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Here you will find many more stories and appeals directly associated with animal welfare issues in Serbia and other Balkans states.  Please visit the site and have a look at the many issues which are not covered here on SAV.

For those of you who wish to donate money to helping Balkans animals, there are many rescue and injury treatment campaigns covered.

Here are just a very small selection of a few issues from the SAV Facebook site.

It is well worth a visit – please check it out now.

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Dragana Bozanic

Canine’s concentration camp at Public Utility Company “Our home” in Pozega.
Brutally killed 60 stray (abandoned) dogs!
(The article taken from local newspapers)

The criminal charge has submitted against a Veterinarian Milan Bozic and Chief of animal zoo hygiene department Svetlana Pavlovic, for illegal euthanasia of homeless animals.
At least 60 stray (abandoned) dogs poisoned in illegal in Public Utility Company “Our home” in Pozega, or died of starvation and exhaustion in April last year. It is suspected that in previous years the number of killed animals so exceeded one thousand.

Criminal charge against those responsible for killing and torturing animals, has submitted citizens’ association “Alpha” from Belgrade, based on the testimony of worker of “Our home” by Rade Susic, who had direct access to illegal acts that have taken place within the shelter. After a series of collected evidences, the case was finally found in prosecutors.

The dogs fed the carcasses
Two days before the mass killing of dogs in the house was situated about 70, to 28th April 2011 barely a dozen (ten) other animals. Veterinarian Milan Bozic and Chief of animal zoo hygiene department Svetlana Pavlovic in agreement killed 40 dogs, so that they inject a toxic substance T61, without the prior mandatory bedtime. To the dogs, too, was not provided veterinary care, nor were fed for several days, which resulted in the deaths of twenty animals that were in the house until June 1 – according to a criminal complaint in which he had access Informer.

An employee Rade Susic, informed the authorities that the majority of dogs euthanized in animal zoo hygiene, although not shown any signs of aggression or illness. He was also informed that dogs are not fed, nor are they provided adequate veterinary care, which is why they died of hunger and exhaustion, and was to have been eating the corpses of dead animals.

Carcasses buried on the banks of the river Đetinja
Instead of burning, the carcasses were buried in the city landfill, near the river Đetinja.

Cemetery by the river
Susic has testified that similar things in Public Utility Company “Our home,” have happened before, and that was from March 2008 to June 2009, in addition to official figures from 1376 dogs killed “off the record” has been killed 950 dogs. To make things even more morbid, dead animal carcasses are burned in areas specifically designated for that purpose. To make things even more morbid, dead animal carcasses are burned in areas specifically designated for that purpose, as required by law, but were buried in the city landfill Godovik. The process was simple. Fresh murdered animals after mass executions loaded, transported to the dump, throw in a hole three meters deep and with the use of chemicals, popularly known as baking stone, “safely and securely buried” at about thirty acres of the river Đetinja – Susic said.

In just two days, 40 dogs killed a poisonous substance T61, without falling asleep
Fined or six months imprisonment

Animal can be killed in a humane way, but if injured, terminally ill, physically deformed or otherwise incapacitated so that life for her is pain, suffering, fear, and stress.

According to the law, it is envisaged that the stun due process prior to slaughter or killing animal life.
Any person, who knowingly violates these regulations, shall be punished by a fine or imprisonment of up to six months, or three years, if it is a specially protected animal species.


Sladjana Stojkovic

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Duda Stefanovic Radisavljevic

He is a boy, he lived on the streets for one year. He was ill and his leg stayed deformed.

He was spotted one morning with an eye injury. He returned to the streets after a medical intervention: (


Selma Sljuka

Beki is a dog who has lost her two legs on the left side… We sent her to the clinic in Ulcinj, Montenegro, and she has been there for a month and half. She is getting out in a few days and her bill is 536 €… We need help in paying that bill… We ask all good people to help us…






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Foie Gras – Not A Gastronomic Delight; Just Blatant Animal Abuse; Plain And Simple. Video To Watch From L214 (France).


The realities of the Foie Gras industry.

Young unwanted chicks thrown down the chute to be shredded.


Birds caged and force fed several times a day by having a metal pipe thrust down their throats.

For what ? – to produce a fatty liver pate for so-called ‘gastronomic delights’ ?



Please watch the video from L214 and then decide for yourselves that this is not ‘beautiful food’; it is simply blatant animal abuse.  Procedures are the same the world over for foie gras production – do not think that procedures are better in some countries than in others. 


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Sir Roger Moore (ex James Bond 007) speaks out for a ban on foie gras

– if it is good enough for James Bond to say ‘no’; then we can all say ‘no’ to foie gras.

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Global News Snippets from the SP, England.

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With thanks to good friend Sue at the SP here in England:

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The Shoreham Protester was first issued during the live export protests at Shoreham Harbour in 1995.

It now covers a whole range of animal rights issues, national and international, and is produced as a monthly newsletter, available by post for £12 (cheques made payable to SPAAA) for 10 issues and sent to 7 Stoneham Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 5HJ

For FREE trial edition, click on button on leftside column.

