It can be a little confusing to non Brits, but the United Kingdom is literally what it says, ‘United Kingdoms’; formed by the (kingdom) nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each has its own government; Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_the_United_Kingdom
WAV Comment – there is a lot of talk going around that the UK Ministry Defra will aim to get legislation for a ban on live animal exports intorduced by the end of this year. They are currently going through all the submissions submitted to them; including a large proposal by ourselves. The UK government promised that once the UK had left the EU, it would be able to introduce legislation to ban all live animal exports, which it was unable to do as an EU member state. The consultation (now being reviewed by government) is part of that objective; and we are hopeful for good news in the coming months.
The State Opening Of Parliament – Good news for the environment and animals.
The StateOpening of Parliament is an event which formally marks the beginning of a session of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It includes a speech from the throne known as the Queen’s Speech (or the King’s Speech if the UK has a male monrch).
It takes place in the House of Lords chamber on the first day of a new session, which is usually in May or June, and traditionally in November, but can occur at any time of year depending on the timing of General Elections and parliamentary session start dates.
It takes place in front of both Houses of Parliament. The monarch, wearing the Imperial State Crown, reads a speech that has been prepared by his or her government outlining its plans for that parliamentary year.
Basically, it outlines the major legislation that the government intends to introduce into UK law in the coming Parliamentary session.
This next session is going to see some positive legislation for both animals and the environment being passed into law, including:
Another confirmed commitment is to new, legally binding environmental targets in the form of the much-delayed Environment Bill, which was was first launched in July 2018. The Government said it will pass the legislation in the run-up to the international Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow at the end of year.
Animal Sentience Bill
The Queen’s Speech will also ensure animals with a backbone will have a legal right to feel happiness and suffering. According to the Sunday Telegraph, an Animal Sentience Bill will enshrine in law that animals are aware of their feelings and emotions in order to make the UK a world leader in animal welfare.
Animals Abroad Bill
A new Animals Abroad bill is also expected to ban imports of hunting trophies, while a Kept Animals bill will ban families from keeping primates as pets.
Here is a further review of some other issues not related to animals or the environment:
“A mother’s love” is not only reserved for biological mothers. And it’s not just shared with babies. Anyone who has dearly loved an animal, whether an abandoned calf who thinks you’re his real mama, or a senior cat who barely tolerates your presence, knows the incredible joy of being needed like a mother. We’ve nurtured thousands of orphaned newborns, ill and wounded animals, often with intensive care. That’s what mothers–whether they are men, women, cows, donkeys or goats–give every day: intensive care and vital love.
Jewel got the surgery she couldn’t live without
This teenager puppy was badly injured after likely being snagged by a passing vehicle. The wound covered a huge area on her shoulders, and Jewel’s pain must have been excruciating. Infection was a grave danger. We hurried her back to Animal Aid, brought her into surgery to clean and stitched the wound back together.
Shy young Jewel emerged from her ordeal needing extra snuggles while her massive laceration became a tiny scar.Please donate
Colby took months to reveal his inner strength after a spine injury laid him low
This beautiful boy was hit by a passing vehicle and his neck and spine were injured. Our protocol for spine injury includes pain treatment, bed rest, good food, and gradual physiotherapy starting with passive movements and progressing to hydrotherapy.But with spine injuries, mobility is not guaranteed.
We were heartbroken that after a month of treatment, this sweetheart still couldn’t stand and our hopes started to fade. But Colby had hidden strength, and he just needed a little more time.
Meet Colby, the champion, now!Please donate today.
Jake is finding joy in his forever home!
Abandoned and adorable, Jake waited 9 long months before we found a loving family who could care for him in the way he deserved–with abundant play, multiple opportunities to exercise every day, and people who adore him.
Jake’s new family knows the importance of adopting a shelter or street dog rather than buying a dog from a breeder or shop. And they also know the value of unconditional, life-long commitment and love.
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“Want to see cognitive dissonance in action?
