Category: General News

I adopted your dog today

This text is beautiful 😍

I adopted your dog today.
The one you left at the shelter.
The one you’ve had for 10 years.
And that you didn’t want to keep anymore.

I adopted your dog today.
Did you know he had lost weight?
Did you know he is terrified and depressed?
And that he seems to have lost all confidence?

I adopted your dog today.
He had fleas and was suffering from the cold.
Guess you don’t care what condition he’s in?
I was told you abandoned him.

I adopted your dog today.
Have you had a baby, or have you moved?
Have you suddenly developed allergies?
Or was there no reason he couldn’t stay with you?

I adopted your dog today.
He does not play and barely eats.
I think he is very sad and it will take time before he
regain confidence.

I adopted your dog today.
And here he will be loved. He has found his definitive family.
And a warm basket in which to rest.

I adopted your dog today.
And I will give him everything: Patience, love and security.
So that he can forget your cowardice.

By Aurore Claude

And I mean…Never betray your best friend.
Animals are not articles that can be exchanged at any time.
Adopt an animal and make it your partner for life.

Regards, Venus

Far East: The World Has Changed, but Live-Animal Markets Haven’t. Demand The WHO Acts Immediately.

All photos – PeTA Asia

PETA Asia’s latest investigation in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, and Sri Lanka reveals that live-animal markets, in which monkeys, bats, chickens, dogs, cats, and other animals are held in feces-encrusted cages and can be purchased for any purpose—including for their flesh or for the exotic-pet trade—are still operating around the world.

Many of these markets are keeping live animals who are known to be carriers of coronaviruses, flu viruses, and other pathogens transmissible to humans in filthy, cramped cages often stacked on top of each other.

Just last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the public health threat that live-animal markets pose and urged countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammals in food markets. This is progress, but it’s not enough. Join us in urging WHO to call for an immediate end to all live-animal markets.

Learn more and take action – video of wet market included:

Exposé: Suffering and Disease in Asian Live-Animal Markets | PETA

The World Has Changed, but Live-Animal Markets Haven’t

Conditions were nearly identical to those documented in two previous PETA Asia investigations into these markets. Sick and stressed animals of uncertain origin were packed closely together in stressful environments. Chickens, personable animals who enjoy socializing, didn’t even have enough space to spread their wings, and larger animals such as a macaque and a caracal cat, animals who roam far and wide in nature, had barely enough space to turn around in. Some cages had feces encrusted at the bottom, and stacking them up facilitated the spread of disease. Dead squirrels, civet cats, bats, birds, and rats were sold in open-air markets without any apparent hygiene protocols.

An investigator was told that customers could purchase the flesh of bats and monkeys purportedly for medicinal purposes.

Urge WHO to Call For the Immediate Closure of All Live-Animal Markets

After a solid year of appeals from PETA, undercover video recordings of live-animal markets, “blood”-soaked protests, and signatures gathered from more than 200,000 PETA supporters, WHO is finally urging countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammalian animals in food markets as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading cause of emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19.

This is a step in the right direction but does nothing to stop animals like chickens, pigs, fish, and others from being sold, even though confining and killing them in filthy live-animal markets also contributes to the spread of disease.

You can also help prevent the next global pandemic by dumping meat, eggs, and dairy. The only truly sustainable and ethical way to live is vegan.

Use the following link to Urge WHO to Call For the Immediate Closure of All Live-Animal Markets

Learn more and take action – video of wet market included:

Exposé: Suffering and Disease in Asian Live-Animal Markets | PETA

Regards Mark

EU: NGOs call (on EU) to stop the imports of cruelly produced horsemeat.

NGOs call to stop the imports of cruelly produced horsemeat | Eurogroup for Animals

Photo – Act 4 Equines

On 7 July, Eurogroup for Animals and Animal Welfare Foundation/Tierschutzbund Zürich (AWF/TSB) met with the European Commission to discuss the systematic violations of EU animal welfare and traceability requirements in the production of horsemeat imported into the EU.

Joined by Animals’ Angels US and by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (Australia), the NGOs presented the results of many investigations underlining the need for the EU to act and suspend horsemeat imports coming from Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and Canada. 

