Farm Animal Welfare News Snippets.

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13 December 2012

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.

Author/Organization: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Year: 2012

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: cruelty to animals, importing/exporting, transport

14 December 2012

HSI/Canada Calls on Canadian Retailers to End the Use of Gestation Crates in the Wake of Shocking Undercover Video

Following the recent news coverage of shocking new video footage of inhumane treatment of pigs reportedly taken at a pig farm in Manitoba, in an investigation conducted by the organization Mercy For Animals Canada, Humane Society International/Canada is calling on Canadian retailers to join dozens of leading North American companies in pledging to end the use of gestation crates in their supply chains.

Author/Organization: Humane Society International (HSI)

Year: 2012

Where: Canada

Topics: breeding, confinement systems, cruelty to animals, inspection and control , pigs, retailers

14 December 2012

New Zealand issues new code of welfare for layer hens

The most commonly used cages for housing layer hens in New Zealand will be phased out by 2022 under a new code of welfare issued by the Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter.

Author/Organization: World Poultry

Year: 2012

Where: New Zealand

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Romania: Exposed – Dogcatchers Pocketing EU (Animal Welfare) Provided Funds For Themselves, Why Animals Are Left To Starve And Die. THE EU Politicians MUST ACT !



Above – Remember him –  we have exposed this person from the Romanian Animal Mafia before




Romanian dogs are starving – EU money being given to authorities to care for dogs, but money going elsewhere.

We aim to provide all the information to EU authorities asking why the animal  mafia of Romania is being allowed to take the money given for animal welfare issues to the Romanian authorities.

We may have an English translation of the German video information over the next few days.  We will post this if it becomes available – SAV.

European Youth Olympic Festival in Brasov (Romania) 2013 – but No Fair Play for Street Dogs!

Please take action now!

Disturbing photos as above also shown in video links below.

Every voice counts from across the world.

Please can all national and international animal protection groups come forward to help this dire situation in Romania.

Please politely protest to these email addresses about the  dogs who are allegedly being starved and those dogs that have already been killed!-

Please note you can use your google translator to translate the German information on the links below concerning these poor Romanian dogs 

Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:31 AM

Subject: NEGATIVE UPDATE – (RO) Brasov: <European Youth Olympic Festival> in Brasov 2013 – but No Fair Play for Street Dogs

We have just received the information that as of yesterday, Dec. 14th, the mayor of Brasov has banned AW advocates from feeding the dogs at the shelter Brasov-Stupin. The animals will die.

Please spread and take decisive action.

European Youth Olympic Festival» in Brasov 2013 – but no fair play for street dogs!

The Olympic Winter Festival of the European Youth takes place in Brasov in 2013.

The Olympic village and all venues lie close to this town in the South East of Romania. The communities participating are Predeal, Rosenau (Rasnov), Poiana Brasov and Brasov itself.

To expect the setting of a humane example and fair play is difficult owing to the fact that over 30,000 dogs have been killed in the area in the last few years, and even now hundreds of dogs are starving to death in the local and council-run pounds of Brasov Stupin and Rasnov.

The council funds end up in the pockets of dog catchers – first and foremost amongst those the known animal abuser Flavius Barbulescu (see photo above) and his unscrupulous vet  Filip Ailin.

The impounded dogs, at this moment some 400 animals, receive no veterinary attention whatsoever, and proper food only when it is fed and paid for by AW activists.

Mayor Scripcaru holds a very cynic view on the matter and is happy to let the animals starve. The mayor of Rasnov also has made himself a name as dog hater and by completely ignoring current animal welfare legislation.

The German ARD TV station has shown a documentary on Dec. 8th 2012 about the machinations of Romanian dog catchers titled “a dog’s life in (Ro) shelters)”

… TV-Mitschnitt      (link to TV recording)

It is not different in Brasov Stupin: (Caution – cruel scenes from 2011)

… Video

At this moment some 250 dogs suffer in Brasov Stupin!

Current videos from 30.11. 2012(WARNING – Distressing Scenes of animal suffering)

… Video 1

… Video 2

… Video 3

… Video 4

… Video 5

… Video 6

… Video 7

… Video 8

No Fair Play for street dogs: Rasnov disposes of all dogs in the run-up to the “European Youth Olympic Festival” in February 2013.