The photo on the right, of a murdered dog, has been censored by Facebook. The photo on the left, of a murdered pig, has not been.
If there was ever anything that both Facebook mods and non-vegans (i.e. the ones who reported the dog image) have done to prove the very point of a vegan post, this is it”.
And I mean…We humans, as a species, have successfully eaten our way to the top of the food chain.
And above all we Europeans consider ourselves to be particularly sensitive and animal-friendly when we are exceptionally outraged by the “sick and perverted” Chinese who eat the “wrong” animals.
Because we take animal welfare seriously here.
After all, we are not just some uncivilized animal that has run around. We are Homo Sapiens!
And what does homo sapiens have ?! He has rights! And lots of it.
The right of the strongest, for example. And then it would be an offense against natural law not to apply it.
So let’s do that and think of all kinds of ways to eat animals!
We can destroy any animal because we are stronger!!
The meat-eating home-pet protectors have set themselves the task of explaining to the Chinese that instead of dogs they should finally eat the right animals: cattle, chickens, pigs … just like normal people.
According to the motto … “Nobody cares about eating dogs. It’s about torturing! IT’S ALL ABOUT TORTURING! … “
But if we actually took this seriously, then in the end it would really prevent us from being able to eat animals at all, because every slaughter is about tormenting, and because now more and more people know that the pigs killed here are more intelligent than dogs there, or that they are at least as friendly, playful and trusting if we let them.
But that would be a certain inconvenience for our morality.
And above all, it would conflict with the law of the strongest. After all, this is a law of nature. And we take THAT seriously.
So seriously that we even consider it the duty of the strong to eat the weak.
Except for dogs, of course.
My best regards to all, Venus
Thanks as always to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ for sending this info to us.
WAV Comment – (Mark): As and English activist that has campaigned against the calf trade and dairy industry for the last 30+ years; I find this video very disturbing. It is a complete and utter insult to all of us who have worked so very hard over the years to get this kind of thing stopped. Cruelty goes on, no matter where you are on the planet; and what you do to effectively try to stop it.
Please watch the video – the UK prides itself (quite rightly) on being a nation that prides itself on the way it treats and cares for animals. This video shows the dark side, the other side of the UK pride for animal welfare. It gets to me hard; as it will get to you hard; mere babies cruelly separated from their mothers just hours after birth; the despearate calls from both sides for the want to be together.
There is one simple way to avoid the situations you see in the video; and that is to completely ditch all dairy products and instead go plant based; it is so very easy nowdays.
We have fought over the years in the past; we fight now, and we will forever fight in the future until abuses like those shown here are confined to history books, and we have to explain to youngsters in future why we allowed such abuses to take place in the ‘recent past’.
Source Expired: Dairy Still KillsWhy do some promote cow’s milk and cheese as “humane”? Consuming animals as well as their “products” is never a victimless activity regardless of how humans define it, those anthropomorphized tv demonstrations of happy cows and cows going to school are delusional deflections from the reality of hell they experience: all exploited animals die, most after brief lives of pain, torment, bodily control, and mutilation.
If you agree that such incalculable suffering and violent death of infants “from other countries” is horrific, you should read about how many infants are violently, fearfully butchered in the US yearly, page 6, and also note that the US, just as one example, exports animals and animal “products” globally.
USDA: 2019 Commercial calf slaughter totaled 587,000 head
Mind you, that number includes calves and not the mothers or the chickens or the lambs or the pigs or the fish: globally and yearly, trillions of unwilling animals are butchered.
If you consume animals or the secretions of animals and refuse to watch the violence and cruelty required for you because you find it “too distressing”, can you imagine having to actually experience it? Would you promote “humane euthanasia” of your cats or dogs in a slaughterhouse?
