Wonderful News – The Scottish Government Has Given In and Halted Live Calf Exports.

23/9/20.

Breaking news in from Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) – London.

Dear Mark,

Amazing news: the Scottish Government has halted live calf exports.

After our gruelling, six-month legal battle, the Scottish Government has now accepted that live calf exports that breach maximum permitted journey times – a regular occurrence since April 2019 – can no longer be tolerated.

It has therefore instructed that no further applications for unweaned calf exports that breach these rules should be approved – effectively halting the current trade.

This is a huge victory for calves – and it’s all thanks to the support of people like you.

We are pleased to announce that, after a gruelling legal battle, the Scottish Government has finally stopped live calf exports.

Having spent six months defending the inhumane export of unweaned calves to Europe, they have conceded that this trade was being conducted in breach of the legislation on the protection of animals during transport.

With backing from our dedicated supporters, we launched Judicial Review proceedings to challenge the lawfulness of this practice back in February. Both the Scottish and UK Governments resisted for several months – wasting taxpayers’ money – shamefully defending a trade which can see calves go for 23 hours without food and often water.

In a major U-turn, the Scottish Government has now instructed the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which is responsible for approving export journeys, to not approve any further applications for unweaned calf exports that breach the time limits in the regulations.

“The Scottish Government’s conduct during this dispute has often fallen far short of that expected from a responsible authority,” said Peter Stevenson, our Chief Policy Advisor. “They have neglected to disclose key information, run misleading arguments, and despite export journeys exceeding the maximum permitted travelling time since at least April 2019, that these journeys were exceeding the maximum permitted travelling time, they failed to act and did not issue an instruction to halt the trade until over a year later. Above all, they have vigorously defended this cruel and unnecessary trade.”

Over several decades, millions of British calves have been forced to endure long, inhumane journeys to Europe for slaughter and fattening. We have fought this all the way. The ending of calf exports from Britain represents a turning point in the battle to stop this horrific trade.

“We welcome this decision that means thousands of calves will be spared such gruelling journeys every year,” said Natasha Smith, our Senior Campaigns Manager. “However, it is outrageous that it took legal action and years of argument to bring the Scottish Government to this point.”

Whilst this is a major victory for the welfare of Scottish calves, the policy must now be secured by legislation. The Scottish Government has promised a public consultation on banning journeys over 9 hours for calves, and the UK Government has previously committed to a separate consultation on live exports. Similar consultations in the past have yet to yield results.

“More consultations and empty promises are not enough,” Natasha continued. “We need new legislation to protect animals from this cruel and unnecessary practice once and for all.”

Now, our fight continues far beyond the courtroom. We will not stop until there is a complete ban on live exports from the UK for slaughter and fattening.

You have helped achieve justice for calves. A huge thanks to every person who has donated, emailed politicians, or even joined Kent Action Against Live Exports to protest the sailings in person.

Read more about our Judicial Review proceedings here.

Regards Mark

Austria: Prince hunter arrested!

The Welf Prince Ernst August von Hannover, 66, was arrested in Austria on Monday evening (September 7th).

This was confirmed by the Wels regional court.

Reason: There should be reports against the nobleman for coercion, threats, and property damage.
A spokesman had told the “Bild” newspaper after the incident that all points should be charged together.

Prince Ernst August would then have threatened up to three years in prison.
The Wels public prosecutor had ordered the arrest of the prince, which was then carried out on Monday (September 7th).

The scandal prince was kept in custody for two days.

Now he’s out, but he has to adhere to the judge’s requirements.
One of his employees has reported against the Guelph Prince.

Ernst August von Hannover is said to have threatened her and her husband with hounding a group of thugs and smashed a window with a traffic sign. The police moved out on Monday because of “suspicion of coercion”. …

Since the 66-year-old had already attacked a police officer in July, the officers carried body cameras to record the arrest.

The German nobleman caused a stir several times in the past few months. After the attack on the police, Ernst August von Hannover was briefly admitted to a psychiatric ward. Just a week later, it hit the headlines again.

Armed with a baseball bat, he allegedly drove to the police station and threatened officers there to kill them (!!!)

wildbeimwild.com

And I mean…“Hunting is a subsidiary form of human mental illness,” said Theodor Heuss!

And obviously, someone who massacres animals in the forest develops himself into one who loses empathy and compassion for his fellow human beings.

My best regards to all, Venus

Live Exports – KLTT sells twin-tiered live export ship.

AL_SHUWAIKH another 4

https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/6930681/kltt-sells-twin-tiered-live-export-ship/?cs=4698

KLTT sells twin-tiered live export ship

Aidan Smith19 Sep 2020

KUWAIT Livestock Transport and Trading (KLTT) – Australia’s largest buyer of live sheep – has sold its twin-tier livestock vessel the Al Shuwaikh for an undisclosed amount.

KLTT’s Western Australian subsidiary, Rural Export and Trading WA managing director Mike Gordon said a Jordanian company, Al Delta Company, purchased the vessel about two weeks ago.

The Al Shuwaikh was due to be phased out from the Australian trade because of new marine orders that prohibited twin-tier vessels from operating in Australia beyond January 1, 2020, without an exemption.

Until now the vessel did have an exemption but it was only used for sheep.

A clause in the paperwork was discovered only when it was pointed out to the company by agriculture department officials, that denied them the ability to load cattle on deck five, costing KLTT $1million per voyage from WA.

Mr Gordon said the 34-year-old Al Shuwaikh was “due to be retired”.

He said the company would continue to service Australia “for the foreseeable future” with its two remaining vessels, the Al Messilah and the newly-purchased Al Kuwait, the world’s largest livestock carrier.

Mr Gordon said the vessels would be spaced to run back-to-back trips from September 16 to May 30, 2021, until the northern hemisphere summer moratorium prohibited trade to the Middle East (June 1 to September 15).

The company would also divert the vessels to South Africa when needed.

Two other twin-tier vessels had been servicing the Australian market – the Maysora and the Bader III.

Livestock Shipping Services, which owns these vessels, had cut the upper deck from the Bader III but decided to utilise the vessel in other markets.

Farm Weekly understands that the company has applied for an exemption for the Maysora to continue to service Australia in the short-term, however it’s last known position was off the coast of north-west Africa.

Just a few of our (WAV) past posts related to the AS:

Regards Mark

Tragic – 380 whales have died after becoming stranded off Australian coast. Mass Rescue Attempt To Help Survivors.

TOPSHOT - This photograph taken on September 21, 2020 shows a pod of whales stranded on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania. - Up to 90 whales have died and a "challenging" operation is underway to rescue 180 more still stranded in a remote bay in southern Australia on September 22. Scientists said two large pods of long-finned pilot whales became stuck on sandbars in Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's sparsely populated west coast. (Photo by - / POOL / AFP) (Photo by -/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

380 whales have died after becoming stranded off Australian coast

Officials believe that the new group of the whales found stranded are mostly dead, and cannot be rescued.

Around 380 whales have died after becoming stranded in an inlet off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania, according to officials.

In the remote town of Strahan, rescuers had been scrambling to save the survivors among what was thought to be 270 pilot whales on Monday, from a beach and two sandbanks.

STRAHAN, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Marine rescue teams attempt to help save hundreds of pilot whales stranded on a sand bar on September 22, 2020 in Strahan, Australia. More than 200 pilot whales are stranded on a sandbank at Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania, with rescuers desperately trying to save the whales as more than 90 are feared dead. (Photo by Brodie Weeding/The Advocate - Pool/Getty Images)

Read it all at:

https://news.sky.com/story/almost-500-whales-now-stranded-on-australian-island-of-tasmania-12079113

Tackling respiratory diseases with advanced non-animal models.

respiratory – Google Search

Respiratory System: Facts, Function and Diseases | Live Science

Tackling respiratory diseases with advanced non-animal models

21 September 2020

A new JRC study describes almost 300 non-animal models used for research on respiratory diseases and the development of new drugs and therapies.

Respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer are the most common of all diseases and causes of death worldwide.

However, over 90% of new candidate drugs fail to make it through clinical trials and gain market approval. Although there are several reasons for this, limitations of animal models to capture critical aspects of human physiology and disease are being increasingly cited as a critical issue.

Attention is shifting therefore to non-animal models and methods based on human relevant tools and thinking to advance our understanding of respiratory diseases and offer new hope to patients.  

The study, coordinated by the JRC’s EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM), has produced a unique knowledge base that contains detailed descriptions of nearly 300 non-animal models being used for respiratory disease research.

The knowledge base is in an easy-to-use spreadsheet format and is freely available to download from the EURL ECVAM Collection in the JRC Data Catalogue.

In building the knowledge base, over 21,000 abstracts from the scientific literature were screened and from these, a total of 284 publications were selected that described the most representative and innovative models.

“To our knowledge this is the first time that such advanced non-animal models used in biomedical sciences have been systematically collected and analysed”, comments JRC scientist Laura Gribaldo. “It’s been a real challenge to put all the information together in a structured and easily accessible format since there is a huge amount of heterogeneous data out there spread over a plethora of different scientific journals and electronic resources.”

To our knowledge this is the first time that such advanced non-animal models used in biomedical sciences have been systematically collected and analysed.

Laura Gribaldo, JRC scientist

Regards Mark

New Zealand: Live Export – It Is Not Worth the Suffering.

From our live export campaigner friends at SAFE in New Zealand:

Kia ora Mark

Tens of thousands of animals have died in live export disasters over the last decade.

Animals are exported alive from New Zealand for breeding due to a loophole in our law. These animals are transported in dangerous conditions on open sea voyages or by air. When they reach their destination, they are likely kept and slaughtered in ways that are illegal in New Zealand.
 

Live export is not worth the suffering. 
 
SAFE has launched an ambitious international campaign to put pressure on Labour leader Jacinda Ardern to impose a complete ban on all live export.

This advertisement is running in the Guardian online and will be seen by hundreds of thousands of readers across the UK and Europe.

Jacinda Ardern is known around the world for being a good leader and in Aotearoa New Zealand for putting kindness at the forefront of her values. Sadly, that kindness does not extend to animals.
 
The appalling human and animal suffering that happened when the Gulf Livestock 1 sank cannot happen again.
 
Jacinda Ardern needs to know just how many people care about animal welfare, and that the world’s attention is on how New Zealand handles this disaster. Our international reputation depends on it.

SAFE has run an advertisement in the Guardian newspaper so that people around the world can ask Jacinda Ardern to extend her kindness to animals and ban live export once and for all. You can help by sharing this advertisement with your friends and family via email and social media.

Share the advertisement now:

This year, approximately 65,000 cows have left our shores. There are significant risks to the welfare of farmed animals transported by ship, especially over long distances. The Pacific Ocean is renowned for rough seas that can cause the cows to suffer seasickness and be thrown around and injured. The rough seas, unnatural diet, high stocking densities and heat stress all have a negative effect on these animals, with some suffering injuries and others dying on board.

Once the journey is over, they may well end up confined in concrete factory farms for the rest of their lives, never to set foot on grass again. Then, when no longer deemed profitable, these cows will be killed, most likely by methods so cruel they are illegal in New Zealand.
 
We need to keep up the opposition to this cruel trade, and we can’t do it without you. Please make a gift today towards SAFE’s international campaign so we can continue to shine a spotlight on New Zealand’s cruel live export trade.

Animals need us to all work together to end their suffering.
 
Let’s ban live export – once and for all.  

Debra Ashton
Chief Executive Officer

Donate and give a gift to the campaign:

Show Jacinda that live export harms New Zealand’s reputation:

Regards Mark

souvenir photo…

 

…for the Family Album

Have a good night, Venus

Spain: the murder of Forajido in Esquivias

Bullfight in Esquivias endangers public health!

This summer we have not stopped working for animals.
In addition to holding street protests in the main cities of Spain, we have infiltrated the bullfights that continue to be organized, despite the health crisis.

We were witnesses of savagery in Salamanca and denounced.

And now we bring to light these images of the bullfight on August 21 in Esquivias (Toledo).
We have placed the corresponding complaints in the hands of the authorities.

 

It broke our hearts to witness the Forajido killed in the square.

There is no greater pain than seeing a helpless and bewildered being suffer, unsuccessfully seeking the help of those who applaud every time he bleeds.

We believe that it is important to make these images known, no matter how harsh, so that his death is not in vain.
We live days of uncertainty in a country in crisis and some prefer to continue torturing animals to death instead of working for better normalcy.

Did you know that extraordinary items are still being allocated to rescue bullfighting?

They touch 7.3 million euros and Madrid leads the ranking of the communities that will give the most money to the sector, with up to 4.5 million euros.

It is outrageous!
We are working so that bullfighting is condemned by society and its rejection increases.

Only by joining forces can we ensure that it continues to decline and achieve its abolition once and for all.

Only with you, we are stronger! We need your help now more than ever to confront the powerful bullfighting lobby in Spain.

And I mean… “If bullfighting is an “art form,” then so are ritualistic cult killings.
If bullfighting is “authentic religious drama,” so too is war and genocide.
If the matador is ennobled, let us praise every mass murderer” (Steven Best)

The European Union does not pay extra agricultural subsidies for bullfighting. But part of their annual 30 billion euros in direct aid for agricultural land in the EU Member States also goes to farms that breed fighting bulls.
This is known as “agricultural subsidies”!

Official figures are not available. The Greens estimate that annual subsidies of 130 million euros go to bullfighting.

This is subsidized animal cruelty – nothing less.

