England: A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.

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A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China.

More than 1 in 10 pig farm workers in the new study had already been infected, according to antibody blood tests which showed exposure to the virus.  The tests also showed that as many as 4.4% of the general population also appeared to have been exposed. Pigs have been shown to be hosts or “mixing vessels” for this new virus dubbed G4. Although the virus has not caused illnesses in people, and has not yet passed from humans to humans, scientists fear that it might mutate and cause another global pandemic.

Besides a new vaccine, I fear that the preventative measures will be focussed on increased factory farm biosecurity instead of ending a flawed system. Last April we wrote about pandemics and factory farming, and interviewed Dr Michael Greger MD who explained, “the sheer number of animals, overcrowding, the stress crippling their immune systems, the ammonia from the decomposing waste burning their lungs. The lack of sunlight, lack of fresh air, put all these factors together and we have the perfect storm environment for breeding these so-called ‘super strains’ of influenza”.

London’s top public health official has said that meat processing plants are one of the areas where a second wave of COVID is most likely to emerge in the capital; “food factories are an ‘emerging area’ of concern because of the proximity of workers to each other and the low pay, meaning staff were unlikely to be able to afford to self-isolate at home if they fell sick”.. Outbreaks have been seen in meat processing plants in Wales and Yorkshire, and in Germany, France, Spain and the US. The USA reports 20,000 infections of COVID in meat packing plant workers.

This week two democrat senators are accusing Smithfields (and other meat factory companies) of manipulating the COVID crisis to force ‘deregulatory measures’, allowing them to stay open in the name of feeding the American public. Turns out sales to China were up more than ever during that time, in fact they were record breaking! Meanwhile, China has banned imports from specific US, Brazilian, UK and German packing plants with a high incidence of COVID. Was this because Chinese authorities were concerned about the possibility that the meat itself could carry the COVID virus?

Last May we made a short film about the COVID and African Swine Flu outbreaks at Smithfield Foods, the biggest player in the US pork industry. The driver of this corporate take over from family farms to massive factory farms is the development banks. For example, in the nineteen-nineties Smithfield was granted a $100m soft loan to expand into Poland where they could take advantage of cheap labour and poorly enforced worker and animal welfare standards to outcompete pig farmers across the EU – farmers must ‘get big or get out of the industry’. See the documentary about this corporate take-over in our Channel 4 film Pig Business.

If Parliament fails to add vital amendments to the Agriculture Bill, Smithfield no longer has to go to Poland to get their deeply flawed factory farmed pork onto our shelves . In response to the NFU’s 1 million-strong petition to protect UK farmers from being undercut by substandard imports, the government has set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission. But it won’t be enough to protect UK farmers as its recommendations will only be advisory and not legally binding. A dangerous position when members of Boris’s cabinet, like Liz Truss, are prepared to sacrifice our farmers on the altar of so-called free trade.

London –  As the Bill continues to be debated in the House of Lords, Lord Dundee has tabled some additional amendments to include support for rearing livestock outdoors, for agro-ecological smallholder farming and for making land available to new food growers.

So, lobby politicians to improve the Bill by sending your own version of this letter to your MP or member of the House of Lords, forward our newsletter to friends, family and networks, share Farms Not Factories posts on social media, and urge your friends and local restaurants to buy only high welfare local pork/meat products.

Please share this newsletter or just the videos/info with your friends and networks.

Best wishes,

 

Tracy WorcesterDirector
farmsnotfactories.org

 

Regards Mark

France: the animal welfare party wins 12 seats in local elections

SENSATION! The French animal protection party “Parti Animaliste” has now won seats in an election for the first time since it was founded four years ago.

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It ran the municipal elections with twelve separate lists and an additional twelve individual candidacies on lists of other parties.

The result could hardly have been better: The Parti Animaliste now has 12 seats – including in Paris, Grenoble, Montpellier, and Nantes.

Congratulations, dear fighters for justice!

So that animals, nature, and people can have a future worth living!

Incidentally, according to a current survey, 72% of the French demand that local politics should also explicitly commit to more animal protection.

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This shows that all political levels have to make an effort to adequately tackle one of the greatest upcoming political future tasks: that all sentient beings are understood as individuals and that they must be actively protected against suffering and risks.

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We congratulate our fellow campaigners and thank everyone who has campaigned for this sensational result!

https://www.facebook.com/Tierschutzpartei/

Our clients are getting more and more lawyers. We are very happy about the great election result!!

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands: Unweaned Live Calf Exports. EU Commission confirms that there is NO derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.

