First class corrupt governments!

Germany: Federal parliament rejects stop of long-distance transports!

 

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“It is a scandal that animals continue to be transported under terrible conditions to third countries. The outcry after the 37 degree reportage “secret thing animal transports” was once very large – but now you continue just as before, “said Dr. Rusche of the German Animal Welfare Association.

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In their application, the Greens called for a suspension of transports – as long as the requirements of the EU regulation on live animal transports in third countries are genuinely met – as well as limited transport times. The FDP (free democrats)  demanded the suppression of transports, if they do not meet the European minimum standards, as well as compliance with the EU Regulation with appropriate controls, reports the German Animal Welfare Association.

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This Remembrance Day, We Must Not Forget The Animals Lost In War.

 

This Remembrance Day, We Must Not Forget The Animals Lost In War

Not them, nor anyone or anything else that has made unimaginable sacrifices for every single one of us alive today.

 

·         Marc Abraham Vet, animal welfare campaigner, PupAid founder

Very few of us find this weekend lacking in emotion. Perhaps from our own personal experiences or just hearing stories and memories of war from older relatives, we all make a point of honouring the dead by wearing a poppy, respecting the two-minute silence, as well as attending our local Remembrance Parades too. All of these actions help us reflect deeply about how lucky we are as a nation; and how it’s all due to those brave heroes that fought, and still continue to fight, for our freedom in every bloody battle, conflict, and terrible war.

But as well as the millions of human heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice, please also spare a thought this weekend for all the poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind, and employing all manner of skills, that both served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns. On the Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane, there’s an inscription that simply reads “They had no choice.”

Famously of course, horses always formed the cavalry, able to draw heavy artillery and providing an incredibly useful all-purpose and reliable method of transportation. We’re all aware of Michael Morpurgo story ‘Warhorse’, but tragically eight million warhorses lost their lives during the Great War. Most died from disease, starvation, or exposure; one of mankind’s most noble and loyal servants reduced to shivering bags of skin and bones, some even resorting to chewing on their own rugs for food.

In the deserts, mountains, and tropics, with much tougher terrain, camels and elephants were better suited to help our soldiers, playing a crucial role in warfare; just like those oxen, mules, and donkeys that carried supplies, arms, as well as our dead and wounded. Mules serving in the dense jungles of Burma even had their vocal cords severed, ensuring their loud braying would not betray Allied positions to the enemy.

Unsurprisingly dogs also suffered high casualty rates as they were used to relay messages between soldiers in the trenches. Furthermore their excellent sensitivity to smell meant that they were employed to search for mines and trip-wires, commonly leading to in injury or death from resulting explosions. Some would rip their paws to shreds scrabbling through the rubble of bombed-out buildings in UK cities attacked in the Blitz, looking for survivors or bodies.

In contrast nowadays it’s rare for a mine detection dog to be killed or injured, as these dogs are trained not to step on the mines, and the way they are worked is very strictly controlled. Usually once a mine is detected the dog is trained to sit beside it as a sign to the handler that it’s found something. Furthermore dogs are often not heavy enough to set off anti-tank or anti-personnel mines. Serving teams of all nationalities, these explosive-detecting dogs are extremely well looked after, and deeply loved by their handlers; not really surprising since the handler’s life and often their unit’s moral is often determined on the close bond they share with their faithful four-legged pals when working under extremely stressful conditions.

Did you know that ‘Para-dogs’ were once dropped behind enemy lines to assist with covert operations? And in the Soviet Army, dogs even had explosives strapped to their backs to be used as anti-tank weapons, trained by placing food directly under tanks. The idea was that these apparently starved dogs would learn to associate tanks with meals, and would then proceed to run under any German tanks they saw to find their dinner. Unfortunately the Soviets vastly underestimated their dogs’ intelligence, as the first time they were used, instead of attacking the German tanks the hungry dogs recognised the Russian tanks used in training, running straight back under them instead. After this catastrophic misjudgment the use of anti-tank dogs was very quickly abandoned.

Unbelievably war isn’t just about man against man, often supported by these brave animals. Were you aware that during wartime some animals were even pitted against other animals? For example British carrier pigeons delivering crucial messages to Front line troops in both First and Second World Wars would suffer multiple attempts to prevent them reaching their destinations; German hawks were waiting to attack our unwitting winged messengers at the Pas de Calais. Between the hawks, the bullets, and Mother Nature herself, a staggering 100,000 pigeons were killed between 1914 and 1918, with many of these remaining avian survivors limping home with oil-clogged feathers, shot-away wings, and ripped-open necks. The difference made by these birds was absolutely crucial.