Perhaps someone will soon come up with the idea of ​​reviving the witch burnings, which were well attended in the Middle Ages and very popular by bored audiences.
This was also a sad culture in Spain!

Except for a few mentally weak proletarian Germans and a few brain-sick Europeans, this form of “culture” really doesn’t even resonate with the dumbest of the very dumb.

We can be sure that every day there are more and more animal lovers and animal rights activists (= antitaurinos) who see this massacre as a disgrace for their country and want to abolish it.

Time is ticking for the animals and we know, it will end.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

The screams of the fish-we hear them

Fish don’t audibly scream when they’re impaled on hooks or grimace when the hooks are ripped from their mouths, but their behavior offers evidence of their suffering—if we’re willing to look.

Biologist Victoria Braithwaite says that “there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals.”

For example, when Braithwaite and her colleagues exposed fish to irritating chemicals, the animals behaved as any of us might: They lost their appetite, their gills beat faster, and they rubbed the affected areas against the side of the tank.

It is hard to imagine that swallowing a bait with a fish hook in it does not feel extremely painful.
The fish also shows a terrible fidget in the video in response.

 

Neurobiologists have long recognized that fish have nervous systems that comprehend and respond to pain.

Even though fish don’t have the same brain structures that humans do—fish do not have a neocortex, for example—Dr. Ian Duncan reminds us that we “have to look at behavior and physiology,” not just anatomy. “It’s possible for a brain to evolve in different ways,” he says.

“That’s what is happening in the fish line. It’s evolved in some other ways in other parts of the brain to receive pain.”

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/22/the-screams-of-the-fish-we-hear-them/

 

And I mean…For a long time, it was said that fish had no nerves in the oral cavity and generally felt little or no pain.
But according to the latest research, this groundless belief is over.

As Dr. Lynne Sneddon from Liverpool University reported a year ago in the journal “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B” (DOI: 10.1098 / rstb.2019.0290) that a lot of fish can feel pain – also and especially in the mouth.

It does not matter whether a fish “only” feels pain or whether it also associates an “emotion” with it.

As long as there is even the possibility that it is so (and it is highly likely), it is ethically and morally unjustifiable to subject an animal to torture purely out of ignorance and only for one’s own (useless) gain.

Humans can only afford this discussion because they are the stronger ones in the pack. Unfortunately, the “ethics of the ruler” were not only practiced by the inhabitants of Germany a few years ago.

That should be enough of a warning to never again invoke the right of the strongest for your own benefit.

Fish feel pain. And the human species is what causes it

Therefore: do not fish, do not eat any fish.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100.

Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100

By Chelsea Gohd 2 days ago

If humans continue emitting greenhouse gases at the current pace, global sea levels could rise more than 15 inches (38 centimeters) by 2100, scientists found in a new study. 

Greenhouse gases emitted by human activity, such as carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to climate change and warming temperatures on planet Earth, studies continue to show. As things heat up, ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica melt. A new study by an international team of more than 60 ice, ocean and atmospheric scientists estimates just how much these melting ice sheets will contribute to global sea levels. 

“One of the biggest uncertainties when it comes to how much sea level will rise in the future is how much the ice sheets will contribute,” project leader and ice scientist Sophie Nowicki, now at the University at Buffalo and formerly at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement. “And how much the ice sheets contribute is really dependent on what the climate will do.”

The results of this study show that, if human greenhouse gas emissions continue at the pace they’re currently at, Greenland and Antarctica’s melting ice sheets will contribute over 15 inches (28 centimeters) to global sea levels. This new study is part of the Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6), which is led by NASA Goddard. 

The ISMIP6 team investigated how sea levels will rise between 2015 and 2100, exploring how sea levels will change in a variety of carbon-emission scenarios

They found that, with high emissions (like we see now) extending throughout this time period, Greenland’s melting ice sheet will contribute about 3.5 in (9 cm) to global sea level rise. With lower emissions, they estimate that number to be about 1.3 in (3 cm). 

Ice sheet loss in Antarctica is a little more difficult to predict, because, while ice shelves will continue to erode on the western side of the continent, East Antarctica could actually gain mass as temperatures rise because of increasing snowfall. Because of this, the team found a larger range of possible ice sheet loss here.

The team determined that ice-sheet loss in Antarctica could boost sea levels up to 12 in (30 cm), with West Antarctica causing up to 7.1 in (18 cm) of sea level rise by 2100 with the highest predicted emissions. 

However, to be clear: These increases in global sea levels are just predictions for the years 2015 to 2100, so they don’t account for the significant ice sheet loss that has already taken place between the pre-industrial era and modern day. 

“The Amundsen Sea region in West Antarctica and Wilkes Land in East Antarctica are the two regions most sensitive to warming ocean temperatures and changing currents, and will continue to lose large amounts of ice,” Helene Seroussi, an ice scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, who led the Antarctic ice sheet modeling in the ISMIP6 project, said in the same statement. 

“With these new results, we can focus our efforts in the correct direction and know what needs to be worked on to continue improving the projections,” Seroussi said.

These results are in line with estimates made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose 2019 Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere showed that melting ice sheets would contribute to about one-third of the total global sea level rise. 

According to the 2019 IPCC report, melting ice sheets in Greenland will contribute 3.1 to 10.6 inches (8 to 27 cm) to global sea level rise between the years 2000 and 2100. For Antarctica, the report estimates that melting ice sheets will add 1.2 to 11 inches (3 to 28 cm). 

The results from this new work will help to inform the next IPCC report, the sixth overall, which is set to be released in 2022, according to the same statement. 

“The strength of ISMIP6 was to bring together most of the ice sheet modeling groups around the world, and then connect with other communities of ocean and atmospheric modelers as well, to better understand what could happen to the ice sheets,” Heiko Goelzer, a scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands who is now at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre in Norway, said in the same statement. 

“It took over six years of workshops and teleconferences with scientists from around the world working on ice sheet, atmosphere, and ocean modeling to build a community that was able to ultimately improve our sea level rise projections,” added Nowicki, who led the Greenland ice sheet ISMIP6 project. “The reason it worked is because the polar community is small, and we’re all very keen on getting this problem of future sea level right. We need to know these numbers.”

This work was published Sept. 17 in a special issue of the journal The Cryosphere.

China: Multi Storey Pig Farm – Animal Abuse at its Best.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/22/china-a-12-storey-pig-farm-animal-abuse-at-best/https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/22/china-a-12-storey-pig-farm-animal-abuse-at-best/

A seven-storey pig building at Yaji mountain

A 12-storey pig farm: has China found the way to tackle animal disease?

21 September 2020

Biosecure farms complete with staff quarantine and chutes for dead pigs are seen as progress, but may carry their own risks.

The buildings do not even look like farms. They are huge grey concrete blocks, many storeys high, which stand side by side in the middle of what might look like a quarry, a “hole” of red earth dug in the heart of a mountain.

We are on the Yaji mountain, which in Chinese means “sacred”, a few kilometres south of the city of Guigang in southern China. What we are looking at is the tallest pig farm in the world; units up to nine storeys high housing thousands of pigs, with construction of a 12-storey pig unit under way.

Yangxiang’s high-rise pig buildings



“On each floor we can breed 1,270 pigs,” says Yuanfei Gao, vice-president of Yangxiang, the company that built the farm. “But in the future with the design of the new buildings we plan to have 1,300 pigs per floor.”

Yangxiang is one of the Chinese giants of the pork industry, producing about 2 million pigs a year in a dozen farms throughout China. The Yaji mountain site is its largest and most advanced multistorey farming system, and will have the capacity to produce around 840,000 pigs a year when construction is finished.

Young pigs at Yangxiang’s Yaji farm

Read much more regarding this facility at

The Guardian

Regards Mark

Priorities: Death or Finances ?

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WAV Comment:  We always thought that Trump had lost his marbles way before he was elected as the ‘President’ of the United States; but as money and the making of is his sole intention and concern; here we see that New York; with one of the largest Covid casebooks in the US, is now opening up its wet market doors because of Yom Kippur.

One really has to ask where the priorities of the US lay – trying to beat the Covid virus or simply as the article blow states:

“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; his Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi; and his Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, allow this mass ritual slaughter to take place, in spite of the health code violations and risks to public health, because NYC’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities represent a powerful voting bloc that can make or break elections in NYC and NY State”.

Now we know; to hell with the deaths and families affected; as per the Trump mentality; votes and money are the thing than mean more than anything else.

If the American public understand and believe this; then vote him in once again and put money before everything else.  We have exposed the links to Covid deaths and the meat industries in many posts; if you ignore the evidence and go with the money; then that is your choice.  We suggest that US citizens really taken this issue on board and start asking some hard, deep down questions about the New York policy – what is most important ? – deaths or votes.

The choice, voters of the USA, is down to you.

Link – New York Times 22/9/20:

At least 5 new coronavirus deaths and 575 new cases were reported in New York on Sept. 21. Over the past week, there have been an average of 790 cases per day, an increase of 5 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Tuesday morning, there have been at least 455,187 cases and 32,691 deaths in New York since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database.

And yet……

Link:   https://theirturn.net/2020/09/19/kaporos-wet-markets-yom-kippur/

Kaporos, Largest Live Animal Wet Market in the United States, Opens Ahead of Yom Kippur

In the days leading up to Yom Kippur, tens of thousands of Hasidim in Brooklyn will purchase and physically handle live chickens in a wet market setting. Wearing little to no PPE, they will swing the chickens around their heads as part of an annual atonement ritual called Kaporos. The chickens will be killed in approximately 30 makeshift slaughterhouses erected without permits on public streets in residential neighborhoods in violation of eight New York City health codes.

The body parts, blood and feces of thousands of animals will contaminate the streets of South Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park for several days.

Kaporos is, in effect, the largest live animal wet market in the country and the only one in which the customers handle the animals before the animals are killed. Many of the animals have compromised immune systems and show signs of respiratory disease. The chickens make each other sick, and they also infect some of the people who handle them with e. Coli and campylobacter. If the viruses that these animals carry commingle and mutate into a more dangerous strain that could be spread among humans, then these Kaporos wet markets could be the source of the another zoonotic disease outbreak. According to a toxicologist who studied fecal and blood samples taken during Kaporos, the ritual “constitutes a dangerous condition” and “poses a significant public health hazard.”

In addition to putting all of us at risk of another zoonotic disease pandemic, Kaporos, which attracts hordes of people in small areas, could be a COVID “super spreader” event because Hasidic communities have been observed not wearing masks or engaging in social distancing.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; his Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi; and his Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, allow this mass ritual slaughter to take place, in spite of the health code violations and risks to public health, because NYC’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities represent a powerful voting bloc that can make or break elections in NYC and NY State.

In fact, taxpayers help to underwrite the cost because the NYPD provides barricades, floodlights and a large police presence at many of the Kaporos sites. Given the risks and the disruption and death we have already endured already with pandemic, how can the Mayor and his health deputies allow Kaporos to take place?

For the past several years, animal rights and public health advocates have pled with Mayor de Blasio and his revolving door of health commissioners (Dr. Mary Bassett, Dr. Oxiris Barbot and now Dr. Dave Chokshi) to shut down Kaporos, given the health code violations and the risks to the public health.

Both in court and in the media, city attorneys and spokespeople for the NYC Department of Health have defended Kaporos and argued that the City has discretion over which laws to enforce. Throughout the month of September, the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos plastered 300 posters around New York City to sound the alarm about Kaporos.

Regards Mark


We call things by their name

A good vocabulary is like a hand grenade thrown in the right place”.

We call things by their name
We do not choose a vocabulary that suits the system stabilization.
We are there for the animals, to end their slavery

There are many ways to end this slavery, one of which is direct animal liberation.

We use the right language to describe the actions, we do not take over that of the system, i.e. the perpetrators who trie to disguise the injustice and make it invisible.

We call things by their name, at least we don’t let the language take away from us.

Language is our main weapon.

Have a good night, Venus

 

England: Ch, Ch, Changes.

WAV Comment – Below you will find an article written just a few days ago by David Attenborough.

We have a saying that goes – you can please some of the people some of the time, but you cant please all of the people all of the time.

We don’t all agree 100% with the thousands of comments made by everyone about everything; there has to be and you have to accept a certain amount of flexibility with regard what some say and their own personal views.  We did not make the programme which was shown by David Attenborough recently:  https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/17/england-extinction-watch-the-full-video-here-a-must-watch/  and if we were the producers of it then we would not have definitely included some of the comments made by some scientists.  But on the campaign front you have to look at the whole programme and the positives or negatives it portrayed – and in our opinion; there were more positives than negatives.

Sure; as Vegans we would have not shown a scientist who supported ‘moderation’ in the consumption of meat and dairy – but then we also know that there are some who will always eat meat and drink dairy regardless of what they are given as evidence to the contrary.  The entire world will not stop eating meat and drinking dairy because we want it; and so in that context; by asking those continuing meat eaters to reduce and moderate their meat consumption could be viewed as an approach to further inform and educate.  Education of the damage being done to the environment and the worlds animals are the most important factors; and if the programme educates (the uninformed ?) about the damage being done by meat production and dairy production around the world; then we support the education rather than an attack on just one scientist in a programme because he talks of ‘moderation’.

Sadly, animals will probably always be farmed to some degree for meat and dairy.  That is a simple fact.  Through education we hope; as per our approach with this site; we can show the facts of the meat / dairy industries and educate people to turn away from them.  I personally write from England; and can honestly say that over the last year or two, there has been a massive if not astronomical change in British people who wish to support going meat free and dairy free.  As a whole; people here in UK care about the environment, and especially animals and their welfare; so we have to continue to educate, inform and provide the evidence when necessary.  We would love to in the business of putting ourselves out of business; because then all ‘our’ issues and problems would be solved.  But it aint quite that easy.

