Free Tibet From Chinese Persecution. An Introduction To The London Based ‘Free Tibet’ Campaign.

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Normally we only deal specifically with global animal rights and animal welfare issues; but the ‘Free Tibet’ campaign is a human rights issue very close to my heart.  Please support it – thank you;

Mark – SAV Founder.

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All the following is duplicated from the ‘Free Tibet’ website.

‘Free Tibet’ is a great organization which is based in London, England.

For a small monthly fee you can become a member of the organization – please click on the following link to join.

http://freetibet.org/join

 

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Read the latest news – Information link:

http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/china-secretly-drills-deepest-shaft-tibet?utm_source=General+signups&utm_campaign=398a394d7b-April_Newsletter4_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b3b75e260-398a394d7b-49881965

 

China secretly drills deepest shaft in Tibet

Monday, 7 April 2014

7km borehole in the Tibetan Plateau to assess the region’s fossil fuels

The deepest hole ever drilled into the earth at such extreme altitudes has been sunk in an undisclosed region of Tibet, according to mainland Chinese scientists who are following the project.

Mindful of Tibetan opposition, the Chinese government is discreetly funding various projects to drill exploratory shafts in Tibet to study samples and discover the commercial viability of its reserves.

The harsh Tibetan climate has so far stalled the exploitation of the plateau but the Chinese government is eager to extract Tibet’s abundant oil and natural gas.

Reports state that the two largest state-owned oil and gas companies are believed have been in the Tibetan region for nearly 20 years.

They aim to map the surrounding areas with detailed surveys and experimental drilling.

Further exploitation

Last August, China’s Ministry of Land signed a 20 million Yuan exploration agreement after Tibet showed “enormous oil and natural gas potential”.

Tibet is one of the last unexplored terrains for natural resources in the world and is gaining global attention from mining companies.

Chinese scientists warn against the rush to exploit Tibet’s rich minerals and hydrocarbons as mining projects have the potential to permanently damage Tibet’s fragile ecosystems.

SourceSouth China Morning Post

 

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Tibetans protests

Many of the protests in Tibet have been Tibetans asking for land not to be desecrated and they have been met with violence by the authorities.

China’s mining, damming, logging and agricultural policies over the decades has devastated the plateau.

Tibet’s natural resources have been ruthlessly exploited by China, while Tibetans are denied the right to determine how their land is used.

This is the latest act of destruction of the Tibetan environment by China

Read more on Tibet’s environment.

 

Reaad the information below and lots more about the human rights issues in Tibet at – http://freetibet.org/about/human-rights-tibet

Human rights in Tibet

Tibetans’ civil and political rights are under constant attack by the Chinese authorities who will stop at nothing to suppress dissent.

Every aspect of Tibetan life is under siege from a Chinese leadership determined to gradually eradicate a whole culture.

The Tibetan flag and national anthem are banned.

Possession of a picture of the Dalai Lama can result in torture and imprisonment.

Even children face abuses of their freedom and human rights in Tibet.

Here are just a few human rights case studies of people who have suffered abuses under China’s regime.

 

Please do what you can to support the freedom of the people of Tibet from Chinese invasion.

Please consider donating to, or becoming a member of this group. 

For a small monthly fee you can become a member of the organization – please click on the following link to join.

http://freetibet.org/join

 

FREE TIBET !!

 

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England: UK Conservative Government To Rob Royal Botanical Gardens Of Funds – Disgrace !!!

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Above – Kew, London

Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to government cuts – £5M deficit will lead to loss of over 120 posts

Please sign the petition at:

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/globally-important-conservation-and-science-under-threat-at-royal-botanic-gardens-kew-due-to-uk-government-cuts-5m-deficit-will-lead-to-loss-of-over-120-posts?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=54978&alert_id=cvLdThlNWp_vDYFFYdrvp

The UK Government need to urgently reverse the existing cuts to Kew’s annual operating grant in aid funding, and to cancel the proposed and any further future cuts.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with sites at Kew Gardens, London and Wakehurst Place, Sussex is a world-leader in conservation and botanical science, with over 250 years of historical excellence in these fields.

Never before has Kew faced such a significant threat to its future. It now needs your help to ensure its globally-important plant and fungal collections can continue to be used to support plant and fungal science and conservation around the world.

In 1983, 90 per cent of Kew’s funding came from the UK Government as grant in aid. The current amount has dropped to below 40 per cent as of this year. Funding was reduced by £0.9M in 2009-10, £1M in 2010-11, and by an extra £0.5M year-on-year thereafter (see here).

Kew has now been told to expect further cuts of at least another £1.5M before the end of 2016.

Under the 1983 National Heritage Act, the UK Government committed to ensure that Kew is adequately resourced to fulfil its statutory obligations, which include: research; providing advice and education; plant-related services including quarantine; caring for world-renowned scientific collections, as national reference collections available for study; and as a resource for the public to gain knowledge and enjoy. The UK Government is no longer fulfilling its role to allow Kew to meet these obligations.

Kew has been dramatically increasing income from non-government funding streams through the work of their partner charity Kew Foundation, and via commercially-generated income, consultancy work, and research funding. Although there are plans to extend these efforts, they are no longer able to keep up with the rate of cuts in government funding and many areas of Kew’s work are not easily resourced externally.

Due to the cuts, Kew has announced that with a £5M deficit for this year, over 120 posts will be axed. The majority of posts will be lost in the areas of science and public engagement (report here.) In specialist careers measured in decades of experience, Kewwill lose dedicated, expert staff, and whole areas of work are likely to be halted.

As Sir David Attenborough was recently quoted as saying:

“Kew has an absolutely crucial role in looking after our botanical heritage and our botanical future. The important thing to remember is that it is the premiere botanical gardens in the world scientifically. People who think it is just a place to go to look at pretty flowers and flower beds are mistaking the importance of Kew Gardens. The Seed Bank is of world importance and it should be supported by the Government like a proper institution or university and the continuing idea that Kew Gardens is merely a playground and that you just put up the prices to look after it is a misguided assessment of the value of Kew. The Government and the scientific departments should recognise that and support it properly.” 

Please show your support for Kew, and their continuing work for future generations, by signing this petition, and please encourage others to do the same.

 

Please sign the petition at:

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/globally-important-conservation-and-science-under-threat-at-royal-botanic-gardens-kew-due-to-uk-government-cuts-5m-deficit-will-lead-to-loss-of-over-120-posts?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=54978&alert_id=cvLdThlNWp_vDYFFYdrvp

 

SAV Comment:

As an Englishman and a plant and tree person; I have had the pleasure of visiting Kew and Wakehurst several times.  I was privileged to have helped donate to the formation of the seed bank at Wakehurst.

To see what the UK government are now trying to do just for the sake of saving a few pounds is something which I would simply call a global, ecological and environmental disaster.  Cameron and his lap dog cronies care not a toss for animal, environmental and other issues that many of us put at the top of our list.  Cameron and his cronies are driven by just one thing – money – all the rest of the worlds issues can go to hell as far as he is concerned.  The man is a prime fool.

Visit the Kew website at  http://www.kew.org/

Watch a year at Kew – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUooTA9T8Vo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQPnkm0VJM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXsekz0eJeg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6DDwXHW9qY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrkiqBcOHI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EbzcPRhShU

and more sub issues by clicking on the links on the right side of the video footage.

The money crazy Conservatives are the fools who are behind this campaign to destroy a world class centre which houses one of the greatest botanical research centres on the planet.

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Owen Paterson and David Cameron –

Destroyers of the wonderful services provided by Kew and Wakehurst

For non-UK visitors,

Kew Gadens comprises two fabulous centres – the main botanical gardens in central London and also its sister offshoot – named Wakehurst Place, which is located out of London in the South East of England.  Wakehurst is home to the world famous seed bank where thousands upon thousands of plant seeds are stored in perfect conditions for the future, should those plants ever become extinct in their natural environment.  The seed bank at Wakehurst; part of Kew gardens, is one of the greatest treasures that this planet can hold.

 

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Above: Wakehurst – the ‘other’ part of Kew.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj2_ESj9b7Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a8NaQK3gXY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgNEOVlqils

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NQ-BJ6z66I

 

The seed bank at Wakehurst

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Seed_Bank_Project

http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst/explore/attractions

 

Save Kew – please sign this petition.

Thanks

Mark

SAV Founder.

 

 

 

 

China: Fantastic Breaking News 15/4/14 – Animals Asia Take Over Bear Farm to Make Bear Sanctuary and Education Centre – And Rescue 130 Bears and Their Unborn Cubs In The Process – Major Result – Donations Required To Help This Groundbreaking Project.

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Free the Bears !!

Peace by Piece – from farm to freedom !

Watch the AA video by clicking on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPI4P3xMNYg 

 

Animals Asia start work to turn a bear farm in China into a bear sanctuary – freeing 130 caged bears in the process !!!

Support and donations are required to help support this fabulous transformation.

Peace by Piece is Animals Asia’s new landmark campaign to help rescue and rehabilitate over 130 moon bears in Nanning, China. These bears have been kept in horrendous conditions – many trapped in tiny cages from birth – and farmed for their bile.
Some of the 41 female bears could be pregnant with up to four cubs.

The farmer had bred the bears and extracted their bile for years, but had a change of heart when his daughter convinced him of the horrible cruelty of the trade. Animals Asia is taking over custody and care of the bears, leasing the land and facilities.

This will be the largest rescue of its kind in the world.

We now need your help to turn this farm into a home – peace by piece!

Not only will we turn this bile farm into a comfortable home for the bears, we will create a sanctuary AND education centre. By uniquely working with the Chinese Government, we will also ensure that this new sanctuary will provide meaningful jobs to the nine existing farm workers.

We will retrain them to become skilled bear carers, at this new groundbreaking sanctuary. So, this isn’t just a bear rescue, it’s a landmark initiative to help change the hearts and minds of other farmers in the region.

Because of the size and scale of this rescue, we need your support more than ever before. Your donation will help fund the renovation of the farm as well as the veterinary care these bears urgently need and the equipment and structures needed for their rehabilitation. The map above outlines these plans, piece by piece, showing why we urgently need your donation now.

Please help us provide the peace these bears deserve – and claim your piece of history in the making.

 

Dear Mark,

Animals Asia has just signed an agreement to undertake the world’s biggest bear rescue. Please watch our short clip below to see how we are transforming a bear farm in Nanning, China into a sanctuary for the 130 bears and their unborn cubs.

To do this, we need your support more than ever.

To donate please visit   http://peacebypiece.animalsasia.org/home?locale=en&currency=gbp   

 

Watch the AA video by clicking on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPI4P3xMNYg 

For updates on the rescue, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To find out more and to support the rescue, please click here.

More coming soon – I hope you’ll join us on this incredible journey as it unfolds.

Sincerely,
Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc
Founder and CEO  

 

Animals Asia Website - https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/ 

 

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Some of our past post links to bear farming:

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/08/11/china-mother-bear-abused-by-chinese-government-inaction-on-bear-bile-farm-kills-cub-and-then-itself-boycott-chinese-products-until-animal-welfare-legislation-is-introduced-and-bear-bile-farms-ar/  

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/02/01/china-petition-stop-the-barbaric-medical-torture-of-harvesting-bear-bile-please-sign-now/  

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/01/17/vietnam-you-did-it-the-vietnam-bears-can-stay-at-animals-asias-sanctuary/  

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/12/24/241211-a-festive-smile-for-you-from-bearland-animalsasia-insight-and-links/   

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/01/20/vietnam-from-cargo-containers-to-freedom-for-19-bears/    

 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2009/09/12/viet-nam-global-action-needed-to-free-80-endangered-moon-bears-being-held-illegally/    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England: Time Out – Floyd.

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First track – Pink Floyd: ‘Echoes’ Live at Pompeii is a 1972 concert film featuring the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd

Echoes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeHUFSJ9rr8

Hey You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLhH4tmR_GA

Probably one of the most haunting (and very best) starts to any music track:  Shine on you crazy diamond – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klKCeFDnDiI

 

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Sheep – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcRYdVlGXNQ

Us and them – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDbeqj-1XOo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global: Nations That Have Banned Orca and Dolphin Captivity As ‘Entertainment’ For Paying Customers.

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http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/10/all-states-countries-and-cities-ban-orcas-captivity?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-04-12-orcas

 

April 10, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, ‘Death at Seaworld,’ was published in 2012.

More than 2,100 dolphins and whales are being held in captivity at 343 facilities in 63 countries around the world, with the highest numbers of dolphinariums located in Japan (57), China (44), the United States (34), Russia (24), and Mexico (24), according to the Born Free Foundation.

This week, a vote on a California bill that would ban orca captivity was delayed by 18 months, pending an interim study. But, if it passes, California will join a growing list of U.S. states and localities and at least 14 countries that have outlawed the captive display of orcas, dolphins, and in some cases, all wild animals.

Herewith, all the locales around the world that forbid the keeping of orcas in tanks for the amusement of paying customers.

United States

California

On Feb. 24, 2014, a proclamation declaring that all dolphins should have the right to freedom was passed by the Malibu City Council and subsequently signed by Mayor Joan House. “Whales and dolphins are known to be highly intelligent and emotional creatures,” it declared, “and therefore deserve the right to their own freedom and lives.”

On March 6, California state Assemblymember Richard Bloom made international headlines by introducing the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” The bill would also ban captive breeding and artificial insemination of captive killer whales in California.

New York

State Sen. Greg Ball surprised anti-captivity activists by introducing a bill in February to ban “the possession and harboring of killer whales in aquariums and sea parks” in the state. On March 25, the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation voted in favor of the bill. New York has no captive orcas, but the symbolic measure is nonetheless being closely watched by animal welfare activists.

South Carolina

In 1982, activist Mark Berman, now at the Earth Island Institute, home to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, helped pass the first and only U.S. state law to ban marine mammals in captivity. In 2001, state officials amended the law, limiting protections to just cetaceans after Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia announced plans for a sea lion exhibit. “We will work very hard to defend the law if there’s any attempt to change it further,” Berman said in November 2013.

Hawaii

When a developer proposed in 2002 to construct a dolphinarium at a Maui shopping center, the Pacific Whale Foundation and other groups successfully lobbied the Maui County Council to ban the display of any captive whale or dolphins.

 

Other Countries

Bolivia

The Bolivian government made history in July 2009 by enacting the world’s first ban on all animals in circuses and other public performance venues. The law was passed following an investigation by the U.K.’s Animal Defenders International, which found widespread abuse in Bolivian circuses, according to The Guardian.

Chile

Chilean law was amended in January 2005 to prohibit the capture or import of any cetacean species, “for public exhibition or any other objective associated to its utilization by man.”

Costa Rica

The government of Costa Rica decreed new cetacean regulations in July 2005 making it  “strictly forbidden” to catch and kill marine mammals, keep cetaceans and other marine mammals captive, or touch, feed, or trap any marine mammal.

Croatia

In July 2009, Croatia’s State Institute for Nature Protection enacted a regulation banning the keeping of cetaceans in captivity for commercial purposes. The only exemption would be for the rehabilitation and return of sick or injured animals to their natural environment.

Cyprus

The nonprofit group Animal Responsibility Cyprus won a campaign to ban the importation of cetaceans in June 2011. The group says it was also successful in shutting down the Ayia Napa dolphinarium, the only one in the island nation, in 1999. “Subsequent applications to open captive dolphin shows were refused by the authorities,” according to the ARC website. “In spite of Cyprus being a popular holiday spot, you will not see any so-called dolphinariums here.”

Greece

A campaign by Animal Defenders International and the Greek Animal Welfare Fund prompted the Greek government to enact a ban in February 2012 on not only dolphin captivity but the use of all animals in circuses. Greek law now forbids using animals in “recreational games, car racing platforms, musical concerts, exhibitions, fairs or other artistic or entertaining festivities.” In January 2014, the law was overwhelmingly upheld by Parliament following a challenge by the Attica Zoological Park in Sparta.

Hungary

This country’s last dolphinarium was closed down and a ban on dolphin imports was imposed in 1992 after “one of the five illegally-imported dolphins from Ukraine died during the transfer, and another within a week of its arrival,” according to the Armenian Weekly.

India

On May 20, 2013, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests banned the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment. A statement from B.S. Bonal of the Central Zoo Authoritydeclared that cetaceans do not in general survive well in captivity. “Confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans by altering their behavior and causing extreme distress,” he said. The ministry even declared that dolphins “should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights.”

Nicaragua

On Feb. 2, 2003, Jorge Salazar Cardenal, then Nicaragua’s minister of the environment, confirmed in a letter to the World Society for the Protection of Animals that his country had “banned the use and exploitation of bottlenose dolphins indefinitely.” Salazar added that the law “guarantees that in Nicaragua, these animals will be fully protected.”

Slovenia

According to WDC, Slovenian law “explicitly prohibits” the display of captive dolphins.

Switzerland

The country’s House of Representatives handed a major victory to captivity opponents when it outlawed the “keeping of dolphins in aquariums or for entertainment purposes” in March 2012. The Swiss Senate also banned the importation of dolphins. Meanwhile, the last two dolphins remaining in the country were sold to a facility in Jamaica in December 2013.

 

Others

A few countries have standards so strict that it is nearly impossible to keep cetaceans in captivity, including Brazil, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Norway, and the United Kingdom, where the last dolphinarium was closed in 1993.

No company has been able to open in the U.K. since then, “because imposed standards exceed the viability of establishing a dolphinarium in the country,” according to the Born Free Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivisection Quicks.

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On Jan 10, 2002, capuchin monkey 120V (along with his 4 brothers) was sold into slavery at the University of Florida from the now-defunct Primate Products Inc. in Miami. Documents indicate that UF determined that all but one of these individuals arrived inside their labs already compromised and infected with rubella (German measles). Monkeys living in the wild do not contract measles. This infection is exclusive to nonhuman primates forced to live in captivity and is sometimes fatal. However, left wholly untreated inside UF, little 120V and his 3 brothers are regularly documented as still living with this infection over a decade later. Sometime after his enslavement, sick little 120V was light-heartedly baptized “BOOGER” by vivisector Raymond Joseph Bergeron who continues to get rich from his victims’ misery and blood.  For 21 years, Bergeron has been conducting iron chelation “studies” (i.e., he poisons monkeys with heavy metals and then force feeds them chemicals to try to resolve the condition he created). One of UF’s largest benefactors is said to have succumbed to haemochromatosis, an iron-overloading disease and so this “research” is clearly politically- and economically-motivated. Yet Bergeron received close to $700,000 from the NIH (that means from taxpayers) in 2013 alone.  And it is interesting to note the words of one of his anonymous colleagues:  …he’s a bastard. Bergeron himself barely ever even looks at the poor creatures, much less ever touches them. He keeps his distance at all times. He hates the animal facilities.”  Immediately upon finding himself inside UF’s dungeons, Booger began a gruelling routine of being knocked down, dragged from his cell, restrained, prodded, poked, drugged, poisoned, anaesthetized, undergoing gratuitous operations, and being thrown back in his cell. Perhaps the best part of his life is when he peers out of his cage, momentarily unmolested, to await the next indignities to be visited upon his deteriorated little body. We know that by 2004, little Booger was already a drug addict due to the relentless administration of increasingly-larger doses of ketamine and other tranquilizing agents. While there are no lab charts, daily logs, or veterinary records for a 9-month period between 2004 and 2005, Booger’s documentation indicates that he had developed alopecia by March of 2005. This is a common condition in lab monkeys that is caused by stress and self-mutilation, indicative of the individual’s deteriorating mental health as they are driven insane from their confinement. Now a formal federal complaint has been filed with the USDA for a number of unconscionable and lengthy gaps in which veterinary care appears to have been withheld. The missing records could simply be yet another symptom of the culture of corruption running rampant inside UF to hide the atrocities committed in their labs. Not wanting anymore images of their victims to reach the public, UF has steadfastly maintained that “no images exist” since 2011. We are working diligently to disprove that statement and, thus, prove what we believe is yet another wilful exercise to actively defy and remain in non-compliance with Florida state disclosure laws.  Beginning in 2005 and continuing through 2013, he is repeatedly found with vomit in his cell, his body obviously attempting to reject the poisons that he is relentlessly being force fed. Over years, he is repeatedly reported for having a swollen tongue, hands, and feet and is noted to be salivating excessively. Eventually, by 2010, he has lost control of his lower lip conjuring images of a stroke victim, unable to control their muscles that simply sits and drools. There is no escape for little Booger. He is found with significant amounts of blood in his cage from the increasingly-worse self-inflicted injuries. By 2011, he begins throwing his faeces at his tormentors. He cannot escape his torment. Perhaps he is escaping into inevitable madness.  Despite the fact that Bergeron has discovered absolutely nothing of relevance in over 2 decades, Booger, who has already withstood over a decade of terror at his direction, was just re-approved and re-funded in January for another 3years in hell. At the end of this study, he may be sold or be allowed to be adopted by Jungle Friends, a nonhuman primate sanctuary in Gainesville. We will do everything in our power to see that “Booger” and his fellow prisoners are released.  But it is of the utmost importance that we stop this concentration camp and never again allow them to replace any monkey with new and terrified victims.

 

New methods without animals

As some countries and companies roll out new rules to limit animal testing in pharmaceutical products designed for people, scientists are stepping in with a new way to test therapeutic drug candidates and determine drug safety and drug interactions – without using animals.The development of “chemosynthetic livers,” which could dramatically alter how drugs are made, was presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Mukund Chorghade, Ph.D., noted that the EU enacted new regulations in 2010, known as REACH, that aim to dramatically reduce the use of animals in testing. But the development of new pharmaceuticals still depends heavily on the time-consuming and expensive process of animal testing. “Researchers in drug discovery make small quantities of new potential drug compounds and then test them in animals,” said Chorghade, who is chief scientific officer of Empiriko Corporation and president of THINQ Pharma. “It is a very painstaking, laborious and costly process. Frequently, scientists have to sacrifice many animals, and even after all that, the results are not optimal.” Typically, when researchers are onto a new compound ….they test it on animals to see if it’s toxic before taking it into clinical trials with human subjects. They figure this out by metabolic profiling. That is, after giving an animal a test drug, the experimental compound does its designated job in the body until the liver breaks it down. Then researchers try to detect the resulting, minute amounts of molecular by-products, or metabolites. It’s these that are often responsible for causing nasty side effects that can derail an otherwise promising therapeutic candidate. This is where Empiriko’s patented chemosynthetic liver technology (Biomimiks™) comes in. Chorghade has developed these stand-ins, which are catalysts that act similarly to a group of enzymes known as cytochrome P450. Catalysts are substances that speed up processes that otherwise wouldn’t happen or would occur slowly. Many of these cytochrome P450 enzymes break down drugs in the liver. So rather than using lab animals, researchers could figure out metabolic profiles of drugs by mixing them in test tubes with chemosynthetic livers. Chorghade’s team at Empiriko has already demonstrated how Biomimiks™ works with several pharmaceutical compounds. “These chemosynthetic livers not only produce the same metabolites as live animals in a fraction of the time,” Chorghade said, “but they also provide a more comprehensive metabolic profile, in far larger quantities for further testing and analysis.” Other possible applications are cropping up for these chemosynthetic livers. One of Empiriko’s scientific advisors suggested the use of Biomimiks™ to detoxify blood for liver transplant patients. Biomimiks™ could also be used in the near future to predict side effects when multiple drugs are taken together. In a case study, Chorghade and collaborators looked at two drugs commonly taken together, one for high cholesterol and the other for type 2 diabetes. They found that the cholesterol drug sped up the breakdown of the other one, which could potentially lower its effectiveness.  The chemosynthetic livers aren’t yet approved to take the place of animal tests. But Chorghade is optimistic. His group has tested more than 50 drugs so far to show that the catalysts accurately mimic how the human body processes them. He said that they’re working to get that number up to 100, which is what the U.S. FDA requires for regulatory approval.

