England: CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England.


Its been a long campaign for many, but finally:


CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England


BBC –    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40895049


Slaughterhouses in England will have to install CCTV as part of government plans to monitor animal welfare.

Under rules being phased in over the next year, Food Standards Agency vets will be able to ask to see footage of all areas where livestock are held.

Slaughterhouses found to be failing welfare standards could face a criminal investigation or lose staff licences.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would make the UK a “global leader on animal welfare”.


British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Gudrun Ravetz said the mandatory CCTV in all areas of slaughterhouses was “essential” to safeguarding animal welfare.

“We are particularly pleased to see a commitment to official veterinarians having unrestricted access to footage, which the BVA has been calling for,” he said.

“Vets’ independence and unique qualifications help ensure that the UK will continue to have the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety.”


Our recent post relating to a report by Animal Aid:




Animal Aid have worked so very hard to get cctv installed – congrats to them.







England: New Arrival No. 1 At The Jeskyns Dormouse Boxes ! – Great News (11.8/17).

Please go to ‘About Us’ – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/

Then scroll a long way down to the heading ‘Volunteering’.


Here you will see photographs of some of the (50) Dormouse boxes made a few years ago to try and encourage them back into the area at Jeskyns Park.

Well the great news today (11/8/17) is that we have our first Dormouse in one of the boxes.  You can see a picture of him here.  A very well equipped male by all accounts !


After a health and weight check, the mouse was returned to the box so that it could get back to sleep.

In the UK, you have to be licensed to be able to access boxes and to handle the animals.  This little guy was found recently during a check of all the boxes by a licensed ranger.

3 boxes had nests in but the other 2 were empty when inspected.  Maybe they also have occupants and they were out shopping or something !

Great news – we are very happy.  Lets hope this is just the start of many, many more !  New Arrival No. 1.

Tell me more about them – please go to:



Status & conservation

Native and localised. Hazel dormice are rare and vulnerable to extinction in the UK.

They are a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

They are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.




England: Mega Pipes Washed Up English Beach – Have A Look At The Size Of This Sea Pollution !


Now that is REAL maritime pollution !

China: Times They Are A Changing – For The Better For Chinese Animals And Their Welfare.


We are giving a few links here about animal welfare / rights in China as we see this as a very forward moving area; much more so than certain areas of Europe where some governments just refuse to accept animals as sentient living creatures that deserve our protection during their lives; a basic requirement – nothing special about that. 

There is a lot of information here, and so we provide links to the many write ups on the situation in China.  We leave it to individuals to select what they wish to view by clicking on the links provided.  Much of the news is very positive and we take great satisfaction from the fact that animals in China will certainly have better treatment in the future than they often have had in the past. 

We offer support and congratulations to all the activists, groups and individuals who are working to make things much better for animals in China.  SAV.




China’s growing animal rights movement is making its voice heard



Chinese Youth Embrace New Attitudes Toward Pets and Wildlife



Animal welfare and rights in China



Animal Rights in China – Times Are Changing



Chinese Animal Protection Network



Animal welfare and rights in China



I have questioned myself for a while if I should actually show the following.  I have provided them to UK welfare groups going to China for additional ‘support’ for their campaigns.  The pictures are probably around 10 years old now and show pigs in China going for slaughter and how they have been treated in the past.  These photos were taken undercover.  You can see the hooks going through the lower jaws of the animals and how they are then restrained on vehicles taking them for slaughter.

I have had these pictures in my private collection for many years and they have never been released.  With the growing movement of animal welfare and rights in China I now feel that these must be shown as a memory of how animals were treated until recently.

Many people will be shocked by these, but this is the reality of animal treatment and cruelty.  These photos could have come from many places in the world which treats animals as throw away trash.  I hope that people will see these and gain more respect for living sentient creatures wherever they may be located in the world.

We don’t ask much, only that all animals are treated with respect and as sentient beings.   Like you and me, if you kick them, they hurt.  There is no difference; they are NOT different, so lets not pretend or think that they are, as some governments and people do. 





Australia: CommBank just ruled out funding Adani’s Carmichael coal mine! – News From Greenpeace.


Hi Mark

BIG NEWS: CommBank just ruled out funding Adani’s Carmichael coal mine! [1]

This is an incredible win for people power. But we can’t stop now: it looks like CommBank will release its new climate policy on Monday – and we have to push them to go further by ruling out funding fossil fuels completely.

Can you urgently call CommBank’s feedback hotline, and ask it to ditch fossil fuels for good?

CALL NOW: 1800 805 605 or (02) 9687 0756

In the past 18 months, CommBank has funded more pollution than any other Australian bank. [2] It’s great news that it’s finally joined 23 other banks in ruling out the reef-destroying Carmichael mine – but CBA needs to do much more than that if it wants to show it’s taking climate change seriously.

14 other banks around the world have already ruled out funding new coal projects. [3] Let’s get CBA on that list.

If hundreds of us call today and over the weekend (it’s a 24 hour line!), we stand a real chance of getting the bank to go further and rule out funding all fossil fuels.

Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Get on the blower now!

Call Commbank on 1800 805 605 or (02) 9687 0756.


  • Be polite

  • Acknowledge they’ve made progress in ruling out funding the Carmichael coal mine

  • Tell them that you want them to commit to ruling out financing all new fossil fuels

Such an extraordinary amount of hard work from tens of thousands of people all around Australia has led CommBank to rule out funding Carmichael today – now let’s go ten steps further, and get them to ditch fossil fuels in Monday’s climate policy announcement.

Jacki, Jonathan, Barney, Simon & the team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific


[1] Financial Review: CBA says it has not been asked to fund Adani mine: http://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/cba-says-it-has-not-been-asked-to-fund-adani-mine-20170811-gxu4ay [paywall]

[2] Market Forces: Banks 2 Degrees Scorecard: https://www.marketforces.org.au/campaigns/banks-new/twodegrees/

[3] BankTrack: A guide to the latest new banking sector commitments on reducing coal financing: http://coalbanks.org/#txt_Bank_moves_out_of_coal



The rest have got it right – Paris and all that !