People are massively / globally changing their attitudes to meat and dairy consumption because of what they are being shown and told – they are being educated about the damage to the environment farming animals for meat and for example, what happens to ‘by product’ male dairy calves which are of no use to the industry.

People now are saying ‘No’ to the animal abuses of the meat and dairy industries.  It is up to us and thousands of other campaigners to continue to provide the facts and show the footage that we as campaigners don’t want to see.  We abhor the footage of the fur farms and the fur industry; but hey; look at the humungous changes which are happening there – cruelty is gradually not being accepted – people power wins.

But we have to fight on and be the animals voice – that’s why we are winning in so many ways !

Regards Mark

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By SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Published 19 September 2020 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8750911/SIR-DAVID-ATTENBOROUGH-sets-mankind-pull-miracle-save-planet.html?ito=amp_twitter_share-top

Our planet is facing an unprecedented challenge. As I warned last week, we are living in the shadow of a disaster – and it is one of our own making. 

Just like the people who lived by the doomed nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, we are on the verge of destruction.

By regarding the Earth as our planet, run by humankind for humankind, we have already wrought untold damage. 

We are polluting our air, draining our rivers, warming the oceans and making them more acidic. We have depleted the ozone layer and brought about potentially disastrous climate change.

Humankind, in other words, has set a course for a devastating future, not just for the natural world but for itself. And if we continue, we will, like the people who once lived in the shadow of Chernobyl, risk sleepwalking into global catastrophe.

What faces us today is nothing less than the collapse of the living world. Yet there is still time to change course, to find a better way of living. 

We can, and must, begin to put things right. And at the heart of this global effort must lie respect for biodiversity – the very thing we are destroying.

It is no accident that the stability of our planet’s climate is wavering at the very moment the extraordinary richness of life on our fragile planet is in sharp decline. The two things are bound together.

Restoring biodiversity on Earth is the only way out of the crisis we have created. And that, in turn, means ‘rewilding’ the world, re-establishing the balance between the human world and the rest of nature, step by step, as I set out below. 

I don’t pretend it will be easy, yet this blueprint for survival is not merely possible but essential if we are to have any hope of saving our civilisation.

Prioritise people and the planet over profit

What has brought us to this moment of desperation? I believe it is our hunger for perpetual economic growth. 

This one goal has dominated social, economic and political institutions for the past 70 years. And the result is that we are enslaved to crude measurements of our gross domestic product (GDP).

Yet the price paid by the living world is not accounted for.

There are those who hope for a future in which humankind focuses upon a new, sustainable measure of success. 

The Happy Planet Index, created by the New Economics Foundation, attempts to do just that, combining a nation’s ecological footprint with elements of human wellbeing, such as life expectancy, average levels of happiness and a measure of equality.

In 2019, New Zealand made the bold step of formally dropping GDP as its primary measure of economic success and created its own index based upon its most pressing national concerns.

In this single act, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shifted the priorities of her whole country away from pure growth and towards something that better reflects the aspirations many of us have.

Ditch oil and embrace renewable energy

In 2019, fossil fuels provided 85 per cent of our global energy, but the carbon they release into the atmosphere warms the Earth and increases the acidity of the oceans, with disastrous consequences.

Now we need to make the transition to renewable energy at lightning speed.

A carbon tax penalising all emitters would radically speed up the process. The Swedish government introduced such a tax in the 1990s and it worked. 

As the new, clean, carbon-free world comes online, people everywhere will start to feel the benefits. Life will be less noisy. Our air and water will be cleaner, with fewer premature deaths from poor air quality.

At least three nations – Iceland, Albania and Paraguay – already generate all their electricity without fossil fuels. A further eight use coal, oil and gas for less than ten per cent of their electricity. Of these nations, five are African and three are in Latin America.

Profound change can happen in a short period of time. This is starting to happen with fossil fuels.

We may yet pull off a miracle and move to a clean energy world by the middle of this century.

Rewild the Oceans with huge no-fishing zones

The ocean covers two-thirds of the surface of the planet, which means there is a special role for it in our revolution to rewild the world.

By helping the marine world to recover, we can simultaneously capture carbon, raise biodiversity and supply more food.

It starts with the industry that is causing most damage to the ocean – fishing. Ninety per cent of fish populations are either over-fished or fished to capacity.

But this can be fixed with a global effort to create a network of no-fishing zones throughout coastal waters where fish can grow older and produce more offspring. They then repopulate neighbouring waters.

We need no-fishing zones to encompass at least a third of our ocean to enable fish stocks to recover.

International waters – the high seas – are owned by no one, so all states are free to fish as much as they wish. The worst-offending nations pay billions of dollars in subsidies to keep their fleets fishing, even when there are too few fish left for it to be profitable. 

But if all international waters were designated a no-fishing zone, we would transform the open ocean from a place exhausted by our relentless pursuit to a flourishing wilderness that would seed our coastal waters with more fish and help us all in our efforts to capture carbon.

The high seas would become the world’s greatest wildlife reserve.

Commercial fish farming, which often pollutes the seas, must be made moresustainable.

More radically, we can reforest the ocean. Kelp is the fastest-growing seaweed, forming vast submerged forests that boast remarkable levels of biodiversity. But even this wonder plant needs healthy seas. The forests are prone to attacks from sea urchins and, where we have eliminated animals such as sea otters that eat the urchins, entire kelp forests have been devoured.

Learn to get more food from less land

The conversion of wild habitat to farmland has been the single greatest direct cause of biodiversity loss during our time on Earth.

In 1700, we farmed about one billion hectares. Today, our farms cover just under five billion hectares, more than half of all the habitable land on the planet. +

If we are to farm less land, we must eat much less meat, especially red meat, and especially beef, which, when including the grain fed to cows, consumes 60 per cent of our farmland

To gain those extra four billion hectares, we have torn down seasonal forests, rainforests, woodland and scrub, drained wetlands and fenced in grasslands, destroying biodiversity and releasing carbon stored in their plants and soils. Removing the wild has cost us dearly.

How can we cease the expansion of industrial farmland while feeding our growing populations?

In short, can we get more food from less land – as we must do?

There are some inspiring farmers in the Netherlands who have turned away from fertilisers, machinery, pesticides and herbicides and erected wind turbines.

They have dug geothermal wells to heat their greenhouses with renewable energy, collected rainwater from their own greenhouse roofs and planted their crops not in soil but in gutters filled with nutrient-rich water to minimise input and loss. They use home-grown bee colonies to pollinate crops. These innovative farms are now among the highest-yielding and lowest-impact food producers on Earth.

For smaller-scale and subsistence farmers, there is an inexpensive low-tech approach: regenerative farming. Herbicide and pesticide use are reduced, crops are rotated to rest soils, and organic matter rich in carbon is brought back into the topsoil, storing carbon.

But these improvements will only get us so far. If we are to farm less land, we must eat much less meat, especially red meat, and especially beef, which, when including the grain fed to cows, consumes 60 per cent of our farmland. 

Instead, we must change to a diet that is largely plant-based, which will reduce the space we need for farming and reduce greenhouse gases.

Estimates suggest that by changing our habits, humankind could feed itself on just half of the land that we currently farm.

Save our forests and rewild the Land

Much of the developed world cut down its forests long ago, putting most of the current deforestation pressure on the poorer parts of the world, especially in the tropics. 

There the rich tree cover is still being destroyed to provide the beef, palm oil and hardwood that wealthier nations consume.

And it is the deepest, darkest and wildest forests of all – the tropical rainforests – that are disappearing. If this continues, the loss of carbon to the air, and species to the history books, would be catastrophic for the whole world. We must halt all deforestation now.

By directing our trade and investment, we can support those nations to reap the benefits of these resources without losing them.

We must find ways to make wilderness valuable to those who own and live in it, without reducing its biodiversity or its ability to capture carbon.

Reduce family size and slow population growth

When I was born, there were fewer than two billion people on the planet. Today there are almost four times that number.

When I was born, there were fewer than two billion people on the planet. Today there are almost four times that number

The world’s population is continuing to grow, albeit at a slower pace than at any time since 1950.

At current UN projections, there will be between 9.4 and 12.7 billion people by 2100. Largely due to the demand from wealthy countries, our consumption is exceeding the Earth’s capacity to regenerate its resources. 

We want everyone on Earth to have a fair share, and that means we need to both lower consumption and find ways to stabilise our population growth.

The fairest way to stabilise the global population is to help poorer nations to develop. When this happens, diet and healthcare improve, child mortality decreases and families have fewer children.

It is also true that wherever women have the vote, wherever girls stay in school for longer and wherever women are free to follow their aspirations, the birth rate falls.

Raising people out of poverty and empowering women is the fairest way to bring this period of rapid population growth to an end.

Live sustainably to revive the natural world

Before farming began, a few million humans across the globe were living as hunter-gatherers, working in balance with the natural world. With the advent of farming, our relationship with nature changed.

We came to regard the wild world as something to tame, to subdue and use. We moved from being a part of nature to being apart from nature.

All these years later, we need to reverse that transition.

But there are now billions of us. We can’t possibly return to our hunter-gatherer ways. Nor would we want to. But there is plenty that we can and must do.

We must halt and reverse the conversion of wild spaces to farmland, plantations and other developments. We must end our overuse of fertilisers. We must reduce our use of freshwater. We must immediately halt and preferably start to reverse climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

If we do all those things, biodiversity loss will begin to slow to a halt, and then start itself to reverse.

Our greatest opportunity is now

We humans have come as far as we have because we are the cleverest creatures to have ever lived on Earth.

But if we are to continue to exist, we will require more than intelligence. We will require wisdom.

Homo sapiens, the wise human being, must now learn from its mistakes and live up to its name. We who are alive today have the formidable task of making sure that our species does so. We must not give up hope.

We can yet make amends, change direction and once again become a species in harmony with nature. All we require is the will.

The next few decades represent a final chance to build a stable home for ourselves and restore the rich, healthy and wonderful world that we inherited from our distant ancestors. Our future on the planet is at stake.

© David Attenborough, 2020

England: World’s top banks must stop funding factory farming to prevent future pandemics, say campaigners.

Money Really Does Lead to a More Satisfying Life - The New York Times

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/factory-farming-funding-coronavirus-banks-climate-crisis-livestock-b507214.html

World’s top banks must stop funding factory farming to prevent future pandemics, say campaigners

Jane Goodall and nearly 100 other experts call on IMF and other financial giants to halt lending hundreds of billions of pounds to industrial agriculture businesses

Nearly 100 environmentalists, including the (UK) prime minister’s father, are calling on banks and the International Monetary Fund to stop investing in factory farming to cut the risk of future pandemics.

In a letter to 22 leading financial institutions worldwide, the signatories, who include Jane Goodall, warn that industrial livestock production increases the potential for further disease outbreaks, and contributes to dangerous antibiotic resistance.

The Day | Industrial farming — 'worst crime in history'

Industrial farming also undermines food security, and contributes to climate changebiodiversity loss, including the loss of pollinators, deforestation and water pollution, the letter says.

It was sent to banking giants including JP Morgan Chase, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and NatWest, as well as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

The 94 signatories also include television cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University London, actor Joanna Lumley and environmentalist Stanley Johnson.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases.   

Eco activists have long argued that global financiers should not bankroll livestock corporations that risk environmental damage.

In the past five years, meat and dairy companies worldwide received at least $478bn (£370bn) in backing from more than 2,500 investment firms, banks, and pension funds, according to a report this year by Feedback, a UK group lobbying for changes to the food system.

High street banks provide billions in loans to the firms behind US chlorinated chicken, it said.  

And over the past decade, the World Bank’s private investment arm has channelled more than $1.8bn into major livestock and factory farming operations around the world, according to research by Mongabay and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Sue Kedgley: Keep our cows out of factory farms - NZ Herald

Urging them to end their support for or funding of industrial livestock systems, the new letter says: “As the world seeks to ‘build back better’ after Covid-19, it is widely recognised that we need to rethink our relationship with the natural world and to treat it, and the creatures within it, with more respect. This will involve reshaping the way in which we feed ourselves.”

The document highlights studies showing that the crowded, stressful conditions of industrial livestock production “contribute to the emergence, spread and amplification of pathogens, some of which are zoonotic”

Sean Gifford, of Compassion in World Farming, which coordinated the letter, said: “It’s vital that global financial institutions stop funding industrial livestock production and instead support regenerative forms of agriculture that are not only better for human health but also kinder to animals and the planet.

“We are at a turning point in history and we need major financial institutions and intergovernmental organisations to act now. The need has never been more pressing.”

A spokeswoman for UK Finance, which represents banks and the finance industry, said: “The banking and finance industry can play a central role in delivering a post-Covid economic recovery that is aligned not only to the government’s net-zero target but also to be approached in a fair, just and inclusive way. 

“Banking and finance firms already play an important part in supporting local networks comprising of corporates, SMEs, local authorities, universities and other sources of expertise including agriculture. Lenders take their agricultural policies very seriously and regularly assess clients on their commitment to sustainable business practices.”

Germany’s factory farming: animal suffering as the rule

Report from the “German Animal Welfare Office”:

The second undercover research reveals how pigs are again tortured for Tönnies!

