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Philip Wollen: “Animals should be off the Menu”

It was a slaughterhouse visit on behalf of a customer that radically changed his life.
Top banker Philip Wollen (68) later describes this visit as the “most shocking experience of his life”.

That was almost 30 years ago – the Australian is now vegan and one of the most important animals and human rights activists.
That is why, on his 40th birthday, he decided to use all of his fortunes to make his contribution as an animal rights activist and philanthropist against crimes against animals, people, and the environment.


Together with his wife Trix, he founded the “Winsome Constance Kindness Trust”, which supports projects in five categories worldwide: children, animals, the environment, the terminally ill, and aspiring young people.

Among other things, the foundation supports schools, orphanages, clinics, nature reserves, castration programs for street animals, vegan mobile restaurants, and much more – meanwhile more than 500 projects in 40 countries.
Wollen is also known as a supporter of the international marine protection organization “Sea Shepard”.


For his work against animal suffering, he received the Peter Singer Prize last year.

Philip Wollen describes the commitment to animal rights as the most important task in creating social justice since the abolition of slavery.
His engagement became known with the speech “Animals should be off the menu”, which he gave in 2012.

Here is his full speech in English with German subtitles:

 

In it, he addresses the effects of meat consumption:

“When I travel around the world, I see poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And the West feeds this grain to its livestock. Just so we can have a steak?
Am I the only one who can see that this is a crime? Believe me, every piece of meat we eat is a slap in the tearful face of a hungry child.
When I took this child in the eye, how can I be silent?

The earth can produce enough food to satisfy the needs of all people, but not the greed of all people. “

He wants to be a role model and encourage other people to work as activists towards a societal renunciation of meat and to stand up for a compassionate world in which all living beings are treated and protected with respect and courageously.

Regards and good night, Venus

Austria: an illegal puppy trade was discovered

Incredible: An illegal puppy trade was discovered – and that in the middle of the Graz settlement area, in Austria.

Nine puppies, some of whom were sick and who had probably been injected with sedatives, were carted from Serbia to Styria, Austria.
Shameful: People even came from other federal states to buy them.

The poor puppies are nursed up in the Noah’s Ark animal shelter in Graz (Photo: Christian Jauschowetz)

The fact that the illegal puppy trade on the street was exposed at all is thanks to an attentive passer-by, who started the rescue chain for the poor puppies with his report to the active animal welfare organization.

Charly Forstner von der Grazer Arche Noah (Bild: Christian Jauschowetz)

Chef Charly Forstner is horrified: “The puppies were hypothermic and completely apathetic, later you found injections and sedatives in the car from Serbia. It turned out that they got away from their mother much too young, some had fevers, worms, skin diseases, undesirable developments due to insufficient supply. Even pneumonia. “

Almost unbelievable: People even came from other federal states to buy the cheap puppies in Graz!

“Anyone who buys or sells in this way is liable to prosecution,” says Alexandra Gruber, head of the Graz Veterinary Office, who courageously intervened.

And the expert clears up myths: “A cheap puppy can become expensive due to diseases and veterinary costs. In addition, it is irresponsible to buy an animal out of the trunk – please check beforehand where an animal comes from! “
Whoever acts like this supports suffering: “Animal factories in which boy for a boy are “produced” are shameful. Buyers support that.

https://www.krone.at/2316626

And I mean…Such abnormalities exist as long as there are no stricter controls and no high fines for traders who should go up to 30,000 euros.
Why wasn’t the seller stopped at the border?
Because our good-for-nothing leaders in high politics have no plan for anything and are not even able to get illegal trade with animals under control.


And last but not least: because there are mindless buyers who support this business with pride and ignorance!

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Mount Everest; The Sacred Mountain Of Dreams and Mystery; Now A Dumping Ground of Excrement, Plastic and Garbage, Made By; Guess; Mankind !

By Mark – When I was a young lad (16 /17’ ish), I was ‘into’ mountaineering in a big way.  Then, I can remember reading and enjoying ‘Everest the Hard Way’ by British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_British_Mount_Everest_Southwest_Face_expedition

– a beautiful book detailing the 1975 British Mount Everest Southwest Face expedition, which  was the first to successfully climb Mount Everest by ascending the South West face.  For me, being young and influential I guess you could say; this was a trip into the unknown – the High Himalaya; mystery, danger, Rhododendron forests; the big unknown – all the things that gripped me and let my imagination do overtime.

