Australia / Egypt: Governments Both As Bad As Each Other – 32,000 Baby Australian Calves Stranded on Ship In Egypt – Petition To Sign – BAN LIVE EXPORTS !!

URGENT ! – Please sign this petition and pass on.

Blame the Australian government and Julia Gillard for allowing this to happen again – and again – and again.

This woman is gutless !! – So is the OIE – useless as ever !

Petition Link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/726/007/111/help-32000-baby-cows-stranded-in-egypt/?z00m=20403443

Help 32,000 Baby Cows Stranded in Egypt!

Target: Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture

Sponsored by: Chris Wolverton

An estimated 32,000 baby cows have been stranded aboard ships for six weeks at an Egyptian port after arriving from Australia. The Ministry of Agriculture is keeping them quarantined after fears that they were given cancerous treatments before boarding a vessel from Australia to Egypt, where they are planned to be slaughtered.

The cows remain on board their vessels in horrible conditions, waiting for the ministry to decide their fate. According to an al-Shorouk news report, they will likely remain on these ships for weeks as further tests take place.

This is not the first time when cows suffered on ships destined for Egypt. Earlier this year, 3,000 cows died on a ship after the Egyptian government refused to let them dock.

Thousands of animals are suffering and have died because of poor live export practices and lack of communication. Please urge the Ministry of Agricuture to offload the 32,000 stranded cows and take action to prevent similar situations from happening in the future!

Serbia: Search Now On To Find And Prosecute Illegal Serbian and Italian Bird Hunters.

Serbian campaigners are now fighting Serbian and Italian hunters who in the past 3 days have killed around 450 birds as can be seen in the photographs.

These birds are protected by Serbian nature laws; but after the police arrested the hunters, word came from higher up (government ?) that the hunters should be allowed to go free, and take all the birds bodies with them.

The Italian hunters also had in their possession some illegal arms.

On 5/9, the police and inspectors have gone to Bujanovac town, but the Italian hunters have already gone and taken the dead birds with them.  Possibly they have gone to a region either North or South of Bujanovac.

By Serbian law, the hunters must be arrested and punished – as they are killing protected birds.  Campaigners think that because of the corruption within Serbia; the hunters will escape pubishment.

Campaigners sent their first charge to the authorities on 1/9/2012 as the police and inspectors did not act in agreement with the law.  Initially the police did, but they were then informed from higher to stop their actions.

It is thought that the hunters may have gone to Jagodina, a Southern Serbian city, or possibly to Natalinci – a South Serbian village where it is known there is a hunters centre.

Further actions are ongoing but will not be published at the moment for obvious reasons.

The following shows the charges made by the campaigners.

EPAR, Prijava, ubijanje velikog broja strogo yast. vrsta ptica, krivlov, dokazi mogu nestati, nesavestan rad PS Bujanovac, 02.09.2012.

EPAR, Pritužba na rad načelnika PU Vranje i PS Bujanovac, 02.09.2012.

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Ministarstvo unutrašnjih poslova, Beograd

Direktoru policije, gosp. Miloradu Veljoviću

Uprava kriminalističke  policije , Načelniku

05.09.2012. god.
Ponovo urgiramo jer policija i dalje nije postupila po prijavi od 02.09.2012. i to , da se odmah pronađu 2 italijanska državljana koji su u našoj zemlji 01.09.2012. počinili krivično delo,  Nezakonit lov i napravili štetu od nekoliko miliona dinara samo u krivolovu 01.09. a lovili su i 2 dana pre.  Njih je  je komandir PS Bujanovac pustio da idu slobodno dalje umesto da ih pritvori i konsultuje tužilaštvo za dalje postupanje. .  Komandir PS Bujanovac nije obezbedio materijalne dokaze i mrtve ptice predao upravniku LU Bujanovac.  Mrtve ptice još nisu pronadjene a ovo na slikama nije sve .  Lovci LU Bujanovac kojima su se smučili Italijani, kažu da su 30.08. i 31.08.  pobili još najmanje 450 ptica, sve strogo zaštićene vrste. TO MORA DA SE PRONAĐE; mrtve ptice su još uvek u Srbiji, negde u Bujanovcu  ili u Leskovcu kod Strahinje Nikolića, ul. Blagoja Nikolića 78 , 16000  Leskovac  , koji ih je doveo u lov.  Strahinji Nikoliću je vraćena nelegalna puška petometka br. 561897  kojom je krivično delo počinjeno, a i džip je otišao iako je i on korišćen za izvršenje krivičnog dela i prevoz Italijana i pobijenih ptica. Molimo da se sve to oduzme do okončanja postupka jer će ove mrtve ptice neko morati da plati budžetu Republike Srbije.