These investigations show that, in the production of such meat, there are systematic violations of animal welfare requirements in slaughterhouses located in these countries, as well as significant shortcomings in terms of traceability. 

Back in 2014, similar issues led to the suspension of horsemeat imports from Mexico. One could argue that the situation is even more serious with Australia, Canada, Uruguay and Argentina as in the cases of Australia and Canada, drug residues were found either in horses slaughtered or in the meat dispatched to the EU, and in the cases of Uruguay and Argentina, there were evidence that the audits were manipulated by removing or replacing horses ahead of the announced inspections. 

It is high time for the EU to ensure its imports-related requirements are respected. It’s also a question of protecting EU consumers – who are expecting a certain level of food safety and animal welfare standards – especially as, at the moment, indicating the origin of horsemeat on labels is not mandatory. 

Suspending imports and working with the partners to get animal welfare and traceability standards at the required level would be the most effective way to engage and ensure the progress are not only cosmetic changes. 

Eurogroup for Animals and AWF/TSB will continue their effort to demonstrate the need for the EU to act in this field, supported by more than 150,000 citizens (and counting

if you haven’t, feel free to sign the petition). 

Have you read the WAV posts / info about the UK investigations ?

Check it out at

UK: 20/7/21 – Update On Horse Slaughter – Programme Shown On BBC TV. Watch On iplayer, But May Only Be For UK Viewers. ? Try Links At End. – World Animals Voice

UK: 19/7/21: Horse Slaughter – Exclusive Tonight: Animal Aid’s Undercover Investigation on BBC One’s Panorama. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Enjoy – Scotland, UK.

Sweden: New Swedish report shows extensive spread of SARS-CoV-2 within and between mink farms.

New Swedish report shows extensive spread of SARS-CoV-2 within and between mink farms

22 July 2021

Djurens Rätt

News

Djurens Rätt, together with about 40 other organisations, sent a combined plea to the Swedish government and parliament on June 23, calling for a decommissioning plan for mink farms in Sweden. The government imposed a temporary breeding ban in 2021 after SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted on the majority of Sweden’s mink farms in the autumn of 2020.

In January of this year, the Swedish government stated that breeding minks would be prohibited during 2021. The decision came after nearly a year of warning reports regarding the development of Covid-19 among minks on Swedish fur farms.

Djurens Rätt, along with 44 other organisations, has written a joint appeal to the Swedish government and parliament, addressed to the Rural Affairs Minister Jennie Nilsson, calling for the permanent closure of mink farms. This is due to the significant dangers of infection propagation on densely populated mink fur facilities. 

Moreover, the Veterinary Institute in Sweden has recently released a report on infectious disease surveillance in animals and humans during 2020, the results of which being disastrous when it comes to mink farms. They found:

  • 23 of 26 farms had minks with antibodies for the virus, but only 13 infected farms were found during the active testing. All farms weren’t tested for antibodies (of approximately 35 farms in total).
  • Active surveillance didn’t start before October 2020 and it was still not mandatory for the farms to test their minks if they didn’t want to.
  • A lot of the farmers and workers were tested and there were indications that minks had been infected by humans, but also that minks infected humans. Some mutations with adaptations to the minks were also found. 
  • ”The high animal density that is typically present in a mink farm, provides ideal conditions for viral replication and transmission, also increasing the risk of virus evolution.”
  • “In Sweden extensive spread within and between farms occurred in spite of implemented biosecurity measures, as shown by the results from the surveillance carried out.”

Sweden has enough evidence to phase out this unethical industry. It is time to ban farming of minks in the country and to make sure that the current ban on breeding becomes permanent 

Camilla Bergvall, President of Djurens Rätt

Read more at source

Djurens Rätt – Stort upprop – stäng minkfarmerna i Sverige permanent!

Views from an excursion

It should be a “two-day” short vacation in Switzerland.
We decided not to talk about animals, for only two days we wanted to forget animal suffering and just enjoy nature at 3,000 meters above sea level.

Titlis-The summit under the bright sun

It became different, and it became more beautiful than we thought.
And by that I mean again when it comes to animals.
The beautiful city of Engelberg is the last stop where you have to leave your car or bus.
From then on you can only go up on foot or by gondola.
And this journey up to the top was what immediately made us feel good.

