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France: pregnant woman killed by dogs during hunt with hounds,




France: pregnant woman killed by dogs during hunt with hounds


Animal rights activists urge halt to hunting season after body found near Villers-Cotterêts

A pregnant woman has been killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a forest in northern France during a hunt with hounds, investigators have said.

The body of the 29-year-old woman was found on Saturday in a forest outside the town of Villers-Cotterêts, about 90km (55 miles) north-east of Paris, the prosecutor’s office in nearby Soissons said.

An autopsy showed that she had died of “bleeding after several dog bites to the upper and lower limbs and the head,” prosecutor Frederic Trinh said on Tuesday. Some of the bites were “postmortem”, he added.

Trinh said that tests had been carried out on 93 dogs, including some hounds from the hunt and five dogs belonging to the woman herself, to try to establish which ones attacked her.

The police have launched an investigation into manslaughter by dog attack.

According to local newspaper Le Courrier Picard, the dogs were hunting deer.

The woman had called her partner while walking her dog to report the presence of “threatening dogs”, the prosecutor’s office said. It was he who later discovered her body.

Brigitte Bardot, president of her eponymous animal welfare foundation, declared herself deeply shocked on hearing of the case and in a letter urged Élisabeth Borne, the French minister for ecological transition, to suspend “immediately all hunt authorisation for this season”.

But the Paris-headquartered French hunting association said that “nothing shows the involvement of hunting hounds in the death of this woman”.

France has more than 30,000 hunt hounds in total and the association stated that “these dogs are trained to hunt a particular animal and obey man in all circumstances”.


PETA: wants to appear on court in the name of tortured piglets


Can animals sue? The animal rights organization “PETA e.V.” wants to clarify the question before the supreme court.


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PETA will petition the Federal Constitutional Court on behalf of tortured piglets. The special feature: The piglets themselves are to appear as legal persons, are formally and content complainants.

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The fact that animals participate in such a process is a novelty in Germany – and highly controversial.
The Karlsruhe judges could therefore fail the constitutional complaint of pigs on the admissibility. Then it would not come to the material examination.

Background of the constitutional complaint is denounced by animal rights activists as torture practice of castration of pigs.

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Annually, about 20 million male piglets are castrated in Germany shortly after birth in order to avoid the “boar taint” that affects the taste of the meat.
In castration, the piglets are usually cut open without anesthesia, the skin over the scrotum. Then the testicles are squeezed out and the spermatic cord is severed.
The pigs are fully conscious at the procedure.

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Castration without anesthesia repeatedly postponed

Already in 2013, the Animal Welfare Act was amended so that the castration without anesthesia should only be allowed until the end of December 2018, but then shortly before the expiry of this deadline on 29 November 2018, the Parliament decided on the initiative of the Federal Government to extend the deadline by another two years extend.
The background of the extension: The farmers came the ban too early, they wanted the “regulated exit from the anesthetic castration”, it was then called by the German Farmers Association.
The “compromise” of the federal government finally envisaged that from 2020 on it should be allowed to pet owners to stun their piglets with the anesthetic gas isoflurane itself.
Against this practice and the statutory extension of the deadline Peta now turns with the constitutional complaint.


If the Federal Constitutional Court accepts the complaint, animals are granted rights that affect the entire society.

“The German law and the handling of animals in our society are blatantly contradictory to each other: Despite the animal welfare law and the constitutionally set goal of animal welfare every day countless animals are tortured and maltreated,” says Harald Ullmann, second chairman of Peta Germany eV in a statement of the association.

Pigs should be able to demand rights

“In order for the current legislation to be finally enforced, it is essential that animals are treated as legal entities and that they have the opportunity to sue for the enforcement of their rights in court.”

Under the Basic Law, the Federal Constitutional Court decides on “constitutional complaints” that can be raised by “anyone who claims to have been violated by an authority in one of its fundamental rights”.
Are pigs “somebody”? The question sounds philosophical.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, however, will deal with this question, since the answer to this question decides whether pigs – and other animals – may sue in Karlsruhe itself, ie are entitled to appeal or not.

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Animal welfare is state goal

Christian Arleth, a lawyer at the animal rights organization Peta, says: “It should be clear that the term ‘everyone’ should be interpreted broadly.” Strictly speaking, women would no longer be able to appeal.

The fact that the pigs have the right to act as a complainant, derive the lawyers from Peta eV from the existing legal system: “The ability to have their own fundamental rights and demand depends on whether a person from the legal system as “capable of interest and of itself worthy of protection “, says Christian Arleth.

