The California fur ban just passed its final vote in the full Senate – A Message from Cassie.


A message from Cassie – fur activist – great person !!

Hi Mark,

The California fur ban just passed its final vote in the full Senate! Now, all we need is for the governor to sign the bill and California will officially become the first state in the US to ban the sale of fur. I wonder who’s going to be next? And the fur industry is wondering the same thing. They can see the writing on the wall and they know that the momentum from this victory can lead to the end of the cruel fur trade around the whole world. Let’s make sure we don’t let them down.

Share this victory video to show the world the power of the grassroots (and the fur industry’s ridiculous responses when confronted with the truth) 

DxE is showing the world the secrets that animal abusing companies want to keep hidden, and it’s leading to concrete change. We need your help to capitalize on this momentum and continue exposing the truth to create change. Right now, each new monthly donor – at any amount – is getting DxE a $100 match. If you or anyone you know can become a member, now is a perfect time!

Thank you,





EU: Suffering of calves on 1700km road journey to Israel.

Suffering of calves on 1700km road journey to Israel

Calves being transported from Lithuania to Israel have been found in extremely overcrowded conditions on the trucks, lying in a thick layer of manure and suffering from heat and extreme thirst. 

These conditions – suffered on a journey of two weeks for a distance of 1700km – caused the death of some animals, but also made others so exhausted that they had to be dragged by their legs from the trucks. 

The investigation by Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS) trailed the calves along their journey and called Road Traffic Inspection in Poland when they spotted evidence of suffering on the trucks. Official veterinarians were called and found multiple violations of Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005, which states that animals shall not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering.

“This was the most tragic sight I have seen in all my years working as an investigator in animal transportation,” says Maria Boada-Saña, investigator and project manager of AWF. “It is incomprehensible how official veterinarians in Lithuania approved these transports.” 

Polish officials immediately decided to unload the suffering animals and started administrative proceedings against the Polish transport company Konrad. However, after a 24-hour-long rest at a stable, the animals were carried in three trucks instead of two to Slovenia, where investigators from IALS found terribly weak and exhausted calves upon arrival at Koper. 

From here, the transport continued by sea, and the animals were loaded onto the livestock vessel Holstein Express, destination Israel. The calves spend four days at sea without any authority to assess their welfare, or ensure they are treated in compliance with EU legislation. 

“Our experience shows that sick animals are usually left untreated, and their dead bodies are regularly dumped into the Mediterranean Sea,” says Yaron Lapidot, spokesperson of IALS. “Investigators have repeatedly found European cattle and calves washing up dead on the beaches of Israel, having been thrown overboard from livestock vessels.” 

After arrival in Haifa, the journey of these animals is not over yet. The calves are loaded onto small trucks in which the temperature can exceed 37°C and carried on to quarantine stables where they are kept for a month before being sent to fattening farms. 

“By removing the live import tax in 2014, the Israeli government sealed the fate of hundreds of thousands of animals going through hell on the journey to Israel. Ever since then, promises by our agriculture minister to reduce the numbers have not materialized and essentially the public continues to subsidise the imports,” says Yaron Lapidot. “This year we expect that Israel will import about 850k live animals, an increase of 400% since 2014.” 

The two organisations have sent a film highlighting the suffering of these animals to EU Commissioner Andriukaitis, and are calling on the European Commission to stop the long-distance transport of live farm animals to Israel and other Third Countries. 

“AWF and IALS are the latest of many organisations which are constantly revealing serious welfare problems in the long-distance transport of animals,” says Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. “The suffering of animals on such journeys is inevitable, and the European Union must stop this cruel and archaic practice.”


After Amazonas ist like before Amazonas


The indignation and anger over the illegal arson in Amazon has shaken the humanity.

For weeks we had a hysterical coverage in various media about the theme “Amazon” and no Facebook page was to found, which did not report every day about it. Horror pictures, analysis, allegations, petitions everything has come into use.

But that all was a manifestation of outrage, not the solution of the problem.

