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Hunting is murder

 

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Puffins are among the most popular birds worldwide.

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Unfortunately not only with animal friends, but also with hunters. Iceland is home to the largest stock of this species of alken – and mercilessly releases the endangered migratory birds.

Images of the puffin hunt are currently making the rounds, posted on the Facebook page Ban Trophy Hunting. It is all about British foreign fighters who go in the far north on the bird stalk.

But also German hunters seem to enjoy the hunt for the colorful birds: So you can book for example at “Malepartus Hunting Travel” for 1040 € a trip to Iceland – per shot puffin you pay 20 € “shooting fee”!

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The hunting for razorbills, fulmars and seals is also offered here to the German speaking public, quite legally! If you reject this form of tourism, the company Malepartus writes your opinion! Here is the link to Iceland Hunt: https://www.malepartus-jagdreisen.com/island.html

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The picture shows the screenshot of an Icelandic hunting agency, which advertises big “routes” in the puffin hunt.

Source: Committee against the bird murder e.V.

 

My comment: Yesterday I looked at this website and I’m really horrified. And angry! https://www.huntingiceland.com/

Mentally ill murderers proudly pose in front of the murdered victims, and with these pictures, this club advertises travel to different regions of the world.

How primitive and murderous can human nature be!

Instead of evolving and rising to a higher spiritual level, the screw of intellectual and moral development is falling at breakneck speed.
Hunt only satisfies psychopaths.
The fact that there are still “hunters and trophy collectors” is a sign that we are developing faster and faster in the Stone Age than it has lasted to evolve into modern times.
The worst thing is that this animalistic drive is infiltrating more and more industrialists, politicians, celebrities, etc., who feel they are elite.

Hunting is and remains murder, hunters are mentally ill murderers!

Please sign the Petition: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/petition-stop-organized-puffin-hunting-iceland/

My best regards to all, Venus

Romanian Sheep Transporter Ship – Update 31/7/19.

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Romanian Sheep Transporter Ship

 

Update 31/7/19 1600hrs GMT.

The vessel is currently under its own power movement in the Persian Gul; West of Kaki / Khormoj (Iran).
It is doing around 14.5 knots; and we do not expect any more stops before the vessel arrives in Kuwait, which is scheduled for 3/8.

Temperature currently 37 degrees, which is substantially higher than the maximum EU Regulations defined in 1/2005 for transporting animals; which EU member states should comply with when transporting animals. Romania IS a member state of the EU. As we have said for a very long time, EU rules in animal welfare mean absolutely nothing – they are worth less than the paper they are written on.

 

We would like to thank everyone who has expressed concerns (via our site) about this shipment, which we are pleased to be able to give you regular daily updates on.  Once the vessel has completed its arrival in Kuwait and we have the data recorded, then we can move on with our actions.  We need to get data on the completion of the shipment; as this then means we have data for the entire transport from Romania; which we consider is a good source of reference.

At the moment, we (WAV) are discussing the best ways to move forward in order that we bring this shipment to the attention of relevant people that matter.

The EU has basically closed down now for Summer holidays – lets hope MEP’s are not going to the Middle East by ship, as we would not want to see them standing in their own faeces and urine for long periods of time in such high temperatures – or would we ? – if this were the case, maybe they would actually do something about it.

Contacting Romanian government departments is currently being considered as another option.  More info to come about all this once we have fully tracked the entire shipment of this vessel back to Kuwait and thus have a full recored of the journey.

Regards Mark (WAV)

AL_SHUWAIKH another 2

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EU: ‘Life’ On An EU Rabbit Facility.

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We are supposed to have EU so called ‘Politicians’ to address such problems as these. This May EU citizens are expected to vote for new Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s). The animals in these photos have no voice; except via us, and if they do not get support from EU politicians, people that ARE supposed to be addressing and approving animal welfare in the EU; then one has to ask if anyone is worthy of your vote in May. When, and only when they address such issues as this, will they be worth even considering.

Wonder why the UK wants to get out of Europe ?

 

Over one billion rabbits are slaughtered annually for meat worldwide; around 50% of these are produced in China. Rabbits are the second most farmed species in the European Union with an estimated 330 million rabbits slaughtered for meat ever year; the majority of which are produced in Italy, Spain and France (FAOSTAT, 2014).

Nearly all rabbits farmed for meat and fur are kept in small, barren cages where their natural behaviour is severely restricted. Rabbits in intensive farming systems experience very bad welfare

Good animal welfare depends on three components:

  • Physical well-being
  • Mental well-being
  • Natural living.

