Category: Farm Animals

England: A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.

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A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.

More than 1 in 10 pig farm workers in the new study had already been infected, according to antibody blood tests which showed exposure to the virus.  The tests also showed that as many as 4.4% of the general population also appeared to have been exposed. Pigs have been shown to be hosts or “mixing vessels” for this new virus dubbed G4. Although the virus has not caused illnesses in people, and has not yet passed from humans to humans, scientists fear that it might mutate and cause another global pandemic.

Besides a new vaccine, I fear that the preventative measures will be focussed on increased factory farm biosecurity instead of ending a flawed system. Last April we wrote about pandemics and factory farming, and interviewed Dr Michael Greger MD who explained, “the sheer number of animals, overcrowding, the stress crippling their immune systems, the ammonia from the decomposing waste burning their lungs. The lack of sunlight, lack of fresh air, put all these factors together and we have the perfect storm environment for breeding these so-called ‘super strains’ of influenza”.

London’s top public health official has said that meat processing plants are one of the areas where a second wave of COVID is most likely to emerge in the capital; “food factories are an ‘emerging area’ of concern because of the proximity of workers to each other and the low pay, meaning staff were unlikely to be able to afford to self-isolate at home if they fell sick”.. Outbreaks have been seen in meat processing plants in Wales and Yorkshire, and in Germany, France, Spain and the US. The USA reports 20,000 infections of COVID in meat packing plant workers.

This week two democrat senators are accusing Smithfields (and other meat factory companies) of manipulating the COVID crisis to force ‘deregulatory measures’, allowing them to stay open in the name of feeding the American public. Turns out sales to China were up more than ever during that time, in fact they were record breaking! Meanwhile, China has banned imports from specific US, Brazilian, UK and German packing plants with a high incidence of COVID. Was this because Chinese authorities were concerned about the possibility that the meat itself could carry the COVID virus?

Last May we made a short film about the COVID and African Swine Flu outbreaks at Smithfield Foods, the biggest player in the US pork industry. The driver of this corporate take over from family farms to massive factory farms is the development banks. For example, in the nineteen-nineties Smithfield was granted a $100m soft loan to expand into Poland where they could take advantage of cheap labour and poorly enforced worker and animal welfare standards to outcompete pig farmers across the EU – farmers must ‘get big or get out of the industry’. See the documentary about this corporate take-over in our Channel 4 film Pig Business.

If Parliament fails to add vital amendments to the Agriculture Bill, Smithfield no longer has to go to Poland to get their deeply flawed factory farmed pork onto our shelves . In response to the NFU’s 1 million-strong petition to protect UK farmers from being undercut by substandard imports, the government has set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission. But it won’t be enough to protect UK farmers as its recommendations will only be advisory and not legally binding. A dangerous position when members of Boris’s cabinet, like Liz Truss, are prepared to sacrifice our farmers on the altar of so-called free trade.

London –  As the Bill continues to be debated in the House of Lords, Lord Dundee has tabled some additional amendments to include support for rearing livestock outdoors, for agro-ecological smallholder farming and for making land available to new food growers.

So, lobby politicians to improve the Bill by sending your own version of this letter to your MP or member of the House of Lords, forward our newsletter to friends, family and networks, share Farms Not Factories posts on social media, and urge your friends and local restaurants to buy only high welfare local pork/meat products.

Please share this newsletter or just the videos/info with your friends and networks.

Best wishes,

 

Tracy WorcesterDirector
farmsnotfactories.org

 

Regards Mark

Netherlands: Unweaned Live Calf Exports. EU Commission confirms that there is NO derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.

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WAV Comment:  Congrats to our good friend Lesley at EoA in the Netherlands.  Excellent work to get the confirmation.  We have already taken this info to the team at CIWF who are fighting justice for the calves transported from Scotland.

Live calf exports is an issue that has bugged me for the last 30 years – see more at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  and our work with Lesley and others to get justice for the baby calves at the EU.

This is a great result for Lesley and all live export campaigners.  It can, and will be used in the courts to fight for justice.  The issue of Scottish calf exports could be one of the early uses here.

