Category: Farm Animals

Italy: Activists protest against intensive fish farming conditions.

WAV Comment: Well done them – very effective. Fish too need a voice !

Activists protest against intensive fish farming conditions in Italy

17 September 2020

Essere Animali

On board of a motorised boat, activists from our Italian member Essere Animali reached a fish farm in the province of La Spezia, Italy. Arriving near the cages in the sea where hundreds of thousands of fish are confined, they unrolled a banner to protest against the poor living conditions of these animals, destined for the large-scale distribution market.

“Caged in the open sea – “FishToo need to be protected” reads the thirty square meter banner captured by the drone that the activists used for the shooting. The fish farm where the protest took place, is specialised in the breeding of sea bass and sea bream, and has about thirty cages located along the coast of the Ligurian province. The fish spend around 16 to 22 months for the fattening process in these cramped cages in the sea until they reach the commercial weight of 300 to 500g. 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fxwEqRVg3bg?autoplay=0&start=0&rel=0&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurogroupforanimals.org “Crammed into cages, tanks, or ponds, these animals live in conditions that do not allow them to express their natural behaviour. Their life is of deprivation, spent in unhealthy environments with very high densities where they are often fed with antibiotics to contain the inevitable spread of viruses and bacteria”, says Brenda Ferretti, Outreach Manager of Essere Animali. “Furthermore, compared to terrestrial animals, fish raised for food spend much more time on the farm, and at the time of the killing, they are victims of atrocious suffering. But fish are also sentient beings, capable of feeling fear and pain, and therefore worthy of being defended and protected”.

Essere Animali underlines the urgent need for a change in the critical conditions which fish are enduring in the aquaculture industry, the food sector with the highest growth rate in recent decades. According to the new FAO report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” (SOFIA), aquaculture production now represents 52% of fish destined for human consumption. This means that half of the fish that reaches consumers’ tables comes from fish farms, where the predominant production model is industrial and intensive.

“Although fish are the animals raised in the greatest number in the food industry, they are also the least protected by national and EU legislation. This, combined with harmful breeding practices, such as the absence of effective stunning procedures which could reduce their suffering at the time of slaughter, pushes up to stand up for the protection of these animals”, continues Brenda Ferretti.

In this problematic context, the role of large-scale distribution is decisive. In fact, according to the Italian Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market (ISMEA), about 80% of purchases of fresh fish and processed fish products in Italy take place in modern distribution outlets. With its purchasing power, large-scale distribution can encourage farming practices that are more respectful of the life of the fish raised in their fish supply chains, binding its suppliers to adhere to stricter production standards. As part of their campaign #AncheiPesci (“#FishToo”), Essere Animali is, therefore, collecting signatures for a petition calling for better welfare conditions for farmed fish.

“Crammed into cages, tanks, or ponds, these animals live in conditions that do not allow them to express their natural behaviour. Their life is of deprivation, spent in unhealthy environments with very high densities where they are often fed with antibiotics to contain the inevitable spread of viruses and bacteria”, says Brenda Ferretti, Outreach Manager of Essere Animali. “Furthermore, compared to terrestrial animals, fish raised for food spend much more time on the farm, and at the time of the killing, they are victims of atrocious suffering. But fish are also sentient beings, capable of feeling fear and pain, and therefore worthy of being defended and protected”.

Essere Animali underlines the urgent need for a change in the critical conditions which fish are enduring in the aquaculture industry, the food sector with the highest growth rate in recent decades. According to the new FAO report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” (SOFIA), aquaculture production now represents 52% of fish destined for human consumption. This means that half of the fish that reaches consumers’ tables comes from fish farms, where the predominant production model is industrial and intensive.

“Although fish are the animals raised in the greatest number in the food industry, they are also the least protected by national and EU legislation. This, combined with harmful breeding practices, such as the absence of effective stunning procedures which could reduce their suffering at the time of slaughter, pushes up to stand up for the protection of these animals”, continues Brenda Ferretti.