If you ever get the chance, then read it – superb !

Decades later it was still ‘a thing’ with me; and finally, I made it to the big walls of El Cap and Half Dome in the incredible ‘Yosemite Valley’ in California.

Below – El Cap

and Half Dome

This morning (16/1/21) on the BBC; I watched a news story about how Everest was being turned into the highest rubbish tip on the planet.  My dreams of the magic of the few reaching the summit of the worlds highest mountain was well and truly shattered in learning that each year nowdays, around 900 – 1,000 people make it to the summit during the March – May period when they are only allowed to climb because of weather extremes at other times.

But even worse than ‘making the summit’ just being another ‘bragging’ item to be boasted about at the local; or at least I now view it in the modern non magical days, it was most sad for me to see that microplastics and human waste (literally), in the form of both rubbish, plastic bottles and shit; were now contaminating an enchanted, most sacred place that should still be the place of dreams for the very few that it was in the past.

Again, as always in my opinion, the wrecker called ‘man’ has managed to destroy the natural and majestic beauty of the Himalaya by leaving his personal calling card in a place that should be left in isolation, as what it was to me as a lad; that place of desolation and wonder; (then) untouched by the human being (fortunately) and a place of superfluous natural wonder and amazement.

So today, 16/1/21, I decided to look into the destruction a little more; and here below is what I found.  You can check it out a lot more if you want to.  Summary – Destruction by mankind as always with everything; it now seems that Everest is not the ‘Hard Way’ that it was in the 70’s; but yet another dumping ground made by the ‘many hundreds’.  Take a look;

Regards Mark

Below – bags and bags of human excrement (literally) on the mountain.

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It’s being described as the ‘world’s highest rubbish dump’. That’s because Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, has a problem with climbers leaving their waste on the slopes – both rubbish and poo. The mountain is home to three tonnes of climbers’ rubbish, left by adventurers visiting the mountain.

The mountain is home to three tonnes of climbers’ rubbish, left by adventurers visiting the mountain. The waste includes tents and equipment left behind, as well as human waste from mountaineers who need to go to the loo while they’re up there.

As the climbing season comes to a close for another year, Nepal Army helicopters are being used to lift some of the waste off the mountain.

The problem is that the rubbish is not only bad for the environment, but it could also spread disease for other climbers on the mountain.

People living at Base Camp use melted snow for drinking water, which could be contaminated with germs if other climbers aren’t getting rid of their waste properly.

Some climbers carry disposable travel toilet bags to use in the higher camps, while at Base Camp, there are toilet tents which have special drums where human waste goes. These can be taken away from the mountain and emptied safely.

But the camps further up, between the base and the top of the mountain, don’t have loos, which is why waste is often left behind.

Climbers can only go up Mount Everest during a specific period of the year, which begins in March and ends in May. Throughout the rest of the year, the weather is too bad.

This means that it is more difficult to clear away any rubbish left on the mountain at the end of the climbing period.

It is impossible to know exactly how much litter is spread across Everest because it only becomes visible when the snow melts.

Speaking in the Himalayan Times, Dandu Raj Ghimire – director general for the Nepal Department of Tourism – said: “The clean-up campaign will be continued in the coming seasons to make the world’s tallest mountain clean. It is our responsibility to keep our mountains clean.”

What are the rules about rubbish on Everest?

Nepal’s government hasn’t made rules about dealing with poo up the mountain yet. However, it is trying to stop the amount of rubbish that is left on the slopes.

The government is working on a plan to scan and tag climbers’ equipment and gear.

All climbers would have to pay a deposit of $4,000 (£3,100) before they go up the mountain and might not get their money back if they return without their items.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/31711591

Microplastic pollution found near summit of Mount Everest

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Humans now known to have polluted Earth from deepest ocean to highest peak

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/20/microplastic-pollution-found-near-summit-of-mount-everest

Microplastic pollution has been discovered in snow close to the peak of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. With plastic debris revealed in 2018 at the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench, it is now clear that humanity’s litter has polluted the entire planet.

The tiny plastic fibres were found within a few hundred metres of the top of the 8,850-metre mountain, at a spot known as the balcony. Microplastics were found in all the snow samples collected from 11 locations on Everest, ranging from 5,300 metres to 8,440 metres high.

