Japan: a unique animal goes into captivity

SHIZUOKA, Japan – A rare turtle with tiny horns on both its eyelids, which was discovered in Shizuoka Prefecture last year, has gone on display at a local zoo, with curators saying it is “probably the only one in the world.”

A rare horned Chinese pond turtle is seen in this photo taken at Zoo in Kawazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday. | KYODO


The female Chinese pond turtle is believed to be around 10 years old judging from its body size, having a 16-centimeter shell, and weighing 670 grams, said curators at Zoo, a facility showcasing reptiles and amphibians in the town of Kawazu.

The zoo used X-ray to check its horns, roughly 1 cm in length, and believe they have been formed from dead skin cells.

It was captured by a man while he was fishing in Fuji in the prefecture in the summer of 2019.

When he sent an image of the horned turtle to the zoo, “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought it might be a composite picture,” said Tsuyoshi Shirawa, chief curator of the zoo.

The man kept the turtle at his home for a while but donated it to iZoo in July this year, believing it should be seen by many people (!!)

The zoo has mated the horned turtle with a male Chinese pond turtle to see if any horned baby turtles will be produced.

Babies are expected to hatch next spring, according to the zoo.



And I mean…Head-tied Siamese children are more likely to be born than horned turtles.
There are certainly many perverts who want to watch these beings in their everyday life, how they eat, sleep, or go to the toilet.

But nobody would ever think of showing them as exhibits in a hospital or museum.
Morality forbids it, and it is right!

However, this only applies to human animals.
Because they have rights and human animals are protected even as newborns.

We have denied animals all of their rights to this day. Animals did not even have a hint of rights, and that because we humans, from birth, act under the fascist conviction of the better race.

The turtle belongs to the open sea and not as a show object in the Japanese zoo prison.

And the Japanese won’t get any knowledge or intelligence about turtles if they come to the zoo to gawk at the new captive, a horned turtle.

They will only achieve one thing: that this animal will spend the rest of its life in captivity and suffering.

My best regards to all, Venus


USA: System Shutdowns and the Failures of Factory Farming.



Thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass;  https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/ for sending this latest over.  Mark.


System shutdowns and the failures of factory farming

by Stacey

Warning: Graphic Content


A particularly disturbing scene illustrates one method of “euthanasia”, a euphemistic term describing a person sliding a chick’s head off with no hesitation, no remorse.

Animals are “produced” en masse under a human-manufactured moniker of “welfare”. To subject animals to such dismissively indifferent procedures as normalized violence substantiates the fact that “welfare” is only meaningful to humans, and not to the animals who are controlled, violated, and violently killed, in direct contradiction to anything remotely resembling or defining “welfare”.

Please note that exploitation is endemic on all farming sizes, be they small or locally owned 20-animal operations, or CAFOs confining 125,000 animals. And all animals exploited for food in the United States are specifically exempt from the Animal Welfare Act.

Meat processing plants, or slaughterhouses, have been making headlines these past months as epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Outbreaks of positive cases amongst workers have caused the industry’s rapid processing lines to slow or stop for days on end, resulting in a pileup of tens of millions of animals who have reached slaughter weight with nowhere to go.

Much of this burden falls on the farms, which are designed neither to kill nor dispose of animals en masse, and the methods many resort to are truly disturbing. One farmer reported shooting all 3,000 of his pigs over the course of a day. Tanks of carbon dioxide are pumped into barns to gas and suffocate chickens by the thousands. Recently, undercover footage from a pig farm in Iowa documented a deliberate ventilation shutdown followed by the release of hot steam into a barn full of live animals. With temperatures in excess of 140 degrees, the animals inside were slowly roasted.