The small profit made from the sale of the paper goes directly to help animals.
The Shoreham Protester online edition reports a few of the main items from the newspaper

Veganism is taking off in Israel, where few people had even heard of the term a few years ago. Animal-rights organisations such as Anonymous and Let the Animals Live have operated for more than 2 decades, and there have always been vegetarians in Israel.  But while vegetarians are pretty common, abstaining from eggs and dairy products has been perceived here as an esoteric practice adopted by health-freaks or high-school radicals. So, how did the vegan craze hit Israel’s shores?  By most accounts, it all started in April of last year, when Daniel Erlich and Hovav Amir, 2 animal-rights activists who run the online TV show Animal Log, added Hebrew subtitles to an American lecture about veganism and posted it on YouTube under the title “the best speech you’ll ever hear.” The lecturer is a Jewish American animal-rights activist named Gary Yourofsky, who usually speaks to high-school and college students in the United States. He is considered a criminal or even a terrorist by many, is banned from entering Canada and the U.K., and has a long history of arrests. He even spent 77 days in a Canadian maximum-security prison once, after raiding a fur farm. Yourofsky doesn’t hesitate to use shock-tactics: He calls eggs “chicken period” and honey “bee vomit,” and frequently advocates violence. His angry speech would probably cause any hamburger-eater to feel terribly guilty. In it, he combines statistics, nutrition information, and discussions of morality, interspersed with shocking films of slaughterhouses. News of the eye-opening lecture spread virally and with the help of activists handing out leaflets. Erlich and Amir even got a leading tofu manufacturer to print a QR code on tofu packages linking to the Israeli Yourofsky site. More than half a million Israelis have watched the YouTube video. Many others attended, and keep attending, screenings at universities, schools, and various public places around the country, and last September Yourofsky himself held a successful lecture tour in Israel—his first outside the United States—which was accompanied by much media coverage. Erlich and Amir can now boast that more than 700,000 Israelis, close to 10% of the country’s population, have heard Yourofsky’s gospel.  “I think that experts on the Israeli vegan scene will agree to the estimate that at least a few thousands have become vegan after watching Gary’s speech,” Amir told said in an interview. Now the signs of Israel’s vegan revolution are everywhere. There are vegan cooking courses and workshops, vegan blogs, online vegan cooking programmes, a new smartphone app called Vegan Spotting that locates vegan dishes served in your area, and a slew of new businesses that cater to vegans, like an online vegan shop  selling everything from vegan pet food to condoms. Vegan Friendly is a new initiative making the vegan lifestyle in Israel easier and more accessible by identifying vegan restaurants, cafés, hotels, and other establishments. There even is a Facebook page for Israeli vegan parents looking for help figuring out what to feed their kids.

Australia’s largest supermarket chain, Coles, will as of January 1 stop selling company branded pork and eggs from animals kept in factory farms. As an immediate result, 34,000 mother pigs will no longer be kept in stalls for long periods of their lives, and 350,000 hens will be freed from cages. Not to be outdone, the nation’s other dominant supermarket chain, Woolworths, has already begun phasing out factory farmed animal products. In fact all of Woolworth’s house brand eggs are now cage-free, and by mid-2013 all of their pork will come from farmers who operate stall-free farms. Coles and Woolworths together account for a dominant 80% of all supermarket sales in Australia. The move to open up the cages was fuelled by “consumer sentiment,” and it has been synchronous with a major campaign against factory farming of animals led by Animals Australia. The campaign features a TV ad, titled “When Pigs Fly,” in which an adorable piglet tells the story of animals sentenced to life in cramped cages, and then flies to freedom.

Brazil has notified international animal health regulators of its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. The cow died 2 years ago, but the test confirming the deadly brain disease was not done until 18 months later, and the results not made public until Thursday. This time lag allowed Brazil to export roughly 67m pounds of beef to the United States since the suspect Brazilian cow was identified.

Israeli dairy giant Tnuva faces criminal probe for alleged animal abuse. The Environmental Protection Ministry launched a criminal investigation against Tnuva following an exposé aired by the television investigative programme Kolbotek on mistreatment of animals at its Adom Adom slaughterhouse. About 300 animal rights activists gathered in Tel Aviv on Monday – International Animal Rights Day – to protest abuse. In response to the programme and the resultant investigation, Adom-Adom CEO Erez Wolf stressed that the company “unequivocally condemns this behaviour,” detailing a number of steps that had been taken against the employees involved. “Abuse is not kosher,” the protesters chanted, according to the group Anonymous for Animal Rights. “The Tnuva CEO must resign.” Actress Orna Banai likewise took part in the demonstration, calling for a consumer boycott of Tnuva products and stressing that the company must be held accountable for evading its responsibilities. Members from the Left and Right, meat-eaters and vegetarians, ultra-Orthodox and secular showed up to the protest and echoed Banai’s call. “We must remember that if these seem to be the procedures and guidelines at the largest and most advanced slaughterhouse in Israel, the grave abuse that we have seen in the Kolbotek investigation is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Hagai Cohen from Anonymous.

Turkey cruelty – no charges

The top prosecutor in Sampson, Duplin and Onslow counties said that there is insufficient evidence of animal abuse by workers at farms linked to Butterball LLC to pursue criminal charges. Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation in October and collected hidden-camera video of what the animal rights group described as turkeys being kicked, stomped on, dragged by their wings or necks and thrown into crates on top of other birds.

E-coli contamination ignored

Federal beef inspectors at the XL Foods plant in southern Alberta whose E. coli crisis sparked the country’s largest meat recall were ordered to turn a blind eye to contamination on carcasses being processed for sale to Canadians, CTV News has learned, a directive that was imposed by the inspectors’ supervisors lasting 4 years. The 2008 memo written by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) meat hygiene supervisor at the Brooks, Alta., plant, obtained by CTV, instructed CFIA inspectors stationed at one of the plant’s final inspection stops to give extra scrutiny to carcasses shipped to Japan, but to ignore visible faecal and intestinal contamination on meat for Canadians. “Our number 1 priority is to ensure this standard is met with Japan eligible carcasses,” the memo said of the inspection station.  “Ensure that non-Japan-eligible carcasses are not inspected for spinal cord/dura-matter, OCD (other carcass defects) and minor ingesta,” the note continued. “Ignore them.” The union representing workers at the Brooks plant says this practice is “ridiculous.” “There’s one standard for beef being shipped to Japan and there’s another standard for beef being shipped elsewhere,” said Doug O’Halloran, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 401. “It is incredible that you could allow material to leave the plant that could have contamination on it just because it’s not going to Japan. “No disrespect to Japan, but what about the rest of the human beings in the world? It’s like we’re second class citizens,” he said. The memo – dated Sept. 12, 2008 – was sent to CFIA inspection staff at the Brooks, Alta., plant and was re-issued to them again in 2010 and 2011. The CFIA memo added that the contaminants can be detected later on in the meat-processing process, something with which the union representing CFIA inspectors disagree.

