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Petition – Time for Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer-Monsanto, to resign. Please Sign Now.

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The Bayer annual shareholder meeting is very soon taking place – Friday 26th April. Demand that its CEO, Werner Baumann, step down.

Bayer is dragging suffering cancer patients through court. It’s churning out one toxic pesticide after another while lobbying hard to keep them on the market. And it’s gained unprecedented control over our food supply by merging with Monsanto.

One man is responsible for all this: Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer-Monsanto. And the time is overdue for him to resign.

You can help make it happen. Friday, April 26, is Bayer’s big annual shareholder meeting.   To make the case that Baumann’s greedy business model is hurting people, the planet — and Bayer’s reputation.

Demand that Werner Baumann step down as Bayer’s CEO!

 

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Vietnam: 24/4/19 BREAKING: Rescue operation to free two endangered bear cubs from Vietnamese circus begins following Animals Asia exposé.

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Follow the rescue of the cubs by visiting the AA timeline rescue at:

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/timeline-circuscubsrescue-happening-now.html

 

WAV Comment – Is this footage not showing the abuse and torment that circus ‘performing’ animals are being forced to endure the world over every day ? – and the fact that thickhead humans are paying money to see a terrified bear cub riding a motorbike just exceeds how stupid some people can be.  Fortunately for these cubs, AA is now coming to their rescue.  We call for a worldwide ban on the use of all animals in pathetic circus shows.

BREAKING: Rescue operation to free two endangered bear cubs from Vietnamese circus begins following Animals Asia exposé

24 April 2019

Rescue team arrives at Central Circus in Hanoi, Vietnam to rescue two juvenile moon bears – a protected species – filmed openly performing on stage during investigation.

Today (Wednesday 24 April) an Animals Asia rescue team has arrived at Hanoi’s Central Circus to rescue two juvenile moon bear cubs who were spotted performing on stage at the facility.

Moon bears are an endangered species protected under Vietnamese law with their poaching, trade and commercial exploitation a criminal offense.

The rescue team will bring the bears, whom the team has named Sugar and Spice, to Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre where they will receive immediate care and attention.

Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:

“It’s quite clear that these cubs have found themselves in Hanoi’s Central Circus through illegal means. Thankfully, the authorities have acted swiftly and firmly, sending a clear message to those who exploit wild species that they are not above the law.

“For Sugar and Spice the nightmare of poaching, training, performing and a completely unsuitable living environment ends today. From now on their needs come first and we can begin to heal the physical and psychological suffering they have endured.”

The bears were first discovered by an Animals Asia investigative team which visited the circus in March to monitor the treatment of animals in performances.

The team was shocked to discover the two moon bear cubs – who are estimated to weigh around 50 kilogrammes each and be less than a year old – openly performing dangerous tricks on stage in a clear breach of Vietnamese law.

Following Animals Asia’s exposé, the government intervened and swiftly determined the bears be rescued and sent to the safety of Animals Asia’s nearby sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, Vinh Phuc province.

Animals Asia’s 2017 report into animal performance revealed six protected species – moon bears, orangutans, macaques, elephants, pythons and crocodiles – were being exploited at circuses across Vietnam.

To date, no facility has been able to explain the origin of their protected species, yet today’s rescue marks the first time the authorities have taken punitive action against a circus or tourist facility in possession of a protected species.

With facilities unable to breed bears and their poaching and sale illegal, serious questions remain as to how the animals are being obtained.

In a letter to Animals Asia, Hanoi Central Circus claimed the bear cubs were brought to the circus completely at random by two men who were seeking medical help for the cubs.

Having nursed the bears back to health, trainers then taught the animals some tricks leading to a stage show in front of audiences.

Implausibly, the circus also claims they did not inform the authorities about the bears because they believed the original owners would return to collect them.

Animals Asia Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale said:

“This could be a real breakthrough in efforts to curb wildlife crime in Vietnam’s animal entertainment industry. Circuses appear to have flouted Vietnam’s laws and exploited protected species with relative impunity until now.

“The rescue of Sugar and Spice will change their lives forever sparing them years of abuse, but it is also a spark of hope that the authorities may be willing to take a closer look at other facilities exploiting endangered and protected species in the country.”

Animals Asia is currently petitioning the Vietnam government to ban wild animal performance and send the animals to recognised rescue centres and sanctuaries.

