Category: Farm Animals

animal farming: planet’s worst enemy

THE PLANET’S WORST ENEMY: Our investigators used drones to obtain rarely-seen evidence of the environmental destruction caused by factory farming.

What they witnessed at this farm was shocking (Video)

https://fb.watch/5b-E2jZPoP/

Animal Equality

And I mean… We currently have a self-sufficiency in beef of 96% in Germany and by the end of the year it will not be 91%.

There is already a lot of meat coming from South America, where the animals are kept up to 40,000 in a lot of cattle and are already cutting down the rainforest because we Europeans buy their meat.

If bull fattening is stopped in Germany, the South Americans will clear even more forests.
Anyone who can count two plus two can also think for themselves who is causing the deforestation.

What do the cows eat?
Because in order to manage their 30-40 liters + per day, they have not been given grass for a long time, but also high-energy soy.
Less than 10% of the soy produced worldwide is consumed by humans, the majority of soy production is not used to make tofu, but to feed animals.

“Everyone should eat what he wants” – that is the gospel of the meat eaters!
Not everyone can eat what they want.
We don’t eat people either.

We don’t send our children to work either, but to school and, as a rule, we don’t drive 180 in the 30 zone.
So what would be the problem if we in the developed western countries finally start eating ethically correct?

And by the way: We will no longer experience the horrors of climate change that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren have to endure.

But the survivors will hate us all for our environmental crime.

My best regards to all, Venus

P&G Sleigh Pig Unit in Scotland- Pigs ‘hammered to death’!

Animal Equality’s undercover investigation has revealed a number of serious legal violations at P&G Sleigh Pig Unit in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, a ‘quality assured’ pig farm which is owned by senior pig industry figure, Philip Sleigh.

Philip Sleigh

Animal Equality sent letters outlining the breaches of animal welfare legislation to the relevant authorities, urging them to take immediate action against this facility using the full force of the law.
A criminal investigation is underway.

 

As individuals, the best thing we can do to help pigs just like the ones we filmed on this farm is keeping them off our plates and encouraging others to choose plant-based alternatives to animal products too.

Animal Equality has investigated 10 British pig farms within five years, finding severe animal suffering and flagrant disregard for animal welfare in every single one.

This is yet another case of an accredited ‘high welfare’ farm flouting the law.

The recordings of the undercover research show:

● Female breeding pigs who are repeatedly artificially inseminated and are forced to give birth and suckle their piglets in cages so small that they cannot even turn around
● Piglets who routinely have their tails cut off with a hot blade and their teeth cut off with pliers, without any anesthesia or pain relief
● Piglets that are killed directly on the premises because they are classified as too small or too weak
● Animals hit with a hammer
● Pigs hit against the hard, concrete floor
● Sows with labia injuries and severe prolapses, in which the uterus or internal organs protrude from the body
● a pig with an extremely severe uterine prolapse that was forced to stand and walk for over a minute and a half before being killed
● Pigs raised in poor, dark conditions
● Pigs living in pens flooded with water and faeces without access to dry bedding

Continue reading “P&G Sleigh Pig Unit in Scotland- Pigs ‘hammered to death’!”

Vietnam: Update 30/4/21 – ‘Cam’ the (now Ex) Bile Bear. Has Now Been Rescued By Four Paws and Is In Quarantine At Sanctuary Home. Great Success Story.

We did an appeal on 23 April to get little Cam bear rescued from his torment as a bile bear – do you remember ?

Vietnam: Lets Get Cam the Bear Out of His Bile Farm Cage Now – Please Donate If You Can. – World Animals Voice

We participated and donated to help with the rescue.  Well the great news from Four Paws is that Cam has been rescued and is currently under quarantine at the rescue facility in Nihn Binh.

Here is the latest from Four Paws which we received today, 30/4/21:

Success: Young bear Cam is safe now 

But this was anything but an easy rescue! We found the underweight and exhausted Asiatic black bear in a very stressed condition as the owner had moved him to another tiny cage before we arrived. Even though Cam was given voluntarily to us, the circumstances meant our team and the bear didn’t get the time they needed to calmly walk into the transport crate. But our experienced staff made the best of the situation as well as the short time and succeeded with this challenging and rushed mission. 

