S. Korean government’s response to the petition to close down Moran Market Slaughterhouses.

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(KR) S. Korean government’s response to our petition to close down Moran Market Slaughterhouses

Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:24 am (PST)  Posted by: “April Kim” aprilckim

On 7/23/2013, we mailed our petition https://www.change.org/petitions/seongnam-south-korea-close-down-moran-market-dog-slaughterhouses-enforce-the-animal-protection-law , Seongnam, South Korea: Close Down Moran Market Dog Slaughterhouses-Enforce The Animal Protection Law!

https://www.change.org/petitions/seongnam-south-korea-close-down-moran-market-dog-slaughterhouses-enforce-the-animal-protection-law  to the S. Korean President, Geun-Hye Park and the opposition leader, Jae-In Moon.

Click to sign petition!


We received the response below, sent on 1/18/14 from the Department of Animal Disease Control of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Basically this letter is saying that the South Korean government WILL DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop the dog and cat meat consumption and that they will continue with their current policy of allowing the criminals to murder millions of companion animals every year just because their citizens want to continue eating dogs and cats!!! They will continue to ignore the agony and suffering of these animals!!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on South Korea!!!

Click to read the response: http://koreandogs.org/s-korean-governments-response-to-our-petition-to-close-down-moran-market-dog-slaughterhouses/ http://koreandogs.org/s-korean-governments-response-to-our-petition-to-close-down-moran-market-dog-slaughterhouses/ 

The following letter is from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety mailed on 1/9/2014.
Here is the translation:

1. This is in regards to the petition to our department with registration number V20130004452(2014.01.02).

2. Below are our responses to your questions.

a. To consume meat from livestock, the process of slaughtering and processing must be sanitary. The meat must be from livestock not having contracted and not suspected of being contaminated with infectious diseases. Therefore, they must be slaughtered and processed at licensed, sanitary slaughterhouses and veterinarians or qualified inspectors must inspect them in order for them to be used for raw materials, for processing or manufacturing of food.

b. However, dogs are not regarded as livestock under the “Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act” which makes it unnecessary to monitor that the slaughtering and processing is done in a sanitary manner, nor is the conducting of inspections required. Moreover, there is no social consensus on dog meat’s integrity as food. Therefore, dog meat is currently not approved as food.

c. However, Koreans have been cooking and eating dogs for a long time, so we are not prohibiting the cooking and selling of dog meat at restaurants.

d. In addition, if a dog meat restaurant is licensed under the “Food Sanitation Act”, the business operator is responsible for the sanitary handling of food and for complying with the provisions of the “Food Sanitation Act”. And in case of violations, they become subject to administrative measures based on the law.

3. If our response was inadequate or if you have additional questions, please contact Food Policy Mediation Division (Hyun-Sook Jeong, Tel. 043-719-2045 or email: jhs057@korea.kr ) and for questions regarding the food raw materials, contact Food Standardization Division (Eun-Jin Choi, Tel. 043-719-2434 or email: mfds4797@korea.kr ). We will provide consultation in a friendly and quick way.

You can find information regarding food, from our homepage (http://www.mfds.go.kr) or Food Nara homepage ( http://www.foodnara.go.kr). Please visit us online! Have a nice day! Thank you! The End.

In short, what they are saying is that the dog meat industry is illegal but since too many people are breaking the law and it’s been overlooked for far too long, they will continue to protect this illegal, criminal industry while millions of innocent animals are tortured and brutally killed every year!!! Is South Korea a Third World Developing Country???…

Read more here: http://koreandogs.org/s-korean-governments-response-to-our-petition-to-close-down-moran-market-dog-slaughterhouses/ 


Petitions: http://koreandogs.org/petitions/



Hunting News.


UK –  Hound fits during hunt

A video shows hounds from the Ross Harriers Hunt rioting through a private garden in Gloucestershire, illegally chasing a deer. The disturbing footage shows one of the hounds fitting, presumably after being run to exhaustion by the hunt. The concerned land owner tried to take the distressed animal to the vets for urgent treatment but was threatened by members of the hunt and forced to return the hound to them.

He called the police due to the threats being made against him and was told to return the hound as it was the hunts property. Footage of the hounds illegally chasing the deer is being looked at by solicitors and will be presented to the police in due course so that the hunt can be prosecuted. 

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Sadly we see illegal hunting like this all too often. Our immediate concern in this instance is the future of the fitting hound. If the Ross Harriers decide it is no longer fit for hunting they may well shoot it in the head as it no longer serves a purpose. We demand the Ross Harriers Hunt hand it over to an appropriate animal  welfare  organisation so that it can be re-homed and enjoy a well earned retirement.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAMaTw7VcwI


UK – Cumbrian police to monitor hunts

Police in Cumbria are to launch an operation monitoring hunting activities in the county.  Officers will carry out patrols at meets as part of Operation Kilowatt.  The Hunting Act 2004 made it illegal to hunt a wild animal with a dog, with certain exceptions. The League Against Cruel Sports welcomed the police announcement but a Countryside Alliance spokesman called it “a waste of money” and police resources.

