Australia: Victory (9/14) ! – McDonald’s agrees to dump cage eggs!



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Mark — YOU DID IT! McDonald’s agrees to dump cage eggs!

When I wrote to you last week there was no end in sight for the battery hens whose ‘job’ it is to lay eggs for Australia’s biggest fast food giant.

Today, there is hope. This David and Goliath battle is over. And Mark, we won.

Under mounting public pressure and staring down the barrel of our national TV campaign, McDonald’s has announced a landmark commitment to take cage eggs off their menu!

This decision by the fast food giant to actively phase out their use of cage eggs will not only spare millions of hens from a miserable ‘life’ in a battery cage, it takes us another step closer to the day when this dreadful device ceases to exist in Australia.

But McDonald’s is just the beginning.

More fast food chains will now be under increased pressure to abandon their support of cruel factory farming industries. Which means for every hen going to sleep in a battery cage tonight — for every mother pig confined so tightly she cannot even turn around — for every chicken who has been bred to grow so quickly that he cannot even stand — hope for a kinder world is in sight.

McDonald’s big shift is the latest in a string of milestones that all point to one thing: with your help we are winning the fight against factory farming.

What you may not know is that all of these efforts have been underpinned by an extraordinary and committed group of individuals who make up the Make it Possible Fighting Fund. Their regular monthly donations sustain our investigations and public awareness initiatives. They are the reason that Animals Australia’s most ambitious campaign of all — Make it Possible — continues to reach one million people every single day with the truth about factory farming.

With your generous support we’ll no longer be imagining a world without factory farming. We’ll be living in it.

Lyn White AM
Campaign Director

Thank you for all you do for animals,

P.S. As someone who cares about giving animals a life worth living, I wanted to ensure you had a copy of our no-nonsense egg-labelling guide.

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Serbia: 14/9/14 – Update and More Pictures of Little ‘Morgan’ – Please Donate To Help With Veterinary Costs If You Are Able, Thank You.

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Our recent post about Morgan – now we have more photos from Danica.


We’ve just gotten another kitten, a sweet tripod ginger and white little boy which is totally blind in one eye and his other eye is not in good shape either. He might be about three months old and is skinny and weak, so the vet advised me (after a thorough examination) to feed him a high quality kitten food, give him vitamins and antibiotics and bring him back for a checkup in a week.


As soon as he gains some weight and starts feeling better, we’ll decide about his future operations. His left rear lower leg has obviously been amputated, but we don’t know why or when. The bigger problem is that the surgery was performed badly and unskillfully, his leg was cut in the totally wrong place and his stump has basically had the skin sewn shut over the bone. What’s even worse, he leans on that leg as he walks and I fear the bone will protrude through the skin when he gets bigger and heavier and the bone itself might break longitudinally under the burden of his weight, just like one of Milance’s legs did.




In order to save him from a sad and dreadful fate, the vet will either have to make him some kind of a prosthesis or amputate his entire leg.

Enucleation of his left eye which probably leaked out because of an untreated chlamydia infection will have to be done, and it’s possible the same surgery will be necessary for the other eye as well.



But everything in its own time – for now, he’s eating, sleeping, cuddling and getting to know his new friends. We’ve decided to call him Morgan.

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Serbia: ‘Nani’ 13/9/2014.

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Global: Farm, Veterinary and Stray Dog News Shorts – September 2014.

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BEUC campaigns for clearer labelling on meat

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has launched a Europe-wide campaign, called ‘Where is my meat from?’.


(UK) MPs outline recommendations on religious slaughter

MPS (UK) have made nine recommendations which they believe will help policy makers take more informed decisions on the rules surrounding around religious slaughter. 


Costs of Bedding, Trailer Wash-out and Transport Losses in Market Weight Pigs

Based on 2011 figures, the highest estimate for annual costs of wash-out and bedding to the US pig industry was estimated at $135 million, according to Rebecca Kephart and others in the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2014.


Sustainable Street Dog Population Control in Bhutan

From the beginning, it has been HSI’s intention that our street dog program in Bhutan would eventually become self-sustaining—managed entirely by the Bhutanese themselves, guided by the best practices we’ve been sharing.

Topics: dog population management, stray dogs 


European pig farming shame

Illegal pig farming in the EU is now so rife that the industry’s publications are packed with photos of farms clearly in breach of the law.


Symposium Explores the Future of Farm Animal Welfare

CABI, together with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, held a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of Ruth Harrison’s influential Animal Machines – a book that heralded an entire movement in farm animal welfare and the welfare of animals in intensive production.