 

Animal testing ‘fundamentally flawed’

The flagship journal, Nature, has called on the research community to tighten animal research planning and analysis. It is, for instance, common for results of tests in one animal species not to predict the same result in another. Yet animal models are still expected to accurately predict reactions in human beings.  Sadly, the 11.5m animals used in EU laboratories in 2011 are testament to the fact that tradition and faith in what was described as the ‘high-fidelity fallacy’ in 1959, namely that results in one mammal will predict what happens in humans, persists.  Change is needed. Part of the solution lies in decisions taken by research funders, whether these are public, at EU or national level, private charitable organisations or companies.  Several flagship research projects have already switched to new technologies that rely on the use of human cells, organs and systems integrated with advanced computational techniques to initiate a new ‘systems toxicology’.  Several animal models of disease are now receiving the same kind of critical evaluation. Animal models of stroke and asthma, diseases that afflict millions of people worldwide, have consistently failed to deliver new therapies and the need for new approaches is increasingly being recognised.  New funding opportunities are becoming available. Commercial companies specialising in providing in vitro analytical techniques are thriving. Public funding can also be channelled through regional development budgets, as we see in the UK’s centre for alternative testing and in-vitro monitoring (CATIM) project, which provides lab space and resources for small companies through the University of the West of England.  AXLR8, the EU coordinated research programme to accelerate the transition towards more predictive, non-animal approaches in toxicology, is just one example of how the EU can lead the world in research excellence when it is guided by good science rather than an unthinking reliance on traditional approaches.  In toxicology, we now realise that the animal tests first developed in the 1920s are not fit for purpose. The human cell tests, high-throughput robot systems and powerful new computer programmes replacing animal test approaches mark a bold new era in safety testing based on human biology-based approaches capable of elucidating chemical reactions at the cellular level, rather than broad and misleading extrapolations from mice to men.  As new generations of scientists emerge, and new technologies are developed that exceed our wildest expectations of what’s possible, more and more we will see science challenging its traditions, replacing animals and in so doing, improving the quality of our biological understanding and prediction of safety of chemicals and the effectiveness of new medicines. Full article: www.theparliament.com/latest-news/article/newsarticle/animal-testing-is-outdated-and-fundamentally-flawed/#.UwhyzM40_D4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia: We Need Masses More Signatures – Please Sign and Crosspost – Thank You.

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URGENT – we need lots more signatures – please ensure you sign and then crosspost to all your contacts – thanks SAV.

 

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Thank you very much to each and every one of you for signing this petition.

We are still far away from making an impact as we need a lot more signatures to be heard!

Don’t forget… each time you sign a petition, the listed targets receive an email.

So far, none of them has responded, so I don’t think we are loud enough.

Could you please ask at least one of your friends or family members to sign this petition? Or share it via social networks? It would mean a lot!

Please do so.

Thank you for what you have done so far!

Andrea

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Serbia: Srbija:Prijava 9.4.2014.Krsenje zakona nezakonitim podzakonskim aktima i nezakonitim postupanjima ljudi.

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China: Blood Sport: Chinese Bigwigs Watch 10 Tigers Die for Fun.

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Blood Sport: Chinese Bigwigs Watch 10 Tigers Die for Fun

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According to Chinese lore, tigers provide good fortune, and unlike other “lucky” creatures, such as dragons and three-legged frogs, they exist in real life.

If some Chinese big shots have their way, though, perhaps not for long. Agence France-Presse reports 10 tigers have been slaughtered in recent months in Guangdong to entertain prominent businessmen and local officials. Apparently, having tigers tortured and killed for one’s amusement is a way of demonstrating high social status among some in China.

Police arrested 15 people last Friday in connection with the big-cat smuggling and killing rings and confiscated a freshly killed tiger and several tiger products. A 61-year-old butcher reportedly jumped off a building in an escape attempt.

While China officially banned the trade and selling of tiger products in 1993, an investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency last year found loopholes in the system allowing 200 licensed “farms” to keep up to 6,000 tigers. Meanwhile, just 3,200 remain in the wild.

“Tigers are subjected to slaughter as long as the Chinese have faith in the medical value of tiger products, such as their bones or male genitalia,” an expert from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Zoology told the Global Times. “Many will raise them for profit and do underground business.” A single tiger can fetch as much as $50,000 on the black market: The bones can be sold for an average of $2,250 per kilo; the meat goes for $160 per kilo.

In Guangdong, the businessmen and officials for whose entertainment the slaughter was committed have not been publicly identified. Public shaming seems like a good place to start shifting public opinion of the barbaric practice.

March 28, 2014 By Kristina Bravo
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/28/blood-sport-chinese-bigwigs-watch-10-tigers-die-fun?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-04-05-tiger

Serbia: Petitions To Sign Re Death Camps for Stray Dogs.

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Please sign and forward to all Your contacts : these two petitions for elimination Death Camps for stray dogs/cats in Serbia under false name: city shelters and for promotion law demands : responsible owneship ,control of dogs/cats reproduction and for rehoming those who was unwanted by former owners .Subotica is only one exampler, the same way is used in all 170 serbian cities .

 

All over Serbia egzist city shelters- Death Camps , although that is unlawful way, veterinary inspections tolerate this way – CORRUPTION is here :

 

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http://www.peticije24.com/subotica_ponovo_otvara_gradski_azil

https://www.change.org/petitions/jene-maglai-city-shelter-will-be-reopened-again

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/03/31/serbia-subotica-city-mayor-makes-attempts-to-close-azil-alex-shelter-and-move-dogs-to-city-death-camp-sorry-we-mean-city-shelter/

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Serbia: Subotica City Mayor Makes Attempts To Close Azil Alex Shelter And Move Dogs To City Death Camp – Sorry, We Mean ‘City Shelter’.

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29/3/14:
The Mayor of Subotica City has plan to close AZIL ALEX shelter by carrying the dogs from the shelter into what is wrongly called the city ‘shelter’. Providing haven and shelter it does not do !
The city shelter only has places for 234 dogs. There are currently approximately 180 dogs already at the city shelter which have been caught and taken there by the Shinters.
There are also 600 dogs at shelter Azil Alex.
180 ‘shelter’ dogs + 600 from Alex shelter = 780 dogs total.
780 dogs total – 180 already at city ‘shelter’ = Additional 600 dogs.
600 extra dogs from Azil Alex does not fit into 234 places at the shelter, especially when there are already 180 dogs there !!!
We are working along with many others who have informed us that the Mayor is doing this with the hope that many of the dogs when placed into the city shelter will simply kill each other – such is the city ‘shelter’ – not exactly providing much in the way of ‘shelter’ for anything.
If dogs kill each other, then more spaces become available; these are filled with more dogs, which fight and kill each other; the death cycle continues !
We suggest to the Mayor maybe he should change the name of the facility to ‘Subotica City Animal Death Camp’, which we consider is a much more descriptive statement for what actually happens there.

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Update 2/4/14:

Please find below a short sample letter which you can copy and send to the authorities at Subotica; including others.
E mail addresses to copy and send your sample letter to are:
mayor@subotica.rs;    gunacelnik@subotica.rs,    gukomunalno@subotica.rs,    vetinsp@eunet.rs,      vetuprava@minpolj.gov.rs

SAMPLE LETTER

 

Dear Sir and authorities of Subotica city;
I have recently heard that you have intentions to remove all the dogs from shelter Azil Alex and to put them into the Subotica city shelter.  I also feel that calling the facility in Subotica city a ‘shelter’ is actually the direct opposite of its existence – the facility provides no shelter for animals, who are instead provided with little acre, attention and food, very much unlike the situation at Azil Alex.

 
I also understand that the city facility only has places for 234 dogs; and that at present there are approximately 180 kept there. If all the 600 dogs from shelter Azil Alex are also located there, then the establishment cannot cope.  I also am informed that your policy, which is against the existing Serbian animal welfare laws, is that dogs can be located into the city shelter where they can battle against each other to survive. You are working on the policy that many dogs will fight and that many will kill each other. This is not acceptable to a nation such as yours which is seeking EU membership.

 
Putting animals into a facility to fight with and kill each other is not a quick fix or a long term solution to the issue of stray dogs in Serbia.   Proper public education, combined with sterilisation of owned and stray animals is the only way forward to reducing animal populations.

 
I understand from friends in Subotica that every year some 800+ dogs are put onto the streets by irresponsible owners. Owners who do not have their animals sterilised, but which then mate with un-sterilised strays to yet further increase the stray animal population. This is the area which you need to address, both in terms of public education for owned dogs and also the undertaking of sterilisation of stray animals. You are wasting fnds and taxes by not undertaking sensible approaches to future management of strays.

 
Irresponsible pet owners must be educated to have their animals sterilised, with cty subsidies to help them if necessary.

 
Subotica city must undertake a lawful programme of owned pet control; as well as a strategy / programme of control to sterilise stray animals also, just as the law demands.  The national law also states that you have a duty to take care of all the animals which are collected from the streets and taken to such facilities as the Subotica city ‘shelter’. Your duties include adhering to the national laws on animal management and control, policies which do NOT allow the killing of animals.

 
You need to change your management attitude and policy towards reducing stray animal numbers long term; rather than just allowing animals to kill each other in the city pound. The most important here is public education – ensuring that owned pets are sterilised by their owners instead of remaining un- sterilised and being thrown out onto the streets each day.

 

This approach is not rocket science !!
As you are currently being non compliant with Serbian national laws on animal welfare, protection and care, I feel it is now necessary, and my responsibility; to inform the EU enlargement Commission of your negative attitude towards animal welfare and protection. This will not help Serbian accession into the EU. I will also be informing the EU animal welfare Intergroup of my concerns with regard your attitude.

 

Keep the dogs at shelter Azil Alex and work towards adopting a stray animal control programme which the city of Subotica can be proud of. Until you do, you will forever have numbers of stray animals which are beyond our control.

 

Please move into the 21st Century and work on a good, decent stray animal management plan whish is required under existing Serbian laws.

Thank you

Name:
Nationality:

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In Serbian:
Tipicno , specificno za Suboticu je da neodgovorni gradjani izbacuju svake godine novih 800 neobelezenih pasa/macaka godisnje, svake godine i na taj nacin:
- znajuci da postoji neodgovorno vlasnistvo pasa/macaka, i da Vi niste nista ucinili na eliminaciji neodgovornog vlasnistva;
-znajuci piramidu reprodukcije pasa i macaka,

Vi nikada necete moci resiti problem na zakonit nacin dok najpre ne ucinite sledece:
1.Vi, Grad , morate napraviti zakonit Program kontrole neodgovornih vlasnika koji se zove:Program kontrole i smanjenja populacije napustenih pasa i macaka i tako zaustaviti dotok novih pasa/macaka;
2.Vi , Grad , morate zbrinuti sve suboticke pse i macke koji su zateceni na ulicama , oni su vlasnistvo neodgovornih gradjana Subotice, nisu nicije privatno vlasnistvo, i na njih i vas se odnosi zakonska regulativa.

 

Denmark: (April 1/ 2014) – After Baby Giraffe and Four Lions Murdered; Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To ‘Make Space’ for New Employees.

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Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To Make Space for New Employees – April 1st 2014.

http://www.theglobaledition.com/copenhagen-zoo-kills-four-healthy-staff-members-to-make-space-for-new-employees/

COPENHAGEN (The Global Edition) – The Copenhagen Zoo has killed several of its staff members early this morning in order to create four new job openings, the Zoo public relations sector reported.
Officials of the Zoo say that the four members of the staff were humanely executed after being put to sleep with a lethal injection, and then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.
“Based on the recommendation of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), we have decided to make space for new work positions, because the Zoo needs new workers, and we found that killing old staff members was the cheapest and the most efficient way to do it,” said Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro “Four of the oldest staff members, among them one female, were put to sleep with a lethal injection and then fed to the giraffes.

However, the giraffes didn’t show interest in their meat, so they were fed to the lions,” explained the Zoo spokesman.
“Being that the oldest staff members could no longer keep track with the new Zoo technologies, and could not manage themselves in the fast and ever-changing job environment, we feel that the criticism coming from some of their family members is completely unfounded,” the Zoo spokesman was quoted as saying.
“Zoos do not own the staff, but they are in charge of their employment, and in that regard have the full right to do with them whatever is considered necessary when they are on the Zoo territory”, said Tobias Stenbeak Bro. “It was the only humane way to dispose of them, you know. We couldn’t just leave them without jobs in this economy, as some heartless observers suggested”.
The Zoo spokesman concluded that “considering that the Zoo animals were fed with the meat of the former employees, the food chain was virtually completed, which is totally in respect of the law of nature”.

April 1st 2014

 

Associated links:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555079/Danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-deemed-surplus-feeds-lions.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/29/copenhagen-zoo-culling-giraffe-lions-inbreeding
http://uk.zoo.dk/VisitZoo.aspx
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/copenhagen-zoo-lion-cull-unethical-and-irresponsible-critic-says-1.2591982
http://mashable.com/2014/03/26/copenhagen-zoo-kills-lions/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26118748
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140326-lions-copenhagen-zoo-killing-animals-world-science/
http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-copenhagen-zoo-kills-lions-20140326,0,6512202.story#axzz2xX8xIYBf
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/923/331/674/marius-the-giraffe-slaughtered-boycott-close-down-copenhagen-zoo/
http://time.com/39699/danish-zoo-lions-giraffe-killed-explanation/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England / Serbia – Two Great Videos To Watch and Enjoy – Joanne Can Now Hear the Music From Mike – BIG Result !!

EnglandSerbian  FlagNot a thing that we usually cover, but you have to see – it is such a tear-jerker that we have been watching it time and time again here in UK.
An English girl (Joanne) aged 40, who has been deaf for her entire life, was fitted with implants into her ears in Birmingham England and this video captures the moment they are switched on and she can hear for the first time in her life.
Has been covered on UK tv news all day – you have to see it

Joanne said one of the first things she did was to get down to the sea and hear the waves crashing up onto the beach. Then she went home and flushed the toilet, again and again; just to hear it for the first time; what she had never heard before.
Watch the real tear-jerker video by scrolling down once clicked on the following link:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/woman-40-overjoyed-as-she-hears-for-first-time-since-birth-1.1742161

The best news of the day, without doubt.

 

ALSO – See Mikes rap for Serbian dogs here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnAbCDafdy4&feature=em-uploademail

Please crosspost everywhere – this animal guy deserves a record deal !

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia: Mike Produces Rapp Song For The Dogs At Shelter Azil Alex.

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Mike has just produced this excellent rapp recording for the dogs at Shelter Azil Alex, Subotica.

You can see the video with footage of many of the dogs by clicking on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnAbCDafdy4&feature=em-uploademail

Great work Mike !

 

 

 

Netherlands: The heartbreaking moment a giraffe gives dying zoo worker a kiss goodbye·

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The heartbreaking moment a giraffe gives dying zoo worker a kiss goodbye·       

The 54-year-old, known only as Mario, is suffering from a terminal cancer that has left him with weeks to live

He spent most of his life working at Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam, Holland, cleaning out the giraffes’ enclosure

He asked that hospital bed be wheeled into the giraffe enclosure so he could say goodbye to the animals he knew

In heartbreakingly – touching scene, one giraffe approached Mario, in his portable hospital bed, and gave him a kiss

His dying wish was granted by the Ambulance Wish Foundation charity that grants dying wishes to the terminally ill

Lots more photos – Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2585783/Final-farewell-The-heartbreaking-moment-giraffe-gives-dying-zoo-worker-kiss-goodbye.html#ixzz2wcnFEV7y

USA: Submit your Official Comment in Support of Wolves!

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Submit your Official Comment in Support of Wolves!

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Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally proposed to remove federal Endangered Species Act protection for nearly all gray wolves throughout the United States. But after an independent peer review board unanimously decided that the best available science doesn’t support the plan to delist, wolves have been given a second chance at maintaining federal protection.

Now that it’s been confirmed that this proposed delisting is clearly not based on the best available science, we are left wondering why FWS wants to turn its back on wolves.

Demand that this proposal be stopped in its tracks!

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2707

USA: Let Monarchs Fly !

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Monarch butterflies are in crisis, and we must take immediate action to protect them!

Less than 20 years ago, an astounding 1 billion monarchs migrated to Mexico for the winter.

This year, a mere fraction of that — just 33.5 million — made the journey.

Why? In large part it’s because industrial agriculture is killing off the native milkweed on which monarchs depend with a new generation of potent herbicides.

Tell the EPA to adopt tough new restrictions on the weed killers that are wiping out monarchs!

By placing commonsense limits on Big Ag’s rampant use of herbicides like glyphosate — marketed as Roundup by Monsanto — the EPA could dramatically increase the monarch’s chance for survival.

But the EPA is unlikely to do that unless it hears from hundreds of thousands of us!

Monarchs can’t live without milkweed — it is the only plant on which they lay their eggs.

What’s at stake here? One of the most astounding and extraordinary migrations on the planet — a true natural wonder.

Each year, as they have for countless generations, North American monarchs undertake an epic journey, flittering upwards of 3,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada to just a relative few wintering grounds, including Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains.

But as industrial agriculture has ramped up its use of genetically engineered crops resistant to weed killers like glyphosate, it has also dramatically escalated its use of herbicides – and monarch populations have plunged.

This is the ninth year in a row that the population of monarchs wintering in Mexico has fallen below its long-term average, and this year it hit an all-time low.

Please tell EPA the time to act is now!

Thank you for joining NRDC at this critical moment in our fight to save the monarchs.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke

President
Natural Resources Defense Council

Serbia: Prijava 20.3.14 Specif Sredine.

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Nasa Prijava  posledica krsenja clana 143.Zak o vet i  clana 76.Zak o dobrobiti od strane Ministarstva poljoprivrede, nalazi se u atachmentu.

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England: MP’s Vote 219 to 1 Against Further Badger Killing – But Will Cameron and The Government Listen To All The Expert Advice Or Simply Do As They Wish ?

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See the brilliant Brian via the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfQmUE-bgDU#t=10

http://www.save-me.org.uk/BAD_illegal_Claims.html

As many of you are aware, we have been fighting the issue of badger culling on our own ‘patch’ of England for many months now.  Right from the start the animal welfare lobby declared that the culls would be a complete waste of both time and public money.  Mass demonstrations have taken place right across the country in support of the badger; and in opposition to the culls proposed by the government as a lead up to what could be much larger and widespread culls.

Well this week the politicians gave a resounding ‘NO’ to the killing of any more badgers.  As you can read in the media links provided, there have been many reasons cited as to why the culls were an outstanding failure.

Despite the will of experts investigating the issue, the vast will of the majority of the British public to leave the badgers alone, the government could still ignore the will of the elected majority and carry on regardless.

Possibly it is an attempt by the Conservative government here in the UK to try and show the farming lobby and potential pro-Conservative voters, that they are trying to do something.  The UK has a General Election to elect the next government in May 2015.  If this is the case, votes rather than thought out animal welfare, then the government have made a very serious mistake as the culls which have taken place to date have basically been meaningless and showed nothing in the way of positive results for the pro-kill badger lobby.

The following is a report on the current political situation, and following you can read several press articles (via links) on the vote in Parliament this last week.  Finally, we have provided a copy of many of our past links on this issue, in order that you can see the hard work which has been undertaken to try and stop the unnecessary killing of the badger.

Badger cull in numbers:

50% or fewer badgers were killed than target figure

·         6.4% – 18% badgers took longer than five minutes to die

·         1,771 number of badgers culled*

·        £7.29m estimated cost of badger cull, according to animal welfare charity*

Source: Independent Expert Panel, – Care for the Wild*

Mark – SAV

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Thursday 13th March

Yesterday, MPs across all political parties gave the badger cull roll out a resounding ‘NO’ in parliament with a number of brave MPs defying the government and taking a stand against culling.

This victory could help save an estimated 100,000 badgers!

However, we mustn’t be complacent as the government could still ignore the will of the elected majority and carry on regardless.

Join us in calling for an urgent independent review of the bovine TB strategy ahead of any decision to allow more culling and a debate and binding vote during government time!

Last year’s pilot culls failed to kill enough badgers in both pilot areas to meet the government’s own targets. This, even after being extended beyond the original six weeks – a move which scientific conclusions published by Defra said could make the spread of TB worse.

There are also reports that The Independent Expert Panel (IEP) have found that the pilots failed the humaneness criteria with more than five percent of badgers taking longer than five minutes to die!

If culling is extended to more areas then imagine just how many more badgers could die in such pain… act now!

Join us now, as we vow to fight on against plans to slaughter an estimated 100,000 badgers across England!

Thank you for your support,

Press Links:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/14/badger-cull-mps-vote-halt-england

“MPs voted overwhelmingly to halt the controversial badger culls in England on Thursday, but the backbench motion does not bind ministers to abandon the policy.

The motion, proposed by the Conservative MP Anne Main, stated that the pilot culls had “decisively failed” and was passed by 219 votes to one.”

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/MPs-urge-end-inhumane-slaughter-badgers/story-20806205-detail/story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/12/police-badger-cull-protester-movements

“Police kept badger cullers informed of protester movements, court hears”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26369306

“An independent scientific assessment of last year’s pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has concluded that they were not effective.”

 Links to see some of our previous SAV posts about the English badger cull:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/01/05/england-uk-badger-cull-cost-4100-per-badger-claim-campaigners/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/11/17/england-uk-20-minute-video-see-the-work-of-team-badger-and-wounded-badger-patrol/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/12/08/uk-dr-brian-may-queen-guitarist-tells-why-he-has-to-speak-for-the-animals/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/04/13/uk-london-brian-may-launches-save-me-anti-hunting-campaign/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/04/08/uk-england-queen-rock-legend-brian-may-fumes-over-queen-song-used-in-pro-hunt-video/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/12/06/england-uk-another-conservative-government-u-turn-cruel-badger-cull-meets-embarrassing-end-animal-advocates-right-all-along/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/17/england-badger-update-now-badgers-to-be-gassed-pro-hunt-paterson-and-cameron-go-from-farce-to-shambles-to-inept-but-conveniently-stay-as-multi-millionaires-we-are-all-in-thi/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/15/uk-england-badger-cull-snippets-the-government-increase-kill-time-to-meet-failed-animal-numbers/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/09/15/england-badger-cull-update-no-badgers-tested-for-bovine-tb-but-tests-are-to-see-if-badgers-can-be-shot/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/09/13/england-uk-the-badger-cull-is-it-as-effective-as-what-the-government-are-telling-the-public-not-that-much-is-being-said/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/08/29/uk-england-the-badger-cull-is-under-way-despite-massive-public-opposition/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/06/02/england-london-march-against-the-badger-cull-1st-june-2013/

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Ukraine: The People May Have Their Own Wars – But The Animals in Kharkiv Zoo Have Been Left To Starve To Death. The Crisis Is Not Their Making; Only Humans Do This !