See more at: 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/05/the-cruelty-transport-of-unweaned-calves-direct-from-ireland-to-france-and-from-scotland-via-ramsgate-england-for-further-fattening-in-spain/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/16/scotland-live-calf-exports-from-scotland-judicial-review-latest-news-from-ciwf-london/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/27/england-dutchman-onderwater-exports-scottish-calves-from-ramsgate-plus-more-info/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/15/november-2018-scottish-farmers-now-exporting-calves-via-ramsgate-england-with-help-from-dutchman-oderwater/

 

Regards Mark

 

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Derogation

derogation; plural noun: derogations

  1.  an exemption from or relaxation of a rule or law.

“countries assuming a derogation from EC law”

 

Thus ‘no derogation’ means the existing law must be enforced; read on the info from Lesley.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS: EU Commission confirms that there is no derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.

Animals transported on journeys including a RORO must be fed at the same frequency as ones transported solely by road.

This means the journeys of unweaned calves being trucked from farms in Ireland to Irish harbours and then ferried to Cherbourg, France should be phased out as they are in conflict with the law. These calves are going for 23 and up to 29 hours in total without being fed, whereas the EU law stipulates feeding unweaned animals after 18hours maximum.

The EU confirms that the exemption in point 1.7(a) of the EC 1/2005 specifically only refers to journey times and rest periods, and the requirement 1.3 and 1.4, such as watering and feeding intervals, must still apply to transport by sea. Point 1.7 (b) refers only to journey times and resting periods without altering the meaning of point 1.7(A) regarding watering and feeding intervals.

 

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Unlike weaned cattle, which are ruminants and can technically be fed on board the vehicle by placing hay inside the vehicle, unweaned animals cannot yet eat forage and are dependent on milk or milk replacer to get the nutrition they need and feeling of satiation. Because this is impossible to do on board a truck, and is not being done by any of the transporters, unweaned calves (and other unweaned animals like kids and lambs) can never be kept on board a vehicle for longer than 18hrs in total.

(Technically, even leaving them on board for longer than 9hrs is illegal, as the law stipulates that after 9 hrs unweaned animals must receive their first water break, and if necessary be fed. Although the trucks do have a water system, it is known that not all unweaned calves know how to use it or can use it. And in any case, they never can be fed either during this first break, despite it being mandatory if the calves need it.)

Please see attached the questions sent to the EU Commission and their response. I am also attaching our most recent investigation trailing unweaned calves from Ireland via Rosslare port to Cherbourg port, France via the Stena Ferry.

With best wishes, also on behalf of L214, Ethical Farming Ireland and Animal Welfare Foundation,

Lesley

Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology
Director, Eyes on Animals

 

 

Scottish Calf Exports – Judicial Review: First step to victory!

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Related WAV posts on this issue:

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/16/scotland-live-calf-exports-from-scotland-judicial-review-latest-news-from-ciwf-london/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/09/scotland-opinion-mark-smith-cruel-and-unjustified-the-legal-case-against-the-scottish-government-that-you-might-not-have-heard-about/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/05/the-cruelty-transport-of-unweaned-calves-direct-from-ireland-to-france-and-from-scotland-via-ramsgate-england-for-further-fattening-in-spain/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/09/12/scotland-po-stops-transporting-calves-following-bbc-investigation/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/27/england-dutchman-onderwater-exports-scottish-calves-from-ramsgate-plus-more-info/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/15/november-2018-scottish-farmers-now-exporting-calves-via-ramsgate-england-with-help-from-dutchman-oderwater/

 

 

 

Dear Mark,

Great news on our Judicial Review of British calf exports. The Scottish Government’s outrageous request for an indefinite delay has been REJECTED!

The Court of Session has, instead, chosen to double the court time available for our case – and the hearing is now expected to take place in October.

 

The battle against cruelty isn’t over yet, but we’ve secured a first, big victory. A huge thank you to everyone who has backed this campaign so far. If you haven’t already done so, please:

Take action – Call on the Scottish Government to drop their defence of the appalling live export trade.
Donate – 100% of your gift will support Compassion’s work in the UK.
Spread the word to fight live exports, using ciwf.org.uk/JusticeForCalves

 

Thank you! Together, we will keep up the fight for #JusticeForCalves.

With best wishes,
Nick

 

 

 

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Every year, thousands of unweaned calves are sent from Scotland to fattening farms in Spain. These vulnerable, young ‘by products’ of the dairy industry suffer journeys that are both horrific and, we believe, illegal.

Animal transport law states that unweaned calves cannot travel for more than 8 hours – unless, after a maximum of 9 hours’ transport, they are rested, given water and, “if necessary”, fed.