We recently published scandalous video material from a Tönnies supplier in North Rhine-Westphalia and reported the conditions there.

The public prosecutor’s office then took up the investigation and Tönnies, the group that slaughters around 20 million pigs annually and thus makes over six billion euros in sales, was forced to react.

Now we have again proof of the terrible way pigs suffer and die for the Tönnies Group.

We now have terrifying images from the largest pig fattening in Lower Saxony. The video recordings show how densely packed animals have to stand in their own droppings.

Many of the animals show some very serious injuries that did not occur overnight.
Untreated, bloody injuries, huge tumors, and abscesses can be seen. Most of the animals can only hobble.

Dead pigs can also be seen among the live ones. A statutory sickbay cannot be seen on the recordings.

Obviously, the farm operator is not fulfilling his duty of care and simply making the pigs suffer.

Particularly frightening: During the two documented nights, the drinking water was consciously turned off by the operator.

A method popular with pig fatteners, but prohibited by law, so that the animals can consume a high-calorie mash more quickly the next morning.

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/21/germanys-factory-farming-animal-suffering-as-the-rule/

 

And I mean…the meat industry is well subsidized and abundantly.

It starts with the financing of the infrastructure, goes through the subsidies for new industrial buildings/power plants, and ends with the subsidization of ongoing operations (write-offs to reduce taxes, for example for expensive vehicles).

The system is perverse from start to finish. Nothing is right here anymore.

Why doesn’t the state force criminal breeders to pay for their environmental destruction themselves? so why do we have to do it?
Because corruption is the basis of representative democracy in Germany.

According to the German Animal Welfare Act, anyone who tortures an animal or kills it for no good reason can be punished with up to three years in prison.

But this penalty is practically never imposed for animal welfare violations in factory farming.
Often times there is not even a charge.

That is also part of the corruption story.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Crimes of humanity

In the photo, you can see Patrick from Virunga National Park.
Until his murder, he was one of the rangers looking after the mountain gorillas.

Next to him sits a gorilla who lost his mother to hunters.

Due to the constant threat from armed groups, the Virunga National Park Rangers even have to complete military-like training.
But there is another danger, oil.

The gorillas sit on oil and the French oil giant TOTAL is producing shit-oil in their area.

There is a lot of oil at stake, namely deals worth billions of dollars and the gorillas in the middle, because Virunga is not spared either. Uganda has given the oil companies in Virunga the green light.

The first oil exploration licenses have been signed by European oil companies.

Despite global protests, Uganda signed an agreement with the French oil company Total on the 1,443-kilometer East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in September 2020.

Three journalists and six environmental activists were arrested for criticizing the project.

Oil giant TOTAL is planning the world’s largest heated oil pipeline through Uganda and Tanzania and will destroy some of the world’s most important reserves that protect countless elephants, lions, and chimpanzees and displace tens of thousands of families.

Another environmental crime.
Caused by highly criminal elites.

But governments and the media keep us busy with the horror corona statistics so that the process of making stupid can be accelerated, and we get afraid of losing a life that will soon be impossible to living.

Regards and a good night from Venus

 

Germany: Pigs mutilate as military training

The following scenario is so cruel that it is probably beyond your imagination: Against your will, you are fixed on an operating table, as if for an operation.

But in truth, they have to serve as an exercise object. Surgeons stab them to cause severe, bleeding wounds and poke their stomachs.

Then they kill them. – A horror movie? Unfortunately not.

This unimaginable fate is still a cruel reality for pigs in the german military today.

In so-called live tissue training, also known as trauma training, the german military uses live pigs to replace people with war injuries. Even though there are already animal-free methods such as simulation models that depict human anatomy in a lifelike manner.

Mutilating pigs is of no use.

Each year, the German military mutilates live pigs in gruesome and deadly trauma training exercises for surgeons, even though studies confirm the superiority of human-patient simulators and regulators have blocked attempts by the U.S. Army and contractors to conduct this self-described live tissue training (LTT) in Germany.

During LTT, the German armed forces use pigs as stand-ins for troops wounded in combat, and military medical personnel practice surgeries on the live, bleeding animals.

Not only is this inhumane, but these animals also have drastically different anatomy and physiology from that of humans, which makes maiming pigs irrelevant to human battlefield medicine.

Globally, LTT is the exception, not the rule.

In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard, following a PETA eyewitness investigation and extensive discussions with us, ended what the agency’s leader at the time called “abhorrent” trauma training on animals in favor of advanced human-simulation technology.
A landmark study published by PETA and military medical experts in the journal Military Medicine also found that nearly three-quarters of NATO member states don’t use animals in their military medical pieces of training.

As part of a campaign against the abuse of animals in trauma training courses in NATO countries, PETA USA approached the German Armed Forces in 2010.
At that time, our partner organization was informed that the military worked with modern models, not with animals.

But a 2016 publication showed that animals are still being abused.

Please TAKE ACTION below to help end these barbaric trauma training drills on animals by sending a letter to the German minister of defense and urging that country’s military to switch to more modern and effective non-animal methods.
Since there are animal-free methods, animals may no longer be used in trauma training!

 

Petition: https://support.peta.org/page/20112/action/1

 

And I mean…A soldier has to practice something for the next war against Libya, right?

If LTT is the exception and not the rule for many NATO countries, that does not apply to Germany.
We here have long practiced the exceptions as rules.

A Chinese proverb says: “Good irons are not made into nails,
good people don’t become soldiers”.

And I say that training to become a soldier is the high school for professional murderers. Mothers and fathers should know what they are doing when they let their son become a soldier.
They train him to be a criminal.

And by that, I don’t just mean this particular LTT crime against animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

India: September Rescues from ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ (AAU).

Dear Mark,

Healing is often quicker at home than in the hospital, even when home is in the street. When animals with minor conditions are treated in their own neighborhoods, they usually feel much more calmthan if they are in a new place with strangers. People witness our Street Treatment team and participatemore in their care, and we avoid exposing animals to viruses. In the video below, we show you one of the 40 cases we treat on the street each day. We’re deeply grateful for your help. We couldn’t do it without you.

Healing little Jeelu’s massive wound.

Jeeluwas hiding as many animals do when they are suffering acute pain. Normally cheerful and always charming, this young teenage puppy must have had her skin snagged by a passing vehicle and the wound was so wide that stitching it closed was not an option. She needed several weeks of daily wound care, antibiotics and painkillers, flushing, re-bandaging and rest in order to stabilize.

The final stage of healing could take place outside the hospital.With a kind and caring family in her home neighborhood, we knew it would be safer to return her where human and animal friends would welcome her, and avert the danger of exposure to the viruses other hospital patients can carry.

Checking up on her every week, we watched Jeelu flourish, and you can too.

For small animals with big wounds: Please donate.

Tender-hearted Samson’s neck was wounded ear-to-ear.

Lacerated and infected with bacteria and maggots, themassive wound encircled this little donkey like a hideous necklace of pain. This injury was caused by the friction of a rope bound far too tight. At first the gentle victim was terrified of being touched, but as days turned to weeks in his beautiful healing process, this sweet little guy gained trust.

We’ve named him Samson, after the famous story of Samson’s great strength to right wrongs. Someday with your help animal cruelty will stop.

For all the meek and mild, let your love give strength. Please donate.

What a pleasure to know a story like this!

 

Joao, the world’s oldest chimpanzee, group 2’s elder, and former alpha and still going strong.

Born between 1943 – 1948, starting his journey in Mozambique as a circus act, only to be given to a local zoo in Maputo with his companion when they were still young. Sadly, Joao’s companion passed away 😔

Soon after war broke out and subsequently Joao ended up living in isolation for many years.

Kind locals fed Joao before he eventually arrived at the sanctuary in 2006 🌳

Joao is a kind, wise old man and has lived one heck of a life. Now between 72 – 77 years old, Joao lives the rest of his days in peace with a loving family.

Great Ape Project

Have a good night, Venus

 

Swiss: Poaching of gamekeepers in Valais!

The Valais is a canton in the southwest of Switzerland.
In terms of area, the Valais is the third largest canton in Switzerland and lies entirely within the Alps.

There are practically no lynxes in the south of Valais. Although the living conditions are ideal, last year not a single animal fell into one of the more than 130 photo traps set up by the Kora Foundation.

The suspicion: poachers kill the protected animals as soon as they enter the mountain canton. Five years ago, researchers at the University of Bern discovered a total of 17 snare traps that had been set up on the border with Vaud.

Three Valais rangers are accused of illegally hunting lynxes and wolves.

This puts the cantonal authorities in a dubious light shortly before the vote on the new hunting law in Switzerland.

Even then, the researchers were wondering whether the Valais authorities are adequately combating poaching – or whether the canton is even holding its protective hand over the poachers.

This now seems to be confirmed: BLICK Magazin has spoken to several witnesses who report exactly that.
According to their report, the problem is far more serious.

They claim: several game rangers – state employeeshave illegally hunted lynxes and wolves themselves!

A total of five people were willing to give BLICK Magazin information personally. They accuse an active and two former Wallis rangers of poaching.

In particular, game warden Pierre D. *, who is still on duty, is not a blank slate.

Several criminal proceedings are currently ongoing against the Valaisan. He is accused of having two eagles imprisoned at his home and illegally shooting a deer in a no-hunting area while on a trophy hunt.

Now the air is getting even thinner for Pierre D.
BLICK has a photo in which he is holding a dead lynx in his hands – and grinning broadly into the camera.

The authorities assume that the lynx got caught in a fence in an attack on sheep and was killed in the process. The gamekeeper does not seem to be saddened by the animal’s death.

“A good lynx is a dead lynx” – this motto is said to have prevailed for a long time in the cantonal office for hunting, fishing, and wild animals.

Game rangers are usually responsible for protecting wild animals.

They count the stocks and shoot sick and injured animals. Also protected, but only after an official decision of the canton in accordance with the Hunting Act Ordinance.

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/19/swiss-poaching-gamekeepers-in-valais/

 

And I mean…Switzerland also has to learn: it is not enough to have one of the best animal protection laws in the world.

You have to control its executors.
Now the hunting mafia accused the eyewitnesses !!!

We live in a world where it is considered a greater crime to reveal crimes against animals than to commit them.
Which explains, why hunters mostly go unpunished in their long, criminal lives, and the animal rights activists or simple animal lovers get a criminal complaint as soon as they get in hunter`s way.

If this is confirmed, the authority must be dissolved, the hunting licenses including weapons withdrawn, and the whole thing rebuilt.

It’s like the customs authorities are building a drug ring themselves.

It is best to use gamekeepers only outside the canton for a few years or to refrain from hunting completely because the large carnivores would not attack any herds if humans did not hunt their food and it was in abundance …

If we abolish the hobby hunt, we would have no problems with wolf and lynx in Switzerland and all over the world.

Therefore on September 27th: Switzerland says NO to the new shooting law!

My best regards to all, Venus

«Ein guter Luchs ist ein toter Luchs» – Diese Devise soll lange Zeit in der kantonalen Dienststelle für Jagd, Fischerei und Wildtiere geherrscht haben. 

EU: Telling Us the Bloody Obvious – European pig sector suffering from animal welfare and environmental problems, says research by European Parliament.

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WAV Comment:  As if we did not know ! – we have been shouting about this, and providing evidence for years !

Check out all our pig issues at  https://worldanimalsvoice.com/?s=pig

European pig sector suffering from animal welfare and environmental problems, says research by European Parliament

15 September 2020

The European Parliamentary Research Services recently published a comprehensive briefing on the EU pig meat sector that is meant to inform MEPs and their assistants. Animal welfare and environmental degradation feature prominently among the issues to be urgently addressed.

Pig meat production accounts for half of the total meat production of the European Union, which is also the main global exporter of pig meat products. Exports and pig meat prices increased substantially in 2019-20 due to the epidemic of African Swine Fever in Asia, which has decimated the local pig population. 

But it’s not all about the economy, and it’s definitely not all roses. In a new report, the European Parliamentary Research Service importantly stresses that “the vast majority of pigs in the EU are bred, kept and slaughtered for meat within an intensive system that gives rise to numerous issues linked in particular to animal welfare and pollution.” And we are talking about 150 million animals. 

The report goes into detail on the generalised lack of compliance with the Pigs Directive explaining that “Despite EU regulations prohibiting routine mutilation, most piglets in the main pig producing Member States are routinely subjected to harmful practices.”  We were pleased to see that the important activities of the Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and our campaign End Pig Pain, which collected more than 1 million signatures asking for better lives for pigs, are mentioned in the report.

Another major issue is the environmental impact of pig farming, which is responsible, according to the research services of the European Parliament, for significant water and air pollution, as well as “odour and noise, the spreading of heavy metals, pesticides, toxic substances and pathogens (including antibiotic resistant pathogens), water pollution by residues of pharmaceuticals, excessive use of groundwater”. 

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/news/european-pig-sector-suffering-animal-welfare-and-environmental-problems-says-research-european

Regulation of the hunter population

 

“I had to act.
He had lost the fear of the wolf”

 

Have a good night, Venus

 

China and cosmetics: less animal testing in sight

In 2012, PETA was able to show that some previously animal-free companies had started to market their products in China and to have the animal tests required by the Chinese authorities carried out approvingly.

For such experiments, hundreds of thousands of animals are tortured every year in cruel, fatal poisoning tests in which substances are forcibly administered to them, chemicals are applied to their skin, or chemicals are dripped into their eyes.

The latest developments in China in animal testing for cosmetic products give hope for great animal-friendly improvements.