01.09. došla su još 4 Italijana u Bujanovac ali nisu smeli više da ih izvedu u lov , pa su ih sve  zajedno,  u organizaciji Strahinje Nikolica iz Leskovca , 6 Italijana odveli da love na drugom mestu. Dakle, napustili su teritoriju nadležnosti PS Bujanovac gde su počinili krivično delo,  ubijali strogo zaštićene vrste ptica  i otišli u centralnu Srbiju i love i dalje. I dalje čine krivično delo  i ubijaju strogo zaštićene vrste ptica.
Saznali smo da se nalaze na podučju nadležnosti PU Smederevo , PS Smederevska Palanka, u selu koje se zove Natalinci gde gazduje LU Natalinci,  gde ima kupljena kuća za boravak stranih državljana koji se bave isključivo krivolovom i ubijaju strogo zaštićene vrste ptica.  U lov ih vodi meštanin sela Natalinci koji se zove Dragan “poštar”, ne znamo da li je stvarno poštar ili mu je to nadimak. Sasvim sigurno ima veze sa LU Natalinci.
Selo Natalinci se nalazi između Kragujevca i Topole.
Molimo Vas da odmah obavestite kolege PU Smederevo,  PS Smederevska Palanka  a od kolega iz PS Bujanovac pribavite imena svih 6 italijanskh državljana jer su ih oni legitimisali i zapisali imena i brojeve pasoša,  i obavestite PU Smederevo da proveri da li su tamo , jer imamo saznanja da se nalaze tamo i love i dalje. Posebno se ne sme dozvoliti da 2 italijana koja su napravila višemilionsku štetu ne napuste Srbiju a da ne plate štetu.
Činjenica je i to da su i naši državljani krivi kao saučesnici u izvršenju krivičnog dela jer su im to omogućili..Neshvatljiva je snishodljivost naše policije prema strancima koji su izvršioci krivičnog dela i neshvatljivo je da su pušteni da idu dalje kao da ništa nije bilo. Pitamo se šta bi bilo sa našim državljaninom koji bi u Italiji napravio ovakav masakr ptica u krivolovu????
Molimo da pogledate fotografije u prilogu, sve ove ptice nisu lovne, vrednosti ovih vrsta su od 10.000,00 do 60.000,00dinara,  po jedinki,  na osnovu Priloga I  I Priloga II ,  Pravilnika o odštetnom cenovniku za utvrđivanje visine naknade štete prouzrokovane nedozvoljenom radnjom u odnosu na strogo zaštićene i zaštićene divlje vrste(“Službeni glasnik RS”, broj 37/10).
Molimo Vas da postupate hitno jer se Italijani opet mogu premestiti negde, mi ne možemo da ih jurimo po celoj Srbiji da bismo sprečili dalje ubijanje ptica ako nas policija stalno sabotira i pušta izvršioce.  Takodje da se postupi po svim tačkama prijave jer u nepostupanju PS Bujanovac stekli su se elementi krivičnog dela o čemu smo podneli pritužbu SUK MUP-a RS.

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From: epar
To: milorad.veljovic@mup.gov.rs; ukp101@mup.gov.rs; milos.oparnica@mup.gov.rs
CC: ivica.dacic@mup.gov.rs
Subject: URGENCIJA 04.09.2012. na HITNA Prijava, ubijanje velikog broja strogo zast.vrsta ptica, dokazi, lesevi ptica mogu nestati, nesavestan rad nacelnika PS Bujanovac , 02.09.2012.
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:08:32 +0100

04.09.2012.URGIRAMO DA SE POSTUPI PO PRIJAVI, ODMAH,   POSTUPAK SPROVODJENJA PRAVDE SABOTIRA I POLICIJA. HITNO, MATERIJALNI DOKAZI ĆE NESTATI.6 ITALIJANA SE SADA NALAZE NA PODRUČJU NADLEŽNOSTI PU JAGODINA I DALJE UBIJAJU STROGO ZAŠTIĆENE VRSTE PTICA.U LU BUJANOVAC NALAZI SE VIŠE OD 450 POBIJENIH PTICA, STROGO ZAŠTIĆENIH VRSTA.
POLICIJA NEĆE DA IZVRŠI PRETRES POKUŠAVAJU DA ZAŠTITE SEBE ZBOG NEPOSTUPANJA PO ZAKONU.HITNO, MOLIMO VAS!!!!

