Innovative Ideas

” The idea of dressing up as a shepherd seemed more promising to the wolf than the one with the sheepskin.”

 

…an idea is as good as its implementation

Regards and good night, Venus

The everyday cruelty to animals

Guest commentary by Daniela Schneider: (She is the campaign manager for animal transports at the animal rights organization Four paws Germany” based in Hamburg).

“Eyes wide open in panic, cattle shivering with exhaustion, huddled together and carted for days without a break in high-risk states such as Uzbekistan, Morocco, or Algeria under animal welfare law: Everyday torment of animals – even on German roads.

But instead of ending this ordeal, Agriculture Minister Germany`s Klöckner is not only inactive in this country.

It also misses the chance of the German EU Council Presidency to stop cruel animal transports across the EU.

If animal transports are dispatched from Germany to these third countries, this is almost always done in disregard of the applicable animal protection regulations.

“Four Paws”  has therefore filed 21 criminal charges against those responsible on suspicion of aiding and abetting animal cruelty.

Although almost all federal states have ensured that far fewer third-country exports are approved, transporters unscrupulously circumvent the applicable requirements.

The animals are first brought to other EU countries such as Hungary and then shipped on to third countries.

Instead of leaving the federal states alone as before, the minister should create nationwide uniform legislation that ensures that animals can no longer enter third countries. That would be an important first step and a strong signal in the direction of the EU.

Because the problem is a European one.

Only through an EU-wide ban on third-country exports and a limitation of transports to eight hours will the cruel animal transports actually end.

Together with us, 150,000 citizens are calling for this in a letter of protest to the minister.

Alternatives to the senseless death drives must become standard. If at all, only meat and breeding seeds should be transported instead of living animals.

Against the background of blatant animal welfare problems and a worsening climate crisis, the question arises why animals are “produced” on a massive scale and transported across the world like goods”.

 

http://archive.is/HlMhX#selection-393.0-417.391

And I mean…Around 3.8 million animals are transported every day in the EU alone. That’s 1.4 billion animals a year.
As in all branches of the economy, animal transport is all about money: animals are transported to where the highest profits await.

In the agricultural industry, work steps are separated: breeding, keeping, and fattening are concentrated where feed and wage costs are low.

For example, animals are born in Denmark, fattened in Germany, and finally slaughtered in Italy.

An EU animal welfare transport regulation EC 1/2005 applies throughout the EU.

Why animal transport laws don’t protect animals?

First and foremost because there is no time limit for animal transport. The animals are often on the move for days, sometimes even weeks, because there is no time limit for the transports.

On the other hand, because the EU regulation contains a large number of imprecise provisions that are always interpreted to the detriment of animals in practice.

Not even the few regulations that exist are observed: Serious deficiencies are found in around a third of the controlled transports.

Basically, food, litter, and drinking water are saved, because additional weight means higher transport costs.

And there is also a third reason for the meat industry and its lobbyists in Brussels to stick to live animal transports: The transport of live animals is still cheaper than transporting meat, which has to be permanently refrigerated.

And that is why the cruelty to animals on Europe’s roads never ends.
For a decisive change in the problem, one can forget about the EU.

Only civil society can change something – and it is developing into a new historical subject that even functions without a party program.

My best regards to all, Venus

Gang of poachers in Cyprus convicted

The police in Cyprus put one of the most notorious poaching gangs on the island to a halt in November.

 

Equipped with house search warrants, they found three people with a total of five nets and 366 dead protected songbirds – mostly warblers.
The total fine for the criminal bird catcher known for many years is € 11,660.

It was the biggest blow to organized poaching in Cyprus in years. The police action was preceded by months of research by the Committee against Bird Murder and its partner BirdLife Cyprus, which led to the submission of numerous pieces of evidence.

We are very happy about this successful action against a gang that up to now seemed “untouchable” and despite numerous previous reports, was always able to avoid punishment.

 

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

One of the comments was the question that would also be mine: “How will we know if they really pay the fine”?

And the answer from the committee: They will because it´s an administrative fine, they can’t refuse”.

One really must have a sick personality construct to catch the most harmless of the animals, to kill them, and to be proud of it.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

EU Backs Campaign Encouraging Public To Become ‘Beefatarians’.

 

EU Backs Campaign Encouraging Public To Become ‘Beefatarians’

The EU has financed more than €3.5 million to help the Proud of European Beef initiative to run for three years

 

Acampaign encouraging the public to become a ‘beefatarian’ has been backed by the EU.

The Proud of European Beef initiative is spearheaded by corporations Provacuno and APAQ-W. It is a three-year-long campaign that aims to makes consumers ‘confident’ about their decision to eat red meat.

The campaign is set to cost €4.5 million (approximately $5.39 million) – with ads running across countries such as France, Belgium and Spain. It will receive 80 percent (€3.6 million) of its funding from the European Commission.

‘A refusal to eat meat’

“The scope of the project is not only to highlighting the benefits of the product but to make the consumer feel identified and supported in its choice regarding it,” the campaign’s site states.

“Consumer behavior may lead to a refusal to eat meat due to the multiple types of information presented nowadays.

“But even so, those consumers who choose to eat red meat should feel at ease should they wish to reaffirm their choice for this product.”

Should the EU promote red meat?

Despite the campaign, The World Health Organization classifies red meat as a Group 2A carcinogen.

This means products such as pork, beef, and lamb ‘probably cause cancer’.

Moreover, the WHO says the strongest evidence for an association with eating red meat is for colorectal cancer. However, there is also evidence of links with pancreatic and prostate cancer.


EU Backs ‘Bizzare’ Campaign Urging Public To Become ‘Beefatarians’ (plantbasednews.org)

We say:

Food thoughts.

England: Award-Winning Vegan Kebab Joint To Open Fifth U.K Location In Manchester.

Award-Winning Vegan Kebab Joint To Open Fifth U.K Location In Manchester

‘To finally open during what we hope is the tail end of this pandemic fills us with optimism for the future’

Vegan kebab joint What The Pitta has announced it is opening a fifth store in the U.K.

The award-winning eatery will open its ‘biggest site yet’ in Manchester at the beginning of next year. 

‘Fills us with optimism’

Cem Yildiz is the co-founder of What The Pitta. He said the expansion feels like a ‘huge step forward’ for the company. 

According to Bdaily News, Yildiz said: “The site will be our biggest brick and mortar site yet… To finally open during what we hope is the tail end of this pandemic fills us with optimism for the future. Not just us, but hospitality as a whole.

“Manchester is my favourite city outside of London, with such an incredible food scene. We can’t wait to be a part of that. [We] hope the city welcomes us with open arms ready for their vegan kebabs.”

Award-winning vegan kebabs

Earlier this year, What The Pitta picked up the prize for Best Takeaway in London at the British Kebab Awards

The awards, which are held each year, were founded in 2013. Moreover, they are sponsored by Just Eat and ‘seek to celebrate kebab restaurants across the U.K’.

Yildiz told Plant Based News: “To win at the kebab awards is a huge statement for veganism…

“We were laughed at when we decided to create London’s first exclusively vegan kebab shop just over three years ago… Now, we’ve taken centre stage with our vegan spin on the British classic kebab.”

Award-Winning Vegan Kebab Joint To Open Fifth U.K Location (plantbasednews.org)

Netherlands: Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms.

Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms

23 November 2020

Mink were pulled from cages by their tails or hind legs and hurled into mobile gas chambers on fur farms in the Netherlands, video footage has revealed. The rough handling of the animals breaks EU animal-welfare regulations.

Animal rights campaigners said the video shows a behind-the-scenes view of the cruelty of the Dutch industry, which is closing next year. It also highlights the need for the UK to stop sales of real fur, they added.

The footage, secretly shot on two farms last week by Dutch group Animal Rights, shows the animals being pulled roughly from cages and thrown one after the other towards mobile gas chambers, sometimes from a great distance.

In one clip, the mink are heard screeching with alarm or pain.  

And workers are seen with their anti-coronavirus masks below their noses.

Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK said: “Live mink are seen being yanked from their cage by the tail or hind leg, in clear breach of EU regulations, and tossed like trash into the mobile gas chamber one after the other in quick succession.  

The speed with which these sentient animals are thrown in together means they will almost certainly be dying in front of each other, again in breach of the rules.”

Read more at source

Independent

Video shows mink pulled from cages and thrown ‘like rubbish’ into gas chambers on Dutch fur farms | The Independent

Tchibo bans alpaca wool from its range – Super!

Germany, Stuttgart, November 30, 2020 –

After PETA published an undercover disclosure about the alpaca industry at the end of May, Tchibo, Columbia Sportswear, and the Ascena Retail Group have now announced, after talks with PETA and their international partner organizations, that they will discontinue the animal quality product.

PETA USA’s research on Mallkini, the world’s largest privately-owned Peruvian alpaca farm, revealed workers holding desperate screaming alpacas by the ears while roughly shaving the animals.
The material shows some alpacas spitting in fear.

Workers smashed the animals, some of them pregnant, onto tables and fixed them in devices that looked like the Middle Ages – pulling them so hard that their legs almost dislocated.

“We are very pleased that Tchibo has decided this year not to use alpaca wool in the future. Many alpacas are spared the agony of wool production and slaughter, ” says Frank Schmidt, Head of Corporate Affairs at PETA Germany.
“We appeal to all fashion and textile companies to follow this groundbreaking example and, for the sake of animals and the environment, to discontinue alpaca wool and to switch to vegan, sustainable fibers.”

The Ascena Retail Group will no longer use alpaca wool from the winter season of 2021.
Columbia Sportswear also announced in October after talks with PETA USA that it would no longer buy alpaca wool.

The fashion giants Uniqlo, Esprit, Tom Tailor, Valentino, and Marks & Spencer had previously decided to phase out the use of the material.

Gap Inc and the H&M Group with its eight brands have also already broken off all business relationships with Mallkini’s parent company – the Michell Group.
PETA points out that the production of alpaca wool causes extreme animal suffering and is also harmful to the environment.

In the “Higg Materials Sustainability Index”, alpaca wool is the second most harmful material for the environment, just behind the silk.

Alpaca wool is six times as harmful as polyester and more than four times as harmful as modal, viscose, rayon, lyocell, and other vegan materials.

PETA’s motto is in part: Animals are not there to be attracted to them or to be exploited in any other way. The organization works against speciesism – a worldview that classifies humans as superior to all other living beings.

https://www.peta.de/tchibo-verbannt-alpakawolle-nach-gespraechen-mit-peta-aus-dem-sortiment

And I mean…Do you remember our report on the cruel production of alpaca in Mallkini, the world’s largest privately-owned alpaca farm, near Muñani, Peru?

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/02/alpaca-fleece-of-the-gods-with-the-torture-of-animals/

The same video showed the horror conditions in the alpaca farms in Peru.

Perhaps we will soon no longer have to post this video, the list of companies that refrain from this product- and consequently from this cruelty to animals- is getting longer with every year.

We are very happy about it!

If the consumer can no longer find alpaca, fur, or leather in shops, then he’ll just buy something without animal suffering.
It’s that simple!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

England: PETITION: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre – Please Sign.

SIGN: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre
Image Credit: Stephen and Carol Clamp

WAV Comment – Please support – we need to find the shist that did this; and then punish them real hard.

PETITION: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre

Petition Link – PETITION: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre (ladyfreethinker.org)

PETITION TARGET: Derbyshire Police

In the “worst case of animal cruelty” one top cop has ever seen, a flock of defenseless sheep had their throats slashed in South Derbyshire, England. Five of the innocent animals survived the attack despite their stab wounds, but 12 bled to death, according to Derbyshire Live.

Stephen and Carol Clamp’s 10-year-old, disabled grandson found the sheeps’ lifeless bodies butchered in the shed. Not realizing what had happened, he thought they were just sleeping.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage but then released while the investigation continues.

The family is devastated and heartbroken, and whoever is responsible for this horrifying attack must answer for their crimes.

Sign this petition urging the Derbyshire Police to use all available resources to fully investigate this case, finding and charging the person(s) responsible for this senseless slaughter.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Derbyshire police quoting the reference 20*583541 by calling 101, calling Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555111, or reaching out via Facebook or Twitter. The name of the officer on this case is PC Leanne Bull. 

SIGN: Justice for Sheep with Throats Slashed in Brutal Massacre

The biggest scam that you’ve never even heard of (how one industry lied to the world).

The biggest scam that you’ve never even heard of (how one industry lied to the world). – World Animals Voice

Trophy hunting: corruption and fraud

Trophy hunting is a particularly gruesome pastime that countless living beings pay with their death. In search of a special thrill, hobby hunters travel to distant lands to kill exotic and rare animals.

Apparently, it is not enough for German hunters to kill millions of native wild animals every year.

Thousands of Germans travel abroad every year to hunt big game.

The providers of hunting trips leave nothing to be desired because even shooting permits for endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, or polar bears can be purchased for a lot of money.

And species native to Europe such as brown bears, wolves, and lynxes are also on the trophy collectors’ hit lists.

Hunted, killed, and mutilated

As a result of frequently missed shots and cruel hunting practices, many of the animals do not die immediately, but rather slowly and painfully.
The animals are often shot and flee with bloody wounds. As they run for their lives in fear of death, the animals continue to be shot at by the hunters and chased through the wilderness – lead bullets or steel arrows pierce their bodies until they collapse, exhausted.

Hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow is prohibited in Germany for reasons of animal welfare, but it is a common hunting practice in many countries for trophy hunting.

Trophäenjagd Löwe

The suffering of lions for the hunt in South Africa

In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred on so-called canned hunting farms so that they are later not naturally afraid of humans and thus of the hobby hunter.

On many farms, the animals are even lured with bait or medicated to make the hunt a success even for inexperienced shooters.

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/30/trophy-hunting-corruption-and-fraud/

 

And I mean…The African lion population has decreased from almost 100,000 to 35,000 animals over the past 50 years.
In 25 African countries, there are said to be no more lions and in 10 other countries, they are on the verge of extinction.
The king of the animals could soon be considered an endangered species.

In addition to the ongoing destruction of the habitat, this is due to the trophy hunt for Africa’s largest big cats.

Gate hunting is a hobby for the affluent minority because a kill can cost over 50,000 euros.

The costs depend on the sex and physical condition of the animal. The more stately a lion, the deeper the decadents have to dig into their pockets for the trophies.

In principle, everyone is allowed to hunt lions in South Africa, for example.
A hunting license or proof of hunting experience is not necessary in most cases.

Instead of photos, the psychopaths bring home a lion’s skin or a wild animal’s head as a souvenir.

And the demand for lion trophies is steadily increasing because the trophy hunting advertising is massive.

Just for the fun of killing, hunters reduce the populations of wildlife around the world.
Obtaining a hunting trophy and satisfying the hunting instinct are criminal acts.

Hunters are nothing more than a bloodthirsty and militant sect.

My best regards to all, Venus

Pakistan: FROM THE LONELIEST TO THE LUCKIEST ELEPHANT: KAAVAN TAKES OFF FOR CAMBODIA.

Photo – Four Paws

 

FROM THE LONELIEST TO THE LUCKIEST ELEPHANT: KAAVAN TAKES OFF FOR CAMBODIA

30 November 2020

For the first time FOUR PAWS moves an elephant by air

A Russian cargo plane, a four-tonne transport crate able to hold 200 litres of urine and a negatie Covid-19 test for a wild animal: these are just some of the things global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS had to organise for the departure of the world’s loneliest elephant. After months of preparation and more than 35 years of captivity, elephant Kaavan has started his journey from Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in Siem Reap on 30th November.

There Kaavan will live a species-appropriate life with other elephants. The historic wildlife transfer is implemented by FOUR PAWS in cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, American businessman Eric S. Margolis and the NGO Free The Wild, co-funded by Cher. Kaavan, together with the FOUR PAWS team, is expected to land in Siem Reap in the afternoon of 30th November.

The release to his new enclosure is planned for 1st December.

Read more at source

Four Paws

Past WAV posts on this:

Pakistan: Good News – Committee proposes relocation of Islamabad Zoo elephant to Cambodia after years of providing rides to children. – World Animals Voice

Pakistan: A Happy Ending After 35 Years ! – Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary. – World Animals Voice

“Information war” against anti-vaxx content online – report

With a significant number of Britons skeptical of a Covid vaccine, the army has reportedly deployed an “information warfare” unit to stamp out anti-vax propaganda online.

Offline, citizens still protest lockdowns in the streets.

The British government is expected to greenlight a coronavirus vaccine and begin its distribution next month. In addition to the logistical challenge of getting millions of doses to the public, the government also faces the hurdle of convincing them to take it.

According to a recent poll by the British Academy and the Royal Society, more than a third of people in Britain say they’re either uncertain or very unlikely to take the vaccine.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, ministers are preparing to launch a massive public information campaign to convince people to take the jab. Behind the scenes, however, the Times reported that the British Army has mobilized the 77th Brigade’s Defence Cultural Specialist Unit to monitor and counter “online propaganda against vaccines.”

The unit was formed in 2010 and worked alongside psychological operations teams in Afghanistan, studying the behavior of the civilian population and giving cultural and linguistic advice to ground troops, according to the brigade’s own website.

However, according to a number of media reports, the unit counts at least one Twitter executive among its ranks and is said to create and manage fake social media profiles to shape public opinion.

The media discovered that the 77th Brigade’s specialty, according to a plaque on the wall of its Berkshire base, is creating “behavioral change.”

With the rollout of a vaccine imminent, the unit is “already monitoring cyberspace for Covid-19 content and analyzing how British citizens are being targeted online,” according to the Times.

The Times’ report does not detail exactly how the unit will fight back against anti-vax content, or even what kind of content will be targeted.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told the Times that the brigade’s efforts are “not being directed at the UK population,” and leaked documents reportedly suggest that its strategy includes “gathering evidence of vaccine disinformation from hostile states, including Russia.”

Despite the apparent focus on Moscow as a hub of vaccine misinformation, Russia was the first country in the world to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, and a second Russian-made jab will be made available to the public next month.

Meanwhile, on the streets of London, crowds gathered on Saturday to protest the government’s lockdown measures, as a system of tiered restrictions will come into force on Wednesday.

Critics argue that this system is simply an extension of the current national lockdown, and as the demonstrators in London chanted “freedom” and “stop controlling us,” police arrested more than 150 people, mostly for defying these lockdown restrictions.  https://www.rt.com/uk/508105-london-lockdown-protest-covid19/

Gates Foundation pours another $70mn into pushing Covid-19 vaccines on 3rd world countries as safety & efficacy questions remain

While many feel unjustly controlled by the lockdown, the government has also reportedly deployed its intelligence agencies to control public opinion online.

In addition to the 77th Brigade’s efforts, GCHQ – the UK’s signals intelligence agency – has been tasked with countering online disinformation, according to the Times.

Though its exact role in this fight remains unknown, the media revealed that the agency has previously“developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information,” manipulated online polls, and covertly influenced online discussion.

According to documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the British public have been targeted by GCHQ.

Amid the online information war, there have been over 1.6 million Covid-19 cases in the UK, as well as more than 57,000 deaths. 

https://www.rt.com/uk/508163-army-information-war-vaccines/

https://www.rt.com/news/506547-bill-gates-vaccine-funding/

Our democracy imitates the Middle Ages, I call it a civil war!
I have no comment, but three I found excellent written and I add them:

1.”What is anti-vaxx anyway? To these goons, anti-vaxx is anyone (including a great many accomplished scientists) who query the establishment narrative or question fraudulent and biased big pharma studies. Why are our taxes and military being used to sure up multinational industries whose interests run counter to the interests and health of the folk of the nation”?

2.” Until Astra Zeneca can explain why two people in Britain and one in India and a bunch of monkeys suffered severe side effects as a result of having their vaccine, people should be very wary of taking any of this hokum.

3. so the population is now the enemy…

My best regards to all, Venus

Morality is indivisible.

We want to save dogs and eat pigs
We would have nothing against the Chinese if, like us, instead of dogs, they would eat the “right” animals, i.e. cattle, chickens, pigs.

Morality is indivisible.
We are not allowed to kill and eat animals, ALL animals – not just dogs, but also … pigs, isn’t that so?
Murder is murder.
And eating meat is murder.
Without difference

Regards and good night, Venus

Cruel corona animal experiments-business goes on

Senseless, cruel corona animal experiments

The well-known biologist, non-fiction author, and vaccination critic Clemens Arvay (“We can do it better”) recently posted on Facebook about the additional millions of cruel animal experiments for the completely senseless (the virus has already mutated 1000 times) and the highly dangerous new corona vaccination, which would directly genetically modify us humans and of which at least one human “guinea pig” has already died in Brazil (see, among others, in Heute. at https://www.heute.at/s/erster-teilnehmer-von-corona-impfstudie-gestorben-100108605):

“Locked up in cages. Vaccinated. Infected with the virus. Observed when sick. Killed after 7 days of infection, autopsied, and disposed of.

This is the fate of innumerable monkeys, brothers, and sisters.
I get sick studying all these vaccine studies. What a gruesome, by greed for money, and at the same time, hypocritical species is ours!
I will never finish my work, even if I would sometimes just turn away in disgust and move into a forest hut. (Clemens Arvay)”

And an initiative “Understanding animal experiments” installed by the pharmaceutical industry is lobbying for even more cruel animal experiments: “Without animal experiments, there is no corona vaccine” …”https://lokalo.de/artikel/214020/initiative-tierversuche-verhaben-ohne-tierversuche-kein-corona-impfstoff/ (!!!)

Therefore, please be sure to sign the “referendum for vaccination-free”, which will take place from 18.-25. January is in Austria to sign!

 

https://www.animal-spirit.at/news/grausame-corona-tierversuche

https://www.heute.at/s/erster-teilnehmer-von-corona-impfstudie-gestorben-100108605

 

And I mean…I don’t know about you, but the word corona creates anger of the highest order in me.
Because I think of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The King’s New Clothes”.
The narrative is cited today as an example to criticize gullibility and the uncritical acceptance of alleged authorities and experts.

The deception is so great that hardly anyone dares to question it:

– Who checks the vaccines for reactions?
– Are reactions checked?
– Why are our general practitioners not allowed to vaccinate?
-Why tested on animals when animals are not getting the virus?

The ridiculous initiative “https://lokalo.de/artikel/214020/initiative-tierversuche-verhaben-ohne-tierversuche-kein-corona-impfstoff/…will work “comprehensively, up-to-date and fact-based” according to its own statements.

This means: “When developing vaccines, animal experiments … examine possible side effects”.

And then comes the news: “The first participant in the corona vaccination study died”!

Now we can collectively wonder again how many of us human “guinea pigs” will survive this vaccination war.

animal experiments

The animals were the first victims to fall in vain, as always.
Because they couldn’t fight back.
Maybe we can do it better

My best regards to all, Venus

Five Myths About Dairy–Busted.

Five Myths About Dairy–Busted

Five Myths About Dairy-Busted – TryVeg

Denmark: Escaped infected Danish mink could spread Covid in wild.

WAV Comment – “Denmark’s health ministry said last week that the C5 mink variant was “very likely extinct”.   Well what else would you expect ? – time will tell over the coming weeks and months.  Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, and so we would expect nothing but an ‘all is ok, no need to worry’ from the health ministry.

By the way, we have still NOT had any response from the Danish Ambassador in London re our letter of the Danish mink cull situation.  See:

England: WAV Writes to the Danish Ambassador In London re Denmark’s Mass Mink Murders. – World Animals Voice

We wonder why ? – do they not have answers or are things just so jumbled and up in the air, despite what the health ministry says ?

We also say ‘Karma’ – Denmark is now reaping what it sowed years ago by becoming involved with the fur trade.  We have no sympathy.

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Escaped infected Danish mink could spread Covid in wild

Scientists fear fur farm animals in wild could create ‘lasting’ Covid reservoir that could then spread back to humans

Escaped mink carrying the virus that causes Covid-19 could potentially infect Denmark’s wild animals, raising fears of a permanent Sars-CoV-2 reservoir from which new virus variants could be reintroduced to humans.

Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, announced in early November that it would cull the country’s farmed mink after discovering a mutated version of the virus that could have jeopardised the efficacy of future vaccines.

Around 10 million mink have been killed to date. Fur industry sources expect the fur from the remaining 5 million to 7 million mink will be sold.

A number of Covid mink variants were identified by Denmark’s state-owned research body the Statens Serum Institut, but only one, known as C5, raised vaccine efficacy concerns. However, Denmark’s health ministry said last week that the C5 mink variant was “very likely extinct”.

Mink are known to regularly escape fur farms and the risk that infected mink are now in the wild was confirmed on Thursday.

“Every year, a few thousand mink escape. We know that because they are an invasive species and every year hunters and trappers kill a few thousand wild mink. The population of escaped mink is quite stable,” said Sten Mortensen, veterinary research manager at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

This year, Mortensen said, there was a risk that about 5% of the minks that escaped from farms were infected with Covid-19.

The risk of the escapees infecting other animals was low, he said, because mink were “very solitary creatures”. But, if they did, the animals most likely to catch the virus would include wild animals such as ferrets and raccoon dogs and “susceptible domestic animals” such as cats.

The most likely transmission route, he said, would be by an animal eating an infected mink or via their faeces.

Mink do not normally die from Covid-19, he added. “Once a mink has had Covid it usually recovers well. Some might have a few days of respiratory difficulty, but most recover and develop immunity.”

The risk of Sars-CoV-2 moving into wild populations has drawn concern from other scientists. Prof Joanne Santini, a microbiologist at University College London, said that, once in the wild, “it will become extremely difficult to control its further spread to animals and then back to humans”.

Transmission to the wild meant “the virus could broaden its host-range [and] infect other species of animals that it wouldn’t ordinarily be able to infect”, Santini said.

Prof Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, in an email to the Guardian, said: “Sars-CoV-2 could potentially continue to circulate in large-scale farms or be introduced to escaped and wild mustelids [weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, martens, minks, and wolverines] or other wildlife” and then “in theory, as avian flu and swine influenza viruses do, continue to evolve in their animal hosts, constituting a permanent pandemic threat to humans and animals.”

In the US, there are hopes a mink vaccine will soon be ready. Dr John Easley, vet and research director at the Fur Commission USA said he hoped “one of three vaccine possibilities” would be available by spring for mink farmers in the US and beyond.