The Chinese government is now taking new steps and easing its requirements for cosmetic tests on animals.

In detail, it looks as if China will soon no longer require animal testing for imported cosmetics in the “Non-Special Use” category (e.g. shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, make-up) so that these products can be marketed in China.

In January of this year, a long-awaited new draft of the so-called Cosmetic Supervision and Regulation (CSAR), China’s outdated cosmetics regulation, was drawn up.

The final publication for implementation was delayed due to COVID-19, but the final draft has now been published and is currently being analyzed.

If it is passed, it would be possible in the future to market many imported cosmetic products in China that have not been tested on animals.

That would be a huge step forward and save countless animals from cruel experiments!

Unfortunately, however, it does not mean that animal testing is no longer carried out in China at all.

Companies that manufacture products in the “Special-Use” category must continue to have animal tests carried out for marketing in China, which means that animal tests are still required for these products – regardless of where the products were made.

This category includes special cosmetic products such as hair dyes, perm products, whitening products, sunscreens, or hair loss agents.

The passing of the CSAR would be a very important milestone, but the suffering of the animals would not end there and countless animals would still need our help.

 

https://www.peta.de/china-kosmetik-tierversuche-neue-regelung

 

And I mean… Companies that want to export cosmetics to China have to accept animal testing.

Without registration with the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration), customs clearance is not possible – and therefore no market entry.

This regulation is now to be relaxed.
In addition, the Chinese government has approved two new cruelty-free testing methods

We are really happy.

Of course, there is still no ban on testing cosmetic products on animals, but at least and with the new regulation, companies can now officially decide freely whether to use methods that do not involve animal suffering

The animal rights organization Cruelty-Free International (CFI) sees this as a very important step.
It remains to be seen whether China will abandon animal testing for cosmetics altogether.

That would eventually increase China’s sales, because the many cosmetics companies that don’t want to sell their products there, for this reason, would do it again.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

What a message!!!

We can’t quite believe it yet!!
Poland’s parliament has voted for a new animal welfare law that also provides for the end of the fur industry.

Rabbits are an exception. For them, the agony continues.
The owners of the fur farms have one year to close their farms.

If Poland, as the third-largest fur producer in the world, actually excludes from this torture, then it will be a gigantic success.

If Poland falls after number 4, the Netherlands, then we will also be able to free Europe from the chains of the fur industry.

This is thanks to the many great animal rights activists in Poland.

Many thanks to all people and organizations for their joint actions! Thank you for your own initiatives that you are taking so actively!

Thank you for your many years of campaigns for animal rights!

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt

 

We post some photos of the action, protests with local residents against mink farming.
Much of it has come together in 10 years …

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt

Thank you Otwarte Klatki
Thank you BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt
Thank you, Viva, and all the others.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction for animal welfare.

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction

18 September 2020

Otwarte Klatki

During an historic meeting for the legal protection of animals, the lower house of the Polish Parliament discussed the “Five for animals” bill which proposes key changes to the animal protection law. 77% of MPs voted in favour of an amendment which includes a ban on breeding animals for fur.

The Five for Animals bill proposed measures that include, among other things:

  • A ban on fur farming
  • The strengthening of controls on the living conditions of animals
  • A ban on the use of animals for entertainment (e.g. in circuses)
  • A ban on keeping animals permanently chained
  • The definition of minimum pen dimensions 
  • A restriction on the possibility of ritual slaughter

Otwarte Klatki started the fur ban campaign (called “Cena Futra” – price of fur) 9 years ago. Since then, they have exposed the reality of the Polish fur industry with crucial investigations. Their last investigation exposed the suffering of minks in what is probably the biggest mink farm in the world, bringing fur farming back on the political agenda. 

Just two hours after the footage went public the Polish ruling party announced the “Five for Animals” bill during a press conference. The initiative received crossparty support resulting in a majority of MPs (77%) voting in favour. Now the bill has to be voted by the Senate (the upper house of the Polish Parliament) and signed by the president. 

Read the full story on Anima International

England: Animal Aid Require Your Help For Game Birds.

pheasants in a breeding cage

Dear Mark

Earlier this year, our undercover investigators visited a game bird farm in Suffolk, and found row upon row of pheasants and partridges, confined to cages, desperately trying to escape. The sight of dead birds littered the ground nearby. 

We filmed partridges, imprisoned in barren metal boxes, without any enrichment. The stress and anxiety that these birds must experience is unimaginable – and their trauma is visible by the way that they repeatedly fly up into their cage roofs, in a futile attempt to free themselves.

We have all experienced the heat of this summer, but it is horrific to think of being in a barren metal box in soaring temperatures, with no means of escape.

Our cameras also captured scenes of cramped cages, containing several female pheasants and one male. The females had ‘shrouds’ over their beaks – used by game bird farmers to stop the birds from attacking each other – but if anything these cruel contraptions make the birds more anxious. Many of the pheasants had painful looking bare skin from the loss of their feathers.

We are campaigning at political and public levels to ban these cages as part of our overall campaign to see an end to the killing of animals for so-called sport.

The pheasant shooting season is about to commence on 1 October – so please lend your support to our campaign by doing these two quick actions:

  1. Sign our petition
  2. Write to your MP calling for an end to the cages

Thank you,

Fiona
Campaign Manager

Czechia: end of wild animal abuse in circuses!

++ SUCCESS +++

The Chamber of Deputies in the Czech Parliament votes for a ban on dressage and a ban on the appearance of wild animals in circuses.
The house has just passed the end of wild animal abuse in circuses!

The ban has yet to be voted on in the House of Representatives and signed by the President, but the hardest part has already been done.

We congratulate the animal rights organization Svoboda zvířat on this success, which PETA is promoting as part of the Year of Change 2019/20. their project dealt explicitly with the ban on wild animals. ❤

 PETA Germany

And I mean…Yes, such news brings joy to our everyday life.

In the meantime, 26 EU countries have already banned or at least restricted the keeping of wild animals in traveling circuses.

We in Germany are still begging for a wild animal-free circus. Without success!

You can’t say we didn’t care, no! On the contrary – for many, many years now, numerous animal welfare organizations, private individuals, and political parties in Germany have been campaigning for such a ban to be passed here in Germany too.

But despite the long struggle, the demos, petitions … Germany obviously finds cruelty to animals in the circus as a sign of civilization.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU Market access for Taiwanese duck eggs spells disaster for animal welfare.

Market access for Taiwanese duck eggs spells disaster for animal welfare

14 September 2020

Photo – ‘We Animals’, Taiwan.

In December 2018, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration asked the European Commission to be allowed to export Taiwanese processed egg products, including duck egg products, to the EU. The application is still pending, but with the sector witnessing a move towards battery cages, Taiwanese NGOs are campaigning to raise awareness on what would be a serious step back, not only for animal welfare but also for public health.

The situation emphasises the urgent need for more stringent market access provisions in the EU, not only to prevent EU progress on animal welfare being undermined by imported products, but also to better promote higher animal welfare in third countries.

Under existing legislation, the EU does not impose any animal welfare criteria to imported eggs and egg products. While the EU has banned the use of battery cages for laying hens for more than a decade, this method of production can still be used by producers exporting to the European market, and by EU producers of other kinds of eggs. 

The case of Taiwan’s duck eggs is interesting as this is an industry that used to rely almost entirely on cage-free systems. Unfortunately, the sector has not been spared by the trend of intensification and an increasing number of water-loving ducks in Taiwan – around 20% of the 2.16 million laying ducks – are now kept in tiny barren cages, away from the water which is so essential to maintain their health, regulate their body temperature,  and keep their plumage in good conditions. 

Investigations in Taiwan have revealed ducks with wounded feet caused by the dry conditions and rusty wire floors, and animals exhibiting abnormal stereotypic behaviors resulting from life in a cage. According to the Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST), who launched a domestic campaign on this issue, the mortality rate of ducks kept in conventional cages is two to five times higher than that of ducks kept in cage-free systems equipped with water troughs and nesting boxes, illustrating the inadequacy of cage systems.

Such intensification has also an impact on public health. The recent COVID-19 pandemic, while having emerged from wildlife, has put the spotlight on zoonosis and on the risks related to intensive farming. Intensively farmed poultry are most notable for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the recurrence of which is due to interaction between animals with a compromised immune system and wild animals potentially carrying low pathogenic viruses.

Over the past decade, Taiwan has faced many occurrences of HPAI, and has previously been unable to timely report the outbreaks and to address them transparently. It is often argued by the poultry sector that avian influenza is mainly spread by wild birds. However, the viruses carried by wild birds are usually of low pathogenicity and it is only when these viruses reach overcrowded sheds that they can evolve into a more dangerous form of avian influenza (1). 

Humans can be contaminated by zoonotic influenza, whether they originate from birds or pigs. The previous pandemic, the H1N1 outbreak in Mexico, killed between 151,00 and 575,000 people worldwide, 80% of which were under 65 year old. It is thus important to favour systems that will be more resilient to such diseases, and the European Commission should consider this aspect when assessing Taiwan’s bid to export duck egg products into the EU. 

A record-breaking 1.5 million EU citizens have called for a ban on cages in the EU, demonstrating the strength of public opinion on this issue.

As the EU considers moves to strengthen domestic regulations, it should not repeat past mistakes by leaving the door open to low-welfare imports. Any ban on cages should thus become a requirement for those exporting to the EU, including Taiwanese duck egg producers. 

With the review of animal welfare legislation foreseen in the EU Farm-to-Fork strategy, the external dimension of our rules cannot remain overlooked. As the European Commission concluded itself, imposing EU standards to imported goods (as with the slaughter regulation) is the EU’s best tool to promote higher welfare abroad.

(1) Nickbakhsh, S. et al., 2016, Modelling the impact of co-circulating low pathogenic avian influenza viruses on epidemics of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry, Epidemics, 17:27-34

Activists protest against intensive fish farming conditions in Italy

17 September 2020

Essere Animali

On board of a motorised boat, activists from our Italian member Essere Animali reached a fish farm in the province of La Spezia, Italy. Arriving near the cages in the sea where hundreds of thousands of fish are confined, they unrolled a banner to protest against the poor living conditions of these animals, destined for the large-scale distribution market.

“Caged in the open sea – “FishToo need to be protected” reads the thirty square meter banner captured by the drone that the activists used for the shooting. The fish farm where the protest took place, is specialised in the breeding of sea bass and sea bream, and has about thirty cages located along the coast of the Ligurian province. The fish spend around 16 to 22 months for the fattening process in these cramped cages in the sea until they reach the commercial weight of 300 to 500g. 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fxwEqRVg3bg?autoplay=0&start=0&rel=0&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurogroupforanimals.org “Crammed into cages, tanks, or ponds, these animals live in conditions that do not allow them to express their natural behaviour. Their life is of deprivation, spent in unhealthy environments with very high densities where they are often fed with antibiotics to contain the inevitable spread of viruses and bacteria”, says Brenda Ferretti, Outreach Manager of Essere Animali. “Furthermore, compared to terrestrial animals, fish raised for food spend much more time on the farm, and at the time of the killing, they are victims of atrocious suffering. But fish are also sentient beings, capable of feeling fear and pain, and therefore worthy of being defended and protected”.

Essere Animali underlines the urgent need for a change in the critical conditions which fish are enduring in the aquaculture industry, the food sector with the highest growth rate in recent decades. According to the new FAO report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” (SOFIA), aquaculture production now represents 52% of fish destined for human consumption. This means that half of the fish that reaches consumers’ tables comes from fish farms, where the predominant production model is industrial and intensive.

“Although fish are the animals raised in the greatest number in the food industry, they are also the least protected by national and EU legislation. This, combined with harmful breeding practices, such as the absence of effective stunning procedures which could reduce their suffering at the time of slaughter, pushes up to stand up for the protection of these animals”, continues Brenda Ferretti.

In this problematic context, the role of large-scale distribution is decisive. In fact, according to the Italian Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market (ISMEA), about 80% of purchases of fresh fish and processed fish products in Italy take place in modern distribution outlets. With its purchasing power, large-scale distribution can encourage farming practices that are more respectful of the life of the fish raised in their fish supply chains, binding its suppliers to adhere to stricter production standards. As part of their campaign #AncheiPesci (“#FishToo”), Essere Animali is, therefore, collecting signatures for a petition calling for better welfare conditions for farmed fish.

“Crammed into cages, tanks, or ponds, these animals live in conditions that do not allow them to express their natural behaviour. Their life is of deprivation, spent in unhealthy environments with very high densities where they are often fed with antibiotics to contain the inevitable spread of viruses and bacteria”, says Brenda Ferretti, Outreach Manager of Essere Animali. “Furthermore, compared to terrestrial animals, fish raised for food spend much more time on the farm, and at the time of the killing, they are victims of atrocious suffering. But fish are also sentient beings, capable of feeling fear and pain, and therefore worthy of being defended and protected”.

Essere Animali underlines the urgent need for a change in the critical conditions which fish are enduring in the aquaculture industry, the food sector with the highest growth rate in recent decades. According to the new FAO report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” (SOFIA), aquaculture production now represents 52% of fish destined for human consumption. This means that half of the fish that reaches consumers’ tables comes from fish farms, where the predominant production model is industrial and intensive.

“Although fish are the animals raised in the greatest number in the food industry, they are also the least protected by national and EU legislation. This, combined with harmful breeding practices, such as the absence of effective stunning procedures which could reduce their suffering at the time of slaughter, pushes up to stand up for the protection of these animals”, continues Brenda Ferretti.