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URGENT! Ukraine- Do Not Let Your Zoo Animals Starve to Death!!

Petition link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/449/814/234/urgent-ukraine-do-not-let-your-zoo-animals-starve-to-death/?z00m=20861243

The conflict in Ukraine hasn’t just caused the suffering of its citizens — animals in Kharkiv Zoo have been left to starve to death.

UPDATE (MARCH 9)

The wildlife park asked Ukranian residents to help.

According to a Facebook page created shortly after the zoo’s plea, many heeded the call to action: An update on the Facebook group posted Saturday, on March 8, said the animals are OK for now.

“We just got back from the zoo- literally the entire city had brought bags and bags of food to donate: cabbage, bread, carrots, beets, greens, you name it!

The zoo staff was using tractors to haul the food around.  We spoke to the zoo director and she said they’d also received some cash donations,” the page announced.

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Animals in a Ukrainian zoo have been left to die of starvation in the wake of the country’s political turmoil, it has been claimed.

The director of Kharkiv Zoo blamed Ukraine’s warring politicians for failing to provide funds, saying the zoo only have enough food to last until Monday, March 10.

To make a donation go here:  http://www.zoo.kharkov.ua/node/5712   http://www.zoo.kharkov.ua/

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Alexey Grigoriev is said to be “in tears” over the plight of the animals, and has pleaded with the prime minister for help.

“Our animals are not fighting for power, they do not share anyone’s political views, they just want to live,” said a statement by the zoo. “Without emergency measures, our completely innocent animals will start dying next week.”

A pregnant elephant was hungry and on the point of expiring from exhaustion, it was claimed. Local reports say funds earmarked for the zoo have been sent elsewhere.

A letter sent by the director Grigoriev to Ukraine’s prime minister said: “The Kharkiv zoo animals on the verge of starvation.” Suppliers have been providing food for free for three months but have now refused to provide more, he said, pleading with the government for immediate action.

The country – partially invaded by Russia last week – is also on the point of bankruptcy.

A local campaigner for the zoo, Olga Sitkovskaya, said: “I spoke to the director and, sorry for this detail, but this clever, strong adult man burst into tears of helplessness.”

The city allocates funds needed for maintaining the zoo, but Kiev redirects the money to some of its needs. As a result, the animals in the zoo, are in a catastrophic situation.

“Along with the whole country, our zoo is living through difficult and terrifying times,” said the zoo statement. By Monday, we will have nothing with which to feed the animals.”

The zoo dates from the 1890s and survived two world wars.

Do not allow, now, their lives to be lost!!

These animals are your responsibility, feed them!! 

 Dozens of people have been kiled in Ukraine since the fighting began there more than a fortnight ago. But Ukraine’s citizens aren’t the only ones suffering — the animals in at least one of the country’s zoos have been left to starve to death.


According to the director of Kharkiv Zoo, the conflict in Kiev has leached the city funds the zoo relies upon to care for and feed its animals. Though donations of food and money have temporarily allowed the animals to survive so far, activists say the funds are running out — and they need help from the government, fast.

Polar bears, lions, tigers and a pregnant elephant are among those in danger of suffering slow, painful deaths because of Ukraine’s leaders’ neglect.

Animals aren’t political. They have no idea about the turmoil that’s wracking their country. All they know is that they’re hungry — and if they don’t get help soon, they’ll die.

Ask the government to restore funding for the Kharkiv Zoo and save the animals who live there before it’s too late!

UK: Government Considering Amending the Hunting Act – UK Citizens Only – Please Conact Your MP Immediately !!

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David Cameron – Prime Minister and Huntsman

- Ignoring the Wishes of the British Public – at a Cost ??

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http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting/its-no-joke-campaign

League Against Cruel Sports Website Link:

http://www.league.org.uk/    

Breaking News: I am writing to update you on the developing threat to the hunting ban. We have been informed that a motion to amend the Hunting Act, effectively legalising hunting, could be laid before Parliament within just a few days, most likely being debated on Wednesday 26th March. The threat is real and we have to act now

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Above – The Real Side of Foxhunting – Photos: MJ – SAV

The Government have indicated that they are considering amending the Hunting Act by using an Affirmative Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push unpopular changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

This SI would lift the limit on the number of dogs used to flush out wild mammals and in doing so, with a full pack of up to 40 hounds being used, would make the Act impossible to police and undermine the legislation to such an extent it would be made toothless.

We believe the vote could take place on Wednesday 26th March so we need you to contact your MP immediately and urge them to vote against this devious attempt to bring back cruelty.

Once you’ve taken action please also share with your friends and family.

Thank you for your support.

The Government have indicated that they are considering amending the Hunting Act by using an Affirmative Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push unpopular changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

This SI would lift the limit on the number of dogs used to flush out wild mammals and in doing so, with a full pack of up to 40 hounds being used, would make the Act impossible to police and undermine the legislation to such an extent it would be made toothless. 

We believe the vote could take place on Wednesday 26th March so we need you to contact your MP immediately and urge them to vote against this devious attempt to bring back cruelty.

This action is only open to UK residents.

If you do not live in the UK please visit our take action page for other ways you can help. 

Please share this action via your social networking channels:

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Worldwide Issues: Petitions To Sign.

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Reproduced from Paola at World Wide – Legal Action 4 Animal Rights – Daily Digest for 3/14/2014

http://www.cerocazadeballenas.cl/index.php?idioma=eng  

Public Statement in Defense of Whales, the Principles of Scientific Research and Peace in Antarctic, deadline March 31 2014, needs a total of 100.000 signatures! 

http://www.howlingforwolves.org/letter//  

Suspend Wolf Hunting and Trapping in Minnesota. Int. protest

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2577  

Oppose S. 1996, S. 1335 and all related Sportsmen’s bills! US

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=12641 

Protest the dog meat trade – write to the President of the Philippines!

https://www.secureconnect.at/4pfoten.org/protest/130906/ 

Give the Romanian Dogs a Chance to Live!

http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/HSUS-CrueltyFreeCosmetics

http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/MedicalMarketingDemonstrations  Still needs more signatures!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-punishment-for.fb40?source=s.fb.ty&r_by=7460047  Increase punishment for Dogfighting!

http://www.yousign.org/en/justice-for-molly

http://www.yousign.org/en/giraffe-trophy-hunting

http://www.yousign.org/en/drinking-dog

http://www.yousign.org/en/miranda-kerr

http://www.yousign.org/en/california-orcas

http://forcechange.com/110947/ban-the-sale-of-cruelly-farmed-fur/

http://forcechange.com/110871/commend-muslim-community-for-protecting-wildlife/

http://forcechange.com/110505/end-legal-wildlife-trade/

http://forcechange.com/111033/ban-the-sale-of-live-animals-on-instagram/

http://forcechange.com/110805/condemn-teen-celebritys-partnership-with-seaworld/

http://forcechange.com/110641/punish-teens-who-forced-sick-dolphin-to-drink-beer/

http://forcechange.com/110533/commend-virginia-for-protecting-exotic-pets/

http://forcechange.com/110631/commend-state-for-illegalizing-practice-of-owning-dangerous-wild-animals/

http://forcechange.com/111141/support-homeopathic-veterinary-practices/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/close-the-fur-farms-in-greece

http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/protect-dolphins-and-whales-from-navy-sonar-and-weapons-testing-in-the-pacific-ocean

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_Elephant_Slaughter_in_Kenya/?fpla   

More signatures needed!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/USDA_Congressional_Agriculture_and_Oversight_Committees_Make_USDA_Do_its_Job_Stop_Cruelty_to_Animals_in_Aquariums_Zoos_C/

As well!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/National_Peoples_Congress_Legislate_Small_Animals_Protection_Law/edit/   

Also!

https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/Rectorado_de_la_Universidad_de_Sevilla_Que_el_torero_El_Juli_no_imparta_clases_en_la_Universidad_de_Sevilla/

Spain, Rector of the University of Seville: do not let bullfighter El Juli teach at the University of Sevilla!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_the_Sea_Turtles_of_Sangalaki/

https://www.causes.com/posts/902632-help-us-be-heard-at-the-white-house   BSL

http://www.change.org/tr/kampanyalar/kenan-%C5%9Fahin-pendik-deki-sokak-hayvanlar%C4%B1n%C4%B1n-toplat%C4%B1lmas%C4%B1na-kar%C5%9F%C4%B1y%C4%B1z  

Turkey,  we oppose the seizure of stray animals which were cared for, in Pendik!

http://www.change.org/petitions/york-county-pa-district-attorney-tom-kearney-justice-for-allimax-farm-horses

http://www.change.org/petitions/international-animal-rescue-stop-the-murder-of-innocent-bulls

http://www.change.org/petitions/sally-jewell-urgent-grant-a-10-year-moratorium-on-wild-horse-roundups-for-scientific-studies

More signatures needed

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-the-slaughter-of-dogs-in-the-philippines  

More signatures needed!

http://www.change.org/petitions/district-attorney-jack-daneri-jdaneri-erie-pa-us-please-join-us-in-sending-a-clear-message-that-shooting-our-family-pets-is-unacceptable-they-need-training-on-how-to-subdue-a-loose-dog-instead-of-using-deadly-force

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/315/104/317/demand-justice-for-animals-trapped-in-a-closed-pet-store-over-18-hours-now/ 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/756/593/892/save-burgh-castle-marshes/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/283/635/172/auniteaa-a-united-nation-intended-to-end-animal-abuse/   ……

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/963/398/104/stopping-puppy-mills-and-breeders-in-their-tracks/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/971/815/525/ask-canada-to-ban-cruel-bullfighting/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/894/725/718/demand-and-end-to-horse-fighting/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/884/338/399/save-our-albertas-wild-horses/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/476/479/133/help-expose-longleat-sanctuary-for-abuse-of-public-funding-for-elephant-anne/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/333/248/252/support-stricter-regulation-of-parrot-trade/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/866/945/723/speeding-cars-are-killing-wildlife-animal-crossing-sign-on-loxahatchee-road-florida/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/406/387/266/help-stop-the-bull-torture-in-brazil/?z00m=20851351   Just a few more signatures!

 

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https://www.facebook.com/bagdat.ozarslan.5/media_set?set=a.10152025483433269.1073741920.731018268&type=1   

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England: Tony Benn – Animal Advocate – Rest In Peace, and Thank You !

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I can recall; many years ago; probably 20 or so, attending a lobby at the UK Houses of Parliament here in London, with regard the live transport of animals – what has always been my No. 1 hate.

There were probably 600-700 of us; it was a good turnout on an issue which the vast majority of the UK public feel very strongly about.

Whilst we queued outside to enter the House of Commons lobby area, there was the usual ‘coming and going’ of Members of Parliament (MP’s).  Every one of them just ignored us and what we were there campaigning for – we were viewed in their eyes as nothing much better than something you get on the soles of your shoes whilst walking through any wet street in London town

But whilst we stood in the queue, being ignored by so many; one man appeared and commenced to make his way along the line of the queue; shaking hands and offering very much needed words of support for what we were there for – .stopping live animal transport.

That man was Tony Benn, who has very sadly passed away today after a life of political fighting for the good.  Tony was also a very dedicated animal welfare / rights campaigner and a vegetarian of some 30+ years.

Shaking hands with Tony that day and hearing his supportive comments were enough alone to have made the whole thing worthwhile.

Tony was a great voice for the animals and today is a very big and sad loss for the animals (and human rights) which he has fought for over such a long time.

Rest in peace Tony and thank you on behalf of the animals and us all for the compassion and good work you undertook to give them a much stronger voice – you will be sadly missed, as will your excellent advice and knowledge on so many different subjects.

Mark – SAV.

Please click on the following link to hear Tony speaking about animal welfare issues at a sponsored dog walk in London:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhHhN5iNUwg

 

”Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values. Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for.

“He believed in movements and mobilised people behind him for the causes he cared about, often unfashionable ones. In a world of politics that is often too small, he thought big about our country and our world.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-benn-dead-veteran-labour-politician-passes-away-at-88-9191711.html

England: Our Annual ‘Clustrmap’ Update Has Just Taken Place.

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Dear alll;

today you will see our Clustrmap, the world map with red dots on the left side of the site; revert back to being blank, or just showing visitors for the single day of today.

This is a standard practice and will start afresh around 12th March.

Here are a couple of stats for the site so far:

We have had no less than 513,416 views and you have kindly left 3,891 comments on the site.

We try, but as you will appreciate, it can be almost impossible to return requested info regarding some comments left on the site.  Unfortunately there is neither the time or personnel to undertake this – we are a volunteer run group.

So if you see the world map has lost all of its red dots in the near future; don’t worry, it is not a problem with your computer – it is just an annual update to our system.  Obviously, the more hits / visits we get when we return to a ‘blank world’, the sooner all those wonderful red dots will start appearing again.

Doing what we can to spread to the global world about global animal abuse and suffering.

Please come back and visit us again – and spread the SAV word !

Thanks and regards

Mark – Founder – Kent, England UK.

A few Clustrmaps from the last few years:

 clustrmap to 2012

Clustrmap 2013 14 March 8

Romania: 8/3/14 – People Turn Out In Their Hundreds To Protest Against Dog Killings.

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PROTEST AGAINST KILLING DOGS IN ROMANIA

8 March 2014

 

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On 8 March, Romania joined the International Protest, initiated by European countries, against dog killing in Romania.

More than 500 people have participated at the protest in Bucharest (near Romanian Government), where animal lovers from other towns like Pitesti (100 people!), Ploiesti, Buzau, Ramnicu-Valcea, Moreni have also arrived.

In other around 14 towns from Romania have been as well organized protests!

We are very grateful to all of you who organized, spread, participated in your countries, in so many towns, showing the cause of the stray dogs from Romania are incredible supported from abroad.

It was probably the largest Protest has ever happened for the same cause in Europe!

Thank you!

Carmen ARSENE

SAV Comment – Congratulations to all who took part to be the animals voice.

We will publish other pictures of demos across the EU as soon as we have them.

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USA: SeaWorld’s Worst Nightmare – California.

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http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/06/seaworlds-worst-nightmare-calif-lawmaker-propose-ban-orcas-captivity?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-3-8-banorcacaptivity

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SeaWorld’s Worst Nightmare: Calif. Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

If passed, the bill would be the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in more than 40 years.

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, ‘Death at Seaworld,’ was published in 2012.

In a surprising move that is sure to send shock waves across the entire captive whale and dolphin industry, a California lawmaker will propose legislation to outlaw Shamu shows at SeaWorld San Diego.

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, will introduce Friday the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” The bill would also ban artificial insemination of captive killer whales in California and block the import of orcas or orca semen from other states.

Violators would face a fine up to $100,000 and/or six months in a county jail.

“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Bloom declared in a written statement prior to a press conference to be held at the Santa Monica Pier. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”

According to Bloom, the law would be “the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in over 40 years.”

Under the terms of the bill, all 10 orcas held in tanks at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales, “shall be rehabilitated and returned to the wild where possible.” If that is not possible, then the whales must be “transferred and held in a sea pen that is open to the public and not used for performance or entertainment purposes.”

Exempt from the legislation are any orcas held for rehabilitation after a rescue or stranding, or for research purposes. But even these animals would have to be returned to the ocean or sent to a sea pen.

It is not the first time state lawmakers have tried to outlaw the captivity of killer whales, the world’s largest dolphin. South Carolina passed a bill in 1992 against captivity for dolphins and porpoises following efforts by the South Carolina Humane Society to stop a proposed dolphin park in Myrtle Beach. Just last month, New York state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, introduced a bill to ban orca captivity in that state.

Of course, there are no captive orcas in South Carolina or New York, making the California bill far more than a symbolic gesture.

At least five countries—India, Croatia, Hungary, Chile, and Costa Rica—have also outlawed all cetacean captivity, while Switzerland has banned captivity for dolphins.

Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, said the bill was inspired by the orcas-in-captivity documentary Blackfish.

“The Blackfish effect has never been in greater evidence—everything has led to this, the first serious legislative proposal to prohibit the captive display of this highly intelligent and social species,” Rose wrote in an email. “SeaWorld should join with this effort rather than continue to fight it. They can be on the right side of history.”

Assembly member Bloom reached out to Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of Blackfish, for help with the bill, who in turn consulted with Rose. 

“We did not initiate this proposal,” Rose wrote. “But once they reached out to us, we dove in wholeheartedly and assisted in every way we could—helping with the bill language, information, and fact-gathering, and getting support from various sectors of the public, including the scientific community.”

Rose also gave credit to former SeaWorld trainers featured in the documentary for supporting the legislation. Rose, Cowperthwaite, and former SeaWorld trainers Carol Ray and John Hargrove were scheduled to appear with Bloom at the Friday press conference.

Should the bill become law, SeaWorld might want to look at other highly successful aquariums that do not keep cetaceans in swimming pools. The Monterey Aquarium in northern California, for example, is routinely packed with visitors, without a single whale or dolphin in sight.

In South Carolina, where orcas will likely never entertain people, staffers at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston routinely direct visitors to local waterways if they want to see dolphins.

The Charleston Post and Courier reported in 2010 that when tourists ask to see the dolphins at the aquarium, the facility’s CEO, Kevin Mills, “smiles and answers, ‘Just walk out on our observation deck and you’re bound to see them, swimming freely in the harbor.’

 

England: Time Out and Chill – Enjoy Four Candles ?? !!

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With all this sad, bad news – we maybe need a few minutes to chill.

Enjoy these clips from British tv in the fairly recent past:

For non UK visitors, Sir Norman (below) is NOT a real MP – this is a complete spoof.

Not so sure about his antics though !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6_9Qvj8I4 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_6SaqVQSw 

Mastermind – a copy of the show where competitiors pick their specialist subject and also get asked general questions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0C59pI_ypQ 

They say of the Acropolis – from QI, a celebrity quiz show that covers many pointless things; but gives the audience a laugh !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUVBXb4XIqE 

So- Called ‘Formal Ritual Slaughter’ and EU Dog Trafficking – and The EU Politicians Who Do Nothing For Either !

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Re the following articles and other concerns from the British Veterinary Association in the UK about ritual slaughter we recently published.

Recent Link:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/03/06/uk-uk-top-vet-calls-for-reform-of-kosher-and-halal-slaughter-practices-we-support-him-110/

UPDATE – 7/03/14 – Today we have been working with our friends at ‘Eyes on Animals’ (EonA) http://www.eyesonanimals.com/  who are based in the Netherlands, to provide further evidence to the BVA regarding the suffering involved for animals during ritual slaughter.

During December 2013, EonA and the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) visited several several Turkish slaughterhouses in the Istanbul region; which supposedly undertake Halal slaughter in accordance with the requirements.

At the beginning of the following video made by EonA and AWF, which sows their investigations in Turkey, Inspector Asalet Sancakdaroglu explains what exactly should be the process of animals killed by the Halal method.  For example, this says that animals should not be slaughtered in sight of other animals destined for the same fate.  Also in the video, you can see a slaughterman sharpening his knife directly in front of a hoisted animal which he is going to kill – again NOT in any way part of correct way of Halal slaughter.

**WARNING:**  - The following video can be distressing to viewers and we appreciate that; but it shows the full reality of what goes on every single day under the name of Halal slaughter in Turkish slaughterhouses all the time. 

As shown by EonA in other investigations, many of the animals shown in these Turkish slaughterhouses have been transported from EU nations to Turkey (Turkey is not an EU member state); and so questions in the EU have to be asked about why the EU supports the export of animals reared in the EU, which would be slaughtered in the EU via pre-stunning; to be exported to non-EU nations to be killed in such horrific ways as shown without pre-stun.

Despite promises and assurance made to EU animal welfare organisations, EU politics, including the Parliament, Commission and the EU Animal Welfare Intergroup, are again here failing EU animals; just as they are failing the EU stray animals in Romania; in as much as they (EU) are talking loud and holding Press Conferences; but in actual reality are doing very little to make the situation any better for the many suffering animals.

A copy of this post and the video footage is being supplied by us to the EU AWG and EU Members of the European Parliament – our alleged representatives; to show that the export of EU animals to non-EU nations to be slaughtered in this way is not acceptable to virtually all EU citizens.  The EU Parliament and Commissions need to act and act immediately on these issues; or hopefully those who do not will be informed about how people feel about their inadequacies when we have the EU Elections in May 2014; just a matter of moths away.

The following video is very disturbing, but it is the reality of EU animals exported to non EU nations for slaughter; something which many EU politicians care little, or will do little about.  We shall see what effect this attitude has with voters in the May elections – and we will continue to expose this issue and their failings until then.

With the failing of EU politicians to do much about the Romanian stray dogs issue also, one has to ask exactly what the EU stands for now days – to introduce more nations into the ‘club’ for what ? – more illegal trafficking to go on ?.

Video link – Halal Slaughterhouses in Turkey – and the drastic need for improvements – which we would expect to come from the EU; but we do not have much hope !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sexXw-gWw8&feature=youtu.be 

 

And further; staying on the issue of animals being transported from sources within the EU;

we also applaud the German authorities for stopping yet another consignment of very young puppies which were being transported all the way from Slovakia in Eastern Europe to a ‘dealer’ in Spain.

All of the 77 dogs were much younger than the info in their paperwork declared, and many of them were ill; much as you would expect for so many young animals being mass shipped all the way across the EU. The larger part of the animal consignment (not shown in the video) are currently in intensive care in Germany.

Video link – in the German language, but the footage of the young dogs is enough for most people to see and understand, and it clearly shows the situation of very young animals being transported across the EU by trafficking groups who are working in Eastern Europe.  It also shows the work being imposed on EU animal welfare organizations who have to pick up the tab due to the ignorance of the EU political system

Video link (in Grman):

http://www.n-tv.de/mediathek/videos/panorama/Zollfahnder-retten-77-Welpen-article12411436.html

The German authorities say that there is a ‘huge increase’ in these type of movements, and that the EU is not really ‘getting a grip’ on the situation – see above and also the Romanian dogs crisis we have so much covered recently to name but a few ! – what exactly are EU politicians ‘getting a grip’ on we ask ?

Eastern European animal traffickers are using the main European highways to cross the EU from East into West.  Young animals such as these puppies are their ‘cargo’.  As there are now no EU border controls within the EU, this type of illegal animal trading is being made much easier to undertake by the slacking of border regulations.  If animals can illegally cross borders (such as these puppies) by traders without any fear of being detected, then what other illegal products are being shipped around the EU by ‘traffickers’; again undetected, we ask ?