In intensive rabbit farms, all three of these are compromised by confinement in barren cages, unsuitable social environments, injury and disease and through rough handling at slaughter.

Rabbits are the fourth most farmed animal in the world and most are kept in barren environments, usually in cages. In the European Union the majority are housed in tiny wire cages within large sheds containing 500 to 1000 breeding does (females) and 10 to 20 thousand rabbits reared for meat. Although farmed rabbits are domesticated, they have the behaviours and motivations of their wild counterparts, and many of these are thwarted in intensive systems.

Currently there is no species-specific legislation protecting the welfare of farmed rabbits in the EU. A few countries within the EU (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) have species-specific requirements for rabbit farming but they produce only a very small percentage of rabbit meat farmed in the EU.

Inadequate space and cage height

Young rabbits reared for meat (referred to as “fattening rabbits”) are typically caged in groups with 450 to 600cm² space each in the EU; this is less than the area of an ordinary A4 sheet of paper. Adult breeding does are typically housed singly, in cages that are just 60 to 65cm long, 40 to 48cm wide and 30 to 35cm high.

Cages are simply not acceptable. With barely any space, rabbits cannot adopt normal postures such as lying stretched out, sitting and standing with their ears erect (species typical “look out” posture) or rearing up to explore their surroundings. They cannot move normally or comfortably, and some don’t even have enough space to perform a single hop. This is bad for their mental well-being, and the lack of exercise can also lead to weakened bones.

Barren environment

The majority of farmed rabbits are reared in barren environments, with just a drinker and feeder and a wire mesh floor. This does not allow for natural behaviours such as digging, hiding and foraging, and leads to abnormal behaviours such as over grooming and repetitive gnawing on the bars of the cage.

In the wild rabbits spend much of their time feeding on grass and other plants, eating lots of high-fibre roughage. In contrast, most farmed rabbits are fed a pellet-only diet which is eaten in a fraction of the time. This leads to boredom and frustration.

Unsuitable social environments

Rabbits are social animals and usually live in stable groups in the wild. Serious aggression is rare once a stable hierarchy has been established.

Fattening rabbits are usually housed in pairs or groups, but they are kept in very close confinement so are unable to move away from each other. This may be particularly stressful for rabbits as they get larger and have even less space, and when they start to reach sexual maturity they can become more aggressive.

Breeding rabbits are usually kept in individual cages. This denies them opportunity for natural social behaviours, such as grooming. However, the rabbits are kept right next to each other in the cages, which also stops them from being able to move away from each other. In the wild, females keep their young in isolated nests, far away from the rest of the group, so this close proximity to other females is likely to be very stressful to them.

Singly housed rabbits show more abnormal stereotypical behaviour, such as over grooming and gnawing at the bars of their cage, than those housed in groups. Breeding rabbits can be housed successfully in groups if they are given sufficient space and adequate nesting facilities to avoid aggression problems.

Injuries and disease

The mortality rates for commercially farmed rabbits are very high. Typically, 100 – 120% of breeding does die or are culled and replaced each year, and 15 to 30% of fattening rabbits die before slaughter (which happens at 8-12 weeks old). Respiratory and intestinal diseases are the main reason for such high mortalities and cause acute pain.

Rabbit cages are made of wire and sometimes have metal sheet sides. The floor is often made entirely from bare wire, which is uncomfortable to stand on. Breeding male and females kept on bare wire often develop sores on their footpads and hocks. These sores can cause chronic pain and are a common reason for culling.

Does are commonly given hormone treatments to control their reproductive cycles and get them ready to breed at the same time. They are artificially inseminated within 11 days (on average) after giving birth to their last litter, and have been bred to produce larger litters. Their bodies are put under huge strain from this intensive reproduction cycle. It can lead to loss of body condition, metabolic diseases, and increase the risk of spinal deformities.

Slaughter

In the EU commercially slaughtered rabbits are usually electrically stunned before slaughter. Research has shown that rabbits may be frequently incorrectly stunned. Rabbits are hung individually upside down for the electrical stunning which is stressful and may cause pain and/or injury if their weight is not supported properly. This is a particular problem for larger rabbits.

There are alternatives to farming rabbits in cages, which can improve the welfare of farmed rabbits.

Higher welfare alternatives for rabbits

In some countries there are alternatives to barren-cage farming of rabbits, which can improve the welfare of farmed rabbits. However, there are still problems associated with these systems, as it is intensive production and research is ongoing.