In this problematic context, the role of large-scale distribution is decisive. In fact, according to the Italian Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market (ISMEA), about 80% of purchases of fresh fish and processed fish products in Italy take place in modern distribution outlets. With its purchasing power, large-scale distribution can encourage farming practices that are more respectful of the life of the fish raised in their fish supply chains, binding its suppliers to adhere to stricter production standards. As part of their campaign #AncheiPesci (“#FishToo”), Essere Animali is, therefore, collecting signatures for a petition calling for better welfare conditions for farmed fish.

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Essere Animali

Pro-Vegan TV Ad Goes Viral In Israel.

WATCH: Pro-Vegan TV Ad Goes Viral In Israel

‘After so many years seeing commercials for animal products, it is exciting to see a vegan commercial that talks about compassion for animals’

PLANT BASED NEWS

SEP 16, 2020

The advert shows a couple 'making the connection' (Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)

The advert shows a couple ‘making the connection’ (Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)

A pro-vegan T.V ad – Israel’s first – has reached 35 percent of the nation, after being broadcast during one of the country’s most popular T.V shows – and has earned positive feedback with viewers branding it ‘effective’.

The 60-second advert, created by international non-profit Vegan Friendly, shows a couple shopping in a supermarket. When they ask for ‘extra fresh’ meat, they are handed a living lamb. The commercial ends with the message ‘make the connection’.

Millions of viewers

The advert was initially broadcast during the current season finale of Survivor Israel: this season has the highest ratings in the show’s history, and so the spot was chosen to ensure as many people as possible would see the commercial.

According to Vegan Friendly, a massive 35 percent of the country’s population – some 3 million people – watched the ad.

The organization’s founder and CEO Omri Paz told Plant Based News: “After so many years seeing commercials of animal products, it is exciting to see for a change a vegan commercial that talks about compassion for animals on the most popular show in the country.”

Positive feedback

The advert is now also available to watch on YouTube, where it has garnered praise. One viewer wrote: “Yes! Who could ever hurt that sweet innocent lamb! Not me! Not anyone who could see it and hold it. Make the connection! Go vegan!”

Another was inspired to share their transition to veganism, writing: “This is excellent. My own story is that I worked in a meat dept. for three years prior to ‘making the connection’. There was no slaughtering there. I never would have been able to do that, but still, I was one step more involved than just buying and consuming animal foods. I think my soul is quite curious and wanted to see what this experience was like while it still could. I came out of ignorance and switched to veganism just four months after quitting the job.”

One simply said: “This is spot on! Way to go veganism, people are so blind to make a connection to life! Definitely, this will make everyone rethink.”

England: Q. – When Is A Woman Not A Woman ? A. – When She Is A Non Human Animal. Humans and Animals Both Have Babies – Humans Produce Milk for Their Young Whilst Animals Often Try To. But It Is Taken From Them.

I have campaigned for, and spoken in defence of, all the worlds animals exported live for over 30 years.  Part of my campaign ‘patch’ was at Dover in Kent, which is my personal home county.

Until recently; the Dover Member of Parliament (MP) was one named Charlie Eliphicke.  Over many years of campaigning against live exports (from Dover); protestors were constantly informed that ‘Charlie’ was against the trade and fully supported them.  Never once was he observed at the docks supporting the protests, or supporting written documentation (evidence) being presented to either the EU or ‘his’ Political Party, the Conservatives.

Yesterday, 15th September 2020, Charlie Elphicke was sentenced to 2 years in prison for ‘sexual assaults on women’.  The Judge at the case, one Mrs Justice Whipple; told Elphicke he was a “sexual predator who used his success and respectability as a cover”.

Here is the BBC link to the issue:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-54161766

It is not for me to stand here and put Charlie Elphicke down; I have better things to do; nor do I in the least support his alleged actions against women in any way – quite the opposite; but what (allegedly) happened in his case is an issue that I don’t want to get involved with.  The abuse of females is wrong – simple as that; whatever guise it takes.