Incidentally, the EU states have also been excited about the eradication of the Amazon rainforest, even though everyone secretly knew what the trade agreement would mean!
And Germany sees no reason to reject the Mercosur agreement with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, mainly because (apart from France, Ireland and Luxembourg) not a single EU member state has objected.

The collective anger over the fire was temporary, now it seems to be over, and everyone returns to his everyday lives, including his eating habits.

Despite the imposing bombing of the press with reports of the fire hell of Amazon, no one feels directly responsible to the climate catastrophe and no one wants to give up his steak or his pig roast, although everyone knows that meat consumption is the main cause of the loss of animals, nature, forests and human lives too.

Why are we behaving so idiotically?
Why do we avoid the confrontation with a truth, the destruction of the environment, which will have fatal consequences for the life of our grandchildren at the latest?
After the well-tried method of displacement, self-healing powers are activated, “all half as bad” we say, and we make as if the problem with the extinguishing aircraft is deleted!!

For a long time, we thought that these fires do not affect us up here, these are just nature events that have arisen because of the heat in the countries down there.

But every fire in Brazil and elsewhere, every additional felled tree, reverses the CO2 balance: more CO2 remains in the atmosphere for centuries, less CO2 is removed from the atmosphere at short notice. Does not look good overall.

After Amazonas is like before Amazon, the willingness to reduce or even eliminate meat eating, and thus eliminate one of the strongest factors for global warming, is minimal.
The human animal is the only one that does not learn from its mistakes.

Bolsonaro is a criminal, EU Commission is his corrupt partner, the culprits are identified, and with these simple explanations we reassure the conscience that the Amazon is not burning because of us.

Not because 56 billion so-called farm animals are killed by humans every year for food.
Not because around the world grows on one third of the field’s animal feed.
Not because meat consumption is increasing and by 2050 meat production will double.
Amazonas burns because we believe that we have the right to eat animals.

We produce meat for the dumpsters, we burn primeval forests for an overproduction of animal products, which we don`t need at all.
And we are angry about Amazon’s illegal fires while we enjoy our beef steak at lunchtime.

What else should happen, so that the ordinary repression and indifference of the mass changes?
Unless a galloping destruction of the planet on all facets of animal and nature life ca not make people reduce or even give up their meat consumption, then how else can make it?

This question will be of great importance to animal rights activists in the future.
No one knows a safe method or an effective plan to change that society.
And by that is meant, make people stop eating meat and cooperate with a system of destruction, exploitation, crime against nature and animals!

Infantilism and the indifference of the human species is alarming.

But we remain active in the fight. Because without enlightenment and investigative work there are even fewer chances for a change of society.
And even less for animal rights.

Best regards to all, Venus

Australia: Live export footage shows Australian cattle dragged by ropes before slaughter in Indonesia.

A still from live export footage of cattle slaughtered in Indonesia

Live export footage shows Australian cattle dragged by ropes before slaughter in Indonesia

Exclusive: An investigation is under way after cattle were allegedly sold illegally outside supply chain

The Department of Agriculture is investigating a live export company after it received footage showing Australian cattle being pulled to the ground with ropes and slaughtered without being stunned in a carpark underneath an Indonesian mosque.

International Livestock Exports has suspended all supply to one of its Indonesian abattoirs over the breach, which was reported to the department by Animals Australia.

ILE identified itself as the exporter after the department shared the footage it received from Animals Australia with all relevant exporters, in an attempt to identify the cattle.

The footage, seen by Guardian Australia, shows about a dozen cattle in an underground carpark near the grand mosque in Medan City in North Sumatra. They were killed as part of Eid al-Adha last month and a complaint was lodged with the department on 13 August.

Four of the cattle were identified as Australian. The footage shows them being pulled to the ground by ropes around their legs and rope halters, then being dragged by their tails. The slaughter happened in full view, and sometimes within metres, of other cattle.

Ear tags had been removed but a combination of ear notches and brands identified them as cattle produced on a station in the Northern Territory and shipped to Indonesia by ILE.