However, a mink vaccine is a contentious issue for animal welfare organisations. “Instead of dealing with the fact that the appalling conditions of high-volume, low-welfare fur farming make mink so vulnerable to disease in the first place, it’s easier to distract everyone with talk of a vaccine that could be used like a yearly sticking plaster to compensate for the consequences of those poor welfare conditions,” said Wendy Higgins of Humane Society International.

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As the climate crisis escalates …

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/27/escaped-infected-danish-mink-could-spread-covid-in-wild

Romania accused of ‘silence’ over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep.

Read our posts on the Romanian live export situation at:

Search Results for “romania live export” – World Animals Voice

 

WAV Comment – the situation is not un expected; “Romania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep”.

We have reported on some Romanian ‘baddies’ in the past – Romania: Portrays Himself As ‘Jeckyll’, The Child Lover; But In Reality He Is ‘Hyde’ – The Mass Animal Killer. – World Animals Voice

 

But there are some great Romanian animal welfare campaigner friends fighting continuously for the animals; such as a special lady and friend; Carmen.

 

Remember the name – Carmen Arsene.- a wonderful lady and campaigner who never stops fighting for animals !

Romania: Animal welfare round table – YouTube

Carmen Arsene, president of the National Federation for Animal Protection in Romania, Ruud Tombrock, Europe director of World Animal Protection and Dr. Marlene Wartenberg, animal welfare strategic consultant (Four Paws) discuss the situation in Romania, where corruption and criminal activities in connection with brutality is becoming a health threat to Romanians. Interviewed by EU Reporter’s Strasbourg correspondent, Peter von Kohl (DK).

 

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Romania accused of ‘silence’ over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep

An investigation into the Queen Hind sinking a year ago is yet to be published and the live export trade continues to boom

Romania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep.

Rescuers who rushed to the sinking Queen Hind vessel, which left Romania’s Black Sea port of Midia a year ago, managed to save just 228 sheep out of a total 14,600, but only 180 ultimately survived the ordeal.

Romania’s prime minister Ludovic Orban vowed on television last year to end live exports in the “medium-term”. However, since the Queen Hind disaster more than 2 million live animals have been exported from Romania – mostly to north Africa and the Middle East.

Romanian authorities have claimed the vessel was 10% below capacity and that the animals were “clinically healthy and fit for transport”. But campaigners say the vessel was overloaded and this ultimately led to the thousands of sheep drowning in the Black Sea.

The only information to emerge since the sinking has been the discovery of secret compartments onboard with dead animals inside, by the company hired to remove the ship from the water.

Romania’s transport ministry told the Guardian this week that investigations are concluded and said a summary of the report will be published on the ministry’s website. They also said that the purpose of the technical investigation was to establish maritime safety issues and to prevent future accidents, and “not to establish guilt in people involved”.

EU law stipulates that investigations into maritime accidents should be reported in full within 12 months, but that if a final report is not possible in that timeframe, then “an interim report shall be published within 12 months of the date” of the event.

“They promised a cross-check investigation to find out what happened, and since then – complete silence,” said Gabriel Paun, EU director at Animals International.

The Guardian contacted MGM Marine Shipping, the management company behind the Queen Hind, and they denied any knowledge of secret decks. They said company procedures hadn’t changed since the disaster.

“Nothing has changed, I don’t want to talk any more about this vessel – I want to forget about it,” a company representative said in a telephone call before hanging up.

A European commission audit on Romania between September and October last year, which aimed to evaluate animal welfare during transport by livestock vessels to non-EU countries, raised multiple concerns, including “a general lack of records in the system of controls to ensure animal welfare during transport by sea to non-EU countries”.

“There is no evidence of checks confirming that the animals are fit to continue the journey. The absence of documented procedures, records and support to official veterinarians in checking vessels provide little assurances on the effectiveness of most controls carried out,” the report said.

“The Queen Hind was an iconic example of the intrinsic failures of the system,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Brussels-based Eurogroup for Animals, an EU umbrella group for animal advocacy organisations. “The EU likes to pride itself as a global animal welfare leader, but it still makes its hands dirty with this cruel industry.”

Guardian investigation found that livestock vessels are twice as likely to suffer a “total loss” from sinking or grounding as standard cargo vessels. Livestock ships are often old and originally built for other purposes before being converted to carry animals. The Queen Hind was 39 years old at the time of the disaster.

Mary Pana, president of the association of cattle, sheep and pig breeders and exporters in Romania, said: “EU competition with Australia and New Zealand is acute.”

“Naval accidents have happened to us and to them. But these are accidents … I trust the EC [European commission] will find an efficient way to change the current legislation so that the animals have superior welfare conditions for breeding, transport, and slaughter,” Pana said.

Campaigners have complained that since the disaster little has changed to improve animal welfare standards for live exports.

“These are not five-star cruises,” said Paun. “I’ve spent time on cargo ships and conditions cannot be improved – there are always an enormous amount of problems that occur, and there is not one single [long-haul] shipment where there are no animals dying.”

Vasile Deac, a veterinarian and owner of a live export company, said a ban on live exports would harm the livelihoods of Romanian farmers.

“The live animal export trade is very important for Romanian farmers,” Deac said. “If there was no live export market farmers wouldn’t have anywhere to sell their animals and it would be a big loss for them.”

“As an exporter it’s very important for me to see the ships that the animals are exported on,” he said. “The Queen Hind was an accident, it wasn’t done intentionally.”

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Pakistan: Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary.

Kaavan, the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ packs his trunk as he leaves Pakistan horror zoo for a new life at Cambodian sanctuary

  • Overweight Kaavan the bull elephant has languished at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, for 35 years
  • Animal-lovers threw a going-away party before he leaves on Sunday after years of campaigning by activists
  • Pakistan’s only Asian elephant is set to be flown to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on the weekend

 

The world’s loneliest elephant kept in a tiny enclosure in a Pakistan horror zoo is finally leaving for a new life at a Cambodian sanctuary.

With music, treats and balloons, friends of Pakistan’s only Asian elephant threw a farewell party for the creature ahead of his relocation from Islamabad after years of campaigning by animal rights activists.

The plight of Kaavan, an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant, has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the woeful state of Marghazar Zoo, 

 

Conditions are so bad at the zoo that a judge in May ordered all the animals to be moved.

Kaavan is set to be flown to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday, said Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of climate change.

Read the full story, with pictures, at 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8981801/Pakistans-lonely-elephant-Kaavan-packs-trunk-Cambodia.html

Hagebau ends the dirty business with reptiles

Hagebau withdraws from reptile sales after talks with PETA Germany

In 2015 and 2016, we at PETA Germany published extensive research into the sale of small animals and reptiles, which revealed serious deficiencies and terrible animal cruelty in numerous pet shops and their suppliers.

Since it was published, we have been in dialogue with a number of pet shops and hardware stores in order to promote the withdrawal from animal sales. Based on the talks, the company Hagebau announced in November 2020 that it would end the sale of reptiles from 2021.

A large number of animals do not survive the transport.

With our publications about the suffering of animals for the reptile trade, we were able to persuade the hardware store chain Hagebau to stop selling reptiles. In the past, we have pointed out several times that this is associated with immense animal suffering.

The public criticism had already led to the fact that the majority of the Hagebau stores stopped selling reptiles in recent years.

In 2021, the last sales point for reptiles from Hagebau is to be closed.

We thank you for this animal-friendly decision and expressly welcome the trend-setting step taken by the Hagebau company for more animal welfare.
“Snakes, turtles, and exotic lizards can never be kept in a species-appropriate manner in living rooms.

Hagebau has recognized this and is taking an important step in the direction of animal welfare by withdrawing from reptile scales,” said Jana Hoger, PETA Germany

The Borneo earless monitor lizard is traded for 8,000 euros per pair. Olexandr Topchylo / wikimedia.org

With the sales stop from 2021, Hagebau is taking responsibility and making an important contribution to ensuring that no more reptiles are sold in Germany in the future.

Reptile sales: animal suffering supported by hardware stores and pet shops

Our publication in August 2016 provided insights into the unscrupulous trade in reptiles for the German pet market for the first time.

Image material documented masses of the dead, injured, or for years locked up in plastic boxes animals at German wholesalers and their international suppliers.

At this reptile dealer, snakes are sometimes kept in small plastic boxes for over 10 years.

A study presented by the Federal Environment Ministry in March 2020 also confirms that the trade-in of exotic wild animals is contributing to the global extinction of species.
For reasons of species and nature conservation, action must be taken accordingly. When reptiles are caught and transported alone, up to 70 percent of the animals die from stress, insufficient supplies, or injuries caused by transport.

Many of the exotic animals sold in Germany also come from Asia, Africa, and South America as so-called wild-caught animals – they were previously wrested from their natural habitat.

Due to the unknown origin of the animals, it cannot be said in such cases whether or which deadly viruses and bacteria the reptiles carry.

The majority of all zoonoses, 72 percent, can be traced back to contact with wild animals.

China has banned the consumption of wildlife and has largely restricted markets due to coronavirus.

But in this country too, immediate action is required. Together with eleven other German animal and species protection organizations, we, therefore, wrote to various federal ministries and party leaders in March 2020, demanding a comprehensive import ban on exotic wild animals.

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/29/hagebau-ends-the-dirty-business-with-reptiles/

 

And I mean…Deaf lizards in fruit boxes, snakes in video cassette cases, parrot eggs in special bra – the hiding places with which animal smugglers bring their “goods” to their destination are becoming increasingly professional.
Because animal smuggling is a gigantic business and the structures are mafia-like.

The illegal trade in wild animals enriches unscrupulous profiteers annually by around five billion dollars. In addition to drug trafficking, arms, and people smuggling, the trade-in protected animals is the most profitable form of cross-border crime today.

In addition to the USA, Asia is another major supplier of reptiles for the German market.

Around 850,000 reptiles are officially imported into Germany every year. The number of unreported cases is likely to be a lot higher, as the illegal trade in exotic animals is also flourishing.

Particularly valuable are currently Borneo deaf lizards for 8000 euros per pair, New Zealand forest geckos for 5300 euros per pair, and fringed tree crawls from Guatemala for 2800 euros per pair.

There are also countless exotic mammals and millions of so-called ornamental fish.
In the reptile trade, an individual animal is not of great value; the mass is much more important.

The mass import makes it possible for the traders to sell the animals they have bought at just as low prices.

Many of the sensitive reptiles die on the long transport routes or on the breeding farms. But Death rates of up to 70% are already factored in by retailers.

From 2004 to 2014, six million exotic animals were shipped to Germany. Trade is booming, on the Internet, at animal fairs, and at animal and feed markets.

The wild catch of reptiles will also continue to be supported through purchases, demand determines supply, as is the case in the reptile trade.

Online trading increases the threat to species that are already endangered and enables criminal traders to “go about their bloody business inconspicuously and anonymously”.

For the unscrupulous business with the sensitive exotic animals, the animals are forcibly torn from their natural habitat or “produced” en masse by ruthless breeders. The purchase of such an animal is always related to the death of many other painfully perished reptiles.

Reptiles are not part of the living room – even the dumbest buyer must finally understand that.

My best regards to all, Venus

Busy: Time means we are condensing all of todays posts onto this post.

Time means we are condensing all of todays posts onto this post.

Titles and links are given below – please select which you wish to review.

Please especially support:

USA: Dog Slowly Suffered And Died On The End Of A Chain: Demand Investigation And Charges! – World Animals Voice

England: National Trust pause trail hunting on its land following webinar police probe. – World Animals Voice

Australia / China: Chinese Fishing Plant in Torres Strait Raises Alarm for Australian Industry and Islanders. – World Animals Voice

EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters; but they will still kill ! – World Animals Voice

England: Something A Little Different. – World Animals Voice

Get Personally Involved: Survey on Experimental Models in Research; Take Part Link Below. – World Animals Voice

 

 

 

South Africa: Live Export Latest – More News and Donation Links.

THEY NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER

It has been a long and trying year as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel.
We have lost battles and we have won some, but the war is far from over ….

On 06 August 2020, the National Council of SPCAs was back in the Grahamstown High Court fighting to interdict the impending export of live animals by sea to the Middle East. On 25 August 2020 Acting Judge Dukada handed down an order, allowing the Kuwaiti exporters, Al Mawashi and KLTT, to export no more than 56,000 sheep over the equator on the Al Messilah vessel in the hottest month of the year.


Acting Judge Dukada also ordered the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to monitor the loading process and provide reports to the court – this is the same Department that the NSPCA has laid animal cruelty charges against in previous shipments.
The Al Messilah, filled with some 51000 sheep, left South Africa on the 05 September 2020. A further two criminal dockets were opened against the exporters and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.


In October 2020 written reasons for Acting Judge Dukada’s order was received from the Grahamstown High Court. The application was not dismissed nor granted, it seems to have been an impractical compromise. Furthermore, in his judgement, Acting Judge Dukada stated that the NSPCA had ignored the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, published by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) – Specifically, chapter 7.2 of the OIE Standards Transport of Animals by Sea. These guidelines are not even recognized as international law by the very body who developed them. These guidelines are in place as bare, minimum “recommendations” for countries which do not have adequate legislation for the protection of animals.

The Acting Judge further stated that Al Mawashi and LTTC would be expected to adhere to this ‘law’ during the loading and transportation of the animals aboard their vessel. This, however, was not the case as these basic guidelines were still observed to be disregarded by members of Al Mawashi and LTTC. It is interesting to note that the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) who opposed the NSPCAs application has now launched a contempt of court application against the South African Government for not following the Acting Judge Dukada’s directives.