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To: milorad.veljovic@mup.gov.rs; ukp101@mup.gov.rs
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Subject: HITNA Prijava, ubijanje velikog broja strogo zast.vrsta ptica, dokazi, lesevi ptica mogu nestati, nesavestan rad nacelnika PS Bujanovac , 02.09.2012.
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:35:04 +0100

Ministarstvo unutrašnjih poslova, Beograd

Direktoru policije, gosp. Miloradu Veljoviću

Uprava kriminalističke  policije , Načelniku

~ molimo vas da postupate hitno radi obezbeđivanja materijalnih dokaza  izvršenog krivičnog dela I naredite načelnicima PU Vranje I  PS Bujanovac da postupaju po zakonu ~

02.09.2012.god.

Predmet  HITNA Prijava I Zahtev da se obezbede I sačuvaju materijalni dokazi izvršenog krivičnog dela koje se desilo na području nadležnosti PS Bujanovac, 2 Italijanska državljana su u krivolovu napravila masakr strogo zaštićenih vrsta ptica, a materijalni dokazi – pobijene strogo zaštićene vrste ptica mogu nestati zbog nepostupanja načelnika PS Bujanovac I PU Vranje I  postoji opasnost da materijalni dokazi izvršenog  krivičnog dela nestanu.

HITNO!!! MOLIMO VAS!!!!

Poštovani,

Obaveštavamo vas zbog daljeg postupanja policije, da smo dana 31.08.2012. god. dobili dojavu da se na terenu nadležnosti PS Bujanovac , nalaze 2 Italijanska državljana od 30.08.2012. I da  bez prisustva lovočuvara idu u lov I  ubijaju strogo zaštićene vrste ptica, drozdove, iz  familije Turdidae.   Sve vrste iz te familije su stogo zaštićene vrste ptica I nalaze se u  Prilogu  I Pravilnika  o proglašenju i zaštiti strogo zaštićenih i zaštićenih divljih vrsta biljaka , životinja I gljiva (“Službeni glasnik RS, br. 5/10”), te je svako ubijanje  tih ptica krivolov na osnovu Člana 276. KZ RS.

Na osnovu Člana 269.st.2.  za sve radnje na ubijanju I mučenju posebno zaštićenih vrsta  životinja propisana je kazna zatvora do 3 godine I novčana kazna, posebno kad se radi o velikom broju ubijenih životinja, što su nesporno 2 Italijanska državljana učinila, kršeći propise naše zemlje ali uz pomoć naših držvljana jer oni sami ne bi mogli doći I krivoloviti I smatramo da je veća odgovornost naših državljana koji ne poštuju propise I protivpravno pribavljaju materijalnu korist. .

Na osnovu Priloga I,  Pravilnika o odštetnom cenovniku za utvrđivanje visine naknade štete prouzrokovane nedozvoljenom radnjom u odnosu na strogo zaštićene i zaštićene divlje vrste(“Službeni glasnik RS”, broj 37/10), propisana je visina naknade  štete koja se mora naplatiti od počinioca koji je ubio strogo zaštićenu jedinku bilo koje vrste, pa je za drozdove u zavisnosti od vrste propisano od 10.000 do 15.000 dinara. Sumnjamo da su pobijeni drozdovi borovnjaci I za njih je odšeta 12.000,oo din po jedinki.

Vrste ptica pevačica ne možemo sa sigurnošću reći o kojim vrstama se radi dok ne dobijemo fotografije , pa će se na osnovu toga znati kolika sve to košta I to neko treba da plati.

Familija Passeridae, gde spadaju vrapci  kojih je ubijeno 6 kom, za 1 jedinku odšteta je 15.000,00 dinara

Red CORACIIFORMES, gde spada Pupavac (Upupa epops), koji je vrlo  retka ptica, odšeta je 50.000.00 din. po jedinki.

Familija Columbidae, gde spadaju grlice, odšeta je 50.000,00 dinara po jedinki,  koja  je ubijena u krivolovu , inače je lovna vrsta.

Pravilnik o odštetnom cenovniku za utvrđivanje visine naknade štete prouzrokovane nedozvoljenom radnjom u odnosu na strogo zaštićene i zaštićene divlje vrste(“Službeni glasnik RS”, broj 37/10),  u prilogu.

Determinaciju pobijenih ptica trebalo je  da izvrši ovlašćeno lice, ornitolog  Zavoda za zaštitu prirode, iz Niša, ali ga niko nije pozvao kao ni nadležnu inspekcijsku službu životne sredine iz Vranja.  Inspektorka životne sredine iz Vranja  je obaveštena o dogadjaju 01.09.2012. kada se videlo da načelnik PS Bujanovac i PU Vranje imaju nameru zataškati dogadjaj.