After a short drive the bear and the team have arrived safe and sound at our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Cam is currently in the quarantine station, where he will receive veterinary care from FOUR PAWS Viet veterinarians and caretakers over the next few weeks. To settle in he got some watermelon and honey treats to enjoy and recover.

Thank you for all your unconditional dedication and support.

Find out more about Cam’s new home by clicking here:

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh – a FOUR PAWS Project (bearsanctuary-ninhbinh.org)

Support the bear sanctuary –

Ways to Give – BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh – a FOUR PAWS Project (bearsanctuary-ninhbinh.org)

New Zealand Live Export Ban – Another 2 Years Is Too Long; Demand A Ban NOW – E Mail The Government Here.

WAV Comment – we need to help SAFE (NZ) to get an immediate ban from the NZ government on the export of live animals.  Please take action and send your mail as per the link below – it only takes a minute or two, but will make a huge difference – Thanks.

Regards Mark

Ban on live export by sea announced!

On 14 April 2021, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor announced a ban on the export of live animals by sea. The trade will be phased out over the next two years.

Please email the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture to thank them for banning live export by sea and to demand that this ban be implemented immediately.

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Two years is too long – Demand an immediate ban on live export

This email will be sent directly to Rt Hon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Agriculture Hon Damien O’Connor, and Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) Hon Meka Whaitiri. You will also receive a copy for your records. Emails are public information ‒ if you would like any of your information withheld, please state this in your email.

This month, the New Zealand Government announced a ban on all livestock export by sea. More than 57,000 of you directly pleaded with our Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, asking them both for a ban on cruel live export – and our voices were heard.While this is a historic step forward, we are concerned about the tens of thousands of animals that will continue to suffer for the next two years during phase-out, as well as the animals that continue to be exported by air.
 
The Minister for Agriculture has said he could end this trade now and he’s chosen not to.

This isn’t good enough for animals, and it’s not good enough for us as campaigners. 

Help SAFE take action by emailing the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture to thank them for banning live export by sea and to demand that this ban be implemented immediately.

TAKE ACTION:

Call for an IMMEDIATE Ban

Government moves to ban live export – SAFE | For Animals

Thanks and regards

Mark

EU: EU’s farmed animal welfare rules need ‘serious and extensive review’.

EU’s farmed animal welfare rules need ‘serious and extensive review’

The European approach to animal welfare has recently been the subject of a renewed debate. The pandemic has stressed the importance of a strong and sustainable food system and highlighted the links between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, and consumption patterns. Notably the one with farmed animals.

COVID-19 and climate change have alerted us of the need for a systematic change in the treatment of animals, says Inês Ajuda, farmed animals programme leader at Eurogroup for Animals.

Polls across the block confirm our interest in the well-being of farmed animals.

“The welfare of farmed animals is a shared concern for Europeans and it is part of our shared identity to ensure that farmed animals have a life worth living,” says Olga Kikou, head of the charity Compassion in World Farming.

But animal welfare rules have not just come to the forefront during the pandemic and have been a hot topic for decades.

In the European Union, discussions started in the 80s, which led to the adoption of a series of directives to protect farm animals. But they are often criticised for being too vague.

The directives and recommendations advise on matters such as space, balanced diets, environment, and limitation of harmful procedures. But animal welfare laws vary across Europe with northern states generally more strict.

Globally, the animal welfare acquis should ensure they have good physical health, mental wellbeing, and the ability to carry out natural behaviour. But the current rules can be problematic.

“As current things stand, it is easy to have a vague interpretation of what the general farming directive means, and this can lead to serious problems for animal welfare,” says Ajuda.

Some companies do not comply with the directions, but what’s more important is that even when they do adhere, many irregularities occur because laws are so outdated.

For example, “there is no legislation requiring particular space or housing conditions for fish, or for transporters to provide for their welfare.”

