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.


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Read the latest news – Information link:


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 –

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.




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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:

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:


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

Watch a year at Kew –

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.


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.


The seed bank at Wakehurst


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Save Kew – please sign this petition.



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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 

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.  

Maria M Oldland






Australia: Gutless PM Tony Abbott Fails To Act In The Defence Of Australian Animals. Just Like Gillard Before Him.






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.



From Animals Australia 

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:

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


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’.  


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.









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: 


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   


Watch the AA video by clicking on the following link: 

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.

Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc
Founder and CEO  


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England: Time Out – Floyd.



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

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Probably one of the most haunting (and very best) starts to any music track:  Shine on you crazy diamond –



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Global News Shorts.



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.



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.



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.”


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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.



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?


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.



 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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