White lion cubs exported for Japanese circus

4 rare white lion cubs born in a UK safari park have been sent to perform in a Japanese circus after being trained in a British facility. The cubs were born at W. Midlands Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcester, in 2008 but will spend their adult lives entertaining crowds in the Far East.

Animal rights charities have expressed outrage after discovering they were flown 6,000 miles to Japan’s Circus Kinoshita.   The animals were given to British businessman Jim Clubb who runs Amazing Animals, which also goes by the name Heythrop Zoological Gardens, in Chipping Norton, Oxon.  A Japanese investigator working for CAPS discovered one of the lions has been moved to a zoo in the west of the country after it was attacked by the other circus animals. The lion is reported to have developed a ‘nervous disease called autonomic ataxia’ causing his mane to completely fall out.  CAPS director Liz Tyson said: ‘The current Government has promised an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses as a result of overwhelming public, expert and parliamentary support.  ‘And yet here we have a zoo apparently providing lion cubs to this cruel and unethical trade via a middleman, whilst publicising their work to their paying visitors as based in conservation and welfare.  ‘It is an appalling betrayal of those people that trust the zoo to protect and care for the animals.  ‘But most importantly, it is an appalling betrayal of the lion cubs who appear to have been abandoned to this hopeless fate by W. Midland Safari Park.’  An investigation by CAPS claim the safari park has close ties with Clubb’s animal entertainment business. In 2007 Clubb appeared on the zoo’s own TV channel talking about his company which provides animals to the entertainment industry. Jim Clubb confirmed he had provided the lions to the circus – saying it was ‘business.’  He said: ‘We did receive the lion cubs from W. Midlands Safari Park and provided them to the circus in Japan.  ‘There is nothing illegal or underhand about this whatsoever. I will not discuss our financial arrangements but we are a business of course.  ‘I have no idea whether West Midlands Safari Park knew the lions would be going to the circus, that is a matter for them. I will not go into the arrangement we have with them.’  The safari park – which attracts 1.3m visitors each year – confirmed they had ‘sent’ white lions to Clubb ‘in good faith and were unaware of any subsequent moves.’   The Mail 27th Nov

A trailer full of circus animals overturned on an interstate in Georgia, trapping several animals inside.   The driver of the truck was transporting llamas, ponies, camels and zebras to the UniverSoul Circus in Savannah when he lost control, hitting a sign, authorities said.   The trailer full of 8 circus animals detached and fell on its side as the truck came to a halt atop a guardrail.   Neither the driver nor the animals were seriously injured.   But several animals were stuck behind metal partitions after the accident. Firefighters arrived at the scene to help the animals escape from the trailer uninjured. NY Daily News Nov 20

Mumbai is now gearing up to fight for the rights of circus animals across the country. Members of an animal rights organisation protested outside a circus camp in Bandra. The protesters, chained and wearing masks of elephants, held signs that read, ‘Abolish Slavery: Ban Animal Circuses’. According to the animal rights activists, all circus animals are treated like slaves.

After decades of captivity inside America’s zoos, the elephants arrived broken in many different ways. Maggie barely survived the harsh winters of the tiny Alaska Zoo. Confined many days to a cramped, indoor pen, she developed crippling foot and joint disease, collapsing to the floor – lifted only by a crane. Zookeepers conceded that frigid Anchorage was no place for a 4-ton tropical beast. Annie spent much of her life in chains at the Milwaukee County Zoo until the public learned of brutal training sessions. Zookeepers routinely anchored the elephant’s feet with chains, then struck and gouged her with a bullhook, even videotaping sessions to teach others how to make an elephant perform on command. And there is Wanda, whose cracked feet and arthritic legs deteriorated with each bitter winter at the Detroit Zoo. Its officials concluded that captivity was unnecessarily cruel for the world’s largest land mammal. The 3 elephants now share a different life at a 2,300-acre compound nestled in the San Andreas foothills. Pat Derby, co-founder of the sanctuary, says, “This is where elephants come to die.” But if the zoo industry’s trade group had its way, their elephants would never come at all. The Northern California sanctuary, and another in Tennessee, could represent a welcome, zero-cost option for zoos with aging or ill elephants. Instead, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) opposes sanctuaries for a key reason: Sanctuaries refuse to breed more elephants into captivity. Privately-owned sanctuaries are not open to the public and “inhibit zoos’ efforts to preserve and study elephants,” says Bruce Bohmke, deputy director of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and member of the AZA national committee that oversees elephant management inside accredited zoos. “We believe that breeding is essential to sustaining elephant populations in zoos,” Bohmke said. Despite repeatedly telling the public that elephants are thriving in captivity, the zoo industry knows otherwise and is desperate to breed more elephants. For every elephant born in a U.S. zoo, on average 2 others die, a Seattle Times analysis has found. Under current conditions, with just 288 elephants inside 78 accredited U.S. zoos, they could be “demographically extinct” within 50 years, studies show. Seattle Times 2 Dec