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This is the case with the piglets. “The animals are already protected by a criminal law standard in the Animal Protection Law for their own sake.
There is the principle of freedom from suffering and pain for every single animal “, from which the subjective legal protection for the animals themselves and thus the ability to demand these rights themselves can be deduced.


Animal welfare is enshrined as a state goal in Article 20a of the Basic Law.

Elsewhere, animals have already been granted rights as “non-human persons”.
For example, the orangutan lady Sandra, who has been living in a zoo in Argentina for 20 years, was acquitted by a court in Buenos Aires of her “unjustified captivity”.
Although she was not biologically identical with humans, but was emotionally and happier in freedom, animal rights activists had argued at that time.

The court had followed this view.

My comment: In our humorous German animal protection law states: “Nobody is allowed to inflict pain, suffering or harm on an animal for no reasonable reason.”
Food is a reasonable reason, that’s how we made it, so we can torture animals.
Such peculiarities don`t apply to humans! killing is punished, no matter for what motives or reasons a person is killed.

In this respect, it is very important to put animal rights equal to human rights.
The basic question that the Federal Court must clarify is: are animals subjects of rights? Because they can not defend themselves, are we denying them the right of the legal entity?

No civilized person today would put the question of whether a 6-month-old or a mentally handicapped child are legal entities.
Because according to law these persons, despite their restriction to defend themselves, are legal entities, they are recognized as persons.

The animal welfare does not address animal rights; just dictate how people should treat animals. In other words, the creation of the Animal Welfare Act essentially affects humans, not animals, because humans decide (justice) how humans (actors) have to deal with animals.
The victims ones do not have much of it. An abused dog may often return to his torturer. He paid a fine for violating the law, but not the animal rights. The “thing” dog stays with him in this case.
Because animals are still considered as thing.

But if the court decides that pigs are an “anyone” then not only anesthesia-free castration will be banned but also the rape of female cows. And a lot of other crimes we practice every day on countless animals with the fascist law of the superior race.

ALL Animals are persons who should be protected like humans, and if they can not do it themselves (like little babies or senile people) their lawyers will do that.

Basta! And thank you PETA, we are with you!

My best regards to all, Venus


Don’t Forget – we do have a free translator on SAV for you to read all our articles in another language if you wish.

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Don’t Forget – we do have a free translator on SAV for you to read all our articles in another language if you wish.


On SAV, it is directly below the World Map – go to find the world map n the left side and the translator is directly below it. Loads of languages for you to convert from English to ?? – just take your pick if it makes life easier to read.


All WAV articles are also repeated on SAV; so you still catch up with all the latest by visiting SAV and translating if you wish.


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Regards Mark.


South Africa: Thank you for signing our petition – for taking action to stop the torture that is live export.





Friends and fellow campaigners;


As many of you know, we have had a lot in common with the recent movements of the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ for some months now – from the days earlier in the year when thousands (70,000 to be precise) of live sheep were exported in this rust heap out to the Middle East for ritual slaughter:


We tracked it each day by satellite and gave regular updates of its position(s).


You can find a lot more on our work with this and a lot more of other live transport work by visiting: 


Now it has mover to South Africa to try and get involved in live sheep exports from there.

But as with Australia, the EU, and now SA; the rust heap is getting trouble and actions against it wherever it attempts to take its disgusting trade.

Here is the latest from the Exec Director at the National Council of SPCAs who have now taken up the fight that this hip belongs in one place only – the scrapyard and history books !

Best regards – Mark.



Dear Animal Warrior,

Thank you for signing our petition – for taking action to stop the torture that is live export.


Following the harrowing days spent at the East London harbour by our Inspectors at the NSPCA when some 60 000 sheep were loaded for shipment to the Middle East, we are finally in a position to confirm that criminal charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 have been laid.

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The charges were laid against the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) as well as Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Al Mawashi – the owners of the Al Shuwaikh vessel, who have a company in South Africa, the captain of the Al Shuwaikh, the Page Farming Trust, and individuals from the Page Farming Trust.


Conditions on board the Al Shuwaikh included dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the enclosed decks, dirty conditions including faeces in the food and water troughs, together with other serious welfare concerns. On the dock and feedlot animals were treated in an inhumane manner, and attempts were made to load sick, injured and lame animals onto the vessel. These sentient beings meant nothing to the officials and exporters. Our pleas to treat the animals humanely fell on deaf ears. Seeing the suffering of these sheep even before their departure, and watching the Al-Shuwaikh depart was heartbreaking, but it has also affirmed our determination to advocate for justice on their behalf.

