England: Farm Worker Charged With Cruelty To Cows and Calves Under The Animal Welfare Act – Result !!

You may remember a few post which we did at the end of last year regarding abuses on a dairy farm in Somerset, England:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/12/28/england-shocking-scenes-of-violence-suffering-captured-on-a-british-dairy-farm/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/12/31/england-dairy-investigation-update-311216-abusive-worker-sacked-a-great-end-to-2016/

 

Well now we can share an update to this – and we are really pleased to say that one of the dairy workers has now been formally changed following the investigation.


Dear Mark

As a valued Animal Equality supporter, I wanted you to be one of the first to know that – as a result of footage captured by Animal Equality investigators – a worker on Pyrland dairy farm in Somerset has been charged with two counts of cruelty to cows and calves under the Animal Welfare Act.

The scenes of this young farm worker violently kicking cows and throwing calves against the wall were truly horrifying, and thanks to your support he will be prosecuted for these terrible acts. A court date has not yet been set, but we will keep you updated when we know more.

In case you haven’t see the footage which we released at the end of December, you can watch it here: www.animalequality.net/dairysdarksecret.

Please share it widely and help alert others to the suffering of mother cows and their calves in the dairy industry. Encourage them to sign our LoveVeg pledge for FREE advice and recipes for dairy-free eating.

Thank you for helping to bring perpetrators of such unthinkable cruelty to justice.

Sincerely,

Toni Shephard

Exec Director – AE UK.

 

 

 

 

Indonesia: Your Support and Actions Have Now Made A Big Difference. New Legislation To Be Introduced Nationally.

Relating to one of our recent campaigns:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/01/28/indoneasia-bears-in-hellhole-zoo-filmed-begging-for-food-eating-feces/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8HbHChFYL4

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXmPMu9saZk

 

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/18/zoos-to-be-standardized-to-combat-animal-abuse.html

 

Your efforts and actions have hopefully now made a difference:

 

Animal protection laws promised after Indonesian bear footage goes viral

21 February 2017

Animal lovers are celebrating as Indonesia’s government finally acknowledged zoos need standardised laws on animal care to avoid cruelty.

Footage showing sun bears in poor conditions at Bandung Zoo set the internet alight last month with people around the world voicing anger and sorrow that any animal could be kept in such appalling conditions.

Read more:

Indonesia’s Bandung Zoo bears need more than food

International spotlight means hope for Indonesia’s Bandung Zoo bears

With those conditions not confined to just one zoo, Animals Asia called for legislative change to improve the welfare of all animals at all facilities.

Following months of criticism the Indonesian government appears to have heeded the calls and has promised to standardise captive animal care through national regulation.

It’s a move that could not only safeguard the future of these bears but also improve the lives of thousands of captive animals across the country.

The nation’s Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told media such legal protection was necessary to avoid future problems and specifically referred to Bandung Zoo where the sun bears are kept.

Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale responded:

“This announcement is very promising and exactly what we have been calling for. It clearly shows the government taking the concern of domestic and global citizens seriously and responding to criticism. However, we need to wait for the government to release the regulation before we can comment on the potential effectiveness.”

The world was alerted to the dire conditions of sun bears at Bandung Zoo by local NGO Scorpion Foundation. The charity is partly funded by Animals Asia to expose animal welfare abuses such as this.

Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

“This is very much a step in the right direction for Indonesia and has the potential to change the lives of thousands of animals. We thank the government for listening to criticism and the willingness they have shown to respond and look for solutions. We look forward to seeing the draft regulation and advising where necessary.”

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/animal-protection-laws-promised-after-indonesian-bear-footage-goes-viral.html

Other AA news:  https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/

 

 

USA: Another Excuse For Mass Kilings !!! – Shame On Them.

Dear Mark,

Another heartbreaking day.

The U.S. Senate has joined the House and voted to clear the way for the state of Alaska to authorize extreme killing methods such as shooting mother bears with cubs and killing wolves with pups on public lands that belong to all of us.

Mark, this is a disgraceful setback for wolves and other wildlife you love.

Help us fight for these imperiled predators with your urgent donation today.

Not even a year has passed since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued regulations to prevent Alaska’s excessive attacks on predators on national wildlife refuges. But in this extreme anti-wildlife environment, wolves, bears and other wildlife we love…have lost.

Congress used an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act to nullify the FWS protections. And Mark, it shows there are no depths these people will not go to greenlight the most appalling anti-wildlife acts. Further, discarding this rule could slam the door on future regulations that aim to conserve these animals on refuge lands.