The NSPCAs’ legal team launched an application for leave to appeal Acting Judge Dukada’s order which was heard on 06 November 2020 and then declined by the Acting Judge Dukada On 17 October 2020. The NSPCA is left with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.


It has been a long and trying year for the NSPCA as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel. The undeniable suffering that these animals experience during these journeys to the Middle East is both unnecessary and unacceptable.

Unfortunately, this appeal process is a very costly battle as we continue to pursue the ban of live export. We need YOUR help to protect these animals from unnecessary suffering.

YOUR support can help us win this fight and leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren for a much kinder world!

Donate to the NSPXCADonate to The National Council of SPCAs | Donation Details for NSPCA

Read lots more about live exports to the Middle East by clicking on this link:  ‘The Journey So Far’ –  The NSPCA’s Battle Against the Live Export of Animals to the Middle East

Germany: Positive News – Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials.

Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials

26 November 2020

Germany:

At Helmholtz Zentrum München, the research group of Dr. Tobias Stöger, in collaboration with partners from the SmartNanoTox EU project, gathered insights on the toxicity of nanoparticles and managed to predict the spectrum of lung inflammation using only in vitro measurement and in silico modeling.

Our lungs are exposed to a multitude of hazardous airborne particles on a daily basis. Nanoparticles, due to their small size, may reach the sensitive alveolar region of the human lung and trigger inflammation even after a single inhalation leading to severe diseases such as heart disease, brain damage and lung cancer for prolonged exposure. In manufacturing, toxic nanoparticles may be released into the environment during the production, processing, degradation or combustion of materials. Despite advances in models for nanotoxicology, currently neither in vitro nor in silico testing tools can reliably predict adverse outcomes or replace in vivo testing. In order to facilitate the introduction of safer materials into our lives, novel testing strategies are needed to predict the potential toxicity of industrial nanoparticles before and during the manufacturing process. 

Currently, safety testing relies heavily on animal studies. While animal experimentation is still indispensable for mechanistic and chronic toxicological studies, they are less suited for predictive tests within a safe-by-design production of new materials. This study introduces an alternative animal-free testing strategy, capable for high-throughput testing and connectable with in silico modelling.

Read more at source

EurekAlert

First cases of COVID-19 in Polish mink.

First cases of COVID-19 in Polish mink

26 November 2020

Polish scientists have identifies the first cases of coronavirus in mink at a farm in the north of the country.

The Medical University of Gdansk said that eight animals were found to be infected at a breeding farm in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. 

Poland, a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed mink and workers this month after a mutation of the virus was found in Denmark. 

Veterinary and sanitary authorities in Poland said last week that 18 coronavirus cases had been identifies among mink farmworkers since the start of the pandemic, but it was unlikely that to have been spread by the animals.

“The obtained results indicate the possibility of transmission of the virus from humans to minks,” the Medical University of Gdansk said in a statement. 

Poland is the world’s third-largest fur producer after China and Denmark, according to animal rights groups that are campaigning for an end to breeding animals like mink for fur. 

Read more at source

Euronews

 

WAV Past posts on Polish fur:

Poland: The Price of A Fur Coat. Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm. – World Animals Voice

Some Very Recent Positive News From Poland Regarding Fur Farming and Animals In Entertainment. – World Animals Voice

England: This Is Huge ! Respect for Animals – Fighting the Fur Trade – Poland Close to Historic Fur Farming Ban. – – World Animals Voice

Poland: Mecca of the fur industry – World Animals Voice

Poland: The blood business with fur – World Animals Voice

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19.

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19

The announcement follows a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms across the globe

Hungary has announced a ban on mink fur farming due to ‘public health concerns of zoonotic diseases’.

The ban also includes the farming of foxes, polecats/ferrets, and coypu. However, it does not include chinchilla.

The news follows COVID-19 outbreaks on slew of mink fur farms across the globe. Reports now suggest the COVID-19 variant found on a Danish mink fur farm could spark a new coronavirus pandemic.

‘A good outcome for human health’

Dr. Joanna Swabe is the senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News she ‘applaued’ the Hungarian government for enacting the ban.

Swabe said: “Although these species are not currently farmed for fur in the country… This ban is more than just symbol politics. There’s a very real and present danger that fur farmers from elsewhere in Europe may attempt to move their operations to Hungary.

“This is a precautionary measure that shuts the door to that happening. [It] is a good outcome for human health and animal welfare.”

‘Make fur farming history’

Moreover, Swabe points out the ban ‘fails’ to include chinchila, who ‘could also be susceptible to viruses’.

She added: “As long as the animal exploitation of fur farming is tolerated, the potential for reservoirs of animal to human pathogens will persist….

“HSI hopes that the Hungarian government will also consider strengthening its ban by shutting down the country’s chinchilla fur farms too, and make fur farming history in Hungary.”

India: Elephant rescued injury free from deep well in a 14-hour operation. Watch the video here.

Watch the video here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-55034537

Elephant rescued from deep well in a 14-hour operation

https://emp.bbc.co.uk/emp/SMPj/2.36.6/iframe.html Elephant rescued from deep well in a 14-hour operationClose

A team of 50 people have helped rescue a male elephant from a deep well in Dharmapuri, southern India.

Local villagers dropped banana leaves down for the elephant to eat as the rescue dragged on through the night.

The bull was eventually brought to the surface upside down, as cranes and belts lifted it to safety.

Message from Venus

Dear visitors, followers, and readers,

A week ago, my cat Cordino had an operation, that’s why I have to leave the work on our blog aside.
In order for the wound to heal well, he has to wear a neck collar, and although he is very good-natured and cooperative, he definitely didn’t want that.

We have agreed to only wear the collar at night, and during the day it stays free and happy, but for me, this means that I have to take care of him all the time so that he does not lick the wound.

We both have to complete this task by Sunday, then Sunday is the 10th day after the operation and then the threads are extinguished by themselves and we are all redeemed.

I ask for your understanding.
Soon I’ll be fully active again on our blog.

My best regards to all

Venus

EU: ‘A Web of Lies’ – Horsemeat Imports Into EU In Regular Breach of EU Rules Some 8 Years After NGO’s First Alerted the Issue. EU Up and Living With the Fairies As Always.

EU: ‘A Web of Lies’ – Horsemeat Imports (Into EU) In Regular Breach Of Alleged EU Rules Some 8 Years After NGO’s Alerted the Issue. EU – Toss As Always ! – World Animals Voice

Horsemeat imports in regular breach of EU rules

25 November 2020

Today, the Animal Welfare Foundation, supported by other NGOs, released a new documentary underlining animal welfare abuses in the production of Argentinian horsemeat. Unfortunately, as demonstrated by our report, this is not an isolated case.

The documentary, entitled  “A Web of Lies”, reveals that eight years after the first investigation carried out by NGOs in Argentina, the severe abuses and neglect of horses destined for slaughter continue, despite claims that the situation has improved. The film also puts the spotlight on key shortcomings in ensuring the traceability of the horses. 

Similar issues can be witnessed in several countries providing horsemeat to the EU, like Australia, Uruguay and Canada. Consumption and trade of horsemeat in the EU has overall declined between 2000 and 2015; yet, since 2017, EU imports of horsemeat from foreign countries have started to grow again, especially from Argentina.

It is thus high time for the European Commission to address the concerns around these imports.

Eurogroup for Animals launches today a report presenting an overview on animal welfare and traceability-related issues encountered in key producing countries. The report puts forward the following recommendations in order to ensure better equine protection: 

  • All imported equine meat must comply with EU animal welfare standards at slaughter (which are currently the only applicable animal welfare requirements for imported meat).
  • All imported equine meat should also respectother animal welfare standards applied in EU horse meat production(e.g. related to transport, in assembly centres and in horse feedlots). This means trade agreements should contain provisions on conditional liberalisation of horse meat imports (e.g. liberalised access to the EU market would be contingent on meeting equivalent welfare standards).
  • Suspension of imports from countries if EU audits demonstrate a lack of enforcement of the applicable provisions of the regulation on welfare at the time of killing and traceability requirements.
  •  Allowing for the possibility of unannounced audits.
  • Suspension of imports (e.g. from Mexico and Brazil) are not reversed unless the production meets the required EU animal welfare standards as confirmed by EU audits.
  • Working to improve equine welfare outside the EU through cooperation on animal welfare with relevant partner countries (at present Argentina, Australia and Canada), using technical assistance where required.
  • Greater traceability of horse meat products by introducing Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fresh and frozen equine meat.
  • Reduced consumption of equine meat and derived products (through member organisations reaching out to retailers and consumers).

Read “From stable to Fork” Report 

Regards Mark

EU: Choose health, not poison.

Choose health, not poison

23 November 2020

20,000,000 waterbirds dead. 400,000 tonnes of lead.
The poisoning continues despite legal obligation to phase out lead shot in wetlands 20 years ago, when the 2000 African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement deadline passed. This week MEPs have the opportunity to ban lead with a workable proposal that benefits people, animals & nature and help banning lead gunshots.

The health of European citizens, biodiversity and the environment is at stake as a result of the use of toxic lead gunshot. The Commission is seeking to repair this through a ban on the use of lead gunshot in wetlands.

A very small proportion of EU citizens release 1000s of tonnes of toxic lead gunshot into the environment year on year. This is despite excellent non-toxic alternative gunshot types being available which are comparably priced and in common usage in many Member States.

The price of the toxic pollution is currently being borne by:

One million waterbirds poisoned to death annually, millions more suffering;

People exposed to lead gunshot in their food – of particular importance to children and pregnant women due to impacts of lead on the developing brain;

Soils contaminated and then poisoned for future agricultural use.

Wetlands International, together with Conservation without Borders, Eurogroup for Animals, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Migratory Birds for People and WWT urge you to end this old-fashioned polluting habit and support the proposal from the Commission to ban use of lead gunshot in wetlands as a significant step to a toxic-free future.

 Read more

EU: Leading Animal Protection groups join forces for animal testing bans.

Leading Animal Protection groups join forces for animal testing bans

23 November 2020

Following calls from EU authorities for cosmetics ingredients to be tested on animals, Europe’s leading animal protection groups have sent a joint statement to MEPs urging them to uphold the groundbreaking cosmetics testing and marketing bans.

Even though the testing of cosmetics ingredients on animals is banned under the EU Cosmetics Regulation, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission (EC) argued that even ingredients used exclusively in cosmetics may still be tested on animals under the REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) if there is a possibility of workforce exposure during the manufacturing process. For cosmetics ingredients also used in other types of products, tests on animals may, they say, be required regardless of any potential for workforce exposure.

It is imperative that the purpose of the Cosmetics Regulation – that cosmetics products are safely brought to market using only non-animal data – be met without compromising the bans. For ingredients marketed under the Cosmetics Regulation that have a history of safe use by consumers and of controlled handling on the factory floor, robust protection of both workers and consumers is already enabled through a variety of non-animal assessment methods and the careful application of exposure assessments. When regulators decide that a new ingredient cannot be brought safely to market without animal testing, its introduction should be delayed until additional non-animal test methods are available.

The recent administrative decisions are not the end of the road for the cosmetics testing and marketing bans. We maintain that new safety assessment data for cosmetics substances imported into, manufactured or sold within the EU may only rely on non-animal assessment methods. The wishes of citizens and legislators are clear: ECHA and the European Commission must be held accountable and compelled to uphold the terms of the EU cosmetics animal test and marketing bans as originally intended.

As animal protection organisations, we call for the European Parliament and the European Commission to ensure that the following mandates are urgently carried out:

• The EU bans on animal testing for cosmetics and the marketing of ingredients tested on animals must be fully upheld and implemented as intended by the legislators. 

• EU test requirements – including requirements set out in REACH – must not undermine the bans but instead must apply a substance-tailored approach to ensure consumers, workers, and the environment are protected without further tests on animals. 

• The European Commission must devise a robust testing strategy for cosmetics ingredients using only available non-animal assessment strategies so that the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability reflects the overwhelming support for strengthening – rather than weakening – the protection of animals in Europe. 

The joint statement and list of signatories can be seen here.

Germany: Transport ban of 132 pregnant cattle to Morocco

The Cologne Administrative Court has banned 132 pregnant cattle from being transported to Morocco on the grounds that the cattle there are often not slaughtered in accordance with animal welfare standards.

The 132 Holstein cows were pregnant and, according to the carrier, should go to a Moroccan dairy farm. The judges didn’t believe that, however.

According to the court order, the sales contract and the logbook show that the buyer was a slaughterhouse.

Berlin, November 24th, 2020:
PROVIEH welcomes the decision of the Cologne Administrative Court to ban the export of live animals to Morocco.

Before the Cologne Administrative Court decided in favor of the ban, the veterinary office had initially refused permission to transport the pregnant cattle to Morocco.

Two exporters had sued against this – and lost in an urgent procedure.

The transport planned for November 18, 2020, was not allowed to take place because the judges in Morocco feared that the animals would be slaughtered in a manner that was not appropriate to animal welfare.

“The decision of the Cologne Administrative Court evaluates PROVIEH as a success for animal welfare. There is a very high probability that the cattle in Morocco would have been slaughtered under conditions that were contrary to animal welfare, ” comments Patrick Müller, Head of Capital at PROVIEH.