Police say they have “consistently” received reports of illegal hunting and suspicious activity, as well as complaints regarding associated offences. These include intimidation and harassment, assault, public order, obstruction of the highway and driving offences. The force is to liaise with agencies such as the National Trust, Lake District National Park and United Utilities, who are the major landowners and who operate a licensing system to allow trail or drag hunting activity.

Dawn Varley, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said 285 people had been convicted nationwide for breaching the act since it came into force in Feb 2005. She added: “We believe Cumbria Police is to be commended for putting resources and effort into checking hunts are acting within the law.”

UK – Hunt terrierman fined

Dicky Tonks (hunt terrierman of York and Ainsty South FH) was caught on video verbally abusing and threatening a sab. Tonks received a criminal record under Sec 5 of the Public Order Act and a £90 fine for his aggressive outburst. See here: http://youtu.be/55tJpOHo_4Q

More recently Dicky Tonks was caught attempting to dig out a fox at Escrick park. Fortunately sabs were there to intervene.


UK – Hunt hounds chase dog into lake

A fox hunt has apologised to a woman and her 9-year-old autistic son who watched in terror as hounds chased their terrier into a lake in Petworth Park, Sussex.  Mya, a 3-year-old Lakeland terrier, fled for her life from mink-hunting hounds from the Wealden pack.

The hounds, being exercised in the park, chased her until in panic she leapt into the lake and swam for an island. The hounds were called off by the huntsman but it took Linda Wickenden and her son Kian more than an hour to coax their petrified pet to swim back from her refuge out in the lake.  Linda, from Petworth, said “My son and I were distraught. Kian has Asperger’s syndrome and he does not have many friends. That dog is his companion and his life.”

They’d been walking the dog around the lake when they encountered the pack all roaming freely. The Wealden mink hounds are kennelled at Petworth Park under an arrangement with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray fox hunt.  Nick Bamber, chairman of the CLC Hunt, said 2 Welsh mink hounds had recently been drafted into the Wealden pack and they had been attached by a lead to more experienced hounds during the exercise session but when Linda and her son appeared, they had been freed for the first time. 

“They got excited and started to hunt the terrier. We apologise to the lady and her son for the upsetting incident. The hounds in question are being moved on to a Welsh pack” he said.

Daily Telegraph 21st Jan


UK – Dug out vixen shot dead

A beautiful and petrified vixen was executed after being dug out by terrier-men connected to the Flint & Denbigh hunt.

They put 3 nets up to prevent her from escaping. She was so traumatised that she never made a sound as they dragged her out of her refuge and shot her at close range using a double barrel shotgun. I heard the awful dull thud as the shot violently took her life. But what is going to haunt me was the glimpse I had of her just before she was murdered. I have this image in my head of a gorgeous vixen rigid with fear being held by the scruff just moments before by the evil men, Rob and Marvin Harvey.  It was truly horrific and I don’t know if I am ever going to get over the sight of her going limp like a marionette doll. 

After the vixens body was taken away by one of the terrier-men (Marvin Harvey) they refused to allow me to lay her rest instead I was then pushed down the 10ft muddy bank after trying to sit on the earth to try to stop the possibility of another fox suffering the same harrowing fate. He denied pushing me down the bank of course.  My film will be going onto youtube for all to see when I’m ready – right now I’m not sure I’m strong enough to play out the scene again. But this is something I’m going to have to do so that she didn’t die in vain.  I have a feeling that there may have been another fox in that earth and a dog fox close by because when we revisited this area 2 hours later to get a GPS location of where it happened we arrived just in time to see riders and hounds coming through and the hounds went into full cry as they entered scrub next to the earth.

The hunt went ballistic when they saw us back at the earth and told us that the police had told them that if we came near this earth again we would be arrested. One of them, Ed, pushed me around as he continued to film me, refusing to allow me a dignified walk back to the road in peace. This is the Flint & Denbigh hunt, all they understand is how to inflict suffering onto innocent and defenceless animals – they insult and abuse anyone who hates their sadistic cruelty.  I feet that this earth is regularly used by this hunt to dig out a fox for the chase. The earth is in a prime location for this particular area of Trefnant where the Flint & Denbigh likes to hunt. When we arrived on the scene, they had not been digging long because he said the dog had been in the earth for 5 minutes and he wanted to get her out. They were digging out this vixen at 11.30am which would have given this hunt loads of time to hunt her down (covered in urine) before packing in at around 4.15pm.

There were also lots of sheep remains lying around, not that far from where the earth is situated. Even before we saw the terrier-men, I thought it strange that there were so many skeletons in just one field next to and inside a wooded area. Judi Hewitt  PS. Last Saturday this hunts supporters slashed 3 tyres on 2 of our cars, so they are also carrying knives – we can’t afford this extra expense – we struggle to afford the fuel never mind tyres.  Nothing is ever done to get this hunt to stop their abuse towards us. I will not be calling out the police anymore – they really don’t care and just see us as a nuisance.


