Brussels Live Export Demo Tomorrow (22/1) – More News After Event.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/01/01/eu-massive-demo-in-brussels-on-22-1-18-live-animal-transports-must-change/ 

Germany / Luxembourg: Excellent News – Luxembourg Extends Hunting Ban On Foxes – A Scenario For Europe To Follow ? – Scientific Evidence !

Dear Mark,
I am sending you good news concerning the further ban on fox hunting in Luxembourg.
I got this just today by mail, from the “Wild Animal Protection Society of Germany”.

Best regards to you and all

Venus

 

Luxembourg extends hunting ban on foxes

The Luxembourg Government Council has just renewed for another year the prohibition on fox hunting introduced in 2015. The protection of foxes is a successful model: the fox populations are stable; the predicted “stock explosion” by hunters in the run-up to the hunting ban has failed to materialize. A study now shows that the protection of the fox also reduces the risk for humans to contract the fox tapeworm.

“Action alliance Fox”, an initiative of more than 40 German animal and nature conservation organizations, to which “Wild animal Protection Germany” also belongs, calls on the Federal Government to follow the example of Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg Ministry of the Environment banned fox hunting in 2015 because there was no reason to kill several thousand foxes a year. Hunting associations had repeatedly warned against sprawling fox populations by the hunting ban. In addition, they repeatedly tried to exploit the fear of the fox tapeworm in order to overturn the regulations.

 

Hunting increases the risk of infection by the fox tapeworm

However, there are no signs of higher fox numbers to this day. In addition, a study published in France in November 2017 shows that hunting increases the risk of infection from fox tapeworm.

While the foxes’ infection rate increased from 40 percent to 55 to 75 percent as a result of heavy hunting, it remained constant in a hunting-free control area. Franck Boué, one of the authors of the highly regarded study, presents the results in a lecture on 29.1.2018 in Luxembourg City.

 

Fox stands need no “regulation” by humans

Again and again, both studies and practical experience in various fields show that foxes need no “regulation”. Hunting losses, for example, increase birth rates and increase immigration from neighboring areas, quickly compensating for losses.

On the other hand, experience from hunting-free areas shows that fewer fox pups are born there and that there is no mass propagation. “Birth control instead of mass misery,” commented the biologist Erik Zimen.

 

Ban on fox hunting: pointing the way for the whole of Europe

The ban on fox hunting in Luxembourg sets the trend for the whole of Europe: the right decision has been made against the massive pressure of an influential lobby on the basis of verifiable scientific facts. “It is high time that even political decision-makers in Germany stop bowing to the interests of the hunting lobby,” says Lovis Kauertz, co-founder of the “Action Alliance Fox”. “The example of Luxembourg shows that prohibiting fox hunting not only prevents the often painful deaths of thousands of foxes, but is also a model of success for citizens, animal and nature conservation.”

 

 

Past SAV posts relating to fox hunting in Germany – many graphic pictures show the reality of this barbarism:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/24/germany-fox-week-2013-and-hunting-news/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/18/germany-fox-week-letters-to-mail-to-ministers-asking-for-a-closed-season-on-hunting-full-details-enclosed-please-act-now/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/13/germany-fox-week-killings-are-now-under-way-we-have-the-data-for-around-the-last-20-years-please-read-on/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/28/germany-280111-german-fox-week-latest-pics-links-and-even-a-message-from-jesus/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/23/germany-update-230111-eu-hunting-court-rulings-the-german-fox-week-and-more/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/20/germany-mass-slaughter-of-fox-week-to-start-by-february-international-appeal-for-aw-groups-to-join-the-german-protest-and-say-no-details-below/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/02/08/germany-fox-week-update-080210-more-killings-animals-now-skinned/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/02/03/germany-fox-week-sees-hunters-killing-thousands-of-beautiful-animals-please-crosspost/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2010/02/22/germany-220210-update-fox-week-killings-go-on-and-on-for-weeks/

 

https://www.wildtierschutz-deutschland.de/single-post/2018/01/19/Luxemburg1

 

Serbia: Demi and Dora – Ready To Travel In March – Can You Help With A Forever Home ?

News 21/1/18

Important things first !

Serbia:

Demi and Dora are looking for a home.

Ready to travel in March.

Please help find them a good home.

They are neutered and weight 8 kg. Around 7 months old.

Thank you!

 

Check out on Facebook –

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/permalink/10155868680120516/

 

https://www.facebook.com/jelena.kostic.921

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada:  Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs

Source – https://globalnews.ca/news/3973988/animal-cruelty-pig-deaths-ontario/

SIMCOE, Ont. – Ontario’s animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention.

Stein is to appear in court on April 26 for sentencing.

READ MORE: Ontario man facing animal cruelty charges after more than 1,000 pigs found dead: OSPCA

Ontario SPCA officers went to a pig farm in Langton, about 80 kilometres southeast of London, last February after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property.

Upon entering a flooded, manure-filled barn in total darkness, the officers discovered dead and dying pigs.

The OSPCA says 1,265 pigs were dead and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized on site due to the severe condition in which they were found.

 

 

India:  Jallikattu: Five gored to death at Indian bull-taming event

Source – BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-42714543

At least five men in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have been gored to death while watching a bull-taming contest known as Jallikattu.

The men were spectators at events held since Sunday. The controversial sport is making a comeback after a ban.

 

 

Business Acquisitions of  Vegan Companies Quadrupled in 2017

Source – Live kindly – https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-business-acquisitions-quadrupled/

Why the Global Rise in Vegan and Plant-Based Eating Isn’t A Fad

(600% Increase in U.S. Vegans + Other Astounding Stats)

Source – Food Revolution Network – https://foodrevolution.org/blog/vegan-statistics-global/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=frn_blog_social

Vegan Statistics: Incredible Signs the Global Demand for Plant-Based Foods Is Rising

Another company, international delivery service Just Eat named veganism as a top consumer trend in 2018 — due to a 94% increase in “healthy food ordered.”

And similarly, according to data released by GrubHub, the top takeaway marketplace in the U.S., orders for plant-based food have reached a new high. In particular, users chose vegan food 19% more in the first half of 2017 than in the first half of 2016.

 

 

 

Serbia: Please Help With Monthly Costs For Rescued (Ex) Street Animals – Thank You.

Please Help – Any Donation Welcome;

No Matter What Size – SAV.

 

Thank you Deborah Maxwell for your amazing donation !

  • well on the way to the target now; but not there yet.

  • Also thanks to Debbie Hill for giving.

  • Extra donations still required to reach deadline amount.

  • Please give anything you can. Thanks – SAV.

 

The Story

33 Dogs & 10 Cats on site and numerous street cats

= 340 Euros Month
Rent for land behind fence = 40 Euros Month

Small Shelter NIS, Serbia otherwise known as SSNS; A private shelter located in Niš, Southern Serbia, Founded in 2006 run by Slađana Stojković ( https://www.facebook.com/sladjana.stojkovic.9) with the help of Goran and Olja, whom we rent a small piece of land (450 square metre) behind the fenced area, costing 40 Euros a month.

There are currently 33 dogs and 6 cats on-site, costing 330 Euros a month to feed. We try and raise funds for food and vet care monthly through our BUY IT NOW Page, however we struggle to raise the funds we truly need to provide for the dogs and cats, therefore we are so grateful for any direct donations.

Although the majority of the dogs have lived at the Shelter long term over the last year (2016-2017) we have had an influx of abandoned puppies; seven in total which has stretched our funds to the limit. Slađana accommodates as much of the dogs behind the fenced area as she can taking into account the dogs’ individual personalities and has spilt the fenced area into individual areas to accommodate the dogs’ that do not get on so well with others.

The dogs have a dog house to call their own some like to share and some still like their old “dilapidated” homes and refuse to move into new accommodation, certain dogs usually the smaller ones have shelter inside Gorans property. It is regrettable that we do not have the “network” or funds to have our dogs adopted out with Serbia.

Animal welfare not being top of the agenda in the “balkan states”, coupled with the area being very poor makes adoption or fostering near impossible.

Therefore the dogs have a permanent home at the Shelter.

Not an ideal situation however they receive an abundance of love and enjoy daily walks by the river located next to the Shelter and with donations are fed, provided vet care and are as happy as they can be not knowing any other situation.

Our long term dogs receive their re-vaccinations every November by our trusted vet, and our “new arrivals” receive as and when by their “in-take” date, all are micro-chipped, recorded on “passports” required by law and are spayed/neutered.

The Shelter is very primitive, no electricity and water is provided via a pump onsite. We have no proper storage facilities for food therefore food is delivered every couple of days via wheelbarrow to the Shelter as there is no direct road. However as this is a very poor region stockpiling food could attract theft which we discourage.

Slađana is passionate about animal welfare and even if she cannot provide a permanent home at the Shelter, finding an animal in distress will ensure that vet care is provided helping the animal recover with the help of other rescues in the area. Slađana is also involved in feeding numerous street cats providing either breakfast or lunch when donations allow and checking on their welfare. She also gives shelter to an adorable ginger disabled cat who resides in the basement of her property with the consent of her neighbours.

Donation Link – https://www.youcaring.com/smallshelternisserbia-1040791

 

 

Germany: Thoughts From Venus. The EU Dream Is Dead.

Article

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/906781/brexit-news-plans-for-european-union-superstate-dead-jean-claude-juncker-verhofstadt?utm_source=CRM&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=EU_superstate_Juncker_dream_over&utm_campaign=DailyNews_Express 

Dear Mark,


When I read Juncker’s ridiculous attempts to re-enter you, Britons, some thought came to me, and I send it to you.
Nigel Farage, head of the exit party UKIP, in the EU Parliament said: “Juncker has never had a decent job”!!

He is right.
And anyway, he cannot practice the job of the President of the EU Commission decently.

 

And here is my comment.

Mr Junker

Juncker got a “nerve exit”!
He still cannot believe that he has lost the most beautiful bride in the EU -England.
It cannot be explained otherwise that he now pretends that everything can (and should) be reversed.

The Brexit is a disaster, he says, a loss for all. Blame it are only a few politicians, not the English people.
He is generous: The EU has not kicked out England, we would like to keep it, and if they want to stay we will find a solution.

And Tusk adds: our hands stay outstretched.

Mr Tusk

 

The truth is: EU is the loser in this situation, disaster is when you stay in the EU. When it comes to Brexit, the Brits will have gained their versatile freedom, and the EU will lose a strong partner.

Some have understood that being an EU member is a disaster.
Everyone has understood that the model EU does not work.

England can open its own club with Scandinavia, Iceland, Finland, the Baltic States, and perhaps even the Netherlands, to which perhaps Switzerland and Austria may then join.

And Germany can supply the impoverished Mediterranean area.

In any case, the real  political Britons fortunately no longer have a vision of Europe, so it is more than embarrassing to try to convince the people to go in again with the kitsch of the open arms or with the sloppiness of the economic catastrophe, where soon nobody wants to go in anymore.

 

My best regards

Venus

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/01/17/penny-finally-drops-with-junker-all-his-threats-are-failing/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Gove – Animal Welfare Minister – UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

England: Live Exports Part 2 – Campaigner (Hidden) Information – Now Exposed.

Photo – EoA

This second part on live animal transport is intended primarily to give EU campaigners (and others) an insight into what information is available; with the hope that you can further research and follow up with your own national authorities if you think necessary.  We also outline current work we are undertaking, which is still on going.

So lets get started

– we will try to be as helpful as we can on this.  All information is available via the web; but unless, (like us); you really need to get as much info as possible; this data remains hidden from campaigners and observers who may not know of its existence or the large amount of live animal transport info that exists in the ‘hidden depths’.

 

To start with, we will give links to videos made by friends at ‘AWF’, ‘TSB’ and ‘Eyes on Animals’ regarding their investigations into live EU animals being exported to Turkey; a non EU ‘Third Nation’.

Many visitors will find the videos extremely disturbing and upsetting.  They are; and for us also.  Unfortunately, they show the real, daily side of what the live animal export trade is about.  It happens everywhere around the globe; this is just one snapshot of what happens in one location every day.  The same can be said for many global locations all the time.  Despite the cruelty which is severe and obvious, this is what makes us, as campaigners, go on investigating.  We have to show the world the immense cruelty of the live trade, with the hope that people will act against it.

Video Links:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udReHkAumrY&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOVtq-M0-Is

 

In addition, and to supplement the videos relating to exports to Turkey, we also suggest that the excellent investigation report by EoA (NL) on the same subject is also read as further evidence of non compliance tor EU animals being transported by road.   The report can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/animalwelfare/Animal_transports_to_Turkey.pdf

EU Regulations on the live transport of animals.

 

An EU ‘Regulation’ – such as 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’

A “regulation” is a binding legislative act. It must (supposedly) be applied in its entirety across the entire EU.

Source:  https://europa.eu/european-union/eu-law/legal-acts_en

 

The EU animal transport industry from some particular EU member states have routinely been shown to ignore the animal welfare requirements of Regulation 1/2005.  It is the norm that certain EU member states do not bother to apply them; and the EU Commission which is the called / supposed to be the ‘guardian of Treaty enforcement’ does nothing as a follow up, even when presented time and time again with evidence such as the videos and report detailed above.

If you wish to have a look at the full version of EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport, then here below is the link.  Note – The information is provided in several formats and all languages of (EU) member state nations. This may make it easier for EU citizens who do not use English as their prime language.

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32005R0001  

The Guidelines Project – 2015 to 2018.

Animal Transport Guidelines Project

The European Commission, DG Sante project aims to improve animal welfare around transport. The project will develop and disseminate Guides to Good and Better Practice for animals transported within Europe and to third countries for slaughter, fattening and breeding. Guides will be developed for cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep transport. The project started in May 2015 and will finish by the end of 2018.