In addition to the fantastic mountain landscape with its gorges and dark fir trees, free-range cows grazed everywhere and they had an enormous amount of space available.
People who are neutral towards animals also notice it immediately, because they are almost the only inhabitants in the landscape.

Trübsee- happy cows

The higher we gindelt, the rarer the trees became.
The place where we finally arrived and wanted to stay overnight was called “Trübsee”.

That means “cloudy sea” in German, but it was anything but cloudy, because the lake gets the water from the waterfalls that flow through the glaciers and is actually nothing other than melted ice.
We soon realized that we had started talking about animals again.
The cows were everywhere.

Trübsee- cows by the lake

They had no trees, because the place is at an altitude of 1,800 meters, but in the event of a thunderstorm or a piercing sun there was accommodation, usually a stable that was open and the animals could freely come in and out.
The night was cold and you go to bed early there, because otherwise there is nothing but gray glitters, clear, thin air and a very unpredictable nature that creates a violent thunderstorm in a few seconds and suddenly calms down again and a starry sky comes out.
For the very few residents of the village, the day starts very early and we did it that way.
Especially because we wanted to visit the highest peak, Titlis!
At an altitude of 3,060 meters!
During the gondola ride, it was immediately clear to us that we didn’t have the right shoes because there was only snow.
You could also find some green stripes, but the landscape was white !!

When we came back down it was already noon.
The hotel manager was surprised when we asked about vegan food.
“Everything comes from the cows you see, meat, milk, cheese … everything is from our happy cows …” he said, pointing out the grazing animals.
We did not discuss animal ethics and principles with the hotel manager, but on the walk we took after lunch we could really see that the cows were happy.

Trübsee-the cows greet us in a friendly manner and have accompanied us a few meters on our lap

All cows were meat cows, there were none dairy cows.
The animals were clean, well fed, and had clean water from the lake everywhere. No secretion from the nose, no injuries!
There were only electric fences where their paths could cross those of the hikers, otherwise they could choose where to lie, where to graze, where to jump.

It is clear that a happy life for animals can only arise where there is space and freedom.
These animals had it. We petted many, they were curious and tame, and as soon as we made acquaintance, they continued to follow us on our way.

Trübsee- ready to come with you

Now that I am writing these lines, I notice that this short vacation was again accompanied by animal life and animal experiences.
At least with happy experiences.
One thing is certain: we will visit Titlis again soon.
We made friends with some animals there and we want to see them again.

My best regards to all, Venus

Turkey: Drought Caused By Climate Change Kills Thousands Of Baby Flamingos.

WAV Comment: Farming doing yet more destruction.

  “the water supplies that typically run into Lake Tuz have been redirected for farming”.

 

Drought Caused By Climate Change Kills Thousands Of Baby Flamingos

The lake, which is normally home to 10,000 baby flamingos, resembled ‘a desert’

Drought Caused By Climate Change Kills Thousands Of Baby Flamingos | Plant Based News

A severe drought in Turkey’s Lake Tuz has led to the death of thousands of baby flamingos. Environmentalists say the climate crisis is to blame, as well as agricultural irrigation.

Lake Tuz – which means Salt Lake in Turkish – is one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, with a surface area of 1,665km2 (643 sq mi). Approximately 10,000 baby flamingos are born there every year.

But this year, only around 5,000 hatched. Many of those who did died soon after.

The lake, which is sometimes a vibrant pink colour, had dried up. Observer for Yahoo! News, Istem Donmez, said the lake resembled a desert – a sight which was ‘very sad’.“There were no live flamingos, we only saw dead birds,” he said. “The water of the lake was all gone and there wasn’t even a reflection of water when you take a photo. In various places, there were dead flamingos, both large and small, on the bed of the lake.”

Environmentalist and wildlife photographer Fahri Tunç spoke to Reuters about the flamingo deaths. Tunç explained that the water supplies that typically run into Lake Tuz have been redirected for farming.

“This is the irrigation canal that comes from Konya. It needs to deliver water to Lake Tuz. As you can see, the water is not coming through. It stopped,” Tunç said.

“It is a sin we are all committing.”