The EU and its alleged politicians have lots of issues to investigate and act upon.

Are we going to see anything positive before the May elections ? – probably not.  What have they done for animal welfare issues such as this so far in their parliamentary term ?

It is all very well for some MEPs to say that getting out of the EU is the answer; but for us; this does nothing to stop inaction and the continuation of the trade.  If people elect MEPs, then those people want those same MEPs to do something positive rather than to keep on telling them that we would be better out of the EU.  Being out is not the answer to the situation – legislation change is – that is what EU citizens want – if only EU politicians would deliver !!

 

 

 

UK: UK Top vet calls for reform of kosher and halal slaughter practices – we support him 110%.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2574456/Stop-slashing-animals-throats-ritual-slaughters-halal-kosher-meat-says-new-leader-Britains-vets.html  

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/reform-of-kosher-and-halal-slaughter-practices  

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UK Top vet calls for reform of kosher and halal slaughter practices

President-elect of the British Veterinary Association says more emphasis on animal welfare is needed

The Guardian, Thursday 6 March 2014

There is an exemption for religious groups allowing them to slaughter animals in accordance with their religious beliefs.

A total ban on killing animals without stunning them first might not be far off if religious groups cannot agree a more humane way of slaughter soon, a top vet has said.

The president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) John Blackwell said he wanted to discuss the issue with Jewish and Muslim groups in order to find a compromise that puts more emphasis on the welfare of the animal.

“I don’t think an outright ban is a long way off, there is enough of a view that this practice is inhumane and causes suffering at the time of death,” said Blackwell.

His comments are likely to cause anger among religious groups whose teachings recommend or require the slaughter of animals without stunning them first – including Jews and Muslims.

Blackwell said the BVA had not strayed into religious discussions while campaigning for the changes in the past, but that he was happy to talk to religious groups.

“We have tried to keep it out of the religious sphere. It is not an attack on religious faith, it is a view that we have taken on animal welfare,” Blackwell said.

He said that there was currently an exemption for religious groups that allowed them to slaughter animals that makes their meat halal or kosher in accordance with their religious beliefs.

But he said that the debate should be “moved forward so that the animals are stunned” before being killed. And he said that the BVA would like a “collective meeting of minds [with religious groups] to review the science”.

He acknowledged that there were likely to be “sensitivities surrounding the issue”, but said that the debate was preferable to relying on “beliefs handed down hundreds of years ago, that may have been true at the time”.

Blackwell also raised the prospect of labelling on food products to make it clearer the methods that were used in the slaughter of the animals. He said that doing so would give consumers a better, more informed choice.

The chief rabbi and the Muslim Council of Britain did not respond to requests for comment.

EU: The European Commission is Failing European Animals Exported to Non EU Nations.

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Take action and e mail the Commission via the following link:

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=25833&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=transport&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link

The European Commission is failing European animals

When meat is imported into the European Union the law stipulates that the animal must have been slaughtered in line with EU legislation. However, when EU animals are exported, the same rules are not afforded to them and instead they can face brutal treatment and long drawn out slaughter.

Every year three million European animals are sent on long, stressful journeys to be fattened or slaughtered outside the EU. A vast number of these go to the Middle East where Compassion’s recent investigation, in partnership with Animals Australia, has uncovered immeasurable suffering.

Please take a moment to watch the film and slideshow below to find out more about this deplorable trade. Be warned; some of the film is distressing to watch, but it’s essential concerned citizens find out where European animals are ending their journeys.

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Alternative link to video: 

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Please take a moment to watch and share our investigation.

Warning: Due to its upsetting nature, you may need to verify that you are over 18 to watch the film.

When European farm animals are exported to non-EU countries every shred of protection they once received in their place of birth is rendered meaningless.

After enduring long, exhausting journeys by land and sea they may face terrifying ordeals at slaughter. Animals are dragged by their limbs, bound up with ropes, pinned down by groups of men, beaten with metal rods, suspended upside down for extended periods of time, and eventually slaughtered in unacceptable ways that leave them conscious for many minutes after having their throats cut.

The European Commission has the power to take steps to stop this, but as each day passes without action more and more animals continue to suffer.

The European Commission must work towards ending the live export trade and if necessary replacing it with a trade in meat.

While a trade in exporting live animals continues, the European Commission must implement a scheme that will guarantee exported animals are treated in ways that prevent the worst of the suffering.

The European Commission must provide practical support to countries that import live animals from the EU in order that they can improve transport, handling and slaughter methods. This will not only improve the welfare of EU animals but also of any other animals slaughtered in those countries.

Please take action today. Email the Commission and call for an end to this suffering.

England: Live Animals In That ? – No, Cant Be ! – What, There ARE !! – Petition to Sign and Crosspost. Thank You.

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PLEASE CROSS POST THE PETITION LINK

http://www.change.org/petitions/what-do-you-think-is-in-these-trucks-improve-or-end-sealed-box-type-live-export-trucks?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

All photos V. Cameron and B. Fisher.

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Dear all,

We are asking as many people as possible to help sign the petition to stop ‘box type’ trailers being used in the EU to carry live animals.

Many people are completely unaware that when they pass trailers such as these on the highway, they are full of live animals.

There is absolute minimum, or no signage on the trailers to indicate that live animals are being transported.  This can be a very major problem should the trailer become involved in a major accident which could effectively cause it to overturn – animals would be trapped and die, whilst probably, but through no  fault of their own, rescue crews would be completely unaware that live animals are being transported and are in need of rescue.

Full details of our wishes to the EU Commission are given in the wording of the petition.

Please sign and then cross post for more signatures as much as possible.

Thanks – Mark (SAV), Nathalie and Nicola – all London, England UK.

Petition Link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/what-do-you-think-is-in-these-trucks-improve-or-end-sealed-box-type-live-export-trucks?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

These box trailers are often seen at Dover, England, with Dutch hauliers (specifically) using them to carry live animals for slaughter to mainland Europe.

Below you can see some pictures of these type of trailers.

Would you know that these are full of live animals ?

Please sign our petition and cross post.

Thanks.

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Mass EU Demonstrations – 8/3/2014 – Europe Unites Against the Mass Killing of Romanian Dogs – Over 50 Demos Organised Throughout Europe. Read Further For Your Nearest.

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If the EU Commission Will Not Act Quickly – Its Citizens Will !!

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Dear all,

On Saturday, 8th of March the biggest international DEMONSTRATION against dog killing in Romania will take place in over 50 cities from THROUGHOUT EUROPE (and not only).

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Please, all of you who can participate, see

http://mapofhope.wordpress.com/demonstrationen-und-mahnwachen/

where there are mentioned all the cities where the protests are organized.

Also you still have time to initiate/organize in other cities protests in this respect.

I would suggest to be at the Romanian embassies/consulates.

Thank you for every continuously effort you do for the animals from Romania!

All the best

Carmen ARSENE

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Romania / EU: Press conference from 12 February, 2014 at the EU Parliament on the mistreatment of dogs in Romania.

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30 minute video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR3Qgm84-e4&feature

For further information on the situation of Romanian dogs and this press conference, please visit:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/on-th…

 

And very well worth watching also:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/roman…

Video: kindly provided by the Press Center of the EU- Parliament

SubjectPress conference from 12 February, 2014 at the EU Parliament on the mistreatment of dogs in Romania

On December 4, 2013 a delegation of the European Parliament went to Romania and had some meetings with Romanian officials ANSVSA- Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety National Authority and the Mayor of Bucharest. The delegation members were assured that the law on dog management was a law on “adoption, not on “euthanasia” and the citizens had access to public shelters which were totally transparent and complying with the law

On January 28, the delegation returned to Romania in order to inform themselves on the situation directly on site by visiting as well dog shelters of the city halls.

The Delegation found that there was a major discrepancy between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site during their second visit.

On 12th of February, 2014, the Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR) together with the Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup MEP Andrea ZANONI (ALDE) hosted a press conference in relation to their recent visit to Romania.

MEPs addressed concerns regarding the situation of stray dogs in light of the recently adopted Stray Dogs Euthanasia Law by the Parliament of Romania aimed at culling the stray population, and presented their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue.

 

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England (UK): Badger Welfare Groups – 1; UK Government ‘Experts’ – 0. The Farce That Is Known As The Badger Cull Trials of 2013.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0j5kMxvLqw&feature=youtu.be

and for our non UK international friends, here is the brilliant Brian May – badger welfare campaigner and guitar hero, with ‘Queen’, top rockers in the past until the sad death of Freddie Mercury.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ir0oc6VAHY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUMdkyRTg-8

Click below for the BBC link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26369306

‘ineffective and failed humaneness test’

Although this could very easily said about the Cameron Conservative politicians and National Farmers Union (NFU) which supported the mass kill on the advice of a so called ‘Chief Veterinarian’, we are actually talking about the words used by an independent scientific assessment of last year’s pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has (England) which concluded that they were not effective.

As we in the animal welfare movement said right from the start, the cull would be detrimental to animals welfare, a complete waste of public money, and show our alleged ‘expert’ politicians and farmers leaders for what they really are – ineffective

Please click on the above BBC News report for a full detailed analysis of the cull as reported by Pallab Ghosh.

Below – ‘Correct from the Start’ Brian May

- the voice for the badger and the animal welfare groups

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Badger cull in numbers:

50% or fewer badgers were killed than target figure

·         6.4% – 18% badgers took longer than five minutes to die

·         1,771 number of badgers culled*

·        £7.29m estimated cost of badger cull, according to animal welfare charity*

Source: Independent Expert Panel, Care for the Wild*

We hear and read of many ‘experts’ from Defra, the government Ministry, as well as the ‘experts’ from the NFU, and ‘expert’ Mr Nigel Gibbens, the Chief Veterinary Officer; but the fact is that they were all wrong and the badger welfare groups were right from the very start.

From the BBC; “Defra said that it did not know when the report would be submitted by the IEP or when it would be published, stating only that “no deadline had been set”. A spokesperson added: “We knew there’d be lessons to be learned from the first year of the pilot culls which is why we’re looking forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations for improving the way they are carried out, because we need to do all we can to tackle this devastating disease.”

Can we suggest that the biggest lesson to be learned is that despite you all being very over zealous and self opinionated with regard the cull; you actually know very little.  There are other ways of addressing Bovine TB, which includes vaccination; so possibly before you all set off for future culls in the dark of night which will end up with no positive results, can we suggest that you look first and foremost into animal vaccination as the future for controlling this disease.

Over the past months we at SAV have given lots of time and posts to this badger cull – the ‘be all and end all’ as far as the politicians and farmers were convinced.

Once again the animal welfare lobby got it right, the government, chief vets and the NFU got it wrong; very wrong, at the cost of many animals lives.  And what have they learned now ? – very little we suspect; they only regard the killing of badgers as a solution to the issue of bovine TB.

UK Press reports and links for the end of February 2014:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/28/badger-cull-humaneness-test-tb-cattle

-          “The revelations are the most damaging yet and will make it challenging for ministers to justify their aim of rolling out further culls across the country”.

http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/28/02/2014/143534/analysis-where-next-for-the-badger-cull.htm

 - “Before the negative news about the south-west pilots broke on Friday (28 February), NFU director general Andy Robertson said selective culling might be operationally easier and more acceptable to the public”.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/28/badger-culls-england-wales-timeline

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/uk/call-to-halt-inhumane-badger-cull-1.245294

http://peterblack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/government-figures-show-badger-cull.html

- The Independent reports that the UK Government’s highly controversial badger cull has suffered a further setback after it released figures which showed it had exaggerated the case for the cull”.

 Links to see some of our previous SAV posts about the English badger cull:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/01/05/england-uk-badger-cull-cost-4100-per-badger-claim-campaigners/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/11/17/england-uk-20-minute-video-see-the-work-of-team-badger-and-wounded-badger-patrol/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/12/08/uk-dr-brian-may-queen-guitarist-tells-why-he-has-to-speak-for-the-animals/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/04/13/uk-london-brian-may-launches-save-me-anti-hunting-campaign/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/04/08/uk-england-queen-rock-legend-brian-may-fumes-over-queen-song-used-in-pro-hunt-video/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/12/06/england-uk-another-conservative-government-u-turn-cruel-badger-cull-meets-embarrassing-end-animal-advocates-right-all-along/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/17/england-badger-update-now-badgers-to-be-gassed-pro-hunt-paterson-and-cameron-go-from-farce-to-shambles-to-inept-but-conveniently-stay-as-multi-millionaires-we-are-all-in-thi/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/15/uk-england-badger-cull-snippets-the-government-increase-kill-time-to-meet-failed-animal-numbers/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/09/15/england-badger-cull-update-no-badgers-tested-for-bovine-tb-but-tests-are-to-see-if-badgers-can-be-shot/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/09/13/england-uk-the-badger-cull-is-it-as-effective-as-what-the-government-are-telling-the-public-not-that-much-is-being-said/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/08/29/uk-england-the-badger-cull-is-under-way-despite-massive-public-opposition/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/06/02/england-london-march-against-the-badger-cull-1st-june-2013/

Below – The ‘experts’ responsible for this complete and utter farce:

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Above – Minister and ‘Expert’ Owen Paterson – with ‘Expert’ Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bring on the UK General Election of May 2015; and a much more viable government to replace the joke that exists in the UK at present.

Badger Welfare Groups – 1;  UK Government ‘Experts’ – 0.

Obvious to most sensible people in the UK from the very start !!

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Romania: The Mask Is Off ‘IREC’ – Please Read Very Interesting Information Via Link Provided.

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We have been sent the following very informative information today – 28/2/14.

Can we ask you please to have a good look at the following site, which we think you will fine very, very interesting.  Please distribute the link as necessary.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/209149022/The-Mask-is-Off-IREC

Message: PLEASE; everybody please join this page and invite friends…it is of PARAMOUNT importance that all those who fight for the right TO LIVE for stray dogs, to UNDERSTAND WHO started the MASS HYSTERIA, and who instigated to HATE towards these animals AND their protectors ( rescuers, animal rights advocate, registered organizations and so on….) These people  from IREC manipulate, and try to gain support from abroad from similar DOGS HATERS groups…with INACCUARTE information...Please also read and share the note in the second link…https://www.facebook.com/pages/NU-grupului-extremist-IREC/727118767321317
http://www.scribd.com/doc/209149022/The-Mask-is-Off-IREC
Please read the NOTE on scribd.

Romania: The Medieval Animal Abusing Nation That Puts Shame On All The Good Pro-Welfare Work Of EU Citizens – EU Parliament – Act – And Act NOW !

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A MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN NATION WHO’S CURRENT ACTIONS CAST DISGRACE ON THE REST OF DECENT (PRO WELFARE) CITIZENS IN EUROPE.

Remove these medieval animal abusers from the modern day EU – and do it now !

EU Citizens – Please remember – the Euro Elections are in May 2014 – tell your MEPs to act and act now on this issue if they want YOUR VOTE.  The time for talking and lost promises has passed – the EU demands action from its politicians !!

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http://www.houndsandpeople.com/de/magazin/aktuelles/vergessene-hunde-in-rumanien-warten-auf-den-tod/

(private translation of text as it appears on DogsAndPeople website

- with thanks to D for her work with this).

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Here below are the contact e mail addresses for ALL Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

You may wish to drop them a short line regarding the situation below, and asking them to wake up and get back to their national government to take action about this.  With European MEP elections this coming May, they need to attempt to gain public appeal and support, and votes.  They are not doing this by treating animals this way in Romania.

Time for change or time for new Romanian government and MEP’s; or alternatively, get Romania out of the EU if it wants to behave in this manner.

Full Romanian MEP listing:  just copy the entire block and paste into ‘CC’ – use the first contact as the ‘TO’ section in the mail.

TO:  elenaoana.antonescu@europarl.europa.eu, 

Then copy all the following and paste into ‘CC’:

elena.basescu@europarl.europa.eu,
george.becali@europarl.europa.eu,  sebastianvalentin.bodu@europarl.europa.eu,
victor.bostinaru@europarl.europa.eu,   cristiansilviu.busoi@europarl.europa.eu,
corina.cretu@europarl.europa.eu,   georgesabin.cutas@europarl.europa.eu,
vasilicaviorica.dancila@europarl.europa.eu,   ioan.enciu@europarl.europa.eu,
ivan@europarl.europa.eu,   petru.luhan@europarl.europa.eu,   monica.macovei@europarl.europa.eu,
ramonanicole.manescu@europarl.europa.eu,   marianjean.marinescu@europarl.europa.eu,
iosif.matula@europarl.europa.eu,    mimpiarr@gmail.com,   norica.nicolai@europarl.europa.eu,   rareslucian.niculescu@europarl.europa.eu,   ioanmircea.pascu@europarl.europa.eu,
rovana.plumb@europarl.europa.eu,
cristiandan.preda@europarl.europa.eu,   dacianaoctavia.sarbu@europarl.europa.eu,
adrian.severin@europarl.europa.eu,   csaba.sogor@europarl.europa.eu,
theodordumitru.stolojan@europarl.europa.eu,   claudiuciprian.tanasescu@europarl.europa.eu,
silviaadriana.ticau@europarl.europa.eu,   laszlo.tokes@europarl.europa.eu,
traian.ungureanu@europarl.europa.eu,   tudorcorneliu.vadim@europarl.europa.eu,
adinaioana.valean@europarl.europa.eu,   renate.weber@europarl.europa.eu,
iuliu.winkler@europarl.europa.eu,

Forgotten Dogs in Romania Waiting for Death

After the passing of the kill law dogs are waiting in freezing temperatures and hungry for death. Please Help! Share this Article.

Romania: After the passing of the kill law dogs are waiting in freezing temperatures and hungry for death.

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Romania is drowned in snow up to 2 meters high, an icy wind blows across the land; in many places there is no getting through.

Trucks have to discontinue their journeys, because even the main roads into Bucarest are impassable.

Mobile networks are disrupted and the thing animal activists have dreaded since September 2013, has finally happened.

With the onset of winter at the beginning of this year the situation of the dogs has come to a head.

Since September of 2013, when Romania declared an all-out-war on strays, the animals have been hunted with unprecedented cruelty – being caught with wire nooses and taken to council “shelters”.

The „adoption law“, which legalises killing after 14 days, is, in reality, a kill law.

Not only is she short period of time allowed for adoption a mayor hurdle – it is also not very common in Romania to adopt street dogs and the councils arbitrarily make it difficult for people to adopt.

What this means for the dogs is difficult to imagine. They are being penned up: small and large dogs, old and sick dogs and pups.

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In many of the council shelters the dogs waste away, without food and care, until they are, as recently happened in Craiova, beaten to death.

A third of the dogs incarcerated there were “euthanized” in this way over night (see image of cleaning up afterwards).

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Many shelters were cut off from the world by the massive onset of winter, and contrary to those dogs in private shelter, where activists fight for every single life, these dogs were left to their fate.

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It is beyond comprehension that this sort of thing is allowed to happen in an EU member state.

Unpunished and unhindered Romania violates every agreement concerning animal welfare and recommendations for sensible population control.

Animal activists are fighting a losing battle.

The volunteer, who have gained access to these “hell shelters”, to see how the dogs are faring and to try and help, suffer extreme emotional distress and will never forget what they see. Nevertheless they do not leave the dogs to their fate.

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The Romanian state shows its most ugly face in these days and the European community is silent and tolerates the mass murder of dogs.

A Romanian activist reports: it was noticed on Saturday already that the kennels at the council shelter of Craiova were empty. And where, in the beginning, 6 to 8 dogs sat, only one or two remained.

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Activists of the privately-run initiative SPERATNA PENTRU ANIMALE /Craiova went to the local shelter at Breasta on a daily basis in order to feed the dogs there (between 700 and 800!) with their own food – or else they would’ve had nothing to eat.

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Due to bad snow fall they were FORBIDDEN to enter the shelter Breasta / Craiova for several days.

When the situation relaxed weatherwise, and they were allowed to return on Saturday, they found a third of the dogs gone.

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Every day now the number of dogs diminishes. From yesterday to today another 100 dogs disappeared – they are killing them over night.

 Many Romania and foreign activists and organisations are fighting for every soul and urgently need your help.

This is where you can help:

HAR, HELPING ANIMALS ROMANIA, Bukarest

Account Details:

Please state usage: HAR-Kastrations-Patenschaft

Romanian account: ASOCIATIA HELPING ANIMALS ROMANIA HAR

RO35 RZBR 0000 0600 1613 1057

RAIFFEISEN BANK MOSILOR

SWIFT CODE : RZBRROBU

Sponsorhsip for Castration: 35,– Euro

Web: http://www.helpinganimalsromania.de/

https://www.facebook.com/HAR.HELPING.ANIMALS.OF.ROMANIA

DONATIONS VIA CREDIT CARD / PAYPAL POSSIBLE

Speranta pentru Animale

Thru Bank Account:

Credit Agricole Bank

Euro: RO 06 BSEA 02 00 00 00 00 885647

SWIFT: BSEAROBU

Web: http://www.sperantapentruanimalecraiova.com/en/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/sperantapentruanimale

DONATIONS VIA CREDIT CARD / PAYPAL POSSIBLE

Dog Rescue Romania, Bukarest

Veterinarian Dr. Rudolf Hofmann

Transilvania Bank – Chitila branch

IBAN Euro: RO 37 BTRL EURC RT02 3139 4501

SWIFT: BTRLRO22

Helfe4Pfoten e.V.

Raiffeisenbank Bad Gögging

BIC: GENODEF1NGG

IBAN: DE74750690150000267988

Web: http://www.helfe4pfoten.de

Please help us!

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Serbia: 27/02/2014 – Latest (Winter) News From Danica At Shelter ‘Felix’ – Please Help With A Donation If You Can – Thank You.

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Here below is the new update from Danica regarding this last winter at shelter Felix.

As you can read; several young animals are very poorly and in need of veterinary treatment, which is costing a lot !  There is also the need for constant funds to keep the gas bottles loaded up so that they can supply warmth to the animals at the shelter.

If you can help with a donation, no matter how small or large, please do it and help the animals at shelter Felix.

Web site link =  http://catshelter-felix.com/

Blogspot =  http://novisadcats.blogspot.co.uk/

The Blogspot enables you to donate online using Paypal, and also provides full bank details should you wish to send a donation via your own bank.

Some great news is that SPCA International recently published a story of Felix shelter, which you can see by clicking on the following link:   http://www.spcai.org/index.php/news-and-blog/blog/entry/cat-shelter-felix-serbia.html

Please give anything you can this winter to help the cats at shelter Felix – Thank you – SAV 

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Danica writes as follows:

These last few weeks have been nothing less than hectic.  After a somewhat balmy start to this winter, a cold spell and snowstorms swept through Serbia and blizzards wreaked havoc at the beginning of February. Many vehicles were snowed in, the roads were blocked and had been rendered impassable by blasting snow and powerful winds, so a state of emergency was declared. Military helicopters were deployed to rescue travelers that had gotten stuck in drifts. The army, police, firefighters and rescue teams were all in the field, the border with Hungary was closed while the Felix kitties, cozily tucked in their rooms, were awaiting nicer weather in their snowed-in home, cut off from the world by snowfall…

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Real winter came briefly and went away again, a few days of spring-like weather followed just to be replaced by rain, but as long as there’s no new snow, we have nothing to moan about. Hopefully March won’t bring some unpleasant surprises but one can never know…  Central heating is on, thanks to the tremendous generosity of our friends and supporters – we managed to fill our gas tank for the second time this winter a couple of weeks ago and not a minute too soon, as there was almost no fuel left when the gas delivery truck pulled into the shelter at last. Unfortunately, the health conditions of the most delicate, oldest and chronically ill kitties are a completely different story.