In this problematic context, the role of large-scale distribution is decisive. In fact, according to the Italian Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market (ISMEA), about 80% of purchases of fresh fish and processed fish products in Italy take place in modern distribution outlets. With its purchasing power, large-scale distribution can encourage farming practices that are more respectful of the life of the fish raised in their fish supply chains, binding its suppliers to adhere to stricter production standards. As part of their campaign #AncheiPesci (“#FishToo”), Essere Animali is, therefore, collecting signatures for a petition calling for better welfare conditions for farmed fish.

Read more at source

Essere Animali

England: When Is A Woman Not A Woman ? – If She Is ‘Animal Female’. She Has Babies and Produces Milk for Them; But Then Things Change !

See all the videos via this link:

I have campaigned for, and spoken in defence of, all the worlds animals exported live for over 30 years.  Part of my campaign ‘patch’ was at Dover in Kent, which is my personal home county.

Until recently; the Dover Member of Parliament (MP) was one named Charlie Eliphicke.  Over many years of campaigning against live exports (from Dover); protestors were constantly informed that ‘Charlie’ was against the trade and fully supported them.  Never once was he observed at the docks supporting the protests, or supporting written documentation (evidence) being presented to either the EU or ‘his’ Political Party, the Conservatives.

Yesterday, 15th September 2020, Charlie Elphicke was sentenced to 2 years in prison for ‘sexual assaults on women’.  The Judge at the case, one Mrs Justice Whipple; told Elphicke he was a “sexual predator who used his success and respectability as a cover”.

Here is the BBC link to the issue:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-54161766

It is not for me to stand here and put Charlie Elphicke down; I have better things to do; nor do I in the least support his alleged actions in any way – quite the opposite; but what (allegedly) happened is an issue that I don’t want to get involved with.  The abuse of females is wrong – simple as that; whatever guise it takes.

For me, personally and more importantly, is the fact that CE was sentenced to 2 years for the ‘assault on women’.  That to me this is disgusting enough, but with all that has happened here I consider the envelope should be pushed a little wider.

‘An assault on women’.

From of many searches today, I find that under ‘the system’, ‘A woman’ is identified as an adult female human.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman

Fine; no problems there, but then what about all the other ‘women’; females of this planet ?

mark 3
breast milk

There are ‘women bovines’; and they are called Cows once they have had offspring. A heifer is a female that has not yet had any young.  A cow is a mature female bovine that has had at least one calf.

There are women porcines’, Female pigs, called sows, give birth to offspring twice a year to a litter of around 12 young. The baby pigs are called piglets. Prior to having any young, the female pig is usually known as a ‘gilt’.  At birth, piglets weigh around 2.5 lbs. Wild pigs can give birth to six for 14 piglets at a time.

For ‘women’ sheep, or ‘Ovines’, an adult female is referred to as a ewe.  She gives birth to lambs.

For ‘women’ Hens, younger females are known as pullets, although in the egg-laying industry, a pullet becomes a hen when she begins to lay eggs.

The female / male list of animal types is endless.  If you’d like to find out the correct male and female names for these animals and many more, then check the list below

https://termcoord.eu/2018/02/male-and-female-animal-names/

‘Women’ animals are abused by respective industries that farm them continually.  Most humans; those of the non animal advocate kind; accept this as part of the system.  I ask the question; why can a male human abuse females and get sent to prison for 2 years; and yet tens of thousands / millions of ‘women’ animals suffer much greater abuses, and yet their perpetrators appear to get away with the abuses all the time because they are accepted by most in human society as being the ‘norm’.

Until society realises that ‘women’ animals are sentient beings; just like humans; and they love and cherish their offspring, if even allowed to for more than a few hours; then human society will make little progress.  The abusers will remain as the abusers and the women animals that suffer as a result will continue to suffer for all mankind.

2 years for fondling a human woman.

Continual Insemination of a ‘woman cow’ – Using the flexibility of your wrist, twist and bend the cervix until you feel the second ring slide over the gun tip. Push the plunger slowly so that drops of semen fall directly into the uterine body. When the insemination gun is more than 1” through the cervix, all the semen will be deposited in only one horn.  ACCEPTED.

Seems that some abuse is not accepted in the human world; you can go to jail; and yet daily animal abuse is accepted in the human world everywhere without question.  Why ?

Learn more about more ‘female mums’ – the stray dogs and cats of Serbia – from our other site; ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV):

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

Dubious deals again: EU Commission and European Chemicals Agency

The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently published two decisions on animal testing for cosmetics.

It stipulates that ingredients that are used exclusively for cosmetics may still be tested on animals under the REACH regulation. (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)

In fact, animal testing for cosmetic ingredients has been banned since the EU Cosmetics Regulation came into force in 2013 – and thus the current decisions represent an absolute misinterpretation of the law, as they enable manufacturers and regulatory authorities to effectively ignore the ban.

What does all this mean for animals and what can we do about it?

The following will happen to the animals:
As a direct result of the decisions, over 5,500 rats, rabbits, and fish are used in new experiments.
Some of them are given a cosmetic ingredient repeatedly during pregnancy.

The animals themselves and their offspring are then killed and dissected.

Maus Tierversuche

In addition, the decisions open the door to further animal testing, as hundreds of new cosmetic products come onto the market every year, the ingredients of which may then have to be tested on animals within the framework of REACH  – at the expense of tens of thousands of animals.

Nevertheless, ECHA, the EU Commission, and now also the ECHA Board of Appeal misinterpret the law and undermine the bans.

For the animals, this means further senseless suffering in animal experiments for cosmetics.

For more… at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/17/dubious-deals-again-eu-commission-and-european-chemicals-agency/

Petition: https://www.peta.de/keine-tierversuche-fuer-kosmetik-durch-die-hintertuer#anchor-Petition

 

And I mean…Animal experiments are so popular because you can use them to prove or disprove whatever you want.
Depending on the client, completely different results can emerge from the same question.

Even after the EU Commission officially banned animal testing for cosmetics in 2013, the pharmaceutical mafia tried to continue its evil business with animal testing.

With the argument: many ingredients from cosmetics are omitted in the sector of chemical substances that, according to the law, have to be tested on animals.

It is well known-and terrifying- that ECHA is animal test friendly, although it has the legal mandate to allow animal experiments ONLY as a last resort.

They did not act in this way in any area, on the contrary: they often demanded more animal experiments from the industry, did not accept data, and hindered the work of animal rights activists.

In addition: what consumers may not know ( because it is deliberately kept a secret) is that even cosmetics companies that manufacture their products in Europe without animal testing, as soon as they want to sell in China or Korea, have to test the same products on animals.
This is what the law of these countries prescribes.

But we are not powerless.
We have a lot of information today, and thanks to the Internet, we can quickly access important information and thus make the right decisions.

A boycott of animal experiments is currently only possible in the cosmetics sector, and we have to take advantage of that.


Therefore: Only support these companies that work without animal testing and manufacture their products with vegan ingredients.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Bat, the despised animal

There is one animal that works 6 months each year to protect you, your family, and your pets.

It does this every night for up to 15 years. During a night flight, it eats more than 1000 mosquitoes.

1000 mosquitos that can be dangerous for you, your family, and your dog.

1000 mosquitoes that can spread western Nile fever, the Usutu virus, skin worms, and heartworms in humans and animals.

More than 1000 mosquitoes every night for 6 months.

That translates to 180,000 mosquitos per year that can bite you or your pets and transmit diseases.

Because the bat lives 15 years, it destroys more than 2,700,000 mosquitos in its lifetime, and it’s only one bat !!!

If one counts a medium colony and 2x offspring per year, this number is over 12,555,000,000 destroyed mosquitoes, which results in a little over 12 tons.

All they ask is that we do not hate these useful animals, that we do not hunt them, that we do not destroy their habitat and their nesting opportunities, and where these are destroyed we give them the opportunity to nest again.

Rabies bats are rare, the chance of being infected with rabies by bats as a human being is less than winning the lottery.

People are not actively attacked by bats, but maybe bitten when they pick up injured animals and try to help them.

Wear thick gloves during rescue operations.

Many people do not like them, out of blind prejudice, even though they do much more for us than we do for them.

Live with nature, nature also lives for you.

Regards and good night, Venus

Heck with decor!

A small sample of the welcome the fishermen gave us a few days ago in Brittany.

As part of OPERATION DOLPHIN BYCATCH, we are currently on the move off the coast of Brittany to uncover dolphins being caught in fishing nets.

After we documented on August 30th how five dolphins were killed in one day in the nets of a single fishing boat, fishermen pursued, threatened, surrounded, pelted us, and tried everything possible to hinder our work.

But we don’t let ourselves be scared off, we don’t let ourselves be discouraged and we don’t let ourselves be intimidated … especially not by an ass demonstration!!

Every year 10,000 dolphins die off the French coast from fishing nets.

We’ll keep patrolling and uncovering these deaths until something changes.

The European Union has already asked France to ban fishing methods that are responsible for the unnecessary death of thousands of dolphins.

And I mean…

...”The European Union has already asked France to ban fishing methods that are responsible for the unnecessary death of thousands of dolphins”.

If a court requires a rapist not to rape any more women, can the judiciary assume that the perpetrator has been punished enough?
Is this a sufficiently effective punishment for the perpetrator, so that will keep him from future rape?

What a ridiculous shop this EU is!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

New Zealand: Govt agrees to change law to help protect over 35,000 endangered species.

New Zealand 16/9/20

Govt agrees to change law to help protect over 35,000 endangered species

“The changes will be made by amending the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 to ban the domestic sale of elephant ivory in New Zealand with some exemptions, and to improve the regulatory system at the border,” said Eugenie Sage.

The Government has agreed to change the law to help protect more than 35,000 internationally endangered species where unsustainable trade threatens their survival in the wild, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today.

“The changes will be made by amending the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 to ban the domestic sale of elephant ivory in New Zealand with some exemptions, and to improve the regulatory system at the border,” said Eugenie Sage.

“This is a big step forward in strengthening the management of international trade in endangered, threatened and exploited species. The Cabinet decisions follow the release of a discussion document in September 2019 and public submissions.

“Currently there are no restrictions on domestic trade in elephant ivory in New Zealand. This is out of step with many countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Taiwan and China which have already banned domestic trade in elephant ivory.”

“I am pleased to announce the proposal to ban the domestic sale of any items made with ivory from elephants killed after 1975, which is when elephants began to be protected from international trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The import and export of all elephant ivory is also proposed to be banned, with narrow exemptions to ensure elephant ivory items can still be traded by museums, for DNA testing and testing to determine age, and that antique musical instruments with correct permits can still be carried across the border.

“The New Zealand market in ivory is small, but banning the sale of post-Convention elephant ivory in New Zealand will send a message that New Zealand does not want to receive elephant ivory that may have been poached or illegally traded,” said Eugenie Sage.

Other planned changes to the TIES Act focus on improving the way the Act is implemented to ensure the regulatory system at the border efficiently and effectively manages international wildlife trade and stops illegal trade.

“Proposed changes to the TIES Act will ensure that New Zealand can continue to protect significant plants and wildlife from around the world to the highest standard.”

The TIES Act will be amended to:

Regulate the domestic sale of elephant ivory, with elephant ivory from elephants killed before 1975 exempt;

place further restrictions at the border on importing and exporting elephant ivory;

update the definition of personal and household effects to ensure it functions as intended by not allowing items for commercial sale to qualify as personal or household effects;

include a regulation-making power enabling species-specific exemptions from permitting for personal and household effects;

enable a process to return seized items to individuals where there are permit irregularities in certain limited circumstances;

allow cost recovery for services provided to commercial traders; and

allow DOC to consider cases where there have been irregularities with permits issued by Management Authorities in other countries. There will be a process with strict conditions to consider errors, and decide whether to accept replacement or retrospective permits.

The Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 will need to be amended to implement the changes. An amendment Bill will be drafted incorporating the proposed changes. It is planned for introduction to the next Parliament after the election to be referred to Select Committee after its first reading.

(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/science-environment/1202453-govt-agrees-to-change-law-to-help-protect-over-35000-endangered-species

The power of collective resistance

A study concludes that pressure on networks led to the prohibition of Toro de la Vega.

Eduardo Galeano once said, “Many small people, in small places, by doing small things, can change the world.”

The activists created against this barbarian fiesta in Tordesillas (Valladolid)  an emotional stigma for the followers of this celebration, constructing them as psychopaths, sadists, or beasts.

And won! After many years of fighting, they won!

It is said that the press is the fourth power.

Perhaps everyone who fights against the lies of the press, the animal rights activists, the protesters, the defenders of animals, is the fifth power.

All these forces have abolished el Toro de la Vega!

Have a good night, Venus

 

France: a “hunting nation” changes its hunting policy

France takes turtledove under protection!

Paris seems to be turning its hunting policy 180 degrees: After the use of limed rods for catching birds was banned only two weeks ago, the Supreme Administrative Court has now completely stopped lovebird hunting.

The migratory bird has seen a dramatic decline in populations in recent decades – not least because of the completely unrestrained hunting in France and Italy.

In recent years, the Committee against Bird Murder and its partners have used campaigns and actions to draw attention to the dramatic situation with the turtledove in particular – we only submitted a complaint against France to the EU Commission this spring.

Brussels has finally taken the reins and is putting considerable pressure on the countries where endangered bird species are still allowed to be shot en masse.

This success cannot be rated highly enough, because France has so far been one of the great “hunting nations” that have blocked any progress in protecting migratory birds.