01.09.2012. u noćnim satima dobili smo dojavu da će Italijani i treći dan izaći da love, nakon čega je naš saradnik iz Vranja,  Djoka Marinković krenuo za Bujanovac u nameri da ode u policiju i prijavi sve a i pomogne policiji u otkrivanju krivičnog dela, nezakonit lov,  jer kao bivši lovočuvar ima veliko iskustvo u radu sa krivolovcima.  Javljeno je da će Italijani ponovo loviti na Bujanovačkom polju što se pokazalo kao tačno.  Kad su krenuli iz lovišta sačekala ih je patrola i zaustavila radi kontrole oko 11.00h .

Dana 01.09.2012. god. tokom policijske kontrole identiteta lica i vozila konstatovano je da se voze u džipu >Nissan domaće  reg.tablice  LE. 037.AP , čiji je vlasnik izvesni Strahinja Nikola iz Leskovca koji ih je doveo da love u Srbiji.  Kostatovano je da imaju dozvolu za lov prepelica  br.1666, izdatu od strane LU Bujanovac .  U  džipu je pronadjeno

1.      zabranjeno oružje za lov, puška petometka nemačke proizvodnje, automatska , br. 561897 koja nije njihova. Vlasnik puške je Strahinja Nikola iz Leskovca i nisu imali oružni list a ni bilo kakvu potvrdu za korišćenje te puške , niti je ta puška dozvoljena za lov. Pušku je načelnik PS Bujanovac vratio  Strahinji iz Leskovca.

2.      2 velike kartonske kutije , pune municije,  kalibra 12,

3.      2 zabranjene  vabilice za prepelice, na baterije I

4.      pronadjena je velika količina pobijenih ptica u džaku, (drozdovi 75kom. , vrpci  6 kom,  5 raznih ptica pevačica, 1 mala ptica pevačica uništena metkom do neprepoznatljvosti vrste, 1 pupavac I 1 grlica)   sve strogo  zaštićene vrste, osim grlice ,  koje se ne love I pripadaju Prilogu  I Pravilnika  o proglašenju i zaštiti strogo zaštićenih i zaštićenih divljih vrsta biljaka , životinja I gljiva (“Službeni glasnik RS, br. 5/10”)

Ovaj džip zaustavljen je po prijavi, radi kontrole,  jer smo imali dojavu da se ta 2 Italijana,  treći dan zaredom bave  krivolovom i ubijaju strogo zaštićene vrste ptica  u lovištu >Golub< Bujanovac, što je krivično delo na osnovu Člana 269. i 276. Krivičnog zakona RS.  To im je omogućio predsednik LU >Golub< Bujanovac i izvesni Strahinja Nikola iz Leskovca koji navodno ima agenciju za lov i dovodi lovce iz Italije , sumnjamo da je sedište te agencije u Paraćinu, >EUROPA TOURS< D.O.O, ul. Nikole Pašića bb.  Sve to divljanje po našoj prirodi , strani lovci  plaćaju im na ruke,  po 50 EVRA po lovcu za lovni dan , ma šta ubili, što predsednik LU I Strahinja podele posle , a o prisustvu stranih lovaca najčešće ne ostaje nijedan pisani trag da su tu bili i lovili jer posle krijumčerenjem,  preko >veze< na granici  iznesu pobijene ptice ili drugu divljač  iz zemlje .

Ističemo i pohvaljujemo veoma korektan i savestan rad policajaca PS Bujanovac ,  Aleksandra Nikolića i Kemala Ramadanija koji su sve to hteli da oteraju u policijsku stanicu na dalju proceduru. Ali, tada su krenuli telefonski pozivi i urgencije da se sve to zataška i to preko načelnika PS Bujanovac ili Načelnika PU Vranje,  koji su  se >konsultovali< i naredili policajcima da ih puste pod izgovorom da >to nije njihova nadležnost

Načelnik PS Bujanovac nije dozvolio da na teren izađe krim. tehničar radi fotografisanja dokaznog materijala na licu mesta, čime je izvršio prikrivanje dokaza krivičnog dela. Medjutim, naš saradnik Mariković je sve fotografisao.

Pored toga, naređeno je da se puška petometka vrati vlasniku a sve pobijene ptice date su upravniku  lovišta Bujanovac ,koji se zove Dragan, nadimak >Mačor< da odnese u lovačko udruženje  gde ima zamrzivač. Verujemo da se u tom  zamrzivaču nalaze i pobijene ptice od prethodna 2 dana lova ili u privatnoj kući u mestu Rakovac gde Italijani borave.