This really isn’t difficult: next time you make a choice, choose the one that doesn’t require such violence and misery, reaching for plant-based milks or plant-based cheeses or plant-based foods in general takes no additional effort. Nobody selects cows’ milk because it’s “naturally healthy”, that’s just the spin to validate your money subsidizing suffering. Cow’s milk is fortified with those “naturally healthy” benefits – ie, those vitamins are artificially added to it after it is stolen from the infants who it is “naturally” intended for – and the USDA includes soy milk as a healthy dairy food.
It’s bizarre that people pretend that drinking another species’ breastmilk, beyond infancy, and with teeth, causing preventable death to infants and mothers, is “healthy” or “natural”. SL
A staggering 65,000 male calves under a month old were killed in slaughterhouses in 2020 in the UK, more than the number shot on farms.
Latest figures show that 60,000 male dairy calves were killed on British farms – a part of the industry which often faces public criticism. With assurance schemes, supermarkets and dairy companies prohibiting the “routine euthanasia of healthy calves” – the shooting of calves on farms – what will be the fate of these previously killed waste products? Is this another ‘kinder option’ that the industry has created following on from the mass integration of the dairy and beef industries?
Red Tractor, Arla and Müller, plus many supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons all have varying policies attempting to prevent this killing. But there are loopholes and calves will not always be protected. Some of these policies only protect calves for up to eight weeks old and others do not prevent calves being sold on at markets. Therefore, the fate of many of these calves is to enter the integrated calf rearing and fattening system, where they will be killed from 12 months old for their flesh. But thousands will still be unsuitable and unprofitable.
Oaklands Livestock Centre
‘Slaughter calves’ are bought by dealers from dairies and markets. Dealers are accountable for over half of all calves entering slaughterhouses.
We filmed calves being picked up from dairy farms, supplying Sainsbury’s via milk processor, Müller, by Oaklands Livestock Centre, owned by renowned calf dealer Derek Whittall.
Whittall buys and sells calves at Halls Shrewsbury Auction, as well as buying calves at Barbers Market in Market Drayton.
Whittall’s facility, Oaklands Livestock Centre, is in Shropshire. It is a busy hub for calves passing through. Centres like these are an integral part of the UK calf trade and aid the exploitation of calves. This site is also home to one of Blade Farming’s collection centres. Arla and Sainsbury’s have partnered with beef processor ABP through its Blade Farming operation. This aids the integration of the dairy and beef industries through rearing calves. Son of Oaklands’ Director, Josh Whittall, has been in charge of transport for some Blade Farming calves.
Some of the calves who arrive at Oaklands are destined to enter the integrated rearing system, and eventually be killed for their flesh. Many others will head straight to the slaughterhouse.
Arriving at the centre, calves were mercilessly unloaded. They were kicked and pushed down trailer ramps. Others were dragged up by their tails and ears.
We caught on camera the physical and verbal abuse of these vulnerable babies.
Gates were slammed on the calves, trapping their delicate legs. Plastic bags were waved around to scare the already distressed babies.
The violent culture of abuse amongst workers towards calves at Oaklands was normalised, condoned and seemed to be expected.
These incidents are highly distressing to watch, and not only do they breach transport and welfare legislation, they demonstrate a total lack of compassion and cause unnecessary pain, fear and suffering to the individual animals.
Molly Vasanthakumar Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery MRCVS
Naturally, calves drink from their mothers throughout the day and under legislation, those who are less than four weeks old must be fed two or more times in 24 hours. We filmed multiple groups of calves going without feeds for as long as 21 hours and others were fed only once in 29 hours. This was a regular occurrence during our filming.
Unweaned calves had no access to water.
Young calves paced and cried out. Being separated from their mothers and having milk restricted is highly distressing and dangerous for calves. When they were finally fed, they were often shown no patience. Some were thrown and hit and one was kicked in the face for not taking to the drinkers fast enough.
Some calves were loaded up and were left on a trailer for almost three hours. This is another clear breach of guidelines.