Then there were the cats such as ‘Frankenstein’ on warship HMS Belfast, who had his own hammock and was kept on board to protect the food stores from the many rats and mice. Canaries were also employed in wartime to alert sappers to gas; and last, but by no means least, the glow worms, by whose soft light World War I soldiers would read their maps in their last moments before going over the top. Even in modern wartime dolphins and sea lions are deployed to help detect naval mines.

We must never forget. Not them, nor anyone or anything else that has made unimaginable sacrifices for every single one of us alive today.

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http://www.animalsinwar.org.uk/index.cfm?asset_id=1374

 

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Horses, Mules and Donkeys

Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died in the First World War. They were used to transport ammunition and supplies to the front and many died, not only from the horrors of shellfire but also in terrible weather and appalling conditions. Mules were found to have tremendous stamina in extreme climates and over the most difficult terrain, serving courageously in the freezing mud on the Western Front and later at Monte Cassino in World War II. Equally they toiled unflinchingly in the oppressive heat of Burma, Eritrea and Tunisia. There are many inspiring and often tragic stories of the great devotion and loyalty shown between horses, mules and donkeys and their masters during some of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century, as can be read in Jilly Cooper’s moving book Animals in War, published by Corgi.

 

Dogs

The dog’s innate qualities of intelligence and devotion were valued and used by the forces in conflicts throughout the century. Among their many duties, these faithful animals ran messages, laid telegraph wires, detected mines, dug out bomb victims and acted as guard or patrol dogs. Many battled on despite horrific wounds and in terrifying circumstances to the limit of their endurance, showing indomitable courage and supreme loyalty to their handlers.

Pigeons

More than 100,000 pigeons served Britain in the First World War and 200,000 in World War II. They performed heroically and saved thousands of lives by carrying vital messages, sometimes over long distances, when other methods of communication were impossible. Flying at the rate of a mile a minute from the front line, from behind enemy lines or from ships or aeroplanes, these gallant birds would struggle on through all weathers, even when severely wounded and exhausted, in order to carry their vital messages home.

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Elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, canaries, even glow worms — all these creatures, great and small, contributed their strength, their energy and their lives in times of war and conflict to the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces during the 20th century.

This Memorial is a fitting and lasting tribute to them all.

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http://www.animalsinwar.org.uk/index.cfm?asset_id=1375

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/28604874

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/15-animals-that-went-to-war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA: Federal Judge BLOCKS Construction On Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.

 

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Dear Mark,

I have HUGE NEWS!

A federal judge just blocked construction on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review of the reckless project.

The judge ruled that the Trump administration violated bedrock environmental laws when approving the proposed pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty, climate-busting tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland. Among other things, the judge found that the administration’s environmental impact statement glaringly ignored the pipeline’s obvious impact on climate change, and the high risk of dangerous, hard to clean oil spills.

This court ruling is a major win for NRDC, our partners, Indigenous communities, and environmental activists like you who have been fighting tirelessly to stop this dangerous pipeline for over a decade.

And this news came just hours after 150,000 individuals from across the country — including tens of thousands of NRDC activists — submitted public comments to the State Department opposing its faulty, hastily-produced draft environmental impact statement for Keystone XL.

Read more about this momentous victory on NRDC.org and The New York Times, and then share the good news with friends and family.

NRDC

It has been three years since the Obama administration stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward. Under President Obama, the State Department, which has jurisdiction because the pipeline crosses the U.S./Canada border, concluded that the pipeline was just too dangerous — to our environment and wildlife, to our global climate and drinking water, and to local communities and tribes.

President Trump, backed by the tar sands oil industry, then revived the project by executive order just days after taking office, and he has been doing everything in his power ever since to ensure this destructive pipeline gets built.

But this court order, the result of a lawsuit by NRDC and our allies, sent a message loud and clear: the pipeline is a disaster for our climate, communities, and wildlife, and should be shelved forever.

Of course, the fight’s far from over. We must stay vigilant — the Trump administration is sure to keep pushing the Keystone XL pipeline forward. It might appeal the judge’s ruling, or the State Department may go back and amend their environmental impact statement yet again. But one thing is certain: NRDC, with your support, will keep working — in and out of court — to ensure this climate-wrecking pipeline never sees the light of day.