As a practice, the culling and subsequent disposal of animals en masse pre-dates the current Covid-19 outbreak. It’s the unfortunate answer from a system whose scale defies logic to the challenges presented by unanticipated supply chain disruptions. As factory farms continue to grow in size, and supply chains become increasingly monopolized, times of crisis reveal troubling vulnerabilities in the American food system. The close confinement of factory farmed animals is a death sentence when lethal strains of swine or avian flu spark an outbreak. Rescue is not an option for the millions of chickens or tens of thousands of pigs who become immediately trapped in the face of catastrophic events like hurricanes, tornadoes, or fires. Each time any one of these indisputable disasters strikes, massive numbers of animals are killed, yet each time the numbers are reported, they still continue to astound us.

The number of animals that have and will continue to be culled in the wake of Covid-19 represent a mere fraction of those who are killed for our consumption every single day. Their deaths, now newsworthy, reveal the failings of a system destined to repeat itself.



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Iceland: China’s (Ex) Performing Beluga Whales Re Homed In Icelandic Sanctuary.




Beluga whale Little Grey is one of two whales to be freed from captivity in China to swim in the sea for the first time in nearly a decade

Beluga Whales Little Grey and Little White swim in the bayside care pool where they are acclimatising to the natural environment






WAV Comment – Really wonderful news in these down times ! – I watched the move live into the special area, before going into the real sanctuary waters, on the BBC this morning (10/8/20); and it was great to see so many happy faces from people who have given so much to achieving this ‘dream come true’.  Thanks also to ‘Cargolux’, who flew the whales to their new home.  UK Merlin entertainments were behind all of this; and it is great to see that they know that wild animals such as these belong in the wild and not performing dumb tricks for even dumber humans who pay to go and see them ! – Mark.


Thanks but NO tanks !


Our past posts on the trip to the sanctuary:






Meet the whales with plenty to smile about! Two belugas are transported from captivity in China to a new ocean refuge 6,000 miles away thanks to British charity

All photos via the Daily Mail – UK newspaper.


Whales Little Grey and Little White have been taken to a sanctuary in Iceland

The belugas had been taught to perform tricks at Ocean World in Shanghai

It is the first time they  have been in the sea since they were taken in 2011 

They are creatures who always seem to have a smile on their faces.

And now, two beluga whales are sure to be feeling much happier thanks to British charity the Sea Life Trust.

The whales, called Little Grey and Little White, have been freed from captivity in China to swim in the sea for the first time in nearly a decade.

In a painstakingly-planned, 6,000-mile journey the charity relocated the 12-year-old pair from a Chinese aquarium – where they performed as show animals – to the world’s first open water sanctuary.

They are now exploring a special area of the facility at Klettsvik Bay off the south coast of Iceland to acclimatise before their final release in to the wider sanctuary.

Andy Bool, head of the Sea Life Trust, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that Little Grey and Little White are safely in their sea sanctuary care pools and are just one step away from being released into their open water home.

‘Following extensive planning and rehearsals, the first stage of their release back to the ocean was as smooth as we had hoped and planned for.’

It is the first time the belugas, both female, have been in the sea since they were taken from a Russian whale research centre in 2011, the charity said.

The cetaceans were later transferred to China, where they performed tricks for fish.

For their trip to Iceland, the pair were put in specially-designed slings with custom-made foam matting to cushion their bodies during the complex journey, which involved a lorry, a Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft and a harbour tugboat.

The final stage of their release is due in the coming weeks. Merlin Entertainments, the UK firm that owns Sea Life centres, acquired Changfeng Ocean World aquarium in China in 2012, and had been searching for a new home for the belugas.

The company made a ‘substantial donation’ to the Sea Life Trust to fund the operation.

The Sea Life Trust describes Little Grey as ‘very playful’ but she also has a mischievous side – and likes to spit water at her care team.

Little White is ‘much more reserved but still likes to play and forms close bonds with her carers’.

The average life span of a beluga is 40 to 60 years. An estimated 200,000 live in the wild.

USA: Constipation Research on Cats -Snapping Spines and Injecting Potatoe Up Their Backsides – Yes, Funded By US Taxpayers !



FRIGHTENING experiments on America’s cats include snapping their spines and injecting potato up their bums for “research”, sickening records show.