UK Wales – Huntsmen kill vixen and torture newborn cubs

On the 1st Feb because of the weather the regular Hunt organised by the Llandeilo Hunt Group was cancelled by the Hunts Master and Councillor of Gwynfe Ward Council a Mr Colin Evans. On his facebook page he added the following the message: “Unfortunately our ridden meet on Saturday has been cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions which have caused the fields to be waterlogged. However, we will be hunting on foot. Disgustingly they did go hunting on foot with terrier dogs, they came upon a young vixen who had just given birth to 2 young fox cubs. She was too weak to defend the cubs, and against the thugs of this hunt group and the dogs she did not stand a chance.  The vixen whilst battling to defend herself as she was being torn to pieces would have had to watch as her 2 young newly born cubs were also dragged from the den she had made safe and secure.

The dogs then tore the vixen to pieces and killed her, not satisfied with this cruelty the “huntsmen” teased the terrier dogs with the newly born defenceless cubs and allowed the dogs to take chunks from them, as you can see in the photo the cubs are alive in the guys hands, after the photo was taken they then threw the cubs to the terriers and laughed and jeered as the dogs tore the pups limb from limb.  A photo of this “Proud achievement” was posted on the Walls of the Hunts cowardly members showing 2 members of the hunt club involved in this sickening barbaric slaughter holding the terriers and one disgusting individual smiling as he teases the a terrier dog with the newly born fox cub. 

The older man is Dai Bourne.  The local police are more than aware of this Hunt Groups continual breeching of UK laws, of the cruelty this hunt group revel in causing. Yet they do nothing, they do not act upon this hunt even though they are well aware they do not drag hunt but actually dig out the foxes and chase them to exhaustion with their pack of hounds.  Colin Evans is not only a wealthy farmer but is also a local Councillor.  Could that be why police don’t act?


UK – The Llangeinor Hunt – The ugly truth

On 25th Jan hunters colluded in the brutal beating of a young woman saboteur who was punched to the ground by one of the hunt followers. During this cowardly attack on a woman, the mounted hunt milled on horseback, watching and shouting and pointing at the other sabs. 

At the beginning of the video, 2 male saboteurs can be seen on the ground surrounded by a ring of red coats on horseback who did absolutely nothing to stop the beatings. The sabs were punched, pushed and pummelled resulting in a slim female (whose only crime was to be against the hunting abuse of animals) being treated in hospital for her injuries. 

The footage shows that the saboteurs, from Bristol, Bath and South Wales, were not the instigators, and they were clearly out-weighed and outnumbered by the hunt heavies who, it would seem, were there expressly to prevent surveillance of hunting activities.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqn48Q0yjMo  and if you recognise any of the attackers inform the HSA


UK – What happens to the hounds

When the hunting ban was being discussed in Parliament, hunt supporters were saying, amongst other things, that hounds would be shot – in other words we would be responsible for their deaths.  The fact is that hounds are regularly killed by hunts. Any that don’t make the grade during the cub hunting training season or those past their best are taken to the back of the kennels and shot. 

Former huntsman Clifford Pellow has described the fate that befalls hounds that are unsuitable for hunting. He says, “We see plenty of images of young hounds and hound puppies being cuddled. What people don’t realise is that, if those young animals don’t ‘enter’ when they’re introduced to hunting, they will be shot. I should know, I’ve had to do it myself. In my day, out of a pack of 40 hounds, I would say that 10 would be shot in a year.”  Hunts regularly try to give the impression that they care passionately about their animals, and yet in reality they are simply tools of the trade – to be callously disposed of as soon as they are no longer useful. 

During the summer months, one-year-old hound pups that will have been looked after by hunt supporters, are introduced to the kennels. The Hunt will be looking to replace about one fifth of the pack each year. By the time the dogs have hunted for around 5 – 6 seasons they are considered too old and are usually shot in the head.

The new pups are introduced to hunting during summer and autumn fox-cub hunting training sessions, where over 8,000 immature fox-cubs are slaughtered to give the hounds a taste of blood. Those that don’t make the grade are also shot. 

In all, by the start of each hunting season in November, the League estimates around 6,000 dogs will have been executed simply to ensure the best hounds are left to provide ‘entertainment’ for those who ride to hounds

Hunts claim the hounds cannot be turned into pets, and therefore they have no choice but to destroy the animals.   Published in the Wildlife Guardian, Issue No. 30, Winter 1994/5  Old article but worth being reminded


Ireland – Foxhound saved

Fionn the foxhound, who was neglected, beaten and left to die on a rubbish tip in Cork has made a miraculous recovery. His skull shattered by a blow from an unidentified object, his broken body left to die in a pile of rubbish, Fionn was found before Christmas by a horrified passer-by who alerted welfare group DAWG. “He was barely alive and was cold to the touch,” a member of the group wrote at the time. “The poor boy was in a very bad way, covered in cuts and pressure sores, a mere skeleton, unable to move.  “It was obvious he had been put there, in amongst the rubbish and left to die.”  

