England: Bird flu strikes farm in Suffolk as 27,000 chickens are killed.

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https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/11/england-bird-flu-strikes-farm-in-suffolk-as-27000-chickens-are-killed-rest-assured-the-christmas-turkey-is-safe-not-from-a-turkey-viewpoint/

 

Bird flu strikes farm in Suffolk as 27,000 chickens are killed

https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/11/bird-flu-strikes-farm-suffolk-27000-chickens-killed-11717855/?ico=pushly-notifcation-small&utm_source=pushly

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Around 27,000 chickens are due to be culled following a bird flu outbreak at a farm in Suffolk. A number of birds at the commercial chicken farm, close to Eye, were found to have the H5 strain of avian flu. However, industry leaders have reassured shoppers that Christmas turkey supplies will be unaffected by the disease, and the Food Standards Agency confirmed that food safety is not at risk. The disease has also been identified as having low risk to humans by Public Health England. A one-kilometre exclusion zone has now been set up around the farm to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council (BPC), said the group is also working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to ensure the outbreak is contained. He continued: ‘The health of our birds remains the priority for BPC member businesses up and down the country. I would like to urge all commercial and non-commercial producers to maintain effective biosecurity on their premises, remain alert for any signs and report suspected disease immediately.’ A spokeswoman for the BPC added: ‘There is no link whatsoever to the Christmas turkey market. It is unaffected by this case. ‘This is a specific farm in Suffolk and the birds are being culled.’

An investigation is also under way to determine the most likely source of the outbreak. Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss encouraged bird keepers to ‘remain alert for any signs of disease’. She said: ‘Report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises. ‘We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this strain to control and eliminate it.’

Ghana’s criminal timber trade!

 

African Rosewood is on the brink of extinction in many regions of West Africa. The fault is the trade in tropical timber. Ghana is a center of destruction, although it is strictly forbidden to fell trees of the species. This forest crime has to stop.

Not a single Rosewood tribe is allowed to leave Ghana anymore.

 

 

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has undercover research into “how corruption and collusion fuel the illegal trading of rosewood in Ghana”.

The extent of the crisis is huge. More than 540,000 tons of wood – equivalent to 23,500 standard containers or around 6 million trees – have been illegally felled in Ghana since 2012 and exported to China.

According to EIA, Ghanaian and Chinese traders are forging official documents, misclassifying wood species, and engaging “escorts” to pass checkpoints. Corrupt officials sell seized wood at bogus auctions, grant fraudulent “recovery permits” and issue retroactively and thus ineffective export licenses.

The wood is intended for China and is processed there to semi-antique luxury furniture.

The trade is no secret. The Chinese government even publishes official statistics on Rosewood imports.

However, the timber trade violates not only against the Washington Convention on the protection of species, but also against a national ban in Ghana.

 

 

Ghana is rich in biodiversity, including 681 bird species, 694 fish species and 257 mammal species.
16 percent of the country’s surface is covered with forest (2018).

 

But the forests are disappearing: The destruction of primary forests has increased by 60 percent between 2017 and 2018 – the biggest increase in the tropical countries of the world.

Protected areas are particularly affected. Causes are the cocoa cultivation and mining, also illegal logging, spread of industrial agriculture and fire.

Currently, the EU is negotiating with many countries. In nine of them, the talks are still in an early stage; In Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo, the negotiations have come a long way.

Indonesia is the only country to issue so-called FLEGT* licenses, with Ghana expected to follow in 2020.

In the eyes of environmentalists, the FLEGT Action Plan carries significant risks.

– Basically, “legal” is not necessarily “legitimate.” “Legal” logging often results in devastating destruction of the rainforest, destruction of the animal habitat and violation of the rights of indigenous people.

FLEGT always regulates trade with the EU, not with third countries. While many countries, such as the US, Canada, Australia and China, fight illegal logging and trade, criminals find loopholes in the network.

And EU knows it.

This forest crime has to stop. Please sign our petition.

 

https://www.regenwald.org/petitionen/1202/stoppt-ghanas-kriminellen-holzhandel

*FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The EU’s FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.