Jailed for abuse in Eire

In July 2011 a Dublin man, John Byrne, who had been living rough for over 20 years had his rabbit, Barney, thrown callously into the River Liffey by a passerby. The 37-year-old risked his life by jumping in after his beloved pet and saving him with the kiss of life before he himself had to be rescued by firefighters. Shortly afterwards the person responsible for abusing the rabbit was apprehended. Gary Kearney, who is currently serving a 6 year jail sentence, was given a 4 month sentence on top of what he is already doing, for throwing Barney into the river.  ARAN was delighted with the 4 month sentence handed down, the judge stated he was not going to be lenient and that it was a serious case. Most animal abuse cases rarely make it to court, let alone the offenders getting a fine, so 4 months is to be welcomed. Of course we also asked for a psychological evaluation of Kearney and a personal ban on owning animals for life. We did not get this however. Shortly after the case, media outlets nationwide began picking up on the story and all over Facebook it was causing a hugely positive mood for the many people speaking out against cruelty to animals.

Almost half of Gibraltar’s famous monkeys could be shipped off the Rock as they are considered ‘fearless’ of humans. Although friendly charming and inquisitive the wild Barbary Macaques are increasingly running riot through the town’s streets. ‘They’ve lost their fear of humans and regard them as a source of rich food,’ said Gibraltar’s Environment Minister Dr John Cortes. Almost 60 people needed hospital treatment this year after being bitten by one of the monkeys. A government led campaign, titled Get Our Monkeys Back To Nature, has since been launched to teach people not to feed the iconic primates. Feeding the Barbary Macaques is illegal and punishable by a fine but the law is routinely ignored, particularly by tourists who flock to the areas around Apes Den and the Siege Tunnels at the top of the Rock. The campaign is part of a wider action plan being developed by the colony’s government with the support of primate experts at the Born Free Foundation. A boost to a contraceptive programme forms part of the scheme as does ‘the possibility of relocating up to 120 monkeys to north Africa’, according to a government statement. Dr Cortes, an authority on the Barbary Macaques, said that the current population is around 230. He reiterated that culling was not supported by the government. Although the Barbary macaque is a much-loved national symbol of Gibraltar mystery surrounds its arrival on the Rock.  Their existence was noted by the first chronicler of Gibraltar in the early 17th century. Gibraltar’s monkeys were under the often affectionate care of the British Army, and later the Gibraltar Regiment, from 1915 to 1991.  Sgt. Alfred Holmes was one well remembered Officer-in-Charge of the monkeys who cared for, fed, nursed and named the monkeys for almost 30 years from the mid-1950s.  Holmes described the monkeys as Gibraltar’s ‘greatest treasure’ and even ensured any sick animals were attended by the same doctors as soldiers at the Royal Naval Hospital. A belief that the Rock will stay British as long as the monkeys remain was behind a move by Sir Winston Churchill to import monkeys when the Gibraltar population plummeted to just 7 individuals during World War Two.  The species is commonly referred to as the ‘Barbary ape’ though the light brown animal is actually a stubby-tailed monkey.  Dr Cortes said the campaign would present challenges but would succeed with community support.

25 wild bottlenose dolphins that once roamed free in the Pacific are facing a life of boredom, stress, frustration and slow death, thanks to Resorts World, which plans to confine them at their attraction at Sentosa, Singapore.  You can complain to the resort via a a link at  It’s worth posting a comment on Sentosa Resort’s Facebook page!/TheSentosa?fref=ts

A dying rhino summoned the strength to save her calf as poachers went on a killing spree on a game reserve in South Africa, keepers said. The slaughter lasted between 3 and 4 days and left maggot-covered carcasses dotted across the landscape at the Finfoot Game Reserve near Sun City in North West province. Gamekeepers said after being shot at, the pride of the reserve named Longhorn realised she would die. But in a final act of bravery she led her 18-month-old calf to the reserve farm’s lodge, where she would be safe. Longhorn, who was 24-years-old, was then butchered for her 3ft-long horn. Rhino horn is highly sought after and is sold for around $60000 per kilo. Another calf found by gamekeepers did not escape the slaughter – it was found lying next to its mother, butchered for its tiny horn that measured just an inch.

Longhorn was the first animal Mr Lappeman bought from the Natal Parks Board, and the reason he spent 25 years caring for his breeding herd of White Rhino on his farm. Her calf has been taken to a place of safety. Since the slaying, a group of 7 men has been working around the clock to protect the remainder of the herd, with the help of Mark Prangley, an anti-poaching operator. Mr Lappeman says it is inevitable that the poachers will return. ‘Its not “if”, it’s “when”,’ he told Times Live.  ‘We are fighting a bush war against trained professionals, with people who are not trained for it,’ he says.  Pelham Jones, chairman of the SA Rhino Owners’ Association, said: ‘We are losing this war and people who think there is a quick fix are living in denial.’  Mr Prangley, however, proposes a practical solution: ‘Kill the poachers.’  5 men have been arrested in connection with the massacre and are due to appear at Brits Magistrates’ Court next week charged with illegal possession of a firearm and poaching.
Sales of fur reached record highs this year, the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) has said, as China’s growing appetite for luxury goods put the once-taboo material back on the catwalks. The value of the global fur market should exceed $15bn this year, compared with $9.1bn in 2000, driven by demand from the growing affluent classes of China and Russia, the industry body said.

