Australia: The Fires Have Decimated the Wildlife – But What About the Mass Killings That Always Happen for Livestock Farming and Production ?



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Do People Care About the Other Crisis Killing Koalas & Kangaroos?



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By Ashley Capps

As Australia’s unprecedented bushfires continue to rage, heartbreaking images of scorched koalas and charred kangaroos have devastated viewers around the globe. An estimated 1 billion or more animals have died in the fires, but it’s the pitiful photos of flame-chewed koalas being carried from the blaze like bewildered, beat-up babies that have perhaps most captured our collective sympathy and despair; along with the images of beleaguered kangaroos, their normally genial silhouettes frozen in panic against a backdrop of roaring orange.

It is unbearable to witness.

Thankfully, these same images have also inspired millions of people to donate to rescue groups on the ground retrieving animals from the fires and tending to their injuries. But as the surge of combined sorrow and sympathy for these iconic animals swells around the world, I find myself wondering: What about the other crisis that is killing Australia’s koalas and kangaroos, and in even greater numbers?

The World Wildlife Fund reports an estimated 45 million animals are killed each year in the Australian state of Queensland alone just from bulldozing of their habitat, a crisis they note is driven primarily by the livestock industry.” In just 4 years, between 2012 and 2016, bulldozing of trees killed at least 5,183 koalas in the state. Queensland RSPCA’s Mark Townend notes, “The mass suffering, injury and needless deaths of wild animals caused by the bulldozing of their forest homes is largely hidden but it is Queensland’s greatest animal welfare crisis.”

Queensland had the largest koala population on the continent in 1990, with an estimated 295,000; but in just 20 years that number decreased by more than 40%, while on the Koala Coast, 80% of these animals have been lost. Thousands of koalas continue to be killed each year as more forests are cleared for cattle grazing in response to consumer demand for beef. But it’s not just Queensland. In Australia as a whole, “beef cattle production is the major driver of tree-clearing.”

Millions of Kangaroos Killed for Burgers & Beef

The same industry is also terrorizing and destroying kangaroos en masse. Since the year 2000, an average of more than two million kangaroos per year have been shot by commercial shooters for the meat industry.

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Germany: animal suffering by law



by Four Paws, Germany



Sows that are used in ultra-modern pig breeding for piglet production spend about half of their lives in body-sized metal cages, which the industry calls a “crate”.

This box stall is so small that the sow cannot turn around. As a result, the natural needs of the domestic pig cannot be met in the least.


The industry justifies this form of keeping with the aim of keeping the piglet’s death rate low. But it’s all about economy: producing as many pigs as possible in the shortest possible time, in the smallest possible space.


You can see what the life of a breeding sow looks like in this video:


Fertilized at 7 months

The sow is inseminated for the first time at around seven months. To do this, it is locked in the box stall in the “Deck Center”. The “intoxication” (phase of receptivity) is brought about by hormone injection. This way the sow can be inseminated artificially.

After that, she stays in the crate for at least four weeks. The industry argues that pregnancy is more likely to be preserved.


The problem

Mother sows are treated like childbearing machines. Their life is an uninterrupted cycle of artificial insemination, pregnancy, birth, suckling time and renewed insemination, so that a sow gets piglets two to three times a year.




Giving birth and suckling in very tight spaces

The sow is brought to the “farrowing stall” about a week before the expected date of birth. There she is crammed into a metal cage for about 5 weeks (crate in the “farrowing pen”) in which she has to give birth to about ten to 20 piglets, which she sows there for about three to four weeks. The grid separates the mother from her piglets.

The piglets can reach the teats of the mother under the rods, but the mother cannot make loving contact with her piglets.
After the suckling phase, the sow is usually immediately brought back into the breeding center and into the pig cage again.

It is only during her pregnancy that she has to be kept in the group for a few weeks.


Piglets give birth until death

A sow goes through this “production cycle” until it no longer achieves the desired “rearing performance” of an average of about 30 piglets per year. Then she is slaughtered.

Most sows only survive this cycle for a few years. The natural life expectancy of pigs would be much higher.

