Category: General News

England: Vegan Bites 1/3/21.

Thinking tonight about all those animals in Spain – the live export system REALLY bums me off !

Spain: Live Export Latest 1/3/21 – Animals Being Unloaded for Slaughter, Probably 2/3/21. – World Animals Voice

 

You know the best thing about all this …. Not one animal is murdered to produce any of it – Result !

MCDONALD’S AND BEYOND MEAT SIGN 3-YEAR DEAL TO LAUNCH PLANT-BASED OPTIONS

Read it all at:

McDonald’s and Beyond Meat Announce 3-Year McPlant Partnership (vegnews.com)

Plant Based Planet Recipe Collection:

Plant Based Planet recipe collection | Fat Gay Vegan

Psychology and Long-Term Goals in Vegan Advocacy

Psychology and Long-Term Goals in Vegan Advocacy (freefromharm.org)

Top 6 Cruelty-Free And Vegan Makeup Brands

Top 6 Cruelty-Free And Vegan Makeup Brands — Oops Vegan

Vegan Guide to dineL.A. Restaurant Week

Vegan Guide to dineL.A. Restaurant Week | VegOut (vegoutmag.com)

Easy Vegan Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Nut-Free)

Easy Vegan Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Nut-Free) – Wow, It’s Veggie?!

Easy Vegan Oreo Truffles

Easy Vegan Oreo Truffles | The Little Blog Of Vegan

Starbucks India To Introduce Oat Milk As A Plant-Based Alternative Across The Country

Starbucks India To Introduce Oat Milk As A Plant-Based Alternative Across The Country (veganfirst.com)

TheVeganKind launches a range of ready meals with THIS Isn’t Chicken

TheVeganKind launches a range of ready meals with THIS Isn’t Chicken (veganfoodandliving.com)

A Fun Guide to 60 Healthy Fruits

60 Healthy Fruits With Benefits in One Fun Guide | Vegan Rhyme

Jason Momoa Launches Limited Edition Vegan Sneakers Made From Algae

Jason Momoa Launches Vegan Sneakers Made From Algae (plantbasednews.org)

STARTUP CREATES WORLD’S FIRST SLAUGHTER-FREE CHICKEN PROTEIN FOR DOGS AND CATS

Startup Creates World’s First Slaughter-Free Chicken Protein for Dogs and Cats | VegNews

Stay Healthy;

Regards Mark

Turkey: two pit bulls rescued from kill “Shelter”!

Received anonymously via Frentedeliberacionanimal-North American Animal Liberation Press Office

English:

This emotional footage shows only a couple of minutes of a dangerous rescue mission.
Our ALF member in Turkey, at a secret location, secretly goes into a shelter and rescues these 2 banned breed- dogs at night.

This mother and daughter have been abandoned at a shelter and they would have to spend their lives there due to the laws in Turkey.

Living on cold concrete, eating, sleeping, peeing, and pooping in the same 5-meter square cage.

And one day possibly being secretly put to sleep.
We have taken these girls onto a freedom ride and they are at a safe location now living happily with a family.

These dog breeds are the most abused, sold, pushed into fights, made pregnantly, ears and tails cut off.

WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING FOR PITBULLS, DOGOS, STAFFS, NO DOGS LEFT BEHIND !!!!

Turkish:
Bu duygusal görüntü, tehlikeli bir kurtarma görevinin yalnızca birkaç dakikasını gösteriyor.

Türkiye’deki ALF üyemiz gizli bir yerde gizlice bir barınağa giriyor vegece bu 2 ‘yasaklı cins’ köpeği kurtarıyor.

Bu anne ve kızı bir barınağa terk edildi ve Türkiye’deki yasalar nedeniyle hayatlarını orada geçirmek zorunda kalacaklardı.
Aynı 5 meterkarelik kafeste soğuk beton üzerinde yaşamak, yemek yemek, uyumak, işemek ve kaka yapmak. Ve bir gün muhtemelen gizlice uyutulmak.
Bu kızları bir özgürlük yolculuğuna çıkardık ve şimdi bir aileyle mutlu bir şekilde yaşıyorlar.