For me, personally and more importantly, is the fact that CE was sentenced to 2 years for the ‘assault on women’.  That to me this is disgusting enough, but with all that has happened here I consider the envelope should be pushed a little wider.

‘An assault on women’.

From of many searches today, I find that under ‘the system’, ‘A woman’ is identified as an adult female human.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman

Fine; no problems there, but then what about all the other ‘women’; females of this planet ?

There are ‘women Bovines’; and they are called Cows once they have had offspring. A heifer is a female (cow) that has not yet had any young.  A cow is a mature female bovine that has had at least one calf.

There are ‘women Porcines’, Female pigs, called sows, give birth to offspring twice a year to a litter of around 12 young. The baby pigs are called piglets. Prior to having any young, the female pig is usually known as a ‘gilt’.  At birth, piglets weigh around 2.5 lbs. Wild pigs can give birth to six for 14 piglets at a time.

For ‘women’ sheep, or ‘Ovines’, an adult female is referred to as a ewe.  She gives birth to lambs.

For ‘women Hens’, younger females are known as pullets, although in the egg-laying industry, a pullet becomes a hen when she begins to lay eggs.

The female / male list of animal types is endless.  If you’d like to find out the correct male and female names for these animals and many more, then check the list below

https://termcoord.eu/2018/02/male-and-female-animal-names/

‘Women’ animals are abused by respective ‘Human’ industries that farm them continually.  Most humans; those of the non animal advocate kind; accept this as part of the system.  I ask the question; why can a male human abuse females and get sent to prison for 2 years; and yet tens of thousands / millions of ‘women’ animals’ suffer much greater abuses, and yet their perpetrators appear to get away with the abuses all the time because they are accepted by most in human society as being the ‘norm’.

Until society realises that ‘women’ animals are sentient beings; just like the human version, and accept that they also love and cherish their offspring (given a chance), and allowed to be mere mothers for more than just a few hours; then human society will make little progress.  The human abusers will remain as the abusers and the women animals that suffer as a result will continue to suffer for all mankind.

2 years for fondling a human woman.

Continual Insemination of a ‘woman cow’ – Using the flexibility of your wrist, twist and bend the cervix until you feel the second ring slide over the gun tip. Push the plunger slowly so that drops of semen fall directly into the uterine body. When the insemination gun is more than 1” through the cervix, all the semen will be deposited in only one horn.  Animals – thus ACCEPTED.

Seems that some abuse is not accepted in the human world; you can go to jail for it; and yet the daily animal abuse is accepted in the human world everywhere without question. 

The question is – Why ?

Regards Mark

Learn more about more ‘female mums’ – the stray dogs and cats of Serbia – from our other site; ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV):

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

Ireland: 6,000 chickens die in Dungannon farm fire.

WAV Comment: Special thanks must go to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) who battled the flames for hours, unsuccessfuly, to save lives.

6,000 chickens die in Dungannon farm fire

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/09/14/news/6-000-chickens-die-in-dungannon-farm-fire-2066289/

David Young, Press Association

14 September, 2020 11:59

Around 6,000 chickens have been killed in a fire that engulfed a farm building in Dungannon.

The blaze at the property on the Crosscavanagh Road on the outskirts of the town was reported shortly after 10.30pm last night.

Eight fire appliances attended the scene.

Firefighters battled the flames for more than three and a half hours

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it was believed the fire had started accidentally.

“Firefighters worked hard in challenging conditions to prevent the fire spreading and used three jets to extinguish the blaze,” he said.

“Approximately 6,000 chickens were killed in the incident.”

The fire was extinguished at around 2.30am today. It comes a week after 2,000 pigs died in a blaze at a farm in Kilkee, Co Down.