In reality, the ‘rest’ usually just means the lorry stops moving for an hour. And, because milk substitute can’t in practice be provided on the trucks, calves may go as long as 23 hours without food. They must be stressed, exhausted, and desperately hungry.

Whilst they’re on British farms, these young animals must legally be fed twice a day. Yet the transporters think it’s not ‘necessary’ to feed them until they’re first unloaded in Northern France!

 

 

WAV Further Comment:

 

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During 2010 – Yes, 10 years ago !

 

Mark worked with the Dutch investigator friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’    http://eyesonanimals.com/ , as well as with ‘Animals’ Angels’ (Germany)    http://www.animals-angels.de/startseite,en_ORG.html  and PMAF (France)  http://www.pmaf.org/  to produce a 125 page official investigation report for the EU Legal Affairs team in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) and UK Parliamentarians (MP’s) – a report which specifically investigated live animal (calves) transport between certain, specific (EU) member states.

We have always known that live calf transport does not adhere to the EU rules which allegedly ‘protects’ animals in transport.

 

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You can read and see a lot more in relation to this by visiting, and scrolling down at:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ 

 

Or,  If you care to click on the following link below you will see a written summary of just 1 of the 5 trails which was undertaken and clearly proved that Irish calves were not being given adequate food and rest at an approved Staging Post facility after they had made the crossing from Ireland to France.

Remember, this (link below) is just 1 of the 5 investigation reports that we produced in our ‘overall’ document of 2010;

and it also lists all the non compliances with the EU Regulation 1/2005 for this specific trail / investigation are given at the end of this specific investigation report.  Remember also that these investigations and reports do not just appear by magic.  Many people, their time, money and several vehicles are often involved – they all take effort and time to record all the exact details which you can see detailed in the report.

Thus, it can be annoying in the least when all this work is undertaken, compiled and presented to the EU, and then they do nothing about it ! – something is wrong somewhere; hence our gripes as detailed in many current posts re live animal transport and the EU ignorance.  This is typical of the work involved to ‘do the trail / investigation job’ properly; and when you do and then get completely ignored at EU level you begin to ask questions about those same people and the EU ‘organisation’ who are supposed to be ‘enforcing’ the ‘animal welfare’ regulations.

 

Click on the following link to read a very small part (1 of 5 investigation reports) of the overall trail / investigation report:

 

JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROLPOST at F-HEAUVILLE

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For the Calves –  Regards Mark

What is the basic evil of the meat industry?

 

Hundreds of new corona cases were registered this week in a slaughterhouse of the Tönnies company in Germany.

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At the Tönnies headquarters in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, around 5,300 employees will have to be tested in the next few days.
As a result, all schools and daycare centers in the Gütersloh district were closed again. Around 7,000 people are now in quarantine around the company.

Federal Labor Minister of Germany Hubertus Heil called the situation “shocking”.

For him, one of the main problems in the industry is that work in slaughterhouses is increasingly done with employment contracts and subcontractors, so that workers, most of whom are from Eastern Europe, are “not treated fairly”.

He now wants to end this “basic evil”, said Heil in the state television channel ARD.
But is that it?
The meat industry has other problem areas:

1. Too much manure

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More animals also mean more animal excretions.

But where to put the manure? A large part of it ends up in the meadows and fields of farmers – and thus contaminates soil and groundwater with nitrogen.
Agriculture is responsible for around 57 percent of the nitrogen that is released into the environment in Germany, according to the Federal Environment Agency.

Continue reading “What is the basic evil of the meat industry?”

Vietnam: 29/6/20 – Breaking News – Bile Bear ‘Cotton Blossom’ To Be Rescued by Animals Asia – Team On the Road.

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Breaking News – Animals Asia – 29/6/20

Vietnam – Bear ‘Cotton Blossom’ Will be rescued tomorrow from her terrible suffering life of bile farming.

Rescue team are finally on their way after earlier preventions due to Covid.

 

We are hoping to set up a live link to the rescue very soon – and will give details when we can.

 

Regards Mark (WAV).

 

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/ 

 

Dear Mark,

We’ve finally received the go-ahead to rescue a lonely moon bear in desperate need of love and care. Our emergency response team are on their way right now.

We were first alerted to her plight back in March. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak causing widespread travel restrictions in Vietnam, and this poor bear being held in the border region of Gia Lai province, over 700 miles away from our sanctuary, we couldn’t reach her.