Bu köpek ırkları en çok istismara uğrayan, satılan, kavgaya itilen, hamile bırakılan, kulakları ve kuyrukları kesilen köpeklerdir.
PITBULLAR, DOGOLAR, STAFFLAR İÇİN SAVAŞIMIZ DEVAM EDECEK. HİÇBİR KÖPEĞİ ARKAMIZDA BIRAKMIYACAĞIZ !!!!

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/02/26/two-pitbulls-rescued-from-kill-shelter-turkey-2/

We can imagine how happy they both feel in their freedom.
We thank the Turkish activists, on behalf of the mother and her daughter.

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: Live Export Latest 1/3/21 – Animals Being Unloaded for Slaughter, Probably 2/3/21.

 

The Cure - A Night Like This - YouTube

Latest info about the animals in Cartagena:

the Spanish authorities have decided to euthanise them, probably on Tuesday.

Cruel and senseless acts in a cruel and senseless trade. Animals treated as unwanted cargo and disposed accordingly.

Read all of our past posts on this incident, and more on live exports at:

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

Below – Spanish Campaigners Protest.

ADDITIONAL:

1/3/21 – We also know now that the ‘Elbeik’ has left Cyprus, and is heading West in the Med Sea. We have a suspicion that this vessel may also be heading back to Spain. More news when we know.

See videos below:

Karim Allah’s cattle about to be killed

A structure to kill the animals has been set up just off the ramp

I have a feeling that lots of human heads are going to roll after all this – we will do all we can to get the animals some justice from the utter useless human tools involved in this; names will be named and photos posted.

Regards Mark

South Korea: Latest Newsletter From Korean Dogs. Many Actions.

Korean Dogs – the dog meat business.

 

Read the latest newsletter, complete with many actions, by visiting

 

https://r.newsletter.koreandogs.org/ajgaucodtht7e.html?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=_Hellscape_dog_farms_in_Gimpo_South_Korea___What_would_you_do_to_save_your_loving_friend__&utm_medium=email

 Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) is trying to rescue dogs from two illegal dog farms in Gimpo, South Korea. These dogs were left alone to survive on completely rotten and molded food waste that appears to be at least 10 – 20 days old.

Scattered among the living dogs were the bodies of those that had already died. CARE came with another dog rescue group You Sachun but the farm owner is nowhere to be found.   CARE had received an agreement from one of the dog farms that they would relinquish their dogs yesterday, but the second farm is the one with even more dogs trying to survive in even more horrific conditions, and there is no relinquish agreement with that farm owner.

If not rescued soon, it is unknown how long these dogs can survive. This dog farm is no better than a grave for the dogs; these poor animals are so desperate they cried out when they saw the CARE rescuers, begging to be saved. It’s suspected that dogs at some government shelters, instead of being euthanized, were illegally brought here. There are all kinds of dogs here including the dogs who had vocal cord removal surgery.  

Despite the request for help, the City of Gimpo and the Gyeonggi-do Special Police never showed up. CARE and You Sachun will use all means possible to save the dogs. They are asking us to file a protest with the city of Gimpo and Gyeonggi-do province to help with the removal of these dogs from this dog farm. There are about 60 dogs to be rescued and CARE and You Sachun will try to rescue all of them, provide medical care, and find homes for them.

 

Click HERE to learn more.

USA: After pork giant was exposed for cruel killings, the FBI pursued its critics.

With thanks as always to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ – Our Compass | Because compassion directs us … (our-compass.org)

Regards Mark

Remember:

‘One mans terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’

“A particularly brutal process called “ventilation shutdown,” or VSD. Workers sealed off airways while pumping steam into the barns, intensifying the heat — over the course of many hours — to the point at which the pigs died from suffocation and/or hyperthermia”.

After pork giant was exposed for cruel killings, the FBI pursued its critics

MARCH 1, 2021

Source The Intercept: “…making it quite possible that some pigs survived, and are therefore buried alive or crushed by the bulldozers that haul away the corpses.”