… Video

The machinations of the dog catcher mafia slams the breaks on animal welfare in Romania

… Current situation in Brasov in August 2012

… Report on current situation in Brasov May 2012

Report by Petra Zipp (BMT) of 04. May 2012 (with Protest addresses)

… Protest Newsletter 04-2012 (online Protest)

… Letter to the city of Codlea

… Reaction of the city of Codlea

… Letter to town council of Brasov







Serbia: 14/12/2012 – More Pictures From ‘Felix’ Shelter To Go With Our Very Recent Post.

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Photo UPDATE 14/12/2012:

Here are some extra photographs from Danica at Felix Shelter, Serbia.

As you can read in the text in our other recent post:  

and can see in these and the other post photographs, Winter has well and truly arrived !  Food delivery for the cats has become difficult as the delivery truck is not able to get through in the snow.

If you are able, please give a donation which will help to keep the cats warm and fed through the long winter.


Thank You – SAV


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Serbia: 12/2012 – Winter Strikes Early At Cat Shelter ‘Felix’ – Can You Donate To Help The Cats ? – Thank You.

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Here is the latest (December 2012) news from Danica at Felix Shelter, Serbia.

As you can read in the text and see in the photographs, Winter has well and truly arrived !  Food delivery for the cats has become difficult as the delivery truck is not able to get through in the snow.

Please read the message from Danica below; and please, if you are able, give a donation which will help to keep the cats warm and fed through the long winter.

Thank You – SAV


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Hi Mark,

“Winter has just struck with all of its fierce power. We’ve been literally snowed in for the last couple of days and a state of emergency has been declared for Vojvodina.  When even the highways are buried in snow drifts, what can you expect of the local roads? And yet my shelter, although not fully prepared for the winter weather, is holding on in a small snow-covered village…

We’re in the grip of a deep freeze, with continuing snowfall accompanied by frosty, biting and stinging northerly winds.  Luckily, this heavy snow can’t contrive to pile up on my chain link fence, but the heaps of snow do build up on the rooftop. I guess it’s a good thing that I still don’t hear ominous cracking sounds from the roof as it is successfully bearing the burden of extra weight, at least for now.





The yard resembles a winter wonderland. It’s not so magical, though, for those of us who are shoveling paths through the deep snow so that the others, the furry, four-legged ones, can run and jump easily all over the yard.  The youngsters are having a great time and loving the snow (yeah, it’s easy for them to love it), but most of the older kitties are definitely not impressed. Some of them took a brief walk through the snow on that first day, decided they didn’t like it and are now resting in their warm rooms, while the others didn’t even desire to set foot outside. The only exception is Speki, whose fascination with snow is well known, but he won’t be so delighted if the food delivery truck doesn’t manage to push its way through.




Although we’re in mid-December, the snow caught everyone by surprise. When things get back to normal again, all of the doors of the kitties’ indoor enclosure and the gates will have to be strengthened and fixed. This winter is obviously going to be brutal, with above normal heavy snowfall and frigid winds. We must do everything within our power to prepare for the cold months coming ahead the best we can.

Please, help us with whatever you are able to give! It’s a dire emergency here and there’s no more time to waste!”

Warm wishes


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Please give a donation if you are able – anything will help, no matter what the size.

Please crosspost to all your contacts;

Thank You – SAV.

UK: The Live Animal Export Debate Gets Hotter – UK Parliament Debate on 13/12/12. RSPCA Issue Formal Brief On Their Views.


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KAALE – Mon 10th Dec – Official RSPCA Brief on Live Animal…

The Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) website can be accessed at 


Long distance live transport and the transport of animals to the continent



The RSPCA believes that animals suffer during long distance live transport and supports a
‘carcass only’ trade. Animals have often been crammed into trucks on UK roads for hours
before facing a gruelling channel crossing of up to another six hours before heading for
conditions illegal in this country.

The RSPCA wants to see:

An end to long-distance transport of live animals in favour of a ‘carcass-only’ trade
 A maximum eight-hour journey time for all animals travelling for slaughter or
‘further fattening’ across the EU Amendments to existing legislation that allow ports to refuse the cruel trade in live animals.

While the trade continues, for the full costs of veterinary and Animal Health
regulatory inspections as well as lairage and emergency facilities to be borne by the
hauliers, rather than by the taxpayer.


European rules on the live animal transport of animals agreed in 2005 (Regulation 1/2005/EC) and
implemented in England by the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order in 2006 lay down
general conditions for the transport of animals, including that they should not be transported so that
they are caused injury or suffering, and give specific rules on journey times for animals and the
authorisation process for transporters, vehicles and ships.

