Elephant Actions – Please Support, Thank You.

Fifty year old elephant Betty has lived a lifetime of suffering.

Captured from her home in Thailand at the age of just three years old, she was sold into the George Carden International Circus in 1986 where she has been forced to perform cruel circus tricks and to give rides ever since.

The Carden family continues to force Betty to perform despite the fact that she is chronically lame. She does not bend her left front ankle, which is evident when she walks or give rides. Betty also continually drags her trunk along the ground as she walks. It appears that she is using her trunk as a crutch to remain balanced or to hold her upright. Her impairment could pose a serious public health hazard should her lameness result in a fall while she was performing or giving rides.

In performance after performance, CompassionWorks International has found Betty exhibiting these clear signs of suffering, yet the Carden family and the USDA do nothing to help her.

Presently the Carden family has rented Betty out to Garden Bros Circus, where she is provoked to give rides and do tricks by Larry Carden. Garden Bros performs up to three times per day, which means that Betty is giving up tothree hours of rides and three performances per day.Afterward, she is loaded on a truck anddriven hundreds of miles only to do it all again.

Another Carden family elephant named Jenny lived a similar life of performance and tricks despite having health issues, and the USDA did nothing to help her. Jenny died. 

Isn’t it time the USDA DID THEIR JOB and took action for animals used and abused in traveling circuses?

Please join CWI in calling on the USDA to do their job: confiscate Betty and transfer her to a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries-certified sanctuary where she can live out the remainder of her days without the stress and pain of circus performance.

248,000+ have signed this – add your name also.

Petition link:

Petition · Bernadette Juarez: Send Betty to Sanctuary Now! · Change.org

 

 

Dumba, the elephant hidden by a circus in a rubbish dump in Gard

It was after 10 pm on 1 January 2021 when we heard: at the end of a dirt track in a remote corner of the Gard countryside a single elephant constantly rocks back and forth in a tent, in the middle of a rubbish dump – a few square metres to move around in. Immediately despatched to the spot, our investigators are shocked to discover thatit has snowed, that the thermometer registers well below zero and that the elephant is shut in the trailer of the wagon opposite the tent. Dumba breathes heavily, sniffing the air with her trunk, which pokes out of a tiny half-open window in the roof. She has injuries on both sides of her head. We have submitted a complaint about her situation as a matter of urgency.

Dumba is over forty and her feet are so painful that she twists and turns even in front of strangers in an attempt to obtain relief.  The forced immobility and solitude to which she is subjected daily cause muscle wasting, musculo-skeletal pain and stereotypic movements.

Just like other elephants held in captivity by circuses, she was snatched from her family while she was a baby.  She has never been seen in the company of another elephant since.  Just like Baby, she is kept in solitary confinement by her trainer and rented out to the highest bidder for videos and performances.  Forced to have her photo taken with members of the public (which is illegal), in particular in the Cirque de Paris, she crossed paths with Jon, Patty, Marli, Céleste and Hannah before we obtained their release.  We had hoped to find her in March 2020 when we followed the Cirque de Paris.  On its usual site:  Baby.  She hadn’t been seen again in France since the end of 2018.  In Spain, where we are working in solidarity on her behalf with FAADA (Fundación para el Asesoramiento y Acción en Defensa de los Animales – Foundation for Advice and Action in Defence of Animals), she had been off the radar since the end of September 2020.

But one of our sympathizers came across her while out for a New Year walk, in an area that literally looks like a rubbish dump.

France, this refuge for trainers prosecuted for mistreatment. Her trainer had fled Spain with her in order to avoid court proceedings.  It would have been very easy for him to flee once again in order to hide Dumba elsewhere.  It was therefore essential that we act speedily.  Within a few hours we had despatched our investigators.

Foot problems are the main cause of death in elephants.  Dumba’s feet and her whole body are suffused with acute pain;  she is the very incarnation of suffering.  Elephants live in groups and continually communicate with one another in a very sophisticated way.  They help and support one another until they die.  Dumba is alone in her agony.  What sort of advanced country is it that still authorizes the abysmal mistreatment of these vulnerable giants?  I love elephants, I love my country, and I am ashamed.