The project is divided into 5 tasks:

  • Task 1: Collection

    Collect and collate appropriate best practices implemented and supported by scientific evidence

  • Task 2 and 3: Development

    Develop practical guidelines with those that will use it

  • Task 4: Dissemination

    Disseminate these guidelines through the networks of the main European stakeholder groups involved

  • Task 5: Verification

    To verify if the new transport guidelines reached the end-users

Web link – http://animaltransportguides.eu/about-the-project/

 

Also; something that is very hidden by the EU from anti export campaigners.   Now we expose very useful information.

Inspection reports from EU countries

Article 27 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport requires the Member States to submit an annual report to the Commission of their inspections of the transport of live animals and to provide an analysis of the major deficiencies detected and an action plan to address them.

Annual reports can be seen in the following link.  This site allows access to reports and analysis for the years 2007 through to 2015.  As the Animal Transport Guidelines Project started in 2015 and is due to finish in 2018; we can only assume that this is why there is no information available for years 2016 and 2017.

If you select any year via the following link, you should then click on the year of interest.

Lets say we are interested in 2015.

So the first thing we do is use the following link to access all the years:

Web link – https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport/inspection-reports_en

 

Next, we then (for example) click on the year of interest; which in our case is 2015.

 

The year then automatically breaks into 2 sections – namely ‘Report’ and ‘Analysis’.

If you click on the word ‘Report’; you then get automatically directed to pdf for each member state of the EU.

Lets take ‘Bulgaria’ for example; as live EU animals going to Turkey are exported via Bulgaria.

So we click on the link for the pdf file associated for Bulgaria; and we get information as shown in the following link.  This data is usually provided in a tabulated form and shows things like:

  • The animal type when inspected

  • The number of inspections undertaken within Bulgaria

  • The number of animals inspected

  • The number of non compliances with the Regulation (1/2005).

Our example for Bulgaria can be viewed via this link:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_transport-inspection_2015_report_bg_en.pdf

 

Once we have reviewed this and got the information we need, we can then go back to the main year guide:

Web link – https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport/inspection-reports_en

Now we can click on ‘Analysis’ rather than ‘report’ to see what the analysis for Bulgaria shows.

For ease, here is the 2015 ‘Analysis’ link for Bulgaria:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_transport-inspection_2015_analysis_bg_en.pdf

This provides us with information relating to an analysis for the animal transport situation for Bulgaria in 2015.  Lots of useful and very hidden information !

 

Important – as we have said, this type of information is available using the links provided for EVERY member state of the EU; and for the years for 2007 through 2015.  The information in the reports and analysis may prove to be very useful to many campaign groups involved with fighting the live animal trade in their (EU) country.

SAV Comment

As we said at the start, this information and ways of getting through it are guides which we hope will allow any anti export campaigner within the EU to find out a lot more about the live transport situation in ‘their’ nation, and other EU states for years 2007 through 2015.

I hope this normally hidden data is now exposed for many more campaigners to see and use.  There is nothing secret or hidden about this; it is available on ‘normal’ web sites; you just have to know where to go and how to get the info you want.

I hope and trust this data can be used by many to fight the disgusting trade of our day – live animal exports.

Happy info gathering and happy campaigning !

Regards Mark.

For all animals suffering in unnecessary transport.

On the Hook, not the Hoof.

 

 

 

England: Live Exports Part 1 – Eyes on Animals; Box Trailers, EU Ignorance Etc.

 

Dear all;

Sorry we have not published much recently, but we have been involved with work on what is one of our biggest ‘hates’ – live animal transport.

We have been linking and talking with Lesley this week – she is the Founder and director of the wonderful investigation organisation  ’Eyes on Animals’ who  are based across the cold, North Sea in from us, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Here is the main link to their (EoA) website – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/

To get a feel for the investigative work they do, you can access some of their special reports here:  https://www.eyesonanimals.com/resources/special-reports/

The importance of access during long distance transport is so very important and something we have been reporting on regarding live exports from the UK for many years.  Access (during transport) cannot be provided by some of the trailers currently used by Dutch hauliers shipping live animals from England.  

We call them ’sealed box wagons’, and that is basically what they are; sealed boxes, providing no driver access to animals (either for authority inspection needs or say, emergency medical treatment  for one / several animals).  Further, these trailers provide no indication on the exterior that live animals are being carried – this is against EU Regulation 1/2005.   We feel that this should be essential; and requirements for this signage are specifically detailed in EU Regulation1/2005 (for animals in transport). 

As with so many things, the EU, thorough its member states authorities, does not bother to enforce.  It is our argument that should a sealed box wagon overturn on the highway for example, it is essential that local emergency services are provided with information (carried clearly on the trailer – stickers, warning plates, whatever) that live animals ARE being carried; and that it essential for them (emergency services) to immediately open rear doors to provide immediate access and fresh air to the animals inside.  As a sealed trailer, as can be seen in the photos below, it can easily be confused with a refrigerated trailer carrying say, ice cream or chilled meat, which does NOT requires access to fresh air in the event of an incident.

Here are some photos of a Dutch operated ‘sealed box’ type wagon operated by a Dutch haulier which was photographed in England.

Above – Can you identify that this trailer is full of live sheep ?

 

Above – a similar trailer loaded onto the animal export vessel ‘Joline’

 

Above  – UK authorities inspect the trailer prior to ship loading; but even with no waning signs  on the trailer, non compliant with EU Reg 1/2005, they still do nothing !

 

Above – the trailer photographed in the port; clearly showing no driver access doors to the animals; or signage stating that live animals are being carried – against EU Regulation 1/2005.

Above photos by Val Cameron 

Can you tell from the above photos that live animals are inside being transported ?   – we cannot – hence our and Lesley’s reports that it is essential that large, clear, multi language labels are fitted in several locations on the trailer. 

We pointed this failure of hauliers out in a report to the EU several years ago.  Unfortunately, but not unexpected; our raising of concerns involving animals in transport was just ignored.

 

Here is a link to Lesley’s  excellent report on the importance of access during the live transport of animals.

 https://www.eyesonanimals.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Downloads_Eyes_on_Animals_report_Importance_of_Access.pdf

 

Here below is a link to a report produced when Mark was the EU Correspondent for ‘KAALE’ (Kent Action Against Live Exports).   In this, report you can clearly see examples given of signage that was suggested to EU authorities as ‘standard’ for all sealed box trailers being used in the EU. 

As expected, the EU never took our suggestions on – our evidence was completely ignored.  In addition, we fully exposed the procedures used (by hauliers) to get around compliance with inspections by national authorities in the exit harbour – showing an inadequate sign (to be more compliant with the EU Regs) in the port when inspected; but covered whilst on the road using a cover plate to omit the fact that live animals are in transport. 

Again, as mentioned above, our evidence and clear photographs showing the ‘fixes’ made by the hauliers was completely ignored by the EU authorities. 

And despite all this, the EU still questions why the UK voted to leave the EU ? – we would like our suggestions to even be considered; not just completely ignored.  Then we may have voted to remain in the EU.

 

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We will publish this information now (19/1) and then produce an additional post in the next few days on  our other current work re live exports, especially to Turkey, a non EU nation, or ‘Third Country’.

We think you may find some of the info in our future post of interest; even if only live transport within the EU is ‘your thing’.

Regards Mark.

 

 

 

 

Penny Finally Drops With Junker ? – All His Threats Are Failing.

Above – (UK) Minister Gove – UK Government

 

Below – What the EU Does For Live Animals Exported To Turkey

 

‘Brexit is CATASTROPHIC!’ Juncker finally admits British ‘never felt comfortable in EU’

Reproduced from  https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/905861/Brexit-news-Jean-Claude-Juncker-Theresa-May-UK-EU-latest-second-referendum?utm_source=CRM&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Juncker_British_EU_comfortable&utm_campaign=Brexit_email

 

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER made another plea to the British people to reconsider leaving the European Union after a chorus of fresh calls for a second Brexit referendum.

The President of the European Commission said the European Union’s hands were “outstretched” to welcome Britain back into the bloc. 

Speaking in European Parliament, he said: “When it comes to Brexit I am sure that there will be no winners from this situation.

“This is a lose-lose situation, it’s a lose-lose situation both for the British and for the members of the European Union.

“I continue to feel that the exit of Great Britain is a catastrophe. 

“It is a defeat that we all have to deal with the consequences of but the causes of the British decision run much deeper.

“As Mrs May has said the British have never felt entirely comfortable with the European Union so the guilt lies upon many shoulders. 

“Mr Tusk said that our hands remain outstretched.

“The British people, the British government may wish to find a different way out of the Brexit situation, we’re very much willing to deal with them. 

“We are not throwing the British out, we would like the British to stay and if they so wish they should be allowed to do so.”

Mr Juncker also addressed outrage by Brexiteer’s over the EU’s attempts to bring Britain back into the fold on Tuesday. 

He said: “I did note that in London, there was a rather irritated response to this proposal.

“Note that even if the British leave, according to Article 50, then Article 94 would allow them to exit again.

“I would be happy to facilitate that so I certainly wouldn’t want to push anyone into a corner.” 

 

SAV Comment – No Thanks – Penny Dropping with you now is it ? – should have listened to the people of the UK and the rest of the EU years ago.  Here is just  one reason why !

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udReHkAumrY&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOVtq-M0-Is

 

 

 

 

Pound euro exchange rate update:

Pound will ROCKET this year with Brexit clarity

 

Reproduced from https://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/905894/Pound-euro-exchange-rate-latest-pound-to-dollar-sterling-to-euro-Brexit-news?utm_source=CRM&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=pound_euro_exchange_rate&utm_campaign=Brexit_email

 

THE POUND is “very, very” undervalued and could make some major gains against the dollar this year as more clarity about Brexit emerges.

The pound could rocket in 2018 as Brexit uncertainty clears up, Peter Kinsella, senior FX and rates strategist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia said. 

Speaking to CNBC about which currency would make the biggest gains against the dollar in 2018, he said: “It’s a toss up between sterling and the euro.

“I think sterling’s very undervalued, I’ve thought that for quite some time.

“The initial optics when we get to the beginning of Brexit negotiations in March will probably be poor for sterling.

“Because I think what you’ll find is the European Union negotiators as they said, slaughter a few unicorns, and I think that was the term they used.”

Kinsella said this might have a negative impact on the pound in the short term but that clarity around Brexit will push sterling up by the end of the year. 

He said: “I think short-term that will be poor for sterling but over the medium term, sterling is very very undervalued.

“If we get some kind of a trade deal I think that will be good news for sterling.”

In a note on Monday, ING FX strategist, Viraj Patel, who sees sterling above $1.50 this year, said: “Judging by GBP’s rally since late November, which has continued in the first few weeks of the new year, a reassessment of the Brexit political games looks to be underway.

“But we feel there is more upside to come – especially if a transition deal were to be signed, sealed and delivered in 1Q18.”

The pound rose 0.4 percent against the euro to 1.1289 at 12:57 in London. 

Sterling was little changed against the dollar at 1.3786 at 12:57 in London. 

17/1/18: Lots Of Actions – Please Support, Thank You.

We are today putting lots of issues under just one post – this saves time for us as we are trying to get our live export report completed.

Please take action as indicated – Thanks; SAV.

Petitions:

Sign: Ban Gruesome Festival Where Horses Are Gutted By Bulls for Entertainment

Every two weeks in the Mexican state of Yucatan, a gruesome festival known as Torneo de Lazo takes place, in which innocent horses are mauled by bulls. “Cowboys” ride the terrified horses around while bulls trained to attack charge at them and rip up their flesh with their horns. The bulls suffer too as the “cowboys” try to lasso them down.

Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-ban-gruesome-festival-where-horses-are-mauled-by-bulls/

 

Stop Barbaric Annual Slaughter of Pilot Whales

 

SAV comment – we were on the streets campaigning about this back in the 90’s.

Go to ‘About Us’ https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/    – then scroll down immediately below the photos of Joanne; there you will see the article ‘Superstore protestors seek end of slaughter’.  Below this is a photograph showing the reality of what this slaughter is about.  Please support.

 

Migrating pilot whales who are unfortunate enough to swim past the Faroe Islands are pushed to shore by fishermen, where they are then speared and slaughtered. Oftentimes their meat is left on the bloody shore to rot. Sign the petition to stop this barbaric whale slaughter.

Petition Link – https://forcechange.com/455717/stop-barbaric-annual-slaughter-of-pilot-whales/

 

 

Goldie the wolf; and her family of beautiful cubs have been sentenced to death.

 

Petition Link – https://www.thepetitionsite.com/252/523/790/?z00m=29975300&redirectID=2577718213

 

Goldie the wolf is a mother of four beautiful cubs. And she has been sentenced to death.

Urge the local council, the Stadtrat Goldenstedt, to allow Goldie and her family to live!

Goldie is an amazing and beautiful creature who has lived in the area near Goldenstedt, Germany for years. Two years ago, she met her partner after he traveled more than 400 km from an area near Poland to establish a family with her. Last year, they had four beautiful cubs and started a pack. But now Goldie and her family are in danger.

The city council of Goldenstedt has unanimously adopted a resolution to immediately kill the entire pack. Why? Because locals want to protect their cattle and can’t be bothered to simply make their fences and livestock pens wolf-resistant.

That’s not a good enough reason for the town to go on a killing rampage. These elegant animals deserve to live. Don’t let the Stadtrat Goldenstedt slaughter Goldie and her pack. Sign the petition now!

Thank you,

SIGN: Justice for Puppy Wrapped in Plastic and Thrown into Dumpster

In a heart breaking case of cruelty, an 8-week-old pit bull puppy was found wrapped up in a plastic bag, thrown out like garbage and left to die behind a CVS store in Surprise, Arizona.

Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-puppy-stuffed-plastic-bag-thrown-dumpster/

 

 

UK – One Step Closer to a live export ban – once UK leaves the EU

Dear Mark Johnson,

Parliament is going to debate the petition you signed – “End the export of live farm animals after Brexit.”.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200205

The debate is scheduled for 26 February 2018.