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WAV Comment:  Congrats to our good friend Lesley at EoA in the Netherlands.  Excellent work to get the confirmation.  We have already taken this info to the team at CIWF who are fighting justice for the calves transported from Scotland.

Live calf exports is an issue that has bugged me for the last 30 years – see more at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  and our work with Lesley and others to get justice for the baby calves at the EU.

This is a great result for Lesley and all live export campaigners.  It can, and will be used in the courts to fight for justice.  The issue of Scottish calf exports could be one of the early uses here.

See more at: 

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/05/the-cruelty-transport-of-unweaned-calves-direct-from-ireland-to-france-and-from-scotland-via-ramsgate-england-for-further-fattening-in-spain/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/16/scotland-live-calf-exports-from-scotland-judicial-review-latest-news-from-ciwf-london/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/27/england-dutchman-onderwater-exports-scottish-calves-from-ramsgate-plus-more-info/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/15/november-2018-scottish-farmers-now-exporting-calves-via-ramsgate-england-with-help-from-dutchman-oderwater/

 

Regards Mark

 

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Derogation

derogation; plural noun: derogations

  1.  an exemption from or relaxation of a rule or law.

“countries assuming a derogation from EC law”

 

Thus ‘no derogation’ means the existing law must be enforced; read on the info from Lesley.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS: EU Commission confirms that there is no derogation to the feeding intervals in the case of animals transported on RORO (roll-on roll-off) vessels.

Animals transported on journeys including a RORO must be fed at the same frequency as ones transported solely by road.

This means the journeys of unweaned calves being trucked from farms in Ireland to Irish harbours and then ferried to Cherbourg, France should be phased out as they are in conflict with the law. These calves are going for 23 and up to 29 hours in total without being fed, whereas the EU law stipulates feeding unweaned animals after 18hours maximum.

The EU confirms that the exemption in point 1.7(a) of the EC 1/2005 specifically only refers to journey times and rest periods, and the requirement 1.3 and 1.4, such as watering and feeding intervals, must still apply to transport by sea. Point 1.7 (b) refers only to journey times and resting periods without altering the meaning of point 1.7(A) regarding watering and feeding intervals.

 

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Unlike weaned cattle, which are ruminants and can technically be fed on board the vehicle by placing hay inside the vehicle, unweaned animals cannot yet eat forage and are dependent on milk or milk replacer to get the nutrition they need and feeling of satiation. Because this is impossible to do on board a truck, and is not being done by any of the transporters, unweaned calves (and other unweaned animals like kids and lambs) can never be kept on board a vehicle for longer than 18hrs in total.

(Technically, even leaving them on board for longer than 9hrs is illegal, as the law stipulates that after 9 hrs unweaned animals must receive their first water break, and if necessary be fed. Although the trucks do have a water system, it is known that not all unweaned calves know how to use it or can use it. And in any case, they never can be fed either during this first break, despite it being mandatory if the calves need it.)

Please see attached the questions sent to the EU Commission and their response. I am also attaching our most recent investigation trailing unweaned calves from Ireland via Rosslare port to Cherbourg port, France via the Stena Ferry.

With best wishes, also on behalf of L214, Ethical Farming Ireland and Animal Welfare Foundation,

Lesley

Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology
Director, Eyes on Animals

 

 

USA: Project Coyote PR – County Residents Urged to Oppose Killing of Wildlife in Mendocino County.

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Regards Mark

 

PCMR

 

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2020

County Residents Urged to Oppose Killing of Wildlife
in Mendocino County

Board of Supervisors to vote on Controversial USDA “Wildlife Services” program

Ukiah, CA – The Mendocino Non-lethal Wildlife Alliance (MNWA) and Project Coyote urge Mendocino County residents to virtually attend the July 14th County Board of Supervisors meeting via the tele-meeting option and express their strong opposition to the County’s likely renewal of their $170,000 contract with USDA Wildlife Services. Those who are unable to attend the meeting on the 14th are encouraged to urge their Supervisor to oppose the renewal of the contract.

 

Residents are also encouraged to sign a related petition urging the Board to end their contract with Wildlife Services at this link:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/842/567/041/stop-the-killing-now/#published

 

“The Public Trust Doctrine holds that wildlife is to be managed for the benefit of the public, and yet Mendocino County continues to spend tax dollars to contract with Wildlife Services to trap, shoot, and kill hundreds of bears, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions and other wildlife each year at the behest of private ranchers and other agricultural interests,” said Camilla Fox, Executive Director of Project Coyote. 