It was touch and go whether he would survive. As it turns out, Fionn’s condition was worse than could have been imagined. An X-ray revealed a skull fracture consistent with having received a blow to the head, and while his initial recovery was good and Fionn enjoyed Christmas in his new foster home, things took a turn for the worse over the holidays.  Following an MRI scan in Dublin, DAWG and Fionn’s foster family were given the option of having Fionn put to sleep, or pushing ahead with high-risk surgery, performed by a specialist.  They chose surgery.

Fionn pulled through.  Subsequent investigations led to DAWG identifying the hunt club to which Fionn belonged, and the name of the person in whose care he should have been when he was found. Once told, the club transferred ownership of Fionn into the care of DAWG and expelled his keeper. 


UK – Watch out for wildlife crime

The Notts Police & Crime Commissioner has asked farmers and members of the public to be the eyes and ears of the force on wildlife crime. 

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At a public meeting held by the League Against Cruel Sports at the Canalhouse, in Canal Street, Nottingham, commissioner Paddy Tipping – a long-term supporter of the League and its work – spoke on the importance of reporting any cruelty to animals. He said: “Supporting the cause is something that is close to my heart because animal cruelty is an important issue. “We want members of the public to be our eyes and ears when it comes to this type of crime and report any illegal activity they see or know about. “The sort of things we are seeing is hare coursing, illegal hunting and badger baiting.”


 South AfricaCanned hunting – the facts

There are 160 (and counting) lion breeding farms in South Africa. Female lions are forced to produce up to 3 litters per year (one litter every 3 years is the norm in the wild).  The cubs are removed shortly after birth and the mother is forced into the next pregnancy. 

The “orphaned” cubs are marketed by recruitment agencies in the UK, USA and worldwide to the “volunteer” market – unsuspecting people (in their droves) sign up to stay at these farms for 2 weeks or more (costing them circa £1,200 per fortnight plus their airfares). They are led to believe they are helping conservation and these cubs will be put back into the wild when they reach adulthood.  At the farms, further income is generated from cub petting, photographing and walking with the lion cubs.

The paying volunteers often avoid the need for the farms to incur staffing costs to man the operation.  Once the cubs reach maturity, the males (at about 3-4years) and the females (once they can no longer produce the new cubs in the “puppy mill” operation) are sold to the canned hunting operators.  Canned hunting is where the human habituated lion is put into a field and a tourist hunter comes along in his Land Rover and shoots it dead. Sometimes the lion is partially anaesthetised beforehand. It offers no resistance. It is a tame lion. The lion is shot through the body (to preserve the trophy quality) and the lion often dies an agonising death, particularly if the tourist is a bad shot and has several “goes” to kill the lion.  The tourist hunter goes home with his trophy and the lion carcass is sold into the lion bone trade for the Chinese Traditional Medicine market. 

Lion numbers are now feared to be close to 15,000.

DO NOT volunteer at breeding centres in South Africa.  Ask yourself … why do you wish you pet & feed lion cubs?  Ask yourself … where are all these cubs’ mothers?  Ask yourself … where do all the older lions go?  Meet Kirsten … http://lionexploitation.wordpress.com/real-life-experiences/kirstens-blog/

More than 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa last year, a 50% increase on the previous year, according to official figures. The South African Dept of Environmental Affairs said 1,004 rhinos were poached in 2013 – compared to 668 killed for their horn in 2012.


Killing rare birds in Pakistan

Pakistan is witnessing a mounting backlash against Arab sheikhs who spend part of their winters hunting a rare bird that conservationists warn is at risk of extinction.

Activists in the country say they are determined to end the annual killing of houbara bustards, an elusive bird that migrates each winter from central Asia to Pakistan’s warmer climes.


Massive wildlife trafficking syndicate

The $1m bounty that US Secretary of State John Kerry offered in reward for Vixay Keosavang’s downfall was a first. The bounty, for help in dismantling the “Xaysavang Network”, which Keosavang is said to head, marks a major escalation in the fight against wildlife crime.

Officials in the US describe the network as the world’s most prolific international wildlife trafficking syndicate. They say Keosavang’s organisation, based in Laos, facilitates “the killing of endangered elephants, rhinos and other species for products such as ivory”. Keosavang’s organisation is said to have “smuggled wildlife and products such as ivory and rhino horns from countries in Africa and Asia through Laos to countries including Vietnam and China” for nearly a decade.