Let’s be clear: all animal slaughter is inherently abusive and cruel and causes fear and suffering regardless of how humans, who will never be subjected to the same violent fate, define it. Those who are horrified by ventilation shutdown yet not “commonly accepted” forms of slaughter are actually just using one form of cruelty to justify another.

Please visit HERE to learn of the violence inherent in the animal exploitation industry regardless of how you define such, and before you reject footage as “the exception” (it’s not) or based on vegan “propaganda” (versus nothing provided by the animal exploiters) just remember: the “animal agriculture industry” relies on and actively pursues consumer ignorance, willful or not, and DO NOT release their own footage. Ask yourself why that is: if they are humane, they can prove it, but are unable to, and rather than use funds supporting “humane treatment” they use money to hide their deception, cruelty, greed, and intentional participation in abject suffering. That is why you will never see the an-ag industry actually demonstrate “humane treatment” before or during the killing; they instead hide the barbarism and focus on those who are exposing it.

Who’s the terrorist? SL

Source The Intercept

By Lee Fang

Last June, Noel Williams, the chief operations officer of Iowa Select Farms, a powerful pork company and the largest in Iowa, pulled into the parking lot of an empty housing complex typically used for the firm’s immigrant workforce.

He was there to transport Lucas Walker, a former truck driver for Iowa Select, to a meeting with Nick Potratz, an FBI agent from the Des Moines office of the bureau. That’s according to Walker, who had recently tried to report Iowa Select, his former employer, for mistreating animals. After The Intercept published leaked video of pigs being killed off en masse, Walker came under scrutiny.

Now, the FBI had a favor to ask: Would Walker become an informant? More specifically, they wanted him to help in an effort to investigate and undermine an activist group that had become a thorn in Iowa Select’s side. They even asked if he’d be willing to sell drugs.

The saga that brought him into contact with the FBI began when the 26-year-old grew frustrated with his former employer, Iowa Select, which is headquartered in his hometown of Iowa Falls. Walker thought the company was blatantly disregarding state “double stocking” rules, which limit the size and number of pigs that are held in an intensive animal feeding facility, letting overweight pigs crowd into pens far too small to hold them.

He was tired of what he saw as frequent rule-breaking and disregard for the well-being of the tens of thousands of hogs raised by Iowa Select. The company, in his view, seemed hellbent on expansion and profits, leading to rampant overcrowding and water pollution. That rapid expansion led to the annual production of 1.5 billion pounds of pork a year, a global leader before the pandemic. The novel coronavirus, however, closed regional slaughterhouses, creating a glut of pigs.

He decided to speak out and called state regulators.

Walker doesn’t fit the profile of an animal rights activist. The central Iowa-raised truck driver, who jokingly refers to himself as corn-fed with beer running through his veins, is a fervent Trump and NRA supporter who has spent years working in the state’s maze of hog production facilities. He describes himself as independent-minded with libertarian instincts, with a bit of a contrarian side suspicious of organized power.

“I’m not necessarily animal rights by any means,” said Walker in an interview with The Intercept. “I have a cattle herd — small calf herd — and my wife and myself have some free-range pigs ourselves.”

“It was a moral issue at the heart of it. … I’m the kind of person who knows right from wrong. It was a principled thing.”

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources, the local farm regulator, Walker felt, did not seem to care about his concerns over the phone or show any interest in enforcement on a company like Iowa Select. Iowa, followed by North Carolina and Minnesota, is the largest pork-producing state in the country and infamously deferential to industry. Iowa officials have faced criticism for failing to regulate concentrated pork facilities for water pollution and poor animal welfare standards.

Jeff Hansen, the founder of Iowa Select, built the pork powerhouse first as a salesman, helping distribute modern farrowing crates, automatic feeders, and other livestock equipment to other pig farmers in the state. He built two companies at once: a turnkey construction firm known as Modern Hog Concepts, which helped farmers upgrade their barns into modern factory farms, and Iowa Select, which raised pigs for slaughter.