WAV Link:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/10/northern-ireland-approximately-2000-pigs-die-in-a-shed-fire-thought-to-be-caused-by-an-electrical-fault/

Regards Mark

Austria: corrupt ministers and suffering pigs

Lower Austria, 2020: Pig farming with fully slatted floors – AMA certified and self-marketing.

But behind the scenes there are sick piglets in the aisle, injured pigs are not treated. Dirt and boredom …

Fully slatted floors are popular in Austria’s agriculture: Concrete slabs with crevices ensure that urine and feces drain off and save farmers so much work (!!!)

60 percent of all Austrian pigs never sleep on straw, but on concrete for their entire life. And that although over 80 percent of Austrians are against this practice. Because life on hard concrete not only causes animal suffering but also diseases in pig farming.

If you ask the Austrian Agriculture Minister Köstinger about keeping pigs on so-called fully slatted floors, she refers to the role of consumers.

She puts the responsibility on the consumer.

They are not prepared to spend more money on meat from animal welfare. The consequence would be that domestic companies no longer meet the demand in the country, instead, they are imported cheaply from abroad.

But how are meat buyers supposed to know how animals live when there is even animal suffering behind the AMA seal – as the Association against Animal Factories (VgT) recently demonstrated?

A piglet that was put to death in the corridor between the boxes.

 

Only organic farming excludes fully slatted floors.

In 2019, not even 75,000 of the 2.7 million pigs were kept on organic farms – that is just 2.8 percent of all fattening pigs.

One solution to this misery would be the complete ban on fully slatted floors, as animal rights activists have been calling for for years.

A request to this effect was rejected by the government. Only the list “Now” (Jetzt) and the SPÖ (social democratic party of Austria) agreed.
So far nothing has changed in the matter.

Continue reading “Austria: corrupt ministers and suffering pigs”

This is Poppy

The meat mafia that produces our meat goes to great lengths to keep the victims invisible from their perpetrators, the consumers.
We do not see the victims of the meat industry, they are essentially invisible.
One look at the truth could endanger the system.

This is a victim of the egg industry.
This victim produces your eggs.

This is Poppy.


Nothing about her matches the myth of the happy chickens from the dirty advertising of the meat mafia.

She has no feathers to preen she is literally skin and bone.
Poppy is a battery hen, living in a cage with a lot of other hens, stands on a wire floor day and night for 18 months.

They have no natural sunlight, no access to the outdoors, or even make a nest lay.

This is allowed by law, animal prisoners live in dark dungeons and are tortured every day as if they had committed a crime.

These perverse, perfidious tortures represent the worst kind of fascism.

Fight this with all means,
otherwise, nothing will change

Regards and good night, Venus

New Music Video by Vegan Band Scarlet Rescue Debuting September 17th Honors Slain Animal Rights Activist Regan Russell.

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schweine gucken durch transporten
Russell und Jil

Our past posts about Regan Russell include:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/25/obituary-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/08/usa-canada-2-us-pigs-saved-from-factory-farm-in-the-name-of-canadian-activist-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/13/justice-for-regan-russell-the-lie-industry-of-the-animal-transport-mafia/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/23/the-murder-of-regan-russell/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/20/the-longtime-activist-reagan-russel-was-killed-while-protesting/

Sent to us today by contact:  we repeat it unchanged.

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Name: Lisa Barca

Comment: New Music Video by Vegan Band Scarlet Rescue Debuting September 17th Honors Slain Animal Rights Activist Regan Russell.

“Regan’s Song” marks the three-month anniversary of her death when she was struck by a pig transport truck while protesting outside of a slaughterhouse.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Barca, Scarlet Rescue, (480) 747-5196 Scarlet.Rescue.Music@gmail.com

PHOENIX, AZ – September 10, 2020 – “I was devastated by Regan’s death, and when Jane called me to propose working on “Regan’s Song” together, I immediately realized what an important contribution the song would be to keeping Regan’s memory alive, telling her story, and motivating others to fight in her name by speaking out for animals,” said Lisa Barca, frontwoman of all-vegan punk band Scarlet Rescue.