Professor Doganay Tolunay of Istanbul University spoke to the Milliyet newspaper about water scarcity. He warned that precipitation levels are dangerously low in Anatolia, which is where Lake Tuz is located.

“Crops failed to grow due to lack of rainfall. A serious water and drought crisis await us,” he said.

Climate crisis

The drought preceded severe flash flooding that has taken the lives of hundreds of people in Europe and China.

Both flooding and droughts are a symptom of climate change, which is driven by human activity. In fact, according to NASA, humans have been influencing global weather patterns for nearly a century.

Ben Cook is a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University in New York City. He said: “Climate change is not just a future problem.”

“This shows it’s already affecting global patterns of drought, hydroclimate, trends, variability — it’s happening now. And we expect these trends to continue, as long as we keep warming the world.”

Tradition must not be a reason to torture animals

Part of a changing, forward-looking society is to question and discard outdated and bad traditions.

These 10 animal torment events around the world must be stopped immediately.

1. Fire bull -“Toro Júbilo”, Spain

In the small Spanish town of Medinaceli, torches prepared with black pitch are tied to the horns of a bull once a year in November for the “Toro Júbilo Festival”.
Then the bull’s head is lit on the horns.

With the burning flames on his head, which sear hair and skin, the organizers drive the suffering, panicked bull through the narrow streets.

Sometimes the so-called fire bulls burn for hours and, in unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the flames, run their heads against stone walls and lamp posts.

A sticky black substance made of tar or turpentine is placed over a bull’s head and set on fire before it is chased into the street.

2. Cruel Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China

Despite the pandemic, which can be traced back to the unsanitary and cruel conditions in live animal markets, the infamous dog meat festival was held again in Yulin, China, in 2021.

Thousands of dogs are brutally killed at the festival in order to sell their meat and make leather from the animal skins.
The dogs are kept in tiny wire cages before being either cremated alive or killed with bludgeoning on the head between July 21st and 30th.

The suffering dogs do not always die directly, some animals experience their throats being cut when they are fully conscious.

Products made from dog leather, which comes from the cruel Yulin Festival, among other things, are exported all over the world.
It is often not clear which species of clothing and other articles of daily use made of leather are.
The only way to avoid animal suffering is to use leather alternatives that are free from animal suffering.

The dogs are killed and made into food or leather.

3. animal massacre, Gadhimai Festival, Nepal

EEvery five years at the Gadhimai Festival in southern Nepal, up to 200,000 water buffalo, pigs, sheep, donkeys and goats are rounded up in a sacrificial rite for the Indian deity of the same.

Continue reading “Tradition must not be a reason to torture animals”

Denmark: New Footage Emerges Of 2021 Pilot Whale Murders. 175 Whales Killed This Year; Nothing Changes !

Well, the Danes are not showing themselves as an animal caring nation.  Very recently we had the mass Mink murders associated with fur farming and Covid; – and yes, we have never had a response to our letter – Denmark: Still No Response From The Danes Regarding Our Letter of 12/11/20. That’s Life – Or Death, If You Are Danish Mink ! – World Animals Voice

Go here  About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) and scroll down until you see the pictures of the pilot whale murders.  Around 1991 Joanne, myself and Trev took to the streets in England demanding that supermarkets boycotted fish products from the Faroes because of this slaughter.  You can see a picture below of us taken by the press / media.

Tesco terrors

So here we are in 2021, some 30+ years later, and the murder is still taking place.  This year it has been 175 innocent, wonderful, intelligent pilot whales.  One could say whales that are much more intelligent than the brain dead human murderers who hack them to bits for what ?

I was angry about it 30 years ago; and I still am.  Nothing has changed, apart from the reputation of Denmark sinking even lower into the mud than it was already

Here is footage I have just had through about the 2021 murder:

I wanted to show this to you; with the news that nothing has changed for a very long time !

Regards Mark

England: Badger Homes and Winter Wonderland – 2 Videos To Watch About the Best In Animal People.

I want to finish the day with something good.

Y’know;  people will give up a lot of their time to help animals.  I am always amazed what some will do, regardless of their own circumstances.  For around 15 years I campaigned to get a voice for Serbian stray cats and dogs.  Check out the site which is still going, at Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) | a voice for the voiceless 

Here are a couple of videos which I want to share with you, and which I think supports this dedication.

