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EU: Environmental Groups Campaign Against EU’s Potential ‘Veggie Burger’ Name Ban.

WAV Comment – Normal people understand and are not confused by the term Veggie Burger; they know it is made from vegetables. But we can understand that the EU officials may find it difficult – they seem to find everything that we take as basics hard to grasp. Thats why they are ‘officials’ we guess !

Veggie Burger – it has NO meat:

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Environmental groups campaign against EU’s potential ‘veggie burger’ name ban

19 October 2020

Policy director at Greenpeace says proposals come from ‘prehistoric age’.

Environmental groups across Europe have hit out at an EU proposal to ban plant-based products from using terms such as “veggie burger”, saying it contradicts the bloc’s objective to encourage sustainability. 

The organisations’ grievance concerns two amendments proposed by Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) which would restrict the naming of meat and dairy alternatives to avoid consumer confusion.

Under the measures, plant-based products would be banned from being advertised using words such as “burger”, “sausage”, “yoghurt style” and “cheese alternative”.  

Critics say this will favour the meat and dairy industries and will unfairly affect the growing plant-based food sector, which provides more sustainable products. 

If MEPs vote in favour of the amendments next week, they could become part of the Common Agricultural Policy that would come into effect at the start of January 2023.

In a letter sent by 13 leading environmental organisations to MEPS on 8 October, the proposals were criticised for contravening the European Green Deal, which seeks to reduce the agricultural sector’s environmental footprint.

The groups argue that the move goes in the “completely opposite direction” to scientific evidence showing the harmful effects of the meat and dairy industries, and against growing demand for plant-based products.

Marco Contiero, the EU agriculture policy director at Greenpeace who was one of the letter’s signatories, told The Independent that there was “no justification” for amendments which go against environmental, health and economic considerations.

Mr Contiero added that they constituted an “attempt to prevent a new, very important business from actually conquering the market”.

Read more at source

The Independent

Innocent Death for ‘Meat Burger’

I think most ‘normal’ people understand the difference; kill or no kill.

Regards Mark

Revealed – Rampant Deforestation of Amazon Driven by Global Greed for Meat.

Revealed – rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

“Because of the high volume of Brazilian beef shipped to China and Hong Kong, these markets are associated with the highest amount of deforestation in total – between 17,400 and 26,400 hectares per year – according to the analysis.

The EU also imports more than $600m worth of beef from Brazil each year. And that will increase if the EU and member states approve a new trade deal with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay to gradually let 99,000 tonnes of low-tariff South American beef into Europe every year”.

Read the full investigation from ‘The Guardian’; London; at:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/02/revealed-amazon-deforestation-driven-global-greed-meat-brazil

Great work by the Guardian as always;

Regards Mark

England: ‘Extinction’ – Watch the Full Video Here. A ‘Must Watch’.

Hi all;

Finally managed to get a link to a copy of ‘Extinction’ as shown by the BBC on 14/9/20.

Hoped I would; and as I originally said, it was simply a matter of time.

Hopefully this video can now be viewed by you all wherever you are located in the world.

My original article link:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/14/england-extinction-the-warning-to-us-all/

This version is a must watch and especially should be viewed by politicians and those in power who CAN make the changes; so if you can pass it on to any in your ‘patch’ then all the better.

It is the full 1 hour version as per the original programme.

Here is the video but I also show the link below.

Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB3Jnb0e028

Please watch; get angry; get annoyed. Upset, whatever; rage and repent over what is shown, but please take the message on board – the planet needs you and all others to give a shit. 

Pass the video (or link) on to whoever you consider it worthwhile.

Thanks and Regards

Mark

Romania: bison population boosted by eight more animals!

A herd of eight European bison has just arrived in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area and will soon join the 57 bison that are already roaming free here. A keystone species, the animals are part of a rewilding initiative that is benefitting local communities.

bison-Rumänien jpgThe moment of release for one of eight European bison added to the herd in the Southern Carpathians. Daniel Mirlea

Record-breaking rewilding

A herd of eight European bison (two males, six females) arrived in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area in Romania yesterday evening, and will soon join the 57 animals that are already roaming free here.

Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania have been reintroducing bison into the Țarcu Mountains (part of the Southern Carpathians) since 2014, with this record-breaking initiative creating the largest wild bison population in Romania for 200 years.