HELP US FIGHT FOR THE WILDLIFE WE ALL LOVE >>

Now Alaska national wildlife refuges could be open for the state to allow:

  • Killing wolves and pups during the spring and summer “denning” season;

  • Gunning down mother bears and their cubs;

  • Baiting and snaring bears and their cubs; and

  • Using airplanes to scout and shoot bears.

And why? To artificially inflate populations of game animals for hunting.

We will never give up this fight. Your urgent donation today will make a difference.

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark President, Defenders of Wildlife

 

USA: ‘Project Coyote’ News – and URGENT Actions (Mainly US Citizens).

 

 

Dear Mark,

Two weeks ago, by a vote of 225-193, the House of Representatives approved H.J. Res. 69, which would roll back regulations enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) prohibiting heinous hunting and trapping practices for killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

The resolution, now designated as S.J. Res. 18/H.J. Res. 69, is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate THIS WEEK, and could be as early as TODAY! 

We need your help to stop this reckless and cruel measure

Read this Los Angeles Times editorial strongly condemning this joint resolution here.

The FWS was forced to act in response to the state of Alaska’s adoption of antiquated, scientifically baseless, and inhumane predator management policies intended solely to decimate predator populations in order to boost numbers of deer, moose, caribou, and other ungulates. We must be sure that FWS’s established regulation is not invalidated.

Please take a moment today to call and email your senators to stop this insanity. See below for how to take action. 

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife!

Camilla H. Fox Founder and Executive Director

What You Can Do:

We urgently need your help today to defeat S.J. Res. 18/H.J. Res. 69. As time is of the essence, please call your senators today;

click HERE for their contact information and use the talking points below. Then send a follow-up message by clicking HERE.

Talking points: (please be respectful and personalize your message):

You can simply say, “Please oppose Senators Sullivan and Murkowski’s Joint Resolution 18 and House Joint Resolution 69, which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.”

Cruel hunting and trapping practices have no place on America’s national wildlife refuges.

Predators deserve protection, not persecution, given their critically important role in preserving natural diversity and promoting healthy ecosystems.

Federal laws and regulations governing the management of wildlife on refuge lands, including those in Alaska, provide the FWS with full and unfettered authority to enact rules protecting predators.

Predator management practices authorized by the Alaska Board of Game are scientifically fraudulent, inhumane, entirely unnecessary, and are merely intended to artificially boost ungulate numbers.

Congress should not interfere with or politicize a carefully deliberated rule that was based on the best available science and was subject to public input and congressional debate.

PLEASE SHARE THIS ALERT WITH OTHERS!

 

Dear Mark,

Unfortunately, as you may have heard, New Mexico SB 268, the bill that Project Coyote and our coalition partners campaigned so intently for, which would have banned coyote killing contests in New Mexico, failed to get a hearing on the House floor before the state’s legislative session ended this past Saturday.

While we believe we had a sufficient number of votes to get SB 268 passed in the full House, the Speaker of the House did not prioritize this bill to get the hearing that it so deserved.

We are very grateful to Senators Jeff Steinborn and Mark Moores and to Representative Matthew McQueen for cosponsoring this legislation and for doing their very best to move this bill through two senate committees, the full Senate, and the House Judiciary Committee, from where it would have gone on to be heard before the full House before finally reaching the Governor’s desk. Please thank Senators Steinborn and Moores and Representative McQueen for their work on behalf of SB 268 by following this link for Senator Steinborn, this link for Senator Moores and this link for Representative McQueen.

Thank you so very much for your constant support, particularly your testimony, phone calls and letters. With your help, we were able to move the bill to ban coyote killing contests further through the New Mexico State Legislature than ever before. By sharing with all members of the New Mexico House and Senate our letter clarifying the science that supports a ban, and by Project Coyote Science Advisory Board Member Dave Parsons serving as an expert witness during the bill’s multiple hearings, we made a significant impact—convincing a good many legislators to support this bill. It is not fair to say we lost this time, because we won all four votes taken. Rather, we were denied the opportunity to win because the final vote was not taken. Politics can be very frustrating.

But, as a result of the momentum that our coalition has built around this issue statewide, we will have an even stronger base from which to build our next campaign. That achievement combined with our increased influence in the state legislature will help ensure that we prevail in New Mexico’s next legislative session in 2019.

While more people are becoming aware of the persecution that coyotes and other wild animals face from killing contests and other wildlife mismanagement practices in New Mexico, there is still much left for us to do to educate New Mexicans and policymakers about these important issues. We are now developing our campaign to ensure that New Mexico outlaws coyote killing contests in 2019.

If you are interested in getting more involved by volunteering and/or helping to show our new film Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests in your community, please email us at info@projectcoyote.org or fill out our volunteer form here.