For more than a century, Wildlife Services has killed millions of wild animals annually using shockingly cruel and inhumane methods. These methods include aerial gunning, body-gripping traps, poisoning, strangulation neck snares and M-44s (mini-cyanide bombs that explode in an unsuspecting animal’s mouth, causing an excruciating death). Wildlife Services only refrains from using these barbaric killing methods when they are forced to do so by lawsuit, ballot initiative or public pressure. 

“We do not believe that public tax dollars should be used to support an agency that has no moral code and a history of brutally killing not only native wildlife but also our beloved pets who get caught in their traps,” said Carol Misseldine, MNWA Steering Committee member.

A bare majority of the County Board has signalled their interest in not only renewing their contract with this rogue agency, but in actually expanding permissible killing methods to include neck wringing, cervical dislocation and the use of CO2—all of which can cause extreme pain and suffering. The intended private beneficiaries of the public tax dollars funding these contracts are primarily ranchers and their livestock. However, the scientific research is overwhelming and clear: killing wildlife to reduce livestock predation is not only ineffective, it is often counterproductive in that livestock predation often increases as a result of predator social systems being destabilized when older or alpha members are killed.

Counties throughout the country, including neighboring Marin and Sonoma, have already ended their contracts with Wildlife Services and have instead brought in non-lethal wildlife management methods and services to protect property and livestock. Such non-lethal wildlife exclusion techniques, including fencing, night corrals and Foxlights, have proven far more effective than senseless killing by Wildlife Services.

Gowan Batist, a fifth-generation Mendocino County resident and the farm manager at Fortunate Farm in Caspar, is a devout champion of using non-lethal strategies to protect her livestock. “I raise sheep, which are extremely vulnerable to predation; some say that lambs are basically nature’s tater tots.  But since implementing non-lethal control methods on my farm six years ago, I have not had a single loss to a coyote. The only loss I’ve had in those six years was to a mountain lion, and that was by a hungry teenage lion in the immediate aftermath of its mother being killed by a neighbor or Wildlife Services, which goes to what the science tells us: killing predators only increases livestock predation,” she said.

Maureen Mulheren and Mari Rodin are running for the County Supervisor seat currently held by John McCowen. McCowen, a strong proponent for the continuation of Wildlife Services’ killing program, is retiring at the end of his current term in January 2021.

Mulheren agrees that the County should not be spending public dollars on behalf of private interests. “The lethal predator control methods that the USDA Wildlife Service employs are ineffective and outdated. As Supervisor, I will vote to terminate the County’s contract with Wildlife Services and instead use that $170,000 in tax dollars on education about and implementation of non-lethal techniques.”

Rodin said, “I base my decisions on sound scientific data and in this instance the science indicates that the methods used by USDA Wildlife Service are both ineffective and counterproductive. Moreover, they appear to be unethical. As Supervisor, I will vote to terminate our contract with Wildlife Services and instead support the use of non-lethal methods to manage human conflicts with wildlife by a local entity.”

Due to the Covid-19 health emergency, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is conducting all business virtually. To provide public comment, individuals must fill out the “comment request form” at the link below no later than 8:00 am on the day of the meeting. Once the form has been received and reviewed, instructions will be sent for how to call into the Zoom meeting and provide public comment.

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/agendas-and-minutes

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Australia: Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050, report finds.

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WAV Comment ; How the Australian people elect and put up with such a dick PM is beyond belief. Koalas, live export; what planet is this blob from to allow all this to continue ?

 

 

Koalas face extinction in New South Wales by 2050, report finds

  • 30 June 2020

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-53231348

 

Koalas will be extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) by 2050 unless there is urgent action, an inquiry has found.

The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by habitat loss, disease and climatic events in recent years.

About 5,000 koalas are thought to have died in devastating recent bushfires, the report to state parliament said.

It urged lawmakers to ensure that remaining populations did not perish in rapidly diminishing habitats.

The inquiry, by a cross-party committee, found pre-bushfire estimates that koalas numbered 36,000 in NSW were now outdated.

In the past year, blazes which scorched more than five million hectares statewide had affected 24% of koala habitats, it said.

 

The logging and fracturing of other koala areas has also been detrimental to their survival, according to the year-long investigation.

The committee said climate change posed an ongoing threat by exacerbating bushfires and drought, and by reducing the quality of the animal’s eucalyptus leaf diet.

 

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Basically, I could not give a shit – coal anytime !

 

“At every turn we were handed evidence that showed our current laws are inadequate and facilitating the clearing of core koala habitat,” said chairwoman Cate Faehrmann.

“The strategies and policies currently in place to protect the koala aren’t working.”