But we didn’t forget. And we’ve been preparing for her arrival ever since. Her house has been cleaned, her bed made and a delicious feast is being prepared for arrival. But that’s not all…

Back in March, the spring sunshine was warming the air, and the magnificent red cotton blossoms were blooming. Though we couldn’t rush to her aid there and then, we remained hopeful that her many years of darkness were coming to an end and she would soon blossom at our life-saving sanctuary. To mark her eventual arrival we planted a Cotton Blossom tree. And in honour of the bear you’ll help us rescue, we’ve named her Cotton Blossom.

Currently, we know precious little about her. What we do know is that she’s been forced to endure painful bile extraction and we can almost be sure that she’ll have serious health issues as a consequence.

She’ll need special ongoing care and treatment for the rest of her life. Which we hope could be another 15 years or more. Hopefully, with enough love and time, all of the pain, anger and fear she feels will fade into distant memories.

In these dark times, will you be the ray of sunshine she’s been waiting for? You can help this sweet girl on the road to recovery and beyond by making a donation today.

Our rescue team plans to arrive tomorrow morning. In the meantime, we’ll do our very best to keep you updated, and I hope to bring you more information soon. For live updates, and to see your kindness in action, please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for Asia’s animals when they need you most.

With bear hugs of gratitude and of hope,

 

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Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD
Founder and CEO, Animals Asia

PS It takes a lifetime of care to help rebuild a broken bear.

 

Please will you help Cotton Blossom begin her long road to recovery with a healing gift today?

 

Thank you so much for caring.

 

 

Romania: Welcome To Our Romanian Visitor and Campaigner Friends.

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Romania is still one of the beautiful, wild places in Europe.  It has a lot of citizens who support the policy of keeping the wild for the wild and letting nature and the animals that live within exist as they should, without persecution from man.

 

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But like all nations; Romania also has a dark side when it comes to animals; especially issues relating to stray dogs, and also live exports of sheep.

As some of you will be aware, we at WAV last year tracked and reported on a consignment of live sheep throughout the journey between Romania and Iran.

It was not only this shipment that has caused us concern. We were also informed at the time that Romania was planning on exporting around 200,000 live sheep to the middle east every month for the next 6 months or so.

“It is clear that sheep have suffered terribly throughout this entire journey, and that’s before we even mention the routine abuse and fully conscious slaughter they are subjected to when they arrive at their destinations,” said Gabriel Paun. “These sheep come from the green meadows and high mountains of the Romanian countryside, and the contrast in how they are treated in the live export trade is unimaginable.”

The Netherlands (Dutch) MEP Anja Hazekamp called on the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Romania, after the country authorised the mass transport of 70.000 sheep from the Port of Midia to the Persian Gulf while temperatures rose above 45 °C.

 

 

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Midia, Romania – Nov 2019

A live export vessel loaded with live sheep for export overturned within hours of leaving the Romanian port of Midia   The Romanian government called off the rescue efforts to save over 14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized live export ship — despite claims that sounds can be heard indicating that animals are still alive.

In the end, despite many thousands of sheep drowning in the capsize; some (very few) of the survivors which were rescued were eventually provided with sanctuary. 

 

 

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Welcome tour Romanian visitors today – we have noticed a lot of attendance to the site from Romania over the last few days; and we very much welcome you coming to pay us a visit.. 

So here following we are giving most of our past Romanian links with the hope they will be of use to our visitors if they are working on campaign issues.  We ask them to especially work on the issues of stray dogs and cats; and also on the live export business which involves so many tens of thousands of live sheep.

 

In memory of all the suffering animals in Romania – past and present.

 

Regards Mark and Venus (WAV).

 