Oaklands takes many calves directly to slaughter. This is the heartbreaking, lesser-known part of the calf trade. Oaklands workers took calves to G. & G.B. Hewitt slaughterhouse in Chester, which they used to kill calves. Other agents including Livestock Supplies Ltd were caught on camera also taking calves there, taking almost 30 calves in February alone.
Calves are sent to the same slaughterhouses that kill larger animals such as sheep and adult cows. Their small frames are reflected in how tiny they look inside the walkways and holding pens.
We saw calves who were mercilessly stunned with a bolt gun before being strung up by their back legs and having their throats slit open to be ‘bled out’. The workers, desensitised to this horrific violence, took no hesitation in taking the lives of the calves. Curious and vulnerable babies were reduced to a mere profit-making product, hanging upside down and bleeding onto the slaughterhouse floor.
Their flesh will be sold for human consumption and their skin for leather.
Their captive bolt gun failed to stun a calf FOUR TIMES
https://player.vimeo.com/video/534383242?dnt=1&app_id=122963Workers blasted music and shouted loudly whilst they were next to young calves in the stun room. Frail, tiny babies, faced some of the worst parts of the industry.
There is no legislation covering the time between stunning and bleeding out but the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) states that “if it is possible to stick [cut the throat] within 15 seconds, then this should be the case”. We caught calves being left for over 40 seconds after stunning.
Could this cruel fate inside the slaughterhouse increase now that policies have been introduced to prohibit the killing of male calves on farms? Will we see slaughter figures increase? Ending the shooting of calves on farm will not end the killing inside slaughterhouses.
Whether they are killed at 10 days old or enter the “integrated rearing and fattening system” …
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Corporate arsonists are torching forests in Brazil — and the “worst company in the world” is likely to profit from the disaster: Cargill, an agribusiness giant responsible for environmental destruction and human rights violations on a massive scale, makes billions producing soy and meat in South America.
We need to stop Cargill!
To: the management of McDonald’s, Burger King, Walmart, Unilever, the Dutch company Ahold Delhaize and others
“Cargill is responsible for massive environmental degradation and human rights violations. We call on you to drop Cargill from your suppliers. “
Numerous corporations are guilty of trashing nature. Major chocolate manufacturers, countless palm oil producers and global fast-food chains are all driving the decline of the world’s forests, savannas and other ecosystems.
Yet when it comes to environmental destruction, Cargill dwarfs all the rest: If other corporations are piranhas, Cargill is a great white shark.
The US-based multinational has a long and sordid history of duplicity, deception and destruction that earned it the title “worst company in the world” in a report by the NGO Mighty Earth. The report describes in detail how Cargill profits from the destruction of the environment and the exploitation of people and how it blocks urgently needed changes.
– In Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia, Cargill is involved in the wholesale destruction of the Amazon, Grand Chaco and Cerrado ecosystems for the production of soy and beef.
– In Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, Cargill buys cocoa that has been illegally grown in protected areas and national parks. The company also does not seem to have a problem with buying cocoa that was produced using child labor.
– In Indonesia and Malaysia, Cargill buys palm oil from companies that illegally clear rainforests and are involved in child and forced labor.
Cargill ignores those issues: profits come before ethics.
For years, Cargill has been pledging to eliminate deforestation, environmental degradation and human rights violations in his supply chain. That promise is a massive lie.
While consumers can hardly avoid Cargill, Cargill’s corporate customers – restaurant chains, supermarkets and consumer-goods companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Walmart, Unilever and hundreds more – can!
We call on those companies to cut their ties with Cargill and to stop foisting Cargill products on consumers!
Some additional information on Cargill: Cargill is the largest privately held company in the United States, bigger than the notorious Koch Industries. Its presence extends across the globe.
And the worst company in the world
There is ample and compelling evidence to support this claim.
