Category: Farm Animals

Germany: “calves cheaper than canary birds”

 

The real scandal is not the price, but that animals are traded, abused, exploited and murdered.

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Calves now cost less than nine euros, according to SPIEGEL-MAGAZIN information. Such cheap prices are “the sad side effect of industrial agriculture,” says the Green Party politician Ostendorff (full member of the Committee on Food and Agriculture).

Cattle breeders in Germany are currently facing an unprecedented drop in prices.

A black and white cow calf was still worth 8.49 euros in October.

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This follows from the response of the Ministry of Agriculture to the Federal MEP Parliament, Friedrich Ostendorff, according to the information of an industrial service.

Market restrictions due to bluetongue are responsible for the price erosion, according to the ministry.
Transport restrictions, such as to Spain, have recently led to an oversupply of female calves, which cost just under 30 euros in June.

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The German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner had expressed in a letter to her Bavarian counterparts doubt (!!!) whether such transports are compatible with the EU Regulation. A few weeks old animals are often over 19 hours in the truck on the way. Animal welfare, according to Ostendorff, that is not.

Hubertus Paetow, President of the German Agricultural Society, says that the problem has a far greater dimension: “The calf has no real place in the value chain and so it ends up being squandered in principle,” he told the magazine Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.Calves are co-products of milk production”(!!!)

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But with the restrictions alone, the price decline is hardly explainable. The green agricultural expert considers other reasons more important: The cheap prices are “the sad side effect of industrial agriculture,” says Ostendorff.
“The intensive milk production also leads to too many calves being produced for the market.”

Ottmar Ilchmann of the Association of Farming Agriculture considers the prices for a scandal: “There a calf costs less than a canary bird.” The one-sided breeding of certain breeds only on milk yield makes their offspring for the mast uneconomical.
In addition, the food supplies are scarce due to the drought.

“These thin calves are often no longer considered animals, but only as damage.”

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https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/deutschland-kaelber-kosten-inzwischen-unter-neun-euro-a-1295665.html

 

My comment: In this one sentence manifests the perversion of industrial meat- and milk mafia:

“These thin calves are often no longer considered animals, but only as damage.”

In the concentration camps of the Nazis, about 6 million human victims were murdered and also raped, tortured…
Client: none (or one)!

In the concentration camps of the perpetrators of the 21st century, about 900 million (Germany) and 70-75 billion (worldwide) non-human victims are raped, tortured, tortured and murdered every year.

Client: Billions of carnivorous human animals.

And yet there is one difference: The Nazis did not breed their victims!
The perpetrators of the animal concentration camps are multiplying their (non-human) victims billions!

The crimes of the Nazis ended in 1945!
The crimes committed in the Tier KZ’s of the 21st century, with billions of non-human victims, continue unabated!

 

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This fact proves that the human species belongs to a fascist race, and that out of conviction.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

South Korea: Your Voice Is Being Heard in the Fight Against Dog Meat.

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Your Voice Is Being Heard in the Fight Against Dog Meat

 

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Above – Nami delivering petitions to the governor’s office. 
 

We have an exciting update from South Korea.

A petition from Lady Freethinker and Save Korean Dogs to close more than 250 illegal dog meat farms in Ganghwa Island County (part of Incheon City), S. Korea, has reached Governor Yoo Cheon Ho.

More than 30,000 of you signed the petition to urge the governor to enforce S. Korea’s laws and close all facilities that violate them, sparing animals from being crammed into tiny cages and brutally killed by electrocution, hanging, even being boiled alive.

LFT partner and Save Korean Dogs founder Nami Kim delivered the petition to the governor’s office. She expressed hope after having met with the county’s livestock department, who showed strong interest in “Empty Cages,” which provides former owners of permanently closed dog meat farms pathways to launch alternative careers.
We are encouraged by this news and will continue distributing petitions, running bus ads, and aiding the rescue of dogs from Korea’s meat trade until every dog meat farm is closed.

https://donorbox.org/donate-to-lady-freethinker-2-2-2-2?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

 

 

South Africa: Live Exports – NSPCA lays criminal complaint against ‘sheep ship’ stakeholders. And – Kuwaiti ‘ban’ raises questions about Eastern Cape sheep,

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NSPCA lays criminal complaint against ‘sheep ship’ stakeholders

Al Shuwaikh crew loading 60, 000 sheep onto the vessel in October.