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The European bison is a keystone species that have a large impact on the landscape, allowing many other species of flora and fauna to thrive through their grazing, browsing, and other interactions with their habitat.

Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania are also using the return of the bison to the Țarcu Mountains as a way to support local communities, by developing the area as a nature tourism destination, and through community-based and educational initiatives, scientific research and technological innovation.

“Every bison reintroduction and every birth in the wild is a success for the conservation of these vulnerable animals,” says Southern Carpathians rewilding team leader Marina Drugă. “Going beyond this, they can benefit local wild nature and people in so many different ways. In this regard, they are more than a keystone species here.”

The journey to freedom

The two males and six females began their long journey to the wild from five reservations in Germany (Wisentgehege Springe, Wisentgehege Donaumoos, Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee, Nationalparkverwaltung Bayerischer Wald and Wisentgehege Hardehausen).

The Springe reservation hosted the females for several months in order to form a compact herd, a method that ensures the group has a smoother transition to its new environment.

“The transport required extensive preparation,” explains Florin Hălăștăuan, a project officer attached to the Rewilding Southern Carpathians team. “From the bison selection process, which is important for genetic diversity, right through to the fitting of GPS collars, we always focus on the wellbeing and successful reintroduction of the animals.”

Bison-Rumänien 2 pgThe newly released European bison explore their acclimatization enclosure. Daniel Mirlea

 

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France set to Murder 18,000 turtle doves this Autumn — at the Request of Hunters.

WAV Comment:

One of the first meetings Pompili granted while in her new role was with the president of the French National Federation of Hunters.

Well what a surprise !!

`Minister of Ecological Transition`, – for animals, birds, wildlife; that means simply from ‘living’ to ‘dead’ we would assume.

France set to shoot 18,000 turtle doves this Autumn.

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn:

https://www.birdguides.com/news/france-set-to-shoot-18-000-turtle-doves-this-autumn/

 

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn.

Pompili only assumed the role at the start of July but, on Wednesday [22 July 2020], a directive to allow the hunting of the Threatened species was put up for consultation on the website of the Ministry of Ecology. Despite the decree acknowledging the worrying status of European Turtle Dove, it also lays out the plays to ‘take’ 17,460 of the birds.

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn.

Pompili only assumed the role at the start of July but, on Wednesday [22 July 2020], a directive to allow the hunting of the Threatened species was put up for consultation on the website of the Ministry of Ecology. Despite the decree acknowledging the worrying status of European Turtle Dove, it also lays out the plays to ‘take’ 17,460 of the birds.

In 2015, the IUCN Red List upgraded European Turtle Dove from Least Concern to Vulnerable, on the back of a wretched 78% decline since 1980. In western Europe, the species has suffered a particularly profound range retraction and drop in numbers. France sits on an important migration route for the dove.

To set this quota, the ministry relies on the advice of a committee of experts, who recommended that, temporarily, no European Turtle Doves were shot, in order to maximise the chances of a population stabilisation, or that half the estimated population be killed – some 18,000 birds – which is allegedly ‘sustainable’ based on demographic models.

One of the first meetings Pompili granted while in her new role was with the president of the French National Federation of Hunters.

EU: How is the exotic pet trade (un) regulated across the EU? Our report has been updated.

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How is the exotic pet trade (un) regulated across the EU? Our report has been updated

22 July 2020

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An updated overview of the legislation on exotic pets in the Member States is now available on Eurogroup for Animals’ website. 

The report, whose first version was published in 2013, analyses the national legislations regarding the keeping and sale of exotic pets in the Member States, as well as the UK, Switzerland and Norway. 

The report exposes  the large diversity of legislation between the countries, which leads to enforcement issues and disruptions of the European internal market. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further highlights the importance of more control of the species present in and entering the European territory.

For these reasons, and because of the exploding trend in the keeping of non-domesticated pets, Eurogroup for Animals is calling for the adoption of an EU-wide Positive List  clearly stating which animal species are allowed to be kept and sold as pets. This system has already been adopted in five Member States,  four more than in 2013 when the first version of the report has been published. Its adoption at EU level would  have a positive impact on animal welfare, human health, EU and global biodiversity conservation, as well as on the functioning of the internal market.