Once the debate has happened, we’ll email you a video and transcript.

Thanks,
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

 

 

 

Take action: Oil and sea turtles do not mix

Mark,

Help us protect sea turtles from the Trump administration’s short-sighted plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

We still remember the horrible Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 134 million gallons of oil spilled in the ocean.

  • As many as 320,000 sea turtles impacted including the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

Click here to take 3 simple actions to oppose this drilling expansion and to protect sea turtles and other marine wildlife.

 

As you may know, the Trump Administration has recently proposed further opening federal waters to oil and gas drilling. An expansion of oil drilling in our oceans will be a severe blow to decades-long efforts to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles and other marine wildlife.

We have 60 days to comment on this disastrous proposal.

Please take action today and help us protect America’s sea turtles.

Thank you!

Peter Fugazzotto, Strategic Programs Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network

PS – Your actions matter. Together we can fight for healthy oceans and the sea turtles. #ProtectSeaTurtles

 

https://seaturtles.org/resistoffshoredrilling/

 

UK- Take Action Against UK Supermarket Plastic

Hi there,

I’ve just signed a petition calling on UK supermarkets to go plastic-free, and it would mean a lot to me if you’d add your name too!

From turtles entangled in six pack rings to whales with stomachs full of plastic bags, the effects of plastic pollution can be devastating.

UK supermarket Iceland has just announced its own-brand packaging is going plastic-free.

By ditching plastic packaging, supermarkets have the power to lead the way in dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced.

Please join me in calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging.

Sign the petition >>

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/plastic-free-supermarket-ef

Thank you!

 

Norway: Government Now Votes To Ban Fur Farming.

 

Norway set to ban fur farming 

 

Dear friend

It’s fantastic news.

In what is another blow for the morally bankrupt fur industry, we can confirm that fur farming is expected to be banned by the new government in Norway. The new three party coalition government has agreed to ban fur farming by 2025.

The three parties had been locked in negotiations since January 2nd  and are now able to form a government. “Regjeringsplattformen” is an agreement on governing principles between the three parties and a fur farming ban is officially a part of the agreement.

There are 201 fur farms in Norway.  In 2017 there were 773,000 mink killed on Norwegian fur farms, as well as 140,000 foxes.

The inherent cruelty of the fur industry has been a major issue in Norway in recent years. In late 2016, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) announced that their inspectors had been shocked by high level of violations and injuries on Norwegian fur farms during recent inspections. On one farm, caged mink were found with such large open sores that they had to be put to death at the scene.  Other chronic animal suffering recorded included one mink who had crawled into a plastic pipe and all but skinned itself alive in its efforts to free itself.

Norway can now set an example to the other Scandinavian governments  in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.  Denmark kills at least 17 million mink every year on factory farms, only surpassed by China. Finland is one of the world’s largest producers of fox fur and Finnish fur farmers have been globally shamed followed the recent exposure of obesity in factory farmed foxes. This is done to generate a larger pelt and to boost profits for the fur trade.

Following a campaign by Respect for Animals, fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000 on the grounds of public morality. Fur factory farming has recently been banned in Holland, Germany, Croatia and Czech Republic.

The fur industry is spending huge amounts of money on self-promotion in a desperate bid to salvage its terrible reputation, but momentum is truly with the anti-fur movement as more and more countries ban fur farming and more and more retailers go officially fur free.

We need to press home our advantage and make the most of our momentum. Please help us if you can.

 

TAKE ACTION

 

  • Order a campaign pack to help kick fur off the streets. Just send an email to info@respectforanimals.org and we’ll get a campaign pack to you.

  • DONATE and help us make fur history- once and for all.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.org/category/news/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For The Animals, An Eternal Treblinka.

When it comes to animals, all men are Nazis.

For them it’s an Eternal Treblinka.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to animals, all men are Nazis.

For them it’s an Eternal Treblinka.

 

 

Germany: Any Hope In The EU Intervening To Help Animals ? – NO.

SAV Comment

In the near future we hope to be able to publish 2 major articles on how the EU is failing animals.  We are producing these at the moment. Watch this space.

 

The EU and its Colonies

Above – EU Must Ensure Animal Welfare; or put it another way;

Animal rights activists are firmly convinced that the hell of the “useful” animals can only be improved by two measures:
1. People should stop eating meat and
2. The countries (at least in the EU area) should finally adopt an effective animal welfare law and respect it.

There are also a few, few who have invested great hope in the intervention of the EU. And still believe that the criminal circumstances, especially in the slaughterhouses, can only be abolished by laws, decisions and prohibitions by the EU.
They believe that an EU country can live well on subsidies and thus help animals.

But they forget the example of Romania, as with the EU’s subsidies for the strays and their sterilizations, some have become over one-night rich as “dog catcher “and professional animal killers.

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/01/10/romania-exposed-the-mass-dog-catcher-and-killer-from-brasov-romania-contact-your-meps-and-ask-them-to-take-action-now/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/26/romania-whats-new-about-romanian-politicians-bent-and-corrupt-mayor-emil-boc-refuses-to-take-action-against-animal-abusers-typical/ 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/05/22/romania-video-in-memory-of-the-botosani-shelter-victims/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/12/15/romania-exposed-dogcatchers-pocketing-eu-animal-welfare-provided-funds-for-themselves-why-animals-are-left-to-starve-and-die-the-eu-politicians-must-act/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/01/romania-exposed-conditions-at-public-shelter-mihailesti-one-of-bucharests-public-shelters-the-legacy-of-corrupt-politicians/ 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/01/romania-exposed-conditions-at-public-shelter-mihailesti-one-of-bucharests-public-shelters-the-legacy-of-corrupt-politicians/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/01/romania-exposed-conditions-at-public-shelter-mihailesti-one-of-bucharests-public-shelters-the-legacy-of-corrupt-politicians/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/02/if-the-situation-in-romania-teaches-us-one-thing-it-is-that-corruption-does-not-work-nor-does-stray-animal-killing-en-masse-sterilization-and-public-education-is-the-way-forward-to-reducing-sttra/ 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/10/12/swedish-mep-carl-schlyter-honorary-president-of-the-eu-animal-welfare-intergoup-talks-about-mass-dog-killings-in-romania/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/10/06/romania-9-former-ministers-face-corruption-charges-that-will-shake-the-political-scene-corruption-by-ministers-where-else-one-asks/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/02/02/romania-delegation-of-the-european-parliament-come-face-to-face-with-the-actual-reality-of-the-dog-shelters-in-romania/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/01/14/romania-death-is-the-master-in-romania-and-the-eu-accepts-it-without-question/ 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/07/06/romania-boycott-mangalia-until-the-dog-killing-mayor-cristian-radu-changes-his-attitude-to-strays/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/10/20/romania-serbia-mr-janusz-wojciechowski-mep-video-interview-killing-dogs-in-romania-just-the-same-as-killing-dogs-in-serbia/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/10/eu-121214-brussels-belgium-12-noon-massive-demo-for-slaughtered-romanian-dogs-see-info-below/

 

Today I will be more careful with the Dog Catchers business of Romania.
Because in Germany it is just like that at the moment, not with strays, but with wild boar.
In many German states, there are now livestock premiums to encourage local hunters to go hunting more often despite falling prices for wild boar meat.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the land gives the huntsman € 25 for each hunted animal, in Bavaria it is € 20.

I do not know how many are dreaming of EU membership.
All I know is that this dream can become a nightmare.

Because the biggest betrayal of the EU so far is the betrayal of the animals.

And for us too, who have been trying for years to persuade these lazy, high-paid and irreverent gang (the Members of the European Parliament) to do their duty.

Millions of petitions against animal transports were ignored.

Petitions against illegal crimes in German slaughterhouses were also ignored.

Undercover investigations by animal rights activists have recently shocked even carnivores and not vegan citizens of Germany.
For  some of those I send as a link below.

But the German government, with the arrogance and indifference of a country that is practically the EU, despises laws and agreements and allows itself to act according to the economic interests of the meat mafia, when and where it suits them. In its own country and in EU countries.

So Germany is no different than the EU dynasty with its 28 colonies. Poverty, credit, profits and economic crises favor the EU for poor countries.
Illegal animal transports, slaughterhouses-Dachau, animal farms like cemeteries support the EU for the animals.

I consider the EU (Germany) to be the moral and economic bankrupt of the 21st century.
And there’s no reason to keep this syndicate alive. No one!
It remains only to discuss how we can eliminate this extermination machine.

Best Regards

Venus

 

http://www.andreas-tierhilfe.de/category/0-earthlings-wieviel-wahrheit-vertraegst-du/waende-aus-glas-ein-blick-hinter-die-kulissen-der-tierwirtschaft-0-earthlings-wieviel-wahrheit-vertraegst-du/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztWTI4pUZpI

 

https://www.peta.de/schweinezucht-guenthersdorf#.WlTXWTcxlPZ

 

USA: 12/1/18 – Newsweek (USA) – Worth Reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Chaos in the Netherlands. There are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned,” Hoekstra said at the time. “With the influx of the Islamic community — and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands. All right?

 

After drubbing by media, Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for remarks

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/12/after-drubbing-by-the-press-trumps-netherlands-ambassador-apologizes-for-anti-muslim-remarks/?utm_term=.8f07cf3153cf 

 

 

 

http://www.newsweek.com/new-us-embassy-trump-hates-everyone-else-likes-779288

 

 

UN condemns reported Trump remarks on ‘s***hole countries’ as ‘racist’

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/un-condemns-reported-trump-remarks-on-s-hole-countries-as-racist-1.3352557 

 

The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea

Interesting Chart  in this article – 1 year on and so many appointments still not having been made.

Too many holidays playing golf in Florida ?  – it is called ‘priorities’ to most people who watch government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/01/12/daily-202-trump-has-no-nominees-for-245-important-jobs-including-an-ambassador-to-south-korea/5a57cce830fb0469e8840085/?utm_term=.e0ac32faca11 

 

MAGA ? – not really – more like through his actions isolating the USA from the rest of the world.   And that is the view from the UK – aka ‘Special Relationship’ and all that Jazz.

No doubt the mid terms later this year will show us all how the USA public really feel.

 

Another interesting article below – seems like Bush rather than Mr.  Obama – but then as we all know, anything ‘Obama’ is trashed by Trump.  He Knows best !

– Grosvenor Square vs Nine Elms: The $1bn US embassy saga behind Donald Trump’s ‘bad deal’ outburst

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/12/grosvenor-square-vs-nine-elms-1bn-us-embassy-saga-behind-donald/  

 

Norway Renames Itself ‘Shithole’ In Solidarity With Countries Trump Insulted

http://www.breakingburgh.com/norway-renames-shithole-solidarity-countries-trump-insulted/ 

For Republicans – the bit coloured red is Norway.  It is part of Europe.

 

 

 

 

USA: Tillerson May Sucker To Trump, But ExxonMobil Needs To Come Clean About Climate Change. Action Link Below.

‘Clean’ ?  – ExxonMobil Billings Refinery

 

Tell ExxonMobil to follow through on its promise to provide details on how climate change risks will impact its business.

ACTION ALERT
ExxonMobil is Feeling the Pressure

ExxonMobil is feeling the pressure from the public and shareholders to stop supporting climate deception and begin planning for a low-carbon future—let’s keep the pressure going!

Tell ExxonMobil it’s time to plan for climate change.

You’ve helped us shine a light on ExxonMobil’s funding of anti-climate lobbying groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the message is getting through. When ALEC drafted a resolution last month calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its science-based finding that global warming emissions are endangering the planet, Exxon opposed the resolution, distancing itself publicly from ALEC’s anti-climate stance. The resolution was eventually dropped.

Days later, in response to a shareholder-approved resolution that called on the company to report on how it is aligning its business with global climate action, ExxonMobil announced that its board will provide shareholders details on climate change risks and impacts to its business.

Unfortunately, ExxonMobil’s announcement to disclose climate risks is short on details. ExxonMobil should develop a business plan that takes climate science and the risks of fossil fuel investment seriously. And, while ExxonMobil called out ALEC on this instance of climate science disinformation, the company continues to fund them—despite ALEC’s track record of climate change denial. Additionally, just this week, ExxonMobil took the first steps toward suing state and local governments who are moving to hold energy companies accountable for the impacts of climate change.

ExxonMobil needs to know that we’re still watching, and that lip service isn’t enough.


Tell ExxonMobil to walk the talk on climate change and truly align their business with climate action.

One critical first step is to follow through on its promise to provide details on how climate change will impact its business.

Yours sincerely,
Ortal Ullman
Outreach Coordinator
Climate & Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

 

 

USA; Wake Up And Do Something About Him ! – But Do Republicans Care ?

 

Serbia: Milica Is On The Streets. She Needs A Forever Home Or Sponsorship To Keep Her Safe From The Dogcatchers. Can You Help ? – See Facebook Link Below.

THIS BEAUTIFUL DOG IS MILICA.

She is living on the streets and has nothing and nobody.

One very kind rescuer, Andjelka Matijevic helps her by feeding her and she has had her spayed already to ensure she doesnt end up pregnant to some other street dog bringing more unwanted pups into the world.

But, this gentle quiet dog needs a home. She has no sponsors, nothing.

Maybe because she isnt aesthetically as beautiful as many other cute and fluffy dogs, but this is one very special diamond girl. She loves children, and plays beautifully with them. She adores other dogs, and has no issue at all with any other dog. We have no idea how she would react to cats, but bearing in mind she lives on the streets, Im sure she has learned to live alongside the many cats and other dogs on the streets whilst she seeks out some small pittance of survival.

She is helped with food most days by the very kind Andjelka Matijevic, but she has no chance and never will have unless somebody can offer her a loving forever home. She will spend the rest of her life, whether thats long or short on the street unless she gets a chance of a new life.