US State Dept officials say the $1m reward reflects the seriousness with which the crime is now viewed in Washington and elsewhere. The network came to light in South Africa in 2008 when 5 men were arrested for offering an undercover police officer tens of thousands of dollars for 3 rhino horns. A year later, Kenya Wildlife Service and customs officers seized 280kg of elephant ivory and 36kg of rhino horn at Nairobi airport. The shipment was registered to Xaysavang and bound for Laos. Police then arrested a number of people in connection with the shooting of rhinos. Chumlong Lemtongthai, one of Keosavang’s key lieutenants, was later jailed for 40 years, reduced on appeal to 30 years for his part in the smuggling racket.

In jail, Lemongthai is said to have given a detailed insight into the Xaysavang Network, prompting Washington to offer the reward. “The increasing involvement of criminal organisations such as the Xaysavang Network in wildlife trafficking fuels corruption, facilitates conflict, threatens biodiversity and deprives communities of economic opportunity,” said Brooke Darby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. The activities of the Network have been detailed by the South African journalist, Julian Rademeyer.  He spent over 2 years investigating key players in the murky trade and in 2013 authored ‘Killing for Profit’, an account of his chilling discoveries.  He has described the current battle against poaching as: “the rhino’s last stand”. Keosavang, a former soldier said to be in his 50s, is reported to have close links with the military in Laos.  Described as the “Pablo Escobar” of wildlife smuggling, Keosavang is said to be protected by his contacts in the Laotian government.

It is also said he held a senior position in a state-run firm with interests in construction and international trade. His business card lists him as vice-president of the Laos national swimming and boxing committees and it is claimed he has accompanied a former deputy prime minister of Laos on state visits. According to documents unearthed by Vietnamese journalists he also has interests in trading hundreds of thousands of live animals, including endangered temple turtles, king cobras and rat snakes. The Network is also said to own a farm in Laos which breeds long-tailed macaques for export to China as laboratory animals.

Freeland, a wildlife NGO, has painstakingly constructed a case against Keosavang. One contract from 2009 obtained by Freeland reveals him agreeing to sell 70,000 snakes, 20,000 turtles and 20,000 monitor lizards to a Vietnamese firm in a deal worth $860,000 (£523,000). It says he remains “untouchable” in Laos despite detailed evidence being presented to them.  “He is the single largest known illegal wildlife trafficker in Asia,” said Steven Galster, Freeland’s executive director, insists. “He runs an aggressive business, sourcing lucrative wild animals and body parts wherever they are easily obtained.

Every country with commercially valuable wildlife should beware.” The Laos Embassy in Paris declined to comment on Keosavang and his links to Laotion government figures despite repeated requestsIndependent 18th Jan

USA – Judge won’t block wolf killing

A U.S. district judge has denied a request from conservationists to block Idaho’s efforts to trap and kill 2 wolf packs targeted for eradication in a federally protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by hunters. 

The state Dept of Fish and Game last month hired a trapper to eliminate the pair of wolf packs from the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho, where wolves were imported from Canada in the mid-1990s in a bid to reintroduce the species to the Northern Rockies. The trapping programme has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running controversy over wolf management in the region.

State officials have not specified how many wolves are believed to make up the packs in question but said 9 animals have been killed so far. Grey wolves were placed under safeguards of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1974, after being hunted, trapped and poisoned to near extinction decades earlier throughout the USA. But wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming lost their protected status in recent years as their numbers rebounded and states pushed to renew hunting and trapping rights, arguing that the predators had become too big a threat to livestock and to big-game animals such as elk.

Latest – Idaho has called off a professional hunter hired to kill wolves in a federally protected wilderness area because he had succeeded in reducing the population enough to protect the elk prized by hunters. “If he wasn’t catching any more, there wasn’t any reason to keep him there,” said Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler.  Killing one animal so we can kill another – human madness and absurdity

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Sea Shepherd news

The factory ship Nisshin Maru was re-located in the Ross Sea, far south-east of Australia, by the Sea Shepherd activists after it gave them the slip earlier in January.  Crew say they have followed a trail of “remnants of butchered whales” to relocate the Japanese whaling fleet. After a standoff for over a week where no whales were butchered on 31st Jan  Captain of The Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt, said, “The primary strategy of our Antarctic Whale Defence Campaigns is to secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, and allow no dead whales to pass into this floating abattoir: We have achieved this goal. We will continue to block the slipway of this poaching ship, relentless in our mission to protect the whales and the sanctity of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” 

Throughout January, the Sea Shepherd Fleet has engaged the Nisshin Maru for a total of 9 days and has monitored the poachers for an additional 2 days from The Steve Irwin’s helicopter. Further, accounting for the 3-day journey it would have taken the whalers to return to their self-designated killing grounds after being chased from the region, Sea Shepherd is able to say with absolute certainty that for at least 14 days of January, the Japanese whaling fleet has been unable to kill whales. With half of the month of January accounted for, alongside the monitoring programme by the Australian government and bad weather conditions that would have made whaling during this period difficult if not impossible, the whaling fleet has had a disastrous month. The whalers rely heavily upon January as their most profitable month, and Sea Shepherd is hailing January 2014 as our most successful in a decade of enforcing the 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling. Early interception and a persistent chase enabled the Sea Shepherd Fleet to effectively suspend whaling operations until they were able to take up position and secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru.