The song was co-written by Lisa Barca and Jane Velez-Mitchell, television and social media journalist and author. Velez-Mitchell is the founder of #JaneUnChained, a digital news network for animal rights and the vegan lifestyle. “I felt compelled to write the song because social justice movements need music to become a cultural phenomenon. And, this martyr deserves a tribute that will remind people that she made the ultimate sacrifice. As the song says, she gave her life to spare them the knife,” said Velez-Mitchell.

“Regan’s Song” is a professionally filmed and recorded video shot in studio and includes footage of Regan Russell’s activism with Toronto Pig Save and the Save Movement’s work around the world.

Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, said, “Regan’s Song” is an anthem song that represents a vindication for all the exploited and suffering animals Regan stood up for her entire life. In the best tradition of protest songs, the chorus is an inspiring call to action. Audiences will sing along and go vegan to ensure Regan lives on and did not die in vain.”

A sample of the lyrics from the song:

Go vegan for Regan
She didn’t die in vain
She gave her life
To spare them the knife

Go vegan with Regan
We will fight in her name
Run down and killed
Her blood was spilled

Video embargoed: Not to be released before September 17th.

Scarlet Rescue is: Lisa Barca (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin), Nathaniel Burns (drums), Stephen Davis (piano), and Dillon Pape (bass)

https://www.scarletrescue.com/
Facebook: @scarlet.rescue.music
Instagram: @scarletrescue
YouTube: Contact for video link

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England: ‘Extinction’ ! – The Warning To Us All.

England 14/9/20.

The BBC aired a television programme last evening; called ‘Extinction’.

It involved animal campaigner and naturalist David Attenborough, and lasted for 1 hour.

Basically, the programme was based around the destruction of the environment, and the destruction of the biodiversity – the animals (big and small) which all interact to keep things as they should be.

It showed the ravages that humankind is having on the environment and the abuse and destruction of animal species.

More than anything, it was a warning to mankind and the governments who are turning the other way – the ‘ignorants’.  The message was simple, clear; get your act together very soon or face the consequences for all mankind. 

As a campaigner, I was personally pleased that the programme (sadly, the BBC usually keeps it clean and politically polite) decided to push the envelope a bit, by showing footage of caged animals at Wuhan wet markets, destruction of the Amazon rain forest, Bats, Pangolins, White Rhino; interviews with rangers in Africa, and importantly; Covid 19 overview; asking if this was the last virus we would see.  The campaigner experts who contributed to the programme gave the message that things are bad, very bad; but we still can sort many of the problems if only the mass dickhead governments woke up to what people are asking; and what they want – IMPROVEMENTS. Is the Amazon destruction not just one prime example ?

This morning; the next morning, there are a couple of reviews by the UK national press which I copy below.

I do not know if the programme can be seen on Youtube, or if it will happen.  UK citizens can re watch or first time watch the programme using the iplayer (catch up) system which is only available in the UK.

Wherever you are in the world; this programme must be seen at some time.  As I say it is simply called ‘Extinction’. See it as soon as you can.

Here are the newspaper reviews from this morning – no doubt there will be more soon and I may add as extra posts as necessary.

Regards Mark

The ‘Guardian’ – an excellent newspaper which covers masses of environmental issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/sep/13/extinction-the-facts-review-a-heartbreaking-warning-from-david-attenborough


Extinction: The Facts review – a heartbreaking warning from David Attenborough

With an eighth of the planet’s species at risk of dying out, this documentary offered a stark look at the devastation that humans have wreaked, and are wreaking, on the natural world.

It is hard to absolutely, positively look forward to an hour-long programme about the many varied, catastrophic ways we have ruined the world around us. David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts (BBC One) was as upsetting as you might expect. If his earlier Planet Earth series delivered joyous portraits of nature at its most spectacular, here we had beautifully shot footage of monkeys desperately leaping into a river to escape a forest fire, a baby bear looking lost in a ransacked, smoking landscape, and the corpses of killer whales, tangled in fishing nets, rotting on the shore.