“The decision was intended to encourage other veterinary offices not to process any transports that are expected to contain animal welfare violations en route or in the destination country.

We finally need nationwide uniform regulations for animal transports so that there are no more blatant misjudgments, such as the one from the Potsdam Administrative Court a few weeks ago, where the transport of pregnant cattle was permitted with reference to the EU regulation.

The European regulation for the protection of animals during transport must also be interpreted uniformly and completely in terms of animal welfare. “

Time and again, massive animal welfare violations occur in the case of live animal exports.

Problems arise from the fact that the animals are not regularly and insufficiently fed and supplied with water, even at high temperatures.

Supply breaks are not observed, appropriate supply stations, especially in third countries, are not approached or do not even exist. In the EU, the regulations are completely inadequate, but compliance with these minimum requirements is not even ensured in third countries.

The applicable law is repeatedly circumvented when live animal exports to third countries: The animals are often declared as breeding animals, although experts doubt that the animals are actually used for breeding.

Usually neither the climate is suitable, nor is there a suitable food base for the animals in the destination country.

The animals are “consumed” within a short time and are often slaughtered under dire conditions.

This has now also been recognized by the Cologne Administrative Court, at least in the case of a transport to Morocco.

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/24/germany-transport-ban-of-132-pregnant-cattle-to-morocco/

 

And I mean…“The transport of certain animals is prohibited according to the EU directive and the related regulation (EC) No. 1/2005.

This applies to very young animals, for example, calves under ten days old, piglets under three weeks old, and lambs under a week, unless the distance is less than 100 kilometers

The EU regulation also prohibits the transport of pregnant animals in the last phase of pregnancy and for one week after birth. “

The larger the EU becomes, the greater the distances over which animals are traded.
For example, calves are sold to Spain from the age of 10 days. A trip that takes two to three days from Germany.

Although according to the EU statute it is forbidden to transport calves in long distances if they are less than 14 days old.

If the calves come from Eastern European countries, the journey time is correspondingly longer.

And there are other transport routes. Namely those to countries outside Europe.

What happens in slaughterhouses in third countries has been documented for years, how the animals are mistreated on the transports, and how cruel are the methods with which they are ultimately slaughtered.

Nevertheless, neither the corrupt German federal government nor the unsuitable European Commission does anything to prevent this unnecessary (and illegal) cruelty to animals.

Slaughter Lebanon, EU cattle

As in many areas, the German government has totally failed in the area of ​​animal welfare. Why?
Because factory farming is wanted by the government and will continue to be subsidized with billions in taxpayers’ money.

Although the meat is cheap and almost every second pig ends up in the garbage, the large surplus of meat is exported abroad and the keeping conditions for the poor animals have hardly or not at all improved, new factory farms are being approved more and more.
This is totally sick.

But these are the excesses of damn capitalism. Money rules the world and the unscrupulous owners of the agricultural corporations who trample animal welfare can go on as they want.

We welcome the decision of the court, but the fate of animals during animal transport should be regulated by a uniform law and not be dependent on private decisions.

Because then we cannot talk about effective animal welfare, but only about nice judges.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU / Romania: Live export from Europe to third countries is booming despite tragedies.

EU / Romania: Live Export from Europe to Third Countries is Booming Despite Tragedies. – World Animals Voice

Live export from Europe to third countries is booming despite tragedies

23 November 2020

Animals International

Press Release

1 year after the live export vessel MV Queen Hind capsised killing thousands of sheep no one is held responsible. Eurogroup for Animals and Animals International, its member organisation in Romania, today remember the thousands of sheep who endured the most horrible death a year ago in the Romanian harbour of Midia.

For immediate release: Brussels, Bucharest 24 November 2020

The tragic anniversary is the opportunity to remind the lack of action by the Romanian Government and the EU Commission which led this barbaric trade to continue, with over 4 millions cattle, sheep and goats being shipped in despicable conditions to countries where animal welfare doesn’t meet the European standards.

Romania alone experienced a major raise in live animal exports since the Queen Hind capsised, with more than 2 million animals leaving the country by sea to reach North Africa and the Middle East, a journey that may take up to three weeks. 

While Romanian authorities insist that the density was 10% less than usual, the company hired to take the ship out of the water found secret decks with extra animals that were not part of the official vessel documents. The Romanian Government has not published their conclusions on the incident’s investigation.

The Queen Hind was overloaded, and animals were sentenced to an unavoidable death caused by greed and corruption. The Romanian Government has made no step forward to end live export and has also failed to progress in its commitment to work towards phasing out the trade.

Commented Gabriel Paun, EU Director of Animals International.

Temperatures in the Gulf may reach 50 degrees Celsius in the shade. Despite evidence of Romanian sheep suffering extreme heat stress, in July the Romanian Parliament passed a new law allowing live exports to take place when temperatures rise above 35 degrees Celsius. Even with the added requirements to shear animals and reduce stocking density by 10%, thisnew law breaches the EU transport Regulation that clearly demands Member States to freeze exports if temperatures soar above 35 degrees. 

This bill was debated after the Queen Hind tragedy and was initially aiming to improve the welfare of exported animals by freezing exports during summer, as Australia has done, and having a veterinarian on board all ships. But interference by foreign animal trading companies in the Parliamentary debates saw the bill watered down in a form that breaches the current EU Regulation. 

The audits carried out by the EC in European harbours indicate major deficiencies, especially in Romania which dedicates more than half of their maritime fleet to export of EU animals to third countries. The Commission concluded that these authorisations were granted superficially and that the fleet endangered animals and crew. 

Moreover, within the Farm to Fork strategy the EC intends to revise the EU animal transport regulation and the EP created the Committee of Inquiry on the protection of animals during transport (ANIT). 

Thanks to the ANIT Committee we believe that MEPs will have all the evidence they need to investigate how Member States apply the current Transport regulation and finally stop live transport in favor of meat and carcasses trade.

Commented Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals.

Animals International and Eurogroup for Animals call on the EU Commission to start an infringement procedure against the Romanian Government for continuously failing to comply with the EU animal transport regulation. 

In the aftermath of the incident Eurogroup for Animals members Animals International and Four Paws were both involved in the rescue operations.

ENDS

Some of our WAV posts associated with this:

EU;; Have the Welfare Lobby Been Saying This for Years ? – DG SANTE audit reveals major problems with live export from Romania ! – World Animals Voice

Romania: The Live Export Sheep Trade Is Killing Farmers -Romania Needs Meat Processing; and Fast ! – World Animals Voice

Breaking – Romanian Government Calls Off Rescue Efforts to Save Sheep Still Alive Inside Export Ship, Despite Claims That Sounds Can Still Be Heard. – World Animals Voice

Syrian Crew; Registered in the Pacific; A Rust Bucket Vessel 40 Years Old, Ignorant Romania ; Useless EU – It All Adds Up to a Cheap and Nasty Live Export Business as We Have Said for Decades ! – World Animals Voice

Well Done France- Imposing a Live Animal Transport Ban in Extreme Heat. But EU, What About the 70,000 Romanian Sheep Being Exported In 40 Degrees Temperatures ? – Time the EU Enforced Its Policies – Hard Action not Soft Talk ! – World Animals Voice

EU: Live Export Latest – MEP Demands Action Against Romania – and … Is the new President-elect of the Commission committed to making a change for animals? – World Animals Voice

Kuwait / Romania: Livestock Ship Watch – 70,000 Live Sheep Exported from Romania en route to Kuwait. – World Animals Voice

Romania: Is Exporting 70,000 Live Sheep to the Gulf. They are Still In Port in Midia (Romania) – More News to Come. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

EU and US block plans to protect world’s fastest shark.

EU and US block plans to protect world’s fastest shark. – World Animals Voice

EU and US block plans to protect world’s fastest shark

The population of shortfin mako, mainly caught as bycatch but also prized by sports fishermen, is facing an alarming decline

 

Conservationists accused the EU and the US at negotiations of Atlantic fishing nations this week of blocking urgently needed plans to protect the world’s fastest shark species.

The strength and speed of the shortfin mako, which can swim up to 43mph, makes it a target for sports fishermen, particularly in the US, while its highly prized meat and fins have led to the shark being overfished globally – and dangerously so in the north Atlantic.

The population could take five decades to recover even if fishing were to stop immediately, according to scientists at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), a fisheries management organisation.

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The majority of mako caught in the north Atlantic in 2019 were landed by EU vessels, mainly from Spain and Portugal followed by Morocco. Most mako sharks are bycatch – accidentally caught by boats hunting different species.

Last year, international governments voted to regulate trade in the endangered species, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, after the EU co-sponsored a proposal.

But there was no outright ban, and this week Britain – in its first official act as an independent member of ICCAT – backed a proposal by Canada for such a ban. The UK said it was extremely disappointed that no agreement had been reached in 2019.

The EU and the US, however, refused to back the ban, saying it would not in itself stop mako mortality as bycatch. Each suggested separate proposals that would allow boats to continue to land mako in certain circumstances. Given the lack of consensus, the ICCAT committee chairman said he had no choice but to postpone any decision on mako catches until 2021.

“North Atlantic mako depletion remains among the world’s most pressing shark conservation crises, yet the EU and US put short-term fishing interests above all else and ruined a golden opportunity for agreeing a clear and simple remedy,” said Ali Hood, director of conservation for the Shark Trust.

Grantly Galland, an officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ fisheries team, said the delay in adopting a ban would speed the decline of a species already at dangerously low population levels.

“The only real advice from scientists to ICCAT is to have a no-retention policy. Another year of catching at the current level will leave the population in the north Atlantic in even worse shape,” Galland said.

Scientists warned last year that the important predator was declining faster than previously thought. They recommended annual landings of mako in the north Atlantic be reduced from 3,000 tonnes to 300, to allow the population to recover.

Ian Campbell, associate director of policy for Project Aware, a non-profit working with sports divers in ocean protection, said: “It has been heartbreaking to watch the US devolve from a global shark conservation leader to a primary obstacle to international, science-based protections for endangered makos.” He urged the incoming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration to “restore US commitment to science and the precautionary approach”, particularly for vulnerable marine life.

EU and US block plans to protect world’s fastest shark | Sharks | The Guardian

USA: Trump is rushing to hold a fire sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

USA: Trump is rushing to hold a fire sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. – World Animals Voice

Hi Mark,

Just as polar bear cubs are about to be born and begin denning with their mothers, Trump is rushing to hold a fire sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

He invited oil and gas companies to identify which areas of the refuge’s coastal plain they’d like to drill, then proposed to toss out rules on offshore drilling. New cubs could one day see oil rigs from their dens.

This pristine landscape is not his to sell, so we’re in court to stop him.

Please support our work to keep drilling out of the Arctic by giving to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. Your donation today will be doubled.

Trump and his greedy friends know time’s running out for them to plunder public lands for personal gain, which is why they’re moving fast to auction off leases to drill in the refuge.

Those leases will make it harder to keep this treasured landscape from turning into an oilfield.

We can’t let them get away with this last-minute money grab.

We’re in court to block more than 1.5 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from being opened to oil and gas drilling.

And we have a separate lawsuit in the works to stop Trump’s plan to open more than 18 million acres of the western Arctic.

Drilling in these areas will cause oil spills and greenhouse gas emissions already threatening polar bears with extinction. It will also decimate important caribou habitat, including areas where they raise their calves.

It’s obscene that after one of the worst seasons of wildfires and hurricanes in history, the administration’s priority is to worsen the climate crisis by giving handouts to Big Oil.

We can’t let the administration get away with ruining the Arctic refuge on its way out the door.

Please, help our fight for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge today with a matched gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

“Fish in the Nile have no choice but to eat plastic”.

I watched today a very disturbing programme on the plastic pollution down the entire lengths of the Wite and Blue Nile rivers.  Microplastics which are in all the fish now swimming the Nile; caught and eaten by people; and the huge, massive plastic dumps on which cows, donkeys and goats are grazing to survive.  Tributaries of the Nile now completely clogged / blocked up with used plastic bags and just the largest amount of plastic bottles you will ever see.  Depressing, real depressing.

It was on ‘Sky’ – and here is the link in which you can see some of the devastation I witnessed in the programme.

https://news.sky.com/story/plastic-nile-pulling-up-plastic-from-the-river-is-horribly-frighteningly-easy-11996674

Here is the trailer video for the programme – https://youtu.be/3Iz1OzZDgUw

“Fish in the Nile have no choice but to eat plastic”.

The thing I find most depressing is that there are some world people who; given their financial status; could pump some money into solving eco disasters such as this.  Instead they become simple losers who do everything in their power to remain non-losers.  For weeks now we have watched with sadness and amazement, the things that one person will do to try and hold on to power; when the good people of the USA have enacted their democratic right and voted to rid themselves of the plague that currently infests the White House.

But, he, the ‘infestation’; is a global warming climate denier, does not give a damn about animals or the environment in general; yet seems to expect; or should that be ‘demand’, that people fully support him ?

He has money which could be put into fighting world climate and eco devastation projects; instead he pumps it all into keeping his own, and his families heads above water; attempting to preserve his status when the democratic right of the American people have told him to take a walk.

His fortune will not solve any eco problems the world has; which is very sad considering that if he really wanted to be ‘liked’ by a lot more; he could easily invest into campaigns to improve the planet and make it a better place rather than the eco disaster it is now rapidly becoming.  So, in my personal view; an idiot who will never get one ounce of respect out of me.  Respect has to be earned; I have learnt that throughout my life trying to be a voice for animals; and to me; he deserves not one ounce of respect; he is simply not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat; he is a Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, being a Brit, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a big time bully.