 Given the whalers average 25 whale kills on a good day, Sea Shepherd estimates that intervention during Operation Relentless has so far saved the lives of approximately 350 whales. Captain of The Sam Simon, Adam Meyerson, said, “2014 has been a great year for the whales so far. Now that Sea Shepherd has a small navy, it gives us flexibility to use our ships to keep the whaling fleet on the run and out of the hunt indefinitely. We will not rest until this illegal fleet is driven from the sanctuary.”

Then on 2nd Feb Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says one of its ships was rammed by a Japanese whaling vessel.  The Bob Barker was hit by the harpoon vessel, the Yushin Maru 2, when it crossed in front of its bow in sub-Antarctic waters just before 9am (NZT), the group said. The incident was a part of an attack by the Japanese whaling fleets’ 3 harpoon vessels, on the Sea Shepherd ships, The Steve Irwin and The Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd said. “The assault is an attempt to deter the Sea Shepherd ships from their current position, blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, preventing the whalers from loading whales poached from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” During the clashes, which were continuing into afternoon, the whaling vessels had also made consecutive attempts to tangle the propellers of the Sea Shepherd ships by dragging steel cable across the bow of the conservation ships, a Sea Shepherd spokesman said. 

The crew of the whaling vessels had also thrown projectiles at The Steve Irwin’s small boat crew and turned water cannons on The Bob Barker’s small boat crew as they attempted to cut the steel cables, he said. The alleged attack has happened while the group was celebrating a “disastrous” Japanese whaling operation last month as a direct result of actions taken by the Sea Shepherd ships. “Early interception and a persistent chase has enabled the Sea Shepherd fleet to effectively suspend whaling operations and allowed the fleet to take up position and secure the slipway of the Nisshin Maru,” the group said. Sun Feb 2, New Zealand Herald

All repeated from Sue at ‘the Protestor’ – Brighton, England UK.

Russia: Your Voices Have Been Heard to Help the Sochi Strays !

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UPDATE to our post on Sochi strays – winter Olympics venue – 5th February 2014.

Link to our post:


 Today, 23/02/14 we hear the following:

A success!

Dear Animal lovers, Animal Activists and All Animal Welfare Organizations,
I would like to thank you all for the caring.

Your appeal reviewed by the experts state administration of
Veterinary Krasnodar region on behalf of the Presidential Administration
of The Russian Federation.

At this moment, the city of Sochi formed a shelter for homeless animals.
More information about the details see at :


(Note – we cannot access at SAV, but others may)

Dear Presidential Administration of The Russian Federation, we are thankful for your support.

Best regards,
Ekaterina Bourgois


 Congratulations to everyone who signed the petition to help the animals – your voice has been heard ! – SAV

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Romania: Take Action Against the Illegal Killing of Public Shelter Dogs.


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(all contact details given below).

As we all know, Romanian public shelters have started killing public shelter dogs. What we also know is that they are NOT following the guidelines in new norms by killing the dogs inhumanely and breaching other aspects of the norms! Sadly, the local authorities are taking little or no action against this massacre! Hundreds of public shelter dogs in Craiova have been brutally murdered in the last few days!

The shelter manager has confessed that the authorities, in particular DSV was NOT informed prior to the killing!!


Here is a letter prepared by Irina Pricop, please email this letter to the Romanian embassies in your country and authorities in Romania. We need each and every one of you to send the email and share it with your friends!! I cannot stress the importance and the urgency of this, especially as there are talks of killing all the dogs in Craiova public shelter!!!



Attn of…….(please insert the relevant name/title)

2013 was for all of us, signatory citizens of the present protest letter, the darkest year we have ever had to go through : an unfortunate event, as the death of a little innocent child neglected by his family and thus found dead on a closed private property in Bucharest where supposedly he had been bitten by the dogs living therein, determined the Parliament to rapidly and without any prior investigations and/or consultations, approve and send to enter in force a law that allows the local public authorities to decide the fate of the stray dogs.

We can understand the concern of the Romanian Parliament regarding the safety of the Romanian citizens but, at the same time, we must emphasize that scenes of public violence involving animals, including shooting animals in the street, massive killings performed inside the public shelters without the compliance of the provisions of the law, harassment of animal activists, etc. should also concern the Romanian politicians as such acts have an enormous negative psychological impact on both children and adults, leading to social hate and discrimination.

In this very moment, several cases of abuses were reported and also revealed in public shelters all over the country. The case of the Breasta shelter is only one of many other similar. Dogs are cruelly killed and not humanely euthanized according to the provisions of the law and to the recommendations of the National College of the Romanian Veterinarians (CNMVR), the provisions of the Norms regarding the distance adoption of the animals are arbitrarily applied by the local councils and in many cases, are also rejected as solution for solving the issue regarding the living costs for the animals, volunteers are not allowed to properly take care of the animals, they are themselves verbally and in some cases also physically abused by the shelters’ employees, the provisions regarding the identification and the proper registration of the animals as well as those regarding the spaying are simply NOT COMPLIED/FOLLOWED AT ALL. 