The law situation

A ruling from 2015 states that the existing crate stands are much too small. They have not met the requirements of the husbandry regulation since 1992 and are therefore illegal. The housing regulation states that “pigs lying on their side must be able to extend their limbs undisturbed.”

Instead of finally ensuring that this requirement is implemented, the federal government wants to keep the illegal box-type booths in place for another 17 years. (!!!).

This cruel form of animal husbandry should continue to be allowed after this. Only the time in which the sows can be fixed should be reduced.

Instead, legalize the crate

In order to make the illegal state legal, it is planned to simply delete the decisive sentence “that the pigs must be able to stretch their limbs in a lateral position without hindrance” from the regulation.

Thus, a spoken court judgment is simply overridden.



FOUR PAWS launched an online protest in November 2019 and asked the heads of government of the federal states to speak out against a planned ordinance by Federal Minister Julia Klöckner.

With success: Over 100,000 protest emails prompted the federal states to submit numerous proposals for changes to the draft.

four paws demand:

-A ban on keeping sows in crates, both in the deck area and in the farrowing area
Free farrowing systems (with protection against piglet crush), in which the sow can build, move and turn around as well as establish social contact with her piglets

– Limitation of an individual fixation to an absolute minimum (by the hour), e.g. for treatment purposes

– Long straw always available as nesting material in the farrowing area before the days of birth

– Roughage available at all times to feed and keep sows busy (in the deck, waiting and farrowing area)

– Group keeping of sows, stable group composition

– Sufficient space for free movement and for structuring the bay

– Scattered, soft lying areas and delimited relaxation areas

– Exclusive use of sows that give birth to on average only as many piglets as they can suckle (average number of piglets per litter must not exceed the number of teats)

The widespread protest by over 20 animal and environmental protection organizations has led to the postponement of the vote in the Federal Council that was originally planned for December. The new schedule provides that the Federal Council will vote on February 14th.

Demand now to reject this regulation and to finally abolish crate stands!

Joint petition from:

Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Fellowship
Animal Equality Germany e. V.
Bundesverband Tierschutz e. V.
Compassion in World Farming
FOUR PAWS – Foundation for Animal Welfare

My comment: According to the draft in the crate, the maximum permissible fixation period for sows is to be reduced from the current 35 days to eight days in the breeding center and to five days in the farrowing area.

Both in the deck center and in the farrowing area, the minimum length of the crate should be 220 cm in the future instead of the previous 200 cm.

These are the changes in the so-called “box stands for sows”, which are supposed to happen in our banana republic in 17 years, and are accompanied by an outrageous lobby quote from a corrupt agriculture minister:

“With our draft regulation, we are creating more space and animal welfare in the barn.
Implementing the measures at short notice would not be feasible, especially for small businesses. We want to keep production with us in Germany; only here can we influence the conditions,” (Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner).

I recently received a message from the Albert Schweizer Foundation saying: More than 160 other associations from the “End the Cage Age” alliance have now sent an open letter to the new head of the EU Commission. In it, the appellants appeal to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides and Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski to take progress and listen to the concerns of Europeans.
The EU must not lag behind in animal welfare issues, but must set the tone.

This also means: Abolish cage keeping “.

Does the EU have to set the tone?
And when did the EU do something good for animals?
And when did the EU respect a million citizens’ initiative?
Why do we still have animal transports for days or weeks?
Why do we still have chick shredders?
Piglet castrations without anesthesia?
And now we have the new horror plans of a corrupt minister for the extension of the sow boxes for another 17 years.
Is  anyone who still believes in an EU decision to end cage ages?
Is anyone who still wants to keep and pay for this corrupt and useless EU gang?

My best regards to all, Venus


England: Watching the Birds Today for the National Survey.

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We took part in the RSPB Big Birdwatch this afternoon (26/1/20)   to log all the birds visiting the garden; just an hors monitoring selected at random over this weekend; but all the results from around the UK are sent in and analysed to put together a national ‘map’ of which bird species are on the increase or in decline.