Effects of Transport Time and Location within the Truck on Bruises and Meat Quality of Pigs

A Canadian study indicates that the adverse effects of prolonged transport and low temperatures on meat quality can be aggravated by the location of the pig in the transport vehicle. Skin bruises were more prevalent in the winter than the summer. 


Nestlé Announces Groundbreaking Global Animal Welfare Reforms

Nestlé—the world’s largest food company and makers of iconic brands—such as Nestlé Milkmaid and MAGGI—announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate several controversial yet standard practices within its global supply system. 


Floor Type Affects Gait Development in Pigs

Changes in the gait patterns of growing pigs is not affected by the floor surface they are reared on. 


Final Report of an Audit carried out in Austria from 25 to 29 November 2013 in order to evaluate the implementation of Council of Europe requirements for Animal Welfare in major farmed species

This audit describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit which took place in Austria from 25 to 29 November 2013. The objective of the audit was to evaluate the implementation of measures aimed at the control of animal welfare on farms, in particular farms keeping species included in Decision 2006/778/EC and covered by the recommendations from the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes (hereafter “the Convention”) with particular reference to the farming of turkey, geese and cattle.

Author/Organization: European Commission (DG SANCO)

Year: 2014

Where: Austria 


World Vets eNews – August 2014

Contents: 1) A True Island Effort: Colombian Military Works Alongside World Vets. 2) Project Spotlight: Peru. 3) Coming Soon! 2015 Volunteer & Training Opportunities. 4) Leave a Legacy that will Contribute to Animal Welfare.  


Spain: A two-year investigation reveals horrifying treatment of rabbits allegedly supplied to top fashion designers.



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A two-year investigation reveals horrifying treatment of rabbits allegedly supplied to top fashion designers.


September 11, 2014

 By John R. Platt

 John R. Platt covers the environment, technology, philanthropy, and more forScientific AmericanConservationLion, and other publications.


Rabbits with oozing wounds and horrible deformities.

Newborn animals strangled in front of their parents, and sick adults smashed against walls until they stop moving.

Cages caked with layer upon layer of excrement.

These are just a few of the horrifying images captured during a two-year investigation of rabbit fur farms in Spain, which, animal rights groups allege, supply some of the world’s top fashion designers.

Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Louis Vuitton are a handful of the names suspected of buying fur from some 40 farms surveyed during the undercover investigation, the details of which were released to coincide with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, taking place this week in New York City.

Representatives for Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, and Giorgio Armani did not respond to requests for comment.

“These farms in Spain supply rabbit fur to companies around the world,” said Sharon Nuñez Gough, executive director of Last Chance for Animals, the Los Angeles–based group that conducted the investigation along with animal rights group Animal Equality.

Undercover investigators captured video and audio of representatives of two fur distribution companies claiming that the rabbit furs are sold to some of the world’s top fashion designers. Much of the fur, the distributors said, ends up in products sold in the United States.

The rights groups said they have attempted to contact the designers to corroborate these allegations.

“None of the companies we exposed have gotten back to us to deny their relationship with the suppliers who mentioned them,” Nuñez Gough said. The animal rights groups were not able to uncover any physical documentation to back up the distributors’ claimed client lists.

Other organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have conducted similar, albeit smaller, investigations and found similar conditions on rabbit farms in China and Spain.

“Every look into a fur farm is horrifying, and this is no exception,” said PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk. “For fur farmers, rabbits are commodities—that’s why they’re stacked in cages and left to suffer from infections, respiratory viruses, heat exhaustion, and the constant stress of intense confinement.”

Newkirk added that while the videos from these types of investigations can be troubling to watch, they can persuade consumers to go fur-free and major retailers to adopt cruelty-free options.

Last Chance for Animals has put together a petition at its End Animal Cruelty site asking fashion designers to stop using fur in their products. It’s garnered about 80,000 signatures so far.


“We hope that the public pressure will help them reconsider the use of fur,” said Nuñez Gough. “We will also continue to investigate the fashion industry and expose the cruelty that goes on.”

Watch Sharon Nuñez Gough share findings from the Last Chance for Animals investigation of the fashion industry on TakePart Live.

Serbia: ‘Nani’ Photos 11/9/2014.

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England: Despite Massive Public Opposition, the UK Conservative Government Move Ahead With the Second Phase of the Badger Killing Trials. Also, Other Hunt Snippets.