Along the way, as he grew his business empire, Hansen built close connections with Iowa’s political elite. In 1994, during a cycle in which Hansen was one of the largest campaign contributors to then-Gov. Terry Branstad, he had set aside employee money for campaign contributions to local Republicans. The resulting scandal forced lawmakers to return campaign funds to Iowa Select, but the company continued to grow.

The owners of Iowa Select, Jeff and his wife Debra Hansen, are still among the largest campaign contributors in the state, and close to Gov. Kim Reynolds. A recent donation of $50,000 brought the total the couple has donated to the governor to nearly $300,000.

The governor has maintained cozy ties to Iowa Select. Shortly after her election in 2018, Reynolds volunteered to auction off her time as a gift to the Hansen family foundation. In the early days of the pandemic, her administration arranged a Covid-19 testing site at a corporate office used by white-collar Iowa Select employees and foundation employees, raising concerns with one Polk County supervisor of special treatment for the campaign donor.

And Kayla Lyon, who Reynolds appointed to run the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which inspects hog farms for compliance with animal welfare and environmental rules, is a former dairy industry official and agribusiness lobbyist. Lyon, in her previous capacity as an influence peddler in Des Moines, had worked to pass the 2012 “ag gag” law that criminalized recording at farm facilities, according to lobbyist disclosures. Lyon lobbied at a time when Iowa Select’s lobbyists in Des Moines pushed for the bill, records show.

The impetus for that bill, which was designed to criminally prosecute whistleblowers at factory farming operations, also started in part with Iowa Select. The year before the bill was signed into law, an animal rights activist group, Mercy for Animals, released an undercover video that showed Iowa Select workers ripping the testicles from conscious piglets, removing tails with dull clippers, and scores of sows in small confinement cages, appearing to suffer from untreated sores and other wounds.

The law, though later overturned by a federal court, was the first of its kind and rapidly inspired copycat legislation across the country.

Walker’s failed attempts to reach regulators, to report overcrowding in Iowa Select facilities, didn’t surprise him. “The DNR wasn’t very interested in talking about it,” said Walker. “They’re too big to be regulated.”

“There have been no recent enforcement actions against Iowa Select Farms. Nor are we aware of any complaints or allegations made to the DNR,” Alex Murphy, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said in an email to The Intercept.

Walker, aware that he had few outlets for help, turned to the internet to research whistleblowing resources for factory farms. That’s how he found Direct Action Everywhere, the Berkeley, California-based group that has worked to expose the shocking treatment of animals in factory farms.

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German showjumper abuses “Good Luck” in front of the camera

Opinions differ on the ethical and, in our eyes, clearly cruel background to showjumping.
However, the fact is that only recently in January of this year a horse was brazenly and cold-heartedly beaten with a whip by the German showjumping professional Kevin Lemke in front of an audience.

And this is proven by a horrific video of evidence that any doubters can watch under the following link (be careful: not for the faint of heart !!!): https://vimeo.com/516459284

During a show jumping competition in California, the horror scenes occurred after the horse “Good Luck” refused to jump over an obstacle.

PETA Germany immediately demanded legal action against the alleged animal abuser, PETA USA has already filed a criminal complaint.

The “Desert International Horse Park” was the scene of this cruelty to animals.
“Good Luck” refused to jump over an obstacle and in a probably uncontrolled, massive outburst of aggression you can see Kevin Lemke hitting the poor animal like crazy.

The showjumper proceeds with incredible rigor so that the whip whips can not only be seen clearly on the evidence video but can also be heard.
This earned the German disqualification.
But the torture continued.

Disqualified show jumpers are still allowed to take part in the so-called correction jump after they have been eliminated.
When riding a combination, the battered horse stumbled over the first obstacle due to the extremely stressful situation in which it was and refused the following.

Continue reading “German showjumper abuses “Good Luck” in front of the camera”

Spain: Live Export Update 28/2/21 – Cattle Stranded on Ship in Spain Must be Destroyed, Say Vets.

Please add your voice to the Anna Maria petition at petition: Nearly 2,500 cows are sick and dying after having been stranded at sea for 2 months and counting, demand help! (thepetitionsite.com) and leave a comment on this in the box – thank you.