Muriel Arnal, President and Founder of One Voice

The opinion of the expert on elephants to whom we sent the images was irrefutable:  skeletal problems, possible tuberculosis … injuries.  “The physical condition of this obviously elderly Asian elephant is very poor.

«There are clear indications that this elephant is suffering from pain in her front legs, as shown by her alternating lifting of these legs and the fact that she brings her rear legs far cranial under her body.»

«The elephant keeps her mouth open for a much longer period than is expected and normal, which often is an expression of pain experience.»

«Keeping an elephant solitary for a prolonged period is an act against the welfare of the animal and as such illegal. When continued for several months and longer it inevitably changes the mental health permanently and irreversibly, expressed as stereotypic behaviour.»

Willem Schaftenaar, DVM
Retired zoo veterinarian of Rotterdam Zoo
Current competences and activities: Veterinary Advisor to the European elephant TAG (EAZA), Associate researcher of Elephant Care International

We have submitted a complaint of ill-treatment and neglect by a professional (an offence) to the court in Alès. Added to that is illegally operating an establishment keeping non-domestic animals. The seizure of Dumba must be organized as quickly as possible; a place in a sanctuary already awaits her. Sign the petition and let us join together to appeal to the relevant minister, Barbara Pompili, because we shall never abandon those whose suffering is scandalously hidden from view: circus animals!

Exploited under the big top, rented out to the highest bidder, kept in isolation in a wagon in the depths of winter – that’s what Dumba’s life is like as a circus animal. @barbarapompili this suffering must stop! #FreeDumba #CirquesSansAnimaux

Petition link:

Dumba – Baby et Dumba, éléphantes de cirque (elephantes-de-cirque.fr)

Please support these;

Thanks; Regards

Mark

England / Scotland: From CIWF London – Investigation Exposing the Truth About Scottish Salmon Suffering On Scottish Fish Farms.

WAV Comment: Great work as always from friends Phil and all the crew; exposing the real truth about what lies beneath the surface. More Intensive farming under the waves; out of sight, out of mind ?

From Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), London.

Murky depths of the Scottish salmon industry exposed in new undercover investigation | Compassion in World Farming (ciwf.org.uk)

Our new investigation into the Scottish salmon industry, released today (23rd March), uncovers the hidden suffering of salmon on an industry-wide and endemic scale, breaches in animal welfare legislation and shocking mortality rates.

Warning: Some viewers may find the following footage distressing.

UNCOVERING UNDERWATER CAGES

Our undercover investigation – supported by a global network of 30 organisations – and accompanying report ‘Underwater Cages, Parasites & Dead Fish: Why a Moratorium on Scottish Salmon Farming Expansion is Imperative’  highlights the grim reality for many fish raised in sea cages to produce world-famous Scottish salmon.

Scottish salmon is big business. Every year, 24 to 56 million of these fish are shipped to over 50 countries – making Scotland the world’s third-largest exporter. Worryingly the Scottish government supports plans for massive industry expansion by 2030. But while the industry expands, animals pay the price.

APPALLING FINDINGS

We investigated 22 farms between September and November 2020, using both drone technology and, at 6 farms, underwater divers. On several of these farms, investigators found severe sea lice infestations and high levels of mortalities. They also found fish crammed in barren underwater cages, where these natural migrators have nothing to do but swim aimlessly for up to 2 years. These animals suffer to such an extent that as many as a quarter will die before they even make it to slaughter.

The appalling findings were documented on farms owned by all five of Scotland’s largest salmon producers (Cooke Aquaculture, Grieg Seafood, Mowi, Scottish Sea Farms and The Scottish Salmon Company), which together account for over 96% of the industry.

SALMON SUFFERING BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE

“Salmon are silently suffering, out of sight, in cruel underwater factory farms across Scotland. Even the experienced investigators were shocked at what they found,” said Sophie Peutrill, our Global Campaign Manager for fish welfare. “The footage reveals salmon with deformities and disease, missing eyes and large chunks of flesh and skin being eaten away by sea lice. This is completely unacceptable.