Barbaric tests on moggies as young as six months old for constipation and incontinence experiments involve the implantation of electrodes to stimulate bladders and colons, say campaigners.


Gut-wrenching photos and video of cats being operated on to insert devices have been provided exclusively to The Sun by the White Coat Waste Project, which obtained them through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The group was given receipts showing that thousands of dollars are being spent on lab cats supplied for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) research.

These include a tabby called Milo; Oreo, a black and white cat; and tabbies Prince, Otis and Joey – all used for constipation research.

The FOIA info shows:

  • The VA buys healthy cats and performs invasive surgeries to implant electrodes to remotely stimulate their bladders or colons, severs some of the cats’ spinal cords, and then kills and dissects them.

  • It exposes bowels for electrode placement, before increasing pressure on the cats’ colon “in response to rectal stimulation”.

  • Artificial poos made from bran, potato flour and saline “are used for bowel experiments”.

The Veterans Department says it has been granted approval to use felines to help Americans with debilitating illnesses.

For example bladder-based research was needed as, “more than 15 million Americans face the challenges of incontinence, frequent urination, or dysfunctional voiding”, where people struggle to pass stools.


This is “often related to spinal cord injury, diabetes, or ageing, which are common in the veteran population,” says the VA.

It aims to find “better ways to diagnose and treat the causes of these problems” by using devices “that can monitor bladder volume and pressure under everyday conditions and in people without sensation.

“Cats control their bladders in ways similar to how people do, and are large enough for devices developed with them to be scalable for human use.”


But, the VA has been slammed by the White Coat Waste Projects as “taxpayers are being forced to pay over $500,000-$1million (£782,000) per year for this waste and abuse.

“Using the FOIA, we have obtained never-before-seen videos, photos and other documents detailing constipation experiments in a US govt lab.

“Cats are given spinal cord injuries, implanted with experimental devices, and then fake faeces are forced into their rectums.

“At the end, the cats are killed,” the group says.

Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the taxpayer watchdog group, told The Sun: “Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay millions for VA bureaucrats to buy healthy cats, cripple and mutilate them, and videotape their abuse in wasteful, bizarre and deadly constipation experiments.”

Analysis of medical records obtained via the FOIA show the experiments and procedures cause the cats “distress, seizures, bloody urine, and depression”, the group found.

It’s accused the VA of “torturing cats as young as six months old in cruel and wasteful constipation and incontinence experiments”.

Instead of using animals, the tests “could be done in human volunteers which would give results directly related to people”, WCW urged.

From initial information released so far, two of the experiments show approval to “use and kill 35 cats”, the campaigners added.

Purchase receipts provided by the VA shows its researchers “typically buy cats for these experiments in August and September each year.

“All of these tests are classified as painful experiments.”

Since January 2016, the VA’s constipation tests have cost taxpayers about $200,000 (£156,000) a year. This project is scheduled to run until December 2020.

These have been running alongside incontinence tests.

Mr Goodman said that after crucial lobbying “by our watchdog group and its over two million members, Congress has drawn a line in the sand.

“It has cut funding for the VA’s dog tests and directed it to phase-out its wasteful experiments on cats by 2025.

“But this taxpayer-funded horror show we’ve uncovered underscores that action is urgently needed right now.”

The VA says on its website that it “is committed to supporting the research that is needed to improve medical care for Veterans”.

More than half of its research is “done with human subjects, computer models, analysis of existing data, or collection of data from biological systems other than vertebrate animals”.

Of the remainder, rats and mice are mainly used, while “less than five per cent of that last one per cent depends on living vertebrate animals involving dogs, cats, or nonhuman primates”.

Its animal testing is approved before going ahead, with “feedback provided by at least one boarded laboratory animal veterinarian” and it undergoes further reviewing.

The VA says that “cats are the smallest known species in which the control of bowel storage and emptying are managed as in humans.

“Research is to learn more about the neurophysiology mechanisms involved, so that better therapeutic approaches can be developed.”

Felines are also used for research on sleep, to help people suffering from sleep apnoea.