The committee made 42 recommendations, including establishing new national parks in identified areas and reducing land clearing.

The state government welcomed the report but did not immediately confirm which recommendations it would adopt.

“Koalas are an iconic Australian animal recognised the world over and a national treasure which we will do everything we can to protect for future generations,” state Environment Minster Matt Kean.

Koalas are also found in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory but their numbers are on the decline nationally, according to conservation groups.

Last year, the Australian Koala Foundation estimated there were “no more than 80,000” left in Australia – though others say it is difficult to know for sure.

Their principal threats – habitat loss, diseases such as chlamydia, and the impacts of climate change – are a concern nationwide.

Happy birthday, Pamela Anderson!

An activist with a heart of gold.

In 2012 she was in Germany to assist Captain Paul Watson while he was detained in Germany at the request of the governments of Costa Rica and Japan to be extradited. The world-famous actress and animal rights activist is also a member of the board of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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And I mean…When Julian Assange hid in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Pamela Andersons visited him several times. Now she even went to prison for him. She also visited the WikiLeaks founder in detention in London.

In an interview in the German magazine “Der Spiegel”, she said: I visited him because he is my friend. I wanted to support him. I wanted to hug him. I think he and WikiLeaks have made important information available to the world; on US Army were crimes in Iraq and other evils by powerful people.
It’s just not right to throw him in a maximum-security prison for publishing important documents. ”

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We wish you many, many years dear Pamela.

For animal rights and human rights

My best regards to all, Venus

France: A Poem From A French Activist. I could never forget you. I could never forgive them.

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La Ligue des Animaux

https://www.facebook.com/LaLigueDesAnimaux/

Hi all;

Today 1/7/20, we were contacted by an activist in France regarding a picture posted in an article recently by Venus.

Here is the photo.

 

 

They were very moved by the picture and the activist has written a beautiful poem as a result.

We publish it here; as we know she will not mind.

 

Regards Mark and Venus.

 

Here is the message and poem.  She kindly says:

 

Thank you very much for your information. You’re right, this photo is terrible. We sometimes write poems/speeches when we face certain kind of pic. This one is one of them.

 

It inspired me, this one I wrote  :

 

Do not look away, here is the real horror face of captivity.

There is no drop of blood, no cry of pain but my heart is torn apart by the distress of this little abandoned being.

Tight throat, shortness of breath, my tears flow for this innocent victim of merciless torturers.

I cry for this stolen life, broken, torn from the heat of the arms of his home, subdued by the chain.

I cry because head lowered, curled up, terrorized, clenched fist, he is waiting , trembling,  for the next humiliations without ever being able to refuse.

Is he hungry? Is he thirsty?  You know the answer…

Reduced as an object in the service of humans, how can we mistreat a being endowed with such sensitivity?

To all these jailers, thieves of freedom: you are nothing but miserable less than nothing without any dignity.

Your feeling of omnipotence towards your animal captives is none other than a reflection of your insignificance within society.

Wherever you are, my adorable prisoner friend, your image of suffering will never be able to leave me.

Each of my tears of rage will strengthen our relentless fight against captivity in whatever form!

 

I could never forget you. I could never forgive them.

 

Thanks for all your hard work and fight for those you can’t speak up.

With my best Regards,

An Activist – France.

 

La Ligue des Animaux

https://www.facebook.com/LaLigueDesAnimaux/

Regards;

Mark.

 

The zoo in Magdalena Peninsula must be closed immediately!

IMAGES of a seal that has been so neglected it has become covered in seaweed has led to calls for the zoo keeping it to be closed.
Animal rights activists want the small zoo in the Magdalena Peninsula, in Santander, Spain, closed immediately and have condemned it as a “throwback to the bad old days”.

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Images of unhappy animals at the zoo have been circulating on Spanish social media sites and have led to a petition for its closure.
The animal rights group AnimaNaturalis says more than 6,000 have signed its letter of protest to Santander council.

Petition: (https://www.animanaturalis.org/n/45482/firma-ahora-para-exigir-actuaciones-en-el-minizoo-del-palacio-de-la-magdalena)

The charity’s leader Aïda Gascón said that the seal covered in green algae “seems to be letting itself die” (!!!).
But opposition parties unsuccessfully tabled a motion before the city council demanding to shut the zoo.

A petition has been signed to close the zoo, in Santander zoo
The council which runs the zoo says the seal had not been mistreatedCredit: AnimaNaturalis
 

Local councilor Daniel Fernández: “Those pictures convey an image of inconceivable and disgraceful treatment of animals when we see things like the sea lion pen with no water.
“This would be unacceptable anywhere in the world, but it is even more surprising in a city that wants to position itself as a tourist attraction.”