We now expect similar restrictions as with the turtle dove for species such as the curlew and the skylark.

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS/

 

And I mean...A great success! France impressed us with its revolutionary spirit this year!

You made it! May other countries follow your example
Germany, for example!

above: France

below: Germany

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

England: Bloodsports exempt from ‘rule of six’ coronavirus laws that apply to everyone else – suprised ?

Tory government = pro hunt = allow them to do as they wish = crap government.

https://www.birdguides.com/news/bloodsports-exempt-from-rule-of-six-coronavirus-laws

 15/09/2020

Bloodsports exempt from ‘rule of six’ coronavirus laws

Shooting and hunting groups have been exempted from the UK Government’s new ‘rule of six’ coronavirus laws.

The government has made it illegal to “mingle” under the new law enabling the enforcement of the rule in England, which came into force on Monday. But regulations published on Sunday include a number of exemptions, which including shooting and hunting, with both listed under the physical activities people can continue with in groups of more than six.

A statement on the British Association for Shooting and Conservation says: “Shooting has been added to a list of sports that are exempt from the latest COVID-19 restrictions in England. The ‘rule of six’ restrictions brought in today in England could have disrupted game shooting which usually includes eight or more people.

However, the exemption will allow shooting to operate under COVID-safe guidance.”

Ian Bell, BASC’s chief executive, said the decision to allow shooting to continue was “the right one”. “Like other team sports, shooting is able to operate under social distancing guidance, and its benefits to the rural economy and well-being makes its inclusion significant,” he said.

A Cabinet Office COVID-19 Operations ministerial committee scheduled a meeting on Saturday with an agenda item titled: “Exemption: hunting and shooting”, according to the Huffington Post. The meeting was cancelled just hours beforehand and insiders told the publication that the meeting was axed to avoid ministers raising objections.

Former minister Tracey Crouch told the Huffington Post: “Many will find this topsy-turvy prioritisation from government. I’ve had queries about choirs, community bands, addiction therapy groups, all of whom would be worthy of an exemption and instead we are scrabbling around prioritising shooting animals. It’s bonkers.”

Austria: corrupt ministers and suffering pigs

Lower Austria, 2020: Pig farming with fully slatted floors – AMA certified and self-marketing (The AMA seal of approval can be used to mark foods that exceed the legal requirements in terms of quality and whose origin is clearly traceable).

But behind the scenes there are sick piglets in the aisle, injured pigs are not treated. Dirt and boredom …

 

Fully slatted floors are popular in Austria’s agriculture: Concrete slabs with crevices ensure that urine and feces drain off and save farmers so much work (!!!)

60 percent of all Austrian pigs never sleep on straw, but on concrete for their entire life. And that although over 80 percent of Austrians are against this practice. Because life on hard concrete not only causes animal suffering but also diseases in pig farming.

A piglet that was put to death in the corridor between the boxes.

If you ask the Austrian Agriculture Minister Köstinger about keeping pigs on so-called fully slatted floors, she refers to the role of consumers.

She puts the responsibility on the consumer.

They are not prepared to spend more money on meat from animal welfare. The consequence would be that domestic companies no longer meet the demand in the country, instead, they are imported cheaply from abroad.

But how are meat buyers supposed to know how animals live when there is even animal suffering behind the AMA seal – as the Association against Animal Factories (VgT) recently demonstrated?

Only organic farming excludes fully slatted floors.

In 2019, not even 75,000 of the 2.7 million pigs were kept on organic farms – that is just 2.8 percent of all fattening pigs.

One solution to this misery would be the complete ban on fully slatted floors, as animal rights activists have been calling for for years.

A request to this effect was rejected by the government. Only the list “Now” (Jetzt) and the SPÖ (social democratic party of Austria) agreed.

So far nothing has changed in the matter.

Pigs that live on full slits are more likely to have injuries and ulcers.

Pigs smeared with excrement, weak animals lying on the ground, and trampling over each other, pigs attacking each other, open wounds, and fist-sized ulcers.

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/15/austria-corrupt-ministers-and-suffering-pigs/

 

Image VgT: “Is it really too much if we give animals at least the simplest livelihoods such as some straw?”

…asks the association.

And I mean…Yes! when it`s about corrupt politicians, it is too much.

The Agriculture Minister Köstinger has absolutely no qualifications for this post, she has climbed with connections at this function
If she wants to stay there, she has to do what her country’s meat industry orders.

Therefore, she not only allows these miserable conditions but secures them legally.

She doesn’t give a shit if 50,000 citizens of her country have signed up against this misery.

She knows (and interests) so much about democratic processes as she does about animal welfare.

Don’t forget: She is not elected by the people anyway, but by the Federal Chancellor, who protects her.

The belief that we are ruled by thieves, cheaters, and animal haters grows every day more and more…

My best regards to all, Venus

 

This is Poppy

The meat mafia that produces our meat goes to great lengths to keep the victims invisible from their perpetrators, the consumers.
We do not see the victims of the meat industry, they are essentially invisible.
One look at the truth could endanger the system.

This is a victim of the egg industry.
This victim produces your eggs.

This is Poppy.

Nothing about her matches the myth of the happy chickens from the dirty advertising of the meat mafia.

She has no feathers to preen she is literally skin and bone.
Poppy is a battery hen, living in a cage with a lot of other hens, stands on a wire floor day and night for 18 months.

They have no natural sunlight, no access to the outdoors, or even make a nest lay.

This is allowed by law, animal prisoners live in dark dungeons and are tortured every day as if they had committed a crime.

These perverse, perfidious tortures represent the worst kind of fascism.

Fight this with all means,
otherwise, nothing will change

Regards and good night, Venus

 

New Music Video As Tribute To Activist Regan Russell.

schweine gucken durch transporten

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Migratory bird masacre in Lebanon

With the beginning of the bird migration, the first evidence of the terrible massacres that Lebanese poachers are causing among our European migratory birds reach us again.

This picture from last week shows a group of men proudly posing for a “selfie” with over 500 freshly shot migratory birds.
The prey consists almost exclusively of species that are strictly protected in Lebanon, such as swallows, oriole, wheatear, bee-eater, woodpecker.

The photo was taken after our research in the north of the country and was uploaded to the Instagram platform last Friday.

The police anti-poaching unit has been informed.

At the same time, preparations are underway for the bird protection mission in the Lebanon Mountains, financed by the Committee against Bird Murder, which begins next week.

By the end of the month, the “Bird Guards” from our partner association SPNL, which we have trained since 2017, will monitor important train corridors and take action against poachers together with the authorities.

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS

 

And I mean…We recently reported on the joy of the millions of hunters in Europe because of the shooting down of migratory birds (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/09/in-the-eu-mass-murderers-against-migratory-birds/).

This is what the EU calls the opening of the hunting season, and it started on September 13th.

The annual hunting range is around 50 million birds, including around 10 million song thrushes, over 1.3 million skylarks, and around 100,000 lapwings.

Our hunters here can’t wait to start shooting down the flying travelers in the sky.

In Italy it is no different, sparrows and other songbirds are considered delicacies. Nets are set up in which the birds get caught and die in agony.

Now the massacres are coming from Lebanon.
We do not differentiate between the EU and other countries.
A crime is a crime.

And we will never be tired of bringing to light the cruel crimes of hunters around the world.

Only one thing remains questionable in this particular case:
Would the Lebanese poachers present their faces so cool on the internet if they had to fear a high penalty?

My best regards to all, Venus

 

England: ‘Extinction’ – A Warning To Us All.

England 14/9/20.

The BBC aired a television programme last evening; called ‘Extinction’.

It involved animal campaigner and naturalist David Attenborough, and lasted for 1 hour.

Basically, the programme was based around the destruction of the environment, and the destruction of the biodiversity – the animals (big and small) which all interact to keep things as they should be.

It showed the ravages that humankind id having on the environment and the abuse and destruction of animal species.

More than anything, it was a warning to mankind and the governments who are turning the other way.  The message was clear and blank; get your act together very soon or face the consequences for all mankind. 

As a campaigner, I was personally pleased that the programme (sadly, the BBC usually keeps it clean and politically polite) decided to push the envelope a bit, by showing footage of caged animals at Wuhan wet markets, destruction of the Amazon rain forest, Bats, Pangolins, White Rhino; interviews with rangers in Africa, and importantly; Covid 19 overview; asking if this was the last virus we would see.  The experts who contributed to the programme gave the message that things are bad, very bad; but we still can sort many of the problems if only dickhead governments woke up to what people are asking; and what they want – IMPROVEMENTS.

This morning; the next morning, there are a couple of reviews by the UK national press which I copy below.

I do not know if the programme can be seen on Youtube, or if it will happen.  UK citizens can re watch or first time watch the programme using the iplayer system which is only available in the UK.

Wherever you are in the world; this programme must be seen at some time.  As I say it is simply called ‘Extinction’.

Here are the newspaper reviews from this morning – no doubt there will be more soon and I may add as extra posts as necessary.

Regards Mark

The ‘Guardian’ – an excellent newspaper which covers masses of environmental issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/sep/13/extinction-the-facts-review-a-heartbreaking-warning-from-david-attenborough


Extinction: The Facts review – a heartbreaking warning from David Attenborough

With an eighth of the planet’s species at risk of dying out, this documentary offered a stark look at the devastation that humans have wreaked, and are wreaking, on the natural world.

It is hard to absolutely, positively look forward to an hour-long programme about the many varied, catastrophic ways we have ruined the world around us. David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts (BBC One) was as upsetting as you might expect. If his earlier Planet Earth series delivered joyous portraits of nature at its most spectacular, here we had beautifully shot footage of monkeys desperately leaping into a river to escape a forest fire, a baby bear looking lost in a ransacked, smoking landscape, and the corpses of killer whales, tangled in fishing nets, rotting on the shore.

It was unbearably painful to watch.

People who make programmes about the environment are constantly searching for new ways to force us to pay attention, to make sure we resist the temptation to change channel in search of less distressing content. This time they tried making the theme of extinction feel urgent by filtering it through the prism of the coronavirus pandemic. But there is something depressing about this need to persuade people to focus on the imminent extinction of 1m different species by appealing to our self-interest, highlighting how humans will ultimately suffer as a result of the devastation we have brought upon ourselves.

“This year, we have been shown we have gone one step too far. Scientists have linked out destructive relationship with nature to the emergence of Covid-19,” a mournful Attenborough said. It’s sad that both the scientists and the film-makers sense the problem of extinction has to be shown to hurt us (in the form of triggering global pandemics that cut a swathe through humanity) before we really care enough to engage.

Because, actually, once you had steeled yourself to absorb the stream of images of the tragedy unfolding around us, this was an immensely powerful film on its own terms, and not simply in the context of the extra disruption that Covid-19 has caused over the past six months.

Attenborough’s regretful delivery of the facts only made them worse to hear. There were a few flashes of a youthful, more carefree version of him, laughing as he filmed endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda in the 70s, but his tone has become stricken, acknowledging the failures of his and current generations to tackle the challenge.

He was joined by a chorus of aghast scientists, offering a bald summary of the accelerating state of decline. One million species out of 8m on earth are now threatened with extinction, they reminded us. Since 1970, vertebrate populations – birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles – have declined by 60%. While extinction is a natural process, it is the current rapid rate that is the problem. Studies suggest that extinction is now happening hundreds of times faster than the natural evolutionary rate and it is accelerating.

As you would expect from an Attenborough film, we learned much about some of the world’s most extraordinary animals, but touching footage of the giant anteater (who carries its pup lovingly draped over its back) was there only to illustrate the rapidly dwindling area of its remaining habitat in Brazil. Endearing shots of the nocturnal pangolin, which can consume 70m ants a year, was included only because it has become the most trafficked animal in the world, as a result of specious claims about the medicinal properties of its scales.

All this was set against the unforgiving soundtrack of a whirring electric chainsaw, cutting into the thick trunks of ancient trees, and the crunching of industrial machinery crashing through the forests.

The only polar bears and tigers that featured were the decapitated hunting trophies stored in customs warehouses, next to grinning crocodile heads and confiscated snakeskin boots.

There is a formula that makers of this documentary genre struggle to get right. They need the correct balance between displaying current levels of devastation and instilling a sense of urgency, while simultaneously offering an optimistic promise that it still isn’t quite too late for things to change. Contemplating his own mortality, Attenborough did his best. “I do truly believe that, together, we can make a better future. I might not be here to see it, but if we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard our planet’s ecosystem.”

He showed how careful work by Rwandan conservationists has ensured that the mountain gorillas he filmed in the 70s have survived.

But this offered only a faint glimmer of hope. Images of the planet’s last two remaining white rhinos were the starkest illustration of how badly things have gone wrong.

“We betrayed them,” the Kenyan conservationist James Mwenda said.

A heartbreaking hour, but essential television.

The ‘Independent’ is non politically biased; and again reports on some outstanding environmental and natural issues:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/david-attenborough-extinction-facts-review-bbc-documentary-new-b420994.html

The BBC documentary points out that there is no earthly reason why a new virus won’t one day wipe out the very species that has been trying to kill the planet for the past few centuries – us lot 

You might have thought a pandemic that has taken half a million lives, inflicted pain and suffering on many millions more, and cost us trillions would make us think twice about the way we humans interact with nature. It seems not. The poor old pangolin and blameless bats are still being flogged and slaughtered in various so-called wet markets, even though it is widely believed that the coronavirus emerged through the close proximity of humans to these usually harmless wild animals.