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid a criminal complaint against stakeholders involved in the controversial export of 60,000 live sheep from East London to Kuwait last month.

The complaint, announced by the NSPCA in a statement on Thursday afternoon, is made against the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development, the Eastern Cape department of rural development and agrarian reform, Al Mawashi, the owners of the Al Shuwaikh vessel, the captain of the Al Shuwaikh, the Page Farming Trust and individuals from the Page Farming Trust.

The NSPCA believes these stakeholders contravened the Animal Protection Act.

“Our pleas to treat the animals humanely fell on deaf ears,” said Grace de Lange, manager of the NSPCA’s farm animal protection unit.

“Seeing the suffering of these sheep even before their departure, and watching the Al-Shuwaikh depart was heartbreaking, but it has also affirmed the NSPCA’s determination to advocate for justice on their behalf.”

De Lange said the NSPCA had received criticism that it had taken too long to lay the complaint.

“Preparing separate dockets for the feedlot, the harbour and the vessel carrying the sheep has involved the collation of valuable evidence from 15 staff members. Carefully completed dockets with the relevant evidence have been handed over to the South African Police Services who will now only be required to obtain statements from the accused”.

The intention was not only to ensure that the Al-Shuwaikh did not return to South African shores, but also to challenge the issue of exporting live animals by sea.

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2019-11-14-nspca-lay-criminal-complaint-against-sheep-ship-stakeholders/

 

 

 

Kuwaiti ‘ban’ raises questions about Eastern Cape sheep

 

Within the past few days, Kuwait’s Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) has taken a decision to ban the slaughter of female animals under a certain age, including sheep.

The information, learnt by DispatchLIVE on Wednesday, has raised questions about the implications for the 60,000 sheep currently being loaded onto the the Kuwait-flagged “sheep ship” Al Shuwaikh in East London.

That process began late on Tuesday afternoon.

NSPCA inspectors monitoring the loading process in the harbour say they have already seen several violations of the Animal Protection Act, including high ammonia levels and sheep panting in the heat on board the vessel.

According to reports on Arab Times Online and Al-Rai daily, PAAAFR stated: “Until further notice the slaughter of red-meat producing female animals, including sheep, cows and camels, is forbidden in order to increase the production of red meat.”

The measure applies to all female animals from one year to four years old, “unless it is proved these animals are unfit for breeding for any reason or are diseased or are suffering from fractures”.

PAAAFR officials warned of penalties if these instructions were ignored and said all slaughterhouses in Kuwait had been informed of the decision.

The Dispatch approached the department of rural development & agrarian reform to ask whether it was aware of the reported decision taken by PAAAFR.

Department spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa said the department had done “everything above board” and had worked within the requirements provided by Kuwait.

“We have issued the export permit on the basis of the requirements provided and on the basis of the information provided to us, ” Lungisa said.

The Kuwaiti government would have told SA that it would not allow certain animals, but the department acted on the information provided, he reiterated.

He said the farmers in the province should now be celebrating because of the economic benefits the deal would bring.

But according to NSPCA spokesperson Meg Wilson, part of the organisation’s team monitoring the loading in the harbour, there is already grave cause for concern about the sheep.

Confirming that there were “many” ewes on board under the age of four that would be protected under the ban, she said the Al Shuwaikh had not even left port before the sheep began suffering.

“There are exceptionally high ammonia levels for one. We have equipment that measures these levels and the reading is at 37. To give you an idea, the level where it is safe for humans is 25,” she said.

“The sheep are also very hot, and are panting.

“In the middle of their pens there is a ventilator, and all the sheep are huddling around the ventilator to try to get cool.”

She said it was only when they pointed this out that the “fans were turned on higher”.

The department announced on Monday that the Al Shuwaik was given a clean bill of health, and on Tuesday sheep were transported by the truckload from the Berlin feedlot to East London harbour.

Smaragda Louw, of animal rights group Ban Animal Trading, said the reported ban on slaughter of younger ewes, among other animals, emphasised the uncertainty of what would happen to the sheep when they reached the Middle East.

“Are some sheep now not going to be slaughtered under this ban? Or are they going to be re-exported from Kuwait,” she said.