I think you can guess who I write about !

From supporter ‘Climate Change Take Action Now’ who we thank for drawing this very important issue to our attention.  We are really an animal site; but like all people involved with animals; protection of the environment and the wonderful world we inhabit is all part of the same game.

Regards Mark – and give a shit when it comes to being a voice for the planet and for the environment.

https://youtu.be/K9MaGf-Su9I

Climate change: Europe’s melting glaciers | DW Documentary

It is far too late to save the Alpine glaciers. And now, the dangers caused by tons of melting ice are rising sharply. Every year, climate change is destroying two of the currently 70 square kilometers of glaciers left in the Alps.

The permafrost in the Alps is thawing, and transforming what used to be sturdy slopes into loose screes. In addition, climate change is leading to significantly more extreme weather conditions every year, while heavy rainfall causes serious erosion. The result: avalanches and landslides like those in Bondo, Switzerland, or Valsertal in Austria.
In Switzerland, residential areas are shrinking as people are forced to leave their homes forever. The disappearance of glaciers as water reservoirs is already posing a major problem. Farmers in Engadine, who have been using meltwater for irrigation for centuries, are already facing water shortages. Last summer, they had to rely on helicopters to transport water to their herds in the Grison Alps. Above all, alpine villages depend on winter tourism to survive. Yet experts are forecasting that by mid-century, there will only be enough natural snow left to ski above 2,000 meters, which will spell out the end for about 70 percent of the ski resorts in the Eastern Alps. But instead of developing alternatives, lots of money is still being invested in ski tourism. Snow cannon are used to defy climate change, and artificial snow systems are under construction at ever higher altitudes. As usual, it’s the environment that is set to lose as the unique alpine landscape is further destroyed by soil compaction and erosion. Some municipalities are now working on new models of alpine tourism for the future. As global temperatures continue to rise, the cooler mountain regions will become increasingly attractive for tourists, especially in the summer.

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A few glacier related issues we have covered on WAV in the past:

Switzerland: Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming. – World Animals Voice

Tibet: Tibet sees 27.7 percent fall in glacier ice coverage, research finds. – World Animals Voice

Greenland’s Ice Has Melted Beyond Return, Study Suggests. – World Animals Voice

Environmental – The ‘doomsday’ glacier. – World Animals Voice

Climate Change Reconsidered: Science the U.N. Will Exclude from Its Next Climate Report – News on Climate Change

https://youtu.be/jaVL1Ham-4A

Climate Change Reconsidered: Science the U.N. Will Exclude from Its Next Climate Report

“Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science” — produced by a team of 40 scientists — is the newest volume in the Climate Change Reconsidered series produced by The Heartland Institute and members of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). As in previous reports, thousands of peer-reviewed articles are cited to determine the current state-of-the-art of climate science. This newest volume’s findings challenge the alarmist reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose next report is due out later this month. NIPCC authors paid special attention to contributions that were overlooked by the IPCC or that presented data, discussion, or implications, arguing against the IPCC’s claim that dangerous global warming is occurring, or will occur, from human-related greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Now France Slaughters Its Mink.

Staying on the disgusting issue of the fur trade:

 

Now France slaughters its mink: Up to 1,000 animals are culled at farm in western France after Covid positive test after cases in Denmark, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands

  • Mink infected with coronavirus been found in France and are set to be culled
  • One thousand mink will be slaughtered after tests identified the virus at a farm
  • Officials locked down swathes of northern Denmark where variant originated.

Mink infected with coronavirus have been found in France and are set to be culled after the virus was detected at a farm in the western part of the country.  

One thousand mink will be slaughtered after tests identified the virus at a farm in the Eure-et-Loire region of western France after the country started testing its four mink farms in mid-November.

It comes after officials locked down swathes of northern Denmark where a new Covid-19 variant originated and ordered the culling of 17million mink earlier this month in a bid to stomp out the strain before it became widespread. 

Cases in mink have also been reported elsewhere in Europe, notably in Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands.

A French Ministry spokesman said: ‘At this stage, tests have shown the virus circulating in an Eure-et-Loire farm.

‘A second farm is unscathed. Tests are still under way in the last two farms, with results expected during the week.’  

The new Covid-19 variant — called Cluster 5 — caused global panic after it was found to be resistant to antibodies, substances made by the body to fight off infections. 

It was feared Cluster 5 would be able to slip past promising new Covid-19 vaccines, which work by stimulating an antibody response. 

Officials locked down swathes of northern Denmark where the strain originated and ordered the culling of 17million mink earlier this month in a bid to stomp out the variant before it became widespread.

In a statement today, the country’s health ministry said there had been ‘no new cases of Cluster 5 since September 15’ which led it to conclude it ‘has most likely been eradicated’.  

Scientists believe the mutant virus jumped from fur farm workers to mink in the summer before it was passed back to humans.  As it crossed between species, a mutation occurred on its ‘spike’ protein, which it uses to enter human cells. It was significant because the leading vaccine candidates work by targeting this protein. 

When news about the new strain broke earlier this month, Britain banned non-British citizens returning from Denmark and introduced strict quarantine rules for any Brit who’d recently returned from the country.

At the time, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the mutated could have ‘grave consequences’ if it became widespread.    

The Danish health ministry said in a statement on Thursday : ‘There have been no new cases of the Cluster 5 mink mutation since September 15, which has led to the Danish infectious disease authority SSI to conclude that this variant has most likely been eradicated.’ 

The Government said most of the strict lockdown rules imposed on November 5 on seven municipalities in North Jutland would be lifted on Friday. They had originally been due to stay in place until December 3.  

Cluster 5 has only been found in 13 people living in the region, which is home to 280,000 people. 

All minks in the seven municipalities have been culled, totalling 10.2 million, and the slaughter is still ongoing in other parts of the country.

With three times more minks than people, the Scandinavian country is the world’s biggest exporter, selling pelts for around £596million ($792m) annually, and the second-biggest producer behind China. 

Farmers living in regions of Denmark not affected by the mutated strain of Covid-19 are still allowed to sell mink fur — but must still kill all their livestock this month.  

Five different strains of mutant mink coronavirus have been spotted in 214 people in Denmark since June. 

Analysis by Denmark’s State Serum Institute revealed only Cluster 5 was less sensitive to antibodies. 

Antibodies are disease-fighting proteins made and stored by the immune system to fight off invaders in the future by latching onto their spike proteins. 

But if they are unable to recognise proteins because they have mutated, it means the body may struggle to attack a virus the second time and lead to a second infection. 

It raised fears the new strain could be harder to treat or vaccinate against.  

It is not uncommon for viruses to be able to jump between humans and other animals – which was also the case for H5N1, or bird flu, and H1N1, swine flu.

The sole purpose of any virus is to replicate as many times as possible. So when a virus jumps from one species to another it naturally mutates to adapt to a new host. 

With Covid-19, tiny changes in its DNA occurred when it was passed to mink. It means that when the virus was passed back to humans its biology was different, so it may behave differently to other strains while inside humans.

It is not uncommon for viruses to be able to jump between humans and other animals – which was also the case for H5N1, or bird flu, and H1N1, swine flu.

The sole purpose of any virus is to replicate as many times as possible. So when a virus jumps from one species to another it naturally mutates to adapt to a new host. 

With Covid-19, tiny changes in its DNA occurred when it was passed to mink. It means that when the virus was passed back to humans its biology was different, so it may behave differently to other strains while inside humans.

Now France slaughters its mink: Up to 1,000 animals are culled at farm in western France | Daily Mail Online

It’s not just mink: Foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms ‘may infect humans with coronaviruses’, scientists warn.

 

It’s not just mink: Foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms ‘may infect humans with coronaviruses’, scientists warn | The Independent

It’s not just mink: Foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms ‘may infect humans with coronaviruses’, scientists warn

Exclusive: The whole industry has the potential to act as a virus factory, say animal-welfare activists

Other animals reared for their fur – such as foxes and raccoon dogs – can catch coronaviruses and pass it to humans, scientists have warned, after millions of mink across Europe were culled over fears they could spread Covid-19.

The World Organisation for Animal Health has advised countries to monitor for infection “susceptible animals, such as mink and racoon dogs”, as well as humans in close contact with them.

scientific paper this summer warned that raccoon dogs “are susceptible to and efficiently transmit” Covid-19 and “may serve as intermediate host” for it – meaning they may transmit Covid-19 to people.

It prompted animal-protection lobbyists to claim “all fur farming has the potential to act as a virus factory”.

A scientific paper in 2004 reported that foxes in a wildlife market in Guanzhou, China, were found to have been infected with Sars-CoV, which causes Sars, another type of coronavirus.

Coronavirus fears as China plans to entrench mink and fox fur industry

It’s estimated that more than 32 million foxes and raccoon dogs are held in fur farms around the world, their pelts mostly destined for markets in Asia.

An outbreak of coronavirus in mink in Denmark earlier this month prompted the country to begin a cull of all 17 million of the animals on its fur farms. Some were suffering a mutated form of the virus, which infected more than 200 people.

Governments in four other countries – Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Ireland – have also issued orders or advice to cull their farmed mink populations.

Experts are worried that the new human coronavirus vaccines may not be effective against mutated strains.

The British Fur Trade Association insists that species other than mink, “such as fox and wild fur” are not affected by the virus. It says fur farms worldwide have put in place extensive biosecurity measures after the mink outbreaks.

But the paper by 17 scientists stated that raccoon dogs “were suspected as potential intermediate host for both SARS-CoV6 and SARS-CoV2”. The authors wrote: “Rapid, high-level virus shedding, in combination with minor clinical signs and pathohistological changes… highlight the role of raccoon dogs as a potential intermediate host.  

“The results are highly relevant for control strategies and emphasise the risk that raccoon dogs may represent a potential SARS-CoV-2 reservoir.”  

Raccoon dogs in a wildlife market in Shenzhen, China, were also found to have been infected with Sars.

Christian Drosten, director the Institute of Virology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, has even suggested fur-farm raccoon dogs, rather than pangolins, were the source of Covid-19, telling The Guardian earlier this year: “Raccoon dogs are a massive industry in China, where they are bred on farms and caught in the wild for their fur. If somebody gave me a few hundred thousand bucks and free access to China to find the source of the virus, I would look in places where raccoon dogs are bred.”

Most zoonotic diseases in modern times, from the 1918 flu pandemic onwards, have had animal origins, with viruses infecting humans emerging from birds, farmed animals and wild hunted animals.

The stress of being caged literally drives animals mad and also suppresses their immunity, making them especially susceptible to disease, scientists say.

Globally, 94 million animals are farmed for their fur, including 61 million mink, 20.1 million foxes and 12.4 million raccoon dogs, according to figures from Humane Society International, with China the biggest single fur-producing country.

The UK has banned fur farming but still imports of real fur. The value of imports rose from about £55m in 2016 to £70m-£75m in the following two years, but then last year fell back to £55.9m last year, according to HMRC figures.

Raccoon dogs, which originate in Asia and are distant cousins of foxes, are a separate species from raccoons, natives of America.

Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International (HSI) who has visited fur farms, said: “Fox and raccoon dogs who are reared for fur in their millions across Europe, China and north America can also become infected with SARS-CoV-related viruses, and considering the appalling conditions in which these animals are forced to live, it’s little wonder that fur farms have the potential to act like virus factories.  

“If we learn anything from the tragic scenes of mink culls, it must be that we cannot continue to exploit and push animals beyond the limit of their endurance, not only causing them immense suffering but also putting human lives at risk, all for a frivolous fur fashion item that nobody needs.”

HSI says the fur trade has been “in freefall” for several years, with average pelt prices at auction houses dropping and growing numbers of financial institutions, including Standard Chartered and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, adopting policies not to invest in the trade.

Ms Bass said the fact that the virus had spread and mutated within stressed mink populations was “another major nail in the coffin” of the fur industry, and accused the UK of being complicit in the cruelty by importing fur.

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Fur farming has rightly been banned in this country for nearly 20 years. Once our future relationship with the EU has been established, there will be an opportunity for the government to consider further steps it could take in relation to fur sales.

 “We have also co-created the leaders’ pledge for nature, which includes a commitment to working globally to address the links between how we treat our planet and the emergence of infectious diseases.”

The Independent has asked the British Fur Trade Association and the International Fur Federation to comment.

 

 

Chart Room Cafè: Dogs yes, children not!

A man has opened a café that you cannot go to with children, but with dogs!

The newly opened café caused anger among parents: the owner has banned children under 12 from entering.
But they can come with dogs

Bob Higginson opened the Chart Room in Brixham, England.

After the opening, the owner announced that the cafe could also be visited with older children and even dogs, but children under 12 will not be served.
Angry locals said this ban was a form of discrimination.

“My main customers are more mature people in need of peace and quiet. I wanted people to be able to come and remember the past and have nostalgic conversations without kids running around and distracting me,” said Higginson.

Higginson says he really doesn’t mind if people come with dogs. Many people go for a walk with a service dog, others just bring pets.

“I’ve never met a dog who is misbehaving,” said the facility’s owner.

http://www.zinteresno.ru/2020/10/ein-mann-hat-ein-cafe-geoffnet-das-man.html

And I mean…Isn’t it discrimination, the prohibition of entry for dogs in many cafes and restaurants in Europe (and especially in southern countries)?