Fur farming to continue in Ireland

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said fur farming of mink will be allowed to continue in Ireland. He is reversing a decision by the last government to close down the industry on welfare grounds at the end of Nov. Mr Coveney said lots of people are uncomfortable with the industry but it is not that different from intensive farming in other sectors and if he was to close its down, significant compensation would have to be paid to the fur farmers that operate here. Mr Coveney has, however, pledged that while fur farming in Ireland will not be prohibited, more stringent conditions of inspection, veterinary attention and animal welfare will be introduced. Fur farm licences will be reviewed every 5 years, and any fur farm can be inspected, without prior notice.30 Nov RTE News

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UK; Cameron Is At It Again – Thinks He Knows Better Than The Governments Scientific Advisors – Please Sign The Petition To Stop His Short Term Political Gains.


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David Cameron – Thinks He Is More An Expert on Marine Conservation Than

Government Scientific Advisors

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Tell the UK Government to Get Serious about Ocean Conservation

Petition Link:

  • Target: The Government of the United Kingdom
  • Sponsored by: Judith B.

On the 13th of December, the UK government promised to designate 31 new sites as marine conservation zones. This sounds like great news for ocean ecosystems and the industries that depend upon them. In fact it is anything but.

The government’s own scientific advisors actually said that 127 conservation zones are needed. 59 of the proposed sites are under severe threat, with action required immediately.

The argument for this very weak approach to ocean conservation is to help industry, in particular fisheries. The problem with this argument is, of course, if you don’t conserve ocean ecosystems properly, there won’t be any fisheries. Rejecting expert advice in this manner is bad news for ocean wildlife, fish stocks and the economy.

Tell the UK government to stop basing crucial policies on exceedingly short-term economic and political gains and start listening to marine scientists.

Petition wording – We the undersigned ask that you revise your marine conservation zone plans. Protecting ocean ecosystems is crucial, not least for the fishing industry, and the plans as they stand are nowhere near enough. Protecting 31 areas by the end of 2013 might seem like a step in the right direction, but not when it involves the rejected of the other 96 advised.  The current plans are completely insufficient to protect our country’s ocean wildlife and fish stocks.



UK (England) / EU: Live Animal Export Campaign For Better Animal Welfare Grows in Strength.



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Pictures Above – The ‘Joline’ (at Ramsagte) – Photos by V Cameron – KAALE.

To visit the Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) website; for which SAV founder Mark is also the EU and media correspondent; please click on the following link: 

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The following is a summary of recent events regarding live exports from the UK.  Ramsgate is the only port in the UK which now exports live animals.  Ramsgate is located in South East England on the English Channel.  At present there is only one sailing every two weeks, comprising a maximum of six livestock transporters.  Live animal exports from the UK has virtually stopped – there is just the final hurdle to overcome now and hopefully the UK will be live export free.

Live Exports – Criminals running the show

Johannes Onderwater runs a Dutch registered company called Onderwater Agneaux BV. He pleaded guilty on behalf of his company at Folkestone magistrates’ court on 5 July 2010 to 6 offences of not displaying any sign on his vehicles indicating the presence of live animals contrary to the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 & of Council Regulation (EC) 2005 on the protection of animals during transport.  The prosecutor was Kent Trading Standards.  Mr Onderwater had also described the cargo of live animals in consignment notes as seafood, frozen meat and boxed meat.

The Box Wagon Carrying Live Animals

This ‘Box Wagon’ IS actually carrying live animals.

The court found this was in order to deceive the ferry companies. Mr Onderwater had been informed on several occasions that he was contravening the legislation by not displaying such signs yet the company continued to commit the same offence in the 2 months following the first detection. On 1 Sept 2009, 320 sheep were transported described as meat.  On 30 Sept 2009, an unspecified number of sheep described as meat for further processing.  On 11 Nov 2009, 240 sheep described as meat.  On 14 Nov 2009, 307 sheep described as seafood.  Mr Onderwater was driving this lorry.  Also on 14 Nov 2009, 286 sheep described as boxed meat.  On 19 Nov 2009, 270 sheep described as frozen meat.

He was fined £1,000 for each offence, with costs of £4,355.  Onderwater represented his company at an appeal against this sentence at Canterbury Crown court on 10 Aug 2010. On appeal the total fine remained at £6,000 but costs were reduced by £680 to £3,675.  Judge O’Sullivan fined the company £400 for the 1st offence, £800 for the 2nd, £1,000 each for the 3rd 4th & 5th offences and £1,800 for the 6th.

Judge O’Sullivan said in his sentencing remarks that there was no offence which involved “mistreatment of animals” but that the company’s persistent offending despite being caught made it quite clear that the company had no intention of trying to abide by the regulations.  The judge noted that there is a wider use for these signs to indicate the presence of live animals on vehicles and that it is important, for instance, in case of an accident that the cargo can be identified as being livestock so that the necessary measures for safeguarding the welfare of the animals can be put into operation. Despite all this he continues to “run the show” from Ramsgate

Shipments from Ramsgate

15th Nov – Joline berthed in Ramsgate around 05.00 hrs. 7 lorries arrived from 9.15 in convoy. All were Dutch, 5 with 3 tiers of sheep, one with 4 tiers of sheep and finally the white chiller box trailer.  All bar this one had the ventilation slats closed on arrival and inside the docks.

J Onderwater even went so far as to tell the RSPCA inspectors that they were not allowed to touch, look into or interfere with his lorries in any way or to prevent him exporting his livestock – to which reply was given that the RSPCA just wanted to ascertain the animals were in good condition and health for the journey ahead and not suffering in any way. We can only assume that J Onderwater has much to hide. Loading of the vehicles onto the Joline was at a steady pace with Rinus Van Beer on first, eventually the 2 halves of this rig were separated and stowed apart on deck. Any inspection of the lorries by Animal Health was swift and of short duration. Ship sailed at 10.25 bound for Calais.