According to a statement from the ship’s owners, Al Mawashi, although the vessel has capacity for 80,000 sheep “as per international stocking density standards”, the company would only load 60,000 sheep during the voyage to the Middle East.

Al Mawashi has opened a new slaughterhouse in Kuwait City which is able to slaughter 900 sheep an hour, or 18,000 a day.

 

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2019-10-03-kuwaiti-ban-raises-questions-about-eastern-cape-sheep/ 

And the real holocaust continues…

 

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Nothing to see here: Rivers along Korean border run red with blood after massive pig cull.

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Heavy rainfall has been blamed for the spread of vast amounts of pig’s blood into rivers along the Korean border this week, following a cull of some 47,000 hogs amid an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

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“It made many people living in the area anxious and worried,” said Lee Seok-woo, who heads the NGO Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Network.

A local NGO claims that blood from a nearby burial site, where some 47,000 pig carcasses had been disposed of, had seeped into the Imjin River due to heavy rainfall. South Korean authorities claim that the pigs had already been disinfected before being slaughtered and that there was a delay in the production of plastic containers for the carcasses.

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“What was also hard to endure was the odor. I heard many farmers couldn’t work because of the unbearable smell. This should not have happened”  said Lee Seok-Woo.

 

South Korea has culled around 380,000 pigs since the recent outbreak of ASF began. There is currently no antidote or vaccine for the complex disease, which has ravaged swine herds across Asia and upended markets as a result.

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but highly infectious and almost 100 percent fatal in pigs.

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For its part, Seoul claims that the blood flowing into the streams had been “dealt with properly” through the use of suction pumps and various other devices. Authorities claim the local water table and potable supply has not been tainted.

“We have built banks and other facilities so that the polluted water does not flow into the downstream region,” the ministry said, adding:

“As of now, there is no blood in the stream.”

Quarter of world pig population could be wiped out this year alone, animal health expert warns.

https://on.rt.com/a582

 

My comment: 836,865 wild boars were killed in the hunting season 2017/2018 in Germany, 42 percent more than in the previous year.
There have even been premiums per pig’s head, about 60 euros.
For a disease that has not yet occurred in Germany.
For a disease that is 100% safe for human animals.

A massacre, which soon leads to the extinction of wild boars, so that man protects his breeding animals.
Squaring the circle, means that.

China laments that it will lose half of its herds due to the fever by the end of 2019 (which would result in a significant decline in the size of total EU pork production).
So far, China has pre-emptively culled 1 million pigs due to African swine fever.

The known propagation pathways of African swine fever are not wild boars as carriers, but hunting tourists and meat consumers who leave contaminated food leftovers in the landscape. Boars are now looking for food in the dumpster of the parking lots and so the disease is predominantly spread.

But the majority of the media around the world is on the meat mafia side and focusing the importance of the South Korean massacre on public health threats rather than on a mass murder, committed on behalf of a criminal economy and consumer society.

This means that once there is no animal blood flowing into the rivers and violence becomes invisible again, the matter is cleared, and this fascist system continues its Animals Holocaust undisturbed. And not only in South Korea.

My best regards to all, Venus

Mexico: Investigation Reveals 7th Time Appalling Treatment of Animals in Slaughterhouses – Petition to Sign.

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Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faría narrates new video footage captured by Mercy For Animals investigators that reveals for the seventh time the appalling treatment of animals that continues inside slaughterhouses across Mexico. This time we expose cows repeatedly shot, kicked, cut open, and left to bleed—all while still able to feel pain.

One cow is shot in the head four times and ultimately hit in the head with an ax but remains conscious and able to feel pain as she is slaughtered. Even more shocking, other cows are killed while pregnant.

Mercy For Animals was instrumental in securing a unanimous point of agreement in Mexico’s senate that encourages the country’s department of agriculture to implement supervision and inspections of Mexican slaughterhouses and shut down establishments like this one that engage in such extreme acts of cruelty.

Now it’s up to you to add your voice to that of Mexico’s congress and sign a petition demanding that the department of agriculture take action.

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Sign the petition at:

https://mxslaughter.mercyforanimals.org/

Please, take a moment to sign our petition asking the Mexican government to stop such blatant animal abuse and crack down on slaughterhouses like this.

Together we are creating a more compassionate world.