The highest concentrations of microplastics were found around Base Camp, where climbers and trekkers spend the most time. The fibres were most likely to have come from the clothing, tents and ropes used by mountaineers, the scientists said. Other recent discoveries of microplastic pollution in remote parts of the Swiss Alps and French Pyrenees indicate the particles can also be carried by the wind from further afield.

“It really surprised me to find microplastics in every single snow sample I analysed,” said Imogen Napper, at the University of Plymouth, who led the new research. “Mount Everest is somewhere I have always considered remote and pristine. To know we are polluting near the top of the tallest mountain is a real eye-opener.”

Below – Majestic Everest

“With microplastics so ubiquitous in our environment, it’s time to focus on appropriate environmental solutions,” she said. “We need to protect and care for our planet.”

Reducing, reusing and recycling larger items of plastic waste is important, Napper said, as they can be broken down into microplastics when discarded into the environment. But many microplastics are shed from clothing made from synthetic fabrics, and she said a focus on better fabrics was needed, as well as using natural fibres such as cotton when possible.

Millions of tonnes of plastic are lost into the environment every year. It can contain toxic additives and carry harmful microbes and is known to injure wildlife that mistake it for food.

People also consume microplastics via food and water, and breathe them in, although the health impact is not yet known.

There have been longstanding concerns about litter on Everest, which was climbed by at least 880 people in 2019. But the new study is the first to assess microplastic pollution, which is less than 5mm in size and therefore too small to be picked up.

The study, published in the journal One Earth, analysed samples collected by a National Geographic expedition in 2019. The scientists found an average of 30 microplastic particles per litre of water in the snow samples and 119 particles per litre in the most contaminated sample. They also assessed stream water samples from eight locations, but only three had microplastics, perhaps as the streams were able to wash away contamination.

In her previous work, Napper has found that each cycle of a washing machine can release 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres, and that plastic bags that claim to be biodegradable were still intact after three years in the natural environment.

 

USA: Trump’s outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Environments ‘Protectors’ ?) just signed an agreement to work with the National Rifle Association to recruit and train more Americans to shoot wild animals. The Final Acts of a Desperate Individual.

WAV Comment – the act of a desperado in the last few days of wanting the worlds attention.

Trump’s outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith just signed an agreement to work with the NRA to recruit and train more Americans to shoot wild animals.

The world has turned on Trump to show what this being is really about.  So he tries to get revenge by allowing the Fish and Wildlife Service; the ‘protectors’ of the USA; to do a deal with the National Rifle Association to go out and kill wildlife – the very animals that they are supposed to be protecting.

This says it all really and you have to question the mental state of this existing President.  Fortunately; by the middle of next week Trump will be out; searching the world for people who like him; and Mr Biden will take over; quickly and hopefully overturning these madman actions that we now witness as ‘the revenge at any cost’ by this very sad individual.

Please take action against Trump by using the link below; thanks.


Trump’s outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith just signed an agreement to work with the NRA to recruit and train more Americans to shoot wild animals.

Tell the Service this agreement is unacceptable and must be broken immediately.

This partnership will allow more animals to be shot — paid for by the agency tasked with protecting wildlife while funneling taxpayer dollars to a far-right gun-industry mouthpiece.

Throughout its anti-wildlife term, the Trump administration has moved to expand trophy hunting. It created an illegal wildlife council rigged with trophy hunters and issued permits to import body parts of threatened leopards and lions.

The administration moved to increase hunting of bobcats, mountain lions and foxes in more national wildlife refuges across the country and now wants to arm and train more people to gun down animals.

With wolves across the lower 48 no longer federally protected, more states could hold wolf trophy hunts this year.

This last attack runs directly counter to the purpose of the Service. In no way should it use its position as wildlife’s protector to enlist more Americans to hunt and kill wildlife.

The agreement between the Department of Interior and the NRA should be torn up and cancelled immediately.

Tell the Service to end this partnership with the NRA right away.

ACTION

Tell The Fish and Wildlife Service Not To Partner With The NRA (biologicaldiversity.org)

We have taken action on this – will you ? – please click on the above link to be involved.

