-a-0affb5c8-a62c-403d-9cae-4124f254da04

 

And I mean…Around 115,000 animals per year die through stall fires in Germany alone, approx. 5000 stables burn in 1 year, which is around 14 fires a day !!!

During the Corona period, the stall fires increased.

Incredible numbers, a cruel death, and nobody gives the correct causes.
The police report usually gives the following reasons: defective electrical systems and ventilation, completely inadequate fire protection … but there are other reasons that play a role!

The farmers have great problems with the animals, the coronavirus also affects the marketing of breeding cattle, calves, and slaughter cows. Prices are falling, foreign demand is severely restricted and auctions cannot take place. Their “slaves” no longer bring the money they want.

Killing by conventional methods costs a lot, fires are cheaper because in this case, the insurance company pays and the farmers also get compensation for every being that is burned.

In this case, too, someone has rehabilitated himself at the cost of fellow creatures’ lives.
And the authorities wave it through.

The news came only in the local newspaper.
If it were 5,000 human animals, we would have National Mourning Day!

My best regards to all, Venus

There’s no right way to do the wrong thing!

Many nonvegans often tell us how they only buy from some kind of idyllic fantasy land of small local family farms where enslavement and killing are “done a respectful way.”

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Why exactly does distance matter when an individual is murdered and enslaved?

Is it suddenly moral and ethical to slice the throat of someone when it is 10 miles away, but 100 miles is when it is too far and now you wouldn’t buy from them because they are immoral and unethical?

There’s no right way to do the wrong thing. Stop supporting this violence and abuse.

Anonymous for the Voiceless

And I mean…Stop being a collaborator of the meat mafia yourself.
With their propaganda, they want you to believe their lie.
The meat mafia wants you to cooperate and help in their crimes against animals and people; with your consumption, you support thieves, crooks, mass murderers.

Stop keeping alive this fascist system of slavery, of mass destruction, be no longer the hangman’s right hand!

My best regards to all, Venus

Ireland: Peta are now on board re Irish Live Exports to Libya. Please Sign the Petition and Crosspost to Contacts.

Our recent posts associated with this shipment:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/05/ireland-video-2000-irish-cattle-being-loaded-for-live-export-and-ritual-slaughter-in-libya/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/26/ireland-sending-live-animals-to-libya-a-war-zone-may-breach-eu-welfare-laws-does-the-eu-care-probably-not/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/01/ireland-around-2000-bull-cattle-currently-being-shipped-to-libya-for-slaughter-learn-more-about-ship-hunting/

Now that Peta have taken this up, hopefully we will see some action.

There is a petition to the Irish Minister regarding the exports to Libya – we hope you can sign and pass on to all your contacts.

Update 2/8/20:  Irish cattle to Libya – take action and send message to the Irish Minister.

Right now, about 2,000 bulls are being shipped from Ireland to Libya on a harrowing nine-day journey. When they arrive, they’ll endure slaughter so gruesome it would be illegal in their home country.

This misery must end. Let’s join forces to stop the cruel live-export industry:

Petition link:

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/30285/action/1?utm_source=PETA%20UK::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0820::veg::PETA%20UK::E-Mail::Irish%20live%20export::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=4845586&forwarded=true

During live export, frightened animals are forced onto crowded lorries or ships and transported for days or even weeks to foreign abattoirs.

When they reach these facilities, they’re often killed in gruesome ways that would be illegal in their home country.

In 2019, over 200,000 cows were forced to make the long, harrowing journey from Ireland to continental Europe, sometimes in temperatures of up to 41.5 degrees. Close to 8,000 more were sent on even longer, tortuous journeys to destinations with vastly different or non-existent animal welfare laws, including Kazakhstan, Libya, and Turkey. This figure has increased by over 50% in 2020.

VEGAN COUPLE JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND ROONEY MARA TO PRODUCE FILM EXPOSING LINK BETWEEN FACTORY FARMS AND PANDEMICS.

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VEGAN COUPLE JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND ROONEY MARA TO PRODUCE FILM EXPOSING LINK BETWEEN FACTORY FARMS AND PANDEMICS

https://vegnews.com/2020/8/vegan-couple-joaquin-phoenix-and-rooney-mara-to-produce-film-exposing-link-between-factory-farms-and-pandemics

 

New film The End of Medicine—created by award-winning British filmmaker Alex Lockwood and What the Health co-director Keegan Kuhn—aims to spotlight the role of animal agriculture in the rise of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. 

Vegan actors and couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have signed on as executive producers of new vegan documentary The End of Medicine. The new documentary, which began filming pre-COVID-19 in October 2019, is directed by Alex Lockwood (the award-winning British director behind 73 Cows and Test Subjects) and is produced by Keegan Kuhn (co-director of vegan documentaries What the Health and Cowspiracy).

Through poignant interviews with world-renowned scientists, The End of Medicine aims to expose the culpability of the animal agriculture in creating massive public health threats such as antibiotic resistance, swine and bird flu, food-borne illness, MRSA, and, the current pandemic COVID-19, which is thought to have started at a wet animal market in Wuhan, China late last year.