The people who became sick or died after consuming the contaminated Cargill meat, the child laborers who plant the cocoa that Cargill sells for chocolate consumption worldwide, the people of the American Midwest who drink the Cargill contaminated water, the indigenous peoples who are being displaced to Cargill’s fodder production due to massive deforestation, and last but not least, the common consumers who have to pay more for their food because of Cargill’s financial crimes – they are all feeling the effects of this agricultural giant.
Contact with Cargill has affected their life.
If you don’t want to support such a company with your money, you can try to boycott Cargill – but that’s not that easy.
The agricultural group produces and trades in grain, oilseeds, cocoa, animal feed, sweeteners, starches and other ingredients for processed foods, among other things.
“Cargill raw materials” can be found in an extremely large number of brands and products – but the name Cargill cannot be found on the packaging.
It is not possible to compile a complete list of corporations and brands that work with Cargill: there are simply too many companies, and it is often even possible to find out which of them are processing Cargill raw materials.
Therefore, the petition appeals to some of Cargil’s powerful partners.
The more people participate, the greater the pressure on companies – and on Cargill itself.
This call to Gargill’s customers can help a lot
Please sign the petition!
These companies must stop buying from Cargill until Cargill stops destroying native ecosystems, exploiting people and communities, and polluting public waters.
My best regards to all, Venus
Every day that we eat animals and their products, we break the tender and devoted bond between a mother and her children with all our might.
365 days a year, including this Mother’s Day, I think of all the mothers who have to eke out their miserable existence in the extermination camps of the meat, egg and dairy industry.
Their infinite grief, their screams, whose lamentation only very few people hear
For every newborn and every child, whether human or non-human, the mother is the whole world.
It is outrageous hypocrisy to celebrate Mother’s Day as if it were a day only to honor human mothers, and it makes me sad because it ignores the pain and despair, powerlessness and death of billions of other mothers.
We stand in solidarity on the side of the animals and we reject speciesism; so this day is for us the day of the non-human mothers.
My best regards to all, Venus
Here is your latest serving of the WAV ‘Vegan Bites’ – lots of super food and animal issues for you to take a look at.
Enjoy – Regards Mark
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Tell Disney Rodeo Torture is Not Entertainment
Source: idausa – Tell Disney Rodeo Torture is Not Entertainment (idausa.org)
Disney is developing a live-action film based on the book Aloha Rodeo, which follows three Hawaiian cowboys who in 1908 traveled to Wyoming to compete in a steer roping competition at what’s still one of the most brutal and deadly rodeos in the world. Please join us in urging Disney to cancel this dangerous project, which will injure and potentially kill animal “actors” while glamorizing one of the cruelest events in rodeo.
The activity at the center of Aloha Rodeo is steer roping. This is the famous event whereby a cowboy on horseback chases down a terrified steer, lassos him with a rope noose, and stops short so the steer is knocked to the ground with incredible force, before the cowboy dismounts and runs to bind the steer’s legs together. Steer roping is so excessively violent that it is not part of the annual National Finals Rodeo, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has largely removed the event from its website.
This event can result in serious injuries and deaths, and it’s also considered so cruel and dangerous that it’s been banned in several states. The following video filmed by Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) shows how rodeo roping can paralyze calves and adult animals by breaking their necks.
The rodeo in the book takes place in Wyoming and still exists as one of the world’s largest. More animals will unquestionably suffer and die there in steer roping and other cruel rodeo events.
This is not Disney’s first rodeo; the company should be well aware of the risks its fictional films pose to real-life animals. In 1955, when Disney released Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier, the film inspired a raccoon skin cap craze that decimated the U.S. raccoon population. Each time 101 Dalmatians or its sequels are released, it spurs a surge in the demand for Dalmatians, which perpetuates puppy mills and leads to an increase in the number being dumped on already overburdened rescues and shelters.
Disney’s live action film will glorify this inherently violent industry which encourages kids to harm animals for fun and inflicts lethal injuries on bulls for entertainment. It will also sugarcoat the serious animal welfare concerns of a scandalous industry that shocked and beat a horse and attacked a bull with dogs.