The seals have had no water generally from the sea, they can only swim in standing water, the consistency of which is already greenish and obviously dirty.

But animal rights groups disagree

One woman even noticed that they were swimming a dead or sick seal on the water filled with grass and moss.

After the complaint, the Santander City Council assured that the dead animals had died naturally and that there were no animals that had been abused or lived under unfortunate conditions as they were all well looked after by veterinarians.

However, the videos leave their own and strangers speechless.

More than 27,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org to close the Magdalena mini-zoo which was built in the 1980s.

Petition (and Video) please sign: (https://www.animanaturalis.org/n/45482/firma-ahora-para-exigir-actuaciones-en-el-minizoo-del-palacio-de-la-magdalena)

Continue reading “The zoo in Magdalena Peninsula must be closed immediately!”

Worrying; Very !!

 

 

Hi Mark,

With the coronavirus, we’ve learned how fast a new organism can spread. Imagine genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to inherit their genes at a very fast pace, jeopardise the food chain, and wipe out their natural siblings by making them infertile. [1]

According to scientists, there is a risk the so-called “gene drive” could even spread from mosquitoes to butterflies, killing pollinators en masse, risking crops, plants and entire ecosystems. [2]

Nobody pushing this new technology has a solution that would successfully mitigate these risks, but even so, plans are proceeding to make gene drives a reality. 

Most of the funding to make this happen is being provided by the US military and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [3]

With your help, we can start the process to put a moratorium on it. Next week, experts and government officials will come together to discuss this new and risky technology. Our partners have secured two seats at this private online meeting and will represent our voices.

If thousands of us sign the petition calling for a moratorium, what our partners say will count much more. Add your name to ensure we don’t release any genetically engineered organism without properly assessing its severe risks.

 

Sign the petition at:

https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/gene-drive-moratorium-uk?action=sign&utm_source=civimail-31162&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200629_EN

The billionaire Bill Gates is excited about the potential of this new technology. [4] He hopes to get rid of mosquitos that pass on diseases, but until now no scientist has been able to assess the risk. [5] We don’t want to solve one problem only to create another bigger one. [6]

Imagine we eradicate one species of mosquitoes, but what happens to frogs, birds and fish feeding on mosquitoes and their eggs? How will the behaviour of other animals change when mosquitoes disappear? Deer may not hide in the mountains to protect themselves against their bites, instead staying in valleys and feeding differently.

The biggest imaginable risk is the collapse of whole ecosystems happening with the release of even a handful of gene drive mosquitoes. With what we know about gene drives now, their effects cannot be predicted, stopped, or reversed. We want to support the great system that is nature and understand it before we mess with it. A moratorium will give us the time to work out what we need to do next to protect nature and life.

The upcoming meeting of experts is to inform EU and global decision makers about the risks. This is the moment we need to be heard. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet who will participate and we cannot address them directly, but only two of us will join the meeting – and we need them to be powerful.

 

Sign the petition at:

https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/gene-drive-moratorium-uk?action=sign&utm_source=civimail-31162&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200629_EN

Our signatures show people power from all over Europe. We have shown time and time again how, starting with a simple petition, we can achieve big wins: just a few weeks ago we shared how together we stopped barley, brewing, and ultimately all beer production from being patented. It started with a simple petition.

If we act now, we can have a moratorium before it’s too late.

David, Jörg (Lübeck), and the entire WeMove Europe team

 

PS: Before we release a new technology, we need to make sure we don’t risk destroying entire ecosystems by making the world an experimental laboratory. Please sign and share widely to put a moratorium on gene drives.

 

References:
[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191219142646.htm
[2] There is evidence from insects that a bacterium called Wolbachia can transfer genes between different insect species. So, it is theoretically possible that Wolbachia genetic transfer could take place between mosquitoes and pollinating insects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4882834/
[3] “Total funding for gene drive development is currently estimated to exceed a quarter of a billion US dollars. The largest single government funder of gene drive research is the U.S. military (DARPA).” https://www.etcgroup.org/content/gene-drive-files
[4] https://www.geekwire.com/2020/bill-gates-thinks-gene-editing-artificial-intelligence-save-world/
[5] The first disease the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to tackle is malaria. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/25/gm-mosquitoes-released-burkina-faso-malaria-gene-drive Malaria was once widespread in Europe as well and was eradicated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria
[6] https://www.stop-genedrives.eu/en/gene-drives/

 

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