Joca’s eye injury was the first in a series of serious problems and started with a scratch on the cornea that quickly evolved into a corneal ulcer and he had to undergo eye surgery, using a third eyelid flap. The third eyelid was actually sewn shut over the eye to protect the cornea and promote healing, which was done in an attempt to save his eye and avoid enucleation.  When the sutures were removed, it turned out that not only has his eye has been saved, but there’s vision in that eye as well! Joca is living in the house at the moment, cuddly and sweet as always, he is still under treatment but the worst has thankfully passed.

The next to fall sick was Shalimar, my recently rescued Siamese. Found in terrible shape, he was bouncing back entirely too slowly and seemed to be nervous and uneasy whenever I tried to pick him up. It seemed kind of odd until it was discovered that the two huge scabs I found on his body were in fact two large abscesses. The vet said he probably got injured some time ago but his abscesses were passing unnoticed until they fully matured and were practically ready to burst. A lot of pus came out of them after squeezing, they were drained, cleaned and debrided. The skin was stitched and gauze sutured into both wounds to keep them sterile and to facilitate drainage, without using drainage tubes. His stitches were removed a few days ago and both of his wounds are healing nicely. One less thing to worry about…

But the biggest problems were yet to come. Out of five kitties that are facing serious health issues right now, four are the members of the squad I initially brought to the shelter when we moved here and although I knew this winter would be stressful, this is entirely too much! Kmeca has a number of life-threatening health conditions: a dangerous renal papillary necrosis, kidney stones, sand, liver and duct bile problems, a wound of her tongue, some viral disease, inflamed gums, an unidentified mass in her colon… She is bone skinny, with seriously compromised kidney function and anything could happen at any moment.  Frca is heartbreakingly weak as well and it is suspected she has a pancreatic disease, but although she is being given medicine and special food, things don’t look very promising. We’re taking it one day at a time as it’s all we can do with both of those fragile beauties.

Marka and Kus Kus, a couple of oldies but goodies are struggling with the usual difficulties of the elderly, more or less – Marka has some bone and joint problems of the elderly (which is not a surprise considering she is over 18) and refuses to eat when her condition is painful. Kus Kus is having gum problems again which is nothing new though, as it has been happening to him on and off for years now.  After a major crisis he went through two years ago, he still hangs on, brave and dignified.

Njanja’s mysterious problem is still unsolved, mostly because he is not showing any other symptoms apart from being thin. It has been going on for months and there must be some underlying cause to his gaunt look but we haven’t yet succeeded in discovering what it is.

Circumstances have reached emergency level! Vet bills keep piling up, the special food costs a fortune and the fight for their lives has just begun. Please, consider donating whatever you possibly can to help these amazing felines recover!

Every donation, regardless of size, is of immense value and gratefully received as they all add up and really make a difference for these valiant furry fighters! On their behalf, thank you in advance!

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Australia: Proises, Promises Again – Government / Dept of Ag. Tries to Defend the Indefensible Regarding Live Animal Exports.

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http://www.beefcentral.com/p/news/article/4302

Dept of Ag releases live animal export reports

24 Feb 2014

The Department of Agriculture has released three compliance investigation reports that concern the welfare of Australian livestock exported to overseas markets.

The compliance reports examine allegations that animals were found in unauthorised locations as well as improper animal handling and slaughter, in Jordan and Malaysia.

The department has determined in some instances handling and slaughter was not consistent with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards or animals left approved facilities inconsistent with Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) requirements.

The investigation of sheep exported to Jordan concluded that it is highly likely many of the sheep shown in photographs and videos were of Australian origin and more likely than not that they were exported under ESCAS arrangements.  There was only sufficient material to support a finding against one exporter.  The department recorded a non compliance against Livestock Shipping Services in relation to a finding of unauthorised movement of sheep in Jordan. The department did not record a finding against the other exporter to Jordan, Wellard Rural Exports Pty Ltd.

While investigations are underway, the department has acted to place additional conditions on consignments of affected exporters to Jordan for export applications that have been subsequently approved.

The department has also required exporters to remove feedlots and abattoirs from supply chains where they are not able to meet the ESCAS standard at this time.

Additional conditions the department has applied on consignments to Jordan include:

24 hour security be applied at feedlots and abattoirs in supply chains

Supply chain officers to regularly reconcile the number of animals in supply chains

Independent audit of each supply chain officers’ reconciliations

Additional identification to be applied to animals on arrival to and departure from feedlots (for example, a prominent and easily visible wool mark)

The exporter to make monthly declarations to the department about the number of animals in the supply chain

An increase in frequency of independent audits for an approved supply chain.

The investigation of cattle exported to Malaysia found some aspects of animal handling and slaughter did not meet OIE animal welfare recommendations. Two exporters were using the abattoir at the time. However, cattle shown in the footage could not be linked to any individual exporter.

While the investigation was underway, the department acted to place additional conditions on the exporters, Australian Rural Exports Pty Ltd and International Livestock Export Pty Ltd, including providing an animal welfare officer at the abattoir to oversee slaughter and an additional audit.

The investigation of sheep and goats exported to Malaysia found some aspects of animal handling did not meet OIE animal welfare recommendations.  Whether the animals had been exported at the time ESCAS applied in Malaysia could not be determined.

While the investigation was underway, the department acted to place additional conditions on the exporters, Capricorn Pastoral Pty Ltd and Lembiru, including that exporters provide monthly reconciliations of stock in supply chains.

Additional conditions are applied when the department considers that they are necessary to promote compliance with the approved ESCAS. The department assesses all relevant information, including the exporter’s compliance record, in deciding whether or not to approve consignments or place additional conditions on consignments.

Exporters have also implemented their own measures to improve animal handling and slaughter, including providing further training at ESCAS facilities in the importing countries.

The department has also released two reports into mortality incidents. One report is an Elders International Australia cattle consignment by sea to Japan and the second is an Independent Livestock Services sheep consignment by air to Malaysia.

The department applied additional conditions on the exporters’ subsequent consignments. Exporters have successfully exported animals under these additional conditions without reaching the reportable mortality threshold.

Since 2005, a report has been tabled in Parliament by the Minister on livestock mortalities that occur on voyages by sea.

The compliance investigation reports can be viewed on the Department of Agriculture website

Source: Department of Agriculture

Hunting News.

HUNTING NEWS

UKHound fits during hunt

A video shows hounds from the Ross Harriers Hunt rioting through a private garden in Gloucestershire, illegally chasing a deer. The disturbing footage shows one of the hounds fitting, presumably after being run to exhaustion by the hunt. The concerned land owner tried to take the distressed animal to the vets for urgent treatment but was threatened by members of the hunt and forced to return the hound to them.

He called the police due to the threats being made against him and was told to return the hound as it was the hunts property. Footage of the hounds illegally chasing the deer is being looked at by solicitors and will be presented to the police in due course so that the hunt can be prosecuted. 

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Sadly we see illegal hunting like this all too often. Our immediate concern in this instance is the future of the fitting hound. If the Ross Harriers decide it is no longer fit for hunting they may well shoot it in the head as it no longer serves a purpose. We demand the Ross Harriers Hunt hand it over to an appropriate animal  welfare  organisation so that it can be re-homed and enjoy a well earned retirement.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAMaTw7VcwI

 

UK – Cumbrian police to monitor hunts

Police in Cumbria are to launch an operation monitoring hunting activities in the county.  Officers will carry out patrols at meets as part of Operation Kilowatt.  The Hunting Act 2004 made it illegal to hunt a wild animal with a dog, with certain exceptions. The League Against Cruel Sports welcomed the police announcement but a Countryside Alliance spokesman called it “a waste of money” and police resources.

Police say they have “consistently” received reports of illegal hunting and suspicious activity, as well as complaints regarding associated offences. These include intimidation and harassment, assault, public order, obstruction of the highway and driving offences. The force is to liaise with agencies such as the National Trust, Lake District National Park and United Utilities, who are the major landowners and who operate a licensing system to allow trail or drag hunting activity.

Dawn Varley, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said 285 people had been convicted nationwide for breaching the act since it came into force in Feb 2005. She added: “We believe Cumbria Police is to be commended for putting resources and effort into checking hunts are acting within the law.”

UK – Hunt terrierman fined

Dicky Tonks (hunt terrierman of York and Ainsty South FH) was caught on video verbally abusing and threatening a sab. Tonks received a criminal record under Sec 5 of the Public Order Act and a £90 fine for his aggressive outburst. See here: http://youtu.be/55tJpOHo_4Q

More recently Dicky Tonks was caught attempting to dig out a fox at Escrick park. Fortunately sabs were there to intervene.

 

UK – Hunt hounds chase dog into lake

A fox hunt has apologised to a woman and her 9-year-old autistic son who watched in terror as hounds chased their terrier into a lake in Petworth Park, Sussex.  Mya, a 3-year-old Lakeland terrier, fled for her life from mink-hunting hounds from the Wealden pack.

The hounds, being exercised in the park, chased her until in panic she leapt into the lake and swam for an island. The hounds were called off by the huntsman but it took Linda Wickenden and her son Kian more than an hour to coax their petrified pet to swim back from her refuge out in the lake.  Linda, from Petworth, said “My son and I were distraught. Kian has Asperger’s syndrome and he does not have many friends. That dog is his companion and his life.”

They’d been walking the dog around the lake when they encountered the pack all roaming freely. The Wealden mink hounds are kennelled at Petworth Park under an arrangement with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray fox hunt.  Nick Bamber, chairman of the CLC Hunt, said 2 Welsh mink hounds had recently been drafted into the Wealden pack and they had been attached by a lead to more experienced hounds during the exercise session but when Linda and her son appeared, they had been freed for the first time. 

“They got excited and started to hunt the terrier. We apologise to the lady and her son for the upsetting incident. The hounds in question are being moved on to a Welsh pack” he said.

Daily Telegraph 21st Jan

 

UK – Dug out vixen shot dead

A beautiful and petrified vixen was executed after being dug out by terrier-men connected to the Flint & Denbigh hunt.

They put 3 nets up to prevent her from escaping. She was so traumatised that she never made a sound as they dragged her out of her refuge and shot her at close range using a double barrel shotgun. I heard the awful dull thud as the shot violently took her life. But what is going to haunt me was the glimpse I had of her just before she was murdered. I have this image in my head of a gorgeous vixen rigid with fear being held by the scruff just moments before by the evil men, Rob and Marvin Harvey.  It was truly horrific and I don’t know if I am ever going to get over the sight of her going limp like a marionette doll. 

After the vixens body was taken away by one of the terrier-men (Marvin Harvey) they refused to allow me to lay her rest instead I was then pushed down the 10ft muddy bank after trying to sit on the earth to try to stop the possibility of another fox suffering the same harrowing fate. He denied pushing me down the bank of course.  My film will be going onto youtube for all to see when I’m ready - right now I’m not sure I’m strong enough to play out the scene again. But this is something I’m going to have to do so that she didn’t die in vain.  I have a feeling that there may have been another fox in that earth and a dog fox close by because when we revisited this area 2 hours later to get a GPS location of where it happened we arrived just in time to see riders and hounds coming through and the hounds went into full cry as they entered scrub next to the earth.

The hunt went ballistic when they saw us back at the earth and told us that the police had told them that if we came near this earth again we would be arrested. One of them, Ed, pushed me around as he continued to film me, refusing to allow me a dignified walk back to the road in peace. This is the Flint & Denbigh hunt, all they understand is how to inflict suffering onto innocent and defenceless animals – they insult and abuse anyone who hates their sadistic cruelty.  I feet that this earth is regularly used by this hunt to dig out a fox for the chase. The earth is in a prime location for this particular area of Trefnant where the Flint & Denbigh likes to hunt. When we arrived on the scene, they had not been digging long because he said the dog had been in the earth for 5 minutes and he wanted to get her out. They were digging out this vixen at 11.30am which would have given this hunt loads of time to hunt her down (covered in urine) before packing in at around 4.15pm.

There were also lots of sheep remains lying around, not that far from where the earth is situated. Even before we saw the terrier-men, I thought it strange that there were so many skeletons in just one field next to and inside a wooded area. Judi Hewitt  PS. Last Saturday this hunts supporters slashed 3 tyres on 2 of our cars, so they are also carrying knives – we can’t afford this extra expense - we struggle to afford the fuel never mind tyres.  Nothing is ever done to get this hunt to stop their abuse towards us. I will not be calling out the police anymore - they really don’t care and just see us as a nuisance.

 

UK Wales – Huntsmen kill vixen and torture newborn cubs

On the 1st Feb because of the weather the regular Hunt organised by the Llandeilo Hunt Group was cancelled by the Hunts Master and Councillor of Gwynfe Ward Council a Mr Colin Evans. On his facebook page he added the following the message: “Unfortunately our ridden meet on Saturday has been cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions which have caused the fields to be waterlogged. However, we will be hunting on foot. Disgustingly they did go hunting on foot with terrier dogs, they came upon a young vixen who had just given birth to 2 young fox cubs. She was too weak to defend the cubs, and against the thugs of this hunt group and the dogs she did not stand a chance.  The vixen whilst battling to defend herself as she was being torn to pieces would have had to watch as her 2 young newly born cubs were also dragged from the den she had made safe and secure.

The dogs then tore the vixen to pieces and killed her, not satisfied with this cruelty the “huntsmen” teased the terrier dogs with the newly born defenceless cubs and allowed the dogs to take chunks from them, as you can see in the photo the cubs are alive in the guys hands, after the photo was taken they then threw the cubs to the terriers and laughed and jeered as the dogs tore the pups limb from limb.  A photo of this “Proud achievement” was posted on the Walls of the Hunts cowardly members showing 2 members of the hunt club involved in this sickening barbaric slaughter holding the terriers and one disgusting individual smiling as he teases the a terrier dog with the newly born fox cub. 

The older man is Dai Bourne.  The local police are more than aware of this Hunt Groups continual breeching of UK laws, of the cruelty this hunt group revel in causing. Yet they do nothing, they do not act upon this hunt even though they are well aware they do not drag hunt but actually dig out the foxes and chase them to exhaustion with their pack of hounds.  Colin Evans is not only a wealthy farmer but is also a local Councillor.  Could that be why police don’t act?

 

UK – The Llangeinor Hunt – The ugly truth

On 25th Jan hunters colluded in the brutal beating of a young woman saboteur who was punched to the ground by one of the hunt followers. During this cowardly attack on a woman, the mounted hunt milled on horseback, watching and shouting and pointing at the other sabs. 

At the beginning of the video, 2 male saboteurs can be seen on the ground surrounded by a ring of red coats on horseback who did absolutely nothing to stop the beatings. The sabs were punched, pushed and pummelled resulting in a slim female (whose only crime was to be against the hunting abuse of animals) being treated in hospital for her injuries. 

The footage shows that the saboteurs, from Bristol, Bath and South Wales, were not the instigators, and they were clearly out-weighed and outnumbered by the hunt heavies who, it would seem, were there expressly to prevent surveillance of hunting activities.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqn48Q0yjMo  and if you recognise any of the attackers inform the HSA

 

UK – What happens to the hounds

When the hunting ban was being discussed in Parliament, hunt supporters were saying, amongst other things, that hounds would be shot – in other words we would be responsible for their deaths.  The fact is that hounds are regularly killed by hunts. Any that don’t make the grade during the cub hunting training season or those past their best are taken to the back of the kennels and shot. 

Former huntsman Clifford Pellow has described the fate that befalls hounds that are unsuitable for hunting. He says, “We see plenty of images of young hounds and hound puppies being cuddled. What people don’t realise is that, if those young animals don’t ‘enter’ when they’re introduced to hunting, they will be shot. I should know, I’ve had to do it myself. In my day, out of a pack of 40 hounds, I would say that 10 would be shot in a year.”  Hunts regularly try to give the impression that they care passionately about their animals, and yet in reality they are simply tools of the trade – to be callously disposed of as soon as they are no longer useful. 

During the summer months, one-year-old hound pups that will have been looked after by hunt supporters, are introduced to the kennels. The Hunt will be looking to replace about one fifth of the pack each year. By the time the dogs have hunted for around 5 – 6 seasons they are considered too old and are usually shot in the head.

The new pups are introduced to hunting during summer and autumn fox-cub hunting training sessions, where over 8,000 immature fox-cubs are slaughtered to give the hounds a taste of blood. Those that don’t make the grade are also shot. 

In all, by the start of each hunting season in November, the League estimates around 6,000 dogs will have been executed simply to ensure the best hounds are left to provide ‘entertainment’ for those who ride to hounds

Hunts claim the hounds cannot be turned into pets, and therefore they have no choice but to destroy the animals.   Published in the Wildlife Guardian, Issue No. 30, Winter 1994/5  Old article but worth being reminded

 

Ireland – Foxhound saved

Fionn the foxhound, who was neglected, beaten and left to die on a rubbish tip in Cork has made a miraculous recovery. His skull shattered by a blow from an unidentified object, his broken body left to die in a pile of rubbish, Fionn was found before Christmas by a horrified passer-by who alerted welfare group DAWG. “He was barely alive and was cold to the touch,” a member of the group wrote at the time. “The poor boy was in a very bad way, covered in cuts and pressure sores, a mere skeleton, unable to move.  “It was obvious he had been put there, in amongst the rubbish and left to die.”  

It was touch and go whether he would survive. As it turns out, Fionn’s condition was worse than could have been imagined. An X-ray revealed a skull fracture consistent with having received a blow to the head, and while his initial recovery was good and Fionn enjoyed Christmas in his new foster home, things took a turn for the worse over the holidays.  Following an MRI scan in Dublin, DAWG and Fionn’s foster family were given the option of having Fionn put to sleep, or pushing ahead with high-risk surgery, performed by a specialist.  They chose surgery.

Fionn pulled through.  Subsequent investigations led to DAWG identifying the hunt club to which Fionn belonged, and the name of the person in whose care he should have been when he was found. Once told, the club transferred ownership of Fionn into the care of DAWG and expelled his keeper. 

 

UK – Watch out for wildlife crime

The Notts Police & Crime Commissioner has asked farmers and members of the public to be the eyes and ears of the force on wildlife crime. 

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At a public meeting held by the League Against Cruel Sports at the Canalhouse, in Canal Street, Nottingham, commissioner Paddy Tipping – a long-term supporter of the League and its work – spoke on the importance of reporting any cruelty to animals. He said: “Supporting the cause is something that is close to my heart because animal cruelty is an important issue. “We want members of the public to be our eyes and ears when it comes to this type of crime and report any illegal activity they see or know about. “The sort of things we are seeing is hare coursing, illegal hunting and badger baiting.”

 

 South AfricaCanned hunting – the facts

There are 160 (and counting) lion breeding farms in South Africa. Female lions are forced to produce up to 3 litters per year (one litter every 3 years is the norm in the wild).  The cubs are removed shortly after birth and the mother is forced into the next pregnancy. 

The “orphaned” cubs are marketed by recruitment agencies in the UK, USA and worldwide to the “volunteer” market – unsuspecting people (in their droves) sign up to stay at these farms for 2 weeks or more (costing them circa £1,200 per fortnight plus their airfares). They are led to believe they are helping conservation and these cubs will be put back into the wild when they reach adulthood.  At the farms, further income is generated from cub petting, photographing and walking with the lion cubs.

The paying volunteers often avoid the need for the farms to incur staffing costs to man the operation.  Once the cubs reach maturity, the males (at about 3-4years) and the females (once they can no longer produce the new cubs in the “puppy mill” operation) are sold to the canned hunting operators.  Canned hunting is where the human habituated lion is put into a field and a tourist hunter comes along in his Land Rover and shoots it dead. Sometimes the lion is partially anaesthetised beforehand. It offers no resistance. It is a tame lion. The lion is shot through the body (to preserve the trophy quality) and the lion often dies an agonising death, particularly if the tourist is a bad shot and has several “goes” to kill the lion.  The tourist hunter goes home with his trophy and the lion carcass is sold into the lion bone trade for the Chinese Traditional Medicine market. 

Lion numbers are now feared to be close to 15,000.

DO NOT volunteer at breeding centres in South Africa.  Ask yourself … why do you wish you pet & feed lion cubs?  Ask yourself … where are all these cubs’ mothers?  Ask yourself … where do all the older lions go?  Meet Kirsten … http://lionexploitation.wordpress.com/real-life-experiences/kirstens-blog/

More than 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa last year, a 50% increase on the previous year, according to official figures. The South African Dept of Environmental Affairs said 1,004 rhinos were poached in 2013 – compared to 668 killed for their horn in 2012.

 

Killing rare birds in Pakistan

Pakistan is witnessing a mounting backlash against Arab sheikhs who spend part of their winters hunting a rare bird that conservationists warn is at risk of extinction.

Activists in the country say they are determined to end the annual killing of houbara bustards, an elusive bird that migrates each winter from central Asia to Pakistan’s warmer climes.

 

Massive wildlife trafficking syndicate

The $1m bounty that US Secretary of State John Kerry offered in reward for Vixay Keosavang’s downfall was a first. The bounty, for help in dismantling the “Xaysavang Network”, which Keosavang is said to head, marks a major escalation in the fight against wildlife crime.

Officials in the US describe the network as the world’s most prolific international wildlife trafficking syndicate. They say Keosavang’s organisation, based in Laos, facilitates “the killing of endangered elephants, rhinos and other species for products such as ivory”. Keosavang’s organisation is said to have “smuggled wildlife and products such as ivory and rhino horns from countries in Africa and Asia through Laos to countries including Vietnam and China” for nearly a decade.

US State Dept officials say the $1m reward reflects the seriousness with which the crime is now viewed in Washington and elsewhere. The network came to light in South Africa in 2008 when 5 men were arrested for offering an undercover police officer tens of thousands of dollars for 3 rhino horns. A year later, Kenya Wildlife Service and customs officers seized 280kg of elephant ivory and 36kg of rhino horn at Nairobi airport. The shipment was registered to Xaysavang and bound for Laos. Police then arrested a number of people in connection with the shooting of rhinos. Chumlong Lemtongthai, one of Keosavang’s key lieutenants, was later jailed for 40 years, reduced on appeal to 30 years for his part in the smuggling racket.