21st Nov – At 0320hrs on 21st, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a warning – Gale force 6 currently off Dover, gusting 7/8 from lunchtime onwards. A formal complaint from KAALE was sent to the MCA regarding the deteriorating weather conditions and the Joline’s intention to sail loaded with livestock into a potentially ever increasing Channel gale. KAALE requested that their complaint be formally logged by the MCA.

No action was taken by Defra Animal Health to stop the sailing as far as KAALE are aware. Despite RSPCA objections and severe weather warnings, a ship left Ramsgate at 11am carrying 2 lorry loads of sheep on an open deck in gale force winds.  The ship eventually turned back due to the severe weather, arriving at Ramsgate at 4:30pm.  Some animals had been crammed aboard trucks for 14 hours, 6 of those hours spent at sea in a gale. Just imagine how they felt.  After a very brief inspection by an Animal Health approved vet which was undertaken on the vessel, and lasting in total 8 minutes – including the time taken for the vet to walk onto the ship; ‘inspect’ all the animals in the transporters, and leave again; the vehicles were given the ‘ok’ to move.  DEFRA / the vet, was allowed onto the ship to inspect the animals as the conditions on the quay were so bad he felt it would be unsafe. They departed Ramsgate to return to their place of origin. The 2 transporters were the Dutch white box chiller type trailer carrying sheep x 3 tiers and a vehicle known to belong to local, Kent based, haulier/dealer Trevor Head carrying sheep x 3 tiers. Since there was nothing in Kent in the form of a suitable ‘facility’ to which animals could be sent should any emergencies happen, or bad weather delays occur at Kent ports, despite the 2008 EU report stating there should be, the Dutch lorry returned to Kettering.



Animal Health appear to be blaming the Joline captain and the MCA for what happened. The RSPCA were refused access by AHVLA to do any inspections. Please write to your MP and ask him or her to ask Rt Hon David Heath, the secretary of state for DEFRA, personally to answer why this obviously unsuitable ship was allowed to sail in such weather conditions, and also why, the RSPCA is being denied access to inspect the animals.   KAALE understands that the box trailer was told to stop in a service area and rest for one hour before continuing its journey to Kettering.  Understandably, and quite rightly, the RSPCA are once again very frustrated and angry with the general ‘carry on’ fiasco witnessed on the 21st but are helpless in view of DEFRA and Animal Health’s insistence that it is ‘nothing to do with them’ and ‘they should mind their own business’.  We also understand that Animal Health are now issuing reports on which says the events were all the MCA’s fault as they told captain it was OK.  We wonder what the MCA thinks of this?

Following this incident Keith Taylor MEP for S.E. England and a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup for Animal Welfare has written to the UK’s Animal Welfare minister, David Heath MP, to request an urgent meeting. Keith is urging the government to take this issue seriously so that the welfare of animals is properly protected during live transport. He is also calling for urgent action to be taken to address consistent violations of animal welfare legislation.  Keith said: “EU legislation is in place to ensure animals do not have to experience these awful conditions and it is unacceptable that we are frequently witnessing the law being violated by both the live exports industry and the government.

These poor animals are needlessly continuing to suffer.”   He’s also written to the new EU Commissioner with responsibility for animal welfare, Tonio Borg, calling on him to take action on the UK’s lack of enforcement of EU legislation.  Keith Taylor concluded: “As a Green MEP, I am opposed to live exports of animals from the UK and believe there should be an 8 hour maximum journey time across the EU. European regulations must also be strengthened to better protect animals. In the meantime I believe that EU member states must fully enforce current EU rules protecting animals in transit.”   Keith has written to the government’s Animal Health Agency urging them to accept the support of RSPCA inspectors in monitoring the welfare of the animals.

Fri 23rd Nov – The Joline had moored in Ramsgate to await more favourable weather conditions. Suddenly, during the early afternoon of 23rd she moved from that mooring and requested to occupy Berth 2. The Harbour Master denied this request as the statutory 24 hours notice had not been given. This behaviour is typical; the master does not appear to know the rules by which ports and harbours operate to facilitate smooth running and safety. Having been refused access to the berth, The Joline’s master then switched off his ship to shore radio and proceeded along to berth 2 and swung his vessel across all the berths, thereby effectively blocking them and denying any other vessels access.  He demanded use of berth 2.  Meanwhile, 3 livestock lorries loaded with sheep were seen heading for Ramsgate. These must be the same sheep from the aborted sailing 2 days previously. There were originally to have been 4 lorries for that shipment, but only 2 actually made it.  Back at Ramsgate 2 vessels which work for the Wind Farm (London Array) that operates out of Ramsgate, were trying to get into their berths in the port in order to carry on their legitimate business; but they were unable to do so.  (We hope they put in a formal complaint)  Eventually they were able, with difficulty, to squeeze around the Joline to get into their required berths.  The 3 livestock lorries sped into the port, joined by a 4th. When they all arrived at the docks they were refused entry. Had the sheep had been unloaded from the lorries since the aborted Wednesday fiasco?? The situation was finally resolved when Port owners, Thanet District`Council’s legal team, arrived at the docks and overrode the decision of the harbourmaster; thus allowing Joline the use of berth 2. The legal team, are obviously minded of the ruling by Judge Burton that until the Judicial review the operation of Joline and the livestock export for slaughter trade be allowed to continue. Allowing a legal trade to continue legitimately is one thing, but when that trader takes the law into his own hands and holds a port to ransom, is quite another. Tantamount almost to piracy.   DEFRA, who had obviously been tipped off about the shipment by their chums, Peter Z and Johannes Onderwater, gave the 4 livestock lorries a ‘cursory glance’ and declared them fit, as always. The Joline then left the port at 16. 20 hrs. The RSPCA had not been informed of this shipment and were not present, no doubt a ploy to prevent any hold up in the contrived inspections of the sheep by the so called ‘competent’ government authority.  Peter Z and the Animal Health operatives then exited the docks at Ramsgate by the back entrance.