S toga je potrebno hitno izdati nalog za pretres navedenih objekata u cilju pronalaženja ostalih pobijenih ptica i obezbediti da pobijene ptice koje su odnete sa lica mesta ne nestanu.  Ukoliko nestanu, biće da su načelnici policije postupili samovoljno ,  mimo Zakona o policiji i  pomogli da se izvršeno krivično delo prikrije.

Postupkom  predavanja ptica upravniku lovišta koji nema nadležnost za strogo zaštićene vrste ,  obezbedili su da materijalni dokazi krivičnog dela nestanu  i time opstruirali rad i izvrgli ruglu i podsmehu rad patrole na terenu, koji je bio u skladu sa zakonom.

Zbog poniženja koje su doživeli policajci Nikolić i Ramadani , od svojih pretpostavljenih, a radili su savesno i korektno, zbog podsmeha okoline kojim su izloženi i poslate poruke narodu , da se krivično delo isplati,  Predlažemo da se posebno nagrade policajci a njihovi pretpostavljeni kazne u skladu sa Zakonom o policiji!!!!

Imamo saznanja da je nedavno bujanovačka policija pohvatala u noćnom  krivolovu na zeca, sa zabranjenim farovima, neke naše državljane i da je tada znala kako treba da postupa u skladu sa Članom  276. KZ RS ,  oduzela je sve što je korišćeno za krivolov i ulov,a džip koji je korišćen za krivolov se i sada nalazi na parkingu ispred PS Bujanovac, pa je nejasno kako sada za Italijane načelnik nije znao kako treba da radi, nije oduzeo vozilo, oružje ni ulov, nije pozvao nadležnu inspkeciju, nije obavestio ovlašćeno lice za determinaciju ptica već je dao da se sve pobijene ptice odnesu i već danas to sve može da nestane jer ova 2 Italijana koja su sve ovo pobila, danas treba da idu a  nakon toga su nedostupni našim vlastima.

Da stvar bude još gora , juče 01.09. došla su jos 4 Italijana preko Strahinje koji imaju nameru da love i ubijaju naše ptice koje je zadesila elementarna nepogoda, izgorela su im staništa u požarima kojih ima puno na jugu Srbije , izgubili su hranidbene resurse i lov je po Zakonu o divljači i lovstvu morao biti zabranjen, ali se na to niko nije osvrnuo, ni  korisnici lovišta a ni nadležne lovne inspekcijske službe.

Na ovaj način je kasa države Srbije oštećena za najmanje  1.500.000,00 dinara koliko vrede samo pobijene ptice 01.09.2012. koje su bile predmet kontrole.

Isti Italijanski državljani su nam prošle jeseni izmakli sa 450 pobijenih drozdova i ilegalno ih preneli preko granice jer smo kasno dobili dojavu!!! Što govori da je to stalna i česta pojava da nema  naplate štete koja je mogla . puniti budžet  i ko ima pravo da zbog svojih ličnih interesa ovako oštećuje državu Srbiju??? Molimo da to istražite!!!

Molimo vas da postupate hitno po svakoj tački prijave, posebno da se obezbedi da materijalni dokazi, da pobijene ptice ne nestanu, da se oduzme nelegalna puška petometka i vozilo koje je koriščeno za krivolov, džip marke >NiSSAN< domaće  reg.tablice  LE. 037.AP

p.s. Afera >Balkanske ptice< traje i dalje a ovo je sumnjamo način na koji se to krivično delo i dalje odvija u Srbiji i pustoši fauna ptica, jer prvi ljudi policije ne poštuju zakon  a veza na granici pušta da se iznesu pobijene ptice na kojima Italijani zarađuju enormne sume novca, a naše domaće neznalice zbog sitnih, ličnih, kratkoročnih  interesa  uništavaju prirodno bogatsvo naše države.

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China: 800 Caged Cats Rescued Successfully in Tianjin China

Tianjin Cat Rescue – 800 caged cats rescued successfully in Tianjin China

On August the 31st , 800 cats were successfully rescued in Tianjin, China.

In the early morning, volunteers of Tianjin Stray Animal Rescue Group discovered a place where cat-nappers were keeping stolen cats waiting to be transported. Through social networking like Weibao, more volunteers were able to get to the location and the police were called to help rescue the cats.

The police came in the afternoon. There were 40 cages, with over 20 cats in each cage. Some cats had already died due to the horrible conditions; some had given birth to babies, all of which had died. They were cramped inside small cages without any food and water. In the end, more than 50 cats had already passed away over the whole ordeal.