“Salmon are sentient beings – they should not be subjected to such awful misery. There is an industry-wide failure to protect these animals, and this must change. We need an immediate halt on the continued expansion of Scottish salmon farming”

PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE PLANET

Not only is salmon farming bad for animal welfare, but it is also damaging the environment. Organic and chemical waste from Scottish salmon farms is changing the chemistry of sediments and killing marine life on the seabed. Waste from farms can lead to poor water quality and harmful algal blooms. Millions of tonnes of wild-caught fish are reduced to fishmeal and fish oil in order to feed fish in intensive farms, and the list goes on.

“Given the numerous welfare and environmental issues within the Scottish salmon industry, plans to expand are completely irresponsible”, said Dr Krzysztof Wojtas, our Head of Fish Policy.

“We are calling on the Scottish Government for a moratorium on the expansion of the Scottish Salmon industry. Confining carnivorous species in underwater cages and depleting our oceans of wild fish in order to feed them, is pure madness. Ultimately, we directly challenge whether farming essentially wild, migratory fish, such as salmon, has any place in a sustainable food system.”

CALL TO HALT TROUBLED WATERS

The Scottish salmon farming industry is rife with fish welfare issues and serious environmental problems. At current production levels sea lice infestation and disease are out of control, causing fish suffering on an alarming scale and threatening wild fish populations. 

To address the issues brought to the surface by our investigation we have launched an open letter to the Scottish government, urgently calling for a moratorium on the expansion of the industry, with a view to phasing out intensive salmon farming.

ACT NOW TO STOP SALMON SUFFERING

Please sign our open letter to the Scottish Government, demanding a moratorium to stop the runaway growth of Scottish salmon farming.

Regards Mark

Spain-Close the horror laboratory of Vivotecnia

AnimaNaturalis will take legal action against Vivotecnia laboratory, because of the continued abuse of animals

AnimaNaturalis and Acción Legal Animalista announce legal action
for the alleged crime of animal abuse with prison sentences of up to 18 months for those responsible and a professional disqualification of up to 4 years.

Given the evidence that appeared in different media of the existence of a systematic practice of mistreatment, torture, and death of animals subjected to experimentation in the laboratory of the Vivotecnia company, based in the town of Tres Cantos in Madrid, AnimaNaturalis announces that they are going to take legal action by filing a criminal complaint for a continuing crime of animal abuse in article 337 of the penal code, sections 1 to 3, which includes prison sentences of up to 18 months and professional disqualification of up to 4 years.

Likewise, AnimaNaturalis will verify if any alteration or falsity has been committed in the documentary records or controls so that these degrading and inappropriate practices of civilized society have been able to escape the control of public verifiers or auditors.

We trust that the Vivotecnia laboratory and its administrators, no matter how much they hide behind a corporate network, must answer to the judicial authority for their actions.

“It is time to seriously question the system of inspections and audits in animal experimentation laboratories” explains Aïda Gascón, director of AnimaNaturalis in Spain. “The terrible images, obtained for two years in a covert way, show that they are not isolated cases.”


The case has been uncovered by the NGO Cruelty-Free International (CFI) which shows acts of animal cruelty in the Madrid laboratory Vivotecnia, an organization dedicated to contract research (CRO) for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

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England: Elon Musk, ‘Medical’ Animal Testing and Real (Non Animal Testing) Progress. A View From Mark, WAV Co Founder.

WAV Comment – as some of you may know, I, Me, Mark, have had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 21 years.  Despite some problems I have daily with my illness, I will NEVER support the use of live animals in ‘scientific’ research to achieve the goal of ‘finding MS cures’.  To me, the activities of Elon Musk and Neuralink is purely aimed at a goal of making yet more money at the expense of other living beings.