There is national legislation setting minimum standards for rabbits in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In these countries, barren cages are banned for fattening rabbits and breeding does. In Belgium, ‘enriched’ cages are also banned for fattening rabbits and will be banned for breeding does from 2021, and pen systems are the minimum standard.

Information provided by ‘Compassion In World Farming’ – London, England.

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/farm-animals/rabbits/rabbit-welfare/

A rabbit lies at the bottom of a cage, surrounded by feces

A rabbit lies at the bottom of a cage, surrounded by faeces

Spain,

Rabbit cages hover above excrement on breeding farm

Rabbit cages hover above excrement on breeding farm

Spain,

Rabbit in a breeding cage

Rabbit in a breeding cage

Spain,

Baby rabbit born on industrial breeding farm

Baby rabbit born on industrial breeding farm

Spain,

Rabbits in breeding cages

Rabbits in breeding cages

Spain,

Rabbits in breeding cages

More Rabbits in breeding cages

Spain,

Baby rabbits born on industrial breeding farm

Rabbits born on an industrial breeding farm

Spray painted rabbit confined in a breeding cage

Spray painted rabbit confined in breeding cage.

Rabbits in breeding cages

Rabbits in breeding cages.

Excrement below rabbit cages on industrial farm

Excrement below cages on a breeding farm.

Rabbit with face injury

Rabbit with face injury.

Rabbits and young in breeding cages

Rabbits and young in breeding cages.

Rabbits in breeding cages

Rabbits in breeding cages.

Rabbits in cages hover above excrement on breeding farm

Rabbits in cages above excrement on breeding farm.

Dead rabbits piled and bagged in a bin

Dead rabbits in garbage bin.

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Below – The ‘Masters of Europe’ – those who Enforce the Regulations !!!

Juncker küsst eine Glazepg

Juncker und Merkelg

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Oh no — not above the rabbit excrement pile – I thought you had regulations to prevent that !

 

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England / Germany: WAV Photographs – We Want To Explain.

We have not been asked to do this, it is my (Mark) personal aim that here I cover a few points about this site over which I feel I need to try and clarify.  They are:

WAV was founded by Venus and myself in 2018 with the sole intention of doing what it says on the tin – being a ‘World Animals Voice’ – highlighting the abuses and suffering of animals across the globe due to the cruelty of the human species.

Whenever we publish articles (posts) onto this site; we go out of our way to reproduce the original sources of data from which the article was written.  We don’t make up fantasy posts; ours are produced only from information provided by credible sources worldwide – hence the references from same we always try to give.

We aim to produce photographs and (if applicable) videos which reflect the topic being discussed for you.

As you can see from this (WAV) or our SAV site; we never ask for donations or have a ‘donation’ link.  We are self funded. All work on this site is undertaken on a purely voluntary basis by individuals who care about animal welfare.

Regarding ‘copyright’ of photographs, as an example we want to show you the following to try and explain how difficult things are nowdays. So, we simply (today 29/1/19) go to ‘Google Images’ – we type in ‘Serbian Animals’ and we are immediately presented with a huge range of images.

Try it via this link of same which shows what we get simply stating ‘Serbian Animals’:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&biw=1252&bih=549&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=F2xQXJHDLsHsxgPN3b-YCQ&q=serbian+animals&oq=serbian+animals&gs_l=img.3..0.3827426.3835882..3836435…0.0..0.76.1026.17……0….1..gws-wiz-img…..0..0i67j0i8i30j0i24.LgPlTpOrGgk

You can see that many of the images shown via the above link are officially credited to ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) or ‘Balkans Animal Suffering’ – SAV is the sister site we own and run in addition to WAV and you can visit it here:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

So the images credited to us are officially ‘our’ images – and they are; all part of our work within the Balkans; but via Google we have no control over their publishing or who uses them for any work; it is simply impossible for us to track back and see.

So we have to accept that our ‘official’ images may be used by other parties with or without our knowledge.  We accept that as the way media works in the fast world of 2019.

Whenever we do use photographs from other sources on our WAV / SAV sites; we attempt very much to use same imaging from the international media sources; and to credit them where we can.  Sometimes if no images are available; we do use Google image search to obtain images.  This (Google) is not a special site; but is one which is open to all members of the public.  Anyone can use it for images of a subject that they wish.

When we do use Google images; if the originator is known; then as described above; we will reproduce the source of the image and try to declare to whom it belongs.