Ajuda says science has considerably advanced since the rules were first established, so the “Animal Welfare acquis needs a serious and extensive review.”

The opportunity for change appears to be in the works

The European Green Deal has come to set core policy initiatives to make Europe climate neutral in 2050. A healthier and more sustainable EU food system is a cornerstone of this deal, and a special programme has been designed to achieve it, Farm to Fork.

The initiative has set an ambitious target for the European agriculture industry, which animal farming is considered an integral part of.

Good animal welfare standards have been shown to help reduce the dependence on excessive veterinary medication, which is also one of the key goals of the Farm to Fork strategy.

The extensive use of antibiotics is a concern because of the potential development of antibiotic resistance, which could compromise animal and human health.

When an animal is suffering from stress because it is, for example in a cage, like a mother pig that can’t properly interact with her piglets because she can’t turn around or reach them, “it usually leads to an impact on the immune system, which then leads to susceptibility, making them more prone to disease, and this means more antibiotic use,” says Ajuda, who is also a veterinarian.

The Farm to Fork strategy is calling for a review of the EU’s animal welfare legislation, which brings many promises to change current standards and ensure that the welfare of farmed animals is substantially improved.

“Phasing out cages is indeed one of the most pressing issues that require the EU’s attention. Another key issue the EU needs to tackle is the transport of live animals and their exports to third countries,” says Olga Kikou.

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Brazil: Why 2022 Must See A New President Committed To Amazon Protection Elected.

I watched the following on the BBC last night – the ‘Our World’ is a series of special investigations and reports on issues of concern around the globe.  The Brazilian elections are to be held in 2022; and the current President, Bolsonaro; shows that he cares very little about protecting the magnificence of the Amazon rainforest.  To him, like many global politicians, the end game is all bout money and how much they can make; regardless of the destruction.

Justin Rowlatt (BBC) returns to the Amazon which he reported from a decade ago.  The report is very disturbing; as you can see in the video.  More than ever it is now time for a massive change to save the remaining Amazon and the indigenous peoples that live within it.  Despite what Bolsonaro says, it is not about gold, diamonds and the riches of the Amazon; it is about protecting the environment, the lungs of the planet and the people of the forest. 

Cattle ranching as the main farming system in the Amazon basin. Since the beginning of the colonization in the 1960s, around 15% of the Amazon forest has been removed through agricultural practices.

While there are many causes, one of the main causes is cattle ranching, particularly in Brazil. Trees are cut and the land is converted into a pasture for cattle grazing. According to one report, an estimated 70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon basin can be attributed to cattle ranching.

The environmental impact of meat production varies because of the wide variety of agricultural practices employed around the world. … Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption.

Undercover of Covid, the Amazon rainforest is under attack. Deforestation is at levels not seen for more than a decade. Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, talks of opening up the forest to development while the environmental policy is under attack from loggers.

Our World obtained a recording of the Environment minister talking about using the cover of Covid to “change all the rules” in the Amazon. For Our World, Justin Rowlatt is on a mission to find out how a tribe he visited a decade ago is faring the face of this assault.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/02/revealed-amazon-deforestation-driven-global-greed-meat-brazil

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UK: Government Minister Says – “We Must Be the Last Generation To Industrialise Animals”, and He promotes Veganism.

Vegan Conservatives welcome Business Secretary’s comments on growth of veganism | Vegan Conservatives

Vegan Conservatives welcome Business Secretary’s comments on growth of veganism

We must be the last generation to industrialise animals

The Vegan Conservatives group has welcomed Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng’s call for more people to give up animal products in order to meet the UK’s target of cutting carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.

Speaking to Times Radio, Mr Kwarteng, the MP for Spelthorne, said, “There are challenges in terms of people changing their lifestyle, but that is happening already, without government legislation. The number of people who are vegans, who are reducing their meat intake, is going up all the time. I think that there is a lot of societal change that will actually help us and drive the progress to 2035, where hopefully we will hit the 78 per cent reduction target.”

It’s the strongest signal yet from the Government that it is impossible to address climate change without reducing meat and dairy consumption.

