Category: General News

Peter Singer: on the causes of the coronavirus pandemic


It is worth watching this video.
Prof. Peter Singer * is one of the few animal ethicists and philosophers who can express a well-founded opinion on the subject.

Best  regards to all, Venus


* Peter Albert David Singer AC (* born 6 July 1946) is an Australian moral philosopher.

He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective.
He is known in particular for his book Animal Liberation (1975), in which he argues in favour of veganism, and his essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”, in which he argues in favour of donating to help the global poor. For most of his career, he was a preference utilitarian.

In 2004 Singer was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. In 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald placed him among Australia’s ten most influential public intellectuals.

Singer is a cofounder of Animals Australia and the founder of The Life You Can Save.


UN: Petition – Tell The United Nations To Ban Wet Markets. Please Support and Crosspost.






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Dear Mark,


Today Animal Equality has launched an international campaign calling on the United Nations to demand an immediate global ban on all wet markets.

Please, sign our petition now and make sure the check box which says ‘Sign up for Animal Equality’s newsletter and receive updates and appeals via email’ is selected, so that you receive our updates on this campaign.




Animal Equality has investigated wet markets in China, India, and Vietnam. Our powerful investigation includes footage from a wet market in Wuhan, China, the city where many scientists speculate COVID-19 originated.






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In wet markets, wild animals such as crocodiles, porcupines, deer, and bats are often sold alongside animals which are farmed for human consumption, including chickens and goats. It’s not uncommon to also find dogs and cats at these wet markets, which get their name in part from the floors that are soaked wet with blood.

At wet markets, live animals are slaughtered on the spot. There are no animal welfare or hygiene regulations in place. And, despite the documented dangers to public health and extreme cruelty to animals, wet markets remain legal.

Mark, please take a moment to watch our investigation to see what I’m talking about with your own eyes.

Wet markets are hell on earth for animals and they also pose a very real, imminent threat to the public health of the entire planet.

The time to act is now.




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We are determined to make sure these blood-soaked markets across the world are shut down forever. The animals need your support to ensure the United Nations hears our message and takes action to protect animals and public health.




With gratitude,


Abigail Penny


Executive Director, Animal Equality UK














Who is the pacifist…

Do you live vegan?

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If not, then take your “Peace- Fingers” down.
You cannot demand peace on earth while you are
SIMULTANEOUSLY responsible for the pain, suffering, misery and death of the most peaceful creatures on this planet.

Regards and a good night from Venus

Chinese Markets Reopen — And They Still Sell Bats, Dogs And Cats.



Chinese Markets Reopen — And They Still Sell Bats, Dogs And Cats

Live animals are still for sale in Chinese food markets that reopened after the country recently declared victory over coronavirus.
Cages full of cats and dogs waiting for slaughter and the unsanitary preparation of animals is again reportedly a common sight in Chinese food markets, often called wet-markets, according to in-country correspondents with the Daily Mail.
China ordered that its wet-markets be shut down in January, after facts emerged suggesting that coronavirus was first transmitted to humans via bats and other live animals sold in the often filthy places of commerce, according to Business Insider. However, now that China says it’s beaten the virus, the markets seem to have resumed business as usual.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” said a Daily Mail correspondent who observed the markets re-opening Dongguan. “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”
Another correspondent in Guilin, a city in southwest China, photographed a sign advertising bats, snakes, spiders, lizards and scorpions for sale as remedies for common illnesses.
(RELATED: Scientists Warned That Bats And Chinese Wet Markets Could Foster The Next Pandemic — In 2013)
Images have also begun to circulate on social media of traditional Chinese foods considered odd by Western standards for sale in the newly reopened wet markets. CNBC host Jim Cramer tweeted out a video of live scorpions for sale.



USA: U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers’ big profits during pandemic.



U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers’ big profits during pandemic


By Tom Polansek

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. senators are calling for investigations of record profit margins for beef processors like Tyson Foods <TSN.N> and Cargill, after ranchers complained surging meat prices due to coronavirus hoarding did not translate into higher cattle prices.

Futures prices for cattle have tumbled during the outbreak, worrying farmers as the U.S. economy heads into a downturn and fueling questions about whether the market run by CME Group <CME.O> is an effective tool for risk management.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote on Twitter that U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice and Commodity Futures Trading Commission probes may be needed to determine why ranchers did not benefit from soaring meat demand.

“Beef is flying off grocery shelves but farmers are seeing prices go down,” Grassley said. “If packers are illegally manipulating markets during crisis, we need USDA & DOJ & CFTC to investigate + help farmers. Four companies control 80% of market & they’re taking advantage.”

Processors’ margins leapt to more than $600 per head of cattle last week, said. But cattle producers are operating at a net loss, four U.S. senators from South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana told the Justice Department in a letter that called for a price-fixing investigation.

Cargill said it is a committed buyer in the cash market for cattle, which was less impacted than futures. Tyson said it wants cattle producers to succeed and paid them a premium last week.

“This is an uncertain and unprecedented time, where food service beef demand has come to an immediate and virtual standstill, while retail demand has increased,” Tyson said.

USDA said it was working with CFTC to ensure transparency and integrity in agricultural markets.

Live cattle futures <LCJ0> dropped 3.5% on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange over the last three weeks amid worries the virus would shut slaughterhouses, while prices for beef that meat companies ship to wholesale buyers jumped about 20%.

Futures sank as managed funds liquidated long positions, or bets prices will rise, said Cassie Fish, a beef expert who formerly worked for Tyson. It was the market’s biggest event-driven decline in more than 45 years, she said.

“They decided to get out,” Fish said. “It was like a stampede.”

Farmers and processors use futures to offset the risk of producing meat, and futures are intended to reflect the underlying cash market. April cattle futures <LCJ0> ended last week at a record $18 to $19 under the cash market, according to consultancy AgResource.

CME Group said it is committed to improving its livestock markets.