Eurogroup for Animals takes the opportunity to thank our members for their input and support with the publication of this report. 

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/news/how-exotic-pet-trade-un-regulated-across-eu-our-report-has-been-updated

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The “Lohengrin” swan- an unforgettable experience with a film animal.

It was January 2012 if I remember correctly.
At the theater where I work, Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” had just been, all performances were sold out.
A swan plays an essential role in this opera. He comes with a boar and brings Lohengrin on stage for the first time.

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The director really wanted a living swan for this scene.
And it was a film animal that came from a dirty agency 2 hours away from our city.
Every evening, during rehearsals, he sat alone in his cage, silent, and was exposed to very high intensity of sounds coming from the wind instruments that were positioned on the stage and not in the orchestra room in this production.
He looked at me with his keen eyes and trembled every time I tried to stroke him through the bars behind the stage.

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The same torture every night, the unbearable noise that definitely tormented him because swans have very sensitive hearing, and then the strenuous journey of 2 hours to a dirty dark hole in the agency where he belonged.
We had received information that this agency was a small, unprofessional one with pigs, reptiles, birds, and lots of dogs.

The agency brokered these animals mainly for German television productions.

The management could not be convinced, a plan had to be found.
I have spoken to animal-friendly colleagues and have promised to help.
My plan was to stage an “accident”, that was the only way to put something in the veterinary office’s hand to ban the swan.

One night it was time.
We are all on stage, choir, soloists, the trombones, and the swan on a pedestal, he was not bound.
He was “trained” to stay where his slave owner wanted it.

With a sudden nudge, I pushed him cleverly towards to the orchestra room, the swan was startled and at that moment he flew over the orchestra, over the audience, he made a big bow in the auditorium and landed on the chandelier in the middle of the big hall.

The performance was interrupted, the maestro was waiting for instructions, what should happen now, with an animal flying freely over the heads of the spectators???
This was forbidden, according to security regulations.
The swan was caught again but everything went on without him.
For this evening and every evening, the swan was no longer with us.

The help of the colleagues came the next day: the telephone at the veterinary office did not remain silent, everyone wanted to report the “accident” and say that animals on the stage endanger safety.

That was the only way for us to reach the goal, the veterinary office saw otherwise no animal cruelty in this case.
The Veterinary Office has banned the swan from being used, and after this incident, the management has stopped bringing animals onto the stage. Until today.

Many have connected the action with my person, but this is not correct.
We have all tried to save the animal at least from this slave function, from this production.
We owed it to him.

I don’t know where our “Lohengrin” swan is today, whether he is still alive …
I often think of him and often see his dark, sad eyes in front of me.

We cannot save all animals when they need it.
But if ONE animal is suffering from our eyes, we have to try to save it.

Regards and good night, Venus

Wales: Start the Day With Great News – From December 2020 Wild Animal Circuses are Banned In Wales. Cruel Circuses are Now Banned In England, Scotland and From 12/20, Wales Also.

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BREAKING: We did it! Wild animal circuses will be banned in Wales

 

Dear Mark,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I am delighted to share the great news with you that as of 1st December 2020,

wild animal ciruses will be BANNED in Wales!

Yesterday the Welsh Senedd UNANIMOUSLY voted the new bill into law, which will make the use of wild animals in circuses illegal from 1st December 2020.

This now means that from December these cruel circuses will be banned across Britain, with bans already in place in Scotland and England.

Read more here: https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/breaking-welsh-government-votes-to-ban-wild-animals-in-circuses/

This victory has been a long time coming, with dedicated activists like you fighting for a ban for years. And it has taken a mix of campaigning tactics to achieve – from protest on the ground outside circuses, to lobbying lawmakers to support this ban.

 

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Of course we still have work to do, as not all animals will be covered by this ban. Sadly ‘domestic’ animals were excluded from the bill despite the fact that they too suffer for entertainment. But we can take this victory today and use it to fuel our efforts for these animals too – until all are free!

For now, please go and celebrate this fantastic news, and come back tomorrow ready to campaign once more.

Thank you so much again for your efforts in this fight. You have made history for animals!

For the animals,

Sam Threadgill
Director

 

P.S. Thank you for all your efforts in this long fought campaign.

What a fantastic victory for animals!

 

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