The other species also deserve basic rights

 

The world only changes for animals when we give them back their natural rights, which we, human tyrants, deny them.
The other species deserve basic rights no less than how we claim them for ourselves, and their lives have the same value as ours.

Our fascist attitude towards animals does not change in a few years, because the mechanisms that make it possible to turn us all into perpetrators go very deep.

But the least we should do for the animals is not to eat them!

regards and good night, Venus

The link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases presented in new Euro Parliament report.

Photo – Mike Jeffries

The link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases presented in new Euro Parliament report

15 January 2021

In December 2020, the European Parliament published a new report on the link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases. The report, requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, aims at informing EU policy makers and introducing policy options to reduce risks originating from wildlife trade.

Although the document does not represent the official position of the EU Parliament, it introduces encouraging policy options including the following: a trade ban on live animals at wet markets as proposed by the United Nations ; adequate regulatory and enforcement mechanisms at national and international levels to prevent hunting and commercial trade of some species ; a revision of the illegal wildlife trade action in the EU and at EU borders. 

The wildlife trade – illegal and legal – drastically increases the risk of zoonotic diseases spreading by pushing humans and wildlife o closer than ever before.  In his speech at the One Planet Summit on 11 January 2021, European Council President Charles Michel reminded that illegal and commercial wildlife trade are important factors of zoonosis development in nature and among humans, stating that there currently are 1,6 million non-detected viruses in nature.

The European Union must act fast against the threats of future pandemics in the coming years. In June 2020, Eurogroup for Animals, and our 70 Member Organisations in 25 EU Member States, launched the ‘Stop Pandemics Start Here’ campaign, calling MEPs to undertake concrete actions to regulate wildlife trade in the EU to prevent the spread of further zoonotic diseases, as part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. Eurogroup for Animals is also calling for a clear commitment by the European Commission to step up efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade and to adopt  a full  EU-wide ban on the trade in ivory, as well as for the EU and Member States’ financial support to wildlife rescue centres and sanctuaries.

Mink farms not only cause immense animal suffering, these coronavirus reservoirs put human lives at risk, say animal welfare groups.

Photo – Vier Photen

COVID-19: Why the EU must end mink farming

11 January 2021

Mink farms not only cause immense animal suffering, these coronavirus reservoirs put human lives at risk, say animal welfare groups

By FOUR PAWS, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance 

A year ago, no one would have imagined that the coronavirus pandemic would hit the world, affecting more than 91 million people, and killing more than 1.9 million. People are looking forward to a better 2021 for their countries, their families and themselves. However, worries about the long-term impact of COVID-19 persist.

In 2021, urgent action must be taken to halt the spread and to eliminate potential sources of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Farms where mink (Neovison vison) are bred for fur production, beside causing immense suffering to animals, are coronavirus reservoirs.

Risk to humans and animals

Farmed mink are highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. They catch it from humans, pass it on to each other and spread it back to humans.

“The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals In unnatural close proximity facilitate the spread of the disease.”

The first cases were identified in the Netherlands in April 2020. Since then, more than 390 mink farms have been infected by the virus in Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Italy, France and, most recently, new infections have been identified in Poland and Lithuania. More mink farms are affected in the U.S. and Canada.

The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals in unnatural close proximity, facilitate the spread of the disease.

“Clearly, this issue causes significant danger for humans and terrible suffering for animals. On fur farms, mink are crammed into tiny cages. Specifically, 0.255 square meters are available for each animal,” said Thomas Pietsch, fur expert at FOUR PAWS. “Stressed or weakened animals, crammed closely together with thousands of conspecifics, provide the ideal breeding ground for infectious diseases.” 

Affected countries have taken drastic measures. The Netherlands moved up its ban on fur farming to 2021 from 2024 and has culled all its mink. Ireland decided to cull its farmed mink population pre-emptively, likely ending the industry in the country. Hungary also announced a ban on mink and other species farming as a precautionary measure.

The issue has turned the corner after Danish public health authorities found new virus variants of COVID-19 originating from mink in a number of infected humans. This new variant could make vaccines less effective, as it may potentially reduce the effect of antibodies. Consequently, the Danish government decided to cull up to 17 million farmed mink and suspended mink farming until 2022. 

The example of Denmark is a warning: spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to mink, and mink to humans is not a new finding and could have severe public health implications.  