Unfortunately, I know that there are still places where animals are still used for MS research – to find the ‘golden fleece’ of a cure.  Well, in my humble opinion, using animals for the ‘cure’ will never bring results.  I would like to inform you that being in the ‘MS camp’ all these years, I have looked into the issue a bit  – the main finding in the early days of my personal diagnosis was that: animal species do NOT suffer from MS; so, what is MS ?

The cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is still unknown. It’s considered an autoimmune disease in which the (individual concerned) owns body’s immune system attacks its own bodily tissues. It ‘sees’ a natural bodily daily function (of repairing tissue myelin) instead as the naturally produced myelin being an invader into the bodily system; so basically it (wrongly) attacks it.  In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction (the immune system gets the wrong message) thus attacks and destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects all nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord (called myelin).  The de myelination in various locations around bodily nerve fibres causes scarring (the ‘sclerosis’) which them interrupts or stops messages being sent from the brain to the specific area of the body where the de myelination has occurred; for example the spinal cord may be affected and so messages don’t get through to the legs= a person cannot then walk as a result.  All your leg muscles may be fully functional and in the right place; but as the message from the brain to the leg muscles (via the myelin) does not go through ‘good’ functioning myelin, there is no message to the leg muscles; so the legs do not work.

MS causeur is un known, but basically it can affect anyone during their life.  Some people in their teens; others in mid life; others later in life.

My argument – if animals do not get MS; then there is a reason in their body process / structure which is different to humans.  Positive MS research to me would be to find out why animals don’t get MS and yet humans do; why the difference; and this can be achieved through non death research rather than the current system of ‘creating’ MS in a non affected animal, and then trying to find the cure for humans ! – it makes no sense; to me; having a lifetime in aerospace, it is a bit like putting an F1 car tyre on a Boeing 777 to achieve better results;  

I find personally that a good plant based vegan diet helps me with my situation a lot.  So do neurologists I have had in the past.  Cut out all the bad meat stuff; and go for the healthy fruit and plants based food and drink options.  As a result, my energy levels are really good.  I think my brain still works ok; as I can do the computer work needed to run this site every day with Venus.

I have always hated animal abuse in whatever form; I still do and always will.  I will fight in defence for them until I go to my grave.  Things like the Elon Musk case really bum me off; I support medical research, but only when it does not involve using live animals of any kind.

Here are good non animal research programmes; to me; this is the way forward for positive medical results.

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/alternatives-animal-testing

https://www.humanimaltrust.org.uk/what-we-do/areas-medicine

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/science/sya-iccvam/index.cfm

https://www.livescience.com/65401-animal-testing-alternatives.html

Regards Mark

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Think of the hedgehog

If you see me in your garden, please put some food and water for me.

Please do not use insecticides.

I am harmless and an ally for your garden because I feed on insects that damage your garden.

We hedgehogs are getting fewer and fewer so help me stay alive.

We have no natural enemies, only humans are the most dangerous

I would be an excellent and very discreet roommate since I only go out at night.

Thanks in advance.

(Source: Elizabeth Caballero)

My best regards to all, Venus

Good news today

From the Blog of Animal Liberation Press Office.

Received anonymously: 6 Hunting Towers Destroyed, Wildlife Enclosure Opened (Germany) 

Their audacity to build park benches next to hunter’s towers and wildlife enclosure seemed too much of a good thing.
The action had to follow.

6 towers destroyed and a wildlife enclosure opened.

Freedom is so much nicer than bullets and barbed wire.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/04/08/6-hunting-towers-destroyed-wildlife-enclosure-opened-germany-2

Yes, that is! Freedom for everyone, no barbed wire, neither for people nor for animals.
The German “brown” times are over.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animal Equality denounces Spain to the European Commission

Animal Equality has filed a complaint with the European Commission against Spain, pointing out the incorrect procedures and omissions made by the authorities of the ports of Tarragona and Cartagena, which should have controlled the respect of the minimum standards for the protection of animals on board of the ships Elbeik and Karim Allah.

Das Schiff «Karim Allah» mit rund tausend Rindern an Bord dockt Ende Februar im Hafen Escombreras im spanischen Cartagena an.The ship “Karim Allah” with around a thousand cattle on board docks in the port of Escombreras in Cartagena, Spain, at the end of February.