A more gentle, affectionate dog you couldnt wish to meet. This is a lovely lovely girl who needs a home. Please think about giving her a chance. Just one little chance is all she needs to turn her very sad abandoned life around

If you can offer her a home, or even sponsorship to be safe in pension and off the streets, its just 50euros per month or £46 UK to keep her safe in a pension every month

… so she doesnt risk being hit by a car or even poisoned by the public, or caught by the dog catchers.

If you can offer one of the above solutions, please contact the very kind Andjelka Matijevic to let her know you are interested in helping sweet Milica.

Do one good thing this year, help a dog in need if you can.

Facebook link for enquiries – https://www.facebook.com/andjelka.matijevic.5

 

 

 

 

UK Government Attempts To Lead The Way Regarding Plastic Pollution.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42639359

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.

The commitment is part of the government’s 25-year plan to improve the natural environment.

Under the government’s plan, supermarkets will be urged to introduce “plastic-free” aisles while taxes and charges on single-use items such as takeaway containers will be considered.

Mrs May said she would put the oceans firmly on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/10/theresa-may-proposes-plastic-free-supermarket-aisles-in-green-strategy

She said: “Today I can confirm that the UK will demonstrate global leadership. We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates.”

Greenpeace said the announcements on plastics were “a missed opportunity”, with a particular omission being no plans for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, which the group said was shown to work well.

He (Minister Gove) added that Brexit would not result in a reduction in environmental protection: “I’ve already said that we want to set the global gold standard when it comes to the environment, and for animal welfare.”

 

SAV Comment –

Another issue of the UK doing what the EU does not have the balls to do.  As we have said before, after Brexit the UK will enforce even better animal welfare legislation. Can we suggest (pictures below) a few who should look, listen and learn about plastic pollution from what the UK is setting out – money is not the solution to all problems; it probably creates most of them.  UK campaigners don’t give up – and they eventually get the changes required.  Trump; you can smirk; your future is in doubt now.

 

 

 

USA: Positive Long Term News For Reef Fish ?

Aloha Mark,

Last year, with the help of thousands of Turtle Island Restoration Network supporters, we urged Hawaiian state legislators to support a bill that would have ended the unsustainable aquarium trade in reef fish.

The aquarium trade snatches wild fish from coral reefs, puts them in plastic bags, and ships them off to be sold for private aquariums. As you can imagine, a staggering 99% of these animals die within a year and require replacement.

Some activists have estimated that half a million fish are caught every month by this industry. Our coral reefs simply can not handle this extraction – the fish need to stay on the reef where they belong!

The bill made it through both houses and ended up on Governor David Ige’s desk where, much to our disappointment, he vetoed it.

Fortunately, a separate litigation track was underway by an allied organization.

Last week, in response to a favorable court ruling, the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources announced that no aquatic life may be taken for commercial aquarium purposes off West Hawai‘i until an environmental review is completed.

Stopping the aquarium trade will help protect Hawaii’s magnificent marine fish including yellow tangs, Potter’s angelfish, blueline butterflyfish, moorish idols, and so many more.

Let’s celebrate this victory!

But as with any victory, we must stay vigilant, especially as the environmental review is conducted.

Stay tuned for how you can help us watchdog the environmental review process to make sure that Hawaiian coral reefs are truly protected from this devastating industry.

Mahalo,

Cheryl King, Hawai`i Program Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network

 

Above Photos 1: Bruce Weyermann / Photo 2: Robert Wintner

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK: Animal Welfare – UK Politics Stance.

 

Above – The Animals In War Memorial – London.

SAV Comment

The following is taken from the UK Politics site.  As such, there are no petitions or actions required – it is for a read only.  We do not necessarily agree with everything said, but it is quite a good source of past info – dates of welfare campaign groups creation, why they were formed etc.  SAV.

 

 

The British Angle – What is Animal Welfare?

Animal welfare relates to the general health and well-being of animals and covers a wide range of issues, from the care of family pets to concerns about exploitation and abuse.

Animal rights are hotly debated. Proponents stress the helplessness and vulnerability of animals and campaign for their protection, particularly in areas such as medical research and factory farming. Others take a more pragmatic approach, insisting that the ever-increasing demand for better medicines and more food should take priority over the rights of animals.

However, few in Britain today would argue against the need to protect animals from suffering and there are many organisations which continue to campaign vigorously for animal rights.

Background

Britain could claim to be something of a world leader in animal welfare, having been responsible for the first ever animal welfare legislation and the first animal welfare charity.

In 1822 the ‘Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle’ was steered through the House of Commons by Irish MP Richard Martin – known as ‘Humanity Dick’ because of his campaigning for both animal and human rights.

The act stated that if any person or persons “shall wantonly and cruelly beat, abuse, or ill-treat any horse, mare, gelding, mule, ass, ox, cow, heifer, steer, sheep, or other cattle” they would be fined a sum “not exceeding five pounds, not less than ten shillings”; failure to pay the fine would result in a prison sentence of up to three months.

Not everyone appeared to take the new law seriously, however, and there were concerns that the legislation was not being properly implemented. Consequently, in order to provide greater protection for animals, Richard Martin, together with the Reverend Arthur Broome and fellow MP and slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce, founded the world’s first animal welfare charity, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), in a London coffee shop in 1824.

The charity subsequently attracted the patronage of Queen Victoria and went on to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), well-known today as one of the world’s leading animal welfare organisations.

Other animal charities began to be established towards the end of the 19th century and some, like the RSPCA, are still going strong today.

The Mayhew Animal Home, for example, founded in 1886 to protect “the lost and starving dogs and cats of London“, is still rescuing and providing shelter for thousands of animals every year; and the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) set up in 1891 to protect dogs from torture and mistreatment of any kind, today operates as the Dogs Trust and has become the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.

Animal experimentation also became a major issue around that time. Although live animals had been used in research for many years, it was not until the late 19th century that anti-vivisection societies began to organise concerted opposition to the practice.

Five of the societies merged in 1898 to form the British Union, which later became the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. Support for the movement grew rapidly and today the BUAV and many other national and international groups are continuing to campaign for an end to all animal experimentation.

The work of the various charities was supported by the introduction of further legislation which was gradually expanded to cover domestic and other animals.

The 1911 Protection of Animals Act was introduced to “consolidate, amend, and extend certain enactments relating to Animals and to Knackers”.

The Act made it an offence of cruelty to “cruelly beat, kick, ill-treat, over-ride, over-drive, over-load, torture, infuriate, or terrify any animal” or permit an animal to be so used; to “convey or carry, or permit to be conveyed or carried, any animal in such manner or position as to cause that animal any unnecessary suffering”; to “cause or assist at the fighting or baiting of any animal”; to “administer, or cause administration of, any poisonous or injurious drug or substance to any animal; and to “cause or permit any animal to any operation which is performed without due care and humanity”.

Any person found guilty of such an offence of cruelty would be liable to a fine “not exceeding twenty-five pounds”; and/or be imprisoned, “with or without hard labour,” for a term “not exceeding six months”.

Further Acts were passed throughout the 20th century. These included the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925; the Pet Animals Act 1951 (amended 1983); the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963; the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970; and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, which amended and extended the provisions of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and the Breeding of Dogs Act 1991.

In 2006 the most significant piece of animal welfare legislation was passed. The Animal Welfare Act (in force April 2007) largely repealed and replaced the 1911 Protection of Animals Act, strengthened and updated the provisions of that Act, and consolidated and updated several other pieces of animal welfare legislation.

In addition, the Act introduced a new offence of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal. Any person responsible for an animal must ensure that five specific needs of the animal are met:

(a) its need for a suitable environment,
(b) its need for a suitable diet,
(c) its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
(d) any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and
(e) its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

The Act also made it an offence to dock the whole or any part of a dog’s tail, unless that dog is a certified working dog of not more than five days old.

Anyone found guilty of offences under the Act could be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or given a prison sentence.

The Animal Welfare Act also provides for secondary legislation and codes of practice to be introduced to further promote the welfare of animals. The Government has already introduced codes of practice for the welfare of dogs, cats, horses and primates and is continuing to review other areas where similar updates could be made.

European animal welfare legislation is based on the recognition that all animals, from pets to farm animals, are sentient beings – i.e. they have powers of perception and feeling. A legally binding protocol attached to the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam recognised animals as “sentient beings” and this recognition was strengthened in the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 which included animal sentience as an Article in the main body of the Treaty.

The 1998 EU Council Directive 98/58 on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes set out minimum common standards of protection for animals of all species, including fish, reptiles, or amphibians, kept for the production of food, wool, skin, fur, or for other farming purposes.

The Directive was transposed into UK law via the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (amended 2007). Although the Community legislation lays down only minimum standards, the EC has said that national governments “may adopt more stringent rules provided they are compatible with the provisions of the Treaty.” Specific rules continue to apply to laying hens, calves, pigs and broilers.

In 2006 the European Commission presented its first Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals which mapped out the Commission’s planned animal welfare initiatives for 2006-2010. 

The EU subsequently published a new Animal Welfare strategy for 2012-2015, which lays the foundation for improving welfare standards during that period and aims to ensure the same high standards are applied and enforced in all EU countries.

According to the EU, the new strategy has “important implications” in that it seeks to improve how Europe’s 2 billion chickens, egg-laying hens and turkeys, and 300 million cows, pigs, goats and sheep, are housed, fed, transported and slaughtered. In addition, it covers animals used for experimentation (about 12 million per year) and animals living in zoos.

However, several animal welfare organisations and individuals remain concerned that animals in other parts of the world do not have the same kind of legislative protection and are supporting a campaign, organised by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), to secure a commitment at the United Nations for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW).

The UDAW would be an international agreement that animals are sentient beings, that animal welfare needs must be respected and that animal cruelty must end. The campaign is reported to have over two million supporters worldwide and the WSPA believes that securing such a commitment at the UN would create the required pressure for governments to put in place firm laws and enforcement for animal welfare.

Controversies

Animal welfare and animal rights seem to attract more controversy than almost any other issues, one of the most obvious examples being the antithetical views of vegans and livestock farmers.

Vegans believe that animals are intelligent creatures capable of feeling pain and are “not ours to eat”. They oppose the use of all animal products and claim that vegan or vegetarian diets are more healthy and nutritious. They also believe that rearing animals for food is bad for the environment and inefficient and suggest that world food shortages could be solved by farming crops rather than animals.

However, vegans and vegetarians are still in a minority in the UK and the demand for meat and dairy products shows little sign of diminishing. Nevertheless there is a growing interest in the way food is produced and the treatment of animals in that process.

This has been largely a response to disturbing reports about the cruel treatment of animals in ‘factory farming’ – one of the most controversial and emotive issues – where the maximum number of animals are crammed into the minimum amount of space, unable to move freely, denied any kind of normal life and reduced to nothing more than products on a factory production line.

Horrific reports of hens trapped in tiny wire cages piled one on top of another forced unnaturally to lay the maximum amount of eggs; thousands of chickens crammed into one small shed, fattened up quickly to obtain the maximum amount of chicken meat; breeding pigs kept in small metal crates etc., have all resulted in more consumers calling for ethically-sourced products, a cause taken up by celebrity chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.

Relentless campaigning by animal welfare organisations has had some success. The entire European Union is phasing out battery cages by 2012 and several Directives have been issued for adoption by member states in relation to improving the welfare of calves, chickens and pigs, with provision for further measures to be introduced in the future.

Proposals for large-scale dairy farms are also opposed. Following a year of intense campaigning by groups and individuals, a plan for a 3,770 cow ‘mega dairy’ in Nocton, Lincolnshire was finally withdrawn in February 2011 after objections were raised by the Environment Agency.

Farmers, however, are adamant that animal welfare is a priority for them. The National Farmers Union has said that factory farming “is not normal” in the UK and suggests that the Red Tractor assurance scheme, launched in 2000 to raise standards right across the food chain, is “a proven indicator of good animal welfare compliance.”

The Red Tractor kitemark now appears on billions of packs of meat, poultry and dairy products and is intended to reassure consumers that these products have been produced to the highest standards of animal welfare and environmental protection.

Another highly emotive and controversial issue is animal experimentation, whether that involves testing cosmetics and household products on animals, or using animals in medical research. Opponents believe that it is ethically unacceptable for animals to suffer physical or psychological pain during these tests.

They also argue that because of the differences between humans and other animal species, test results can be misleading. The Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research claims that “in some instances, reliance on inaccurate animal ‘models’ of human disease have undoubtedly delayed medical progress.”

Proponents, however, insist that animal research has played, and is continuing to play, a vital role in treating and preventing many illnesses and diseases once thought incurable. Nevertheless, research is continuing into finding new ways to further promote the 3Rs scheme – to “reduce, refine and replace” the use of animals in research.

 

The fur trade is another cause of concern for animal welfare supporters. Although fur farming is banned in the UK, fur products can still be sold here. However, fur coats are no longer the must-have fashion item they once were following an intensive anti-fur campaign by animal welfare groups. Many high-profile celebrities and fashion designers have rejected fur and several stores now refuse to stock fur products.

Nevertheless the fur trade appears to be thriving, with several international designers still featuring fur in their collections. The British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) believes that “wild or farmed, fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource that is kind to the environment and respectful of animals’ welfare.” The BFTA is a member of the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) which claims to “promote strict codes of practice that meet or exceed established and accepted animal welfare standards for wild and farmed fur.” Both the BFTA and IFTF “strongly condemn cruelty to animals and do not trade in endangered species.”

But Animal Defenders International claims that animals raised on fur farms or trapped in the wild are subject to “very cruel methods”. According to ADI, “what is of paramount concern to the fur farmers is not the welfare of the animals, but the preservation of their fur and through these methods, although incredibly painful for the animals, the fur is kept intact.”

And despite the BFTA and IFTF insisting that they “strongly condemn trade in endangered species”, the ADI remains concerned that threatened species are being illegally poached and traded for their skins, contributing to the extinction of species such as tigers, leopards and ocelots.