 

Emilia Romagna: torture, sadism, extermination in chicken farm

An investigator of Essere Animali has worked undercover in several farms owned by a large farm in Emilia Romagna and, with a hidden camera, has filmed brutal mistreatment of animals and evidence of ongoing food fraud. The farm, against which we have filed a complaint, supplies well-known brands of eggs that are commonly found in supermarkets.

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To be dramatic, however, are not only the images of the violence of the operators, but also the scenes that show thousands of hens locked up in sheds without the possibility of ever seeing grass and sunlight. We show you what our investigator saw through two videos, one that documents the “ground” breeding and another, which you find by scrolling the page, the “caged” page.

From these two types of farming, permitted by law and widespread in Italy, almost all of the eggs we eat come directly or in ready-made products such as pasta and desserts.

This does not mean that we are part of the problem, but on the contrary, we can be the solution, opting for conscious food choices!

CRUELTY

During loading and transport, the hens are thrown, kicked and thrown into the cages. Several times they suffer these brutalities, when they are moved, for logistic reasons, from one shed to another and when they are sent, still very young, to the slaughterhouse.

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SLOW AGONY

Many hens do not resist abuse and intensive farming conditions, they get sick but are not treated. They die of starvation inside the shed or are brutally killed by the staff.

OVERCROWDING

The law allows nine chickens to be raised to one square meter and mutilate the tip of the snake to prevent them from killing each other. In these conditions, however, they suffer from plumophagia, a disease that leads them to tear their feathers at themselves or their companions.

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POOR HEALTH CONDITIONS

A farm worker is filmed while claiming that mice eat eggs for human consumption and nest where they are harvested before being sold to consumers.

The investigator of Essere Animali also worked under cover in a shed on the same farm where the hens are locked up in a cage.

With the hidden camera he filmed further maltreatment of the operators against the animals and documented the most common type of breeding in our country.

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More than half of the eggs produced in Italy come from hens in cages, where they spend their entire lives without even being able to spread their wings.

VIOLENCE IN MOVEMENT

By law, farm personnel should ensure the welfare of the animals so as not to cause them unnecessary pain or injury. The hens should be carefully taken for the legs and the chest, but in this breeding they are brutally grasped and thrown into the cages. A treatment that can cause injury, bone fractures and even death.

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BRUTAL KILLINGS

After a hasty diagnosis, wounded hens are still thrown alive in mounds of corpses or beaten to death. The law allows the emergency slaughter of a sick animal, but must be carried out by people with adequate training, so as not to cause avoidable suffering to the animals. The images obtained with a hidden camera show hens dying after long minutes of agony.

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INTERMINABLE SUFFERING

In a cage, each hen has a living space that is slightly larger than a photocopy sheet. As on the farms on the ground they undergo the beating and suffer from plumophagia and anemia. Continuous contact with the metal mesh floor causes joint problems. Every day dozens of hens do not survive and die inside the farm.

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““Death in the feces, trapped in conveyor belts or, as the vet says, heartache. The bare necks, scratched by the iron of the poles, which carry the feathers every time they have to eat or breathe. The pain, the voices of those who ask for freedom and no one answers, have come into my head. Regardless of the volume, the pictures I’ve collected, these animal voices still make me tremble as if I’m still there”.
(Marco, our investigator)

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https://ilsalvagente.it/2019/10/07/galline-in-gabbia-e-maltrattate-lultima-video-inchiesta-di-essere-animali/
https://www.essereanimali.org/galline… (Videos)

 

My comment: Pictures that we all know. Images of horror.
What is striking, however, is the severity of violence, sadism, the criminal energy of farm workers.
Over the years, this becomes the rule, today almost no one is being punished. Governments, politicians, authorities protect this … the men in the barracks have nothing to fear.

And so we learn every day, thanks to these undercover videos, that fascism, torture, extermination in the concentration camp for animals of this world is almost legalized, as in the time of Hitler.
Only that in this time the information level was not as high as today and nobody knew exactly, which tortures they did to the people in Dachau.

Today, NOBODY can say, I do not know exactly how the inmates in the animal factories suffer.I am not informed that animals are tortured at will, sadistically slaughtered.

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And that is what makes the human species the most hypocritical, abhorrent species on this planet: apathy

Best regards to all, Venus