The petition currently has more than 120,000 signatures and will be presented to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism during a meeting with the charity in May.

Hanoi Central Circus is also believed to be holding eight adult moon bears and a 30-year-old elephant, as well as a number of pythons, crocodiles and macaques – all species protected from exploitation by Vietnamese law.

Sugar and Spice are two traumatised bear cubs, just months old. They have been poached from the wild and their mother very likely killed in front of their eyes because she would never let them go without a fight.

With no survival skills, Animals Asia will care for them for the rest of their lives. It’s a huge commitment – potentially up to 30 years – but one we unflinchingly make because without us these bears have nobody.

Now we need YOU to help mend the psychological trauma meted out to these two poor babies; to teach them how to be bears and to give them a safe environment which will challenge, stimulate and delight them for the rest of their lives. Please, give what you can today to save Sugar and Spice and give them new lives worth living.

DONATE: http://www.animalsasia.org/donate

 

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/breaking-two-endangered-bear-cubs-to-be-rescued-from-vietnamese-circus-after-animals-asia-exposé.html

 

Australia: good news!

 

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The number of Australians leaving meat off their plate continues to climb, according to a new report by independent research company Roy Morgan.

The report found that 2.5 million Australians, or 12.1 percent of the population, now eat food that is all “or almost all” vegetarian, up from 2.2 million in 2014.

Why are Australians ditching meat?

A previous study from Roy Morgan released found nearly half of Australians are eating less red meat, which has been linked to an increased risk for health conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

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Findings for the recent study highlight how despite the rise of meat-free diets, body mass index (BMI) has reached an all-time high in Australia. Experts, including the creator of BMI, have said that it cannot be used to determine an individual’s health, according to NPR.

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Despite the study’s focus on health, Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine believes that the recent animal rights-focused protests have played a role in inspiring more Australians to eat more vegan food.

“For many protesters a key part of securing better treatment of animals is to practice and promote embracing vegetarianism – and the message is getting through to an increasing number of Australians,” Levine said in a statement.

Earlier this month, a demonstration in Melbourne involving more than 100 individuals taking to the streets to urge others to watch the 2018 documentary “Dominion” made headlines worldwide.

According to Roy Morgan’s consumer profiling, “Metrotechs,” or young singles in Australia’s inner cities represent the biggest group of vegetarians with nearly a fifth (18.2 percent) saying they don’t eat meat. In the US and the UK, Millennials are more likely to buy plant-based food.

January 2018 research from Euromonitor International found that Australia is the third fastest-growing vegan food market in the world.

More restaurant chains are adapting to this. Hungry Jack’s, Australia’s Burger King, now serves vegan breakfast sandwiches and cheeseburgers. Domino’s Australia launched a fourth vegan pizza last March due to the success of its other options.

McDonald’s also teased that it’s working on new meat-free options Down Under. Australia-born vegan fast food chain, Lord of the Fries, continues to expand across the country and soon, internationally.

https://www.livekindly.co/australians-no-longer-eat-any-meat

My comment: “True human culture only exists when not only cannibalism, but every kind of meat consumption is considered cannibalism” (Wilhelm Busch)

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My best regards, Venus

England: Climate Change Campaigners Bring London To A Standstill for Days -Mostly With Public Support.

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The stakes have never been higher – a radical movement such as Extinction Rebellion can act as a catalyst for political debate and change

 

For decades, we have faced an incontrovertible truth: that human lifestyles are risking the future habitability of our planet. For decades, political leaders have invoked rousing rhetoric in the face of this challenge while failing to act to avert catastrophe. Climate change is an existential risk to the future and the window available to prevent disastrous overheating is closing rapidly.

Only now, almost 30 years after the International Panel on Climate Change published its first report setting out the scientific evidence, is there any sense that something may be shifting in popular and political perceptions. Extinction Rebellion protesters have brought parts of central London to a standstill, their action coming in the wake of the school climate strikes, when more than 1.4 million young people took part globally. For his part, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned the financial sector last week that it must take the threat seriously, framing the argument in terms that it understands best: that in a heated world there is a real risk to profit margins.

USA: 74 of the 98 slaughterhouses had exceeded their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, and other pollutants.

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The Environmental Integrity Project reviewed EPA records for 98 large U.S. slaughterhouses and found that three-quarters of them discharged toxic waste directly into nearby streams and rivers, violating pollution control permits.