These concerns are shared by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the charity believes that the internet has created new challenges in the fight against trade in endangered species. The IFWA is calling for “robust domestic legislation” and an international action plan to tackle illegal wildlife trade on the internet.

Several organisations are also campaigning for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, arguing that the conditions in which the animals are kept, the training techniques to which they are subjected, and the tricks they are forced to perform, are demeaning, cruel and inappropriate for animals of this kind.

Following a public consultation exercise in 2010 with animal welfare organisations and the circus industry, the Government decided against a ban, and instead published a “tough new licensing scheme” in May 2011, which Defra said would ensure that any circuses in England wishing to show wild animals “will need to demonstrate that they meet high animal welfare standards” before they are granted a licence to keep those animals.

However, this failed to satisfy campaigners and in June 2011 a backbench business debate tabled by a Conservative MP, which had cross-party support, resulted in a unanimous vote in favour of a ban. Consequently MPs and campaigners are now pressing the Government to reconsider its decision in light of the vote and introduce a ban some time next year.

Animal welfare organisations are equally concerned about domestic wild animals which are often regarded as pests or predators by farmers and land owners. Badger culling to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis is one of the main controversies. Bovine TB is a major problem for farmers, but a recent long-term review has concluded that culling is ineffective and suggests vaccination is a better long-term solution. This view is supported by the Badger Trust which believes that the way forward is an injectable and/or an oral vaccine for badgers and also ideally a vaccine for cattle.

Deer stalking, fox snaring and the trapping of wild birds and mammals are all equally controversial and fiercely opposed by animal welfare organisations. But the British Association for Shooting and Conservation argues that pest and predator control is a necessary and integral part of conservation and wildlife management. However, the BASC also stresses that “it is the responsibility of all those involved in pest and predator control to ensure their methods are legal, humane and carried out with sensitivity and respect for other countryside users.”

Domestic pets, in particular dogs, are often the subject of controversy, the most recent being ‘handbag dogs’ and ‘status dogs’.

The current fashion started by ‘celebrities’ for carrying bichon frise, chihuahuas, shih tzus and other tiny dogs in handbags has been strongly criticised by animal charities who warn that the dogs’ ability to behave normally is being restricted, which can in turn lead to behavioural problems. According to The Blue Cross, the number of miniature dogs given up or abandoned has more than tripled in the past five years.

So-called ‘status dogs’ such as Rottweillers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are bought to give their owners a tougher image; they are also used for dog fighting and to intimidate other people. In addition to concerns about human safety, the RSPCA reports that these ‘status dogs’ often suffer violence at the hands of their owners and are forced to take part in fights which result in the dogs sustaining serious injuries.

The Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group (DDASG) and Lord Redesdale criticised the Government for what they saw as its part in the ongoing problem of ‘status dogs’ by making them appeal to those wishing to intimidate others and rebel against the existing law.

Lord Redesdale said: “Banning the Pit Bull Terrier in 1991 was a huge mistake. Creating a picture to the general public that certain breeds of dog are dangerous and others not is hugely irresponsible.” 

Reproduced from http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/animal-welfare

 

So there it is in short – and why the British view on animal welfare goes back a long time.

We fight on, trying to improve generally good legislation when we can.

One thing is for sure, when the UK formally leaves the EU, animal welfare legislation will improve even more.

The UK will take back control of the UK; and as a result, UK animal welfare groups will campaign even harder for even better welfare legislation.

You  could say that for the UK, the animal welfare future is looking good. SAV.

 

 

Germany: 888,000 Euros Of EU Money Awarded To A Pig Abusing Unit. Any Wonder Why People Have No Faith In The EU; Or Maybe Want To Leave !

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=qXMDBNGGetY

 

 

The pictures that PETA published from this pig farm in Günthersdorf (Friedland) are no exception – it is the rule in the German pig farms.

In August 2017, PETA filed a complaint with the competent public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt (Oder) for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

For many serious violations of the Livestock Farming Ordinance.

In addition, the veterinary office of the Oder-Spree district was informed about the abuses.

But the catastrophic conditions were not turned off.

As we see in Video, (and here, nobody needs translation) the pigs have to live in their own excrement in this farm. Coughing animals were documented because of the ammonia.

Also, tumors, eye infections, injured limbs were documented. Many pigs are bitten and bloodied from other pigs on the tips of their ears, because these intelligent and clean animals permanently suffer from boredom, stress and catastrophic living conditions.

Finally, if the costs in the farm are higher than the “economic value” of the animal, it is not uncommon to kill – legally and illegally. Also in this operation (video) dying and already dead animals were documented.

They will end up in the garbage – after a painful life.

PETA has already documented and published massive animal protection violations in this pig farm in Günthersdorf, Brandenburg.

But nothing has been done by either the policy or the veterinary office.

The pig farm belongs to the farmer AG Neißetal, which was subsidized by the EU in 2016 for more than 888,000 Euros,

– among other things for their livestock husbandry!!!

 

 

 

Please read the petition (I did the translation in English) and sign.

Best regards to all

Venus

 

The petition (Translation in English)

 

Signature campaign:
Petition: Please help the pigs in Brandenburg

Dear Prime Minister,

PETA was again able to publish the massive animal suffering in a Brandenburg pig farm.
This case clearly shows that the problem lies in the system.

Sensitive and intelligent creatures are adapted to a construct that pursues purely economic interests.

The pictures illustrate how animals will be handled in 2017: ailing, heavily stalled animal houses and dirty feed and water troughs. Sick and dying pigs can be seen, also dead and injured animals can be found in the inventory. Bloody ear tips and completely gnawed ticks are only an indication of the psychological and physical stress the animals have to endure.

It is well known how clean and intelligent pigs are, which is why they cannot be kept close to species in the withered and barren bays. In addition, they often make the hard-slatted floors and the air, which is usually contaminated with ammonia, sick.
Controls seem to fail once again – or are such conditions in Brandenburg of economic interest wanted?

I therefore urge you to end the suffering of the pigs in this farm and to take measures so that the torments of all pigs in Brandenburg come to an end.

Original Petition in German (Link)

https://www.peta.de/schweinezucht-guenthersdorf#.WlTe4zcxlPY

Notes to help complete the petition:

Vorname* = First name
Nachname* = Surname
PLZ/ORT* =Postal code / place of residence: XXXXX
Land*= Country (Your residence):
E-Mail*= E-mail address
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*Pflichtangaben=Required Fields

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Jetzt unterschreiben = Please sign!

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USA News – 9/1/18.

 

 

Mark, thank you for donating to the Center for Biological Diversity last year. Every dollar saves lives; every gift goes toward our love of the wild

Here’s what we accomplished together in 2017:LITIGATED: No environmental group sued Trump more than we did in 2017. We’ve filed 46 lawsuits — and counting — to beat back threats to the air we breathe, the water we drink, our climate, wildlife, public lands and public health, and we’re not about to stop now.

ACTIVATED: Through Ignite Change and other grassroots work, we mobilized more than 15,000 people across the country to stand up and speak out every time Trump and Congress try to harm wildlife, weaken pollution laws, destroy public lands or attack vulnerable communities.

ILLUMINATED: We filed more than 500 Freedom of Information Act requests to expose the Trump administration and those in Congress who value profits and pollution over people and wildlife.

PROTECTED: We secured Endangered Species Act protection for eight species. And we successfully defended 750,000 acres of protected habitat for jaguars, 6,500 acres for dusky gopher frogs and 120 million acres for polar bears.

Our promise to you for 2018: We won’t let up.

We’re in the fight of our lives for endangered wildlife and the places they live, and we’re glad you’re in that fight with us.

 

 

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

Dear Mark,

The Trump administration is taking its war on wildlife to the oceans.

In its latest bid to sell out our public resources, the Trump administration recently announced its intentions to expose nearly all U.S. coastal waters to dirty and dangerous oil and gas exploration.

Act Now: Demand that our marine wildlife and oceans be protected from destructive oil and gas drilling.

A new five-year offshore oil leasing plan, presented last Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, puts coastal communities and countless marine wildlife species in real danger.

This administration is blatantly ignoring the lessons of spills like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe – and adding insult to injury, this new plan comes just days after a proposal to repeal the offshore drilling safety regulations that were put in place to prevent a disaster like that from ever happening again.

Stop this madness! Take action now and tell Secretary Zinke our oceans aren’t for sale.

In 2010, the world watched in horror as oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico. Bottlenose dolphins washed up dead on our shores, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles – the world’s most endangered sea turtles – were killed by the thousands and seabirds like laughing gulls sustained losses of nearly 40 percent of their populations.

We can’t let wildlife ever pay that price again.

Drilling in our oceans is a dangerous and dirty business even when there is no major disaster. Seismic blasting can deafen marine mammals like whales and dolphins; small, routine spills poison birds, turtles and other marine life; and undersea pipelines, dumping and drilling infrastructure further contaminate ocean ecosystems.

At a time when our planet needs to reduce its dependence on oil and gas in the face of climate change, the Trump administration is proposing a massive expansion that only increases the risks of climate disasters, contamination and harm to wildlife and coastal communities.

We won’t let our oceans run thick with oil that poisons precious marine wildlife and ecosystems – and we know you won’t either.

Stand with us and demand that Secretary Zinke’s ill-conceived plan get torn up.

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife

 

 

Dear Mark — Founder ‘Serbian Animals Voice’,

From rescuing dogs caught up in the gruesome dog meat trade,

to fighting painful animal testing, to assisting thousands of

animals affected by disasters,

you have made a difference for ALL animals in 2017—thank you.


Humane Society International is working to end suffering across the globe

in all its forms, and we can’t do it without your support.

Thank you for making 2017 a big year for animals.

With you by our side, we are making positive changes every day.

Sincerely,

Kitty Block
President
Humane Society International

 

Who would you rather protect ?

 

 

 

 

 

Take Action Now To Create An Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

To avoid the worst effects of climate change and protect biodiversity, we need to safeguard more than 30% of our oceans by 2030, so let’s kick this off with the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary! [1]

 

Our oceans help us fight climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, they’re home to incredible marine life and they provide livelihoods for millions of people. By protecting our oceans, we can ensure that the ecosystems which perform these essential services for human life continue to function.

On top of that, we’ll also be creating a safe haven for whales, penguins and even the unbelievable colossal squids who call the Antarctic home – free from the influence of destructive fishing industries.

Add your name now so that we know you’re keen to be a part of the campaign for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary!

 

SIGN THE PETITION

Imagine being able to tick off ‘Created the largest protected area on Earth’ from your list at the end of the year! That would be an incredible feeling to share together, knowing that we each played a part. And we know we can do it. It’s going to be an exciting campaign, so please let us know if you’d like to be a part of it.

For the Antarctic,

Alix, Andy, Martin, Lucero, Suzy and the whole team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific

NOTES:

[1] Read more about the 30% target here: https://portals.iucn.org/congress/motion/053

 

 

 

 

EU: Mr Junker and His Cronies Finally Realise That The UK Is Not Coming Back To An EU Of Non Enforcement !

Above:  Mr ‘I can do nothing’ Van Goethem

Above -Mr Junker

 

SAV Comment

If Junker and his cronies made sure that the EU actually enforced Existing EU legislation rather than ignoring it and not prosecuting, then maybe the UK would have voted to remain in the EU.  The cause ?- an ineffective Junker and Commissioners.  All talk and no action.  Ask the EU animals being transported live to Turkey for example – does EU animals in transport (Reg 1/2005) protect them? – NO.  So why should the UK pay all this money when Junker is so useless ?

EU’s Juncker: Don’t believe Brexit won’t happen

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he believes Brexit will happen and the EU should tackle its looming budget shortfall.

“Don’t believe those who say that it’s not going to happen and that people in the UK have realised their error… I don’t think that’s going to be the case,” he told a Brussels conference.

The EU budget commissioner said the UK’s departure would leave a hole of about €12-13bn (£11-12bn; $14-$16bn).

The UK’s exit is set for March 2019.

50% spending Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said the budget gap would have to be closed with cuts and 50% fresh money. He suggested a Europe-wide tax on plastic products as a source of extra revenue.

The Commission will publish a proposal in May this year and has urged EU leaders to agree a budget deal by May 2019.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and former Prime Minister Tony Blair are among the prominent voices arguing that Brexit can still be reversed, possibly by holding a new referendum on whatever deal is reached on the UK withdrawal.

§  The key Brexit dates in 2018

§  Brexit talks to move to next stage – EU

§  Brexit: All you need to know

The EU is bracing for hard bargaining between the bloc’s net contributors and net recipients for the next budget period, 2020-2026. The UK is currently among the major net contributors.


What do the EU budget figures mean?

By Adam Fleming, BBC News, Brussels

§  €1 trillion – Rough amount that will be spent by the EU in 2014-2020, including on agriculture, energy, regional policy and administration

§  €12-13bn – Permanent hole left in the budget each year by the UK’s departure, according to the European Commission

§  1% – Size of the EU budget as a proportion of the European economy; Mr Juncker wants it to go up

§  85% – Size of eurozone as share of total EU economy after UK’s departure – up from 73%, showing a shift of power to the eurozone after Brexit


There will have to be cuts in some major [EU] programmes – some significant cuts,” Mr Oettinger warned.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will honour its current commitments to the EU budget, until 2020.

The UK is one of 10 member states who pay more into the EU budget than they get out. Only France and Germany contribute more.

According to UK Treasury figures, the UK’s net contribution for 2014/15 was £8.8bn. The total contribution was more, but the UK received a £4.6bn rebate. That annual rebate was won by the late Margaret Thatcher.

In 2014/15, Poland was the largest beneficiary, followed by Hungary and Greece.

On Monday the veteran pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage met EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. “Mr Barnier clearly did not understand why Brexit happened,” he said after the meeting.

 

 

SAV Comment  – None of them do understand why Nigel – or certainly they will not admit – they want to blame the UK for THEIR FAILINGS.  Its called NON ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING EU REGULATIONS.  Aka 1/2005 for the protection of animals during transport – the best joke in the EU.