WAV Comment – knowing the actions of the Spanish government, and its policies, a wonder the poor animals are not going to end up in the bullring !

And we ask, where is the mighty EU Crisis Management team ? – see more at EU / Spain: When You Have An Animal Crisis; Dont Expect The EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team To Step In, Because They Don’t. Resign, All of Them ! – World Animals Voice

Bernard Van Goethem (@VanGoethemB) | Twitter

 Bernard Van Goethem – EU Mr Animal ‘Crisis Management’ – Seems to have not even intervened so far – so much for ‘crisis’ ? – Rather:

Cattle stranded on ship in Spain must be destroyed, say vets

Spanish officials recommend 864 cows that have been at sea for two months are no longer fit for transport

 

From ‘The Guardian’, London – Brilliant as always.

Cattle stranded on ship in Spain must be destroyed, say vets | Animal welfare | The Guardian

More than 850 cattle that have spent months adrift in the Mediterranean are no longer fit for transport and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians.

A lawyer for the cattle ship’s management company told the Guardian on Saturday that he planned to resist the move, even as a video from the port appears to show preparations being made to unload the cattle.

The cows have been kept in what an animal rights activist described as “hellish” conditions on the Karim Allah, which docked at the south-eastern Spanish port of Cartagena on Thursday after struggling for two months to find a buyer for the cattle.

The report, compiled after Spanish officials were able to board the vessel earlier this week, said that the captain had told them of 22 deaths among the 895 calves on-board.

Another nine cattle were not accounted for, it said. The ship’s management said the calves, all bulls, are about seven to eight months old now.

The report concluded that the animals had suffered from the lengthy journey and were generally in a poor state. Some of them were unwell and not fit for transport outside of the European Union, nor should they be allowed into the EU, it said. Euthanasia would be the best solution for their health and welfare, it concluded.

The animals were rejected by several countries over fears they had bovine bluetongue virus. The report did not say if the cattle had bluetongue disease but it noted a range of other skin, eye and leg conditions including alopecia, flaking, scabs and joint inflammation compatible with septic arthritis.

The lawyer, Miquel Masramón who represents the ships’ management company, said on Saturday that it appeared preparations to kill the cattle were being made at the port. In a video Masramón sent to the Guardian, a metal ramp can be seen leading down from a ship toward a series of metal containers lined up along a dock wall.

The lawyer said the ship’s managers will attempt to resist any move to unload the cattle and that he is in the process of contacting Lebanese authorities. The vessel is owned by Khalifeh Livestock Trading and managed by Talia Shipping Line, both based in Lebanon, while the cattle are owned by a third party.

“In the video you see the closed containers, they are not for living livestock,” said Masramón on Saturday. “We have no official information, but we think they will discharge the animals and then kill them with electrical guns.”

He added that blood samples taken from the cattle on Wednesday night by Talia Shipping Line, to test for a bovine disease called bluetongue, had been blocked at the port by Spanish authorities and were not allowed to proceed to a lab for analysis.

The insect-borne bluetongue virus causes lameness and haemorrhaging among cattle but does not affect humans. The Spanish ministry’s report counted 864 animals alive on board the Karim Allah this week. Twenty-two cows had died at sea with two corpses still onboard, it noted, adding that the remains of the others that died were chopped up and thrown overboard during the journey.

Spain’s agricultural ministry did not reply to a request for comment on Saturday.

Masramón previously told the Guardian the shippers aimed to resell the cattle outside the EU if they tested negative for bluetongue. Talia Shipping Line estimates that current losses on the cattle transport could be up to €1m. Spanish authorities have said the company was also liable for the cost of killing the animals and destroying the carcasses. The company estimates this will cost them a further €1m.

“We are trying to resist, if they take the animals, and to get a new private expert animal health report,” said Masramón. He added, however, that if Spanish authorities were to remove the animals on health grounds they would probably succeed.

“In my opinion the animal health regulations will prevail [over maritime ones] and they, [the] Spanish officials, will be able to take the animals and cull them,” he said.

Masramón said although he was not an animal health technician, he did not agree with the official Spanish veterinary report released on Friday“From what I understand, none of the diseases [noted in the report] are worth euthanizing the cattle for. They are normal after two months at seas and the animals could recover.”

In an interview, a source close to a second cattle ship, the Elbeik, which has similarly been at sea for two months since leaving the Spanish port of Tarragona with a cargo of nearly 1,800 cows, said he was watching the Karim Allah developments closely.

The Elbeik is currently moored off the Turkish Cypriot port of Famagusta having loaded animal fodder and straw. The source said that once the loading was complete, the Elbeik would probably sail to Greece to load bunker fuel for the ship.

Asked about apparent moves by the Spanish authorities to begin unloading and killing the cattle, the source said the health problems identified by the official Spanish vet report could “easily heal”. He said the decision, if taken, to kill all the animals was “amazing”. He added: “If the animals can heal why would they want to do that?”

Regards Mark

EU / Spain: When You Have An Animal Crisis; Dont Expect The EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team To Step In, Because They Don’t. Resign, All of Them !

Please add your voice to the Anna Maria petition at petition: Nearly 2,500 cows are sick and dying after having been stranded at sea for 2 months and counting, demand help! (thepetitionsite.com) and leave a comment on this in the box – thank you.

WAV Comment:  we have been attempting to give the latest updates on the situation of the stranded and abused cattle for a few weeks now.

 

See Search Results for “karim allah” – World Animals Voice  for Karim Allah

See Search Results for “elbeik” – World Animals Voice  for Elbeik

There is an old saying which goes “a picture says a thousand words”.  Have a look at these 2 pictures of the ‘Karim Allah’: are they not fairly indicative of the majority of the live animal transport maritime situation now ? – rust bucket ships that should have been scrapped years ago still transporting innocent, sentient beings to their (often) barbaric deaths the world over.

Have a look at this picture – this is Mr Bernard Van Goethem.

Bernard Van Goethem (@VanGoethemB) | Twitter

Here below is the (link for the) organizational chart for the Commission of Health and Food Safety – Sante.  Mr Van Goethem is the ‘leader’ responsible for ‘Crisis Preparedness in Animals’, which includes ‘section G2 – Animal Health’.  You can see all of this on the right hand side of the chart.

Health and Food Safety Organizational chart link

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/organisation_charts/organisation-chart-dg-sante_en.pdf 

Further; on the Health and Food Safety site they make the following statement; and we include the link as proof:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport_en  – it says:

Animal welfare during transport

In 2015, the European Commission launched a three-year Pilot Project aiming at improving animal welfare during transport by developing and disseminating Guides to Good and Best Practice for the transport of the main livestock species.

In September 2017, the contractor of the project published five extensive guides to good practices (only in English) as well as 17 technical fact sheets focusing on the most practical information in A4 format. Fact sheets are available in eight EU languages (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish).

This publication is followed by a road show in eight Member States and presenting the guidelines to the professionals concerned (transporters, drivers, farmers, official veterinarians, etc.). The project will also produce five videos (one per species in eight languages).

For more details please visit the Project website.

See the final report

Council Regulation EC 1/2005 defines the responsibilities of all actors involved in the transport chain of live animals entering or leaving the EU. It lays down efficient monitoring tools and stricter rules for the transport and for the specific checks to be carried out by officials. It also provides for non-discriminatory inspections of animals, means of transport and accompanying documents.

EU countries are required to submit to the Commission, by 30 June each year, an annual report for the previous year on the non-discriminatory inspections together with an analysis of the major deficiencies. Click here to access the annual reports.

In order to reduce the administrative burden on EU countries, Commission Implementing Decision 2013/188/EU, which came into force on 1 January 2015, established an harmonised model form for the annual reports.

We at WAV, as of 28/2/21, make the following statement:  Is the situation where hundreds of live EU animals have been stranded in the Mediterranean on 2 different ships not a ‘crisis’ ? – and should we have not seen intervention by the EU ‘Crisis Preparedness in Animals’ team, led Mr Mr Van Goetyhem, on this issue several weeks ago ?  If this is not a crisis, then what is ?

If the EU crisis team are not going to get involved and take action at times of a crisis, then what is the point of them even existing ?

As you can see from the various EU links above; they at EU Commissions are specialists at blowing their own trumpets; leading the reader / web site visitor all over the place to find information (or maybe confuse them !) on their highly constructed, expensive, and detailed website; (at EU taxpayers expense); in some wildly bland attempt to make the reader think that they are completely and utterly in charge of the situation when it comes to controls and regulations for the welfare of animals in transport. 

Well they are not – the website and all the sub sections and statements are simply massive smokescreens because they, the EU Commission, are utterly incapable of having any controls over the international situation of ensuring live animals welfare during transport throughout the EU, and way beyond into third countries such as Turkey and Libya.

In the past, and going back more than a decade, we have called for the resignation of Mr Bernard Van Goethem – Mr Van Goethem Resign Now !! | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) 

This was in relation all those years ago to the EU having no control of the welfare of animals during transport; here is a video produced at the time to show that:

Here are a few other links we published on this issue at the time:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/06/the-eu-excuses-get-more-pathetic-by-the-day-contact-mr-van-goethem-and-show-your-disgust/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/17/uk-map-proves-uk-is-ready-to-wave-eu-goodbye-van-goethem-and-others-have-failed-the-animals/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/06/07/eu-must-ensure-animal-welfare-or-mr-van-goethem-will-get-you-and-the-next-joke-is/

So what changes over all these years at the EU ? – very little it seems.  Plenty of waffle; plenty of PR; plenty of web news; people are doing this, and people are doing that; when in reality, nothing actually changes for animals in transport.

As you can see in the above links, in the past we have called for the resignation of Mr Van Goethem; we think that with these terrible situations over the last few months and not a whisper from the EU on the crisis from the crisis management section of the EU Commission; maybe it is time to get another petition underway calling for resignations due to incompetence.  When we get this organised we will publish.

Regards Mark

Latest news:

Saturday 27/2/21:

More than 850 cows that have spent two months at sea on a ship crossing the Mediterranean are facing slaughter, following a report from Spanish vets.

The cattle have suffered “hellish” conditions, according to animal rights activists.

The Karim Allah vessel originally left the Spanish port of Cartagena to deliver the cattle to Turkey but were refused entry due to fears over bluetongue.

The insect-borne bovine virus causes lameness and haemorrhaging among cattle but does not affect humans.

After being turned away from Turkeyowners failed to find a new buyer for the animals.

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The ship was subsequently rejected by several more countries, even to replenish animal feed, leaving the cows to go several days with just water.

The ship became a pariah vessel and it has now returned to its starting point in Cartagena.

The confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians and seen by Reuters says the animals have suffered from the long journey and should be killed.

While it did not confirm whether the animals were suffering from bluetongue or not, it said they should not be allowed into the EU.

Ownership of the cattle is unclear.

Animal rights activist Silvia Barquero, director of the Igualdad Animal NGO, called the crossing “hellish” for the cattle and questioned what had happened to the waste produced by the cows during the crossing.

“We are sure they are in unacceptable sanitary conditions.”

Twenty-two cows are believed to have died at sea, and while 20 of the corpses have been chopped up and thrown overboard, two dead cows remain on board.

A lawyer representing the ship owner Talia Shipping Line, which is registered in Lebanon, said he believes the slaughter will now definitely go ahead.

Meanwhile, a second ship, the ElBeik, which also set sail from Spain in December with a cargo of nearly 1,800 cows, is currently moored off the Turkish Cypriot port of Famagusta.

The agriculture ministry has been approached for comment

Over 850 cows on pariah ship in Mediterranean facing slaughter after bluetongue fears | World News | Sky News

Victims of Crisis Management INACTION by the EU ‘Crisis Management’ Team at the Commission:

The cows, who have spent days without food, have suffered during the journey and should be killed, vets say
Cattle on the Karim Allah in Cartagena