Our hour started off really well with a visit by a Great Spotted Woodpecker – managed to grab a couple of quick, bad shots of him having a feast on the peanuts. Lots of visitors over the hour including:


Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long Tailed Tit


House Sparrow


Collared Dove

Magpie and


It started to rain about half way through, which did not help; but we have now completed the results paperwork and it will be posted over the next few days.

An enjoyable hour just watching all the birds in the garden – amd knowing that your own watch results contribute to helping with the national survey of birds in the country. Would very much recommend –

Regards Mark


China: Will They Learn From the Current Situation ? – We Doubt It. ? – Time for Animal Welfare / Food Legislation; Or Once Its Over (If Ever), A Return to Current Practices ?

The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan

Horrifying images inside live animal market feared ‘ground zero’ for Coronavirus

WARNING DISTRESSING IMAGES Dirt-encrusted floors and blood splattered on walls did not put off shoppers who visited the food emporium in Wuhan, China to stock up on illegally traded animals

Stomach-churning pictures have emerged of the live animal food market in China believed to be at the centre of the cornoavirus outbreak.

Rats, snakes, wolf pups and koalas are openly spotted illegally for sale at The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan.

Dirt-encrusted floors and walls splattered with blood did not put off shoppers who visited the filthy site to stock up on the contraband.

Wild, exotic and farmed animals are packed together, described as a breeding ground for disease and an incubator for a multitude of viruses to evolve and make the jump to humans.

The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan is now under scrutiny

An estimated 56million people are on lockdown in China to stop coronavirus spreading, according to reports.

In addition public transport has also been closed across 18 cities in the country after the death toll jumped to 41 on Saturday from 26 a day earlier.

Gao Fu, director of China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, blamed the site for the killer illness, saying: “The origin of the new coronavirus is the wildlife sold illegally in a Wuhan seafood market.”

It is believed a number of the early sufferers of the coronavirus were employees of the wet market.

Snakes for sale at the market

In one image two workers wearing pink gloves can be seen skinning rodents next to a “prepared” mountain.

Another shows a smiling worker holding up an animal by the scruff of the neck which looks in distress.

The market advertised a plethora of live animals for sale including live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, peacocks, porcupines and game meats.

“Freshly slaughtered, frozen and delivered to your door,” said the price list for the vendor called Wild Game Animal Husbandry for the Massesm, which also listed a price of 70 RMB (£7.70) for koala meat.

While other sellers sold unusual parts of animals such as a deer penis for £44 or the penis of a crocodile for under £5.

Two workers are skinning rodents

Another distressing picture shows frustrated koalas trapped in a tiny cage to fester until they are bought and killed to use for food.

While snakes are seen crammed into a small cage in another photograph.

The disturbing images were taken before the site was closed by Chinese officials in December

They graphically show the insanitary conditions the live animals were living in while the food emporium has now been dubbed “ground zero”.

Other images shows caged porcupines on sale, alongside endangered pangolins.

Porcupines on sale in the market

Sellers saying trade in wildlife took place up until the market was shut for disinfection after the outbreak began.

It has put China’s poorly regulated wild animal trade, driven by demand for exotic delicacies and ingredients for traditional medicine, under the spotlight.

Conservationists have long denounced the trade in wildlife for its impact on biodiversity and the potential for spreading disease.

However government medical adviser, Zhong Nanshan, has said badgers and rats could be the original source.

Koala bears in a cage

Hu Xingdou, an independent political economist, said Chinese people’s love for eating wildlife had deep cultural, economic and political roots.

He said: “While the West values freedom and other human rights, Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory.”

The Cultural Revolution, lasting from 1966 to 1976, a period of political and social chaos caused by Chairman Mao, saw two million people die and millions more left battling starvation.

It followed a widespread famine between 1959 and 1961 estimated to have killed tens of millions of people.

A large Chinese city can have a few hundred wet markets, the main outlets for poultry and meat.

Many cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Beijing have banned sales of live poultry and animals in their downtown area.

But the markets are still common across the country.

nice … if you have loyal friends





and…we allow everything if we are only in love.