The industrialisation of meat and dairy contributes a triple whammy to the environment: the emissions and pollution created by the animals themselves, the destruction of forestry to feed and graze them, and the haulage and distribution involved. That’s not to mention the £6.1bn annual cost to the NHS, the loss of food sovereignty and the obvious welfare consequences of the industry.

Co-chairman of the Vegan Conservatives, Alison Knight says, “Kwasi Kwarteng is spot on with his call for more veganism in British society. Meat and dairy are environmentally-destructive and categorically not essential elements of a healthy diet and we should follow Canada’s lead in ignoring industry-sponsored “science” in formulating Government policy.

“The alternatives to cheap meat are better for health, better for the environment, better for growers, better for food security and better for the animals – not to mention reducing the risk of global pandemics.

So-called ‘clean meat’ and plant-based meats are on the rise and will be responsible for 35% and 25% of meat consumption respectively by 2040. The Vegan Conservatives are calling for the UK’s Industrial Strategy to include incubators, National Centres of Excellence and national prizes for discoveries and commercialisation, if Britain wants to lead in these areas.

Mrs Knight continues, “Veganism is not at all a political statement – it’s an ethical and pragmatic one. As Conservatives, we want to leave the world a better place than we found it.”

London Assembly Member Andrew Boff says, “Veganism is growing by itself, but were the Government to introduce incentives to drive it, set targets and nudge societal change, those climate targets start to look considerably easier.

“Switching to an electric car is an excellent step, but it’s much more effective to stop consuming animal products.”

Baroness Anne Jenkin says, “It needs to be really easy for people to make better choices. Anybody who has made the change already feels healthier and saves money, as well as knowing that they have cut carbon emissions, so it’s a win-win. As with tackling obesity, the Government needs to make sure that healthy choices become the default option.”

Co-chairman Graham Godwin-Pearson says, “Our grandchildren will look back and wonder why on earth people chose to consume animal products, knowing the cruelty and damage that these products caused.

“People still need to eat and so agricultural reorganisation and retraining is required but the Government can help by offering conversion grants for industrial animals farmers to switch to vertical farming, and for intensive fish farmers to switch to seaweed.

“We must be the last generation to industrialise animals.”

Regards Mark

Alt Tellin, Germany: the Fukushima of meat industry

Alt Tellin: For the meat industry, the Alt Tellin fire is something like the Fukushima reactor disaster is for nuclear power.

In the pig breeding facility Alt Tellin (one of the largest in Europe), more than 55,000 animals perished in agony on March 30, 2021.  (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/03/30/germany-hell-of-fire-in-europes-largest-pig-fattening/

There was no effective fire protection, the rescue services could not save anything from the stables, only 1,300 pigs were loaded back into the trucks alive and driven to the next slaughterhouse.

The stables were completely burned down.

The worst prognoses of the animal rights activists, even from the time before the establishment of the fattening plant in 2012, have been confirmed.
Because of attacks against the environment and animal welfare, there was then a court case as to whether the facility could be granted a permit.

101 violations alone were registered between 2011 and 2014, according to a response from the ministry to a request from the left-wing parliamentary group. Even then, that would have been enough to revoke the approval of the fattening operation.
During the trial, animal rights activists said that in the event of a fire it would be impossible to evacuate animals. The number of animals alone would not allow it and because the fire protection system of the fattening facility never worked anyway.

There had been repeated citizen protests and demonstrations against this form of factory farming because not only animals but entire regions suffered from the mega stables.

The stall was approved by the local council many years ago, despite many concerns and even an accompanying survey of citizens with rejection.

The stable complex (with 18 stalls) belongs to one of the largest pig breeding companies in Germany – Agricultural Piglet Breeding Germany (LFD) Holding. This was taken over by the Swiss company Terra Grundwerte AG in the previous year.

And now we read that it is a decided matter: the burned down mega-stable in Alt Tellin is to be rebuilt – and the politicians are selling the new business as a “model project with a nationwide model”, which wants to rebuild modern slave breeding with our tax money.