It was unbearably painful to watch.

People who make programmes about the environment are constantly searching for new ways to force us to pay attention, to make sure we resist the temptation to change channel in search of less distressing content. This time they tried making the theme of extinction feel urgent by filtering it through the prism of the coronavirus pandemic. But there is something depressing about this need to persuade people to focus on the imminent extinction of 1m different species by appealing to our self-interest, highlighting how humans will ultimately suffer as a result of the devastation we have brought upon ourselves.

“This year, we have been shown we have gone one step too far. Scientists have linked out destructive relationship with nature to the emergence of Covid-19,” a mournful Attenborough said. It’s sad that both the scientists and the film-makers sense the problem of extinction has to be shown to hurt us (in the form of triggering global pandemics that cut a swathe through humanity) before we really care enough to engage.

Because, actually, once you had steeled yourself to absorb the stream of images of the tragedy unfolding around us, this was an immensely powerful film on its own terms, and not simply in the context of the extra disruption that Covid-19 has caused over the past six months.

Attenborough’s regretful delivery of the facts only made them worse to hear. There were a few flashes of a youthful, more carefree version of him, laughing as he filmed endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda in the 70s, but his tone has become stricken, acknowledging the failures of his and current generations to tackle the challenge.

He was joined by a chorus of aghast scientists, offering a bald summary of the accelerating state of decline. One million species out of 8m on earth are now threatened with extinction, they reminded us. Since 1970, vertebrate populations – birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles – have declined by 60%. While extinction is a natural process, it is the current rapid rate that is the problem. Studies suggest that extinction is now happening hundreds of times faster than the natural evolutionary rate and it is accelerating.

As you would expect from an Attenborough film, we learned much about some of the world’s most extraordinary animals, but touching footage of the giant anteater (who carries its pup lovingly draped over its back) was there only to illustrate the rapidly dwindling area of its remaining habitat in Brazil. Endearing shots of the nocturnal pangolin, which can consume 70m ants a year, was included only because it has become the most trafficked animal in the world, as a result of specious claims about the medicinal properties of its scales.

All this was set against the unforgiving soundtrack of a whirring electric chainsaw, cutting into the thick trunks of ancient trees, and the crunching of industrial machinery crashing through the forests.

The only polar bears and tigers that featured were the decapitated hunting trophies stored in customs warehouses, next to grinning crocodile heads and confiscated snakeskin boots.

There is a formula that makers of this documentary genre struggle to get right. They need the correct balance between displaying current levels of devastation and instilling a sense of urgency, while simultaneously offering an optimistic promise that it still isn’t quite too late for things to change. Contemplating his own mortality, Attenborough did his best. “I do truly believe that, together, we can make a better future. I might not be here to see it, but if we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard our planet’s ecosystem.”

He showed how careful work by Rwandan conservationists has ensured that the mountain gorillas he filmed in the 70s have survived.

But this offered only a faint glimmer of hope. Images of the planet’s last two remaining white rhinos were the starkest illustration of how badly things have gone wrong. (see photo below)

We betrayed them,” the Kenyan conservationist James Mwenda said.

A heartbreaking hour, but essential television.

The ‘Independent’ is non politically biased; and again reports on some outstanding environmental and natural issues:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/david-attenborough-extinction-facts-review-bbc-documentary-new-b420994.html

The BBC documentary points out that there is no earthly reason why a new virus won’t one day wipe out the very species that has been trying to kill the planet for the past few centuries – us lot 

You might have thought a pandemic that has taken half a million lives, inflicted pain and suffering on many millions more, and cost us trillions would make us think twice about the way we humans interact with nature. It seems not. The poor old pangolin and blameless bats are still being flogged and slaughtered in various so-called wet markets, even though it is widely believed that the coronavirus emerged through the close proximity of humans to these usually harmless wild animals.