Past links:  Different Issues, but lots of information and videos / photographs

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/04/29/eu-have-the-welfare-lobby-been-saying-this-for-years-dg-sante-audit-reveals-major-problems-with-live-export-from-romania/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/04/20/romania-and-the-dog-mafia-europas/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/03/02/romania-mass-murder-for-pigs/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/01/23/romania-the-live-export-sheep-trade-is-killing-farmers-romania-needs-meat-processing-and-fast/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/01/18/update-romania-180-sheep-destined-for-slaughter-given-second-chance-after-cargo-ship-capsizes/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/17/romanian-pound-wont-feed-dogs-for-12-days-of-christmas-we-ask-for-your-help-to-resolve/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/16/romania-surviving-sheep-to-be-given-sanctuary-a-message-from-lyn-white-animals-australia/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/04/romania-caring-activists-take-to-the-streets-and-the-agriculture-ministry-in-support-of-the-14000-sheep-who-drowned-at-midia/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/30/be-a-voice-to-get-sanctuary-for-surviving-romanian-sheep-from-capsized-live-export-ship-petition/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/26/romania-more-footage/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/26/breaking-romanian-government-calls-off-rescue-efforts-to-save-sheep-still-alive-inside-export-ship-despite-claims-that-sounds-can-still-be-heard/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/26/australia-a-message-from-lyn-white-animals-australia-re-the-incident-off-romania-over-14000-sheep-drown/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/25/syrian-crew-registered-in-the-pacific-a-rust-bucket-vessel-40-years-old-ignorant-romania-useless-eu-it-all-adds-up-to-a-cheap-and-nasty-live-export-business-as-we-have-said-for-decades/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/13/romania-neanderthals-in-horse-markets/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/28/eu-remember-the-romanian-sheep-to-the-middle-east-in-extreme-temperatures-the-latest-from-the-eu-but-still-no-infringement/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/18/remember-the-al-shuwaikh-and-the-romania-sheep-now-it-is-trying-to-take-sa-sheep-read-the-latest-from-animals-australia-and-the-rspca/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/15/15-9-wav-letter-to-meps-re-romanian-sheep-and-box-trailers-nothing-from-anyone-so-we-write-again/

 

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

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/02/2-8-19-copy-of-the-letter-from-the-eu-do-nothing-commissioner-to-the-animal-welfare-ignorant-romanian-minister/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/01/romanian-sheep-ship-update-1-8-19-1020hrsgmt-vessel-now-entering-kuwait-city-expected-to-dock-0300hrs-local/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/24/eu-se-england-meps-now-asked-by-wav-as-to-why-france-stops-live-transport-and-yet-romania-exports-70000-live-sheep-to-the-middle-east-in-temperatures-10-degrees-hotter/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/24/well-done-france-imposing-a-live-animal-transport-ban-in-extreme-heat-but-eu-what-about-the-70000-romanian-sheep-being-exported-in-40-degrees-temperatures-time-the-eu-enforced-its-policies/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/17/eu-live-export-latest-mep-demands-action-against-romania-and-is-the-new-president-elect-of-the-commission-committed-to-making-a-change-for-animals/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/10/20/romania-portrays-himself-as-jeckyll-the-child-lover-but-in-reality-he-is-hyde-the-mass-animal-killer/

 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/09/25/romania-291-cats-and-dogs-sterilised-free-of-chargeto-reduce-animal-stray-population-serbia-take-note/

 

 

 

 

 

UK: Spreadable Vegan Cheeses Made From Almond Milk To Debut In Major U.K. Retailers. No Dairy Cow Abuse Here !

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28/6/20 — Spreadable Vegan Cheeses Made From Almond Milk To Debut In Major U.K. Retailers

 

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‘Nush is a category innovator and so we are really proud to be the U.K.’s only live vegan almond m*lk cheese’

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Spreadable vegan cheese from Nush is to debut in major U.K. retailers Sainsbury’s and Asda.

The company’s products, which are made from almond milk, are fortified with vegan probiotic cultures and come in two flavors: Natural and Chive.

Retailing at £2.75 per tub, Nush’s cheese is also free from preservatives, additives, gluten, and soy.

 

‘Growing demand’

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, co-founder Bethany Eaton said: “We are delighted to be listed by Sainsbury’s and Asda stores nationwide with our range of dairy-free cheese spreads, reaching the growing market of people across the U.K. who are wanting a healthy alternative to dairy cheese.

“Nush is a category innovator and so we are really proud to be the U.K.’s only live vegan almond m*lk cheese. There is growing demand for dairy-free cheese and through our range, British consumers can enjoy a delicious vegan offering that contains 30 percent pure almonds.”

 

‘Delicious cheeses’

Earlier this year, Nush launched its vegan cream cheese in more than 200 Marks & Spencer stores across the U.K.

“We’ve been working so hard to make our delicious cheeses available across the country and are so excited that more people than ever before will be able to try them! We hope you find a store near you very soon!” the company wrote on its website.

 

 

WAV Comment:

So we can now move completely away from this  – gentle cows turned into industry milking machines; who have their babies stolen from them a matter of hours after being born:

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to a completely dairy free cheese.