Animal Equality together with ENPA (Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali) demands that the European Commission verify the correct application of the Regulation on the Protection of Animal Welfare during Transport by the Spanish authorities and, where appropriate, open an infringement procedure if it is found that European legislation has been breached.

At the same time as the complaint, a petition has also been submitted to the European Parliament, in which MEPs are asked to take the measures they deem appropriate to ensure compliance with European legislation on the protection of animals during transport, with special reference to its export by sea from Spain.

If the petition is considered admissible by the corresponding Commission, any European citizen may support it through the online petitions portal of the European Parliament.
The odyssey of the ships in the Mediterranean that could be avoided

Rinder auf dem Schiff «Karim Allah», aufgenommen am 24. Februar.Cattle on the ship “Karim Allah”, taken on February 24th.

Hundreds of thousands of animals were forced to board these boats, specifically 895 calves on the Karim Allah and 1789 on the Elbeik. The animals were to be sold in Tripoli, but once they were denied landing due to an alleged disease in the animals, the ships were left adrift and thus remained for more than 2 and 3 months.

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Climate change: 4C temperature increase could risk major collapse of ice surrounding Antarctica, scientists say.

Climate change: 4C temperature increase could risk major collapse of ice surrounding Antarctica, scientists say

Scientists at the University of Reading found that a third of ice sheets around the Antarctic could melt if temperatures increase.

https://news.sky.com/story/ice-around-antarctica-could-collapse-if-global-temperatures-rise-by-4c-12269451

Ice surrounding Antarctica could be at risk of collapsing if global temperatures increase by 4C, experts warn.

Research from the University of Reading found that more than a third of the Antarctic ice shelf area could collapse and release “unimaginable amounts” of water into the sea.

The scientists said that limiting the temperature rise to 2C could potentially halve the area at risk and avoid a drastic rise in sea level.

The findings suggest that 4C warming could leave 34% of the area of all Antarctic ice shelves – around half a million square kilometres – at risk of collapse.

Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a landmass and most ice shelves surround the coast of Antarctica.

Dr Ella Gilbert from the University of Reading said: “Ice shelves are important buffers, preventing glaciers on land from flowing freely into the ocean and contributing to sea-level rise.

“When they collapse, it’s like a giant cork being removed from a bottle, allowing unimaginable amounts of water from glaciers to pour into the sea.

“We know that, when melted ice accumulates on the surface of ice shelves, it can make them fracture and collapse spectacularly.

“Previous research has given us the bigger picture in terms of predicting Antarctic ice shelf decline, but our new study uses the latest modelling techniques to fill in the finer detail and provide more precise projections.”

Dr Gilbert added the research highlights the importance of limiting the global temperature increases as set out in the Paris Agreement, by limiting global warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

As part of their modelling study, the researchers also identified that Larsen C – the largest remaining ice shelf on the peninsula – would be particularly at risk in a warmer climate.

They said other ice shelves facing this threat include Shackleton, Pine Island and Wilkins.

Dr Gilbert added: “If temperatures continue to rise at current rates, we may lose more Antarctic ice shelves in the coming decades.

“Limiting warming will not just be good for Antarctica – preserving ice shelves means less global sea-level rise, and that’s good for us all.”

Separate research conducted by Durham University has found that melting ice sheets have caused enormous sea-level rises.

The study found that melting ice caps have pushed oceans around the world higher by up to 18 metres.

In February, an iceberg the size of Bedfordshire has broken off from Antarctica, near a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station.

The 1,270km2, 150 metre-thick chunk of frozen water separated from the Brunt Ice Shelf.

Denmark: Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands. Petition, Please Support.

WAV Comment:  This is a difficult one to crack. 30 years ago Joanne, myself and Trev took to the streets to get supermarkets in England to stop buying fish from the Faroes because of this slaughter (see photo below).  Shoppers were made aware of the slaughter, but Denmark / Faroes refused to move on the subject.  So here we are all these years later and the killing still goes on.  The mass mink murderers are also getting satisfaction out of whale slaughter.  So much for the EU being animal welfare supportive ! – allowing a member state to continue this.