Journey times vary according to different species. Whilst there is an eight hour maximum journey
time, this can be extended if the vehicle meets a number of additional standards such as ventilation
systems maintaining a range of temperatures from 5 degrees C to 30 degrees C, a navigation system to record the journey times and appropriate bedding and food.

Maximum journey times vary from 19 hours for calves to 24 hours for horses and pigs and 29 hours
for sheep before a 24 hour rest is required. Following this rest other journey times can be taken until the final destination is reached.

What is the present situation on the long distance transport of animals?

The live transport trade in calves from the UK to other countries was virtually brought to a halt for
about a decade (1996–2006) by the outbreak of BSE. The total numbers of all farm animals exported
from the UK for slaughter or further fattening has been slowly declining from 752,000 in 2000 to
437,000 in 2009, with over 70% of these being sheep. In 2012 around 30,000 sheep will be
transported through Ramsgate. Trade in calves has also been impacted by concerns from certain
importing countries about Bovine TB but resumed in 2007 when 93,000 calves were transported to
the continent, a figure which steadily declined to just under 7,000 in 2009 and is expected to be
around 6,000 in 2012. This trade has declined as it has become more economic to keep and raise the
calves in the UK.

What are the concerns of the RSPCA?

The trade in live animals changed to Ramsgate from Dover in May 2010 as the loading bay in the port
of Dover had been damaged. One sailing occurred in 2012 from Ipswich when the port owners
closed Ramsgate. The RSPCA has sent inspectors to inspect all vehicles passing through Ramsgate in
April 2012 after consulting with Thanet District Council, the owner of the port, which gave permission
for our inspectors to be present.

Although the RSPCA has no statutory powers it was initially able to inspect all vehicles going through
the port. Animal Health, the statutory body responsible for carrying out animal welfare checks at
ports and at loading, carries out risk based inspection which means that a third of vehicles are
inspected. The RSPCA has inspected 15 sailings and 60 vehicles from two ports (Ramsgate and
Ipswich) in the five month period to the end of September 2012. Since October although RSPCA
inspectors are still present at Ramsgate, inspections have became more difficult to undertake on
every vehicle as the transporters have closed down the shutters on the vehicles, and Animal Health
have not informed us of sailings. As the RSPCA has no statutory powers, it is difficult to properly
inspect vehicles unless we have the cooperation of Animal Health.

The RSPCA concerns fall into five main areas:

1. The condition of the ship being used to cross the channel, the Joline.

The Joline - photo 2

This is an old Russian tank carrier that was used as a river ferry and has been upgraded for ocean
transit. It can transport up to six articulated lorries at a maximum speed of 8 knots. As it is flat
bottomed with a shallow draft, it is more exposed to poor weather conditions. It’s travel is therefore
limited to wind conditions below Force 6 (the SCAHAW report into the welfare of animals during
transport in 2002 recommended to the EU Commission that journeys of Ro-Ro ferries should not be
permitted in wind conditions above a Force 5).
However, on 21 November 2012, it was allowed to set sail for Calais and had to return to port some
four hours later, as the weather had deteriorated and the sea was breaking across the vessel. As the
vessel is slow there is little flexibility in the time taken to cross to Calais (four and six hours) and the
maximum journey time limit for transport of calves (nine hours after their one hour statutory rest
requirements at the port). In another sailing, adverse weather warnings held the boat at Ramsgate
for two hours and the lorries were in danger of exceeding their nine hour limit allowed before the rest period occurred. The sheep that were on the ferry on 21st November had to be rested for 24
hours as they had reached their maximum journey time. They were then exported on 23rd
November. When the Joline sailed from Ipswich the 15 hour journey time meant that the sheep
were also close to their maximum journey time allowed .

2. The conditions used to transport the animals over long distances

The RSPCA would prefer to see a carcass trade rather than a live trade and believe that a journey
time of eight hours should be the maximum allowed.

The RSPCA has issued six warning notices to vehicles involved in the trade through Ramsgate
in the six month period it was inspecting every vehicle for infractions. One vehicle had to have all
its sheep offloaded and 46 subsequently had to be euthanized due to lameness or other problems.
Another vehicle has been refused to continue its journey as it had a tyre problem.