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We have received criticism that it has taken too long to lay the charges for animal cruelty.  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.


We also met with our legal counsel who have confirmed that we have a case for the High Court. The intention is not only to ensure that the Al-Shuwaikh does not return to our shores, but also to challenge the issue of exporting live animals by sea. 

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We believe that live export by sea is completely unacceptable and unnecessary.


We would like to sincerely thank you for your support in our campaign to stop this heinous trade and know that you will continue to stand with us as we face this giant. We may have lost this battle – but we have not lost the war, and we will continue to do what it takes to make sure that this never happens again in South Africa.


Kind regards


Marcelle Meredith 

National Council of SPCAs

Executive Director


P.S. The costs incurred thus far have been exorbitant and we have a long road ahead. With donations from caring South Africans and international supporters, we are hopeful that we will be in a financial position to proceed with this landmark case.  We stand together against this animal cruelty. With donations from caring South Africans and international supporters, we are hopeful that we will be in a financial position to proceed with this landmark case.  We stand together against this animal cruelty.

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The other Christmas story!



At these time, Christmas time, it was a bid from the meat lobby that meat must be subsidized so everyone can afford it.

Advent used to have the character of a Lent, but now it is the time when supermarkets and discounters offer cheap meat, including the “Christmas goose”.
So the traders made their way from Germany, to the country, that is called Poland, so that they should find cheap geese there.

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The EU had fed Poland with billions of euros to produce cheap poultry meat.
And when the merchants were there, the time came for the geese to be slaughtered. The geese looked terrible, the feathers had been plucked alive for down jackets, and hoses had been stuffed into their beaks to produce a magnificent goose liver, also known as foie gras.

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They got a place in a stable where they were made ready for the well-traveled traders.
When the geese were slaughtered by modern slaves, they were also packaged in plastic by modern slaves. Then they were frozen and landed by truck as a special offer under 10 euros in the many shops, where consumers, enjoyed pleasurably.

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And the angel said to them, “Fear not! Behold, I proclaim to you great joy that will befall all the people; because you were given cheap geese.
Their downs ended up in down jackets and their liver was sold as foie gras. In addition, you still get dangerous germs incl. ”

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And everyone was happy, but they did not see the unspeakable suffering of the geese – only cheap it had to be.
And when you’ve read this Christmas story, spread the word these geese have written to you.

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And I mean… Until the last useful idiot of our society realizes that consuming meat and animal products is a crime against animals, the animals are still treated like slaves, and especially at Christmas time, when everyone wants to produce himself as a good guy and out of religious duty wants to decorate the festival of love with abundant animal blood.

Oh! Human beings, this disgusting pack!

How can the slaughter, the maltreatment of millions of innocent animals, be combined with love, humanity and peace in Christmas?
That alone, provides us with the justification why religions should be banned: they have brought the evil into this world.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animals Asia Vietnam drawing competition draws attention to bloody animal festivals.

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WAV Comment – Wonderful to see that the younger generation are doing so much more now to promote animal welfare – congrats to all involved – Mark.


Vietnam drawing competition draws attention to bloody animal festivals

13 November 2019

On the 28th of October, an awards ceremony was held at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre. The prizes were for a drawing competition to raise awareness about animal welfare and cruel animal festivals. There were lots of great entries and picking the winners was a challenging task for the judges.

Fortunately, we had the help of some talented and experienced judges including professors from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, well known illustrators La Studio from Ho Chi Minh city, as well as our Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale.

First prize went to Cam Anh Ng for a powerful piece that closely focuses on a pig used in a pig slaughter festival. The judges were impressed by the powerful composition and use of colour.

On winning, Cam Anh Ng said:

“It is a nice surprise to find out that I won this competition. With this drawing, the key message I want to give is that animals suffer in the same way that humans do when they bleed. I really hope people will understand that animals need to be treated better to avoid such cruelty.”

Read and see more work via the above link.



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England: A Man Amongst Wolves.



Englishman Shaun Ellis has joined a pack of wolves, living and behaving like them. Abandoned at birth, three wolf pups are raised by Shaun who then teaches them the ways of the wild. As they grow up, he feeds, sleeps and breaths the same air as his wolves and in return they give him a place in the pack. Seeing the world as a wolf, Shaun takes a step further and comes up with a plan to help wild wolves threatened in Poland. 


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