After negotiations between the police and local animal quarantine officers, all of the cats were released to the volunteers. They were moved with the volunteers to a shelter, where they were switched into more than 100 larger cages with water and food. The volunteers worked tirelessly over night and over the next few days.

Our thanks and appreciation goes towards all volunteers and helpers in this rescue; it’s wonderful to see almost all of the stolen cats be saved. Thanks to the local police and animal quarantine officers and media for their support in helping the volunteers save the cats. There is still a lot of work to go; and food and medication has been donated from loving individuals for the cats.

Many thanks again to everyone involved.

Brief translated by Joy Gao

8.31 Tianjin Cat Rescue- Hard forgotten 800 caged cats rescued successfully in Tianjin China

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Italy: 2,500 Beagles To Be Found New Homes After Greenhill Vivisection Facililty Closes Down.

Great news for all animal lovers!

2,500 dogs that were destined for scientific experimentation are being rescued from the notorious Green Hill breeding facilities in northern Italy.

Although slated to be shut down, Green Hill hasn’t legally closed yet, but for now campaigners have the task of removing 2,500 beagles from the farm in less than 10 days, beginning on Friday, July 27.

With over 2,000 requests for adoptions already being processed, it seems that this will not be a problem.

The announcement was made by Italy’s State Forest Police, who also said that 50% of the confiscated beagles are 3-8 months old, and many are pregnant as adult females have been used to produce puppies for research.

From Animal Equality:

The dogs were seized during inspections last week, in preparation for the closure of the facility, which is owned by the multinational company, Marshall Farms – a commercial breeder of animals for vivisection based in the States.

Police have also said that three managers at the facility are under investigation for animal cruelty following their inspections.

But Marshall Farms is appealing to the courts, so there is a risk that the dogs may still be returned to the facility.

A little background here. According to PetPardonsNews, Green Hill consists of five buildings where 2500 adult dogs and several litters are housed. They are kept in small closed cages without natural light or air. Dogs grow in rows and rows of cages before being shipped to laboratories.

The company profiting from the pain of these animals is Marshall Bio Resources, an American firm located in North Rose, New York. Marshall’s dogs are shipped all over the world, but since the company’s purchase of Green Hill as its European headquarters and the construction of a huge farm in China, Marshall is attempting to monopolize the market.

Today’s announcement comes after many protests by scores of animal activists including, most notably, last April, when thousands of protestors marched on the company asking for the immediate release of all 2,500 dogs locked up in the facility.

Thirteen protestors actually made it inside the buildings where they opened cages and took beagle puppies and pregnant female dogs. The animals were handed over the fence to protestors waiting on the other side amid cheers and applause, with 30 beagles in all rescued.

Let’s hope Green Hill remains shuttered, dealing a blow to the horrible practice of vivisection.
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Germany: Merkel in China – Berlin’s Cozy New Relationship with Beijing. To Hell With Animal Welfare.

08/29/2012

Merkel in China Berlin’s Cozy New Relationship with Beijing

By Markus Deggerich, Ralf Neukirch and Wieland Wagner

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and much of her cabinet are headed to Beijing on Thursday for a two-day diplomatic offensive. China has quickly become one of Germany’s key partners, but several heated disagreements remained to be solved.

The quality of the relationship between two world leaders isn’t revealed in official appearances, military parades and festive dinners that have been planned down the very last detail. Instead, it is reflected in the small gestures and conversations that take place on the sidelines of the main events, especially when unexpected problems arise.

That was the case in February, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was last in China. The Chinese authorities had prevented human rights attorney Mo Shaoping from attending Merkel’s reception at the German Embassy in Beijing. Merkel could have scored points with voters back home by issuing in sharp protest. But it would have also complicated her foreign-policy mission.

Instead, the chancellor took Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao aside during the dinner and suggested that he consider how much damage China was doing — especially to its reputation — by barring Mo from the event. In fact, she said, the incident was already dominating coverage of her trip in the German press.

Wen could have bridled at Merkel’s attempt to intervene in China’s internal affairs, as Chinese politicians tend to do in response to reproaches from the West. Instead, he listened quietly to what Merkel had to say, and she got the impression that he at least understood her argument.

Such quiet crisis diplomacy shows how far the German-Chinese relationship has come in recent years. Almost unnoticed by the general public, German foreign policy has undergone a remarkable transformation. China is no longer seen as merely a market for German goods and supplier of cheap products. For the German government, Beijing is now one of its most important political partners outside the Western alliance. Conversely, the Chinese leadership sees Merkel as its central point of contact in Europe.