In jail, Lemongthai is said to have given a detailed insight into the Xaysavang Network, prompting Washington to offer the reward. “The increasing involvement of criminal organisations such as the Xaysavang Network in wildlife trafficking fuels corruption, facilitates conflict, threatens biodiversity and deprives communities of economic opportunity,” said Brooke Darby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. The activities of the Network have been detailed by the South African journalist, Julian Rademeyer.  He spent over 2 years investigating key players in the murky trade and in 2013 authored ‘Killing for Profit’, an account of his chilling discoveries.  He has described the current battle against poaching as: “the rhino’s last stand”. Keosavang, a former soldier said to be in his 50s, is reported to have close links with the military in Laos.  Described as the “Pablo Escobar” of wildlife smuggling, Keosavang is said to be protected by his contacts in the Laotian government.

It is also said he held a senior position in a state-run firm with interests in construction and international trade. His business card lists him as vice-president of the Laos national swimming and boxing committees and it is claimed he has accompanied a former deputy prime minister of Laos on state visits. According to documents unearthed by Vietnamese journalists he also has interests in trading hundreds of thousands of live animals, including endangered temple turtles, king cobras and rat snakes. The Network is also said to own a farm in Laos which breeds long-tailed macaques for export to China as laboratory animals.

Freeland, a wildlife NGO, has painstakingly constructed a case against Keosavang. One contract from 2009 obtained by Freeland reveals him agreeing to sell 70,000 snakes, 20,000 turtles and 20,000 monitor lizards to a Vietnamese firm in a deal worth $860,000 (£523,000). It says he remains “untouchable” in Laos despite detailed evidence being presented to them.  “He is the single largest known illegal wildlife trafficker in Asia,” said Steven Galster, Freeland’s executive director, insists. “He runs an aggressive business, sourcing lucrative wild animals and body parts wherever they are easily obtained.

Every country with commercially valuable wildlife should beware.” The Laos Embassy in Paris declined to comment on Keosavang and his links to Laotion government figures despite repeated requestsIndependent 18th Jan

USA – Judge won’t block wolf killing

A U.S. district judge has denied a request from conservationists to block Idaho’s efforts to trap and kill 2 wolf packs targeted for eradication in a federally protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by hunters. 

The state Dept of Fish and Game last month hired a trapper to eliminate the pair of wolf packs from the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho, where wolves were imported from Canada in the mid-1990s in a bid to reintroduce the species to the Northern Rockies. The trapping programme has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running controversy over wolf management in the region.

State officials have not specified how many wolves are believed to make up the packs in question but said 9 animals have been killed so far. Grey wolves were placed under safeguards of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1974, after being hunted, trapped and poisoned to near extinction decades earlier throughout the USA. But wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming lost their protected status in recent years as their numbers rebounded and states pushed to renew hunting and trapping rights, arguing that the predators had become too big a threat to livestock and to big-game animals such as elk.

Latest – Idaho has called off a professional hunter hired to kill wolves in a federally protected wilderness area because he had succeeded in reducing the population enough to protect the elk prized by hunters. “If he wasn’t catching any more, there wasn’t any reason to keep him there,” said Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler.  Killing one animal so we can kill another – human madness and absurdity

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Sea Shepherd news

The factory ship Nisshin Maru was re-located in the Ross Sea, far south-east of Australia, by the Sea Shepherd activists after it gave them the slip earlier in January.  Crew say they have followed a trail of “remnants of butchered whales” to relocate the Japanese whaling fleet. After a standoff for over a week where no whales were butchered on 31st Jan  Captain of The Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt, said, “The primary strategy of our Antarctic Whale Defence Campaigns is to secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, and allow no dead whales to pass into this floating abattoir: We have achieved this goal. We will continue to block the slipway of this poaching ship, relentless in our mission to protect the whales and the sanctity of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” 

Throughout January, the Sea Shepherd Fleet has engaged the Nisshin Maru for a total of 9 days and has monitored the poachers for an additional 2 days from The Steve Irwin’s helicopter. Further, accounting for the 3-day journey it would have taken the whalers to return to their self-designated killing grounds after being chased from the region, Sea Shepherd is able to say with absolute certainty that for at least 14 days of January, the Japanese whaling fleet has been unable to kill whales. With half of the month of January accounted for, alongside the monitoring programme by the Australian government and bad weather conditions that would have made whaling during this period difficult if not impossible, the whaling fleet has had a disastrous month. The whalers rely heavily upon January as their most profitable month, and Sea Shepherd is hailing January 2014 as our most successful in a decade of enforcing the 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling. Early interception and a persistent chase enabled the Sea Shepherd Fleet to effectively suspend whaling operations until they were able to take up position and secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru.

 Given the whalers average 25 whale kills on a good day, Sea Shepherd estimates that intervention during Operation Relentless has so far saved the lives of approximately 350 whales. Captain of The Sam Simon, Adam Meyerson, said, “2014 has been a great year for the whales so far. Now that Sea Shepherd has a small navy, it gives us flexibility to use our ships to keep the whaling fleet on the run and out of the hunt indefinitely. We will not rest until this illegal fleet is driven from the sanctuary.”

Then on 2nd Feb Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says one of its ships was rammed by a Japanese whaling vessel.  The Bob Barker was hit by the harpoon vessel, the Yushin Maru 2, when it crossed in front of its bow in sub-Antarctic waters just before 9am (NZT), the group said. The incident was a part of an attack by the Japanese whaling fleets’ 3 harpoon vessels, on the Sea Shepherd ships, The Steve Irwin and The Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd said. “The assault is an attempt to deter the Sea Shepherd ships from their current position, blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, preventing the whalers from loading whales poached from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” During the clashes, which were continuing into afternoon, the whaling vessels had also made consecutive attempts to tangle the propellers of the Sea Shepherd ships by dragging steel cable across the bow of the conservation ships, a Sea Shepherd spokesman said. 

The crew of the whaling vessels had also thrown projectiles at The Steve Irwin’s small boat crew and turned water cannons on The Bob Barker’s small boat crew as they attempted to cut the steel cables, he said. The alleged attack has happened while the group was celebrating a “disastrous” Japanese whaling operation last month as a direct result of actions taken by the Sea Shepherd ships. “Early interception and a persistent chase has enabled the Sea Shepherd fleet to effectively suspend whaling operations and allowed the fleet to take up position and secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru,” the group said. Sun Feb 2, New Zealand Herald

All repeated from Sue at ‘the Protestor’ – Brighton, England UK.

Russia: Your Voices Have Been Heard to Help the Sochi Strays !

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UPDATE to our post on Sochi strays – winter Olympics venue – 5th February 2014.

Link to our post:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/02/05/russia-all-stray-animals-are-being-killed-in-lead-up-to-olympics-and-after-all-that-they-putin-will-learn-nothing-and-also-do-nothing-pitiful-putin-not-quite-so-clever/

 Today, 23/02/14 we hear the following:

A success!

Dear Animal lovers, Animal Activists and All Animal Welfare Organizations,
I would like to thank you all for the caring.

Your appeal reviewed by the experts state administration of
Veterinary Krasnodar region on behalf of the Presidential Administration
of The Russian Federation.

At this moment, the city of Sochi formed a shelter for homeless animals.
More information about the details see at :

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1092419    

(Note – we cannot access at SAV, but others may)

Dear Presidential Administration of The Russian Federation, we are thankful for your support.

Best regards,
Ekaterina Bourgois

 

 Congratulations to everyone who signed the petition to help the animals – your voice has been heard ! – SAV

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Romania: Take Action Against the Illegal Killing of Public Shelter Dogs.

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PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!!!!

***URGENT & IMPORTANT***

PLEASE READ THE SAMPLE LETTER BELOW AND SEND IT BY EMAIL TO THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY AND TO THE AUTHORITIES IN ROMANIA

(all contact details given below).

As we all know, Romanian public shelters have started killing public shelter dogs. What we also know is that they are NOT following the guidelines in new norms by killing the dogs inhumanely and breaching other aspects of the norms! Sadly, the local authorities are taking little or no action against this massacre! Hundreds of public shelter dogs in Craiova have been brutally murdered in the last few days!

The shelter manager has confessed that the authorities, in particular DSV was NOT informed prior to the killing!!

IT IS DOWN TO US TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE AUTHORITIES, AS THEY ARE IGNORING THE COMPLAINTS OF LOCAL RESCUERS!!!!

Here is a letter prepared by Irina Pricop, please email this letter to the Romanian embassies in your country and authorities in Romania. We need each and every one of you to send the email and share it with your friends!! I cannot stress the importance and the urgency of this, especially as there are talks of killing all the dogs in Craiova public shelter!!!

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS LETTER AND EMAIL IT ROMANIAN EMBASSIES AND AUTHORITIES AND SHARE WIDELY!!!

SAMPLE LETTER TO COPY AND SEND

Attn of…….(please insert the relevant name/title)

2013 was for all of us, signatory citizens of the present protest letter, the darkest year we have ever had to go through : an unfortunate event, as the death of a little innocent child neglected by his family and thus found dead on a closed private property in Bucharest where supposedly he had been bitten by the dogs living therein, determined the Parliament to rapidly and without any prior investigations and/or consultations, approve and send to enter in force a law that allows the local public authorities to decide the fate of the stray dogs.

We can understand the concern of the Romanian Parliament regarding the safety of the Romanian citizens but, at the same time, we must emphasize that scenes of public violence involving animals, including shooting animals in the street, massive killings performed inside the public shelters without the compliance of the provisions of the law, harassment of animal activists, etc. should also concern the Romanian politicians as such acts have an enormous negative psychological impact on both children and adults, leading to social hate and discrimination.

In this very moment, several cases of abuses were reported and also revealed in public shelters all over the country. The case of the Breasta shelter is only one of many other similar. Dogs are cruelly killed and not humanely euthanized according to the provisions of the law and to the recommendations of the National College of the Romanian Veterinarians (CNMVR), the provisions of the Norms regarding the distance adoption of the animals are arbitrarily applied by the local councils and in many cases, are also rejected as solution for solving the issue regarding the living costs for the animals, volunteers are not allowed to properly take care of the animals, they are themselves verbally and in some cases also physically abused by the shelters’ employees, the provisions regarding the identification and the proper registration of the animals as well as those regarding the spaying are simply NOT COMPLIED/FOLLOWED AT ALL. 

We ask the vet authorities (ANSVSA, local vet offices – DSV, etc.) as well as the local authorities in each and every city in Romania to demand and make sure that the provisions of the Methodological Norms issued for the application of the Government Ordinance no.155/2001 are decently, fully and completely followed in all the public shelters in Romania. ANSVSA and local vet offices (DSV) initiated and promoted the above mentioned Norms so it is a matter of professionalism, responsibility and ethic to make sure that what they initiated is properly accomplished and complied. We hope that all the complaints made by both natural persons and organizations (NGOs) shall be answered within the legal term and only after a close, detailed and honest investigation was made and due legal and administrative measures have been taken.

We ask the local State Police (including the Community Police that has been very effective and prompt in so many cases of abuse) to continue to support the animal activists, the local organizations for the protection of animals’ rights, each and every responsible citizen that reports cases of abuses happened within the premises of the public shelters, by performing the due investigations and by taking the coercive measures prescribed by the law.

We all understood (even if we don’t entirely agree with it) that this is the law in force and it must be followed. Thus we ask the authorities to support us in all our actions in order to insure the right and full compliance of the public shelter activities with the legal norms in force.

Please copy and paste the above letter and send it by email to your Romanian embassy, PLUS all other Romanian authorities – contact details below:

ROMANIA

Craiova ANSVSA office-dolj@ansvsa.ro  
Complaints Dept reclamatii-dolj@ansvsa.ro

Bucharest ANSVSA office-bucuresti@ansvsa.ro
Complaints Dept reclamatii-bucuresti@ansvsa.ro  

Ploiesti ANSVSA office-prahova@ansv.ro
Complaints Dept reclamatii-prahova@ansvsa.ro

EU -Permanent Representative of Romania – Strasbourg
Address: 64, Allee de la Robertsau, 67.000 Strasbourg, France
Phone: +33 388 370160; +33 388 379221
Fax: +33 388 371670
E-mail: reprocoe@fr.oleane.com
Website: http://coe.mae.ro/; http://ce.mae.ro/
Contact Mr Cristian URSE

EMBASSIES OF ROMANIA

UK
Adresa: Arundel House, 4 Palace Green, Kensington, London W8 4QD
Telefon: +44 207 9379666
Fax: +44 207 9378069
Web:
http://londra.mae.ro; http://london.mae.ro
E-mail: londra@mae.ro   
Ambasador: Dl. Ion JINGA

SWEDEN
Address: Ostermalmsgatan 36, Box 26043, 100 41 Stockholm
Phone: +0046-8-108 603; +0046-8-209 927; +0046-8-209 926;
Phone permanent: +0046-8-108 603
Consular Section: +0046-8-205 674
Web: http://stockholm.mae.ro/
E-mail: stockholm@mae.ro
Ambassador: Mrs. Răduţa Dana MATACHE

GERMANY
Address: Dorotheenstr. 62-66, 10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 21239202
Fax: +49 30 21239399
Web: http://berlin.mae.ro/
E-mail: berlin@mae.ro
Phone: +49 30 21239555
E-mail: konsulat.berlin@mae.ro
Ambassador: Mr Lazăr COMĂNESCU

FRANCE
Address: 5, Rue de l’Exposition 75007, Paris CEDEX 07
Phone: +33 1 47051046; +33 1 47051870
Phone Consular Section: +33 1 47052755
Phone secţia economică: +33 1 47051274
Fax: +33 1 45569747
Web: http://paris.mae.ro/
E-mail: secretariat@amb-roumanie.fr
Ambassador: Dl Bogdan MAZURU

NORWAY
Address: Oscars gate 51, 0244 Oslo, Norway
Phone: + 47 – 22 44 15 12 ; + 47 – 22 56 12 37
Fax: + 47 – 22 43 16 74
E-mail: oslo@mae.ro
Web-site: http://oslo.mae.ro

HOLLAND
Phone: 0031 (0)70 322 36 13
Fax: 0031 (0)70 354 15 87
E-mail: roembnl@xs4all.nl

BELGIUM
Address: 105, Rue Gabrielle, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgique
Phone: +32 2 3452680
Fax: +32 2 3462345
Web: http://bruxelles.mae.ro/
E-mail: secretariat@roumanieamb.be
Ambassador: Dl Ştefan-Alexandru TINCA

AUSTRIA
Address: Prinz Eugen Strasse 60, 1040 Wien
Phone: +43 1 5053227, +43 1 5038940, +43 1 5038941, +43 1 5051628
Fax: +43 1 5041462
Web: http://viena.mae.ro/
E-mail: ambromviena@ambrom.at
Ambassador: Mrs Silvia DAVIDOIU

ITALY
Adresă: Via Nicolo Tartaglia 36, 00197 ROMA
Telefon: (0039) 06.808.45.29; 06.807.88.07
Fax: (0039) 06.808.49.95
e-mail: amdiroma@roembit.org
Web: http://roma.mae.ro
Tita CHIŢIGA
Olimpia ŞTEFAN

TURKEY
Adresa: Bükres Sokak No.4, Çankaya, 06680, Ankara
Telefon: 0090.312.466.37.06
Fax: 0090.312.427.15.30
E-mail: romanyabyk@dsl.ttmail.com
Site: http://ankara.mae.ro/
Ambasador: Dl.
Radu ONOFREI

FINLAND
Adresa: Stenbäckinkatu 24, 00250 Helsinki
Telefon: +358 9 2414414; +358 9 2413624
Fax: +358 9 2413272
Web: http://helsinki.mae.ro
E-mail: romania@romania.fi ; romamb@clinet.fi
Ambasador: Dl. Marian Cătălin AVRAMESCU

CZECH REPUBLIC
Adresa: Nerudova 5, Mala Strana, 118 00, Praga 1
Telefon: +420 2 57534210
Telefon secţie consulară: +420 2 57532090
Fax: +420 2 57531017
Web: http://praga.mae.ro/
E-mail:
office@rouemb.cz
Ambasador: Dna. Daniela Anda GRIGORE-GÎTMAN

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Diana – 2014.

20th February 2014

To Diana;

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

Di BD 6

Di BD 4

Di BD 1

Lets Hope the ‘UK’ Dream Becomes a Reality.

Di BD 2

Di BD 3

Enjoy Your Day !!

Di BD 5

Thanks for all your help and for being such a

super researcher of ‘animal stuff’ !

Di BD 7

Love Mark and all the furry ones.

xx

Serbia: 15/02/14 Update – Zvezadra Forest Park Has Now Been Saved Thanks To Biologist Dr. Miroslav Demajo and All His Supporters – Great News !

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15/02/14 – We have some great news to share with you today. 

Way back in 2009 we wrote a post in relation to a campaign to save Zvezadra forest park which is located close to the centre of Belgrade.

Biologist Dr. Miroslav Demajo headed the campaign, attempting to save a forest area of over 80 hectares which contained a huge amount of different birdlife and was home to no less than 5 different species of owl alone.

Dr. Miroslav set up a website completely dedicated to this campaign; the site which can be viewed at:  http://zvezdarskasuma.blogspot.com

Click on the following link to see our post to save the forest from 2009:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2009/09/11/serbia-campaign-for-the-protection-of-zvezdara-forest-in-belgrade/ 

Today, 15/02/14 we have been sent a great news mail by Dr. Miroslav, informing us that now the forest has been recently proclaimed a Nature Monument, grade of protection III but protecting plants and animals according to Bern Conventino, and other local and International laws

The message sent today by Miroslav is as follows:

Dear Mark,

I hope You remember me as I have been helping Vesna Mechanin concerning protected areas in Serbia, namely, Stara Planina and others. Just to remind You, for 5 years our Association for the Protection of the Zvezdara Forest in Belgrade has fought a battle to save this wood park in Belgrade. You have once put this also on Your WEB site.

I am happy to write that the forest of some over 80 hectares has been recently proclaimed a Nature Monument, grade of protection III but protecting plants and animals according to Bern Conventino, and other local and International laws. It was a long tedious battle but we have succeeded, a handful of enthusiasts. 

Thanks for Your help and may the battles for Nature continue.

With best wishes,

Dr. Miroslav Demajo, biologist

Belgrade

We want to now send our congratulation to Dr. Miroslav and all the dedicated campaigners who have campaigner long and hard for over 5 years to obtain protection for the forest and for all the wildlife species living there

The forest will now remain a protected area which will allow the citizens of Belgrade to visit and enjoy; knowing that their haven of green is no longer under threat.

Congratulation to Dr. Miroslav; we are all very happy for your excellent campaign and for your great news in protecting the environment and wildlife.

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The name of the forest park Zvezdara comes from word “star” because of the Astronomical Observatory located there, close to the centre of Belgrade – see above photograph.

The Observatory built in the 1930s. After the II World War, volunteers planted the forest. For years, illegal building was taking place and in 2009 the City officials wanted to take 2 hectares for the adjacent hospital, some more land for a church and also for other construction.

A group of citizens established a group concerning the saving of this park. During the first few  weeks about 3000 signatures were collected from concerned citizens for the petition.

The fact was that the hospital itself had enough space for additional construction within its enclosure and even doctors with whom campaigners were in contact with said that it was not necessary to expand the hospital outside its existing site. The Church had a temple already close by.

Campaigners contacted officials and sent protest letters to many Institutions.

All this was actually based around the existing corruption that related to construction sites etc. as the forest land was very tempting and cheap. The forest is very healthy, rich in birds. About 5 species of owls live there. The forest also helps keep erosion away and is vital in its importance in keeping good air quality and milder climate in summer for the city.

Belgrade does not have many places like this and the forest is a unique space for recreation.

 

Australia: Live Exports – “Slaughter Buffalo to Vietnam to be Shipped So Well They Will Probably Think They Are On A Cruise Liner” !!! – We Shall See.

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buffalo in NT swamp  photo AAP A buffalo grazes in the Northern Territory swamp. Australian officials will travel to Vietnam to ensure animal welfare conditions are met. Photograph: AAP

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/11/live-exports-australia-sends-first-shipment-of-buffalo-to-vietnam

Live exports: Australia sends first shipment of buffalo to Vietnam

SAV Comment – make sure money comes ahead of animal welfare guys; then you can sleep safe at night after counting all your cash ! – sod the animals – you may well even be able to afford a cruise on a liner, just like your Buffalo !!  – that is Aus live exports !

Northern Territory farmers ‘thrilled’ by rising demand for the meat, which is relatively popular in south-east Asia

·  Australian Associated Press

·  theguardian.com, Tuesday 11 February 2014 01.28 GMT

Australia’s live animal export industry has taken a new turn, with the first-ever shipment of buffalo heading to Vietnam from the Northern Territory.

Vietnam is the second largest importer of NT cattle after Indonesia, but it has never before been an export destination for buffalo, which is relatively popular meat across south-east Asia.

A growing middle class and an appetite for high-quality meat is driving demand, which will continue to rise, chief minister Adam Giles said.

He said the livestock industry was a key part of the government’s plan to develop the NT into the “food bowl of Asia”.

The NT is currently the only Australian jurisdiction exporting buffalo, said the minister for primary industries, Willem Westra Van Holthe.

“That makes us a leader in this field and we work very hard building relationships with our northern neighbours to make this kind of trade possible,” he told reporters in Darwin on Tuesday.

The government said it would also develop opportunities for Indigenous communities to harvest wild buffalo from herds on Aboriginal land.

An original shipment of 222 domesticated buffalo will be joined by another 600 next week and 1500 more in April when the wet season eases.

Australian officials will travel to Vietnam in a fortnight to ensure that animal welfare conditions are being met.

SAV Comment – yup; just like they ensured all was ok in Indonesia !!

It took three years for a health protocol to be developed to allow the export of the buffalo, an effort in part hampered by the Indonesian live cattle export scandal in 2011.

But conditions on the boat would not be arduous for the buffalo, said Dean Ryan, commercial manager for South-East Asia Livestock Services.

“They’re hardy animals; they live in swamps and are used to hard terrain in the bush,” he said.

“Being on a boat, getting fed [and] watered 24/7, with ventilation better than a commercial aircraft, they probably think it’s a cruise liner.”

He said farmers were thrilled by the demand.

“They couldn’t give them away 12 months ago; they were probably worth 60 to 80 cents a kilo as pet feed,” he said.

“Today the farmers are getting $1.50 per kilogram, which is between $600 to $800 per head. They’d be very, very happy.”

Ryan said the export to Vietnam could be worth up to $20m this year with possibly 10,000 to 20,000 animals to be shipped.

Romania Update 11/02.14: EU Politicians Find Major Discrepencies Between What the Romanians Tell Them and the Actual Reality. – EU Press Conference on Issue 12/02/14 pm.

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Romania update 11/02/14 – EU Delegation found that there were a major discrepancies between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site.

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Dear all,

As you know, on December 4, 2013 a delegation of the European Parliament came to Romania and had some meetings with Romanian officials ANSVSA- Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety National Authority and the Mayor of Bucharest. The delegation members were assured that the law on dog management is a law on “adoption, not on “euthanasia” and the citizens had access to public shelters which were totally transparent and complying with the law

On January 28, the delegation returned to Romania in order to inform themselves on the situation directly on site by visiting as well dog shelters of the city halls.