The David Cameron UK government has, despite massive public opposition; moved ahead with the next phase of killing badgers in the UK.  As you will read from our past posts, the first part of the ‘trials’ was a complete and utter fiasco; costing millions of UK pounds to undertake.

A few of our SAV posts on the first ‘trial’ are as follows:

This secomnd phase ‘trial’ is simply a plan to obtain votes from farmers and landowners; as the UK holds a General Election in May 2015, and the current Conservative is not poular with so many UK residents.  It needs to show farmers and landowners it is attempting to do something about BTB; in order to gain more support for the coming election.

But as we say – badgers animal

New trails, which basically involves shooting the badgers; is taking place in the English counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset.  Gloucestershire and Somerset are trying to trap and shoot badgers as part of a controlled study into the spread of tuberculosis in cattle.

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*** News Update 10/9/2014*** -

Campaigners have won the right to appeal over a ruling on the legality of the latest badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, which began on Monday.  

Last month the Badger Trust lost a High Court bid after arguing “controlled shooting” should only take place with independent observers overseeing it.

Lord Justice Maurice Kay said the trust had some arguable points and the appeal may have a real prospect of success.

Check out the following for more information and recent news on the new phase of the cull:

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Other UK Hunt News Snippets

David Cameron (UK Prime Minister) is believed to be working with the police and security services to see how they can best stop Hunt Saboteurs from making hunts obey the law. It would be cheaper, easier and better if they just told their friends in the hunts to hunt legally or not hunt at all. Does anyone listen to the Archers? They have been banging on about the new hunting season, getting non supporters to think again and think about the “tradition”.

Current UK hunting situation

All hunters claim to be only ever hunting legally. They claim that anything they are seen to do that might appear otherwise is only evidence of an accident. Anyone who has seen hunting in the UK in recent years will know the truth. Mink hunting is in full swing with the hunters using a variety of excuses to justify their activities. Because of the protection afforded to the otter – and the welcome return of otters to our rivers – it is hard to see how any riverside hunting with hounds can be legal. Hunt saboteur groups across the country are struggling to contain this blood sports menace that could continue through to Oct. Stag hunting is underway on and around Exmoor and the Quantocks. The hunters use a variety of excuses to justify their hunting of red deer – at this time of year they hunt “autumn stags”. With the crops rapidly being harvested fox hunting is now underway with dawn starts for the traditional cub hunting. Under severe pressure from hunt saboteur groups determined to enforce the Hunting Act it is likely that many hunts will use the ploy of going cub hunting late in the afternoon rather than the early morning. Whenever they hunt they will be very secretive. Hunt Saboteurs were in action on Sat 23rd Aug at a cub hunting meet of the Berkeley foxhounds. In a morning that finished at 9am sabs ensured that the law was obeyed.  As with fox hunting, when the crops are in the hare hunters will be looking to start – again for the first few weeks very early in the morning.  We are now going on to full guard against hare coursing in East Anglia. When hunters are challenged as to why, if they are only trail hunting, they still have crack of dawn starts they offer 2 main explanations: firstly that in summer the scent is better in the early morning; secondly that they are trying to maintain hunting traditions.  Tip for Hunt Saboteurs – Don’t be too quick to give away your real identity to hunters. It is easy for a few to dress as ramblers, farm-workers, or even other hunt supporters. Hunters like the 2 sides to be clearly defined – the hunt and the anti-hunt. When there are some on the scene whose true allegiance is questionable it unsettles the hunters. But make sure that all the hunt saboteurs know who you are!  Mike Huskisson – ACIG

ACIG is the Suffolk, England based Animals Cruelty Investigation Group – check them out at:


Boost in fight against illegal hunting

The League Against Cruel Sports announced plans for a major boost in its fight against animal cruelty after its evidence led to the Crown Prosecution Service authorising criminal proceedings against members of 2 hunt groups.  Welcoming the news, Chief Exec Joe Duckworth said the League would now boost its investigations of illegal hunting further with a major public appeal for information relating to illegal hunting to help catch individuals responsible for inflicting cruelty to animals.  As an added incentive, in certain circumstances the charity will also offer a reward of up to £1,000 for information which directly leads to a conviction under the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, or the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002, in Scotland.  Joe Duckworth commented “Polling shows that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to cruelty to animals in the name of sport and they support the Hunting Act which came into force 10 years ago. “Based on our evidence, 9 summonses have been issued this year alone under the Hunting Act and we are now giving members of the public a chance to play their part in helping to end that cruelty.  “Our work relies on good intelligence such as when and where illegal hunting is taking place, and details of the individuals involved. We are appealing to anyone that may have information that could help us investigate this criminal activity and bring the perpetrators to justice.”  The charity’s team of investigators work to capture evidence of this, in order to bring prosecutions against those who continue to hunt wild animals for sport in defiance of the hunt ban.  Members of the public with information relating to hunting activities are being urged to report it via, the charity’s website using the  online form or by calling the confidential Wildlife Crimewatch line on 01483 361 108. Any criminal activity should also be reported to the Police on 101.  All information will be treated in complete confidence. Master and Huntsman of the Middleton Hunt, Tom HOLT faces a charge of Hunting a Wild Mammal with Dogs at West Knapton, Malton, N. Yorkshire, on 19th Feb 2014. He appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 3rd Sept. and there is a case management hearing on 25th Sept  Kennel Huntsman of the Middleton Hunt, Barry Lee ANDREWS faces a charge of Interfering with a Badger Sett near Bossall, N. Yorkshire, on 12th March 2014.  The case is to be heard at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 12th Sept 2014. Paul WHITEHEAD, Huntsman of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Ltd, faces a charge of Hunting a Wild Mammal with Dogs on 18th Feb 2014.  Terence POTTER, who is a Company Director of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Ltd, faces a similar charge on behalf of the company as a body corporate, under the provisions of Section 10.  Summonses have been issued and the case is to be heard at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on 19th Sept 2014. The case is based on evidence supplied to the police by the League Against Cruel Sports.

Check out the League (LACS) at:


Master & Huntsman charged

3 members of the College Valley and N. Northumberland Hunt, including the Joint Master and Huntsman, have been charged with illegally hunting a fox.  Joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, Huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and Kennel Huntsman, Andrew John Proe, are each charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Sec 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.  The case is based on evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigations carried out by Northumbria Police, in relation to an incident alleged to have taken place during an advertised hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on 27th Feb 2014.  All 3 defendants have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges. The case has been listed for trial at Berwick Magistrates’ Court on Mon 13th & Tues 14th Oct.


The terrierman of the York and Ainsty South Fox Hunt, and 2 other men, have been charged with interfering with a badger sett. The charges stem from an incident in Dec 2013 when members of Sheffield and Doncaster hunt saboteurs came upon the men digging out a fox at Escrick Park, near Selby N. Yorkshire, whilst following the hunt.  The sabs managed to save the fox despite having to defend themselves from violence from a large group of hunt supporters. The sabs reported the incident to N. Yorkshire Police who took statements before charging the men.  UPDATE:  The CPS has dropped all charges just 2 days before the trial. This is despite damning video evidence, witnesses, and the badger sett having been declared in use by badgers, by an independent expert (on behalf of N. Yorkshire Police).


4 jailed for fox death

4 men who filmed a dog brutally mauling a fox to death as they stood by and encouraged it have been jailed for animal cruelty offences.  They claimed to be “rabbiting”.  District Judge Bridgette Knight slammed the attack as “barbaric and medieval in its wickedness” while the RSPCA described the men as “thugs of the countryside”.  John Daly, of Breeze Hill, Reece Welsh, of Sunbourne Rd, & Ryan Kennedy, of Townsend Ave Liverpool, and Daniel Ratchford, of St Wilfreds Rd, Wigan, were jailed for their roles in the incident after each pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences.  The horrific video captured a fox screaming in pain as a lurcher shakes it around in its mouth, while other terrier-type dogs and the group of men look on.  None of the defendants had stepped in to stop the fox being attacked, and that mobile phones had also been placed down badger setts.  Locator collars, dog cages and spades had also been found in the van the group had arrived in.  The men were charged with offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and admitted their guilt earlier this year.  Daly was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for the suffering caused to his dog, plus a further 4 weeks for each of the charges of interfering with a badger sett.  Welsh was sentenced to a total of 16 weeks in prison.  Kennedy and Ratchford were both sentenced to 12 weeks.  Each of the men will serve half of their sentences and must pay £200 to the RSPCA to help toward the £25,000 cost of the investigation.  They have been disqualified from keeping, or being involved in the care and transportation, of dogs for life.  District Judge Knight said there was “overwhelming evidence” that badger setts had been interfered with, adding that the 6-month maximum prison term for that offence was “perhaps something Parliament should consider looking at again”.


Harecoursers convicted – 4 men, 3 from E. Yorks and the other from Durham, were convicted at Skegness Magistrates Court of hare coursing and were excluded from entering Lincolnshire with any dog for 2 years from Aug 29.  The men were also fined from £260 up to £586


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