I have always campaigned and opposed the Badger cull in England.  Here the badger is a protected species, unless the government decides they are going to be killed !  Now that we have badgers come to visit every night in the garden, and being able to view them ‘in the flesh’ so very regularly, my opposition to the cull and anything associated with it has become even stronger.

The first video shows group of volunteers from the SW of England constructing an artificial badger sett in the grounds of a local school.  Here are their own words:

An opportunity arose at the school to create an artificial sett for badgers currently living under an old scout hut on the site, which is going to be replaced in the near future. The school felt it was important to look after their badgers so we stepped in to help them create a new artificial sett so that the children could continue to enjoy sharing their school with the badgers and learn all about them too.

The second – It goes back to 2009 but is still a great video.  Hillside is a charity located in East Anglia, England, funded entirely by public donations.  It is a typical English winters day, but in the video you can see the peoples dedication that I have spoken about.  Enjoy the ‘Winter Wonderland; for the animals at Hillside, free from the cages and cruelty which they may have suffered at before their  deployment Hillside.

In their own words:

A short film showing some of our rescued animals being cared for on a snowy day at Hillside. To help Hillside or for more info, please see: http://www.hillside.org.uk/HillsideDD… Filmed on 21st December 2009 by John Watson from Hillside.

Enjoy !

Regards Mark

UK: 20/7/21 – Update On Horse Slaughter – Programme Shown On BBC TV. Watch On iplayer, But May Only Be For UK Viewers. ? Try Links At End.

I have given a couple of links to the programme at the end.

If you are NON UK then please try these to view. I dont know if you can view or not elsewhere in the world. I am keen to know if NON UK visitors can view. Please let me know with a short and simple response in our comments – thanks, Mark.

(Mark WAV) – Yesterday, 19/7, we issued a post relating to a Panorama tv broadcast on the BBC (yesterday evening) on horse and race horse slaughter investigation.

Link – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/07/19/uk-19-7-21-horse-slaughter-exclusive-tonight-animal-aids-undercover-investigation-on-bbc-ones-panorama/

Here is additional news in today (20/7) from Animal Aid:

Dear Mark,

We know it isn’t easy to see or read about animal cruelty – so we really appreciate you taking the time to read this email. Having such wonderful supporters helps to keep us going.

Animal Aid’s ground-breaking investigation into horse slaughter was featured exclusively on BBC1’s Panorama last night, The Dark Side of Horse Racing. Our harrowing footage reveals, in heart-breaking detail, the fate of those horses who find themselves ‘unwanted’. 

Arriving at the abattoir either singly from private owners – or in large truck loads – we see nervous horses being led to a kill room, shot in the head and then hoisted into a butchery where their throats are slit: The majority of the meat is destined for human consumption.

Animal Aid investigators worked tirelessly to film this incredibly distressing footage, showing the slaughter of 267 horses and ponies, between October 2019 and February 2020.

Some of these animals would have once been much-loved companions. A number were from the horse racing industry, whilst others seemed to be from managed feral herds. We saw ponies shot in front of one another – and, disturbingly, our cameras even captured the slaughterman swearing at scared, anxious horses.

We have launched a petition, calling for basic measures to protect horses from this fate. This includes a government-imposed limit on the number of horses bred each year, to reduce the number of ‘unwanted’ horses. We can stop this pointless suffering – but we need your help!

Please sign the petition:

Introduce national limits on horse breeding – Petitions (parliament.uk)

Please share our films:

Animal Aid’s Horse Slaughter Investigation – Animal Aid

Please make a donation:

Animal Aid: Make a donation (netdonor.net)

Help us to keep the pressure on and make real progress for horses.


No animal should have to face slaughter – please take action and be their voice.

Thank you.

Fiona
Campaign Manager

If you missed the programme then can watch it here – but note this is only for BBC Tv I player and may not be visible to non UK residents.  We will try and get a copy of the footage when we can

BBC One – Panorama, The Dark Side of Horse Racing

Or try this link; it may work ???

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000y2xm/panorama-the-dark-side-of-horse-racing

A gamble – sorry but out of my control.

Regards Mark