Pivoting from Moscow to Beijing

Just how close the relationship between the two countries has become will be evident this Thursday, when Merkel travels to Beijing for two days of intergovernmental consultations accompanied by nine cabinet ministers and two parliamentary state secretaries. It’s an important political gesture seeing that the German cabinet only meets regularly with select partners. China does not have a similar arrangement with any other country.

Merkel’s shift toward China isn’t just a result of close economic integration between two of the world’s largest exporting nations. Germany does not buy more goods from any country. Germany ships 6 percent of its exports to China, or almost twice as much as it did only three years ago. China is one of the most important markets for machine-builders and automakers. The Chinese, for their part, need German know-how to continue modernizing their country.

China also has an interest in the survival of the euro. In the long term, Beijing wants to establish its own currency, the renminbi, as the global reserve currency, next to the US dollar. It needs the euro to break the dominant position of the American currency in the long run. Thus, for as long as the Germans support the euro, the Chinese will also do so. They recently promised, without further ado, to contribute an additional $40 billion (€32 billion) to the coffers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In fact, Merkel reportedly plans to directly ask China for aid in combating the ongoing euro debt crisis in Europe. Senior government officials say she will bring up the issue of whether the Chinese would like to directly purchase sovereign bonds of Spain and Italy, the two major ailing euro-zone countries, arguing that their high yields makes them an attractive investment.

Berlin’s interest in China, however, goes well beyond economic relations. Since China is one of the five veto powers on the United Nations Security Council, Beijing plays a decisive role in the central issues that, besides the euro crisis, are currently important for German foreign policy.

The Chinese are as important a factor in the negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program as in the discussions over Syria’s future. Only a few years ago, when voting in the Security Council, China took its cue from Russia on matters that did not directly affect its own interests. When the West wanted to assert important positions, it had to appeal to Moscow and not Beijing.

But now foreign policy experts in Berlin assess the situation differently. On the Syria question, for example, it appears that China is more open to taking a constructive approach. As a result, the discussion over how the world community should deal with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad will play a central role during Merkel’s talks in Beijing.

Until now, the Chinese have blocked all attempts by the West to adopt a Security Council resolution against Assad. But the Germans now hope that Beijing’s position could change. It is encouraging that China has announced plans to provide aid for Syrian refugees, says a senior government official in Berlin.

The Chancellor’s newly strengthened emphasis on China also has to do with changes in Russia. The Russian approach to the West has become more rigid since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin as president in May. Merkel has given up hope of being able to convince Putin to agree to compromises on important issues, such as the Syrian conflict. Officials in Berlin also fear that Moscow could veer away from the collective position in the Iran negotiations. Under these conditions, Germany’s pivot toward Beijing is also a turning away from Moscow.

Merkel’s Changed Stance on China

A few years ago, this sort of policy would have been inconceivable. At the beginning of her chancellorship, Merkel still used the German-Chinese relationship to bolster her own domestic profile. At the time, she sought to portray herself as a staunch advocate of human rights, much to the chagrin of then-Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), Merkel’s coalition partner at the time.

But the strategy was popular with the general public. She met with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, at the Chancellery in September 2007. Opinion polls showed that it was a very popular decision. Beijing, however, perceived the chancellor’s behavior as a provocation, especially as Merkel had met with the Chinese prime minister a short time earlier, without telling him about her plans. The mood did not improve when she declined to attend the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

But that was yesterday. These days, Merkel addresses human rights issues much more quietly. Last spring, the Chancellery denied reports that Merkel had urged the Chinese leadership to release jailed artist Ai Wei Wei — even though the reports were true.

“Merkel is far more reserved on human rights issues than she used to be,” says Eberhard Sandschneider, director of the German Council on Foreign Relations. “She has a new, more pragmatic approach to Beijing. Now she is more likely to be motivated by classic power politics. The days of reprimands are over.”

Merkel’s view of China has also changed. She is fascinated by the Chinese leadership’s attempt to economically transform their enormous country while avoiding social unrest. Despite all criticism of political conditions, she is impressed by how quickly the Chinese have catapulted their country to global preeminence, both economically and politically.

The international political situation has also changed in a fundamental way. When Barack Obama was elected US president, it initially seemed like Chinese-American relations were on the mend. But that is no longer the case. The US’s traditional allies in the Pacific, most notably Japan, view China’s growing power with concern. The Americans now leave no doubt that they want to curb China’s regional ambitions.