As Extinction: The Facts makes clear, however, many deadly viruses – Sars, Ebola, Aids – have infected us via still-thriving wildlife markets and the intrusion of humans into natural habitats to rear cattle or grow soya (for animal feed) or produce palm oil (for processed food and fuel); places we don’t really belong. So, as the impressive collection of environmental talking heads assembled for this latest message from Sir David Attenborough depressingly points out, even when the climate crisis and mass extinctions are a clear and present danger, and coronavirus is taking our loved ones, humanity is still incapable of changing its voracious ways.

The documentary points out that there is no earthly reason why some new virus will not one day appear that is even more infectious and deadly than this coronavirus, and could wipe out the very species that has been trying to kill the planet for the past few centuries – us lot.

You could call it a revenge attack.

Still, it’s always nice to see nature’s survivors on film, and Attenborough is certainly one of them. If it’s possible to be a youthful 94-year-old, then that is what he is, his passion undimmed. He made his earliest TV appearance back in 1954, chasing giant anteaters around scrublands. These days, his knees probably aren’t up to that sort of lark, so his contributions are limited to impassioned pieces to camera, linking the archive footage of cute creatures, breathtaking panoramas and the controlled explosions of anger from thoughtful environmentalists. He also wouldn’t find it so easy to run around with anteaters now because there are fewer about; they too are losing out to land needed for cattle, to feed humans’ insatiable taste for a juicy burger.

Indeed, much of the show is basically a parade of animals that are on their way out – the last killer whale pod around Scotland (rendered infertile by pollution), the last two northern white rhinos (poaching), and of course the beleaguered pangolin (bogus “medicinal” usages for its scales, which are just keratin, the same as your fingernails).

Attenborough and his peers try to offer a little hope with the enviro-doom, because otherwise you’d just wipe away a tear, shrug and help yourself to another Big Mac, seeing as there is sod all anyone’s going to do about anything. Or you could join Extinction Rebellion and glue yourself to a train.

Thus it was genuinely moving to learn that the mountain gorillas Attenborough famously befriended four decades ago, then on the brink of extinction, have actually staged a recovery. That intimate encounter from his landmark series Life on Earth (1979) has lost none of its power, and seeing Sir David so young adds some poignancy. Now, an enlightened scheme taking money from tourists and, basically, using it to pay the local community to protect them, has seen the great apes population rise to more sustainable levels.

The wider message is that the planet too can be saved, if only we ease up on our consumption and waste.

Covid, said one expert, is a “moment” when we can reconsider how we live our lives. That’s true, but the inconvenient fact is that we all know we won’t, and we too are on our way to extinction.

The viruses may inherit the Earth. 

Friends for life

regards and good night, Venus

 

Polar bears, the fascinating giants

Did you know that polar bears aren’t actually white at all? Or that the loners meet up with conspecifics to cuddle? These exciting facts about polar bears give a glimpse into the life of the white giants.

1. Polar bears are actually black
Black skin is hidden under the snow-white fur of the polar bears. It offers the animals the advantage of being able to keep themselves warm because dark skin heats up faster due to the warmth of the sun.

The light fur reflects the sun’s rays onto the skin and also serves as an insulating layer.

2. Polar bear men are giants
They are the second-largest land carnivores in the world after the Kodiak bear.

Adult polar bear males can grow to be over two meters tall and weigh an average of between 400 and 600 kilograms. Female polar bears are only half as heavy.

3. Polar bears are smart hunters
Polar bears feed primarily on seals. But since they cannot swim as fast as their prey, they do not chase after them but lie in wait for them.
Seals keep coming to the surface of the water at holes in the ice to catch their breath. There the polar bears often wait for hours until a seal emerges from the ice hole.

4. Polar bears migrate many kilometers
When the pack ice in the south of the Arctic melts in spring and summer, seals migrate further north. The polar bears follow their food source for many kilometers in order not to starve.

However, some polar bears do not manage to follow the rapidly thawing ice in time and remain on the mainland, where they have to feed on their fat reserves.

5. Polar bears are friendly loners
By nature, polar bears prefer to be alone. But when they meet conspecifics, the gathering is usually peaceful. They share their prey with their own kind, play with each other, and even cuddle at night.

For more… at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/13/polar-bears-the-fascinating-giants/

 

And I mean…Soon there will be no more polar bears in the wild.
Only as a prisoner in zoos, or as a clown with a ring in his nose to entertain stupid onlookers.

Never take your kids to the zoo to gawk at bears or other inmates.

Respect and empathy for animals start right at home.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

The time has come … China doesn’t want our meat!

 

Bad news for the german pig mafia!

German farmers’ fears have come true, as the world’s top buyer, China, has officially imposed an embargo on imports of German pork and pig products after swine fever was confirmed in a wild boar in Brandenburg.

China’s customs agency and agriculture ministry jointly announced the widely anticipated ban on Saturday. All pig-meat products shipped from China’s third-largest pork supplier, Germany, are to be sent back or destroyed, and imports already on the way will be subject to quarantine.

Beijing has been battling for some time with a swine fever outbreak inside the country. The virus does not affect humans, but is deadly for animals, and has killed a great deal of China’s livestock. As a result, it had to boost imports to offset meat shortages and drive pork prices down.

Earlier this week, the German government confirmed that a wild boar in Brandenburg had tested positive for African swine fever.

After South Korea introduced restrictions on German pork imports, farmers feared they would lose another lucrative Asian market, which is known for purchasing pig parts, such as tails and ears, that are unpopular in other parts of the world.

German producers urged China to avoid a blanket ban on pork shipments and to restrict just those from areas affected by the infected animal.

Earlier this week, the German government confirmed that a wild boar in Brandenburg had tested positive for African swine fever.

After South Korea introduced restrictions on German pork imports, farmers feared they would lose another lucrative Asian market, which is known for purchasing pig parts, such as tails and ears, that are unpopular in other parts of the world.

German producers urged China to avoid a blanket ban on pork shipments and to restrict just those from areas affected by the infected animal.

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/13/the-time-has-come-china-doesnt-want-our-meat/

And I mean… Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world.
58 million pigs are slaughtered in Germany every year. Up to a third of it never ends up in the plate but in the garbage.

This means that because of overproduction, meat is also produced for the dumpster.

Nevertheless, pigs are even imported and slaughtered in German slaughterhouses.
Industrial pig breeding is booming. Huge new animal factories are built.

As a reminder, the total payments made by the European Union to agriculture in 2015 were 56.48 billion euros. That was about 40 percent of all EU spending !!

In 2018, China imported 1.2 million tons of fresh / frozen pork from Europe.
In addition, 947,000 tons of pork offal were imported, according to the latest figures from February 2019.

But it also means that in Europe not only water but also the air is polluted for China.
Also, this meat is shipped to China, which means even more pollution.

Due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US, the EU was the first to benefit from rising Chinese import demand.

That was until yesterday. Now China doesn’t want our pork.

Germany has already been excluded from many exports: China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico no longer allow pork imports from Germany into the country.

As was also practiced in China, there follows a mass murder in German farms by some million living beings, and Germany has to beg elsewhere to deliver the rest.

But we know…For such crises, Germany has its patron saint, the EU, and it will pay for the damage!

Actually, it would be more precisely formulated: WE will pay for this mass murder.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

China Is Becoming A ‘Battleground’ For Plant-Based Meat Creators, Says Fox.

(Photos: Adobe. Do not use without permission. Edited by PBN)

China Is Becoming A ‘Battleground’ For Plant-Based Meat Creators, Says Fox

‘Although people are returning back to the normalcy after Covid-19, consumers are concerned about the link between meat products and the virus’

China is becoming a ‘battleground’ for plant-based meat creators, according to media giant Fox Business.

The news outlet penned a feature on how a slew of companies are aiming to ‘tap into’ the Chinese market – but warned it could be ‘challenging’ due to the cost of plant-based meat.

The article follows an announcement from Beyond Meat who says it has ‘pushed forward’ plans to set up production in China – whilst Impossible Foods says it’s awaiting regulatory approval to enter the Chinese market.

Recently, Swiss conglomerate Nestlé also announced plans to build a plant-based food facility in Tianjin as part of a $103.58 million investment

COVID-19

Whilst China still consumes more meat than any other country, it has seen a spiked interest in plant-based alternatives triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

This follows wet markets – where live animals are freshly slaughtered and kept in close proximity to humans and dead animals – being identified as a possible source of the virus spread.

Founder of Bits x Bites, China’s first food tech venture capital group, Matilda Ho told Fox Business: “Although people are now returning back to the normal routine after Covid-19, consumers are concerned about the potential link between meat products and the virus. Some are reducing their meat intake as a result.”

More plant-based meat

As China’s lockdown started to ease and restaurants began opening, more plant-based meat popped up on menus, the BBC reported.

Eateries offering vegan options are KFC, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut – all of which partnered with Beyond Meat to offer meat-free options.

You can read Fox Business’ full article here

https://www.plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/china-a-battleground-for-plant-based-meat-makers

what is legal is not legitimate

Slavery was once LEGAL.

Burning witches was once LEGAL.

Persecution of Jews was once LEGAL.

Killing animals is LEGAL !!!

What is legal is a construct of the greedy powerful, not justice and compassion …

Animals suffer because rights are on the side of the perpetrators. And almost all people are perpetrators.

Fight injustice.
Stand up for those who cannot defend themselves

Regards and good night, Venus

Petition – No More Pangolin To Be Boiled Alive for US Wildlife Trade.

Petition Link:

SIGN: No More Pangolins Boiled Alive for US Wildlife Trade

PETITION TARGET: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith

As the world’s most trafficked mammal, pangolins suffer immensely as poachers chop down and burn their treetop homes, throw the defenseless animals into bags, and transport them on nightmarish journeys before beating them to near-death and boiling the pangolins alive for “medicine.” This repulsive trade impacts people, too; the new coronavirus may have been first transmitted to humans by a pangolin.

Sadly, the United States market is helping feed this ruthless trade — but there is new hope. Following a lawsuit from multiple activist groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide by June, 2021 whether all pangolins will be protected under the Endangered Species Act, which would fully ban the horrific trade in the United States.

From 2004 to 2013 in the U.S, authorities confiscated 26,000 imports of pangolin products, the Center for Biological Diversity reported. And pangolin parts have been found in “medicinal” products in the U.S., according to a 2015 Humane Society International report.

Despite an international ban on pangolin trafficking in 2017, this brutal practice hasn’t stopped.

We must defend these innocent creatures from the brutal violence they endure in the wildlife trade and help prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks by banning pangolin trafficking completely.

Sign this petition urging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith to protect pangolins under the Endangered Species Act, ending a bloody, illegal trade that harms both animals and people.

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People power stops new live export business in its tracks.

People power stops new live export business in its tracks

People power stops new live export business in its tracks

A plan to begin exporting live animals from Namibia to Kuwait has been quashed thanks to a united, global effort drawing attention to the suffering caused by the trade.

The idea that when one door closes another opens, is mostly reassuring. But when it comes to the global live export trade, this universal truth is the reason we need to remain ever vigilant. You see, as countries have become clued-up to the cruelty inherent to live export — and widespread opposition to it — live exporters have found it harder to shore up business.

When Australia restricted sheep exports during the dangerous northern summer months, exporters knocked on Romania’s door. And Animals Australia was there. When Romania began questioning the trade, they went to South Africa. Again, we were already there. When South Africa’s NSPCA took the battle to stop the trade all the way to the High Court, it was abundantly clear: this global trade in animal cruelty is well and truly matched by a global effort to stop it.

From Australia to New Zealand to Brazil to South Africa and to dozens of countries throughout Europe — there is a powerful, international collaboration of groups and individuals working together to save animals from this ruthless industry.

Protesters in Romania gather to demand an end to live export from the country

And it’s a compassionate effort that has just paid off in Namibia, with new plans to begin live export from the Southern African nation put on hold indefinitely.

The business plan put forward by Tradeport Namibia proposed to import 70,000 live sheep, 50,000 goats and 5,000 cattle from South Africa and Botswana for live export from Namibia to Kuwait.

As exposé after exposé has revealed — it’s a sea journey fraught with risk for the animals who would be confined in cramped and stressful conditions for weeks before facing terrifying fully conscious slaughter upon arrival.

A rapid-fire public and media education campaign was launched in Namibia to highlight the reality of live export for the animals. In its submission objecting to the business plan, Namibia’s SPCA noted that the trade undermines Namibian laws and standards and that allowing live export would:

…effectively endorse an archaic trade that is struggling to maintain a social license to operate in this day and age.

Former live export vet and whistleblower, Dr Lynn Simpson detailed for the Namibian media the animal suffering and deaths witnessed during her 57 voyages from Australia, warning:

I would caution any country approached by exporters to avoid getting caught in this trade of unnecessary cruelty and death.

Namibian sheep

And the warnings have been heeded. In announcing that plans to export live animals would be ‘put on ice’, Tradeport Namibia noted the strong opposition, locally and internationally, to the export of live animals and that the company did not want to be involved in a business that will attract widespread outrage.

A united global front is turning the tide on live export. We don’t always win, but we are always there. And every action you take to support these efforts takes us another step towards shutting the door on this industry, for good.

Ending live export

For as long as this cruel trade in living beings exists — we remain as committed as ever to sparing animals from falling victim to it. Will you join us?

Please spare 1 minute now to lend your voice to the animals — and help create a world free from the horror of live export.

ACTION

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/end-live-export/int?r=1