The slaughter was reported to the department as a breach of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (Escas), which was introduced after a 2011 Four Corners investigation. Exporters dealing in Australian animals can sell only into an approved supply chain.

A director of ILE, Mike Stanton, told Guardian Australia the cattle had been illegally sold outside the supply chain from a facility in Indonesia, and ILE had suspended the facility it believed was responsible. “We did that as soon as we were able to work out where the leak has been,” he said.

The department told Guardian Australia it did not comment on investigations that were still in progress.

Legislation to appoint an independent inspector general for live exports passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Stanton said there were 140 facilities in Indonesia approved as part of ILE’s supply chain. “If you’re exporting a lot of cattle there’s going to be issues along the line,” he said. “We do do our best. “I know a lot of people think we don’t, but it’s bloody hard.”

He said the treatment of the cattle shown in the footage, particularly the long minutes taken to drag them to the ground, was “awful”.

“We are in the business of selling animals for slaughter but we want it done in an appropriate manner,” he said.

ILE shares an office in West Perth with Emanuel Exports, the company responsible for the 2017 voyage of the Awassi Express in which 2,400 sheep died of heat stress.

An investigation by the department into allegations Animals Australia paid for the footage from the Awassi found no evidence to suggest the footage was manufactured or illegally obtained.

ILE was issued a show-cause notice in October because of its association with Emanuel and another sister company, EMRS Rural Exports, which both had their export licences cancelled. ILE handles 70% of live cattle exports from Broome.

The Australian Live Export Council chief executive, Mark Harvey-Sutton, said the slaughter was “unacceptable” but had to be put in context of the industry’s broader track record.

“Let’s not forget that exporters are also very proactive in this space and often actions are undertaken by exporters ahead of what the regulator looks to do, and that was the case this time,” he said.

Harvey-Sutton said Australian exporters had “very good systems in place” and the council worked “very closely” with both producers and exporters to keep them informed in cases of Escas non-compliance.

There have been 172 complaints of non-compliance since Escas was established in 2012 – 70 by Animals Australia.

Its strategy director, Lyn White, said: “It is deeply concerning that Australian cattle have once again been subjected to roping slaughter in Indonesia, and that the only reason this has become known is because of the efforts of a charity.

“Escas was established to prevent such horrific treatment. The fact that it can still occur speaks to the ever-present risks of exporting animals and losing control of their welfare.”

White said Escas breaches should result in the automatic suspension of an export licence.

A review conducted by Guardian Australia of the first five years of reports found only three cases in which punitive action was taken against exporters.

Self-reported breaches by exporters are not publicly listed and investigated if they are made and rectified within a set timeline.

The chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Ashley Manicaros, said the slaughter involved just four of the 400,000 cattle exported from Darwin to Indonesia each year.

Manicaros said exporters should be given more credit for the work they had done to reform after the crackdown in the live sheep trade.

“Those operators that don’t meet those standards will be the ones that have to get to the standard if they want to remain in business,” he said.




Tell McDonalds to Sign Up To Better Chicken Welfare. Petition.

Every day McDonald’s cooks up chickens that have lived lives of unthinkable suffering and pain.

Hellbent on ever fattening their profit, McDonald’s suppliers cram thousands of chickens into dark and filthy barns. Forced to grow large too quickly, many birds die an early death from heart disease.

That’s exactly why over 230,000 people just like you are fighting to end this cruelty. They’re calling on the fast food giant to sign the Better Chicken Commitment: a set of ambitious standards to radically improve animal welfare at these farms.

And back in July, KFC became the first UK fast food outlet to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment. If KFC can do it, why not McDonald’s?

Tell McDonald’s: I’m not lovin’ it until you sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment!

But every action we take, no matter how small, that puts people and planet before profits, can help build a better world. By holding McDonald’s to account today, you are making that difference.

Please, will you add your name to save chickens from this brutal suffering? 

Thanks for all that you do,
Anna and the team.


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