Wed 12th Dec –Meridian & BBC South East TV were at the port together with protesters and police.  As this was the first sailing since the Joline’s aborted sailing of 21st Nov and her subsequent piratical seizing of the berth at Ramsgate on 23rd Nov one would have expected a larger shipment this time, so maybe their business is not as flourishing as they would wish. Joline berthed just before 0800 hrs. At 0850 hrs the lorries, all carrying sheep in 3 tiers, arrived – 3 Dutch and one English (Trevor Head). The RSPCA inspector in attendance noticed that on this transporter the roof over the top tier had been lowered, giving the sheep on this level scant headroom. When requested, Mr Head raised the roof to allow more headroom.  DEFRA to inspect all 4 transporters in this shipment as per new edict. One issue we disagree with Defra and AHVLA over is the carrying of horned and dehorned animals in the same lorry.  Defra says that as the sheep were “all from the same flock and ‘familiar’ with each other”; in their opinion, all was perfectly ok. KAALE is of the opinion that such a flock in a large field is all well and good as there is plenty of room for the flock’s hierarchy to work properly; but in the cramped and confined conditions of a livestock trailer, this hierarchical structure cannot work so well.

The day before the debate in Parliament about Ramsgate live animal exports, Defra Minister (and ex pig farmer) David Heath made the very antagonising statement about the RSPCA,  saying: “The RSPCA …. needs to make a choice over whether they are a fringe campaign group or a responsible organisation working with us in partnerships on animal welfare. They cannot do both.” Maybe because they do not agree with the government view (aka David Heath) on live animal exports, suddenly a well respected animal welfare charity becomes a fringe organisation. It is the government who are out on the fringe, totally out of tune with public opinion. Maybe they are getting worried about the situation; like introducing new inspection regulations at Ramsgate just the day before live exports are discussed in Parliament. KAALE

Barco de Vapor, Dutch-based owner of the ferry Joline, alleges Thanet district council, which runs the port of Ramsgate, is trying to damage legitimate businesses. The council denies any collusion with protesters.

Campaigners against live exports from the Port of Ramsgate have staged a demonstration outside Kent Police headquarters in Maidstone. The protesters handed in a letter addressed to the county’s new police and crime commissioner, Ann Barnes, urging her to look at the way the force handles the protests. They claim it has been heavy handed. Police said public safety was the main consideration when policing protests.

Parliamentary debate on live exportsGo to the following linkto find the debate of 13th Dec.  Scroll forward to 12.13 for the start of this debate. 


Other live export routes

Cattle from farms in England and Scotland have been transported via a Scottish port and Northern Ireland for export either to Ireland or to Spain. Although the numbers of sailings are relatively low, the government’s Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), responsible for ensuring proper welfare arrangements, has revealed 9 consignments totalling more than 1,000 cattle, mostly unweaned calves,  were sent out of the UK in this way in the first half of 2012. It is understood that the route is still being used, since the trade is legal under EU law. The AHVLA inspectors check the animals at a centre near one of the ports but the agency has withheld information about which port or ports in Scotland are used, where ships dock in Northern Ireland, details of the final destinations or those involved in the trade. Doing so might jeopardise the health and safety of its staff, it says. But data released to Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) under freedom of information requests prompted the charity to warn of a “furtive return” to the trade by other ports. CIWF says in the 18 months between Jan 2011 and June 2012, over 80,000 sheep and nearly 12,000 cattle were exported from Britain. Young calves, which could be just 2 to 3 weeks old when exported, were poorly equipped to stand up to such trips. Philip Lymbery, chief executive of CIWF, said: “Calves are being taken from England up to Scotland, via ferry to Northern Ireland, on through Ireland and over to Spain via another, gruelling, ferry journey. The only way we were able to find this out was through FoI requests – we’ve had to drag information out of Defra and we think it’s something people will want to know. “I think many British people will be appalled that these young animals are being taken on these nonsensical journeys of almost 100 hours. For one journey totalling 94 hours in June, there is no evidence of any inspections having taken place. If this is the case, there are calves going on gruelling journeys, likely to take a terrible toll on them physically, without having their wellbeing monitored.” The charity said it had commissioned a YouGov online opinion poll of 2,059 adults which suggested just 6% of people thought animals should be exported live for food. 66% would prefer the animals to be slaughtered in the UK, a preference shared by the government. The poll also said 62% felt companies involved in the trade should bear greater costs instead of British taxpayers subsidising it by funding policing and inspections of animals by government staff. “We are in a ridiculous position in Britain, where we don’t agree with live exports but are forced to subsidise it with our taxes,” said Lymbery. “It’s shocking that calves from this country are being transported over several days across Europe. Profit is clearly taking precedence over the welfare of our farm animals.”  The Guardian 13th Dec

And there is further good news:

European Parliament votes to improve welfare of live animals during transport

Posted on 12/12/2012

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the outcome of the vote today in the European Parliament plenary on the own-initiative report of Janusz Wojciechowski MEP on the protection of animals during transport which sends a strong message to the Commission urging it to act quickly.