Countries around the world are acting to combat illegal logging and foster good forest governance. In FLEGT.org you will find information about the approaches that countries are taking, as well as about initiatives that cross national borders.

Petition`s text, To: EU Commission

Dear Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,
Ladies and Gentlemen EU Commissioners,

The European Union and Ghana are finalizing a timber trade agreement under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan. Ghana is expected to issue FLEGT licenses in 2020 under a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

Ghana is seen as a role model for Africa’s FLEGT Action Plan – but much of the timber sector remains highly illegal and corrupt: African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) trade. It can lead to the extinction of the species in the region.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in its BAN-BOOZLED report, analyzes in detail “how corruption and collusion fuel the illegal trading of rosewood in Ghana”.

The illegal export of valuable wood not only violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), but also a national ban. It undermines Ghana’s efforts to establish a transparent and legal trading system.

We urge you to: Urge the government of Ghana to end the illegal trade in African rosewood. The EU and Ghana must ensure that the CITES rules are respected. Not a single rosewood tribe is allowed to leave Ghana.

Yours sincerely

XXXXName

 

https://www.regenwald.org/petitionen/1202/stoppt-ghanas-kriminellen-holzhandel

My comment: The EU has its fingers in exploiting Africa for a long time.
The so-called Economic Partnership Agreements, or EPA for short, have closed the EU with some African countries, including Ghana.

The EPAs state that these countries need to open their markets up to 83 percent to European imports and gradually eliminate tariffs and fees.

In return, they will continue to receive duty-free access to European markets, as has been customary for decades.
But the whole thing is unfair, and as always in favor of the EU.

Because the EU can (as well) export to Ghana what it wants, while markets of the country there are just too weak to sell great products in Europe.

 

That means: Once you have signed, you have to open your market to everything. That’s scam, because in a partnership it should be fair. If it does not, and that’s unfortunately the case with EPA, then it’s dumping because one side has nothing to determine.

In three things only, the EU is developing very fast: corruption, exploitation of the weaker countries and profit from the business of animal life.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Today, 10/12/19 is International Animal Rights Day.

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Today, 10/12/19 is International Animal Rights Day.

The annual International Animal Rights Day (IARD) – 10th December – aims to remember the animal victims of human tyranny and call for the recognition of our Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR). The goal of this historic campaign is to build on the recognition of human rights, and persuade humanity that kindness and respect is due to all sentient creatures.

Thousands of animal rights supporters across the world hold candlelit vigils and other inspiring events to mark the 13th annual IARD. Ethical pioneers united to remember the billions of animals subjected to deliberate cruelty and killing across the world every year. This coordinated global day of action has intensified calls for the recognition of the rights of all sentient beings to life, liberty and natural enjoyment.

 

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Good news from France

 

 

Received anonymously:

A hunting association clubhouse in Saint-Pierre-du-Mont was set on fire early on December 1.

“Romania” was found painted inside the building, a possible reference to the recent incident in which thousands of sheep died in a capsized cargo ship off the coast of Romania.

 

That’s was the first, there is one more, too.

9 Hunting Towers Damaged (Sainte-Geneviève-en-Bray, France)

 

Nine hunting towers in Sainte-Geneviève-en-Bray were damaged during the last week of November.

A message, “The pests are you. Let’s shoot the hunters”, was painted on the towers.

 

From AnimalLiberationPressOffice

Thanks to the activists!

Best regards to all, Venus

 

‘End the Cage Age’ Update -Part 1 Big Success !

End the Cage Age

 

11th September, after a long and tough year of campaigning; the ‘European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) closed. The demand was to inspire 1 Million people across the EU to add their voice in demanding a ban on ALL caged farming.

If successful, an ECI can be a powerful weapon. If more than 1 million signatures are collected, then the European Commission is legally obliged to respond. But with this campaign success was uncertain, but hopeful knowing the concerns of many good animal folk across the continent.

This year, out of 45 ECI’s which were started, only 4 gained the number of signatures.