We start Sunday with pictures from the beautiful side of everyday life, Venus


USA: Former Wildlife Owner and Killer of 5 Tigers Jailed for 22 Years for Arranging Murder of Animal Rights Campaigner and Rescuer.

Image: Joseph Maldonado-Passage


A former wildlifepark owner known as ‘Joe Exotic’ was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison for his role in a 2017 murder-for-hire scheme to kill a prominent animal rights activist, plus multiple violations of wildlife laws.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage was found guilty in April of attempting to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin, a prominent animal rights activist, according to the U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Oklahoma.

Baskin founded Big Cat Rescue, a popular animal sanctuary based in Tampa, Florida, dedicated to abused and abandoned animals such as lions, tigers, bobcats, and cougars. Baskin was an open critic of Maldonado-Passage and secured a million-dollar judgment against him and his business in 2011, according to the indictment.

Maldonado-Passage, who owned an exotic animal park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, posted numerous threats against her beginning in 2012 on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. He then promised in November 2017 to pay $3,000 for Baskin’s death and promised thousands more after her death, according to the indictment. The person he promised to pay was an undercover FBI agent.

Baskin read a statement in court, posted to the Big Cat Rescue website and her YouTube page, that said she has spent most of the last 10 years “seeing every bystander as a potential threat” due to the barrage of threats Maldonado-Passage sent.

She asked that the court consider what would happen to her family if “this vicious, obsessed man is ever released from jail.”

“If he completes his sentence and is released, we will end up spending the rest of our lives, constantly looking over our shoulders, for a threat to our lives,” Baskin said. “I hope you will give us as many years free of that threat as you can.”

Maldonado-Passage was also found guilty of nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act after he killed five tigers in October 2017 because he “needed empty cages” to house big cats that were going to be boarded at his park.

He was convicted on another eight counts of violations to the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records for “interstate” transactions.




EU: Live Exports – We Have Always Said -Commissioners Are Responsible As They Do Nothing !

‘Something is wrong’: why the live animal trade is booming in Europe

Regulation breaches and fewer, larger slaughterhouses have led to growing numbers of animals travelling further to slaughter

  • High risk of injuries in Denmark’s live piglet export trade, audit warns

  • The live animal export trade has ballooned in Europe while the commission fails to enforce its own regulations, MEPs have told the Guardian.

  • A second attempt to set up an inquiry committee to look into the handling of the problem is now underway, after an earlier proposal was dismissed in 2018.

  • In the past 20 years the EU has become one of the global centres for animal export. Within the bloc animals are travelling ever-longer distances, and a steadily increasing number are now being exported to non-EU countries.

  • The EU has long prided itself on its high animal welfare standards, and has had legislation on animals during transport since 1991. In 2005 the commission introduced regulations on animal transport that were far ahead of the rest of the world at the time. A European parliamentary resolution last year stated: “The EU is where animal welfare is most respected and defended, and it is an example for the rest of the world.”

But in 2018 Jørn Dohrmann, a Danish MEP, was asked to check how well the 2005 regulations were being implemented. His findings were damning. The parliamentary resolution that followed his report listed rough handling, inappropriate vehicles, overcrowding, high temperatures, failures to feed and water, uneven reporting and inspections, widely varying punishments for infringements (10 times higher fines in some states than in others), and no centralised record of operators that perpetrate systematic breaches of regulations.

  • Dohrmann’s findings were just the latest of many investigations (including some by the commission) to find that regulations were being breached all over the place

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  • “We have known for decades that something is wrong,” Dutch MEP Anja Hazecamp told the Guardian. “We really thought that with the new transport regulations things would start to change. But we see the same old problems as we saw in the 90s.

  • “The member states say they want to do something, but they want a level playing field. And the commission says that they need member states to take action. So the same old status quo continues. This is why I am working together with other members of the Animal Welfare Intergroup to get an inquiry committee set up, to look into what is happening. We cannot wait for two more decades for things to change.”

  • “The commission is not doing its job,” Catherine Rowett MEP said. “It is true that quite a lot of good practice does happen as a result of the regulations, but they are not good enough – and they are not being enforced enough. Yes, it will mean more bureaucracy – but that’s what you have to have in order to make sure that profits don’t take precedence over welfare. It is absolutely crazy, it is bizarre that we can’t get this right.”