But we let it happen and take it for granted because our rights are at stake.

I would very much like to visit the café; and very often!

Animals never bothered me.
Human animals bother me.

We can wish the owner that he gets success and support with his animal-friendly café.

My best regards to all, Venus

People and animals: not the same but comparable interests

“Animal rights are the subjective rights of animals. Animal ethics examines the extent to which animals, possibly including humans, have such rights from a moral point of view. In addition, animal rights are discussed as part of a state legal system”. (Wikipedia)

From the Austrian animal ethicist and philosopher Helmut F. Kaplan

Animal rights in a philosophical context

The prerequisite for realizing animal rights is that one first has a concept of animal rights.
And that is a comprehensible and practicable concept of animal rights.
So far this has not been the case.

There is only such a thing as rough versions of the concept of animal rights embedded in various theoretical contexts.
In my book “Animal Rights: Against Speciesism” I am now developing what I believe to be a comprehensible and practicable basic concept of animal rights.
It is based on the principle of equality proposed by Peter Singer.

No sane person asserts that humans and animals are in a factual sense alike.
People and animals – like people among themselves – have different interests.

It would therefore be completely wrong to treat humans and animals equally because different interests justify and require different treatment.
In contrast to humans, dogs, and cats, for example, do not need religious freedom or the right to vote – because they cannot do anything with it.
And, unlike women, men do not need maternity leave – because they cannot get pregnant.

Animal rights based on the principle of equality

What the principle of equality demands is simply this: Where people and animals have the same or similar interests, we should also take these same or similar interests into account:

Because everyone has an interest in inadequate food and shelter, we should take this interest into account equally in all people – and not discriminate arbitrarily on the basis of race or gender.

So no racism and sexism.

And because both humans and animals have an immense interest in not suffering, we should take this interest into account in humans and animals equally – and not make arbitrary discrimination based on species.

So no speciesism.

We said: The same or similar interests of humans and animals should be considered equally.

In other words: animals have the right to have their interests taken into account in the same way as comparable human interests.
Animal rights are then the sum of the claims resulting from this equal consideration. The decisive sentence that characterizes this concept of animal rights is:

Animals have the right to have their interests considered in the same way as comparable human interests.

 

Helmut. F.Kaplan- https://tierrechte-kaplan.de/

And I think…The cause of all crimes against animals is the perverse ideology of the Carnists to reduce the world to edible parts.
Animals that use us for this purpose may be enslaved, exploited, tortured, slaughtered.
And no one regards this crime as a deprived right because we regard and treat animals as lawless anyway.

For the animals who are our slaves today, life is an uninterrupted nightmare

My best regards to all, Venus

Avian influenza on the march

Avian influenza outbreak in France, Croatia, and Bavaria
20th November 2020

After cases of avian influenza in parts of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, and Great Britain, which can be assigned to bird migration, France, Croatia and parts of Bavaria bordering Austria have now also reported cases.

This also increases the risk of an epidemic outbreak in Austria, the Ministry of Health warned in a broadcast yesterday.

The precautionary measures must be strengthened, “all necessary precautions are taken to be able to react quickly to outbreaks in Austria,” it said.

Geflügelpest in Polen: In Brandenburg wächst die Angst vor der Vogelgrippe - Berlin - TagesspiegelPoland

The national reference laboratory in the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) has prepared itself for the examination of any samples that may accumulate and has made a risk assessment. There is also close contact with the economy, especially with the poultry industry (!!!)

The call to increase biosecurity measures in poultry farms has already been issued.

According to the ministry, a task force for avian influenza is preparing the first measures. Wild birds found dead (especially ducks and other waterfowl) should be reported to the responsible authorities, the health department appealed.

The strain currently identified (H5N8) is not dangerous for humans and is not transmitted via food.

 

https://orf.at/stories/3190670/

And I mean…At the moment the animal farms consist only of animal corpses.
The mass murder of poultry is definitely imminent.

We had it with the wild boars in Germany, with the minks in Denmark, with the pigs in Tönnies …it has meanwhile become systemically relevant

By then, more antibiotics will be given to the poultry, the meat-eaters are calmed down, but the ultimate solution is always mass murder.

And the population prays to the God of the meat mafia…our daily meat Give us every day.

My best regards to all, Venus

Corona benefits

“The Central Council of St. Martin’s Geese thanks the German Government for closing the restaurants”.

 

They have also spoken out in favor of a hard lockdown with a 24-hour curfew for 2 months.

The spokesman for St. Martin’s geese:” With these measures, the problem should be permanently resolved”.

Regards and good night, Venus

Spain: Documentation of the industrial exploitation of pigs

An investigation by Tras Los Muros ( Glass Walls )- Author: Aitor Garmendia (Photographer for Animal Liberation)

Factory. The industrial exploitation of pigs.

With a population of more than 30 million, the Spanish pig sector has established itself as the largest producer of live pigs in the European Union, and in 2020 it is expected that the number of animals sent to the slaughterhouse will exceed that of Germany, a country that in these moments ranks first.

Veterinary neglect is common to all farms visited. Animals that suffer from innumerable health problems are not treated for reasons of economic profitability. / October 2019. Castilla la Mancha.

In July 2019, a slaughterhouse and the largest pig cutting plant in Europe began its activity in Binéfar, in the province of Huesca.
It is estimated that it will lead to the death of 160,000 pigs a week. Under the relentless rhythm of production, animals suffer from systematic exploitation and institutional helplessness.

The images presented in this work as well as the description are representative of the standards by which the industrial exploitation of pigs is developed.

Between 2019 and 2020 I, Aitor Garmendia, have accessed, together with a research team made up of people who have chosen to remain anonymous, to 32 pig farms located in Castilla y León, Aragón, and Castilla-La Mancha.

In them, I have verified and documented the consequences of the structural violence that takes place under the standards of the livestock industry.

Veterinary neglect, non-compliance with the animal welfare law, and the abuses described below are not isolated cases, but rather an inherent part of industrial animal husbandry and exploitation systems.

At the factory farm

More than 95% of the pork meat consumed in Spain comes from intensive farming systems. The farms can be closed-cycle and contain all phases of production (gestation, farrowing, and fattening) in one or more locations geographically close or may be dedicated to covering

All farms operate under similar standards and are governed by the same regulations.

Regardless of their size or their structure in phases, the quality of life of the pigs is compromised in any of them, be these large farms or small facilities managed by families.

In their houses, pigs for meat production are housed on concrete floors in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, and females selected for their reproductive capacity spend part of their lives trapped in iron frames.

Área de gestación Aragon 2019

Confinement prevents the natural behavior of pigs, which, like their ancestors, must be able to develop for their well-being. The frustration of your interests and needs leads to numerous health problems.

Unlike other species, pigs lack sweat glands, and their ability to dissipate heat is very limited. If they have the right conditions, they look for cool places, streams, and puddles to take mud baths or rest.

However, on intensive breeding farms the temperatures can be very high – something common in hot months – and given the impossibility of accessing a place to cool off, they have no choice but to wallow in their excrement.

Eye injury-Castilla-La Mancha 2020

 

Power, propaganda, and the right to information

The industry invests millions of euros in propaganda – part of it coming from public funds – in order to project an idea that does not conform to what actually happens.

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/21/spain-documentation-of-the-industrial-exploitation-of-pigs/

 

And I mean…It is inconceivable to be human and to be silent in the face of the torture of animals, just as it is inconceivable to fight for human rights and to be silent when people are being tortured.

This holocaust of animals is not only a reality in Spain, it is the same everywhere.

We are all responsible for bringing the truth to light.
Most consumers know what is going on behind the walls of the slaughterhouses and are silent, they suppress it or do not care.

Documentation of animal suffering in a farm factory is a thorn in their conscience, so they don’t want to be informed.
Do not present us or inform us, not even if something like this actually happens in the slaughterhouses.

And with their collaboration, they support a fascist system, one of the most inhuman in human history.

My best regards to all, Venus

Ireland’s mink to be culled and not replaced.

 

Ireland’s mink to be culled and not replaced 

The Republic of Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer has advised the government to cull the mink on Ireland’s three mink farms, as a precautionary measure. The government is likely to follow this advice. 

Further, it is expected that the mink farmers will not be allowed to replace the animals, so it appears that fur farming is about to end.

Official confirmation has not yet been issued but Respect for Animals understand that fur factory farming in Ireland will finally cease. There is already a commitment in the Programme for Government to phase out mink farming in Ireland.

According to the World Health Organisation,  health authorities in Denmark reported cases of Covid-19 that were caused by a mink fur farm associated strain of the novel coronavirus.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control confirmed, on 12 November, that the mink Covid mutation “could also have an impact on the effectiveness of developed vaccines”.

In a letter to the Department of Agriculture, Dr Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, said the presence of farmed minks presents “an ongoing risk to public health” if the Covid variant found in Denmark was to become “the dominant strain of the virus”.

He said all mink should be culled “as a matter of urgency”.

Respect for Animals has been a leader of the #FurFreeIreland campaign for a number of years. We are now working to get this development converted into a fur farming ban with the utmost urgency.

On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue confirmed that they will “in due course commence the process of preparing a Bill to provide for the phased introduction of a ban on fur farming which will include a prohibition on mink farming. The Bill will make it illegal for any new fur farms to be established and will put in place phase out arrangements for the small number of current operators.”  

Campaigns Director Mark Glover said:

“The news that thousands of mink will be killed is shocking and sad. However, the fact that fur factory farming- a cruel, unjustifiable industry- will cease in Ireland has to be welcomed.

We have campaigned for a Fur Free Ireland for many years and we are finally on the brink of a fur farming ban. Thank you to our friends at NARA and all campaigners and supporters who have helped make this possible.

It is now clear that fur farming is a disaster for animal welfare and a risk to human health.

It is a shame that it has taken a devastating pandemic to bring the cruel and unnecessary fur trade to its knees, but we now must ensure that this barbaric industry is stopped once and for all.”
 

Read more at ‘Respect for Animals’ web site:

Ireland: mink to be culled and not replaced after Covid-19 mink mutation | Respect for Animals

UK terrorism chief calls for ‘national debate’ on criminalizing doubts about Covid-19 vaccine

 

The UK’s top counter-terrorism cop has suggested society stop allowing people to question the wisdom of a rapid Covid-19 vaccine rollout, regarding such skepticism to being life-threatening “misinformation.”

Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has pointedly questioned whether it is “the correct thing for a society to allow” the sharing of “misinformation that could cost people’s lives” — demonizing all doubts about quickly developed Covid-19 vaccines whose potential long-term effects are not yet known and tying them to extremist radicalization efforts.

While he didn’t go so far as to call for a law to be passed banning such content, his suggestion of a “national debate” will presumably light a fire under ministers already mulling such legislation.

Basu also expressed worries about a “sharp increase in extremist material online in the last few years” during Wednesday’s press conference, warning of a “new and worrying trend in the UK” of young people being radicalized.

Officials told UK media that Islamic extremists and far-right groups were using “false claims about coronavirus” to radicalize their followers.

Social media users are already wary of the rush to roll out the vaccine were disturbed by the attendant rush to criminalize criticism of it.

Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

 

“Am I alone in finding this more worrying than the virus itself?” one user asked.

The counter-terrorism chief’s concerns have added to the growing chorus of government entities calling for the blanket censorship – or even criminalization – of vaccine skepticism.

The Labour Party earlier this week demanded the government adopt emergency legislation to impose civil and criminal penalties on social media platforms that don’t immediately remove posts that question the safety of the jab and other “false” materials.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth demanded government “deal with some of the dangerous nonsense, nonsensical anti-vax stuff that we’ve seen spreading on social media, which erodes trust in the vaccine” even though no vaccine has yet passed review by UK health authorities and speculation from either “side” of the debate is fully hypothetical.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out making vaccination mandatory, and ministers are reportedly considering issuing QR codes to people who receive the jab that will allow them to attend sports, theatre, and other events.

 

https://www.rt.com/uk/507207-vaccine-hesitancy-terrorism-question-basu/

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/met-police-terrorism-coronavirus-anti-vaxxers-b73161.html

Now we have to watch out for what we write, what we say, what we think.
We don’t live in a democracy, that is clear.
China could copy a lot from us, we are doing better than China.

My best regards to all, Venus

Denmark: Mink massacre costs ministers the job

18th November 2020

After a coronavirus mutation was found in the Danish mink, the government wanted to cull millions of fur animals. But apparently, the legal basis for this has so far been lacking.

It was now costing the Minister of Agriculture his job.

Danish Agriculture Minister Mogens Jensen has resigned after killing millions of minks.

“I informed the Prime Minister today that I want to resign from the government,” he said.

The Danish government had ordered the killing of all farmed mink because of the discovery of a mutated version of the coronavirus, without the necessary legislation for the culling of healthy animals.

“I apologize,” Jensen told the Danish broadcaster DR.

The killed minks are trucked to a military site in Denmark.

At the beginning of the month, a mutated version of the coronavirus was found on some Danish farms, which had also infected people. A total of around 15 million mink should then be killed, including healthy animals.

This means that two turbulent weeks in Denmark have reached their climax for the time being in the course of the killing of millions of fur animals.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on November 4th that all mink in the country should be culled because the coronavirus had mutated in the animals and had already spread to humans.