The Delegation found that there was a major discrepancy between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site during their second visit.

The Delegation has also received from us 12 reports about the situation from different towns in Romania and proves with regards at the abuses against stray dogs in the municipalities’ camps.

With regards at the SITUATION OF THE STRAY DOGS IN ROMANIA, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI, Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup and MEP Andrea ZANONI, Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, will be hosting a PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday 12th February, 15:30, at Brussels, at European Parliament, Raoul Wallenberg Room – ASP5G2.

MEPs will present their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue.

Please, see bellow the official information.

All the best

Carmen ARSENE

 

Press Conference – European Parliament

Situation of stray dogs in Romania”

MEP Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR)

&

MEP Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)

 

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 15:30

 Raoul Wallenberg Room – ASP5G2

The Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR) together with the Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup MEP Andrea ZANONI (ALDE) will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday 12th February in relation to their recent visit to Romania.

MEPs will be addressing concerns regarding the situation of stray dogs in light of the recently adopted Stray Dogs Euthanasia Law by the Parliament of Romania aimed at culling the stray population.

MEPs will present their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue. More information will be presented at the press conference.

 

 

 

 

Facebook Page for cctv In Serbian Slaughterhouses Launched – Lush to Support Scotland for Animals In Wanting ALL Scottish Slaughterhouses Fitted With cctv.

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A Facebook page for Serbia calling on the mandatory installation of cctv in all EU slaughterhouses has now been established.  It can be accessed via the link immediately below.

Serbia is currently undergoing procedures to become a future EU member state; therefore it is necessary that Serbia as well as all current EU member states install cctv into their slaughterhouses to ensure the better protection of animals.

https://www.facebook.com/SerbiaEuropewideCCTVinSlaughterhouses

SAV past link:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/12/31/uk-sav-become-a-founder-organisation-to-form-the-european-alliance-for-cctv-in-slaughterhouses-petition-to-sign/

The cosmetics company Lush has agreed to formally endorse Scotland for Animals’ (SfA) campaign for mandatory CCTV.

During discussions SfA asked if they would also support the Alliance and they have now agreed to do this also.

Lush has stores across Europe so this is a massive boost.

See press release below.

Lush pledges support for mandatory CCTV

Cosmetic Giant Lush has pledged it’s support for the campaign for mandatory CCTV in Scottish abattoirs.

Charity Scotland for Animals is pressing for a change in the law to legislate for compulsory monitoring of killing areas in slaughterhouses.

Lush Spokesperson Rebekah Chapman: “We support Scotland for animals in their campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses because every sentient being deserves dignity in dying. It has been proven by undercover footage and first hand accounts that this legislation is overdue”.

“We will continue to pressure the Scottish Government alongside SfA until the issue receives adequate recognition in parliament and a law which protects those most vulnerable – animals facing slaughter – is in place. This law not only protects animals, but improves the working conditions of slaughterhouse employees.”

Scotland for Animals Spokesman John Patrick: “It’s a privilege to have Lush backing our campaign, we look forward to working together”.

“The Scottish Government is sinking to ever grubbier depths in order to dodge doing the right thing here. Scotland needs to lead the way and ensure proper protection of animals at time of slaughter.”

Notes:

Scotland for Animals initiated and has led the campaign for the introduction of legislation for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses in Scotland.

In 2012 Scotland for Animals successfully pressed for the setting up of a Scottish Parliamentary Sub-Group to investigate possible changes to the law.

 Legislation for mandatory CCTV could be implemented via an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations.


A joint Central Office of Information/ Food Standards Agency report was released in December 2012. This documents serious issues regarding bullying and harassment within abattoirs. Please see attached.

In September 2013 Scotland for Animals were expelled from the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare for exposing removal from Parliamentary minutes of admissions by government officials that they lied regarding claims that mandatory CCTV could not be implemented under new national slaughter legislation.

Scotland for Animals are co-founders and sole Scottish representatives of the European Alliance for CCTV in Slaughterhouses. The Alliance will be formally launched in February.

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EU and USA: Vivisection News Latest.

Vivisection News Latest

Non-animal research market booming

With a 15% compound annual growth rate, the market for in vitro and in silico methods of assessing safety and toxicology is projected to double by 2017. Traditional in vivo animal methods for assessing safety and toxicity continue to be replaced by alternative methods: in vitro and in silico. In addition, these alternatives are evolving into key technologies, practices, and resources for future medical applications in efficacy and precision. 

Having developed over the past 20 years into a global market recently estimated at $5 billion, in vitro and in silico products and services are now about the same size as the in vivo services (contract research organization) industry. While growth has levelled off and there have been significant reductions in some countries, the number of animals used in research globally still totals almost 100m a year. And new markets such as China could drive significant increases unless alternative methods are adopted.

Although the majority are mice, more can be done to encourage alternatives. Increased adoption of alternative methods by pharma seems inevitable as the industry focuses on increasing productivity and decreasing adverse reactions. But how fast is this uptake likely to go?  The cosmetics industry has been largely responsible for the initial technical and commercial successes, in the form of skin tissue substitutes.

Encouraged by regulatory initiatives dating back 15–20 years and public opinion pressures that have recently become more focused, these new developments ultimately enabled in 2013 the final passage in the European Union of an extremely stringent sales ban on animal testing.  This policy move may not seem especially relevant to pharma. Nonetheless, it reflects the alignment of technical (stem cells, imaging) as well as social developments (environmental concerns, consumer influence) that ultimately affect the cosmetics industry and pharma alike. Even allowing for conservative adoption by pharma, double-digit growth is expected for at least the next 5 years.

 

USA – Culture of negligence 

Karen Kline, senior laboratory investigator for animal-rights group Eleventh Hour for Animals, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture detailing a “culture of negligence” toward animals used in University of Florida research. 

The complaint claims that the treatment of Louis, a macaque monkey euthanized in 2010, violated the Animal Welfare Act. The action follows the group’s 3-year-long battle with the university to gain access to public veterinary records, which were finally received in April.  Kline said the records revealed that researchers failed to treat Louis’ damaged hip, treating him for parasites for a year until he was euthanized. “He had a broken hip, and he wasn’t treated for it.

That’s animal abuse right there,” she said. “They are supposed to be scientists, but if they can’t fix a broken hip, what are they doing?” UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the university is aware of the complaint and will comply with any requests made by the USDA. “The University of Florida is subject to very stringent state and federal laws regarding the care of laboratory animals,” she said. “We take care to make sure our animals are kept in a healthy environment.” On top of the complaint, Kline also filed a lawsuit against UF for refusing to comply with an October request for public records about the treatment of 25 research primates.

Marcy LaHart, Kline’s lawyer, said the university’s attorney contacted her after the filing and said the lack of response was due to a communication error. Still, Kline said her organization is committed to informing the public about UF’s research practices.  “I need the taxpayers to see this and understand what is happening as far as the corruption in the University of Florida,” she said. “The animals need somebody to speak for them.” There’s still hope for the animals’ future, said Kari Bagnall, executive director of Gainesville’s Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. 30% of the primates they house at their facility are former research subjects, and the number is only growing. “We’re hoping that the trend continues,” Bagnall said. “There is definitely life after research.” 

 

 USA – Piglet suffocated in lab

The 2012 death of a piglet being used in a paediatric research project at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre has re-ignited scrutiny of the Nashville health institution by animal rights activists. The piglet, according to a U.S. Dept of Agriculture inspection report, suffocated and died because of a failure by an outside contractor to reconnect an air supply system.

The death, which came to the attention of federal officials in a routine inspection, is the latest controversy to surface at the facility and has led critics of the use of animals in research to call for other federal action against the medical centre, possibly including fines. A USDA official said Vanderbilt had addressed the problem and no additional action was necessary. 

The medical centre, according to a series of published studies, used piglets in examining lung development problems in babies born prematurely.  “Clearly the situation at Vanderbilt is very serious,” said Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.  In his statement Budkie cited prior citations at Vanderbilt, including fines imposed in 2010 relating to the deaths of 6 animals.  Vanderbilt officials dismissed Budkie’s comments by noting that his organization opposes the use of any animal in human research projects.

John Howser, a Vanderbilt spokesman, said Budkie’s organization’s “sole mission is to stop the use of animals in research.”  “The reality is most lifesaving procedures and medications in use today, for both humans and animals, would not have been possible without the ability to conduct prior research and training in animals,” he added. 

A USDA spokesman, Michael Booth, said Vanderbilt had undertaken corrective measures after the incident and the agency planned no further action.  He noted that those measures included the installation of a backup tank and signage warning against unauthorized personnel disconnecting the air supply.  Past findings involving Vanderbilt animal research include a 2012 USDA report citing a primate that suffered a fractured tibia. The animal was euthanized.  The same report cited the university for research animals being left without water for up to 48 hours. 

A 2011 report cited the university for having a researcher who was not listed as an approved surgeon performing brain surgery on a research animal. The animal suffered immediate complications requiring additional procedures, according to the report.  In 2010 Vanderbilt was hit with an $8,156 fine after a Galago monkey was tossed into a washer along with some bedding. The monkey died.

Vanderbilt was also cited at the same time in the death of 5 hamsters after they were injected with an improperly mixed chemical. Howser, Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor for news and communications, said the university “remains firmly committed to the highest standard of care and the most humane protocols for all animals necessary to conduct research and training.”

 

UK England – Cruelty free products for London

The London Assembly has passed a motion supporting Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end the use of animals in household product testing and calling on the Authority to begin the process of moving towards using Leaping Bunny certified cleaning products.

The motion, which was introduced by Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones and seconded by Labour member Joanne McCartney states:

This Assembly welcomes the commitment by the Government to ban the use of animals to test household products, and supports Cruelty Free International in its campaigning to end such testing.

This Assembly calls on the Greater London Authority, the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London to only purchase cleaning products, where suitable products are available and subject to best value considerations, which have been certified by Cruelty Free International as not tested on animals under the Humane Standards for use in all buildings for which they are directly responsible for cleaning.

Where cleaning is conducted on their behalf by an outside contractor, this condition should be added to the next tender specification when it is published.”

 

EU / Italy – EU. may punish Italy for stalemate on animal research

A legislative stalemate over animal research could become costly for Italy.

On 23rd Jan, the European Commission asked the E.U. Court of Justice to impose a fine of more than €4.5m per month for failing to incorporate a 2010 E.U. directive on animal testing into its national laws. A new law on animal tests has been the subject of a fierce debate in Italy.  EU. directive 2010/63 aims to harmonize the protection of animals in research across the EU and minimize their use by requiring alternatives to be used when available.

All 27 EU. member states were supposed to have “transposed” the directive in national legislation by 10th Nov 2012. 6 other countries—Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands, and Poland—have failed to do so, for various reasons.

A spokesperson for the Environment Directorate-General says the commission may ask for punishment for those countries, too; their cases don’t all move at the same speed, he says. Whether a fine is actually imposed is up to the court. In Italy’s case, the directive’s transposition has become entangled in a struggle over the future of animal testing in the country. A draft law that is now wending its way through the political system would put far-reaching limitations on animal testing that go well beyond those required by the EU, and some wonder whether it is in compliance with the E.U. directive. If not, that could cause further problems for the country in the future.

The latest development in the political process came on the same day the commission referred Italy’s case to the court, when the Senate’s Committee on Health and Hygiene approved the current draft bill. The bill still has to go to a committee at the Chamber of Deputies before it comes back to the government for the president’s signature. Scientists say the law would damage scientific research in the country, and they recently launched a petition in protest. But the current version of the bill would postpone until 2017 three controversial bans: on drug abuse research involving animals; xenotransplantation; and breeding dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates for scientific purposes.

Countries are allowed to have more restrictive rules than those in the EU. directive only if they were already in place before Nov 2010. This is not the case for Italy, which could expose the country to a so-called infringement procedure by the commission. Emilia Grazia De Biasi, chair of the Senate’s Health and Hygiene Committee, has asked the government to assess whether the new law would be compliant with the EU. directive.  Italy should just transpose the directive without further modifications, as most countries have done, says Roberto Caminiti, a physiologist at the University of Rome La Sapienza and chair of the Committee on Animals in Research for the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.

Postponing the most controversial restrictions in the law is “a clumsy attempt to have the best of both worlds,” he says. Caminiti says Italian politicians don’t know or care enough about science to resist the animal rights movement and blames media for spreading “misinformation” about animal research.  Ilaria Capua, a former avian influenza researcher and now a member of the Chamber of Deputies, agrees that Italy should respect its obligations within the EU and pass a law that is compliant with the directive.

Not doing so—and incurring a fine—is “expensive nonsense,” Capua says. But Michela Kuan, a biologist and a member of the animal rights group Lega Anti Vivisezione in Rome, says Italy’s problems weren’t caused by animal rights activists or the political debate, but by the animal research lobby. Kuan hopes that the 3-year delay will be taken out of the legislation. 

Science 27th January

 

 

 

 

England UK: Box Type Trailers Carrying Live Animals – Demand the EU Takes Tougher Action – Petition.

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A Dutch ‘sealed box’ trailer filled with live sheep arrives at Dover UK 

- All Photos – Val Cameron.

Box trailer petition

This new petition specifically relates to the ‘box’ trailers which have been regularly seen at both Ramsgate and Dover (Kent, England UK).  Without adequate exterior identification that live animals are being carried, emergency rescue crews anywhere in the EU, called to an incident involving one of these specific trailers, could assume that other ‘goods’ are being transported rather than live animals, a situation which could subsequently result in animals being left locked in the trailer, where they could die due to lack of ventilation and / or being crushed due to lack of access by their rescuers who unaware that live beings are inside. 

This situation and the need for emergency crews to know that live animals are in transit has been verified in a written letter to the KAALE EU Correspondent from Mr. Van Goethem – Director of Veterinary and International Affairs at DG SANCO (Health and Consumers); the EU Commission responsible for animal welfare.  ]

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The petition can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/what-do-you-think-is-in-these-trucks-improve-or-end-sealed-box-type-live-export-trucks?share_id=eddVUHrFCz&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

This petition is mainly aimed at EU residents as this is an EU wide situation.  But if anyone else wishes to sign, please feel free.  We urge all organizations within the EU to support and crosspost this petition link – Thank you.

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Kent Action Against Live Exports – KAALE - http://www.kaale.org.uk/

Belarus: Please take Action for the Hippos Forced to Perform Pathetic Dances and Tricks at the State Circus – Petition to Sign.

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http://www.circus.by/en/todayene/

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Above – Does this performing animal not look as if there is no hope ?

- please sign the petition NOW!

We are urging people to please sign this petition against the abuse of animals in the Belarusian State Circus, Minsk.  During this barbaric show, for example, distressed hippos are forced to dance conga, climb ladders, trot, waltz and build pyramids. At one point, two of the animals are forced to lie down while the third one (weighing about a ton) is encouraged to climb over them.

It is pathetic abuse of animals – and to think people pay money for this so-called ‘entertainment’.  Maybe it says something about the people who run this circus and also the people who attend it to be ‘amused’ by the forced performances of these suffering animals.

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Please sign the petition at:

http://www.yousign.org/en/circus-hippos 

Thank you.

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Petition text

Three hippos are being coerced to entertain people in Eastern Europe, in what must be one of the cruelest entertainment shows today.

The three females (ranging from 3 to 7 years old) are the new attraction of the Belarusian State Circus, in Minsk.

Flyers and billboards are all over the city to promote the new Hippo Show, which started on January 31st and will last for about three months.

During this barbaric show, the distressed hippos are forced, among others, to dance conga, climb ladders, trot, waltz and build pyramids. At one point, two of the animals are forced to lie down while the third one (weighing about a ton) is encouraged to climb over them.

As you can imagine, the circus industry is as cruel as it gets – animals are often chained, caged or whipped. In addition, they are left to starve for days. Count the fact that Belarus has no laws for animal cruelty, and you have the recipe for disaster. In addition, the freezing temperatures in Minsk are extremely dangerous for animals that are used to the warm rivers of native Africa.

We ask the Belarusian Circus to immediately cancel this cruel show and send the hippos back to Africa, where they belong!

Read more: http://www.yousign.org/en/circus-hippos#ixzz2sdjesTi6

Read more about Belarus at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus

 

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Russia: All Stray Animals Are Being Killed In Lead Up To Olympics – And After All That They (Putin) Will Learn Nothing, And Also Do Nothing – Pitiful Putin – Not Quite So Clever !!

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/03/sochi-pest-control-stray-dogs-winter-olympics

A pest control company in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi has been given a contract to exterminate dogs during the Games.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of Basya Services, said his company was involved in the “catching and disposing” of dogs.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, according to Sorokin, who said some were biting children. He said he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium; we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Stray dogs are not uncommon in Sochi and the surrounding area, and many tend to gather near construction sites where they are likely to get food and shelter from workers. Some have been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, including Sochi. He refused to say how many dogs it killed each year, calling it a commercial secret.

Last year a politician from the Krasnodar region supported the dog culling. Sergei Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia‘s “responsibility to the international community and their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem”.

He conceded, however, that this was not the most humane way of dealing with the problem, and said authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall announced a contract to catch and dispose of stray dogs in Sochi, but animal activists protested against the move. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for stray dogs instead. Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built.

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Petition link –

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/972/019/713/2000-street-dogs-and-cats-will-be-killed-for-the-olympic-games-in-sochi-in-2014/

2000 dogs and cats’ll be killed for the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014)! Please help to stop this.

Petition Overview:

The Russian city of Sochi city has hired a private company to exterminate stray dogs during the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Claiming that it has an “obligation to the international community,” one politician from the regional parliament, Sergei Krivonossov, says that there is “an obvious problem with animals living on the streets” and that “exterminating is the fastest way to solve the problem.”

The city of Sochi stands to make 42,500 euros on the killing of the animals.

Animal activists have been protesting the Sochi government’s decision to cull stray animals and called on other solutions, such as sterilization and the creation of shelters. While the authorities have said they would build shelters, activists contend that there is no evidence that any have been built.

In 2012, reports about the killing of stray dogs in Poland and Ukraine in advance of another major sports event, EK 2012, led to international outrage and even a boycott of the tournament.

We need to take action now and stop the massacre!

Link – http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/winter-olympics/9682976/God-forbid-a-dog-at-the-Sochi-opening-ceremony

‘God forbid a dog at the Sochi opening ceremony’

Reuters

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites in Sochi, Russia, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.

But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don’t bother Sochi’s new visitors – or even wander into an Olympic event.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, told The Associated Press that his company had a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics, which open on Friday (local time).

Sorokin described his company as being involved in the “catching and disposing” of dogs, although he refused to specify how the dogs would be killed or say where they would take the carcasses.

The dogs have been causing numerous problems, Sorokin said, including “biting children.”

He said he was stunned last week when he attended a rehearsal for the opening ceremony and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

The strays tend to gather near construction sites where they have gotten food and shelter from workers. Dogs have even been able to get inside the Olympic Park and accredited hotel complexes and villages, in the coastal cluster of arenas and venues up in the mountains.

A pack of at least a half-dozen healthy-looking dogs roamed around a loading zone of a gondola, 400 metres above the Gorki Plaza in the mountain venues for the Olympics as construction work continued.

Olympic volunteers patted and cooed over strays that trotted into the park on Monday. Another dog dropped to the ground, sunbathing under the Olympic Rings near a public site where medals will be presented to athletes during the games.

Animal activist Dina Filippova is among the opponents of the latest dog-culling plan, saying city authorities are using the Olympics as an excuse to cover an ongoing practice.

“We should understand that it is done not only before the Olympics but constantly,” she told the AP in an interview in downtown Sochi, where she was trying to find homes for seven puppies she recently rescued near the Olympic Park. “Two killers from that company work for the city to kill 300 dogs a month.”

“It is not humane,” she added. “There is a humane way of solving the problem of stray dogs which is used in Europe and the United States and even in some countries of the former Soviet Union – that is a mass sterilisation which eventually leads to no stray dogs on the streets.”

Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, which includes Sochi and the neighbouring area. He refused to say how many dogs they kill a year, calling it a “commercial secret.”

Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling.

Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.”

He conceded, however, that this is “not the most humane way” of dealing with the problem and that authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall last year announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of strays in Sochi – a move that animal activists vehemently protested. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for strays instead.

Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built. But city hall said in a statement on its website that it had opened a dog shelter on Monday for 100 dogs.

Shooting stray dogs has been common practice in many Russian regions despite activists’ efforts to push for more humane ways to deal with the issue.

Nadine Kincaid, an Olympic volunteer from Portland, Oregon, was surprised by how many dogs were roaming around Sochi.

“There’s a lot of dogs everywhere. Right behind where we’re staying, there’s a whole legion of dogs,” she said. “I come from a town where there’s leash laws and everyone has to pick up after their dogs, so that’s unusual to me to see that.”

Kincaid said she would be upset if the dogs were being poisoned.

“As an animal lover, for me that’s sad. But if they’re like stray cats, they can keep breeding and cause more problems. So I can see, maybe, why,” she added. “It’s sad, but what do you do if you can’t control them?”

- AP

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/03/stray-dogs-being-killed-to-clean-up-sochi-for-olympics

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Stray dogs being killed to clean up Sochi for Olympics

SOCHI - The first day I arrived in Sochi, I was immediately struck by the number of stray dogs hanging around the media complex.

Sadly, today I can report there are very few.

Though you are still likely to encounter some of the stray animals almost everywhere you go in Sochi or in the mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana, the numbers are quickly dwindling as a pest control company has been hired to exterminate them.

The situation is very disturbing, with reports that the hungry dogs are being poisoned.

Sochi, like most places in Russia, is home to thousands of stray dogs and with the Olympic Winter Games just days away, the local authorities thought it best to order a cull.

It has sparked outrage with animal rights groups, who have been up in arms since Sochi announced almost a year ago that such action would be necessary and the city would spend 1.7 million rubles to get the job done.

The city backed off for a while, but attempts to come up with a more humane solution clearly failed and now a Russian newspaper has described the situation as “The Olympic slaughterhouse plan.”

Personally, I’m a dog lover and, in our North American culture, that means controlling the population by spaying and neutering our pets.

Such practice is seemingly not a consideration in Russia. One local man I spoke to said neutering a dog would ruin the animal, would prevent him from doing the job he was born to do, protecting his master.

It was his opinion that the stray dog problem exists because of that prevailing attitude and the unwillingness of dog owners to keep any puppies that might be born as a result. Russia is known for having irresponsible dog owners, and this is what you get.

So the strays wander the streets, all different shapes, sizes and mixed breeds. They sometimes travel in packs, and occasionally approach passersby with their tales wagging. Few of them seem to bother people, but certainly wouldn’t turn away from food or attention if offered.

One stray I encountered in Krasnaya Polyana started walking beside me as I set out on a 25-minute hike to the train station. He stayed with me the whole way, sometimes falling behind and occasionally running ahead and looking back at me as if to make sure it was OK for him to hang with me.