For the cage ban campaign, the fate of millions of pigs, rabbits, calves, hens, and many other animals trapped for weeks or months in cruel cages was the factor. 170 organisations – ranging from animal welfare, through environmental and also consumer rights joined together to make their voices heard. There were over 200 street protests across the EU working together for the animals.

In July; CIWF (England) launched a very hard hitting undercover investigation into Polish farms that were keeping calves in solitary confinement for much of their lives. The harrowing footage was shown across the EU. EU citizens were demanding change !

 

When the ECI came to a close in September this year (2019); the biggest push for farm animal welfare the EU has ever seen reached a conclusion.

1.6 Million signatures had been collected demanding an end to the Cage Age.

So; what next ?

All the signatures are now being scrutinised by member states. This could take several months. A minimum of 1 Million signatures must be validated; once done, they will be formally presented to the European Commission, triggering a formal process where the Commission must respond. There could be a public hearing, as well as a possible vote in the European Parliament.

Your voices; 1.6 Million of them, are just the start in what could be a lengthy process to get justice for the caged animals in Europe. But the start has been victorious, and now we must move on the end the Cage Age.

We will be calling on you when necessary to give further support to the fight. We know we can rely on you.

Regards Mark – WAV.

Produced with help from CIWF – https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

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Germany, its dirty press and an execution

 

International media already report on the “German racoon”.

It is the story of that raccoon who ran around the Christmas market in Erfurt, Germany, on Saturday, peacefully but shakily, and finally was shot dead.

The animal was apparently not brought to the animal shelter as originally planned to be cared for there – in the end, a hunter picked up the animal and shot it.

And the dirty, the sold press of Germany constructed a perpetrator friendly scenario, as we know it from the days of the Ex-German Democratic Republic (GDR) Regiems, to which formerly Erfurt belonged..

 

 

The first reports describe the weak, rickety raccoon as a peaceful guest of the Erfurt Christmas market, which upsets the believing Christians just because he was a raccoon.
He was a shaky, weak raccoon, who even played with the shoe strings of the visitors, and apparently looked for a quiet place to lie down.

 

the wild raccoon…

 

A police spokesman has spread the outrageous message that the animal was heavily intoxicated because it was seen that it licked the glow wine leftovers !!!

The informations were contradictory from the beginning: the animal shelter did not want to take the animal, because it was wild (!!!), the fire department could catch it in a basket and finally there was the official executioner of the city of Erfurt, the hunter,
who executed it.

The shelter of Erfurt immediately deleted the post from its Facebook page because the Shitstorm was great.
Also great was the reaction against the city of Erfurt, the the town hall even got threats.

 

the extremely dangerous animal…

 

Shortly after the Shitstorm in all media has said Daniel Baumbach, the spokesman for the city of Erfurt, that the animal was not drunk, but “obviously” ill!!

This “obviously” was provided by a “veterinarian,” who by remote diagnosis found that the raccoon was infected with distemper (a disease).

On the same way, we also found by remote diagnosis that the veterinarian suffers from brain abnormalities!

And it turns out that the policeman and not the raccoon was drunk. A remote diagnosis from us to!!

 

the raccoon just wanted to rest…

 

One more important Information must be added here:

The animal had to be handed over to the hunting lessee, which stipulates an EU regulation:  “The raccoon is on the EU list of invasive species. According to the EU- regulation, the stock of these animals would have to be greatly reduced, as they endanger snakes and birds!!”

And so we are back on the topic “animal welfare” by our girlfriend, EU!

Wherever it is about murder and suffering to animals, the EU is the employer.

Here in Germany we have a humorous so-called “Animal Protection Law”. It says:  “No one is allowed to cause pain, suffering or harm to an animal without a reasonable reason”.

Only if the EU and its lackeys want it …..
then every reason is a reasonable reason.

That’s what I understand under Fascism.

 

 

https://www.mdr.de/thueringen/mitte-west-thueringen/erfurt/video-waschbaer-weihnachtsmarkt-erfurt-tot-100.html

https://www.mdr.de/thueringen/mitte-west-thueringen/erfurt/video-waschbaer-

(See the video under the last link)

My best reagrds to all, Venus