Happy Birthday, Mark!

It’s Mark’s birthday today.
He kept it secret, only his animal comrades knew that
And today they gave him an extra portion of love and tenderness.
We wish him all the best! that he remains healthy and active and continues to be our campaigner for animal rights

All the best and love, dear Mark



Germany: Investigations are being expanded against horror slaughterhouse



Shock for the animal torturers of Bad Iburg, Oldenburg-Germany!!
Now 71 prosecutors are targeted by the prosecutor.


Image: SOKO Tierschutz


The horror of Bad Iburg, the slaughterhouse that had seriously ill and dying cows dragged to their deaths from all over Germany, will have serious consequences for dozens of animal transport drivers and numerous farmers.
So far, authorities have focused only on butchers and veterinarians.

Now and after alleged animal welfare violations in this slaughterhouse, the public prosecutor’s office in Oldenburg has expanded its investigations to include animal owners and drivers.

The agency is now investigating 71 people, as spokesman for the Oldenburg prosecutor, Thorsten Stein, said on Tuesday.


Image: SOKO Tierschutz


There have been new allegations against 14 farmers, against 38 drivers and ten responsible transport companies. The reason for the expansion of the investigation is the evaluation of video recordings made by animal rights activists from the SOKO animal protection organization in the slaughterhouse.

The accused animal owners are accused of not properly examining injured or sick animals by the veterinarian and having them transported to the slaughterhouse despite their condition.

The drivers are accused of knowing about the injuries or illnesses of the animals and nevertheless having transported them. The police in the Osnabrück district are responsible for the questioning of the accused.



In addition to the new suspects, the public prosecutor’s office is investigating the two slaughterhouse operators, a veterinarian man and a veterinarian woman and five former employees of the company.

It is currently unclear when the investigation will be concluded.

In autumn 2018, activists from the “SOKO Welfare Organization” documented the conditions in the slaughterhouse with secret filming and informed the Ministry of Agriculture.
This filed a criminal complaint.

According to the animal rights activists, cattle were sometimes pulled from the transporter with a kind of winch, tortured with electric batons and beaten. The district of Osnabrück closed the slaughterhouse after the video recordings have been published.

Things are going in the right direction.
But SOKO animal protection always called for the dismantling of the entire network.

The animal rights activist Friedrich Mülln, chairman of the SOKO animal protection, shows with the pictures that the company has systematically slaughtered sick and seriously injured animals. –


Image: SOKO Tierschutz


Friedrich Mülln: If anyone asks me what was the cruellest thing I’ve ever seen, it wasn’t not China’s fur farms, it wasn’t Hungary’s live plucking or France’s foie gras factories, but an unassuming building in the small town of Bad Iburg in Lower Saxony.


Image: SOKO Tierschutz

The cows were mostly walking skeletons. The animals were so emaciated that you could really see every bone and vertebra. In about 200 cases, we documented that the general condition of the animals was so bad that they could not even walk.

The flap of an animal transporter opens and the entire floor is full of completely destroyed animals.
These animals were then systematically, hundreds of times, with full consciousness dragged out of there with the cable winch or with electric shocks on their knees.

Bad Iburg was hell of the cattle.
I want to see this case in court”!


And I mean…Before we Germans put a finger on the Chinese or others, we should check our own stables, most of which are apparently hell for the animals, although we supposedly have the best animal welfare laws in the world!

My best regards to all, Venus


France: Poachers of songbirds caught



Our partner League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) has done a great blow against the illegal trade in songbirds for restaurants in France: A poacher has been shown to have had a total of 10,000 protected robins in the department of Les Landes in southwestern France over the past 9 years, robin, finch and titmouse caught, plucked it and sold it as kitchen-ready skewers (!!!)



The estimated profit is 50,000 euros. The traps he used for this are allowed for the “traditional” and non-commercial catch of skylarks, but are often used illegally, as the current case impressively shows.


Beginners of Ortol, against whom the “committee against bird murder” has been working in the same region for many years, also resort illegally to this type of trap. The poacher and three of his biggest customers – including apparently an internationally known rugby player – will have to go to court in Dax next September.


My comment: Rare and beautiful birds are illegally shot or caught by game killers for fun before they are plucked, skinned, and eaten – or simply thrown away.

Italy is one of the worst offenders on the great migration route between Africa and Eurasia. The worst is Egypt, where 5.7 million birds are illegally killed every year. It is followed by Syria and Lebanon with 3.9 million and 2.6 million birds killed, respectively.

A study by BirdLife International includes a breakdown of killings by country, here is the map:



In France, an estimated 149,000 to 895,000 birds are killed illegally each year.

In the name of tradition, birds are caught illegally in many regions and many non-target species are killed as by-catches. Trapping is the most common form of illegal killing of birds in France.

Of the 349 bird species studied in France, around 32% are killed to a significant extent illegally. Eurasian chaffinch, robins and Ortholan bunting are killed in large numbers .

The Ortolan bunting is considered an expensive “delicacy” and can bring in up to 150 euros – for French gourmets it was an entry-level ritual for centuries to eat this bird.
Despite the illegality, the species is tolerated.

It is terrifying how few people notice that there are almost no birdsong in the forest. They don’t care.

What are we so busy with that we no longer notice the absence of the beautiful company of birds in the forest?

You can only hear roaring machines that smash, suck, blow, cut, destroy, saw, flatten …… how far we have gone from nature … and we find ourselves really great and powerful. ..

The number of birds is falling, the number of catchers is increasing.
We owe that to criminal politics and a Stone Age society that still does the murder for fun and has it on their menu!



My best regards to all, Venus