 

England: You Are Invited To A Modern Horror Story ….

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UPDATE Article 27/6/20

 

HOGWOOD has been selected for the
British Documentary Film Festival!

 

Wow, what a launch!

In the first week of launch, we have been overwhelmed by positive comments about the documentary — thank you to everyone who has watched, reviewed and shared the film so far!

We are very excited to announce that HOGWOOD: a modern horror story has been selected for this year’s British Documentary Film Festival lineup!

The British Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of outstanding documentary film-making. Each year, they screen the very best documentaries from London’s prestigious Cineworld Cinema, Leicester Square. And now HOGWOOD will be on the big screen too!

But that’s not all!

We have also received support from Formula 1 racing champion Lewis Hamilton, who shared our trailer with his 17 million followers on Instagram — truly taking HOGWOOD to the masses! 

 

 

Check out the latest, new Viva !  undercover investigation which has been launched this very week.  Go to:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/24/england-viva-undercover-expose-pig-farming-by-morrisons-supplier-one-of-top-5-uk-supermarkets-disturbing-video-footage/ 

Regards Mark

Netherlands: Dutch MPs have voted to close all mink farms by the end of the year and pay compensation to fur farmers.

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Dutch MPs have voted to close all mink farms by the end of the year and pay compensation to fur farmers

Politicians in the Netherlands have voted in favour of closing the country’s mink farms by the end of the year after several outbreaks of coronavirus led to thousands of the animals being culled.  

At least two workers at mink farms in the Netherlands are believed to have been infected with coronavirus in what the World Health Organization said could be the first known cases of animal-to-human transmission of the virus.

Health authorities slaughtered more than 1,500 mink as a precaution this month after coronavirus surfaced in a handful of farms in the southern Netherlands.

The Labour Party and Party for Animals subsequently tabled a vote on banning mink farming, which passed this morning. The motion now has to be approved by the upper house of the Dutch government. 

If it passes the new law will hasten the closure of the country’s estimated 128 mink farms, which were due to be phased out by the end of 2023.

 

The animal rights charity, PETA, described the proposed ban as “common sense” and called on other mink farming nations such as China and Denmark to ban the trade.

“PETA hopes the Netherlands will be the first of many countries to see the writing on the wall and shut down cruel fur farms or risk being the source of the next pandemic,” said the charity’s director, Elisa Allen.

In a statement, Humane Society International urged the Dutch government to pass the motion to ban the country’s mink fur trade: “HSI urges the government to listen to parliament, act now to end cruel and dangerous fur farming for good.”

The Netherlands is not the only country making moves to reduce the trade in animals in the wake of coronavirus. China, where the outbreak began, has since banned the consumption of all wildlife and removed pangolin scales from a list of approved traditional medicines.

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world and scientists are investigating whether they may have played a role in the virus moving from animals to humans.

 

https://www.positive.news/environment/dutch-parliament-votes-to-end-mink-farming-following-covid-19-outbreak/#.XvUUdz2jrnI.twitter

 

USA: Good riddance Steve King, you won’t be missed!

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We are thrilled to share the news that Representative Steve King of Iowa, known in the animal protection world as the “King” of cruelty, has finally been ousted after two decades of toxic leadership!

Since his time in office as Iowa state’s U.S. representative, King took anti-animal positions on virtually every issue.

  • King opposed a federal policy that came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help animals in disasters.
  • King opposed federal measures to crack down on horse slaughter.
  • King consistently voted against endangered species protections.
  • King opposed federal measures against dog fighting.

 

Perhaps King’s most egregious act of all was his proposal of the federal Protect Interstate Commerce Act, which sought to destroy practically every piece of legislation that protects animals on the state level.

In one fell swoop, this disastrous bill threatened hard-won legislation to protect animals suffering in puppy mills, on fur farms, in dog fighting rings, and on factory farms. King repeatedly introduced this bill during multiple congressional sessions and it was defeated only due to the efforts of countless animal protection, environmental, and worker safety groups.

To top it off, King also made statements in support of white supremacy which earned him condemnation from the leaders of his own Republican party. It is unsurprising that a depraved mind that supports animal abuse would be attracted to racist ideas.

Good riddance Steve King, you won’t be missed!

 

https://www.idausa.org/campaign/farmed-animal/latest-news/good-riddance-to-steve-king-animal-cruelty-incarnate/