The EPA records show that 250,000 gallons per day were dumped into waterways from January 2016 through June 2018 and that 74 of the 98 slaughterhouses had exceeded their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, and other pollutants.

Additionally, more than half the slaughterhouses had five violations, and a third had at least 10 violations. Some of these slaughterhouses are dumping as much nitrogen pollution as small cities!

Eric Schaeffer, executive director of the Environmental Integrity Project, said in a statement:

State environmental agencies need to start cracking down on and penalizing these flagrant violations of the federal Clean Water Act. And EPA needs to step in and set stronger national water pollution standards for meat processing plants.

The records also rank the worst polluters in the U.S. by total nitrogen released and name the JBS pork processing plant in Beardstown, Illinois, as the most polluting slaughterhouse in the U.S. last year. The slaughterhouse released an average 1,849 pounds of nitrogen a day into a nearby stream leading to the Illinois River. According to the EPA, that’s equivalent to the nitrogen in raw sewage from a city of 79,000 people.

The meat industry has a record of egregious water pollution. In fact, animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms have polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.

In addition to destroying waterways, toxins from factory farms contaminate our drinking water. A report from Environmental Working Group found that systems supplying drinking water to millions of Americans contain dangerously high levels of nitrates, which have been linked to increased risk of certain cancers.

But factory farms don’t just devastate the environment and compromise our health—they cause immense suffering for billions of animals.

Pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, merciless deaths.

Don’t believe us? Just watch this recent Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a JBS pig factory farm that exposed workers kicking and punching animals in their faces, ripping out the testicles of baby pigs without any pain relief, and violently smashing baby pigs headfirst against the ground to kill them.

The single best thing we can do to protect animals, ourselves, and the planet from the cruel and destructive factory farming industry is to eliminate our consumption of meat and other animal products altogether.

Order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide today. And check out our Pinterest page for thousands of plant-based recipe ideas!

https://mercyforanimals.org/epa-records-show-three-quarters-of-us-slaughterh

Bayer and its CEO Werner Baumann are shaking in their boots.

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Bayer’s in deep trouble.

Cancer victims are suing over glyphosate and the company’s lost about 30 billion euros in market value. Shareholders are furious.

Bayer and its CEO Werner Baumann are shaking in their boots: they need this week’s annual shareholder meeting to go down without hiccups..

Over a decade ago, Paul Francois was poisoned by Monsanto’s toxic pesticides. And he’s been demanding justice in French courts ever since. His story is powerful — a PR disaster for Bayer and a reminder to shareholders of the true cost of Bayer’s relentless quest for profit.

Monsanto’s toxic pesticides have made life a living hell for Paul Francois, a farmer and father of two.

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After using a now-banned Monsanto pesticide, Paul Francois was hospitalised for 200 days and has since suffered from amnesia, vertigo, seizures and recurring comas.

For over a decade, Pau’s tried to get justice in French courts. He’s won several lawsuits, but so far Monsanto has refused to pay up and kept appealing in what is now a long, costly and exhausting process for Paul.

Bayer-Monsanto has an army of expensive lawyers — it can afford lengthy lawsuits while its victims either give up or die. To Bayer’s top brass, the thousands of people it’s poisoned, like Paul, are just numbers in a spreadsheet. You can help change that.

And this is how: with your donation we’ll pay for Paul to be at the shareholder meeting this week to speak to journalists, shareholders and directly to Bayer’s CEO. It will be a huge embarrassment for Bayer and its execs — and might be the beginning of a new course for Bayer.

Will you chip in to crash the Bayer party this week?

Donate another amount

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-monsanto-lawsuit/french-court-finds-bayers-monsanto-liable-for-farmers-sickness-idUSKCN1RN1JA

France: “Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for Les Miserables,”

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“Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables,”

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/yellow-vests-notre-dame-fire-protest-paris-macron-a8879521.html

 

Many protesters were saddened by the fire at the cathedral, but they were also angry that some £770m had been raised so easily for the monument’s reconstruction while their demands remained largely unmet.

“I think what happened at Notre Dame is a great tragedy but humans should be more important than stones. And if humans had a little bit more money, they too could help finance the reconstruction work at Notre Dame. I find this disgusting,” said protester Jose Fraile.

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