As Extinction: The Facts makes clear, however, many deadly viruses – Sars, Ebola, Aids – have infected us via still-thriving wildlife markets and the intrusion of humans into natural habitats to rear cattle or grow soya (for animal feed) or produce palm oil (for processed food and fuel); places we don’t really belong. So, as the impressive collection of environmental talking heads assembled for this latest message from Sir David Attenborough depressingly points out, even when the climate crisis and mass extinctions are a clear and present danger, and coronavirus is taking our loved ones, humanity is still incapable of changing its voracious ways.

The documentary points out that there is no earthly reason why some new virus will not one day appear that is even more infectious and deadly than this coronavirus, and could wipe out the very species that has been trying to kill the planet for the past few centuries – us lot.

You could call it a revenge attack.

Still, it’s always nice to see nature’s survivors on film, and Attenborough is certainly one of them. If it’s possible to be a youthful 94-year-old, then that is what he is, his passion undimmed. He made his earliest TV appearance back in 1954, chasing giant anteaters around scrublands. These days, his knees probably aren’t up to that sort of lark, so his contributions are limited to impassioned pieces to camera, linking the archive footage of cute creatures, breathtaking panoramas and the controlled explosions of anger from thoughtful environmentalists. He also wouldn’t find it so easy to run around with anteaters now because there are fewer about; they too are losing out to land needed for cattle, to feed humans’ insatiable taste for a juicy burger.

Indeed, much of the show is basically a parade of animals that are on their way out – the last killer whale pod around Scotland (rendered infertile by pollution), the last two northern white rhinos (poaching), and of course the beleaguered pangolin (bogus “medicinal” usages for its scales, which are just keratin, the same as your fingernails).

Attenborough and his peers try to offer a little hope with the enviro-doom, because otherwise you’d just wipe away a tear, shrug and help yourself to another Big Mac, seeing as there is sod all anyone’s going to do about anything. Or you could join Extinction Rebellion and glue yourself to a train.

Thus it was genuinely moving to learn that the mountain gorillas Attenborough famously befriended four decades ago, then on the brink of extinction, have actually staged a recovery. That intimate encounter from his landmark series Life on Earth (1979) has lost none of its power, and seeing Sir David so young adds some poignancy. Now, an enlightened scheme taking money from tourists and, basically, using it to pay the local community to protect them, has seen the great apes population rise to more sustainable levels.

The wider message is that the planet too can be saved, if only we ease up on our consumption and waste.

Covid, said one expert, is a “moment” when we can reconsider how we live our lives. That’s true, but the inconvenient fact is that we all know we won’t, and we too are on our way to extinction.

The viruses may inherit the Earth. 

Possibly a copy should be viewed by this person who blames everyone else for the issues:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54144651

https://news.sky.com/video/us-wildfires-trump-blames-unprecedented-fires-on-forest-management-12070774

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/14/western-fires-35-dead-air-quality-may-not-improve-until-october/5790205002/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/us-west-coast-choked-by-smoke-as-firefighters-tackle-deadly-wildfires

Hey its ‘Bad (Forestry) Management; – am I not the chief ‘Manager’ ? – yes, but blame someone else !

What about pulling the Paris climate issue Mr ‘President’ ? – Karma ?

White feathers in the wind

Text: Association against animal factories (VgT), Switzerland

A truck loaded with chickens drives towards Märwil in the canton of Thurgau, to one of the largest chicken slaughterhouses in Switzerland.
White feathers swirl in the wind.

Birds breathe fresh air for the first time in their last hours of life.
But they can’t enjoy it. Terrified to death, they have to hold out in tight blue boxes with other fellow sufferers until they are all killed when they arrive at their destination.

But that is only a small part of a painful existence. Recently hatched in a sterile room, they were never allowed to experience what it means to feel the warmth of a loving mother.

Within just 5 weeks, they grew from 40 grams to over a kilogram of body weight. Everything hurts because the child’s skeleton cannot keep up with rapid growth.