As a generalisation; and in some circumstances, it is possible to use copyright-protected work without infringing the owner’s copyright. For more about this, you may wish to learn about fair use on the Google site. It is important to note that content can be removed in response to a claim of copyright infringement, even if we have…

  • Given credit to the copyright owner
  • Refrained from monetizing the infringing content
  • Charged for a copy of the content in question
  • Noticed similar content that appear elsewhere on the internet
  • Recorded the content yourself from TV, a movie theater, or the radio
  • Copied the content yourself from a textbook, a movie poster or photograph
  • Stated that “no copyright infringement is intended”

 

To date; and with over 13 years experience in running sites such as this; we have never been involved with any copyright infringement dispute issues.  We hope it stays that way; that is our intention.  On the other hand; many of ‘our own’ (master) original source images (especially relating to Serbia strays and live animal exports) have also been used by other parties in their publishing; and are visible for all to see on Google.

We don’t really have a problem with this; but would say:  It is impossible nowdays to check where your data is being used, and by whom.  Our photos are there on sites such as Google; not by our personal wish, but simply as ‘part of the modern system’, and we really have no control or means of controlling how, when and where they are used Such is the world of internet and electronic media in 2019.

Overall we have no real gripe.  We will continue to use video and images on these WAV / SAV sites; giving credit references or originality references whenever possible if they are known to us.

This is just an issue that I want to share with everybody – I hope you understand our (WAV) situation regarding photographs; which do often; make a story just that little bit better.

Regards Mark (and Venus) – WAV Founders.

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Scotland (UK): January 2019 News from ‘Onekind’.

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https://www.onekind.scot/

Dear Mark,

We’re very pleased to let you know that the Scottish Government has announced a series of animal welfare commitments this week. The Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougen MSP revealed the Scottish Government will be introducing CCTV in abattoirs, strengthening the fox hunting ban, and increasing the maximum sentences for cruelty to animals. Other commitments include legislation to regulate animal sanctuaries and re-homing centres, and licensing dog, cat and rabbit breeding.

In her opening statement, Mairi Gougen MSP commended groups like OneKind for their hard work stating that she was “heartened and impressed by their commitment.” You can watch the full statement here.

 

CCTV in Slaughterhouses

Following our campaigning, we’re thrilled that the Scottish Government has committed to introducing compulsory video recording in all relevant areas of slaughterhouses in Scotland. We launched our campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses in 2016 and worked closely with Animal Aid on it. We presented a 10,000-signature petition to the Scottish Government, held a briefing event for MSPs, and our supporters responded to the government’s consultation on the issue .  This is a fantastic move, and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us on this campaign. We couldn’t have done it without you all!

 

Fox Hunting

Significantly on the issue of fox hunting, the Scottish Government will reduce the maximum number of dogs that can be used to flush a wild mammal towards a gun for shooting to two, and intends to discourage trail hunting, which is used in England as a pretext for hunting foxes.

The Scottish Government intends to implement the recommendations made by Lord Bonomy in his review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. These include improved definitions of hunting, removal of the word “deliberately” from the main offence, tightening up on the drafting of exceptions and reversing the burden of proof so that an individual is required to show that an exception applies.

Speaking on the announcement, OneKind’s Director Bob Elliot said:

“At first sight we welcome the reduction of the number of dogs permitted for flushing to two, but obviously we remain concerned at the proposal to license greater numbers in some cases. There will be no gain for animal welfare if this provides a new loophole for fox hunts to exploit, although we entirely accept the Minister’s intention is to prevent this happening.

“The changes will make the legislation more effective and enforceable, but ultimately we support a full ban on all use of dogs to chase and kill sentient wild mammals. We continue look forward to the proposed Member’s Bill expected from Scottish Green MSP, Alison Johnstone, and very much welcome the Minister’s acknowledgment of those proposals.”

 

Animal Welfare Commission

We’ve been pressing for the establishment of an Animal Welfare Commission for Scotland to provide expert advice on the welfare of domesticate and wild animals in Scotland, so we’re delighted that it has been announced by the Scottish Government. We expect the commission, which will be the first in the UK, to be founded on the recognition that animals are sentient beings and therefore there is a duty on the government and its agencies to pay full regard to their welfare.

Overall, we’re delighted by the commitments but of course there’s more that we want to call for. We’ll be looking for an outright ban on fox hunting and a full ban on the use of snares. We’ll also be calling for regulating on the use of animals in displays, like reindeer at Christmas, and pushing for a ban on mountain hare culling and continue to fight the welfare issues concerning the intensive farming of salmon .

Yours,

Sarah