Part 2: A Strengthening Partnership

Germany could end up running away with the bone as the third dog in this conflict. During her conversations with Chinese leaders, Merkel has often been told that they don’t want a bipolar world dominated by China and the United States. But the Chinese government does have an interest in seeing Europe retain its strength as an important international political player.

In this context, the Chinese see Merkel as their most important European partner. Beijing considers her to be a politician who keeps her promises, unlike former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for example. As he did during her last visit, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will also accompany Merkel when she visits a second Chinese city. After Beijing, she will travel to the nearby city of Tianjin, Wen’s hometown. It is a rare diplomatic honor.

It was also Wen who pushed to have the intergovernmental consultations take place before the change in leadership this fall. He apparently wanted to ensure that the talks become established before Beijing’s new leaders assume office.

Many Chinese look to Germany as a role model for internal reforms. Despite the euro crisis, the country boasts historical record values in all key economic indicators, concludes the first “Germany Development Report” completed at Tongji University in Shanghai. The study, the results of which were reported throughout the country by the party newspaper People’s Daily, will reanalyze the situation in Germany every year from now on.

Remaining Problems

As good as relations between Berlin and Beijing may have become, the remaining problems are also considerable. In addition to the critical human rights situation, the biggest strain on the partnership is Chinese attempts to hijack German know-how.

During Merkel’s last visit to China, German business owners complained to her about the Chinese authorities’ notorious “certification process” for German goods and plants. They described it as an especially perfidious form of institutionalized industrial espionage.

German investors in China constantly complain about how brazenly their local partners siphon off Western knowledge. For instance, Volkswagen recently learned that the state-owned auto giant FAW, VW’s joint venture partner in China, is apparently copying transmissions and engines for its own models. But rather than jeopardize its position in China, its most important overseas market, the German automaker has declined to level public accusations against the Chinese.

Classic espionage also continues to be a strain on relations. Berlin is irritated by the audacity with which China spies on both German companies and the government.

Indeed, although Germany and China are economically dependent on each other, they remain bitter competitors. And as members of the German parliament, the Bundestag, experienced last week, they are also two partners with completely different systems. The German-Chinese Parliamentary Friendship Group had planned to fly to China two Saturdays ago for meetings with Chinese politicians, trade-union officials and business representatives.

On August 14, four days before the group’s scheduled departure, SPD parliamentarian Johannes Pflug sent an urgent email to his fellow Bundestag members. The Chinese parliament, the National People’s Congress, had informed him that it was “not in a position” to issue the invitation to the group of German lawmakers.

The Chinese offered no explanation, but the Germans believe they know why they were disinvited. The Chinese were apparently offended that Bundestag President Norbert Lammert had not met “officially” with the chairman of the National People’s Congress in Berlin but, rather, had merely invited him to an official dinner.

In addition, the Chinese authorities apparently wanted to prevent the German lawmakers from meeting with representatives of the Uyghur ethnic minority. The Germans now expect the government to address the issue in Beijing this week.

It isn’t the only problem Merkel is expected to solve. A group of some 30 China correspondents with German media organizations, including SPIEGEL, wrote a letter to Merkel asking her to address deteriorating working conditions for foreign journalists during her visit “at the highest level” and to request that China offer them the same working conditions to them that Chinese journalists enjoy in Germany.

“The police and state security officials continue to interfere with our work,” the letter reads. According to the journalists, the authorities openly threaten to refuse to extend visas when journalists report on “sensitive” issues and either prevent or strongly discourage sources from speaking with them.

Uncertain Futures

These problems suggest that it is still unclear whether Merkel’s China diplomatic offensive will be a success. No one can predict how reform-oriented the future Chinese government will be. The gap between rich and poor is widening, and the economy is no longer growing as strongly as it was a few years ago. In fact, it is quiet possible that a worsening economic situation will lead to more repressive domestic policies.

This would also affect foreign policy. At the moment, the Germans are betting that Beijing will become more open to Western arguments in the UN Security Council. But this is still little more than a hope, given that the Chinese leadership has not shown any evidence of a new posture.

“We talk about partners,” says one German official, “but exactly when the Chinese will become true partners is in the stars.”

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan

 

SAV Comment:

And now, as for animal and human suffering in China; just like human rights issues; Merkel turns in the other direction.

Mexico: Dog is back on its feet with prosthetic limbs after attack by drug gang – Video Link

Dog who had its front paws cut off by Mexican drug gang is back on its feet with prosthetic limbs

Pay de Limon is pictured bounding along on his new prosthetic legs, fitted after the dog was discovered with its front paws cut off in Mexico City (inset).

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