 

Junker – ‘I have this vision that someday in the distant future, the EU WILL actually enforce existing EU Regulations – then we can say that we have actually done what we are paid to do’

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42609057

 

 

 

USA: Stop the lies, stop the suffering. Tell the USDA To Put Animal Welfare Ahead of Corporate Interests.

Stop the lies, stop the suffering.

Action required BEFORE 17th January – please act now.

Dear Mark,

We need your help.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is once again putting corporate interests ahead of animal welfare and consumer rights.

In December, the USDA announced plans to scrap the Organic Animal Rule requiring organic farmers to raise their animals more humanely than animals on factory farms. The agency seems determined to ignore the fact that tens of thousands of you spoke up over many years in support of the new rule.

As required by law, USDA has opened one last comment period before it intends to pull the plug for good.

We only have until January 17 to tell it that this decision is irresponsible and unacceptable.

Most people assume that “USDA Organic” farm animals spend time outdoors, with the sun on their backs and grass beneath them. But in reality, the Organic program has only a handful of poorly defined, completely inadequate animal care standards.

Some large-scale “organic” farms take advantage of this and keep animals crammed indoors. The Organic Animal Rule would finally define outdoor access and provide other basic protections for farm animals so all organic farms would be required to give their animals better lives.

If the USDA succeeds in killing this rule, it would put the 100 million animals raised on organic farms each year in danger and prioritize the profits of a few companies at the expense of consumers, who expect better when they pay a premium for Organic products.

We have just over one week left to fight back, so please take action before it’s too late.

If you believe farm animals deserve to be treated humanely, please visit ASPCA.org to quickly and easily submit a comment to the USDA demanding the Organic Rule be implemented as promised.

 

Alternatively, use the link given below – SAV.

On behalf of America’s farm animals, thank you.

Action link -must be BEFORE 17th January 2018.

https://www.aspca.org/usda-organic-rule?ms=em_ade_organic-rule-20180108&initialms=em_ade_organic-rule-20180108&utm_source=organic-rule-20180108&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=advocacy&rMB5yJgtK53abFnkKXV6STA7TYWofc76VfY67gmM8mlSffNXIBrLLIMyOyxo3D6p50LBD8kQN0aCGDQ7CNEn6vRHv4YOAiCF%2BTbCwho5sfj7QBwaFSr2A5zoQQsSBw2pbvYSsRbr75U6j%2B3%2FinkhUGKyKfvh%2BC6r%2BX2aX%2BGy82QNFTPN6ug3ZrePpSOifCAd&eml_name=20178.01.08%20-%20USDA%20Organic%20Rule%20(FINAL)%20remainder&eml_id=12704651&spMailingID=12704651&spUserID=NjAzOTc4MDY1ODQS1&spJobID=1320693088&spReportId=MTMyMDY5MzA4OAS2 

 

 

 

 

Canada: Does This Nations Government Have A Clue About Animal Welfare ?

Maybe the Canadian government in its ignorance thinks that chicken should be frozen BEFORE it arrives at the slaughterhouse !!

 

Condemned by animal advocates as the worst in the Western world, Canada’s farmed-animal-transport regulations permit incredible suffering, and this becomes most apparent during times of extreme weather.

Decades old, the regulations are the worst in the Western world, lagging behind the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and even the United States.

Largely as a result of Canada’s weak regulations,

8.4 MILLION animals in 2013 arrived at slaughterhouses dead from the arduous journey,

or so sick or injured that they were declared

unfit for human consumption.

 

 

Is this abuse or what ? – Our post from 2014 !

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/01/10/canada-canada-transport-truck-outside-toronto-slaughterhouse-jan-8-2014-animals-frozen-to-sides-floor/

 

Slaughter animals freeze in truck

 

Right now countless animals are freezing to death on transport trucks.

It’s legal in Canada to truck animals to slaughter in open-sided trucks—even in EXTREME cold.

How messed up is that?

Workers at Canada’s largest slaughterhouse, Maple Lodge Farms, which kills half a million chickens every day, have described chickens arriving to slaughter, frozen solid like “hockey pucks” and “popsicles”.

Government statistics show at least 1.59 million animals arriving dead at slaughterhouses every year.”

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-must-do-better-to-protect-freezing-animals-in-transport/article37521254/

 

https://www.animaljustice.ca/blog/weak-transport-regulations-sentence-millions-farmed-animals-suffer-die/

 

http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/transportation/code

 

 

 

England: Well Done Carrie – With You 110%. Guts !

UK citizens will know what this is about.

 

Serbia: Please Help Svetlana Help The Strays Of Bor. Facebook Link Below.

 

Today orthodox people celebrate Christmas. I celebrate my birthday. For all of them it is one more day, nothing to celebrate. They are no one’s dogs, wandering streets of Bor (Serbia) hungry or thirsty, hot or cold, scared of some people who believe they don’t deserve to live, today alive, tomorrow might be dead;. dreaming about their forever home and warm human touch.. me and Jovan Joja Cvetkovic are doing our best to get as many as possible of them safe, to make them happy as much as possible..  Food, medical help, vaccines, dog kennels, etc is always more than needed, No donation is small!
PayPal:svetlanad781@gmail.com
Or
PayPal:jojacvetko@gmail.com
Thank you 😌

 

https://www.facebook.com/jojinenjuskicejojasdogs/

 

 

 

 

UK: One Fifth Of The Population Now Takes Action On Campaigns.

UPDATE 7/1/18

 

SAV Comment – If she thinks a free vote on killing wildlife is going to get her re-elected;  then she should think again.  Over 80% of the British  public support the continuation of the hunting ban.  Note she says a ‘clear message’ has been sent from the public. And many of those want to see the ban strengthened.     Is Mrs May showing signs for once of listening to the public ?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42594068

Theresa May has dropped a manifesto pledge to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament.

The Tories had promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and wild mammals in England and Wales – during the 2017 general election campaign.

But the prime minister told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show there was a “clear message” against it from the public.

“I think there was a clear message about that and that’s why I say there won’t be a vote on fox-hunting during this parliament.”

Labour said the move was “long overdue” and called on ministers to take tough action against those who continue to conduct illegal fox hunts.

The League Against Cruel Sports said hunting was a “barbaric” practice “which still sees British wildlife being torn to pieces by packs of hounds”.

“It appears that the government now accepts that cruel sports should no longer be a part of 21st Century society so it’s good to know they won’t try to legalise it again in this Parliament, though they may try again in the next,” said spokesman Chris Pitt.

The group also called for stronger action against illegal hunting which it said was being carried out in the name of “trail hunting”.

 

Mrs May’s predecessor, David Cameron, (Below), had promised a free vote on whether to repeal the ban in England and Wales when he was in power, but it never materialised.

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We’ve just hit 15 million users in the UK!

That’s one fifth of the population signing petitions, standing up against injustice and creating unbelievable change.

 

https://twitter.com/UKChange/status/931181934855770112

 

 

https://www.change.org/en-GB

 

 

 

Canada: (Toronto) – Restaurant Crudely Hacking Off The Arms and Legs of Flailing Octopus. Video Proof.

 

On the heels of our eyewitness investigation of restaurants

that serve live animals in New York City and Los Angeles,

PETA has now exposed similar atrocities in restaurants in Canada.

 

ACTION 1

Please consider calling and getting friends, family, and associates to make polite phone calls to Marado Sushi at 905-707-0546 and Gal’s Sushi at 905-597-0176, urging them to remove live animals from their menus.

 

 

At Marado Sushi in Toronto, (Just Google search the name for full details) PETA captured footage of a chef crudely hacking off the arms and legs of a flailing octopus.

The writhing limbs were then served to diners in a dish called “sannakji.” We filed a complaint with the Ontario SPCA, which—agreeing that octopuses are protected by cruelty-to-animals legislation—promptly informed Marado Sushi of the law.

But Marado Sushi continues to serve sannakji by chopping the heads off live octopuses before dicing up their limbs, and other restaurants continue to mutilate and serve live animals.

Others “prepare” live shrimp and lobsters by cutting off their tails and plating them next to their flailing heads—all for the sake of diners’ entertainment.

Please speak out against butchering and serving live animals.

Join us in urging Toronto restaurants to stop butchering and

serving live animals.

Together, we can prevent an enormous amount of suffering.

All you have to do is take action today. 

See link below.

 

 

ACTION 2

TAKE ACTION –

https://investigations.peta.org/canadian-restaurants-serving-live-animals/?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0118::veg::PETA::E-Mail::pe%20live%20eating%20email::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=32043&forwarded=true

 

 

 

 

Germany / France: Hunting News From Venus.

(The second incident was in France)

 

A hunter was attacked by a boar on a trail hunt near Greifswald and seriously injured”.

During a trail hunt in the Greifswald area, a 50-year-old man was attacked by a boar after a gunshot and was seriously injured.

After the attack he plunged with his head into the lake where he was hunting and stayed there a few minutes with his head in the water.

He later died in the hospital, the animal escaped “.

 

 

Villagers expel hunters and save deer.”

A hobby hunter got an important lesson in a small-town Oise (France) when his hunt ended on a garden plot.

Sweaty wet, with a bloody tongue and trembling joints, a stately deer stands in the middle of the garden. Surrounded by barking hounds, he fears for his life, trembling. The hunter responsible for this situation is some distance away.

Although the animal is in firing position, he does not shoot. The reason: About thirty people have stood between the panic animal and the hunter. The deer was on the run from the hunter’s aggressive dogs, who had previously shot the animal in the forest and wanted to finally settle it in the garden.

But he had the bill made without the host, because the thirty inhabitants did not want to release the animal.
Finally, the mayor of the village came and persuade the hunter to leave.

That’s what I call civil courage, we all have to learn that too.

Because the good news is rarely brought by chance, as in the first case, but they are mostly results of our commitment, our courage.
In any case, these two messages have brought much greater relaxation in my body today than the relax training should bring out.

Or better formulated: who needs relax after such beautiful news …

My best regards to all

Venus

 

http://www.hftg.me/hirschrettung/

https://mobil.stern.de/panorama/weltgeschehen/treibjagd-endet-tragisch–keiler-toetet-jaeger-nahe-greifswald-7773166.html?utm_campaign=artikel-header&utm_medium=share&utm_source=facebook

 

 

 

Petitions – Grizzly Bear Protection / Stop Palm Oil Forest Destruction.

Dear Mark,

In June the Trump administration took Yellowstone-area grizzly bears off the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. But there’s been a big problem with the legality of that decision that’s at last being addressed — and it could save these bears from dying in cruel, state-sponsored trophy hunts.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on this evidence and reverse its earlier decision to stop protecting grizzlies.

The Service is asking the public to weigh in on the legality of its delisting rule because of a recent case in the D.C. Court of Appeals. The D.C. court rightly voided a rule stripping protections from Great Lakes wolves because of the harm that rule would cause other recovering wolf populations. The flaws are identical to those in the grizzly bear rule.

Take a minute to tell the Service it can’t paper over these legal flaws and must restore protection to Yellowstone’s grizzlies. The comment period closes on Monday, Jan. 8 — so please send a letter today.

Action Link – http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=17744

 

 

 

 

 

Save Pristine Rainforest From Destructive Palm Oil Expansion

Target: Lukas Enembe, Governor of Papua

Goal: Save the rain forests of Papua by stopping the expansion of a destructive palm oil plantation.

A rare and untouched rainforest in Papua, Indonesia has seen an area the size of Washington, D.C. be destroyed to make room for a single palm oil plantation. In only three years, 77 square miles of forest have been cleared.

This deforestation has disastrous effects on our environment. Its CO2 emission equals the CO2 emission that over 2.1 million cars would release. In addition, the habitats of thousands of animals have been destroyed.

This rampant destruction should be put to an end immediately before the rest of this land is lost forever.

Sign the petition to demand that a permanent halt be placed on the expansion of this palm oil plantation. Protect what is left of Indonesia’s beautiful landscape.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Enembe,

In only three years, 77 square miles of Papua’s once untouched rainforest have been destroyed. This is the size of Washington, D.C. This causes an unimaginable amount of damage to the environment. CO2 emission has increased by the millions and habitats have been lost by the thousands.

What is left of Papua’s rainforest should be protected and preserved. This action begins with ending the expansion of the region’s palm oil plantations. Cherish what is left of your nation’s natural wonders. Don’t destroy it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

Petition LINK – https://forcechange.com/451071/save-rainforest-from-destructive-palm-oil-expansion/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look After Your Garden Birds This Winter.

Note this is from a UK site (regarding British garden birds) but can apply to many garden birds anywhere.

 

 

Good and happy Winter bird feeding advice from

http://voice.gardenbird.co.uk/

 

Learn about your garden visitors (UK) –

http://voice.gardenbird.co.uk/all-about-garden-birds/

(All photos are of British Garden Birds via Google search)

 

Look after your birds this winter

Over Winter, birds can sometimes struggle for food and resources due to frozen conditions. It’s always a good idea to give our feathered friends a helping hand in the colder months by keeping them well fed and hydrated, by leaving out some of their favourites and making sure they have plenty of drinking water.

 

Winter troubles: helping your garden birds

Winter can be a time a sheer hardship; a time, unlike periods of good harvest, when birds struggle to survive in the harsh realities of cold winter months; frost alone, causing ground to harden and become mostly inaccessible to many birds seeking grubs, caterpillars and worms, can be the tolling death knell for many a wild bird.

By providing an alternative source of sustenance in your gardens, many thousands of birds all around the UK will be helped throughout these incredibly tough times. A little helping hand, they say, goes a long way, and this applies more than anything to our garden birds.

It is a curious fact that our beloved Blue tit, in certain studies, was shown to have increased the time it spends searching for food in winter considerably; in fact, approximately 75% of daylight hours are spend in the search for food.