“We hope that The End of Medicine is an eye-opening call to action and ignites a spark of willingness to change our habits. The science is irrefutable,” Phoenix and Mara said in a joint statement. “Modern animal agriculture will continue to make us sick if we don’t radically change our patterns of consumption.”

The feature-length documentary is expected to wrap production by the end of 2020.

Ireland: Around 2,000 Bull Cattle Currently Being Shipped to Libya for Slaughter. Learn More About ‘Ship Hunting’.

SARAH M photo
Photo – BENJAMIN MARFIL

As many of you will know; live animal transport is a main hate of ours.

In the recent past we have tracked (daily) vessels taking live animals from Romania to the Middle East –

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/04/nightmare-comes-true-for-romanian-sheep-exported-to-the-gulf/  and

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/26/26-7-19-romanian-sheep-carrier-vessel-latest-position/

Rather than concentrate on one vessel sailing with live suffering animals for WEEKS on end; this time we have picked a relatively shorter journey.  It is from EU Ireland to War torn Libya, North Africa.  The particular sailing we have picked is sadly just one of dozens which are taking place the world over at this very moment – live animals being abused by being forced to undertake journeys which usually result in a terrible death for them; and we see no alternative in this for the Irish bulls currently sailing to Libya.

We at WAV reported on this specific shipment a few weeks ago: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/26/ireland-sending-live-animals-to-libya-a-war-zone-may-breach-eu-welfare-laws-does-the-eu-care-probably-not/

We have chosen this sailing as it has achieved a little more attention in the past few weeks; before it commenced.  Basically, in summary, this shipment of 2,000 bulls could contravene EU welfare regulations, campaigners and others say.

Animal welfare groups have warned that a shipment of young bulls from Ireland to Libya could contravene live export laws.

The shipment, which consists of around 2,000 bulls, would be the fourth this year from Ireland. The vessel in question very recently left from the port of Cork in south-west Ireland, destined for the Libyan port of Misurata.

The news of the sailing came as a European parliament committee of inquiry, announced last month, and began to look into alleged failures to enforce EU rules on protecting transported animals across the EU and beyond, and “to act upon the evidence that EU rules on moving live animals across the EU and to third countries are being seriously and systematically infringed”.  Libya is not an EU member state and is thus a ‘third country’.

Here is a link which you can read relating to an Irish agriculture bulletin regarding this actual latest shipment:

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/pics-loading-2000-bulls-bound-for-libya-in-co-cork/

Note that there are heaps of praise (as the Irish ag industry would expect) for the Irish ministry who supervised the loading of the animals at Cork; but nothing is said whatsoever about the circumstances the animals will endure when they arrive in Libya; or the way in which they will be slaughtered.  Very much a one side of the fence report as we have expected and seen from the European ag industry over the years.

Here below we are giving out a few extra links which we have / currently use at WAV to enable us to track livestock shipments at sea anywhere in the world.  You may want to learn from us how to be a ‘livestock ship detective’ which may help with your complaints etc to authority should you make them.

First; here are some photos of the vessel o this consignment, named the ‘Sarah M’.

https://www.vesselfinder.com/gallery?imo=7808463

and here is a link which provides much more about the vessel (Sarah M) and the particular sailing:  Lots of info here – arrival date, port, ship MO / MMSI etc.

Vesselfinder.com is a good site which is open to use for the public.  Knowing how to use it for maximum information obtain is something which can only be gained by use / experience.

https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/SARAH-M-IMO-7808463-MMSI-352548000

What a surprise we don’t think – the vessel is registered in Panama and carries the

IMO / MMSI7808463 / 352548000

For information:

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) number is a unique identifier for ships, registered ship owners and management companies. IMO numbers were introduced to improve maritime safety and security and to reduce maritime fraud. They consist of the three letters “IMO” followed by unique seven-digit numbers, assigned under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).[1][2]

The IMO number scheme has been mandatory for all ships since 1996. The number identifies a ship and does not change when the ship’s owner, country of registry or name changes. The ship’s certificates must also bear the IMO number. Since 1 July 2004, passenger ships are also required to carry the marking on a horizontal surface visible from the air.

Digital radio identification code for marine stations

A Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is a series of nine digits which are sent in digital form over a radio frequency channel in order to uniquely identify ship stations, ship earth stations, coast stations, coast earth stations, and group calls. These identities are formed in such a way that the identity or part thereof can be used by telephone and telex subscribers connected to the general telecommunications network to call ships automatically.

The Irish do not publish this info in magazines; rusty old ships registered in god knows where; and crewed by a group of delinquents who know as much about animal welfare as the grass in my garden !

I hope the links give you an insight into our investigation world and you can even start tracking the vessel given the links and info we have provided.

As you an see from the info provided at  https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/SARAH-M-IMO-7808463-MMSI-352548000  the ship is expected to dock in Misurata at around 0800hrs on 8/8/20.  We are keeping track and hope you will.

Happy ship hunting !

Regards Mark.