This film will be a disaster for animals and risks reviving the entire sagging rodeo industry by sanitizing animal cruelty.
Join us in urging Disney to cancel the planned live-action film Aloha Rodeo, which will put animals at risk of harm and glamorize an inherently violent and brutal entertainment.
1. Please call Disney Studios to let the company know that you are not okay with its making a spectacle of animal cruelty in the upcoming live-action film Aloha Rodeo.
Some talking points you can mention:
- Steer roping is so excessively violent that it is not part of the annual National Finals Rodeo, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has largely removed it from its website.
- Severe injuries are expected, and death is not uncommon in the rodeo. Animals forced to “act” in Aloha Rodeo are at serious risk of being injured and killed, causing a PR disaster before the film even airs.
- These baby animals are taken from their moms at just four or five months old to endure the dangerous torment of roping. After they are too broken to exploit, the rodeo sends them to the slaughterhouse.
- When Disney released Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier in 1955, the film inspired a raccoon skin cap craze that decimated the U.S. raccoon population.
- Disney should not associate with an industry that harms animals for entertainment. This cruel and violent industry deserves to be left in the past, especially at a time where public respect for animals is growing.
- Rodeo is animal cruelty, which is not a suitable topic for a family film. Associating with rodeo can only harm the Disney brand.
2. Tell your friends and family to avoid rodeos.
3. Comment on Disney’s social media accounts.
On Disney’s Facebook page, the Disney Studios Facebook page and the Disney+ Facebook page, please ask the company to cancel its plans to make Aloha Rodeo, a movie centered around the torture of steers.
@Disney @DisneyStudios @DisneyPlus #AnimalCruelty isn’t entertainment. Cancel your plans to make #AlohaRodeo, a film centered around a rodeo event so cruel and dangerous it’s been banned in several states. #RodeoCruelty
4. Please fill out the form on this page to submit our emails asking Alan Bergman – Chairman and Alan F. Horn – Chief Creative Officer at Disney and Disney’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department to cancel production of this dangerous film.
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WAV Comment – Donkeys are abused in so many places. Below are a few interesting facts about them. The use of and unnecessary need for donkey skins are having a a massive impact on these gentle animals. They also suffer terribly carrying overweight tourists up dangerous terrain, and they are worked to death carrying huge amounts of bricks and other loads which are far beyond their capabilities. Take action for donkeys today – World Donkey Day – Thank you.
Please read on and take action.
8/5/21 is ‘World Donkey Day’
From Peta – Today is World Donkey Day, and what better way to celebrate them than to share a few of the things that make these intelligent, curious animals who they are?
- If you challenge a donkey to a memory game, chances are you’ll lose. These gentle animals are able to remember places they’ve been to before and recognise donkey pals they haven’t seen for 25 years.
- Donkeys are safety-conscious. If they fear a situation might be dangerous, they do their very best to stay away from it. This is often mistaken for stubbornness when, really, they’re just careful and cautious.
- Like humans and our fellow primates, donkeys love to clean and groom each other. These herd animals are all about looking good.
- They are nothing if not hygienic and refuse to drink water if they deem it too dirty.
- Donkeys like to be in dry, warm places. Their natural habitats are deserts and savannahs.
- If someone they love is moved or taken away from them, they become extremely upset. They’re social animals who get lonely when they’re by themselves because of the deep bonds they form with their friends and family.
- The world is home to over 44 million donkeys, and they come in all shapes and sizes – there are over 186 breeds of donkey!
- Donkeys have big ears so they can hear each other from long distances. They communicate by braying, grunting, squealing, whiffling, snorting, and even growling.
- In their desert homes, they dig their hooves into the ground to access water, in turn providing birds, chipmunks, and other small animals with life-saving hydration.
- Right now, millions of donkeys are being exploited or killed around the world, but you can help stop this! Choose to avoid products and tourist traps they’re harmed for – and take action for them by calling for change.
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