Actually, they are still chicks – in a body that is much too large, which was only bred to reach slaughter weight as quickly as possible.

Two hours ago your white feathers were blowing in the wind across our windshield.

Now you are already dead. Miserably suffocated in the gas chamber, dismantled and already processed into a chicken.

You would have loved to have just lived happily as we did, according to your nature and your needs. But you didn’t get the slightest chance.

A feather got stuck in the grass by the roadside. We stopped and took her.

Representing the millions of victims who are killed every year in Switzerland after a sad and painful life. For a short treat for the palate.

Don’t lose courage, get up again, wipe away your tears, and keep fighting so that this horror comes to an end at some point. But sometimes, like today, it’s incredibly difficult …..

 

And I mean…Those who fight against violence, slavery, and torture of animals have to expect long sleepless nights.

But we still have to go on.
The animals only have us

Whether you are an activist, animal liberator, or an active member of an organization … every voice that is raised against the daily holocaust of animals takes us and those we fight for a few steps further.

My best regards to all, Venus

The time has come … China doesn’t want our meat!

Bad news for the german pig mafia!

German farmers’ fears have come true, as the world’s top buyer, China, has officially imposed an embargo on imports of German pork and pig products after swine fever was confirmed in a wild boar in Brandenburg.

China’s customs agency and agriculture ministry jointly announced the widely anticipated ban on Saturday. All pig-meat products shipped from China’s third-largest pork supplier, Germany, are to be sent back or destroyed, and imports already on the way will be subject to quarantine.

Beijing has been battling for some time with a swine fever outbreak inside the country. The virus does not affect humans, but is deadly for animals, and has killed a great deal of China’s livestock. As a result, it had to boost imports to offset meat shortages and drive pork prices down.

Earlier this week, the German government confirmed that a wild boar in Brandenburg had tested positive for African swine fever.

After South Korea introduced restrictions on German pork imports, farmers feared they would lose another lucrative Asian market, which is known for purchasing pig parts, such as tails and ears, that are unpopular in other parts of the world.

German producers urged China to avoid a blanket ban on pork shipments and to restrict just those from areas affected by the infected animal.

Germany’s pork exports to China exceeded $1 billion in 2019 and continued to rise this year. In the first four months of 2020, China doubled its imports from Germany, shipping some 158,000 tonnes, according to Reuters.

But what is a nightmare scenario for German farmers, adding to the difficulties they currently face due to the coronavirus, could be beneficial for rival meat importers, such as the US and Brazil. Meat prices are already up, with US lean hog futures enjoying a second positive session on Friday.

https://www.rt.com/business/500551-china-bans-german-pork

And I mean… Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world.
58 million pigs are slaughtered in Germany every year. Up to a third of it never ends up in the plate but in the garbage. This means that because of overproduction, meat is also produced for the dumpster.

Nevertheless, pigs are even imported and slaughtered in German slaughterhouses.
Industrial pig breeding is booming. Huge new animal factories are built.

As a reminder, the total payments made by the European Union to agriculture in 2015 were 56.48 billion euros. That was about 40 percent of all EU spending !!

In 2018, China imported 1.2 million tons of fresh / frozen pork from Europe.
In addition, 947,000 tons of pork offal were imported, according to the latest figures from February 2019.

But it also means that in Europe not only water but also the air is polluted for China.
Also, this meat is shipped to China, which means even more pollution.

Due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US, the EU was the first to benefit from rising Chinese import demand.

That was until yesterday. Now China doesn’t want our pork.

Germany has already been excluded from many exports: China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico no longer allow pork imports from Germany into the country.

As was also practiced in China, there follows a mass murder in German farms by some million living beings, and Germany has to beg elsewhere to deliver the rest.

But we know…For such crises, Germany has its patron saint, the EU, and it will pay for the damage!
Actually, it would be more precisely formulated: WE will pay for this mass murder.

My best regards to all, Venus