Since September 2012 all animals being transported are subject to a system of supervised loading
(we are unsure what supervised loading actually is, and have suspicions that welfare problems will be
missed because of the need for expediency), and inspection by Government inspectors at the control
post. As this occurs a matter of hours before the vehicle reaches the port, official inspections are
limited or non-existent at the port. The RSPCA believes that welfare problems can arise in the
interim period, and further inspections should occur at the port. One animal had to be euthanized
due to a ripped horn found by RSPCA inspectors at the port, despite it being in the period when
supervised loading was occurring.

3. The unloading facilities required at ports

Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 states that in the case of emergencies (Article 23) the animals
should be able to be transferred to another means of transport, returned to their place of departure
or be unloaded and held in suitable accommodation. Breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 may
also ensue if the provisions of the Regulation are not complied with. The RSPCA has issued a report
stating that ten issues need to be provided at a port to comply with Article 23 including covered
lairage area to accommodate all animals, adequate flooring and isolation areas. The RSPCA has
conducted visits to Ramsgate, Ipswich and Newhaven and the evidence collated shows that these
ports do not meet such standards.

4. Enforcement

The RSPCA is concerned that enforcement of existing live transport laws is lacking in many Member
States, including the UK. The European Commission’s own report into live transport states that
effective enforcement remains a major challenge. However the Commission has decided not to
review or amend Regulation 1/2005 but to focus on improving enforcement, although how it will
achieve this remains unclear.

For further information about this please contact

December 2012

The RSPCA also has concerns that the animals are going to conditions illegal in this country. For
instance the calves sent abroad in 2012 have mainly been destined for Spain, where standards for
housing calves are below those in the UK, in particular, the provision of bedding for the animals. The
sheep in the trade are probably destined for France and many were transported for the Eid festival
following Ramadan. As agreement on updating the EU labelling laws has not been reached, it is legal
for an animal being slaughtered in France to be labelled as produce of France despite it spending the
majority of its life in the UK. It is hoped that the country of origin law currently being discussed by
the European institutions will prohibit this.

5. Ports should be able to choose

Under the 1847 Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act ports are limited in their ability to stop the live
animal trade occurring through their port. The RSPCA believes that if the port owners do not want
the trade going through their port because they do not have the facilities, or there is public demand
for the trade to stop, they should be allowed to stop the trade.


The RSPCA believes that the trade in animals should be a carcass only one. Indeed over 80% of the
trade is already in this format. The trade in live animals only continues for a small number of
• port owners are not able to choose whether to stop the trade,
• confusing labelling rules means that animals can be passed off as being from the country of
slaughter rather than the country of production, and
• because the full economic costs of the trade including enforcement costs do not fall to the
trader or exporter.

The RSPCA believes that given the current set of circumstances within the UK, the long distance
transport of animals can never be properly enforced. Whilst the European Commission has decided
not to make any changes to the present legislation, the UK should use current legislation which
allows it to set higher standards than the Regulation in order to help safeguard animal welfare, whilst
proactively encouraging a carcass-only trade.

UK (England): RIP Sir Patrick – A Shining Star !


Chelsea Flower Show 2008 - Press And VIP Day

Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at the age of 89, a group of his friends and staff say.

The broadcaster “passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon”, in Selsey, West Sussex, they said in a statement.

It added: “After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy.”

Sir Patrick, who celebrated the 55th anniversary of his programme, The Sky At Night, in April, had battled ill health in recent years.

The stargazer had been using a wheelchair and was unable to look through a telescope.

He died after failing to fight an infection.

The statement went on: “Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.

“He was able to perform on his world record-holding TV Programme The Sky at Night right up until the most recent episode.

“His executors and close friends plan to fulfil his wishes for a quiet ceremony of interment, but a farewell event is planned for what would have been Patrick’s 90th birthday in March 2013.”

Queen guitarist Brian May paid tribute to a “dear friend and a kind of father figure to me”.

He said: “Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life.

“Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one.”

Speaking at a party to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the BBC programme, Sir Patrick said he hoped the stargazing series would continue “indefinitely”.

The last programme was broadcast on Monday.

Sir Patrick has only missed one episode since it began in 1957 when he was struck down by food poisoning.

His trademark monocle, unique delivery and occasional performances on the xylophone made him a familiar target for satirists and impressionists, but his scientific credentials were never in doubt.








UK (England): Happy Holidays From All At SAV.


Please click on the following links to see the cards.

Have a very happy holiday and a cruelty free year in 2013.

Thanks for all your support and we will see you in 2013.

Regards  SAV.

SAV Xmas 1 2012

SAV Xmas 2 2012

SAV Xmas 3 2012