We ask the vet authorities (ANSVSA, local vet offices – DSV, etc.) as well as the local authorities in each and every city in Romania to demand and make sure that the provisions of the Methodological Norms issued for the application of the Government Ordinance no.155/2001 are decently, fully and completely followed in all the public shelters in Romania. ANSVSA and local vet offices (DSV) initiated and promoted the above mentioned Norms so it is a matter of professionalism, responsibility and ethic to make sure that what they initiated is properly accomplished and complied. We hope that all the complaints made by both natural persons and organizations (NGOs) shall be answered within the legal term and only after a close, detailed and honest investigation was made and due legal and administrative measures have been taken.

We ask the local State Police (including the Community Police that has been very effective and prompt in so many cases of abuse) to continue to support the animal activists, the local organizations for the protection of animals’ rights, each and every responsible citizen that reports cases of abuses happened within the premises of the public shelters, by performing the due investigations and by taking the coercive measures prescribed by the law.

We all understood (even if we don’t entirely agree with it) that this is the law in force and it must be followed. Thus we ask the authorities to support us in all our actions in order to insure the right and full compliance of the public shelter activities with the legal norms in force.

Please copy and paste the above letter and send it by email to your Romanian embassy, PLUS all other Romanian authorities – contact details below:


Craiova ANSVSA office-dolj@ansvsa.ro  
Complaints Dept reclamatii-dolj@ansvsa.ro

Bucharest ANSVSA office-bucuresti@ansvsa.ro
Complaints Dept reclamatii-bucuresti@ansvsa.ro  

Ploiesti ANSVSA office-prahova@ansv.ro
Complaints Dept reclamatii-prahova@ansvsa.ro

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Serbia: 15/02/14 Update – Zvezadra Forest Park Has Now Been Saved Thanks To Biologist Dr. Miroslav Demajo and All His Supporters – Great News !

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belgrade forest

15/02/14 – We have some great news to share with you today. 

Way back in 2009 we wrote a post in relation to a campaign to save Zvezadra forest park which is located close to the centre of Belgrade.

Biologist Dr. Miroslav Demajo headed the campaign, attempting to save a forest area of over 80 hectares which contained a huge amount of different birdlife and was home to no less than 5 different species of owl alone.

Dr. Miroslav set up a website completely dedicated to this campaign; the site which can be viewed at:  http://zvezdarskasuma.blogspot.com

Click on the following link to see our post to save the forest from 2009:


Today, 15/02/14 we have been sent a great news mail by Dr. Miroslav, informing us that now the forest has been recently proclaimed a Nature Monument, grade of protection III but protecting plants and animals according to Bern Conventino, and other local and International laws

The message sent today by Miroslav is as follows:

Dear Mark,

I hope You remember me as I have been helping Vesna Mechanin concerning protected areas in Serbia, namely, Stara Planina and others. Just to remind You, for 5 years our Association for the Protection of the Zvezdara Forest in Belgrade has fought a battle to save this wood park in Belgrade. You have once put this also on Your WEB site.

I am happy to write that the forest of some over 80 hectares has been recently proclaimed a Nature Monument, grade of protection III but protecting plants and animals according to Bern Conventino, and other local and International laws. It was a long tedious battle but we have succeeded, a handful of enthusiasts. 

Thanks for Your help and may the battles for Nature continue.

With best wishes,

Dr. Miroslav Demajo, biologist


We want to now send our congratulation to Dr. Miroslav and all the dedicated campaigners who have campaigner long and hard for over 5 years to obtain protection for the forest and for all the wildlife species living there

The forest will now remain a protected area which will allow the citizens of Belgrade to visit and enjoy; knowing that their haven of green is no longer under threat.

Congratulation to Dr. Miroslav; we are all very happy for your excellent campaign and for your great news in protecting the environment and wildlife.


The name of the forest park Zvezdara comes from word “star” because of the Astronomical Observatory located there, close to the centre of Belgrade – see above photograph.

The Observatory built in the 1930s. After the II World War, volunteers planted the forest. For years, illegal building was taking place and in 2009 the City officials wanted to take 2 hectares for the adjacent hospital, some more land for a church and also for other construction.

A group of citizens established a group concerning the saving of this park. During the first few  weeks about 3000 signatures were collected from concerned citizens for the petition.

The fact was that the hospital itself had enough space for additional construction within its enclosure and even doctors with whom campaigners were in contact with said that it was not necessary to expand the hospital outside its existing site. The Church had a temple already close by.

Campaigners contacted officials and sent protest letters to many Institutions.

All this was actually based around the existing corruption that related to construction sites etc. as the forest land was very tempting and cheap. The forest is very healthy, rich in birds. About 5 species of owls live there. The forest also helps keep erosion away and is vital in its importance in keeping good air quality and milder climate in summer for the city.