Despite the on-going implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, on the protection of animals during transport severe problems persist, due mainly to poor enforcement by Member States. This report goes a long way towards addressing the issues we see and calls on the Commission to act now:

  • to ensure an effective and uniform enforcement of existing EU legislation on animal transport across all Member States;
  • to present a full evaluation of all the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits incurred by the transport of animals, including a comparison between the transport of animals for slaughter and the transport of carcasses and food products;
  • to implement an extensive consumer information campaign on the subject of the European regulations on animal welfare, providing continuous information on the changes being required of European producers for the purposes of raising the profile of their work and improving the added value of their production;
  • to ensure that in all bilateral trade negotiations with third countries the EU’s animal welfare rules are included as the minimum standard required;
  • to introduce legislative proposals before 1 January 2014, aimed at creating an EU-wide common framework for data collection and control through real-time satellite navigation;
  • to undertake research into how new and existing technology can be applied in livestock vehicles to regulate, monitor and register temperature and humidity to protect the welfare of animals during transport;
  • to increase the number of unannounced Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) spot inspections focused on animal welfare and the transport of animals;
  • to ensure that veterinary controls on animals being transported take place at the end of their transport.

“The Report sends a clear message to the European Commission that Europe’s citizens see the problems associated with the transport of live animals as a major issue. Mr Wojciechowski has listened to these concerns and produced a Report, that is supported by the European Parliament and which is extremely positive for animal welfare. However, as Eurogroup we still believe that there are some areas where we would call on the Commission to go even further especially when it reconsiders limiting the transport time of animals. We believe that this time should be minimised as much as possible and that animals should be slaughtered as close to the place of origin as possible,” commented Michel Courat, policy officer – Farm Animals at Eurogroup for Animals.

“There has been much resistance by the Commission to come forward with new legislation but it must take its responsibilities seriously. It must also act today to ensure that all Member States play their part and enforce the current legislation to improve the welfare of millions of animals today and penalise effectively those who flout the laws,” he concluded.

RSPCA – We’ve vowed to take on legal fight for live export animals


We have vowed to fight on for the animals after a High Court judge has indicated he will consider a fresh judicial review application from us in the New Year, concerning the transport of live animals from Ramsgate port.
This comes after Thanet District Council lifted its temporary ban on live animal exports out of Ramsgate in November, despite huge opposition from the public and animal welfare organisations alike.
Inadequate facilities explained in court

We have told the court that the port of Ramsgate still has inadequate facilities to help animals in the event of an emergency as happened on the 12 September, or disruption to sailings due to very rough weather, as occurred on 21 November.

We further note that Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency are no longer carrying out thorough inspections of the animals at the port.

Having heard the legal arguments, Mr Justice Mailes indicated that he would consider a fresh judicial review application on this issue in the New Year.

Thanet District Council took the decision to close the port to live exports after a horrific incident in September when 47 sheep died.

A High Court judge, Mr Justice Burton, then said in October that the port should reopen pending a judicial review brought by the hauliers against the Council’s temporary ban. That case was effectively brought to an end at yesterday’s hearing.
Animal Fighting Fund

Today we are launching a ‘Fighting Fund’ to help pay for such legal cases to fight for animals in court.
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

We will not step away from this – the battle to end live exports is far from over.

The lack of proper facilities at the port of Ramsgate and the failure to thoroughly inspect animals as they loaded aboard ship are both unacceptable. This cannot go on.

We are here for the animals and they deserve their case to be heard in court, to do that we need the public’s help. We have a highly professional and successful legal team but going to court is not cheap.

The RSPCA relies entirely on the public to fund our work and I am certain that they will dig deep and ensure the animals get their day in court.

We are urging our supporters to contact their local MP to persuade them to attend the House of Commons on Thursday where a debate will be held on live exports.

To donate to the RSPCA Animal Fighting Fund please:

To give £3 now text FIGHT to 88010
(Texts cost £3 + 1 standard network rate message)
To donate via phone, please call  0300 123 8181  now (24 hours a day)
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Thank you.

France: A So-Called ‘Artist’ Wants To Kill Animals With A Hammer for His ‘Performance’ – Please Sign Petition.


We are sure that most of  you can think of a better word to describe this so-called ‘artist’. Please sign the petition – link provided below.

On Jan. 7th 2013 so-called “artist” Abdel Abdessemedhat  wants to enchain a horse, a cow, a goat, a pig, a sheep and a fawn and then kill them with a hammer !!

This “performance” shall take place at Centre Pompidou, one of the most famous museums in Paris !

I am innocent Petition – Please sign and share !

Canada / UK: BUAV Latest News – Air Canada Stops Transporting Primates for Research.



Air Canada





Victory! Air Canada stops transporting primates for research

BUAV Web link:

From BUAV –

We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Transportation Authority (CTA) has upheld Air Canada’s decision to stop transporting primates destined for experiments.

The BUAV has played a vital role in exposing the role that airlines play in the cruel trade in primates for research. Last year, our investigative team revealed that Air Canada had transported a shipment of 48 monkeys from China to Canada for research purposes. This resulted in widespread media coverage, a public outcry and sparked a campaign spearheaded by the BUAV in which groups and individuals from around the world contacted Air Canada requesting that it stop transporting primates for the research industry.

Subsequently, Air Canada approached the CTA with an amended tariff that would allow it to discontinue the transportation of primates destined for research. The CTA suspended Air Canada’s amended tariff pending a hearing. The BUAV became an intervener in the case and submitted evidence to the CTA. The BUAV argued that Air Canada should be allowed to respond to public concern and align its policy with the many other major international carriers that have stopped transporting primates.

The trade in primates for research is a global industry that involves misery, suffering and death on a huge scale. The BUAV has worked tirelessly to end this inhumane trade and, as a result, a large number of airlines have stopped transporting monkeys destined for experiments. There is now only a small number of airlines that continue to be involved in this ugly business including Air France, Vietnam Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

Thank you to everyone who supported this important campaign! However, there is still work to do, so please join us and stand up for primates by contacting the airlines still involved in this cruel trade.

Please also consider giving a gift so we can continue our important work to speak out on behalf of those animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world