  • “What is lacking is political will at European commission and member state level to reconfigure the EU livestock sector to avoid long journeys,” said Peter Stevenson, chief policy adviser at Compassion in World Farming.

  • Over two decades the trade has mushroomed at an alarming pace. The EU’s rapporteur states that “long and very long journeys are increasing”. The value of live animal exports across and out of the EU has trebled from $1bn (£763m) in 2000 to $3bn in 2018, according to UN Comtrade data.

  • The reasons for this growth are complex. The liberation of cross-border trade in Europe, and the growing fragmentation of the farming system has meant that food producers have increasingly taken advantage of cost variations in different countries.

  • So, for example, the Danes can produce piglets more cheaply than the Poles (they have bred their sows to give birth to more piglets than other countries) – but the Poles can rear them more cheaply (their labour costs and welfare requirements are both lower). The result is that five million piglets were trucked from Denmark to Poland in 2018 to be turned into Polish sausage.

  • On top of this the EU has expanded east to include countries that have big rural populations and farming sectors, but limited processing facilities. The EU stamp has made their animals even more attractive to buyers, and Romania, Slovakia, Latvia and the Czech Republic are among those that have built up useful export sectors.

  • The trend for fewer but bigger slaughterhouses is also a key factor. Last year Eurogroup for Animals looked into the sector as part of their call for a shift to a trade in meat and carcasses, rather than live animals. They found there were no centrally held figures – but that where numbers were available the pattern was clear.

  • It’s a similar trend to the US – where the shift to larger slaughterhouses occurred much earlier. According to the Animal Welfare Institute, the number of slaughterhouses fell from nearly 8,000 in 1970 to just under 3,000 in 2018. And in the UK, where the Sustainable Food Trust has been monitoring the situation, the number of red meat abattoirs has fallen from about 1,900 in 1971 to 249 in 2018.

  • But industry figures say that the costs involved in mobile slaughterhouses will make them impossible, given the expectations of the modern shopper. “People aren’t going to buy meat which is three times more expensive – and the labour costs for mobile slaughterhouses will be very high,” Rupert Claxton of international food consultancy Gira told the Guardian.

  • “If you are a big commercial farmer wanting to put lamb into a supermarket chain, you need to keep the bacteria count down on the meat so you can have the shelf life that allows the long supply chain to work, so people can take it home and put it in their fridge for a week or 10 days before they want to eat it. In which case you’ve got to go to a big modern plant that can guarantee all those steps have been regulated and put in place. On-farm kill is not a realistic option in this country, or for most of Europe.”

  • The modern shopper’s expectation of cheap meat, plus issues around labour shortages and regulatory demands, put huge pressure on producers, said Claxton, pointing out that in at least one supermarket chain you can currently buy a chicken for about £1.90 a kg.

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  • Hazekamp agrees. “As long as we continue to think that the production of food can’t cost anything, we will not solve this problem.”

  • She is currently pushing for a full official inquiry into the issue. In 2018 Hazekamp and colleagues asked for an inquiry committee to investigate whether the regulations were working. But, despite gathering more than the required number of signatures, the Conference of Presidents instead commissioned the implementation report.

  • But she believes things will be different this time. “The climate has certainly changed,” she told the Guardian. “Animal welfare is no longer a minor issue that can be ignored.”

  • Campaigners believe that under the new commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen, things look different. “The new team are very different from their predecessors,” points out Joe Moran at the Eurogroup for Animals. “We are obviously dismayed at the growth of this trade, but we are also now more optimistic that new measures will be brought forward by the commission that will begin to address this problem.”

  • A spokesperson for the European commission for health and food safety told the Guardian: “The issue of animal transport is of a major concern for the European commission. Over the past three years the commission has audited member states on road and sea transport to non-EU countries, issued recommendations and is following up on the action plans presented by member states. The commission services are ultimately building evidence to move, if necessary, towards possible proceedings against member states who have systematic non-compliances.”