A black lab sleeps on the steps in the building across from mine most of the time as well, near the entrance to a restaurant kitchen. She was still there yesterday, but who knows how long that will last.

Alexei Sorokin, the owner of the Basia Services extermination company told ABC News that the cull is necessary for safety reasons. He pointed out that a dog wandered into a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony recently, and wondered what other kind of trouble an animal could cause

“Imagine, if during an Olympic Games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres (an hour) and a dog runs into him when he lands,” Sorokin told ABC News. “It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog. Dogs must be taken off the streets, even if that means putting them to sleep.

“Russia, in general, has irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street. So parks are dumping grounds for unwanted dogs. We end up with many stray dogs who pose a threat to the population.”

Whatever the reason, it’s just not right.

The dogs only exist because of human negligence. It’s our responsibility to clean up the problem in a humane fashion.

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 http://www.pawnation.com/2014/02/03/stray-dogs-in-sochi-targeted-during-winter-olympics/

Stray Dogs in Sochi Targeted During Winter Olympics

By Nancy Barber Feb 3rd 2014

A pest control company in Sochi, Russia, told the Associated Press that it has a contract to kill stray dogs throughout the Winter Olympics. The city, apparently overrun with strays, has had this deal in place for years, as reported by ABC News.

Credit: Getty Editorial

Stray dogs are a common sight in Sochi and the surrounding areas. Many are seen near building sites where they receive food and shelter from construction crews. The strays have also been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

“A dog ran into the [Olympic] Fisht Stadium, we took it away. God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country,” said Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control company Basya Services.

Sorokin’s company is involved in what he describes as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Sorokin refused to say what methods were used and how many dogs were disposed of in a year.

Sergi Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region of Russia, vocally supported removing dogs from the streets. Krivonosov believed that it was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that [the stray dogs'] elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.”

Animal activists heatedly protested the contract last year when it was first revealed to the public. Authorities did pledge to give up the inhumane procedures and build animal shelters instead, but activists say that there has been no evidence of theses shelters being built.

Sochi City Hall, which first announced the contract with Basya Services, has remained silent on the issue.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/company-has-contract-to-kill-stray-dogs-in-sochi-during-winter-olympics/story-fnii0hmo-1226817123515

A PEST control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years says it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Mr Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, Mr Sorokin said, and some of them are “biting children”.

Mr Sorokin said he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Stray dogs are not uncommon in Sochi and the surrounding area, and many tend to gather near construction sites where they are likely to get food and shelter from workers. They have even been able to get inside the Olympic Park.

Mr Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, which encompasses Sochi and the neighbouring area. Mr Sorokin refused to say how many dogs they kill a year, calling it “a commercial secret”.

Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling.

Mr Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.” He conceded, however, that this is “not the most humane way” of dealing with the problem and said that authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Sochi city hall last year announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of stray dogs in Sochi but animal activists vehemently protested the move. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for stray dogs instead.

Activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built. The city hall would not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

Shooting stray dogs has been common practice in many Russian regions despite activists’ efforts to push authorities for more humane ways of dealing with the issue.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/05/sochi-dog-lover-tries-save-strays/wfYJbeD1nf0Fuh0VbJlc0O/story.html

Rescuers mobilize as Sochi tries to kill off stray dogs

SOCHI, Russia — At the bottom of a steep muddy path to a fetid swamp, a rudimentary plywood-and-posterboard kennel looked like the last place anyone who cares about dogs would want to keep one.

But for the 14 formerly stray dogs bouncing and barking in the kennel Tuesday, these makeshift quarters represent salvation. The city of Sochi has hired a pest-control company to kill homeless animals by the hundreds, all in an effort to clean up the streets in advance of the Winter Games.

So Vlada Provotorova, a local dentist and a diehard dog person, recruited some friends and went on the ultimate rescue mission. “I felt like I had to do something,’’ said Provotorova as she fended off a playful leap from Katya, a German shepherd mix she picked up a few weeks ago.

She and her friends have been collecting all the strays they can and placing them in any shelter they can find, like the one in the swamp, in a space lent to them by a dog-friendly couple who breed mosquito fish in marshy pools.

It’s a losing battle, and Provotorova and her friends know it.

She estimates that between 5,000 and 7,000 dogs have been killed in the current cull, a figure no one in City Hall was available to confirm or deny. She and her friends have rescued “no more than 100.”

“It makes me sad,” she said.

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Vlada Provotorova and friends place strays wherever they can.

Mass killings of strays may seem inhumane for Americans, who live in a world where a celebrity like NFL quarterback Michael Vick served prison time for his involvement in the killing of dogs. But the practice is not uncommon in Russia, despite pleas by activists that authorities find more humane ways of handling strays. Sochi city officials had planned to kill 2,000 dogs last summer, but an international outcry caused the city to drop the plan.

But with the Olympics coming up fast, the city hired Basya Service to engage in the “catching and disposal” of city dogs, according to a copy of the contract acquired by the Globe.

Alexei Sorokin, the director of the company, told the Associated Press that thousands of strays roam the streets of Sochi, “biting children,” and that one stray walked in on a rehearsal of Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony.

“God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony,” Sorokin told the agency. “This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Translation: It would be a disgrace for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his prestige on these Games improving Russia’s image as a modern economic power. So Sorokin got the go-ahead to act.

But one international animal protection group said the killing of dogs would backfire.

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A Winter Games worker led a dog off a snowboarding course during a training session Tuesday in Sochi.

“Killing street dogs, whether through poisoning, shooting or other means, is not only inhumane, but ineffective,” said Andrew Rowan, chief executive officer of Humane Society International, which advocates mass sterilization, vaccination, and community education to solve the problem of strays. “While Russia has the world’s attention with the Olympics around the corner, the current dog-killing program will only rouse an international outcry and taint the image of the country.”

Sorokin did not tell the Associated Press how the dogs are killed.

But Provotorova said she received pictures of dogs that had been shot with poisoned darts and taken away in trucks. One of the macabre images depicted a yellow, green, and magenta dart that she said had been used. It was impossible to confirm the authenticity of the photos, which she said had come from a Sochi resident who had witnessed the killings.

The 14 dogs she showed on Tuesday were all rescued from the train station in Sochi.

“We carry the ones we can — some of them are so big they won’t budge,’’ said Provotorova, who has received help from about 30 volunteers. “We sterilize them, we vaccinate them, we rid them of fleas, and we try to find a place to put them.”

Provotorova has adopted a labrador mix, Charlie, to join her two German spitzes.

Eventually she wants to take the other dogs north to Moscow, where she has yet to find permanent shelter. So she waits, with the animals she has saved. Provotorova said she and a few friends plan to go out in the coming days to try to collect more strays.

Authorities last summer pledged to give up the practice of killing dogs and build animal shelters for strays instead. But Provotorova said there was no evidence that any shelters were built. She is wary of any promises Sochi’s leaders might make now.

“After the Olympics,” she said, “They won’t do anything about it.”

Material from Associated Press was used in this report.

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Japan: Please Give Your Support To This Petition.

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SAV Comment:

Maria has written to us about this important issue and the life of a man which now hangs in the balance because of what was done to his pet dog many years ago. 

Please ensure you give your support to this petition – Thank You.

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Name: Maria M Oldland

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Emperor_of_Japan_Justice_forTakeshi_Koizumi_a_man_who_killed_to_avenge_his_dog/?mKNWFeb 

Message: Please help us to publicize this campaign. A man’s life is at stake. It is a man who killed the officials whose policies led to the cruel killing of his beloved pet dog when he was a boy of 12. He has undoubtedly been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder throughout his life due to the trauma of losing his dog. He has not received a proper psychiatric evaluation and has been sentenced to death by a Japanese court. He is a man who committed murder in the full knowledge of the consequences i.e. that he would be hanged. Nevertheless, he did it FOR THE SAKE of the animal he lost and for all the other animals brutally sacrificed in his country.
Why is it important to save this man? First of all, I do not condone murder or any other kind of violence inflicted on humans or animals. But should capital punishment be applied to a person who is not mentally competent? Most importantly, should Japan, a modern, wealthy democracy use capital punishment, despite the lack of evidence of being an effective deterrent to violent crime? And should retribution be the sole means of deterrence?  What is wrong with compassion, rehabilitation, reintegration, common denominators of our humanity?
Takeshi Koizumi succeeded in raising awareness of the holocaust of millions of cats and dogs put down in Japan in gas chambers, suffering an agonizing and undignified death. It is imperative to persuade the Japanese government to launch a campaign of re-education of its consumer society  towards responsible ownership of companion animals. The current trend of regarding pets as mere fashion accessories, quickly discarded as a new fad emerges, should be addressed and owners should be made aware of the brutal fate their rejected pets will be subjected to. The brutal, draconian laws governing the disposal of unwanted or stray animals need urgently to be replaced  by more humane ones using euthanasia. Furthermore, efforts to find adoptive families should be introduced in a rich country which could well afford to keep all its unwanted pets.
Please help us to save this man, whose appeal to the Supreme Court is on the 25th April. His life hangs in the balance, should his death sentence be upheld. If his life is spared, his contribution to the cause of animal rights and animal welfare could be invaluable.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Emperor_of_Japan_Justice_forTakeshi_Koizumi_a_man_who_killed_to_avenge_his_dog/?mKNWFeb  

Maria M Oldland

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: Gutless PM Tony Abbott Fails To Act In The Defence Of Australian Animals. Just Like Gillard Before Him.

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SAV Comment:

What we in the UK (and the rest of the civilized world) have known for a very long time:

Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard – Two Animal Abusing Australian Prime Ministers.

Neither who have had the guts to do anything about such a disgusting business of live animal exports.  Gutless fools who just let animals suffer for their own political satisfaction.

Oh how we feel for the poor citizens of Australia – to have an animal abuser like Abbott at the helm now.

 

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From Animals Australia

http://www.banliveexport.com/gaza 

As the sun goes down in the Gaza Strip tonight, Australian animals stand waiting… and we do not know their fate. But based on evidence from our recent investigations, I fear the worst.

What you do in the next 3 minutes will help us send the strongest possible message that Australians will not tolerate this industry any longer… and on behalf of the thousands of animals abandoned to live export cruelty yet again — I am pleading with you to be their voice today.

ABC’s 7.30 program last night aired a damning exposé revealing an even darker side of this industry: allegations of corruption and criminal activity have now emerged.

But what our latest investigation has uncovered will shock you even more.

Actually, ‘latest’ sounds like it was one investigation. In reality, on almost a weekly basis over past months we have lodged 6 additional complaints with the Department of Agriculture showing that the nightly abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza… continues.

With the help of our brave young local investigator in Gaza, we have presented case after case, evidence upon evidence, to the government pleading for urgent action. Yet night after night, workers terrified of ‘wild’ Australian cattle have been resorting to violence within the abattoirs of Gaza. We’ve seen animals with leg tendons slashed, being stabbed in their eye, and being abused in ways which are too traumatic to describe.

I don’t tell you this to shock you, Maria. In fact, I strongly urge you not to watch footage from our investigation because it is simply too distressing. But I’m telling you this because relying on the regulatory process to end the cruelty has failed.

That brings us to you, and why you’re reading this:
THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE PUBLIC.

Will you spare 3 minutes today to help achieve justice for animals?

Knowing how confronting the evidence is, we have gone to extra lengths to ensure that you can take action on our website today without needing to see any graphic images if you choose not to.

To the live export industry, these animals are considered ‘products’. To us, they are ‘living beings’ deserving of compassion and respect. I know that when Australians discover what animals have been suffering in Gaza there will be a groundswell of compassion and action on their behalf — one that our government cannot ignore.

After taking action please share this urgent alert with your friends, family — anyone who like us wants a kinder, more compassionate world where cruelty is not excused as the cost of doing business.

For the animals, thank you,

Lyn White
Campaign Director

http://www.banliveexport.com/features/largest-live-exporter-questionable-track-record.php

 

P.S. With the live export ‘assurance’ system failing to protect animals from the worst abuses, your help is needed to stop this from continuing and achieve justice for animals. It only takes 3 minutes to make a difference. Please click here to take urgent action today.

The track record of the world’s largest live exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, raises big questions about why they’ve been allowed to keep their export licence.

It’s Friday, 4th April 2014. The ship called Bader III sets out from Fremantle Port on the long sea voyage to Jordan and Israel. On board are 10,000 cattle and thousands of sheep. The exporter is Livestock Shipping Services (LSS).

A day earlier, LSS General Manager, Garry Robinson, complained to the media about this ship being delayed as a result of ‘handful of animals’ in Gaza. Robinson did not express concern that this ‘handful’ of cattle, who had been exported by LSS and ‘leaked’ from their supply chain, were once again suffering terrifying and prolonged deaths both in LSS’s ‘approved’ and in non-approved abattoirs in Gaza.

No accountability was expressed about the fact that this situation was LSS’s legal responsibility or that it was both predictable and preventable. After all, the company was aware that Australian cattle in Gaza had been subjected to sickening abuse last October — including at their approved abattoir, which had months earlier passed an LSS-funded audit despite not meeting required standards.

As a result, rather than a ‘handful’ of animals, every one of the 4,631 Australian bulls sent into Gaza since November would be brutally slaughtered.

With a dire situation for cattle in Gaza ongoing, and under investigation for five serious breaches of regulations, it seemed inconceivable that LSS would be granted a further export permit.

But five weeks after the Department of Agriculture was first provided with evidence that the horrific slaughter of Australian bulls in Gaza had continued unabated they granted the company implicated a further export permit.

Only a couple of days after the Bader III sailed for Israel, in a filthy slaughterhouse in Gaza, another Australian bull was brutally slaughtered in breach of Australian regulations, including having his eye stabbed to blind him. Around him lay the bodies of other Australian bulls who would have suffered similarly shocking deaths.

The dreadful suffering of these animals was predictable and preventable. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was put in place to prevent the worst abuses to exported animals. But with no Australian government oversight in importing countries, its ability to do so rests with exporters facing consequences for breaches, including suspension or loss of export licence.

Tonight, once again, Australian bulls will be brutally slaughtered in Gaza. Tonight the export company implicated in these breaches of regulations continues to be allowed to export, and has tens of thousands of animals aboard the Bader III once again, entrusted to its ‘care’.

 

http://banliveexport.com/gaza#takeactionplace  

TAKE ACTION NOW

That shocking abuse of Australian cattle continues in Gaza five months after first being reported, is damning.

The good news, is that after receiving evidence from Animals Australia in November, the Australian Government ceased granting export permits to Gaza.The bad news, is that this was no help to the thousands of cattle who were en-route at the time. Since then, at least 4,631 exported cattle have been sent to the slaughterhouses of Gaza.

This ongoing cruelty could have been avoided had exporters been complying with regulations. Tragically, the Australian Government’s live export ‘assurance’ system is providing anything but ‘assurance’. The truth is that nobody — not live exporters, nor the Australian government — can guarantee that animals in the live export trade won’t be brutally killed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Live export is valued at only 0.3 percent of national exports. And most sheep and cattle farmers aren’t involved with the industry. Not only that — a phase out of this cruel trade will create more jobs for Australians and benefit the economy.

Take action today, and help spare an animal from suffering this brutal fate. Ask your MP to support a phase out of live exports — for jobs, for the economy, and most importantly, for the animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global News Shorts.

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China Southern Airlines Stops Shipments of Primates for Vivisection

China Southern airlines has announced that it has stopped shipments of primates to laboratories worldwide in response to vigorous campaigning by animal rights organisations around the globe.   Prior to this announcement, China Southern was the only airline in China – and the only major carrier in the world other than Air France – still shipping primates to laboratories.  Air France is now the only major airline left that is willing to ship monkeys, so it will be extremely difficult and expensive for experimenters to get their hands on monkeys. This means that more primates will remain in the wild with their families instead of being trapped and imprisoned at decrepit breeding farms and terrifying laboratories. Please build on this momentum by urging Air France to join every single other major airline in the world by refusing to ship primates to certain suffering and death in laboratories.

 

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HRT and horses urine

New England Anti-Vivisection Society recently supported the rescue of 3 remarkable horses from a pregnant mare urine (PMU) farm. After facing the horrific fate of a lifetime of confinement or slaughter, the trio is now safe in sanctuary.  The oestrogen-rich urine of pregnant mares is a key ingredient in many hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs. Tara would have been repeatedly impregnated her entire life. She would have lived in a narrow stall with limited access to water and chafing-causing urine collection bags attached to her body. She would have watched her male foals be taken from her and sent to slaughter. Her female foals would either share that fate, or be spared only to replace “spent” mothers once they were no longer of use to the industry.  The entire PMU pharmaceutical industry is unnecessary because plant-based and synthetic HRTs with comparable benefits and risks are readily available.  NEAVS is working to end the use of horses in HRTs.  If you take HRT check that it isn’t using PMU.  There are better alternatives.

 

End to US cosmetic tests

A groundbreaking new bill could bring about an end to tests on animals for cosmetics products in the US.  Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia has introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, which, if passed, would make it illegal to conduct tests on animals for cosmetics in the US and to sell cosmetic products that have been tested on animals. This would be huge. The US market is enormous and influential, so banning these cruel and archaic tests would save countless animals from having chemicals rubbed on their skin, dripped into their eyes or forced down their throats in painful and deadly experiments. The ban could also have a wider impact, sending a clear message to international companies that they need to throw their weight behind the use of humane, non-animal testing methods. Since March 2013, selling cosmetics products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals has been banned in the European Union, making it clear that these horrific experiments are on their way out.

Australia will recommence exporting sheep and cattle to Egypt after the government struck a deal with Egyptian importers on animal welfare standards. It’s been two years since cattle was last exported to Egypt after shocking footage of cruelty at two Egyptian abattoirs. It led to an industry-wide live trade suspension.

 

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England (UK):  Roll out dropped

Plans to roll out the controversial badger cull pilots nationwide across England have been dropped by Owen Paterson after a damning independent report found the shoots were not effective or humane. The 2 pilot culls, in Gloucestershire and Somerset, will continue with improvements recommended by the independent expert panel (IEP), including more and better-trained marksmen. But plans to start badger culls in 10 other areas have been abandoned, the environment secretary announced, telling MPs he was taking the responsible approach.  The shadow environment secretary, Maria Eagle, said the abandoned roll-out was a humiliating climbdown for Paterson. “Consistent with his inept handling of this shambles he has put prejudice before science, secrecy before transparency, conflict before consensus and posturing before good policy,” she said.  Prof Rosie Woodroffe, a leading badger expert who conducted a landmark decade-long trial of badger culling, said even the 2 pilot culls should be halted. ” The culls were dismissed by senior scientists as “mindless” before they started and have provoked huge public opposition since, and led to ministers losing a vote in the House of Commons. Paterson said he accepted the IEP recommendations to “improve the accuracy and field-craft” of shooters. He added that if the free-shooting of badgers could be “perfected”, he still wanted to see the culls rolled out in the future. Paterson previously said he wanted 40 culls across the nation.  Opponents of the cull have argued that vaccination of badgers and cattle is a better strategy and Paterson said: “I am proposing a scheme for [badger] vaccination projects around the edge of the most badly affected parts of the country, in an attempt to create a buffer zone of TB immunity to stop the disease spreading further.” He also said large-scale field trials of cattle vaccines were being designed, but said a usable vaccine was many years away.  Opponents have also argued that stricter testing and controls on cattle movements are the key to cutting TB. In Wales, where a planned badger cull was abandoned, the number of cattle slaughtered has fallen from 11,671 in 2009 to 6,102 in 2013, a 48% drop, following more stringent testing. The number of cattle slaughtered in Great Britain fell by 15% in 2013 following some new controls being introduced in England.  The campaigner and Queen guitarist Brian May said: “I am disgusted that David Cameron and Paterson insult us all by continuing this spectacular failure.”

 

bTB cattle sold on (UK)

A major veterinary investigation is underway after a number of herds across Britain tested positive for bovine TB following a dispersal sale from a Cumbrian dairy herd.   More than 100 animals were sold at the end of February at a market in Cheshire to buyers from across England, Wales and Scotland.  After some of the cattle sold were found to have tested positive for bTB, AHVLA launched a nationwide operation to trace, isolate and test all animals from the sale, alongside increased surveillance in surrounding herds.  The incident has generated significant concern among Government vets and the farming industry and raised fresh questions about the effectiveness of TB surveillance in England’s 4-year testing areas, where pre-movement testing is not compulsory.  The disease has been confirmed at the Cumbrian farm which sold the cattle and it has been placed under movement restrictions. TB testing of neighbouring holdings within a 3km radius is underway.   An AHVLA spokesman said: “AHVLA has taken robust and rapid action to identify all animals originating from this herd so they can be isolated and tested for TB.”  He said it was too early to comment on the likely number of herds involved, or how this could have happened with a herd originating in the relatively clean 4-year area.  “This incident highlights how serious a problem TB is for all cattle farmers, regardless of where they farm,” he said.  The incident will prompt further debate about cattle TB controls as Defra publishes its long-term TB eradication strategy for England, which covers TB testing and movement controls and includes a proposal for compulsory post-movement testing in the TB Low Risk Area.

 

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1 in 10 people in Sweden is a vegetarian or vegan,

a survey has found. There has been a 4% increase in the number of Swedes adopting a meat-free lifestyle over the past 5 years, according the study commissioned by Animal Rights Sweden (Djurens Rätt).

 

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Above – USA:  This is in Oregon, and each crate has a calf in it, taken from their mourning mother, 1 hour after they were born. Their mother had enough time to clean up the birth, lick and initially bond with them, before they were taken away to live in these boxes, destined to die in about 6 weeks, barely able to move to make their “meat” tender until they become veal steaks. Meat eaters…are you proud?  Rense.com

 

Ag-gag – A diverse coalition of civil rights, animal protection, labour, and environmental groups, and a journalist have filed a lawsuit to strike down Idaho’s new “ag-gag” law as unconstitutional.  Idaho’s governor “Butch” Otter (the same man orchestrating the annihilation of wolves in Idaho) just signed “ag-gag” into law in Feb. But the coalition is moving quickly to overturn this dangerous bill because it’s a direct attack on whistleblowers, investigators, and journalists. Most importantly, laws like this are an attempt to keep everyone from knowing what really takes place behind closed doors on factory farms and slaughterhouses.

 

Canada

 Chicken suffering

One of Canada’s biggest chicken producers will have to spend at least $1m over 3 years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted it of causing undue suffering to the birds.  In a case closely watched by animal-rights groups, Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Kastner also fined Maple Lodge Farms $80,000 on 2 of 20 counts of failing to transport chickens humanely. Kastner placed the company based in Brampton, Ont., on 3 years probation, suspending the other 18 counts for the duration. Among conditions of probation, the company will have to make public the convictions, sentence and measures it is taking to avoid further offences by “prominent” website posting. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency charged Maple Lodge Farms under the Health of Animals Act with cruelty to chickens after 2,000 of the birds died on 2 trips to slaughter in the winter of 2008-2009. In her decision, Kastner said “lack of adequate training, personnel, or equipment” contributed to the high mortality rate of the transported birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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