Belgrade does not have many places like this and the forest is a unique space for recreation.


Australia: Live Exports – “Slaughter Buffalo to Vietnam to be Shipped So Well They Will Probably Think They Are On A Cruise Liner” !!! – We Shall See.


buffalo in NT swamp  photo AAP A buffalo grazes in the Northern Territory swamp. Australian officials will travel to Vietnam to ensure animal welfare conditions are met. Photograph: AAP


Live exports: Australia sends first shipment of buffalo to Vietnam

SAV Comment – make sure money comes ahead of animal welfare guys; then you can sleep safe at night after counting all your cash ! – sod the animals – you may well even be able to afford a cruise on a liner, just like your Buffalo !!  – that is Aus live exports !

Northern Territory farmers ‘thrilled’ by rising demand for the meat, which is relatively popular in south-east Asia

·  Australian Associated Press

·  theguardian.com, Tuesday 11 February 2014 01.28 GMT

Australia’s live animal export industry has taken a new turn, with the first-ever shipment of buffalo heading to Vietnam from the Northern Territory.

Vietnam is the second largest importer of NT cattle after Indonesia, but it has never before been an export destination for buffalo, which is relatively popular meat across south-east Asia.

A growing middle class and an appetite for high-quality meat is driving demand, which will continue to rise, chief minister Adam Giles said.

He said the livestock industry was a key part of the government’s plan to develop the NT into the “food bowl of Asia”.

The NT is currently the only Australian jurisdiction exporting buffalo, said the minister for primary industries, Willem Westra Van Holthe.

“That makes us a leader in this field and we work very hard building relationships with our northern neighbours to make this kind of trade possible,” he told reporters in Darwin on Tuesday.

The government said it would also develop opportunities for Indigenous communities to harvest wild buffalo from herds on Aboriginal land.

An original shipment of 222 domesticated buffalo will be joined by another 600 next week and 1500 more in April when the wet season eases.

Australian officials will travel to Vietnam in a fortnight to ensure that animal welfare conditions are being met.

SAV Comment – yup; just like they ensured all was ok in Indonesia !!

It took three years for a health protocol to be developed to allow the export of the buffalo, an effort in part hampered by the Indonesian live cattle export scandal in 2011.

But conditions on the boat would not be arduous for the buffalo, said Dean Ryan, commercial manager for South-East Asia Livestock Services.

“They’re hardy animals; they live in swamps and are used to hard terrain in the bush,” he said.

“Being on a boat, getting fed [and] watered 24/7, with ventilation better than a commercial aircraft, they probably think it’s a cruise liner.”

He said farmers were thrilled by the demand.

“They couldn’t give them away 12 months ago; they were probably worth 60 to 80 cents a kilo as pet feed,” he said.

“Today the farmers are getting $1.50 per kilogram, which is between $600 to $800 per head. They’d be very, very happy.”

Ryan said the export to Vietnam could be worth up to $20m this year with possibly 10,000 to 20,000 animals to be shipped.

Romania Update 11/02.14: EU Politicians Find Major Discrepencies Between What the Romanians Tell Them and the Actual Reality. – EU Press Conference on Issue 12/02/14 pm.



Romania update 11/02/14 – EU Delegation found that there were a major discrepancies between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site.

Romania 8 oct 14

Dear all,

As you know, on December 4, 2013 a delegation of the European Parliament came to Romania and had some meetings with Romanian officials ANSVSA- Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety National Authority and the Mayor of Bucharest. The delegation members were assured that the law on dog management is a law on “adoption, not on “euthanasia” and the citizens had access to public shelters which were totally transparent and complying with the law

On January 28, the delegation returned to Romania in order to inform themselves on the situation directly on site by visiting as well dog shelters of the city halls.

The Delegation found that there was a major discrepancy between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site during their second visit.

The Delegation has also received from us 12 reports about the situation from different towns in Romania and proves with regards at the abuses against stray dogs in the municipalities’ camps.

With regards at the SITUATION OF THE STRAY DOGS IN ROMANIA, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI, Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup and MEP Andrea ZANONI, Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, will be hosting a PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday 12th February, 15:30, at Brussels, at European Parliament, Raoul Wallenberg Room – ASP5G2.

MEPs will present their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue.

Please, see bellow the official information.

All the best



Press Conference – European Parliament

Situation of stray dogs in Romania”

MEP Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR)


MEP Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)


Wednesday 12th February 2014, 15:30

 Raoul Wallenberg Room – ASP5G2

The Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR) together with the Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup MEP Andrea ZANONI (ALDE) will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday 12th February in relation to their recent visit to Romania.

MEPs will be addressing concerns regarding the situation of stray dogs in light of the recently adopted Stray Dogs Euthanasia Law by the Parliament of Romania aimed at culling the stray population.

MEPs will present their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue. More information will be presented at the press conference.