There was no legal basis

The crux of the scandal: As it turned out, there was no legal basis for the mass culling.

Jensen had only admitted this several days after the measure was announced: “The government has decided that given the seriousness of the situation, it is urgent. Therefore, it was determined that it was not possible to wait for new legislation to be announced. “

In particular, the Cluster 5 variant of the virus had been classified as worrying by the Danish health institute SSI because, according to the institute, it could have a possible impact on future coronavirus vaccines.

As it turned out, the necessary legal basis was missing for the mass cull.
Jensen only admitted this several days after the announcement of the measure.

In the meantime, the government has secured a parliamentary majority for a legal framework that will legally secure the rapid step and ban mink keeping in Denmark by the end of 2021.

 

https://orf.at/stories/3190308/

And I mean…We want the Prime Minister to do the same.
She pronounced the illegal order of mass murder, she is complicit.

Denmark was the world’s largest producer of mink fur up to this week, along with China.

“Copenhagen Fur”, the auction house of Danish mink breeders, has a market share of 70 percent of the mink skins sold worldwide.
In 2013, Denmark exported mink skins worth almost two billion euros.

According to the industry association Danske Minkavlere, mink farming currently employs 6,000 people and there are around 1,100 mink farms in the country, most of them in North and West Jutland.

The chairman of the branch association Danske Minkavlere whines: “The employees are now losing their animals and their livelihoods. The work of decades is now in vain. We had built up the world’s best and healthiest mink population in Denmark.”

This is how you can call the concentration camps for fur animals, built-up work! If you make millions from it.

Now the Danish fur mafia has come to an end.
The Dutch have already banned mink breeding, as have Poland.
Only Finland remains and then we will most likely see an EU ban on this bloody industry.

Thank you, Corona!

My best regards to all, Venus

Australia: Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare groups.

This is a bit more on the issue of Australian crocodile farming that was covered by Venus on 12/11/20 – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/11/12/australia-the-crocodile-mafia-expands/

More from ‘The Guardian’, London/

Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare groups | Environment | The Guardian

Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare groups

Farm to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Northern Territory government

The high-end French fashion brand Hermès wants to build one of Australia’s biggest crocodile farms in the Northern Territory that would hold up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles to be turned into luxury goods such as handbags and shoes.

But the proposal has come under fire from animal welfare groups, who say other fashion brands have moved away from using exotic animal skins on cruelty grounds. Advocates told Guardian Australia they had concerns about the welfare of the crocodiles, and that farming animals for luxury goods was “no longer fashionable.”

The territory, a significant global supplier of crocodile skins, is already home to several crocodile farms owned by major fashion brands.

Northern Territory crocodile industry figure Mick Burns is leading the proposal on a former fruit farm near Darwin purchased earlier this year by the company PRI Farming, of which he is a director.

The NT government has already granted development approval for the project, with documents showing the farm would include an egg incubator laboratory, a hatchery, and growing pens, as well as wastewater treatment plants and a solar farm.

According to documents submitted to the territory’s Environmental Protection Authority, the farm would employ 30 people and build from an initial 4,000 crocodiles to 50,000, which the ABC has reported would make it one of the biggest crocodile farms in Australia.

An EPA statement to the Guardian said the project had been granted environmental approval, and that PRI had also indicated it would apply for a wildlife trade permit.

Dr Jed Goodfellow, a senior policy officer at RSPCA Australia, said the society remained opposed to killing of any animal “where the purpose of their death is primarily to produce a non-essential luxury item like fur or skin”.

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EU: How to revise the Broiler Directive: science and best corporate practices lead the way to improve the lives of broiler chickens.

How to revise the Broiler Directive: science and best corporate practices lead the way to improve the lives of broiler chickens

19 November 2020

Press Release

Today a groundbreaking new report was launched presenting the first comprehensive scientific overview on the welfare of broiler chickens. Science and best corporate practices show improvements are feasible, urgent and should inform future EU legislation.

For immediate release: Brussels 19/11/2020

On November 19th, the Intergroup on the welfare and conservation of animals organised the event From minimum legal standards to “good lives” What needs to change for broiler chickens in the EU? 

Broiler chickens are the most numerous terrestrial farmed animals in the EU: 7.4 billion were slaughtered in 2018, of which the vast majority coming from intensive farming systems. While minimum standards for the protection of broiler chickens are laid down in various pieces of EU legislation, the current rules are clearly insufficient to guarantee broiler chicken welfare as they fail to address the main problems that are intrinsic to the industry. 

The European Commission is going to propose a revision of the current animal welfare acquis as part of the EU Farm to Fork strategy, and this meeting presented the science and practices that can inspire new standards for higher-welfare broiler chicken rearing. We asked six independent researchers to present the available scientific evidence on the welfare issues experienced by broiler chickens, from breeding to slaughter: a comprehensive report, launched during the event, entitled The welfare of broiler chickens in the EU: from science to action.

The report co-authors also shared their ideas for the future of broiler chicken farming in a short publication entitled A vision for the future broiler farming.

Policy makers will need to have answers and see concrete solutions to propose new science-based legislation fit for purpose and for the future. What needs to change to give broiler chickens good lives? The report, first of its kind, presents concrete science-based solutions: using slower-growing higher-welfare breeds, providing the right rearing environment, protecting parent birds and newly hatched chicks, best practices around transport and slaughter, and including wider societal issues. 

In the EU every year we rear billions of fast-growing broiler chickens. For the most part, these social, inquisitive and intelligent birds are deprived of the possibility to enjoy good welfare, let alone experience “good lives”. The science is clear, and this new report confirms that it is time to move to slower-growing breeds and higher welfare systems and to update relevant EU legislation. The coming years offer a very important window of opportunity for us MEPs to accelerate such change for broiler chickens and other farmed animals, thanks to the objectives of the Farm to Fork Strategy. I am personally committed to making this happen.
 

Anja Hazekamp MEP (GUE/NGL, NL), Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

The economic and animal welfare benefits of adopting higher welfare rearing systems using slower-growing breeds are clear. This will require designing a successful supply chain and involving consumers in the transition, while also taking into account sustainability. The audience had the opportunity to virtually visit Nijkamp Farm, a state of the art facility for higher-welfare broiler rearing, and heard from its owner Robert Nijkamp how animal welfare can meet sustainability. 

What we need is a paradigm shift, currently chicken is marketed as a cheap and ever-present commodity. As the report highlights, science and market opportunities make it possible to change the lives for broiler chickens. The Broiler Directive is not fit for purpose to make this happen, that’s why it should be revised to include breeding objectives for health and welfare, introduce animal welfare rules for broiler breeders, and improve rearing conditions for all broiler chickens. 

Reinke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

ENDS

Download The welfare of broiler chickens in the EU: from science to action

Download A vision for the future broiler farming

USA: President Elect Biden: Restore Crucial Protections for Threatened Gray Wolves.

Although we are based in England and Germany (Europe); we have always given our support in calling for protection of the Gray wolves in the United States.

Click here to see all our past involvement on this:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/?s=gray+wolves

Fortunately, with new President elect Mr Biden; there is now a chance to once again give Gray wolves the protection they deserve that has been demolished by the Trump administration.  We urge you please to give your support to the petition which is provided in the following link; and get back from the president elect the protection that wolves deserve.

Trump does not give a damn about the environment or animal protection; that is why we are more than happy to see him throw all the toys out of the pram; have numerous tantrums and be resigned to the (ex) presidential history books.  We don’t want people who dismiss science for the environment or global warming; just the same as they dismiss animal welfare and protection legislation.

We are sure that with Mr. Biden, things will be much better.  Please sign and pass on the petition, thank you.

Petition Link:

Wording:

Target: Joseph R. Biden, President-elect, United States of America

Goal: Demand restoration of protected status for gray wolves.

Trump administration officials have officially stripped threatened gray wolf populations throughout most of the United States of their protection under the Endangered Species Act, leaving them vulnerable to greater hunting and predation even as their numbers were recovering from centuries of destructive human activity. Gray wolves are an essential part of many ecosystems across North America, but human settlement, pollution, hunting, and shrinking habitats have destroyed populations throughout much of their historical range.

The revocation of protected status is based on the claim that more than 6,000 wolves now live in wild populations. However, these exist in only limited areas in the northern United States, and wildlife experts say that removing federal protections may severely hinder the gray wolves’ ability to recover outside of these areas. Critics have pointed out the suspicious timing of this decision as the 2020 election winds down. Demand that President-elect Joe Biden pledge to restore protected status to gray wolves to ensure their complete recovery in the regions they once inhabited.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President-elect,

The gray wolf was once an essential part of ecosystems across North America, helping to control pest populations and provide balance to numerous delicate food chains. Once near extinction, they have made a partial recovery, but that progress could soon be destroyed by the outgoing Trump administration. It falls to you to provide the protection needed by gray wolves to ensure a complete recovery in the coming months as you take up your duties. I urge you to act quickly to save our threatened wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: dalliedee

USA: News from the Center for Biological Diversity.

 

News from the Center for Biological Diversity

Endangered Earth – November 2020.

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

Trump Pushes Oil Industry for More Arctic Drilling

With his presidency now nearing its end, Trump is rushing through a process to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain to lease for oil drilling.

The administration has invited oil companies to name the areas they’d like to drill in one of the nation’s most iconic and sacred landscapes. The Center for Biological Diversity joined Indigenous groups this week in condemning the move.

“On his way out the door, Trump is trying to lock in climate chaos and the extinction of polar bears and other endangered Arctic species. This is unconscionable,” said the Center’s Kristen Monsell. “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge can’t be replaced, so we can’t let this president give it away to Big Oil.”

Learn more and speak up for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tell the EPA: Choose Pollinators Over Poisons

We can thank pollinators like bees for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. We owe a lot to them — and now they urgently need our help.

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to approve yet another toxic pesticide. Called tetraniliprole, it’s acknowledged by the agency to be “highly toxic” to bees and aquatic insects. This new approval for its use on many pollinator-attractive plants — including peppers, tomatoes, peaches, cherries and oranges — will likely fall to the next administration.

Roughly 40% of the world’s insects may be facing extinction. The last thing they need is another poison to contend with. Tell the EPA in the Biden administration to keep tetraniliprole off our food and away from our bees.

Legal Roundup: Montana, Wyoming and the Virginias

The Center’s legal work of the last few weeks has focused on protecting interconnected resources: habitat, climate, and clean air and water.

In Montana we filed a legal protest challenging a massive logging project that would clearcut thousands of acres — including old-growth trees — and threaten an imperiled population of grizzly bears and protected Canada lynx habitat.

In Wyoming we challenged a plan to approve the sale of fracking leases on 275,000 acres of public land. Fracking those leases would destroy habitat for greater sage grouse, worsen air quality and cause up to 43 million tons of climate pollution.

And an appeals court has sided with the Center and partners by issuing an immediate stay of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s stream and wetland crossing permits in northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia: a win for both people and imperiled species.

 

Center Op-ed: What’s Next for Wolves

Gray wolves face an uncertain future after the Trump administration’s recent move to strip their Endangered Species Act protections.

But as the Center’s Collette Adkins writes in a new Chicago Tribune op-ed, President-elect Biden will now have the chance to break from the path taken by his predecessors. He can direct federal wildlife agencies to embrace a science-backed, full recovery of wolves in the lower 48 states.

And if Biden chooses instead to let the delisting to stand? Well, we’ve been in that fight before. Whatever comes next for wolves, we’ll be on the front lines to protect them.

Saving Humboldt Martens — New Hopes, New Threats

“Martens belong to the weasel family and look a bit like squirrels that have been stretched out and trained for battle: cute, but ferocious.”

That’s one of our favorite sentences from this engaging new article on the plight of Humboldt martens, secretive carnivores usually associated with old-growth forests. One marten population, however, has managed to survive in the sand dunes of Oregon in a tiny strip of shore pines.

Follow along as a conservationist and her marten-tracking dog sniff out these rare, fascinating little mammals. You’ll learn the latest on the species’ plight, including from the Center’s Tierra Curry, who’s helped lead our successful decade-long campaign to win federal protection for Humboldt martens.

Wild & Weird: Testing Facial Recognition for Bears

Silicon Valley developers have teamed up with biologists and conservationists to develop artificial intelligence software that can identify, with some success, the faces of individual bears. The app they developed, BearID, could one day be used to monitor the health of bear populations around the world.


Read more at The New York Times.

Seven murder towers demolished in Czechia

from the website of “North American Animal Liberation Press Office”

Seven hunting towers have been damaged in the north of Czechia. The object is located on a hot-spot of carbofuran poisonings.

Carbofuran is a very toxic chemical widely used by hunters to get rid of natural predators. Intoxication results in respiratory failure and painful dead of the animal.

No prisoners have been convicted.

More towers are about to go down.

7 Hunting Towers Damaged (Czech Republic)

At least from these places, no more animals will be shot.
Thanks to the brave activists!

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Investigation by SEED Reveals Sick and Injured Cows Shocked with Electric Prods.

A recently released undercover investigation by animal protection group SEED reveals cows being kicked, shocked with electric prods, and left to die at a live animal auction. On top of the abuse, according to SEED, the investigator uncovered the possibly illegal removal of cow’s ID tags—which could disrupt the tracking of dangerous diseases.

Read the rest of the article; with video footage, by clicking on the following: