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England: London Mayor Election 6/5/21 – One Candidate Is From The ‘Animal Welfare Party’.

The 2021 London mayoral election will be held on 6 May 2021 to elect the mayor of London

Being Mayor of London city is a very important position. The mayor of London has responsibilities covering policing, transport, housing, planning, economic development, arts, culture and the environment.

They control a budget of around £17 billion per year.

Vanessa Hudson (Animal Welfare Party)

The Animal Welfare Party’s leader of 11 years wants to make London a ‘world-leading city for people, animals and the environment’.

Ms Hudson would promote vegan diets across the capital, partly to help prevent future pandemics.

She also backs improving the NHS and a number of green policies. But her key campaign issue is speciesism – which rejects the idea that animals and humans should be treated differently.

She would like to see London stop selling foie gras and fur products, end the restaurant practice of boiling lobsters alive, and exhibiting captive animals in London’s zoos and aquariums. The media producer and founder of Vegan Runners UK would also champion the phasing out of animal testing at London’s universities.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Welfare_Party

WAV Comment – we wish Vanessa masses of victories in her campaign to be London Mayor.

Regards Mark

 

 

England / USA: Results of Top Universities Research – Plant-Based Foods are Good for Both Health and the Environment.

 

Plant-based foods are good for both health and the environment

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New analysis by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota has identified a range of ‘win-win’ foods that both improve human health and have a low impact on the environment.

Plant-based foods are good for both health and the environment | University of Oxford

Foods associated with improved health (whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and some vegetable oils high in unsaturated fats, such as olive oil) have among the lowest environmental impacts, they found. Foods with the largest negative environmental impacts—unprocessed and processed red meat—were consistently associated with the largest increases in disease risk.

The exceptions were fish, which is a healthy food but has moderate environmental impacts, and processed foods high in sugars, which can be harmful to health but have a relatively low environmental impact. Red meat (pork, beef, mutton, and goat) and processed meat had the highest environmental impacts of all foods and were also associated with the largest increases in disease risk. Other animal-source foods, such as dairy and poultry meat, had moderate environmental impacts and a small impact on disease risk compared to other foods.

Lead author Dr Michael Clark, of the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project at the Oxford Martin School, and the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, says the findings could help consumers make better choices by equipping them with an understanding of the health and environmental impacts of different foods, and enable policymakers to issue more effective dietary guidelines.

‘Diets are a leading source of poor health and environmental harm,’ said Dr Clark. ‘Continuing to eat the way we do threatens societies, through chronic ill health and degradation of Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and water resources.

‘Choosing better, more sustainable diets is one of the main ways people can improve their health and help protect the environment. How and where a food is produced also affects its environmental impact, but to a much smaller extent than food choice.’

Using a comparison of an additional serving per day of 15 different foods, the researchers analysed collections of large epidemiological cohort studies—which follow populations of individuals through time— and life cycle assessments—which are used to estimate the environmental impacts per unit of food produced. The health and environmental analyses each incorporated five outcomes (total mortality, heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, and colorectal cancer for health; and greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, water pollution, and acidification potential for environment), and the results were consistent when applied across nearly all combinations of health and environmental outcomes.

‘The study adds to the growing body of evidence that stresses that replacing meat and dairy with a variety of plant-based foods can improve both your health and the health of the planet,’ said co-author Dr Marco Springmann, of the LEAP project and Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health.

The full paper, ‘Multiple health and environmental impacts of foods,’ is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Regards Mark

South Korea: April Newsletter – Fighting the Dog Meat Trade – Actions and News.

Korean Dogs latest newsletter – please click here to read and take actions:

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Watch the video and take actions as required by the above link;

Regards Mark

7 Favourite children’s books with a message of kindness towards animals.

7 Favourite children’s books with a message of kindness towards animals.

Kids love animals. So it’s no surprise that the vast majority of children’s books feature animals as the main characters. Unfortunately, many of these books still refer to animals as something, rather than someone—so finding animal-themed books that teach respect for animals is crucial to nurturing our children’s natural love of animals.

I sat down with a few parents at Mercy For Animals to find out their favorite kids books that inspire compassion for animals. Here are our top picks:

Here Are 7 of Our Favorite Children’s Books With a Vegan Message (chooseveg.com)

Regards Mark

The Top Countries for Vegans in 2020, According to Google.

The Top Countries for Vegans in 2020, According to Google

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  • Hannah Bugga
  • January 28, 2021

According to analytics tools Google Trends and Google Ads, the pandemic has only increased the popularity of veganism! In fact, Chef’s Pencil reports, data from Google Ads reveals that vegan-related searches in 2020 were up 47 percent from the previous year. Top searches include “vegan recipes,” “vegan cheese,” and “vegan restaurants.”

Using Google Trends, we can dive in for a closer look and compare the popularity of search categories around the world to find the countries with the highest concentration of vegans. Some of the places may surprise you!

Check out the top countries for vegans in 2020, according to Google:

The Top Countries for Vegans in 2020, According to Google (chooseveg.com)

Regards Mark

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South Africa to ban breeding lions in captivity for hunting. But, “Legal regulated hunting of the iconic species under the regulatory environment will continue to be permitted,”. Hmm !

South Africa to ban breeding lions in captivity for hunting

South Africa to ban breeding lions in captivity for hunting (iol.co.za)

Susan Njanji

Pretoria – Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on Sunday revealed plans to ban the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet, advocating a more “authentic” experience for visitors.

The decision was in response to recommendations contained in a government study into the controversial practice.

The panel studied the rules governing the hunting, trade and keeping in captivity of lions, elephants, rhino and leopards.

Creecy told a news conference that the study recommended a halt to the “domestication of lions through captive breeding and keeping.”

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“We don’t want captive breeding, captive hunting, captive (cubs) petting, captive use of lions,” the minister said.

The decision, which is yet to be formulated into policy, is likely to set the government on a collision course with the powerful multi-million-dollar industry of captive lion breeding.

The minister said the recommendations were not aimed at stifling the hunting industry.

“Legal regulated hunting of the iconic species under the regulatory environment will continue to be permitted,” she said.

But the report urged a stop to “tourists’ interaction with captive lions, including cub petting”, Creecy noted.

The practice of hunting lions raised in captivity has long been controversial in South Africa, where a large number of animals are confined to pens ringed with electric fences.

Campaigns to ban the importation of captive-bred lion trophies have in recent years gathered steam in the United States, Australia and several European countries.

The minister said the tourism industry was susceptible to negative perceptions.

“The intention here is to ensure that those who are interested in… authentic wildlife hunting” will have such an experience and “will not be hunting animals that have been taken out of the cage,” she said.

South Africa counts between 8 000 and 12 000 lions at some 350 farms, where they are raised for hunting, tourism and academic research, according to estimates by wildlife groups.

They are also raised for their bones, used in medicine and jewellery in Southeast Asia, according to wildlife charities.

By contrast around 3 500 lions live in the wild in the country, according to the South African-based Endangered Wildlife Trust.

The global animal charity World Animal Protection hailed the government’s decision as “courageous”.

“Thousands of farmed lions are born into a life of misery in South Africa every year in cruel commercial breeding facilities,” said Edith Kabesiime, World Animal Protection’s campaign manager for Africa.

“This is a win for wildlife” and will ensure that “lions remain where they belong — in the wild,” she said.

Louise de Waal, director of the award-winning documentary feature film “Blood Lions” exposing the trade, said she was “extremely happy” at the government’s decision.

The panel also recommended the phasing out of captive rhino breeding and an examination of the future use of rhino horn stockpiles.

Home to about 80 percent of the world’s rhino population, South Africa has long attracted poachers, but it also counts more than 300 private rhino breeders.

Regards Mark

USA: Bill Aimed at Killing 90% of Idaho’s Wolves Headed to Governor’s Desk – Major Action Required NOW.

The Center for Biological Diversity do such a fantastic amount of work and legal challenges for the wildlife of the entire USA; they really do deserve as much support as you can give them.

Lots of good news, and actions for you to take, here at:

Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, April 27, 2021

Contact:Andrea Zaccardi, (303) 854-7748, azaccardi@biologicaldiversity.org

Bill Aimed at Killing 90% of Idaho’s Wolves Headed to Governor’s Desk

New Law Would Allow Hunters Unlimited Wolf Kills, Year-Round Trapping on Private Lands

BOISE, Idaho— The Idaho House of Representatives today approved a bill allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill up to 90% of Idaho’s wolf population of approximately 1,500 wolves.

“If this horrific bill passes, Idaho could nearly wipe out its wolf population,” said Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Unless we can stop this from becoming law, decades of progress towards wolf recovery will be lost.”

In addition to hiring private contractors to kill wolves, Senate Bill 1211 would allow hunters and trappers to kill an unlimited number of wolves, run down wolves with ATVs and snowmobiles, and trap year-round on all private land across the state. The bill will also increase annual funds for wolf killing by the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board from $110,000 to $300,000. Created in 2014, the Board uses taxpayer dollars and other funds to kill wolves.

Bill proponents assert that wolves kill too many elk and livestock. But wolves kill less than a fraction of 1% of Idaho’s livestock annually, and elk population numbers are above management objectives in most of the state.

As a result of today’s 58-11 approval, Gov. Brad Little must decide whether to sign the bill into law or veto it. If this bill is signed into law, the Center will be considering next steps to protect Idaho’s wolves and wildlife, which may include legal action.

“Governor Little must veto this cruel and disastrous bill,” said Zaccardi. “Idaho’s state wildlife agency should be allowed to continue to manage wolves, not anti-wolf legislators dead set on exterminating the state’s wolves. We’re going to do everything we can to fight for the survival of wolves in Idaho.”

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The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Regards Mark – Please take as much action via the site link given above as you can.

The secrets of the meat industry

As soon as we take the violence out of this fascist system – that is, stop eating animals – then this system would cease to exist.

That is why the meat industry goes to great lengths to hide its victims and their violent death.
The principle is simple: if we don’t see how this business works, we won’t question it either

Therefore: It is not the vegan that is perverse, but the system in which this fascism works

regards and good night, Venus

South Africa: two white slaves are freed

South Africa: Lion sisters Alpha and Omega were separated from their mother as babies

The white lionesses Alpha and Omega were rescued in South Africa © Global White Lion Protection Trust

Big cats like lions belong in the wilderness, not in the arms of tourists – even if they are sugary and cuddly as babies. The rare white lionesses Alpha and Omega are a sad example of this: They had to be used for cuddling dates, photos and walks with people all their lives.
When it finally came to a tragedy, the fate of the beautiful animals seemed sealed – but at the last moment the sisters got a second chance.

Despite death: lionesses are exploited for years

Alpha and Omega were separated from their mother at an early age as a boy. In South Africa, cuddling with baby predators is a real industry: tourists allow themselves to be lured by the clumsy little ones, pay a lot of money to hold them in their arms and be photographed with them.

When the lion sisters got too old for this, their keeper used them for daily walks with visitors.
One day Alpha and Omega managed to break out of their enclosure. They killed a farmworker in the process.
But although lion experts such as the “Global White Lion Protection Trust” urgently warned against forcing the predators to continue tourist work, the tours continued.

The next tragedy was inevitable: two years later, the lionesses killed their owner on one of the walks.

Alpha and Omega were threatened with euthanasia. But at the last moment the “Global White Lion Protection Trust” stepped in: “These majestic sisters will stay together in a large, protected enclosure in their natural habitat. Wild packs will visit them regularly and they are surrounded by the natural ecosystem” says Linda Tucker, founder of the foundation, in “People” magazine.

The foundation does not usually keep white lions with them – their main goal is to protect and increase their small numbers in the wild.

But Linda hopes the Alpha and Omega story will serve as a wake-up call: “This first-pet-then-kill industry is an incredibly exploitative, mass-production of cute babies that are torn from their penned mothers after birth and passed from tourist to tourist to be cuddled for payment – and then disposed of, “she clarifies in” People “.
“It is nothing less than a global catastrophe.”

Lionpetting

At least for Alpha and Omega, the days of exploitation are finally over. They are allowed to spend the rest of their lion life as it should have been from the beginning: without tight leashes and chains.

https://www.rtl.de/cms/suedafrika-weisse-loewinnen-alpha-omega-vor-der-einschlaeferung-gerettet-4750002.html

And I mean…First the slaves kill the wrong person.
It can happen when you’re out of practice.

But then they caught the right one!
Slave keepers actually have no right to exist in a civilized society.
But because they are under human rights, they are protected by their conspecifics and are allowed to keep other animals as slaves.

Alpha and Omega corrected that.

We are on their side and wish the two brave sisters all the best for their new life in freedom and dignity

My best regards to all, Venus

Today is “National Adopt A Pet Day”!

When the day comes for you to make an animal your family member, think of the thousands of animals that are waiting for a home in dreary shelters.

Go there, stay long and decide with your heart.
You will quickly feel who you want to share your life with.

Never buy an animal.
Friends are not for sale

regards and good night, Venus