Now it’s no longer about the pain, now it’s about the anger, and it comes up dangerously!
The question is: who approved this?
It is said that the approval process was independent of the country.
In clear words: The approval documents were drawn up by another planning office commissioned by the Straathof company (do you remember him?).

That means: a permit for the new factory in Alt Tellin is feasible even without the involvement of the state, according to the Ministry of Agriculture!!

Now the Ministry of Agriculture has other worries anyway; is trying to get up to 3000 tons of carcasses into the landfill, but the costs are high, and therefore a cheap solution has to be found for the “hazardous waste”!

https://fb.watch/57-LcDD4pI/

Such animal factories have nothing to do with agriculture, they are just the business of unscrupulous farm owners and their lobbyists in politics.
We don’t need mega stables, we have to abolish factory farming.
It is no longer a matter of feeding one’s own population with it. Germany is the world champion exporter of pork.

It is always and only about criminal business, of criminal farm owners and their accomplices in politics at the expense of the animals
They must be banned, we will fight hard for this.

https://www.topagrar.com/schwein/news/auf-schweinezuchtanlage-in-alt-tellin-soll-stall-der-zukunft-enthaben-12531879.html

https://www.ostsee-zeitung.de/Nachrichten/MV-aktuell/Alt-Tellin-Mega-Stall-soll-wieder-aufgebaut-haben-als-Musterbetrieb

My best regards to all, Venus

Fire at German Farm Likely Killed 55K Pigs

Pigs stand in front of a building after a fire broke out in a large pig farm in Alt Tellin, Germany, on Tuesday, March 30.

Pigs stand in front of a building after a fire broke out in a large pig farm in Alt Tellin, Germany, on Tuesday, March 30. Photo – Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP

Venus will probably have more on this from Germany later.  Probably the first time they have ever been outside and stood on grass !

Regards Mark

Fire at German Farm Likely Killed 55K Pigs

Some 7,000 sows and 50,000 piglets were listed as being at the facility at the time, and only about 1,300 animals were rescued.

Apr 1st, 2021

Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A fire at a pig-breeding facility in northeastern Germany is believed to have killed more than 55,000 animals, the operator said Thursday.

The fire broke out on Tuesday at the facility in Alt Tellin, in Germany’s northeastern corner. It spread quickly, in part through ventilation shafts, and destroyed the stalls where the animals were kept.

A spokesman for operator LFD Holding, Ralf Beke-Bramkamp, told German news agency dpa that over 55,000 animals died. Some 7,000 sows and 50,000 piglets were listed as being at the facility at the time, and only about 1,300 animals were rescued.

The cause of the blaze remains unclear. Police spokesman Andrej Krosse said it was an “incredibly difficult” investigation and a drone was being used to survey the devastated site.

The Alt Tellin facility was one of the biggest of its kind in Germany. Groups of demonstrators, carrying placards with slogans such as “Stop animal torture,” gathered at the scene on Wednesday.

Fire at German Farm Likely Killed 55K Pigs | Manufacturing Business Technology (mbtmag.com)

Ireland: Introducing ‘Ethical Farming Ireland’ – A Voice For The Animals. Check Them Out.

Hi everyone;

Like us at WAV, Ethical Farming Ireland is into live animal transport – live exports; in a big way.

Below at the end of this post is a link to their site, which features many interesting articles for you to have a look at, and see the reality of very young calves being exported live from Ireland – something we have been personally very involved with in the past. 

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Check out all our investigation work at  About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – scroll down until you see the young calf pictures (as above); and you can read one of the investigation reports we produced (one of five) and which were presented to the EU in report form.

Here is the direct link to the aforementioned report if you wish to avoid visiting SAV; although we suggest a look as the site also covers many other campaign actions from the past:

Undercover investigation report link as presented to the EU (1 of 5 investigations):

Microsoft Word – JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROL POST at F-HEAUVILLE.doc (wordpress.com)

Here below is the EFI link:

Regards Mark

Ethical Farming Ireland

Ethical Farming Ireland

Ethical Farming Ireland – Campaigning for farm animals