Handy winter tips for helping your garden birds

If there’s a consistent and regular supply of nutritious food in your garden, the birds will come. This rule generally applies for most key periods of the year, like the breeding season, but can be particularly relevant over winter.

Here are our top five winter tips to ensure your garden birds have the best chance of journeying through winter without harm.

  1. Use a good quality seed mix. These generally have less filler, such as cereal content, which many cheaper varieties contain, and are usually created to cater for a range of dietary requirements. 

  2. Since it is possible for the ground to harden due to frost, use live mealworms as an alternative to earthworms and caterpillars. This natural food is ideal for Blue tits, Robins, Blackbirds and a variety of finches.

  3. Use an instant-energy fix food such as suet balls, cakes and pellets. These are packed with nutritional goodness, and are often blended with peanuts, mealworm and fruit.

  4. Ensure your birds have plenty of available water in dishes and bird baths. During this time, the water may freeze so use a ping pong ball to prevent some freezing. The ping pong ball can move around in the wind, disturb the water, and prevent it from freezing.

  5. And finally, if you have any leftovers from Christmas, such as a few crumbs of cake, a bit of animal fat, cheese or pastry, these will go down a treat.

Look out for birds in the morning, and be mindful that this is an important time for feeding, as during the night birds attempt to replenish their lost energy and are often hungry in the morning. This is then followed in the evening by a flurry of feeding activity, as birds prepare for the long winter night ahead.

 

 

USA: Trump To Open Up 90% of America’s Offshore Areas To Development.

The Trump administration just pledged to open up 90 percent of America’s offshore areas to development as part of its new five-year plan for oil and gas drilling.

 

Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/zinke-adds-oceans-chopping-block?source=conf

 

 

A reversal of President Obama’s offshore drilling ban,

this disastrous proposal threatens marine life and coastal communities and contributes to the ever-growing dangers of climate change.

Tell U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to start putting the public good before polluter profits and protect our fragile coastal waters.

Action

https://act.nrdc.org/letter/ocs-5-yr-zinke?s_src=act_nrdcnewsletter&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=mainlink&utm_campaign=email&t=6&akid=315%2E1402806%2EWfq0Ti

 

Week 49: As We Approach the End of Trump’s First Year, the DOI and EPA Are in Tatters

Read more – https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/week-49-we-approach-end-trumps-first-year-doi-and-epa-are-tatters?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=story1&utm_campaign=email

 

Why coal has no future

The Trump administration’s argument for coal only makes sense if you know nothing about how the electrical grid works. Watch this, and you’ll know more than they do.

Learn more: http://on.nrdc.org/2CRVUlu and take action! http://on.nrdc.org/2zb1VaE

https://www.facebook.com/nrdc.org/videos/10155896293499454/

 

Natural Resources Defense Council | 40 West 20th Street | New York, NY 10011
www.nrdc.org | nrdcinfo@nrdc.org

 

USA: Coke – Voluntary Or Pushed Into The Environmental Corner ?

SAV comment

So the wonders at Coke have been working hard on a new sustainability plan.
Their thoughts or have they been forced to do this ? – they have never given a **** about their products and the environment before – up till now just how much money they can make out of sponsoring large sports events and the rest. Are things going to change or are they still going to be a top polluter ? 

Every year Coca-Cola are producing more and more throwaway plastic bottles – an estimated 110 billion last year alone.

Hi Mark,

It’s a new year – and over at Coke’s global HQ in Atlanta, their team are working hard to finalise the details of a new sustainability plan.

We need to take this opportunity to show Coca-Cola’s executives how many of us want them to take action on their plastic pollution.

You’re one of 522,000 people around the world who have signed the petition so far – please will you ask your friends to sign too?

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/coca-cola-petition?source=es&subsource=20180105oces01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=es&utm_campaign=20180105oces01  

Greenpeace supporters in India are the latest to join the call for Coca-Cola to cut their plastic pollution.

Coke aren’t the only company producing plastic bottles – but as the biggest soft drinks producer in the world, they’re in the unique position to take the lead and set new standards for the whole industry.

That’s why from Africa to Australia, Greenpeace supporters like you are calling for Coke’s global CEO to take action now.

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/coca-cola-petition?source=es&subsource=20180105oces01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=es&utm_campaign=20180105oces01 

Many of us have seen the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans – whales with stomachs full of plastic, seabirds feeding plastic scraps to their young, or even plastic bottles washing up on our beach holidays.

 

Every year Coca-Cola are producing more and more throwaway plastic bottles – an estimated 110 billion last year alone.

As Coke’s decision makers debate their new plan for plastics, it’s vital that as many of us as possible add our names – to send a message loud and clear that for the future health of our oceans, Coke must reduce their massive plastic footprint.

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/coca-cola-petition?source=es&subsource=20180105oces01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=es&utm_campaign=20180105oces01 

Thanks for all you do,

Alice

 

 

 

UK: Trying To Address Coffee Cup Waste – A ‘Latte Levy’ For Correct Recycling. Check Below For Other Cup Reuse Alternatives.

 

‘Latte levy’ of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42564948

 

Four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40951041

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/starbucks-responds-to-latte-levy-with-5p-cup-charge-to-cut-waste-gwptdspjv

Starbucks responds to ‘latte levy’ with 5p cup charge to cut waste

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

January 5 2018,

 

Starbucks will test the impact of a 5p charge in 20 to 25 London stores.

A charge on disposable coffee cups is to be imposed in Britain to address the problem that only a tiny proportion is recycled.

Starbucks will test the impact of a 5p charge in 20 to 25 London stores in a three-month trial starting next month, the first time any coffee chain has required customers to pay extra for a cup.

The company announced the charge after learning that the Commons environmental audit committee would recommend today that the government introduce a minimum 25p “latte levy” on disposable cups.

A report by the committee says that disposable coffee cups should be banned unless almost all are recycled by 2023.

 

 

 

And the EU ? – they don’t give a  toss about anything unless money is the prime motivation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animals Asia – Bears Rescued in 2017.

In 2017, you rescued 18 bears from bile farms in Vietnam.

While Rocky tragically passed away shortly after his rescue,

17 others begin new lives in Animals Asia’s sanctuary.

Holly, Tim, Anh Sang, Mana, Manu, Mia, Bazan, Wendles,

Song Be, Jane, Soul, Dieu, Chom Chom, Binh An, Cloud,

Wolfie and Xanadu are safe because of you.

 

 

 

Hundreds of bears rescued from the bile industry in Vietnam

and China by Animals Asia have enjoyed a taste of Christmas

cheer as their rescuers prepared a spread of edible presents.

 

 

 

 

No Joke.

 

 

 

17 Ways Trump Attacked the Planet Over the Holidays

While the rest of the world celebrated the holidays, the Trump administration and its friends in Congress continued their assault on wildlife, public lands, the climate, science and our oceans.

The Revelator has the details        about what Trump and co. were up to in late December — and a quick peek into what that means for 2018.

 

 

 

Georgia Snail Is First Species Declared Extinct Under Trump

The beaverpond marstonia, a freshwater snail from Georgia, was officially declared extinct last week in response to a 2010 Center petition to protect it. The snail was lost due to groundwater withdrawal for agriculture and urbanization, along with farming pollution.

The Service should’ve proposed protection for the snail in 2011 but didn’t act on the petition until we sued in 2016 for a court-ordered decision deadline. The species had been on the waiting list for federal protection since 1984.

Learn more.

 

 

 

Dear Mark,

Just hours ago Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced plans to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling in all oceans along U.S. coasts. This would include allowing new oil leasing along California’s shores for the first time in more than 30 years and in the remote Arctic.

Send a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to scrap this destructive plan.

The draft proposal for offshore leasing over the next five years shows that the Trump administration is serious about giving the fossil fuel industry exactly what it wants: unrestricted access to oil and gas reserves buried deep under our oceans. If allowed to stand, the plan will hurt wildlife and coastal communities, and risk even more oil spills and sea-level rise. We can’t let that happen.

Act now to demand that Secretary Zinke protect our oceans and climate by scrapping this plan.

Take Action

 

Trump Left EPA Staff in the Dark Over Energy Star Cuts

Energy Star is a voluntary program that helps consumers find energy-efficient appliances, lighting and even homes. But the Trump administration wants to gut funding for the popular plan — which top EPA staffers didn’t even know until it turned up in media reports, according to documents partially released last week, obtained by the Center.

We’re now seeking the complete release of communications on Trump’s budget-cutting proposal.

“The Trump administration has a slash-and-burn approach to good ideas that help people and the environment, including Energy Star,” said the Center’s Greer Ryan, a renewable energy and research specialist.

Read more in our press release.

Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany / Morocco. Animals At Peace / Morocco Meeting Update.

 

When I saw the animals in this video, and how peaceful and responsible they are to each other, I suddenly realized what psychopaths around us live, who call themselves “hunters”, and who are nothing but mentally ill murderers.

Regards

Venus

 

 

 

4/1/18- Update news from Amal;

 

Relating tour recent post regarding Morocco.

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/12/22/morocco-england-a-progressive-moment-for-all-animals-in-africa/

 

Dear All,

I wish you all the best for the New Year 2018, and hope that together we can achieve victories for Animals in Morocco and Africa.

On the 27 December, we had a very productive meeting with partners (RAF) and Onssa (Moroccan OIE).

You can find the update on attached documents below.

One is in French, the 2sd is translated via google translation in English. Please forgive me if some words are not correct.

A 1st list of Professional associations has been sent by the Regional Representative of the Onssa to the RAF. We hope to get some of the decision makers at the next meeting that will take place on February the 10th in Rabat.

If you have any advices. We are aware that the challenge is absolutely huge but we keep on going, with your support.

Best Regards,

Amal

 

Amal El Bekri

S/G Rapad Maroc (Morocco)

Member of the UN Major Group

Anaw & Paawa Representative

North Africa Region

Email          : amal_el_bekri@yahoo.fr

                     amalelbekri67@gmail.com

Mobile/Gsm : + 212 6 61 47 31 00

Site Web/Website: www.rapadmaroc.org

 

View the documents here:

 

ELABORATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADVOCACY

 

PADD2

 

 

 

 

3/1/18: More News, Video and Actions.

More news and actions

 

 

Winter Olympics Tickets Aren’t Selling. Here’s Why

 

http://time.com/5064263/winter-olympics-2018-pyeonchang-ticket-sales/

 

What the article does not say, but for sure is a factor; is the massive opposition to the dog meat trade in South Korea.

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5228433/Golden-retriever-dies-beaten-policeman.html

A golden retriever tied up on the street suffered an excruciating death as a police officer bludgeoned the animal with a wooden club. As seen in horrifying video of the incident, the terrified dog yelped in pain and tried desperately to escape the repeated blows to the head.

Petition link – justice for the dog:

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-golden-retriever-clubbed-death-streets-police/

 

 

 

Great story !

VIDEO: Sailors Rescue Drowning Squirrel Struggling Desperately in the Water

 

 

 

UK acts where the EU does nothing about the issue as always.

Brexit – UK taking back control for the UK.  Freedom from the weasel words no action at the EU.

UK Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Stop Online Puppy Mill Dealers.

Read more on this at:

https://ladyfreethinker.org/uk-introduces-groundbreaking-legislation-stop-online-puppy-mill-dealers/

 

 

 

Elephant Populations on the up.

Wildlife surveys from Kenya this year reveal that elephant populations in five key habitats have grown from 13,990 in 2012 to 14,642 in 2017. This promising rise in numbers is attributed to stricter laws, cooperation between border patrols and law enforcement, and an increase in international awareness and collaboration to combat the illegal ivory trade.

 

Read more at:  https://ladyfreethinker.org/anti-poaching-efforts-work-kenyas-elephant-population-rising/

 

 

 

Good people dig up sidewalk to rescue pregnant dog

A broken piece of sidewalk was patched up before anyone knew there was a pregnant dog trapped underneath. The dog had crawled under the bricks before the opening was repaired. When concerned citizens realized she was stuck helplessly beneath the concrete, they tried to get help from the local rescue agency but were unsuccessful.

The heroes decided to take matters into their own hands and rescue the dog themselves. After the necessary bricks had been removed, reopening the hole the dog had entered through, the rescuers were still unable to see her. That’s when the man who’d removed the bricks took it upon himself to start digging in search of the distressed dog.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/video-kind-heros-rip-sidewalk-save-trapped-pregnant-dog/

 

 

The Starfish Story: one step towards changing the world

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Shorts and Actions – 2/1/18.

New Slaughtering Rules Pit Dutch Religious Freedoms Against Animal Rights

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/31/world/europe/netherlands-kosher-halal-animal-rights.html

 

 

Inside a dog meat factory: Shocking photos reveal how dogs are chained up before being beaten to death and served in curries in Jakarta

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5221261/Shocking-photos-inside-Indonesian-dog-meat-factory.html#ixzz533W3aPZt

China reduces tax on donkey skins despite population fears

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42527299

 

 

 

Man Accused of Shooting Family Dog Execution Style at Mall Must be Jailed

https://animalpetitions.org/534534/man-accused-of-shooting-family-dog-execution-style-at-mall-must-be-jailed/

 

Every day, animals suffer from starvation, cold, pain, sickness, hopelessness that their man is being bounced again, thrown out on the street.

Awareness campaigns on animal rights!

Addressed to: Government of the Czech Republic

 

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/protect-help.html?utm_source=highlight&utm_medium=title&utm_campaign=campaign-p010118&uid=fd376f375efd72ffbb9b53f8573be892

 

 

 

 

 

China: Extreme Dealer Cruelty BUT Animals Also Rescued. Support Chinese Activists.

Please crosspost the links if you wish –

Note – There are many GOOD animal saviour campaigners in China – this video footage of some of their work.

Please do not judge all of China because of the actions and abuses of some.  This is where we need to pull together to support campaigners in paces like China; get the changes and make the difference.

SAV.