Tesco terrors

Campaigning on the streets against this murder, 30 years ago !

You can see a picture of our action on the streets above, plus many pictures of the whale murders by visiting About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – scroll down until you come to the bloody photos.

I don’t know what else to say about this really, the petition wording explains more.  All we can do is keep putting on the pressure and this action is yet another way of doing it.

Regarding the issue of the Danish mink murder and our letter to the Danish ambassador in London – England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice  and  Denmark: Still No Response From The Danes Regarding Our Letter of 12/11/20. That’s Life – Or Death, If You Are Danish Mink ! – World Animals Voice

I can confirm that as of today, 9/4/21, we still have never had a written reply from the Danes to our letter.  That’s politics !

So now we sign petitions to make a point; please support;

Thanks and regards – Mark

See our ‘postcards from Denmark’ – Postcards From Denmark. – World Animals Voice

England – London – Joint Demo Day – Protest against Faroe Islands and Taiji Japan Whale and Dolphin Slaughters. – World Animals Voice

Faroe Islands: Negligent killing of 6 whales – World Animals Voice

Faroe whale slaughter

Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands

Petition wording and link:

Petition Link:  petition: Protest against the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands (thepetitionsite.com)

Wording:

Every few months, entire pods of Pilot Whales are brutally and senselessly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands. As many as 1,000 long‐finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year.

The slaughter occurs mainly during the summer months in so‐called “traditional” communal drive hunts that locals refer to as “grindadráp” or simply, “the grind”. More accurately this practice should be called what it truly is ‐ mass slaughter. Like the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, “the grind” is a blood‐red stain on these otherwise pristine waters.

The purpose of this petition is to call on the Danish Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Rask Thygesen, as well as the South African Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela‐Hlongwane, to place pressure on the government of Denmark to stop “the grind”.

The Faroe Islands, although declared an autonomous region, still forms a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The Faroe Islands may be self‐governing, but they essentially constitute a country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Although the Nordic country does not openly support commercial whaling, same which is banned by the European Commission, it supports the right of indigenous communities in the Faroe Islands and Greenland – which, while part of the Danish Kingdom are not part of the European Union – to maintain what they call their traditional whale hunts. Denmark does this by relying on “Declaration 25”. The declaration refers to member states who have territories outside the EU – as is the case with the Faroe Islands and Greenland – and will allow Denmark not to be bound by the common position of the EU.

It should also be noted that Denmark’s justification which previously exempted it from having to comply with the EU Common Position (see Annex II of Common Position), is no longer valid, as this exemption was based on Declaration no. 25 annexed to the Final Act of the Maastricht Treaty. However, Declaration 25 is not annexed to the Lisbon Treaty, and therefore is no longer valid.

It is argued that “the grind” is done to procure food for the islanders, and forms a part of their “culture and tradition”. This seems to be inline with the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW) are contained in paragraph 13 of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling(ICRW) and allow for “aborigines,” whose cultural and nutritional need for whales and whaling. HOWEVER ‐ evidence has clearly shown that the islanders do in fact, sell the whale meat for commercial purposes. Also, many of the whales are hunted and their carcasses are left to rot in the sea, untouched by the islanders. Inference can then be drawn to support the idea that “the grind” does not fall under Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and must be opposed by the Kingdom of Denmark, the EU and the IWC.

Lastly, culture and tradition should not promote or condone cruelty. It is the 21st Century, we are aware of the biological workings of all animals. Whales and Dolphins have an increased amount of spindle cells, more so than humans do. Spindle cells, named after their long, spindle‐shaped bodies, are the cells that are credited with allowing us to feel love and to suffer emotionally.

Lori Marino in Whales and Dolphin: cognition, culture, conservation and human perceptions states:

‘Cetaceans and humans, therefore, are a striking example of evolutionary convergence in psychology among mammals. These similarities, importantly, mean that cetaceans, as humans, are vulnerable to emotional and social stresses that can lead to considerable harm. This important point is critical to guiding the ethics of how we interact with and treat cetaceans.’