It has had a considerable resonance in Brussels. A few days after the mutation was detected, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) highlighted the fact that new strands of coronavirus could potentially undermine the international efforts to combat the virus. An EU Rapid Risk Assessment has been conducted by the ECDC, the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority. Moreover, EU agriculture ministers agreed that this is a European health issue, which needs a harmonized response. During the Agri Council meeting in November, the German Minister of Agriculture and former president of the Council, Julia Klöckner, questioned whether mink keeping still has a future at all.

“Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option.” 

“The Commission is expected to draft a working paper on the issue of COVID-19 and mink production,” said Pierre Sultana, director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office. “We hope the Commission will adopt a precautionary approach and recognize that the issue can have severe consequences on human health. Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option .”

The Commission issued an implementing decision on December 21 2020 on protective measures in relation to reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mink and other Mustelidae and raccoon dogs. The Commission asks member states to monitor and report susceptible animals for SARS-CoV-2 infection, including mink and raccoon dogs, and acknowledges the need to take urgent, harmonized action on this issue. However, it falls short of addressing effectively the serious public health risks linked to mink farming. 

Urgent and proportionate action is needed

In an open letter to the Commission published on December 15 2020, 47 Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance member organizations from all EU member countries called for an end to fur farming. We cannot afford the risk that the production of fur impedes efforts to eradicate this disease by preserving a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 or undermining the efficacy of future vaccines. 

To tackle the issue effectively, the EU must adopt emergency and proportionate measures by suspending all mink farming, including breeding — and all in-country and cross-border transportation of live mink and their raw pelts, both inside and outside the European Union. As part of such a measure, the EU should play a key role in making ‘One Health’ a reality — a concept that acknowledges how tightly interknit human, animal and environmental health are —  and further promote the comprehensive “One Welfare” approach.

“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans.”

Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance

First, the EU must prevent the establishment of SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs. From a public health perspective, the continued presence of mink farms in Europe would serve to maintain coronavirus reservoir within human communities. Despite enhanced biosecurity, early warning surveillance and immediate culling of animals in infected farms, experience in Denmark and the Netherlands has shown that it has been impossible to stop the transmission of the virus. 

Second, the EU must avert the spread of an emerging virus in a new host which may lead to an accumulation of mutations and resistance to developed vaccines. Given the devastating impacts caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, we cannot afford to take this risk.

The upcoming meeting of the EU Agricultural Ministers on January 25 will offer the perfect opportunity to discuss COVID-19 and mink farming.

“We ask the Ministers of Agriculture of all EU Member States to call on the Commission to take effective action to suspend the breeding of mink in fur farming across the EU,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals.

“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans,” said Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance.

Fur farms cause massive animal suffering and now we know that they also pose an enormous health risk for humans. A large majority of EU citizens reject fur farms and support a ban of this outdated industry which is already illegal in a growing number of member countries. 

According to the United Nations, the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 outbreak will cost at least $8.5 trillion to the world economy over the next two years and the EU needs to provide financial assistance of up to €100 billion to avoid a major economic crisis. There is hope in 2021 thanks to vaccination programs, but the battle is not over. COVID-19 in mink farms is a pressing issue: there is no better time to end fur farming.

Let’s make animal welfare count in 2021.

Let’s make animal welfare count in 2021

15 January 2021

With the European Commission breaking a decade of stalemate on animal welfare legislation in 2020, 2021 looks bright and full of opportunities to create a better future for billions of animals.

Looking back on our major success stories for animals in 2020, we are looking at 2021 with a lot of excitement and determination to make the lives of billions of animals better.

We are dedicated to fully exploit the window of opportunity opening in 2021 and 2022 by joining the “building back better” movement and striving for a Green Recovery.

Here’s a small glimpse of our major opportunities and activities for animal welfare in EU legislation and in Member States in 2021:

The Green Deal: One of our major lobby campaigns this year will be focusing on the  farm animal welfare legislation and its fitness check. We will join forces with new and existing partners to pursue our long-term goal of sustainable food, agriculture and fishery sectors that respect animal welfare and are aligned with the EU Farm-to-Fork and the Biodiversity 2030 strategies.