 

https://www.facebook.com/349766525381449/videos/vb.349766525381449/530255830665850/?type=2&theater

 

https://www.facebook.com/349766525381449/videos/vb.349766525381449/532041213820645/?type=2&theater

 

https://www.facebook.com/349766525381449/videos/vb.349766525381449/532036087154491/?type=2&theater

 

https://www.facebook.com/349766525381449/videos/vb.349766525381449/531145087243591/?type=2&theater

 

 

 

Check Out China Rescues.

Go to SAV Facebook to see the video of the rescues.

170+ Dogs Saved.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/?fref=ts

EU: Massive Demo In Brussels On 22/1/18. Live Animal Transports Must Change.

All Pictures – EoA / AWF

Please note the date, time and location of this demonstration – SAV.

 

 

https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/37-grad/37-geheimsache-tiertransporte-100.html 

Dear Mark,

The Animal Welfare Party of Germany, the group Lebenshilfe Kuh & Co e.V., the organization Black Forest for Animals e.V. and others, are organizing a demo in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on January 22nd, 2018 at 2:00 pm.


Until now, many people have committed binding, and 1,800 are interested.

I think, this demo is necessary.


I send you directly the text in English, which can be found in the face book page of the main organizers, Lebenshilfe Kuh & Co e.V.

With a high probability, we will be many at that day.

 

Liebe Grüße

Venus

https://www.tierschutzpartei.de/aufruf-zur-protestkundgebung-vor-dem-europaeischen-parlament-in-bruessel-am-22-01-18-gegen-tiertransporte/

 

 

ENGLISH:
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We will raise our voice for the ANIMALS!
LET’S END THE HORROR TRANSPORTS!
LET’S END THE ANIMAL ABUSE!

BE THERE: The demonstration will take place on January 22nd 2018, at 2:00 PM in front of the EU parliament in Brussels.

We call on the Parliament in Brussels to forbid these murderous animal transports, not only within the EU, but in country’s that are approved by the EU, for example Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey as well! It is the European Parliaments’ responsibility!

We invite you all to this demonstration in front of the EU parliament building in Brussels.

Together we unite to end all of the animal transports, including the ones that cross our national borders!

Please take the time to join us, and raise your voices for the animals…. NOW!
We will post more details and updates about the course of events here on this site!
For more details please contact Sonja , sonja@isonja.de

 

GERMAN:
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WIR erheben unsere Stimme für die TIERE !
SCHLUSS MIT DEN HÖLLENTRANSPORTEN !
SCHLUSS MIT DEM TIERLEID !

Seid dabei: PROTESTKUNDGEBUNG am 22.01.2018 um 14 Uhr ! vor dem EU Parlament in Brüssel.

Wir fordern das Europäische Parlament auf, diese mörderischen Tiertransporte sowohl innerhalb der EU, als auch von der EU abgesegnet in Länder wie z.B. den Libanon oder Ägypten, Türkei zu verbieten ! Die Verantwortung liegt beim EU Parlament!

Wir laden Euch zu dieser PROTESTKUNDGEBUNG direkt vor dem EU Parlament in Brüssel ein!

Um mit uns gemeinsam für den STOP DER TIERTRANSPORTE auch über nationale Grenzen hinweg zu protestieren!
Nehmt EUCH die Zeit ! Erhebt EURE STIMME FÜR DIE TIERE ! JETZT!
Dies soll und wird eine FRIEDLICHE KUNDGEBUNG werden.

Weitere detaillierte Informationen über den Ablauf werden immer hier gepostet und aktuell gehalten:

 

https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/37-grad/37-geheimsache-tiertransporte-100.html 

 

 

England: Charlie Moores Discusses Activism In 2017 With Dominic Dyer.

Activism in 2017 | Dominic Dyer

“…activism shouldn’t become a penance – its got to be something you embrace because it’s a positive development in your life, it brings joy and happiness, excitement and innovation and change – it shouldn’t be something that has to be done because we’re all doomed and we’re all going to hell in a handcart…”

The badger cull, foxhunting, shooting, and the rise of veganism.

What direction is activism going in, and just how important was the snap general election in mid-June?

 

Charlie Moores discusses activism in 2017 with Dominic Dyer, chief-executive of Badger Trust and Senior Policy Advisor Born Free Foundation.

 

http://player.lush.com/channels/soapbox/radio/activism-2017-dominic-dyer

 

 

 

For those of you who are not familiar with Dom; you can see him doing the introduction in the following video – the  Taiji Protest for the Dolphins, London.

 

 

England: DOTS – Helping Dogs With Homeless Owners Get Full Veterinary Care.

 

SAV Comment-

A really great start to 2018 – helping dogs with homeless owners – full checks for their animal buddies !

In the UK stray dogs are not really a problem.  Chipping is now a regulation and so  dogs are usually reunited with owners within hours if they are separated. 

This excellent charity has been set up to help dogs who have owners who are homeless and live on the streets.  Lots of street people have animals; and this ensures that dogs etc get a review and check up if they need it. Excellent !

 

 

DOTS = Dogs On The Streets.

 

Dogs On The Streets (DOTS) is on the road to helping even more animals in need, thanks to a new vet van.

The acquisition means the charity’s volunteer vets, groomers, nurses and trainers will be able to reach out to even more homeless hounds in London and beyond.

Founded by Michelle Clark in March 2017, DOTS is the first not-for-profit, independent and voluntary run “street project″ delivering ongoing vet support to London’s homeless community, it said.

Street scene

Static street stations manned by volunteer vets, nurses, groomers and trainers provide a lifeline to homeless people and their pets.

Routine veterinary check-ups, blood tests and biopsies can be conducted in the van, in addition to the provision of medicine and ongoing care for chronic conditions.

Volunteers are also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency.

Vital care is already provided to more than 140 street dogs living in Westminster, Camden, Shoreditch, parts of north London and Kent via the charity.

New era

The vet van was unveiled at one of the charity′s weekly “static street station” events on The Strand in December.

Actor and animal welfare campaigner Peter Egan was on hand to officially declare the vet van open.

DOTS director Michelle Clark is thrilled with the donated van. She said: “It will give us the opportunity to help many more homeless owners and their dogs – not only in London, but further afield.

“It will make treatment and diagnosis easier, with the best vet equipment, refrigeration, kennel and extra space to help us work more efficiently – and, in the event of an emergency, have wheels.”

The charity also supplies homeless owners with essential items, such as dog food, dog coats, bedding, collars, leads and toys.

For more information, visit the DOTS website

Gallery – http://dotslondon.co.uk/gallery/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England: Old London Town Fireworks 2017 Into 2018.

 

 

Fireworks for new year (2017 into 2018) in Ol’ London town.

The bell tower (Big Ben – which is actually the name of the bell) shrouded in scaffolding this year due to major renovation works – and for the next 5 years.

The big circular wheel is the ‘London Eye’ – a visitor ‘must’ giving panoramic views all over London.

The second half of the show featured musical tracks only from female artists – to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote in the UK. 

Power to women !

 

Enjoy !

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21EJMIdK1_g

 

 

Who Knows – today they may be animal rights campaigners !

 

 

 

 

 

Keep On Keeping On Through 2018.

Happy 2018 Everyone – Have a great year campaigning

– with many BIG positives on the horizon.

For us, and as further determination to improve in 2018, the major victory of the year 2017 lies with the incredible Jill at Animals Asia and the signing of an agreement with the Viet Nam government to free every single bile bear in the country (0ver 4,000 bears) and give them all new cruelty free homes at AA sanctuaries.  Read more on this at:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/07/19/vietnam-19717-breaking-news-animals-asia-and-the-government-sign-agreement-to-end-all-bear-bile-farming-the-next-step-sanctuaries-for-over-1000-bears-to-be-rescued-brilliant-jill/ 

That without doubt can be considered the major animal event of the year.   There are many more; people ditching meat and taking up a cruelty free lifestyle instead; animals in circuses; the great news we have just had here in the UK that the government will not consider a free vote on the return to hunting.  So much more good news !

So much has been achieved, but there is still so much to do.  But it can, and will be achieved.   Nowdays, with the use of computer systems and instant global audiences being at fingertips, news, campaigns and actions can be undertaken within a few seconds of events happening.  This is how it is now and how the future will be – animal abusers will continue to be exposed and as with the UK government, they (governments) will be driven into a corner where they have no option but to do what the people, their voters, want.  Democracy is powerful, ok !

Lets make this drive to get governments to listen and act positively for the animals who have no voice our determination for 2018.

On such days and as the old year goes on, the need to determine and evaluate who we are, will become more pressing.
Saying “we”, who do we mean?
I want to explain it, so that no one complains and reproaches me that I have not sent him any New Year’s wishes.

As far as my wishes are concerned, they do not follow a conventional hypocrisy, and that’s why I will not address everyone.

I appeal to us.
To those who fight, because they want to change a system of violence, of crime, to change a system of tyranny against the animals.
I turn to those who, with every means, every force, help to build a new future for the animals, without blood, without slavery.
I turn to the enemies of slaughterhouses and concentration camps, to the  enemies of a fur, leather, hunting.
To the saviors of the strays, to the brave ones who are not afraid to show the animal killers.

It is not another world view, or any other opinion that separates us from the others.

What makes us different is about an advanced ethic, an ethic for animals, which is confirmed every day by our struggle, the fight for the liberation of animals, for the liberation of animals from tyranny, and the brutal exploitation of others.
We are few, but we are organized, determined, and we are not tired.
We are the progress against the anachronism.
To all of us I send my warmest wishes for a year full of health, strength and courage.

Venus

 

 

 

HAVE A GREAT NEW YEARS DAY !

 

 

 

 

‘Boom Boom, Bang Bang; Lie Down Your Dead’

…… ‘They build them a home’

  • its called ‘EU Brussels’

  • A place where nothing is progressive when it comes to animal welfare.

 

… ‘Incurable Tyrants and Kings’ ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Pixie. A Festive Treat From Frank.

Frank causing problems as ever – this time Chief Pixie.

From the BBC series ‘Some Mothers Do Av Em’

 

 

Austria: Tame Breeding Ducks ‘Trained’ To Be Shot and Killed By So Called ‘Hunters’.

Austria: Mensdorff-Pouilly * lets trained captive breeders shoot.
VGT has filed a criminal complaint
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I translate directly from Martin Balluchs blog; the corresponding video is added:

“Incredible what the pictures in this video show!

The hunting assistants and hunting overseers of Mensdorff-Pouilly not only buy tame breeding ducks from Hungary and place them in their artificial duck pond, but they also train them with the whistle pipe.

Like a “rat catcher”, the hunting helper goes with the ducks in the back to an aviary for feeding. There, the ducks, which are to be the victims for the next hunt, are selected and locked in the aviary.

Then the hunters position themselves in front of the artificial duck pond and the ducks are driven out of the aviary and startled.

On the return to the pond the hunters shoot them from the air!

This approach is of course illegal and animal cruelty.

The authority knows it, but nobody has done anything – for decades!
Now VGT (the association against animal factories) has filed a complaint.
It is a primitive, infantile hunting fun that is driven by someone, behind whom the entire hunt stands. That specified the district hunter master “.

 

My comment:

At the moment, the activist Martin Balluch comes more often in the media of Austria as the Prime Minister. He acts against the hunt and he has made possible that the gate hunting in Austria will soon be abolished.

Best regards

Venus

 

*Baron Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly is a noble landowner who, according to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), is said to be a lobbyist for the British arms company BAE Systems.

 

 

http://www.martinballuch.com/mensdorff-pouilly-laesst-dressierte-gefangene-zuchtenten-beschiessen-anzeige/

 

https://www.facebook.com/tierrechtedemokratie/videos/10155952349874233/

 

 

 

South Korea: Dog Meat Trade – Latest News and Actions. Please Support.

 

Click on this link to read the  full newsletter:

 

http://koreandogs.org/newsletter-december-26-2017/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Few_more_actions_for_the_Korean_dogs_before_the_2017_is_over&utm_medium=email

 

 

Few more actions for the Korean dogs


2017 is almost over. We are grateful to all of our supporters who have taken actions throughout this year to campaign against the horrendous cruelty of South Korea’s dog and cat meat trade. Your time and effort are not wasted. We are making a difference, even though the changes cannot come fast enough. In 2018, we will continue to do whatever we can to be the voice for the millions of animals horribly treated and killed in the South Korea’s dogs and cat meat industry.

We have campaigns asking the Olympic teams to take a stand and speak out against the cruel dog and cat meat trade in South Korea, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018). There are several ways you can help fight this cruelty:
1) by signing and sharing our petitions;
2) by sending protest letters and emails;
3) by raising awareness of this brutal and barbaric practice and calling for an end to the trade by exposing this issue in social media.

 

Below are new campaigns.

Please click each to take action TODAY. Thank you!

Azerbaijan
Venezuela
Bolivia
Macedonia
Armenia
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Thunderclap Campaign “Boycott PyeongChang 2018!”


Our Thunderclap campaign has been bi-monthly but during the PyeongChang 2018 (February 9-25) Olympic, it will be launch daily. So please keep joining and sharing! Only cost for you is your 2 seconds of time for clicking.  Thank you!  Click HERE to join now.

 

Adopt dogs rescued from dog meat industry
by SaveKoreanDogs.org


​Dogs rescued from dog meat industry in South Korea by Nami Kim and her team are waiting for their loving and caring forever homes. 

Click the below button to learn about how you can adopt them.  Thank you for opening your heart and your home to these angels!

Click HERE to see the dogs available for adoption.

 

Boycott PyeongChang 2018

 

http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Few_more_actions_for_the_Korean_dogs_before_the_2017_is_over&utm_medium=email

 

Petitions:

http://koreandogs.org/petitions/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Few_more_actions_for_the_Korean_dogs_before_the_2017_is_over&utm_medium=email

 

 

Calls for action:

http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/call-for-action/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Few_more_actions_for_the_Korean_dogs_before_the_2017_is_over&utm_medium=email

 

 

England: Frank and the hole in the floor.