We, as South Africans, are generally kind, compassionate people who do not support any form of animal abuse. Our coast lines boast the best Whale and Dolphin watching worldwide. Cape Town is an international Hot Spot for viewing of the Great White Shark. We fight the brutal poaching of our rhinos and elephants, boasting the largest game park, the Kruger National Park, in the world. We take our conservation very seriously.

It is important that ambassadors to, and of, our country show this stance and should protest against any such animal abuse, including this barbaric hunt of the Pilot Whales.

Gruesome whale hunts in Faroe Islands exposed by activists - YouTube
Some tradition should be banned: Pilot whales killing in Faroe Islands
What a way to bring up children !!!

The Community of Madrid will subsidize 18 bullfighting celebrations with 1 million euros

The government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso wants to reactivate the celebration of bullfighting celebrations within the community, subsidizing with around one million euros for the Toro de Lidia foundation, which will organize a ‘tour’ of nine bullfights and nine novilladas (bullfights with young bulls)

The president of the Community of Madrid and PP candidate for re-election, Isabel Díaz Ayuso

The president of the Community of Madrid and PP candidate for re-election, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced this Thursday that she has given a “green light” to the signing of a collaboration agreement, with the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, to put into march the bullfighting 2021-2022 and celebrate 18 bullfighting festivals in municipalities with less than 8,000 inhabitants. In addition, Ayuso has announced another endowment of 3 million euros for the fighting bull herds of the community.

Despite the fact that the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas does not currently provide any type of shows with bulls, at the Vistalegre Palace in Madrid it does seem that bullfights may be held, from May 13 to 23, predictably with a capacity reduced to 50%, although it continues to await official confirmation from the Community of Madrid.
This permit will arrive after the regional elections on May 4.

In addition, the increase in the price of tickets and season tickets is infuriating for fans: The cheapest season ticket is € 370, which is a minimum price of € 30 per celebration. From there, quotas close to € 1,300 are reached.

The Ayuso government heads the ranking of the communities that are giving the most money to the bullfighting sector, with up to 4.6 million euros in 2020 for bull herds, and now this million euros for 2021-2022 for the celebration of bullfighting festivities with death.

No to aid to bullfighting!

Autonomous governments and provincial councils are allocating extraordinary items for the rescue of bullfighting due to the effects of the coronavirus, which would already touch 7.7 million euros.

We, AnimaNaturalis we have been investigating these aids since the beginning of the pandemic, regularly updating this information.
In this article, we break down the different aids that the bullfighting sector is receiving.

More than 183,000 people have already asked the Minister of Culture not to allocate aid for the rescue of the bullfighting sector.

Faced with the COVID19 crisis, we have a unique opportunity to leave behind the privileges of the past, to build a world without bullfighting.

Without the millionaire budget items that the bullfighting sector receives, cruel animal shows will disappear.

https://www.animanaturalis.org/n/la-comunidad-de-madrid-subvencionara-con-1-millon-de-euros-18-festejos-taurinos

And I mean…Many people in Spain have to beg for food, the country has more than 2.8 million deaths due to Corona.
The Taurinos are now holding out their hands and begging like a toddler from corrupt politicians so that their “culture of the Jitanos” can continue to exist.

As the Pisa study shows, when it comes to education, Spain is at the very bottom in Europe, which is also noticeable in the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are perceived with enthusiasm, which only scares off and disgusts any other educated person.

Do the Spaniards really believe that in the current economic and health situation, there are no more important things to do with this money and want to spend the millions in such barbarism?

It’s not about being for or against bullfighting! it’s about that if you look at the Spaniards you can see that they lack a lot of money to eat or to pay for their electricity or gas!

And no, we won’t look the other way because this is a lucrative business for a bunch of idiots.
We will continue to fight to put an end to this barbarism, and we know it, the time is ticking for animals.

My best regards to all, Venus