Again, all of us at Project Coyote thank you for standing with us to demand protections for coyotes in New Mexico. None of this work would be possible without your support.

For the Wild,

Camilla Fox Founder & Executive Director

 

Serbia: Video Exposes Serious Concerns For Both Animal And Human Health.

 

Video link:

 

http://www.prva.rs/web-tv/info/exploziv/32021/exploziv—17032017.html

 

We currently have only a few basic facts relating to this.  They include:

It is in a region called ‘Mosorin’ which is to the North of Belgrade and to the East of the city of Novi Sad.

The location is on a meadow type land; and in the video you can see a 3 metre deep hole / pit down which villagers and farmers are supposed to put (dump) the bodies of dead animals.  Despite this so called ‘disposal facility’; villagers leave dead animals on the surface ground of the meadow area – as you can clearly see.  Dead cattle carcasses are strewn over the whole area.  We are talking mainland Europe here, not a desert region in Africa !!

You can also see in the video campaigners from ‘Animal Rescue Serbia’ going down into the disposal pit area to rescue many dogs which have become trapped there.  We cannot confirm but we have a very strong suspicion that these dogs are strays which have been enticed into the area by the easily available ‘food’’ source which they can get from the dead cattle.  This is an issue which we have been exposing for many years – see a lot more (and almost identical pictures) at  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/

We cannot confirm, but looking at the footage, rather than the use of the disposal hole / pit for the dumping of animal bodies; everything else (including cardboard, cans litter) seems to be thrown down there !  It appears that no cover for the hole / pit exists which could cause very serious injury to both humans and animals especially wandering at night.  Is this how the dogs became initially trapped in the hole / pit we ask ? – did they fall during darkness ?

Live sheep are wandering round the meadow area in this video and can be clearly seen.  We ask if they are not also vulnerable to also falling into the hole at night, just like the dogs which are now being rescued.  Looking at the square access to the ‘hole’ into this pit, there is a lot of dirt on the immediate surface and no visible signs of any cover (in the video) or securing facilities for a cover.  Thus we believe that this pit is open at all times.

We think that the stray dogs which fell into the hole may have survived down there by eating the one dead animal in the hole, which can be seen in the video.  There is no water access.  How did this farm animal get there ? – disposed of as dead or simply fallen whilst alive ?

We understand that the Republic Veterinary Inspection has associated with events here and that they are supposed to be producing a report on this; but we do not hold our breath.  We also question if this facility is formally acceptable; as decomposing animal carcasses in the hole (maybe including dead dogs as well as cattle) would break down / decompose and make their way into the water table which could be used for drinking water by humans in the area.

We question also the fact that Serbia is a ‘Candidate Country’ for membership of the European Union (EU).  Does the EU find facilities such as this acceptable we would ask ? – hence the urgent need for the official report from the Republic Veterinary Inspection to be produced – which we can then forward on to departments at the EU – making them fully aware as necessary.

We hope to be able to provide further updates to this, but we are unsure at present if the Serbian Ministry will actually take it any further or if this will be yet another situation deemed ‘ok’ and which will be swept under the carpet.

SAV – with full help and information from Slavica.

 


Comment from Venus:

I don`t know if I would see the same pictures in a desert region in Africa as those from the European region of Mosorin in Serbia.

I have never been to Africa. I know, however, that such pictures were given in Europe 500 years ago. When the people themselves lived in pits. But this is not the issue now. I know with certainty that I would not care if a man falls into the pit. The pit has been made by human hand against animal life. Therefore, I would not care whether a one falls, or the criminals of the village drink contaminated water. First of all, I would be interested in the life and safety of animals living in the area.

I would close immediately this hole dangerous for animals. And I would make a video of it. Because I take over the work of the city, the authority, and that must be documented. I would send the video to the responsible ministry with the reference, I also sent it to Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission. Not because I expected something from the last. But when the Ministry learns this, hope does not put the matter under the carpet. Why the hole is open is secondary.

The main thing is to close it. For the safety of the animals.

There is a nice Japanese saying: ” Fix the problem, not the blame”.

 Venus

 

 

 

The Dog Meat Professionals of South Korea.

 

 

Please crosspost to many if you can – Thanks – SAV.

 

 

Serbia: This Little Guy Has Been Waiting A Year For A Forever Home – Can You Help ?

 

Almost a year in a Pansion.

Still waiting home.

Please share and help this beautiful boy find a home.. he is waiting too long

Contact  https://www.facebook.com/ana.bojic.39  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerbianAnimalsVoice/permalink/10154939056885516/