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing our resilience: We demand a positive list for the trade of wild animals and an EU wide ban on fur farming, measures that will increase our resilience towards future pandemics and contribute to healthy societies and economies, and the well-being of people and animals. We call on the EU to develop a strategy for human relevant science without the use of animals, building on the experiences gained in the rush for a COVID-19 vaccine.  

Strengthening the EU’s role as a global actor in trade relations: We are putting animal welfare on the agenda in the context of EU-China and EU-India relations and keep working on blocking the ratification of the EU-Mercosur Trade deal

To further improve the well-being of animals in Europe and in the world we engage on:

Our EU-wide flagship campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is aimed at eliminating species-inappropriate treatment of animals.

We are demanding species-specific rules for the transport of horses and donkeys and call for the end of long-distance transport. We ask for a harmonised mandatory identification and registration for cats and dogs. Many people have adopted companion animals during the lock-down period so that these measures are more crucial than ever.

The barbaric spectacle with Thailand’s boxing orangutans

In Thailand, orangutans are forced to box
On the outskirts of Bangkok, there is a popular tourist attraction that organizes boxing matches between orangutans.
The best known is certainly Safari World, a huge amusement park and zoo.

A swarm of crowds and tourists interested in this violent “sport” gather at Safari World to watch orangutans punch in a boxing match.

Foto: animal. press

The barbaric spectacle lasts about half an hour.
Then winners and losers are brought back to their dark cages. And the next animals fight in the ring.
Orangutans, the acutely endangered species of the great apes – these precious creatures are abused in Asia for amusement in kickboxing shows.

Thailand’s government officially banned this serious violation of animal welfare in 2004.
But money is still being made with the undignified monkey fun.
The great apes are scared and intimidated.
Often they are tortured with electric shocks, ill-treated with lighted cigarettes, or beaten if they do not follow training instructions.

The orangutans are required to wear boxing gloves and shorts and are trained to hit each other for entertainment
Between the “fighting rounds”, a female orangutan enters the scene, wearing a bikini on which the number of rounds is displayed.

Similar to human boxing matches. The difference, however, is that humans fight voluntarily, but orangutans are forced to do so.

The rule is: There are only two ways to turn a wild animal into an attraction: with pain or hunger.
Both methods are used from an early age of the animals.
Orangutans are trained there with violence, beatings, and food deprivation.
They are disguised and made up and they perform boxing matches for stupid tourists, play the number girl or become laughing numbers in the shows.

Geschmuggelt, gedemütigt, geschlagen: Retten Sie mit uns die vergessenen Orang-Utans in Thailand | Borneo Orangutan Survival
They have to make funny faces with tourists for photos or are allowed to be fed sweets
The animals are sexualized, display unnatural behaviors, and convey a completely wrong image of wild animals.
The worst is: also for children.

Yes! this is a huge business in Asia, not just in Thailand, which would not even exist without the illegal wildlife trade.
Wildlife trade is big business.
The prohibited trade in protected animals and their products ranks fourth in the world in organized crime behind drug trafficking, human trafficking, and product piracy.
Sales are estimated to be at least $ 10 billion a year.

Warum vom Aussterben bedroht
In theory, convicted smugglers face several years in prison. In practice, however, there must first be an indictment.
But it rarely has any chance of success.
Usually, this kind of thing comes to nothing – depending on how influential the accused is …
Against the Pata Zoo z. B. there have already been several national and international attempts to close it.
It didn’t do anything.
The zoo and its residents are still there.

It is an indictment of our society that such cruel and exploitative treatment of animals is used for the so-called “entertainment” of tourists.
And one has to be very stupid (or uncivilized) to believe that these wild animals enjoy such torture and humiliation.

https://www.orangutan.de/news/geschmuggelt-gedemuetigt-geschlagen-retten-sie-mit-uns-die-vergessenen-orang-utans-in-thailand

My best regards to all, Venus

The wrong side of the entertainment

They belong to the ocean-not here!

 

An orca swims up to 100 miles per day in the wild.

However, slave keepers, businessmen, have decided that they have the right to abduct them from their natural habitat, imprison them and force them to perform profitable tricks.

This happens because infantile and callous people are willing to pay for it and fail to realize that these animals are extremely depressed because they are suffering in captivity.

Thus, and with their visit to these places, these people are practicing a false sense of entertainment at the expense of others who cannot defend themselves.

regards and good night, Venus