I hope I can count on you to stand with us in the weeks and months ahead. But today, please join me in celebrating this important victory.

Thanks for joining us in this fight.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

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Hanoi is a good example!

 

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Hanoi, Vietnam, will officially ban the dog meat trade by 2021, Southeast Asia Globe reports.

The announcement follows a statement released in mid-September by the Hanoi People’s Committee, which urges residents of the Vietnamese capital to stop eating dog meat. According to officials, the popularity of dog meat makes the city less favorable to tourists and can lead to the spread of diseases, including rabies and leptospirosis. Additionally, the committee hopes its efforts will encourage locals to “see value in treating animals humanely.”

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Shortly after the announcement, Ngoc Son Nguyen, director of the city’s Department of Health, issued a statement saying that officials would gradually phase out the dog meat trade, adding that it will no longer be available in the city center by 2021. Official statistics indicate that 1,000 shops within Hanoi still sell dog meat.

The decision was praised by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), a nonprofit organization that campaigns for the fair treatment of animals in East Asia. “This is not a cultural issue. We do not discuss whether people eat or do not eat dog meat,” said AAF chief representative, Tuan Bendixsen, in a statement. “The problem to be discussed here is that the AAF has a lot of evidence proving the cruelty in the entire process of killing dogs for meat, from transporting, confining to slaughtering them.”

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“It is not right to treat dogs as farm animals like chickens, pigs or cows. And what’s more is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a dog raised in a farm for meat from those stolen from a family,” Bendixsen continued. Data from the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) estimates that 20,000 dogs become victim to the trade each year, many of which are family pets who have been stolen from their homes.

Though cat meat is less popular, the committee asked citizens to stop eating cat meat as well, highlighting the cruel nature of the industry. The city government hopes that the Hanoi cat meat trade can also eventually be phased out.

https://www.livekindly.co/hanoi-becomes-vietnams-first-city-ban-dog-meat-trade/

My comment: WE , the Europeans criticize other countries because they are massacring and eating animals, who WE regard as pets.

WE execute pigs, cows, lambs, rabbits, ducks, chickens too … in the Dachau Farms, here, every day in millions.

These are also animals!
If we degrade useful animals to edible, because they belong to no one, and qualify the pets to non-edible, just because they are not farma animals and have a home, then we support the eternal suffering of the farma animals and abolish the suffering of the home animals.

Therefore, the fight against dog and cat consumption should not be conducted separately and not species-related, but as part of the overall fight against animal exploitation, animal slavery and disgrace for all the animals and all over the world!

 

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Best regards, Venus

 

 

Remembering Animals Who Gave Their Lives In War.

 

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London – November 2018.

Quite rightly; those who gave their lives to defend their homeland should always be remembered.  There are many national events happening in the UK this week to mark the centenary of the end of the First world war – one of, if not the, biggest takers of life of all time.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-best-pictures-of-tower-of-londons-stunning-armistice-memorial-lights-a3981516.html

https://news.sky.com/video/10000-lit-torches-in-tower-of-londons-moat-11545197

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/nov/05/ten-thousand-torches-light-up-tower-of-london-in-armistice-memorial-video

The Tower of London was illuminated on Sunday evening by thousands of torches, which were lit in its dry moat to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.

A Beefeater began the ceremony by bringing a flame down from the tower to the moat, which had been filled with smoke. Representatives of the armed forces and volunteers used the flame to ignite about 10,000 torches scattered at the foot of the tower’s walls

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We always remember the fallen humans; but what about the animals that have given their lives in conflict ?

London has many memorials dedicated to the service provided by animals during the great wars.  Every year, whilst the memorial to the fallen soldiers is taking place in London; many people visit the animals memorial to lay wreaths and to thanks the forgotten heroes who were such a force in the war.

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Horses, donkeys and mules fought like heroes in WW1, side by side with millions of soldiers. Over eight million equines fell during the war and without them the outcome could have been very different. 

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On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy Brooke was determined to find the surviving ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces. These brave and noble horses were sold into a life of hard labour in Cairo when conflict ended.

Searching for them throughout Cairo, Dorothy was appalled to find hundreds of emaciated and worn-out animals desperately in need of help. She wrote a letter to the Morning Post (which later became the Daily Telegraph – London newspaper) exposing their plight.

Read more and visit the Brooke website – a leading animal charity today – https://www.thebrooke.org/about-brooke/history-brooke

 

Rather than the traditional red poppy, Purple Poppies are warm to remember animals in conflict.

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